amul, a colleague and online friend from the world of freelance gaming by means of some convoluted connections, did a meme where you answered three questions for someone else, and then invited others to ask you for three questions. I asked him, he replied, and now I’m going to try to answer them. Feel free to ask me for three questions in turn. More
30 July 2008
Chinese martial artists have noticed that it’s no longer possible to practice tai chi or kung fu in parks as used to be the case in China. So they’ve collaborated on developing a program called Tai Chi Master that uses the camera in your computer to film you, and give you feedback, while you use the screen to follow the movements.
Here’s another link to the demonstration of the program if the video doesn’t properly embed.
Update: OK. It appears that it’s not actually a real program available yet, but it is a really cool idea, akin to Neo/Keanu Reeves waking up in the Matrix and knowing Kung Fu.
30 July 2008
Last night I featured at Reflections Café on Wickenden Street. and have already announced it on their own LJs, but the reading is shutting down for now, and if it does re-open it will be in some other location.
The Got Poetry Live reading has been one of my favorites in the area for two and a half years. I always liked going when I could, and I’ve had three features there — one completely improvised. It’s been humbling, having a reading where I felt like I could get up on stage and rock the house without a clear plan, and I’m honored that they let me get away with it so frequently.
There were some problems with last night’s set. The camera was distracting, I found it hard to connect with the audience and still focus on what I was reading; I was shaken by all the drama around trying to get chapbooks published and not succeeding earlier in the day. In any case, I hope I gave the reading a rockin’ send-off, and I wish it well if it decides to reopen in another bat-time, another bat-channel.