Beamed out of Berlin, welcome to the blog I've been calling "Post-Google" since 2005.
I don't post too often anymore and the things I do post are written at odd hours or on my morning commute. This is not fine writing, these are in no way essays - just sketches of thoughts. Works for me.
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Monday, June 30, 2008
Post Titled: Andrew Meyer "Don't Tase Me, Bro!" by Jon Haddock wood, paper mache, casein 22" x 20" x 12" image used with permission, courtesy of Howard House, Seattle Call 206.256.6399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
and the original University of Florida Andrew Meyer "Don't Tase Me, Bro!" source material:
Post Titled: art show and tell. Peres Projects Berlin has a good show up Henry Taylor and Michele O'Marah (video) Repeat after me: I AM a Revolutionary there is a strange instructional video of girls dancing in 80s sort of leotards, pretty great. Paintings and paper-punch-out text images are good as well, definitely took a lot of time and patience. Overall, it is a show which is a teensy bit nihilistic with work that really beams a wee bit of insanity rather than hope, meaning or resolution, (but what else do you expect coming out of the united states, -or the human world- these days now, really?) I want to go back ans spend a bit more time with the work, actually... mhh,. Henry Taylor it just the most charming and crazy &$§"er%/§%$er you could possibly meet. He quickly overwhelms the senses with his personality. Damn. Good man. I miss that kind of American stuff sometimes. He was talking about how strange it was to be here because his brother died in Germany after being shot on his birthday in Vietnam, recovering, and re-joining the military...
Post Titled: Löw blow. Why can't the Press Association spell his name correctly? do they not have a "ö" on their keyboard? I am going to miss these guys. Jogi, Schweini, Podolski, Klose, Lehmann and the crazy Türkish guy who ran amok in the final.
Post Titled: waking up in Loserland... really odd, ok, so I rarely if EVER hear Germans say that they ever like (or love) their country- but then something happens like yesterday when they played Spain in the final game of the euro cup and it is really nice to see the flags and the flag-facepaint and whatnot, BUT yesterday while biking in Prenzlauerberg I found 2 flags on the street! Real cloth German flags! People just going by, doing nothing-... The first flag I found was just on the sidewalk, sitting there -still very clean- in a lonely little pile- while pedestrians and bikers just passed-by. I picked him up and put him in my bag. An hour later on Prenzlauer Allee I found another flag in the street, slightly dirty and battered- but I picked him up, too. BUT, this one as well as the one I saw in the dusty path on the ufer were BOTH passed-over by a LOT of foot traffic. I think my issue is: WHO THE %$§# CAN JUST SEE THEIR COUNTRY'S FLAG LYING ON THE GROUND (MUCH LESS IN THE DIRT OR IN THE STREET) AND JUST WALK BY WITHOUT PICKING IT UP AND BRUSHING IT OFF??? Taking it home to wash it, at least? I mean, I am definitely definitely not the hugest patriot, not by a long-shot, but-God forbid- if I EVER saw the American flag on the ground I would certainly pick it up and take it home instead of just running over it or driving by it... Jesus. This really says something... simply boggles the mind. Anyhow, the third flag I found this morning: I was in much too much of a rush to get to work to stop to get it, (and since I saved 2 of them yesterday I thought I might give someone else the change to redeem themselves) but... if things keep going the way they seem to be going... maybe I can retrieve it on the way home this evening... ;( we shallllll see. Ok, one more thing while Iäm somewhat on-topic, let's briefly bemoan the near-complete lack of optimism. Every German I spoke to in the days before the game was saying "Spain will win. Germany doesn't have a chance."huh? seriously? that is... not exactly a winning attitude, folks. After the game a woman said "Not too bad. It is good that it was only 1-0, I was expecting 3 or 4-0..." oh... boy oh boy.
Post Titled:björk I haven't watched any björk interview or music videos in awhile- always a treat, though... and if you are sort of an accent fetishist you can also probably spend hours just listening to the way she talks, ... Anyhow, my guess is that this was filmed circa 1993-94...
