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How to Put Your Face in a Video


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Have you ever wanted to see yourself dressed up in a bunny suit, dancing on stage? Okay, what about wondering what life would be life as a hunky dancer on the middle of a room? You can finally visualize such an alternate reality with Unicorn Disco for the iPhone / iPod touch.

I wrote about this app not long ago on my blog. Give the characters a face using your camera or photo library… or choose from the app’s Face Gallery of Cuddly Animals, Icons and Creepy Monsters. Dress them up in some cool styles and pick out the perfect hairdo. Play your music or post your dance scene to Facebook with the tap of a finger.

It’s a lot of fun – and quite addictive. How silly will YOU look when you’re done?

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Unicorn Disco Lets You Dance Inside Your iPhone or iPod touch

Unicorn Disco is a Dance Jukebox Visualizer that lets you build lifelike characters which will dance to the music on your iPhone or iPod touch. You can customize your little person to look the way you do – or the way you wish you did.

Give the characters a face using your camera or photo library… or choose from the app’s Face Gallery of Cuddly Animals, Icons and Creepy Monsters. Dress them up in some cool styles and pick out the perfect hairdo. Play your music or post your dance scene to Facebook with the tap of a finger.

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I have to admit – there’s something a little addictive about dressing yourself up in a silly outfit and dancing around like a crazy person… not that I would know, or anything.

iPad Dancing on a Head

See what happens when I leave my iPad at home while I’m on the road? I’m out there slaving away and making money, and Imei decides to dance with the device balanced on her head! What if that thing had fallen and gotten hurt?

Imei says that her little “Chris left the iPad behind at home” victory dance was done using celebratory Punjabi music. This was improvisational Indian Bhangra style dance with some of her own iPad-inspired moves thrown in for good measure.

Even after watching this video, I went ahead and left the iPad at home again while I’m gone in Hawaii for a conference. Will I ever learn? What do you think I’ll find this time when I get back?

Geeks can Dance!

Different types of dance seemed to be a common theme today when I was browsing around on both Lockergnome and Geeks. We had blog titles with the words Jitterbug, Rhumba and Cha-Cha in them! Don’t tell me Geeks can’t get their groove on! I happen to know for a fact that while I myself cannot dance, many of you can! My friend Andy, for instance, is an accomplished Swing and Ballroom dancer… and he’s a hard-core coder! How do you like those apples?

Can you dance? Do you just shake it in time to the music, or can you do fancy steps with difficult names? Do you step on your partner’s feet, or are you a regular Fred Astaire (or Ginger Rogers!)? Let’s hear it… we promise not to laugh!

Hula Dancing


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While I was in Hawaii last week, I was fortunate to be able to experience many local customs and traditions. One of these is, of course, Hula dancing. There is a lot more to this than you would expect, and it makes for one heck of an awesome show! Do you know what the tradition behind Hula dancing is?

Hula is a dance form accompanied by chant or song. It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. The chant or song is called a mele. The hula dramatizes or comments on the mele.

Hula performed for spontaneous daily amusement or family feasts were attended with no particular ceremony. However, hula performed as entertainment for chiefs were anxious affairs. High chiefs typically traveled from one place to another within their domains. Each locality had to house, feed, and amuse the chief and his or her entourage. Hula performances were a form of fealty, and often of flattery to the chief. There were hula celebrating his lineage and his name. Sacred hula, celebrating Hawaiian gods, were also danced. All these performances must be completed without error (which would be both unlucky and disrespectful).

It’s absolutely beautiful to watch – and not just because the women themselves are gorgeous. Hula dancing is truly an art form, and something you definitely should make time to witness yourself if you are ever in Hawaii.

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How Do You Discover New Music?


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Pixie gets upset with me when I won’t listen to her favorite music, which is Slim Whitman. I listen to all sorts of different music, but that’s just something I can’t handle for long. Recently, I got turned on to a band named Ratatat, thanks to my friend Mona. So I started playing Ratatat in Firefox using Rhapsody, and it’s great. I’ve yet to find a song of theirs I don’t like. I’d play you something in this video, but I don’t have the rights to. Anyway, as I was listening to this music, I received a list of top five bands that sound similar and I may like.

