The New Piano Tutorial’s Section is Here! On Edutainment!!!

December 22, 2007

Piano PresentsHi everybody! 🙂

I have such good news for everyone! Specially for this Christmas eve and upcoming holidays! 🙂

We’re are building a completely FREE New Piano Tutorial’s Section so that you’ll be able to learn how to play your favorite songs!!!

Yes! But before I jump into details let me present you the new member of the Edutainment Team: Chrissi.

She is a pianist and musician and you’ll fall in love with the way she writes! 🙂

And here is some great news for you, Chrissi has prepared a very nice present for all of us.

She is going to teach us how play Christmas songs on piano -special for this Holidays!!! Videos included- so that you can learn all the chords and all those beautiful jingle-bell melodies just in your computer!!!

Yeah! And that’s just the beginning, in the following lessons past Christmas she is going to show us how to play all our favorite songs. And if that’s not enough, you’ll even be able to tell us all the songs you like so that we can add new tutorials!

Piano lessons cat

Trust me, the lessons are so great that even Panda (the cat) will learn how to play for real ;o)

However, enough of me talking and presenting the new section, let’s hear from Chrissi herself. She told she wanted to write something for all of you: 🙂

Hello Edutainment,

My name is Christine but you can call me Chrissi. I am pleased to be apart of the Edutainment team and hope to get a lot of feed back from you. I am a Mom of two children, a boy Owyn, and a girl Sophie. I love to write as you can tell with the amount of articles that I will be posting for you. I’ve written for many years and have made writing my career since I had my kids. Music is also one of my favourite things to do. I have the ability to play trombone, clarinet, bass guitar, piano, and of course the Guitar Hero guitar!

I’ve grown in Ontario, Canada and will probably never leave. I love snow too much to leave this beautiful country.

I can’t wait to get to know all you fellow fans of the Edutainment blog and if you ever want me to do an article on a musical group you love just let me know I’ll be more then pleased to please my fans.

Let’s all give a WARM WELCOME to CHRISSI to Edutainment!!!!!!!

We’ll keep posting about diverse topics, but…

If you want to link to new Piano Tutorials Section use this link:

https://edutainmenteng.wordpress.com/category/piano/

Stay in touch and tell us what you think about this initiative!,

Cheers!

Questor

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Can you play piano… like them?!

September 27, 2007

Hi Everyone!

I had so much fun watching the following videos that I am writing this post! 🙂
Today we are going to enjoy some odd videos on piano playing!

  • A guy who plays piano with “his balls”
    (…don’t misunderstand me! … especially dirty-minded people…)
  • Two guys who play the piano with their “sticks”
    (…yes.. now DO misunderstand me! dirty-minded.. you are now on the right track… haha)
  • A cat that plays a concert piano with his paws following other instruments with correct rythem!
    (… well “correct” rythem for cat.. don’t expect a “Gould Cat”! So innocent and cute!)

It seems playing piano is easier than we though, isn’t it?

Check out these great videos to probe it.. haha
… and then tell me about it!

Learn to play piano with your own balls!

Learn to play piano with your (sexy?) ‘stick’! (I am sure you didn’t know it also has some peculiar other uses! although reserved for the skilled ones.. haha)

Make your cat teach you piano! (Not even Garfield can do this!)
…and I know you want to see more of this cutie. Here again, in concert II:


I hope you had a good laugh!

What do you think about them!!!? haha 😉

(and please do not confess you tried replicating video No 2… haha)

Cheers!
Questor

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  • Start Piano Lessons Now & Play Like A Pro. Impress Your Friends Today!

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Will Google destroy Microsoft?

September 3, 2007

Who thought Google was ever going to get into the gaming industry… and even challange the all mighty Microsoft Flight Simulator?

What I am going to tell you next, is just a hint -the peak of the iceberg- of what Google can do combining some of it’s technologies.

Imagine a Flight Simulator that lets you travel across the real Earth… fly over the Statue of Liberty, swirl around the Great Wall of China, visit The Pyramids, and then… even land next to your 3D home apartment. Sounds surreal?

Well, now Google is giving us a taste of what may come next… hidden in your own installed version of Google Earth!

