TED 2011 Ads Worth Spreading, Part 2 of 3

This is part 2 of 3 posts showing all the ads TED deemed worth spreading. (Part 1)

The TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) community just released its 2011 Ads Worth Spreading contest winners, and the ads are better than the ones I have seen for the Super Bowl in any year! But what did you expect from a brilliant group who’s moniker is “Ideas Worth Spreading”?

Now these ads aren’t like ones in the Super Bowl lasting 30-60 seconds. These ads are much longer, often being the full version of the shortened ads for TV time slots. However, with ads like these, I could watch commercials in place of TV shows because I don’t notice how long or short they are. I’m actually a little sad once it’s over, alongside whatever mood the commercials left me in.

I have posted a bunch of the ads here because I have found higher quality versions of the ads than the ones available on the TED website. Otherwise, I’d have just posted links to them all on TED’s site.

The link for Part 3 is at the end of the post.

Enjoy and be prepared to be wowwed!!!

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Great Love Songs #8 to #14 for February Facebook Meme

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In late January, I proposed a Facebook meme to share a love song a day for February that contains Valentine’s Day.

The first seven songs I had shared can be found through this link.

Below is the second set of seven great love songs of my list and some short commentary with each.

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I Called It! Susan Boyle Sang Memory to Get Through Semi-Final 1 of Britain’s Got Talent 2009

Susan Boyle Semis

On May 15, I posted an entry about What Should Hollie Steel and Susan Boyle Sing Next?

There, I speculated on some songs the two finest singers in the Britain’s Got Talent 2009 should sing to up the ante for their next performance, now that the world knew what to expect of them that was unlike the first round. I concluded that Susan’s strength was grandeur. She can hit those big fanfare notes like she did in I Dreamed a Dream that was from her first performance. However, she was weak on the playful, soft and less dramatic materials. In the end, I thought she should stick to her strength and pay an hommage to her idol, Elaine Page, with a powerhouse classic on which Elaine has a signature. That would be Memory from the musical Cats.

Sure enough, Susan came out with Memory for the semi-finals tonight, weak on the softer, less dramatic start than the the full flare part 2:22 into the video below. In fact, she was so weak on the softer parts, especially the first few notes, I’d call it awful. Let me tell you, in her audition, with what people expected of her, had she sung those first few notes like she did in this song, Simon would have buzzed her out!!!

True to my predictions, though, Susan got stronger as the song got more dramatic, and recovered enough in time, flourishing at the end to get her through because it is how you finish that matters most. If you’re not well-versed in music, I’ve included a video of Elaine Page singing Memory from Cats for you to compare to Susan’s rendition, especially in that really shaky beginning Susan had. Now, I didn’t expect Susan to be Elaine’s equivalent (yet), and I know she’d be nervous, but I did expect her to hit the right notes and not be that shaky for that long.

I was also disappointed Susan did not show up in costume. She’d have made quite the cat! A “little tiger” as Simon Cowell called her in her original audition.

You can watch Elaine’s even better stage concert version of Memory here, included with my past post.

Regardless, well done, Susan. Congratulations! I’m now waiting for my girl Hollie to stun the world! 🙂

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.0

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