is like an inverse sandwich

[youtube] ‘Tell me have you seen the marvelous breadfish Swimming in the ocean waters? Have you seen that the marvelous breadfish Is like an inverse sandwich For fishermen and sharks?’ There’s no explanation for my fascination with this, but I’ve been watching and listening to it for more than an hour and I can’t… Continue reading is like an inverse sandwich

deciding in Portuguese

Often, I wonder if I’m at a severe disadvantage living in a country where the language being spoken is not my own. My German is quite good – well, passable. I love the culture, as well as the language, and I’m eager to learn and understand more. Nevertheless, there’s still this niggling thing in the… Continue reading deciding in Portuguese

The Continuing Adventures of Our Favorite Fancy World-Traveling Bon Vivant (yes, he still has those jaunty hats)

The hilarious second instalment of ‘ the story of Ken, the fancy world-traveling bon vivant’ by the people who bring you Lucy’s Football. Where do they (she) come up with this stuff? A bit of full disclosure: my real-life nemesis actually happens to be Jeff Goldblum. The very one. Part of the greatness of this… Continue reading The Continuing Adventures of Our Favorite Fancy World-Traveling Bon Vivant (yes, he still has those jaunty hats)

lose the words

I’m not sure how long this has been going on, but each year some in the German press debate and decide on the Unwort des Jahres. When I asked google how that could be translated, it came up with ‘taboo word‘. I don’t like that at all. Because ‘taboo‘ connotes that the word has rarely… Continue reading lose the words

keep dreaming on

Although I’m not a book blogger, I know quite a few of those people and read them with relish. The thing is that I love reading and really enjoy pulling my favourite parts out of books, but I rarely feel I do a book justice when I try to review it. I suppose I could… Continue reading keep dreaming on

a grand total of seventy-four

Stumbling round the web today, I happened upon McSweeney’s, which I’m certain I’ll be returning to for inspiration. I’m not kidding; there was so much wisdom (or satire of wisdom) to pass on that I could easily make this whole blog a ‘What I read on McSweeney’s site’. Wait, let me ponder that one a… Continue reading a grand total of seventy-four

these genes would make an ugly sister

Although I don’t have a sister, I found out some weird news this week. Turns out I can legally artificially inseminate my sister, but it’s against the law for me to actually have intercourse with her. That’s a relief, right? Wait, what? It’s true. Them’s the rules. Unless you’re in Germany or pay attention to German… Continue reading these genes would make an ugly sister

idler and idler

Because of some new projects I’m involved with, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and trying to do too much. So many things I wanted to accomplish this weekend, and yet something in me rebelled. It was as if my brain raised a flag of surrender and said, ‘Enough.’ Rather than power through… Continue reading idler and idler

A whole Party of Pirates? Aye, matey.

I’ll quickly deal with the Pirate Party. Easy answer: they’re sort of nuts, but not totally nuts. They are very much into net neutrality and free wifi for everyone. They’re in the regional government in Berlin and the traditional politicians are very irritated and not amused with them. That should be a good thing, right?… Continue reading A whole Party of Pirates? Aye, matey.

wanting to be loved

Heard an interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman this morning, and he said something right at the end that could be dismissed as trite. But I keep replaying it in my head, and that’s normally enough for me to bring it here and see what comes into my brain, and then onto the page. They were talking about… Continue reading wanting to be loved