I tutored the 11 year old stepson of a friend today in English. First time I ever did this. I was paid in beer; the universal currency. What a fugdup language that English. Yet at the same time a treasure. If I could, just learn, where to put, the commas, I wouldn’t sound, like William, Shatner.

I forgot to say that when I went to the doctor the other day I was trying to say that I had to throw up. The verb for that is sich übergeben. I kept saying unterbrechen which is not only totally wrong but also means to interrupt. So I was saying, “I wasn’t feeling well and I had to interrupt, twice”. See German is fugdup as well.

I’ve been listening to a lot of country music lately. George Jones, Waylon, Willie, Johnny, Hank Sr., Merle. What’s wrong with me? Nothing really. Maybe a little homesick. Is “Up Against the Wall (Redneck Mother)” VS. “Okie From Muskogee” the Country & Western equivalent of the “Southern Man” VS. “Sweet Home Alabama”? Well, is it? Discuss amongst yourselves.

Imagine I Was Ballin’

A few years back i was an assistant engineer at a recording studio in Chicago. One of the projects I worked on was this:



I’ve never seen the cover until now. I’m almost positive that I didn’t receive any credit on the inside cover.

I’m over it though. Really.

Last weekend I had a black and white photography course at the Uni here in Lüneburg. It was cool. It’s a lot harder than one would think. I made three good prints. The first day started fine. Later on the in the afternoon I hit my head on the ventilator switch on the wall in the Photolab. It hurt like hell. Shortly after I felt sick or really hungry. I wasn’t sure. When I went home I decided on hungry and ate some dinner.

Mistake.

I yacked. A lot.

In the morning I wasn’t feeling aces but I had been waiting so long for this photo course that I wasn’t going to miss it come hell or high water. So I went.

It was tough but I pulled through. I went home and promply fell asleep and called in sick the next day. The doctor said it was a viral something something. I think it was a combo of bad food, not enough to eat, dehydration, concussion, photochemicals, and viral something something. But what do I know? I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV.

All better now though.

Aaaaaaanyway,

I haven’t posted much political commentary lately because it just depresses me. I’ve tried to sit down and write about it but when you do the research and follow the links and see lie after lie, it really gets to ya and makes ya depressed. But Uncle Wily toughed it out and posted something in the direction of what I’ve been trying to say. Couldn”t have said it better myself. Thanks Wil!

WIL WHEATON DOT NET: a matter of priorities:

    “But here’s the thing that just boggles me, and actually moved me to write tonight: The Bush administration waited 74 days before they started an investigation into who blew Ms. Plame’s cover, putting her, all her assets, and all of us at risk.

    Seventy-four days. When National Security is at stake.

    How many days did it take for the Bush administration to call for an investigation into Paul O’Neill?

    One. One day after he was on 60 Minutes. One day is all it took for what can be called a punitive investigation, at best, when all that’s really at stake is the rapidly vanishing ability of the Bush White house to lie to us and get away with it.

    So the question sweeping the nation is: Does Mr. Bush care more about protecting Americans from terrorism and ensuring our safety, or protecting himself from criticism, and ensuring his reelection?”

At least you are still free to read this……

Wired News: Bush Grabs New Power for FBI: “While the nation was distracted last month by images of Saddam Hussein’s spider hole and dental exam, President George W. Bush quietly signed into law a new bill that gives the FBI increased surveillance powers and dramatically expands the reach of the USA Patriot Act.”

I’m afraid that if I ever move back to America, it is going to be a completely different place I remember leaving and I don’t mean for the better. Why isn’t there an outrage about this? Why isn’t the system of checks and balances working?

There is an interesting article I saw in the New York Times about Turkish-German artists. One of the interviewees is Kaya Yanar. He has a TV show called “Was Guckst Du?” (What you lookin’ at?). This is one of the funniest shows on TV because he plays with sensitive stereotypes and tells jokes touching on things non-minorities can only think about but can never say in public. One of his best characters is Hakan the Turkish club bouncer. He also does educational things with a comic slant like tours of Turkish bakeries in Germany (Where a lot of the Döner bread comes from) and goes inside a Turkish Tea Parlor (Teestube?) the insides of which most Germans have never seen. A lot of the really good German hip-hop is performed by Turkish artists.

Turks are the largest minority group in Germany.

Like all New York Time articles free registration and the sacrifice of your first born child are required.

Turkish-German Artists Thrive in Their Adopted Land: “There are nearly three million Turkish-Germans in Germany, by far the largest minority in a country of more than 82 million. Some Turks still live cloistered in poor neighborhoods, speaking only Turkish. Others are fluent German speakers integrating into society. Germany is struggling with its role as an immigrant culture, and strains have developed between the mostly Muslim Turks and Germans, manifested in quarrels over the building of mosques and proposed bans on the wearing of head scarves in public schools. “

Skycraft in the house: A rough mix (5.9 MB). I hope to have this one done soon. There actually three different parts to this song one of which is the above link. This leads me to my new years resolutions:

1. Produce at least one music CD of original material

2. Really figure out PHP and MySQL and make this whole website dynamic, which ties in with…

3. Convert my companies website into a dynamic database driven site with lots of css, xml, and various goodies.

4. design and put together a portfolio of photography

5. Write more postcards.

6. Tally up my grocery receipts in a timely manner. I’ve already almost broke this one.

7. Read more “real” books in German. No more Pippi Langstrumpf und Fliegendes Klassenzimmer für mich.

8.*

9.*

I’m keeping 8 and 9 to myself. Heh.

I’m off to bed.

good night