I was obsessed with Franz Josef I and Sisi as a kid. My grandfather - a Sudeten German born in today’s Czech Republic during the monarchy - had big picture books on them and I read them over and over. My granddad had died at the time and my grandma still lived in Germany, so every time we visited her, I’d immediately go to my granddad’s study, sit down on the carpet, and read those books.
Franz Josef died in 1916 and as a kid, it was perfectly clear to me that after his death, there was no chance of winning WWI anymore and I didn’t understand why they even tried. I understand that better now but still, to this day, when I read about somebody older than 86 years dying, I think, “Well. (S)He got older than the emperor.”

I was obsessed with Franz Josef I and Sisi as a kid. My grandfather - a Sudeten German born in today’s Czech Republic during the monarchy - had big picture books on them and I read them over and over. My granddad had died at the time and my grandma still lived in Germany, so every time we visited her, I’d immediately go to my granddad’s study, sit down on the carpet, and read those books.

Franz Josef died in 1916 and as a kid, it was perfectly clear to me that after his death, there was no chance of winning WWI anymore and I didn’t understand why they even tried. I understand that better now but still, to this day, when I read about somebody older than 86 years dying, I think, “Well. (S)He got older than the emperor.”

Things I’m looking forward to in Hamburg:

  • Friends
  • Music
  • The city
  • Franzbrötchen
  • Cheap gummybears
  • Cheap chocolate
  • Cheap nuts

"Saved her life/She nearly drowned - He showed off/Splashing around" was the first thing that taught me that the stupid and braggy things boys do, are life-saving heroics in their own eyes.

I could’ve signed my work contract with my facebook identity. I chose not to but I could have.

I could’ve signed my work contract with my facebook identity. I chose not to but I could have.

Online advertising is so creepy and fascinating. Yesterday a colleague mentioned that the kickstarter he backed last year recently emailed him that they’d be shipping his tile in three to six months. I then forgot all about it and today I get an ad for it.

Online advertising is so creepy and fascinating. Yesterday a colleague mentioned that the kickstarter he backed last year recently emailed him that they’d be shipping his tile in three to six months. I then forgot all about it and today I get an ad for it.

Compared to all speech,
Grasshopper, Google’s scanned books
are but a haiku

Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel (2013): Uncharted: Big data as a lens on human culture. New York. p.43.

Things I am grateful for:

  • My “10 for the price of 9”-coffee card that lets me jump the line in the canteen
  • My “10 for the price of 9”-sandwich card that lets me jump the line in the canteen
  • My “15 for 50”-coffee card that’s valid in the coffee shop that’s close to my lectures in the area of the campus that are too far from the canteen

Um. Those look like two very different movies. I get that you have to sell dramas about the production of nazi propaganda movies differently to an English/American audience but this aint no nazi buddy war movie.

It is a great movie and it is captivating but none of it is “a highly entertaining ride”. It is also not “the amazing story of the most controversial propaganda film ever made”, it is the horrific story of a film being made that taught 20 million people to absolutely hate and detest an entire ethnicity - in case they hadn’t learned it in school already.

One crappy cellphone picture of the house First Hate played in on Friday. It was tiny and way too full to actually go inside.

One crappy cellphone picture of the house First Hate played in on Friday. It was tiny and way too full to actually go inside.

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