Users feel this like a dream come true… however, developers and competitors are beginning to delve into an nightmare wandering how long the ‘monster’ Google will take to get away with their rapacious plans…

I offer you the following secret unraveled by our friends from TechCrunch:

We’ve always known that Google has wanted to challenge Microsoft’s desktop dominance in a number of areas, but to date we didn’t know that extended to gaming.

Hidden inside Google Earth is a secret Flight Simulator that takes full advantage of Google’s extensive satellite imagery.

To access the hidden feature, open Google Earth and hit Command+Option+A (note it must be capital A) or Ctrl+Alt+A if you’re using a Windows Machine.

The Google Earth Flight Simulator comes with two aircraft options, a F16 Viper and the more manageable SR22 4 seater. Players have the option of commencing the game from their current location in Google Earth or can pick from a list of pre-determined runways.

Overall the game play is fairly simple in terms of control, but the striking difference is flying over real pictures of locations. I took a quick flight from San Francisco International, headed North to the Golden Gate then turn back over the city before heading towards the Valley. It wasn’t perfect, but it was as good visually as the paid Microsoft Flight Simulator, and in terms of actually presenting real objects it was better.

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Useful Shortcuts:

  Exit flight simulator Ctrl + Alt + A, Escape
  Open flight simulator options Ctrl + Alt + A
  Display flight simulator help Ctrl + H
  Increase thrust Page Up
  Reduce thrust Page Down
  Toggle HUD H
  Pause simulation Space

More details can be found here.

Tips to make it work:

– Ctrl+Alt+A on PC.

-Command+Option+A (note it must be capital A) on a Mac.

-“Make sure you’re focused on the main window or the shortcut doesn’t seem to work. ”

-“Very happy that this actually works… you have to wait about 2 minutes before it does.”

-“Works on Mac”

Remember to tell me about your voyages across the Earth!
Special prize for anyone that can get through the Golden Gate!

Cheers and Enjoy!

Questor!
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Wanna learn languages? Go online!

November 25, 2006

Have you ever wanted to learn languages but never found the time nor the right place to do it? Well, here’s your shot!  

All you have to do is get your I-pod, download all the foreign music you like and download the lyrics of the songs you’re listening to. That’s how, experts say, you’ll easily learn and enjoy at the same time! There’s no need for teachers, books or tests! You’ll find yourself speaking different languages in no time!   However, if you like a more traditional approach, you’ll find many interactive programs online to help you. Some of which are: 

1)    Practice English online! (http://www.1-language.com/ ). In this page you’ll find different tools for learning such as flash games, grammar quizzes and more. You can also get info for studying abroad and (here’s the best part) there are also other languages available such as Italian, Spanish and more!  

Roaring tiger killing a crocodile, photo from: Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

2)    Learn French online! (http://www.frenchassistant.com/default.asp). Here, you’ll get practice online French language lessons and question generator. And it’s free!!  

International penpals free and online

3)    Learn German online! (http://www.deutsch-lernen.com/). You’ll find 10 German lessons for total beginners and 24 German grammar lessons for advanced learners are complemented by numerous interactive German exercises, an introduction to new German orthography and 2 online German tests to improve and to evaluate your German proficiency. You’ll be able to study tips, famous quotations, an online dictionary to translate German terms into over 70 languages and international pen pals!!! 

4)    Learn Italian Online! (http://www.iluss.it/). Wanna test your Italian language level, learn Italian with our online courses, build your Italian language vocabulary, listen to Italian texts and dialogues, read Italian short stories, learn Italian verbs? Here’s the right place!   So, once you make up your mind, tell us about it!Any comments? Suggestions? Leave them here!!!!

Already speak Spanish, check Edutainment in Spanish 

Stay tuned…

KIKI


Personalized education….Which is your personality type?

November 19, 2006

Have you ever found yourself in a classroom full of people very different from you? Have you ever wondered if personality is somehow determined by context, physique and even education? Nowadays, debate is centered on personalized education. While some argue that we should all be treated as equals others state that there is more intellectual and practical profit out of categorizing people. So, how do you know which type you are? There are many classifications but the most widely accepted is the Myers-Briggs enneagram.

