HERE- quite an emotional rollercoaster... I only post this because there is a definite difference (which I encounter regularly) between the German and American uses of the word "friend"- namely that Americans use it quite often to refer to people they know or hang out with, Germans use it only rarely.
Friday, August 31, 2007
HERE- quite an emotional rollercoaster... I only post this because there is a definite difference (which I encounter regularly) between the German and American uses of the word "friend"- namely that Americans use it quite often to refer to people they know or hang out with, Germans use it only rarely.
I like Múm. They opened for Sigur Ros. I also liked the code 46 soundtrack, by the free association, which was like Sigur Ros-meets-Röyksopp. hmm, move- full of interesting things, but not the best movie by any means.
OK OK OK-
This morning, in a rush, (I thought I was late- in reality I was early) to work- bikeriding on Hallesches Ufer by the baustelle I collided with a bike-racer-looking guy who came out of nowhere from a perpindicular sidewalk, not looking before entereing the bike lane AND der Typ was eating a large powder-puff pastry. We collided at a 45 degree angle so that our handlebars overlapped and locked. Stopping, we just looked at one another, he actually had a look on his face as if I had just murdered his dog in cold blood, which was silly because there was vanilla pudding and powdered sugar on his face. I laughed at the situation, trying to point out that it was a silly accident but he was having none of it. Just stared a shocked and angry pastry stare. "Ach, Freitag! ja- Guten Morgen-!" I said, unlocking handlebars and riding off as he just stood there still looking pissed.
5 minutes later I realised that my hand and gearshift were coverd in pudding and powder. gross.
sorry, in production with the magazine, no time to blog, zombie-boy, no time to upload fotos, have no desire to use a computer when I am not at work at he moment,
will get back into the swing of things soon
Drunkenpanda.com post about math problems found in a junk drawer.
apparently I cannot write, spell, or think this morning. at all. ow.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
goes well with this:
can't vouch for its factuality, but it is entertaining.
with a history-in-a-nutshell
The Mozilla Store is open, just in-time for back to school. Ok, so, admittedly- I did get a litle bit exicted about this...
Several years ago, just days after Firefox's original release, we saw a fat 5th grader in Seattle wearing a shirt with the Firefox logo on it -
"Whoa, that guy has a firefox shirt?!"
"what's that?" I said
"It's a web browser like internet explorer, but better."
"Oh." (store in back of mind)
Looking back- it now seems pretty cool that that kid had a Firefox shirt. He was a dork ahead of his time, apparently. A kind of cutting-edge dork.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Watching CODE 46 (Samantha Morton, TIm Robbins) last night I was so confused about having difficulty understanding the english language... then I realised that they aren't really speaking 100% english, it is more like 80% english and 20% whatever other language- like THIS: World English from commsoffensive325 blog:
"World English is amazing to watch, and downright humbling to experience at times. It is both a language (English as spoken by accomplished non-native speakers), and an environment (where non-native speakers address each other in English even without native speakers in the conversation).
For those of us who have been formed in Anglo American environments, the laws of grammar are viewed as sacred, and for communicators, conscious or unconscious deviations from the laws of spelling, grammar and punctuation are often severely punished and can undermine a professional’s credibility. But in a World English environment, where non-native speakers can often communicate very effectively by combining English vocabulary with some grammatical tics from their native tongues, the use of such tics in written communication presents an interesting dilemma"
Labels: commsoffensive325 world english
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
When Bloggers Attack
As a general rule, it might be wise for all employers to treat their employees with respect and honor their promises/contracts, lest those employees be bloggers or those who know the internet pretty damn well, thus giving them a particular leverage and the ability to quickly spread the truth of matters to a very broad audience of current and potential clients and employees.
Alright, having said that we can get back to the irregularly sceduled madness that is the 21st century.
I really really hope that what the Superficial said that the National Enquirer said that Owen Wilson attempted suicide isn"t true. I love Owen Wilson, I mean- who doesn't??? If Owen Wilson ceased to exist the world would suck so so so much more than it already does...
Monday, August 27, 2007
Post Subtitled: where's my effing camera-!?
Whoever is putting up these "Public SPAM Kreuzberg" posters over billboards is awesome, I love it, will add fotos soon.
meanwhile HERE is a link to spreeblick.com with fotos
and a link to ADBUSTERS just for the heck of it.
Friday, August 24, 2007
mmh,ok. so- z.b. when I first joined MySpace in early 2005 it initially didn't really occur to my naieve-social-media-and-blogger-rookie-self that maybe famous or semi-famous people might have fake profiles created for them. After a few weeks I was able to sniff these out and more or less esily identify a fraud, BUT, dear readers- today I came across OBAMA Girl's typepad blog and I am (british accent) positively baffled (/british accent) as to wheter it is real or not, SO could you please have a look adn let me know what you think??:
yes I am a dork and I already commented. and yes, if this is read by the bloggers of Obama Girl please validate/justify/clarify, etc.
Evidence FOR this being real: if you type in www.obamagirl.com you end up at this typepad site
Evidence Against this being real: the Facebook link directs you to a Group called I have a Crush on the girl who has a crush on Obama...
HMMM:.. hmmm, tough call... any verdicts here?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
another blog post (this time from David W. Boles’ Urban Semiotic ™) about Damien Hirst's $99 million diamond skull... just can't shake that thing, its dead-shimmery gaze stares at me all the effing time from magazines, internet articles, etc... I mwan... shouldn't this thing be in a pirate ship somewhere on the bottom of the ocean? I think it missed its calling... can we start calling it "Percival?" - "Percy" for short?... and when am I going to start sending crazy letters to Mr. Hirst? Soon... anyone have an address?
