Hans Sachs, Schuhmacher und Poet (1491-1576)

April 30, 2007 at 7:01 am | Posted in German, Literature | 2 Comments
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hans SachsHeute ist mir nach einem deutschen Post zumute, wie auch anders, wenn mir Hans Sachs, der wortgewaltige Sprücheklopfer der frühen Neuzeit zwischen die Finger gerät:

Der Hans Sachs, der war ein Schuh-
macher und Poet dazu.

O-Ton Hans Sachs. Wer kennt ihn noch? In der Volkstanz- und Trachtengruppe meiner Mutter ist er wohlbekannt, dort spielen die aktiven Mitglieder (50-60jährig) den passiven Mitgliedern (70-90jährig) alljährlich am Dorfabend ein Hans-Sachs-Stück vor, dieses Jahr Das Kälberbrüten Selbiges Stück wurde auch schon Mitte der siebziger aufgeführt, wie Fotodokumente bezeugen, und sicherlich auch in der Zwischenzeit. Was allerdings kein gerechtfertigter Anlass zum Unken ist, auch nicht, dass die späteren Meistersinger ihr Regelwerk zur Beurteilung so streng angewendet haben, dass die Kunst im Keim erstickt wurde (mehr dazu in Wagners Meistersingern von Nürnberg).

108 Schauspiele, ca. 1800 Spruchgedichte und 4275 Meisterlieder soll der singende Schuhmacher verfasst haben – ein Meisterlied war ein Lied, dessen Text und Melodie der Autor selbst verfasst hatte, um es beim Zunfttreffen vorzutragen. Hauptsächlich Handwerker schlossen sich den Meistersingerzünften an – welch ein Luxus und wie schön wäre es, wenn Handwerk und Bildung im direktesten Sinn der Menschenbildung auch heute noch zusammenspielten:-)

Ich selbst liebäugele ja mit der Idee des Einrichtens einer Toastmaster Gesellschaft, auch wenn mir derzeit die kulturellen Ressourcen dazu fehlen. Zudem müsste ich mich in einer Gegend wohnhaft befinden, in der ich etwas von dem mir Angeeigneten an meine Umgebung und Umwelt zurückgeben wollte, und das ist hier derzeit nicht der Fall (würde ich auf dem Dorf wohnen, auf dem Mutter wohnt, würde ich wohl bald dem Volkstanz beitreten, um dort ebenfalls Hans-Sachs-Spiele zu spielen, aber ein solcher Umzug ist auch sehr sehr unwahrscheinlich in irgendeiner Zukunft)

Da in unseren Zeiten die Frage des Im Beruf Erfüllung Findens eine gar übermächtige spielt, wäre das nicht ein schöner Gedanke: Dienst ist Dienst und Schnap ist Schnaps, den Schuhmacherleisten am Tage und des Abends die Meistersingerzunft! Schon allein der Gedanke einer regelmäßigen Einkommensquelle, die einem erlaubt, die Freizeit zu verbringen mit ergötzlicheren Dingen wie der Wer war eigentlich Hans Sachs? erscheint mir wunderbar. In diesem Lichte bin ich immer noch erleichtert, dass ich den Doktoratsversuchungen nicht erlegen bin, wer braucht das legitime kulturelle Kapital? (Billige rhetorische Frage, den mit einem M.A. steh ich ja auch nicht als Waisenkind da).

Zurück zum Kälberbrüten: Ein ungeschickter Bauer, kaum ist die Bäurin aus dem Haus, lässt den Hof verkommen, die Katze das Fleisch fressen, das Kraut verbrennen, das Schwein in den Garten und das Kalb im Brunnen ertrinken. Vor Räue versucht er, es wieder gut zu machen – indem er einen Käse bebrütet. Bei den Eiern klappts ja auch. Die Bärtin hält ihn nun gänzlich für vom Teufel besessen und schafft es mit dem Pfarrer ihn von seinem Käsenest herunter zu holen:

Der Pfaff
Mein Hans, was wollst du brüten aus?
Der Bauer
(schreit, zeigt ihm einen Käse und spricht)
Kälber! Seht’s Wahrzeichen wohl,
Der Käs, der steckt von Maden voll,
Unten und oben, hinten und vorn;
Das wären eitel Kälber worn,
Hätt’ ihr mich nit davon gerissen.
Der Pfaff
Hans, ich wollt’ gern von dir wissen,
Wer dich die Kunst gelehret hat.
Der Bauer
Furcht, Sorg’ und Angst mich lehren tät,
Welche ich hatt’ zu meiner Frauen.
Der Pfaff
Sag’ uns die Wahrheit, laß’ uns schauen
Wie sich solch’ alles zugetragen.
Der Bauer
Die Sach’ mag ich euch gerne sagen:
Doch daß ich sicher vor dir sei!
Die Bäuerin
Ja, du sollst sein quitt, ledig, frei,
Ich muß doch sein mit dir erschlagen.

Das Fernsehen der frühen Neuzeit:-))) Den ganzen Text gibt es beim Projekt Gutenberg. Schöner sind die Texte bei den Wikicommons, da in Originalsatz erhalten, aber da gibt es das Kälberbrüten nicht. Aber auch hübsch: Der schwangere Pawer (der schwangere Bauer).

Blog banners: One signature could end the Iraq war

April 29, 2007 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Blogging, Guantanamo, Marketing, News, Politics, Viral, Web 2.0 | 1 Comment
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Barack Obama’s website has now gone Web 2.0, offering the source code for banners of the “One signature could end this war” campaign to users to put on their blog.

These are the three banner options – I put the third one into a text widget to add it to my sidebar:

The source code can be grabbed here.

This is just one of several ways in which Obama’s team is trying to stimulate people to spread the word: Their campaign also includes printable flyers which people can download and assistance in writing letters to the editor. All options.

Alec Baldwin seems to be a choleric asshole

April 28, 2007 at 2:49 pm | Posted in weird videos | 2 Comments
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…if you judge him by his verbal behaviour – man, the Baldwin-Basingers should invest in an insurance to cover therapy expenses soon, if they haven’t done so already! He threatens his daughter “to straighten your little ass out”, and considering he’s such a public figure, role model function and all, I think he should be sued for inflicting psychological damage to his daughter. Because if he isn’t sued, role model, public figure and all, that would suggest that violence is ACCEPTABLE IF IT HAPPENS IN THE FAMILY. But it is NEVER acceptable!

The voice mail message which you can listen to in the youtube video was probably leaked by Ireland Basinger herself. Good for her! The sickest part of domestic violence is that the victims tend to feel ashamed, keep quiet about it, cover the incident up themselves – one side of my family does not talk to me anymore after I called youth welfare because I had received word that one of the (foster) children in my extended family had been kicked by his father so badly that he could hardly walk anymore. And among those who no longer talk to me are the older sisters of that kid, who themselves had told me earlier and repeatedly that they were beaten up regularly. For instance with shoes, “because I don’t want to get my fingers dirty”, their father allegedly said. SICK, SICK, SICKENING!!!

Btw, Trailerparkbarbbie reports that Don Imus sent a bouquet of flowers to Alec Baldwin… no comment needed.

From Hamburg to New York in 29 days: Swim Across the Atlantic Ocean

April 27, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Funny, Google | 3 Comments
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A lovely Google Maps Easter Egg: The suggested route includes 5,572km of swimming across the Atlantic Ocean. Click the image to enlarge. And take special note of item 44 in the description of the drive.

  • 42. Take the ramp onto Quai Frissard 1.0 km
    2 mins
  • 43. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto E05 0.9 km
    2 mins
  • 44. Swim across the Atlantic Ocean 5,572 km
    29 days 0 hours

Google Maps

The best thing about it: They suggest this can be done in 29 days:-)

Try this yourself: Open the Google Maps Get directions tool, enter FROM: Hamburg TO: New York, hit enter.

I hope they are not going to remove this one, considering they removed the lovely giant bug in the South of Germany!

Elfriede’s Blog

April 26, 2007 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Austria, Blogging, Literature | 8 Comments
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Elfriede JelinekAnd for a brief moment I thought I had discovered Elfriede Jelinek‘s blog. Why, after all, should she not have one, forefront thinker, Nobel Prize winner after all? Amazing enough: She’s going to turn 61 this year. Can’t be, she’s pegged in my mind as a perpetual 40 (image to the left shows her in 2000, age 53, and still she looks like 40).

