New Year’s Resolution

New Year's (01-01)I made one. Actually there were two, but #1 is to eat healthier which is something I am trying to do constantly – except around Christmas – so it doesn’t really count.

So my one and only New Year’s Resolution is to take at least one photo a day and upload them to flickr. To that purpose I made a set for those photos and so far I have been following through with a picture a day.

I am hoping that by the end of the year I’ll have 365 interesting fotos to look back on and I also hope that I will have learned a bit about photography through this project.

Lachen ist gesund

Deutschland mag Tom Cruise nicht? Lol.

Banning Tom Cruise – Featured on BuzzFeed

Germany hates Tom Cruise and bans him from making a movie. It’s not the first time Germany has discriminated against a religious minority. But for some reason, the idea of an entire country turning against Tom Cruise is just so much funnier than the Holocaust.

Kleine Anmerkung am Rande: von Sekten wie Scientology, die ihre Mitglieder verarschen und ihren Promiaushängeschildern halte ich auch nichts. Von daher finde ich es gut, dass er da nicht drehen darf, wobei ich mir – ohne genauer nachgeforscht zu haben – vorstellen könnte, dass das ganze auf gesetzlich wackligen Füssen stehen könnte. Ich kenne mich aber zu wenig aus um das zu wissen. Wer weiss welche Rechte anderer damit auch wieder beschnitten werden könnten, wenn man so einen Präzendenzfall schafft … ich hoffe mal sehr, dass wer auch immer es getan hat sich das gut überlegt hat.

Manowar Concert

ManowarThis Saturday we went to see Manowar (and Holy Hell and Rhapsody) in Stuttgart. We were invited by guess-who and so got in as “guests” … I put up a few pictures, email me if you want a flickr guesst pass to the set. The concert was really a great experience.

Best Moments: the duett from Phantom of the Opera – the song which Manowar played with someone from the audience – when the Manowar singer forgot the text and started laughing (hysterically) on stage – the vikings and the fireworks … good times.

Manowar especially was (awfully) loud. They had warnings put up that the concert could hurt your ears. I did have ear plugs with me and so I was fine. I stood near the bass box for a while and well it felt “interesting” ….

back home

Eilean Donan CastleMy cold lasted longer than anticipated and so I spent my days hoping we would not have to cancel our vacation. We are now back from our vacation to Lancaster – visiting friends – and Scotland. I have already uploaded a few pictures on flickr– more will follow shortly as I sort out the bad ones.

Just to refer back to my last post: still in Lancaster I shopped my first big souvenir: the works of Jane Austen in a nice little box, beautifully bound and just waiting for me there to pick them up.

I will – as soon as I have time – write more of the rest of our vacation.

Cold & Indulgence

Thursday I experienced the first symptoms of what should become a full-blown cold within half a day. In the evening I tried everything from hot tea to a hot bath. To no avail, I felt quite terrible the next morning and decided it woud be better to go to the doctor. She looked at my throat said something about a virus infection and told me to stay in bed the next few days sounding more serious than I had previously thought the illness to be.

Our living room sofa is actually a bed-couch which can be used for visitors, so I guess it qualifies as lying in bed. I spent more or less three days on that couch drinking tea and indulging myself with watching “Happy-End”-movies. Emma twice, Pride & Prejudice twice – once even in English without subtitles – and Geisha twice. I also finished reading “Emma” in that time. So I guess it would be quite enough now – except that I already ordered “Sense and Sensibility” …

Ah don’t hit me …


Wir sind gerade aus dem Kino heimgekommen. “Cars” – das neuste Werk von Pixar. Nachdem ich schon unendlich oft die Vorschau gesehen hatte, hatte ich eigentlich nicht gerade so die Motivation mir das “anzutun”. Wer will schon einen Film über ein Rennauto sehen? Ein rotes Rennauto, dass noch nicht mal ein Ferrari ist?

Aber wenn man halt sonst nix vorhat, geht man eben auch mit ins Kino wenn man den Film nicht unbedingt sehen will und die anderen waren ja auch mit mir in “Bandidas” (5/10).

Nach dem Film habe ich nun meine Meinung geändert (8/10)  und würde ihn mir fast nochmal anschauen, vor allem jetzt wo ich weiss wer die ganzen deutschen Sprecher sind. Args die ganze Zeit hatte ich das Gefühl “du kennst diese Stimme” … dummerweise wurde mir erst anschliessend erklärt wer das alles war. Vielleicht auch mal ein Film wo sich das Spiel lohnt … immerhin ist es sicherlich ein Rennspiel.