For what it’s worth

Fernsehturm
Fernsehturm

While I am mainly sharing my life events on my @haikus twitter profile, which I suggest you to follow, I am still taking care of my beloved blog from time to time…
But the question is: why am I using twitter? I first used it almost 3 years ago to be able to quickly blog from my mobile phone while I was in holiday in Norway. Then a hiatus until more recent days when I discovered how to use it at its best.
Twitter is a way to stay in touch with my contacts: either via direct or public messages, it’s like the next generation SMS, for free 🙂 I might use it more often than the e-mail.
Twitter is a news reader: I can follow Der Spiegel in realtime as well as many other online newspapers: but sometimes an eye on twitter trends provides an even faster way to know what’s happening in the world. This is how I’ve got the news of the earthquake in Italy, for instance.
Twitter is a way to get answers: next time I need a new lens for my camera I can ask the twitter community for suggestions.
Twitter is fun: I’m following @greggrunberg, Heroes mind reader, and I am enjoying it a lot. Especially when he posts pictures like this :mrgreen: (apparently, alas, I’m not able to post pictures from twitpic, so here the link)

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The world we live in

Lost innocence by Lugri
Lost innocence by Lugri

I was supposed to publish a post yesterday to celebrate a couple of events. First of all, my blog turned 4 😛 Wow, can’t believe I’ve been blogging already for such a long time.
My blog is populated by 580 posts (i.e. one every 2 and a half days) and 1323 comments. Since it has been hosted by wordpress.com, it has been viewed by my readers 20,684 times (mostly during 2007, my best blog year so far).

However, the most important commemoration on January 27 is the liberation in 1945 of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp by the red army. Of course, this day is meaningless for people like bishop Richard Williamson, whose excommunication has been recently lifted by the Roman Catholic Church. Mr. Williamson is definitively welcome in Germany where Holocaust denial is illegal and punishable by imprisonment up to five years…

Infamous are also Mr. Berlusconi’s recent words about the increasing rape rate in Italy:

We would need as many soldiers as there are beautiful girls in Italy…
Which we will never manage

Crack the shutters

Yellow leaves IV
Yellow leaves IV

Last Sunday, as part of one of my birthday gifts, I went with Christian to the Berlin Japan Festival. It is basically a fair for Berlin or online shops which sell Japanese products, either traditional (on the ground floor), or modern (on the upper floor).
It was really interesting and I collected a lot of address for my next Japanese purchases :mrgreen: Even Christian fell in love with some Noren (暖簾)… We are definitively going to buy one for our new flat.
We also attended to a some shows: Kimono (着物) fashion, Japanese Women Choir and martial arts (I forgot which one, exactly).
The fair was hosted by the Postbahnhof (post train station), an interesting building itself.

Buy my book!
Are you looking for an original Christmas gift? Why don’t you buy my book? :mrgreen:
Like Bree published her first recipes book, I just released my photo book of St Petersburg, featured by my flickr pictures and my blog entries…
Just click here.

Never miss a beat

Airplanes
Airplanes

Here we go. I’m officially 30 years old (to be precise 30 years, 3 days, 6 hours and 25 minutes right now). Now I’m a mature blogger, a grown-up, more or less :mrgreen:

When I find out all the reasons
Maybe I’ll find another way
Find another day
With all the changing seasons of my life
Maybe I’ll get it right next time
An now that you’ve been broken down
Got your head out of the clouds
You’re back down on the ground
And you don’t talk so loud
An you don’t walk so proud
Any more, and what for

Apparently I’m already forgetting things, like staying up-to-date with the music industry. Luckily a couple of days ago I discovered that Kaiser Chiefs are scoring a new record and later also The Killers (and even the long announced Chinese Democracy by Guns N’ Roses!!!).
I really need some news from Muse or Placebo: it’s been already a looong time since their respective last records.

Tomorrow evening I will have my huge birthday party: I’m expecting around 40 people from Germany, Italy, Norway, Finland, Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and also Iceland 🙂 Of course few of them are actually coming from so far away, the others already live here. It’s anyway nice to be in such a big international environment. However, my misanthropic part is definitively looking forward to Sunday when all this hassle of preparations, invitations, food and drinks will be over 😛

Apparently I can now insert polls in my post…

Do you remember the first time?

