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Buffy (and Xander) at their best: „Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered“

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Screenshot „Buffy the Vampire Slayer“ S02E16

After posting my 20th anniversary tribute to „Buffy the Vampire Slayer“, I just encountered my favorite episode in the first two seasons (so far): „Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered“ – which starts with this cute dialog (in a graveyard):

Xander: Well, this is new territory for me. I mean, my valentines are usually met with heartfelt restraining orders.
Buffy: She’ll love it.
Xander: I wish dating was like slaying, you know? Simple, direct, stake to the heart, no muss, no fuss.
[Vampire shoots out of grave, attacks Xander, gets slayed by Buffy.]
Buffy: Sorry to say, Xand. Slaying is a tad more perilous than dating.
Xander: Well, you’re obviously not dating Cordelia.

Wikipedia’s synopsis:

In this episode, Cordelia breaks up with Xander after her friends mock her. Xander retaliates by attempting a love spell to „put her through the same hell“, and he gets a little more than he had bargained for.

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International Journalism Festival for foodies and barflies: #IJF17 guide to Perugia

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Perugia (#IJF17)
From Wednesday (April 5, 2017) until Sunday (April 9), beautiful Perugia will host the free International Journalism Festival for the 11th time. You’ll get all the basic infos here:

I prepared a map with all the festival locations and added my personal restaurant and bar recommendations. With the slider in the upper left corner, you can have a look at the list of entries:


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Buffy goes to Bollywood: „So, how does the water buffalo fit in again?“

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„Buffy the Vampire Slayer“ turned 20 this March – and, revisiting the first two seasons, I think it has aged quite nicely.

I just ran across a funny exchange in the „Reptile Boy“ episode (S02E05), featuring Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) watching a Bollywood song & dance scene together:

Xander: Is she dying?
Buffy: I think she’s singing.
Xander: To a telephone, in Hindi. Now, that’s entertainment. – Why is she singing?
Willow: She’s sad because her lover gave her 12 gold coins. But then the wizard cut open a bag of salt and now the dancing minions have nowhere to put their big maple fish thing.
Xander: Uh-huh. – Why is she singing?
Buffy: Her lover? I thought that was her chiropractor.
Willow: Because of that thing he did with her feet? – No, that was personal.
Xander: And we thought just because we didn’t have any money or any place to go, this’d be a lacklustre evening.
Willow: I know, we could go to the Bronze, sneak in our own tea bags and ask for hot water.
Xander: Hop off the outlaw train before you land us in jail.
Buffy: I, for one, am giddy and up. There’s a kinda hush all over Sunnydale. No demons or vampires to slay. I’m here with my friends. – So, how does the water buffalo fit in again?
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Written by Peter Jebsen

30. März 2017 at 20:50

Watch this hilarious video: Professor’s BBC interview gatecrashed by children

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This is the funniest clip I have seen in a long time (via The Telegraph):

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Written by Peter Jebsen

11. März 2017 at 22:00

Oh, the passion! (Bollywood rock’n’roll from 1965)

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10. März 2017 at 2:05

Don’t miss the brilliant music documentary „Searching for Sugar Man“ (free streaming until March 23)!

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My favorite movie of Filmfest Hamburg 2012 (blog post in German) is being streamed for free by German/French public broadcaster arte until Monday, March 23, 2017 (link to arte’s media library). Watch the trailer of „Searching for Sugar Man“, „the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was“ (Rotten Tomatoes):

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Here Are Donald Trump’s Unpresidential Tweets About Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson From 2012 (via Saturday Night Live)

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Donald Trump/Kristen Stewart
As if Donald Trump’s current Twitter ramblings weren’t crazy enough, Saturday Night Live host Kristen Stewart brought a particularly notorious string of tweets back to memory in last Saturday’s opening monologue:

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Historian Heather Cox Richardson on Trump’s Muslim Ban: „It’s a Shock Event“

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Heather Cox Richardson: If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings. This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs, Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power. Five years before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans to have equal economic opportunity. Once they began to work together to promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground. They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

the way of improvement leads home

bannonHeather Cox Richardson of Boston College is one of my favorite historians.  I highly recommend her most recent book To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party

Today Richardson gave me permission to publish a piece she recently posted to her Facebook page.

Richardson is probably right in assuming that Steve Bannon is behind Trump’s recent Executive Order on Muslim refugees.  She describes what Bannon is doing as a „shock event.“ This is an attempt to throw the country into confusion and chaos so that the administration can present itself as the only entity capable of restoring order.

Richardson explains:

What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a „shock event.“ Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually…

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My Funky Year in Music: 18,599 tracks, 4,188 artists, 5,533 albums (according to Last.FM)

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My Year 2016 on Last.FMBecause I am very much into statistics, I still like using Last.FM, a music database which keeps track of the songs I enjoy via iTunes, Internet radiostations and iPod/smartphone. According to Last.FM’s summary for 2016, I listened to 18,599 tracks by 4,188 different artists and from 5,533 different albums. That makes 55 songs a day and a total listening time of 45 days, 5 hours. Top music genres: funk, soul, country, pop, and blues.
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Written by Peter Jebsen

28. Dezember 2016 at 14:51

My Spotify Top Songs of 2016 Playlist

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My Spotify Top Songs of 2016 playlist is a nice mix of funk, soul, a little country and some surprises. Enjoy!

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27. Dezember 2016 at 23:09

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