Monday, October 19, 2015

Ticket-Vorverkauf für STAR WARS – DAS ERWACHEN DER MACHT Star wars The Force Awakens presale tickets Cinestar Berlin Sony Center Star Wars Episode 7

UPDATE: "Cinestar verspricht, das heute ab 19.00 in allen Cinestar-Kinos" - DISCLAIMER: This post is me at my most American huffy-geekiness possible, but shoot, man IT IS STAR WARS - (I have basically been waiting 32 years for this!) and I am now fully dorking out like crazy. ANyhow: Since yesterday I have been madly googling thing like "Ticket-Vorverkauf für STAR WARS – DAS ERWACHEN DER MACHT" and "STAR WARS TICKET VORVERKAUF" and the results have been pretty much nothing but dead ends. I also have the day off, therefore plenty of time to spend on OBSESSING over this huge FIRST WORLD PROBLEM;). SO, I wake up around 7 and start my real search for a viable Star Wars The Force Awakens pre-sale ticket buying option and am instantly... going a whole lotta nowhere. One site called Digital Leinwand (digital screen) reported: "am Montag, den 19.10.2015 um 9 Uhr." Ok, so... apparently if that were the case then no one told the cinemas. Berlin's CINESTAR Original at SONY CENTER (WHere we see every worthwhile blockbuster Hollywood film) has next to nothing on their website. Not only that but the only search result for the new Star Wars results in this page - with a fan-made poster, not the actual film poster:
(granted everything is closed in Germany on Sundays, maybe they didn't get back to work on it til this morning... but the link was even offline for a few hours, and even after it returned they had only added a few more videos, no mention pf pre-sale tickets or new trailer announcements:
SOOO (keep in mind I have the day off and nothing better to do) I get on my bike adn RIDE to Potsdamer Platz to ask in-person about tickets. They know nothing. Wow. Ok... So... I registered online to receive an email update about tickets for the film... hopefully at least that will do the trick? In the meantime I am just going to wait til the new trailer comes out and at least enjoy that. IF anything pops up I will update this post. TTFN.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Interview with author Ebor Sisk from Подземни Друштво about life, writing, his platypus Down book, etc.

Found this humorous little interview with author Ebor Sisk in a PAPER copy of a magazine called Подземни Друштво (Underground Society?) while I was in Serbia last Summer- it is brief so I thought it wouldn't hurt to type it up just for posterity's sake. UNDERGROUND SOCIETY: reclusive author Ebor Sisk stopped writing just long enough to chat with us about his work, his lack of career, and his never-ending quest to tell a very big story. US: Ebor. How many books have you written. EBOR SISK: Not a dozen. More like eight. Ok, fine: seven. US: You are ethnically Serbian-Slovenian? ES: That is true. US: How many of your books are published outside your native languages? ES: Not many. None, actually - as a matter of fact. None. Yet. But we are talking... people are. THe business people, you know? The movers and shakers. US: You are infamously reclusive. ES: Writing takes a lot of time and energy. I don't have much for much else. Sorry, c'est la vie. You know? If your passion demands it - you DO it. That's just the way it is. US: Isn't it odd to be so well-known in your respective home countries but completely unknown outside Eastern Europe? ES: No. Yes, I guess. But I don't care. US: We also hear that you don't care to do interviews. ES: That is true. US: Any reason in-particular. ES: Well, it takes away from writing time and I just don't think I have that many interesting things to say as answers to my interviewers' questions... but my publicist says I should be on the internet so I am doing this. US: Well, thank you. ES: No problem. US: We have read a review copy of Platypus Down book and we really like it. ES: Thank you. US: We take it these are going to be books? Plural? More than one. ES: If I am so lucky, yes. US: Where did you come up with such a fantastical idea for a novel. ES: First of all it is not a novel, it is a book - these are just books - and second of all it is not mine, so to say, but rather if fell out of the sky onto my head. I am the - how do you say? Chicken little of this whole thing except that instead of freak out I just started to catch the sky as it fell - or as fast as it could. US: But, as the author and a as a writer you must've gotten inspiration from somewhere? ES: My inspiration was life and all the fantastic people I have met along the way. That is all. US: OK, then. That is all we need to know. Hope to catch up with you for... ES: Platypus Hide. It is a big one. US: Looking forward to it. Thanks. ES. Thank YOU. Is this over now? Just kidding. Wink wink.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ah, the platypus.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Whitey Herzog Garden Gnome

