the rest of 2013
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June 2013:
This month gave me an emotional rollercoaster. Why? Because I spend epic times with lovely people - and then I kind of lost them from my daily life.
There was this trip to the beach which I will always remember as one of the best days of the year.
Then I had one highlight of a breakfast thanks to a friend who was destined to be a chef.
Also that was the month in which I got in touch with the folks at the local radio station LOHRO. Soon I would become a regular guest at the meetings of the editorial staff.
I watched some of the worst films of the year - "After Earth" and "Olympus Has Fallen". Also "Man Of Steel" was just good instead of epic.

July 2013:
Oh, I remember a very disappointing looking weekend that turned out to be great.
I started reading a book that I just finished yesterday. In between I've read a couple of books, though.
Another beginning marked me starting to code in Python, a language that is still growing on me.
There were a few more goodbye sessions that really kept me thinking.
Also in July I got to know the fantastic comic series "Saga" - I'd like to include a big "FINALLY".
A special night included hot weather and a living room concert at one of my couchsurfing friends. That night was great.

August 2013:
This month started with a burger challenge.
I had a wonderful short trip to Hamburg - with friends, plants and Franzbrötchen.
I started reading "Hawkeye", which was a very good idea, because it's now one of my favorite comic books.
Also "Y: The Last Man" is a comic series I can recommend to anyone.
I enjoyed watching "Elysium", because it was original and good scifi.

September 2013:
There was another goodbye to a dear couchsurfing friend.
My internship began - so days were filled with exciting IT work - no pun intended. I was really thankful for that.
I had another epic short vacation - this time in Berlin and Brandenburg.
Lots of footage was used for my vlog series on YouTube.
I started reading another highlight comic book series called "The Superior Foes Of Spider-Man".
I re-connected with a friend and spend some time Berlin - again.
And a lot of tv shows started with new seasons.

October 2013:
"Gravity" was another cinema highlight - even with 3D.
I had a very great party night - including Bad Taste music.
There was a nice living room concert that turned out to be a challenging night.
I made one of my dreams come true and saw John Mayer live in Amsterdam.
So that was the main holiday of 2013 - 2 days in Amsterdam - and I pretty much enjoyed every minute.
Also noteworthy are a few nice LOHRO events where I got to know new people.
And then I had very special shopping trip to Hamburg - that ended with watching the second "Thor" film.

Novermber 2013:
I went to a local meeting about politics.
My 30th birthday came and I had some preparation going.
I went to a great club night - including 4 clubs.
I had my first DJ gig as part of a LOHRO party - just before another wonderful weekend with friends in Hamburg.
Again there were several nights at the movies.
And I could not wait for Black Friday.

December 2013:
I went to a special concert by music students.
Heavy storm weather hit Rostock.
There was another living room concert that turned out to be an epic experience.
With LOHRO friends I recorded my first podcast which was about music.
Of course, I watched the second "Hobbit" film in the cinema.
There was kind of bad news regarding my job that let me have a depressing weekend.
I attended 2 very different Christmas parties.
My holidays were very quiet and relaxing.
And I had my first live broadcast at the local radio station.

13.5 months - compact
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This time I'll try to sum up all the stuff that went on since I made a real post.

April 2012:
Before the start of season 2 I managed to catch up on the "Game of Thrones" tv series - during one weekend.
I watched "Titanic" in 3D.
Then came Easter, which was relaxing as it shoudl be.
I started going to the gym on a regular basis.
"Chronicle" was my film of the month.
And "Fefes Blog" became one of my most visited news sites, because he gets a lot of input.
The end of April gave us another "German Idol" (although he is Swiss actually) and I saw it live while having wonderful holidays in Vienna.

