"In my humble opinion" – the personal weblog of Alexander S. Kunz. Thoughts about photography, music, hiking, plus some rants, tech, food. As random, inconsistent and personal as possible. Almost like a real blog.

Judas Priest – Turbo Lover (1986)

I guess it’s true for many people that their taste in music progressed over time. And so did mine. And I had a phase where I was a headbanger, a metal-head – of course! So this new episode of my “music to play loud” series is a homage to that era…πŸ™‚

I think my metal phase began around the age of 14 or 15, after we moved from South Tyrol back to Germany, and the federal state of Hessia (Hesse) to be precise. One of my best friends was a little older, and he was pretty much into Hard Rock and Heavy Metal*. Quite naturally, that influenced me a lot, just like friends do at that age.

And I guess Judas Priest’s back then brand-new “Turbo” album from 1986 was and is reason for much controversy. While the cover art is Continue reading “Judas Priest – Turbo Lover (1986)”


Considering that…

  1. we only learn through our own mistakes;
  2. if there’s anything we learn from history it’s that we don’t learn from history;
  3. those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,

it appears to be fairly safe to say that a Donald Trump presidency is inevitable.

Ivanpah is Bullshit

I was quite impressed by the Ivanpah solar power plant, initially. Then I realized that there’s zero existing infrastructure in the desert (ie. roads and power lines), where utilities and conglomerates want to build utility scale solar power plants in general. Precious and fragile desert habitat is destroyed. Then the reports about bird death’s came in, and my initial positive impression turned into disgust. Continue reading “Ivanpah is Bullshit”

Storks early screening

Shuwen and I got to see an early screening of “Storks” thanks to our friend Carola. I think most of the audience was parents with their kids, plus some press and VIP guests, so we felt a little bit like outsiders. πŸ™‚

It’s a cute and funny animated movie for kids, with some absurd humor that is good for adults too. We both enjoyed it. At the end it gets rather tear-jerking – well, it’s a long, long happy end, and a family movie, so that’s okay.

And I wonder whether it’s going to be easier for the parents to explain to the kids where the babies come from, after that movie! πŸ˜€

Hoshin – Path of Dissolutions

If there’s a (dark) ambient release you don’t want to miss, it’s probably this. Ever since the Snowblood label went into complete dormancy after their initial release “Endurance”, I’ve been hoping that Xavier Hoshin (also knows as Esylt, his other artist name) would find a different home for his music, and I’m glad he did, with the well-established Cryo Chamber label. Continue reading “Hoshin – Path of Dissolutions”

Reverse the sticker madness

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned my displeasure with the sticker madness before (or maybe that was on my German blog). On every piece of fruit and vegetable is at least one sticker because there’s five varieties of apples available at any time and one costs $2.49 while the other costs $2.69 and yet another $2.99, or something.*

Organic Zucchini on countertop, August 2016.
Organic Zucchini on countertop, August 2016.

If you buy organic, you get an extra sticker: ORGANIC (it’s always, always green, too).

And I’ve been wondering… what if we’d reverse that? (no, not CINAGRO! lol)

Let’s not put an extra sticker on organic produce – put an extra one on conventional produce instead: CONVENTIONAL. In red, of course. Just like “organic” serves the purpose of indirectly saying “GMO free”, the red “conventional” could serve as a warning for “additional pesticide residue” (which is of course the sole reason why GMO free is interesting)…πŸ˜‰

Okay, all joking aside – I am convinced that more people would buy organic if the labeling was reversed like that. I am also convinced that there’d be a number of people who would say “hey, wow, this stuff labelled ‘conventional’ is so much cheaper, awesome!”πŸ˜›

*) dear supermarkets, how about you just price them all the same and save the money that goes into organizing this whole nonsense, and the little stickers that are sometimes quite impossible to remove as well? Friggin’ apples…

Delerium – Silence (Airscape Remix)

I felt like “Vocal Trance” a while ago and one of the most outstanding tracks of the genre has to be Airscape’s Remix of Delerium’s “Silence”, featuring Sarah McLachlan, so this marks the second entry in my “songs to play loud” series, at last.πŸ™‚

Continue reading “Delerium – Silence (Airscape Remix)”

Cellphone Photos – August 2016 Gallery (12 photos)


Every day is Black Friday at the Costco gas stations – except that there’s not just a line, there’s a whole friggin’ traffic jam, in the Costco parking lot. Because there’s a 4-way stop intersection on the way to the holy pumps, of course. And it’s the guy’s turn who wants to pump gas. Except that there’s no way where he can go, because everything is clogged. So he drives right into the intersection – and blocks it for everyone else!

You’re saving 20 cents per gallon. How much are you going to pump, 12, 15, maybe 20 gallons? Congratulations, you wasted half an hour to save $3, maybe. You wouldn’t work for that money of course, because it’s not even minimum wage.

The amount of money saved at the Costco gas pumps can’t possible be worth the nerves it costs trying to get in the line and the time wasted waiting for your turn… but maybe it’s fun turning into a complete moron and blocking an intersection for $3? Who knows?

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