The Evolution of Dance With Optimus Prime

The Evolution of Dance is the most-viewed YouTube video ever. In the video, Judson Laipply, a motivational speaker, dances to a soundtrack that plays through various popular songs ranging from Elvis Presley to MC Hammer and Michael Jackson. As of February 2008, The Evolution of Dance has over 76 million views on YouTube, and is the most viewed video on the site.

Here’s a parody of The Evolution of Dance performed by Optimus Prime from The Transformers called “The Evolution of Dance With Optimus Prime.” Keep your eyes peeled for the subtle robotic crotch thrusts during YMCA. It might not be appropriate for younger Decepticons.

Gotta love the ending. Optimus Prime doesn’t like the Macarena. He transforms and leaves the stage.

Surprisingly, this clip is not from the popular stop-animation comedy show Robotic Chicken. The guy who made it is named Patrick Boivin. Seth Green should give him a job.

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Stop Wasting Water!

2.25 Billion Litres Of Drinkable Water Wasted By UK Households Daily

Some Parts Of Britain Has Less Available Water Per Head Than The Sudan And Syria

Some GREAT TIPS for saving water ;-)

My FAV is for the Rest Room - “it its yellow, let it mellow” – “if its brown, flush it down”

According to research released today an overwhelming majority (80%) of the British public fail to recognise water saving as a key environmental issue.

Stop Wasting Water – TODAY!

Virgin Atlantic – The First Airline To Fly on Biofuel

Virgin Atlantic Becomes the World’s First Airline To Fly on Biofuel

The Biofuel Airline?

Virgin Atlantic operates the world?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s first airline to fly on biofuel from London Heathrow to Amsterdam

Monday 25th February: Virgin Atlantic has become the world?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s first airline to fly on biofuel, on a flight from London Heathrow to Amsterdam Schiphol.

The airline flew one of its Boeing 747-400′s using a sustainable type of biofuel, Coconut Oil and Babassu Oil, and it was the first time in the world that a commercial aircraft has run this biofuel in-flight.

Virgin Atlantic hopes this flight will be a step towards reducing the environmental impact of their planes, and is part of a major initiative by the airline to explore sources of sustainable aircraft fuel for the future that do not compete with food and fresh water resources.

Classic Nintendo Themed TV Remote

Need some help rounding out your classic Nintendo collection?

Old NES somewhere in the basement… CHECK. Purchased every Classic Console game on the Nintendo Wii… CHECK. But do you have a cool universal TV remote that looks just like a NES controller? No? ThinkGeek.com does and it’s ready for immediate delivery via winged turtle shell.

This NES style remote controls most TVs allowing critical gaming functions like power on/off, changing the channel and even volume adjustment. Now you can amaze your friends by pretending to play classic NES games while watching old Thundercats re-runs.

These controllers are limited editions from Japan. Once they are gone, they are gone.

The Nintendo Controller Universal Remote works with the following brands of TVs:

  • Sony
  • Panasonic
  • Sharp
  • Sylvania
  • Sanyo
  • Aiwa
  • Hitachi
  • Philips
  • NEC
  • JVC
  • Toshiba
  • Mitsubishi
  • Fujitsu

By the way, this remote does not control cable boxes, DVD players or anything else. Strictly TV sets. Also the Nintendo Controller Universal Remote may not work if your TV is super ancient.

You can pick up the Nintendo Controller Universal Remote for $12.99 from ThinkGeek.com.

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American Idol on iTunes

The biggest American reality show on TV has finally joined the iTunes platform. Fox Broadcasting, Fox Interactive Media and FremantleMedia signed an exclusive deal with Apple to bring American Idol audio and video performances to iTunes as single song-sized snippets available the day after they premiere on air.

Audio performances of the top 24 contenders run 99?Ǭ¢ per song, and videos of the top 12 finalists performances will be priced $1.99/each from March 11.

Apple will also become one of the show’s premiere sponsors and maintain a branded presence on AmericanIdol.com, where some free streaming performances can be seen.

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Croatian Smurfs Fail World Record Attempt

Last month, 395 Croatian men, women and children covered themselves in blue paint, dressed up as Smurfs and got ready to go down in history… as failures.

The “Croatian Smurfs” had gathered in an attempt to smash the previous world record for “most Smurfs gathered together at one time.”

Unfortunately due to a research error (possibly caused by Gargamel), their attempt was all in vain.

According to the latest, but out of date, Croatian printing of the Guiness World Records book, the record for most Smurfs gathered in one place was 291. With 395 Smurfs, the Croations thought they were sure to earn a new world record.

However in 2007, a group of students at Warwick University beat them too it. The Warwick students had managed to round up a grand total of 451 Smurfs and according to Guiness, currently hold the world record.

