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Family conversation LXII

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Pim: Is Moby from Pennsylvania?
T: Somewhere in the US; I’m not sure where exactly.
Pim: I thought I saw on the website that he was from Pennsylvania.
T: Oh, I didn’t notice.
Pim: But I had the feeling he was from Pennsylvania anyway…
T: …
Pim: Do you geddit, do you geddit?
T: Yeah, yeah, I geddit*.

* If you don’t geddit, click here.

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April 1, 2010 at 23.39

The journey of a homeless pencil

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The brilliant and whimsical Kim has submitted a music video for the Moby song Wait for Me. Not quite sure how to embed it on this post as, embarrassingly enough, I’m actually quite the blogging Luddite (if I’m permitted an oxymoron). But you can read Kim’s description below as an appetiser.

This is the story of a homeless pencil – who desires a diamond – and its journey through a “day” which is symbolic of its troubles. The pencil hopes the diamond will be patient and still be there after it cleans up its act. What sex or race is the pencil? Well I wanted it to be non-specific although it did end up leaning in a certain direction… you can decide for yourself. I’ve recently engaged with a couple of homeless people and that was partly an inspiration for this video – they seem to exist in a different time frame while the world goes by relentlessly. The song’s music and lyrics conjured up the story you see. It’s a dark tune but has moments of hope in it. I feel that we are somewhat – I say only somewhat – desensitised to images of people in the media, and in real life, who are in trouble, suffering or lost in some way. I wanted to explore a way that would encourage people to think and react to such people perhaps from a new perspective. Graphite and diamond are both made of the same thing – carbon – so at the end of the day the pencil is an equal to the diamond.

If your interest is piqued, click here to check out the video.  I mean, you don’t *have* to vote for Kim; I’m pretty certain Moby’s gonna pick her video. But I voted for her, just in case he has a stupid day.

If you are inspired to vote, it’s not difficult; once you’ve clicked on Kim’s video on the Genero.tv website  you don’t need to sign up or anything, just enter your email address. And if you’d like to spread the word, you can invite your friends to check out her video via the Facebook event page. Or follow Kim on Twitter on @homelesspencil.

Here’s what a couple of people who’ve already voted for her had to say:

“Really liked the vid and was thus able to vote with clear conscience. G’luck”

“Brillo. Poignant. Voted.”

Family conversation LXI

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Mim: I really like how ABJ has opened up this space.
T: Ja, me too.
Mim: We’re going to put an occasional table over there.
T:  Is the table going to be there all the time?
Mim: What do you mean?
Pim: Will it be there only on occasion?
Mim: You two have been spending far too much time together!

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March 28, 2010 at 22.27

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Family conversation LX

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Pim: You’d better be careful saying you’re happy to travel in Africa. Next thing they’ll send you to Macquarie University in Rwanda.
Mim: I think you mean Makerere University…
T: …in Uganda.

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March 26, 2010 at 23.22

Family conversation LIX

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T: I don’t understand why the government is getting so excited about Cofit, when it hasn’t sorted out Refit properly yet.
Mim: What’s Cofit?
T: The cogeneration feed-in tariff.
Mim: Oh.
T: Also, why do they have to have all these silly acronyms? Like, why can’t all the tariffs just be called one thing?
Mim: They just want to make people feel excluded.
T: Ja, like the poor solar power people. They need get their own tariff; it could be called Sofit.
Mim: What they really need is a Sowhat tariff!

Today’s happy things

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1. I found out Jack Parow is playing in the afternoon at Ramfest, so I can check out some zef rap before moving on to The Radium for the foxy folksiness that is Laurie Levine.

2. I bought me some pretty clothes from Hip Hop.  Not so pretty for my bank balance but, you know, at least they were on sale.

3. Pim and I have tickets for the World Cup! Brazil vs Cote d’Ivoire at Soccer City. Shhh… don’t tell Ivo.

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March 5, 2010 at 00.48

Family conversation LVIII

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T: Guess who’s playing in Jozi next weekend?
Pim: Vanessa Williams.
Mim: What do you know about Vanessa Williams?
Pim: Vanessa Williams, the tennis player
T: I was talking about music.
Mim: Ja, that’s what I thought.
T: Guess again.
Pim: Stalelybrown.
T: No, they’re playing here next month.
Pim: Die Antwoord.
T: That took some time…

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February 21, 2010 at 16.19