2007... interview during making of Wanderlust video
"who is it" video...yup, looks like iceland alright...
didn't actually know there were videos for Medúlla...
Post Titled:DENK TANK my friend an colleague and unofficially the behind-the-scenes contributor to this blog (because of all the crazy sh+t he sends me), Dan of Berlinoir and Pulpable, is leaving Berlin! (what will the blog be called now? Bostonoir?) So, I felt the need to design a t-shirt for to send him off with. The "Denk Tank" was what we started calling our cluster at work- originally I had named it the "Engwisch FinkTank" but then some of the English-only speakers left and some English-German speakers arrived, the name changed to "Denglisch DenkTank" which was then abbreviated to "DENK TANK." Why am I wearing a 4-foot tall feathered topless can-can dancer's hat? Because I found it on the internet... (click on above image to enlarge) best of luck in your new life in the New World, Dan! your mild-mannered witticism will be missed.
This Friday, join us at Raab Galerie[map] from 7-9pm for a night of surprises, introductions, and experimentation in West Berlin as we celebrate the opening of the month-long saga of the Joint Custody Project Berlin. The evening becomes a West-meets-East migration as the celebration continues late into the night at 103 Club [Kreuzberg - map], hosted by Discos Capablanca.
The Joint Custody Project landed in Berlin on the 1st of June 24 artists from all mediums were selected by curators Jonny Coleman and Chris Cruse, and paired off into 12 teams. Each team was tasked to create a cohesive piece of art -- without exchanging a single word. All the artists were given the same theme -- "You Can Never Go Home Again" -- to think about as they developed their pieces.
Each artist worked, back and forth, on the piece over the last four weeks without any verbal communication or knowledge of his/her partner's identity. Many tears were shed; much joy was shared. These pieces are more than end-products -- they are stories.
Join us on Friday for the exciting conclusion of the pieces, as they are revealed at the Raab Galerie. As an added treat, this will be the first time the artists will have the opportunity to meet. Come have a drink with us, enjoy the provocative art, participate in what will no doubt be the most exciting night of this project -- then stay out late with us.
Post Titled: Google Democracy at work when a Gurnseyman, a Welshman and an American cannot agree on the proper spelling of some word in the English language then we resort to what we call Google Democracy- that is; we Google all possible versions of the word and whichever comes up with the most Google search results wins. EXAMPLE: INTILLS or INSTILS -??? BOTH ARE CORRECT! (who knew?!?) Hypothetically, there is a (huge and gaping) weakness in this methodology- i.e. if about half of the people who write the word on the web spell it incorrectly, OR if the incorrect spelling returns MORE results than the correct spelling. Such a system could actually alter the way we spell words. (here's where I am once again reminded of the film Idiocracy, which most everyone agrees is a bad movie with a great premise, such a good premise in fact that it is somehow validated.)
Anyhow, on a similar vein (to Google democracy) I found this NY Times article: "What’s Obscene? Google Could Have an Answer" Dan sent this morning was particularly interesting - if follows a similar line of thinking/method... basically.
