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(Saved by the bell – Backyard Babies)

After several weeks of social media, today’s post is about the art of deception. More specifically about tricks and camouflage.

Along the history have been developed lots of visual tricks and illusions. Nowadays is common to watch documentaries about film tricks (like for example the one about Emilio Ruiz del Rio I recommend at the end of here) and there are making of almost every movie or series. However special effects are not exclusively for fiction but also for ordinary life.

Wars, apart from many other things, are a great example of creativity in the field of deception. In addition to the well known use of camouflage patterns in militar clothes and vehicles skilled specialists have managed to mislead the enemy army. A good example are magicians as the british Jasper Maskelyne who concealed the Alexandria port and through a lure avoided the german bombs, which were dropped a few miles away over the mockup.

Also in the second war there were a whole US unit whose sole dedication was to fool the enemy. These unit called The Ghost Army, was formed by creative thinkers from many proffesions like painters, designers, engineers, photographers or actors who accompanied by a range of inflatable tanks and other fake armoury and signals achieve to feigned a big army and save some lives.

Which I find very interesting about this unit was the use of sonic deception helping to get the trick become credible. At first they were recording tipical battle sounds in the open air by means of a microphone and a wire recording installed in a truck. The sounds of bridges construction, tanks passing by, trucks, troops etc. were recorded separately. Having all this library of army sounds the sound engineers were able to playback different mixes to accommodate to the real scenarios where the Ghost Army were accross europe. The unit carried huge speakers and amplifiers over trucks, and played the sound effect mixes (that could be heard 15 miles away) accompaning the faking troops and rubber tanks.

I hope I will keep on discovering surprising and creative uses of sound once in a while.

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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.