Do you remember the craze at the millennium change? Well, seven years later we still stand. No computers gave up their "geist" then, nor did other communications collapse. At least the one of the electronic kind. Other sincere human relations in pure form have suffered since.
For the new year I wish for that those later ones will be reestablished.
Peace goes only as far as you dare to go!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!!
Monday, December 31
Sunday, December 30
Peoples of fame an fortune killed in Pakistan - looks bad for the Middle East and not so great for the US. Pakistan was the US's wild card during the "fight against terrorism", an ally of sorts. Now this is all in shambles. Not my worries really. Instead I just drive by those fields here to go to that Radio Shack downtown to purchase a 2 Gig USB removable storage device. You might call that the most profane move. But you see, all of these political commotions and the adjoining violence and assassinations don't seem to concern me --- not yet, or maybe not anymore!
So how is it with you? Do you still have trust in the representation of your officials, the clerks and fools? Believe it, I lost confidence for now in public commotions and these elaborate propositions that lead nowhere by politicians of any color. What are we left with, what is there to do? You give me an answer - I will brood.
Saturday, December 29
What can I say, it's just an other addition. A bit excruciating to start in winter weather. But mister "D" and I put two walls up on Friday, and all the other prep work. So next week will be cool. Yes, the weather forecast shows low temperatures ahead. Don't think that is so cool for our building project plans and works. But we take it as it comes. There is nothing else you can do.
Tuesday, December 25
Monday, December 24
May the angels come close to you,
and you will catch their breath
There is still so much to do
before physical death.
Light infiltrates each fiber this time of year,
now be merry and denounce all fear.
Let the festivities begin!
Sunday, December 23
As last nights solstice celebrations continued, there was a woman from the former East German Republic who then witnessed the Berlin wall falling down at the age of 13. During todays festival she managed to show us where angels dwell with the awesome technique of her fire batons swirling around.
Friday, December 21
It took several days to create this. My son did most of it - and then it burned and collapsed within 15 minutes...
The construction of this was almost two stories of a building high!
The Solstice celebration this year was full with laughter, conversation, music and good food - and plenty of wine for those who like fermented grapes.
the clip shows the beast of last years impurities
In the darkest nights of nights
So it was.
Then there was light on the horizon,
your soul perceived the dawn -
creation without poison.
And now, it is so.
Thursday, December 20
The present Queen of Britain will celebrate 60 years on the throne in 2012, and thereby break Queen Victoria's record as the longest-reigning British monarch. Ah, five more torturous years to wait until it's a done deal.
During her reign, the Queen's achievements have already included being the first British monarch to send an e-mail, to have a message put on the moon and to hold a public concert in her back garden.
Gosh - I pale. What did I do wrong? Perhaps I should organize a public event on my lawn next spring to make up for it. I doubt I will be able to send a message to the moon though, that's out of my league.
First time I went to England, I was a little boy. But what struck me then was all the different coins in multiple sizes and denominations, an array of continuous confusion. Some were large and others tiny. These were copper, others pewter or even silver. Size didn't present value, necessarily. But what always charmed my mind was the beautiful Queen embedded in some of these coins. I sort of fell in love with her.
So here is cheers to the Queen, an that antiquated institution.
Perhaps the US could benefit from a queen. But I am not sure if Hillary is the right one for me!
picture stolen and not by me
Monday, December 17
Inevitable derives from the Latin word vitare- (to avoid) and refers to a situation where only one alternative is considered possible, the inevitable one.
Perhaps I will muse on that theme in the following days....
Friday, December 14
My washer just gave up, "Whirlpool" brand, what a peace of antiquated trash (three years old). You know, there are three things that really annoy me about the USA. That is outdated technology on washing machines, window and door construction stuck in 1880's concepts ... and non running trains, not to speak of high speed trains, that would be an insult to even mention.
The majority of all home washers still use the "rip that shit" cleaning cycle, a spindle in the middle of a top loader that does nothing except systematically tearing laundry apart while using a humongous amount of water. Must be a conspiracy of the fabric manufactures.
