Sunday, April 11, 2010

Google Search Stories: Song Riddle!

In Feb 2010, Google had it's first Super Bowl ads, a love story through a series of search queries, a move that TechCrunch describe as Hell Freezes Over indeed it's a much unexpected move from Google, being a brand that, for nearly ten years, dismissed brand advertising as a waste of money ("The last bastion of unaccountable spending in corporate America," in Eric Schmidt's words back in 2006), and built its entire fortune on turning the advertising model upside down

Now, you have a chance to tell your own story using the Google Search Story Video Creator! Just head on to YouTube: Google Search Stories Video Creator and start to create your own Google Search Story! It's really simple, and only takes a few minutes of your time. Here's how to do it in 3 simple steps:-
1) Type in your searches and select the kind of results that best communicate your story.
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2) Choose the background music that suit your story most. There's only 24 tracks to choose from for now.
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 3) Preview add in your title, description and select the genre then upload it! It will be automatically uploaded to your YouTube account.
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It's as simple as that!

Here's a few tips to make it more interesting...
1) Try using the different kinds of search (maps, images, products, just to name a few) to add visual variety to your story.
2) Use different search features (listed on Explore Google Search) to help get a big plot point across quickly and clearly.
3) Try and tell a story that ends with a surprise or, better yet, the beginning of a new story!
4) Make it personal! Tell the story of something you accomplished, fell in love with or discovered. Or make it about aliens. That's cool, too!
5) Since it's uploaded to YouTube, you can make an AudioSwap and now you have more songs to choose from!
6) You can also download the MP4 format of the video from YouTube by going to the video page!


Oh if you still haven't figure out the answer of the song riddle, it's How to Save A Life by The Fray!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Changes - Always start from Zero!

Be the change you want to see in the world
-Mahatma Gandhi
I might be joining a speech competition in 2 weeks time! That is if I couldn't assemble a good team for the debate championship or I can write up a good enough script that I'm confident of, but knowing myself, writing a formal speech is so not what I am good in.

Making a search for the title of the speech competition 'Let us be the Change' I started off by reading some (does one count as some?) really inspiring article:
Gandhi believed in leading by setting a personal example in one’s life – of living life in a way that demonstrated ‘the change you want to see’.  He advocated non-violence not just because he thought it would be a successful tactic against the British Empire, but because of his vision of a more peaceful world; a vision grounded in his own moral and religious principles.
-Directory of Social Change
And then I found

Which end me up with this awesome AMV with the music by Carl Orff; Carmina Burana o Fortuna!

See how easy it is to CHANGE something with just ONE small thing, one small gesture, a click on the youtube link for stand up comedy I wasted hours watching and laughing myself off on stand-up comedy and then on song I couldn't even understand the meaning. It's always easier to change one small thing at a time.

Still remember how FIBONACCI SEQUENCE works? Yes by continuously adding the last two terms to generate the next terms. A change always start off from Zero just like a typical Fibonacci sequence, you have an idea of positive change that could be make but you didn't act on it, it stays ZERO, as and idea FOREVER, until someone decided to change HIMSELF first.

Make a change today, tell a friend and let him observe how it works, if the change is positive and it works for him, he will start to spread the idea with you, on the 30th turn you already have 514,229 person who knows about your cause, although it's merely 0.00756% of the world population, we are not going to stop there. Repeat the cycle 50 times and you will have 7,778,742,049 people who changed by your cause, that's when you can say that you've CHANGED THE WORLD.

With today's technology, and the shrinking of the world, informations are spread a lot faster. 50 turns which  might had took hundreds of years back then had become faster, and rapid changes are not impossible! So start from yourself!

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
-Barack Obama

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What is lauyeelosophy?

It was a little unexpected that this blog is still up at running after so many years, and definitely a huge chunk of inactivity. Started off with nothing but some personal nags, sharing some of the songs that I genuinely like and their lyrics, and some thoughts that I have no one around me to discuss with, bullshits that I've structured.

Soon I'll put everything into a mixing bowl, sharing lyrics with a structured bullshit story. I wouldn't update it as often as I'd like to but for people who like reading, I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed.

Yes a picture is worth a thousand words, but it wouldn't be as entertaining as a thousand words for sure.

Sincerely yours,