Asher/Ysidro

Once in a blue moon I need some horror / vampire / monster-novels. Far from sorting that as „guilty pleasure“, which is a bullshit-term if I ever heard one.
„Guilty“ should be reserved for things that you can actually be guilty about, 
like rape, pillage, becoming a politician and placing shopping-trolleys just around the corner of the shelves. Nevetheless, vampire-novels have recently gotten some sort of bad reputation – mainly because the „most prominent books“ are on the level of third-class-housewife-fanfiction. But there are good monster books out there, and here are a few quotes from the exellent Asher/Ysidro-Series by Barbara Hambly.

She kept her eyes on his, positive she resembled nothing so much as a myopic rabbit attempting to stare down a dragon.

(This pretty much describes any glasses-wearing person.)

Over the years, Asher had picked up a fine selection of curses in twelve living and four dead languages, including Basque and Finno-Ugric. He repeated them all as he slid the ulster from his shoulders, left it draped like a corpse over the hay, and slipped through the close, dark warmth of the stable and into Blaydon’s back garden.

Beneath the barred window was only an ornamental ledge, and he exercised a number of plain Anglo-Saxon monosyllables as he disengaged his broken hand from its sling and hooked the tips of his swollen fingers over the grimy brickwork to edge himself along. At least, he thought wryly, this was one place where he knew the vampire couldn’t sneak up on him from behind. It was small comfort.

The greatest monologue of them all….

One of the greatest speaches i one of the best films ever: Ladies and Gentleman, I present: The Box-Monologue from „Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead„.

Rosencrantz: Do you ever think of yourself as actually dead lying in a box with a lid on it?

Guildenstern: No.

Rosencrantz: Nor do I really. It’s silly to be depressed by it. I mean, one thinks of it like being alive in a box, and one keeps forgetting to take into account the fact that one is dead… which should make all the difference… shouldn’t it?

I mean, you’d never know you were in a box, would you? It would be just like you were asleep in a box. Not that I’d like to sleep in a box, mind you, not without any air, you’d wake up dead for a start, and then where would you be?

In a box.

That’s the bit I don’t like frankly. That’s why don’t think of it. Because you’d be helpless? Stuffed in a box like that, I mean, you’d be in there for ever. Even taking into account the fact that you’re dead, it isn’t a pleasant thought. Especially if you’re dead, really…

Ask yourself, if I asked you straight off… I’m going to stuff you in this box now, would you rather be alive or dead. Naturally, you prefer to be alive. Life in a box is better than no life at all. I expect. You’d have a chance at least. You could lie there thinking well, at least I’m not dead! In a minute somebody is going to bang on the lid and tell me to come out.

*knocks on the table*

Hey, you! What’s yer name! Come out of there!

Guildenstern: I think I’m going to kill you.

Bunt. Soooo Bunt.

Kamelie aus dem Botansichen Garten München

Nachdem ich Letzten zum Kamera testen (Mit der Nikon D800) unterwegs war, kamen natürlich (natürlich? wo kommt dass denn her? Ist Scheiße viel Arbeit und hält vom rumkaspern im Netz ab!) Bilder dabei raus, welche ich nicht vorenthalten möchte (auch vollkommen gelogen. Könnte ohne Gewissensbisse vorenthalten. Überhaupt kein Problem!). Zuerst: Der Botanische Garten.

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=122138

 

Jetzt gehts los

Die Wehen sind vorbei, die Druckerei hat anscheinend schon gearbeitet (nein, ich habe noch keine Belegexemplare in der Hand gehabt) und es geht los: www.netz-fotografie.de

Das Buch ist fertig

Im Versand, und die Seite dazu ist online! (Hauptsächlich, weil ich auf der Photokina nicht dazu kommen werde, die Seite anzuschalten…). Und wer will, kann schon mal in den Anfang hinschauen: Beim Verlag hier.

Is this still on?

Seriously – I have forgotten the logindata,
and can only publish through third-party-channels.
Currently Live Writer,
which is pretty Good,
and stored my Logins,but I cannot get to them.
Maybe I’ll do a complete Relaunch.
‚Bout time, if you ask me. Which you didn’t.
You don’t talk to me anymore.

Since the site is laying in its final gasps,
thats understandable and
I wouldn’t do it any other way,
but…You know what I mean, don’t you?
But, after the re-Setup/relauch/springcleaning,
everything will be fine again.