May 2012:
Another big film of 2012 got released and I watched it several times - "The Avengers" (or "Marvel's The Avengers").
I started playing "The Darkness" (part 1) on my PS3 and was quite happy about the game concept.
Episode 23 of the "Alternativlos" podcast ranked among my top infotainment sources - and I still like that one today.
Spotify was made available in Germany and I had a few sessions on Soundrop, where you can experience a playlist with others.
I ate the biggest burger I've ever had - at the Meatropolis restaurant.
The news flashes from Greece made me a bit depressed - and unfortunately nothing has improved there since then.
Alanis Morissette had a comeback with the song "Guardian" and as a fan I had this tune stuck in my head for days. :P
I was in London for the second "Kapow Comic Convention" in Islington. I stayed at the Hilton hotel right next to the venue and got pretty much all the signatures on my comic books that I wanted to have. It was a great weekend.
The third "Men In Black" got released and left me quite disappointed.
John Mayer's "Born And Raised" album made me very happy, however.
I had a nice walk through Warnemünde with a complete stranger - well, not completely complete. :D
I bought my first issue of "GQ" - mainly just because a new issue of the German "Wired" came with it. I did not enjoy reading "GQ".

June 2012:
I watched "Moonrise Kingdom" with a few friends - another one of 2012's best films.
I read a free ebook called "The Flinch", which I did not like that much.
"Trembling Hands" by The Temper Trap was one of my most played songs that month.
Sophie B. Hawkins finally released her latest album "The Crossing" and it made my day to get to know all the new songs.
I stopped going to the pub quiz on Mondays, because I felt that I could use some more extra time for sleeping.
I'm not a fan of Chris Brown, but his song "Don't Wake Me Up" was one of my favorite tunes at that time.
One of the saddest news was the closing of the Hansa Filmpalast cinema.
I went to my first potluck party - via couchsurfing friends - and had one the best nights ever.
The blogger project "52 songs" ended. For 52 weeks I was contributing my favorite songs for different topics. (see my German blog)
I was at a Madonna concert in Berlin - and yes, I totally loved it. Her MDNA will soon come out on DVD and stuff. :P
"The Newsroom" started - a very good tv series about... news.

July 2012:
That was the month when I first was kind of impressed by Lana Del Rey, because of her video for "National Anthem".
The summer festival of my old faculty was awesome.
Right after that I sort of tried to enjoy my first Bollywood party - the food was great, the music not so much.
I started watching Doctor Who again.
I had my first visit at the DejaVue club, which was okay.
I dyed my hair red.
I visited London again - this time with my friend G. - it was awesome.
Speaking of awesome - "The Dark Knight Rises" came out. :)

August 2012:
I was reading "Zeitgeist" by Bruce Sterling those days - a quite strange book.
An then I also read "50 Shades of Grey" - another not so great read.
I watched the 1979 film "Alien" for the first time - a true classic.
Then came "Prometheus" - a very weak SciFi adventure (although the CGI was ace).
I went to London (again) for "Summer in the city" - a YouTube gathering/event.
The new "Total Recall" film was one of worst films of 2012.
"Havoc And Bright Lights" (the latest Alanis album) got released - and made me happy.

September 2012:
It took many months until I finally got to see "Cabin In The Woods" - but it was worth the wait.
For a weekend I had to look after a cat - that soon became G.'s cat.
I had my first brunch in Rostock - that was fun.
Another first: a medieval dinner at the Petrikeller.
I met two very fine British for the first time at a couchsurfing meeting.
I attended Lady Gaga's "Born This Way Ball" in Berlin. :)
The day after that I was at a Kakkmaddafakka concert.
And the day after that I was at a Bodo Wartke concert.
At the end of the month I travelled to Dublin (Ireland), had lots of fun... and saw Darren Hayes live.

October 2012:
"Looper" was another film highlight of 2012.
I had a lot of fun at one of the best "Bad Taste" parties ever.
I went to Essen - for a German comic convention, where Greg Capullo was signing my books.
I read "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" in anticipation for the new film, which sadly never was shown here.

November 2012:
"Skyfall" came out. I found it quite entertaining.
I was dressing as Joker for the "Fasching" party at the Moya club.
I made banana bread for my birthday. And I prepared some kind of quiz as well. We had a fun evening.
I visited Rostock's Irish pub for the first time.
I went to Hamburg for a concert (Alanis Morissette).
I saw the end of the "Twilight" saga - one of the worst films ever.
I went to a living room concert and met two lovely Swiss musicians.
I made my first apple crumble.