We met a girl from Kyrgyzstan the other day, what was odd about that: from the getgo she figured out that my companion was American, and therefore he MUST know about the very important U.S. Military Base in Kyrgyzstan due to its strategic importance. Overhearing this I realized that I didn't know ANYTHING about Kyrgyztan OR the base so I was able to buffer my American ignorance of geography for the next hour as we spoke mostly German, (after all: why would a GERMAN know anything about a U.S. Base in Kyrgyzstan?) and somehow a German being ignorant of where and what the country was did not fulfill such a fat stereotype... then finally somehow my cover was blown. Or I just admitted to being American finally or something, can't remember. this happens so often: I have cover, I value it, I protect it, and then somewhere along the way- whether it is hours or months -SOMETHING or someone blows my cover. Why is this important? Because being American these days comes with so much baggage, I just prefer to NOT enter a social situation where someone might make 2 dozen assumptions about me off the bat. Is this paranoid? Dunno. But, for example, when I have to climb over the little gang of Turkish teenagers -nice polite, decent guys- who hang out on my front stoop smoking hash, for some reason I do not want them to know who or what I am exactly. I just want to be a blank slate and build up a relationship with them on neutral ground... perhaps this stems from that day at the Ausländerbehorde (my first week back in Berlin) when I was helping the old Turkish man fill out his paperwork and he saw that I was from California and began yelling at me, see post: November 2006 "Berziksamt Bureaucratc Wonderland" Perhaps I want to avoid something like that again... perhaps that instills doubt and fosters embarrassment for my naieve idealism... Anyhow, whether I was American or not I could not hide the fact that I knew/know NOTHING about Kyrgistan. Nothing.
After one of the Euro Cup GAMES the topic of Europe's love and obsession with stereotyping its fellow EU countries came up. This happens. Why, I dunno. It is a scramble for identity in such a big glob of nationalities and people. Or, is it just same-old, same-old. Germans saying x about the Spanish who say y about the French who say z about the Polish. Hm. ho-hum. On the flipside, though, there is more amazing integration and intermingling going on in the EU than ever before. I have met English girls dating Russian guys, Turkish guys dating Polish girls, and so on and so forth, really great.
throughout reading the book I could only see Alexis Dziena as Charlotte Simmons in my head, (Pineapple-headed Lolita from Broken Flowers.) She is perfect for that. sometimes I really wish casting was a democratic process- like, the public could just vote on who they wanted to see in certain roles...
Post TItled: Jonathan Zittrain* warns against the Internet. (my response: super antsy. squirming in chair. help.) NOTE: Clearyl this guys ann idiot because I use the uinternet and Iä#m just fine and as far as I can tell the innternet is just fine, too. What's trhe fuss? Ok, clearly I am spending a lot of time on Comedy Central today, but Barack Obama's Vagina totally sucked me in... (reverse-birth style.) So, the reason why I am posting this entry is that a few weeks ago we got a review copy of this book called The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain, which sounded intriguing but I have not yet had time to read, THEN I noticed today that he was on the Colbert Report- hmm... maybe I don't have to read the book afterall... (oh, crap, is that why the internet is bringing on the apocalypse? or, at best: idiocracy? stay tuned. or tune out on YouTube or, rather, watch this video *(all joking aside, this guy kinda seems like a badass): ok, and that is interrupted by a forced-detour pre-video ad to the Hancock site... enneybody think that is is a bit fugggin sketch that the only black superhero movie has to deal with a guy hooked on 40oz. malt liquor... or are we beyond all that now? Ok, ok- there was Spawn... whatever.
Post Titled:"No CUNTry for Old Men." Post Subtitled: Just ranting here, move along, folks...
