Guardians of the Galaxy in Imax at the Grove Mall

Get ready to shoot for the stars with the screening of the epic space-adventure Guardians of the Galaxy in Imax at the Grove Mall in August. All the action happens from Friday, 01 August.

The IMAX release of Guardians of the Galaxy has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary Imax DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customised theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

From the Disney-owned Marvel Studios that brought us the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a brand new superhero-type movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, featuring a brand new team.

The ‘Guardians’, who are mostly unknown to each other, are to be incarcerated in an elaborate space prison known as the Kyln. There is Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), a gun-totin raccoon and the diminutive result of ‘experiments on a lower life form’; Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid; Gamora (Zöe Saldana), the enigmatic, cruel-eyed green humanoid assassin who finds herself targeted for past crimes by furious inmates of the Kyln; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a tattooed space brute. Peter Quill, aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt), is the only human among them!

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, as brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt. This, after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with the quartet of disparate misfits, the Guardians: Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax the Destroyer. However, when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Directed by James Gunn, the multi-talented cast also includes Glenn Close, Josh Brolin and Karen Gillan, among others.

See the trailer here:

Top 10 Most Expensive Domain Names

Internet domain names are big business, and a group of “domainers” who invest in and sell domain names are literally making millions through the sale of prime online real estate in the form of domain names. Here’s our list of the top 10 most expensive domain names ever sold:

  1. $13,000,000
  2. $11,000,000
  3. $9,999,950
  4. $9,500,000
  5. $8,500,000
  6. $7,500,000
  7. $7,000,000
  8. $5,500,000
  9. $5,500,000
  10. $5,100,000

The most expensive South African domain name sale was for the domain name which sold for around R600 000.

Skunk Riot Control Drone Developed in South Africa

A new drone has been built which promises to change the way riot control is managed. The Skunk Riot Control Drone developed in South Africa has 4 paint ball barrels which shoot up to 20 pepper balls per second, and has a capacity of 4000 balls. The devide also features a thermal camera and a colour HD video camera.

The product was developed by Desert Wolf, a South African company which historically built customised off road camping trailers. The drone can cost upwards of R500 000 ($50 000), depending on the specification required.

Given the extent to which violent strikes and protests have increased in South Africa (particularly in the mining industry), the drone is likely to be sought after by security companies which are contracted to provide services to such industries when emergency crowd control measures are necessary.

However, the use of the device against strikers and protesters is likely to be controversial, as it may be viewed as a heavy-handed response to legitimate strike and protest action (which is often sanctioned by the law).

At this stage, drone use is not possible in South Africa given that the the Civil Aviation Authority has not yet put regulations or legislation in place to govern drone use.

However, there is likely to be significant demand for the Skunk Riot Control Drone from overseas markets, and Desert Wolf has already reportedly received a number of orders for the drone from outside of South Africa.

Children from SOS Children’s Villages Treated to Movie

Every year on 18 July, South Africans across the country heed the call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others. There will be hundreds of fitting acts taking place across the country this Friday to honour and commemorate a global icon and the father of our nation. In the spirit of Mandela, who had a special place in his heart for children, Ster-Kinekor Theatres has invited 67 children from the SOS Children’s Villages to join them for a special morning at their Preview Theatre.

The children will be treated to a movie and lunch, and each of them will receive a goodie bag including delicious treats and a blanket.

According to Geraldine Engelman, CSI and Project Manager of Ster-Kinekor Theatres:

“The magic of the movies is something special – especially for children. However, not all children are in a position to enjoy the ‘great moments’ that come from sitting in a darkened cinema, munching on a bag of popcorn and being transported into another world, as portrayed on the big screen.”

Madiba loved children and he believed that they hold the key to our future as a country. He is quoted as saying:

“Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people.”

The SOS Children’s Villages build families for children in need, help them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities. They work for children who are orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them, and give the children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family.