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Labels: blogger acting up error google
"From the newspaper Libération in France:
Andrew Keen accuses the Internet of killing culture
In an interview conducted by Frédérique Roussel, Andrew Keen, a British blogger and author of 'The Cult of the Amateur', denounces the absence of ethics on the Internet. "When I look a the Web, I mainly see cultural and ethical chaos. I note the insidious theft of intellectual property, plagiarism, hardcore pornography, unrelenting spams and intellectual inanity. ... Amateur ethics are so dominant that expertise, talent and knowledge are loosing ground. Superficial political analyses, pathetic videos, unreadable novels. The internet today is like a state of nature closer to Hobbes than to Rousseau, where human behaviour is blossoming without any social rules or regulations. Anarchy. ... The Web 2.0 is killing our culture, taking over our economy and destroying our codes of conduct. All this because of a utopian faith in technological information ." (22/08/2007)
link to eurotopics: HERE
Culture-?!? what culture? Oh, wait, I forgot, if you are somthing other than American you might actually believe in a thing called "culture"
Maybe he is right, but unfortunately it is tooooo late. HERE IS HIS BLOG I#ll have to look into it...
Post Subtitled: references abound.
Ahh, ok, ao how wierd is this clip from abc news or yahoo! ?
- Not only the woman introducing this exciting new release (notice how she carefully speeds through the word "Pornographers" practically mispronouncing it) but the fact that Kweli's music video uses/appropriates the same visual scheme as the Jay-Z Hewlett-Packard commercial? uhh... is that a "conscious" nod to Jay-Z being a sellout? Or an aesthetic choice...?
NOTE: See previous Jay-Z in advertising posts in this blog:
99 Problems, err, well-
Letter I sent to HP this afternoon
also, regarding Youtube advertising: t#s TRUE... so COULD that SHARP box in the baby sloth video really be subliminal advertising... hmmmmm?
a whole new world of marketing possibilities, now isn't it?
Apparently, the very same day that Davis and I were swept up into a huge 12-Truck Anti-Nazi/Fascist parade and demo in Berlin (about a half mile long full on with LOUD LOUD techno), the bored and ingnorant in Mügeln decided to send a message to their local Indian population with their fists: 'Foreigners Out!' "The victims were all from India -- their attackers, possible neo-Nazis. A small town in Saxony confronts the possibility of right-wing extremists in their midst." from SPIEGEL ONLINE-
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I saw one thins at the flea market the other day which instantly time-warped me back to when I moved to Germany initially in the summer of 1993:
What a Virgin Space tour might be like:
I am extremely busy at work- hence the lack of posts.
sorrrry, -will be back in the fray soon.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Interesting Post from "Charting Stocks - A Technical Analysis Blog":
“The US government is on a ‘burning platform’ of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon.
..These include “dramatic” tax rises, slashed government services and the large-scale dumping by foreign governments of holdings of US debt.”
-David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, 2007
Who knows what will happen, really- and I wonder: why do I care??? I am in already-economically depressed Berlin, riding on a wave od 16-17% unemployment, happy and unburdened by things getting signifigantly worse... Vern: just in case you can stay with us.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Soo, I complain a lot about the German Government's control of what you can and cannot name your child (also as far as we can figure you can't get a double/hyphenated last name)... so, yea, grumble grumble- THEN you see something like this and thinkn "Ok, I can see why these laws are in place..." still, within reason-
"Couple tried to name baby '@'" from Reuters
FACT: Mos Def is not to be found in the National Portrait Gallery's Archives
THEORY: "Too many people are being diagnosed with depression when they are merely unhappy" from the Guardian
Been reading a bunch of stories about the fascinating findings of the recently developed Wiki Scanner, here is just one in Conversation Blog
Post Subtitled: Oh Schmack!
EAT IT EAT IT EAT IT EAT IT EAT IT EAT IT EAT THOSE WORDS!
Post Subtitled: Why don't you just smash all my fingers with a heavy rubber mallet?
Skype, a major tool I use for work and to communicate with friends & family, has been on the blink for the past week- I though "Gremlins???" - perhaps? alas, no it is offical:
HERE (Englisch) und HERE (Deutsch)
Verdict as to why- currently up-in-the-air.
Skype's "Heartbeat Blog"
I have been babysitting the neighbors dog, Juri, for the past few days and have practicallygiven-up trying to entertain him... some things work:
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Yesterday I posted this post and immediately deleted it because it was the dumbest and most unnnneccessary thing ever, BUT today, this is all I'm worth:
Labels: bis ass asterisk
Ok - perhaps it is a bit perverse, (and I hope none of my readers are losing money), but I LOVE it when the stock market dives... and dives...
The Guardian: "Shares in London plummeted this morning, sending the FTSE 100 index crashing back below the 6,000 level as the storm engulfing global stock markets intensified."
Wall Street Journal: "TOKYO -- Asian stocks fell sharply Thursday, battered by persistent jitters over U.S. housing-loan problems and their possible damage to global financial markets."
"Hopes and fears about the next moves from the Federal Reserve retook center stage Wednesday, as the market continued to be whipsawed by uncertainty and volatility.
Stocks continued their roller-coaster ride through much of the session, but took a dive in the midafternoon that sent the major indexes down more than 1% each."
