charon
17 August 2012 @ 05:49 pm
In my next life, I want to be ....
... the sadistic bastard who picks the waiting music for customer hotlines. It's going to be all death metal and industrial then, and it's going to make the ears of these mellow elevator pop lovers bleed, who pick the music nowadays ... just like my ears are bleeding now, after I had to listen to 15 minutes of bloody James Blunt! On on loop!!!

- Yes, poor spelling and/or grammar annoy me too ... but picking on someone's spelling when your actual problem isn't the spelling but the opinion you don't agree with is even more annoying. (clearly, I spent too much time on youtube today)

- "It's tradition" is probably even higher up on the stupid arguments list than "because I said so"

- We're expecting a heatwave this weekend and I saw people stocking a supermarket with gingerbread and other Christmas candy. Yes, "it's tradition" (although a very sad one), but "it's tradition" doesn't keep it from being very very stupid.

- Also, internet repair guy, yes, it's nice that my cat reminds you of your first cat, but ... just fix the internet problems, mkay? (they are still not fixed, but at least the cats got some love ...)
how: chipper
what: bloody James Blunt is singing in my mind
charon
12 August 2012 @ 06:46 pm
Connection lost ...
You know what I hate most about or recent internet problems? They can be fixed by unplugging everything, waiting for a minute or two and then plugging everything back in. It makes no sense to me at all. But then again, I also don't understand why 90% of all windows related problems can be fixed by restarting the computer.

Olympics highlight: Going to the airfield to do some skating, running into a hockey club that did some Olympics related promotion of their sports and handed out sticks to people for some try outs. So I ended up playing hockey with other dilettantes and it probably didn't resemble anything close to hockey, but we had such a good laugh.

I'm still watching True Blood, btw, but mostly to understand what the guys on Blood Work! are talking about. Bit sad that a video blog thing on youtube is better than the actual episodes, but I'm only 4 episodes in, so it might get better.
what: Ministry
how: productive
charon
30 July 2012 @ 09:11 pm
Planet earth is blue and there is nothing I can do
I wasted an hour of m life on an exibition of so called artistic photographs. Call me old fashioned, but I don't see anything artistic in a blurry photograph. Yes, there are blurry pictures that turn out looking very interesting. Yes, I did a whole series of blurry pictures of the last Christmas illumination ... but fact is, most blurry pictures just look like blurry pictures and some of the ones that the "artist" considered worth showing looked remarkably what my nephew produced when he was like 6. Back then he wanted to take pictures like the grown ups and got someone's old camera and was happily snapping pictures all day, not bothering with minor details like focus or picture composition of course.

Other things I noticed this week - it doesn't matter where the summer Olympics take place, I just don't care. I thought I might care a bit, since they are in London this year but I just don't. I watched like ten minutes of swimming and there isn't even stuff to watch really. Basically, you see a pool and splashing water and then you're told who won, because in most cases you can't even see that with your own eyes.

Also, I noticed that an iPod Touch is like a castrated iPhone, which is weird. I wonder how long it would take me till I tried to make a call with it if I owned one.

And finally, The Hobbit - which is about 5 times smaller than LOTR - gets 3 movies. That's a little much, isn't it? I find the Hollywood habbit of turning one book into two movies a bit annoying already but 3? Going by the size of the source material, Peter Jackson would owe us another 12 LOTR movies, can you imagine that? I realize that stuff that was cut from LOTR will probably make it in The Hobbit 3 and of course there are other stories that can be used too, but still ... and of course I will watch all 3 Hobbit movies anyway, I will probably even endure 3D.
charon
26 July 2012 @ 06:18 pm
Twitter is currently down for <%= reason %>.
Internet, you make me laugh today. First I get a spam mail that pretends to be from Amazon and sounds as if master Yoda is working support now and now Twitter is down for ... you know ... reasons ... and stuff ...

Also: We expect to be back in <%= deadline %>

And apparently, summer is happening on a Thursday this year *sweating*
how: hot
what: Bob Marley
charon
24 July 2012 @ 09:58 pm
What would you attempt, if you knew you couldn't fail?
Today I saw a sticker that had this written on it and it made me think. I know it's an old question really, it was probably a LJ meme too at some time, but I have never put any thoughts in it before.

