The Deutsche Bank Creative Award is launching the Public Choice Award…..so step it up and vote for one of the five finalists: BrandMee…Draw Me A Song…Karen & Josette…Out Loud…Sukoun!

Let me Say, there are some interesting entries…Here’s a glimpse of my 3 favorites!

Draw Me A Song:

Out Loud:

Karen & Josette:

In the midst of all the technological changes that we’re going through, all the social media and the applications that we’re using, there is a thin line between offline and online relationships. There are no longer barriers like the way there used to be earlier…people are more open to change and meeting others and communicating with them via Facebook, Twitter, emails, and the like.
For this reason, people tend to form relationships via these social networks, which I like to referr to as “online” relationships, and they tend to pursue them “offline”, or in person. I don’t see it as a bad idea to get to know others via social networks, and build a relationship with people who share your same interests or have the same jobs. I see it as basically the same thing as having an “offline” relationship. Both ways, you get introduced to new people, meet, talk, like or dislike each other, get hurt, or pursue the relationship. Note that in both ways, you could meet perverted people who will constantly haunt you down even if you refused to talk back to them. So the famous fear that everyone has from “online” relationships, where they think that others could stalk them and probably hurt them in any way is also available in real life, and it’s even worse!
We now live in a world where it’s no longer important if our acquaintances were offline, online, or even both. With a little care, and the ability to recognize what can be right or wrong, we can have as many relationships as we want, may them be personal or professional, without having the fear that online relationships are a joke or can hurt as.

I got the idea of my film from this…!! Love the ancient” Romeo and Juliet” approach!

I was introduced to a new application…Gowalla!!

Its concept is very similar to that of Foursquare, where you can check into places based on your location. You can also add friends, comment on their whereabouts, and add your own pictures! That is where Gowalla steps ahead of Foursquare in this never-ending social media competition! Gowalla is more fun to use, with all its colors and cartoonish-kind appearance. You even get a gift the first time you check-in a place (i got a pennant!). However, some people don’t get anything, and that is where the competition begins: they would check-in more until they actually get something! (very smart thinking, Gowalla people!)

However, given the simplicity of Foursquare, it allows it to be faster and more practical. Gowalla can sometimes be too slow for such an application, and it would take me ages to check-in somewhere, and even more to post a photo or comment.

My Gowalla profile and check-ins!

I like both applications! What I can’t find in Foursquare, I find in Gowalla and vice versa! Now I really have to forget the privacy issue and tell potential stalkers: Welcome! 🙂

….+18!!

Posted: December 16, 2010 in LAU, Movies, My thoughts
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NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION….IM ASKING FOR YOUR HELP:

MY GRADUATION PROJECT IS UP: MY FILM!
TITLE: SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS!
ONE-LINE PITCH: IT’S A MODERN FAIRYTALE WITH A WIERD TWIST!

HOWEVER, I NEED MY “PRINCE CHARMING”, WHO SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE HARD TO CATCH! WHOEVER IS INTERESTED IN ACTING AND WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF THIS…DO SPEAK UP AND LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST!

HE HAS TO BE A MALE, OFCOURSE! 🙂 HE SHOULD BE BETWEEN 20 AND 28, FLUENT IN ENGLISH, AND A TEAM PLAYER!

 

Fairytales are back in fashion…and this time the all-classic Rapunzel is back…in 3D and a new name: Tangled!

The story is the same as the classic one: Rapunzel is the only child of the queen and king, who got kidnapped as an infant by the Dame Gothel, a wicked old woman who is obsessed with herself and beauty. Dame Gothel then raises Rapunzel as her own child, and locks her in a tower that no one can reach.
The only reason she had to kidnap Rapunzel was the fact that her long  hair has healing powers, and  is the only thing that could restore her “lost youth”. As usual, Rapunzel’s hair seems to be the subject of the film: Dame Gothel uses it to climb the tower, and alot of fun scenes revolve around Rapunzel doing things with her hair, like climbing walls and jumping around!

Rapunzel bungee jumping with her hair!

However, this time, instead of a prince as” prince charming”, he is in the form of a run-away felon, who accidentally finds and climbs Rapunzel’s tower because he wanted to hide from two other thieves who wanted the crown of the lost princess (Rapunzel). After their cute encounter, Rapunzel offerrs him a deal: he would take her to see the lanterns and she would return the stolen crown that she hid from him to blackmail him with! He agrees so as to get back the crown he had stolen!
Their journey continues, and as usual, there comes a time in a fairytale where you have to scream “and they lived happily ever after”!!

It’s a very fun and entertaining movie, designed to make you laugh. There are no subtle messages, no clever clues. So if you’re having a stressful day, or simply bored and want to have fun, go ahead and watch it!!

 

 We watched The Social Network….Now it was time to meet “The Mark Zuckerberg”!!

In our LAU Social class, we watched on Wednesday December 8, a couple of videos about Zuckerberg. One of them was an interview with 60 minutes, where he was talking about his reaction to the movie “The Social Network”. Another was an interview he was featured on in “Oprah”, and we also saw a couple of videos for him a while ago, when Facebook was still a brand-new creation! There was a very obvious change!!

In his previous interviews, Mark looked nervous. It was obvious he didn’t see expect that Facebook was going to be a hit, and it kind of struck to me that his communication skills needed a lot of work. At times he would look at the reporter, as if he didn’t know what to answer, and would say the famous sentence that was included in the movie: “Was that a question?”

However, in his latest interviews, his communication skills totally improved! It was obvious that he was more used to interviews now, and he seemed at ease in front of the camera. He would laugh from time to time, and his voice and tone were conversational rather than informative.

All the time that I was watching the interviews, I kept on relating Mark to the way he was portrayed in the movie, and found out a couple of similarities. It is obvious that he is a “computer guy”! After all that was his major and passion! Also, all the money he got from Facebook didn’t seem to affect him that much: in one of the interviews he was wearing ordinary jeans and sweatshirt and sandals, the same style that he was portrayed in in the movie! I think that he is a down-to-earth guy, very realistic, clever, and obviously very smart.

Among my friends, I know a few, actually two of them, who actually have the potential of acheiving something, each in their own field. I just hope that they will be able to acheive all their goals, because they do deserve it. I hope that they will be lucky, that they will be smart and clever, in all the decisions they will be making! Mark Zuckerberg is a live example of how someone can do something that would actually make a difference.