Archive for the 'USA' Category

14
Aug
07

Sleepless in Germany

I can not sleep. I am bloody awake at four thirty in the morning. I wish I was so awake during the day. It is such a waste of time because I can not do serious work at this time of the night. So I am hanging around in front of the TV – lousy program at this time of the night – and on the web.

I came back from central US time ten days ago, and should really have gotten over jetlag by now. But I haven’t, my body seems to be unwilling to readjust to German time. Melatonin has suddenly lost it’s magic, the only thing that makes me sleep eventually is my iPod, with the audiobooks on it. It is a bit like my mother reading stories to me when I was a child, very soothing. But still, I hate to be up so late because I know that tomorrow will not start before 11a.m. and  I will be a tired and grouchy human being. I hate myself in that mood.

 Oh well… I better go now and listen to my electronic nanny…

 Good night everyone!

Sedha.

29
Jul
07

Ed and Elaine Brown

These are the people who refuse to pay income tax because they say there is no law in New Hampshire that requires them to do so. They also regard paying taxes as an infringement of freedom. They have been convicted of tax evasion I think it is called, and are now holed up in their home, refusing to do their time or pay their sentence. They are surrounded by the FBI who is waiting for them to give up after they have cut off all electricity and supplies. Supporters from all over the country flock to the house, bringing supplies and batteries and stuff. HELLO? What’s wrong with these people? I suppose they like their roads paved, and their schools furnished and adminstrations working? How in the high heavens do they get the idea that you don’t have to contribute to that? A state needs money to function. That to me is just logical. But hey, I am a German, and I guess we just have a different perspective on things. Everyone grumbles and groans about taxes, of course. But things like the solidarity tax for rebuilding Eastern Germany after the reunification and similar things have gone largely undisputed in my country. We are brought up on the notion of solidarity and sharing wealth with those who have less, and state support for those who need it. This is only possible because we pay a fairly high amount of taxes. But to me, in the end everyone benefits from the social security network that we have, which is a good thing. Nobody needs to fear to starve or to have no roof over his head, literally.

If the standoff in New Hampshire ends in bloodshed, it will be because of the overblown egotistism of two nutcases. Totally unnecessary.

28
Jul
07

New Word of the Day

irritainment

Slang for annoying entertainment and media spectacles you’re unable to stop watching. For example, the O.J. Simpson trial and Paris Hilton going to jail.

Its an american phenomenon, one I hope European media somehow avoids turning (Or should that be TUNING) into.  Lord knows, we don’t need more of this shit.

27
Jul
07

TV show Lyrics

Ok… Now I’ll be humming this all night!

The Long Version:

Bad Boys, Whatcha Want, Watcha Want, Watcha Gonna Do When Sherif John Brown Comes For You?

Tell Me, Whatcha Gonna Do, Whatcha Gonna Do?

Yeahhh?

Bad Boys, Bad Boys

Watcha Gonna Do, Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?

Bad Boys, Bad Boys

Watcha Gonna Do, Watcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?

Nobody Naw Give You No Break

Police Naw Give You No Break

Soldier Man-a Give You No Break

Not Even You Idren Naw Give You No Break

Hey, Hey

Bad Boys, Bad Boys

Watcha Gonna Do, Watcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?

Bad Boys, Bad Boys

Whatcha Gonna Do, Watcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?

“‘Cops’ is filmed on location with the men and women of law enfocement. The suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

27
Jul
07

A quote on Computers and stuff on Technology

It should be for all technology… it sort of fits!

 Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
Joseph Campbell

Just remember…. just because it says its a USB port doesn;t mean its like YOUR USB port, nor does electricity come in the smae voltage in all countries….

When Is the US going to learn that the metric system is a lot easier on the brain and the wallet….  Not to metion that having a standard like everyone else is a lot easier to explain when you  mess it up!

26
Jul
07

when your decisions come back to bite you in the butt

Did you ever feel like you made an irrevocable decision you are no longer sure about? Well, I did today…  I worked in the university system for about eight years, but two years ago I decided to leave the university because my career did not go anywhere, and I did not see a chance that it ever would. I became a school teacher, and I have been quite happy with the new life and never regretted the change.  Until recently, actually. I am currently visiting a friend who is a professor at a prestigious American university, so I have been talking to a lot of scholars and researchers. And suddenly, I am questioning my decision to leave again. Although I know that it was the right decision if I ever want to have a stable job and make money above the poverty line, which I do.  But I feel that I nearly envy my friend her lifestyle, her opportunities that being a university professor presents, and the intellectual stimulation that she gets. My life in contrast seems pretty dull.  And I am wondering if it was really the right decision that I made back then, two years ago.

 Did any of you ever experience something similar? How did you get over it? Did you get over it?

22
Jul
07

Chicago

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago.  We’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sun glassess.  Hit it!”

— Jake and Elwood Blues, “The Blues Brothers”

-A movie where the impossible, improbable and the incredibel happen… And yes… its set in Chicago!

  

Bean

The Bean, or the “Big Shiny Thing” in Millennium Park is actually the sculpture named “Cloud Gate”, made of fortified stainless stell and designed by Anish Kapoor.

This shouldn’t be too hard to miss!

I can’t wait to see the pictures you have taken, and hear about your day trip to Chicago!  Bus ride and all!