monanotlisa: (boerne und thiel - tatort)
Congratulations! North-Rhine Westphalia has voted; as NRW is the most populous German Federal State, this tends to be seen as a signal for overall German politics. A red-green and now majority coalition headed by two women, Hannelore Kraft und Sylvia Löhrmann will keep leading the State -- on a national level, I doubt it will have any impact on fiscal politics; following the constitutional court's dissolution of the parliament on the Rhine, the ruling parties have vowed to keep a tight budget and are thus "in line".

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Mother's Day: went well; Mama loved the bouquet I'd brought in my sister's & my name. Unfortunately, when my father brought her back to the clinic after our little trip to the ballot, someone broke into his car and stole the GPS. Sad reminder I should put mine away when leaving the car.

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Papa was bemoaning that the lemon verbena was growing like weeds and covering the lamps in our garden. I cut off some and am now sipping a tea made from the big bag I took along.

Definitely need some calming tea, still: yesterday at Mikey's birthday party, the usual Barbecue In The Garden celebration, I drank a bottle of Spanish red...and that was before he brought out the bottle of Baileys. Oh, God, my head. /o\
monanotlisa: Need I say more than the keywords? It's Olivia Dunham, front and centre, and Philipp Broyles, her regal boss (olivia & broyles - fringe)
Fandom is wonderful. Especially when the government that should care the fuck about its female citizens doesn't:

Fundraising for Texas Planned Parenthood -- with a twist

That said, just as a placeholder note, it's not as if I live in the land where milk and honey flow. Pro-choice politics in Germany? Difficult. )

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In more pleasant fannish news, Remix is beta'd twice now, and I'm eying Remix Madness as we speak. Won't have time tomorrow, family visit and driving down the Autobahn for an art fair & a night of Scandinavian films with my graphic designer friend.

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Because [personal profile] elfin is forever the best, I made this for her:

For crazylittleelf on LJ, elfin on DW. <3

Also on tumblr, because what is that platform for if not graphics? Surely not conversation.

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To make this a little more varied in fandoms, [profile] randomeliza too likes Teen Wolf 2011: Come squee with us here in the post, and feel free to check out a certain male actor on the show having taped himself masturbating just slightly off-screen.

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Re-posting from the LJ comm Cortexifans:
Remember tonight's twitter event! The hashtag to use (from 8pm EST on) is #FightTheFuture; here's more info on the campaign, and here are icons and banners you can use to promote it.

Remember to watch live, DVR and watch again ASAP, tweet about it by using #FightTheFuture, check into GetGlue, tell your friends to watch it (especially those who are LOST fans, they may be interested in seeing Desmond Henry Ian Cusick again), etc. etc. Let's hope the ratings will pick up again this week.

(And if you're interested, here are the results for last week's campaign, pretty impressive numbers.)

Enjoy the episode, everyone!





monanotlisa: little girl in football shoes, her head tangled in a german flag (deutschland)
Oh, Süddeutsche. ♥ This is from the first feuilleton page; the same sentiment was on the front-page article about the latest polls in France on their attitudes toward the Germans: Respect and trust, but no passion at all. "They stayed together for the children", one pollster snerked.



For Europe, indeed.
monanotlisa: little girl in football shoes, her head tangled in a german flag (deutschland)
Take that, Mappus, and shove it where the sun don't shine: A red/green coalition may well end up ruling Baden-Württemberg for the next legislature period. Also, the Greens are at 24%(!) of the vote at this -- preview -- point and would in fact be the major partner in a coalation. (German source)

As one of my uni friends drily but more than aptly remarked about the German Federal State affectionally called Ländle, for decades and decades the iron rule was that if the CDU, our conservative party, had put put up a hat-stand as a candidate for elections, folks would've voted for it too.

