Wish on My Star by Jake Shimabukuro and Jennifer Perri

I heard a great new song today I wanted to share because I’m not sure it’s been heard that often outside some parts of the world like Japan, Hawaii and among ukulele lovers. The song is Wish on My Star, by ukulele god Jake Shimabukuro, featuring Jennifer Perri on vocals. It was on Jake’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps CD (video of his amazing rendition) and featured in the movie Hula Girls that was big in Japan and Hawaii. However, other indications like relative lack of YouTube videos and views on them seem to suggest it hasn’t been heard much. That’s why I’m writing a post to share.

I love the song that much already that I would replace a song in my Top 30 Love Songs, which I did as a Facebook meme in February, to make place for it! Enjoy!

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TED 2011 Ads Worth Spreading, Part 2 of 3

This is part 2 of 3 posts showing all the ads TED deemed worth spreading. (Part 1)

The TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) community just released its 2011 Ads Worth Spreading contest winners, and the ads are better than the ones I have seen for the Super Bowl in any year! But what did you expect from a brilliant group who’s moniker is “Ideas Worth Spreading”?

Now these ads aren’t like ones in the Super Bowl lasting 30-60 seconds. These ads are much longer, often being the full version of the shortened ads for TV time slots. However, with ads like these, I could watch commercials in place of TV shows because I don’t notice how long or short they are. I’m actually a little sad once it’s over, alongside whatever mood the commercials left me in.

I have posted a bunch of the ads here because I have found higher quality versions of the ads than the ones available on the TED website. Otherwise, I’d have just posted links to them all on TED’s site.

The link for Part 3 is at the end of the post.

Enjoy and be prepared to be wowwed!!!

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A Transformers Music Video Idea — A Girl Like You (Arcee)

Transformers 6x4 Vertical Picture Cards Arcee

Arcee

I’m just learning taking my very first steps in learning digital video manipulation. I’ve got to cover the spectrum of my blog namesake, Digital Citizen, and I haven’t yet done manipulation of video.

Here, I used my newly learned skill of how to capture a YouTube video to get a great source video by Jarek Zabczynski showing the female Transformer, Arcee. Then I took the sound out of it and made the soundtrack a song called A Girl Like You, by Edwyn Collins.

Why that song?

Well, ever since I first heard A Girl Like You in 1995, I immediately thought of the G1 Transformers toys and cartoons because of a sequence of sound effects within the song that sounds similar to Transformers transforming in the cartoon. Of course, with Arcee being the sole female Transformer at the time (or so I thought), the song had to be about her. However, making videos in the mid-1990s wasn’t quite the simple thing it is today in 2009.

Push ahead to mid-2009 and while I was making cards of Arcee like the one at right, as well as wallpapers, I recalled Edwyn Collins’ song. Later in the year that is now, in early November, I’m learning to do learn some digital video editing and voilà!

I’ve just turned my idea of 14 years into reality. I haven’t learned how to edit out some frames, like the credits to the Rihanna song in the original video so it’s not all right. However, I hope you like it!

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I’ve never known a girl like you before,
Now just like in a song from days of yore,
Here you come a-knock knocking on my door,
Well I’ve never met a girl like you before.

(Guitar Solo)

You give me just a taste so I want more,
Now my hands are bleeding and my knees are raw,
‘Cause now you got me crawling, crawling, on the floor.
And I`ve never known a girl like you before.

(Another guitar solo)

You made me acknowledge the devil in me
I hope to God I’m talking metaphorically,
Hope that I’m talking alegorically,
Know that I’m talking about the way I feel
And I`ve never known a girl like you before.
Never, never, never, never
Never known a girl like you before.

This old town’s changed so much.
Don’t feel like I belong,
Too many protest singers,
Not enough protest songs.
And now you’ve come along,
Yes you’ve come along,
And I’ve never met a girl like you before.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.3