Plans to Build a Beach in New York City

We recently featured a post about a guy who created a potato salad Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund his dream to make a potato salad, and raised nearly $50 000 for his troubles. While that crowdfunding campaign made a stir (see what we did there?) on the internet due to the amount raised despite how ridiculous the idea was, a new crowdfunding campaign which is making waves (see what we did there again?) is raising money to build a beach in New York city.

The project is aimed at building a barge on the Hudson River, and to create an artificial beach on the barge. If it is successful, New York will become an even more popular tourist destination.

At this point, the New York city beach crowdfunding campaign has raised around $7 000, which is nowhere near as much as the potato salad crowdfunding campaign. However, as the campaign to build a beach in New York city gains momentum and attention through the media, it is likely to obtain the necessary funding within a short period of time.

Here’s a video with details regarding the project:

If only we could crowdfund a similar project to build a beach in Johannesburg…

South African Coke Advert Making Waves in Europe

A South African Coke advert is making waves in Europe where it is being flighted. The advert features a dog named Bobby trying to find a can of Coke with his name on it. He finds many cans with many names, but no can with Bobby on it.

The advert forms part of Coca Cola’s successful advertising campaign which has been running in South Africa, with South African names appearing on the side of Coke cans. The same campaign is set to be launched in the UK shortly (obviously featuring names that are common in the UK).

The advert was shot on the streets of Johannesburg and on a downtown Johannesburg building rooftop, and it doesn’t feature professional actors, instead featuring local South African youth.

However, the animal star of the advert who plays Bobby is not South African – he is a border collie / pitbull mixture from a Los Angeles animal shelter.

Here’s the video of the South African Coke advert:

Avastar Nightclub Video

Ok, so Avastar nightclub closed down a while ago amidst controversy and allegations regarding abuse of staff and non-payment of DJ’s. However, that doesn’t mean the legend of Avastar, the Johannesburg nightclub which had a theme based on the Avatar movie, can’t live on. The club’s owner, Mike Basson, made a promotional Avastar nightclub video which was posted on Youtube, and which received over 200 000 hits. The video has served to immortalize the legend of the Avastar.

The video features Basson doing his best (and failing miserably) at making the kitsch club sound attractive, by referring to the pyrotechnics, laser lights, fog machines and of course, the ladies. It doesn’t help matters that he comes across as a mob boss from Bedfordview, and definitely not the sort of guy you would want to get on your wrong side (or spend a Friday evening with)!

Watch the Avastar nightclub video here and be amused:

Potato Salad Kickstarter Campaign Makes History

potato salad kickstarter campaignIn case you’re not familiar with the concept of crowdfunding, it involves pitching an idea to a crowd of people who, if they believe in the idea, may decide to support it by providing funding. Given the reach of the internet, it is naturally an excellent crowdfunding platform, and Kickstarter is by far the biggest crowdfunding website. A campaign by a guy whose only ambition was to raise $10 to make a potato salad, is making internet history. The guy goes by the name of Zack Danger Brown, and his potato salad Kickstarter campaign has raised nearly $50 000 so far (that’s around R500 000) and counting.

Typical campaigns on Kickstarter include films, artistic endeavors and projects to produce electronic products and consumables – people with a business idea who need funding start a campaign which runs over a certain period, and “backers” (members of the public who believe in the campaign) make a financial contribution towards it, ranging from as little as $1 to as much as $5000 per backer. Kickstarter campaigns that have successfully raised large amounts include a smartwatch, a 3D printer, video games, movies and the like.

What is unique about the potato salad Kickstarter campaign is that it is entirely tongue-in-cheek and based on a very simple idea which (ordinarily at least) would not get much attention. This is precisely why it seems to be getting the attention it is receiving – through the campaign, potato salad has become a meme (defined as an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations) and people are funding the campaign to join in on the fun.

The huge success of the campaign is largely owed to the fact that it went viral within a very short space of time, once bloggers and the mass media drew the world’s attention to it.

