gelbes_gilatier: (twenty pounds of crazy)
Eurovision Song Contest, same procedure as every year. And... I don't get it. Why Sweden? Why? What was so special or great about that song that it won? I can't even remember the melody or lyrics and only barely the title ("Euphoria"... and I don't really get that, either. There was nothing euphoric about it, that much I remember...). What. I don't even. What?

Iceland, I would have understood. Their song wasn't such a bombshell as last year (I still can't stop listening to that song) but after one or two times of listening to it it had a lot of appeal and was certainly more special than Sweden. Also, it sounded a lot like Runrig. Maybe that helped, too...

Turkey, I would have understood, too and I would have loved that. There was so much joy in that song and you could see that the guy singing it had a lot of fun. It was so great just watching him and listening to him sing that song.

Russia, oh Russia. Your babushki... wouldn't that have been cool? Wouldn't it have been great if six grannies from Russia won the biggest entertainment event worldwide? I mean... that would have been almost greater than Lordy winning in their year. Maybe even greater than Lordy.

Cyprus, hell, even that would have been better than Sweden. I actually recognized that song, unlike the Swedish song. Can anyone of you remember the Swedish melody here? Because, as mentioned above, I can't for the life of me.

Ourselves, of course... even that was better. Actually, Roman Lob gave a hell of a performance and eighth place is to be respected as a very good result. He gave everything and he got rewarded for it and uh... I'd like to thank all countries that awarded him points :D

Anyway, the two countries I would have liked to win didn't even make it to the finals. Either Latvia (their song was the most meta song I ever heard, in a way... I mean, it's a song for the Eurovision Song Contest about a song for the Eurovision Song Contest...) or the Netherlands (because a girl with a guitar and in Native American dressup never sounded so good, and I'm sure the Native American getup had some meaning... oh, well, actually, I know the meaning of it. Huh.), that would have been awesome because both were songs with character and just a little... extra something. Which is why I'll embed both videos under the cut.

Two REALLY good ESC songs )
gelbes_gilatier: (REALLY pissed off.)
Was zur Hölle war das, ihr Düsseldorfer Vollpfosten? Und warum ist das verschissene Spiel nicht abgebrochen wurden? Ich check das nicht. Es war doch ganz klar, dass keiner der Hertha-Spieler mehr wollte und dass es richtig gewesen wäre, abzubrechen. Alter, das war doch Dummheit und Dummheit muss verdammt noch mal bestraft werden. Wie kann man denn kurz vor Ende aufs Spielfeld rennen und was soll das denn für'n Stadion-Konzept sein, wenn nicht mal Bullen im Vollgerödel die Situation unter Kontrolle haben und wenn da ne Bande abgefackelt werden kann? Und so was darf in der ersten Liga spielen? Ich will sehen, wie die das mit Bayern machen. Da lach ich.

Ich will ehrlich, dass Hertha das anficht. Ich glaub zwar nicht an ein Wiederholungsspiel, aber bei ein paar Erstligaspielen ohne Publikum kann Düsseldorf den Aufstieg dann ja voll genießen, ne? Das hätte der Klassenerhalt sein können, da bin ich mir ganz sicher. Das dritte Tor hätten sie noch hingekriegt, wenn sie nicht völlig kalt gewesen und von den dummen Fans eingeschüchtert gewesen wären. Ganz im Ernst, hätte irgendwer von euch ein Tor schießen können, wenn man einen weiteren Ansturm von dumme Fans hätte fürchten müssen? Genau, sag ich doch.

Nächste Saison ist Düsseldorf abgestiegen und Hertha wieder aufgestiegen, mark my words. Wenigstens kriegen wir hier in Berlin dann wieder ne gute Hertha zu sehen und können Aufstieg feiern oder so...
gelbes_gilatier: (Grumpy)

Or how I got around reading Twilight and was punished for it, after all. Yes, I finally finished Mocking Jay.

Okay, okay, before we go on: this is going to be riddled with spoilers for The Hunger Games and lot of bad language. If you want to stay away from either of them, this is not the post you're looking for *waves you along

For everyone else... let's jump right in.

First book rant in forever. )

PS.: On the plus side, [livejournal.com profile] heitidei found a cinema in Berlin that shows The Avengers in 2D! Yay [livejournal.com profile] heitidei!

Gnah.

Apr. 10th, 2012 04:42 pm
gelbes_gilatier: (Oops.)
Apparently, apartment hunting in Berlin is just as crappy now as it was two years ago. Or even crappier because apartments have become even more expensive. My favorite example from two days back: one room (as in: one room to sleep, live and eat in, but at least a separate kitchen), 38 square meters, 400€ (gross, that is including water and heating). What the hell is wrong with landlords here?

