Monday, April 28, 2008

Karaoke in MySpace!

You're sitting at home online and suddenly you get an irresistible urge. You absolutely have to belt out R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" and share it with the world.

You now have that ability, thanks to the new MySpace Karaoke, to be launched Tuesday by the social networking site.

MySpace Karaoke ( debuts nearly two years after Fox Interactive, a division of News Corp., which owns MySpace, purchased the karaoke site The combination of MySpace and kSolo allows users to upload audio recordings of them singing everything from R. Kelly to Richie Valens to their profile page.

MySpace co-founder and president Tom Anderson (known by many as the friend who comes automatically with a MySpace account) said MySpace and karaoke are a natural fit.

"It is in part because music is so popular on our site," said Anderson. "But also because karaoke is such a fun and social thing, which is what we're about too. It's not as much fun to go to karaoke alone, but when you do it through the Internet or on your MySpace page, then you can share it with people."

Recordings can be prominently displayed on one's MySpace page and receive ratings from friends (and, presumably, fans). As of Monday afternoon, the most popular song to sing was Sarah McLachlan's "Angel."

MySpace Karaoke and kSolo — the first major karaoke site — are just two destinations of a small industry of online karaoke sites. SingShot, owned by Electronic Arts, and Bix, owned by Yahoo!, are also big names in karaoke on the Web.

And YouTube has, of course, been the largest repository of people dancing around their bedrooms and singing their favorite songs. While MySpace Karaoke doesn't currently have a video option, Anderson says it's in the works and that it will include a split-screen duet feature.

Users need only a microphone to sing into. MySpace Karaoke gives them the music to sing over (with vocals removed) with the lyrics scrolling across their computer screen. There are also numerous effects that users can play with to alter their recordings.

Right now, the site has between 2,000 and 3,000 songs available, all of them licensed from music publishers. The difficulty of managing those rights has been the reason for the delayed launch, Anderson said.

"It was quite difficult," he said. "The rules and the licensing changed over time and became more complicated since MySpace is a global company. There's different rights in different territories."

But Anderson thinks having those rights puts MySpace at a distinct advantage.

"On MySpace, we actually filter and take down content (without licensing)," said Anderson. At some point, unlicensed services will probably have to follow suit, or risk legal action, he added.

As recordings have begun to pile up, there's a wide variety of quality.

Said Anderson, "You'll find equally horrible and equally good ones." - AP

Four Pauls

Use four Pauls in a sentence:

Paul, be carePaul, you might Paul in the swimming Paul.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Saudi's not Quiapo Despite the Mosques

A Filipino allegedly operating a movie house showing obscene films in the Al-Sinaiyah district in Jeddah was arrested by Saudi authorities following a raid last month. Saudi Arabia's Committee for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice discovered, after a concerned citizen's tip, the establishment showing pornographic movies to mostly Filipino patrons. Consul General Ezzedin Tago said that a "liquor factory" was also found in the area, allegedly also owned by the Filipino. The equipments were confiscated following the unidentified Filipino's arrest. Tago warned Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to avoid engaging in illegal activities so that they may not end up in jail. He also assured that the consulate will do its best to assist the arrested Filipino in Jeddah.

The Cebu Scandal Letdown

When the story first broke (aray!), it said a perfume bottle was inserted. Siyempre, I was thinking on these lines.

It would indeed call for exquisite pain favored by the Gucci Gangsters

Only much later did they change it to canister. Hmm, iyun pala:

Paul Anka Jologizes Nirvana

Monday, April 14, 2008

One Liners for Metlogs and Rurogz

If you used these, you are certified jologz. If someone used these to lure you, he is jologz. If you agreed, you are all jologz. Ang saya saya:

Minamalat na naman ang puso ko. Paano kasi laging sinisigaw ang pangalan mo!

Ikaw ba may-ari ng Crayola? Ikaw kasi nagbibigay ng kulay sa buhay ko.

Uy papicture tayo! Para ma-develop tayo!

Kung ikaw ay bola at ako ang player, mashushoot ba kita? Hindi, para lagi kita mamimiss.

Can i take your picture? Coz i want to show Santa exactly what i want for Christmas!

Exam ka ba? Gustong gusto na kasi kitang i-take home eh!

Lecture mo ba ako? Lab kasi kita.

Miss pwede ba kita maging driver? Para ikaw na magpapatakbo ng buhay ko.

Mahilig ka ba sa asukal? Ang tamis kasi ng mga ngiti mo.

I hate to say this but... You are like my underwear. Coz i can't last a day without you!

Ibibili kita ng salbabida. Kasi malulunod ka sa pagmamahal ko.

Pwede ba kitang maging sidecar? Single kasi ako eh.

Me lisensya ka ba? Coz you're driving me crazy eh.

I'm a bee. Can you be my honey?

Nakakatakot di ba ang multo? Pero mas nakakatakot kapag nawala ka sa buhay ko.

Am i a bad shooter? Coz i keep on missing you.

Naniniwala ka ba sa love at first sight? Oh gusto mong dumaan ulit ako?

Mabilis ka siguro sa mga puzzle noh? Kasi kakasimula pa lang ng araw ko, pero nabuo mo na agad.

Pustiso ka ba? Kasi, can't smile without you.

Me butas ba puso mo? Kasi natrap na ako sa loob, can't find my way out!

Hey, did you fart? Coz you blew me away!

Sana T na lang ako. Para I'm always right next to U

Are you Jamaican? Kasi Ja-maican me crazy!

Ako ay isang exam. Kaya sagutin mo na ako.

Favorite Subject mo ba Geometry. Kasi kahit saang angle ka tignan ang ganda mo eh!

Grabe nakakatawa yung mga pick-up lines noh? May alam ka pa bang iba? Wala na akong maisip eh. Coz all i ever think of is you.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Betlogs as PMA Parents

Here's a list of names of PMA plebes accepted for the Beast Barracks:

Arango, Defherson Amor

Bangcal, Gister
Bobiles, Dickensol
Estabillo, John Maverick
Jovellano, Jay-Ar
Malabago, Jick
Malijan, Frann-Crist
Ocsona, Emil Knievil
Oronan, Alge
Ricardel, Mcgyver
Romorosa, Jonald
Coronel, Rainy Grace
Reserva, Xy-Za Chloe
Ubaldo, Dofelyn