Hello world.

Now I suppose that is the classic starting entry for any blog. But this is not just any blog, this one is mine. Over the recent months, blogging has become a wide-spread phenonmenon, and I have discovered some blogs to be phenonmenal context enriching sources of interpretation, knowledge, and sometimes wisdom. Since we all know […]

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A New Hope.

Although I had not had a single look at this blog for almost two months, tonight I felt the sudden urge to change the template and make it at least presentable. The HTML used in the template I chose is somewhat awkward, so I think this page will get yet another look in a few […]

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Kissing Jessica Stein.

Last week I saw the film “Kissing Jessics Stein” (aka “Kissing Jessica” in Germany – note: German film distributors often use parts of the original title instead of a) coming up with something useful in German or using the entire English title. You think this is weird? You are right). “Kissing Jessica Stein” is a […]

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Miles & More.

Remember the words of the great Baz Luhrman: “Accept certain inalienable truths: prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old; and when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.” OK, history teaches us that politicians will philander. For German […]

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I really hope she has not taken anything.

About an hour ago I watched the sports news. “Franzi is dead, long live Franziska” was today’s leitmotif. “Franzi”, or Franziska van Almsick, is a German heroine – hailing from east Berlin, she became the first common wunderkind after Germany’s reunification when she, then just fourteen years old, won four medals in the 1992 Olympic […]

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Soundbites.

German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder stated today that in his opinion a war against Iraq is not useful for the time being. The middle east conflict should be solved before considering any further action against Iraq. I have not yet made up my mind concerning a western military intervention in Iraq but to wait until the […]

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The future of the music industry.

Last week’s ousting of Bertelsmann’s CEO Thomas Middelhoff prompted a lot of newspapers to reconsider the challenges the internet poses for companies with a business model based on the exclusive licensing and diustribution of intellectual property rights. And so I, too, want to repeat my opinion in this matter. Granted, the fundamental dilemma posed by […]

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marathon.me.

OK, here is the first diary-like entry in this blog. The picture below is an artwork I did after, well, after running the Gutenberg Marathon in Mainz. An little knee injury actually kept from running the whole thing. That’s the explanation for the ‘almost’. Enjoy.

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Last night arte.tv showed a documentary by Patrick Jeudy about Marilyn Monroe. It was not a story about a sex bomb. Neither was it simply one about poor Norma Jean, Candle In The Wind. The documentary rather told a story about an incredibly beautiful intelligent young woman who got lost somewhere between Marilyn and Norma […]

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Do it the German way, if you have to. But do it.

The Social Democrats (SPD) seem somewhat desperate these days. With the general elections looming in only 48 days and the SPD still trailing the Christian Democrats (CDU) by about five cruicial points, Chancellor Schroeder kicked off the ‘official’ SPD campaign in Hannover saying that his government would contine to conduct business, that is economic policy, […]

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Sexy beast.

Ok, just another headline. But this is actually an addendum to the last entry and also a reminder to myself. At some point I have to tell you why I believe the “new left” is not sexy in most countries. As a teaser – it’s about the victory of Oliver Williamson over Karl Marx (or […]

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New Left, again.

OK, now that the left has really come round to understand the coordinating value of markets, they want to apply their knowledge whereever they can. This is an excerpt from a campaigning website of the SPD which tries to motivate people to volunteer for their Online Campaigning Team. Funny…but in German. Wie werden die Aufgaben […]

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Off the phone. Off the market.

I just talked to a friend who is also suffering from the current anemia of the labour market. These days, the streets are plastered with highly qualified graduates and post-graduates from the world’s best universities. As the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung remarked two weeks ago the European elite is currently given the boot by the very […]

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Noteworthy.

This is a comment made by “JDA” on Brad DeLong’s website. I find it rather insightful, now that more and more people begin to realise the consequences of the post 9-11 abrogations of civil liberties throughout the Western world. Here is William Butler Yeats, addressing the Irish Senate on a bill that would give new […]

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Porsche 911.

I really wonder how Porsche market their 911 model in the US after, well, 9-11. I wanted to send them an email to ask but could not find email contact information on the website. Now I have two things to wonder…

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Songwriting.

Believe it or not. Sometimes writing songs (that is playing / sequencing rather than actual “writing”) can be really rewarding. When it’s actually done, I might post a link to the song I’m referring to…

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Leviathan has to move.

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Leviathan certainly is not a friend of the Afghan people as recent reports of new fights in and around Kabul confirm. So instead of trying to forge some sort of working government out of the state-of-nature-like inter-agency conflicts of competing warlords Leviathan apparently prefers competing with his […]

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Stuck somewhere in the middle. Growing up these days.

The German weekly “Die Zeit” this week provides a survey of the consequences of disappearing traditional family structures and socially predetermined gender roles for today’s youngsters. According to the article, socio-athropologists and behavioral biologists alike now claim that kids these days are in dire need for authority and some sort of biographical structure. The price […]

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The Human Stain.

I am about to take off for a friend’s brithday party. He doesn’t know it yet, but he’ll get Phillip Roth’s “The Human Stain” in the original version. There is no need to praise the book here. Others have done so exhaustively and probably better than I could. So why this entry? Because everytime I […]

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Important news.

Following Steven Wolfram’s “A new kind of science“, another algorythm solving one of the oldest mathematical problems, the determination of prime numbers (those which can only be divided by one and themselves), has been discovered by Indian researchers. Mainz 05, up-and-coming football club in Germany’s second division, yesterday beat Union Berlin on their home ground. […]

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Europe. Art. Later.

I will write something about my visit to this year’s dokumenta11 later tonight. For the time being I’ll leave you with the FT’s Quentin Peel and his thoughts about how Germany would act different in Europe under a conservative chancellor (Link). I think most of that is bollocks. Germany is still as committed to multilateral […]

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Structure in motion.

Now we all know that structure is something precious in unstable times like these, don’t we? And like some of the gold diggers during the glod rushes of earlier times were more successful than others, some people are able to identify the precious stability, the macro trends of development within which all the instability occurs. […]

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Art & Life Documented (for the 11th time)

Yesterday I visited “Documenta11“, one of the most important exhibitions of modern art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. As the suffix 11 indicates, this is the eleventh of such exhibitions, whose broad aim is to provide either a thematic or temporal survey of modern art and artists. I am by no […]

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FT: FDP criticizes Schroeder’s stance on Iraq

(Link) I really don’t know why the papers pay so much attention to politicians during campaign time. They really ought not to. Wolfgang Gerhardt, the boring old possible successor of Joschka Fischer in the foreign office has given an interview. Now that is something he does not do very often since he was ousted as […]

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