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An amazing TRON inspired performance by dance group Wrecking Crew Orchestra. WCO is an 8 man dance group formed in 2003, they are masters of hip hop and electronic dance.

Check out their WEBSITE – Enjoy!

PHOTO | Japanese man ties world record for biggest bass

Mr. Manabu Kurita with a 22 lb 4 oz largemouth bass taken from Japan’s Lake Biwa

Manabu Kurita of Aichi, Japan shows his July 2, 2009 record catch, a largemouth bass caught on Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake.

After nearly six months of waiting, he has now taken his place alongside another angler, as dual holders of the All-Tackle record for largemouth bass each weighing 22 lb 4 oz and caught 77 years apart.

Kurita’s fish tied the record of George Perry, who caught his bass on America’s Montgomery Lake on June 2, 1932.

Kurita used 25-pound test line and a live blue gill as bait.

Photo provided by the International Game Fish Association.

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July 2009 | Holidaze Update!

Sooooooooooo… where and what the fuck is up for summer 2009?
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Well… as you already know, we are always off travelling from July 1st to September 1st. That means no LIVE! shows, but we will be checking in from time to time as we explore our audiences (think anal probe) and hopefully capture some intesresting content for our Fall Season.

Stay tuned and by all means Skype us and/or leave a message on Afterhourz®

We miss you !!

NEWZ | Meebo Meetup Tokyo!

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As many of you already know, in STUDIO® Seven we use MEEBO exclusively for listener interaction. Friends of ours and the Meebo crews recently held a meetup in Tokyo. Here is their report.

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Convergence: a Single Point of Failure?

Apparently, we, in the western world possess technology that SUCKS ASS !!  A few days ago, I came across some smarty-pants video-clip that extolled the virtues of Japanese cell phones and how “behind the times” the rest of the world is because of how the cell phone is so integrated into their lives. 

A Japanese mobile phone is one or more of the following:

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SUNDAY: Kansei, Japan’s emotional android

Japan Looks to a Robot Future

At a university lab in a Tokyo suburb, engineering students are wiring a rubbery robot face to simulate six basic expressions: anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise and disgust.

Hooked up to a database of words clustered by association, the robot — dubbed Kansei, or “sensibility” — responds to the word “war” by quivering in what looks like disgust and fear. It hears “love,” and its pink lips smile.


Dude, we’re not in the Uncanny Valley any more; researchers at Japan’s Robot and Science Institute are taking us for a stroll through the freaking Leatherface Valley with Kansei, a creepy new robot with a vocabulary of over 430,000 words that’s designed to react emotionally to whatever it’s discussing. If you’ve been waiting for a robot that can turn that frown upside down this is it — researchers have taught Kansei how to smile when it’s happy and frown when it’s sad by using word association software to build an artificial intelligence program that allows the bot to make judgements about whether it likes something or not.

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