  • Dosh sounds quite a bit like Ratatat. They combine a variety of instrumentals with excellent lyrics.
  • Talkdemonic may have a weird name, but their music has a great beat to it. Apparently, my speaker setup would be able to take full advantage of what they play.
  • El Ten Eleven has awesome instrumentals, and their percussion stands out from the melody.
  • Blue Man Group is just amazing to watch live.
  • Couch is more of a techno mixed with futuristic sounding band.

Steven, I appreciate the recommendation. I listen to pretty much anything and everything. I even like listening to 8-bit sounds! Send along any other recommendations you may have for music I can get into!

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How to Develop a Sense of Rhythm

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Apparently, it’s quite obvious when I play with the KAOSSILATOR that I don’t have a sense of rhythm. Mbonzo is a long-time percussionist, and sent me these tips to help me out. Let’s see if they work.

  • Start practicing to songs that you listen to all of the time. Rock or hip hop songs are easiest in this exercise. Simply listen for an even cymbal hit or an even bass drum beat within the two genres. This will give you a good sense of where the rhthym is. Just tap your foot (doesn’t matter which one) to that beat. Make sure that your foot is tapping consistently and you are not tapping any heart beat like rhythms. As you tap your foot, try to start counting 1, 2, 3, 4. Most rock and hip hop songs are in what is called 4-4 time. If you are having problems finding the 1, 2, 3, 4 then try to find a song that has a more obvious rhythm.
  • Once you’ve found the four beats try to add your hands. Try playing the four notes twice as fast or twice as slow. In musical terms this covers the whole scheme of quarter notes, half notes, and eighth notes.
  • Rub your tummy and pat your head. Something that you may have tried to impress people with in grammar school is now significant! Just try to rub your stomach and pat your head at the same time. This will allow you to become detached from having the same rhythmic feel in both arms. Soon you maybe able to do all sorts of rhythms that once seemed awkward, such as doing the four even beats with your left hand and at the same time playing beats twice as fast with your right hand.
  • Dance to it. If you are comfortable dancing you may be able to pin point the beat easier. If you can find the beat with the other steps, then keep track of it and get off your butt all ready. Dance to the music!

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Geek Fashion

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So maybe there IS something fishy in my egg nog. Or just maybe… it’s Geek Gone Wild! No matter… it made me feel like getting up and dancing to some awesome music!

Nah, it’s the newest fad in Geek fashion! The 8-Bit Tie is sure to please any Geek on your shopping list.

A few of us monkeys at ThinkGeek had this great shared dream a few months ago. In it, the whole world was 8-Bit, just like the video games we grew up on. We found ourselves having to leap from platform to platform, to search for pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom, and to fight scary mutated plants and animals. The music was awesome (and still stuck in our heads) but the coolest part was what we were wearing: a tie. But not just any tie, an 8-Bit tie!

We woke up screaming. An 8-Bit tie – what an awesome way for the drones of Cubeland to show their independence from Corporate America! So, we did what we knew you’d want – we had the ties made. Silk-like Microfiber construction, clip on* (for easy dressing and t-shirt wear if needed), and custom designed by us for you. You’ll be the envy of the office or, at least, you’ll get tons of attention.

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Dance a Dance with DDR

It’s no secret: I’m not a dancer. I can’t even dance poorly – I simply have no rhythm. It has nothing to do with my genetic code, however. Were I raised with an Xbox 360 dance mat instead of the Atari joystick, I’d likely be able to cut a rug.

Ponzi lamented that she missed having DDR around – even though she didn’t play it all that often when we had the classic Xbox version. When I was in Target the other day, I spied both the Xbox HD-DVD drive as well as Konami’s DDR Universe for the Xbox 360. She was pleasantly surprised that I brought ’em home with me – even though she knows I won’t be using the latter all that much.

Mind you, I’ve never had a dancing lesson in my entire life. Be careful, though – the mic was quite hot at the beginning of this clip:

I think this is where Weird Al Yankovic would say: “That boy can dance!”