Sonntag, 29. Juni 2008

Please undo this. Please.

Everybody who watches Doctor Who and hasn't seen episode 12 yet: don't read on because I have seen it and I need to talk.

What the bloody hell! I mean if you want to give a fan a heart attack this is the ideal way to do it. I have been biting my nails, I have been squealing, I had tears in my eyes, but at the end I just kept saying 'You can't be doing this. You can't be doing this.' Seriously: you can't be doing this!

I mean you keep saying one of the companions is going to die and then you do this??? And I wish I could just sit back and watch the fandom implode, but actually I kinda really care about this.

Bwahh. Breathe, just breathe. Erm, I mean, the episode was great. The Daleks were great, especially the one that looked like it had already been shot by Rose. And Rose! :D The coming together of all teams worked really really well, especially because in the end it's just Jack, Rose, Donna, and the Doctor, so it's not overcrowded like some feared. The story, the Medusa Cascade, the way it all suddenly falls into place is brilliant, but... you can't be doing this!

Okay. I'll try to calm down now and go to bed. I had a really tough day at work, which cost me a lot of nerves (people just needed more attention otday than usual, I don't know if it was the weather or something), but this cost me more. You really can't be doing this.

Mittwoch, 25. Juni 2008

Revamping and a note on the book list

I felt like a new colour scheme and this picture immediatly struck a chord. So, I'm still not perfectly happy with the background colour. I really like it, but it's rather dark, so that the dark text may be a bit difficult to read, but light text isn't much better. To make certain changes I'd also have to mess around with the script because at the moment seperate link colour for the sidebar is not possible. But I really like the altrosa, as you call it in German.

So the booklist: I haven't updated that in a while, so a note on things: McEwan is so out of it for me. I didn't manage more than ninety pages of Saturday, and I will not pick it up again. All the time I thought "I won't get back the time I spend reading this [euphemism]lengthy[/euphemism] book". So I picked up North and South. It took quite a while to read it but it was very much worth it. Really really good. Although I found the ending scene not the perfect beautiful ending that the tv series has. But a footnote says Gaskell wasn't too happy with her ending either.

So, then after that rather difficult classic I thought I'd get some easy summer reading. I couldn't find the Harry Potter section at the book shop so I settled on Nicholas Sparks' Message in a Bottle. Big mistake. One of the worst books I ever read. The story is just so simple that it is boring. And it is told in an extremely boring fashion. I've seen better writing in fanfiction. And what bugged me most: the main character set work before what she herself called the love of her life. She claimed to be lonely, to want someone special in her life, and then she wasn't willing to change her own life a single bit. That just felt so all sorts of wrong for me, that reading hurt.

So I figured out a bit of different summer reading would be better. Something with the sea in it and a journey but with better writing. So here I am with my first Melville. (Second choice would have been The Seawolf by Jack London, but I read that once already. Third choice is "Ferien auf Saltkrokan" by Astrid Lindgren, a book I didn't like too much, wehn I was a kid, but which I have come to love.) I read Sun Tzu in between because it is really short and I needed some reading on the train.

BTW, Germany just won against Turkey. FINAAAAALEEEEE Ohhhohhhhhh, FINAAAALEEEE Ohhohhhhohhohhhh. The whole city just lit up with fireworks, it looks like a very warm New Year's Eve with a beautiful sunset out there.

Sonntag, 22. Juni 2008


Ich habe den halben Garten entkrautet, Himbeeren genascht, zweimal im Pool gebadet, einen fiesen Sonnenbrand über den kompletten Rücken, und jetzt zieht ein Gewitter auf. Das Gewitter war so nett, so lange zu warten, bis ich mit im Pool planschen fertig bin.

Oh ja, der Grill wird gerade geheizt und ich schlürfe ein Alster. Es könnte mehr Tage wie heute geben.

Dienstag, 17. Juni 2008

Mash Game: Predict Your Future at eSPIN-the-Bottle

Behold... My Future

I will marry David Tennant.

After a wild honeymoon, We will settle down in Camelot in our fabulous Apartment.

We will have 1 kid(s) together.

Our family will zoom around in a blue Reisschleuder.

I will spend my days as a journalist, and live happily ever after.

whats your future

Teehee. *gg*

Dienstag, 10. Juni 2008

I can't get no sleep.

There is so much to do, to plan, yesterday the first party, and now all the preparations for the big party on Saturday. And I actually am so tired I can't even really blog anymore. So I'll just go to bed.

Samstag, 7. Juni 2008

And lift-off!

So, I'm almost on my way home bouncing through the room packing while listening to the Bareneked Ladies' Bathroom Sessions once more. I am kinda curious what I have forgotten, I hope nothing important, and I am curious to see my hometown in all its Hansefest glory.

And I didn't think all that stuff would go into that bag. Wow.

