Saturday, July 23, 2016

Soroosh Pezeshki and the Order in Marburg

Some years ago, I planned to go to Phoenix to a conference and write a post with the title “Soroosh Pezeshki and the Order in Phoenix” based on the title of one of a Harry Potter books. I went to the conference but, as you know, I never wrote the blog post. Instead, I’m going to use the title for my trip to Marburg. My brother Soheil lives in Marburg. He told me that the main building of the Philipps-Universität Marburg (University of Marburg brought to you by Phillips Electronics) is nicknamed Hogwarts. That’s why, I decided to give this post the title it has. I will also write about the connection of the Harry Potter books and Marburg…Marburg, you know, the city where the Grimm brothers lived and studied.
Soheil was making suggestions what I can write in my blog post. It’s funny, he didn’t use to read my blog. I think he finally turned around and become a blog reader - a Berader. Folks, is it okay if I call you Berader? …No? …I understand you think it’s to close to Justin’s Belieber, and you don’t want to be associate with them…Alright, I will not call you that.
Let’s come back to Harry Potter and Marburg. One of the first things I saw was Marburg’s version of the caretaker Argus Filch calling out a student not to run fast in the hallway or in Marburg’s case, two regulations officers  telling a bicyclist not to ride his bike on the sideway. 

While we were side seeing, we saw an installation  of a red pump. It has to be connected to the prom in the Goblet of Fire. Didn’t Hermione had red pumps. Next we saw also a mirror. That has to be the Mirror of Erised. I don’t know any story from the Grimm brothers with a magical mirror. 
A pomp with some reference to a Harry Potter story
Mirror of Erised

A broom store. I'm sure they have the newest Firebolt

I have seen this...thing from the botanical gardens in a Harry Potter movie 

Captions with magical spells everywhere in the botanical gardens

This slug has been jinxed by one of the Weasley twins

Monday, May 2, 2016

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dully Dancing

After moving back in with my parents I was lately busy with moving out. Moving back to my parents felt weird. I felt like George Costanza from the sitcom Seinfeld, who also had to move back.
When I was younger, my brothers and I were teasing each other by pointing out whenever one of us did something that George also does. One thing that Sina and I did, was to use George's famous return. In one Seinfeld episode George was munching one shrimp after the other. The guy next to him said “The ocean called. They are running out of shrimps!” George came up, more or less immediately, with the return “Well, the jerk store called. They are running out of you!” We used it when ever we couldn't come up with a return. Soon, we left out the second sentence and the default return became “O yeah, the jerk store called!” (or in German “Ach ja, der Idiotenladen hat angerufen!”).
It's a pity corner jerk stores go out of business because of big chain jerk stores

When my brothers were pointing out things I did like George, they saw only minor things. They don't know the one big thing I did like George:
Back when I was in university, I had classes Friday afternoons. One time, I had to present in front of the class. While I was presenting, I told a small joke. I heard one female laughter. I looked around and between all the annoyed faces I saw a beautiful girl laughing. A voice in my head yelled a joyful “Score!”
After class my colleague Robert, who also attended the class and a third person went to the train station. At the train station Robert and the other guy were deep in a conversation and I was left out, when the beautiful girl from class sat right in front of me. The voice in my head told me: “Say something funny to her!” I couldn't come up with something funny. The voice in my head said louder “Say something now.” I still didn't know. The voice in my head became angry: “Say something – it doesn't have to be funny – say anything!” I said “You are from Brazil, aren't you?” While she was answering, Robert turned his head and joined our conversion. The voice in my head became furious: “How dare he interferes.” I was glad the frightening voice in my head was mad at Robert and not at me.
The train came and we continued the conversation in the train. We talked about music and than we started to talk about dancing. The girl from Brazil danced since she was 5. She asked me and I said “I don't like to dance and I can't dance.” She said  that there is a dance class in the university. I told her that I don't have anyone to go with. Robert said “Maybe she can go with you” pointing at the girl from Brazil and she said “Yes, I would do that”. It turned out Robert was my wing man. I said “Yeah, but I still don't like dancing.” We reached the train station where we all had to separate. While I was leaving the voice in my head asked me “Did a beautiful girl just asked you to dance with her and you said No?
There is a Seinfeld episode where George drove a woman home after a date. In front of her apartment she asked him if he wants to come up for a coffee. George said “I don't drink coffee that late. I don't want to stay up all night.” When he drove away he realize what he just did and wanted to kick his own behind. That's how I felt after the train ride.
In hindsight, it was for the best. After all she had a lot of experience in dancing and at that time I had none. I went to the dance class without anyone and danced with a girl who came also without anyone. It turned out she was a skilled dancer and I- well let's put it that way: a clumsy dancer is a big turn off. After class the girl didn't talked to me for months. I had to be half naked in front of her to make her talk to me again… but that's a story for another time.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The 1st Annual Blogbuster Award

Since, we had the annual review this year already, I’ve decided to end the blog year with an award ceremony post. You will find out the post I liked most, which picture you shouldn’t miss, and which makeup artist did the best job - just kidding, no makeup artist. Blogbuster was the original name of my blog and hence the name Blogbuster award.
If you don’t want to read all my posts, if you are not interested in how my wisdom teeth were removed or how I cast my vote, you will find out in a moment which post are worth to read. Those of you who read all posts and enjoyed them, will probably enjoy this review, and maybe read again the winning posts... and the nominees... before reading the teeth removing post again. 

Best Title
A good title represent the content without revealing to much and catches the interest of the reader. Blogbuster titles of written posts are based on movie titles.
Nominated for best title are:

And the winner is:

Interactive Award
This year, the post What does it say in English? - German Train Station Edition is awarded with the Blogbuster Interactive Award.

Best Original Picture
Nominated are:
Acropolis Selfie from Big Athens


Sunset 2


It happened again!
And the winner is:
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Best Retouched Picture
Nominated are:
"Selfie stick" from the post "The Job Interview" 

"Master of No Idiom" from the post "Interrelated

"Mixed Generations" from "20 again"

"Globetrotter" from the post "The Fleeting Frontier"
And the winner is 
"Mixed Generations" from "20 again"

Video Award
This year's Video Award goes to the video "London Tower Bridge" from the post "The Londonian" which has everything a great video needs: A bridge, boats, a prince, commentaries in a genuine British English, and a refreshing feet shot angle.

Best Post
Nominated are:

"... I fool. In a few years these robot arms will learn to assemble legs for themselves and then they will rise against us..."

"... Difficult times will not last. 'Not last' is my standing in my last race..."

"... The new office is awesome and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. See for yourself- visit my office next to Reeperbahn..."

"... For the Millennial Generation: radio is a audio broadcast method that distributes live podcasts without the possibility to rewind or pause. It's like internet radio but without internet..."

"... The weather in Athens was just few degrees below room temperature, that's winter weather in Greece. All the natives were in the winter jackets, buttoned all the way up..."

"... What are your hobbies?:
I take nude selfies. I love my new selfie stick. It made so many exciting shoots possible..."

And the winner is ...

This is the first award for "Interrelated". The clear front runner has shown an outstanding mix of humor and emotions. Surprisingly, "Big Athens" didn't win any awards.

This concludes this years award ceremony. Happy new year.

PS: Join us in the next award ceremony where we are going to honor posts that didn't make it to publication.