Þórr
Þórr

I almost can’t believe it: this is my first post from my brand new iPod Touch… This is so cool, folks! It’s really thin and light and, it simply works 🙂
Since it arrived this morning in my office, I was not able to completely test it. I barely have music on it and just a couple of videos (you may download for free from iTunes as summary of series like Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice). The applications are amazing (I was already downloading them last week while I was waiting for the iPod). What should I say more?

I will survive

During last weekend, as I anticipated in the last post, I’ve been participating to the parade and the party of the 30th Christopher Street Day in Berlin. I had a really great weekend: parties, alcohol (yes, I had some glasses of vodka&orange juice), bears, friends (Krijn was visiting from Amsterdam). It was fun. A bit wet and rainy sometimes, but definitively one of the best CSD so far.

The weekend didn’t start the best way, though, because Christian dumped me. Already. My shortest relationship :mrgreen: Even shorter than the one with Jean-Francois, which ended 2 years ago more or less for the same reasons and in the same way. Luckily, after my Amsterdam-cure, I’m now a bit less dramatic (still queen, tho), which is why I just feel fine, although my pride has been definitively hurt (as if it needed to).
Actually I should understand that being a control freak doesn’t allow me to let someone else take too much part of my life. I couldn’t tolerate any perturbation of the universal order I created in my mind :mrgreen:
If I read my friend Jörg’s blog, I can understand he’s feeling butterflies in his stomach for James, but I recognize how distant for me those emotions are. I’m a loner.
In fact, I’ve recently done the test Which Film Hero Are You Really? and these are the results:

Hannibal Lecter: 79%
Indiana Jones: 75%
James Bond: 74%
Batman / Bruce Wayne: 70%
Jim Levenstein (American Pie): 70%
Tony Montana (Scarface): 66%
Schrek: 66%
Maximus (Gladiator): 66%
Neo (Matrix): 65%
Yoda (Star Wars): 64%
Forrest Gump: 63%
Eric Draven (The Crow): 62%

Quid pro quo Clarice…
Quid pro quo

Without a boyfriend I should have more time to blog and post my pictures on flickr, but at work we are really under pressure. My Finnish is improving, btw :mrgreen: At least much better than my Japanese, alas: after missing 4 classes I guess I need to repeat the module from the start. Luckily I have ilGrisa who is a good 先生 (sensei)… ありがとう ございます!!!
Anyway, I finally found a great tool for me and my blog readers! Please check it out, because this is a great, great idea! Basically it’s an aggregator which shows on a timeline (there is also a calendar view) my status updates on Facebook and twitter, the pictures I posted on flickr, the music tracks I loved on last.fm and, of course, my blog posts. It has been defined as the blogging platform for lazy people. Perfect, simply perfect. Go now to http://haikus.swurl.com and subscribe to the RSS feed!

Hurry up and wait

2007 has been a very bad year for concerts: I unfortunately managed to attend only Tori Amos 😦 Which is, per se, a big event, but not enough. I was supposed to see the Kula Shaker but Krijn went at my place, I was supposed to see the Kaiser Chiefs but I forgot to buy the tickets (no comment please), I was supposed to check out the Arctic Monkeys but their ticket were sold out in just 30 minutes… While I’m waiting for the new albums and tours of, among others, Muse, Coldplay, Placebo and Franz Ferdinand, I managed to buy the tickets for Stereophonics at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on Sunday March, 2. Yatta! I always had baaad luck with the dwarf (the nick I use for Kelly Jones, the singer): once, in Milan, they even panicked and canceled the show because Linate airport experienced some technical problems just a couple of days after 9/11… Let’s see if I manage to eventually attend their show at least once in my life.

The life after Eureka seveN is hard… I miss some dope and Darker than Black didn’t catch my attention yet. Luckily yesterday I got more or less a kilo of Gianduiotto-like chocolates by one of the companies controlled by Berlusconi 😛 Do I really have to hope Milan A.C. will play at the Champions League final match in 2008 to be kindly invited? :mrgreen: It’s in Moscow, waaay better than Athens! But probably also more difficult to arrange due to visa regulations…