My MOST Heroic Moment:XBOX comp entry!

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My most heroic moment was one that dabbled in the world of sports, I didn't save anyone's life, I didn't rescue people from a mob-infested bank, I didn't rescue the cute girl's kittie from the high tree tops...All I did was rescue a team that no one thought could or even would be rescued.

It all started at a humble afrikaans school, I was the captain of the u/13 A cricket team, I was very good at cricket. We played the league's top school, Staat's president Swart Laerskool! They beat everyone they would come across in cricket and pretty much any other sport there was, if there was a sport to play and an opponent to beat, these guys did it and did it well.

Our entire batting line up was out, for some reason the coach moved me from opener to 5th position. I was mad and upset but as we watched the wickets fall one by one and the score staying below 10 in 4 over’s, I saw my hands shake and my feet became sweaty as my turn to walk the walk of shame to and from the crease!
HOWZAAAT!
And another of my team mates walks the walk with his head buried deep down in shame! The crowds cheered on and some laughed at this spectacle, we needed 110 runs to win! We were now sitting at 30 something for 4 and I walked on...a loaned bat and loaned gloves, I thought if i had left my kit behind something different might happen today...and well, it did!

In primary school cricket you would always have your coach as an umpire and the opponent's coach as an umpire, as my coach read the bowler’s credentials, "Right arm over, fast" he gave me nod and I knew it meant I had to carry this team from losers to beating the all time greats! An immense calm came over me and I just thought of Brian Lara as I played the most memorable U/13 innings ever to be witnessed by both teams present! To this day when I walk in Kimberley and people would remember that day and they would remember me! I finished the day with a cover drive for 4 and the score reading 114/5 win to DuToit Span Laer! We drove home singing and chanting! The next day an emergency assembly was called to honor our team! I got cricket player of the year and chosen to go for trials for provincial squad!

The most memorable and probably most heroic moment was when the entire team was on the boundary chanting and raving and screaming me on to end this...I ended it off with a cover drive and even when the ball was on its way to the boundary everyone rushed onto the field to embrace me...there was about 40 people from players to supporters to dad's and moms all rushing towards me...no one has beaten that team that year, they all came to congratulate me...I felt like a hero that day, I can still remember it as if it was yesterday!

A hero I was then, I still feel like one today when I think back!!!

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Hawking and Science too cool for above average Joe!

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Mnet's Primetime...too many adverts!

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Adverts, they are by nature designed to try and sell you something you don't want, let alone need. But in the last couple of years they have become as dull as the Barman Larry jokes or the continuous ramble about banks being your best friend. Mnet takes the cake for driving advertising time through the roof. I'd love to see figures on how many adverts they show during a 30 min and 1 hour show.

Wednesday nights on Mnet is when my family watches TV, our baby is fast asleep as per her routine and mommy and daddy can spend some time looking into a tube that emits lights and somehow entertains us in the process! We watch TV on a Wednesday from around 6h30 right up and until 10pm. I know its a long stretch but this is the only time we get to watch TV together and not fight over the land claim we both put in on the remote!

But, Wednesday's are not the same anymore. A barrage of adverts ranging from banks to cars to Cell C to Savana to woman's products to food to food companies. Its so irritating that I switch over the moment an advert comes up! We've timed the series' run time as well, not because we are boring, but just because we love finding things out and speculating! During the series called Modern Family...there are about 10-15 adverts each fighting for a spot during those 30 mins. Then during Trevor Noah's show, there are a barrage of adverts more then 10 fighting for those little 30 mins we always hope would never end. The, during Cougar Town there are more than 15 adverts fighting for woman’s' attention to buy lifting cream that will make them look as good if not better then Courtney Cox. All in all its more than 35 adverts during a 1h30mins period!
Is there someone out there that actually watches adverts? Is there someone out there that actually sits through those adverts and at the end of it all say "I'd really like to lift my face and at the same time buy a 6 pack Savana and then move my money from ABSA to Nedbank or Capitec"? Is there really someone like this? How does Mnet sell this ad space? Do they cook the figures? I haven't asked anyone yet, but, am I the only person that flips the channel as soon as an advert appears? Let's say Trevor Noah gets a 100 000 views during 19h30pm and 8h00pm. That's a potential 100 000 x 2 eyes that will see the adverts, maybe more as most often  than not, more than one person watches the series' on Mnet. Is this how Mnet sells the space? Because, they should be taken to court for incorrect information! I'm pretty sure 100 000 viewers don't watch Mnet for the entire 30mins. Maybe for the 16 mins that Trevor Noah's show is actually showing, the other 15 devoted to advert space, they get up, go get a snack, go to the loo, switch over, or just simply decide to talk to the person watching the show with them and completely ignore Barman Larry's dry jokes!

