Saturday, March 25, 2017

Europe in the 90s

Having spent the greater part of the 1990s in Europe as a teenager I do have a bit of nostalgia for cultural tentpoles like Trainspotting, Tank Girl, BLUR, Björk and 90s d&B (not to mention random rave culture in general) and along those lines this trove of RAVE TAPES (mostly live recordings from real Jungle and Drum and Bass DJ sets in London and the UK in the 90s) has been somehting I keep going back to after since first coming across it a few years ago.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

new United States of the West Coast and friends by NGO BERLIN

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 RIP Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, PRINCE, David Bowie, and Muhammad Ali collage by used universe BERLIN

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016


so, yea...
procrastination will do some strange things.
in this case:
a TRUMP Make America Great Again Hat anagram remix of sorts...
thanks photoshop.

courtesy NGO BERLIN

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Friday, July 08, 2016

HOOK revisited. (oh, just a bit of nostalgia, a dab of heaviness and a dash of fun and unusual facts)

Beltway-area of a Washington D.C. suburb. 
My sister and I are both in elementary school.
Our grandfather comes over on a random Friday night to babysit us and we randomly end up going to see the new Steven Spielberg adventure "HOOK" - which, because we were really only allowed to watch PBS - we completely missed any marketing for the film and hadn't even heard of it.
Going in cold to this was absolutely crazy.
My grandfather does not particularly care for the film but ends up buying the soundtrack on compact disc. We get the VHS cassette tape and watch the movie about a million times.


My best friend and his son have moved out of their apartment and are staying with me before relocating to America. I end up babysitting all their media indefinitely. I noticed a DVD of HOOK. While cleaning the apt I pop it in the Region 2 DVD player.


I had thought about the movie when Bob Hoskins passed away but hadn't actually watched the film since perhaps 1993.. Let me just come right out out say that this film is still great - a great adventure story with a great message and is just so fun and nice to watch - ESPECIALLY when compared to the wacky CGI schlockfest kids are eating up now, in the 21st century. (OK, to be fair I really enjoyed Wreck It Ralph, Hotel Transylvania, and UP, etc. but as a child of the 80s my heart is always really with Back to the Future, the NeverEnding Story, Muppets / anything Jim Henson and/or Frank Oz and basically - OF COURSE- let's just say anything with a John Williams soundtrack).

Anyhow, back on topic: my uncle just happened to visit the set as the film was being made and - WOW. Everything that would have been done now with CGI was done then with painted backdrops and million dollar sets.
It is glorious. BUT...
Watching the film as an adult is heavy. The work-obsessed corporate blob that Peter Pan has become (Peter Banning) who has forgotten everything about the magic and fun in life is pretty dark when you watch it as an adult finally. When you are a kid, you think: HOW could Peter Pan become THAT.
BUT when you are entering middle age, you know exactly how time and work and stress on all levels will do that to people...
but Peter Banning aka Peter Pan BEATS it... but then of course knowing Robin Williams killed himself is HEAVY... and although I love him I am not ready to forgive him for that.  

But there are a few odd, interesting things about this film that I couldn't ignore:
1. A young Gwenyth Paltrow plays young Wendy (Maggie Smith) and
2. Dodi Al Fayed is one of the producers of HOOK. Yes, THAT Dodi who died with Princess Diana aka Lady Di... which I just found to be so weird.
3. Oh, and that kid- Jack (also "the Kid" in Dick Tracy) Charlie Korsmo - in real life he is now a professor - which is the exact opposite of what we expect to happen to a child actor. Not bad.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cowabunga Surf Clan Party (digital finger painting)

Cowabunga Surf Clan Party ahoy!!! 
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tom Hanks, Hanx Writer Typerwriter app, a Hologram for the King, Tom Twyker, Dave Eggers and the 2008 beheading of Madame Tussaud's Wax Hitler

WHEN IT CAME OUT I read the Dave Eggers book A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING and greatly enjoyed watching Tom Hanks take on the role of the main character in the recent Tom Twyker film of the same name, (EIN HOLOGRAMM FÜR DEN KÖNIG).
But on the day to day I really enjoy the HANX WRITER app paired with a bluetooth keyboard. I sit in my Berlin studio and trow text into the thing just for the joy of how it looks (and then sometimes even print and mail it on paper) - for typewriter lovers this is a very satisfying 21st century option. 
NOTE: the text is some long-abandoned scrap from 2008 I found in my google drive about Slawinchen on Schönleinstrasse - a notorious local 24 hour bar in Berlin - which we had (and have) ended up at on and off in the wee hours of the morning... for me it recalls a tiny sliver of a particularly vibrant and totally magical time and place - Kreuzberg in 2008 - and also mentions the infamous beheading of Madam Tussaud's Wax Hitler (true story) which was concieved and carried out by a former police officer in a drunken state. 

Why did Madame Tussaud's think it was ever OK to have a wax Hitler in the first place? Keine ahnung!


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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Star Wars the Force Awakens DELTED SCENES Aquí os dejo varias escenas ineditas que veremos en el Blue-Ray, DVD de #TheForceAwakens. Disfrutadlas

Aquí os dejo varias escenas ineditas que veremos en el Blue-Ray, DVD de #TheForceAwakens.Disfrutadlas· Revan -----------------------------------------------------------------Descargas: Twitter: Factory: Expandido (grupo de Facebook): Wars Leaks (reddit): Star Wars en Youtube:

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Star Wars the Force Awakens DELTED SCENES Aquí os dejo varias escenas ineditas que veremos en el Blue-Ray, DVD de #TheForceAwakens. Disfrutadlas

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Interesting blogs by nice people
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Star Wars emoji emoticons from the Star Wars app


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