Also, what's so hard about making a couple pictures of the apartment you're offering (good pictures, because, people, you do want to get rid of the apartment and showing it in the worst light isn't helpful with that) and scanning the floor plan to add it to the exposé? How do you think does it make your apartment attractive if I can't see how it looks?

Hopefully, a friend of my father's who works in realty part-time stands by his offer to help me find a new place to live. I honestly could use a little professional help here...
gelbes_gilatier: (Not amused.)
The office of German Bundespräsident (President) is not half as powerful as that of the American, French or Russian President. It's mostly a ceremonial office and laws have to be signed by the President to become valid. I have only ever heard of exactly one President who refused to sign a law until it was changed (Horst Köhler, if I remember it correctly. Input, anyone?) so that's mostly ceremonial, too.

You, sir, are Not My President, and this is why. )

gelbes_gilatier: (argh)
when I say gen I fucking mean gen. Not McShep, not any other slash, not even het. Please, for the love of God, fucking stop reccing me stuff that does not correspond with what I'm asking for. I honestly don't know how to say this anymore without outrightly offending you slashers but if this - you reccing me slash although I specifically ask for het or gen, I mean - happens ever again, you will see this in every damn single future request and screw the rules:

Please do not rec me slash. Under no circumstances I want to see a slash rec for this request. Slash recs will be ignored or maybe snarked at, if I feel in the mood. When I want slash, I will let you know. As long as I don't, I do not want to read slash, okay? Okay? Can you please respect that? You're always asking for people to respect slashers, so can you slashers please also respect people who do not want to read slash? I respect you. I don't rec het or gen if you definitely want slash. I don't rec you Lorne/Cadman when you want McShep. I don't rec you OCs when you want McShep. I don't rec you Marines when you want McShep.* So please do not rec me slash (and most of all, most of all, do not ever rec me McShep. I loathe it with the fire of a thousand suns) when I say that I fucking don't want to read it! Read. The fucking. Post.


No love, me.

*Because you know, that seems to be all they're ever asking for. I rejoice for every request that isn't McShep. And yes, this is my journal, I can say whatever the fuck I want here.
gelbes_gilatier: (ravenclaw!)
Let's do this, guys. Let's tell the EU Parliament what we think about making ISPs the democratically non-legitimated police and judges of the interwebs rolled into one. Let's tell them how much our freedom of speech matters to us and what we think about denying developing countries affordable medication (because yes, that's part of ACTA, too). Let's sign those:

Just say no to ACTA campaign by access

ACTA petition by AVAAZ.org

Let's tell them how sick we are of old white men who print out their e-mails trying to reign the internet.
gelbes_gilatier: (things that make me go BOOM)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] morgandawn at Seems I Am Not The Only One.... and found at [livejournal.com profile] afteriwake
......who feels the need to take a break from an increasingly dysfunctional relationship.

Black March - Thursday March 1st 2012 to Saturday March 31st 2012 With the continuing campaigns for internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites like Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film, and media companies' lobbyists. The only way is to hit them where it hurts. Their profit margins. March 2012 is the end of the First Quarter in economic reports world wide. Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine. Wait the four weeks to buy them in April: see a film later, etc... Holding out for just four weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media companies profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments world wide as stocks and shares will blip from a large enough loss of incomes. This action will give a statement of intent: "We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation that will censor the internet."
Original image and campaign source: reddit.

Edited to add my own thoughts (not part of the original reddit call for action) And if you do not feel like taking a total break and perhaps want just a trial separation or couple's counseling, then perhaps consider Black March Lite 2.0 = spend, but spend money on those content creators and independent retailers who came out against SOPA/PIPA.  And tell them why you're buying their products in March.  There are many of them.

And for those who favor the more targeted boycott, you can find info  here.  But no matter which,  you can participate and you can tailor your level of participation.  We have the tools, the will and the strength to take a stand.


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Black March - Thursday March 1st 2012 to Saturday March 31st 2012
With the continuing campaigns for internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites like Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film, and media companies' lobbyists.
The only way is to hit them where it hurts.
Their profit margins.
March 2012 is the end of the First Quarter in economic reports world wide.
Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine.
Wait the four weeks to buy them in April: see a film later, etc... Holding out for just four weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media companies profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments world wide as stocks and shares will blip from a large enough loss of incomes. This action will give a statement of intent:
"We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation that will censor the internet."
gelbes_gilatier: (Pissed.)
Okay. I think the LJ people really lost it now. Apparently, according to this article, us longtime users are worth shit to LJ. They don't care about us, the people who've been paying their goddamn salaries with our fucking money for years and years because... I don't even know why. Why are we of no interest to you, LJ people? Whatever did we do? Whose asinine idea was it to actually say that out loud and then fucking share that article proudly to all your now seriously pissed off longterm users? I can't believe anyone would be so dumb as to do any of that, and here you are doing all of it.

