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Saturday, June 16, 2007


I was just talking about SingShot and kSolo with Patty and Anna this morning and realized that I haven't blogged about it yet. You see, one day, I wanted to sing some karaoke. Not in public of course. Just me and my imaginary audience. I have bouts of that, you know. I start singing and wish I knew the lyrics to the song. Of course, there are song lyrics online, but sometimes I need some sort of musical accompaniment, even if only for the sake of not looking weird. I figured that maybe somebody out there had already invented a kind of online karaoke system. I then proceeded to search for online karaoke sites, and lo and behold! There are actually several of them in existence.

The most professional looking ones that offer services for free are SingShot and kSolo. SingShot seems to have a wider song selection, and it is home to Geoff52. He's a 53 yr.-old Briton whose rather popular takes on such a varied list of songs, from "Funkytown" to the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," have gained him quite a following. He's recorded over 400 songs in SingShot. You see, with these online karaoke sites, you can record yourself (audio-visually or audio only) and upload your recording for other members to critique. And you have nothing to worry about because I haven't uploaded and don't intend to upload in the near future a recording of mine.

Anyway, I hear that kSolo has just been bought by Fox Interactive, which makes a kSolo-American Idol tie-in less improbable. In the words of Fred Perry, that's "very clevah."

Speaking of tennis, I am now officially an Ana Ivanovic fan! I first heard about her last year in Roland via satellite, of course. (We weren't actually there.) My sister and mother "discovered" her, and we all thought she was very pretty. Then, Roland Garros ended, and I didn't get to watch any other tennis tournament after that. A year went by quite quickly, and the French Open season started again. My father was watching a women's singles match and commented that this girl who was reminding him of Jordin Sparks was leading Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 4-0! Of course, I looked and realized it was Ana. I've been a fan ever since. And it's not because my father thought she looked like Jordin. She actually reminds me, when she smiles, of my other favorite tennis player, Martina Hingis, whom Ana incidentally beat last year in the Canada Masters final. Of course, Ana won that match against Sharapova 6-2, 6-1, paving the way for her first ever appearance in a Grand Slam final. She eventually lost to the Queen of Clay Justine Henin, but no matter! Ana is now no. 6 in the world! And losing to Justine on clay is like losing to a snake in a staring contest.

Snakes don't blink.


patty said...

FIRST OFF: Love your new title. damn it. i wish my name were more wise. analects! thats genius.
SECOND: I'm so glad we're classmates.
wheeeeeee!!! singshot!!!

Ana said...

Aaaw thanks! It was a eureka moment, realizing that "ana" is a prefix. I was so happy because I was running out of the titles. Hahaha. Of course, I didn't know that "analects" existed until I browsed through the dictionary. Hahaha!

I'm so happy we're classmates too!

Anonymous said...

haha so i just read your answer now
thats because BLOGGER doesnt send me mail that you replied. LJ does! LJ DOES!!!!

Analects by Confucius!!!! have you not read that? i haven't, but i bet double nizzle has. LoL, i just read about it. :)