Black Belt and Imposter Syndrome

There are days when it feels like I stole my black belt, that it was given to me out of pity because I’ve been around so long and always help out, and not because I have any actual skill. I am pretty sure that pity gradings are a thing.

Who Watches The Watchmen?

Why, Anonymous, of course. Anonymity has a long history in both rebellion and conformity. Whether it has been women protesting in print, hackers attacking the Church of Scientology or the faceless masses of crazy right-wingers, it is a mask that is as terrifying as it is liberating. With the arrest of members of Anonymous over…

Dear TV-Watchers

Dear Fans of Reality Shows A reality show such as Master Chef, Survivor or The Apprentice is as removed from real life as Spongebob Squarepants. After watching fans of Master Chef shit all over Exclusive Books over a cookery book displayed in a window, I can’t help feeling even more disappointed in the human race…

Love Song for the Internet

I’ll be the first person to say I suffer from Facebook envy and Twitter confusion. I see everyone’s photos of their trips and their parties, their excellent events and adventures and I can’t help feeling just a little pathetic in comparison. And with Twitter, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the information that ticks…

Why I’ll Never Make The Freshly Pressed List

I used to really, really want to make that illustrious “Freshly Pressed List” because it would bring followers forth unto my blog, feeding my ego and giving my childhood dreams of being admired for my writing some luster. Yea, it would maketh me a minor god amongst bloggers, or so I had imagined. But when…

Seperate Bathrooms: an unnecessary divide?

Setting aside the usual serious issues of feminism that range from genital mutilation to sex trafficking to career glass ceilings, let’s look at the concept of separated bathrooms and their relevance in the 21st century. I started thinking about the topic when friend Dylan was complaining (and rightfully so) about there only being two toilets…

Beating the Comment Thread Trolls

The Internet has Teh Rulez, mostly developed by the unlovable but frighteningly efficient b/tards of 4chan. (Even the US government scared of them.) The rule that I wish to mention and discuss here is: 14. Do not argue with trolls — it means that they win. I’ve discussed before why I don’t want to be…

The Insidious Nature of Chain Mail

I have a Blackberry. With it comes Facebook, Twitter, BBIM, Whatsapp, email, mms and sms. Seven ways for me to get chain mails, seven ways for people to ask me to pray and pass on. Usually they are sent to me by loved friends and family who are much nicer people than I am and…

Doctors, Companions, Angels

*Spoilers up to episode 6×04* I blame Tallulah for bringing Dr Who into my life, but I am deeply thankful to her for doing so. Because I feel that I have to write about everything that interests me, I thought it high time for a Dr Who post. Let’s get the problems out the way….

The Occasional Magnificence of Commuting

I begin my day at 5:15 during the week, and I’m usually on the road by 5:45, taking the Western Bypass to get to work. While I do have to contend with the closely placed robots in Randburg and Strijdom park until I get to the highway, further complicated by the usual reckless behaviour of…