Quote of the Week (and a bit of talk)

Hello internet! Have you been tricked by too many people today? I must confess that I did believe one e-mail I received about a company closing down, but that was the only one. And no, I did not make any April Fool’s Day joke (and this isn’t a joke, I swear!).

What I wish I could tell you was only a joke is that my computer died, like I told you on my last post. I have bought a new computer since there was really no other option for me, but it has not been delivered yet. In the meantime I’ll use an old one that is barely working so I’m not sure I’ll be able to post during the whole week. If I disappear you know that’s because I couldn’t manage with this computer.

And finally, let’s go for the quote of the week! This one is from one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, Much Ado About Nothing.

Loved of all ladies

Benedick: […] but it is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted…
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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Single Verse

Hello people! Here it is another song! I’m not going to put the songs here for you, but only a picture with one verse of the song. If this single verse catches you attention, listen to the song (they are all songs I love, of course). I hope you like these posts and get curious to listen to the songs and hopefully, you’ll like them!

The End

The End by Jason Reeves

p.s.: Sorry about not posting Flickr Friday yesterday. My computer died, so I’ll have to buy another one and then I’ll be really back here.

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Single Verse

Just one verse from one of my favourite songs. If this little piece touches you, listen to the song!

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries kickstarter success

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How can you explain 4.620 people giving $320.637 in only 5 days to fund the release of a DVD and the future productions from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries creators? Maybe I should start trying to answer that question by explain why I gave a lot of my money to this Kickstarter project (especially considering that each dollar I gave is worth 2 reais, the currency in Brazil where I live).

For me it much more than getting the DVD, button packs, journal signed by Hank Green and Bernie Su, LBD edition of Pride and Prejudice and a copy of the script of the first 8 episodes of LBD signed by cast members. For me this is about saying: “You people did a great work and you deserve all the praise for this and this money is just a small way to say thank you and, at the same time, help you make more wonderful things for us.” For me, being a backer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD… and More! is all about believing in the power of art.

LBD kickstarterThe Lizzie Bennet Diaries is an absolute phenomenon of the internet (check it on YouTube now if you haven’t yet), and this is because, using the contemporary William Darcy’s words, the story “resonates with people”. Frank McConnel wrote in Storytelling and Mythmaking: Images from Film and Literature, that “stories matter, and matter deeply, because they are the best way to save our lives.” (3) There is no questioning the value of Jane Austen’s most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. This story is not alive after 200 years of being first published by chance. Pride and Prejudice has reached a new height in popularity after so many years because people feel connected to it. It is not just the story of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet falling in love, this is about the human nature, how we are inclined to judge and to be misled in our opinions when we feel offended or that we are better than other people.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries brought it all up to our days, to the crazy life of technology and fast communication and lack of privacy. No wonder it has been such a huge success. How could we not feel empathy for these characters? It is impossible because they have so much of who we are, just like they had in Austen’s books, but now they have been updated to fit into our world.

I think this explains why so many people are willingly giving their money to guarantee that the DVD will be released and that new productions will be made. Storytelling is an art that has been present in human lives for a very long time and its power only increases. For that reason, when such a great story as Pride and Prejudice is told in such a brilliant way as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, people will give their money to see it happen, because art is so much more than money will ever be.

Oh, by the way, if you are not a The Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD… and More! backer yet, there is still time to become one here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pemberleydigital/the-lizzie-bennet-diaries-dvdand-more

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Coffitivity: Aewsome!

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I discovered Coffitivity about three hours ago and I liked it so much that I had to come here and tell you, my dear readers, about it.

So what is this Coffitivity? You may have guessed that is related to coffee, and to be more precise it is related to the sounds of a coffee shop. Coffitivity is a web page that brings the vibe of a coffee shop right to you desktop. And why is that so nice that I had to come and tell you about it right away? It’s simple! The noise of a coffee shop mixed with music of your choice can help boost your creativity. Amazing, right?

The people who created Coffitivity based the page on the results of the research “Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition” by Ravi Mehta, Rui (Juliet) Zhu, and Amar Cheema (click here to view it). I have not read the research yet (I will and then I’ll tell you about it!), but, according to the Coffitivity creators, the “mix of calm and commotion in an environment like a coffee house is proven to be just what you need to get those creative juices flowing.”

