Grid World Creator Flynn Is Played By Jeff Bridges In Tron Legacy

Olivia Wilde Tron Legacy
A disc-throwing shot of Olivia Wilde who co-stars in the film as Jeff Bridges' confidant and ally.

I admit it. I’m late to the game. The onslaught of 3D movies that hit the theaters last year was too much for me to keep up with. I wanted to see Tron Legacy when it came out, but you know how it goes; it is sold out the first weekend, the next weekend your friends can’t go, you have a friend’s baby shower to attend the following weekend and before you know it the movie is no longer in theaters.

I finally rented the movie last weekend and watched it.

Let’s get the basics out of the way. The movie was decent. The story was passable, but the effects and cinematography were pretty outstanding. Watching Tron on my 42 inch tv and home theater seating made me really wish I had seen it on the big screen in three dimensions but I have no one to blame but myself… and my pregnant friend.
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I’m Taking A Break For A Few Days . . .

Holiday time
I'm taking a few days break from this website -- till 11th July

In a few days I’ll be taking a break from this website. It will be cold turkey. Yes, no posting, no answering questions. Nothing.

I’ll be posting again around the 11 of July. Then I’ll be back with some updates, and you will know what I’ve been up to. Hopefully I should have some interesting stuff to share and . . more about that later.

Till then, take care.
John

Found A Monster Mushroom This Morning, Breakfast Anyone?

A hand-sized mushroom looking delicious
A hand-sized mushroom looking delicious on the front lawn -- Photo: John L Bradfield

There it was, just crouched in the buffalo grass like an alien. I found a monster mushroom on the front lawn this morning. Breakfast anyone?

This hand-sized mushroom looks so delicious. I wonder if it’s poisonous. More important, what would it taste like grilled in a wide-bottom crêpe pan, in chopped garlic and butter with a dash of the left-over red, a noble Stellenbosch shiras? Just a medium pinch of mixed spicy herbs and a smaller pinch of masala. A sprinkle of rock salt. Well, okay then. I’m going to try that now and get back to you. Just kidding.

Seriously, the small mushroom that looks like a miniature hedgehog. What would that taste like, I wonder . . . (6 photographs)?
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South Africa’s Democracy Still Has Some Growing Up To Do

Hellen Zille on Voting Day 2011
Popular Western Cape Premier Hellen Zille visits a polling station on Ellection Day 2011 and is mobbed by fans

According to a local South African government expert, people’s voting behaviour is evidence that local democracy has not matured some 17 years after the ANC was voted into power. The same under-performing political parties are constantly voted back in.

Professor Jaap de Visser, of the University of Western Cape’s community law centre, said:

“The country had seen a sharp increase in the number of protests, most of which were accompanied by violence, but people had still remained loyal to their parties. The voting behaviour is not based on the same consideration as protest behaviour. We see under-performance and frustration in many municipalities, but that does not translate to a change in voting behavior.”

Research demonstrated that violent protests increased in frequency from 41.6% in 2007 to 54% in 2010. Most of the protests were about housing, water, sanitation, electricity and poor service delivery, and most were in Gauteng.

Source: News 24

Fish and Fishing in the Bot River Estuary

Fishing in the Bot River Estuary
Fishing in the Bot River Estuary is not what it seems . .

It seems that Fishing in the Bot River Estuary, one of the largest estuaries in the Cape Province, is not as straight forward as one would think.

This vast expanse of water is the subject of a study carried out by researchers of the Department of Zoology at the University of Cape Town in the mid 1980’s. The estuary teems with over 32 varieties of fish.

Conventional wisdom, and experience, has it that garrik, steenies and large mullet are the most likely catches. These along with leervis, steenbras and elf are popular angling and table fish. Continue reading

Late Afternoon Fishing On The Bot River Estuary

Late afternoon on the Bot River Estuary
'Late Afternoon on the Bot River Estuary' -- Photo: John Bradfield (click to enlarge)

On this windless and sunny late-afternoon Friday the conditions look perfect for a lone fishing skiff on the Bot River Estuary. Seasonally, it opens to the sea and this ensures that a variety of fish spawn in the protected waters of the estuary.

Follow the link to download a wallpaper resolution image of Late Afternoon on Bot River Estuary by Jaywalker27 on Customize.org.

The Bot River Estuary lies on the edge of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, against the slopes of the Kogelberg Mountain range. It is situated in the heart of the Overberg region, on the southern coast of South Africa.

At this time of day an ozone-laden sea mist floats slowly inland over the slopes of the Kogelberg mountains on a gentle breeze. Flamingos and other waders feed in the shallows (6 photographs).
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Adriaan S de Lange Local South African Sculptor and Painter

Day on the beach
Day on the beach - Oil on canvas - 35 x 40cm

South African artist Adriaan S. de Lange is featured here as a sculptor and painter who works in the countryside outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape of South Africa. That’s just 150 kilometres from my home town, Hermanus. That means he’s a local in the broader scheme of things. Well, we like to think so, anyway.

This is an excerpt from his bio on Worldart:

“A distinguishing characteristic of his work is the photographic stillness with which he explores the serenity and reality present in his imagination. He possesses a technical facility that enables him to paint with precision and detail. The effect created with these extremely fine brush strokes is further enhanced by the attention he pays to colour, space and subject matter – thus creating a tangible yet serene world which serves as a starting point for the viewer when enjoying an artwork by him.”

De Lange’s work for me has a quality that echo’s the ethereal and the attention to detail of some of my favourite artists including Hunderdwasser and Dali (6 photographs).
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Neuromancer The Movie Natali To Start Shooting In 2012

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Vincenzo Natili's screen adaptation of Neuromancer to be Filmed in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London -- Image: /Film

William Gibson’s award-winning Science Fiction novel, Neuromancer, coined the term “Cyberspace” in 1984 before there was a cyberspace to speak of. It was the first SF novel to win the Nebula, Hugo, and Philip K. Dick Awards.

According to /Film:

“After years in development, Vincenzo Natali’s Neuromancer is finally moving forward. According to a press release, the film has secured sales from distributors at Cannes and visual effects work has already begun. Filming will begin in 2012 with locations in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London.”

Vincenza Natali’s Neuromancer is a screen adaptation of William Gibson’s visionary book of the same name. David Chen interviewed Natali in 2010 who described his vision for the film like this: Continue reading

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