Links

Art

Simon Schubert creates architectural images by folding paper only. Like:

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Nice photos of kissing men.

Books

That book sounds absolutely awesome. Gimme multimedia!

Maurice Sendak’s birthday round-up.

18 Challenges in Contemporary Literature.

Free short young adult fantasy stories – 0ne every week for a year.

Movies

NOOOOOO!!! JJ Abrams to produce MI: 4. Megan Fox as new Buffy?

First Hobbit casts stand.

Jaws in 30 Seconds and with Bunnies. Or the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Or many, many more.

The Cryptic Canvas. I got about half of the titles until I had to look for help.

Inception sounds better and better.

To quote the Den of Geeks:

Snakes On A Plane exists for one line of dialogue. And it was never going to make the TV version…

Music

Completely Different Things

Liberrydwarf’s collection is especially great this week.

Bad News from the Past.

Your Logo Makes Me Barf.

Daily Routines of Famous People.

That game sounds really cool. And it’s free.

Oops.

The Ages of Your Religious Transformation – Meme Monday

Got this from here.

Highlight the important parts of your religious development, grouping it by age.

Age 0:
My parents decide that it wasn’t necessary to baptise me.

Age 5:
We moved from the big city to a small, very catholic village where we stood out like a sore thumb. A lot of hostility because of a lot of things, but mostly because we weren’t good catholics. Or no catholics at all, in my case. Things didn’t bode well for me and catolicism.

Age 5-14:
Things pretty much stayed the same: While I was fascinated with the stories from the bible, they were stories to me, not factual accounts and stood on their own – entirely separated from the church in my head. Church became a no-go more and more.

Age 15-16:
I wanted to find the church for me. I still believed that there was something out there, some higher power, even if I refused to think about it as “god” or picture a man with a white beard.  Dabbled in Buddhism a bit, but never really seriously.

Age 17:
Short spiritual phase, mostly lived by reading Paulo Coelho. I lived in Brasil at the time with a very religious (baptist) host sister. My aversion against churches grew after I was laughed at by her and her friends for saying that I “believed” in evolution.

Age 18:
After spending a long time evading the question of what I believed (if someone asked, I’d usually say “science”) by settling that there’s no church for me and that I didn’t see any higher power in the day-to-day life anyway and that the only place left for god in my world was before the Big Bang, I had an epiphany: I just didn’t believe in god. It really was this one moment, I remember it perfectly, where I just thought: “Actually, I really don’t think that there’s anything out there.” And suddenly, it was like a weight fell off my shoulders and I knew that this was something I really and wholeheartedly believed to be true.
Then I just had to spend another 9 months in Africa, where the missionairies screwed people up so bad that they couldn’t accept that on the one hand, they couldn’t convert me and that on the other hand, I didn’t want to convert them, either.

After that, my atheism was bullet proof.

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Rachel Getting Married is the new movie by Jonathan Demme, written by Jenny Lumet and starring Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt and Bill Irwin.

Plot:
Kym (Anne Hathaway) gets out of rehab for the weekend to attend her sister Rachel’s (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding. During that weekend, family is being family, with all its ensuing problems, fights and quarrels, but also support, laughter and love.

Though the film has some lengths, it’s a fine piece of cinema with stellar performances by everyone.

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Links

Books

How to write a Dean Koontz novel.

So, George Orwell stole the plot for 1984, and he was not a good writer. Remind me again why people think that his books are works of literature?

Comics

The Dreaded Question – great short comic.

Movies

A round-up of probably the worst movies to come. On the plus side, there’s a little bit of Christopher Eccleston.

A new Hamlet with Emile Hirsch? The guy’s talented but do we need another Hamlet?

