BATMAN’S ARKHAM KNIGHT BLUES

"…one of the most enjoyable Batman stories I’ve experienced"
GAME INFORMER - 9.5 [Except, of course, if you're playing the game on PC.]

By <L.C. Lupus><OpenlyCurious.Co> — Social media erupted in flames when Batman: Arkham Knight was released a few days after E3 [Electronic Entertainment Expo] on 23 June 2015. The promise? Another superb game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, developed by Rocksteady Studios. Gamers gleefully loaded up their copies of the fourth instalment in the Arkham series … Read more

VENTURE CAPITALISTS RULE THE WORLD

Dinner by Surian Soosay via Flickr.

You’ve heard of neo-liberalism. Say hello to its younger, wilder cousin: neo-lotteryism. By <JOHN FEFFER> <Foreign Policy In Focus> — Before the gale-force hurricane of Reaganomics swept through the United States in the 1980s, America very briefly entertained the adoption of a deliberate industrial policy. As in South Korea and certain European nations, the U.S. … Read more

AUNTY AGONY ON PARENTING & ATTACHMENT BLUNDERS

Artwork by mariana abasolo via Flickr.

OpenlyCurious.Co’s Agony Aunt — <AUNTY AGONY> — offers <MARTYRED MOTHER> pearls of pragmatic wisdom. Dear Aunty Agony My firstborn is 21 years old and has entered the world of work. She’s flown the coop and is no longer living at home. When she was in school and studying I used to pay for everything, and … Read more

WHY I CODE AND DON’T GET PAID FOR IT

code.close() by Ruiwen Chua via Flickr.

By <BOB MESIBOV> <OpenSource.com> — I turn 70 on my next birthday, and it’s well known that people my age aren’t computerate, at least here in Australia. We have to be taught about email and web browsers and Facebook by grandchildren, or in special “computing for seniors” classes. We’re not expected to know much about … Read more

“WHAT’S HAPPENED TO ME?”

Metamorphosized by Poster Boy at Flickr, licensed through Creative Commons.

Extract from Metamorphosis  by Franz Kafka. Translated by David Wyllie. This is an extract of Kafka’s story about Gregor Samsa. Metamorphosis can be found at Project Gutenberg, where it is free to read online. A Kindle edition is also available for free download at Project Gutenberg – that voluntary initiative aimed to promote reading, the dissemination of literature, and that … Read more

FIRST XHOSA CHESS BOOK LAUNCHED

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By <MARISKA MORRIS> <Ground Up>  — International Chess Master Watu Kobese sits on a luxury couch in the Cape Sun Hotel, where the South African Chess Open is taking place. It is an hour before he competes. He has agreed to meet to discuss his life, South African chess and Masidlale Uthimba (Let us play … Read more

DOOM 4 [AND AN ODE TO DOOM]

"Featuring dramatic storylines, pulse-pounding action, revolutionary technology and unique sci-fi based weaponry, DOOM is the franchise that ushered in the FPS revolution and evolved the genre into the juggernaut it is today."

By <Mandy de Waal @mandyldewaal> & <Jon Pienaar @j0nn0><OpenlyCurious.Co> — In the beginning, there was Doom. And Doom was about being a space marine who was sent to the fiery pits of hell. Not on this planet. Oh no! After assaulting a superior officer, the punishment for ‘DoomGuy’ was other-worldly. We’re not talking some benign, … Read more

SOUTH AFRICANS ACTIVE ON INTERNET’S “MURDER CAPITAL”

Stormfront South Africa

kaffirhater Siener van Rensburg PROUDSAWHITEBOY 1994 sucks EngelseBoer Gen. De la Rey Houtkop These are just some of the monikers used by South Africans on a white supremacist site called Stormfront.org that’s been linked to close on 100 hate-crime murders, and which US advocacy group, the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC], has called the “murder … Read more

RETAIN YOUR BRAIN

Stress. It can permanently affect your brain

<By JON PIENAAR> <OpenlyCurious.Co> — Stress is bad, mkay? We all know this. And to add to our worries, there is some bad news about chronic stress, that could just add to your stress, if stress is your thing. But don’t give up hope. There is also some good news, that should help you retain … Read more