As for windows and doors, the only European design available are Velux sky lights since Americans are incapable to do them leak proof themselves. I don't understand why the US is not adopting the concept of triple flanges like the rest of the world ... for ALL it's windows. Anderson, a so called higher end manufacturer still sells double hung sash units which are truthfully remnants of the pioneer days when people had to make them from scratch while moving west. Do you know how much energy could be saved just by applying proper design? I bet you it would astonish you so much, that you wake up the next day and you hear on the radio that oil prices have been cut in half. Someone go out there and make a scientific study.
That leads me to trains. Transportation is a disaster since Eisenhower dropped the egg of prioritizing, subsidizing and construction of the Interstate system in the 50's.
OK, so the highways are alright. It's a done deal. It's fine. I love it. But what about the trains?
When I was nine or ten years old, I traveled to Prague, Czechoslovakia. We had to change trains in what was then the former East German Republic. The locomotive was a steam engine, still fueled by coal. But as we traveled, that thing picked up speed, up to 100 kilometers an hour (sort of 60 miles per hour for your Brit wash woes).
Now, when I use Amtrak to funnel myself down the Hudson Valley to go to New York - the average speed is about 35mph - pathetic! It's worse than rural India (nothing against India by all means, it just came to my mind as a comparison, no punch intended). What I do not understand, is why does the US not invest in medium to high speed trains where the thresholds on the tracks are made of temperature expandable rails with springs and metal fastenings that will function no matter what instead of little peaces of oak trash that will rot away ... next day.
OK, one more complaint, and then I'll be silent.
Why does the US not take a shovel and dig all power lines beneath the ground. In the long run this would be less expensive than having crews repair them each time there is a storm.
But the US never thinks long term.
Those "small neglects" will be the fall of the empire!
And so, my next washer will be a Bosch front loader with heating coil and all.
(by the way, the girl at the washer is NOT my picture, I stole it and modified it - so there!)
Thursday, December 13
The snow is just falling,
nothing you can do.
If you attempted anything -
it would be murderous.
You're shoes would get wet,
in a sling,
so it is not worth a thing
to get overly excited.
Just enjoy the fluffy flakes
while they last.
That's how it is,
no need to move too fast.
I will publish something, trust me I will. It is just darn hard these days to keep things together. You don't know the whole story, and I will not tell you details either.
Perhaps I will just escape with Gary to Mexico, who knows.
I woke up this morning with a poem in my heart, but now that it is evening, all has broken apart. It is just so. It is how melodies rhyme. They fade throughout the day and vanish in the dark. Too bad, it could have been a good poem indeed. Next time maybe.
Where was that damn pencil and this blank peace of paper I was trying to grab in vain when I mostly needed it?
picture: ice and sun on my branches - it is actually a decent image - click on it to enlarge it if you wish.
Wednesday, December 12
The two countries have several things in common. They are both small in size, have a diverse population, a multitude of religious beliefs, snow in the mountains, and are surrounded by much more powerful states.
What they don't have in common, is that Lebanon can be reached by a sailboat from anywhere in this world while Switzerland remains an enclave only to be reached by foot only. There are some vulnerability issues as well. Switzerland has denied to be part of the European Union, making itself a country with less strings attached. Lebanon on the other hand does not know if it wishes to be "attached" or not. It stumbles into its future rather than walking a straight path.
Unfortunately people in Lebanon pay the price, and the cedar trees are crying.
The deadly assassination to one of the top military generals today becomes an other
story of despair.
I am thinking that Lebanon has to become more egocentric and act like Switzerland did 700 something years ago, namely feel and convert the pride of it's existence to every intellectual, every farmer, every clerk, every shop keeper, every musician.
Only then, Lebanon will arise out of the ashes like a phoenix.
If this doesn't move, the days of Lebanon are counted.
Be well, Lukas.
...images this time stolen from the web - one is the shore towards west, the other snow and cedar trees in the mountains in Lebanon
Israel's PM insists Iran's nuclear program remains dangerous, and calls for unity against it.US rates are reduced for the third time in this quarter.