So, how about we all tell [livejournal.com profile] theljstaff what we think about their big coup here? Let's give them a reminder that we are actually capable of reading and understanding when someone is trying to bullshit us (or, as in LJ's case, being a goddamn idiot openly). They said they like freedom of speech. Let's give 'em a piece of that.

And now I'll go back to channel my ever growing aggressiveness towards LJ into writing Brad Colbert and Laura Cadman. Thank God for Generation Kill and SGA.
gelbes_gilatier: (Not amused.)
My nemesis-sis-sis, I mean. Apparently, she deemed it was safe to go back to her idiotic ways as a registered user. Or maybe she needed so long to figure out how to set up a new e-mail address, one never knows.

Anyway, she managed to get at me in her second forum post. What is her goddamn problem? She pissed off a mod, not me. She got banned for a reason. Let's see how this plays out. I foresee a lot of fun in my imminent future...
gelbes_gilatier: (REALLY pissed off.)
WHAT THE FUCKING HELL HAPPENED AT DELICIOUS? All the tag bundles are gone and all my carefully organized tags are in disarray and I don't even see all of them anymore and I think I'm going to cry now. Can we please start a "Give us back the old delicious!" campaign. Because I want it back. I WANT IT BACK SO HARD!
gelbes_gilatier: (flyboys)
Apparently, though, I lied. Because who, in their right mind, is stupid enough to do San Francisco by foot?

Oh, right, that would be me. OW MY FEET OW OW OW!

Or, in a little more words: I walked up Larkin St. and then down Geary St. to Union Square today, then walked down to Market St. to Westfield Center and walked down Market St. all the fucking way to The Embarcadero which in turn I then walked down to Fisherman's Wharf and beyond until I arrived at Ghirardelli Square. After that I turned around and walked The Embarcadero back to Sansome St., walked Sansome St. up to Market St., Market St. up to Geary St. and then back down Larkin St. until I arrived back at the hostel. Just look it all up at Google Maps and please don't tell me any distances because I might just break down and cry after all.

But at least I got a little shopping done (the list includes everything shopped until now, not only things shopped today, though):

  • new jeans - check
  • city map of San Francisco - check
  • totally unnecessary (but preeeeetty) little note book - check
  • present for mom - check
  • ogling an Air Force hoodie but not yet sold on spending $44 something on it - check
  • postcards - check
  • stuff from Bath & Body Works - check
  • unnecessary (but inevitable) books - check
  • unnecessary (but inevitable) coffee mug - check
  • sunglasses - still no check
  • socks - no check, either
  • stuff from Sephora - not yet check
  • stuff for others - not all check yet
  • silly stuff from knockknock.biz and galison.com - kind of check

Mh. It really looks more in the list than in my little corner of the room. That's a little weird, to be honest.

ALSO WHAT'S SO HARD ABOUT SWITCHING THE LIGHT OFF IN THE BATHROOM UPON LEAVING IT STUPID GUY FROM TAIWAN THAT I HAVE TO SHARE A ROOM WITH HUH?
gelbes_gilatier: (REALLY pissed off.)
You know, I was so happy to get my new Dell. So very, very happy. Because it meant I could finally continue writing the big bang story. I happily started installing my standard stuff and transferring data back from the NAS and started writing again and all that... but something struck me as odd when listening to music. It seemed as if something volume was fluctuating. And then suddenly I got some crackling and I thought "Shit, hardware failure."

Then I tried a youtube video and everything was fine. Went back to the mediaplayer who started refusing to play any files. Okay, downloaded different mediaplayer, same issue. Tranferred music files to the NAS, tried to play them, got the same issue. Tried to play music filed from a DVD, got the same issue. So I was all "Damn, media player is missing some codecs. How do I get the right codecs?"

Then I started listening to music on last.fm and guess what just happened? Exactly. The left speaker lost volume again suddenly and the fluctuating started again and I think I might start to cry now. I just want a working computer, goddammit and I believe I will not be able to account for anything if they tell me to set up my system again when I call the support hotline tomorrow. I think I'll just tell them I did that and be fucking done with it. WHAT'S SO HARD ABOUT SENDING ME A WORKING LAPTOP YOU IDIOTS GODDAMMIT!
gelbes_gilatier: (REALLY pissed off.)
Dear idiots who decided to have a car crash on my way to work, I hate you. I just bet it was both your fault but I kind of hope it was rather that old geezer who got his bumper shaved off his car front than the mobile nurse whose driver door the old geezer crashed into.