Does fear of failure really hold one back from attempting to do what they want? Does this apply to me? I tend to think that if I haven't tried something I will never know the outcome and wonder for the rest of my life about what could have been, but in some cases this is still true. For example I wouldn't attempt to win the lottery because I know the chances are very very little to even get the money you invested back. Although, it's not fear that holds me back but more a case of not wanting to give the state even more money on top of all the taxes and stuff. Then there's of course a lot of stuff that just doesn't work in the real world. Like, I wouldn't attempt to fly because jumping from a high building leads to a big mess on the ground in ten out of ten cases.

Other than attempting to win the lottery I would attempt to learn to play an instrument properly. Because now I think I'm really too old and have too little time and it's just not worth spending the money on something that will never really happen.

So, what's your answer to this? Lottery is taken already ... and I think we can all agree on the one anyway.
what: David Bowie - Cat people
how: curious
charon
09 July 2012 @ 10:30 am
Dodadu
Does Pinterest have a privacy setting? I'm using this to organize certain bookmarks, because it's a lot easier to keep track of things when there's a picture to go with every bookmark ... but I don't really need the Facebook crowd descending on these things with their "Likes". It's mostly DIY stuff and some recipes and none of that stuff is even written by me. So the whole "like" thing is pretty pointless, plus, people stalking my bookmarked sonic screwdriver mods and cookie recipes ... bit weird.

Today, I was randomly reminded of one of the smells I really hate - fabric softener. I was in primary school with some kid who reeked of the stuff and it wasn't only his clothes that smelled but also his backpack, books and other stuff. And when I was invited to his birthday party I found out that his whole house had that sweet artificial smell too. Today I got two shirts back that a friend had borrowed and they had a hint of that smell and I tossed them in the wash right away. It's a shame really, because they were properly ironed and everything, but that smell makes me gag.

On other news ... I noticed that nowadays quite a few people rather watch a concert through the tiny screen of their phone or camera instead of just enjoying the show. And I had three BBQs planned and cancelled, because the weather is more than a little unpredictable. We finally managed to have one last weekend but it rained on the stuff we had left on the terrace afterwards and it was a huge mess the next day.
how: sleepy
charon
30 June 2012 @ 09:14 pm
Girls! I have a question ...
... and it's not about baking this time. Sunday brunch isn't at our place this week, so someone else has to take care of all food related issues.

But, on to the question.
I did some shopping with friends today and in one shop, they tried some stuff on and I didn't. But the shop had a nice lounge area right next to the changing rooms with cold water and mags, so I didn't mind them taking a bit longer. Now, one of the magazines I picked up was a fashion magazine for women. I opened it - ad. I turned the page - more ads. I turned the page yet again - even more ads. I got to page 47 (!!!) before the first article showed up! It was also a stupid article, so I put the mag right back on the pile, since the next two pages had - yes, you've guessed it - more ads.

Now, the question is - why are some women willing to pay 3.50 Euros for a magazine that mostly contains advertisements? I'm assuming these must be out there, or else the magazine wouldn't exist anymore. Are the ads not considered an annoyance, something that gets in between you and your reading of the magazine? Like a commercial break on TV, when you want to watch a movie?


On other news, aka. football - I understand enthusiasm and being a big fan and all that, but if you're not working in a football related job and never have, chances are, the people who have for years know more about the subject than you do. (directed at no one in particular, btw. ... or maybe some Bild journalists ...) 
how: confused
charon
09 June 2012 @ 12:13 pm
Heavy cream update ...
Thanks so much for the replies on my last cry for help!
*hugs and virtual scones*
I ended up using something called "Crème double" and it worked well ... or, as well as something baked by me could work anyway ;-)

Talking food - I really really don't get the whole bubble tea hype. I find the stuff kind of disgusting. It's all sugar and artificial flavours and I would rather have a proper earl grey tea with milk and no jelly bubbles lurking at the bottom. But people keep talking me into trying it out again, because they assume if I just found a flavour I liked I would start loving the stuff too ... you can irritate the hipster crowd in these shops though by insisting on calling it "Blasentee" (this is actually the German translation of "bubble tea", but it also means "bladder tea", which is some herbal health tea that isn't cool or hip at all) and that's pretty funny.