Bloomberg: "Global Stocks Tumble; Deutsche Bank, BHP, Macquarie Bank Fall -Aug. 16- Stocks in Europe and Asia tumbled and U.S. index futures dropped as concern deepened a global credit crunch will sap earnings and erode economic growth."
Huffpo: "The market traded nervously, jerking the Dow Jones industrial average above and below the 13,000 mark throughout the day as investors wrestled with reports about potential trouble at Countrywide Financial Corp. and KKR Financial Holdings LLC.
By late in the day, investors saw little reason to buy beyond the fact that stocks are at bargain prices right now, and the Dow closed down nearly 170 points. The Standard & Poor's 500 index also dropped sharply, and is now down for the year."
I noticed a post called "BRING ME SOLO AND THE WOOKIEE." and thought - "oh," - clicked, followed, and realized I had been sucked into the creepy creepy world of I can has Cheezburger. Cute Cat porn, more or less... (is that a racial slur?) Hmm. Look at it and just try to smile.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
This post from The Late Blog w/ Eric H called "Meanwhile in Iraq..." makes a good point.
This from WSJ: U.S. to Expand Domestic Use Of Spy Satellites
By ROBERT BLOCK
"The U.S.'s top intelligence official has greatly expanded the range of federal and local authorities who can get access to information from the nation's vast network of spy satellites in the U.S.
The decision, made three months ago by Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell, places for the first time some of the U.S.'s most powerful intelligence-gathering tools at the disposal of domestic security officials. The move was authorized in a May 25 memo sent to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asking his department to facilitate access to the spy network on behalf of civilian agencies and law enforcement."
An effort by the German Government to show people that it is ok to go rollerblading with people of other ethnicities: is it noble or naive?
Translation: "Friendship is not a question of origin. The National Integrations Plan."
Ahh, if only problems could be solved with a few sicky-sweet posters... ok, so maybe I am a bit cynical today. But just today.
Official Government Site HIER.
If this is any indicator of the awesome-ness of the upocming Beijing Olympics... then
I am not sure I will actually be able to handle that awesomeness when it arrives a year from now.
"(BEIJING, August 4) -- The theme song for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games one-year countdown celebration, "We Are Ready," was officially released Saturday morning. Various artists from the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as more than 100 media organizations were present for the song's release.
At the request of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), the well-know musicians Peter Kam and Keith Chan composed "We Are Ready" for the celebration of the one-year countdown to the start of the 2008 Olympics.
The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
http://en.beijing2008.cn/ (more) "
from WIRED: Nation's Soul Is at Stake in NSA Surveillance Case - a good explanantion of what the case is about of info-overloaded pea-brains like myself.-
Normally I wouldn't post such self-righteous propaganda as what is about to follow, bu I came across a post in Technorati which lead me to the site of A1-Labs- offering a wide range of services - many of which invade one's personal life and most of which seem way too sci-fi, particualy the drug testing
A1-Labs site: HERE
I had to take a drug test (and passed) a few years back - it is just insulting and should probably be as illegal as a breach of Civil Liberties- right?... I mean, the rights of the employer to hire good hardworking people is all well and good, but there are some fundamental flaws with this practice...to name a few:
Pot stays about 30 to 40 days if you smoke everyday then quit, but it stays in your fat cells (and therefore urine) for anywhere from 3 weeks - 3 months.
coke stays about 2 to 3 days
opiate pain pills and some other prescription narcotics last in your system for 4-6 hours and the metabolized chemical precursors (which are what actually show up on drug tests)are gone after 2-5 days. with the exception of DXM,
OTC drugs dont show up at all on tests.
nicotine stays in your system for 14 days,
alcohol for 4-6 hours.
acid never leaves your body and stays in your spinal fluid (not urine).
ecstacy lasts up to a week.
mushrooms dont show up on regular tests.
On that note: I have actually met US Soldiers who specifically use drugs that are not detected by the drug tests which they are subject to- which are actually drugs far more disorienting and dangerous that pot (which is, I assume, the most commonly tested-for drug) and these guys were charged with guarding nuclear facilities- nuts.
la-dee-da. sorry, dull post.
From the BBC: "Former US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has taken on the role of senior adviser to Deutsche Bank's investment banking unit."
boom- I made the above digital collage in less that 5 minutes from search to finish. proud of that.
I love this story from BOING BOING.
"Disney employee whitewashes Cory out of Wikipedia's DRM article
Wikiscanner is a new Wikipedia search tool created by a Caltech grad student named Virgil Griffith -- it scours all the IP addresses associated with Wikipedia edits and attempts to figure out which edits have been made from within government agencies, corporations, ad agencies, political campaigns and so on..."
sly. real sly.
INterview with WUnderkind Seattle Curator Carrie E.A.Scott HERE
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
and a dull overcast Wednesday.
I like the posts of Sylvain Zimmer regarding Creative Commons- CC has great potential, curious about its future... READ HERE... thos graphs are waaaay over my head...
P.S... actually, on second thought, that site was kind of boring except for the graphs, but here is the official Creative Commons site, nothing new there- just a good idea.
But not as good of an idea as trying to root out corruption (err, rip it a new one?) as Beppe Grillo does in his blog HERE
I apologize for the lack of imagery in the blog since the workweek started, been too busy... and clearly OD'd pn images over the weekend
SAD SAD SAD UPDATE: REgarDing the Webcam girl from a few days posts ago - Jenni or Cherri or Pamela: alas, her myspace acct. has been deleted I would assume due to inappropriate content... a delightful idea for forced suicide of a Myspace acct. Meanwhile the mere mention of a webcam girl should increase hits... cheap trick.
