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05 December 2014 @ 10:25 am
So, I read only a little about this whole hatchette vs amazon issue and it registered as the usual amazon evil. It's actually only now that I realized what I was missing because of it.

Have any of you read S. By J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst? I have no idea how that book passed me by for so long! Usually such a thing would instantly appear on my amazon recs. It came out already last year and it is amazing! Coolest idea ever.

First off, buying an e-book of this is a complete waste of time and money. This book is an experience you need to make with all senses. The book comes in a black sleeve and once you look inside you realize why it could not be any other way. The book is full of stuff! It's an old looking book, called "Ship of Theseus" with a library sticker on it. Inside you see that every page is filled with notes in different colours in the margins. Two people are having a conversation in the margins about the book and the mystery that surrounds it. Occasionally they also send each other things via the book, newspaper clippings, postcards letters, a napkin with a map on it, a decoder have to be really careful that the stuff stays in when you unpack it or it will be hard to put the full experience back together again.

This guardian article has several pictures of the book that give you an idea.

I have not fully read it yet, since you can't really wolf it down, with having to switch between the text of the book and the story in the margins and the differnt timelines involved. But from what I read so far, I have the impression that aside from a great idea it is also a really good book. So anyone read it yet? Or anyone up for reading it together and talking about the developments?
09 November 2014 @ 11:14 pm
I just watched the final two eps in a row and wow! That is finally what I was expecting from Moffat!Read more...Collapse )
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28 October 2014 @ 11:35 pm
Studio Ghibli did a Ronja Robber's daughter anime?!? How did I not know this!
22 September 2014 @ 06:26 pm
I am Doctor! And look my friend painted me a Tardis!
21 September 2014 @ 11:04 am
20 September 2014 @ 12:49 pm
I guess, being surrounded mainly by the open net culture over the last years has made me a bit picky and also more sensitive to the things that go wrong in mainstream pop-culture.

Netflix has several good shows and movies, but the way they sort stuff and reccomend it isn't really as great as they advertise it. They just don't get things right. E.g. they added a category called women's power (the german word is more commonly used), but instead of putting thing like Persepolis in there or maybe Kill Bill or something like that, it's mostly romantic comedies, going down as low as Lillifee (this is a terrible supersexist german children's program about a pink anorexic fairy).

The net has spoiled me, I had forgotten, how much actual feminism has not really made it into the mainstream yet.
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18 September 2014 @ 07:39 pm
Netflix just started over here and I am really enjoying it. I might go for it after the test months. It's the first legal offer of online film distribution that appeals.

I mean, they started like yesterday here and they have to do everything legally but how much films and shows do they usually have in the US? And how long do they keep them available? Do things go away again after a while?

Here, the content seems to be fairly limited, a neat selection, but I could think of several more things I'd like to see. So, is this just the mini version for Europe now, or is it the same in the US and they exchange the "program" so to speak?
09 September 2014 @ 10:18 pm
A question to my UK friends: Over here they report that the authorities in Rotherham did not react to the victims accusations of rape, because of some sort of misunderstood political correctness? For fear of being deemed racist if they persecuted the Pakistani gangs?

I dunno the police in the UK, but from here that sounds pretty incredulous. In Austria, we still have massive problems with a racist policeforce and while it might well be better in the UK, I find it hard to believe, that the fear of being thought racist would keep the police from following up on those cases. From a UK perspective, is that really a realisic theory? Or is that just a cover up?
05 September 2014 @ 09:44 pm
Hello Flist,

I'm back from St. Petersburg, which really is a very very beautiful city. I started to reread "The Idiot" from Dostojewski there and while I already knew that I love the book, I somehow see a very different side to it now.

I'm using the German spellings of all the names here. They are different in English, but I am to lazy to look it up and they are not the original Russian anyway. In paralell to the book I have also read some comentary about it and what I find really really creepy is how that comentary traipses around the topic of Nastassja Fillipowna's past.

The book is old, obviously views on rape differ wildely from todays views but Dostojewski was a supperkeen observer of people.

Spoilers for The Idiot, actually just for the first partCollapse )

ETA: After much googling I found this summary that does absolutely get it:

But its rare and the mainstream stuff is avoiding the issues to an insane extent.
24 August 2014 @ 08:59 am
Neat! I almost fell asleep and deffinitely have to watch it again. I adored the new Doctor, very good job! And I always love Vastra and her wife.

Clara, still not so much my cup of tea, but the new visual style of the intro and the tardis was also very appealing. I need to watch it again, but in general I enjoyed it a lot.
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