The Meadow

Growing up in one of the sprawling suburbs of Munich, in a townhome with neighbors left and right, there was a nearby open and flat meadow, west of Pucchinistraße (Pucchini Street). It was undeveloped, and tall grass grew there in the summer. A couple of narrow use trails connected one end with the other (and probably diagonally too). We rode our bikes there in spring and caught grasshoppers, and flew our kites in autumn, running along the trail to get the kite high up enough to catch the breeze. Continue reading “The Meadow”

I really loved Harold

It may perhaps be considered blasphemous 🙂 to add a cover version of a Melanie classic to my compilation of songs to play loud but I think that even die-hard Melanie fans will agree that Emiliana Torrini’s interpretation of Melanie’s “I really loved Harold” (link goes to the original, on YouTube) has something to it – the difference for me is in the refrain especially, and its instrumentation in the cover version: together with Torrini’s voice, it has an impact that makes me crank up the volume every time: Continue reading “I really loved Harold”

Neurodancer

On a recent “trip down memory lane” to some good old EBM I listened to the “Neurodancer” version of Front 242’s “Tragedy For You” again for the first time in years and boy, what a track. Truly one for my “songs to play loud” series. 🙂 Continue reading “Neurodancer”

Costco

Running the gauntlet across the always-crazy parking lot to the warehouse entrance and back to the car combined with the general exposure to concentrated human stupidity in the presence of free samples in the aisles. Are the savings really worth it?

Killing AMP

I have recently removed AMP support from my photography website. If you never heard of AMP you probably don’t care much and this article doesn’t apply to you, but for what it’s worth: AMP websites are extremely stripped down versions of normal websites that do not support a lot of JavaScript (JS). Continue reading “Killing AMP”

Old boot in grass, Del Mar Mesa Preserve, San Diego, California, February 2017.

Getting older is weird

Yesterday I saw an older guy with a Metallica t-shirt and found that funny and cool – because Metallica is a symbol of the rebellious years of my youth and adolescence for me. I guess that’s true for a lot of the attractiveness of Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, or any other type of music that young folks perceive as provocative and “different.” A phenomenon that goes back to at least the Beatles and Elvis Presley of course – but I digress. Continue reading “Getting older is weird”

Ingredients for home-made Hummus.

Hummus Recipe

Here’s my recipe for a plain hummus – this is really easy to make and you can probably find hundreds of recipes online for this, but I’ve been asked repeatedly for the recipe, so I thought I might as well post it here so that I can easily send it to people (without having to remember from which one of the hundreds of cooking sites on the net it originates). Continue reading “Hummus Recipe”

LA Traffic

LA Traffic is…

  • when a trip that should take 2 1/4 hours takes 3 1/2 hours
  • when all 5 lanes on I-5 come to a complete standstill
  • when the “fastest available route” includes only three sections marked red in the maps app on your phone

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