Sunday, February 11, 2007

Technical Problems & Ninjas

I used to post the odd video on my blog. Then I moved to beta. I deleted my old blog and tried to add my new blog address to YouTube and YouTube just hangs trying to find it.

This is irritating because thanks to Warren Spector, I have a new interest, a Japanese program called Sasuke (or in English, Ninja Warrior) and I want to post about it. With video of Nagano, the second EVER ninja warrior and all around incredible person.

But I've spent two days screwing around and I can't get it to work. So the best I can do is send you to the Wikipedia article and the video which, while incredibly cool, doesn't really give you the total experience because Nagano is so amazing that he makes what he is doing look, well more doable than it actually is.

(edited--Gord told me how o get around it.)


Blogger Steven Gould said...

Oh. My. God.

February 11, 2007 6:57 PM  
Blogger Darby M. Dixon III said...

That right there is so many kinds of awesome it would take a ninja warrior to count that high.

It's also the same number of kinds of crazy. Wow.

February 11, 2007 7:13 PM  
Blogger Tour Mistress Of The Darkness said...

Wait, isn't that the show that MXC is based on? ;>

Seriously, that is just ... wow. My body hurts just watching that.

February 11, 2007 11:41 PM  
Blogger gordsellar said...

You can also post Youtube videos to your blog manually, can't you? That's how I do it, since Youtube wouldn't work with my independently-hosted site when I tried to set it up. There's some code right beside the image that you can grab for posting.

February 12, 2007 2:35 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Thanks Gord! That was very easy.

February 12, 2007 5:23 PM  
Blogger Beth Adele said...

I LOVE this! Favorite moments included the triumphant cry of "spidah wahking!!!" and the sentimental music at the end (instead of the adrenalin-pumping stuff they usually use for Western reality TV).

February 12, 2007 9:23 PM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

And all the contestants are rooting for each other. What you can't see in this video is that when one of them falls, they cut to some of the other contestants, who are all devestated. WAH! Open-mouthed dismay! Girls shriek and cover their faces.

Too bad it's on G4TV at midnight on Tuesdays and I don't have Tivo.

February 13, 2007 11:36 AM  
Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

Oh I'm in love. This is a great show. You mentioned how all the other contestants root for each other and feel bad for each other. That's really Japanese. It happens at all levels in the culture. In the classroom, playing games or doing verbal quizzes, etc., I've never seen so many kids root for each other and feel bad and pat each other on the back and say it's okay if someone didn't get the right answer.

I love the English words the announcer uses for this show, too. Ba-dee proppu, spi-day waku, etc. Ahh. Brings back memories.

February 13, 2007 3:59 PM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Chris, I should have known you'd love it. Did you watch much TV in Japan?

February 14, 2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger Jarvis Rockhall said...

What is he spraying on his hands?
Mashed Gecko perhaps?

This reminds me of Gladiators and Takeshi's Castle - possibly the hardest game show ever.
Has anyone actually defeated the Emerald Guards?

February 15, 2007 8:36 AM  
Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

Yes, I watched tons of TV once I'd learned enough grammar and vocabulary and had got good enough at listening to start hearing where one word left off and another began. Then I could learn a lot of Japanese by watching TV. I learned from the radio first, though, for some reason. I think maybe it was that the DJ's there really do have all the same spiels that DJs in the States have (maybe they are like this *everywhere* in the world) so I could pretty much intuit their script. This was a huge leap for listening practice. The TV shows, though, oh so fun and funny.

February 16, 2007 12:15 AM  

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