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Congrats MYDL - i'm officially ITsized!

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on Thursday, 15 October 2009
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Yes you have done it my virtual family.  My highlight of this week was not what went down on Prison Break, meeting someone goose bumps worthy, completing my next masterpiece on piano, but rather, pimping my pc.

My friend placed three lovely items into my hands on Sunday.  Flight Simulator, and two sets of RAM.  In the past I would say, "ok, how about buy a cd instead?"  But I was BOUNCING.  Granted, my friends did not trust me to install that or hack into a password protected programme to remove it, and requested I rather wait for my flatmate who insisted I try do it myself to learn, and learn I did when I succeeded.

My rating on geek-o-meter has risen, now invite me to LAN's!  I swear, I produce on Reason instead of watching Oprah these days.  Reason - which is being re-installed tonight so myself and Piano Man can record on Saturday.

I've been ITfied MYDL, Satisfied?  I am!  I am going to marry a computer.
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Petrified of her Birthday

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on Wednesday, 14 October 2009
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Tomorrow, I see my mother at the new home.  It is her birthday, and so we're taking snacks and hoping for half a smile.  Tomorrow, I hide that I'm saddened by what has come of her life, put on a fake smile, and hold her close.

Tomorrow i'm going to paint her nails, moisterise her face, spray her with perfume, trim her hair nicely (she tried to cut it herself).

Tomorrow I put aside any anger and take forward only love and compassion.

I am selfish.

I wish this was not her, I wish this was not me watching her go through this.  I wish things were different, and I wish we were going for a picnic at Emmerentia Dam versus a tightly locked up ward in an institution.

I'm petrified of my mother's birthday, but sometimes when there's a limited amount of them left, you have to suck it up and cut the cake.
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Zuma: Shoot to kill, no don't! It wasn't me!

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Another innocent person gets murdered, by crazy firing police bullets.  I wonder to myself, if one day when I'm driving back from a lovely dinner with a friend, is a bullet going to suddenly go through my brain, because the cops mistook me for a hijacker?

A few weeks ago, a teenager gets shot and killed.  No lessons are learnt and the madness continues.  Rapists, murders and armed robbers run around alive and free, but innocent people land up in coffins and in ICU.  Who were these cops told to kill? 

Zuma distinctly told the SAPS at a conference, that if they needed to kill in order to PROTECT themselves, they should.  How did that telephone line break?
My thoughts - take the guns away from the kids, restructure the messages defining who exactly to shoot, then give the guns back and let them go carefully protect our community versus just shoot at random people.

Government, let us try this again.
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Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize - Hot topic around the globe

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on Friday, 09 October 2009
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After 9 months in presidency, Obama receives a Nobel Prize.  Some praise this, some slate it.  My personal thoughts on this matter - I want to see his plans succeed, then I will give a standing ovation.  But there is a reason for this award happening, and I look forward to seeing what it is.

Obama-mania has been a global focus for quite some time.  His dog's breed has made a fortune due to the White House' new hound.  Fashion statements have been redefined, and the words "Yes we Can" will be a trademark soon.  Obama won the award for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples".  However, Iran are still shooting off nuclear weopons and a bomb went off in Pakistan today.  Efforts have been made by many people conquer both these problems, but no one has succeeded.  I understand the critics concerns about Norway's highest accolade, however, there might be a method in this move.

Obama leads the leading world power.  USA's crashing economy, crashed the world's economy.  Their changes to society in general usually have a ripple effect.  Obama's election put faith back into this leading power, and perhaps by making him a prime example by bestowing this award on him, will eventually lead to much needed peace and the end of nuclear weoponary.  So perhaps the Noble Peace Prize, is a tool versus a reward, which will make give it double the power it has.

The world is a changing place.  People evolve, times evolve, awards evolve, and ways to gain peace have to evolve.  Mother Teresa, a recipient of this award herself thirty years ago, stated, "i will not fight war, I will march for peace".  This perspective changed people's minds about dealing with conflict.

I will definitely find a place to watch the prize giving in Oslo, on television.  And I hope that this award was not given in vain, and that Obama's plan of a nuclear free environment together with co-operative countries, succeed.  I do not mean to sound like Kanye West, but next year, I hope Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai gets the award.  The man deserves it.  However, possibly, so does Obama.
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Political Circus - A week of chaos

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South Africa - you are on Fire, yes that was an intended pun.  Pretoria's Magistrate Court had three fires this week.  Luckily tears from Glen Agliotti can create enough reserves of water to kill the flames.  For those of you who are not following the Jackie Selebi case, Agliotti got tearful saying how he wishes he did not have to rat on his top cop friend.

