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Japanese rockstar Yoshiki engages in piano battle with hologram of himself
Yoshiki, a musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, front man of heavy-metal band X Japan and classical soloist, appeared on stage at the music and technology festival to a rousing reception and proceeded to sit himself at one end of a double piano.
All appeared normal as Yoshiki began stroking the keys, but when a more clearly defined and life-like Yoshiki emerged from the left of stage, the audience began to grasp they had a one-of-a-kind piano battle on their hands.
So the infamous hologram tech from the 2009 X Japan reunion tour returns. This time we get two Yoshikis for the price of one.
So it’s been about three years of standing deskage now, but there’s been some major changes of late.
Firstly is the purchase this summer of a cheap Windows 8 tablet [amazon], which lets me watch low-expectation non-HDTV-worthy movies and Half-in-the-Bag/Best of the Worst episodes [rlm] on the couch without the kids seeing/hearing. It’s also become how I do 90% of my reading and web browsing now.
Secondly is my growing disinterest in gaming this year — I just don’t enjoy it any longer.
So I’m at my standing desk using my main PC less and less… it’s mostly for video editing and photoshopping now.
So I’m sitting a bunch again. [sadtrombone]
Top Four Podcasts of 2013
I used to listen to a lot of 5by5 and TWiT — no more.
Now it’s just:
Accidental Tech Podcast
Marco Arment & John Siracusa talk smartly about the world of technology. Some nameless third wheel dullard interrupts them regularly but that’s what the 30-sec skip button is for.
Talk Show w/ John Gruber
He’s letting internet-fame go to his head a bit, says the same things each week, and doesn’t seem too prepared anymore, and he does FIVE MINUTE AD SPOTS, but for now he remains in my queue if nothing else comes up.
Four friends banter about movies but unlike most “bantering friends” podcasts, these guys keep it brisk and entertaining, with a decent balance of knowledgeability and humor. And it’s not all film-schooly elitist like a lot of movie podcasts, it’s much more populist.
Slate’s Culture Gabfest
Professional, professorial pop-culture analysis. Always at least one cool thing I’m interested in and one thing I’m not (but eager to learn about). Stephen Metcalf is a brilliant vocabularist, teaches me a new turn of phrase every week. But he hasn’t been on for a couple weeks now. :(