How much do I love the "Pulp-o-Matic" pulp magazine cover creator? So so much!
Thank you, "Professor Cornelius Zappencackler in the Experimental Research District of Retropolis" -- aka Bradley W. Schenck, artist and web developer! You are part of what makes the internet so damn awesome.
I loved the techno-political installation at the SF MOMA called "Frequency and Volume" by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
A fantastic antenna juts out of the 5th floor of the museum, beaming in radio signals to a 4th floor gallery. In that darkened room, you pass before three projectors casting huge silhouettes onto one wall. Each sillouette, depending on where you stand and how close to the wall, triggers a particular radio frequency and plays it in the room. A crowd of people walking around creats a caucophony of sound and static that is bewildering. But three or four people's movements and corresponding sound-scape is hypnotic.
Apparently it's a statement about repression and control by the Mexican government of radio transmissions. I found it very evocative of how the body can be a receiver, a transmitter and an amplifier of signal.
If you are a geeky artsy person, definitely check this out at the SF MOMA. Closes February 3!
This was a big first for the swing dance community. While other lindy dance contests have been live streamed before (notably the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in New Orleans), this was the first time a major international lindy hop competition has had a full broadcast schedule organized alongside it.
When we were asked by the ILHC organizers to do an internet broadcast from DC, we knew that we wanted to create a unique online experience that would totally amaze everyone involved. Anyone can turn on a webcam and broadcast to ustream nowawadays. We wanted to create something truly memorable and deeply engaging.
So I and my co-hosts from Yehoodi, Manu Smith and Nicole Zuckerman, began planning our show. Here's my breakdown on how we prepared to produce this live broadcast, how it went, and what made it special.
Here's episode number two of the "SwingNation" live web talk show, featuring my buddies Spuds, Zuckerpunch and myself, talking about all the happenings in the world of swing.
While not without its rocky patches, I think overall the show went well. The highlight for me was the chance to get to talk to Ms. Valerie Salstrom, an awesome lindy hopper and balboa dancer as well as the leader of a great program to expose young people to swing dancing in the Cleveland area called the "Junior Jitterbuggers." As someone who works with kids and who dances, its great to see how she approaches her work and how she spread the love of lindy to the next generation. Clearly she is accomplishing her mission, since she managed to send six enthusiastic kids to DC to complete in the Juniors Division at ILHC!
The rant by Nikolas Lloyd on jam circles and subsequent discussion I thought was interesting. And of course, everyone loves "The Swing."
I'm excited to report that from August 24-26 I will be in Washington DC to host a live internet broadcast of the International Lindy Hop Championships, along with my awesome co-hosts Nicole Zuckerman and Manu Smith. This is the first time an international swing competition of this kind has been live broadcast in this way. So we are super honored to be invited by the organizers of ILHC to produce this with them.
This is a natural step in the impressive growth of the international lindy hop movement from small pockets of dancers in a handful of countries to tens of thousands of lindy enthusiasts from all over the world. The Herrang Swing Dance Camp in Sweden boasts attendance from people from more than 50 countries, from Estonia to South Africa.
While several hundred people will travel to ILHC to compete and participate, there are thousands more that wish they could be there. So hopefully our internet broadcast will help them to feel the excitement of the competitions, pitting the best dancers from around the world against each other in a variety of divisions and formats.
Here is the first episode of the "SwingNation" lindy talk show, hosted by Manu "Spuds" Smith, Nicole "Zuckerpunch" Zuckerman, and myself. On the plus side: Hurray! We got through our first episode, after months of planning! We managed to cram into our one hour show some important news from the lindy scene ( Frankie100 in 2014!), an interview with the always awesome Tena Morales from Houston, and some of our favorite videos from the past couple of weeks.
Okay now to bitch: Yeah we know our audio is super low volume. We'll make sure and fix this for future shows. And we are pretty stiff and uncomfortable for the first 15 minutes of the show, fidgeting and looking all the wrong ways.
Kudos to our production crew Jim and Frank for putting out fires and helping us figure out how to do a live broadcast. And thanks to our understanding live audience for your encouragement, feedback and witty banter.
We've proven that it can be done. Now we can work on making our show as awesome as possible!
I'm super excited to announce that my co-hosts Manu "Spuds" Smith, Nicole "Zuckerpunch" Zuckerman and myself will be foisting upon the internet the first live streaming video talk show on lindy hop that we call "SwingNation." Combining important news from the swing community, awesome dance clips, silly banter and special features, "SwingNation" will be a regular feature of Yehoodi.com.
Catch the live stream of our first episode this Sunday August 5, starting at 7pm Pacific / 10pm Eastern at justin.tv/yehoodi. We hope to have lots of fun ways to connect with our live virtual audience. At the very least, you can all make fun of us when we make the inevitable screw-up live on the air.
If you miss us on Sunday, we'll of course post the archive of the video on our website and for viewing on YouTube. But we really want folks to come support us for our first show this Sunday! See you all then.
I got this appeal from the nice folks atLindyGroove, one of the largest lindy hop weekly dance in the country. Apparently a bunch of LindyGroove dancers have put their noggins together to create an iPhone app called "EverSmart", built on top of the popular "Evernote" note-taking tool.
I use Evernote literally every day, for work, personal planning, and archiving stuff to read later. So I'm excited to find out that a bunch of LA lindy hoppers have created an app that extends Evernote's already impressive functionality.
If you like Evernote and want to support some local dancers who have created what looks like a really neat app, head to this link to vote for them in the Evernote developers contest. If they win, they got some nice seed funding to launch their app.
On Saturday, I had the pleasure of experiencing my first Maker Faire , an annual gathering of 10,000+ DIY enthusiasts, hackers, crafters, artists, cosplayers, and citizen scientists at a huge fairground pavilion in San Mateo. Described as a "festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement," Maker Faire is a multi-space, multi-event gathering where simply navigating the schedule of activities and demonstrations is intimidating!
I went in with an open mind and and willingness to play, with a few talks in my schedule, but otherwise just letting serendipity guide me. I was not dissappointed.
Entering the fairgrounds area, you feel like you are being transported to an alternate reality, one where mainstream, top-down commercial culture has been replaced with one where every person is not a spectator or a "market" but a co-creator. A giant dragon car slithers around the plaza, followed by a fuzzy green butterfly bus, and then a sassy talking red Dalek robot. Steampunk adventurers , giant mecha-warriors, and faeriefolk meander amidst the crowd. Interactive sculptures and installations beckon you to touch, crawl on, and play with them.