Awesome tune from an awesome South African band. Hailing from, well Woodstock, Cape Town, this is Woodstock Mafia with “Electric Light”. Rock Pop at its finest if you ask me. Interesting trivia. I share a boss with the guitarist Ryan Matthews. I doubt that gets me any comps though…
Yes, yes, I have been putting it off for quite some time now, but with the deadline now looming before us rather large and in charge, last weekend I made the effort to dig out the folders with all the medical expense till slips for the 2011 tax period, sorted it all out and came up with some reasonably big numbers for both Chantelle and myself. Now normally my medical expenses outside of medical aid contributions are fairly minimal thanks to the fact that I hardly ever bother to get medicine or go to a doctor when I’m sick, but this time around I had in fact spent a fair bit on Chantelle’s successful Lasik surgery – which needless to say promised a nice little tax refund for me. As is the norm these days, filing via SARS’ wonderful efiling interface is both quick and easy (even more so because I’m a simple guy, single paycheck, no investments or expenses to claim back on other than medical), and after rectifying my first submission in which I had forgotten to note down my medical aid contributions, the system happily reported to me that all was well and I could now pack up and go to bed. Two days later and R6,500 was neatly deposited into my count. Nifty. Anyway, that just leaves Chantelle to still do hers, which I’m making a point of reminding her about pretty much each and every day. I’m pretty sure she wants to punch me at [...]
Ouch, seriously don’t want to be a national English football supporter right now. Sweden delivered a big right hook to the English in last night’s international, and chief destroyer of the English defense turned out to be the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored all four of Sweden’s goals on the night! The best moment of the night? Without a doubt Ibrahimovic’s jaw-dropping fourth goal to seal the win. Even England captain Steven Gerrard described Ibrahimovic’s stunning fourth goal in Stockholm on Wednesday night as “the best I’ve ever seen.” And I kind of have to agree. Check it out: That takes skill (and a hell of a lot of luck).
We didn’t really celebrate on Jessica’s birthday seeing as it was a weekday, but we did wake her up in her cot with a surprise cupcake and candles combo. Needless to say, she still needs to get the hang of candles. Chantelle also made these cool pink and blue cupcakes which were then sent along to Baby Steps crèche, in celebration of our now 2-year old little girl’s big day!
The man in the picture? Tatsuhiko Kubo, also known as “The Dragon”. A recently retired Japanese soccer star with a penchant for scoring goals. Except he has just been foiled by the most unlikely of foes – a toilet. I’m not entirely sure whether this is a hoax or not, but from what we’re told, the Super Great Toilet Keeper is a joint venture from hi-tech toilet manufacturer TOTO and sports-betting lot toto, the result of which is a goal blocking toilet, capable of keeping out shots travelling as fast as 160km/h! Using two high-speed cameras to determine and calculate the speed and direction of any incoming shot, the toilet then sharply pivots and fires out a smaller ball with the aim of deflecting the soccer ball. Needless to say, this pretty much happens in the blink of an eye. Although I’m not entirely sure what the point of all this is, two thing definitely do stand out. First, the Japanese really are at a superior level of technological advancement and second, Japan really is the king of WTF. Seriously though, I can think of more than just a handful of keepers who should be more than a little scared of this! :)
I’m not particularly big on tennis in that I’m not really familiar with the current crop of players gracing the ATP tour, outside of course, the big four in terms of men’s tennis, and then poor old Kevin Anderson who keeps getting saddled with the South African label despite the fact he doesn’t really spend time out this way any more – and it’s been that way for years now. What this then means is that I can’t really tell you all that much about Grigor Dimitrov (playing in the red), except for that he pulled off this sensational and uber cheeky winning shot against Viktor Troicki at an ATP 2012 tournament held in Basel, Switzerland. Seriously, seriously cheeky. (But skilled). Nifty
So the most awesome of things happened on Sunday – Jessica started walking! And as it just happened to be, the full set of Oupa, Ouma, mommy and daddy were all on hand to see the very first walk, which of course was then dutifully videotaped from all possible angles by a very excited, happy and proud of his little daughter, Daddy. Needless to say, this is the culmination of months’ worth of work by Stephanie and all of her exercises, and I have to admit – I’m really glad that Chantelle convinced me to take Jessica to a physio in the first place. Anyway, enough talk, more video! :) So, so exciting, I know! :)
Pole dancing seems to have really taken off, though I’m not quite sure just why everyone seems to be filming themselves whilst doing it. Nevertheless, this activity requires strength, focus, flexibility, balance… and a pretty damn sturdy pole. Which none of the below seem to have. Ouch. There isn’t really all that much to say after seeing these rather bruising pole versus pole dancers. Just a note though. The girl fight scene isn’t authentic – was a setup for a Belgian prank show or something like that according to the comments…
I came across this awesome video clip on YouTube which was lifted from Discovery channel, first laying out the size of Earth in comparison to our Sun – and then our Sun against some of the more massive stars discovered through our never ending universe vigil. It’s impossible for my mind to wrap around this sort of scale to be honest, and once again a reminder of just how insignificant we humans are in the greater scheme of things.
Jessica is madly in love with slides, so whenever I get an opportunity or find an unused slide, I make it my mission to let her have a little bit of fun. (Sadly, this means the employees at Reggies probably don’t love me all that much). She’s developed a habit of going down them head first, meaning you have to be pretty quick between getting her to the top of the structure and then hurrying back to the bottom of the slide in order to catch her as she throws herself down. This particular video was captured at this weekend’s fun picnic event at Klein Joostenberg Farm on a glorious Sunday afternoon, and features Ryan and Jessica, making the most of the sliding opportunity! Funnily enough, this also happens to be the first time Jessica ever had a nose bleed that I can remember. Unfortunately that kind of spoiled this video ever so slightly… (P.S. for more photos of the day, check out that photo gallery)
Back in July, we handed over to Jessica her very first, uncut banana. Quite remarkably, she seemed to get the hang of eating it straight away, resulting in this particularly cute set of videos captured by Chantelle of Jessie happily munching away on her banana while watching TV next to Daddy. Needless to say, I’m pretty chuffed with my little one because banana’s are probably my most favourite fruit out of them all! :) Munch munch munch… Chew chew chew…
This video post kind of slipped through the cracks, but I’ve found it now and so it is up on the World Wide Interwebs for, well the world to see! :P One of the things Jessica seems to love doing when bathing is move all of the bath toys out of the bath and into the hand basin, which she can just reach if she stands up in the bath. Of course, now she is a lot more sturdy on her legs than what she used to be, making this a far less risky behaviour than right in the beginning! You’ll note the rather off putting colour of the bath water in this one. For a short time, Chantelle experimented with letting Jessica bath in tea water – essentially tossing a handful of tea bags in the bath water. Of course, this did result in a rather strangely coloured bath experience, and funnily enough, on this particular evening when this was shot, one of the teabags had broken open, resulting in far more dubious looking bath water than what one would normally get! :) As for whether or not the tea actually worked… well the verdict is still out on that one.
Craig Lotter is an established web developer and application programmer, with strong creative urges (which keep bursting out at the most inopportune moments) and a seemingly insatiable need to love all things animated. Living in the beautiful coastal town of Gordon's Bay in South Africa, he games, develops, takes in animated fare, trains under whichever martial arts dojo is closest at the time, and for the most part, simply enjoys life with his amazing wife and daughter.
Oh, and he draws ever now and then too.
This is a collection of things that he has managed to find the time to scribble down since 2007.
Looking for Something?
Jump to Category: