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Everybody's got talent. In Vietnam, voting is open for "Vietnam's Got Talent" on its You Tube channel.

Check out Nguyen Trọng Nhân, a 9 year old boy drumming to Bon Jovi's "It's My Life." The song starts at 1 minute 10 seconds in, and after a sound glitch and some pretty non-impressive vocals by the singer, the boy takes over for the rest of the song. At around 2 minutes in, he really comes into his own. By 2 minutes and 15 seconds, he owns it. There's also an adult drummer, but he can't match the kid drummer. In the last 30 seconds, the adult drummer does a solo finale, but then Trọng Nhân closes, and he knocks it out of the park. The Judges' reaction is priceless. [More...]

Will he win? I have no idea, but I voted for him. (And I don't even watch the American version of the show, let alone vote, I just happened across a news article on Trọng Nhân and clicked through to the video.) Interestingly, had it been autoplay, I would have clicked off before even reading or listening. The media is going to kill itself on auto-play videos. I wonder if it knows how many people log off the instant they realize it's auto-play. It's not only an unwanted sensory intrusion to those of us who prefer to read, it's a throw-in-your-face reminder that the media wants control over both the media we consume and how we consume it. I refuse to give it to them.

I can't remember the last time I've clicked through a CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC or AOL or similar article. Like Pavlov's dog, I've been burned too many times with autoplay. And AOL is even worse, their videos for even the most banal news article feature some nobody announcer orally telling the story. Never again.

Vietnam has some interesting talent. I few months ago, I posted this you tube of some random Vietnamese guys (and one female) sitting at an outdoor cafe playing a great rendition of Hotel California -- all singing in English. (It's the guitarist who particularly shines.)

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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