The thing about Elfriede: I am glad I do not (have to) write the way or the stuff she does. Although I LOVE the way she writes (but would be unable to defend it). I can see and measure the depths from which she is reporting, but I wouldn’t want to go down there myself. I think I’d lose my mind. It is a selfish approach, but whenever I read a piece by her, I disregard the literary message and try to relate to the person behind the text. That is what interests me most, her texts are barriers, and I have never been particularly impressed by those barrier-type texts (think: Ingeborg Bachmann, that other Austrian writer, which, if you would forgive me, I was never able to make sense of), but I always imagined to have a vague sense of the person BEHIND those texts. I would so much like to meet her one day, but of course that is not very likely. And meet her the way I’d like to meet her is completely ruled out: a friendly conversation about nothing in which we would have to have some OTHER thing to look at, to distract us and deflect our conversation from the actual encounter. This year’s opera ball would have been a splendid opportunity, we could have made fun of Paris Hilton and have used these jokes as a foot path to deeper conversations… just a dream of course.

And now I found her ‘blog’, but only to discover that it is none. Her so-called blog is hosted on a really sweet compuserve address, http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/elfriede/. In spite of the name of the address, it does not reveal a single word of her, it all stays carefully fictional. Worst of all, it specifies theater@rowohlt.de as contact address – rowohlt being one of the key German publishing houses. Dream on, my soul – there are thousands of women (probably not too many men) writers out there who would love to establish personal contact with Elfriede – and it’s just not gonna happen that easy. And of course she (or her publisher) are going to protect any of her words in as much as possible.

But deep inside myself, I hope that she has an anonymous blog where she doesn’t present herself as a Nobel prize winning author, but where she simply writes about the boring things that happen in any blogger’s life (and how cool would it be if found that blog:-)

What’s your blog worth in $$$?

April 25, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Blogging | 17 Comments
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Mine is worth some $10,726.26 according to the Business Opportunities weblog – but the figures keep changing, so it might be different the next time I check. The figures you see below aren’t generated on the fly but come in a static button that you can grab on their page: “How much is your blog worth?

I checked a few blogs in my closer blogosphere, and Nova takes the cake at $20,323.44, followed by Jetsam ($6,209.94), Lenina ($5,645.40) , Whetted ($2,822.70), Cabbage ($2,258.16), Cinemelo ($1,693.62), Johnny Malmedy ($1,129.08) and Lallopallo ($564.54).

What’s their recipe, you wonder? What counts in this twilight sphere where the virtual meets the material? Not hits, not comments, but still links:

Inspired by Tristan Louis’s research into the value of each link to Weblogs Inc, I’ve created this little applet using Technorati’s API which computes and displays your blog’s worth using the same link to dollar ratio as the AOL-Weblogs Inc deal.

And isn’t it awful to see your blog assessed and measured against others by the instruments of internet capitalism? Yeah, capitalism is a true bitch:-)


My blog is worth $10,726.26.
How much is your blog worth?

Aliens on my screen!!!

April 24, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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I chanced upon an incredibly cute easter egg (or whatever you’d like to call this mental off-spring of some eccentric Unicode designer) yesterday while extracting text from a PDF document. I wanted to include the 4Cs of abstract writing as recommended by Rutger University (there are tons of similar handouts, and I have written my own as well, but like to include quotes from texts written by native speakers, as I myself am none). I copied the text and then pasted it into a plain text editor, to get rid of the formatting.

The copied passage contained bullet points, but no bullet points could be seen in the text editor. Instead, I saw a shape that vaguely reminded me of an Alien’s head. So I zoomed in… zoomed in in in in in in, until I discovered this:

Alien

Isn’t this absolutely whacked? I found out meanwhile that this is the way some Unicode characters are displayed if, for some reason, they cannot be explained properly, characters that belong to the private use plane 16. More aliens to be found here. Not that I understand any of it. But that doesn’t matter – it brightened up my day for a moment:-)

Elections in France: the results

April 23, 2007 at 6:36 am | Posted in Elections | 9 Comments
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EDIT (06/05/07, 9:00pm): NICOLAS SARKOZY 53,1%, SÉGOLÈNE ROYAL 46,9%
SARKOZY ROYAL