Also, the football merchandise craziness is really getting out of hand. I just saw a pickup truck with 8 (!!!) flags attached to it. And two of them were really big ones, the type that is meant to be put in the garden, not on a truck! Last time, a friend's car was hit by one of these small flags that fell of a car in front of him. There was only a small crack in his window and the insurance paid for the repairs, but I don't want to be anywhere near that truck, when the garden flags decide it's time for freedom.
how: good
what: Näo
charon
02 June 2012 @ 10:11 pm
Help!!!!
I hope someone can help me out quickly ... I'm trying to make scones and the recipe asks for "heavy cream" and I have no idea what the hell that is, since there is nothing like "schwere Sahne" in Germany.

So, can someone tell me how liquid it is (more like milk or more like yoghurt?), how much fat it contains and how it tastes like (more like whipped cream or more like sour cream?). I think this should cover all the types of cream like substances available here. Well, there's clotted cream too, but I've only ever used that on bread and I don't think it's meant for baking, or is it?

One of these days I will stop being a failure in the kitchen or become stinking rich and hire a cook ... who probably wouldn't work on a Saturday night either  ... so, back to step 1, trying to bake scones for my brunch guests tomorrow.
what: Evanescence
how: anxious
charon
25 May 2012 @ 04:23 pm
Oh Oh Uh Oh Oh
So, Eurovision. Not sure if I'll be able to watch the whole show tomorrow, but I managed to catch both semi finales, so I've seen it all already, pretty much anyway. Overall it wasn't very exciting, loads eurotrash, loads of questionable wardrobe choices, loads of wind machines ... but quite a few countries had entries in their own languages, which is great, because everyone singing in English is boring.
 
So, favourites:

Russia: Grannies backing cookies. If you hate that, you have no soul. Fact.
Sweden: I don't know what that singer is dancing to, but it's not her own song. Naturally, I'm loving it.
Ireland: Jedward! Nuff said.
Albania: A singer who's trying to shatter glass with her singing ... performing in a venue called crystal arena ... this might become a lot more exciting than expected.

As for the home countries:

England: Now, that's the spirit of Eurovision, being deliberately trashy and ironic with your entry. This might become my favourite entry since the dancing easy Jet crew. (the stuff people put on youtube ... )
Germany: They are taking this thing way too seriously again. They found a cute boy who can actually sing and wrote him a cute little song. How boring is that?!


In related news: If you've considered investing in Facebook stocks - Ralph Siegel wrote a facebook song for San Marino (and didn't qualify for the finale, naturally). This is a very sure sign that Facebook is totally out and totally uncool and you should totally do something else with your money.
how: cheerful
location: in front of my computer
what: Ministry
charon
19 May 2012 @ 12:56 pm
I read on the internet, that not everything you read on the internet is true ... now I'm confused!
So, that new CBS Sherlock Holmes series? I decided to have an opinion on it ... hehe ... it's the internet after all. I'm still pretty much in the "wait and see" camp (especially "see", since Lucy Liu is hot and Jonny Lee Miller takes off his shirt ...) but I'm so not happy with the things I read about the story so far.

Basically, they managed to get rid of the greatest mystery by turning Watson into Holmes' nanny. No wondering how and/or why these two ended up together, no wondering what the attraction is, no wondering why someone like Watson would follow someone like Holmes around, even after he found a new place in life with a wife and practice, no wondering why Holmes likes to be around Watson while he has little patience for others of equal intellect ... nope, this Watson was hired to play nanny for an ex addict.

In the words of dear Sherlock: Dull. In the words of dear me: Why bother calling this Sherlock Holmes at all and subjecting a good actor like Jonny Lee Miller to yet another round of "but Cumberbatch did it better"?!


On other news: Fuck that winter weather in the middle of May - we are having frozen Strawberry Daiquiris tonight!
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how: thirsty
charon
10 May 2012 @ 11:00 pm
Gayer than a tree full of monkeys high on nitrous oxide
So, Good Omens will be turned into ... a mini series. Nothing wrong with that, but I was hoping for something bigger. I'm now a bit worried about the casting and also about all the chances they will make.

