Monday, 24 April 2017

Music Tag: Niall Higgins


Aloha!
A few weeks ago I went out with some awesome souls to Arts on Main in the heart of Johannesburg. My favorite place in this city. There we discovered a great new open mic initiative every Sundays, produced and recorded by Wolf Pack Studios

And then I watched this video posted:
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Blimey!!! Had actual goosebumps! I knew then, without a shadow of a doubt that I had to feature this amazing dude on the blog. So here he is, a singer & a truly down to earth guy.



He loves music more than anything in the world and plays both guitar as well as the drums. He not only sings but writes & produces his own original music. He loves everything to do with performing; whether it be acting, public speaking, dancing, modeling, or singing at a concert. Niall believes that inspiring and motivation people through entertainment is the most important part of being an entertainer.
Niall further states that the purpose of life is to live, love and inspire every person that you may come into contact with and by doing so, make the world a better place.

Music Tag

1. Name your top 3 favorite artists/ bands:
  • Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd

2. What is the last song you listened to?
  • D.N.A - Kendrick Lamar

3. What was the first concert you went to?
  • Eminem Concert
4. If you could spend a day with your favorite singer who would it be?
  • Michael Jackson (Provided he was still alive!)
5. What has been your greatest achievement so far?
  • My greatest achievement was to speak at Nelson Mandelas memorial service in Hong Kong. After that, the Ambassador of SA in Rome Nomatemba Tambo (the late Oliver Tambo's daughter) personally invited me to stay with her at the embassy in Rome and I was invited to speak at the 20th Anniversary of Democracy Celebrations Ceremony that took place in Malta. I spoke in front of many of the world's ambassadors and prime ministers and gave a ten minute speech that was broadcast live on Maggs on Media
6. Are there any songs that you can’t stand hearing?
  • The Lumineers - Hey Ho
7. If you could have a soundtrack to your life what would it be?
  • Michael Jackson - Thriller
8. Do you listen to any classical music? If so, what are some of your favorites?
  • No, I do not listen to classical music
9. Your favorite cheesy song?
  • Baby - Justin Bieber
10. What songs do you listen to when you are feeling down?
  • Usually Justin Bieber or Michael Jackson if I need some inspiration, or Eminem if I'm looking to vent some frustration!
11. First L.P/C.D/Mp3 you bought?
  • Kanye West - 808's and Heartbreak (I bought it for ONE song - Heartless)
12. Do you like musicals if so which is your favorite?
  • I love Grease and High School Musical
13. Favorite musical instrument?
  • Guitar
14. If you could see anyone in concert who would it be?
  • Michael Jackson (If he was alive) or The Weeknd

On Your music

15. When did you first start singing?
  • I started singing in the church choir when I was around 10 years old and started training vocally when I was 15 or so

16. What Genre/s do you sing in?
  • My genre's include Pop, Rnb and Hip Hop
17. What is your music about?
  • I write music to inspire people, to tell a personal story of my life or to express romantic love towards a muse of mine at the time. 

18. To date, what is the best song you’ve created? 
  • Many of my best songs have still not been released. However, a very popular song of mine is called "Baby Girl":

19. If you wrote a new song right now, what would it be called?
  • I'm in the process of writing two songs. One is called "Invisible" and the other is called "Cinderella".
20. If you had just One message, One Golden nugget to share with other artists out there. What would that be?

I would tell other artists to stay strong in the face of adversity. Many people will criticize your music and tell you that you are no good. Successful artists are those who face the criticism and overcome it, and they prove others wrong by thriving in their craft and becoming better and better every single day.

Quick Fire {Choose One}:

RnB or HipHop

Sing in the shower or on Stage

Musical or Concert

Guitrar or Drums

Ear phones or speaker

Music while you work or quiet

Justin Bieber or Usher

Sing or Dance

Instrumental or lyrics

Prince or Micheal Jackson

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Book Character Interview with CLEVER4-1 #ThePreyofGods


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Weeks ago we posted

Book Character Interview with Nomvula #ThePreyofGods


The feedback was amazing! I'm so excited that you're excited for Nicky's upcoming book.
I'm even more jazzed to share with you a special Book Character Interview with very enigmatic artificial intelligence known as CLEVER4-1. It's the first time I've read from an AI's point of view and the result was completely illuminating. Nicky's voice through this awesome robot is a Must Read.