They were close, but Croatians needed a little over 50 more Smurfs to beat the Warwick University record. Perhaps they should have contacted Guiness World Records before the attempt. I want to feel bad for them, but just seeing the the 2 words “Croatians” and “Smurfs” in the same sentence kind of freaks me out.

A somber spokesman for the Croatians had this to say: “We could easily have got more Smurfs, but we thought that over a hundred more than the American record… would be enough.”

In case you’ve never heard of The Smurfs before, they are are a fictional group of small blue creatures who live somewhere in the woods. The Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs to the world in a 1958 Belgian magazine called Le Journal de Spirou. However, Smurfs are probably best known from the 1980s animated Hanna-Barbera Productions television series, The Smurfs (DVD).

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American Podcasting Audience Soars

The U.S. podcasting audience reached 18.5 million in 2007, according to eMarketer and was projected to top 65 million by 2012 with 25 million listeners downloading one or more podcasts a week.

Ad spending on podcasts in the U.S. is also expected to creep up, from $165 million in 2007 to $435 million in 2012.

Major podcasting networks like Revision3 are growing with the medium’s success by revamping their websites and adding new programming.

If you’re not already a podcast consumer, then check out the podcast section in iTunes. There’s a lot of great stuff from tech shows to yoga workouts. And they are all free. I usually watch 5-10 podcasts a day on either my iPod Touch or Apple TV. Makes the bus ride to work much more enjoyable.

Here are a few favorites:

  • Diggnation – weekly rundown of the front page stories on Digg.com
  • Tiki Bar TV – drinking games
  • Unboxing Live – take a new gadget, and open it up while the camera is rolling
  • Midwest Teen Sex Show – explores topics concerning teen sexuality from gym class to syphilis
  • The Totally Rad Show – movie, comic books and game reviews
  • Make Podcast – how to tweak, hack, and bend technology any way you want
  • Play Value – the history of video games.
  • NBC Nightly News – the full TV broadcast sans commercials

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How to Reset an iPhone

Occasionally an iPod or iPhone may freeze or fail to respond to your commands. This can happen for a number of reasons and does not necessarily indicate a serious problem. Sometimes they just need a restart much like the way your computer needs a reset once in a while.

Tutorial: How to reset a Frozen iPod or iPhone

Restarting an iPod/iPhone is a simple procedure that will not erase any of your music, data files, or customized preferences.

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Frozen New York Stunt Confuses Grand Central Station

On a cold Saturday morning in January, a flash mob of Improv Everywhere Agents descended on New York City’s Grand Central train station and left the entire concourse in a state of complete confusion.

Flash Mob - a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief period of time, then quickly disperse.

What did they do that had everyone so confused? This flash mob of 200+ people suddenly froze in place at the exact same second for 5 minutes in the Main Concourse of Grand Central Station. The frozen poses ranged from people tying their shoes and eating to someone who just dropped a stack of papers. Everyone from tourists to cops stopped in amazement to try to figure out what was happening around them.

My favorite part is the guy trying to drive his garbage cart. He sounds like such a baby when he gets on his radio to call for help.

{Beep} {Beep} {Beep}
“My cart is stuck. People are standing still.
{Sob}
“I need help.”

If the video above doesn’t load, you can view it here.

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Apple TV Take 2: Movie Rentals, No Computer Required

Steve Jobs announced an update to the Apple TV at Macworld San Francisco this week as well as iTunes Movie Rentals, which were already rumored to be part of his Macworld keynote speech.

Jobs admitted that Apple’s online video plan had been a disappointment and that users didn’t take to watching online video the way Apple had expected. When Jobs first announced the Apple TV last January, Apple’s initial video plan was too complicated for many people. Getting a movie or TV show onto your Apple TV required customers to buy the video from the iTunes Store, download it to their computer, then sync/stream the file using an Apple TV.

Although Apple has already sold 7 million movies, Jobs said: “That?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s more than everyone else put together, but it did not meet our expectations.”

Apple plans on overhauling their strategy by making 2 major changes:

  1. Adding a new online movie rental service
  2. Updating the Apple TV’s software so that viewers can stream movies direct from the internet sans (that’s Latin for without) computer.

Jobs thinks that viewers would prefer to rent movies, not buy them. As a result, the new Apple TV software will allow users to rent first run films from every major movie studio including Fox, WB, Paramount, Universal and Sony in HD. Jobs called it “A better way to provide movies to our customers.” Blockbuster and Netflix can’t be happy right now.