This does go back to aforementioned discussion I had with my colleagues )
monanotlisa: (john lost in space - sga)
Germany rumoured to be hosting Hosni Mubarak in a clinic in the near future? Angela, how about less behind-the-scenes schemes and more attempts to directly communicate with the people of Egypt? Germany, like all of Europe, is already pretty firmly in too-little-too-late territory, and while this has more than just geopolitical or alliance reasons -- the Member States of the EU are sovereign states; the lack of pre-existing regional strategies is staggering; Germany's track record with revolutions is shaky, and so on -- none of them are very good reasons.

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Just sent the link to my father. But really, it's not just scientists for whom this is totally Relevant To One's Interests:

The entire sun, revealed

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Man, I can only nod at every word [personal profile] marina says here with regard to Matt Bomer.

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If you're interested in German language drifts -- I sure am -- check out this very cool map answering the following question: It's 10:15 in Germany. Do You Know Where Your Isoglosses Are?

As in all other countries, your personal background will also inform the way you speak. Although I myself have set foot in the Ruhrgebiet no more than two dozen times my whole life and although my parents generally speak High German, there are still certain cues in my vocabulary stemming from these small but telling terms that wandered down the rivers and valleys with them when they left their home city for my father's studies. I've been told I'm very hard to place, though, if you aren't the German Henry Higgins, perhaps because I'm not a very auditive learner.
monanotlisa: (another mystery - dresdenfiles)
My darling sister and [personal profile] murron think they found the article in the New York Times about German feminism and the...peculiarities of our society.

(I'm putting it like this only to keep the entry G-rated, mind you.)

If you missed the beginning but happen to be interested, feel free to check out the discussion in question over @tumblr.
monanotlisa: little girl in football shoes, her head tangled in a german flag (deutschland)
...obwohl, nach kurzem Nachdenken: sagt's mir lieber nicht. ;)

Ein Zitat, das meine Meinung zu Kristina Schröder und ihrer ignorant-besserwisserischen Art gut wiedergibt.

(Warum heisst es eigentlich "wiedergeben", aber "widerspiegeln"? Ja, ich weiss: wider = gegen. Aber der Spiegelungsprozess als optisches Phänomen ist doch an sich schon gegenläufig...)

Translation for the (also) English-speaking world: our Minister for Families, Women, Seniors, and Youth - I kid you not - does not believe in feminism (and let me count the ways).
monanotlisa: tim kang as kimball cho  (cho i don't think so - the mentalist)
Still mulling over a million issues of German politics & media at the moment - Sarrazin, reactions to the rampage in Lörrach, the education chip card for underprivileged kids - but when I look around, there seem to be quite enough statements lacking proper research already.

Reading the newspaper, though, I also smiled: In Grosio, Italy, the city unearthed - quite literally - an old Mussolini inscription on a building that read, paraphrased, "Be strong in courage, never look back after having made a decision, always go forward "Ah, fascism: you don't taste any better when Italy-flavoured. So Giuseppe Cecini and Giuseppe Rinaldi, two former partisans aged 87 and 83, snuck onto the piazza at the break of dawn and painted the word vergogna, "shame", onto the wall beneath it - successfully; the city will now remove the slogan.

In German, in Italian (The La Republicca link includes a photo). Sadly, there's no English-language version of the story anywhere to be found.
monanotlisa: (blade - the west wing)
Home, sick. Following the Presidential election THRILLER from the sofa.
monanotlisa: little girl in football shoes, her head tangled in a german flag (deutschland)
I don't know whether to be disappointed or relieved about the nomination of Christian Wulff as our new President: on the plus side, it means that Ursula von der Leyen remains Minister of Labour (and kicketh ass). On the other side, well - Wulff. Whose opinions have always come across as having the firmness of noodles in boiling water after the ten-minute mark.

Y'all up there in Lower Saxony: what's your take on him?

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Nochmal Ursula...Zensursula? Der Part gefällt mir logischerweise gar nicht. Aber ansonsten hat der Mädchenmannschaft-Blog einen tollen Eintrag zu Ursula von der Leyen als Arbeitsministerin gebracht.

