Hatsune Miku: Rise of the Vocaloid

I love Hatsune Miku. My boyfriend actually introduced me to this wonder of technology and pop culture, and I was skeptical at first. According to Wikipedia, Miku "is a synthesizer voice application with a female persona," which makes her sound extremely boring. But unboxed, Miku is so much more than that. She is a phenomenon in Japan and already going international, having performed her first U.S. concert in Los Angeles in early July.

Technically, Hatsune Miku is a piece of software with various applications, nearly all of which do not interest me. I'll leave that to the more tech-savvy bloggers out there. It's the anime character, complete with blue pigtails, cute singing voice and mesmerizing dance moves that I can't stop watching. I know she's not real and that her ability to draw such a huge fanbase is vaguely disturbing, but I've seriously watched this video a hundred times already. Often several times in a row.

Anyone else find her bizarrely addictive?