OOH- I do like this: Ten Car Train: CC-licensed short story site
"You should read these pieces in their entirety while at work or when someone is paying you to do something else." DIRECT LINK HERE
This is the list of popular Tags on Wordpress today:
Life News Politics Family Music Random Thoughts Art Personal Humor Books Religion Travel Love Movies Blogging Photography Video Food Technology Writing Friends Culture Work Entertainment Health Media School Christianity Poetry Sports Photos Faith Business History Relationships Events Environment People Internet Funny Church Fun Science Education Design Videos Philosophy Rants YouTube Reviews TV Blog Musings Television Fashion India Humour God Iraq Me Knitting Sex Random Thoughts Miscellaneous Kids Misc War Film Parenting Nature Pictures] Women Software Children Marketing Football Jesus Economics Inspiration Spirituality Links Quotes World Running Karl Rove Government My Life Community Advertising Comedy Ramblings Marriage Fiction Bible Shopping Society Blogs Daily China Islam Literature Summer Animals Current Events Microsoft Military Reading Tech Theology Club penguin Announcements Web 2.0 Games Republicans Apple Life in general Law Rant Articles Democrats Recipes Baseball Daily life Crime Comics Middle east Updates Home Gaming Journal America Photo Sport Review Diary Opinion Teaching Ministry Randomness Canada Bush Global Warming Leadership NFL Peace Ideas! Hillary clinton Stuff Prayer
I don't spend much time poking around wordpress, but I should- why? Because there is a blog called "Hot Chicks with Douchebags: Pictures of hot chicks with total and complete douchebags. With commentary." What a good (albeit retarded, pointless, depressing) idea for a blog...
THis is the best way to start a Tuesday at work: randomly come across this post HEREwhilst editing the new Wordpress official work blog. Clearly Cuzoogle forgot- no, wait, rephrase- CLEARLY this list cannot be reduced to seven... Geena Davis??? Kathleen Turner??? -not on the list.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Ok, first: Baby Fight With a Cobra:
not only is this video deeply shocking to see, but it make me think: "gosh, this would eb the extreme opposite of over-protective parenting, now wouldn't it?"
Another creepy thing occurring in the States: kids seem to be not allowed to come into hars way anymore, hence they no longer have the small opportunity to suffer adn learn from these mistakes... very sad. (insert Kid on the Simpsons: "Ha ha.")
and onto the jammering...
When star wars was made basically all of its sound effects came from real life- or a distortion of real life sound. This weekend I happened upon
A: A sound in my kitchen that is perhaps made by my fridge which is identical to the sound of the Probe Droid taling off on Hoth (sound occuring approx. 1:30 into this video, sorry, it was the only place I could find it):
Interview with a Stormtrooper:
someone alo tok the time to find all the mistkes in A New ope:
ooh, cool homemade Star Wars toy video called "An average day on hoth"
Sunday, August 12, 2007
After the +50th MySpace friend request from a Webcam Girl I finally went Cindi or Jenni's profile and took fotos:
Labels: Webcam Girl strip striptease
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Justin Timberlake's arm from an N'Sync Doll,
Sir Ian McKellan as Gandalf in the form of a KINDER egg toy
and a German football coach.
Friday, August 10, 2007
also from SLATE discussing a scene in the new Danny Boyle Film SUNSHINE which I reeeallly wannna see and which is not out here yet, grr.
FROM REUTERS HERE
mighty suspicious how out of all the concert footage they just happened to cut those parts "accidentally"
THIS is neat, especially since it is moderated by Charlie Rose.
"Deutsche Post Faces `Bloodbath' as Mail Monopoly Ends"
From Bloomberg.com "Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke was wrong.
So were U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Merrill Lynch & Co. Chief Executive Officer Stanley O'Neal.
The subprime mortgage industry's problems were contained, they all said. It turns out that the turmoil was contagious..."
Soo, I am in an American Business-related Yahoo Group and this (first message) gets posted and causes outrage all around, images to which it refers are insterted throughout, and -I mean, in a way I see the intention- but it is kinda fucked up:
"This is an actual ad-campaign by UNICEF Germany!
This campaign is "blackfacing" white children with mud to pose as
The headline translates "This Ad-campaign developped pro bono by the
agency Jung von Matt/Alster shows four german kids who appeal for
solidarity with their contemporaries in Afrika"
The first kid says:
"I'm waiting for my last day in school, the children in africa still
for their first one."
"in africa, many kids would be glad to worry about school"
"in africa, kids don't come to school late, but not at all" (!)
"some teachers suck. no teachers sucks even more."
Besides claiming that every single person in "Africa" isn't educated,
and doing so in an extremely patronising way, it is also disturbing
that this organisation thinks blackfacing kids with mud (!) equals
"relating to african children". Also, the kids' statements ignore the
existence of millions of african academics and regular people and one
again reduces a whole continent to a village of muddy uneducated
uncivilized people who need to be educated (probably by any random
westerner). This a really sad regression.
Bottom lines of this campaign are: Black = mud = African = uneducated.
White = educated. We feel this campaign might do just as much harm as
it does any good. You don't collect money for helping people by
humiliating and trivializing them first.