December 2012:
I had one of the best weekends of the year - with friends in Hamburg. There I also went to a handball match.
I went to a fusion cooking event.
I read "The Hobbit" - and watched the first part of a new film trilogy.
I had a gig as DJ at a faculty party, which was an amazing experience. :)
I made another London trip for a weekend - and bought lots of presents.
I went to the new LiWu cinema for the first time - for an odd film called "Fraktus".
I had a bad cold during the Christmas holidays.
I celebrated New Year's Eve with friends in Rostock.

January 2013:
One of the cinema visits was for "Silver Linings Playbook" - a brilliant comedy/drama.
I got to know M., who was a new face at our couchsurfing meeting at the Trotzenburg brewery.
He also was part of my first visit at the "Nightparc", which was one of the most extreme night outs ever.
Via couchsurfing friends I had my first snow ball fight in ages at the harbor area.

February 2013:
A friend of mine got her doctor's degree - it was a special day, because it ended with me going to an Erasmus event in the Bunker club.
I learned about "Desperation Day".
Me and some friends watched "Die Hard 5" on Valentine's Day.
I saw "Les Misérables" - it was okay.
I read "Gun Machine" by Warren Ellis - a good crime novel.
My last university contract ended.

March 2013:
I watched "Black Mirror" - an awesome British tv series.
I joined a day trip to Copenhagen, where I saw universities over there.
I went to a concert by Lee MacDougall and Tom Lüneburger - great musicians.
A funny Bollywood party brought me to Lichtenhagen.
I catched up on "Breaking Bad" - saw all the episodes that aired so far.
I tried a burger from "Liberty Delis" - the best burger place in Rostock.
I was at one of the best 80s parties ever.
I got invited to an Irish evening - stew and whisky included.
I had a lovely and quiet Easter weekend on Rügen island.

April 2013:
There were lots of papers that needed to be sorted.
I had one of the most extreme "Bad Taste" night outs ever - but friends took care of me.
I had my first job interviews - sadly without a happy end.
I got a bit ill again.
L. made me try the new frozen yogurt place in Rostock.
I had a family visit - something that is not fun to me.
I went to the Laing concert - awesome band.

May 2013:
"Iron Man 3" was this year's (great) start of the blockbuster summer.
I had my first steaks at the "OId Western" restaurant in Rostock.
I had an awesome day going to the Freigarten, then to a small concert and to a birthday party afterwards.
I watched a rugby game - and tweeted about it.
I went to the preview of "Star Trek Into Darkness", which is likely to be one of the best films of 2013.
I had morning pints for "Herrentag". :)
I read and watched "The Great Gatsby" - one book and two film adaptations.

Waiting... and what I still remember about German grammar
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OK, first some basics:
There a four cases: Nominativ (1), Genitiv (2), Dativ (3), Akkusativ (4)
Each of those cases can be determined with certain question words:
(1) wer oder was?
(2) wessen?
(3) wem? (oder wo?)
(4) wen oder was? (oder wohin?)
For a personal pronoun like "ich" this would give you the following possibilities: ich (1), mein/meiner (2), mir (3), mich (4)

Now to the waiting part:
It's "she is waiting for me" in English, but "sie wartet auf mich" in German.
("Auf wen wartet sie?" - "Auf mich.")
That means that the preposition "auf" refers to case 4 here, although "auf" could also refer to case 3 in other contexts.
Examples:
"Das Buch ist auf dem Tisch." (case 3) <> "Er steigt auf den Stuhl." (case 4)
"Auf ihrem Kopf sitzt eine Spinne." (case 3) <>  "Du schießt auf Vögel." (case 4)

In general there are groups of prepositions that refer to...