Freitag, 6. Juni 2008

T minus 8 hours...

... and I am done with work, but not even remotely with preparations. But as I prefer to do most of the stuff tomorrow morning, I'll just enjoy Stefan Raab's Autoball-EM. That is such a crazy idea that it is just cool. *gg*

Donnerstag, 5. Juni 2008

T - two days...

... and the quest for birthday presents is completed. Two of them are sent straight home, the others I'll have to carry. So all that's left to do is transfer stuff onto the laptop, clean up the place and start putting things on the couch that I'll need to pack.

BTW, could anyone kick me please? I went to Hugendubel to get presents, and brought two presents for me: Indiana Jones and Batman. I went there yesterday once more and came out this time with presents, but also with another DVD and a book because I need summer reading. Nicholas Sparks by the way, because I couldn't find the Harry Potter section. Erm something went seriously wrong and could stores stop throwing things that I've always wanted at me at good prices when I have absolutely no money to spare? That would be nice indeed. Anyways: Indy! :D Batman! :D

Dienstag, 3. Juni 2008

Indy is a criminal! OMG!

Because I have nothing to do really than surf the web and snag icons left and right read about stuff, I stumbled over this lovely piece via an Indiana Jones fan community on LJ. It's about Indiana Jones being violent and criminal and yet no policeman seems to want to do anything about him murdering people. To quote:

"Then we get to Egypt. Oh, boy. First off, when Indy and Marion are attacked in the street by assassins, that's self-defense; if someone swings a sword at you, you punch them in the face -- it's just common sense. But when someone 30 feet away from you just happens to have a sword, and hasn't attacked you in any way, that is not self-defense. You can't just shoot the guy. He may have been performing a traditional "sword dance," for all you know. That's murder one, pal. Ditto the guy in the truck that you shot in the head. Verdict: CRIMINAL."

That is all nice and well, but the writer seems to have forgotten one vital thing. Inch a bit closer and I will tell you...

You close enough? Okay, here it goes:


Seriously, people. That's one of the fantastic things about films. You can break the rules and get away with it! And while it is worthwhile to look at that fact, to point a finger at our heroes and our admiration for them, chastising ourselves for liking characters like that doesn't do it. It makes more sense to ask why we create our heroes as people bending and breaking the laws and stepping over them. Three of my all-time favourite film-heroes are of this type, and two coincidentally also played by the same actor: Indiana Jones, Han Solo, Captain Jack Sparrow. All three of them scoundrels, as Princess Leia so aptly puts it, but also "nice" men. Follow-ups of this type include characters like Riddick and Captain Malcolm Reynolds. So, maybe we could go beyond the mere listing in which scene Indiana Jones breaks a law, and get to the question, why the scriptwriter, director and producer let him do it, and why we admire it and even laugh at it. But please bear in mind the most important rule and speak with me:

It. Is. A. Film.

And no, I have no definitive answer for the question. And I doubt there is a definitive answer to any question. But I got some notions about things. Maybe I'll post them tonight, when I'm back from class.

T- four days

So four days left till I go home next week. Four days to go to class, work, and get birthday presents. A haircut might be good, too, but it's so freaking hot, I don't want to go outside if I don't have too. And considering the hot weather: don't you dare change before I have a chance to jump into the pool at home. I haven't been in a pool in years. And I want to! Made myself clear weather? Yes? Good.

Yeah, birthday presents. We'll go shopping for quest number one today. Actually I wanted to go to Kung Fu practice after class but I think I will faint if I workout in that room. So not this week. I got a Friday off work, when I come back, so I can go then. Apart from that I need to get my B.A. degree and the other stuff scanned, so I can apply for jobs online. Sorting out all the tax issues for this kind off stuff will be lovely. *rollseyes* But necessary. I can't be lazing around for the rest of the semester as I am now, because I'm getting bored in these four walls.

And for all of you who haven't done that yet: check out the Bathroom Sessions by the Barenaked Ladies on Youtube. Perfect soundtrack for this weather.

Some day I will find the secret
To your social chemistry
Then I'll print it on a t-shirt
And it'll make you want to be with me
If I wear it past your work
You'll see other guys are jerks
Much like pheromones for flies
You will not avoid my eyes

From Some Fantastic.

Sonntag, 1. Juni 2008

LOST Season Finale

It's sunday and I'm catching up on the really addictive stuff, so I just watched the season finale of Lost. And *points to icon* ahhhhh. Ahhhhh. Odysseus Desmond finds his way back to his Penelope. Ahhhhh.

BTW when exactly did Sawyer lose his shirt on his way back to the beach? Not that I mind but... it is kinda interesting.

And no, I am also interested in what the island and the rest of the plot is about.

I guess I shouldn't go on about Alpert now, right? Because then I would lose all kinds of credibility that were remotely left. So something more serious maybe when my heart is not squeeing that loud anymore.