New technologies in the field of performing arts

On Wednesday 18 November, I had the pleasure of participating as a speaker at the symposium "New technologies in the field of performing arts" organized by cONTRIBUTED Y CIATRE, In order to help theater companies, and in general all companies related to the performing arts, in their online communication.

The day began with a presentation by Jordi Sellas interesting entitled "New Generation Cultural Marketing"Among other things, he explained how the Cultural Marketing is a Marketing Experiences and how this is a competitive advantage and, therefore, should focus communication transmission is a" positive and direct experience " , something that is increasingly rare in this world of virtual experiences.

After leaving the bar very high in both the quality of the paper and the rapporteur, it was my turn to me. My presentation was titled "The 10 most common mistakes in online communication companies in the world of performing arts". To make this presentation, previously analyzed the websites of twenty assistants and in my presentation I was enumerating communication errors being committed (although I tried to use the pages more like best practice, that as examples of malpractice). Some of these errors are, for example, not of who is the target audience of the site, using technology not suitable for web pages, not taking into account the potential of web 2.0 in their communications, etc.

Deputy under these lines the power point I used to illustrate the presentation.

After my presentation, we made a break for lunch and afternoon rebuked the day with a session given by Daniel Olivares, in which we explained the basis of conversion of visits to users.

The day ended with Georgina Cisquella, an excellent communicator, with extensive experience in cultural communication, which gave us a very interesting presentation entitled "Theater, Internet and Media"In which he showed us the latest trends in communication. For me, it was really an inspiration.

From these lines I can only thank the CIATRE provided as to be invited to participate in this conference and congratulate them for organizing the event so much.

Review of "THE LADY OF LABERINTOS" Karl Schroeder - La Factoria

The Lady of Mazes, Karl SchroederAhhhhh ... (<- sigh)!, How I love Science Fiction hard. How much he missed her!

This is an interesting book that creates dreams and frees the mind of any concern is. A balm before going to sleep. While reading requires absolute concentration and certain intellectual effort that thankfully is rewarded by good hour that makes you spend while you're reading.

The book puts our characters in a distant future in which the solar system is colonized by humans, in which some humans have evolved to something beyond and in which artificial intelligence has evolved beyond all expectations.

Our protagonists live in Corona Teven habitat located near Jupiter and has toroidal form. Surely a world inspired by the Ringworld from Larry NivenBut unlike the latter, its inhabitants do not live isolated from the rest of humanity, if not with other human habitats by neighbors with which the founders of the crown are related when they want.

both Corona Teven like the rest of the human universe, it is colonized by millions of people who can live together, just are not all located in the same plane of reality. Thanks to what the author calls collectorsEach company can create an environment in which to move and interact with their fellow people without interfering with other companies. That is, that in the same physical point can live many companies created by collectors different, without interfering with each other. Each company created by a manifold it is a culture in itself, with a history, mythology and unique technology, though virtual. The interaction between humans of different collectors is limited and one of our protagonists is a diplomatic moves between companies of different collectors and who will be discovering us how your world.

This theoretically idyllic society begins to crumble when an entity called 3340 begins to interfere with collectors and try to knock down the barriers that keep technology under control.

In the book we nanotechnology, terraformaciones, virtual reality, interstellar travel, IA God, human post also believe that God is believed and countless other things that make your reading is really a joy.

The author, who has a way of telling the story reminiscent Greg Bear, Strives at all times to make credible the universe and explain the philosophy of its people and its interesting political system based on the theories of open source we all know.

In short, 100% recommended a book worth reading.

Review of "WITH NEW EYES" Alessandra Borghese of Ediciones Rialp

With new eyes, Alessandra BorgheseThis is a book that leaves what accustomed to normally read (Science Fiction or professional reading) is. In fact, not even bought it, I gave it to a friend who thought I would like to dedicate a few hours to meet Alessandra Borghese. And this is what I did, I spent a weekend reading this book.

The book is an autobiography that tells the story of the author since, at age 16, one of his commits suicide in front of her friends, until his conversion to orthodox Catholicism. Going through an unhappy marriage (and subsequent death of her ex-husband), for his work in New York at American Express and as a promoter of art exhibitions and back to Rome.

Of course, with this synopsis, not a book that invites reading. But the important thing is not what happens to the author, if not the reflections that goes along by the narrative of his life and end up taking her to rediscover the Catholic faith and to look "with new eyes"Its existence and everything that surrounds it.

And the truth is that it gets you to think and look sense of what you're doing in your life. So I gave it to my friend, and I thank you.

The book consists of three parts. In the first, the author places his life in a social context and some events that shape and become someone rather frivolous and fun-loving without a clear objective. In the second part, the house of cards on which mounted their daily lives is decaying, and begins to see the need to create a stronger basis for their existence. In the third part, he speaks and his conversion to orthodox Catholicism and the new direction of his life.

This last part is a bit confusing because it speaks of liturgical issues and theory of Catholicism that did not know existed ... but precisely this lack of knowledge makes it interesting to read about it.

In short, as I think it took me about 3 or 4 hours to read it, my verdict is worth spending the time and then get a few hours to reflect on what they read. The book leaves no one indifferent.

Review of "A GLEAM IN HEAVEN" Kay Kenyon - The Factory

Flash in the skyA Flash in the sky It is a different book. In some ways is the typical science fiction book "discovery of alien world", but the world shows us is really original, well built and worked characters.

The story tells the adventures of space pilot Titus Quinn in a parallel universe that you accessed through a kind of wormhole when he was in space mission.