"At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt." -John McCain. Video by Public Service Administration. Unfortunately, -in a a weird, removed sort of way- the fact that the word "cunt" has passed McCain's lips actually makes me like him more. (But that is only because I really didn't like him at ALL before... make any sense?) I wonder what kind of effect the YouTube video of this "cunt" incident might have on his image? Since it has already blown-up maybe... maybe the only response left is to stage and film a re-enactment! Surely that would be to their benefit, I mean, what does he have to lose? Heck- actually, it would be kind of brilliant for a candidate to stone-facedly re-enact all the moments of their life that they have been criticized for and/or which could be held against them- just get it all out fo the way in a lovely montage, then no one could hold any of those things against them because, of course, they just out-ed themselves in a comic way... i.e.: imagine: teen Barack on the beach in Hawai'i stoned out of his mind... Oh, back on track here: other moral of the story: the internet wins because it is not so censored... another amazing American double-standard. thanks Dan. These guys in the above video DO have a valid point, though. If you think about it--- In the coming years the FCC decency rules will probably have to crumble... right? I mean, the internet... just undoes these things... naturally. and when you have an upcoming generation who has googled "cisco adler's balls" because Sarah Silverman told them to on the MTV Music Awards, what the hell do four-letter words or boobs matter at that point? and STILL I really do love that fact that in Germany I can google "cisco adler's balls" at work and no one cares... not to tout this age-old anti-american/expat/study-abroad student line of Europe being so "liberated" or whatever, because in many ways Europe is quite unhealthily yet comfortably enslaved by social democracy and its banal fallout (dangerous? dangerous in the long-term?), BUT -nevertheless- I love how the Germans think nudity is just sort of funny and harmless. In the states I would probably have to go to gender-sensitivity gender training therapy after being fired... *blech* - I know, it is practically Neanderthal speak given what my current PC operating levels should be... on that note there is a good post on a FISTFUL OF EUROS about... well, euro cup football. and the member-states freaking out about the EU. thanks again, Dan
URBAN TRIBES & TENNIS BABES (vital Thursday morning research.) amazing, you tune our for a few years and then these new names pop up... I mean, I knew Maria Sharapova, but Justine Henin, Dinara Safina, Ana Ivanovic, Ashley Harkleroad... no idea.
"After many lean years the Dutch football team is finally offering us the prospect of winning an international tournament. It's only natural that this has led to an epidemic of Oranje fever in our country. ... Unfortunately, precisely this kind of situation prompts our petty civil servants to creep out from behind their desks and start waving regulations and handing out punishments. The environmental authorities in Dordrecht have set up a task force to go round pubs and hand out fines to fans who cheer too loudly. And in central Amsterdam even hanging up an orange balloon on the Nieuwendijk is prohibited. Spoilsports!" others HERE
Post Titled: so gay. Post Subtitled: matmos: "here's another piece...it isn't music" berlin June 17, 2008
saw the electronic duo MATMOS last night at festsaal kreuzberg, which is the first time I#d seen them since they opened and then played with Björk at the Frankfurt Opera house in 2001. I kind of expected some intense yet brilliant sonic blippy-burpy insanity, which from the very get-go it was definitely nuts, but very much on the calm end of nuts. not what I am used to when it comes to their music and me blasting the Civil War while jig-bouncing off the walls at home, but the show was actually very subdued, chilled, chaotic as their music tends to be - but defintiely not overwhelming or dancey. nevertheless, it was well worthwhile.
here is a video someone (German, actually) made using THE STRUGGLE AGAINST UNREALITY BEGINS (from THE CIVIL WAR, 2003) unfortunately it cuts off just as the song gets good-
the boys in action a few years back:
they played this song last night(based on poor quality VHS porn/porn soundtracks, -guess this one slipped past the youtube watchdogs):
so, it was bad enough when the first (real) McDonald's opened in Kreuzberg but when I checked my little facebook neighborhood thing last night SOME virtual worker (choice of "factory worker, police officer, flying terrorist, depressive math teacher" etc)I'd added had erected a McDonald's (a little tiny virtual McDonald's, -mind you) in MY little Graefe Kiez- what the hell!?! (ok, I know this is STUPID, really stupid CUBICLE MONKEY (THROWING) SHIT- but this cute little digital garden program I#ve been tending then automatically and backstabbingly product-placed ... I add a little worker and they build a McDonald's??? I can't screen these little virtual people?!? I really preferred the tiny virtual Graefe Kiez when it only had palm trees, grass, two small buildings and no roads... now it is spoiled and stinking of fries. can I bulldoze? maybe I should start over. berlin. grrr. I think I need to NUKE the tiny virtual Graefe Kiez... really. but before that I will piece together a screenshot map of it all... something in the eBoy-ness of it- oh... wait, will the "flying terrorist" bomb my McDonald's? Let#S give it a go!...