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[personal profile] oyceter wonders whether a trope she's observed in Anglo media creations, namely "stories where an angry person of color (frequently a Black man) goes off on a criminal or killing spree, and it is later revealed that the angsty backstory is....racism!" is universal. I've seen examples of this myself, but I honestly can't recall them in a German context.

I've added my rambling commentary here in a discussion with [personal profile] spiralsheep, but again -

Germans, can you think of this particular motif in native and contemporary literature/film/random media creations?

ETA/VUH (verbessert, um hinzuzufügen): [personal profile] selenak gibt uns einen fantastischen Einblick in Karl May & sein Werk im Kontext von Teilen dieser Diskussion!
monanotlisa: Chickie Brown, laughing! (riled - southland)
As mentioned elsewhere: Has Horst Koehler, our - now ex - president just done a real-life flounce?

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What I really want to make is tarte au citron, but I have neither the time nor much love for shortcrust and also don't feel like making it à la crème brûlée because then I can't take it to work to make my team happy and productive. However, I wouldn't mind fluffy sponge cake as a base, or perhaps the slightly odd cousin of muffins and cupcakes: gutting a fluffy muffin and filling it with, well. The filling.

Any ideas, recipes, or warnings?

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I've already put my blouses in the washing machine downstairs (the one that seems to run longer than Doctor Who in the UK) but, now that tv season has ended, have only two Southland episodes left, which I want to hang onto for a little while longer.

However, I did order a John Hughes collection DVD and still have Sixteen Candles and Some Kind of Wonderful left to watch.

[Poll #1572408]
monanotlisa: Chickie Brown, laughing! (riled - southland)
As mentioned elsewhere: Has Horst Koehler, our - now ex - president just done a real-life flounce?

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What I really want to make is tarte au citron, but I have neither the time nor much love for shortcrust and also don't feel like making it à la crème brûlée because then I can't take it to work to make my team happy and productive. However, I wouldn't mind fluffy sponge cake as a base, or perhaps the slightly odd cousin of muffins and cupcakes: gutting a fluffy muffin and filling it with, well. The filling.

Any ideas, recipes, or warnings?

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I've already put my blouses in the washing machine downstairs (the one that seems to run longer than Doctor Who in the UK) but, now that tv season has ended, have only two Southland episodes left, which I want to hang onto for a little while longer.

However, I did order a John Hughes collection DVD and still have Sixteen Candles and Some Kind of Wonderful left to watch.

Poll #3286 American High School tales, oh my!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


Which one should I watch now?

View Answers

Sixteen Candles
3 (60.0%)

Some Kind of Wonderful
2 (40.0%)

monanotlisa: (team work - the wire)
Mädels, Medion lässt mich gerade kläglich im Stich:

Wisst Ihr, wo ich am besten einen - einfachen! billigen! - DVD-Player ohne Schnickschnack kaufen kann, der verlässlich .avi und andere Video-Formate abspielt und (natürlich) regionenfrei ist?

:)

Und im übrigen - genau so ist es:
Soziale Gerechtigkeit: Die Mittelschicht betrügt sich selbst (Ein Gastkommentar von Ulrike Herrmann)
(Asking for capable yet simple DVD players in Germany, and also linking to an article that states the German middle class are sadly deluding themselves by voting in favour of parties and programmes that favour only the upper class.)
monanotlisa: (mcshep kissing! - sga)
I live in a country where the Head of State is a woman, where the Foreign Secretary is openly gay, where the Minister of Finance sits in a wheelchair, and where the Minister of Health is an Asian man - by the way: go Philipp Rösler!

