World Aids Day: 1 December 2005

World Aids Day Thursday marks World Aids Day. You cannot chose to escape this day here in Cape Town, South Africa, you can no longer turn a blind eye and hope it will go away. An estimated 4.5 million South Africans were living with HIV in 2000. An estimated 6 million people are expected to die of AIDS related illnesses in the next 10 years.

More media attention has been reported on Mbeki’s controversial statements on HIV and Aids then the tremendous work non-profit organisations and individuals have been doing, trying to combat this disease. But they need our help!

HIV CAUSES AIDS

Find an HIV AIDS support organisation and make your pledge to help the hundreds of thousands of people infected or affected by HIV AIDS in our country.

If you don’t know where to find one. Support the organisation our company supports:

The Westlake United Church Trust in Cape Town South Africa.

Recently launched Gravit8 Discussion Forum

To all those loyal readers, I have recently finished an online discussion forum on the Gravit8 website. This discussion forum is open for anybody to use. This discussion forum covers questions and answers on network support queries, website design problems, and even has a section where you can submit your website for review and drive traffic to your website.

Whether you have the stupidest question on why your floppy drive won’t accept your credit card for online purchases, or something a little more difficult to solve like how to configure a wireless network, try us for the answer.

Currently, I am deciding on whether to have you to register to submit a question (which only takes about 1 minute), or whether to keep the forum completely open. That is why some forums are accessible and others aren’t.

So check it out and feed me with your feedback. Gravit8 Discussion Forum

South African Judicial System

Two recent court cases have earned the attention of newspaper readers in South Africa. One person was fined R1 000 for not having a TV license. Another was released on bail for R500 after being arrested for murder.

The moral of this South African story
: If you do not have a TV license and the inspector comes round, kill him. You’ll save R500.

The All new Nokia N90

Nokia n90

Ok, it’s just shipped to the U.S, which means it probably hasn’t reached South Africa yet. But check it out, and put it on your Christmas wishlist.

“The Nokia N90 is packed with advanced digital camera features to capture print quality photos, including a two megapixel camera with autofocus, integrated LED flash, macro mode for sharp close-ups and on-device photo editing capabilities. The Nokia N90 also features VHS resolution video recording in MP4 format and comes with dedicated record and zoom keys for easy video capture.”

Extract from Nokia.com

Borat in Trouble

So it was only a matter of time before Borat got in poo poo for some of his comments at the MTV awards. Don’t get me wrong he is a funny guy, but sometimes he takes it one step too far. His translation of Shakira stood out to me, I was like “Hmmm… that’s a bit harsh”.

So now the whole of Kazakhstan wants to sue him. Read more about this here: Borat in Trouble

Some famous Borat quotes for those of you who don’t know him (shame on you):

“If you come back with me to my country,(….) I will give you television and remote control…”

“In Kazhakstan we have many hobbies: disco dancing, archery, rape and table tennis…”

“Englishman must have a hobby. Some like to collect the stamp or make jam. But the most fun is to kill a a little animal with a shotgun or rip him up with a wild dog.”

Vin Diesel Facts

Crop circles are Vin’s way of telling the world that sometimes corn
needs to lie the f*%k down.

If you were to lock Vin Diesel in a room with a guitar, a year later
you would have the greatest album ever, it would sweep the Grammy’s.
When asked why he doesn’t do this Vin replied, “Because Grammy’s are
for queers.” Then he ate a knife to show the seriousness of his
response.

When Vin Diesel jumps into a body of water, he doesn’t get wet. The
water gets Vin instead.

Vin Diesel is not lactose intolerant; he just refuses to put up with
lactose’s shit.

It takes 14 puppeteers to make Vin Diesel smile, but only 2 to make
him destroy an orphanage.

Vin Diesel can set ants on fire with a magnifying glass. At night.

In fine print at on the last page of the Guinness Book of World
Records it notes that all world records are held by Vin Diesel, and
that those listed in the book are simply the closest anyone has ever
come to matching him.

The Turkish hate Vin Diesel. Why? Because Vin Diesel killed over 1.5
Million Armenians on April 24th, 1915. He later blamed it on the
Turkish Ottoman Empire who to this day get accused of this crime as
Vin Diesel sits back and laughs at the Armenians.

God created Vin Diesel before Adam, but had to ask Vin to leave
because instead of naming the animals in the Garden he devoured their
bodies and souls.

There is no theory of evolution, just a list of creatures Vin Diesel
allows to live.

Vin Diesel has two speeds: walk and kill.

Vin Diesel was the hunter who shot Bambi’s Mother. He then wore her
carcass like it was a coat while he made his rounds at the local
children’s hospital.

Vin Diesel played Russian Roulete with a fully loaded gun and won.

When Vin Diesel was born, the nurse said, “Holy crap! That’s Vin
Diesel!” Then she had had sex with him. At that point, she was the
third girl he had slept with.

Vin Diesel can win a game of Monopoly without owning any property.

If you rearrange the letters in ‘Vin Diesel’ it reveals his credo: “I
End Lives.”

When Vin Diesel goes to donate blood, he declines the syringe, and
instead requests a handgun and a bucket.

In an average living room there are 1,242 objects Vin Diesel could use
to kill you, including the room itself.

Vin Diesel is the reason why Waldo is hiding.

Vin Diesel once beat Super Mario Bros 3 without even touching his
Nintendo controller. He just yelled at his TV in between bites of his
“Filet of Child” sandwich, and the game beat itself out of fear.

Vin Diesel is the only man to ever defeat a brick wall in a game of
tennis.

Vin Diesel can divide by zero.

When Vin Diesel runs with scissors, other people get hurt.

Vin Diesel cannot be killed by man of woman born.

When Vin Diesel does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s
pushing the Earth down.

The luck of the Irish

Grrrrrr….. firefox has just crashed on me again causing me to lose a whole post! Is anyone else having problems with the new Firefox?

This last weekend my girlfriend and I, and half the Saffa community in London, traveled to Dublin to watch the Boks take on the Irish at Lansdowne Road Stadium. Initially our plan was to watch the game at a traditional Irish pub, as we had no tickets. We took the chance though and luckily found a punter within a few minutes of arriving at the stadium.

Even though we lost to a much more impressive Irish team the experience was worth every euro spent. The atmosphere in and around the stadium was electrifying. South African flags flew all around Dublin, and Guinness was being consumed by the barrel!

Quotes of the Day

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American Poet, Lecturer and Essayist, 1803-1882

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher