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Question of the day:

There are many roads to LiveJournal—how did you first hear about LJ?

Via JayKay aka McKay aka [ profile] scribbulus_ink - I remember reading your first posts on LJ some gazillion years ago, always a little bit too shy to ask for a code (there still were codes back in the days... *melancholy sigh*). And then, some day (some time later), people were able to open free accounts. Or was it that I finally gave in and paid to open my LJ account? Was it before the days of free lj accounts? I honestly don't remember...

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What has the world come to?

Bruce Willis - married.

Harrison Ford - engaged to be married to the stick insect.

What reasons remain to have a crush on slightly older, slightly uncouth and/or slightly boring movie stars???

Also (I stole this from [ profile] ghostlyviolet):

I am:
Isaac Asimov
One of the most prolific writers in history, on any imaginable subject. Cared little for art but created lasting and memorable tales.

Which science fiction writer are you?

Thank the Vorlons I'm not Stanislaw Lem. I couldn't have handled Lem.

Have a good week, everyone!

*rushes off to work*
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There's a poem I've been thinking of a couple of times during the last weeks. Financial crisis and all, you know.

The funny thing is: I'm such a huge fan of Bertolt Brecht's as a dramatist/playwright (though I like "Der gute Mensch" at times), but I really like his poetry...


*clears throat*

Here you go:

Mein junger Sohn fragt mich: Soll ich Mathematik lernen?
Wozu, möchte ich sagen. Daß zwei Stück Brot mehr ist als eins,
Das wirst du auch so merken.

Mein junger Sohn fragt mich: Soll ich Französisch lernen?
Wozu, möchte ich sagen. Dieses Reich geht unter.
Und reibe nur mit der Hand den Bauch und stöhne,
Und man wird dich verstehen.

Mein junger Sohn fragt mich: Soll ich Geschichte lernen?
Wozu, möchte ich sagen. Lerne du deinen Kopf in die Erde stecken,
Da wirst du vielleicht übrigbleiben.

Ja, lerne Mathematik, sage ich, lerne Französisch, lerne Geschichte!

(by Bertolt Brecht)

Translation (original poem by B.B., translation by me)

My young son asks me: Should I study maths?
Wherefore, I'd like to say. Two pieces of bread don't equal one -
you'll notice that nevertheless.

My young son asks me: Should I study French?
Wherefore, I'd like to say. That Empire's gonna fall.
And just rub your tummy with your hand and groan
And people'll understand you.

My young son asks me: Should I study history?
Wherefore, I'd like to say. Just learn to stick your head into the sand
And you might remain.

Yes, study maths, I say, study French, study history!

Yep, I'm a chronic optimistic! :-)


Feb. 5th, 2009 07:00 am
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Thank you so much for the lovely (christmas) present, [ profile] ghostlyviolet!!!

I look forward to reading it very much!



Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:41 pm
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George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the "Are you watching Oprah" scene in Ocean's Thirteen has to be one of the funniest things ever!!!

*snorts wine through nose*

It amuses me like hell every time I watch it.
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R.I.P, John Updike.

Sad to see you go. Your writing wasn't always my cup of tea, but still.


Movie Meme

Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:35 pm
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I stole this from [ profile] ausmac:

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times:
Gone With The Wind, Sneakers and The Day After Tomorrow

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in a theatre:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Citizen Kane

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie:
Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Brad Pitt

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie:
Jim Carrey, without a second thought

5. Name a movie that you can quote from:
I can quote from all movies I like.

6. Name a movie musical that you know all the lyrics to all the songs:
The only two that come to mind are Yentl and Mamma Mia! (I don't like musicals in general...)

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with:

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see:
Kill Bill

9. Name a movie that you own:

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops:
I can think of none.

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in?:

12. Ever made out in a movie?:
not really

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't gotten around to it:

14. Ever walked out of a movie?:

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theatre:
Schindler's List

16. Popcorn?:

17. How often do you go to the movies?:
not often enough

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?:
Quantum of Solace

19. What is your favorite/preferred genre of movie?:

20. What was the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?:
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Just one more week before my Christmas holidays start. Just one more week. Thank god! I definitely can use a little time off.

*hugs flist*


Nov. 24th, 2008 07:34 am
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A friend of mine and I made a deal: I promised to read the Inheritance series, she promised to read Harry Potter. She loves Eragon, and agreeing to read it was the only way to make hear read Harry Potter, which, as we all know, I love.

So, I'm reading Eragon I. I've just read the part where Eragon and Brom have bought the Horses in Therinsford.

Let me hazard a guess as to what might happen later in the series (maybe even in this volume):

R.I.P. Brom, who used to be a Dragon Rider back in the days but failed horribly in his mission and now has to make up for everything (or thinks he has) by helping Eragon.

I mean:

Brom + Eragon = Obi-Wan Kenobi + Luke Skywalker like WHOA! (There even is a touch of Gandalf to Brom, adding to the whole Star Wars thing... Ah, clichés archetypes!)

We even have the (almost) extinct Jedi Order: The Dragon Riders Who Will Return...

So, bye bye, Brom the only character I like so far, and not only because I know he's played by Jeremy Irons in the movie adaptation!

*rushes off to work*

Book Meme

Nov. 23rd, 2008 05:38 pm
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I stole this from [ profile] ghostlyviolet:

Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
Turn to page 56.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post that sentence along with these instructions on your LJ.
Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

"I've never been on intimate terms with the household."

(Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie)
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Ten Things That Suck:

- raindrops on my glasses
- being out of Q-Tips (wich I am not at the moment, but it still sucks when you are)
- that harmonica guy on tv (and I don't mean Charles Bronson)
- hypocrisy
- bad poetry
- insomnia (and I don't mean the movie, which I love)
- creepy people who send you impertinent email just for the sake of it (*stabs*)
- fresh parsley
- crammed underground trains (*STAAABBBBBS*)
- prepositional objects (As a matter of fact, I don't believe in prepositional objects. And that's not a joke.)

Ten Things That Rock:

- red wine
- work (which includes seeing [ profile] carcharias every day, YAY!)
- sushi (And, just FYI, I like salmon especially muchly!)
- phrasal verbs (which I actually DO believe in (or would believe in - if I believed in verbs (or in phrases)))
- good poetry
- Kill Bill
- Agatha Christie
- thyme
- our flat
- rocking chairs (which I actually don't like - but you have to admit that they rock...)

Good night, folks!

*hugs flist*
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I just heard on the late night news that Michael Crichton died yesterday.

I am well aware that he was a highly dubious person, both message- and opinion-wise, but he was one of my fav thriller writers...

I didn't like "State of Fear" (and not only because of the highly dubious message et al., but), because it wasn't too well written.

He wasn't a literary man, but he certainly knew how to tell an engaging story - and how to tell it extremely well.

I shall never forget reading "Timeline" for the very first time. One of my fav thrillers ever.

For some reasons, I'm sad to see him go. The world is a little less interesting without him, that's for sure. At least my world.

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A very Happy Birthday to you, [ profile] ghostlyviolet!!!

May you have a wonderful day with lots of yummy food and drink and lots of visitors and congratulations and everything you wish for!!!

*huuuugs tightly*

Thinking of you, darling.
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Aaaaand it's Monday again, folks!

This is going to be a short week - I'll be only working today and tomorrow, then it's vacation time for me (for the rest of the week only, but still!), since my sister is visiting and I'm going to spend some time with her doing lovely things like shopping and eating.

Oh, and drinking cocktails.

And then there is, of course, the new Bond! YAY!

(And I'd be more than glad if this period of insomnia - I get them from time to time - were over soon, KTHX.)

*rushes off*

Food Meme

Oct. 30th, 2008 11:25 pm
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I stole this from [ profile] amanuensis1. Because I'm too tired and to incoherent to do anything else - and because it's fun!

The Food Meme )

Done! Who'd have thought...
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Sooooooo - colleague & I went to IKEA on Saturday and bought lots of stuff. :-) I love going to IKEA, and both my husband and colleague's fiancé were very happy that they didn't have to go. It's a girls' thing, I guess. :-D

Then, I got a cold. Well, it already started on Friday, but then it developed.

Well, it's not very bad, just a slight cold, and I've good medicine to dope me up with.

Which is important, because this week is going to be at least as busy as last one.

Have a good one, y'all!

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Ladies, we had the most amazing evening yesterday! As I've told you, we went to see Leonard Cohen live in concert - and it was SIMPLY AMAZING!!!

What a night! Truly a night to remember for a very, very long time...

*happy smile*

(picture by me (it's actually of his image on one of the two big screens), no cut, no apology!)

A fantastic night and a fantastic man. *nods*

The Setlist. Envy me, all ye enter here! )

One of my favourites (because it's one of my very favourites of Leonard Cohen's songs) was "Who By Fire". But honestly, there wasn't a single song he and his band performed that I didn't love to pieces. "The Future", "Anthem" and "Democracy" were very haunting, especially these days, and the 'love songs' were wonderful, too!
I've come to love "Hallelujah" in the course of the last years and I've always had a lot of very soft spots for "Famous Blue Raincoat" and was especially glad to hear him perform it last night. The same goes for "Dance Me To The End Of Love", "Take This Waltz" and "In My Secret Life". "Closing Time" was fun, fun, fun (well, in a weird Leonard-Cohen-kind-of-way... *g*).
"Suzanne", even though his most famous song, is one of my least favourites (if there is such a thing) of his songs, but he and his band performed it beautifully.

The audience was great, too, and I think we gave the man a good night as well. :-)

Ah, the greatness of an evening like that!


Oct. 6th, 2008 07:40 am
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This is going to be a super busy week (busy, busy, busy...).

And, I'm going to see Leonard Cohen live in concert tonight.



Have a good week, everyone! :-)
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And here are the solutions:

1. Apple / Trust / New York City --> Art Thief - The Thomas Crown Affair, correctly guessed by [ profile] eeyore9990
2. Basement / Talk to Camera / Airplane --> Soap - Fight Club
3. Archery / Opera / New York --> 1870s + Pulitzer Prize Source - The Age of Innocence
4. Germany / China / Helicopter --> Beirut - Spy Game
5. Dutch Eastindian Company / Bed Jumping / Cameo Appearance --> Sequel - Ocean's Twelve
6. Helicopter / Naval Uniform / Lithuania --> Color in Title - The Hunt For Red October, guessed correctly by [ profile] ghostlyviolet
7. Upper Class / One Word Title / Fall from Height --> Obsessive Love + Family Tragedy - Damage
8. Ship / Coffee / Fax Machine - The Usual Suspects, correctly guessed by [ profile] dunkle_feuer
9. Shirtless Male / Based on Short Story / Photograph --> Anterograde Amnesia - Memento, corrctly guessed by [ profile] ghostlyviolet
10. Baboon / Cuckoo Clock / Rummage Sale --> Farm - Out of Africa

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I don't know about you, but when I look at this picture of the cave scene, I can hear John Rhys-Davies rolling his "r"s inside of my head.

"And Emyn Muil ... rrrrrrrazor sharrrrrp rrrrrrocks..."


Oh, and wasn't there something about a silver locket and a ring with a crest on it in the books? What happened to those?

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