Apparently Hirsch himself has come up with a new twist on the Bard’s time-honoured fable, which takes place in a contemporary US setting and will play like a thriller. Perhaps Hamlet’s dying father shoots off a tweet about the manner of his murder most foul, only to use up all his 140 characters before he can reveal the identity of the assailant. He takes his secret to the grave, forcing dozens of Twitter followers to become cyber-sleuths and exeunt in pursuit of clues. Sorry, I should have issued a spoiler alert there.

Liam Neeson to be A-Team’s Hannibal.

Music

Politics

Sicksicksick.

Religion

Speech by Nate Phelps about his father Fred Phelps and his abuse.

Completely Different Things

Apocryphacts: Trivia so good you’ll wish it were true.

Creative candles: Why use one wick when you can use five?

Orphaned Tweets.

Beauty in Advertisement

Darbo is an Austrian company. They make stuff from fruits – jams, syrup, etc – and beautiful ad campaigns.

Like this one:

Or this one (which of course wins by including the Dresden Dolls anyway):

Or this one:

But it’s their newest one that really makes me love them:

Why can’t all advertisement be like this?

Austria has this internet page, where you answer a few questions (and rate their importance for you) and it tells you, which party in a certain election you have the most in common with. Here are my results for the EU parliament election:

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Translation:

You have answered 25 questions about current political topics in the EU.
The comparison showed that you have the most in common with the following party:

Green

In the diagram below you can see, how much you have in common with each party.

Green +205
Young Liberals +147
Communist Party +143
-5 Liste Martin
-55 Conservative Party
-69 Social Democrat Party
-78 Rightwing Neonazis* (FPÖ)
-125 More Rightwing Neonazis* (BZÖ)

*Not the actual translation.

Now, the big results didn’t surprise me one bit. I know that I’m on the left side of the political spectrum and I usually vote for the Green Party, so, fine, I guess. But what did surprise me was the ranking in the middle there. That I seemingly have more in common with the Conservative Party than with the Social Democrats. That the Liste Martin is almost on the plus side. And that there’s this huge gape between the FPÖ and the BZÖ. [And I personally consider the FPÖ the bigger evil of the two, so that I have even less in common with the BZÖ should probably make me reconsider that.]

I just wanted to share that. You’re very welcome to start a discussion with me in the comments.

Short Meme – Meme Monday

Taken from L.

Recommend 4 books.

Let me think about that. I’ll make it books I haven’t talked about yet here.

Peter Hoeg‘s Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow. Wonderful prose, surprising and interesting story, great characters. [Though you could probably say that about any of Hoeg’s books.]

Christopher Brookmyre‘s One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night. It’s drenched in British Humour and it’s wonderfully absurd.

[Two crime novels so far. Interesting. Although I rarely read crime novels.]

Jasper Fforde‘s Thursday Next Series, starting with The Eyre Affair. If you love books at all, you’re going to love this funny, exciting meta-fiction.

Jonathan Safran Foer‘s Everything Is Illuminated. [Also, a great movie.] Written with a lot of warmth and fine humour.

What’s the last thing you said aloud?

See you tomorrow!

What’s on your playlist?

Right now? Duffy‘s Rockferry album.

…going to do next?

Writing some more posts because I’ve been neglecting my duties a little bit in the post-employment partying.

How about lunch?

As I’m typing this post, it’s 9.15 in the evening (I’m prescheduling this, so sue me), so, no thanks, but I’m meeting a friend for lunch tomorrow who I haven’t seen in ages.

Holidays?

Always good, right now, unfortunately, out of the question. At least, holidays away from home.

La frontière de l’aube (Frontier of Dawn) [2008]

La frontière de l’aube is a French movie directed by Philippe Garrel, starring his son Louis Garrel, Laura Smet and Clémentine Poidatz.

Plot:
François (Louis Garrel) is a photographer, who gets the job to take some portraits of starlet Carole (Laura Smet). They start an affair, even though Carole is married. But their passion is bound to fail.

The actors were well cast, but the story was predictable and the second half of the film left me bored to death. Beautiful shots and a good cast wasted.

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