VOTD: Voca People (a cappella group)

If you know me, or follow this blog (which, I must admit has been in sparse in new posts the past, ahem, seven months) you’ll know that I enjoy, and promote, a cappella music and groups.

So last night I spotted this one among many Facebook status updates. They’re called the Voca People, and according to their website, they come from a planet, just beyond the Sun where all their communication comes in the form of music and singing. They seem to have been around for a couple years now, but this is the first I’ve heard of or seen them. According to the Wikipedia page, they hail from Israel.

Don’t be taken back by their cheesy looking website but rather have a look, and listen, to their performance. Looking at their schedule it looks like they’re doing some international tours, hope they make a plan to visit us in South Africa as well (hint, hint).

 

VOTD: Intel i5 commercial

There are many commercials out there for various products and services. Some good, some not and then there are those that stand out, and you remember. You don’t mind seeing them more often, unlike most commercials that you can’t grab the remote and change channels quick enough!

Here’s one that I spotted that was posted on the Cherryflava feed. It’s got that action-movie trailer feel to it. Watch it more than once, you might have missed some subtleties. This one definitely gets two thumbs up from me. Want more, check these out.

VOTD: Athlone Cooling Towers Demolition

For fifty years there has been a well known landmark in Cape Town – no, not Table Mountain – the cooling towers alongside the N2 (national highway) right next to an old Coal Power Station.

It’s been many years now that the power station and the adjoining cooling towers have been decommissioned and since then support rings have been added to prevent the ageing towers from collapsing in high winds.

Recently though, the towers had been declared unsafe due to structural weakness of the towers as well as parts of the supporting braces that were breaking off and it was declared that they would be demolished.

A bitter sweet moment for many Cape Town residents. For me I’m going to miss using them as a landmark for directing friends from the airport, but I guess the stench of the sewerage farm (on the opposite side of the highway) will act as a landmark still.

So on the 22nd of August at about 4 minutes before noon (it was supposed to be at noon exactly but a pending change in the weather caused the demolition team to act quicker) the Athlone Cooling Towers came tumbling down.

Now there have been a number of videos floating around the internet but this is the best high-definition quality production I’ve seen so far.

Thanks to Gus Silber for the video link.

VOTD: Airplane! vs Zero Hour!

I’m sure like me you enjoy comedies and by now you must have seen either scenes from or the entire movie, Airplane! It’s a spoof comedy starring Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays and Lloyd Bridges, amongst others. It’s one of my all time favourite comedies and it’s in my DVD collection.

Some of my favourite quotes are between Leslie Nielsen’s character, Dr Rumack and Julie Hagerty‘s character Elaine Dickinson:

Dr. Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
Elaine: Surely you can’t be serious?

Dr. Rumack: I am, and don’t call me Shirley.

Dr. Rumack: You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.

Elaine: A hospital? What is it?

Dr. Rumack: It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.

The quotes themselves are funny, but what makes them even funnier is seen in context, the actor’s facial expressions and the things that went on in the background of most scenes. It’s pure genius – yes, comedy is subjective but if you’ve not seen it yet give it a go.

But I digress – what about this Zero Hour you mentioned in the title, I hear you ask.

Glad you asked – did you ever see a movie titled Zero Hour! before? I sure didn’t. And an even lesser known fact is that Airplane was in fact a re-make of the original Zero Hour movie, except that it was turned into a comedy. I too, can’t help but sit with a smile on my face while looking at some of the scenes from the original movie.

Take a look at the clip below showing comparisons of scenes out of both movies. [via BoingBoing]