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Ahhh, Good Ol’ Southern Soul & Blues (Internet Radio Tip)

31. März 2014

Southern Soul Blues RadioAlthough I have many stations of various genres in the favorites list of the network music player of my choice (Logitech Squeezebox Boom – review in German) I often listen to the same station for days or weeks whenever I am in my kitchen (where the Squeezebox is located).

These days, my favorite station is Southern Soul Blues Radio. If you are into the same music, the last three songs I just listened to will give you an idea why.


Social Media Explained … With Donuts

10. März 2014

On the staff whiteboard #funny from an Ian Jukes blogpost I think., ursprünglich hochgeladen von jasongraham99

Old (from 2012, I believe), but still funny.

Additional entries:

  • flickr: What a cute donut!
  • Diaspora: I am eating donuts but don’t want anyone to know.
  • WhatsApp: I am eating donuts and want Facebook to have the phone numbers of everyone who knows.
  • Threema: I am eating donuts and hope that Facebook doesn’t get the phone numbers of everyone who knows.
  • SoundCloud: I can chew with a beat!
  • Spotify: Artist names & song/album titles containing “donuts”
  • (more…)

My Six Years on Facebook – a Look Back

5. Februar 2014


R.I.P., Peter O’Toole! (“My Favorite Year” and Letterman in London Clips)

15. Dezember 2013

I believe my favorite Peter O’Toole movie is the 1982 comedy “My Favorite Year”. He plays washed-up, booze-loving swashbuckler Allan Swann who is being booked as special guest for a live variety TV show in 1954:

Around 1’56″ in this trailer, he performs the best line of the movie – a true classic: “I’m not an actor – I’m a movie star!”

This brilliant version of “Roof Garden” just reminded me how & why I got into Al Jarreau

14. Dezember 2013


Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney, move over: This is my favorite version of “The Girl Is Mine”

10. Dezember 2013

Nobody does it better than Robbie Fulks & Nora O’Connor:


Required Slate Read: “We Say We Like Creativity, but We Really Don’t”

9. Dezember 2013

"People don’t actually like creativity."

Screenshot of the Slate page “People don’t actually like creativity.” (Illustration by Rob Donnelly)

Slate author Jessia Olien: “People don’t actually like creativity. Teachers and bosses don’t value out-of-the-box thinking.”

Favorite quotes:

It’s all a lie. This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don’t actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along: People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise.


Nelson Mandela Finally Is Free (R.I.P.)

6. Dezember 2013


13th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival: From Ganges to Arno … and Tiber! #R2RFIFF

18. November 2013

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival 2013

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi (Photo: Bollywood Hungama / License: CC BY 3.0)

My final (and favourite!) film festival of the year always is the lovely River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival in Florence/Italy (flickr photo album). This year (2013), its 13th edition will take place from Friday, November 22, until Thursday, November 28, at beautiful Cinema Odeon on Piazza Strozzi, followed by a weekend in Rome (November 29 to December 1) at Nuovo Cinema Aquila, via L’Aquila 68).

The programme has just been released today.

Following 2012′s special guest Amitabh Bachchan (video below), this year’s guest of honour will be Shabana Azmi (photo). Wikipedia: “(…) She made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Parallel Cinema, an Indian New Wave movement known for its serious content and neo-realism. (…) Azmi has appeared in over 120 Hindi films in both mainstream and independent cinema, and since 1988 she has acted in several foreign projects.”

“Eminent Hipsters”: Grouchy Donald Fagen Slams TV Babies and Coco Chanel (“She F*cked Igor Strawinsky Into a Reactionary Spin!”)

17. November 2013

Donald Fagen: Eminent HipstersI had lots of fun listening to emusic‘s audio book version of Donald Fagen’s “Eminent Hipsters”, read by himself. It is not a regular autobiography but a collection of articles, “from portraits of the cultural figures and currents that shaped him as a youth to an account of his college days and of life on the road” (publisher’s description). The book is both insightful and hilarious.

The main piece is a grouchy diary of a The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue tour Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen did with Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs from 2010. Favorite quote: “By the way, I’m not posting this journal on the Internet. Why should I let you lazy, spoiled TV Babies read it for nothing in the same way you download all those songs my partner and I sacrificed our entire youth to write and record, not to mention the miserable, friendless childhoods we endured that left us with lifelong feelings of shame and self-reproach we were forced to countervail with a fragile grandiosity and a need to constantly prove our self-worth — in short, with the sort of personality disorders that ultimately turned us into performing monkeys?”


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