The first time you visit this parallel universe (christened Omniverso by Kay Kenyon) makes it by accident and with his family. The family is stranded in the Omniverse and Titus Quinn appears in the normal universe, without memory and with 14 years more (although in the real world have only been a few weeks).

The corporation you work for it apart from all spatial plan and ostracized because they do not believe anything that has (small pieces of memory). Time passes and the protagonist is plunged into a deep depression, until because of an accident in another spacecraft, the corporation begins to give credence to the possibility that there is a parallel universe and decides to organize a mission to investigate.

He Omniverso which tells us Kenyon is interesting. It is home to different races, some humanoids. For hundreds of years, from Omniverso You can see parts of our universe, which made flower a whole similar to the medieval Chinese culture, although race that dominates and has subdued all the Omniverse, the Tarig not know where they come from, have sophisticated technology (with travel space included) and fears our universe.

At times the Tarig remind Goauld from Stargate, Although the construction of Omniverso It is completely original and more or less consistent.

The only criticism I would make is about the irregular rhythm of the book. At times get bored, others get to read hours on end. It is also somewhat disappointing when as it nears the end're realizing that the author can not finish the book on pages remaining and you begin to suspect that there will be a second part. When you finish the book, it is clear that it is only a first part, and when you investigate a little more, you find that is the first of three books (A World Too Near Y City Without End). This explains some scenes filling and uneven pace of the book.

Still, the book is worth reading and is entertaining but does not give it a 10, more entertaining books with which to hang out.

About the author: Key Kenyon. It is interesting to know who started his career as an advertising writer and actress, and this explains in part the freshness of its proposal and originality. This is his eighth novel and has been a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award and the John W. Campbell

Reseña de “HIJOS DEL PARAISO” de Nick Sagan – La Factoría de Ideas

Los hijos del ParaisoThe Hijos del Paraíso es la segunda parte de Código Genético pero está pensado para ser leído de forma individual… claro que todo esto no lo sabía al empezar a leer el libro, por lo que me pasé un buen rato pensando si ya lo había leído o no. Y es que para poner en situación al nuevo lector, los primeros capítulos son muy parecidos a los del primer libro (casi iguales diría yo)… y confunde un poco.

Pasado el susto inicial y comprobando que era una segunda parte, fui leyendo el libro como de costumbre (una hora diaria aprox.), pero a medida que avanzaba en la trama, cada vez me gustaba menos y finalmente recobré la memoria y todo el primer libro y mis pensamientos mientras lo leía llegaron a mí: conclusión, este libro es tan malo como el primero.

Bueno… no sé si es malo a nivel literario, porque no tengo ni idea y no me atrevo a emitir este tipo de juicios, pero sí puedo afirmar que a mí no me gustó y que seguramente, no soy el público objetivo del autor.

El argumento daría mucho de sí en manos de cualquier otro (en manos del padre de Nick Sagan, por ejemplo), pero creo que este libro está pensado para ser leído por adolescentes, y tanto los temas que plantea como el tipo de decisiones que toman los protagonistas, son primarios y banales… sin desmerecer a los adolescentes… pero digamos que son enfoques diferentes a los que tienes cuando pasas de los cuarenta.

La historia transcurre en un futuro en el que una cepa de la peste negra ha terminado con toda la humanidad, excepto con un pequeño reducto de posthumanos creados por un laboratorio genético mientras se buscaba una cura para la pandemia, y que como han sido criados por entes de realidad virtual están un poco desquiciados. Esto es básicamente el resumen de Código Genético, la primera parte. En esta segunda parte, nos encontramos con una segunda generación de posthumanos más desquiciados que los primeros, que nos plantean dilemas y retos de lo más estúpido y sinsentido. …Con lo bien que hubiese estado que relatase cómo es este mundo casi sin humanos y cómo intentan sobrevivir y conseguir que la raza humana no muera con ellos. Obviamente, estos temas sí los toca, pero lo hace por encima y sin entrar en discusiones filosóficas o científicas.

En fin… creo que Nick Sagan se vale del nombre de su padre para introducir sus libros en editoriales que publican Ciencia Ficción para adultos, pero que realmente escribe libros para adolescentes pre púberos.

Decididamente me gustaba más como guionista de Star Trek. Espero que recapacite y vuelva a los guiones… eso, o que no incluyan sus libros en ciertas colecciones.

Formentera and the announcement of Damm

Leo Hosteltur in a report entitled "They resist the Temporary Business"That destinations with better picture and events throughout the summer, have endured the crisis well. Among these destinations are located Formentera.

The Report explains how Formentera has benefited in terms of image and therefore occupancy level for the spot Estrella Damm beer set on the island, whose soundtrack has become the song of the summer.

The spot began airing in early June, only for the Spanish market and interestingly, in July the occupation by Spanish tourists increased by 2.37 points over last year (this year was 84.25%). In August, this increase was 1.40 points higher (has reached 90%).

The increases do not seem anything special in normal times, but in an environment with widespread falls, show that behind them there is a good marketing action and a good product, especially if we consider that the occupation in July of destination sun and beach Spanish coast fell by over 10%.

The odd thing is that the promotion of Formentera or at a cost, and was not planned in advance, at least as regards the Tourism Promotion Formentera.

Although obviously not all the credit goes to the ad because the Italians saw and overnights and also increased their market share (now represent 50.1% of tourism in Formentera). But this destination enjoys in the source markets in a very good image, linked to a bohemian-romantic spirit and unspoiled natural landscapes, stereotype Damm's announcement helped bolster.

Generally, in times of crisis it is the image of a destination and proximity to markets issuers making a destination to succeed over others. When there is no money, people travel to the best possible place within a certain radius, and the Mediterranean islands that have good image, this year have been rewarded.