Post Titled: the not-so fine lines between "visionaries" and drugged-out weirdos surrounding them charlie rose interviews: Marc Jacobs, Stephanie Seymour, Glenn O'Brien and Peter Brant about the influence of andy warhol. (apparently Ms. Seymour (Mrs. Brant?) took a ton of valium... or is teetering on the edge of a k-hole or something... or maybe she is jsut happy to talk... with people...?)
thanks J. p.s. now I have the blood brothers set fire to the face on fire severely stuck in my head. damn Ohrwurm. where is Phil Collins when I need him most?...
I remember the Summer of 1995 BJöRk's album Post blew my mind, just as Deubut had when I first moved to Germany in 1993 and turned on European MTV for the first time to see and saw the Human Behavior video by Michel Gondry
Anyhow, POST -! I had never heard or anything quite like it. it is still one of my favorite albums ever. Why am i writing about this? Because there is a recent album of Post covers by bands such as the Dirty Projectors- we shall see if it is any good. it is called Enjoyed: A Tribute to Bjork’s Post’
Post Titled: font size without brackets non-fiction monday morning. (the tracks left on the internet.) ...a pop smear. hulk is getting mixed reviews but does not get released in germany until July 10! dilemma: do I torrent a crap copy and then pretend to myself that when I actually DO see it in the theatre that I am seeing if for the very first time? I did that with Iron Man AND Spider-man 3... no, don't torrent the INcredible Hulk, just wait for it to arrive at the Sony center in dull booming surround-sound glory. (I have the luxury of actually worrying / typing / posting about these things, that is how absolutely spoiled we are in the West... can you believe it?) Oh. Oh, yeayeayea oh, fukit apetite whetter---- (sp sp sp???) PEEP SHOW SEASON 5 is loose on youtube. Johannes and I agreed to pace ourselves, even though we watched a full 2 episodes yesterday afternoon. (are we them?)
dumb ho: "do they even sell hardcore dictionaries anymore, or …" (thinkingthencommenting: "sweet sweet jesus… oh, but wait- she DOES have a point "do they even sell hardcore dictionaries anymore?" -right, those "hardcore dictionaries" are really hard to come by. The ones that are just hardcore, really really hardcore." then thinking: "what about the softcore dictionaries... they must be easier to get ahold of..." thanks helen and Language Log
uhm. just ...stuff. continue.
Post Titled: monkey see, monkey do and upload to youporn.com Post Subtitled: ______ schädigt die adult filmindustrie interesting article. “very cool brand, perhaps the Virgin of adult entertainment.” to do: become myspace friends with the Cave Singers. ok. ok.. MUSIC junkie.,... hooked on grabb.it. listening to otis redding, stuuupid kylie minogueremixes even! igit! easy listening, ok. gut. like it), hot chip, sam cooke, the Gossip, the blood brothers and other related seattle hipster music which I have been wallowing in lately (homesick much?) uhm... Set Fire To The Face On Fire
pssssst, note to self:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy original radio show ... just isn't romantic mood music. doesn't work. just not, no no no.
facebooked from "ms. mango": Evaporation - Simon Chang - Part I
why are they putting matches on at the same time?!?!?!
