2009 that is. The end of the Bush era. And while most of us want the asshole impeached, if not dragged before the Hague for his war crimes, just getting him out of Washington will be a wonder to behold. Like Los Angeles, with the smog gone after a rain storm.
Wow, it’s been almost a year since I posted here. Where did the time go?!
Quick update for what I’ve been up to over the past year, for the hopelessly Dagoril-obsessed hehe…
Well, where to begin? I haven’t posted for a while! My apologies to anyone who was semi-following the blog. Are any of you still around? Or is it only the spambots that Akismet keeps blocking? God bless you, Akismet!
Not much of interest has been going on with me during my absence. I weathered the holidays, and even managed to not gain any weight. Got a nasty bout of the flu. And I had an especially crappy temp job, which is fortunately over now. I was on my feet all day there, and it was waaaay more physically demanding than I have been in shape for, for say, oh I dunno, 20 years?? 🙂 The good news, is I’m in better shape than I’ve been since college hehe. But I was too tired to blog or do much of anything else, for that matter. Sure slept well though!
Other than that, the only thing of interest I’ve been doing has been refreshing my language skills, primarily German, as the title of this post hints at, though a few others too. I took German, French and Spanish in high school, as mentioned in other posts, and studied Russian in college, and have been working rehabilitating my language skills in those too. It’s all coming back to me fairly rapidly. And in my typical Leonine fashion, I’m of course not satisfied with that, and have started trying to learn half a dozen other new languages as well. Now I’m going to have to buckle down and come visit Europe, to put some of these languages to some use! I had a weird dream about Bavaria the other night, perhaps I should start there and work my way west 🙂
An Amusing Bavaria picture I found on my hard drive.
Finally there’s the Top Chef finale coming on in a few hours, and while I’ll watch it, I must confess the season has been utterly disappointing. All drama, and not enough food. The show has inspired me to do more cooking lately myself though, instead of eating non-stop frozen microwave dinners I’ll see if I can get some pictures up of some of my frightening bachelor haute cuisine hehe. Season premiere of the new series tonight also, Top Design. We’ll see if it’s any good, the previews of the girl not wanting to design a whole room around a cat certainly gave me a chuckle.
Much of the West Coast of North America has been hit with ugly weather this week…in Los Angeles where I am it’s finally getting up into the 70s (Fahrenheit) again during the days, but the nights are still quite chilly, in the 40s. I should probably count myself lucky, because at least we aren’t poor Canada, which got snowstorms hehe. At any rate, most of us would probably rather be on some sunny Caribbean island right about now, so here you go! (If video doesn’t load in a timely manner, try viewing the individual article on it’s own page by clicking on the title, or try hitting F5…YouTube has been ridiculously slow lately).
You like? I like!
Still cold and shivery? OK! Here’s another one 🙂
We love L.A.! We just love it more when it’s warm!
If that didn’t warm you up, you’re gonna have to settle for the flannel blanket and a cup of hot cocoa!
I hope you all didn’t eat too much over the holiday! I know I did. Hence this music post, to help us all burn some calories hehe! Stand up and shake your groove thang while you watch the videos, your former waistline will thank you.
I like a wide variety of music, and it often happens that I’m playing something, at work or on my mp3 player, that a friend hasn’t heard before. Explaining what kind of music it is is usually a pretty straightforward thing, unless it’s industrial or techno. For people who aren’t into electronic music, it all sounds the same apparently, whereas the 2 genres sound dramatically different to me. Some people can’t even tell the difference between heavy metal and industrial…well there’s no hope for you if you’re in that group, just go shoot yourself now 🙂 (hint…heavy METAL is METAL because of the METAL guitar strings…electronic music, like industrial, is all done on computers…hence no METAL!!).
But in a nutshell…industrial is noisy, gritty, often political, often angry-sounding. While techno is more lyrical, often more danceable, less serious, more fun maybe. If you can get past the noise and the screaming with the industrial music, the lyrics are often thought-provoking, though can get a little pretentious. With techno, the lyrics are usually easy to hear, but forgettable. But enough banter…here are some examples for illustration.
This is Industrial:
This is Techno:
Pet Shop Boys
I hope that cleared everything up! But if not, check out Ishkur’s somewhat tongue-in-cheek survey of electronic dance music. (you’re going to want a broadband connection for that site I think)
Happy (American) Thanksgiving all!
I’m having some connection issues, which will hopefully be resolved soon. In the meantime, enjoy this holiday themed video 🙂
“Ach, Ja!” oder “Nicht, nicht!”? Definitely “Ach, Ja!”
I hadn’t planned on seeing the Borat movie. I find that kind of “in your face” schtick a little uncomfortable to watch, even though Steven Collbert pulls it off pretty well with his own faux-conservative thing. But I may have to go see it. I hadn’t watched Da Ali G Show either, primarily because it was on HBO and I don’t have that on my cable. So imagine my chagrin, when I find out that the Bruno pictured above is none other than Sacha Baron Cohen! I had seen this particular Bruno clip a while ago, all the time thinking it was really a clip from some weird Austrian tv show hehe. What can I say, I’m the guy who was ignorant of Numa Numa for a few years too 🙂 I am sufficiently convinced of Cohen’s comedic genius, after seeing some of Ali G over the weekend. This guy fooled people into thinking he was really a Kazakh journalist. He fooled me into thinking he was a gay Austrian fashionista. And for god’s sake, he got Pat fricken Buchanan to rap, of all things!
Ali G discusses the merits of the BLT, with and without mustard, and other things with Pat Buchanan
Love Bruno? Take heart! A movie has been announced! You can take a walk on the brown side mit Bruno sometime in 2007 or early 2008.