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iPhone app: Dance Coach 1.0

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Last weekend I saw a Latin band which plays salsa, cumbia, merengue, etc.  I like Latin music but am a horrible dancer.  Especially problematic are the hip movements.

It would be useful to have an iPhone app which does the following:

  • Hold your phone up to the music, and it will identify the style and tempo.  If that doesn’t work, you can manually choose the style, but the iPhone should be able to identify the style, i.e., cumbia, bachata, samba, etc.
  • Indicate if you’re male or female.
  • The app displays male, female, or both figures at once, and demonstrates the basic dance steps for the indicated style. There are a variety of options for changing the perspective, slowing down the step, etc.
  • There’s also a ‘clave’ mode which plays a simple tune with clave and shows the steps.

City block of artist condos

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

I’d like to set up a large city block with subsidized artist condos. We bring in a select group of musicians, painters, graphic designers, videographers, etc. and subsidize their rent in exchange for periodic help with projects. There are regular meetings, both structured and informal, where artists can collaborate on projects. Also in this building are practice space, art studios, a print shop, recording studio, etc. for artists to do their work. Pro-bono projects are taken on from time to time for goodwill and to create community awareness of the artist community.

Also, this is no broken down hippie co-op*. It’s a nice, modern, sustainable & green building with accomplished, motivated people in it.

I would live in the Penthouse and call on artists from time to time for help with projects.

*I like to make fun of hippies, but they’re alright with me.

Adult playground

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

An adult playground. No, not that kind.

When I go to the park, I still use the swings and the monkey bars. Some years ago, as an adult, I went to a waterpark which has zip lines over a pool where you can slide down and drop it.

Mostly though, this stuff is aimed at and sized for kids. I want a playground with adult-size versions of different playground items.

For example:

  • swings that are mounted 30 feet above the ground and hence have a massive arc
  • serious monkey bars
  • giant rope swings in to water or foam pit
  • zip lines from tree to tree
  • giant teeter-totters (kids versions have been removed from parks to due lawsuits of fear of them)
  • giant hamster ball as used at Flaming Lips concerts
  • giant rope ladders
  • trapeze
  • obstacle course

Don’t forget to throw in various gymnastics-type equipment.

Have a blast.