Mittwoch, 28. Oktober 2009

Giant Microbes

This time I thought I should post something funny. It's about yes. Sounds weird, right? It's an online-shop, where they sell stuffed animals that look like microbes. For example bad breath, a brain cell, a fat cell or herpes...

that's a brain cell

Maybe, there's someone in your family, who's interested in biology. Christmas is near... ;)

Samstag, 17. Oktober 2009

Starsuckers movie

I was reading the newspaper the other day and found a small article about a project called 'starsuckers'. Since I have a different view on media, now, I found it very interesting. They played tricks on the tabloids by sending them super special news about several celebrities, which actually were not true. For example: they spread the rumor, that Amy Winehouse's hair catched fire because of a short-circuit at a party. To the team's surprise, this rumor was printed in the next day's issue. It shows, that those kind of 'papers' are only interested in scandals and stories about the private life of the celebrities without even questioning it.
The movie will be in cinemas from october 30. Unfortunately only in London. Hopefully we'll get to see something via internet.
Check out what's said about that project on their website.

Also dealing with this topic, Mike Shinoda posted a short documentary on his website in addition to his latest art show 'Glorious Excess'. For me the most remarkable about that one is, that he is part of this celebrity culture himself. Sure, he knows best what it's like to be a celeb, but I don't know any other famous person dealing with this topic in such a critical way. The film can be watched here. To give you a short overview on the story behind the art show, here's what Mike Shinoda wrote on his blog:

"I don't want to tell the story of the show before you see any art, but here's an idea of what to expect: in the first show, our star character exploded onto the scene. He was violent, filthy rich, and world-famous. I hoped to start conversations with the work--not just critique our obsession with fame, money, and stardom. I hope you guys also saw a sense of humor there, in my effort to figure out what I thought about celebrity, spending time on both the inside and out. In this new show, our "star" completely implodes. He begins the show as an overblown superstar, and works his way to a psychadelic, fame-induced nirvana. The end will be up to you to interpret."

A gallery with the paintings of the art show can be found here.

I personally was forced by both projects to think about this kind of topic and I really would like to see this being discussed more.

Freitag, 16. Oktober 2009

My 'Say-Hi-To-The-Winter-Playlist'

yesterday's view out of my window (yes, this white stuff there is snow)

Due to the weather outside my taste of music turns a bit 'emo'. No, I don't start listening to those kinda bands, but I do listen to more quiet and calm songs. Yesterday, we had snow all day long. In october. That's pretty early if you ask me. I really hate those grey, windy and rainy days. To make a long story short, I wanted to share some songs I like at the moment and created the 'Say-Hi-To-The-Winter-Playlist

1. Hybrid Theory (aka. Linkin Park) - She Couldn't
2. Ich+Ich - Stark
3. Dead By Sunrise - Walking In Circles
4. Metric - Gimme Sympathy
5. Fort Minor - Move On
6. Deftones - Beware
7. Rammstein - Ohne Dich
8. Coldplay - The Scientist (live)
9. Velvet Revolver - Loving The Alien
10. Linkin Park - My December

FYI: Rammstein and Dead By Sunrise just released their latest albums. 'Liebe ist für alle da' and 'Out of Ashes' are available NOW!! and in my opinion 'Fantasies' by Metric is one of the top-ten-must-haves of the year! so much for my recommendations... :)


Samstag, 10. Oktober 2009

My first two weeks at college...

I just wanted to share some impressions and thoughts about my new life in the big city of Mittweida... LOL. Well, to underline the irony of that: there's no McDonald's. I guess, some people didn't even know there's still a place without the big yellow 'M'. Seriously, I like it there and it's not a problem for me, that this town is pretty small, cause my hometown isn't so much bigger. During our first week at college we heard a lot of administrative stuff and to make the start for us as easy as possible there was also this tutor-thing, where a group of 3 freshmen got one 'daddy' or 'mommy'. They helped us finding all the rooms and houses we need to go to and gave us lots of helpful advice. I really apprecciate that, cause it made me feel kinda secure. Now, that the second week is over I think I got settled in the new environment. We already had lots of lectures, for example about the media's development in Germany since the Weimar Constitution, about basics in video- and audio-production or about journalistic styles and methods. I really like it. It's interesting and it totally changes the way you watch TV or listen to the radio. Sounds weird, but it's true. I personally am looking forward to our practical courses, where we're going to work on video-/audio-projects on ourselves in small groups. Let's see what the next week is like... (the second pic shows me on the left-hand side with some college mates at the freshmen-party last wednesday)

The Swan Lake: Moving Image & Music Award... a project by students of the university in Mittweida, where I am studying now, too. The gala will be on october 20. This award honors young animation- and movie-artists and also musicians. Now it is up to you to decide who'll get the prize, because there's a public voting, where you can choose between several works (you have to create a free account first). For more information and the voting, please visit the award's homepage.

Date: October 20th 2009
Location: canteen University Mittweida
09648 Mittweida
Time: doors open: 7 pm , beginning: 8 pm
Cost: pre-sale: 3,50 € / at box-office: 4,50 €