Do The Robot!

A little something I came across during Pi Day. One of the optical effects exhibits at the Exploratorium features toy robots, mirrors, and a spinning table. You wish your old flip books were this cool.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: A World Of Orange

This week’s challenge requires lots of orange-themed photos, so I thought I’d look back at some of my travels over the past year…

Red-Eyed Orange Lion

Red Eyes Orange Dragon

One of the Yau Kung Moon lion dancers. Taken during the SF Chinese New Year 2015 Festival in Chinatown.

San Francisco Chinese New Year 2015 Lion Dance

I celebrated Chinese New Year in San Francisco this past weekend. I had a really cool continuous shot through the festival recorded, but the video file is too big for both YouTube and Vimeo. The only footage I was able to upload was this Lion Dance from the Yau Kung Moon organization. Five Chinese lions paraded around Chinatown, stopping at various storefronts and giving impromptu performances. I was lucky enough to get close before the crowds started following them.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity, Or: Mexican Folk Dancers

Spanish Dancers

This week’s challenge is all about humanity. Pretty sure the iconic Mexican folk dance covers that. I took this at Union Square in San Francisco.

Soundtrack Saturdays: Capcom VS SNK 2 – This Is True Love Makin’

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Much like Nintendo and Sega, the rivalry between Capcom and SNK was one of the defining aspects of 90’s video gaming. Both companies had immensely popular fighting games; it’d be impossible to find an arcade that didn’t have at least a couple of their cabinets. They had no qualms about taking little jabs at the other, either. Dan Hibiki, one of Street Fighter’s most iconic characters, was a parody of Art of Fighting’s main protagonists. After nearly a decade of mounting tension, someone finally had a bright idea: turn the rivalry into a game! Capcom VS SNK came out in 2000, but it was quickly overshadowed by sequel, Capcom VS SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001. It had 48 characters spanning almost all of both companies’ libraries, intricate combat mechanics, a deliciously hammy announcer, slick animation, flashy special effects, and a metric ton of fanservice. It also had an absolutely killer soundtrack, as demonstrated by the London stage theme, This Is True Love Makin’. Few fighting game themes can get you to stand up and dance. Turn it up!

If you want more Capcom VS SNK 2, you can find the full OST here.

Good gaming, good music.