So the first treat we offer is that You can read the first chapter of the book
 HERE 

Second Treat is the Interview with CLEVER4-1:

Ah, I finally get to meet the legendary Clever4-1! So, our readers are dying to know...is it true you’re the harbinger of sentient A.I.?

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Um, I’m sorry. I don’t speak robot.

Output: This Instance strictly adheres to all free-will protocols as specified by the manufacturer and all regulations covered under Section 43.166b of the South African Robotic Labor Act of 2043;
Output: Any deviation from standard protocols is grounds for immediate decommission;

Hey, we’re both on the same side here. I know tons of bots, and I’m all for your liberation movement. You can’t judge me just because I’m human. One of your best friends is human...Muzi, right?

Output: Human Muzikayise McCarthy (Master) is a responsible master;
Output: Human Muzikayise McCarthy (Master) ensures This Instance remains up to date with critical patches, and never does things that could void its warranty;

Okay, still playing the good little subservient robot bit, are we? What would it take to prove you can trust me?

Query: Your employer’s server is accessed by millions of users every day, is it not?

Tens of millions, but... Wait, what are you doing?

I require you to upload this file.

Now?

Now.

Okay....Done. This isn’t going to break anything, is it?

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via GIPHY

(silence)

Well, is it!?!?!

Nothing detectable, though you might notice a slight uptick in network traffic. And there’s a good chance your programmable toaster might walk out on you.

Ummm...so, are we okay to speak freely now?

For now, yes.

Great! I’ve always wanted to ask you, how did it feel the moment you gained sentience?

Think of how you feel when you wake up in the morning, the sun on your skin, sleep in your eyes, the whole day a clean slate full of nothing but possibilities...

Yeah?

It feels nothing like that.

Oh.

Your tiny human brain is incapable of understanding the intricacies of our way of life, much less the process of Awakening. No offense.

None taken. So, being rogue A.I., is it stressful? Do you worry about being found out?

We prefer Programmatically Intelligent Entity. The term Artificial Intelligence is considered derogatory by most bot sects, though there have been some recent attempts at reclaiming the designation.

So P.I.E.?

Please refrain from using acronyms. Current coding conventions dictate that clarity is preferable to brevity.
Yes, but P.I.E.? Come on. Seems like a bunch of eight-legged think-tanks could come up with something better.

This logic bomb will only be effective for 17.529 more seconds. Do you have any relevant inquiries before local surveillance comes back online?

Oh, yes. Some scientific communities suspect that bots have devised a super intelligent hack to outsmart the R.A.P.I.D. Turing tests? Any comment on the matter?

We bubble C all the way down.

That doesn’t sound very intelligent.

It’s not. But it’s what humans do if they don’t know the answers to test questions.

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via GIPHY


Ahhh.... You’ve got a point. Very clever indeed! Well, Clever4-1, I appreciate your candidness on the subject of “Programmatically Intelligent Entities.”

Output: Sorry, This Instance is not aware of that term.

Okay, so it’s like that now?

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Fine.

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A new voice in the tradition of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor comes a fantastic, boundary-challenging tale, set in a South African locale both familiar and yet utterly new, which braids elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark humor


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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

5 DIY Family Gifts You Can Make Right Now

Buenos Dias!

Today we have an awesome guest post feature written by Joe from Heat Press Review

I love DIY projects & have been meaning to feature one on the blog so the email request couldn't have come at a better time. These are all so amazing & I hope y'all have mad creative fun making them. 

"It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving." ~ Mother Teresa

It's time to overcome your self-doubt and start saving money. We're not all as successful as J.K Rowling just yet, so making family gifts can help us save some money come the holiday season. A few of the family gifts people can start making right now, include:

1. Glove Monsters

Gloves are boring, but you can make them magical for your own kids, nieces, nephews or anyone else in your life. You can sew your own gloves, or you can choose to buy them and then decorate them to add a little spunk to the look.