Sarkozy achieved the third best result in a second round of voting in France. Better results were only achieved by Charles de Gaulle in 1965 (55,2%, in a run-off against François Mitterand) and in 1988 by François Mitterand (54%, against Jaques Chirac). Currently 52 years old, he is going to be the youngest president of France (Charles de Gaulle, 68; Georges Pompidou, 57; Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, 48; François Mitterrand, 64; Jacques Chirac, 62; Nicolas Sarkozy, 52). Sources: Le Monde, Wikipedia)

Sarkozy announced that the United States “can count on our friendship” (“les États-Unis “peuvent compter sur notre amitié” Source: Le Monde).

After the announcement of the results, supporters of the socialist candidate gathered at the Place de La Bastille, disappointedly as could be judged from slogans like “Sarko facho” (pronunciation close to: sarKAUGH faSHAUGH, meaning: Sarkozy, the fascist) [Source: Le Monde]. In that context, I would once more like to propose the much cuter nickname Nicolas Narkozy, N.N.

Royal asked her 17 million voters to “continue together” and to “keep up the confidence, keep your enthusiasm alive, stay mobilized, other democratic encounters are waiting for us. […] What we have undertaken for France is going to bear fruit, that I am sure of.”

“Gardez confiance, gardez intact votre enthousiasme, restez mobilisés, d’autres rendez-vous démocratiques nous attendent”, a-t-elle lancé à ses partisans, avant de conclure : “Ce que nous avons entrepris pour la France portera ses fruits, j’en suis sûre!” (Source: Le Monde“)

It’s also worth the while to have a look at Le Monde’s map of the results by district (département): Départements in which Sarkozy got the majority of votes are baby boy blue, départements where Royal is leading are coloured baby girl pink. Those who don’t know where to place Paris in the map: It’s the shaded area, the département bears the name Île-de-France (not very legible in this map). The purely pink/blue coloured big map might be a bit misleading, as the candidates could not ‘win’ individual districts: The votes all go into the same pot. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find two smaller maps which are a more accurate representation of the results, presented in shades of blue / shades of pink.

Carte Departements

Articles in English: “Sarkozy takes French Presidency”, The Guardian (More articles about France in The Guardian)

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Previous post 21/04/2007: There’ll be a second round run-off between Sarkozy (31,11%) and Royal (25,84%). As always, both consider themselves winners. Both scored twiced as many votes as their predecessors in their parties, Chirac and Jospin.

Report by The Guardian: “Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s rightwing former interior minister, last night stormed to one of the most impressive first-round victories in French presidential history, making him favourite to beat the socialist Ségolène Royal to the Elysée in a fortnight’s time.”

Facts and polls provided by Le Monde: “Nicolas Sarkozy a obtenu 31,11 % des voix au premier tour, Ségolène Royal 25,84 %, François Bayrou 18,55 % et Jean-Marie Le Pen 10,51%. Tous les résultats, département par département“.

“Compte rendu: Les premiers sondages pour le second tour donnent tous Nicolas Sarkozy vainqueur.”

“Analyse: M. Sarkozy et Mme Royal ont obtenu deux fois plus de voix que MM. Chirac et Jospin en 2002.”

More polar bears

April 22, 2007 at 9:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Impressed by Cute Knut’s international success, Chicago’s Brookfield zoo has introduced their own polar bear cub to the public and announced that it was “cuter than Knut”. It’s a bit scruffier than Knut, because it isn’t reared by a human and therefore not bathed and brushed every day. The little one doesn’t have a name yet, but apparently zoo visitors can take part in a naming contest.

It’s the fifth litter of 22-year old mother Arki, which makes you wonder once more what the fuzz (ha ha!) with Knut in the Berlin Zoo is all about. Polar bear cubs being born in zoos don’t seem so rare after all. So it must be the fact of being rejected by his mother, having lost his twin and, of course, the overwhelming cuteness of a white fluffy bear on the lap of a scruffy human:-) It’s this constellation, not the bear.

And a totally insufficient dowry!

