new man wrote:
I love this video because it shows how we can come together by just enjoying ourselves and not taking ourselves too seriously, just dancing and laughing is all it takes. Too bad the world leaders can't enjoy this simple pleasure and pass it on to others.
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packa ... 07,00.html wrote:
Dance-Floor Diplomacy, 1976
By Alexandra Silver Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
<<Two hundred years after the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain, the American President danced with the Queen of England. In town for the U.S. bicentennial, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were the guests of President and Mrs. Gerald Ford in July 1976. First Lady Betty Ford wrote in her memoir that "the Queen was easy to deal with" and "If I hadn't kept mixing up Your Highness and Your Majesty (he's His Highness, she's Her Majesty) I'd give myself four stars for the way that visit went off." As for the dancing, there don't appear to be any reports of President Ford falling or stepping on the Queen's feet. Of course, the U.S. Marine band probably shouldn't have started playing "The Lady Is a Tramp," though it's a great song, with the Queen on the dance floor.>>
orin stepanek wrote:OMG If only people would praise APOD as much when a great Astronomy picture was the picture of the day as they carp about a change of pace! When is the last time there were 4 or 5 pages of raves about a great picture of a nebula or a nova etc.
sigman wrote:I fail to see what dancing has to do with APOD, unless it's just another socialist angle
owlice wrote:orin stepanek wrote:OMG If only people would praise APOD as much when a great Astronomy picture was the picture of the day as they carp about a change of pace! When is the last time there were 4 or 5 pages of raves about a great picture of a nebula or a nova etc.
DougSpace wrote:In the next installment, he needs to be dancing upside down on a Zero-G trip.
I can't wait for tomorrow's APOD: A video of kittens playing with a paper bag!
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geckzilla wrote:Come on now, David. The sky is not falling. The adverts are an accident. Regulations prevent the display of adverts on .gov websites. Personally, I did not see any adverts when I watched the video. It's gotta be something YouTube did.
bystander wrote:geckzilla wrote:
The sky is not falling. The adverts are an accident. Regulations prevent the display of adverts on .gov websites. Personally, I did not see any adverts when I watched the video. It's gotta be something YouTube did.
My guess are the adverts are intentional and probably something done by Matt. He probably needs more money to waste on another stupid video. I'm glad I have an ad blocker on my browser so I don't have to see them.
<<Matthew "Matt" Harding (born September 27, 1976), is an American traveler, video game designer, and Internet celebrity known as Dancing Matt for his viral videos that show him dancing in front of landmarks and street scenes in various international locations. Harding has since received widespread coverage of his travel exploits in major print and broadcast media outlets, and was hired by Visa to star in their Travel Happy campaign.
Harding was known by his friends for a particular dance, and while video recording each other in Vietnam in May 2003, his travel companion suggested he add the dance. The videos were uploaded to his website for friends and family to enjoy. After completing a second journey to Africa in 2004, Harding edited together 15 dance scenes, all with him center frame, with the background music "Sweet Lullaby" by "Deep Forest". The original Song uses samples from a dying Solomon Islands language which was recorded in 1971 by a French ethnomusicologist at the Solomon Islands near Papua New Guinea. The song, "Rorogwela" was sung by a young woman named Afunakwa. According to the video "Where the Hell is Afunakwa" by Matt Harding, Afunakwa died in 1998.
The video was passed around by e-mail and eventually became viral, with his server getting 20,000 or more hits a day as it was discovered, generally country by country due to language barriers, before the launch of major video upload sites.
Harding created a second version of the video in 2006, with additional dancing scenes from subsequent travels, called "Dancing 2006". At the request of Stride, a gum brand, he accepted sponsorship of this video, since he usually travels on a limited budget.
Harding released his third dancing video on June 20, 2008. The video is the product of 14 months of traveling in 42 countries. The background music/song of this video is known as "Praan" composed by Garry Schyman and sung by Palbasha Siddique, with lyrics adapted from the poem "Stream of Life," a part of the Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore.
As of August 2008, Harding is represented by Creative Artists Agency. His videos are viewable on YouTube, Google Video, Vimeo and his own site wherethehellismatt.com. His "Where the Hell is Matt? (2008)" video has been watched over 40,900,000 times on YouTube since 2011 and Harding's YouTube channel is ranked "#83 - Most Subscribed (All Time) - Directors" as of December 22, 2010.
On June 20, 2012, 4 years after his third video, Harding released "Where the Hell is Matt? 2012". The video features Matt and many others dancing in 71 locations, comprising 55 countries and 11 US states. The video uses the song "Trip the Light", composed by Garry Schyman and sung by Alicia Lemke. The song was made available on iTunes, along with "Praan" and the song, titled "Dance Outtakes", used in an as of yet unreleased video featuring outtakes as well as locations which did not make the final video.>>
Flase wrote:I don't like complaining but I really don't see any connection with astronomy. At all.
I would also suggest that most dances have more to do with social conformity and genuine feelings are irrelevant. What if you are at a dance and the magical feelings just aren't there? You just pretend or you are a party pooper.
And why does the music have to be crap? You could have some culture from other places instead of programmed drumbeats and people who look exactly like fat Americans shaking their love handles and wearing American clothes.
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