cartoons in andrew sullivan's blog at the atlantic monthly
more... non-fiction: snippets of todays online correspondences: DLR says: i'll put up with just Gene Simmons in my head me says: sad sad wold of pain me says: world me says: so, the guy from the original Hulk tv series does the voice for the Hulk monster in the new movie me says: pulptastic. Lou Ferrigno? DLR says: gotten mixed reviews me says: ja me says: ja DLR says: mostly along the lines of "another Okay Hulk movie"... me says: but... but "Hulk smash!!!" DLR says: Hulk's Mash? DLR says: markteing opportunity me says: applesauce me says: green applesauce apropos of nothing: I hate money DLR says: let's abandon it. It's what gene Roddenberry would've wanted me says: and convert to... Federation Credits? DLR says: possibly. i thought they didn't get paid. which just wouldn't work DLR says: gotta get paid me says: gots t get real paid me says: wait-!?! they Arent't paid??? me says: who bought Jean-Luc Picard's vineyard for him? the intergalactic tooth-faiery?? DLR says: I think it was Professor X. me says: they must be homies me says: true DLR says: and why does he sound so English, and yet he's called Jean-Luc Picard DLR says: John Luke Pickard? me says: he... well... the communicators... make every language sound like american english... ermh... his French must be able to slip the English accent through somehow... me says: glitch? DLR says: i always feel sorry for the dude who was told "no, we want a REAL language. Klingons are real, god damn it" me says: hell yea they are me says: I seen 'um, DLR says: I's seen um on the teevee me says: I seen 'em in the movie theater me says: sweet jesus ---
"all is well quite well. football, baby. every time Turkey wins my neighborhood explodes- literally for half the night, it is beautiful" wish I had a camera big enough to capture it... --- "Goldmann: Nathan never came by to pick up the $, did he? me: no good thing, too, because we went to vegas with that shit well, "vegas" the super-spielothek around the corner." --- "KEYWORDS: "author who has written a book with paradigms challenging the big bang theory." and "He is an athlete who does motocross, scuba diving and tennis. I am pitching with great action shots. "" --- "Much to our regret we have to inform you that due to the planned strike of a few hundred trucks on the 18th of June, the ________ debate in _______ which you registered for, which was scheduled for this Wednesday, has to be postponed." DLR: not sure why, but this is amusing DLR says: that the mccains have 100.000$ in credit card debt should be scary, right? me says: I heard those trucks are blocking borders to protest fuel prices me says: if I were protesting fuel prices... I might try not to use fuel... because it hurts so darn much... but driving ever-so-slowly at borders... is a waste of fuel... €€€ me says: whatever me says: stupid truckers DLR: tru dat DLR: wait til they make prius trucks me says: wait... wait 'til they make FLYING prius trucks! --- DLR: Yeah cause most of those sports bars are doing a free round if Germany wins I hope this is true me says: nothing is free in Germany me says: they are clearly LYING me says: OR they have little faith in their team ---
Post Titled: Del tha funkee homosapien spent the morning in the kitchen again (going back in time) youtubing blur (how adorable coffee and tv video! actually all the blur videosare pretty great)
-to-gorillaz-to-del-to-the Dandy warhols-to RIZE/ david lachappelle (since they are all somewhat connected in that 6-degrees of pop culture sort of way) and came across the video for "if you must" which has to be one of the most public health-orented songs of all time.
Post Titled: MoveOn.org thinking: "Q: Who is a cool m&th§r*$%#er we can film putting the smack down on McCain?" A: "John Cusack is a cool m&th§r*$%#er..." - so I am glad to see him putting the smack down on McCain... but I think they've got it all wrong- they don't need you or me to doNATE $70,000 to put it on tv... it is already on YouTube, therefore viral, therefore far more powerful adn effective than television could ever be... They might just need $70,000 just for the heck of it, though.
video John Cusack Gives the Bush-McCain Challenge - 30 sec version
(Il Casolare, 2nd half) Post Titled TÜRKIYE! TÜRKIYE! TÜRKIYE! non-fiction June 11, 2008 the Spätkauf across the street from Weinblatt on Dieffenbach, 1st Half türkei gegen die schweiz 2008 Turkey won against Switzerland in an amazing rain-drenched game, after which the entire neighborhood (well, actually more-accurately all of Kreuzberg and Neukölln) exploded for hours of celebration. There were a dozen vans of riot police but people were most happy just driving between Kottbusser Tor and Hermannplatz hanging from car windows or out the sunroof with Turkish flags. Adalbertstraße was closed and there were just mobs jumping up and down, riding each others' shoulders and chanting "TÜRKIYE! TÜRKIYE! TÜRKIYE!" The most adorable thing was an little round man with is two very small plump grandchildren just walking along the sidewalk up Kottbusser Damm all hand-in-hand, he proudly leading at the front carrying a Turkish flag, the children wobbling like ducklings, wide-eyed and overwhelmed at the hundreds of carhorns and yelling young people.