The book is in my mind quite perfect the way it is and some years ago I read a movie script that told an almost totally different story. I do remember a funny bit though, which had Aziraphale and Crowley looking for rooms in a small town and Crowley called Aziraphale "angel", which lead to them having a very hard time to find rooms, since everyone assumed they are a gay couple and pretended to be booked out.

Anyway, thoughts? I know there are some Good Omens fans around here.


Also, I finally managed to watch "Wir sind die Nacht", which wasn't bad at all, especially when considering that it's a German!Vampire!Movie! Treating eternal life like a neverending party that spirals out of control makes so much more sense than life as an eternal student.
how: geeky
charon
03 May 2012 @ 11:19 pm
Choose your last words
I just had a conversation at the public bookshelves with a lady of about 70, in which I tried to explain the concept of steampunk. Although I have read quite a bit of steampunk I find it really hard to come up with a proper definition ... and the fact that steampunk is a lot about visuals doesn' help either when talking about written words.

Talking about free books - I got 8 today. I said I wouldn't get more than 3 because that's how many I donated, but I have no self control at all. I'm like one of these people at an all you can eat buffet who will pile as much food as possible on their plates. But at least my habit is better for my health.
how: cheerful
what: Jefferson Airplane
charon
27 April 2012 @ 11:31 pm
w...t...f
Dear new Marilyn Manson album - "if you want to read lyrics, go on the internet"? Seriously? Why do you think I chose to get an actual CD? Little hint - it's not because I want to go on the internet. If this is how CDs are going to be from now on, with no proper booklet and no lyrics, I might as well save some resources in the future.
how: annoyed
charon
25 April 2012 @ 12:22 pm
Nothing continues to happen ...
Look, it's me with another non-update update. Real life continues to be annoyingly real and annoyingly time consuming while it's happening. So I still have little time for fun stuff and when I do have time for it something else gets in the way. Most recently the weather. Yeah, I'm posting an update to talk about the weather, which has been very april-ish for weeks (in my parts of the world the typical weather for April is one that doesn't know if it wants to be sunny, rainy or snowy, so you get everything in quick succession with some thunderstorms or hail storms thrown in for good measures), so I failed to take spring pictures and I also failed to go shopping with my sister. Well, we did go shopping last weekend, but ended up in cafés to hide from the rain more than in shops, so the result was a slight caffeine overdose and empty shopping bags.

Is anyone on Google+? I'm not, because it looks like Facebook ... but they hired Cumberbatch and made him read Shakespeare for their ad and that makes it a lot cooler than Facebook ...so I might reconsider ... maybe ... (yes, one could point out now, that they could have made him read the phonebook and it would still lead to considering a Google+ account ... )

I haven't watched any new movies or shows (I got tickets for The Avengers though) and it recently took me WEEKS to finish a book. A good book. Right now I'm reading Moon over Soho, from a series that has been recommended to me because I am a Doctor Who fan. I totally don't get the connection, but I'm really enjoying the books and the sense of humour. What else? Oh yeah, Touch, that new Kiefer Sutherland show I was checking out, turned out to have a seriously annoying kid and a plot that just doesn't capture me. I want Doctor Who back and Sherlock, especially Sherlock, or even True Blood or Warehouse 13 or ...

Also, Red Bull is available in blue now and is still called red bull and since a couple of days I'm getting spamed with viagra mails. Clearly, the retro-vintage trend has reached the spam industry, because viagra spam is so 90s, isn't it?
how: cheerful
charon
24 March 2012 @ 02:01 pm
Quick one
The logic of the people responsible for TV in Germany never fails to amuse me, which might probably be part of the job description, who knows ... one of these days I'll ask.

Anyway in the latest episode of the comedy we have "Game of Thrones", which is currently showing over here. The people responsible didn't bother to change the title, because apparently they assume their German audience will know what "Game of Thrones" means ... but apparently that very same audience is not assumed to be able to deal with the original names of the characters, so many of these were changed. WTF? I never got around to watch the show before, so I thought I give it a try now, despite the dubbing but all these name changes put me right out of the story. I guess it's DVDs for me after all.

