About Me

I ramble about a number of things - but travel experiences, movies and music feature prominently. See my label cloud for a better idea. All comnments and opinions on this blog are my own, and do not in any way reflect the opinions/position of my employer (past/current/future).

17 August 2013

Beethoven Flash Mob

Partly an advertising campaign, but still a very cool flashmob; where a lone musician (double bass) introduces the choral part of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and slowly an entire orchestra and choir joins in. The expression of the crowd, especially the kids, is fun to watch.

Odd Spam Mail

I usually go through my spam folder to check for incorrect identification; and once in a while I come across really weird emails. Weird in that, there is no obvious phishing attempt, attempt at selling me something or just plain malware. 

A few days ago, I came across this one - allegedly from the United Nations, looking for potential employees. At best it would be a CV harvest, which I suppose could be used for identity theft - but given the proliferation of job sites, this seems to be a strange way to harvest CVs. There are no attachments, and apart from being sent from a non UN email address (sent from a university in Bangladesh - possibly from a botnet); there isn't much going for this. Still rather strange ...

The Human Resources!

The United Nations Secretariat is looking for competent and motivated persons in all
fields of human studies and career, with a strong belief in its purpose and mandates,
who are willing to dedicate themselves to a rewarding international career in different
locations around the world.  The United Nations provides an opportunity to serve in a
dynamic, multicultural environment in a variety of jobs in the support of global

United Nations staff uphold the principles and core values of the Organization,
including integrity, professionalism, efficiency and respect for diversity.  The United
Nations welcomes applications from nationals of all Member States and strongly
encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities are considered by the United
Nations for employment under all types of contracts in full compliance with the United
Nations Charter. The United Nations offers a variety of ways to join its workforce. It
also offers university students opportunities to serve as interns.

We want people with integrity from all works of life. People who are fair, impartial,
honest and truthful. We want dynamic and adaptable persons who are not afraid to think
creatively, to be proactive, flexible and responsive. If you think you embody these
values then this is the place for you and your career. The UN Jobs is open to all
varieties of your human careers, so anyone can apply, but not anyone will be selected!
Applicants with satisfactory requirement as outlined in their curriculum Vitae will be
contacted directly by the relevant divisions for deployment.

In Global Service!

Mr. Steiner Cobla
Executive Director: United Nations Employment Unit
Email: dfid@careceo.com
Phone/fax: +44-7010-051-797

11 August 2013

Movie: Of Good Report

Already famous for being banned, and then unbanned; the local movie definitely has an uncomfortable storyline. Parker Sithole, a quiet (save for laughing, grunting and screaming - he doesn't speak a word), but apparently quite bright and well qualified English teacher, inadvertently starts an affair with a young schoolgirl. Initially, the story has a generous portrayal of his good side - be it his shock when he finds the truth about his sexual partner's age, or his caring of his sickly grandmother. But as the story continues, it becomes increasingly darker and more sinister - concluding in some very violent murders.

The performances are amazing - from every key member of the cast. Mothusi Magano's performance as the silent protagonist is particularly impressive; and is well supported by the rest of the cast members. Stylistically, a modern movie filmed entirely in black in white provides an interesting set of contrasts; especially when the blood starts flowing. The bleakness, in some respects, is also a commentary on the subject matter - the pervasiveness of sexual predators and violence in SA; the education system; the family constructs headed up by grandmothers; the lack of decent living conditions and the criminal justice system.

It's a modern South African movie, warts and everything - a drama that does not have throwback to apartheid or racial politics. It is a clever story; where the lead character manages to communicate a lot, without saying anything; and certainly worthy of the attention it has received. And it is not a pornographic movie condoning or promoting child pornography that should have been banned.