Sorry About the Silence

What it says in the header: I’ve been unemployed, yet surprisingly busy this last month – new baby in the family, my sister’s wedding, the end of the semester with tons of papers to hand in and tests etc.

Well, by the end of the week I’ll be mostly done and I’ll be at my parents’ place to housesit yet again. And then I’ll have the time to catch up with my writing. Until then, this blog will run in the essential, stripped down mode it’s in now. Bear with me.

My apologies and will be back to normal soon.

Questions About the Blogger – Meme Monday

1. Do you try to look hot when you go to the grocery store just in case someone recognizes you from your blog?

Hell no! First of all – I have exactly two photos of me on this site, and I daresay nobody checks the about page anyway. [If you want to see the other one, you'll have to search for it... ;)] So, the chances that anybody would recognise me are rather slim. Second of all – I don’t blog because I’m beautiful and I don’t blog for making people think of me as beautiful. Third of all – why should I care how I look like when I go to the grocery store?

2. Are the photos you post Photoshopped or otherwise altered?

Not by me. Most of the photos on here, I steal. They were probably tampered with – but I lack the motivation and the knowledge to do that.

3. Do you like it when creeps or dorks email you?

Nobody writes me fanmail. Or unfanmail. I probably wouldn’t like the creepy ones, but the dorky ones? Sure, bring it on.

4. Do you lie in your blog?

No. Why bother? I can decide what I want to say and what not. Why should I lie?

5. Are you passive-aggressive in your blog?

When I’m aggressive, I’m really active about it.

6. Do you ever threaten to quit writing so people will tell you not to stop?

No. I blog for myself and not because I want the attention.

7. Are you in therapy? If not, should you be? If so, is it helping?

I was. It didn’t help a whole lot, but it wasn’t bad either. I probably should be in therapy again, but I can’t be bothered right now.

8. Do you delete mean comments? Do you fake nice ones?

No and no. I do delete incomprehensible comments though. And comments that only exist to be stupid. And spam.

9. Have you ever rubbed one out while reading a blog? How about after?

Rubbed one out? That one’s new for me.

No, not while reading. After reading – yes, but not because of the blog reading.

10. If your readers knew you in person, would they like you more or like you less?

That’s up to my readers. But I do think that I’m much like my blogging self in real life.

11. Do you have a job?

Not anymore.

12. If someone offered you a decent salary to blog full-time without restrictions, would you do it?

Oh my… that would be living the dream…

13. Which blogger do you want to meet in real life?

There are many bloggers I like to meet – especially the ones I have a lot of contact with online.

14. Which bloggers have you made out with?

I don’t think I ever made out with another blogger. *gasp*

15. Do you usually act like you have more money or less money than you really have?

I usually spend more money than I have. Because there’s just so many things I need to have. Like books and visits to the cinema and DVDs and stuff… but I don’t think that I act like I have shitloads of money. I just spend it.

16. Does your family read your blog?

My sister does sometimes (btw, still waiting for that comment). But my family really isn’t that into blogging at all.

17. How old is your blog?

Two and a half years.

18. Do you get more than 1000 page views per day? Do you care?

I get about 500 views a day. Which continues to amaze me. And I love my blogstats.

19. Do you have another secret blog in which you write about being depressed, slutty, or a liar?

No. Though the thought has crossed my mind.

20. Have you ever given another blogger money for his/her writing?

I do click on ads sometimes just for that reason. But no, I didn’t.

21. Do you report the money you earn from your blog on your taxes?

What money?

22. Is blogging narcissistic?

Not necessarily.

23. Do you feel guilty when you don’t post for a long time?

Not really guilty, but bad. It’s a personal need of mine to blog.

24. Do you like John Mayer?

Who?

25. Do you have enemies?

No pronounced ones. I don’t think of anyone as my enemy, but if somebody thinks of me like that – I wouldn’t know.

26. Are you lonely?

No.

27. Why bother?

Blogging?

To keep track.
To share things.
To find things.
To entertain.
To be entertained.
To stay in touch.
To collect.
To learn.
To write.
To have fun.

Honestly, for me, there are more reasons to blog than not to blog.

Top 10: Songs Performed by Siblings

It’s not surprising that talent (or the complete lack of, as in my case) runs in families. But what I do think surprising is the number of siblings who can actually stand to be around each other so much to have a band. I love my siblings but if I had to spend more than six hours a day for a period longer than three weeks with any of them, we’d probably all go insane. [And I do think that that's actually a rather high tolerance level.]