Unfortunately, if it was clear to the average German that this is
wrong, UNICEF and the advertising agency wouldn't come out with such a
Please write your opinion and help make clear and explain why it is
wrong to use "blackface with mud", and write to UNICEF at
email@example.com as well as the advertising agency at
firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to Black German media-watch-orgaiztion
email@example.com what you feel about this campaign and why. Please
include a line that you're going to publish your mail and the response.
by the way, the slogan of the advertising agency who came up with
this, reads "we communicate on eye-level".
HERE ARE A FEW RESPONSES FROM GROUP MEMBERS:
"The ad is in appallingly bad taste and does lead to a negative
stereotype that does more harm than good. It's kinda like those "inner
city" stereotypes, glossily painting everyone who lives within the
city limits as poor, black, uneducated and criminals. This mindset
contributes more to the "us versus them" social and racial divide
prevalent in this country than to generate any sympathy for people in
need of support and services.
This should be yet another case study for the need of diversity within
the field of advertising/public relations. There is no way anything
other than a room full of white Europeans could come up with this ad
-- AND think that it was a good idea."
"While in Barcelona last fall, I bought a bag of chocolate-covered
peanuts, not because I was hungry, but because the figure on the front
of the bag staring back at me with a mile-wide smile and a thumbs-up
was nothing less than a cartoon baby in blackface. I could not
*believe* what I was seeing, but when I later showed it to my fellow
travellers - a Finn, an Aussie, and even a Canadian - no one understood
what the big deal was. I mean, they didn't even flinch. As soon as I
got back to my school and showed the bag to my American roommates
though, their jaws dropped just like mine had.
The point of my little anecdote? That I have found firsthand just how
hyper-sensitive we Americans can be when it comes to racial images.
It's completely understandable given our nation's history - but I do
think we're unique in that sense. Others around the world have an
entirely differently viewpoint on what is right or wrong in this arena.
And that's where ad campaigns like this come from. We gasp, the "white
europeans" think they've had a brilliant idea and trot off to celebrate
at the discothek.
To be crystal clear, I'm not saying I support the ads, (or have
anything against the discothek), I just thought I'd weigh in on why I
personally am not surprised to see something like this come out of
"Personally I find the ad appalling but it is also an ad designed for a
totally different culture than we have here in the US. I think
Americans in general would be shocked at the number of these kinds of
ads and mindsets that are commonplace in other countries.
So while we can debate it, we were never intended to be the target
consumer audience of the ad."
SLIGHTLY ANNOYED AS USUAL I ADDED MY 2 CENTS:
"So, keep in mind that Europeans do not undergo the same types of sensitity training and PC indoctrination that Americans do. Our knee-jerk reactions on how we should feel about blackface are not theirs. Not to mention that most places in Europe just simply lack the types of ethnic diversity that is found the the US, so racial sensitivity is somewhat of a non-issue, and therefore many views that Europeans may have are what we, with our American PC values, would label blatantly "racist"...
Furthermore, Americans have their African slave and Native American burdens of guilt and Germans have their Jewish guilt burdens- so it is a different focus, different touchy subjects.
I find Americans to be "Hyper sensitive" as you put it and simultaneously hyper-insensitive, particularly in their comedy-
there are many things that simply blow the European mind which are commonplace in American comedy.
So, there, after many years in Europe, that is my in-a-nutshell analysis."
UHH, Colbert = Proof:
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HERE: called Weapons of Mass Displacement- From Art Spiegelman
disadvantages of not updating my blogger template: I cannot "Create a Poll" or any of that other good stuff available in the pre-set templates...
Labels: blogger template woes
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Thursday, August 09, 2007
here is a list of past sites known as radiohead.com, they collect them.
Flow of information not so fluid?
Almost two months ago I posted pretty much the same damn story about björk and the reactable (thanks manü!) a piece which has just now appeared in WIRED.
My Post HERE
WIRED's story HERE
and our shared YouTUbe Reactable DEMO video:
Not to mention that story which flooded German news yesterday about the study of women preferring more feminine-featured men for serious long term committment - that came out on the BBC perhaps a least a year ago... anyhow, who cares-
there are a LOt of SpelLÖing errors today, but I would rather just leave tehm be...
it is warm outside and the tourists are sqwueeeling with... - noo, what are they doing? ... hm,m?
Post Sub-Titled: Humans are animals which are subject to feelings both good and bad... a strength?
Indeed, where? Helen- where? hmm. separation of blog and life. anonymity and -uhm, just "ymity"
Sappy intro: In the evolution of this blog (or int eh 2 years I have been blogging) I have moved (evermore) towards a non-personal blog, although admittedly... upon its inception- it was once entirely personal "my day, my thoughs, yadda-yadda)... which can actually in real-life can/should be journaled about with pen and paper and (probably not)not shared with the whole wide world...
Z.B.: I had a really nice long meet/talk last night with lovely folks, but that is really just kind of our business... no good reason to blog about it, can't it just exist as nice experience?- however the gremlin /imp topics will continue... to be like ohrwurme.
on that note-
Mopey Personal anecdote: I was very tired and upset on Monday after work so I decided to go see the Simpsons Movie to get my mind off things. Logical, right?
Alas, Alexanderplatz only had it dubbed and I'll/'d be damned if I was going to ride back all the way to Potsdamer Platz OR see it dubbed, (note, dubbed movies are automatically comedy, oder?) so I just went to the large media store "Saturn" instead to look at things... I think I looked there for over an hour, listeded to various CDs and searching desparately for something inexpensive but good...
that daft punk cd I lost years ago but was really good so I should replace it for €8.99, uhm- no
one of those sufjan stevens albums I haven't heard (of) for €16.99-
uh, no. but Welcome to Michigan was a contender at €10.99
Tiny Vipers album for €17.99- huh??? that is almost $25!