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tod Wodicka's new novel THE HOUSEHOLD SPIRIT

I rarely post about books - but Shumon Basar posted yesterday about Tod Wodicka's new book on the twitter: and I was also fortunate enough to get ahold of an advance copy so it is easy to confirm; yes: Tod Wodicka's new novel is pretty-much totally amazing - and it is actually also safe to say it is better than his first, All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well - which was also met with a ton of critical acclaim. So: go Tod! (Must be that, uh, fantastic Berlin air? ;) Apparently the author will be on BBC Radio 3 on Monday to talk about one of the Household Spirit's themes: sleep paralysis - not sure if people outside the UK can listen to that... Tod Wodicka, Tod Wodicka's new novel, THE HOUSEHOLD SPIRIT, Tod, Wodicka, Wodika,

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

interview with platypus down author

In an interesting interview with "PLATYPUS DOWN" author (who currently remains unnamed) he said something that really resonated with me (as a Gen XY guy): "You know... when you are 5 years old and you see the NOTHING wipe out Fantasia... that is traumatic - a really devastatingly traumatic experience, and it sticks with you - so you go on a mission, almost automatically - to stave-off, to defeat this Nothing and all its servants." he said some other stuff about Jim Henson, George Lucas, and Steven SPielberg (also Tim Burton and Sam Shepard) whom I think he referred to as his "real cultural fathers" but the link is down, I'll repost the link IF i can fin it again... (Not even sure where it is from - Eastern Europe?) ;p
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera aka Chelovek s kinoapparatom

found at ARCHIVE.ORG Director: Dziga Vertov Production Company: VUFKU (The Ukrainian Photo and Cinema Administration) Sponsor: Audio/Visual: silent, black & white Keywords: Silent; Documentary Contact Information:
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Monday, September 29, 2014

sometimes i just really miss michael jackson and halloween is usually one of those times. found something I had never seen before: ghosts movie

thriller is an untouchable classic but this strange michael jackson short film is also out there - had never seen it until now - thanks, internet!
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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Jim Henson Hour

Everything I can find on youtube for The Jim Henson Hour for a few brief months in 1989 it blew our third-grade minds with its strangeness and has therefore always stuck with me. Unfortunately, a lot of them have been removed from YouTube but I will add and ajust as I find them. According to Wikipedia: The Jim Henson Hour is a short-lived television series that aired on NBC in 1989. It was developed as a showcase for The Jim Henson Company's various puppet creations, including the popular Muppet characters. First episode: April 14, 1989 Final episode: July 30, 1989: Inner Tube: The Jim Henson Hour Test Pilot: Episode ONE: "OUTER SPACE" aka "Science Fiction" Episode TWO: "OCEANS" aka "Water" Episode THREE: Episode THREE: "POWER" The Storyteller - the Soldier and Death Episode FOUR: "DOG CITY" Episode FIVE: "FIRST SHOW" Episode SIX: "MONSTER MAKER" Episode SEVEN: "FITNESS" Episode EIGHT: "VIDROTAPE" Episode NINE: "GARBAGE" Episode TEN: "Secrets Of The Muppets" Many of these were found via the YouTube User Muppetational: A place for rare Muppet and Jim Henson videos, never in parts, always high quality. Here is also a Jim Henson YouTube playlist: and another Episodes of The Storyteller: "The Luck Child [03]" "A Story Short [04]" "Hans, My Hedgehog [05]" "The Three Ravens [06]" COMMERCIAL BREAKS are also fascinating - the pascing, angle and content... ALSO there is also Apparently The StoryTeller Greek Myths series which I was not previously aware of The Storyteller Greek Myths (1990) S01 EP01 (Greek Sub) S01E02
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bad guys shouldn't have the opportunity to be forgotten by Google

All the Google privacy stuff in Europe is all well and good 
BUT it is making me nervous- why?: 
Bad guys shouldn't have re opportunity
 to be forgotten by Google- 
And by bad guys I mean - for example - 
employers who exploit 
 their workers and/or flat-out don't pay them at all, crash the 
company and start again anew.... 
This happens, and people have the right to see what sorts of 
shady business practices their bosses might have been up to -
So I really hope the European population's nitpickey 
need for the illusion of privacy won't hide important information which NEEDS 
To see the light of day... We'll see.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

EXIT FESTIVAL 2014 thus far...