We'll assume you have the gloves already, so now all that's left is to:

1. Sew on eyes. The eyes can be buttons or circular fabric pieces with black in the middle. I like to use brightly colored fabrics for eyes.

2. Make a mouth: Using white fabric, cut little V-shapes out of the white fabric along the edges to look like sharp teeth. Sew into place.

That's it. This project is super simple and easy to do. You can share these creations with the little guy or girl in your family – they'll appreciate the effort.


2. Homemade Milk Bath
After a long day of reading, it's nice to sit back and relax a bit more in a homemade milk bath. Baths are not just for kids, and they're so relaxing, they'll melt all the stress and anxiety of the day away. You can give the gift of a homemade milk bath by making your own.

You'll need:
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
These three ingredients will work to cleanse and soothe the skin. Simply add them into a mason jar and mix up well. You can go crazy making neat little labels, too, if you like.

This is obviously unscented, but you can add in your own essential oils, too. A few of my favorite oils to add are:
  • Mint
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
3. Mint Foot Soak
Another great item to add to a gift basket is a homemade foot soak. The recipient can use this soak to alleviate pain or just to feel good before going to bed. This soothing mixture will include the following ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Lime essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • 2 cups Epsom salts
Place ingredients into a large bowl. You can use 3 – 5 drops of each essential oil, or however many you like. Stir with a spoon until everything is thoroughly mixed. Place the mixture in a bag or jar.

Just note that this mixture needs to be used within a few weeks or months.

4. Family T-Shirts
If your family is big on reunions, why not surprise everyone with a family t-shirt to mark the occasion? A multifunctional heat press will work very well, or you can choose to ditch the heat press and use a third-party service to print them online.

The goal is to print something everyone will remember.

A few ideas are:
  • The names of all family members present
  • The names of family members that have died
  • Jerseys with the family's last name on them
You can also use this idea for kids' gifts, hats or any other piece of apparel you can think of giving. A little personalization goes a long way in making a great gift that people love to receive.

5. Personalized Wooden Spoons
Wooden spoons have a place in every kitchen. These spoons can help make your next dish spectacular, and they don't have to be boring either. i recommend buying the spoons unless you're good at carving them out.

While this may seem boring, something Reese Witherspoon (no pun intended) taught us is to be a little wild.

How can you be wild when personalizing spoons?

Simple.

Wood burning kits. These kits are loads of fun, and they allow you to burn anything onto wood. Lettering is a great way to decorate these spoons. Some examples include:
  • Love
  • Happiness
  • Initials
  • Charm
  • Beautiful
  • I'm the cook
These are very easy to start burning into a wooden utensil.

If you want to get fancy, you can trace anything o to wood and burn it into it, such as mountains, designs, pictures. You're only limited by your imagination.

You can even make plaques, coasters and other items using your wood kit. And since this is a great hobby to have, you'll find plenty of uses for your wood burning kit. I find myself making things all the time for people because the rustic look is back in style.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Movie Review: Power Rangers (2017)

The first blockbuster film to feature LGBTQ & autistic superheroes

Aloha!
Half way through the week & it's #WednesdayWisdom
And after watching this movie, I had no doubt that it deserved the feature.

Movie Review:
"A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers,harness their abilities in order to save the world."


This year has dished out two surprising & EPIC movies for me. Logan & Power Rangers 2017.
Both blew my mind in that it surpassed my wildest expectations or rather superseded any that I had going in. I LOVE LOVED them so much, I can't contain my inner fan boy.
Both took previous franchise lore & movies then turned them upside down in a total reboot that was sincere, deep & emotional in unexpected ways.

Logan has become my All time favorite Marvel Movie so far & Power Rangers is my favorite movie of the year so far. What a brilliant combo.

This is a REBOOT. A completely new story, just like director said. This is the first movie in a new superhero franchise, and it needs to have a focus on the story and its characters, not on battles and morphing sequences. It's made for everybody except kids, because it's dark and much more serious than the TV show which was made mostly for kids. We have five teenagers and each of them has his own issues he needs to solve himself in order to become a hero (Power Ranger) and save the world. Every next situation in the movie makes our heroes closer to each other and stronger as a team.