I loved the jusxtaposition of the Swiss flag and the Turkish flag... one being a bright red with a white cross and the other being the same bright red but with a star and moon. Anyhow- here are some video highlights
and some foto stills from the game set to Tarkan
I get off work an hour and a half early for the Germany EM spiel this evening... who are they playing?
Post Titled: dot dot dot com Post Subtitled: information and abstraction... things I realllly wannnaaa write about but no time (because I work full time and there is a football war goingon every evening), so so so I will toss them in the oven while the middle is still frozen:: the ever-changing forms of characters (?) in our lives- like (just to toss it out there): ... well, like: Batman. (click that word) Batman has surfaced and re-surfaced a hundred times in a hundred ways - like the toy above- what is its relation to Adam West- OR that old Mexican Batman. (see below toy but there was also a filmed serial which I have only seen available on VHS) Or Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney, Bale and the half-dozen contemporary cartoons and dozens of comic/storylines... but... nope... no time. point is: there is one word: Batman. but that one word has with thousands of images and ideas attached to it, some much more prominent than others...
Post Titled: oh no they di'int!!! Post Subtitled:"DOH!" -H.Simpson non-fiction quote from a conversation last week:"... Germany is, well, clueless. It doesn't even know when it is being racially insensitive.... and... Actually- overall, this sort of unwitting racism is basically just a fact of life in Europe" yep... I could be totally wrong, totally off-the-mark with this... BUT just when you think... that some progress might be progress-ing here on the continent... due to lack of wince-inducing incidents in recent memory) THEN ...some (one would assume) well-educated, worldy people go an' sit around a table and think that this is actually a really good idea: uncle barack's cabin german newspaper onkel baracks hütte obama racism tageszeitung
Ms. "Mango" on "the traitor": "ps. podolski....he is a real polish..was born in poland and then moved to germany as unaware 7 (?) years old child.... so how shall i interpretate the game.... he said that his heart is beating for poland but he gonna play for germany im confused"
been on hiatus because I have bronchitis, the doctor's office waiting room had an open balcony so life isn't so bad, reading the last few pages of I am Charlotte Simmons in the sun.
IRON MAN at the freiluftkino in volkspark hasenheide was good. it was the Deutsche Fassung (DF), not the Original Version (OV) or even the Original mit Untertitel (OmU - my favorite), but it worked... corporate social responisibity and the Dude vs. Terry Crabtree fighting in robot suits...
döner kebabs are good. they are also spelled kebap... after watching Prinzessinnenbad again I was trying to figure out where önder döner was and came across this article in deutsche welle- quite informative. kiez biiiatch. gotta love those Prinzessinnenbad girls (think one works at cafe/bar hannibal or that mexican place by görlitzer now) but, if for no other reason, they did/have expanded my vocab -taking it on some interesting detours. "ach, du kleine misgeburt" and of course the immortal "ick komme aus kreuzberg, du muschi!"
the badeschiff is really good. really really good. much better that the Prinzessinnenbad (the pool, not the movie) aven if it is a Meatmarket (German co-worker wrote "meetmarket" cute!) (& even if you can't bring your own drinks.)
watched My Blueberry Nights with Mr. Goldmann and Ms. Pilarska last night. It sucked. Was it the fact that it was in english? Is Wong Kar Wai just better in Chinese? Do we lost something when it is normalized, de-mystified and boiled down to a tasteless pasty version of a deadfish English language??? (don't get me wrong, I love English, but not when these actors were speaking it. it was kitsch) Ugh. the only good thing about it was Rachel Weisz (sp?) otherwise: dumb, pointless, pretty colours... uhm... pointless, dumb.
sharp like play-doh...
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QUOTES OF THE FORTNIGHT:"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." -Mark Twain