Geoffrey Mukasa’s bold paintings and collages on show
AKA Gallery in Kampala is this month remembering Geoffrey Mukasa, one of Uganda’s leading artists for over 20 years who passed away in October 2009.
Mukasa was a prolific and hardworking artist who became known for to his bold and powerful style of painting and his collages, often showing portraits or still lifes.
His themes were drawn from his surroundings and showed him to be a sharp observer and reporter of traditional life and values, as well as modern life.
Over the years his exhibitions centred on many themes especially gender, the environment, and life. He dwelt on the burdens women endure including rivalry, peace among people and nature, fighting ghosts and difficulties in life. He depicted the beauty of nature that surrounds us.
New: Makerere’s first electric car to launch on November 18.The projected price of Kiira Ev is not the only distraction
Nov. 2 was an exciting day at the faculty of Technology, Makerere University as the apple-green electricity-powered microcar prototype, the Kiira Ev, was unveiled.
The crowd of gathered faculty, enthusiasts, and curious onlookers cheered as Paul Musasizi, the Technical Manager of the project, took to the wheel. Fortunately, everything went according to plan although the car lacked obvious safety feature like the horn and indicators. The focus was on the electric engine which the designers proclaimed as a solution to the unbearably high fuel prices in Kampala.
Bobi WineManaging stars for a living is glamorous and exciting many people forget it is a business
After noticing the number of young, talented artists emerging in Uganda’s creative industry, in comparison to the low talent and skill among the managers and promoters, I think there is big gap to be filled. For many who are unlucky not to have real artistic talent of their own, becoming an artiste-manager is the ultimate dream. So they hit all the hot spots – karaoke bars, night clubs, recording studios, beauty pageants, etc – looking to score the undiscovered talent that needs a manager to ride to the top. A few hit the big time. Most don’t.
But what does it take to become an artist-manager and succeed at it? How does one go about finding artistes? Do you sit and wait around for them to find you? What does one need to do to find them?
In the current economy where everything costs a bundle and keeping a car gets more expensive everyday, shelling out for unexpected car repairs can really blast holes in one’s budget. Even worse, is finding out that you got ripped off. The most important thing a driver can do to avoid spending needless amounts of money is as simple as properly maintaining the car.
It doesn’t mean you won’t have repair bills sooner or later because let’s face it....all cars need repairs. But you can eliminate many needless and more expensive bills later on if you follow the guidelines in your owner’s manual and properly maintain your car.
However, when repairs inevitably have to be done, there are a number of ways to save big bucks:
How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
First, great title. Slap some American-flag imagery on the cover, call your book That Used to Be Us, and already, you’ve touched a nerve among a populace itchy with downward-mobility anxiety. The words are a lift from a Barack Obama quote about Asia’s advancing techno-industrial might—“We just learned that China now has the fastest supercomputer on Earth; that used to be us,” the President said at a press conference last year—but the broader lament is that America the superpower isn’t super anymore. Massive budget deficits, political gridlock, economic inertia, underperforming schools—this isn’t the thrifty, can-do U.S. that the Greatest Generation grew up in, fought for, and populated with cheery kids in coonskin caps and gingham pinafores.
Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum entered the world in the halcyon “used to be” days of the post-war Baby Boom: a time, as the former says in the preface, of “deep optimism about America and the notion that we really can act collectively for the common good.” Both men became prominent public intellectuals—Friedman as a columnist for the New York Times, and Mandelbaum as a professor and foreign-policy expert at Johns Hopkins University. Yet now, they write, “our country is in slow decline, just slow enough for us to be able to pretend—or believe—that a decline is not taking place.”
Increasing automation of driving makes for really bad vehicle design
Have people grown so lazy now that they don’t know how to turn vehicle headlights on and off. Can we suddenly not work the windscreen wipers? Holy Jesus - it’s annoying when you get into a car and there are bells and chimes for ignition keys, handbrakes, doors, windows, seatbelts, etc. Then you’re driving along and the car decides it’s too dark and puts the lights on. And You Can’t Override It! Then it does the same with the windscreen wipers. Drop of rain? Turn on the windscreen wipers so that they screech back and forth across a dry windscreen, ruining the wiper blades and driving the driver insane. Can you turn this function off? Of course, NOT.