I had a lot of other stuff on my mind that I wanted to write about once I have time for an update and now I have forgotten. Maybe I should just because one of those people who update their Facebook Gesichtsbuch status every other minute with something pointless *sigh*

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what: Caravan Palace
how: amused
charon
28 February 2012 @ 11:16 am
It's true, I saw it on TV ...
I came across two TV shows that premiered on German TV last night. Usually I know about shows by the time they finally arrive on German TV and usually they have been on one of the English channels we receive before that too ... but I'm really clueless about these two, so I gave them a try.

1.Terra Nova (tries to be a cross between Primeval, Jurassic Park, Star Gate and every "the future on earth will be bad" type of Science Fiction)  and 2.Touch (not sure where this is going ... maybe it tries to be the next Lost or something and will most likely fail ... but it features Kiefer Sutherland, so might be worth watching?)

Is anyone watching these? Opinions?
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how: curious
charon
25 February 2012 @ 11:34 am
Another piece of my childhood gone ...
... because I threw away all my VHS tapes. I kept them for nostalgic reasons (I guess) and thought I would go back and look at the stuff I once thought was worth recording ... but deep down I knew this wasn't really going to happen. And now my mum threw out her VHS player and mine has been gone for a couple of years already, so watching old recordings wouldn't be easy anyway.

On other news:

- we're getting a new internet provider, because Marco thinks we could do with more speed for less money. I'm all for less money, but I never really notice the speed differences. Anyway, if I should drop off the internet it's because (yet another) internet provider fucked up.

- I just checked out the new first reads that are listed on goodreads and the first listing (available for my country of residence) says "Having just been turned by her gorgeous vampire boyfriend, eighteen-year-old ..." ... people are still writing that stuff? AND people are still READING that stuff??!! I'm not judging the people who applied for this book, btw. it's a free book after all and I have applied for some questionable stuff over time too. If I don't like it, well, I lost nothing and the public bookshelves I frequent always welcome donations.

- Unpopular Oscars opinion: I'm tired of the German media and their Clooney obsession. I don't find him very interesting or outstanding in movies, never did. Plus, I want Jean Dujardin and Gary Oldman to win. Yes, both of them.

- @ [personal profile] keli  - that dragon is so cute! Thanks a lot! :D

- can someone point out some Spock vs. Sherlock fic please? I KNOW it's out there somewhere ... or will be soon, after that first Star Trek picture ...
how: accomplished
charon
17 February 2012 @ 06:34 pm
Here we go again ...
So ... Germany has lost another president.

Second one who resigned in a row in fact. I'm all for democracy and stuff, but let's just get a king or queen as head of state. They do pretty much the same thing as the German president (not much of any consequence ...) but they don't have the tendency to give up at the first sign of trouble. I mean, could you imagine the Queen walking out of Buckingham Palace because "Uh, the Daily Fail talks shit about me and it's all so unfaaaaaair!" ?! Nope!

But, on to something nice ... pretty much the only aspect of carnival in Germany that I don't ignore. (It's like an unhole-y donut with a jam filling)
Happy Weekend!



how: cynical
charon
31 January 2012 @ 09:58 pm
We're all going to freeeeeeeze ... to death or something
Ehem ...dear neighbours, ordering a huge carpet from Amazon (is there anything they are not selling?!) is fine, when you are actually at home when the bloody thing is delivered! But since you were absent it is now sitting in our hallway and it's blocking two doors and if I have to step over it for much longer I might reconsider my being-a-nice-neighbour attitude.

On other news - winter has finally arrived in Germany and this seems to be a totally newsworthy event. Only, it's not. Cold weather and a bit of snow is what is SUPPOSED to happen in winter in Europe, it's normal! And no, I don't need to be told by several newspeople that it's cold, I noticed that myself. Like, when I left the house this morning!!!

But on to the good stuff - customs did not interfere with my order from play.com , so I have Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to watch and Sherlock to rewatch. I really wish they would put some more extras on the Sherlock DVDs though. I'm sure they did get some good material for a gag reel.

And let's end this entry on a bitchy note, just like it started (for symmetry's sake and stuff) - I'm NOT going to watch Star Wars 3D. Nope. Not going to happen. The 3D hater in me wins over the Star Wars fan, that might say something like "but it's Star Wars on the big screen!!!". I watched it more than once in the cinema and I own the DVD and anyway, stop trying to sell the same movies over and over again, George Lucas!
how: bitchy