  • case 2: bezüglich, angesichts, (an)statt, außerhalb, bar, bezüglich, diesseits, einschließlich, entlang, infolge, innerhalb, inmitten, jenseits, kraft, längs, mittels, oberhalb, seitens, trotz, unterhalb, unweit, während, wegen, zugunsten

  • case 3: aus, außer, bei, entgegen, entsprechend, gegenüber, gemäß, mit, nach, nahe, seit, von, zu

  • case 4: bis, durch, für, gegen, ohne, um, wider

  • case 3 or 4: an, auf, hinter, in, neben, über, unter, vor, zwischen


By the way: a fun fact about "late" / "spät"
A person may be late (in English), but the direct translation ("Die Person ist spät".) is rarely used in German. Instead it is more often used as "zu spät" (or "spät dran") in this context (or combined with verbs like " kommen "). -> "Die Person ist zu spät." or "Die Person ist spät dran." ("Die Person kommt spät. ")

Madonna and me
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A post like this seems to be overdue, since I'm thinking about it for weeks.

The biggest question that came to my mind yesterday was: am I a fan at all?

But first things first: I've known Madonna (her music and "art") since the early 1990s, when she was all shocking with "Erotica" and "Justify My Love". That was also when I got to know the classic hits "Like A Prayer", "Get Into The Groove", "La Isla Bonita", "Express Yourself" and "Vogue". I liked the songs, but it did not made me want to buy any album or compilation. Then there was the time around 1996 when I was really in love with the song "You'll See" (which then made me really like the song "Rain", which was also featured on the single that I've borrowed from a friend). So until then it was all about a selection of songs which I really liked and videos like "Bedtime Story" which I found visually stunning - that was my relation to Madonna.

Everything changed in 1998 when "Frozen" was released. This song is such a brilliant piece of music. Even when I listen to it these days, it makes me realize how timeless it sounds. Needless to say that I was hooked once more. The single was my first Madonna CD. But 1998 was also the year when I bought my first Madonna album - "Ray Of Light". And I guess it was in those days when became a fan - so many times I've listened to tracks like "The Power Of Good-Bye" or "Skin".
A few years later the "Music" era began. Tbh it took me quite some time to actually see the congeniality of the song. But the album (with the same title) was a perfect blend of the William Orbit produced "Ray Of Light"-like tracks and the new Mirwais-sound. Yes, this album also convinced me pretty quickly (although it only had about ten tracks - "American Pie" was only added, because it was a major hit).
In late 2002 Madonna was still/again working with Mirwais and released the James-Bond-film-song "Die Another Day", that somehow still is controversial because of the mixed reception. There are a few good comments about the song, but many people hate it. Like in 2000 with "Music" it took me some time to get into the song. But a bunch of brilliant remixes on the Maxi Single really helped with that. And I still think it's an achievement to make a song for a film that also fits really well into an album.
That said record was "American Life" (2003) - another quite controversial piece of work. Though it is generally seen as a flop, I think it's one of the most sophisticated albums she has ever done. And even though a few tracks sounded odd to me in first listening sessions, there's also much artistic creativity and freedom to be found. As a fan I really believe that this was how she wanted to sound and those were themes she wanted to sing about - like the criticism on fame and success.
And maybe because of the mild success, I think this is when she stopped to set trends. Again I was a happy fan those days. I really wished there would be a DVD of 2004's "ReInvention Tour" - I'd love to see that.
By the end of 2005 Madonna made a comeback with dance music. The album was called "Confessions On A Dance Floor" and came out around my birthday. (I think "Hung Up" was her last real number 1 hit without the help of feature artists). This time it was really easy to fall in love with the album - thanks to the production by Stuart Price. The album versions of most songs could only be topped by slightly reworked live versions - and I'm glad that her "Confessions Tour" (DVD) won the Grammy for best long music video. It's a really epic experience. However, most of my friends did not like the modern Madonna music at all - they only could stand the classics, which I thought was really sad, because I liked her work (regarding both aspects - tunes and lyrics).

