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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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    ITS ALIVE!!!!!!!! (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:00:56 PM EST


    Yes - back as head of the most worthless fighting (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:08:35 PM EST
    force known to man! I am happy for the sisters and wolves that love him though.

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    No kidding (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:13:17 PM EST
    If that's the protection from the army of the dead they would be way better off with Bruce Campbell.

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    Although (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:14:01 PM EST
    Stomps the giant is very persuasive

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    Him, and Sir Mountain of the King's Guard. (none / 0) (#6)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:17:38 PM EST
    Some serious head smashing there!

    How about our friend Ramsay? whoa.

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    His dogs are (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:19:07 PM EST
    Well fed.  I like that.

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    Nice shave and haircut - magic! (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:11:07 PM EST
    And before that I watched (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:18:28 PM EST
    The Man FromU.N.C.L.E.

    I liked it quite a lot.Armie Hammer is actually hotter than Henry Cavill.  Alicia Vikander is hot too..

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    Great showcase (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:24:08 PM EST
    Of 60s haute couture

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    I'll check it out. I'm with you on Armie. (none / 0) (#12)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:27:16 PM EST
    Used to love the TV show.

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    Just watched that again (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 10:41:20 PM EST
    Dang
    That was a jam packed episode.  Bran and Max Von Sydow as the three eyed raven.  Tyrion and the dragons.  Lord Greyjoy takes a flying leap. And of course Jon.  

    I hope this is the pace for the season.  It sounds like it might be.  The big (or one big) set Leicester will be the seige of Riverrun.  

    And I'm really really looking forward to The Faith Militant and Bernie Sand...er, I mean the High Sparrow getting their comeuppance.   Hopefully from the dead eyed mountain.

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    Pffft (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 10:44:11 PM EST
    Spell correct!

    This

    The big (or one big) set Leicester will be the seige of Riverrun.

    Was supposed to say this

    The big (or one big) set piece of the season will be the seige of Riverrun.

    No idea how it did that.  I can't even blame liquor.

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    But seriously (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 10:47:11 PM EST
    I keep expecting the High Sparrow to ask the queen about her speaking fees.

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    Penny Dreadful starts tonight (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:19:19 PM EST
    But I'll watch it tomorrow...winding down with some Silicon Valley and Veep!

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    Geez (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 01, 2016 at 09:22:30 PM EST
    Snuk up on me.  I will get SHO in time for the repeat next week.

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    Sunday night open TV thread! (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Sun May 01, 2016 at 11:40:54 PM EST