Dear S-Bahn Berlin who regularly cuts all traffic between Schönhauser Allee and Ostkreuz on Circle Line on weekends and turns frequency into ten minutes instead of five as usual, I hate you. Actually, I generally hate you, S-Bahn Berlin but what's new about that?

Dear Sunday bike riders with your expensive (and ugly) clothes and your total inability to use means of public transport (blocking a fucking S-Bahn door with your fucking bikes? Seriously? Go fuck yourself.) and your fucking arrogance, I hate you most of all. There's a goddamn reason why bike riders are hated almost as much as Swabians in Berlin and you were a prime example. Assholes.

God, I hate working Saturdays with the power of a thousand suns.
gelbes_gilatier: (ravenclaw!)
Today, I had a quite frankly frightening and most of all aggravating conversation with a friend, [livejournal.com profile] ancient_leah, about writing and reviews. To get it right from the beginning, it wasn't leah who was aggravating me, it was the fact that apparently, good authors like her get so little appreciation in German fandom that they (or in that case, her) are seriously contemplating to go on hiatus and consider to simply stop publishing and maybe even writing.


This is me and my White Knight complex calling out to you... )

PS: Is it just me or did LJ really change the layout of the WYSIWYG menu? And where were all the extra breaks coming from suddenly? *iz confused
gelbes_gilatier: (Not amused.)
Because, you know, yesterday a virus ate my mom's netbook and I happened to be the one sitting in front of it. Contrary to common family opinion, it really wasn't my fault. In fact, as my sister's boyfriend concluded, something triggered a virus that already was on the computer and it had been there ever since my mom's Avira spotted it an put it in quarantine. My mom actually knew about the fact that there was a virus in quarantine on her computer. Let's not talked about this further, though since I'd have to admit then that the last virus scan I did was in 2009.

Computers: solving the problems we wouldn't have without them. And I'm pretty sure I already used that cut message before... )
gelbes_gilatier: (things that make me go BOOM)
Ha! 12,555 words which means I'm now at seven finished chapters and that I've written a little over the half of the required word count for [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang. I honestly didn't even think I'd get this far so phew, maybe this is actually doable. If I stop pushing my word count for other stories and start actually churning out words and words and words for the Big Bang. But, me being me, I just discovered another issue that I keep having with the story. I start to get the ugly feeling that Evan Lorne is way, way, way OOC in this one and I'm starting to panic again and can please someone have a look at it? Not beta it, just look it over, see if he strikes them as OOC and if they can find what's actually causing that anxiety over him being OOC. Someone? Please?Anyone? PLEASE?

*runs around in panicked circles like a headless chicken

Oh, fuck.

Jun. 11th, 2011 07:44 pm
gelbes_gilatier: (Oops.)
Anyone remember that I sent in my application for Military Studies?

Well.

Today, I got an e-mail from the guys who are supposed to sort the applications and then send them to the universities. You know what they told me? My notarially certified Bachelor Certficate... was the wrong one. I was supposed to send in a copy of the actual diploma (which is something else, apparently... yes, I'm just as confused)... which I did, ironically. Only, it didn't have the seal it needed. It only had one in copy but it needed an actual one. I could still send in the actual copy with the actual seal... if the deadline wouldn't be over yet. I think I want to destroy something.











Alternatively, I'll try to call them on Tuesday and try to convince them that the certificate is just as official as the diploma.

But I still want to destroy something.
gelbes_gilatier: (Sprache an sich und ansonsten)
So.

Now that we all made our (justified) anger known... there's an apology from [livejournal.com profile] shahar81 and I thought it would only be fair to translate it as well maybe without comment, since, if I'm not mistaken, some of the commenters were English speaking.

I really TRIED not to comment on it, I SWEAR! )

On a side note: [livejournal.com profile] arielen posted an older article (she said it's from1998) on sexual orientation in fantasy that's a little outdated but still well worth reading, seeing as it's well-phrased and logical. Unfortunately, it's in German and a trifle too long to translate (but take it from me, it really is much more logical than... that other thing). Sorry, guys :S
gelbes_gilatier: (Not amused.)
Okay.

So usually, I don't give names and don't link to entries directly when something or someone pisses me off but... yesterday I came across a pretty bad author/reader fuck-up in regard to slash. As we all know, I don't usually read slash, apart from the odd femmeslash (femslash?) piece or here and there and now and then a really good piece of slash that's been mainly written as a story about two people who have feelings for each other, not the "Guh, two hot guys, lets make 'em fuck like bunnies" stuff I usually seem to encounter when I do venture into slash land (and yes, I know I probably just come across the wrong stories, don't worry). But... at least I'm honest about it... and at least I'm not a homophobe in real life (nor am I in fiction, just to make that clear).

Seriously, get off the slashers' side! )

ETA: Look who deleted their post/made it friends only. That was fast. Coward.

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