So if the manufacturers can put all this “useful” gadgetry in a car, why do we have a single “check engine” light? Why don’t we have a multi-function display to actually tell us what’s wrong with the engine, instead of just “check engine”. Despite being the single most complex piece of machinery in the entire car, all its faults are summed up with “check engine.” Timing off? Check engine. Fuel cap loose? Check engine. Oil-starved engine about to explode? Check engine.
Seatbelt undone? That has its own light. Key in ignition? Has its own bell!
Apparently, it’s more important that we have lights to state the obvious. Just so long as the drivers’ side window can be made to totally retract with a single button press. God knows it’s so stressful to keep your finger on the button for three seconds.
Speaking of headlights...
I’ve noticed this phenomenon in more and more cars now: the headlight switch has an “off” position, but it doesn’t actually turn the lights off. They come on (in the “off” position) as soon as the ignition is turned on. But then they have an “on” and an “auto” position. These are largely the same - if you can’t ever turn the lights off, then they’re on. If they’re going to take control of the lights away from the driver then why put in redundant controls? It’s a waste of time and money.
Another area of creeping rot is automatically-locking doors. I don’t want my doors locked when I drive off - that’s dangerous. It would perhaps be okay if the door automatically unlocked when you came to a stop, but they don’t. They lock, and stay locked.
What about seatbelts? Have you seen those automatic seatbelt things in some cars, where the rear mounting point slides forward across the drivers’ side door when you turn the ignition off? Clearly we’re too lazy to put our seatbelts on now too. Those things are death-traps. I rented a car with one of those things and in the space of getting in and out of the car just twice, it nearly strangled me once, and trapped my left arm twice. I disconnected the seatbelt and drove back to the dealership with it dangling from the ceiling.
Do you know it’s actually possible to get power doors in luxury cars now? Not power-sliding doors, like you find on the side of a minivan, but regular driver and passenger doors that can be commanded to swing open and shut with the push of a button. How lazy is that? I bet that function added yet more complex electronics, safety interlocks and wiring, plus probably another 10- to 20kg in weight to the car, and for what? Who the hell is so lazy they need push-button doors?
Top-notch minivans all now come with power tailgates and power sliding side doors. Adverts show a lady coming out of a supermarket in the rain with her arms loaded with shopping, and the convenience of having the tailgate open when she gets there. The only problem is that if her arms are loaded with shopping, how does she manipulate the key fob to press the button to open the tailgate?
Think of the extra weight and complexity these systems introduce. They need safety interlocks in case someone is in the way of the door; and motors, levers and other mechanical additions to perform these actions. The additional weight is equal to a (heavy) passenger sitting in the car constantly. Fuel consumption goes up, as does pollution. But hey! You don’t have the stress of leaning out to close your own door any more. The car will do it for you.
Until it breaks.
Regina CarterInternationally acclaimed violinist Regina Carter performed in concert at Wabash College at 8pm on Oct.19 in Salter Hall in the Fine Arts Center.
The New York Times says, “Ms. Carter is enormously gifted, bringing a blues sensibility to her improvisations,” and Time Magazine wrote, “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring... taking the listener into the future of jazz.”
Her concert at Wabash College was sponsored by the Visiting Artists Series. Her playlist for the evening borrowed heavily from her latest album release, Reverse Thread.
Motor EngineWhat to know and look out for
Buying a used engine online can seem very intimidating but it really should not be. However, there are some basics and things to watch out for and what to know when ordering and finding a good mechanic.
Before buying an engine, you need to make sure you need an engine. It’s easy to think the worst but maybe there’s another problem with the car. Remember you are changing the engine only and if the engine was not the problem then you risk having the same issues after the engine is replaced.
One of the most exciting things about live jazz is its spontaneity. It makes every performance, even with the same ensemble, set-list, and venue, different. For this reason alone, any show with Grammy nominee Gerald Albright, who just did the fourth edition of the annual Nile Gold Jazz Safari in Kampala, requires a police warning – it is always explosive!