Sky is not the limit – it’s the playground

Bit of a cliché when it comes to the video, but well… yeah. The project itself is amazing, the thought of it sends shivers down my spine.

Red Bull Stratos with Felix Baumgartner.


Alternative skydiving?


Image from Guardian Online.

Alternative skydiving? This man is in a tracking position, vertically, but still. Who said good weather and parachutes are needed for skydiving? It’s all about creativity and innovation.

I love innovation

I hate public transport in Tallinn. It’s always been a bit smelly, old, … and you know, that thing just happens when you get a driver’s licence. But since I got my purse stolen in London in the beginning of February, I’m still without a licence that I could use abroad (my licence was Finnish). So I was forced to use the good old bus to get myself into civilisation. To my not that big of a surprise I found no cash on me whatsoever for a bus ticket. Grumpy as I was from waking up way too early in the morning, I didn’t want to get fined. Not much more to do than to just count on good luck or something.

Until… I saw a blurry sticker on the wall. Put my glasses on and read about mobile tickets. It works with ID cards and you can just order a ticket with your phone. Whatever kind of ticket you want. Just call: thisonenumber*ticket code*ID number… and you’ll have a ticket. Should the ticket inspectors come on the bus, you just wave your ID card at them (and they can check the ticket’s validity).

I was so positively surprised it firstly worked, secondly I didn’t have to buy a paper ticket (saves the nature), and well, doesn’t it make everybody happy when things just work?

10 points goes to Tallinn for an absolutely amazing bus ticket system.

GuardianOnline videos

The Guardian also indulges in the perks of modern technologies such as video and audio and and and … in their online version.

The video content is as wide as topics covered in their news stories, and mostly produced by themselves (if not, it’s mentioned):

  • Video interviews – most common videos
  • Video ads (they also have a short ad before completely different videos, e.g. interviews)
  • Reports
  • (UK and world) news
  • Short documentaries
  • Music, technology…

They incorporate news stories and video clips, but also have videos that are a completely independent thing. They do seem to try new things out a lot.
Something questionable is a compulsory 15sec of ads before all videos. Guess they’re only struggling for survival in the crunched away money-oriented world.

PS. Thomas Tamblyn is a tickler-molester and Lee Collins knows that too. Stuff always gets bizarre on Friday afternoons…

Multimedia Journalism.. what?

Multimedia journalism is a relatively new thing. At least to most of us. That whole new medium has probably not set its foot in the vast world of journalism the way oldschool media have. It is on its way there though. The possibilities of the web and available technology today give us advantages to publish mindblowing new projects. Both old and new issues get a new approach through these possibilities. Multimedia journalism is literally in the multimedia form. It is a mixed media format where text, sound, picture, video and other perks of computer-based options are used together. Old topics get a new medium, and perhaps a new approach. It could be criticised that multimedia journalism is not as ‘serious’ as print journalism, but in reality the advantages multimedia has to offer rather enrich the information that would otherwise be even boring.

A very moving and sobering example of multimedia journalism I happened to stumble upon was Death Perceptions. It is a project put together about different people with different professions who all have to deal with death in their lives. It is moving, because they all have a little different perception of death and what it means, through how they are in contact with it. It is sobering because they use raw and disturbing numbers and facts, which slap the harsh reality in your face. On the other hand the overall treatment of the death issue is rather gentle and does not really depress you. They have used photos, video interviews with the people, voice over, and music to bring the stories to the people. It is slightly cliché how they have used overly-soothing acoustic guitar music there (as if they were trying to take the edge off from the serious topic through that). What pleased my visual senses greatly about it was the fact that they had used black and white color scheme for it. This could be labelled as a cliché as well, but … aren’t clichés what they are just because they actually work anyway?

It is new and inspiring to see how multimedia combines new and old journalism, so many different aspects of it, and the outcome is just b e a u t i f u l. It can be labelled as a journalistic piece, but I think someone could get away with it for an art project as well. Isn’t it amazing how different things combine for an outcome all the more enjoyable for the sensory experience?