Tiny Vipers is a seattle girl who plays nice music. Saw her (err-them) open for Michael Vermillion last september at the Mars Bar and never expected to see their CD in a huge media store in Berlin- micro macro confusion there... anyhow:
Tiny Vipers bad quality: at Oliviodoce
Tiny Vipers good quality: HERE
ANyhow, I looked and looked and looked adn found a T.Rex Best of completely bootlegged-looking cd for €2.99. I think someone make the cover in Microsoft Paint... but it has 22 songs on it...
out on Alexanderplatz I saw a woman who looked so much like my ex-aunt that I just stood and stared for several minutes trying to decide if it was her or not- 12 years without having seen someone will do that... she was whispering with another woman so I donät know what language they were speaking... then she walked off and dissappeared.
I was confronted by a drunken painter who talked to me for 25 minutes. I nodded adn listened, he was very quietly upset that the world did not like is artwork. Named Frank Zopat. if he isn't on the internet, then he is now.
outside the U/S-Bahnhof I passed a large loud group of German workers withs pickets and banners protesting, yelling on megaphones... calling for the instatement of30-hour work-weeks... still in a foul venomous mood I just thought "you naieve greedy little beer-bellied men, if only you knew how good life is for you... the world gave Germany a second chance -TWICE- in the 20th centrury after it had inflicted great pain and suffering on others (people and nations), and now, after all that, you still -somehow- have managed to come out with some of the best quality of life on the planet... and now you want a 30 hour work week with full pay and benefits. Seriously, go fuck yourseles." not to mention if Germany wants to continue to thrive in the next century then it should probably consider instating a 50-60+ hour work week, not 30." I occasioally mention to Nadine that Germany is spoiled, and sometimes I truly believe that it is- another small example that students here are studying well into their mid-to-late 20's... whereas most Americans are tossed out into the work force at 22, ok ok ok -so we are all lazy and spoiled im vergleich to the rest of the world-
and to be fair there are many unfair un-utopian practices around here - i.e. the class educational segregation in Germany, the binding "berufliche" the lack of chance for mobility in the job market - not that I know all that much about these things... agh, half-assed arguments. Eternal Question: am I more annoyed with Germnay or are the Germans more annoyed with Germany, because the Germas often seem super-annoyed with Germany... whatever, it is still dozens of times more tolerable than the States (with the exception of a few special nodes)
biked back to Kreuzberg- went and made music with Paul and Jesi- that helped calm me downa LOT, we used every non-instrument instrument possible, I believe the resulting recordings are now called dots and feathers
rode bike home, couldn't sleep with Gremlins in the brain, nadine helped talk me out of it...
On Music: a week ago I stopped carying around Nadine's iPod because - well- now I have half a dozen songs still stuck in my head. .. uh, conclusion: brain can also be an iPod.
on other music: Sam Forsythe just put up a song on his Teesham Tiernay MySpace acct. very lovely. and headphones would be higly reccommended
Post Sub-Titled: More good reasons not to live in the United States and if you still live tere you should consider leaving.
So much to know, so little (free) time -
NY TImes: "WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 — President Bush signed into law on Sunday legislation that broadly expanded the government’s authority to eavesdrop on the international telephone calls and e-mail messages of American citizens without warrants."
From SLATE.com "NSA-OK: President Bush has signed a law broadening the scope of federal warrantless wiretaps by allowing electronic surveillance of targets believed to be overseas, even if they are talking to someone in the United States. The legislation codifies the controversial NSA program started after 9/11 to cut through the red tape on tapping suspected terrorists' phone lines."
Labels: nsa wire tap
This is what I was actually looking on CNN.com for, only because I couldn't fid it on YouTube:
Hillary's Heckler VIDEO.
speaking of androids, I have yet to see proof that Hillary is human...
Post Subtitled: *Barf.*
Post Sub-SubTitled: Morning Venom
what kind of android bullshit is this?!:
there's that song: "if youuu doonnnt knooow me by now, you will never ever ever know mee."
Question Zero: Do you even know this person? Have(n't) you been dating for -how long?-
I came across this list from Oprah on CNN - because it is big news- and was pretty horrified that you youldn't already KNOW these things about someone you were planning to marry... normally I wouldn't bother to complain about the Oprah-tardation effect on American society, but this is just sooo painfully disgusting, THESE QUESSSSTIONS
OPRAH's QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU GET MARRIED:
Question 7: If one of us doesn't want to work, under what circumstances, if any, would that be okay?
NOTE: THis question pretty much assumes that both people must work and it would be wrong if one of them did not... uhm... ass of u and me.
Question 8: How ambitious are you? Are we comfortable with the other's level of ambition?
Imagine: "Honey, I'm just comfortable with your level of ambition."
Question 11: Do we eat meals together? Which ones? Who is responsible for the food shopping? Who prepares the meals? Who cleans up afterward?
Question 13: What place does the other's family play in our family life? How often do we visit or socialize together? If we have out-of-town relatives, will we ask them to visit us for extended periods? How often?
Question 14: If we have children, what kind of relationship do we hope our parents will have with their grandchildren? How much time will they spend together?
Question 16: How will having a child change the way we live now? Will we want to take time off from work, or work a reduced schedule? For how long? Will we need to rethink who is responsible for housekeeping?
