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Land Of Confusion.


Around the corner from a friend’s place is a new thai-massage parlor – quite a luxurious one, judging from looking through their shopwindow at night time. And also one where actual thai massages take place. So, in order to clearly position themselves on the employment market for certified thai masseuses, the job-ad hanging in their window clearly states „no sex“. Unfortunately, I’m sure the magazine lying on the waiting room table next to the window with the ad might confuse at least a few potential applicants…


Duty! Or enchanted by Nora.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung’s Sascha Lehnartz met Nora Tschirner (in German), whose performance in Kebab Connection I was very impressed with, and fell in love with her zestful and melancholic but rather mature nature.

His impression of „Kebab Connection“ mirrors mine –

„the film is rather funny for a German comedy. Which means as much as: for an Italian car it doesn’t need to go to the garage too often.“

But the article is not about the film, it is about a seemingly thoughtful aspiring actress who admits that she – after playing the leading role in a film set in the Hamburg immigrant milieu – discovered only last week at a German Volksmusik event in Berlin what the term „parallel society“ really means. But – not too surprisingly – Mr Lehnartz is most excited about Ms Tschirner’s approach to „responsibility“ – her role in Kebab connection is that of a young mother to be who – sort of – puts off her acting education to keep the baby. His conclusion – if everone in the „Generation Nora“ were like her, we would not have to worry too much about Germany’s future. I suppose that’s a pretty big compliment coming from the FAZ, the central organ of enlighted German conservatism, and probably an expression of excitement about another perceived victory in the ongoing conservative battle against the seeming hedonistic irresponsibility exhibited by everyone under, say, 40 these days.

But there’s a chance that – blinded by excitement -, Mr Lehnartz wasn’t able to read between the lines:

„… of course it’s a generational thing that not everyone is screaming ‚I want all responsibility‘ these days, but rather ‚alright, if I have to‘. But in that case, we can do it. And to be able to do it in that situation is what counts in the end.“

It’s not too difficult to imagine why the FAZ believes that it’s clear to see that the time has come again for Kant’s sublime and mighty name, that has nothing charming or insinuating but requires submission. But I’m guessing we’ll very soon see Ms Tschirner choose a couple of roles that she’s got her own mind – and my bet is, at 23, she won’t think about Kant just yet.

And in my book, that’s reason not to worry too much about Germany’s future.

German Politics

A Used Papamobil.

Netzeitung.de reports (in German) that 21 year-old Benjamin Halbe from Olpe, Germany, is selling his car on ebay. Not news, you think? Fair enough, but apparently, according to the car’s documentation, it previously belonged to Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger – although I’m not really sure about how Cardinals are supposed to handle personal property.

The new Pope supposedly used it to drive around incognito. I’m rather sure that will not be the reason for which the next owner will pay a significant premium for a used VW Golf.


Warp 9.5 to Stockholm. Or to Oblivion.

As past seemingly spectacular breakthrough experiments on „Cold Fusion“ have only managed to spectacularly disappoint and discredit the scientific reputation of everyone involved, it is understandable that most physicists have grown a little cautious with respect to experiments that sound like hey have been copied and pasted from a Star Trek screenplay.

Yet, there can be no doubt that actually inventing a method to effectively use fusion energy outside of multi-billion thermo-nuclear reactors that use as much energy as a small country just to produce magnetic fields to separate „the sun“ inside from the rest of the world would be (not just) the scientific jackpot, and would most certainly buy a first class round-trip to Stockholm.

So UCLA scientists Brian Naranjo, Jim Gimzewski and Seth Putterman actually tried and, according to an article they published in Nature, may have come close to winning the jackpot – but – maybe not close enough. (I quote from the Economist)

German Politics

The Bike is back.

When my sister moved to Hamburg last year, one of the first encouters with her new city of choice was that someone chose to steal her bike. As it was an unusual bike, maybe the thief was as confident as police were that they would find it and decided to take it back after sleeping over it.

The thief who stole Hans-Christian Stroebele’s bycicle last week apparently wasn’t quite as concerned about selling his booty. Via German MP Jakob-Maria Mierscheid’s blog I just learned that Hans-Christian has been united with his bike – a bycicle messenger recognized it on a local flee market and just bought it back for the rightful owner…

And the bottom line of this story? We don’t need increased electronic surveillance of public space. We need more cycling, attentive citizens. Sure, the former is a lot easier to achieve than the latter, but it’s also a lot less effective. QED.


Ads making sense?

Sometimes it’s really amazing to watch how the google adwords service reacts to content changes on this page… Three pope related posts, and ads for Benedict related services are displayed. Impressive, but I suppose, not too helpful for most blogs, where the content of archive pages is probably as important as the index page when it comes to determining the target group.

Maybe they should not only try to see blog posts as a content unit, but also offer a possibiltiy to adjust the speed of ad-content adjustment to avoid temporary outliers like the pope-related one…

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Collateral Damage.

I’ve noticed that all those subscribing to the rss feed of almost a diary are probably unaware of the changes in the server configuration that took place over the last couple of weeks… well, at least my bloglines account told me that it’s still January in the old rss feed.

That’s because the old blog doesn’t exist anymore and all http queries are redirected to the new server. But redirecting doesn’t work well when looking for a specific file like index.rdf.

So I’ve now posted an rdf file with a last post in the old location, hoping it will help readers relying only on rss to find me again, but if you’re reading this, and you’re still interested in subscribing to my rss feed, please adjust your subscription manually to „http://www.tapsmusic.de/aad/index.rdf“.


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Poped out.

German takes over a Pole's job.Today, a fellow afoe blogger stated in an email that he was a little „poped out“ – somehow I get the feeling most people are. So I will end the introductory pontifical coverage with a photo I saw on flickr, one apparently depicing a paragraph published in the German satire magazine „Titanic“.

For those among you who don’t read German, here’s the translation: „Hartz IV (the German labour market reforms) show first results: German takes over a Pole’s job.“ Actually, „Polenjob“ is a little derogatory, so it’s a little funnier in German than in English…


Immigrant Connection.

Immigrant Connection.I’ve just come back from watching „Kebab Connection“, a new semi-independent movie following on the heels of last year’s surprise comedy success „S�perseks“ and, – less obvious – Fatih Akin’s smash hit „Gegen die Wand“ (Head On). The Kebab Connection is set in the Akin urban immigrant universe, is partly payed by Akin-Alumni like Sibel Kelkili, has been co-authored by him, and yet he did not direct the movie.