charon
25 September 2013 @ 07:07 pm
Home is where your WIFI connects automatically
I think this place needs a little update. So, this is what I've been up to while I wasn't updating:



This is on Lake Constance. I've been working in the area for a while and the free time was pretty awesome too. There's all kinds of watersports of course and you can easily visit 3 different countries from there (I think that's Switzerland there in the background of the picture ... or Austria?) and all kinds of interesting stuff to see and explore. One of the highlights for me was an airship museum with real airship interior and everything.

Quite the reality check if your mind has been under the influence of certain steampunk stories that make airship travel sound so glamorous. The cabins are all on the inside, no windows, and they are so very tiny, like the ship cabins that are on the smaller side. The type of cabin that requires you to wait in your bed while the person you live with gets dressed, because there is no way two people could do that at the same time and not end up looking very funny.  And then you have a dining room on one side and a common room on the other side and that's it. And no bathrooms, just toiletts and the little basins in the cabins. There just isn't enough space for all the stuff that tends to happen on airships in the stories. I'd totally chose an airship over a plane though, of course I would.

But, summer is over and we're well into autumn now, with foggy mornings and everything. Time to think about what to do for Halloween (no Zombies, no Vampires ... )

how: cheerful
charon
05 August 2013 @ 01:34 pm
Habemus Medicus!*
Odd how something like summer can keep you so busy. See, in Germany we're usually done with summer in a week. Before and after you have a kind of in between seasons weather and people complaining about the lack of summer. Now we're in the fourth or fifth week of straight summer and since this is Germany no one seems to believe that the weather will stay that way so everyone is squeezing as many summer activities in as possible. So, I've been busy with sailing, swimming, BBQ, skating, a white picknick, more BBQ, loads more swimming, open air cinema (Pacific Rim and Wolverine) , water fight flash mob, my aunt's birthday party, summer of love party, much more sailing (to Denmark), shopping (because everyone is running out of summer clothes ...) ...

On other news - new Doctor! (*not sure if "medicus" is used correctly in this phrase ... Latin grammar police, don't sue me)
And it took about two seconds for the usual suspects to complain about Peter Capaldi being too old ... I'm pretty sure it's the same people who complained about Matt Smith being too young ... and of course there are people who complain because neither one of them is David Tennant ... anyway, I'm happy with the casting. I was afraid they'd go with another hot young guy or something deliberately controversial.

Also, I might have finally found a sewing class that isn't female centred, it's aimed at cosplayers. So even if the class isn't that great I would still be in nice, geeky company :D


How is everyone doing? Enjoying the summer?
how: hot
charon
03 July 2013 @ 10:15 pm
I'm only watching for the soundtrack*
I just noticed, again, that it's so much more fun to write a review about a bad book than a good book ...what does this say about my character? Or good books? Or reviews? Or, you know, life the universe and everything?

Also on the fun side - someone took a picture of me at a fashion week event I attended with a friend!!
You've probably seen the dressed up sideshow that is the audience at these events and in jeans, a button down with cut off sleeves and another button down around the waist you're planning to use as a jacket on the way home you just don't look the part. And I'm really really bad at recognizing z-list celebrities (you know, the "he was on X-factor two years ago" or "she's the ex-ex-girlfriend of ... " type ...)


*Marco has finally watched Tron Legacy and finally gets my "I'm only watching this for the soundtrack" thing.
how: amused
charon
15 February 2013 @ 12:34 pm
Have your say ...
Lately, I find myself more and more annoyed with the commentmania on the internet and I think I'll make it my year of the snake resolution to stop scrolling as soon as I have reached the end of the article or news item I was reading.

Because in 9.5 out of 10 cases the things random strangers have to say are either, pointless, rude, ignorant, off-topic, stupid, very poorly written or a combination of all of these things. Somehow, the smart and well spoken people seem to stay far away from the "post a comment" buttons. And what do I gain from knowing what random stranger A in Glasgow thinks anyway? Nothing.

Also, I don't understand why there is a comment option for news at all. News are not blog posts or something of the kind, something that you post to start a conversation or get some feedback for your work. The news are just the news and they have done very well for many years without the input of barely literate randomers.