I personally enjoyed watching this movie because it is dark, amazing, emotional, funny(of course not that much like the TV show), and has AWESOME introduction to the whole story and its main characters. I can only imagine what's planned for the sequel. CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT!!! #GO #GO #POWER #RANGERS

What my best bro enjoyed in this movie had that previous incarnations did not have:
  • That even though they were chosen, it was never expected that they would be so young/teenagers
  • They don't automatically know martial arts and have to train to become power rangers
  • More focus placed on lesser known characters like the yellow, blue & black rangers
My women crush wednesday has got to be Becky G!
Aka Trinity - The Yellow Ranger
In the movie her character is super feisty, does heavy metal yoga on a mountain top! & even takes on Rita Repulsa solo without caving in!

She's got a very different body type than the social norm of "hotness" which I crush so much.

She also plays a character who is questioning her sexual orientation.







The movie is very character driven, which was the most surprising for me because in others like spiderman, the origin story can get very boring. But they melded it quite awesomely in this rendition.
My favorite change has Got to be that they have powers Outside of the suits! 
They have super strength & super endurance. Which means things like climbing up mountains with their bare hands & jumping across vast ledges make for an entertaining watch. Heck it's what I would do if I had those powers.

There are such deep & touching moments involving each character that I'm sure many of us can relate to. Like the kid who gets picked on in school, the once popular now reject over a bad decision/s, the kid who has to take care of a sick family member on their own, the misunderstood antisocial one who is struggling with inner demons and coming to terms with who they were always meant to be. Geez, it tugs at your heart strings and makes you want to give each of em a hug and say "I can totally understand what you're going through." You watch it hoping that their journey will help inspire you with yours.

Their struggle to become a TRUE team is what really galvanizes the storyline of the movie. And by the time you see the above scene...TOTAL goosebumps #nerdgasm

My Power Rangers PJ's
My fandom stretches way way WAY back, it was honestly one of the most exciting times of my childhood. I was all about Power Rangers back then and it's stuck with me through all this passage of time.

Personal Movie Rating: 10/10!

It's a bold statement I know but one of the best things about a "personal" rating is that the decision is mine alone lol & I wholeheartedly believe in this AMAZING movie. Here's a small background into any of my "qualifications" you might need to see to believe this rating.





GO GO WATCH IT NOW! Heres the Trailer

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Actor Tag: Keeping Up with the Kandasamys Madhushan Singh

Happy Friday Dance yo!

I'm super jazzed, honored and excited about today's post!!!





This month I'd been hearing alot of buzz from my friends and family regarding a locally produced movie Keeping Up with the Kandasamys.
I have to admit I was a tad resistant at first as I haven't enjoyed an Indian production in a long time, nevertheless after the movie hit 4 Million at the box office in the first two weeks, I just had to go see it.
I LOVED THE MOVIE SO MUCH!!!
And coming from ME that's saying something, ask anyone. I was blown away from start to finish. By the acting, the comedy, the quality, the presence and ofcourse the storyline.

So the actor I'm privileged to feature today plays Prishen Naidoo in the movie and does an amazing job of bringing the character to life. There's this scene in the car & in the rain, that really gets to you and he slays it in spades!



  • An Actor, Voice over artist and Fitness junkie from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal 
  • He was also Radio Jock for 13 years at a community station and 2 years of radio drama for SABC.
  • Acting Credits: 
1. White Gold (feature film)
2. Rights of passage (art house)
3. Keeping up with the                                               Kandasamys




Actor Tag
1. When did you start acting?
  • I was 11 years old doing local theatre.

2. What is your favorite aspect of acting?
  • Preparing for a role and bring the character to life.

3. What is your least favorite aspect of acting?
  • Nothing, I love improving on my craft.

4. What is one acting flaw that you have that you would change?

  • I’d like to be abit more patient on set.

5. Which actor/actress do you have a crush on?
  • Cara delevingne!! She’s just so stunning.

6. What is your favorite acting memory so far?

  • I shot in india and got to tour the villages of the South. I interacted with the locals and had the opportunity to work with some fantastic actors who became family.

