REM Concert Photos

Stage lighting and the band

Well, here it is, eventually, the link to my (prohibited) photos of R.E.M.’s concert in Johannesburg on 10 March 2005.

There’s actually a dodgy video clip or four in that collection too.
(I eventually ran out of memory on my camera).

Michael Stipe looks out at the audience

Entertainment Music

The Warm Up to R.E.M in Joburg

Yes, R.E.M. mania has hit South Africa hard and the pace is not letting up. I’m starting to get real excited about the concert on Thursday. The venue is sold-out and the crowd is hungry. The media has been pushing R.E.M. down our throats from all angles.

Judging by the shows in Cape Town last weekend the South African audience is a force to be reckoned with. Here’s an excerpt from

“…Two tremendous shows in front of some of the most enthusiastic, raucous crowds R.E.M. has ever seen (and heard); On Saturday night, the staccato clapping part during the bridge, where the audience mimics the sounds on stage, literally was louder than the amplified sounds coming from the stage…pretty wild!…”

That Cape Town show (a more independent review here) only had an eight thousand strong audience. The Dome in Northgate can handle around eighteen thousand people. With a close to two hour strong set lined up it is going to rock.


Blogging from the LPI Mass Certification Event

Well, I’m here at Smartsource (in the Novell building at Morningside Wedge Office Park) where they are hosting a mass Linux LPI certification event – a conspiracy to take over the world (ok, maybe just South Africa for now) dreamt up by the folks at Afribiz.

I’ve just finished LPIC102, and did LPIC101 this morning, and well, here’s hoping its a success – I’m pretty confident but don’t want to get ahead of myself. It’ll be great to add a decent Linux certification to my CV though, especially considering it has been my platform of choice for a number of years. Next stop – LPI Level 2 Certification.

The whole event is being operated by the Shuttleworth Foundation – they are the official LPI partner in South Africa, and things looks good. There’s a whole lot more detail here.

Also had a good chat with Jason Norwood-Young from Tectonic – South Africa’s first open source themed media publication. Sounds like they are caught up in exciting times, and I might even get a few of my musings published in their magazine in the near future – looking forward to that.

And now, after a week spent crammed in the books trying to become a Linux guru I think it is time for me to go hunt down some beer…