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Horsagne has reached Germany (yes, that's lasagne with horse meat where there shouldn't be horse meat and said horse meat comes with horse meds and probably other shit that humans shouldn't consume ...) and I have stayed away from everything containing meat ever since. It's not the thought of eating horse meat that I find repulsive, it's the fact that you can't be sure what you eat. Might be a conspiracy of the vegetarians or maybe the Christians? It is lent after all ...


PS: Hope everyone had a nice Valentines Day ... or managed to ignore it, if that's more your thing. We didn't have time for anything really, but we're having sushi tonight :D
how: cold
charon
15 December 2012 @ 07:23 pm
❄ ❅ ❆ ❇ ❈ ❉ ❋ ❄ ❅ ❆ ❇ ❈ ❉ ❋ ❄ ❅ ❆ ❇ ❈ ❉ ❋
Thanks for all the birthday wishes :D

I'm having a little get together tomorrow, because the week and especially my actual birthday were incredibly busy. On that day like half the world felt the need to get married and Marco and I had to split up because we were invited to two weddings and didn't have a Tardis. I really don't understand the obsession with certain dates. If I believed in marriage, which I don't, I really wouldn't care what the date on the certificate said. It's the name next to mine on the certificate that would matter to me.

Also, I went to a Hobbit preview party, which was a lot of fun because it came with people in costumes, food and a livestream from the UK premier. I won't go into spoiler territory here, but let's just say I'm still not 100% convinced of the need for 3 movies. But of course I might have a different opinion once all 3 are released and I can watch them back to back.


And question for the creative people - what can you do with black felt? Because I have this nice black felt that used to be a pullover (ooops) and I think it would be good for a little project ...
how: grateful
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 ...)
what: bloody James Blunt is singing in my mind
how: chipper
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
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.
what: Näo
how: good
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
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
charon
25 November 2011 @ 11:08 am
Adventures in crafts land ...
I don't know why, but buying craft supplies always seems to lead to weird reactions ...

There's a flea market here that has a guy selling all kinds of medical instruments and he's there every week and everyone seems to think it's all perfectly normal ... then, I walk up to this guy and say something like "I'm looking for a solid scalpel with a sharp, pointy blade" and everyone around me looks at me as if I'm Hannibal Lecter on a shopping tour. Very odd.
I need the scalpel to cut patterns in leather, btw. and the craft scalpels that are sold look all totally rubbish and I don't think they would handle thicker leather very well, at least not for long.

On the plus side, buying nail polish remover in the drug store for brush cleaning went smoothly. The girl didn't look at me as if I'm secretly painting my toe nails in a glittery pink but asked me if it's better for the brushes than using pure acetone (which indeed it is, if your brushes are made of real hair).

Did I complain about the weather recently?! It's boring! We are having the driest November in I don't know how many years, but that doesn't mean it's nice and sunny. It's grey and foggy or foggy and grey. If you want to see the sun you have to climb on a mountain and there are none of these readily available around here. Last year, we had snow by the end of November but I'm not greedy ... I would welcome rain and storm too, every change would be welcome actually.

Also, the latest Amazon fail just arrived. I added a shower gel for 65 Cents to my order to qualify for free shipping and they put that shower gel in an extra parcel! They probably get special discounts and all that, but if I would send a parcel like the one with the 65 Cents shower gel it would cost me 1,65 Euros! And there was loads of space left in the other parcel too ...
how: cheerful
charon
18 October 2011 @ 09:49 pm
It's all about perspective ...
... yes, in life too, but let's be less dramatic and talk about photography for a minute.



This is a picture I took recently, which looks nice and idyllic and all that, only, if you zoom out ...

... this is what you get )

On other news - my breakfast week is over and I just had pizza and salad. Hurray! I didn't try out a weird diet, I just had a weird schedule. So my last meal of the day was breakfast, then I got some sleep and when I got up I had breakfast, because that's what I do after I got up, even if it's actually dinner time. And then later on I usually had something like a sandwich, pastry and tea or coffee, so, more breakfast food.
how: full
charon
22 September 2011 @ 05:37 pm
I want to be the man who makes the noise of the Tardis
Despite the chaos caused by the pope (the show they are putting on for one delusional old man is incredible) I did manage to get to the furniture stores and shop for new blinds for the kitchen.

In one of the store there was a kid reading a book from the shelf decoration. I remember when I was little we were looking for new furniture for me and there was this shelf in one store that had loads of books and I was all happy and grabbed one and then noticed it was just a painted box. So it's really nice to see that some stores got over the painted boxes and are using real books now. It saved at least one kid from a big disappointment.