April 22, 2007 at 12:04 am | Posted in Bollywood, video | 4 Comments
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Nova had this Indian Christmas Carol video on her blog recently, and I’ve already watched it so many times that I keep singing to myself: “and a totally insufficient dowry!” (eine absolut ungenügende Mitgift bzw. Aussteuer). The video numbers the odd things for which India might be known elsewhere – if it were a song about Germany, it would mention German engineers, lack of humour, Vorsprung durch Technik, advantage through technology, Sauerkraut and/or Bratwurst, Football and probably Hitler. So I guess that India is better off than Germany!

The virtual artist himself is called Boymongoose, and this is his website.

Someone by the name of Dipankar was so kind as to type up all the 12 verses of the song – wow. I would have done that if he hadn’t (the good thing about the internet is that it allows you to find people who are as silly as yourself:-) I need to watch it again and see whether he got it right..

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a totally insufficient dowry.

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 2 nosy in-laws and a totally insufficient dowry.

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 3 butter chickens, 2 nosy in-laws and a totally insufficient dowry.

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 4 Hari Krishnas (is that Indian), 3 butter chickens, 2 nosy in-laws and a totally insufficient dowry.

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 5 Indian games (I want to be the cowboy), 4 Hari Krishnas, 3 butter chickens, 2 nosy in-laws and a totally insufficient dowry.

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 6 IT graduates, 5 Indian games, 4 Hari Krishnas, 3 butter chickens, 2 nosy in-laws and a totally insufficient dowry.

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 7 Eleven workers, 6 IT graduates, 5 Indian games, 4 Hari Krishnas, 3 butter chickens, 2 nosy in-laws and a totally insufficient dowry.

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 8 Bollywood films (I didn’t eat the baby, was the dingo ate the baby), 7 Eleven workers, 6 IT graduates, 5 Indian games, 4 Hari Krishnas, 3 butter chickens, 2 nosy in-laws and a totally insufficient dowry.

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 9 tele-marketers (g’day mate, this is Colin Jones, are you wanting greater car rates), 8 Bollywood films, 7 Eleven workers, 6 IT graduates, 5 Indian games, 4 Hari Krishnas, 3 butter chickens, 2 nosy in-laws and a totally insufficient dowry.

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 10 minute yoga (think the lotus, feel the lotus, drive the Lotus), 9 tele-marketers, 8 Bollywood films, 7 Eleven workers, 6 IT graduates, 5 Indian games, 4 Hari Krishnas, 3 butter chickens, 2 nosy in-laws and a totally insufficient dowry.

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 11 syllable names (P Sarvan Muthu Double Decker Bus), 10 minute yoga, 9 tele-marketers, 8 Bollywood films, 7 Eleven workers, 6 IT graduates, 5 Indian games, 4 Hari Krishnas, 3 butter chickens, 2 nosy in-laws and a totally insufficient dowry.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 12 cricket ball tamperers (I was simply correcting the stitching), 11 syllable names, 10 minute yoga, 9 tele-marketers, 8 Bollywood films, 7 Eleven workers, 6 IT graduates, 5 minutes of fame, 4 Hari Krishnas, 3 butter chickens, 2 nosy in-laws and a totally insufficient dowry…

Touchdown!

P.S. Yes, I finished all my corrections for the day and even did a but of planning of the Monday course. Work will continue tomorrow, sigh.
P.P.S. This was another copy catter post from me today, but I cannot do any better at the moment.

Absolutnie żaden

April 21, 2007 at 9:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Just came across this nice little survey/joke which, in variations, is probably as old as human migration itself:

The latest poll taken by the Government asked people who live in Ireland if they think Polish immigration is a serious problem:

23% of respondents answered: Yes, it is a serious problem.
77% of respondents answered: Absolutnie żaden. To nie jest poważna kwestia.

I found it on Automatthias’ blog. He thinks that rather than Polish immigration, Polish emigration is a problem (“Brain drain“).

Other than that, I will have to work all weekend. 15 digital story scripts still need to be corrected AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, three seminars for next week be prepared, as well as an equality survey be prepared and arranged. That’ll be my weekend – but life won’t be like that for very much longer:-)))

Cute Knut receives death threats!

