ChatRoulette

02/19/2010

The new phenomenon that is sweeping the intertubes has a very basic concept, with a huge potential for inter-connectivity.  Yeah, I know from what I have read that Chatroulette is vastly populated by genitalia, and therefore I am going to refrain from trying it myself… for now.  There is another side to it, too.  Creativity, humor, art and music.  The platform is simple: plug in your webcam, go to the website, and see who else is out there for an impromptu video chat.  You can click away from anyone at any time and be redirected to another random stranger.

This is one of many fascinating examples of usage via Buzzfeed, where these guys had a little fun with the interface.  Here‘s a short blurb and video about the young Russian student, Andrey Ternovsky, who created ChatRoulette.

Ternovsky tells RT that he thought the site would get less respect from potential users if they knew it was created by one guy rather than a more sophisticated software company.

Another screenshot showing two strangers meeting.

And this example of a French band getting to perform to a bunch of strangers on a spontaneous platform such as this is outstanding.

(YouTube Link)

“Like in gambling, you take risks.  You may win, and get something interesting; or you may see something bad.  Well, you can always click Next, and try again.” -Andrey Ternovsky


Alexis and I Take a Ride

12/04/2009

So last Thursday, Thanksgiving, this event occurred rather spontaneously, but me and my beautiful, wonderful daughter Alexis enjoyed every second.  The Laugh to End All Laughs.  Griffen joined in as well, and at 1:51 mark, it turns into chase Mom, Rachel, the videographer.  Pure joy!

Lex also just turned seven.  Happy Birthday, Lexie!


Role Reversal

08/12/2009

There have been many foul-ups in the history of the Academy Awards, of that it is certain.  The infamous case of Marisa Tomei comes to mind.  Paramount of these mistakes are the times they simply gave it to their favorite actor that year, regardless of the performance he gave.  Indeed, the winner had a previous performance that was way more powerful, memorable, or simply better acting.  Here’s Three cases of that.

Denzel Washington

The gentleman star won Best Actor for playing a bad guy, when his work in Courage Under Fire was inspiring and emotional.  I had more fun watching Ethan Hawke in Training Day, and think he was more deserving that year.  If not Courage Under Fire, he should have at least been recognized sooner, before he slipped into the Man-With-A-Dark-Side phase.

Russel Crowe

Not His Best Work, seriously.

Not His Best Work, seriously.

This one really gets carbon scoring on my inner droid.  The year before, Crowe was up for Best Actor for The Insider, where he pretty much owned the entire acting community when it comes to character development.  His portrayal of real life whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand was so simultaneously believable and haunting, it was a shame he lost to Roberto Benigni, of all people.  To make matters worse, the year after Gladiator found him nominated again for A Beautiful Mind, which won Best Picture.  Russel did not win, because obviously, the Academy felt they had already lauded him enough with the token Gladiator award.  Boo!  (Which brings us back  to Denzel’s award.)

Marlon Brando

I loved you in Streetcar...

"I loved you in Streetcar..."

Actually for my money, this guy really shone best in A Streetcar Named Desire.

And one more for the case of someone getting the award before his best performance…
Sidney Poitier

I’m sorry, but just because he was likeable and sang with nuns doesn’t mean he gave his best performance!  That’s clearly what happened later with In the Heat of the Night.


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