A few years later she released "Hard Candy" - and tbh it still feels like a trauma to me. Why? Because this whole album is so hard to love - I mean, just look at the cover. Who on earth told her that this would be a great album cover? Sure, there are gems on it - like "Give It 2 Me", "Miles Away" and "Devil Wouldn't Recognize You". But other tracks like "Heartbeat", "Incredible" and "Spanish Lesson" are kind of hard to deal with. Overall the album did not feel coherent. Even worse was the fact that Madonna chose producers just to sound hip and urban. So it seemed that it was less about what she would like to sound, but more about what American charts would like to have. And back then I wasn't a happy fan anymore. My icon was sort of lost - on a mission to sound like the rest.
Then there was the "Celebration" phase, when Madonna released two new songs that were nice pop tunes, but nothing special. I even doubt that she really "worked" on the song "Revolver" (which came from a Lil' Wayne demo).

And now it is 2012. Madonna is back. She gave us "Give Me All Your Luvin'" and "Girl Gone Wild" - two songs that fit well into her discography. But those tracks are "just" well produced modern dance pop - again nothing special. Recently the new album "MDNA" was released and tbh it is not as hard to love as "Hard Candy". But as a fan I get the impression that it's once more an attempt to sound "as hip as" other upbeat chart toppers. On a positive note: the album does not feature just another workout playlist, but also a few more quiet songs (dare I say ballads?).
Am I happy with the new album? So far it is okay. It's a nice pop record, but somehow I wish it would have been more unique. And I'd also like to have more "American Life"-like lyrics. Thematically it's often about changing the game, calling a name, being a girl or living in a happy world. But we all had that before. (Also the "bitching" isn't new - see "Erotica".)

So, back to the question whether I'm still a fan. Well, I guess that's still a fact. I'd just like to see myself as a sceptical fan. I don't like everything Madonna does, sings and says - but I like quite a lot of it [including re-worked classic hits for the tours]. :-)
OK, she might not be innovative anymore, but Madonna still is a good pop music artist.

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Yo random reader,
you might wonder what this title is about. But I won’t explain it that much to an outsider. It’s just some sort of fan feedback.

OK, sir, so here I go.

First of all: this is just an opinion by me (who’s not a musician and listens to much pop music). I’m also sorry that I can’t refer to the song titles (I know you posted a screenshot of the album progress on tumblr... but the texts were very tiny).
I’ve listened to this record for about 5 times (at home, at work, on the road) - via sound system, multimedia speakers, headphones.
I don't want to sound rude, I'm just trying to be honest and nice. ^^ Let's start with a picture.



Track by track
1) a great opener, but the ending feels a bit cheap (I mean the fading)
2) you might have heard the slang term “eargasm” - anyway, that’s what came to my mind. (but can it be that there are tiny glitchy noises when the piano tune kicks in?)
3) one word: solid (in a positive way), I bet this one will grow on me.
4) that one is a surprise/challenge (at this point my colleague asked me if it’s still the same album). I especially like the piano outro (but the ending feels a bit badly cut)
5) good (is the LQ noise at the end intented? - the last 10 seconds)
6) again a “challenge” because of the chaotic structure, the drum lines could be a bit louder (especially in parts without vocals)
7) this track starts very loud (I sometimes had to volume down a bit), the first chorus comes very sudden (a small instrumental bridge maybe?), the following or the third chorus could be better with an echo line (“else but you”) and more drums
8) a very sudden beginning to this great mellow track (^_^ when the strings come in) that becomes so epic! :-) (the end is a little bummer though - the last 30 seconds - too much of a fading)
9) fan-tastic! (though the chaotic beats at the start feel a bit funny)
10) the song is good, though a bit monotonous - and the ending (fading again) not so special
11) at 6:00 minutes I thought why is this song not over yet (it could have ended at 4:00 minutes already), it’s also a bit monotonous (especially because there are no parts where there is a break from the high “ghost sound” - it’s always repeating - and I’m not sure if the bright clap beat isn’t too dance-y for this theme), then after 6:30 minutes a sudden change of piano tune breathes new life in it, but the ending feels really drawn-out - and the last 8 seconds seem like a bad joke

And that’s it. Questions?
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endless duties
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It's funny how I tend to think that it wasn't that long ago since my last livejournal post. And then the homepage proves me wrong.
There used to be a time when I was really trying to write more often... but there's sort of no way to keep such a schedule when you actually would like to have a life as well.
And yes, I have a life. Yesterday I was out on a club night - we visited four different clubs in about 5 hours. It was fun (and a bit exhausting, of course - considering we mostly went by foot).