Last year EXIT festival was voted BEST MAJOR FESTIVAL in Europe which seems like some concocted, somewhat arbitrary designation except that after 2 days here now I can clearly see why HERE are a few of those reasons LOCATION is amazing although this years festival has not been spared Glastonbury?levels of rain and mud, it is located high on a hill above the Danube in an ancient fortress which is perhaps even larger than the one in Belgrade. The location alone is an extremely romantic element signaling a beak ' an EXIT from reality if you will' The daily pilgrimage from the campsite to the venue past the university, along the river and pas the rakija, jello-shot and glow stick- sellers to the entrance becomes a fun routine full of jokers and antics, an electric air of anticipation generates an automatic camaraderie - even with the police - as tens of thousands of alcohol-fueled visitors make their way to the gates. THURSDAY Highlights: Who knew that the "Best Major European Festival" would essentially close its first night with 4 Drum and Bass acts in a row. Well, they did, and it was amazing. absolutely did not want to miss the Disclosure set - which although it was a slow burn by the end the entire audience was completely entralled - the boys closed with "just one more song" which actually cnsisted of Chic's Le Freak followed by OUTKASTS' s Ms. Jackson - which ended a set which otherwise consisted of Disclosuere's own music and hypnotic cartoon visuals of animals, insects and tools in the style of their signature superimposed line-face drawing. Carl Craig vs. Green Velvet picked up where Disclosure left off and
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Belgrade Zoo, Serbia

Basically showed up to Serbia to hellish heat and humidity and general Eastern E
uropean chaos and - being overwhelmed and sleep-deprived - I did te exact same thing i did on my first visit to nYC: went to the zoo! The main differences of course are that instead of being surrounded by the scary Bronx and being full of families the Belgrade zoo shares a hill with an ancient fortress and there is hardly anyone there AND you are so close to the animals that you can literally reach out and touch them - I kept feeling like I was wandering into parts I wasn't supposed to be in- but no, it was all cool - despite the odd glances from the keeper... Who seemed ok with me filming her feeding the Kangaroos (will ha be to upload that)
And the giraffe: 
And this amazing owl couple:
Meanwhile, here are some friends I made:


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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Hundred Waters "HOVER" Mix on Mixcloud is just really effing nice.

HOVER by Hundred Waters by Oki-Ni on Mixcloud

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STAR WARS ausstellung Wolfsburg star wars exhibit germany wolfsburg

proof that there is serious wierdness still out there EVEN in the first world: I translated the site as well as some of the commentary from the video: "Space Expo, the Family Experience Science Fiction Exhibit with XXL Star Wars Figures and Space Ships Kids animation and Show (deposits?)einlagen Informative Space-themed Event" In the video he describes one of the disadvantages being that the Police and Order Regulation officers (Ordnungsamt) shut the show down because it was Good Friday and they weren't allowed to be opened because of the Easter Holiday. Website is pretty schnazzy prices have dropped to 10 euro (8 for kids;) - clearly a total bargain. star wars exhibit germany wolfsburg


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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Death Grips BROKE UP?!?

death grips broke up with this note on a napkin last night. which is - like... I am ... like... yea, like... what Darth said. happy to at least have caught their show at Berghain in Berlin, though... will always have that...


