Song of the day: In the summertime – Mungo Jerry

Summer is escaping from Germany and the cold breezes are felt in the evenings. And to celebrate that I leave you with this hit of the cheerful Mungo Jerry: In the summertime.

First time I heard it I think I was 12 or so. It was one of the song that inspired me to make an Incursion into music. You can easily notice why. All right! Summertime, see you soon!

This too shall pass – OK Go

Perhaps one of the most inventive Rube Goldberg machines that I’ve seen. This video went viral time ago and still receives tons of hits a day, having so far over 40 Million (as of August 2013).

The machine was designed during months by OK Go and Syyn Labs, a company that now creates all kind of similar visually impressive projects. Go check them out!

And now enjoy the music and put attention on every step of the machine progress, it is quite imaginative and entertaining to watch.

Song of the day: Ciel, che feci – Guiseppe Verdi

Two weeks ago I was in one of the best concerts ever in my life. I got my ticket since early February and it was one of the last ones. That event is one of the most famous in Munich. It is part of a complete weekend with classical music.

It’s called “Klassik am Odeonsplatz”” that literally means “Classic at Odeonsplatz”, which is a square in downtown Munich surrounded by beautiful architecture and a nice atmosphere. It takes place every summer and the most remarkable artists of classical music perform in an Open-Air concert.

This year was awesome not only because Yannick Nézet-Séguin was directing the orchestra and Thomas Hampson was the leading Baritone, but also because my favorite tenor Rolando Villazon gave one of the most powerful and amazing performances I’ve heard from him. And yeah, I was there.

The final duet with Hampson and Villazon singing Verdi’s “Dio, che nell’alma infondere” was stunning. But, for me, what really got the night was the final solo performance of Villazón, when he stood in front and sung “Ciel, che feci” from Verdi’s Oberto. And it’s obvious that he was going to sing Verdi, as nowadays he’s promoting his latests work, which goes around him.

Huh! I have goosebumps just remembering. Amazing, that’s the word to describe his interpretation. After that I just stood up and burst into applause with all my energy. But stop reading about it. Watch his great performance in the following video from 13:38.

Bravo!

Song of the day: Harmageddon – Apocalyptica

More than a song, it is actually the melody of the day: Harmageddon from Apocalyptica is one of the first singles of the band and it is simply good when it comes to put your mind in a state of trance. I use it to study and it works for me. The rythm and pace of it awake my brain and fill it up with strong bass notes created by the cellos of these metal-lovers. Hmmm… Check it and convince yourself.

Mexican-American comedians

It’s no secret that the Chicano community is quite huge and one of the most complicated societies in the world, not only by their heritage, but because they always try to fit in the United States, while preserving their Mexican roots.

There is no easy analysis from this, but there is always something distinguishable from the Chicanos: comedy. Mexicans are brought up surrounded by laughter and celebration at any time (including Death), and that is one of the biggest legacies to the Chicanos.

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Song of the day: Do you feel it? – Joe Cuba Sextet

My barrio, my beautiful barrio. This song makes me think of the old 50’s – 60’s Pachuco style with TinTán. The overstyled Zoot suits, the puns, the nostalgic voices singing in a dark bar, while the sadness is drunk away with a nice cold strong whisky, or maybe a cigar puts the mood, I don’t know, I can’t explain, just feel it… do you feel it?

Song of the day: Be my man – Asha

Her artistic name is actually Aṣa but is pronounced “Asha”. Thanks to some strange paths that I follow listening my music (in other words: Spotify), I discovered this nigerian singer and Oh boy! I love her voice. I invite you to check more material from her, she has some pretty nice songs, the musical production and her voice make a perfect match in her style. Very joyful songs indeed.

This time I would like to share the song “Be my man”. Well, I won’t dedicate it to any person, but would be nice if some girl sings it to me the way Asha does. Huuuuh! The music is simply great and the rythm is highly contagious. It makes me wanna dance and sing it again and again.

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Song of the day: She’s not there – The Zombies

The vintage era sounds nowadays in my head. It all started with “Time of the Season” from The Zombies, and from there I started to make a big circle around that nice 50’s – 60’s rock era.

Oh my! Getting excited I increased the list with The Monkees, Tommy James & the Shondells, The Yardbirds, Janis Joplin, The Animals, Fats Domino… huh and the list goes on and on.

After listening along my memories, I ended up with the Zombies again. This song is punching in my head and makes me wanna jump and shout. Well, just gonna let you listen to this classic: “She’s not there” from the Zombies:

Visual Navigation for Flying Robots

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So far, so good. It has been a year since I decided to get fully involved in this field of Computer Vision, and hasn’t been easy, but I gotta say it is full of surprises. My University has been strongly doing some research about it, and a proof of that is that the 3D Computer Vision course given in Coursera is actually done by a Professor in my university (tho in German). So, I think we’re moving quite strong.

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My curiosity took me to the Computer Vision chair of the Informatics Department at the TUM and I think this semester they completely got me, as I’m planning to get the 3 lectures given there: Visual Navigation for Flying Robots, Multiple View Geometry and Machine Learning for Robotics and Computer Vision. Robotics, Machine Learning and Computer Vision! Makes my mouth water. Huh! Beautiful. Continue reading

VHS mode in Youtube

Not sure if a late Easter egg, a passing joke or a permanent feature (would be fun), but Google gives us again the opportunity to play around with the common things on the internet.

This time comes all through Youtube. A new feature was added to the player of Youtube: the “Tape Mode”. You click it and your image will seem like an old VHS-cassette-like video. Quite nostalgic, I would say. I just discovered it watching some Ellen videos (I admit it, goddamit, that woman’s jokes are funny for me), and discovered this one with Steve Carell (better if you watch it in Youtube‘s website):

The legend says that they do it because of the 57th Anniversary of the commercial realease of the first VHS cassette. Well, quite a random number for me, but anyways. Not all videos have this feature. Apparently you just have to randomly find them too. Buuuu!!

Oh yeah, click “Pause” and it will keep the old effect of the cassette. These hipsters are everywhere with the electronic vintage effects. First their instagram, now this. I don’t think is gonna last, but I’d activate it for fun only.

Find a nice video and give it a try!