The campaign is significant and will not simply be a blip in internet-history – it is an indisputable reflection of the power of the internet to unite people. Despite the fact that they are united behind an apparently frivolous cause (potatoes smothered in mayo), it had the effect of introducing potato salad into popular culture.

Disabled Parking Hotline Number Launched

disabled parkingThere’s a saying which goes “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. Too frequently, parking spots designated for disabled drivers in South Africa are used by able-bodied drivers who “will just be 2 minutes” or are “just picking something up quickly” – onlookers turn a blind eye to this or decide not to get involved because it’s “not their problem”. The drivers who use these bays pay no regard for the fact that during the time when they are parked there, a disabled person may arrive, get frustrated at the lack of suitable parking space, and return home in a state of despair. Fortunately, a disabled parking hotline number for complaints regarding abuse of disabled parking bays has been launched.

During a recent radio show about disabled parking bays, a caller from the Alberton area phoned in  and reported that disabled parking bays in her area were used daily by police to park their police vehicles while the policemen had lunch. This highlights the extent of the problem, as the police who should be enforcing the rules relating to disabled parking bays are themselves unashamedly contravening them.

The disabled parking hotline number that has been launched, allows members of the public to report cars parked illegally in bays allocated for the disabled – these reports will be used to gather statistical information as to the extent of the problem, as well as forming the basis for raising concerns with shopping malls which have disabled parking bays in their parking lots. The disabled parking hotline number to call is: 086 167 2226.

The next time you see someone misusing a disabled parking bay, call the number, or better yet, confront the person directly. If you were disabled and in need of easier access to allow you to do the daily tasks that most people take for granted, you would want able-bodied people to stand up for you.

Bierfest in Durban at Suncoast

Bierfest - BeerfestGet out your lederhosen,  dust off your dirndls und plait your pigtails,  South Africa’s biggest, funnest, annual TOPS at SPAR Bierfest is back with the 2014 Bierfest in Durban at  Suncoast from 19 – 21 September!

From the moment of setting foot in the 4 000-seater Brauhaus marquee, attendees can look forward to all the sights and sounds of the legendary Munich Oktoberfest.  More than just a festival of bier, each moment at Bierfest is a proverbial feast of excellent entertainment, delectable authentic Bavarian cuisine, and much interactive crowd participation!

Let the festive strains of traditional oompah music get you in the spirit while beautiful Frauleins guide you to your table before they fetch your first round of biers, each especially brewed by South African Breweries just for this event!  A range of traditional Bierfest games, on-the-spot competitions, and fun audience participatory activities await as Bierfests own “Mayor of Munich” Hans von Tipplestein regales you with sing-alongs and hilarious stories from ze motherland!

From start to finish, the atmosphere at Bierfest is easy-going and the emphasis is on having as much fun as you possibly can before getting home safely via one of the many #DrinkSmart options.
Ticketing Information

Bierfest offers revellers four different ticket options, specially designed to suit everybody’s budget and requirements:

  • The V-VIP option: Ze Braumeister! R906.30 per person:  brings you the best of Bierfest, your meals and drinks, memorabilia, VIP Seating and Parking all included!
  • The VIP option: Ze Brauhaus! Only R450.30 per person: when comfort and access to all ze action is required! Meals, drinks, costume accessories and more.
  • The Über Bier Hall Ticket: Only R195 per person includes 1 x 500ml bier, a bier tasting, a dress-up item and more.
  • The Standard Bier Hall Ticket: only R125 per person includes entrance to the event, along with a complimentary bier tasting.

All tickets can be booked through the Bierfest website or through Bierfest’s Facebook page; SABierfest.

All food and drink purchases at the festival are made using Bierfest “Crowns.” Crowns are available in denominations of R25 and are sold in packs of five (non-refundable).

Pre-Order your Bierfest food platter online now, and your Fraulein will delivery it directly to your table.

The event is not open to anyone under the age of 18.

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