That brings me to the question why there is such a term like "bad taste" or "trash music" that both refer to the 1990s euro dance tracks of acts like Cappella, Culture Beat, 2 Unlimited, Snap! ... etc.
I can hardly think of a reason to call it trash, because - just take a look at today's charts. You can't tell me that pop songs back then were less well produced than today's smash hits (think of Miley Cyrus, Cascada or certain casting show winners).
I guess it is just because people don't want to call it 90s music like in 80s music, because 80s music is kind of trendy whereas 90s music is too diverse to handle - they had Nirvana, Cher and Will Smith :-D
Btw. can you imagine kicking off a party with Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun"? Well, I would not recommend it (happened yesterday). ^^

Another thing that should be mentioned is time management.
You might know "Sixty Second September" - an attempt to vlog 60 seconds on every day of September. Well, I'd love to say I did it... but I'm actually still busy with it. Today I edited 7 minutes of footage. That took me about 3 hours. :-/
(it was for part 2 of a 4 part series)
I guess I can combine a vlogging month with an editing month now. ^^
But I'll try my best - even with minutes becoming hours.

Sometimes I can get lost in work. And when I think of all the hobby stuff that I'd like to do in my free time - I feel a bit sad. There are times when I even doubt putting something on a todo/wish list, because chances are I might not be able to manage all the time needed. For now I think it's all worth a try - even when you end up wishing you had more time.
Maybe I will finish producing a remix, creating some sophisticated vector art, writing more lyrics or reading a book or two this year - maybe not. And that's OK. There's a saying that the journey is the reward.
Maybe there is no finish at all.

The thing with alcohol
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Long time no post here... but that's like the default condition.


Anyway I read this article about how alcohol is a social must... and to a certain point I can understand it. There was a time last year when I was avoiding alcoholic drinks (several months). And tbh there were a few times I missed it or times when I thought this event could be better with a tipsy feeling.
So I definitely would agree that not drinking can make you an outsider with the certain company. But I'd also say that you (and your friends) can get used to the not drinking part. That's why there's this sort of hesitation when you finally try to start again after that absent phase.
It's hard to tell if alcohol is such a social drug. Of course, you can get addicted to it. It also can be cause of diseases and tragedies - but what can't?

That's the time when I quote one of the ultimate answers to everything: it depends.
You can have fun at a party without alcohol - I even joined a karaoke night this way. :-D
You can also be frustrated while intoxicated - that also happened to me once or twice.

And that's about it - you decide. So blaming alcohol for ruining a night out (etc.) would be a kind of narrow-minded point of view.

Should one try to avoid booze? Hm, there are certainly worse ideas. Your body might even thank you for it. On the other hand it could help you connecting. It depends.
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What is left of this summer
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Hello there,

don't get me wrong. I'm not that much into small talk about the weather and such... but this year's been sort of lame regarding to summer days. If I had to describe our summer at the Baltic Sea in three words, I'd say: wet wet wet
Yes, there've been a few dry and hot days... and as a person who works in an office at with windows to the south I don't need that much heat. ^^ But the rain was very dominant this year.

OK, enough about the weather.

What about Africa? I don't know what your news tell about Somalia, but ours is very much raving about the sad situation there. And there are also charity "offers", of course. But have you ever thought about what that is good for?
I mean, can you really feel comfortable when you have spent a certain amount of money to an organization that you can't tell whether it is able to make a difference?
Don't get me wrong again. I'm not saying that organizations like this are not working. It's just that based on media coverage it is very hard to get some kind of help through all the political barriers.
Do you know that saying that every nation has that kind of government it deserves? Looking at africa it's kind of hard to believe that all the poor people don't deserve something better than "kings" who do not care about dying children.
So what is a good way to deal with all that? I don't know. I'd say that it starts with thinking about the way things are, though.

