Archive for December, 2006

Love it… just love it…

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

This is great news! The truth is that Windows Vista did not steal ideas from Mac OS X! It did not!!! But I am sticking to my OS X, still.

Nefés

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006


Photo credit: Stephanie Berger for The New York Times

Nefés at BAM was awesome. This is my fourth Pina Bausch performance, and I think this is probably my favorite of all. The bubbles, the water, the shower, the hair-slapping, and of course, the gorgeous dancers, are all unforgettable (without revealing too much here).

As usual, the piece is full of repetitions. What would be Pina Bausch without repetitions? Elements are repeated not only throughout the piece, but across the pieces as well: the tiny Ruth Amarante is tossed around again; Nazareth Panadero screams and maks people laugh; male dancers fly onto the table, collapse over a chair onto the ground; female dancers play with their long hair…

The best part is when the female dancers are moving back and forth the stage with an overlay of lighted screen, they move ever so gently, they are barely visable as they are hovering around the stage. The finale is memorable and breath-taking. All the dancers line up on the floor and move along… repeating the same movements for which seems like forever.

By the way, it was the Next Wave Gala tonight, people were all dressed up and everything. And I spotted Claire Danes, with her super-skinny bare back and long blond hair, chatting away with everybody…

A few reviews: review on Bloomberg.com, review on New York Times, Newsday.

Uber-geek, Super-fun! WiiSaber!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Oh I love it. It’s absurd and ridiculous. I swing my Wiimote around just like a saber. It gives me noises and rumble feedback. I can’t see the saber but I can feel it. It’s right there…

Download WiiSaber and play with your Wiimote.

Inland Empire

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

We saw Lynch’s Inland Empire last night at the IFC Center. It was like a dream, I mean, a bad dream. Not that the movie was bad, not at all, but you know, when you have a dream, when nothing makes sense, especially when those ridiculous events and people start popping up and scare the shit out of you? That’s what the movie is like. It’s like going through a 3-hour nightmare. It confused me profusely, and scared me shitlessly.

I probably won’t see it again, even though I would love to see it again to try to get a little more out of it, to make sense of it a little bit more. I won’t see it again because I don’t want to have an another nightmare. Not one nightmare I had in my life confuses and scares me so much as Inland Empire. Man, I am not kidding.

DarwiinRemote on SourceForge now

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

http://sourceforge.net/projects/darwiin-remote/

Wii Remote & Front Row

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

My iMac was an older generation so it didn’t come with the Apple Remote. Even thought I have the iPod Universal Dock with remote, the remote still couldn’t control the computer. I searched around, hoping to find a hack for me to use my Apple Remote on the iMac, but only to find out that the dock doesn’t talk back to the computer. So no luck there.

Until now when Hirolog released the DawiinRemote, I can simly use the Wiimote to control FrontRow (a hack that it found a while ago). Pressing the HOME key will take you to the FrontRow interface. Anyway, this is just perfect, it’s even better than the regular Apple Remote because this is via Bluetooth, meaning you don’t have to point the the IR receiver on the iMac. Awesome!

Those who doesn’t have an Apple Remote and want to use FrontRow might as well get a Wiimote for 30 bux.

Nefés

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Pina Bausch - Nefés

From Brooklyn Academy of Music:

Pina Bausch first brought her incomparable brand of dance to BAM in 1984, establishing herself as a master of transformative theater. With the stunning Nefés, Bausch channels impressions of Istanbul—a city where ancient is juxtaposed with modern and West converges with East—into a vibrant, ephemeral whole.

Originally conceived in 2002 as an ode to the city’s historically resonant din and brilliant colors, Nefés (Turkish for “breath”) quickly became a life-affirming response to Istanbul’s bouts with political upheaval. But rather than echoing the violence, Bausch invests her signature humor and emotional pathos with an acute sense of calm. And she does so by focusing on pure movement, on the body itself. The contemplative mood also extends to Bausch’s typically eclectic music and striking staging, featuring massive video screens with which the dancers interact. Istanbul is surrounded by water and that element plays a crucial role in Nefés, culminating in one of Bausch’s most unforgettable stage images—one we wouldn’t dare spoil by revealing here.

Approximate running time: 170min, including 20min intermission.

Set and video design by Peter Pabst
Costume design by Marion Cito
Musical direction by Matthias Burkert and Andreas Eisenschneider

A co-production with the International Istanbul Theatre Festival and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.

Nefés will be playing at BAM from December 8th – 12th at the Howard Gilman Opera House.

Photo: Ursula Kauffman

Wii Flash Games

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

When the new Opera browser becomes available on the Wii, make sure you check out WiiCade, which keeps a collection of Flash-based games that you can play on the Wii, especially hot with the Wii remote.

I got it.

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Yes, I did get a Wii. After hours and hours of obessing over discussion boards and web stores, and after the failure to grab one at Nintendo World even though I arrived at 5.20am, I gave up to Craigslist. But now I am Wii and happy!!!

A few sites to get started:
1. Game saves: wiisave.com
2. Mii friends: miipages.com
3. Wii updates: wiivolve.com
4. IGN: IGN.com