1000 films ready for rental will be available on iTunes starting in February. Going forward, movies will be available to rent 30 days after they are released on DVD. Broadband users won’t have to wait for these giant movie files to download. Moments after you rent the film using your Apple TV, it will be watchable immediately via streaming. How much are movie rentals? $2.99 to rent older titles, $3.99 for new releases. Add one more $1 to those prices if you want to rent the movie in HD.

Thomas Lesinski, president of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment, joined Jobs on stage at Macworld and called the rental service a “defining moment” for the distribution of digital video content. “This is really going to take things to the next level,” he said.

The new Apple TV software features will be included in a free Apple TV update scheduled to be released in February. You can update your Apple TV by selecting “Update Software” from the Settings menu.

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Steve Jobs Announces the MacBook Air at MacWorld

I hope you didn’t buy a new Apple laptop recently. Steve Jobs announced the MacBook Air at Macworld today.

The MacBook Air is the “World’s Thinnest Notebook” – even thinner than the Sony TZ, which is 0.8 to 1.2 inches thick. It’s so thin it fits in a manila envelope. Seriously. See the image below! Apple’s goal was to make a high performance 3 pound laptop, with a full size keyboard, and large display.




The MacBook Air is so thin, it only has 4 ports: USB 2.0, Micro-DVI, headphone jack and a MagSafe 45w power adapter plug.

So what did Apple leave out? An optical drive. If you really want one, Apple is selling an optional external USB powered SuperDrive for $99. So how do you install software or get files off of CD/DVD? Apple has a new piece of software called Remote Disc which can be installed on any Mac or PC on your wireless network and will let you borrow that machine’s optical drive.

MacBook Air features:

  • Magnetic latch
  • 5 hour battery
  • multi-touch gesture trackpad
  • 13.3-inch widescreen
  • LED-backlit display
  • built-in iSight for videoconferencing
  • full-size keyboard
  • 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • 2GB RAM standard
  • 80GB drive (1.8-inch hard drive. Same as in iPods.)
  • 64GB SSD option
  • 802.11n standard WiFi (N is the most advanced wireless on the market).
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

You can pre-order the MacBook Air today. Apple starts shipping them in 2 weeks.

In addition to the MacBook Air, Steve Jobs also made the following announcements at MacWorld today:

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Motorola MOTO Z10 and ROKR E8 Preview at CES

New From Motorola – launching Q1 2008 – The MOTO Z10, a complete, pocket-sized, mobile film studio

Motorola debuting new products at CES 2008

Motorola is kicking off 2008 with a big splash at CES. The MOTOPURE H12 and T815 have been selected as Finalists for the Bluetooth SIG Best of CES Awards, and the RAZR2 V9 and MOTOROKR T505 have received honorable mentions.

Also debuting at CES are the next generation of award-worthy devices, including the MOTO Z10, ROKR E8, and a host of other revolutionary Bluetooth headsets, wireless speakers, and more.

Motorola focuses on creating the most stylish and intuitive mobile devices that empower consumers in every aspect of their lives. The new MOTO Z10 is a complete, pocket-sized, mobile film studio. This stylish kick slider makes it easy to capture high-quality video, edit clips, create transitions between scenes and add title slides and a soundtrack. Then, budding filmmakers can upload their creation to share with friends and family through any number of Web sites such as YouTube, Google, Yahoo! and ShoZu.

MOTO Z10 looks as sleek and stylish on the outside as it is feature-packed inside. The ergonomic design is built with premium quality materials, including spun stainless steel, polished metallic finish and soft-feel textures. The MOTO Z10 is expected to be available in Q1 2008.

Also new from Motorola, the ROKR E8 offers an uncompromised music and phone experience, featuring revolutionary new digital morphing technology that transforms the device from a music player to a phone with just one touch of a button. Also equipped with a camera, the ROKR E8 features a smooth, glass like surface that contains Motorola?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s first Haptics Touch Pad, so when you press down on the imaginary buttons, it feels like pressing a real button, not a touch screen. Seamless construction, high-quality materials, scratch-resistant display, unique finishes and soft touch back make the ROKR E8 both beautiful to look at and extremely durable and reliable. The ROKR E8 is expected to be available in Q1 2008.

The ROKR E8 is a top pick by CNET editors as one of the hottest gadgets for 2008, narrowed down to just 30 products. You have a chance to cast your vote for the product that you think will be the most-talked about. Vote online here (http://ces.cnet.com/ces/peoples-voice/?tag=bubbl_2 ) or send a text message with the nominee number to CNET1 (26381). Hurry! Voting ends at noon on January 9, 2008.

Visit www.motorola.com/mediacenter for more information on these and other great devices from Motorola.

If you?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢re attending CES, please be sure to visit the Motorola Booth for information and product demos. The Motorola Booth is #8545, Central Hall.