Geschützt: Was Kinder brauchen: Liebe und Tonpapier

September 10, 2010

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Geschützt: greatest joys-meme

September 9, 2010

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Geschützt: Was die cubs so machen:

September 9, 2010

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Morgens, wenn ich früh aufsteh’…

September 7, 2010

Morgens aufstehen in der kalten Jahreszeit ist fies.
Der Wecker läutet und draußen ist es dunkel und dein Körper ist der berechtigten Meinung, dass man nur aufsteht, wenn es hell ist.
Dann fühlst du den Bereich außerhalb der Bettdecke (kalt und unfreundlich) und hast eigentlich nur einen Wunsch: Aufstehen, den Wecker abdrehen, und wieder hinein ins warme, kuschelige Bettchen.

Dann stehst du auf und deine Empfindung ist: „Kalt“. Kälte ist überall. An deinen Fußsohlen und an deinem Körper und im Inneren deines Körpers. Du ziehst dir Hausschuhe und Morgenmantel an und findest beides extrem unpraktisch, aber zumindest etwas wärmer. Du schlurfst (um die Hausschuhe nicht zu verlieren, nicht wegen der Müdigkeit – also, du schlurfst) in die Küche, wo du Kienspäne und Anzündewürfel hübsch drapierst und auf das so entzündete Feuerlein ein Holzscheit mit vielen guten Wünschen (Wärme. Behaglichkeit. Energie. … warte, wo hab‘ ich das jetzt geklaut?) legst. Du schenkst der Fernwärmegesellschaft, die im September die Zentralheizungen auf niedrigster Stufe beheizt, so dass die Küche von der Zentralheizung nicht warm wird, einen kurzen, nicht sehr klaren, sicher aber unfreundlichen Gedanken.
Draußen ist es dunkel und in deinem Geist ist es dunkel. Deine Gedanken sind langsam und so unmittelbar, als hätte man sie in Watte gepackt.

… irgendwann, wenn man es geschafft hat, sich Kaffee zu machen und diesen zu trinken, fühlt man sich besser. Aber es bleibt die Erinnerung daran, wie angenehm kühl und duftend Sommermorgen waren, wo die Sonne hell deinem Aufstehen schien. (Au ja, ich werde schon ganz poetisch.)

September 6, 2010

Als ich gerade eben das Fenster öffnete, roch es draußen nach Schnee.
Anfang September. Und unverkennbar, dieser kühle, heimelige, zugliech geheimnisvolle Geruch von sich ankündigenden Schnee. Unglaublich.

August 30, 2010

I have to make a decision between A and B.
And whenever I feel totally convinced of A, someone says „Well, there’s this one thing about B…“ and I don’t know anymore.

I think sometimes we have to decide between two alternatives. And the important thing isn’t really whether you choose alternative A or B. The important thing is choosing one of them.
Because the very worst (and highly desirable) alternative is not choosing and thinking about how both A and B are possible. Not taking decisions will never do you any good. You’ll be feeling safe and warm and cosy… and you’ll be on the losing side.

August 30, 2010

1. What is your favorite Mexican dish?
Tortillas with minced meat and fresh salad.

2. When you were a kid, did you get started on your homework right away after school, or did you procrastinate?
I always liked doing my homework. (… this sound slightly mad, I guess?)

3. What is your favorite store for home furnishings?

4. When you were young, did you like school lunches?
We didn’t have school lunches. But I really loved to go to Billa (local small supermarket) and get a roll with cheese or just a bottle of mineral water together with my friends from school. And then we would sit in the park or in the classroom or on the stairs and talk for an hour or two.

5. Is religion a crutch?
Depends on the believer. If religion makes people intolerant or unable to reason or gives them trouble to live their lives, it certainly is.
If religion helps people cope with their problems (like guilt, or dieing or finding peace), it is a good, helpful thing.

6. In your region, what is the “big” (most popular in the community or state) high school sport?
Austria isn’t really into high school sport. Maybe handball or soccer.

7. Do you consider yourself rich?
I’m good. Not rich, but not poor either.

8. Which of these would you have the best chance for success in administering:
B) Heimlich Maneuver
C) Changing a flat tire

… I don’t know what CPR is. But I guess I’d manage b) and c) if necessary.

9. Which dance would you prefer to learn & why:
A) Salsa
B) Hip Hop
C) Waltz
D) Swing
Waltz. Because I’m Viennese and I already can and I don’t want to learn any dances. 😛

10. What’s the worst news you’ve ever delivered to someone?

11. Name something you learned in college that had nothing to do with classes or academics.
1: Know when to fall silent to avoid saying bullshit that will eventually break your neck.
2: The people and institutions surrounding you change you.
3:I tend to be terribly lucky.

12. New variation on an old question: If there’s a song in your head that just won’t get out, what is your favorite (or most repeated) line in that song?
Breaking Benjamin’s „Blow me away“. The line that never leaves me is „I will stay in the mess I made… Only the strongest will survive, lead me to heaven when I die. I’ll be the shadow on the wall, I’ll be the one to safe us all“.
(But there are so many songs with lyrics that never leave you.)

August 26, 2010

1. Favourite childhood book: I was always very fond of „the famous five“ and „the Knickerbocker kids“ … never had any favorites, though. 😉 And I really loved „Old Surehand“ and „Winnetou III“ (Karl May).

2. What are you reading right now? I just finished „The Complaints“ by Ian Rankin. (Highly recommendable.)

3. What books do you have on request at the library? I use scientific libraries only. I like to own my novels. 😉

4. Bad book habit: Sometimes people suggest books to me, forcing me to borrwo them and I never refuse strongly enough. After half a year or so I return them unread.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? See above.

6. Do you have an e-reader? No.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? One for fun, several for work.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? No.

9.Least favourite book you read this year: I don’t know. Mk

10. Favourite book I’ve read this year: The liar (Stephen Fry). (Thanks a lot, Kalafudra. 🙂 )And „Kim“ (Rudyard Kipling).

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I don’t read out of my comfort zone. Pe I stopped reading American Psycho because it was really vividly gross when it came to the murdering and I thought this whole life-style totally crazy and odd and annoying. (I did finish Bret Easton Ellis‘ „Less than zero“ and found it quite good, to say something in defense of the author.)

Geschützt: … this is unnecessary.

August 26, 2010

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Space we can recover, time never.

August 26, 2010

„Cassius-Anthony, what have we learned from this terrible war against ph.d?“
„Well, L.-Sir, it is the following: Space we can recover, time never.“
„Meaning, L.-Sir, that we have lost this f*ing battle.“