I tested it today while doing my Italian homework and I approved of the results. I did not have any burst of creativity in creating sentences in Italian, but the mix of music and the sounds of a coffee shop were soothing and did not distract me from my work, it actually helped me to concentrate more on what I was doing.

I used the Coffitivity mixed with the scores for “Departures” and Pearl Harbor, by Joe Hisaishi and Hans Zimmer successively.

If you are like me and like to have some sound while you work, this may be just you thing. Try it out and let me know what your impressions are!

 

 

 

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MOOCs

Recently I have decided to try taking part on a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), which are online courses open to everyone who wants to take them.

The first MOOC page that I found was Coursera. This company offers many courses from universities all around the world, but mainly from the USA. There are big names among the colleges offering courses at Coursera, such as Duke, Berklee College of Music, Brown, Columbia, Stanford, Princeton, Penn, and many other.

There are courses in every area that you can imagine: music, engineering, writing, biology. Everything is there. I took the course “The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color” by the professor Scott Higgins from Wesleyan University. The course was amazing. We watched many movies and analysed the transitions from silent movies to sound movies and from black and white to colour movies. It was an incredible experience. The classes are in videos and there discussions forums, activities and a final test. Every activity and test has a deadline that you must pay attention to, or you lose your points.

Course gives every student that successfully finishes a course a Statement of Accomplishment, so that you can actually put this course in your curriculum.

The other MOOC page that I’m currently using is Canvas. This company offers fewer courses than Coursera and it’s not really open for everyone because they limit the number of students in each course. I’m currently taking a Social Media course at Canvas, and it has been a great experience so far, but beware there is a lot of work to do. Canvas also gives the students a certificated when they successfully finish a course.

From my experiences with MOOC so far I conclude that they are going to become a really big part of the educational process in the future. It is amazing to think that knowledge is being shared all around the world, equally, for free and, most importantly, with quality. The courses I took so far and the ones I’m taking now have really added a lot to me as a student and professional. If you have a chance, check the courses offered by these two MOOC companies and others that you might find on the internet. I’m sure that you will find something that will be interesting for you to study.

Let me know what you thoughts about MOOC are!

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Earth Hour

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Today is the day to pledge your support to our planet. For one hour today, beginning at 8:30 pm (for me in Brazil, check your time here: http://worldwildlife.org/pages/earth-hour), join hundreds of millions of people and turn off your lights. This amazing project was created by the people at WWF (World Wide Life), an organization working in behalf of planet Earth.

And it’s not only our planet that will gain something with this. You can get a lot from the Earth Hour too. We live connected nowadays, there’s no denying it. Most people have internet not only in their computers, but also in their mobiles and tablets and so on. Sometimes we let the technological world take over, and we forget about the greatest thing in life: people.

So tonight, turn off your lights and spend an hour talking with you friends, play the acoustic guitar, have fun. Get close to the people you love and, who knows, you may find out you don’t need to be connect as much as you think.

So, are you joining me today? Tell me what you plan to do with your one hour of freedom from this crazy tech world in which we live.

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Flickr Friday

Friday is here again to the happiness of all! And you know what Friday means here on the blog: Flickr!

So, here goes my selection of ten of my favourites from Flickr! And remember, all the photos are the property of the photographers, to go to the original page, just click on the photo.

Andreea Nicola

© Andreea Nicola

Angelica Ström

© Angelica Ström

Bethan Phillips

© Bethan Phillips

Ellie Niemeyer

© Ellie Niemeyer

Jes

© Jes

Johann Roos

© Johann Roos

Kieran Robinson

© Kieran Robinson

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© Kieran Robinson

Ludmila Ângela Müller

© Ludmila Ângela Müller

Megan C

© Megan C

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Can I quote you?

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I’ve (re)discovered in my favourites last week the webpage called Recite This. And what do they do? They let you create posters with any quote you would like. They have the layouts, and all you need to do is choose one and type your quote. It’s kind of addictive when you start doing it. Check the page out, it’s really nice and it is very useful when you need to create something and you just don’t have the time to go to Photoshop for it!

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Quote of the week

Why is love intensified by absense?

“Why is love intensified by absense?”
From “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger

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