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A person’s Enneagram type (often called “Enneatype”) can only be discerned through self-observation. It indicates the nine distinct personality types and shows how these types move when under stress and when flourishing. Many different schools and teaching systems use the Enneagram as a tool of self-knowledge, as a means of becoming conscious of the ploys and games that personalities commonly play and as a way of discovering the essence that is unique to each personality type.The nine types of the Enneagram are often given names that indicate some of their more distinctive characteristics. Such names are insufficient to capture the complexities and nuances of the types, which require study to understand in their depth. Common brief descriptions of the Enneatypes are as follows:

One: Reformer, Critic, Perfectionist – This type focuses on integrity. Ones can be wise, discerning and inspiring in their quest for the truth. They also tend to dissociate themselves from their flaws or what they believe are flaws (such as negative emotions) and can become hypocritical and hyper-critical of others, seeking the illusion of virtue to hide their own vices. The One’s greatest fear is to be flawed, and their ultimate goal is perfection. The corresponding “deadly sin” of the One is Anger, while the One’s “holy idea” or essence is Holy Perfection. Under stress, Ones express qualities of the Four, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Seven.

 Two: Helper, Giver, Caretaker – Twos, at their best, are compassionate, thoughtful and astonishingly generous; they can also be prone to passive-aggressive behavior, clinginess and manipulation. Twos want, above all, to be loved and needed and fear being unworthy of love. The corresponding “deadly sin” of the Two is Pride, while the Two’s “holy idea” or essence is Holy Will. Under stress, Twos express qualities of the Eight, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Four.

Three: Achiever, Performer, Succeeder – Highly adaptable and changeable. Some walk the world with confidence and unstinting authenticity; others wear a series of public masks, acting the way they think will bring them approval and losing track of their true self. Threes are motivated by the need to succeed and to be seen as successful. The corresponding “deadly sin” of the Three is Deceit, while the Three’s “holy idea” or essence is Holy Law. Under stress, Threes express qualities of the Nine, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Six.

Four: Romantic, Individualist, Artist – Driven by a desire to understand themselves and find a place in the world, they often fear that they have no identity or personal significance. Fours embrace individualism and are often profoundly creative and intuitive. However, they have a habit of withdrawing to internalize, searching desperately inside themselves for something they never find and creating a spiral of depression. The angsty musician or tortured artist is often a stereotypical Four. The corresponding “deadly sin” of the Four is Envy, while the Four’s “holy idea” or essence is Holy Origin. Under stress, Fours express qualities of the Two, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the One.

Five: Observer, Thinker, Investigator – Fives are motivated by the desire to understand the world around them, specifically in terms of facts. Believing they are only worth what they contribute, Fives have learned to withdraw, to watch with keen eyes and speak only when they can shake the world with their observations. Sometimes they do just that. Often, instead, they withdraw from the world, becoming reclusive hermits and fending off social contact with abrasive cynicism. Fives fear incompetency or uselessness and want to be capable and knowledgeable above all else. The corresponding “deadly sin” of the Five is Avarice, while the Five’s “holy idea” or essence is Holy Omniscience. Under stress, Fives express qualities of the Seven, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Eight.

Six: Loyalist, Devil’s Advocate, Defender – Sixes long for stability above all else. They exhibit unwavering loyalty and responsibility, but once crossed, they are not quick to trust again. They are prone to extreme anxiety and passive-aggressive behavior. Their greatest fear is to lack support and guidance. There are two types of sixes, phobic and counterphobic. Phobic sixes will have a tendency to run from or hide from what they fear, while a counterphobic six is more likely to attack or confront said fear. The corresponding “deadly sin” of the Six is Cowardice, while the Six’s “holy idea” or essence is Holy Faith and Strength. Under stress, Sixes express qualities of the Three, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Nine.