Agliotti has been offered a special deal to be state witness, to soften the charges of a R200 million drug bust that was drug-trafficked by Agliotti, so he is saving his thriving Cocaine business, and turning in a friend, the past protector of our Country. 

Speaking of past protectors, Mbeki, is back from hiding, and is making more idiotic comments.  Now, this time he is not talking about the non-existance of AIDS, but Darfur.  The humanity crisis in Darfur has been a global concern for many years.  Many believe that Economic Hitmen from America created the insanity.  But today, Mbeki made an idiotic statement to the AU - "Darfur must sort out their own problems".  The leadership in Darfur have no desire to solve any problems.  They are making a killing - touche - off their people and why give up all that money and power?  They need help, just like many other countries in their situation.  Mbeki also scored shoes from an expensive boutique from Agliotti.  Top drug trafficker giving the president expensive shoes - I would not expect Mbeki to see a problem in Darfur after that.

Sports insanity for the week:  Percy Montgomery hits his wife.  Yes the blonde stallion of a man has a dark side.  Honestly I was shocked, but abusers never reveal their true personalities.

My own mad week:  1 x near hi-jacking.  1 x verbal threat of robbery.  But I am a live, got my new PC, and am starting new, fantastic big plans for my beautiful future!  So as chaotic as our political situation is at the moment, there must be something positive in the air - moving on.


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Music Production, when it was less digital and its Digital Revolution

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on Wednesday, 07 October 2009
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Often, when I am sitting in studio, I look at my one producers older equipment, and close my eyes.  I go on a journey in my mind, and think back on how people before me, have documented their audio art.

I think back to the early 1900’s and think about Edison’s Phonograph, and the romantic piece of audio equipment called the Gramophone.  We are still lucky enough to have a Gramophone in our family, and everytime I look at it, I think back to how many fire side chats my family had while listening to their piece of “improved technology”.  Heading towards 1950, the LP was introduced to the audio world.  This highly modern device had a revolving speed of 45BPM, something which is nothing in comparrison to the speeds our devices revolve today.

In 1964, the Cassette tape was introduced, which at the same time introduced analog recording, something which would trade Music Production for good.  Car radios with tape decks were introduced and so was the infamous walkman.  Sony released this gadget for a new generation of music lovers, increasing sales of music as people could listen to their music anywhere and everywhere.

Something superb happened, the digital revolution.  People were improving everything, including the quality of music and it’s recording and distribution.  Editing of music became easier, and just clicking and undoing a mistake meant saving you a brand new recording.  Computers took over the recording industry, and many more people could display their music, at a smaller fee.

The internet also change the whole face of music production.  Music giants are shrinking as people are cutting out the middle man, and releasing their own music.  We are all in a new learning phase together, and currently are at the same understanding level of digital distribution.

We are now at a point where music production is easier to understand and most musicians are able to do their own recordings, editing and mastering.  But it is still vital to respect the past, pay homage to Thomas Edison and those who followed, in sharing music, and its advances, with the world.

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My Life Less Digital – How different my life would be

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Generally the first thing I greet in the morning, is something digital.  My cell phone.  I would not know how to go back to using a buzzing alarm clark.  I would most likely throw it out the window, this makes me wonder, has my digital life made me more aggressive.

I get up and head usually for my kettle.  I suppose I would have to worry about boiling water on the stove if I did not have this gadget.  After making sure I have my digital items, I head off to work.  Without digital features I suppose I would have to walk or ride on a bicycle to work.  I would get to work and climb onto a type writer to do my work and log my costing manually. 

I would be sending smoke signals versus making calls and whistle whilst I work versus listen to the radio.  I would go home and cook on a fire, and spend my life reading and play piano, and I would have to learn to read music so I could right my music down versus record it on my computer.  I would walk with a candle to bed and set my alarm with its annoying bell.

I would wear a pretentious dress to balls versus going to clubs and I suppose play a lot more sport.  I would go to theatre more and socialise with people more face to face versus on social networks.  Perhaps a life less digital is a challenge I should embrace.

One thing is for sure, cutting down on my digital life will help me achieve two things – weight loss and I could study more.  But I will be honest, I love my digital life too much for such silly things, and will use the digital equipment at gym that makes me happy.

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A Life Less Digital In Undeveloped Nations

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Many years ago man lived in a cave, hunted for his food, and used his legs to walk to get his water.  But as time evolved, so did technology, in most parts of the world, except for in countries where the old traditions of survival still reign strong.  Should we pity these nations, or envy them?

