Saddam & America

December 31, 2006 at 8:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Saddam Hussein’s hanging has apparently launched a hunt for the first footage of the execution. It’s not a surprise that the hunterers and gatherers of the digital age didn’t take too long to find what they desired. Via the wordpress post-login page (i.e. involuntarily), I stumbled upon several links to “uncensored versions” of the execution. Uncensored means that they contain the moment of death. The Arab broadcasters were decent enough to grant Saddam – a human being, after all – that last bit of dignity to not show this moment.

The same apparently does not hold true for quite a few of the U.S. American blog community. I was able to imagine that quite a few Americans were craving to see this footage, but reading in black on white how they were longing for it was another thing. Shame on all you voyeurs out there. I did not watch the footage, reading your comments alone made me sick enough.

I am not going to include any links to such blogs. If you are keen on seeing someone die on film or if you want to share a bit of wrath with someone else, go find them yourself. Just make sure not to hang around me (or here) anymore.

Global TV Formats

December 31, 2006 at 3:01 pm | Posted in Bollywood, Entertainment, Globalization | 1 Comment

Of course I knew that Who wants to be a millionaire is a format that is aired globally. But little had I expected that the Indian show is presented by the majestic Amitabh Bachchan! Look at this:

Amitabh Bachchan

Seems like Big B is planning to resign from Kaun banega crorepati* – SRK is the proposed replacement! I don’t think he would stand a chance, he’s simply not old enough yet (age-wise, yes, looks-wise, no!). Read more on Neha Kumar’s blog.

*) Kaun means who (“Kaun hai?” is a frequently asked question in Bollywood films whenever the heartthrob passes a group of people of the opposite gender), and crorepati, according to my research means wealthy; banega must then be some equivalent of ‘wants to be’.

I’m back (and sick)

December 31, 2006 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Friends, Sick | 1 Comment

This is going to be an odd new year’s eve. I had wanted to spent it with my boyfriend and his hometown pals in Gmunden… but now I’m sick and confined to my own four walls. It’s not the first Silvester (as it is called in German) I am going to spent by myself.

The other time was roughly ten years ago when I had gone home to the country side for new year’s eve only to find that everyone I knew had gone elsewhere. Even my mom and brother had decided to celebrate somewhere else, and I at the time was to shy to gate-crash a party to which I hadn’t officially been invited. Before going frantic about the prospect of being all my myself, however, I accepted my fate. I was lucky to have the cat though which was still alive back then.

In hindsight, it probably was the most peaceful new year’s eve ever. I roasted chestnuts on the stove in my room (yes, my room still had one at the time) and sipped a bit of port until I feel asleep around 11pm, with the cat dozing on my chest. At mind-night, when the (rather humble) fireworks started, the cat made a few louder purring noises which woke me up in turn, only to go back to sleep a little later. I wish I had a cat for this one, too.

Anyhow, what I have is Frank Schätzing’s novel THE SWARM, which has received not so complimentary reviews by the more science-literate crowd, but is actually quite thrilling to me. It has a whopping 987 pages of which I have only mastered 350 so far, in spite of having been an avid reader for the past three days. Some of the scientists and most of the equipment used exist in real life, too – for instance the Deep Rover, a submersible consisting mainly of a transparent globe on skis with two picker arms. Of course this is no warranty for scientific accuracy or literary excellence – but makes the read rather entertaining when most of the instruments are googleable.

Maybe it would have been wiser to go to Gmunden anyway, even if only being able to participate in a wee part of the celebration. Good thing is though that I rarely regret decisions I have taken (except those which were not really based on judgment, but the arbitrary result of not knowing what to do and not knowing any better – for instance, getting a degree in humanities 😉 So thankfully I’m not having a major grudge against fate today 🙂

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