Websites are a bit like smallclothes –
if you don’t change them every two years or so they get stale.

I have said too much, haven‘ t I ?

Behaviour in offices and toilets

Does this fit your office behaviour?

Basically, there are three trays: In, Out, and Shake It All About;
the last one was where he put everything
he was too busy, angry, tired, or bewildered to do anything about.
Terry Pratchett, Snuff

And, talkin about behaviour:

In the scientific world, the Not-Invented-Here bias is fondly called

the toothbrush theory.

The idea is that everyone wants a toothbrush,
everyone needs one, everyone has one,
but no one wants to use anyone else’s.
Dan Ariely, The Upside of Irrationality

Besides that? Nothin happens. Not really. Writing my book, hoping it gets finished SOMEDAY (anyday!), preferably befor this years photokina, and playing around with a few cameras. oh, and working, of course 😉

Added on Friday and a Tip.

samstagmorgen josephina (9)
So, what are you doing?
Really?
Nooo!
Tell me more!

Actually, that’s a lie -I am not interested and currently I’m trying to get the Comments-Field out of wordpress. And since the Theme isn’t quite standard, that isn’t easy. If you want to know why – I just don’t care about comments anymore, at least on websites (every website). So, if you wanted to ask. Just saying.

So, what else? Read somethin good lately? (If you answer „No, I rarely read“ – Get the fuck out. Now.) I have, but it isn’t exactly a discovery Iain Banks is and Old-Time-Favourite, even though the Wasp Factory was to harsh fpor my tastes. But for example „Against a Dark Background“ was fun – with Passages like: “Aah…Yes, and how does madam wish to pay?” She slapped her credit card on the counter. “Eventually.”

Also from this novel:

“Power today rests in the hands of the lawyers. Those whose function it ought to be merely to help regulate have—following the failure of nerve in those with the rightful claim and historical provenance required for leadership—come instead to legislate. By their very nature, they will ensure that having taken the reins of power into their hands, they cannot legally be wrested from them. What has to be remembered by those who care for the future as well as the history of our species is that law is no more than an abstraction of justice; an expression of a society’s political will and philosophical conceptions. Truth, right and justice are processes, not states. They are dynamic functions which can only be expressed and understood through action…And arguably the time for action is fast approaching. Thank you.”

Done with Bonaparte (And flickr)

A love affair that lastet years is over,
about something small as „hover“
and size and format and watermark.
There is just no more spark –

and social it ain’t no more
the contacts are stale like old smore.
Nevermind the recent news –
it feels all just done and used.

So, onwards to more pleasent sites,
gathering my wiles and lights
to jump once more in

for greener hills,
and more and newer frills.
I’ll show my pics elsewere.

So, I’m almost done with flickr.
And currently considering the swith to either smugmug
since I already found 6 (!) of my pictures display under others names.
Not that I don’t appreciate it .

Don’t get me wrong – I love showing my work,
and if somebody feels he has to plagiate, so what.
But they were grad-A- Turd-Photographers.
If you wanna steal, make sure it is somewhere on your level.

And the protecion in Smugmug is far superior.
And, as I said, flickr become boring.
By now I’m just searching for the easiest way to switch.

The question is just: Smugmug, Picasa, Facebook (Yes….) or somethin else entirely?
I think,  I should try smugmug, because it is unlimeted storage,
which should be considered, if you have almost 1TB of Picture Data,
And, by the way, the above are two fuckin‘ sonnetts in one evening.

Licht-Tests, Blitz und Sony

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Nun gut, ich gestehe:
Ich habe nen Spieltrieb.

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Und da sich die Planung für heute verabschiedet hatte,
bastelt man nun mal herum,
und nimmt SIE und DIE DA und vergleicht die Lichtleistung mit DEM DA.
Und was kommt dabei raus?

Sowas:

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Falls jetzt jemand klugscheissert „Die sind bearbeitet“, dann antworte ich: „Gagagbububu, halt die Klappe.“
Falls jemand raten will, was davon mit Natur-Licht und was Kunst-Licht ist: Go!

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Falls jemand fragt, wie sich die Alpha aufführt:

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Schönes Gerät, aber im Vergleich zur Konkurrenz ein paar Schwächen.
Falls jemand genaueres wissen will: Anschreiben…