y’ulle know how it works right? women go through various stages of ‘being broody’. basically if you can make it past the age of 25 without falling pregnant (is quite a feat in this country, you may have heard), you’ll probably have another 3 solid years of being grateful not to have a baby. during the 3 years before you move onto the next stage of broody (more about that later), how you relate to babies is not so much in a maternal, want-to-nurture way, but is rather in an i-want-to-eat-it way. in short, the more I want to eat my friend’s babies, the more I like them. and the idea of snacking on their fat little arms and bellies. babies that do not make me hungry just annoy me. For someone in-between phases of broodiness, babies have to earn their relevance in my world by disgusing themselves as a food type. one such edible baby is this sproglett spawn of friends Lauren Beukes & Matt Brown. young Keitu stomped and crawled around my flat on Saturday. luckily her parents were around or it might have been Baby Salad.
Chew. It's. Face.
Don’t you love the 70s top? (I bought it for her. Just needs rollerskates now).
Captured by Reigun and his Diana F+, from the birthday. It is still July. I have until the end of the month to talk about the birthday / accept birthday gifts / refer to the birthday / post pictures from the birthday.
Portrait of the blogger and her boyfriend's chin
Portrait of the blogger with her 'real writer' friend Lauren.
Portrait of the Diana camera by the Diana camera (I don't know how he did it either).
found a book that had been ‘released into the wild’ yesterday. no jokes. see for yourself:
I found it at Vida in Wembley Square while going for our morning dose. Mark and I had a scuffle over it and (obviously) I won.
I went to bookcrossing.com and filled in its details and it seems the book has travelled from Coffee Bean in Rondebosch, to Sinnful Ice Cream Parlour in Camps Bay, and now to Vida Wembley. Riveting in a small-town kind of way.
I guess now I’m supposed to read it and then ‘unleash’ it once more. Hmm. Maybe if it was the new Lauren Beukes I’d think about it, but am starting to feel like life’s too short to read books that might be good?
Posted in books, Cape Town, on the move
Tagged book crossing, Cape Town, lauren beukes, my branded life, novel, released into wild, vida e caffe, wembley, wild book
so same friend Lauren (whom I mentioned for Moxyland a few days ago) has also been involved in a political satire show called ZNews, which the SABC commissioned, then canned, and then when Special Assignment did an investigative show on the canning it was then banned (just like Apartheid, eh?). the reason? the show takes the piss out of our politicians, and sadly, gov can’t take it like they dish it.
ironically, the show has now been selected for screening at INPUT 2009 – the world’s biggest public broadcaster conference. why? this was their reason:
“Even though is not an innovative format – it is a news parody with puppets – the question of “what are the limits of freedom of speech“ can be heard in this programme. Could this be a relevant question both in Africa and beyond.”
LOLcakes all round. watch the full pilot here.
Posted in Africa, cool stuff i like, creatives, innovation, youth politics
Tagged ANC dictatorship, apartheid 2009, freedom of speech, INPUT 2009, jacob zuma, lauren beukes, oppressive, politicians, puppet, SABC, showerheard, south africa, Z News, Zapiro
the real die-hard readers of this site will remember a time, quite long ago, when I was helping a friend with her book launch. well that friend has since had her novel snapped up by Angry Robot publishers, who have bought the first novel and are paying her to write a sequel, and have also insisted on a new cover to go with an international launch (Moxyland will be launching in the UK and Australia – read about all the details here). i’m very sentimental about the old cover because it took up a very real part of my life, but i like the new cover too. here are both:
The South African launch cover, designed by Joey Hifi. Click the image to see more of his awesome work.
The UK / Australia Angry Robot version.
The new cover definitely takes the book into teen territory, which may or may not make Lauren a billionaire (achoo-Twilight). Anyway I look most forward to watching Lauren take over the world, one Moxyland at a time. And now for a picture of the author in repose with her beautiful daughter:
Too cute. That's a baby creative genius right there.
Posted in ambassadors, books, Cape Town, celebrity, cool stuff i like, creatives, geek
Tagged angry robot, australia, launch, lauren beukes, moxyland, my branded life, new cover, publishing, science fiction, sequel, uk
If you live or work in town you must have driven past this billboard at least once.
Just. Plain. Wrong.
What do y’all think? My friend Lauren wrote this article over on her blog which sums up exactly how I feel about it. Ew. Gives me shivers every time I look at it.
UPDATE: Looks like Lauren and I aren’t the only ones with shivers. Chris Roper also doesn’t dig it.
Posted in BADvertising, Cape Town, seen around town
Tagged bad advertising, BADvertising, billboard, huggies nappies, huggies south africa, lauren beukes, my branded life, pornography, sexualising children, slutty huggies baby, slutty waittress
i got this as a birthday gift from the author, amongst many fabulous gifts, but i am very excited about it. i’ve never heard of a book being released with a sound track, let alone a south african work of fiction. apparently you can buy them with the book in store. i’ve included a back pic so you can see which tracks are on it. am happy to see super evil’s there – it is iconic as far as original music goes in cape town. i particularly love the THIS IS NOT DEMOCRACY hidden in the clip in the jewel case. cover design by SA designer Dale Halvorsen.
Posted in Cape Town, cool stuff i like, popculture
Tagged african dope records, book, Cape Town, dale halvorsen, designer, fletcher, fluffy toy, lauren beukes, literature, moxyland, mybrandedlife, novel, official soundtrack album, south african fiction, super evil, the real estate agents, weird
25th of April is the launch date for Lauren Beukes’s first novel – Moxyland. I have been privvy to the manuscript pre-publishing, and i sincerely hope it goes cult classic. set in a future Cape Town, your life is controlled by your cellphone, you are hostage to a government that oppresses its citizens through censorship and genetically modified Alsations called Aitos watch your every move. the character cast is made up of an artist who sells her body to an energy drink in exchange for being able to create her art, a super genius hacker who helps her digital graffiti friends break through information control to disseminate the truth and a rich kid blogger who has a sociopathic lack of conscience. i sincerely hope it gets picked up by a large rich studio looking for something different to produce and gets made into a movie. anyhow watch this space, i will be well documenting the launch.
Posted in ambassadors, arts and culture, books, branding, Cape Town, gaming, geek, popculture, SA cool kids
Tagged aitos, anti-brands, anti-corporation, apartheid, artist, branded, Cape Town, censorship, creative, energy drink, government, great south african novel, jacana, lauren beukes, movie script, moxyland, publishers, south african, writing, www.moxyland.com
from south african animation pioneers, the guys who do Urbo. check it out, can’t wait til we get to watch a full episode (ahem guys, come along now). and congrats to my dear friend and lead writer lauren who recently got confirmation that her first novel will be published – not that we ever had doubts it would happen.
Posted in arts and culture, cool stuff i like, popculture, SA cool kids, sponsorship, tv, youth
Tagged animation, dead, deadbeats.tv, episode, lauren beukes, merchandising, mybrandedlife, pax africa, people, south african, teaser, urbo, zombies