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If Google was a real robot
The future of music composition (I want one)
Serenity, made from Lego
A touching film of a lawnmower that dared to dream big
Karate experts protecting cars.. what
When hackers got involved in world politics (and started a huge online war)
When everyday photos TURN EVIL - [livejournal.com profile] tragic_jones definitely should take a look at this
Fear of Girls - For the few people who have not seen this still, watch it now.  Alternately hilarious and cringe-inducing.
The Parlor - In the same vein as the last, an absolutely ingenious and hilarious film.
What. Is. This. (Flimsy link!)
Oh Australia, what won't you watch on TV?
Multi-touch screen.  Coolest way to make music since the MidiGun.
The first actually transforming robot?

I remember a couple people asking how to hide their entire journal.  Here you go.

Johari trendfollower.
Nohari trendfollower.

So a month ago, sometime after I last posted, I saw the 1966 Batman movie.  It is the best movie ever.  Period.  It's so deliciously campy that a fun time was had by all who watched it.

I'll give you a hint about the upcoming Firefox 2 alphas.  There's a new tabbed browsing that pissed me off for a few days.  Each tab now has an individual close button, which means if you reach up to where the old tab close button use to be, and you have a bunch of tabs open, suddenly you're closing a completely different tab than you meant.  I'm past that now, however, and I've gotten used to the per-tab buttons, so it's not insurmountable.

The biggest news, however?  I had my 15 minute French oral presentation, in which I talked about the Algerian fight for independence from France, answered questions and shot the breeze by talking about Australia for 5 minutes.  All in completely spontaneous French.  Fun.

Even bigger news is that I finally ordered my turntables tonight, for $450 (including mixer and headphones).  I've got speakers to attach them to, and I'm pumped.  I should be getting it all on Friday if all goes well.

Coooee

Nov. 24th, 2005 12:28 am
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http://www.americanedit.net/ - More on this later
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1609134961558581805&q=dancing - This man travels. And he dances. And it's actually funny! Who doesn't want to dance on top of Kilamanjaro?
http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2005/11/22/495741.aspx - This is a celebrity recasting of Harry Potter. Oh the horror.
http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2005-11-22-n58.html - This is a hip new website statistics analyzer which looks pretty awesome.

Ok, American Edit. It's Greenday's American Idiot album, but mashed up multiple times to create this genius piece of work. My personal favourites are Dr. Who on Holiday (Holiday mashed up with the Dr Who theme!) and Boulevard of Broken Songs (Dance Mix '05).  The normal Boulevard of Broken Songs is pretty good too, but the dance mix actually sounds really awesome and funny at the same time.  And that's enough on that subject.

Today, I decided I'd play some music over the school radio station at lunch.  I usually don't, I detest running radio shows because they suck, but nobody showed up for theirs today and I had no homework to complete.  So, I sat down and grabbed a random CD and played a random track, so far so good.  But sitting waiting for songs to finish kind of sucks, so I looked for something else to do.  My gaze fell upon the pitch sliders on the CD decks, which I've played before but never seriously done anything with.  I grabbed another random CD, chose a random track, turned off broadcasting on the second CD deck and began fiddling.  30 seconds later, I had the beats matched.  Now, I actually started to listen to what I had playing.  From the left side, the melodic strains of The Darkness.  On the right, the Guess Who (some song about Saskatchewan).  On the spot, I decided to make the 30 minutes of lunch remaining a lunch hour of pain, putting on the most bizarre and hated tracks possible and mixing them all together.  For the rest of lunch, my playlist flowed from The Guess Who to the Hamster Dance to the Cartoons (Witch Doctor is my signature track whenever I play music now!) to Jessica Simpson to Paul Oakenfold to Dancing in the Key of Love - there was no stopping me!  I was tearing up the decks, putting on the wildest combinations and getting it near perfect every time!

You know what the best part is?  Nobody in the caf even noticed.  Most people would be discouraged by that.  But not I!  The key to good mixing is that it shouldn't be noticeable.  If you're specifically listening for it then yeah, you should be relatively impressed when one song fades to another and the beat doesn't even skip.  But if it's casual listening?  Never, ever should you be aware that the song is changing.  That means the person mixing isn't doing it right.

In conclusion, this is why I want turntables.  Which I cannot get until February, now.  My parents weren't willing to loan me $700 at this point in time.  How rotten can you get?
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http://cinepaint.movieeditor.com/

Cinepaint looks like a really awesome tool for movie editing, and apparently it's actually used by some commercial studios!  The only downside is that it's broken on Win32 right now, but that's what VMWare is for!

I'm also kind of depressed.  My parents are upstairs arguing about strategies revolving around church politics.  You'd think that church would be the one place where there'd be a far greater emphasis on togetherness, but there's that same sense of constant manuvering to achieve a personal agenda.

It's a shame that it's the same way at school as well.  Our school is stuck with a program that nobody cares about (not even the teachers) called "Character Counts at Cameron Heights."  It's about getting Principal Kemple a job at the board office emphasizing good values in our school, and it now takes up all the P.D. (P.A.?) days for the teachers, and there's even a committee that supposedly does stuff about it!  Currently they've put up street signs all through the school (Honesty Ave., Rue Respect) and commissioned me to produce a radio ad for them (written instructions, not even a teacher to come in and work alongside me).

The point is, politics suck.  This ties in nicely with my recent seminar for English on how Isabel Allende (daughter of the Chilean deposed president) portrays politics in her novel The House of the Spirits - specifically, they suck.  The book itself is quite good, if you ignore Allende's strange predilection towards introducing a new sexual deviancy in every chapter.  Apparently the next book we're reading, 100 Years of Solitude, doesn't involve a lot of (physical) solitude but does involve a truckload of bizarre sexual encounters!  Oh joy!

Every lead I had on buying decently-priced turntables has now dried up.  Looks like I might be looking at $500 for the Stanton DJLab (not my first choice, but what can I do?) and Final Scratch (somewhere in the range of $800!)  Luckily, my parents seem receptive to the idea of spreading FS out among my relatives for my birthday next month.  Until then, I must sadly make do with Traktor DJ Studio and dream of rubbing my fingers gently over the smooth contours of a Technics SL-1200MK5.  I would drop the needle on it, while it spins slowly round, gradually increasing as I up the pitch slider until we're both moving in rhythm, and we're both dripping sweat everywhere.  Except that everyone knows that turntables don't sweat, they glow.  Kind of like girls, except that one I have the chance of buying, and the other is completely beyond my reach.  And I can get turntables in a pair :)

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