The US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates from 4.5% to 4.25% to steer the US away from recession. Wishful thinking. African Muslims go bezerk and blow up anything in sight in Algiers, mostly UN personnel. Bad move.
OK, so I live in a country that has been at war with whoever continuously since it's inception. There was always war. May it be the Brits, First and Second World War, the Koreans, the Vietnamese, various South American entities, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala and so on ... and of course now Iraq and Afghanistan.
What does this mean?
It means that 6 million Jews were killed by Hitler's regime and that we (the US) now in response "suck dick" to whatever Israel wants, forever.
This move is sucking this country dry.
Nothing against Israel, but the US has to finally find its own priorities if it wishes to survive as a nation. So the Ohlmar guy, the PM of Israel, shouts out loud about Iran which in response will make the US government spend some more money for that state, mostly weapons - taxpayer money mind you.
The US is selling out.
Fiat, an Italian car maker will establish a factory in America, others will follow suit because the Dollar is worth shit anymore and therefore labor is cheap. All interest cuts from the Feds will not cure that issue. We are now facing a recession, you better believe it.
And then there is the present attack on UN personell in Algiers, but maybe that's an entirely different story. Who knows.
All I know is that if the US is to survive gracefully, she needs to cut off spinal cords with Israel, retract all engagement in the Middle East.
Then, perhaps ... the US Dollar will again be equal the Euro.
Until this will happen, it will sink to oblivion and not only recession but also depression will be on its way.
Tuesday, December 11
There is a guy out there who plays "catch me if you can" - and sends nasty stuff to various people. Well this time around it will not rest as a warning. The FBI will not merely get a phone call, but I will take the leisure to make a personal visit to them. Also, the dirty trash e-mails I receive will be forwarded to Helmuth Hofer's ISP. I would encourage you to do the same if you got harassed. If you need help to do so - let me know. For now all comments on posts will be screened; sorry for the inconvenience!
My internet connection is fixed again, sort off. Used a LAN router for the USB port to make the DSL work on a old Toshiba I got on eBay 9 years ago. Feel like a Russian who invented Sputnik coming home from the dump with odd parts. Ah, just technical stuff. The machine operates on minimal memory ... but it works, that's all I care about.
So now that Christmas is around the corner, we will have to think about wood or linoleum cuts to make greeting cards. An other angel per favor ... or what?
snapshot 2 years ago in Cape Cod
Sunday, December 9
Thursday, December 6
It might be of interest to note, that the person pushing the cart was a baby once as well.
That was back in the days when I used to live in Norway. Then I was in love with her mom, and since she then was only several months old, I cleaned her butt and changed her diapers.
Now she lives up the Hudson valley in New York, and changes the diapers of her own kid. Lovely woman, lovely kid - but oh, I can't keep track anymore of how fast time is changing!
a little dribble of nonsense
obviously the clip was taken on a predominantly still camera and not a video machine, sorry. I sound like I have lost all my teeth, but I can assure you, I still have them!
The Sick Rose
O Rose though art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
Monday, December 3
Only a stone throw away from my house there is "the shack". The pathway leads through a vegetable and herb garden which now is dormant. It leads to the domicile of my son. There you will find a cozy cabin with wood stove and all, well insulated and otherwise pretty much functional. The kids who visit, come and go ... are thinking of Michelangelo. But then, they nowadays have their own ways of expression.
I could ramble on about these niceties for a while and drown the fact that I am a lucky bourgeois country dweller who has not to fight famine, disease, pollution or political terrorism (although that might be an discussable issue).
So all my petty concerns of how to pay next months rent, how to keep the sharks happy, the money for the food on the table whilst massaging some sense of responsibility into my grown up children - is nothing compared to the struggle of dozens of hundreds of million peoples daily demises all around the globe. You could say I could call myself lucky. Nevertheless, my stomach is rather acidic these days. Something is not right, and my kids feel it too. And at this point it has nothing to do with Global Warming. If instead we orient ourselves to be more spiritual beings and follow an inner core, or a call for sustenance that is not based solely on the game of gain - we all could profit together ... tremendously.