Back to the pope for a second - I find it incredibly funny how he seems to always mention how important his religion is and how important his church is. If this isn't a sign of insignificance I don't know what is. I mean, have you ever heard a truly important person going on and on about their importance?


Also, it's apparently Bilbo Baggins' birthday today. Hurray!!!! I'm going to watch some LOTR in his honour later on.
how: busy
charon
30 June 2011 @ 09:49 pm
Sonata for Thunderstorm, Trapdoors and Young Women in Skimpy Clothing
Earlier today I had a phone call from a women who was shouting at me and calling me all kinds of names in French ... which was quite hot actually. 
I have a feeling that "Manuel", the bloke she meant to call, will feel different about it though. From what I understood with my bad French he was dating someone behind the girls back and the shit hit the fan.

Also, I need to make new icons and a new Twitter ap.
The icons are because, well, I haven't been motivated to make many new ones with only 6 icon slots on LJ and was happy to use the ones I had ... but it's getting hard to find ones I have never used before now.
As for the Twitter Ap, mine doesn't update anymore and worse, it gives me an error message like every 30 seconds, which gets in the way of pretty much everything. And their website? "is temporarily over its serving quota" ... right.

And I'm not sure about True Blood. My two favourite characters (Sophie-Anne and Russell) are gone and I've never been a fan of Bill and will most likely not become a fan of king!Bill. At least Eric is still around.
how: cranky
charon
13 June 2011 @ 02:01 pm
I'm boooooooooooooored
Who would have thought that it's possible to get bored of extra free time ... but I am. Today is yet another of these Christian holidays (something about seeing the ghost of Jesus, I think) and since I went rock climbing yesterday my whole body aches and I'm not in the mood for anything that requires moving ... but at the same time I'm also not in the mood for a lazy day with book and telly and unhealthy snacks. Plus, the boyfriend is visiting relatives ...

Rock climbing was awesome, btw, totally worth the pain. And that pain is totally my own fault anyway. If I hadn't been so lazy and worked out more during the last couple of months it wouldn't be so bad now.


Anyway - what do I do now? Teach myself how to knit a Dalek invasion? Bake a cake? Find ugly wallpaper to shoot? Search for porn?
how: bored
charon
20 May 2011 @ 05:53 pm
Judgement day - the bible guarantees it!
I just came across a "family friendly" fan fiction com and I'm starting to think that "family friendly" is quite a stupid term in this context. What it really means is suitable for minors, but families? I mean, who would sit down with their family to read fan fiction? And don't most of us not like to have their online life separated from their real life? This term might make sense for TV or cinema but for everything else? Not so much.

Also, Doctor Who! How will Rory die tomorrow? And was last week's 1.5 second death caused by old age? Just wondering for the statistics, you know. Oh, and good news, btw. The bible guaranteed judgement day is scheduled for 6 pm local time. That's local time in some American time zone, so, after Doctor Who. Thanks for considering my TV schedule and my BBQ. Although, the weather might get in the way of that.


And finally - dull grey Ipod versus dull black Ipod? Which one of these dull options should I get? My orange nano model died and the classic model sounds great (160GB!!!!! and no extra shit I don't need anyway), only, it doesn't look great. When did Apple get all boring with the colours? Only the two small Ipods come in fancy colours and they are not what I want. Too tiny and also too expensive, if you put storage in relation to the price.
how: relaxed
charon
01 April 2011 @ 09:25 pm
1,2,3 ... laugh
I saw a guy with a "No merci" tattoo today ... I wonder if it was meant to mean "no mercy" or "non, merci" ... or maybe it's not a spelling error at all but shows his dislike for a certain chocolate called "Merci"?

The dislike for the chocolate would be hard to understand though, since the packages come with different types of chocolate and you can always sort out the ones you hate and graciously offer them to your guests. Not that I would ever do that of course. I always share all kinds with guests ... I just eat my way around the bad ones while I'm at it :p


Also - I finished City of Bones and found it kind of insignificant and now I'm reading two vampire books and they aren't really five star material either ... and ... I just wonder if I have become too picky with my reading. Didn't a friend on here say something very similar recently? Maybe, when you're reading a lot you have higher expectations and get more easily bored because there are only so many ways a plot can go and you are more likely to guess them?

how: giggly