Samstag, 31. Dezember 2011

Happy New Year


"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." -Neil Gaiman

He can never be quoted enough. :-) Anyway. I wish you the above and I thank you for spending the last year with me. I'll see you all on the other side and we'll make 2012 a year to remember, okay?

Freitag, 30. Dezember 2011

Resolutions 2012

In 2012 I will

  • promote my business excessively
  • go horseback riding regularly
  • move out
  • find a better job
  • watch my weight to never lose as much as I did ever again
  • structure my days and weeks
  • do my photography projects
  • have an exhibition
  • save money
  • do the 365 photos thingy
  • go on a vacation
  • go on a trip to one European capital for a weekend trip
  • never lose myself
  • live
  • be more patient
Do you already have your resolutions?

Donnerstag, 29. Dezember 2011

What is this?



dragon

Not weird enough? Head over to Peculiar Vintage Snapshots at Flickr. But beware... you will only leave once you saw it all in its glory...

Dienstag, 27. Dezember 2011

You did well

What, no butter OR salt? by Barb D'Arpino (barbaralynne)) on 500px.com
What, no butter OR salt? by Barb D'Arpino


What I have accomplished in 2011 or what I can be grateful for:

What about you? Do you have a list of "you did well"-reminders? Because whatever we did, we tend to forget out accomplishments easily. What we remember best are out failures. At least I do. So it is important to remember the good as well.

Montag, 26. Dezember 2011

George R.R. Martin: A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3 part 1)A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Let me tell you what I didn't like:

- enough with killing off all the characters I come to invest in. Some of them need to make it out alive (And I mean alive as in really alive!). Some of them need to win. You cannot always maim and hurt and kill, dear author. You will say that you can but I answer: you piss me off with it. Granted, the world you create is a cruel one. But even in a cruel world, people occasionally succeed and experience moments of happiness... and they aren't always the evil ones because it makes the good ones look incompetent and stupid and this lets the evil ones lose some of their cleverness and you see where I am going with this? Plans work out and not only for the antagonists. Maybe I am rooting for the wrong team, but you are to blame for that as well since you made me be on team Stark in the first novel. Now you cannot switch me around. I'm a faithful reader.

- Sansa. Sansa pisses me off to no extent...that is because I think the author fails her. Nobody goes through whatever she has gone through unchanged. And yet, miraculously, Sansa manages to remain this naive girl without backbone. Grow some balls, girl. Or maybe, if the author would actually be on those character's side that he has originally established as the protagonists, Sansa and Arya might meet and then some of Arya might rub off on her little sister?

- the pace. It is way too slow. I know, sooner or later, Arya and her wolf will meet up or she wouldn't have wolf dreams. Do I have to wait until book 12762?

- I wonder why I should bother reading the next volume. I know I will, but... I expect the remaining characters that I care for (the Hound, Tyrion, Arya, Jon, Ghost) will probably be maimed and killed in it anyway.

What I would like to say is... I see the work that went into it, I also see the typos in the print (yes, I know it is tough work but there is a difference between "Catelyn opened the windows" and "Catelyn opened the widows"... I can even remember that one), and I hope that it won't stay as hopelessly grim and depressing. The bad guys cannot win (and they can be as clever and as layered as they are...they are still the antagonist), the originally established protagonists must have some success as well. Throw them a bone. Throw me a bone but one you don't snatch away when my fingers are already brushing it. Because it isn't good story-telling when it is the only thing you do. We got it: everyone can die. Fine, sing me a new tune, maybe the one that is called "some of them can survive".



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Sonntag, 25. Dezember 2011

Christmas 2011: Day one and two are done

this present I made myself :-)
so yummie

the weather has room for improvement

the cats liked their present

the cats fell asleep on the table

still tired

My presents by various people :-)

Tomorrow my aunt will come over and today my other aunt, uncle and little cousins were here for breakfast.
Link me your Christmas posts?

Freitag, 23. Dezember 2011

Are you ready?



Do you have all your presents? Your cards are all written? Have managed to uncoil the christmas lights?
Kudos. I think I'm set. But I never know until the day. Something always comes up. One last idea. One last card I need to write.
Christmas is always so sudden. *lol*

Donnerstag, 22. Dezember 2011

Last Minute shopping

pretty isn't it?

the weather... not so much

we had snow two days ago which lasted for about 5 hours :-/
these are no present...

these are essentials *g*
I also bought a new winter coat because they are for sale (I wonder why... winter hasn't even really begun). These are just the basics.

Now I'll finish drinking my vanilla flavoured black tea, read a bit and then bake the last Christmas Cookies.