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Monday, June 30, 2014

The Internet's Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger's documentary about Aaron Swartz

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what will inevitabley happen to all gmail users

my point is: if you look at the fine print in gmail eventually it will start charging you $ to use the service, and after 8-9n years of use I am at 50% of my allowed GB space which is being gobbled up at an exponential rate because of all the multimeia we send each other now - SO either I start deleting everything now and make a habit of it OR I become a slave to the google mail pay scheme in just a few years time... I have been using gmail for how many years now? since I was first available - I think 2005? the tagline at the time read something like "never have to delete another message ever." ok, - unnecessary, perhaps, but fine - sure. FAST FORWARD to the present and we all have MBs zipping in and out of our phones - NOT the case back in 2005 when the smartphone / data plan was yet-to-come and definitley before everyone and their dog was all over the internet on their mobile devices all the time. here is the gmail pricing plan: Google Drive storage plans Choose from the following monthly Google Drive storage plans to be shared between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. Storage Monthly Rate 100 GB $1.99 1 TB $9.99 10 TB $99.99 20 TB $199.99 30 TB $299.99 Learn more about managing your Google Drive storage plan. Taxes and fees Prices listed above don't include any applicable taxes or fees associated with your country of residence. You may be charged taxes or fees in addition to the prices listed above. Ready to buy? First, find out how refunds and renewals work.
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Friday, June 06, 2014

Outside the loop / the Circle by Dave Eggars

Decided to take a break on the way home during my 65-70 minute bike commute and finally stop at the English Bookshop* on the edge of town. I have been riding by for years - YEARS - and never done more than fish a few things out of their free bin- but the place is great- and although my tiny backpack was already stuffed and my bank account already in the negative I did see something on the shelf which caused me to grab it and buy it immediately- basically as if I were on consumer autopilot, and that item was the The Circle by Dave Eggers.
Had a nice chat with the shop owner and relocated nearly all the contents of the tiny backpack into my shorts pockets thus barely managing to get the book zippered-in for the rest of the ride through rush-hour traffic.
It wasn't until i got home that I noticed the book came out LAST YEAR - at least 18-6 months ago... and that is how out of the loop I realized I am- mind you this particular out-of-the-loopness is adjusted for the inflation of the Internet, but I still mainly get my information about upcoming concerts via paper posters plastered to walls and columns throughout the city with good old wheat paste - quite old school, but if you spend a lot of time out there then you simply absorb the info, (like tonight's Matmos show) - it catches the eye and sinks in...

Anyhow, yea... Bought the Eggers book and now I am afraid to read it. Because of Platypus Down I am afraid to read anything - afraid to watch anything - even FORBADE myself the I diligence of Game of thrones and the gazillion other shows old series or whatever everyone is talking about. 
A simple rule of self-denial: Work, then play...
But: Is it working?
Maaaayyybe. One thing that will steamroll all resistance and test all will and challenge the entire self-imposed system is, of course, the FIFA 2014 World Cup- which starts in 6 days and turns life in Europe (and I assume most of the rest of the world?) completely upside-down for a month...
So, yea, what I seem to be saying: if I ever want to indulge in any guilty-pleasure media again I need to keep on Truckin' and get things DONE.
Hard when you are compelled to re-write the opening chapters hundreds of times...

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Daft Punk live at Coachella 2006 full set video

parodn the dork-out but I was poking around the internet and I found the Daft Punk's full Coachella set from 2006. I have probably (most certainly) written about this before, but I finally came across the full set (including the Close Encounters of the Third Kind intro) if in my life I will have ever attended a famous live performance then this was it:
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

the book platypus down

the book platypus down now has a website. youth lit phenemenon YLPH What is the next big thing? What next big thing? The Youth-Lit Phenomenon? YLPH. why not give it a dumb acronym. Like YOLO. or that onther one about Moms being hot...
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asocial media - look up video: well done plea to mankind to re-connect- Gary Turk vs. the zombies (aka US)!

asocial media post (a followup to THIS ONE) (s)lightly revisited: I skyped with a dear old friend 10,000 km away for hours yesterday morning, I think I'll do that more often. although we can't physically hang out- just emailing, texting an keeping track of FB and twitter posts pales in comparison to quatsching stundenlang. On that note: a former colleague recently moved in down the street - a nice coincidence - but although we have crossed paths 4 times we have only spoken / she has only seen me once because she is ALWAYS engrossed in her phone. saw this the other day - ironically - posted on FB- but it is a well done plea to mankind to re-connect- 34 million views and counting - good job Mr. Gary Turk! now I am going to go to Tempelhof and play some tennis... zombies.

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