MURDER ON LONG STREET

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Murder on Long Street: Congolese bouncers and the private security industry. By <KIMON DE GREEF><Ground Up> Joe-Louis Kanyona, a 32-year old Congolese resident of Cape Town, was hired as a doorman at craft beer megabar Beerhouse on Long Street last December. At 10:37pm on Saturday 20 June, while standing guard at the entrance, Kanyona, a smaller … Read more

MARKET SUPREMACY — WHY WE NEED TO RETHINK THE IDEA OF CORPORATIONS

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By <SALIEM FAKIR><SACSIS> — Ask anybody what a market is and they will describe a creature that is self-moving, mythic and almost machine like as its engine drives the economy to a state of equilibrium. Often this machine-like description fosters the erroneous idea that the market is something that can be calibrated or recalibrated with … Read more

HOROSCOPE FOR JULY 2015

Artwork by mariana abasolo on Flickr licensed throug Creative Commons.

By MANDY DE WAAL  OpenlyCurious.co  — <The future is bright. Except for when it is not. Except for night. When it is dark.> Aries (3/21 – 4/19) Stop being sheepish, you’ve goat a lot of potential, but you are one of the most stubborn signs of the zodiac. Except for when you are following the … Read more

OUT IN AFRICA – NEW GENDER FRONTIERS

“The sheer terror that accompanies reconstructing one’s life and identity could only be mitigated by the realisation that I am only fully alive when playing with my identity, specifically my gender identity.”

Self-portrait by Germaine de Larch.

By MANDY DE WAAL  OpenlyCurious.co  — South Africa’s constitution protects gender equality, but at heart this country is still a conservative, patriarchal state. That’s why we need people like writer, image-maker and artivist, Germaine de Larch to challenge our rigid notions of gender identity and personal agency. Writer, identity activist and visual artist Germaine de … Read more

ESKOM’S CLASS AGENDA

Eskom ate my homework by Paul Keller on Flickr, lisenced through Creative Commons.

By SEAN HATTINGH  SACSIS  — Eskom has been plagued by inefficiencies and scandals. There’s been load shedding, exorbitantly large managerial salaries, and scandals around tenders and coal-supply costs. Over and above this has been Eskom’s demand for significant tariff increases to supposedly overcome a funding shortfall despite the fact that the power utility recorded a … Read more

CHARLESTON [IT’S NOT OVER]

Photograph of a slave once owned by the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson who  was in power from 1829 to 1837. The name of the slave who is pictured with her grandchildren, is not known, but is thought to be 'Betty Jackson'. The photograph was taken by Carl Giers and exists in 'Volunteer Voices' a digitization project that aims to show the progression of democracy in Tennessee. President Jackson was born in Nashville and helped found the state of Tennessee.

By RICHARD PITHOUSE  SACIS  — Since the 1920s Charleston has been the name of a dance, a dance with roots in Africa and made white and famous on Broadway. Now Charleston is the name of a massacre, the murder of nine people and the desecration of the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Charleston was founded … Read more

THE GUILTLESS PLEASURE OF ADULT SWIM

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By JON PIENAAR OpenlyCurious.co  — Back in the days when I still had DStv, there was a channel called Go (channel 123 – 1,2,3, Go – get it?) which would screen pop videos and other pap for teenagers during the day. But come 10pm, on would come: Adult Swim. Normally, I’m an earlyish-to-bed person, but … Read more

FEEL THE LOVE FOR UNRAVEL’S YARNY

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By MANDY DE WAAL  OpenlyCurious.co  — Smaller than a chair, or a sunflower, Yarny is the central character in a new game called Unravel. You will fall in love with Yarny – how can you not but  love this creature made out of red wool, who traverses an epic hero’s journey purely to entertain? Then … Read more

CITIZENS UNITE AGAINST ESKOM HIKE

Eskom Gritty Metal Logo by Roy Blumenthal on Flickr, licensed through Creative Commons.

By NTOMBI MBOMVU  GroundUp  — In Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday (23 June 2015), a broad spectrum of residents, community organisations, students’ movements, religious groups, people with disability and members of the public embarked on a protest march against the 25.3% electricity tariff hike that has been proposed by Eskom. City mayor Chris Ndlela was asked to … Read more