April 20, 2007 at 12:15 am | Posted in Global Warming | 8 Comments
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Knut the polar bear, the survivor of a set of twin polar bears born on 5 December 2006 in Berlin has received a death threat! It’s quite incredible how the birth of a polar bear can trigger off such as media frenzy – I didn’t even know that it was rare that polar bears were born in zoos (and actually, I am not even sure that this is true – but at least it would explain the phenomenon). “Ihr Scheiss Deitschen mit eichen dreckigen Eisbärn” my boyfriend complains;-)

But hey, the whole world except Austria and Switzerland joins in! Just watch this video on Youtube – I doubt it was a German who created and uploaded it:-)

Mr. Dörflein must be the happiest zoo keeper in the whole wide world!

*) Austrian for “You damn Germans with your dirty polar bear!”

Inclusive means: not some, but all, all, all, all, all

April 19, 2007 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I just chanced upon a terrific quote by Desmond Tutu with which he commented on the appointment of the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican church. It is applicable to many other spheres, too:

I am deeply saddened at a time when we’ve got such huge problems … that we should invest so much time and energy in this issue… I think God is weeping. […]

Jesus did not say, ‘I if I be lifted up I will draw some’.

Jesus said, ‘If I be lifted up I will draw all, all, all, all, all.

Black, white, yellow, rich, poor, clever, not so clever, beautiful, not so beautiful.

It’s one of the most radical things. All, all, all, all, all, all, all, all.

All belong. Gay, lesbian, so-called straight.

All, all are meant to be held in this incredible embrace that will not let us go.

All.

Source: Speroforum.com

“Va. Tech gunman” & the NBC material

April 19, 2007 at 1:28 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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So the NBC received material from the “Virgina Tech Tech gunman” between the first shooting in the early morning and the second two hours later, and received it the traditional way, via mail. A selection of pictures and video from this “multimedia manifesto” can be seen on the NBC homepage (btw: not among the top headlines of NBC.com) or here on USAtoday.com.

I’m hesitant to even form an opinion about this. It worries me deeply that the most atrocious crimes of our days (9/11, War in Iraq, Va. Tech) reach us as media representations mainly. I know there is no going back, and of course I am myself completely hooked up to the media sphere. Nevertheless, I often dream about a life that would be confined to our immediate environment, and not haunted by the mediamatic ghosts of our times. No need in telling me that this dream is pointless, and I am not the type of conservationist who’d want to turn back the time. But I still have the feeling that it would be healthier if…

As said above, this is such a sensitive issue that I don’t even WANT to articulate a view of my own.

Language is a virus, and it seems as if ‘society’ (or which ever name you’d like to give this dumb mob) has decided to baptize a new strain after the name ‘Cho Seung-Hui’. Jetsam wrote something earlier in a comment about the witch media hunt after the shooter’s parents that has now started. And I have a very bad feeling about this collision between mediamatic codes of representation and archaic ways of dealing with a crisis.

EDIT: And I don’t think that the material should have been published. I fear that the publication did only contribute to the further shaping of the gunman mold, making it a discursive vehicle for all sorts of troubled minds who are craving for a way out of the insignificance of their own lives.

Writing Competition: Confirmation has arrived :-)

April 18, 2007 at 7:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Yesterday I received a confirmation from the organizers of the Autorinnenforum that my own confirmation of participation was NOT late – so I’m definitely in – *sigh with relief*

I’m currently experiencing the wonderful, transmogrifying effects of Interpellation – I’m becoming a writer by virtue of having been selected. And I feel like all I want to do from now on is sit down and write. But I need to be patient. I first need to get out of my current job, then I can indulge.

The process of interpellation goes as far as to make me reexamine my history for hints of developing, future authorship. E.g. the memory came back today that my first dream job as a kid was Writer (ah, I wish there was something similarly pathetic in English as the German term “Schriftsteller”) and that I wrote a couple of ultra short stories (three or four sentences) about a mouse (MAUS), a monkey (AFFE) and ULI and LILO in my first year at school.

Furthermore: My brother sent me a photograph yesterday as a kind of nostalgic birthday present. What struck me about that picture yesterday – I cannot be any older than three – was how ‘grown-up’ I look in it. Or as my boyfriend said: The expression on my face is the one that writers like to have on the sleeves of their books: friendly, confident, heart and mind open to the world and its wonders.

Bdaykid.jpg

So considering the process I am going through today, I’ll forgive myself doing something pathetic as posting childhood photographs, featuring myself;-)

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