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A Deaf Girl Learns to Play the Violin

In this video from Thailand, a young deaf girls goes through a gamut of emotions and even physical pain in her quest to play the violin at a recital.

As a tale of the underdog, I thought it was very touching and my eyes went a little moist…until I go to the end of the video, whereupon I felt a bit cheated. See what I’m talking about below.

Let us know what you thought about it.

[via chinaSMACK]

Friendly Reminder: Win a Mooks Hamper!

Note: This competition has ended.

Just quick reminder of our latest competition where we’re giving away a fantastic Mooks hamper worth R2000. We’ve got a great response thus far and if you want to stand a chance of winning head to our Mooks competition post and get your entries in. The competition will end at midnight July 5th.

Also, if you’re in Joburg and fancy some new kit, Mooks will be having a sidewalk sale at The Zone @ Rosebank – it starts today and ends on Sunday. See the flyer below for all the details – click to embiggen.

And we’re Back!

Overnight, the Onelargeprawn blog seems to have suffered a cardiac arrest of sorts, and I was greeted with the dreaded Bandwidth Limit Exceeded error as I tried to log on today. Needless to say, we’re back from the dead thanks to the resuscitate hands of our hosting company Texo – cheers lads  ;-) Transmission will resume shortly.

In case you somehow missed it, the Interweb is awash with news of Michael Jackson’s death. Doctors were unable to revive the king of pop when he experienced a cardiac arrest earlier this morning. His unexpected death has not only devastated fans, but also started speculations as to what killed him. The jokes have begun as well, and it seems Horatio from CSI Miami is on the case.

Is it a little too early for the jokes? Probably, but this is the unstoppable force of the Internet.

[R.I.P. image credit: Typecut]

Adventures in Sexism: Vintage Volkswagen Ad

Sexism in advertising wasn’t such a troubling issue back in the day, especially in the 60s. In this gem from 1964, Volkswagen would have you know that whilst women can be soft and gentle, they tend to hit things. See the ad below – click to embiggen.

If she does have a prang in a Volkswagon, it won’t hurt you very much at all because VW parts are easily replaceable and cheap, like your wife. OK, so they didn’t add that last bit, but I’m surprised they didn’t go the extra mile and do that.

BONUS: See nine disturbingly misogynistic old print ads at Blog of Hilarity.

[via Buzzfeed | Image credit: malcontentdiary]

Shohei Otomo’s Badass Manga Illustrations

Artist Shohei Otomo combines traditional Japanese art with modern style to create some amazing manga illustrations. From geishas in bondage gear to ninjas playing baseball and a fair dose of sex and violence tossed in, Otomo’s work is pretty odd to say the least. As regular commenter Macross would say, “The bomb really did affect them more than they care to admit.

Here’s a small gallery. Click the images to embiggen.

See more of Otomo’s badass illustrations at [some content NSFW]. Pity it’s all in Japanese, I’d surely like to what he was smoking when he made them.

[via Popwhore]

The Basterds are Coming!

We ain’t in the prisoner-taking business. We in the killing-nazi business, and cousin, business is a’ booming!

In Quentin Tarantino’s war film, Inglourious Basterds, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” set out to scalp and kill Nazis, and blow up a couple of things along the way. This is the latest trailer – see it below or watch it in HD at YouTube.

It’s due for release the US in August ’09.

Enter the ToneMatrix

Andre Michelle, the creator of ToneMatrix describes his lab experiment as a “Simple sinewave synthesizer triggered by an ordinary 16step sequencer.” That’s geek-speak for what is a fun and addictive music maker that sounds awesome no matter what you do.

ToneMatrix comprises a 16×16 grid where each block in the grid represents a specific tone. Click a block to light it up and it starts pulsing a single musical note. Click on another block and you’ve started to make a loop. Create your own patterns or just fool around for a while. It’s a simple concept that can result in some amusing compositions.

Give it a try at

I’ve made a little start on a tune of my own. If you’d like to listen to it, copy the following set of numbers, right-click anywhere in ToneMatrix, and select Paste.


BONUS: Hit the jump to check out songs other YouTubers have made.

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Magneboy and the Laws of Attraction

The only reason I would stop playing today’s timewaster is this one – to tell you about it ;-) Created by UK-based game house Nitrome, Magneboy is an sliding-block puzzler where you play as an uber-cute clockwork robot who uses its powers of magnetism to cross chasms, create bridges, and shuffle past various obstacles, ultimately to get to the end of each level.

I don’t think it was designed to be difficult – I managed to get to level 26 without too much trouble. Considering that a dead flea has a better sense of direction than I do, it’s safe to say that the learning curve here isn’t too steep. Great music and a retro pixel art design complete the really cool package that Magneboy is.

Play the 50 levels of awesomeness at Nitrome and let us know how you got along.

2012 Brings All Kinds of Destruction

If there was ever anyone to challenge Michael Bay in the boom-boom stakes, it would have to be the German director, Roland Emmerich. And his upcoming disaster film, 2012, tells of a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world as we know it (or will know in 2012) and the struggle of a handful of survivors. It stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Woody Harrelson and it set for a November 2009 release.

I’m a little tried of the whole disaster movie genre, but the 2012 trailer is full of CGI, pretty explosions, and small chunks of dialogue. And that’s certainly enough to keep my ADD-riddled brain engaged. Check it out below or see it in HD at YouTube.

The concept for the film is based on a Mayan belief that the world will end in 2012 so when the time comes, you’ll know who to blame ;-)

[via Cinematical]

Play This: Use Boxmen

I have a problem with procrastination, but I think it’s something I can sort out later. In the meantime, here’s a neat pluzzle platformer Use Boxmen you are a strange, superior figure who must guide a boxman through each level to collect the furniture boxes. To make the job easier you can cast clones to do tasks for you – the clones are really “special” so they’ll copy whatever you do. A little patience and logical thinking is required here.

Play Use Boxmen at

[via Jay is Games]