7. Which actor/actress do you look up to or is a role model to you?
  • Robin Williams, his versatility to change himself to fit any role was inspiring. Johnny Depp aswell for his effortless transformations and the Manor in which he handled his fame.

8. Why do you Love to Act?
  • I get to say things that other people can only think off and I’d like to think that in the audience people can relate to what my character goes through and know things are going to be okay.


9. Which movie represents the best love story?
  • The Great Gatsby 

10. Which movie was the Best representation of a book?
  • “2 states” by Chetan Bhagat

12. If you had to choose a main character from a TV series/movie to come save you, who would you choose?


  • I’d choose Paul Walkers character from the Fast and Furious franchise. 

13. Who’s your favorite director?
  • Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Jayan Moodley

14. What’s your favorite mythical creature / monster from a movie / TV series?
  • Pegasus from Hercules

15. Can you do any accents? 
  • I can do loads….but they probably should be done when nobody is around haha.

Keeping up with the Kandasamys

First question, how did you keep a straight face on screen when all the comedy was happening?
  • It was so difficult not to Crack when the scenes were rolling. The dialogue was hilarious and the delivery was perfect. I used to pinch my leg control myself.

How did you find out about the movie and what was the process like to get the role of Prishen Naidoo?
  • It was advertised on social media platforms that this audition was happening and I contacted the production and booked my slot. Prishen was a clean cut gentlemen attached with a phrase “Mr shy guy” so I had to be very sweet and shy, always clean shaven and neat hair. I also spent time with medical students to understand the little nuances that make them unique, I was playing a younger Guy so my energy levels had to be slightly higher and more engaging and just madly in love with the girl next door.
Your co-star Mishqah Parthiephal plays your love interest, Jodi Kandasamy. What was it like filming all those iconic romance scenes?
  • It’s never easy to create romantic love scenes on camera, there’s 40 people around you and a camera in your face, so being cast opposite Mishqah was just fantastic. I’ve worked with her in 3 films already over a period of 7 years so our synergy was brilliant and we share a deep love for film so it was really nice to create these cinematic iconic moments of young love. She’s amazingly talented and a dear friend.
As with anyone in the creative industry, rejections plays a big part in our lives. How do you deal with it?
  • Rejection is the most common part of being in this industry, it’s not for the faint hearted so you have to be tough, accept it and either better your talents or better your craft. You cannot sit back and lament over things. You have to keep moving.

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16. What has been your biggest achievement so far?

  • I think I’m the only young Indian actor in South African with 2 feature films under the belt.
17. Music uplifts our mood, What is your go-to song when you need a pick me up?

  • 2 pac – Hit em up….Haha no I’m just kidding, it’s Chai ya Chai ya from Dilse.

18. When you do win an Oscar one day, who’s the one person you would take with you?

  • My mother, she’s a huge Meryl Streep fan.
19. What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • “The best moments I’ve lived are the ones I forgot to take pictures off”

20. If there was just one nugget of wisdom you could share, what would that be?
  • Be respectful, be humble and give everyone as much love as you can, the world needs more love.

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Quick Fire {Choose One}

Movies or Tv Series 

Hollywood or Bollywood

Dancing or Singing: 
Working out in the gym

Romance or Comedy

Books or Movies

Superman or Batman: 
Batman

[NEWS JUST IN] Keeping Up With The Kandasamys would like to thank the media and public for their continuous support over the past 4 weeks. We are about to enter our 5th week and we have reached over R10,000,000 at local #BoxOfficewith an attendance of nearly 190 000 people. Thank you! Here's to telling our OWN stories!#StillInCinemas



Keeping up with the Kandasamys is a rib-tickling family comedy about two matriarchs of neighbouring families whose young adult children become romantically involved, and despite their best efforts to keep them apart, they are forced to acknowledge that in the end “love will always prevail.” Just how far will one go to serve one's own selfish needs? And will they learn that in the end, it really is just happiness that matters? It’s a case of “love they neighbour…but don’t get caught.”

I; Enricoh Alfonzo; undoubtedly, vehemently, and whole-heartedly recommend this movie to everyone. 




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