GADGETS
Lightsaber Battle in Time Square

Anyone venturing through Manhattan this week could have used an outlet for all of that holiday aggression. 34th Street and Time Square were even more packed than usual, swarmed with last minute shoppers, sales seekers, and tourists. Anticipating the rush, Electronic Arts celebrated the official launch of BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic by letting people duke it out at the center of it all. Time Square became home to a lightsaber duel this Tuesday, which was part performance, part battle, and part elementary school freeze tag.

The game involved some stellar flashmob participants dressed up in costume at the game’s launch. Armed with lightsabers, the groups were divided into Jedis and Siths. Something odd, however, soon struck. The moment the two groups went at each other with blows, they froze mid-motion. Immediately plain clothed, seemingly regular bystanders, whipped out their own lightsabers and joined the fray. These enemies too froze in dramatic poses at the battle’s start, making for a startling and cool scene. Since Time Square moves so quickly, the flashmob was able to surprise different crows a few times. Every half an hour from 4 to 6 p.m. a new battle would begin and both Jedi and Sith alike would dissappear as mysteriously as they showed up.

LIFESTYLE
It's Flash Mob Time!

Shoppers better beware on Saturday December 17th at 2pm if they are in Washington Square Park. For those caught unaware, prepare for a show as spontaneous dance breaks out in the park. NYC Dance Arts is having a flash mob so make sure you don't miss it! You all might remember Modern Family's Mitchell breaking it down for Cam during a flash mob...so if you don't understand the concept check out the video below. Check out this webpage to take dance classes and participate in future flash mobs!

WEBSITES
Santa's Little Secret Service

Those old enough to browse this page probably don’t believe in Santa Claus. His activities have long ago been revealed to be little more than a story created and acted out by parents all over America. Santa’s Little Secret Service, however, may have handily created that as a cover up. Little is known about about the group and its sibling operation, Santa’s Defense Force, but information began surfacing about them online as early as 2006. These agents of Claus have been spotted in several Santa related locations around San Francisco, such as Santacon, training vigilant eyes on any and all St. Nicks.

DAFT PUNK
Featured Artist Profile: Vitalic

Artist: Vitalic
Genres: Techno, Electro

After Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter changed the face of French House music, nay, dance music as a whole, but before compatriots Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay served as the second coming, there was one man--Pascal Arbez, who took the styles from each, and merged them into a ferocious electro beast. That beast is Vitalic.

Arbez is no flash-in-the-pan Francophone wonder; he’s been producing tracks since way back when his countrymen dropped Homework. Under the aliases Dima and Huster Pornstar (the latter leading one to believe his obscurity on this side of the Atlantic must’ve been purely intentional,) Arbez was widely heard on European dance floors thanks in large part to his 2001 Poney EP, which brought him within the ranks of the International Deejay Gigolos. No, they’re not a seedy adult entertainment outfit; they’re only Germany’s most successful electronic record label, boasting artists like Miss Kittin, The Hacker, Tiga, and Fischerspooner. Off of the strength of Poney, Arbez would eventually put together and release his full length debut album, 2005's OK Cowboy, which coincidentally is the same year he would remix Daft Punk’s “Technologic.”