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These Foolish Things – Japanese version and Chinese version

These Foolish Things

“These Foolish Things” is a standard Jazz number. There are many versions. The image on the left show a Japanese interpretation, which is very good.

This one is another Japanese version, which is actually in Japanese. (But it is not as good as the first Japanese lady’s version).

I therefore translated it into Chinese:

So, why it needs to be translated into Chinese then? You may not know that the original English lyrics was written by Anna May Wong’s lover, and dedicated to

Anna May Wong. The song writer found the lyrics, got inspired and added in the music part. Continue reading

DVH-596 HD 1080p Camcorder Test

DVH-596 Test

DVH-596 Test

DVH-596 Test

DVH-596 Test

DVH-596 Test

DVH-596 Test

DVH-596 Test

DVH-596 Test

images in Flickr

Since I have already sold my previous SONY Camcorder in second hand moving sale. I recently bought a new Camcorder – DVH-596 1080p. This is a no brand Camcorder made in China. It has been branded into several Australian dealers, like this one: Audiosonic is a brand of Kmart, Australia ( also there is Kogan, etc.) But other brands are selling several hundred than the price I got it from a prompting sale in Kmart. It is only $199. I went to my nearest Kmart the early morning the prompt sale began, the staff there told me they are already sold out, there is only 2 left, 1 is a display model, the other unopened one is this one I got, and there is no plan heard for re-stocking. How come it is out of stock the morning of day one, go figure. This is even cheaper than the cheapest online price from the direct Chinese online dealer Chinavasion: $224

Please note, the color of the Cam is not black, it is steel silver dark grey with a tiny blue tint. This finishing is almost identical to my Previous SONY camcorder, so you can go to that link and have a better look of the color. It is actually very beautiful color under the sun IMHO. Images above except the first two were taken took using this Camcorder in photo mode. Well, the photos aren’t that great. Here is a youtube video test clip I took:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmx2PanVECE 260 200]

As you can see, video is so so too (to not bad). Yet, to say the least, as a 1080p and HD cam, it is much much better than the SONY cam I just sold. Well, the major reason I bought this camcorder is that I seldom take video, and if I do, they are for youtube or view in my Mac. I never take any video for TV display.

Download Youtube video in Mac

Download Youtube in MacFor those Mac users, who still don’t know how to download the Youtube video and view them locally. Here is how:

The video format for Youtube is FLV format. It is Flash Video Streaming format.

a. Download RealPlayer 11 or above. While installing it to your Mac. You will be asked whether you’d like to install ‘Real Download Agent’. Say and select ‘Yes’ to that. After that you will see the icon show in <1>.

b. If you click <1>, you will open <2>. When you watch Youtube video, once the video finish you will see a selection for downloading it in <2> window. Click ‘download’ to download it.

c. The downloaded files are located in a dedicated folder. Click <3> to open that folder. You will be able to play a video file locally with RealPlayer by double clicking it.

d. You can put the youtube video files you normally play inside a RealPlayer playlist, like shown in <4>. You can open <4> by press “command + Y” while you are in RealPlayer.

c. The image shows a list of Piano solos I normally listen. most of them can be found in here

d. While downloading Youtube video, make sure you are downloading the high quality video option. button <5> let you choose the HQ – high quality option. If you don’t see the HQ button, you can try type ‘&fmt=18’ or ‘&fmt=20’ at the end of the website page address in the address bar and reload.

7notemode replied on all my comments

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[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xgPLrvcmOs&fmt=18 200 150]

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Youtube Jazz Piano mega star 7notemode replied all my comments on him. He seldom seldom replies his comments, which is humongous in quantity. Am I just very so lucky? Well, all my comments were just two comments in total though. 😉 There is a week or so time difference of the two comments though.

7notemode’s Youtube channel is here

If you don’t know who is 7notemode in Youtube. Listen to his interpretation of ‘My one and only love‘. Or ‘A house is not a home’ in my previous post.

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That’s Entertainment

Britans Got Talent - Susan Boyle, Shaheen Jafargholi

See how a 47 yo woman and a 12 yo boy become an internet mega star is a few hours.

Britains Got Talent 2009 April

Youtube link: Susan Boyle (I dreamed a dream), Shaheen Jafarghol

More Susan photos

Carmen Miranda without her Banana Hat

Carmen Miranda

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzqhmuPmIhk 210 190]

Here is a piece in which Carmen Miranda was without her Banana Hat. You should see the faces of the other stars in the movie. Cannot blame them. Carmen was the highest-paid entertainer for several years in the 1940s, and in 1945, was the highest-paid woman, earning more than $200,000, according to IRS records.

A Star is Born

Judy Garland A-Star-is-Born

Barbra Streisand A Star is Born

A Star is Born is a movie that has been made 3 times. The two versions normally known are 1954 – Judy Garland; and 1976 – Barbra Streisand. I remember I watch both in China National Library in Beijing when I was a Uni Student in Beijing dated around 1995.

Video 1 showing Judy Garland singing ‘The man that got away’; Video 2 showing Barbra Streisand singing ‘Evergreen’ (starting from 0:53); Video 3 showing Judy Davis played Judy Garland in movie made for TV – ‘Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows’. She sang ‘The man that got away’ (starting from 8:18). Ms Davis’s Emmy (2001) and Gold Globe (2002) winning performance of July Garland got so scary sometimes that you might think Judy Garland came back to life and seized Judy Davis’s body…

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzyPMRo8ZUQ 320 240][youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqCF-DcqYO4 240 210](starting from 0:53)[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1DjCOfeiLw 240 210](starting from 8:18)

Ma Yanhong

Ma Yanhong

Ma YanhongMa Yanhong, China’s first Gold medalist on Olympic Gymnastics (1984). Known for her original UB stunt of “hecht back salto with full turn to dismount”.

High performances:
1978 Asian Games – 1st uneven bars
1979 World Championships – 1st uneven bars (China’s first world title in gymnastics)
1981 World Championships – 2nd uneven bars, 4th all-around, 5th floor exercise
1984 Los Angels Olympic Games – 1st uneven bars, 3rd women’s team, 5th balance beam

Notice that scary 1/35 (body hitting the lower bar) ? This is discarded by modern day gymnastics due to the increased distance between the two bars. And also that dazzling finish. I don’t believe modern gymnasts are able (or permitted) to do that.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CUg-TMvgro 320 240]

Mama Rose

Bette Midler

Bette Midler is one of my favorite actress. I like her movie ‘Isn’t She Great‘. It’s however a low rated movie portraying Jacqueline Susann – best seller novelist’s life. Yet, her most intense performance is in a TV movie (movie made only for TV, not for cinema) – ‘Gypsy‘; a movie on Gypsy Rose Lee‘s life. Bette played Gypsy’s mother. – Mama Rose. Image on the left showing Bette Midler with her daughter. Video clips: ‘Some people’, and ‘Rose’s Turn’. Better Midler at her best:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0b68q0I-8k 210 190][youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dMUa84Oaqs 210 190]

Gold Coin Video

An interesting video from a gold coin collector showing off his stuff.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ5R3SoCDsg 320 240]

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