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ICMI’09 Video

In addition to the experience reported at “ICMI-MLMI 2009 at MIT” and “Discussion about Context during the UCVP Workshop“, I’m publishing a video showing the visual experience of the ICMI’09 at MIT Media Lab.

Publishing this video, I wish to motivate myself, my colleagues and thank UCL/TELE Lab for this opportunity. It is supposed to be just one more conference, one more place, one more line in my CV, but it is more than all of that. As a simple person, of course, I add an enormous value to this experience and this is a way I found to share what inspired me there.

Thank You For The Music

Some time ago I declared : “I will ALWAYS pay for music. No matter how much it costs. Music saved my day and it has a great value for me. So, I’m extremely grateful!”. I’m here again to reinforce this message and say that it becomes more and more true in my life every day.

Actually, two special facts motivated me to write this post. The first fact is about a movie that I watched last week. The movie was Mama Mia! that I really recommend. The point about this movie is that it can transform an ordinary admirer of ABBA’s songs into a great fan of the band. At least, it happened to me. Right after the movie I ran to iTunes and I bought the whole disco collection of ABBA, composed of more than one hundred songs. I started to appreciate songs that I had never heard before, just because of the magic behind the lyrics.

The second fact was an amazing production of a Belgian TV, which surprised a lot of people in the train central station of Antwerp last month. How I wanted to be there to see that unexpected scene! You can see in the video below the emotional impact of such event on the mood of people around it. Even a rock fan was moved to clap his hands to “The Sound of Music” (do, re, mi):

This video must have touched you, hasn’t it? I definitively agree with ABBA when they sing:

“So I say
Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me”

Thank you for the music

Finding Inspiration on Movies

Some months ago the movie theater of the city was closed. Indeed, that is very sad news for the population of a small city like Louvain-La-Neuve. Looking for a plan B, we found a DVD rental shop in the local train station. Unexpectedly, it closed its doors, losing the opportunity to get a public of movie fans. Continuing to a plan C, we decided to buy some good movies in a local DVD store, but with a strong restriction in mind: we should be able to watch the movie many many times without getting bored. What movie could be so entertaining to get attention repeatedly for so long and still be interesting every time we watch it? For me there is a simple answer: when you want to be like the character in some moments of your real life, and watching the movie again works like a motivational experience.

That’s the case of Gladiator, a movie that taught me to think about leadership and strategic planning for problem solving.

The other one is the Bourne Trilogy (Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum), which taught me that when we really want something, we have to be focused on it, all possible problems are actually exceptions to be treated and there is always a solution for all kinds of problems.

They are both action movies with unbelievable scenes, but I remember the way they solved problems when I have a real problem in front of me. I just believe there is always a solution and it has always been true… until now. 😉