Question 18: What are my partner's needs for cultivating or maintaining friendships outside our relationship? Is it easy for me to support those needs, or do they bother me in any way?
OK: Is it just me? Or does Oprah's list just suck every bit of joy outtta life and make me want to die... it also reeks of East coast... Bed, Bath, and Beyond Purgatory... reeks... (sorry if I am offendig readers on the East Coast but sometimes (remembering) the inhumnanity of it just makes me a bit ill)...
FULL LIST HERE
From Huffpo and Pearl Jam's Website:
LOLLAPALOOZA WEBCAST: SPONSORED/CENSORED BY AT&T?
After concluding our Sunday night show at Lollapalooza, fans informed us that portions of that performance were missing and may have been censored by AT&T during the "Blue Room" Live Lollapalooza Webcast.
When asked about the missing performance, AT&T informed Lollapalooza that portions of the show were in fact missing from the webcast, and that their content monitor had made a mistake in cutting them.
During the performance of "Daughter" the following lyrics were sung to the tune of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" but were cut from the webcast: "George Bush, leave this world alone."
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Here is a little vlog post where Steve Levitt explains the value of blogging.
It is a bit surreal, sad, disturbing when you hear for a long time that an animal is extremely endangered... then... gone:
From the Guardian:"The Yangtze river dolphin, until recently one of the most endangered species on the planet, has been declared officially extinct after an intensive survey of its natural habitat. Several other species in China are also facing extinction"
Labels: Yangtze River Dolphin extinct
This story, which had a bit of prominence in the Euro-media was a bit harder to find this in US news:
DENVER — A Colorado congressman told a radio show host that the U.S. could "take out" Islamic holy sites if Muslim fundamentalist terrorists attacked the country with nuclear weapons.
Rep. Tom Tancredo (search) made his remarks Friday on WFLA-AM in Orlando, Fla. His spokesman stressed he was only speaking hypothetically.
Talk show host Pat Campbell (search) asked the Littleton Republican how the country should respond if terrorists struck several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.
"Well, what if you said something like — if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites," Tancredo answered.
"You're talking about bombing Mecca," Campbell said.
"Yeah," Tancredo responded.
The congressman later said he was "just throwing out some ideas" and that an "ultimate threat" might have to be met with an "ultimate response."
that was taken from FOX NEWS.
I know, right?
Also: German Interns describing their bad experiencese with various German firms HERE.
ok, this is what I was looking for yesterday:
and Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros
Last Updated: 9:54am BST
"that's hot." -Paris Hilton
"The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation...Two officials at leading Communist Party bodies have given interviews in recent days warning - for the first time - that Beijing may use its $1.33 trillion (£658bn) of foreign reserves as a political weapon to counter pressure from the US Congress."
Gosh, gee, hummm, I wondered why they had been buying into the national debt for the past several years...
THis is just wierd and sad: (but echoes of previos posts)
"BIJELO POLJE, Montenegro (AP) -- American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley scored his first goal for Glasgow Rangers and was taunted by racist fans during a 1-0 victory over FK Zeta on Tuesday night in European Champions League qualifying." FULL STORY
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
bloke named lucas:
bloke named chernin:
In another spectacular display of trickle-down aesthetics- Takashi Murakami, Yoshimoto Nara, Tim Burton, Adult Swim, Wallace and Gromit, CocoRosie and the Triplets of Belleville have been raped (or hired?) by ZUNE, the Microsoft rival to iTunes. Actually, these videos are some of the coolest advertising I have ever seen. I am not promoting this, merely commenting. grrr .
Zune included a Lily Allen song, also reported in the BBC this morning:
(P.S. Triple Nipple Update (of sorts))
More Nazi Bullshit from the NSA NTS or whatever they are called:
"Pop star Lily Allen has had her US work visa cancelled after arriving at Los Angeles airport."
is the Deutsche Bahn gonna die soon? - a question I have mulled for years...
Labels: ZUNE microsoft marketing PR site
An international team of researchers reports in Monday’s online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that Asians appear to have played a larger part in the settlement of Europe than did Africans. full story here
and CRAZY future human evolution images adn Descritpions HERE
"Titusville, Florida - An audiotape reveals new details about the arrest of a state lawmaker in the men's room of a public park. Investigators say State Representative Bob Allen offered an undercover officer 20 dollars, if he could perform oral sex on him. The Merritt Island Republican says its all a big misunderstanding." FULL STORY
Monday, August 06, 2007
From Washington Post via Huffington Post: Weapons Given to Iraq Are Missing
GAO Estimates 30% of Arms Are Unaccounted For
French vs. Flemish: Arrêtez!... This could be the end of Belgium
ARTICLE from the Telegraph.co.uk, checkit:
"It has managed for two months without a national government, as its leaders squabble over who should run the country. Now a political crisis in Belgium, fuelled by long-running animosity between its French and Flemish-speaking populations, threatens to undermine the very existence of the country."
Uhm, does anyone care if Belgium ceases to exist in its current state?
This morning while, google-scouring the internet for interesting things, I randomly came across this report about sailing to French Polynesia- sprinkled with history, fun quick read.
Where is this in the world?... south pacific... uhm...
Oh sh*t- this just in: GOOGLEPHONE prototype.
In other important news I was very dissapointed to learn that Princess Leia is a LIAR. Buckling under pressure:
"No! Alderaan is peaceful. We have no weapons! You can't possibly...!"
"You would prefer another target? A military target? Then name the system!"