Should I continue writing my thoughts about the so-called financial crisis? Hm... well, there ain't that much to write, I guess. It could be worse... the system had to face such challenges someday. And although it may look dark, it's mostly stupid digits that don't automatically make lives miserable. It's the way people deal with it... so maybe it's best to just keep calm and try your best.

OK, that's about it what I wanted to write down.

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A system is a system
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Hello again,

long time no read.
Well, I changed that tonight. I've read the first book of Brian Michael Bendis' creator-owned series "Scarlet". And it made me think a bit, which is a good sign for a comic book (or graphic novel).
On the one side the story has a great hook - it deals with our society and how we are part of a system that makes us believe that we are powerless regarding authorities. There are also parts when we are asked if we really can live that way - knowing that a person with "power" can easily mess with us and get away with it.
On the other side there's this idealistic progress that makes me doubt the objectivity. That is because it's a very simplistic view when there's just a mob protesting for the views of Scarlet - and where are the haters?
See, nowadays it doesn't really matter how convincing your arguments are, because there will always be a group of people that is against your view or at least with a different perspective.

Perspectives - I guess that is a keyword here. The story of "Scarlet" highlights basically only two perspectives, namely the one of Scarlet and her "followers" and the view of the authorities (that may include politicians, police officers and corrupt individuals among those groups). What is missing here is the lobby aspect (lobby as in pressure group).
It just seems too easy that one individuum with strong beliefs (and yes, that may refer to a kind of terrorism) is actually able to threaten a powerful group and get away with it for quite some time. A powerful group has powerful allies and spies and all that stuff. And that would mean that any kind of rebel would have a hard time to escape the eyes of the powerful enemy.

OK... so I'll stop here with my critical aspects.
Again... "Scarlet" Book 1 is a very good read, and it features stellar art by Alex Maleev that alone is worth a look. I for myself could easily feel sympathy for the main character because of her looks. ^^

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Oh, just 4 weeks later
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Well, so what happened besides work?

I made a short trip to London - yes, I can be spontaneous.
The reason? A gathering (in fact the first) organized by The RH Experience (one of the best youtube acts I've seen).
OK, and then there are a few things on my list (regarding London) like going to the big HMV store or making a visit at Forbidden Planet.
But guess what... even with maps on the iPhone I wasn't able to find the first... and when I arrived at the second the shop was closed.
So I went to the Gosh! comic book store in Great Russell Street and bought a few old StormWatch issues. You might wonder why. The start of the series can't really be called a highlight. In fact, I think there wasn't even a paperback collecting those books. But I'm fascinated by those first days of Image Comics. And as I know that Warren Ellis would eventually make a big name out of StormWatch I kind of want to know how the series started and with what tone.
Oh btw the gathering was lovely. All the people were very nice and I guess they all had fun. It was very sunny, too. I ended up with a red nose. But that's ok - my skin can handle it.
And now I can say that I've been to "Pret a manger" and "Starbucks" (for the first time).
And I also have to add that the "Food City" shop near my hotel had an amazing variety of snacks and drinks. I tried Snapples Mango Madness - tasty.
All those memories made the trip worthwile. Plus I didn't think of work which is kind of priceless these days.

Another fun fact is that I didn't tell any of my friends about this spontaneous journey. Some of them will get a postcard - so I'm curious how they will react.

What else? We have our first flat screen television at home with full HD resolution. I enjoyed the setup. And now we can watch digital channels, too.
And last but not least... I finally read some more comic books - in this case the limited series "Ultra" by the Luna Brothers which is a great story and features awesome art. I'm thinking of ordering the oversized HC version that will be out in Autumn.

OK, that's it for now. I'll get me some ice cream.

F.

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