Mittwoch, 21. Dezember 2011

contemplating

.. a give away. I'm finishing a book and I am considering giving one copy away. Either of that or of another one. Not sure yet, which. But keep your eyes open if you'd like one. :-)


Dienstag, 20. Dezember 2011

Books 2011

Booklist 2011:
  • D. Cadbury: Dinosaurierjäger
  • T. Pratchett: The Last Hero
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great GAtsby
  • Lauren Groff: The Monsters of Templeton (Abandoned after 1/3)
  • Hilde Domin: Hier
  • Ray Bradbury: The Small Assassin (still finishing this)
  • Lewis CAroll: Alive in Wonderland
  • Amy Tan: Saving Fish from Drowning
  • C. Dickens: David Copperfiled (Half through)
  • W. Moers: Rumo
  • Khaled Hussein: A thousand Splendid Suns
  • T. Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters
  • A. Miller. Death of a Salesman
  • c. Miéville: Perdito Street Station
  • R. Castle: Heatwave
  • R. Castle: Nikki Heat
  • Harper Lee: To kill a Mockingbird
  • C.S Lewis: Narnia (abandoned after the first two books)
  • L. Banner: MM Personal
  • Fragments
  • T. Pratchett: Witches Abroad
  • T. Pratchett: Lords and Ladies
  • T. Pratchett: Masquerade
  • N. Gaiman: Coraline (re-read)
  • T. Pratchett: Carpe Jugulum
  • A. Christie: The Man in the brown suit
  • Naomi Novik: His Majesties Dragon
  • T. Pratchett: The Wee Free Men
  • N. Novik: Throne of Jade
  • N. Novik: Black Powder War
  • S. Chobosky: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • N. Novik: Empire of Ivory
  • N. Novik: Victory of Eagles
  • N. Novik: Tongues of Serpents
  • Geroge RR Martin: Game of Thrones
  • George RR Martin: Clash of Kings
  • Ray Bradbury: The Halloween Tree
  • Susan Hill: The Woman in Black
  • T. Pratchett: The Amazing Maurice and his educated Rodents
  • George RR Martin: A Storm of Swords

What about you? What were your books? SHow me your lists, maybe I can find something to read for the next year?

Montag, 19. Dezember 2011

I heart...

... my recent tumblr faves:

http://rollrumble.tumblr.com/post/14014799681/i-hate-it-when

http://fyeahwall-e.tumblr.com/post/13685735795


http://thepegelow.tumblr.com/post/13585433679

http://lady-lancelot.tumblr.com/post/13552240627/characters-that-i-love-aragorn-lord-of-the

http://art-avenue.tumblr.com/post/13456970114




Sonntag, 18. Dezember 2011

Tattoo #3



I seriously need to stop. It reads 'choice', in case you find it difficult to make out on the pic :-)

Freitag, 16. Dezember 2011

Donnerstag, 15. Dezember 2011

This is cool and it is about Whales



Go to http://whale.fm/ and do awesome stuff. You can help. Let me quote:

The communication of killer whales and pilot whales is still poorly understood. While we know for some species the general context in which sounds are made (reproduction, contact calls for finding each other) many of the calls remain a mystery to us. To properly understand the implications of these responses, we need to know more about why and when animals make specific calls. This process is very challenging especially for vocal species such as killer whales and pilot whales.
The increasing size of current acoustic datasets and the large call repertoire make it very difficult for scientists to address these questions. A single person would take months to go through the data, and the outcome would still depend on a single persons’ interpretation.
For this reason we want to ask you to help us solve this problem, by categorizing the calls of killer whales pilot whales that you find on this website. The dataset generated by this project will allow us to address interesting questions, such as:
  • How well do different judgements of volunteers agree, and how well can we categorize calls of vocal species such as pilot whales?
  • How large is the call repertoire of pilot whales? (is size repertoire sign of intelligence?)
  • Do the long and short finned pilot whales have different call repertoires (or ‘dialects’?).
  • Does this repertoire change during sonar transmissions? if so, how does this related to changes in behavior of the individuals and the group as a whole?

Mittwoch, 14. Dezember 2011

365/2010


365/2010 by Jennifer Renner | Make Your Own Book


Finally I got around to turning the photos into a book. That year was a difficult one but it taught me a lot. And thanks to the project I became a better photographer and a stronger person.

Feel free to have a look. And stay tuned because next year, I will do it again in a completely new fashion.

Dienstag, 13. Dezember 2011

Samstag, 10. Dezember 2011

Caturday


found on tumblr and had to steal
If you know the source, please let me know, thank you.