Kings of medicine

Chinese wedding closet
Chinese wedding closet

I am blogging again almost one month after my last post and I am surprisingly a new man 🙂

The most important news has been shared weeks ago on Facebook: I’m officially engaged with Christian. I am not sure whether the terms engagement and wedding are appropriate for the civil union established here in Germany, but I think you know what I’m talking about.

Some other updates include me joining the SPD party about which I will blog later in connection with the upcoming European elections.

Works in our flat are proceeding and soon we will able to enter and personally check the status. In the meantime I have an almost uncontrollable desire to buy new furniture. A couple of weeks ago we ordered a Chinese wedding cabinet that apparently has been used also to shoot the season finale of Private Practice :mrgreen: As Italians say, style is not like water…

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

Always happens like that

No place feels like home
No place feels like home

My other favorite song is currently this one from Kaiser Chief’s last album:

You can do what you like
But you can’t do that
You can say what you want
But you can’t say that
You can go anywhere
But you can’t go there

This is exactly what currently happens in California: Obama just said that everything is possible in US… but probably non that. Prop 8 is, as opponents say on their official page, unfair and wrong. However, Californians approved it. I’m so pissed off that I won’t spend any more words.

Yesterday I officially left my flat in Charlottenburg to a Greek guy. A sweet Japanese girl was also very interested and it hurt to break her hopes… すみません! Btw, she told me that my pronunciation of ありがとう ございます is excellent. People say crazy things to get a flat :mrgreen:
Speaking of Japan, I went to a small Japanese store on Kantstr. and I bought a couple of surprise bags with Code Geass key-rings. I got Villetta. Too kawaii!

Won’t get fooled again

Linda
Linda

On September 17, 2002, G. W. Bush said

There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.

He was probably quoting this great song by The Who (and title song for CSI:Miami):

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again
No, no!

Apparently US Americans didn’t get fooled again and largely voted for Obama. Everybody knows how strong are my sympathies for him and I’m definitively happy to see him leading one of the most powerful country of the world.
I’m even happier if I consider that I attended his speech to Europe, here in Berlin, a couple of months ago.
I’m even happier that Sarah Palin won’t play any role in the future executive.
I’m still curious to see the Californian results about Prop 8…
Speaking of which, a couple of days ago I was reading TechCrunch (web finest source for web2.0 news) when I found a post by its maintainer, Micheal Arrington, about Prop 8 supporters advertisements on Google:

The ad links to protectmarriage.com (the good domain – yesonprop8.com – redirects to noonprop8.com, which must frustrate the gay-haters to no end).
As far as I’m concerned, we’ll look back on measures like Prop 8 as little different than attempts to stop Women’s Suffrage or the Civil Rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s. Denying a fundamental right to a person – such as marriage – is hateful and backwards. Google doesn’t have any obligation to run ads like these, and I believe they would be correct in banning it.

How true is this? There is no way someone will ever convince me that this topic is somehow controversial. Gays are like everyone else and they have to share the same rights. Period. Those who says the contrary are fundamentally evil.
But of course in countries like Italy, some politicians are still free to say that homosexuality leads to pedophilia… This is the case of Paola Binetti, a bitch. I can’t really stand her and her supporters!
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to quickly speak with my little niece Linda about homosexuality:

Linda: Do you love Christian?
Me: Yes, I do.
Linda: Then, you’re gay…
Me: Well, yes. You’re a bit late, Linda, you even met Jens…
Linda: On my gosh!
Daniela (my sister): There’s nothing wrong in being gay, we’re all the same.
Linda: Are we all gay?
:mrgreen:
Beppe (my sister’s new bf): No, we’re not all gay but there’s no differences between homosexuals and heterosexuals. Do you see any difference between me and your uncle?
Linda: Yes, my uncle is overweight, you’re not
:mrgreen:

If there’s a rocket tie me to it

Color palette
Color palette

Busy days in the office: I have been screening competitors and writing reports and dealing with new tasks (or polished old ones). On top of that I also finally and completely moved out my flat in Charlottenburg during the weekend. My bones were still hurting yesterday 😦 ilGrisa is right: I need more sport. And since I’m not biking anymore like I did in Amsterdam, this is definitively an imperative. Jeanny, my colleague, on the other side, wants me to join her to Bikram Yoga. But I hate sweat. And, first of all, I’m lazy :mrgreen:

In the previous post I was blogging about the new record by Snow Patrol: well, I have some more news about them.
The song after which this post is named is probably my favorite of the whole album.

A fire a fire, you can only take what you can carry
A pulse your pulse, it’s the only thing I can remember
I break you don’t, I was always set to self-destruct though
The fire the fire, it cracks and barks like primal music

I also discovered that they recorded their new songs mainly in the famous Hansa Studios in Berlin. Like U2, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and others before them.
They even released an iPhone application with lyrics, interviews and all kind of bonus materials: why should I buy the CD if I can have the whole experience on my iPhone instead?
Next Monday I will attend their concert here in Berlin: finally a concert after a long time without any live gigs!

Tomorrow Thursday is Christian’s birthday and we will visit his parents during the weekend… Hopefully we will have the chance to visit Frankfurt too, this time. I desperately need to discover Germany a bit more. Frank will be with us when we drive back to Berlin.

Back in Berlin on Monday, after the concert on Monday evening, I will go to London on Tuesday for business reasons. I’m not comfortable with London. Not because I had the chance to go to India instead, but because I feel London too overpopulated (ok ok, India is even more overpopulated). Anyway, I will try to have some nice time there too between workshops, meetings and travels to and from the airport :mrgreen:

This week, because of elections, I guess, some US series will not be aired. Most notably Heroes, which is improving after a tepid start… Desperate Housewives is improving too but I still don’t like the whole mystery-thing. Let’s see… Bree still rocks much more than anyone else.
Last Friday I was watching Private Practice, which is not the best product ever but makes me cry anyway 😳 While watching it I felt simply good… Sans souci.

