"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.

Flying Rhino – Wabi (2001)

In my series about my personal “Best of Ambient” selection, this one’s an outlier: “Wabi” is a compilation (all the others so far are artist albums). But, despite the fact that there’s nine different artists contributing tracks to the compilation, the disc has a surprisingly coherent sound. Continue reading “Flying Rhino – Wabi (2001)”

32 Best Ambient Albums Ever Made

I found the compilation of “32 Best Ambient Albums Ever Made” via “Ambient Landscape“, and I thoroughly enjoyed browsing, reading and listening to the entries in the list. Continue reading “32 Best Ambient Albums Ever Made”

The RIAA is Don Quixote

Think back 20-30 years ago, and imagine this headline: “RIAA takes on tape-recording in copyright lawsuit targeting tape deck manufacturers” – does that sound absurd?

But yet today, we have a headline like this: “RIAA takes on stream-ripping in copyright lawsuit targeting YouTube-mp3Continue reading “The RIAA is Don Quixote”

Snapping Turtle at Lake Hodges (5 photos)

Well, that was a weird encounter for sure. I never imagined I’d see a Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) in the wild, let alone at nearby Lake Hodges! They’re not native to Southern California (this Wikipedia article has a range map), and apparently it’s not even lawful to possess them here. Continue reading “Snapping Turtle at Lake Hodges (5 photos)”

Cellphone Photos – September 2016 Gallery (21 photos)

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…🙂

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. 🙂

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! 😀

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