Archive for March, 2006

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

do itashimashite

So wie ferne Stürme über dem Pazifik im Beringmeer komplexe Wellenfronten erzeugen, die beim Strandspaziergang mitunter rasche Sprints erforderlich machen, um den plötzlich auflaufenden Riesenwellen trockenen, und vor allem warmen, Fusses zu entgehen, so steigt und fällt unerklärlich der Eichhornpegel rund um den gefallenen Eukalyptusstamm, um den wir füttern. In einem Moment tummeln sich zwölf […]

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Battlestar Galactica (2)

While parts of the second season of the new Galactica drag just as badly as the first – in particular the plot elements concerned with the Cylon masterplan and the impending birth of the child of doom are stretched so thin as to be practically impreceptible. Also, the density of journalists and the political and […]

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Robert Altman – McCabe and Mrs Miller (1)

The meticulous recreation of buildings and social networks of the little digger town somewhere in the cold American Northwest is enough to make this gem worth watching, but the story of McCabe and Mrs Miller that Altman set against this backdrop is in itself touching and rewarding. A very unusual Western, if you want to […]

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

John Wyndham – The Kraken Wakes (1)

How refreshing, after reading a lot of idea driven, gimmicky SF, to discover this. I found it in the bookstore run by the Friends of the Berkeley public library, among pulp paperbacks, and though I’d never heard of Wyndham, was intrigued by the cover art and the fact it had come out on Penguin. The […]

Friday, March 24th, 2006

The Sopranos – Season 6 (2)

My favorite family of criminals is back, but so far I’m none too sure about how happy I should be about it. The first episode caused mostly consfusion, for its lack of continuity – for instance how come Tony and Carmela are as harmonious again as we see them, was there any fallout from the […]

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Myst IV: Revelation (2)

The Myst game series has an odd quality about it. Some of the puzzles are frustratingly complex, and hardly make any sense within the stories, which in addition tend to abound with psychological cliches. But of course the strength of Myst lies in the design of the worlds, called Ages, in which it is set, […]

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Dan Simmons – The Rise of Endymion (3)

While certainly better than it’s two predecessors, this final installment in the Hyperion story still subtracts from the original book. Why do sequels always fall so badly short of truly adding to a work, and why do creators still have the urge too do them? The Shrike was a mythical force, the future a mysterious […]

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Staubmilbe gesucht

Sodbrennen kennt ja jeder, hier in den USA zumal. Etliche Regalmeter in den konkurrierenden Drogeriemarktmolochfilialen Walgreens, Long’s, Elephant Pharmacy und Walmart sind mit Antacidtabletten, -pasten, -pülverchen vollgestellt, der lustigen Rechtslage im Medikamentenwesen wegen meist mit einem Markenprodukt und der Hauskopie direkt daneben. Die Hauskopie ist von schlichtem Design, ein paar Dollar billiger als die Markenware […]

Friday, March 17th, 2006

damals und heute

Seit Wochen bin ich in Sorge, letzte Woche gar ging ich gar nicht erst, und fühlte mich wie ein Drückeberger deshalb, obwohl es auch andere Gründe gab, ich musste eine Programmierarbeit erledigen und hatte grade als der Zeitpunkt naherückte eine schöne Idee, obendrein leitet Mittwochs Judy das Training, und unter ihrer Führung wird selten eine […]

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Jim Jarmusch – Broken Flowers (3)

Amazingly, having a wrinkled and depressed Bill Murray in a jumpsuit drive around coloring tress does not a good movie make. Who would have thought? In fairness, I was probably having my expectations too high, since I’m an admirer of both Jarmusch’s (Dead Man!) and Murray’s previous work. But even after correcting for that, I […]