it happens to the best of us

Recently a professional tennis player hit a serve that not only missed the court, but it went into the crowd, about 20 rows deep.  This is professional tennis, at one of the biggest tournaments of the year.  And this was not just some no-name tennis player, it was Li Na, who is ranked #5 in the world, and made it to the final of the Australian Open.  It’s kinda refreshing that a great player can have an amateur-like moment… it made me feel better about my game.  It also goes along with one of my favorite sayings while playing sports: “It happens to the best of us”.  (And it’s ironic, because the next time I played tennis, I went for a full-power backhand winner with topspin, but the ball hit the frame instead, sending it really high in the air and sailing over the fence.)

I like how the crowd cheered when it happened.  And the camera had to zoom way out to see where the ball landed.  At least she has a good sense of humor and could joke about it afterward.

dancing in a restaurant

I saw a commercial tonight that was kinda amusing because of the overreactions in it (as they clearly state), but it got me to thinking.  First, the commercial, for Applebee’s:

These actors do a passable job of getting their groove on, but I thought about how this might apply to some of my lunch outings with the guys.  If some of my friends got up and started trying to dance all funky, people all around the restaurant might lose their appetite.  Some folks need to keep their “moves” at home.  I’m jus’ sayin’…  🙂

Farmer Style (Gangnam Style Parody)

I heard that the most-watched video of all-time is the Gangnam Style video by PSY, so I watched it to see what all the hub-bub was about.  It’s a catchy beat, the dancing is weird, but I don’t see how it has over 1.1 billion views.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s a music video from South Korea.  That’s it.  It’s not the best music video I’ve ever seen — it just went viral somehow.  Who said music videos are dead?  I’m not continuing the trend of linking to it, though, because it’s not totally family-friendly.

However, I came across a parody that gives you the gist of it, with the music and style, but with different lyrics, in English.  It’s random and silly (like the original).

real-life Transformer prototype

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have your own Transformer?  That is, a car that turns into a robot.  The possibilities are, as they say, endless.

We’re still years away from such technology, but at least there are people working on it.  The video below shows a toy-sized prototype transforming car/robot built by Kenji Ishida and JS Robotics.  (Turn the volume down because it’s louder than it should be.)

If we ever get this technology to be life-sized and usable, one obvious benefit would be the need for less parking spaces.  Your car could become a robot and go inside with you, to bring you snacks at work and do chores at home.  (We’re gonna have to be really careful with how much artificial intelligence (AI) we give it, based on movies.)

Oh, and I definitely want mine to have that classic transforming sound from the original (G1) Transformer cartoons in the ’80s!  If it has to be played through speakers, that’s fine.  It just sounds awesome.  Here’s an example.