Friday, 24 January 2014

Busy, busy, busy

Yes, the story of my life at the moment.

It is all fun to do, organising a VR Symposium.
But working a fulltime job, trying to manage a study (luckily that one is quiet for two weeks), it is a wee bit busy. Besides that all I somehow also seem to have a social life. Hello friends, I'm still alive, although you haven't heard from me in a while.

And keeping a blog. Oops. Somehow managed to not write something yesterday and lacking a story to tell for today.

But, welcome to the story of my life. Yes, I'm busy.
Hopefully after next week Thursday I'll be able to breath again.

Until then, when inspiration flows, you will get a new story from me (or it will be a little quiet over here).

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Nespresso; from George to Ethiopia

We all have seen the commercials from Nespresso with George Clooney enjoying one of the coffees from them in a fancy coffeeshop. Telling the brand's story about luxury, indulgence and exclusivity

Yesterday Nespresso introduced their new campaign. Shifting the focus from the luxury of coffee to the origin of their coffee. The first coffee is Bukeela ka Ethiopia. Using the words of Maureen Baas, marketing director of Nespresso Europe. "People are used to the images of George and the luxury espresso bars. But we thought it time to show Nespresso has more stories to tell. We know so much about coffee and have such wonderful stories to tell about the place of origin of the coffee. But we never told those stories.

The images sure look very beautiful. Take a look at the new story of Nespresso.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Storytelling with sand

Words, images, signs, I have seen a lot of ways to tell stories.

But using sand. Yes it is possible.

Watch the next video. It tells the history of the Ukrain with sand!

Monday, 20 January 2014

Recycled orchestra

Not a story in music, but music in a story. A story worth retelling.
These children make the most beautiful music on instruments made out of garbage.

Take a look and a listen!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Retelling Sherlock

Some stories are so good, you just keep on telling them.
But sometimes a story does get a bit dated, because of time. And they need a bit of updating to be retold in the current time.

One of them is Sherlock Holmes. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Absolutely wonderful stories about a brilliant detective who is solving crimes in London around the 1880s. 
1880 London is of course not 2014 London. Carriages have been replaced by cars. Telegrams by Whatsapp. Letters by e-mail.
So what if you want to retell the story to the kids of these days?
You retell by putting this "high-functioning sociopath" (as he describes himself these days) into London 2014. Where he can use cellphones, cars, computers and more.

And luckily the BBC has made "Sherlock" as brilliant as the books.
With Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson (yes together, again!).

It is very fast paced. With dialogues that are so smart you actually have to listen to them a couple of times to get all the information. Small clues on how it is done everywhere, that you won't see on a first watching. All the use of modern day technology. Rushing through London 2014 on cars, cabs, motors. With an array of wonderful characters to support the story.

And because of these days internet, they get a huge fanbase from all over the world. Who are puzzling along to find out, who has done it.

The BBC broadcasted the last of season three last week. The US starts off with season three this week.
This is the trailer of the first in season three.

Enjoy watching! But also read the books, to see where they originally came from. The stories are great, the craftsmanship to put them to modern times is amazing!