Archive for the 'Off topic' Category

MMVII

Monday, January 1st, 2007

Audio, video, disco. Felix qui potuit rerum cognocscere causas. Docendo discimus. Ne discere cessa. Audiatur et altera pars. Bonum commune communitatis. Res publica. Citius, altius, fortius. Ad astra. Viribus unitis.

Semper ubi sub ubi.

World Fitness 100

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Today is day zero of my upcoming World Fitness 100 (an amazing personal wellness program that I have yet to get trademarked). You know, that whole anima sana in corpore sano business. Should help with some of the things I’m working on right now.

So, see you again on February 19, 2007.

Oh, and to all my listeners back in beautiful Rhineland, Germany: Alaaaaaaaaf!!

Free Hugs

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

I’m sitting at Lulu Carpenter’s Cafe in Santa Cruz, CA. And since Santa Cruz is known for being a town full of weird people, I might as well point to the Free Hugs Campaign.

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread accross the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

Watch the video on Youtube.

And now imagine and go save the world…

The top 10 ways the Democrats can win the 2008 elections

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Listen.

October 17, 1989

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

17 years ago today, the earth shook here in the San Francisco Bay Area in what became known as the Loma Prieta Earthquake. I was an exchange stundent at Saratoga High back then. That afternoon, I happened to be only a few miles away from the epicenter (though we weren’t the hardest hit and suffered only minor damage). We were hanging out watching tv, I remember MTV was playing Love Shack by The B52’s at 5.04pm when the house and everything in it started moving as if a giant had stopped by to casually hand out a massage of the entire building. According to official resources, the jolts lasted only 15 seconds, but to both my Colombian host brother and me it seemed like much longer. And of course we did what everybody tells you you’re not supposed to do: we ran outside as fast as we could once we realized what was going on.

Oh well, exciting and memorable times. Which reminds me, I still need to get my disaster preparedness kit in place. You never know: the Big One might be just around the corner…

Apparatus

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

I admit I always liked Latin in school. Funny how this particular plural is still present after oh so many years. Useful knowledge? You decide.

ap·pa·rat·us, n., pl. apparatus or -us·es.

  1. a) An appliance or device for a particular purpose: an x-ray apparatus.
    b) An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose: dental apparatus. See synonyms at equipment.
  2. a) The totality of means by which a designated function is performed or a specific task executed, as in a system of government.
    b) A political organization or an underground political movement. Also called apparat.
  3. Physiology. A group or system of organs that collectively perform a specific function or process: the respiratory apparatus; the digestive apparatus.
  4. The critical and source material that accompanies an edition of a text.

[Latin apparātus, preparation, from past participle of apparāre, to prepare : ad-, ad- + parāre, to prepare.]

Arkansas

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

The designers of the Arkansas
Were inspired to choose a form that was
The exact dimensions and the shape
Of the state whose name she bore.

Yes, the ship was shaped like Arkansas,
And the hull was formed without a flaw.
Every detail had been reproduced
On a scale of one to one.

I was on the coast of Arkansas
When I saw her colors from the shore,
And I sadly waved my handkerchief
As the ship began to sing:

“I’m the ship that’s shaped like Arkansas
And my hull was formed without a flaw.
Every detail has been reproduced
On a scale of one to one.

“Avast, me hearties!
Ahoy, me state!
Ahoy, there! Avast, there!
Ahoy, there, me hearties!”

When the rising tide engulfs the shore
And the waves roll over Arkansas,
Will the ship return to anchor there
And replace the sunken state?

For the ship was shaped like Arkansas,
And the hull was formed without a flaw.
Every detail had been reproduced
On a scale of one to one.

Music and lyrics by John Linnell (from the album State Songs)

Go Ghana!

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

I’m so rooting for Ghana now that they have advanced to the second round of the world cup. They are the underdogs, sure, but what struck me most was the fact that I don’t really know anything about them. Nothing. Zilch. Do you? Ok, Ghana is located somewhere in Western Africa. But other than that I’m ashamed to admit I don’t know a lot about the country, the people, the history or their relations with the rest of the world.

What I do know is they seem to enjoy their performance in the world cup so far (as seen on this short video on YouTube): Ghanaian Fans

Note to self: Give Africa some respect. Brush up on the basic facts. Read a book maybe. Start here.

Thanks, Simon, for the link.

Century

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Get this. When she was in elementary school, people in Germany still celebrated the Emperor’s birthday (Kaisers Geburtstag). At the time World War II started, she was already slightly older than I am today. She retired around the time I was born. I remember both her 80th and her 90th birthday. Today, my grandmother turns one hundred years old. Wow! I won’t get to celebrate with her until next week but I was glad to hear she enjoyed the cake and the glass of champagne with the family today. Happy birthday, Omi!

Hollywood

Monday, September 12th, 2005

That’s what you get when you let people in Hollywood play with electrical wires:

“Should I cut the blue one, or the red one … the blue, or the red … blue, red, blue, red … hm, I think I go with blue.

Disclaimer: This monologue is a work of fiction. All characters are fictional. All incidents portrayed in this work are purely the fictional creation of the author. Any resemblance between the characters herein and real persons living or otherwise is purely coincidental. The eminent threat of major power outages, however, is not fictional.