I was planning to spend some words about US elections as well as Prop8, but I don’t have time now… Let’s hope for the best, while I go buying the last things for Christian’s birthday.

Black or white

Übertroffen
Übertroffen

I’m blogging again from my iPod Touch: Christian is lying next to me while watching TV. I just called Alice (my Internet provider) to cancel my subscription.
No actually I’m at the bus stop after almost a week since I started writing this post 🙂 And now on the bus heading to the office. The embassies of the northern countries are on my left, the Siegessäule is in front of me, gold as usual. It’s fall and the Tiergarten is mostly yellow: it’s fantastic.
Fall is my favorite season. It has been always like that, mainly because it was the season to go back to school and it was the time for my birthday… and presents :mrgreen: Now… I don’t want to turn 30. I have the feeling of having failed being where I wanted to be. Of course it’s not true: the last 10 years were memorable and I don’t regret anything, but still… It’s just a bad feeling.
Btw, Saturday was ilGrisa’s 30th birthday: happy birthday with a bit delay from my blog too 😛
As I was writing, I canceled my honorable Internet subscription (if you ever need one in Germany ask for Alice), I’ve been confirmed that I have to leave my flat before December 31, I’m looking for someone to buy some of my furniture. Everything must work out just fine.

10 days ago Erik was visiting and we had a great U-Bahn-Cabrio-Tour: I’ve been given so much information about the Berlin metro system that I’m not sure I remember all of them. I should have taken some notes :mrgreen: The most remarkable curiosities were obviously those connected with the wall that formerly dived Berlin in two. In fact, some U-Bahn lines that started and ended in West-Berlin, didn’t stop anywhere under East-Berlin, creating a wide range of ghost-stations. Nowadays those station are open again but a set of shields, like the one I managed to take a picture of, remember that past. They feature a list of German words that start with über-, most notably the word Übergang, which means passage, transition. Übertroffen, btw, means excelled.

Schloss Pfaueninsel
Schloss Pfaueninsel

During last weekend, Christian’s former colleague, Manuela and her boyfriend Roger were visiting. This is why we went yesterday for a short trip to the Pfaueninsel (Peacock island), a small island on the river Havel, much closer to Potsdam than to Berlin city center (almost inaccesibile because of the marathon which set a new world record, btw). I always wanted to visit it because I’ve been told it is gorgeous and, in fact, it is: at least for the high number of peacocks after which the island is named :mrgreen: Curiously they didn’t have any tail to show… Probably because it’s not the mating season? I should understand this better.

The TV series season has officially begun: Heroes rocks as usual, House M.D. is still on the way to be sadly abandoned, as well as Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives started yesterday and I still can’t say anything, The Sarah Connor Chronicles is well done but it could be spicier… What else? Ah of course The Big Bang Theory, a very funny sit-com: the second season start has been even cooler that the first.
In the meanwhile, one of my favorite anime, Code Geass has come to an end. With a great cliffhanger that I could have appreciated better if I were watching the episodes all together instead of following the weekly Japanese broadcast. Still, I loved it. Another example of how Japanese products are much better than American :mrgreen:

Are you gonna eat it?
Eat your brain? Claire, that’s disgusting.

With my iPod Touch (ok, I stop advertising Apple for free) I can really follow a bigger number of TV series and still find time to watch movies with Christian. We are really addicted. I just have to be sure that he doesn’t choose too many titles: the last one, The Cavern, was probably the worst movie I have ever watched. Yesterday we had Juno, but I was expecting much more than what I got. A sweet movie, yes, but… There’s much better.

I’m not done yet 🙂 Today I’m definitively in blogging-mood. And now it’s about politics, one of my favorite topics. Yesterday was a big day, finally the CSU egemony in Bavaria had an end. Ok, they still rule the Bundesland, but for the first time after 46 years they don’t have the absolute majority. On the other hand, in Austria, right-wing extremists got almost 30% of the votes. Wow, that’s a lot! Luckily the 2 parties were not allied, which is why this result is only theorethical, but it’s still a sign.
What should we expect from the US, for instance, in November? I mean, did you ever listen to any interview with Sarah Palin? I thought she was just evil, but no, she is also a moron. How can people seriously vote for her? If McCain won the election, she would be VP of the US! Someone who claims to be good ad foreign politics just because Alaska is between two foreign countries 😕 Wtf? Well, at least, now also US have their countrepart of Mara Carfagna :mrgreen:

World end

Cheese
Cheese

One year ago, when I moved to Amsterdam and I was a bit confused, I spent many afternoons watching one of the best anime ever: Code Geass. Last April the second season started and yesterday I’ve been watching the 18th episode on the way home: very exciting, finally Zero is that mix of rage and violence I loved him for in the first season.

Speaking about Amsterdam, I bought last Friday some rare tickets to travel there by train anytime between mid of August and end of October. It was a special offer by the German railways available only on eBay for a limited time. I wouldn’t have probably even know about this promotion if I wasn’t checking spiegel.de for news about that stupid war in Georgia… It was the right advertisement on the right page at the right time :mrgeen:

What else should I blog about? Nothing really happened lately, to be honest. Christian’s parents are visiting Berlin and I have a stressful program too… They love me so much I have to spend a lot of time with them. Luckily they are also quite independent and I can enjoy some evenings alone with Christian too.