I'm not for one second convinced that people actually watch adverts they've seen over and over again. And don't even get me started on the quality of the adverts, or the entertainment value of it. I've always asked myself, who in this world produced these whack adverts? There's about one or two adverts on the entire run right now, that's worth watching, I can't even remember what they are! Everything else, is just a waste of time and advertising money!

Let's not even talk about the competitions on Mnet, you get prizes for proving that you've watched Mnet and paid attention!

All in all, all the shows are entertaining, but the adverts makes the value so much more less desirable that one really can't enjoy the humor its trying to portray! Mnet, wake up, your time divided between adverts and the actual show is shocking, let's not even talk about your blatant disregard for time and schedule on your channel, 8h00pm means 8h00pm, not 8h06pm!

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Will These Replace The Laptop?

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What Ever Happened To Just Blogging?HIT MONGERS!

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Digital Plagiarism is only bad when it suits you!

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Healthy Rich Going To Be Punished!

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BlackBerry 9700

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After my HTC Snap decided to give me grief once again, 3rd time in 3 months, it finally gave me the last painful blow, its LCD cracked, I don't know how, I had it in my pocket and it just went.BlackBerry 9700

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Tonight With Trevor Noah...A Review!

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Young IT shows no promise near me...

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Ever been with new guys in IT? You know, students, 1 year veterans, consultants that just got the title, young auditors? Ever sat in one of their conversations? Well, whatever decision is made above, is always met by misaligned ideas and analogies of how this and that should have been done, and then followed by a huge disgustful shake of the head at the top brass as if to say...if I was there...I would have known what to do!

LOL, yes, I'm young and I'm in IT, been in IT since 2008, professionally, and it all is still the same. The young guys still think they know much more than the veterans, the 20 - 30 year veterans that is. I like to listen to young guys' thoughts on certain subjects about working in IT...its always met with the same skepticism and negativity. Always met with the same holier than though persona. I find that most young people in IT never actually take the time to read about things happening in IT...nor do they actually pay attention to the happenings of the IT world at the moment, who acquired who, why was this done like this, and that done like that. Most of the young people come to work, do the work their given, don't really care why they must do it or understand their part in the whole equation, and then can't wait for the weekend to start doing what they do best, and no, its nothing in IT.

The new school IT, or school of thought in IT comes from the fact that young people just do things for the sake of doing it...they don't think things through. I've had numerous discussions with my peers only to find the guys know nothing of what I'm talking about, yes their' educated, and yes they are older than what I am, and yes they have more experience in IT than what I do. But their lack of knowledge of the IT world, why things are done the way their done is shocking. I.e.: Most of the people I talk to regarding things like Windows 7 and IE9 and the iPad and its future in the IT world...just shrug their shoulders...turn a blind eye and keep on doing what they've been doing. Don't these young guys want to know how these things came about, how they might change IT? Then I walk and talk to older guys, and they have their own opinions on things, they stand firm with their decisions and their opinions. Young people lack this, that's why they don't really care about IT and the happenings in and about it. its not important to them at the moment. Young people don't have an opinion about things in IT, and this saddens me, you have to have a stance on something, something that adds to the totality of IT. You have to say yay or nay to SOA, you have to say yay or nay to out- or in sourcing. You have to say yay or nay to Governance and its importance in company security regarding time on social networks etc. There has to be a firm standpoint by which our young IT people have to start developing an opinion over!

OS over and out - is it me, or is the youth in IT not really interested in IT? Is this a general trend? That IT is just a means to an end? There is NO real interest in the direction of IT, none whatsoever...on here the young people, if we know who they are, are fairly involved with IT and its entirety...I wish the people I mingle with had this sense of direction or interest.

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