Seven: Enthusiast, Adventurer, Materialist, Epicure – Sevens flit from one activity to another with all the energy and enthusiasm of the Puer Aeternus. At their best, they embrace life for its varied joys and wonders and truly live in the moment; but at their worst they dash frantically from one new experience to another, being too scared of disappointment to enjoy what they have. Sevens fear being unable to provide for themselves or to experience the life in all of its richness. The corresponding “deadly sin” of the Seven is Gluttony, while the Seven’s “holy idea” or essence is Holy Wisdom, Work, and Plan. Under stress, Sevens express qualities of the One, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Five.

Eight: Leader, Protector, Challenger – Eights are motivated by justice and the desire to be in the right. They worry about self-protection and control. They are natural leaders, who can be capable and passionate or dictatorially manipulative, ruthless, and willing to destroy anything in their way. Eights seek control over their own life and their own destiny and fear being harmed or controlled by others. The corresponding “deadly sin” of the Eight is Lust, while the Eight’s “holy idea” or essence is Holy Truth. Under stress, Eights express qualities of the Five, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Two.

Nine: Mediator, Peacemaker, Preservationist – Nines are ruled by their empathy. At their best they are perceptive, receptive, gentle, calming and at peace with the world. On the other hand, they prefer to dissociate from conflicts and indifferently go along with others’ wishes or simply withdraw, acting via inaction. They fear the conflict caused by their ability to simultaneously understand opposing points of view and seek peace of mind above all else. The corresponding “deadly sin” of the Nine is Sloth, while the Nine’s “holy idea” or essence is Holy Love. Under stress, Nines express qualities of the Six, and when flourishing, they express qualities of the Three.

Info provided by Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enneagram#Enneagram_of_personality) Which tipe are you? Take the test at http://www.similarminds.com/jung.htmlDid you enjoy this article? Hope so! Leave your comments!

Stay tuned!

KIKI


How to find the hottest blogs?

November 13, 2006

Every week, you’ll find here tips on different topics. Today, I’ll help you find some of the hottest blogs available as found at http://www.technorati.com/pop/blogs/. Find the one closest to your interests!

1) Dirty, embarrassing or funny secrets locked up in your closet? Here’s your opportunity to set them free. Anonymously, of course. http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ gives you the chance to post your secrets online without anyone noticing it’s you! The catch? You have to use a homemade postcard as background. As they say,

Post Secret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard 2) Are you in desperate need of software to help you at work but have no idea were to find it? At http://www.lifehacker.com/ you can find updates, tips and suggestion both on edgy and traditional software. Their philosophy?

Computers make us more productive. Yeah, right. Life hacker recommends the software downloads and web sites that actually save time. Don’t live to geek; geek to live.

3) Always wanted to stay up-to-date but never had time to go over all newspapers? http://thinkprogress.org/ can help you with that! You’ll find cutting edge news and highlights and you can even sign up for the newsletter. Beware! Most of the news is regarding
USA and they have strong political beliefs.

What We’re About

What we’re fighting for:

What we’re fighting against:

Of course, there are many many more, so help me out!

Did I miss one? Did you check them out? Leave us your suggestion

Do you agree? Did you find our list useful? Have you found whatyou were looking for? Leave us your comment

Something you want to tell us about? Contact us…

I really hope you enjoyed this entry…Stay tuned….for next week’s “How to…?”

KIKI


Save me from my toddler!!!!!!

November 13, 2006

Our friends at http://www.lifehacker.com/ give us some advice on How to handle a strong-willed toddler

Got yourself a strong-willed toddler? Parenting Hacks suggests that you tell ’em what to do, rather than what NOT to do:Instead, we’ve started to tell her what TO DO. For instance, when she’s about to pick up a cigarette butt on the ground, we say “Yucky. Step on it.”. It redirects her action and becomes something she does every time she sees trash on the ground. Same for throwing food on the floor, “Put it on your tray.” It sounds so simple, but it has changed our lives. 

Every time I ask mi parent’s how I was as a toddler, they go pale. All the anecdotes they can think of are mess-related. Apparently I used to climb trees (especially when wearing light colored dresses), to play football and to touch everything at hand (especially crystal made ornaments). As far as they are concerned, teenage hood is a blessing!Do you have a toddler? How do you manage to stay sane? Are they as “messy” as people think they are? If you have any other strong-willed kid tips… please let us know your thoughts and comments. Stay tuned… 

KIKI