On Wikipedia's Alderaan page: "Despite her protests of Alderaan being a peaceful world with no weapons, the film's novelization states that the planet had armaments as strong as any ..."
then again, -Carrie Fisher claims to have been so effed-up on drugs while filming that movie she probably wouldn't remember/would've said just about anything.
THIS TIME MAGAZINE ARTICLE "Who's Really Participating in Web 2.0" is calling you a sheep, what are you going to do about that?:
"But the latest data on Internet participation reveals that only a very small percentage of Internet activity is related to users creating and publishing content. The 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, states that 80% of all consequences stem from 20% of the causes. If true, the rule would then suggest that 80% of this new form of content is created by 20% of the users. The rule, subject of countless business books, has no application when it comes to consumer-generated content. Far less than 1% of visits to most sites that thrive on user-created materials are attributable as participatory, the remaining 99% are passive visits. According to Hitwise, only 0.2% of visits to YouTube are users uploading a video, 0.05% visits to Google Video include uploaded videos and 0.16% of Flickr visits are people posting photos. Only the social encyclopedia Wikipedia shows a significant amount of participation, with 4.56% of visits to the site resulting in content editing."
surprising, since it takes longer to edit wikipedia than upload photos...
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Post Subtitled: Incest and Excitement regarding the DARK KNIGHT
There is an Aerosmith album that has half a dozen nipples - like, cut-outs on the cd, like a collage. Nipple photos removed from their respective chests. and, to be honest, you cannot posible tell their gender. So, in that case, it it can't be proven whether a nipple is male or female and male nipples are allowed to be shown but not female nipples... uhm, well, paradox.. then there is the matter of the third nipple.
If you can't show a woman's first or second nipple on american network television, can you show her third? Apparently it is fine in the UK, hmmm... CLIP of Lily Allen from MILK and COOKIES
and guidelines for CARING FOR YOUR TRIPPLE-NIPPLE
I only care because a certain someone has a third nipple therefore it is always sort of in the back of my mind-
OOH, NEW Batman trailer. (am I behind on this one? there is no such thing as marketing in Germany, sooo)
Note of wierdness: Maggie Maggie Gyllenhaal has replaced Katie Holmes... what does that have to say about the state of the national aesthetic?... not to mention Heath Ledger is the Joker... who humped Maggie Maggie Gyllenhaal's brother in another film.... who is (in reality) married with children to Michelle Williams who was on Dawson"s Creek with Katie Holmes... uhm... now that...sounds incest-y. I am sure there is more but I don't know Hollywood that well.
And where is Jessica Biel? Given current trends shouldn't she be the "it" girl for this film... and WHY IS THIS BLOG BECOMING JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER CRAP CULTURE BLOG??? hmm, scheisse.
ME: So, I saw the new Batman trailer this morning- there is a new Batman movie coing out-
ME: GUess who the Joker will be-
NK: Uhm Joker ...is Jack Nicholson
ME: No, there is a NEW Joker, you'll neer guess..
NK: Uhm hm- young actor..
NK: Mark Ruffalo?
ME: Younger than MArk Riffalo
NK: Leonardo DiCaprio?
ME: no, younger, pretty recently famous
ME: not american.
NK: not american? English?
NK: not english?
NK: and young...?
ME: I posted a video in your myspace of him...
NK: You put it in My Myspace? (jokingly) It's MY Myspace not YOur Myspace!
ME: In your comment section, silly. Hint- Hint- (I re-enact this routine:
NK: Uhmmm... I need more information.
ME: HEATH LEDGER!
NK: Health Ledger- HEATH LEDGER?!
ME: Yea, nuts, right?
I was trying explain what a Corn Dog was to Nadine, fortunately there is a wikipedia page in german about corn dogs, but personally the closest thing I have seen here to a corn dog is a BIFI Roll, and a google search for the term "Bifi Roll" Lead me HERE where there are planty of intriguing picutes of Bento lunches... like:
at first glance I thought it was a junkfood-sushi art project.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Today is Barack Obama's birthday, so I thought I'd be a total dork and:
this is actually the same woman with and without clothes covered in photoshop icon and filter...
clearly a youtube morning
What is worse: a 7-Legged lamb or a 17-year old football star arrested and life-ruined (forever?) becayse he gets a blowjob from a 15-year old girl...
and if this is justice then shouldn't a few more million Americans be in jail? Jeez. SEE HERE for the WIKIPEDIA ACCOUNT OF Genarlow Wilson's trials and tribulations.
Post SUbtitled: Hey Hey Hey
Found Juggernaut vs. Fat Albert
I woke up, went to the desk in the bay window of the "Project Room" and thought
1. If projected rates of obesity are on the rise as studies claim they are so that in ten years
most Americans will be overweight, will elementary kids start making fun of the skinny kid in class?
This thought was brought on because I have listened to Wu_Tang's 36 Chambers at least once a day 6 days per week for the past month and I am not getting sick of it, but anyhow in Method Man's
song there is the line
"Hey-Hey-Hey, it's FAAAAT Albert!"
And I remembered watching that show in the early 1980s when there was only ONE fat kid per elementary class, and that kid kind of had their own thing going on- like, that was a central part of their being, but if soon we have a situation where most kids are fat then it just won't be special and that will
be kind of sad.
Like my punctuality, if I am on-time every day to work then it just isn't special.
Ok, it is too nice outside, mustgo.
METHOD MAN song from 36 chambers: DISCLAIMER- vulgar intro:
Method Mad and Redman Da Rockwilder- I just like this video.