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shortest personality test ever.

Wenn Barbara glaubt, dass ich bei dem Unfug sicher mal wieder nachziehe, ist sie nicht nur elegant, sondern auch ziemlich brillant. Aber das steht ja auch schon da.

You Are Intelligent

You are dignified, spiritual, and wise.

Always unsatisfied, you constantly try to better yourself.

You are also a seeker of knowledge and often buried in books.

You tend to be philosophical, looking for the big picture in life.

You dream of inner peace for yourself, your friends, and the world.

A good friend, you always give of yourself first.

kunden aus der hölle – das original.

Nicht vorenthalten möchte ich allen geplagten Freelancern das Original zu den Kunden aus der Hölle:

Clients From Hell

Kostpröbchen gefällig?

Client: “Can you click the picture?”

Me: “No. What do you want it to do? Enlarge?”

Client: “No, I just want to click it.”

Me: “But when you click it, what do you want to happen?”

Client: “I just want to be able to click it.”


Me: “So what’s your budget?”

Client: “Well we are well known amongst all the Russian billionaires so there is great potential for you to get your name out there by doing this project for free. Also I am a direct descendant of Genghis Khan.”

Danke an Melody für den Tipp via Texttreff!

been too busy lately?

The strategies for dealing with being “so busy” are pretty basic:
1) Be less busy. If being busy really prevents you from doing something you want, stop being so busy. It’s not that complicated.
2) Stop complaining and enjoy it. Personally, I like busy. I had fun visiting the islands last week, but islands can be sleepy little places. In Fiji I sat by the pool for an hour, but then I got bored and went back to working on my projects.

It sounds intriguingly simple but it’s not that easy, being the right kind of (and level of) busy, my dear Art of Non-Conformity!

like a hurricane.

Showing off again and therefore writing in english to reach a broader audience. ;-) No, just kidding. But there are indeed some people abroad I might to send the link to and as you good old germans will understand me anyway …

Last week, we (my sis, her finnish boyfriend and me) were heading north to the hurricane festival for a short visit. We were invited and spoilt by our dear dutch friend Judith whose friend even provided passes for saturday – the short notice and some chaos here at home made us miss the Foo Fighters that night even though they were so inviting … :-( But we made the trip on sunday – and it was extra exciting.

First, a stop at the hotel, then off to the festival area. By the way, that was a nice hotel, a decent room, a nice breakfast and swimming pool – but I hadn’t brought my bathing costume stuff anyway and would have been too tired … Ok, back to the festival. Goooood spot found to park the car (hey, there are indeed advantages of being late!) and then went to look for Judith, having a stroll around the area. It was so crowded (70.000 people if I remember correctly) and hot and humid, with thunderstorms having been forecast for the hurricane. Unlike the event two years ago, this one really had a lot of luck. No tents flying around, no huge thunderstorm desasters. Those just passed by 1 or 2 km!

We had good fun watching the Kooks from the stage. A little later, there was some lame music coming from somewhere … Oh, yes, Radiohead! I find them so annopying and overrated but you’re free to have another opinion of course. An opinion I just won’t approve of. ;-) Watching them from the stage? No way, there was another secret kind of handshake needed. Pff, I didn’t mind.

So off to the backstage chillout area. Nice. Just nice. Drank lots of usually disliked water because the air was so hot and humid, not healthy. Checked how the footie match (spain vs. what was it again? ;-)) and off we went to see Nada Surf.

Nada Surf at Terminal 5
Creative Commons License photo credit: SuburbanCowboy

Before we could get into the sauna tent (why couldn’t they just play on the other stage that was not in use at that time?) we had to get through the lines waiting there who kept on mumbling we had slept our way in. Pfff. It was a nice show with poor sound. Some of my favourite songs were missing but still, I enjoyed it a lot. Quite annoying to find some festival people making Nada Surf leave stage before having finished the full set – one song was missing … So it just didn’t feel „round“. Well, seen them so many times, will see them again, so I wasn’t that annoyed. But still, this festival has some annoying aspects to it. (Two years ago, they – whoever they may be – kept Nada Surf from playing at all because they decided to show another soccer match on the screens. It might have been really cool to show the match on the screens and just let Nada Surf play – but: no. So it was four songs(!) in the break.)

After the show, we had some french fries, went back there to relax, enjoyed some chitchat and finally went to our fabulous hotel room. :-) at least some of us did.

Is that report a bit too detailed? Might be. :-)

And there’s even more to see – like Judith’s fabulous pics.

Zemanta Pixie

free the wm3.

it was pure coincidence, ok, maybe not pure coincidence, that led me to the page on myspace i learned – first about pearl jam’s lead singer eddie vedder embarking on a solo tour along the west coast – and then about the fate of three obviously innocently imprisoned men who were convicted of the murder of three boys back in 1993 and have been incarcarated for 15 years now, one of them in death row.

i only had a look of some chapters of that webpage until now but i get the impression that „justice“ can make and does make horrible mistakes. (ok, i guessed that before but i hadn’t encountered any specific case yet.)

i told my virtual but very real friend ingrid who luckily happens to live in santa barbara about the show in her town and it was her who made me have a closer look at the cause for this special kind of charity tour.

this is just an extract of the synopsis:

„… since they had destroyed or lost most of the evidence that might have been collected, their only option was hearsay.
Finally, the boy’s mother [a local woman who was in trouble for writing bad checks agreed to assist the police in their efforts to investigate Damien] had yet another idea. She urged a mentally handicapped 17-year-old named Jessie Misskelley to go to the police with another eyewitness account of having seen Echols kill the children. Jessie was with the police for twelve hours, yet only a small fragment of this lengthy day of questioning was recorded.“

„During Jessie’s trial, Dr. Richard Ofshe, a Pulitzer Prize winning expert on false confessions and police coercion testified that the brief recording was a „classic example“ of police coercion. He pointed out how the officers heard Jessie state that the murders had taken place in the morning – but since they knew that the victims had been in school all day, they „suggested“ to Jessie that it „must“ have been later when he was in the woods. Jessie obligingly agreed. Oddly, the testimony of this expert witness for Jessie’s defense was not heard in its entirety by the jury.“