Archive for October, 2010

(La senda del tiempo – Celtas cortos)″

Yesterday started one of my annual favorite events in my hometown.

Valladolid is a normal city. Not too big, not too small. The kind of city that you could  walk around without get stressed. That’s why when the Seminci takes place, every corner seems different. The whole city is flooded by a bohemian air. Like and hymn to variety.

Seminci means a whole week of international films. It means little and unusual films throwing all the Hollywood blockbusters out the cinemas. The most of theaters and cinemas taken for the occasion. There are long and short films, documentaries from remote places, original languages and subtitles everywhere. Usually the directors  present their own works and everyone is welcome to ask them some questions.

There is a continuous flow of flamboyant and international visitors around. Something never seen during the rest of the year. And even a red carpet in front of the main theater where the directors/actors/writers… talk to the press. All them thinking about winning the Golden Wheatear (the equivalent to Oscar in a cereal area!). It is possible to go to the cinema any time of the day, films start at 9 in the morning and the last ones finish after midnight. Full of choices.

At this time, the weather becomes pretty cold and windy, as old people like to say “9 months of winter and 3 of hell” (sounds awful, but in spanish it rhymes… :p). So, after the cinema a great option is to go to a bar to get warm while trying to decide if you liked the film or not. Most of the audience do that. And the atmosphere in there is something I like almost as much as the films, make me think about the cafe literary circles.

During the years I have seen quite a few films. Some of them I liked very much and some made me almost die of impatience, but even in the worse of the cases all them showed me something completely different and gave me material to think about.

Some personal recommendations:  “La estrategia del caracol”, “14 Km”, “Young@heart”, “El último truco”.

A social media dosis for this week by the Southpark guys.

Sorry for the polish (isn’t?) subtitles, but the video is worth watching :).

(Since the beginning – Flaming sideburns)″
I would try to get in scene of starting a research project, say… tomorrow. And foremost reflect about how to make the most of the virtual places in which is possible to get some work done (instead of only the library and the lab).

Whatever the nature of the research the first I would like to do is looking for information. The more and the wider the better, to really understand the context and the implications of my research. At this stage would be pretty useful and fast to read a bit of everything within reach: webs, blogs, forums, wikis, videos, photos, bookmarks, presentations, previous projects, book reviews…

The aim of this would be not only get literature on the topic, but also discover if there is any current research in similar topics, or any place or network dedicated to this particular area. Information other people already know and questions that somebody else asked.

Later on, when the research was more advanced, I would like to obtain something else from the social media tools to pay off the time spent on it. I guess, what you can earn and which tools to use depends a lot on the sort of experimentation planned, but in a general sense I would try to gain valuable contacts to my cause. Maybe somebody who master the topic and could give me some useful clue, or amateurs supporting it, or common people to whom bring the research closer and possibly obtain opinions from some of them.

The research should have an online presence to make all this happen. Keep all the involved people informed, something interesting in exchange. Having profiles in as many different platforms as I was be capable of manage (me…or my assistants! :p). Also would be useful as promotion. And even in case of being a public engagement project as platform for the experiments, to reach more and different people.

Using effectively social media in this way (although very enriching) could be pretty demanding so I guess the best would be a good planning from the start.

(Ain’t it fun – The dead boys)–%20Aint%20It%20Fun.mp3″

When I woke up this morning, a thought crossed my mind. Well, I guess something else crossed my mind, but I can’t remember it and probably would be even less worthy to read about it. Could you imagine such an insignificance?

What I was saying, the thought: I would like to become a translator machine. A flow of words all around. And not necessarily a very accurate one… google translator would be enough.

I would be famous in the Tower of Babel. I could speak in every language without notice the tons of sacrificed details. I would never find myself telling lies about what I did on sunday morning to avoid my suicide in a spiral of impossible explanations. I could keep my hands in the pocket without having to draw circles in the air. I would write long stories all at once. Life would be a haven of peace. The sun would bright again.

Well, was mainly kidding. But there is something about that when speaking a language that is not your mother tongue. You feel that you are slightly different person. You become completely basic, and your jokes…uff, better no comment.

However, is really rewarding when you  manage to communicate yourself in another language, even when you need several tries. At first you are like an egocentric kid, only speaking about you and your plans. Then you can include somebody else in the stories, then give some details and so on. Patiently, maybe came the day when you could totally recognize yourself in the translator machine you have become. I will wait for this day!

(Written in the shadow of Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie)–%2009%20–%20Ziggy%20Stardust.mp3″

Digital Identity. The concept scares me and stress me. Or fascinate me. Fifty-fifty. There is a tangle of information lying in wait for you to collect it, or to modify it, maybe trying to tell you something. Jewels waiting to be found and remains never deleted, popular people speaking nonsense between undiscovered genius, hundred of useful tools in a kind of an infinite jungle of possibilities.

As an individual you need to be part of the world and at the same time keep for yourself  a bunch of unshared things. And there is where you are, not thinking too much because the whole is too big to control it. Starting instead doing some little choices that will form part of your digital identity, different nicks, different platforms, different places, different people to be related to. You will finally end with a digital multiple personality disorder. Fake clues of you everywhere.

Despite of your efforts to create a clearly-defined digital character (similar to you to a greater or lesser extent) it is only a matter of time to get an outlined digital identity. But will she/it become a liar?

I have read today a great story about the power of networks. There is a showman/comedian in Spain called Andreu Buenafuente who drives a late night show. At the start of this week his motorbike was stolen and joking about the possibility of finding his moto thanks to the social networks he commented it on his twitter account. The joke became true and three days later he opened the show with his recovered moto.

The great stuff is to learn how to use these powerful tools as an individual to reach some objectives. Whether professional opportunities or personal entertainment is only your choice and where most of your effort is driven towards.

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Posted: October 3, 2010 in Social Media
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I am Elisa, noisy engineer. Very happy to start this MSc Audio Production course to filtering myself. In this blog I will be speaking around Social Media when told to do so and about any other topics when having no restrictions (or again social media, who knows…). I have decided from now on to choose a song for each post.