Anyways, there are quite a few bands out there with at least two siblings in them. So, let’s have a quick rundown.

[Just a quick note: I left out The Kinks, because I have posted so much about them already. Just note that they should actually be included on this list.]

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Links

Books

An old thread on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books with favourite pieces of dialogue from (mostly) romance novels.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – a novel posted in chapters (also as audio).

Oh, for fuck’s sake! [This sounds like a book made for bookbitching...]

If China Mièville really blogged, I’d so totally be a squealing fan-girl… but will have to do with this guest post in the meantime: Leave an Idea, Take an Idea. oooh, and here’s another one where he wrote a bit.

This is what would happen if Bella wasn’t just a cardboard cutout of a character.

Movies

Top 10 worst musical movie moments.

You probably know this trailer for the Shining,

but did you know about Scary Mary?

Or Zombie Westside Story?

Aaaaaawwwww…. *sniff*

Burton’s Alice in Wonderland gets more pictures. And Dorian Gray gets its first.

Rambo remade. By one guy. In his flat. Completely.

Politics

You’d think that the world was better than this

On Rape in South Africa.

*headdesk*

Completely missing the point of “Intent doesn’t matter.”

TV

Doctor Who, Overthought. [And a new photo for the season finale.]

30 Rock = Muppets? (via liberrydwarf)

Completely Different Things

Something to play with.

Magic 8 Ball Meets Learning Machine.

Atlas Obscura – wondrous, curious locations around the world.

Video of People Watching Porn.

Funny Exams. [This is especially WOW!]

Top 10: Guilty Pop Music Pleasures

[I know I'm a day late but I had an exam yesterday and I spent the day learning, so..]

We all have them, right? Bands we shouldn’t really like because they’re so uncool and usually not really to our taste anyway, but which still make us smile when they are on. Or we even own CDs which we’ve buried somewhere deep down in our closets. ;)

Okay, it’s not that bad. But you know what I mean , right? Usually it’s some kind of pop music and you’re so above it, culturally. And yet…

So here are my Top 10 Guilty Pop Music Pleasures, ranked by degree of embarassement.

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Video Vriday

The Baseballs are a German band, who take pop songs and rearrange them to sound like they are from the 50s. It’s a pretty genius concept that even makes Katy Perry songs fun. Their first single is Rihanna’s Umbrella.

The Baseballs – Umbrella

I like that the video is like a music video from the 50s as well.

Tintenblut [Inkspell] (Cornelia Funke)

Inkspell is the second book in the Inkworld Trilogy by Cornelia Funke. (Review of the first book here, review of the movie adaptation of the first book here.)

[Please be aware that the plot basically starts where Inkheart left off, so you will read spoilers for Inkheart if you read on.]

Plot:
Meggie lives with both her parents, her aunt Elinor and Darius in Elinor’s house. Resa still has no voice, but she tells Meggie about the Inkworld with her hands as often as she cans.
In the meantime moves Farid with Dustfinger around. They have a copy of Inkheart and are looking for someone who can finally bring Dustfinger home. They seem to find that person in Orpheus. He does read Dustfinger back, but he cheats on him and leaves Farid in our world.
Farid goes to Meggie for help and together they enter the Inkworld, followed by Mo, Resa, Mortola and Basta.

Inkspell, like Inkheart, is an exciting romp, and the proof that thought experiments can be really entertaining. The characters are great, the story is exciting and the world is interesting. Sometimes it gets a bit long, though.

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[SPOILERS for Inkspell and Inkheart]

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Angels & Demons (Dan Brown)

Angels & Demons is the first Robert Langdon novel by Dan Brown.

Plot:
At CERN, a scientist and priest is murdered and branded with a supposedly long lost Illuminati sign. Because of that sign, Robert Langdon, symbologist and Illuminati professor, is called to help out. The trail leads him to Vatican City, where the new pope should be elected that day. But the killer has not only kidnapped the four most likely candidates for the post, but has also installed a stolen antimatter bomb and threatens to blow up Vatican City and everybody in it.

This book is pulp. But even if you don’t expect more from it, it’s still rather boring. [I also read The Da Vinci Code and at least it got me hooked. Angels & Demons, not so much.] How anybody can take Robert Langdon serious is beyond me. Don’t ask me why I finished it.

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[SPOILERS]

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