We are rapidly heading into Global Warming.  A lot of the poisons that are being released into the atmosphere are caused from the manufacturing, maintanance and use of digital devices.  The natural deterioration of our earth is speeding up due to someone needing more sound, faster electric windows, and the latest GPS.  In undeveloped nations, people use the sun to guide them.  With the obesity rate in the world climbing, is it not wiser to follow the example of these people, and go exercise?  Surely, encouraging children to run outside versus sit and play Xbox serves in their best interest?  But then the question of human Basic Needs comes into play.

Basic needs include:  Shelter, Health, Food and Education.  How much is achievable without the use of technology?  Shelter we know is achievable.  Food you can grow, but then the balance of some form of a normal life is needed with health and education, as the advancement in these two needs is beyond what any plant could give a persion versus digital knowledge.  Naturally the debate of cruel versus kind comes into play.  How can you give a portion of people computers, when they have no money to maintain, or use these things?  Perhaps teaching a group about the digital advances, will have a ripple effect and close the Digital Divide.  However, some say this is a pipe dream, and it is obvious that technology can create much larger class divides.

Perhaps leaving technology for now out of these nations could prove to be a positive thing.  In a small forest in South America, people live in huts, walk wherever they need to go or ride a bicycle of it is far.  They live in huts, and the children learn to cultivate land as their education.  These people live much longer than general people, and their water is amongst the cleanest in the world.  The villages do not allow cars into their area and visitors literally have to walk across forests, after gaining permission, to enter this sacred land.  Being part of a growing digital world has its ups and downs, but the idea of having a fit body at the age of ninety is intriguing.

One wonders how a balance can be formed.   Surely, letting an undeveloped nation evolve at its own pace is healthier than shoving technology at them as if they are a power charity project.  First world countries may have a lot to teach third world countries, but those third world countries have a lot to remind the First world countries, about basic survival.

In South Africa, we may be fortunate to have a bit of both.  But unfortunately we try impliment over challenging digital programmes, before seeing them succeed in other countries.  To be honest, I am happy with my little bits and pieces, but do wish I knew how to start a fire with rocks.

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Happy Birthday Compact Disk Player

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on Thursday, 01 October 2009
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I recall looking at my first CD.  And then looking at the CD player.  I am old enough to have had an LP record player in my house when I was younger, so you can imagine how unimpressed I was, when I saw the CD could not be turned over and more music be read from the other side.

I think the most impressive part of the CD player for me was seeing how fast you could skip between songs, this little tool encouraged me, to buy my first cd player.
I saved up, and bought a small radio/cassette/cd player.  I thought I was extremely cool, untouchable even.

On this day, 27 years ago, the wonderful, useful, CD player was introduced to the world.  Sony introduced the CD player in Japan, and a new chapter in audio, data and visual history began.

Out of all technology that has 'gone out of date'.  I think the CD Player still has quite a long life span yet to come, dispite digital distribution and Media players, Ipods and such things. 

Happy Birthday CD players, world wide!
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National Health Insurance - Will it Succeed or Fail?

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South Africa is entering a new era.  Again we are trying to keep up with first world countries, and whether or not it will succeed, remains a very scary question.
Health insurance is most definitely one of the most important financial investments we must have, and have part control of too.

The New NHI works according to how a normal medical scheme works.  We pay the government, they subsidise health care.  But I am concerned about their general reckless spending, and an concerned that those who make health care a priority will be messed around.

If you look at our country in general, and how many people are on chronic medication, need specialised treatment and other expenses with regards to their health, can we really afford to make this project a government guinea pig?  I for one know, that the last thing I want to worry about if admitted into hospital, is if there is enough space for me, or if i must lie on a couch, and hope for the best.

My personal concern:  If I go off my medical aid, as i cannot afford both, and NHI does not work out, I then must pay for Chronic medication for a year before it is covered.  I want a full proof plan, not just commands from our country's health and finance section. 

Digitally, I do not think this system is possible.  When it comes to health, we need speedy machinery, computers and other technology.  If you look at most Government departments, their systems are down most of the time. 

South Africa is trying to keep up with the cool kids, in most departments.  We've launched the "meercat" - satellite, are still building the Gautrain, got a bunch of people killed with BRT, and most of our copy cat reality shows have failed.
We cannot manage ASA, SAFA, Malema, Bafana, how are we going to manage something this big?

I plan to have both as a back up, you never know what will happen tomorrow. 




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