Saturday, March 10, 2007

Decoherence Dance

On Saturday night, the 'Decoherence Dance' took place in the old PI building on King Street - hopefully the first of many to come. I used the opportunity to test the video option of my new digital camera, and was able to produce the movie below with the appropriately bad quality. I welcome myself to the YouTube generation.



(audio: Word Up by KORN)

Well, the first upload looked even worse. In case anybody knows how to keep the resolution better, let me know (I've already rescaled it to 360 x 240, turned off interlacing, and set the frame rate to 24).

11 comments:

  1. you are soooo coool :)) looks like fun - how's the weather in waterloo, still snow?

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  2. Hi YouTube girl,

    Your party's music is definitely danceable. Now how about something different, yet still danceable? These give you a flavor for why I adore the Mediterranean region so much. Maybe it is my too-long-buried 1/4 Greek roots reaching for attention.

    Tarantelle e Pizzica

    Briganti, concert of pizzica and tarantella

    Pizzica with a New York Accent

    Dance of Pizzica a Taranto

    How to Dance the Pizzica

    and something different (still fantastic)
    Gypsy Dance.

    I think I cannot leave Italy, until I know how to Pizzica.

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  3. Drats.. malformed URL!
    Pasting the whole thing:

    Tarantelle e Pizzica

    Briganti, concert of pizzica and tarantella
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mybOCrB5o8w

    Pizzica with a New York Accent
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-VBwfOLNPA

    Dance of Pizzica a Taranto
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6Ujpl89Qmc

    How to Dance the Pizzica
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhnYq9MqVyw

    and something different (still fantastic)
    Gypsy Dance
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAutTd_5EWU

    To brighten up your snowy day?

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  4. Looks like fun! And to think I almost came up from New York to the party on the spur of the moment. I'll admit that I would have insisted on the proper version of that song, by Cameo.

    By the way, you've got great MTV-style camera work going on there... random tilting and the works.... excellent.

    But most importantly.... is the disco ball back, and the pool table still in place?

    Cheers,

    -cvj

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  5. Hi Amara,

    this is nice! What would the world be without music? Regarding snow: this situation is improving, temperatures rise above melting point during the day. The problem is that there is too much snow on the streets to melt off completely in only a couple of hours. Result is, the uppermost layers melt, then freeze again over night. It is incredibly slippy on the roads, far worse than snow. But if we get one or two more degrees I actually hope to see the pavement in the parking lot again. Best,

    B.

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  6. Hi Clifford,

    ah, thanks for the kudos - I'm afraid I have no camera work whatsoever - I haven't even really figured out how to use the camera and/or software! (It took me an embarrassingly long time to snipple the pieces together, add a soundtrack, title etc)

    Unfortunately, the disco ball is not back. I have never seen it, and I have admittedly no idea where it might have been gone and why? But I'll try to find out... The pool table is in the new building (I assume it's the same).

    Hmm. I just figured out that we're on daylight saving since yesterday. Gee, someone could have told me. The BB just dropped that hour and I've been completely disoriented...

    Best,

    B.

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  7. Bee - You sound like someone in desperate need of a mac, on both counts:

    (1) Video/movie editing software is on them by default and is trivial to use, and

    (2) The good folks at Apple automatically installed a patch on everyone's mac to account for the early Daylight savings time, so that your mac just updates everything for you.

    Cheers,

    -cvj

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  8. Oh, the disco ball mysteriously disappeared a long time before the new building existed. It was the centerpiece of the main room you were partying in on the first floor (I am guessing), all the time. Some bigshots who control the flow of resources were set to visit one time, and rumour has it that someone decided it did not look good to have a disco ball in the middle of the main discussion room (a mistake, I think.... it was great), and it disappeared at about that time... Sad to hear that it never returned. The old building and the disco ball were two of the main reasons I liked Perimeter... aside from physics reasona, of course.

    -cvj

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  9. Hi Clifford,

    the problem was exactly that my laptop as well as the BlackBerry automatically skipped to daylight savings time. Just that I didn't know...

    what is the video software that runs on the mac?

    B.

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  10. Bee: I think that we were calling those conditions in Heidelberg 'black ice'. I had some nasty falls on my bicycle during those times when my bike slid out from under me suddenly. Ouch!

    I guess Clifford is referring to iMovie? I have very little video experience, so I can't say very much about it except it looks easy :-), but I wonder if VLC, which is open source and cross platform, can help you.

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  11. That's great! Looks like lots of fun. And evidence that physicists can't dance. ;-) Just kidding! :-)

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