And yet, discussions remain problematic, it seems: In yesterday's edition of my beloved newspaper, I read a column that denies that the criticism of Westerwelle and his delegation including his partner and business contacts of his brother from the Social Democrats could be homophobic at all. The conclusion is true in this case and with these politicians, I believe, just as I believe very firmly that the minister of a party that is known for and proud of its tight-tighter-tighest ties into the business and corporate world should be under particularly close scrutiny. But dismissing the very idea that Social Democrats could be motivated by homophobia (because they have supposedly never shown any inclination to be; because they have valid points) is disingenuous - dangerous even, considering that it's still so, so easy to find not only the outright hatred spewed at Westerwelle by a very small fraction of people but also nasty asides, so-called jokes, and generally skeevy undertones in everyday discussions of politics that have nothing to do with personal life.
monanotlisa: Icon featuring Dr. Remy Hadley from House M.D. (thirteen blue - house)
Schlecht ist, dass meine Heizung mich immer noch triezt, indem sie immer um 23 Uhr ausgeht. Gut ist, dass ich dadurch nett mit meinen Nachbarn auf beiden Seiten geplauscht und Erfahrungsberichte ausgetauscht habe, sprich: Unterstützung eingeholt. Irgendwie sind warme Wohnungen doch hoch im Kurs. Ich wusste ja schon immer: Thilo Sarrazin hat am Thema vorbei gepöbelt.

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Nachdem meine Schwester mich auch schon bezüglich der Schweinegrippenimpfung (schönes deutsches Wort) ganz kirre gemacht hat, habe ich mal ein wenig gegoogelt und diesen gut zusammenfassenden Eintrag gefunden:

Squalen und das Golfkriegssyndrom

Mein (natürlich nur ganz persönliches etc. pp.) Fazit: Aus rationaler Vorsicht - kaum Tests, keine Langzeit-Untersuchungen - diese spezielle Impfung auszusitzen, ist sicher eine valide Entscheidung. Aus Angst vor Golfkriegssyndrom oder Krebs oder AIDS wegen populärer Panikmache sich nicht impfen zu lassen? Ist einfach nur nur paranoid. Thema einer der längeren Konversationen mit meiner Schwester dieses Wochenende war auch die generelle Wissenschafts- & Technikfeindlichkeit der westlichen Welt, speziell Deutschlands und der USA, mit dem traurigen Aspekt der vor allem auf Kinderimpfungen bezogenen Verschwörungstheorien bar jeder Vernunft.

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Brief summary for the English speakers: Radiator still broken, but bonded with neighbours. Also rolling my eyes at swine-flu vaccine conspiracy theories (but not, mind you, at reasonable doubt, emphasis on the reason part), with a segue into the main topic of a talk with [profile] vervealemania about the anti-science and anti-intellectual attitudes so prevalent in Western societies, or at least Germany and the US.
monanotlisa: Steve Rogers jumping down against a bright blue sky with clouds, his shield centering the eye. (roslin lee - bsg)
Voted, went to the gym, am now pondering what to do, election-party-wise, with [profile] monanotmona in a bit.

Elections, Parties, If & Wheres )
monanotlisa: (change the game.)
Aber nur für den Fall der Fälle:

Wählen gehen!

:)

Falls noch jemand den Link zum Wahl-O-Mat braucht...

Translation, for the curious ) ETA: Oh, hey, look there is even an English version of the Vote-O-Mat available!
monanotlisa: (notebook)
[livejournal.com profile] selenak has written a brief but resonant post on the historic date of November 9th in Germany.

As for that day in 1938: We won't forget. I'm hoping that the new experts' committee called into being by our parliament on November 4th won't just turn in yet another report but shed some actual light on anti-semitism in Germany, not to mention push through more early information on Judaism in the curricula of our schools. My school was, by certain US-Americans' standards, a leftie-pinko-commie institution full of dirty hippies and goths and artsy-fartsy fun times (♥), but it's pretty obvious even to me that not all places in Germany are like that. And even so, even there, you could most likely still find evil lurking in the dark corners of some people's minds. 'bout time for said light.
monanotlisa: (wwwine!)
Presentation in front of three wise men given and received metaphorical pats on the back.

Yesterday, I watched

1. Tatort: Verdammt )

& of course,

2. the Hessia Election 2008 )

I also bought a bottle of Primitivo )

In conclusion, a good Monday.

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