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My brother is an artist and we share a studio. In it, there is a cupboard we refer to as the ‘Technology Drawer'. Everything complicated goes in there. Our policy is that if we can't fix it with glue, it's technological.

In my more paranoid moments I'm convinced the drawer is a sort of embryo from which a stapler-headed, radio-bodied, ipod cable-haired robot monster will emerge, fix its cold eyes (two pen light batteries) on me and vaporise my naïve, trusting self. When I look in there I sometimes feel scared. I suppose that makes me a technophobe. It also makes me frightened of staplers, which is just weird...

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After just one year online, SARocks stands to win the top honour at this month's SA Blog Awards. But whether he wins or not, editor Nic Harlambous is in this for the long haul. He talks to us about the blog boom, thinking positively and, um, camels...

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Vantage Point
The selling line for Vantage Point is a good one: Eight points of view. One truth. Unfortunately, the worst point of view from which to watch this story unfold is from inside the theatre...

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Unit of Force
Think music and the word ‘unit' and your mind might freeze in terror. But fortunately we're not talking about ‘Unit', the indie pop album by the Australian band Regurgitator or hip-hop group G-Unit. This is nothing like that. Cape Town electro-rock outfit Unit-r are hard to define, which is partly what makes them so exciting...

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Travelling Without Moving

Human teleportation by 2022? Jon Spooner thinks so. His groundbreaking show, 'The Ethics of Progress', uses plain and jargon-free English to explain how recent developments in the world of quantum physics have brought us to the edge of the unthinkable.

Inspired by the theories of Quantum Physics Professor Vlatko Vedral, Spooner unravels the mysteries of superpositions, teleportation and entanglement and invites his audience to consider how current developments in the field will irretrievably change the world as we know it...

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Rand Overboard!
The weakening Rand has everyone in a state. Everyone with money, that is. Artists and hobos probably couldn't care less. But with our currency falling to five year lows against the Dollar and establishing record lows against the Euro, things are looking bleak indeed...

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Sparks fly

Water, food, shelter – in the hierarchy of human needs, it starts and ends right there. Without such necessities, conflict is not only likely but inevitable, writes Leonie Joubert.


The man's name has become faded with lack of use, his face replaced by more recent, indeed more useful memories. But the maroon waistcoat, gold trim, still flash boldly through the mind's recesses. A school teacher and poet, he'd say of his credentials to passing customers. That was before he left home...

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