At the beginning of this year I started jotting down quotes from books I read. Here are the spoils from the last two.five months:

Mir gefallen die Prostituierten,
weil sie etwas öffentlich machen,
was jeder Mensch tut: warten.

“Der Fleck, die Jacke, die Zimmer, der Schmerz” — Wilhelm Genazino

Immer müssen die Denkenden darauf verzichten zu leben,
und die Lebenden haben es nicht nötig zu denken.

“Wir töten Stella” — Marlen Haushofer

But there is grass that must be eaten,
pellets that must be chewed,
hraka that must be passed,
holes that must be dug,
sleep that must be slept.

“Watership Down” — Richard Adams

Narrativium @ Ribbonfarm

Rebecca Horne Photography via this isn’t happiness

Chance Dance

If your Sunday catch-up with your RSS-feeds presents you with two-point-five dance-related entries, you saddle up, rein in those hyphens, and go-with-the-flow!

Via This Newsletter Cannot Save You comes a dance-video for Gotye’s “Somebody that I used to know.

The second entry is a deep-dive into a GIF of a Girl that dances. Naive Weekly pointed me in that direction.

Last but not least the dance-section of UbuWeb, which recently stopped moving.

Need something new to dance to? There is Sun 13’s Albums Quarterly, which I used for new JSukebox-material.


I was about to post BOOOOOOOM‘s latest “Artist Spotlight” for Emily Pettinson into the Media Bites category before I stopped myself and thought “Let’s do a ‘Blogroll Review‘ instead“.

At BOOOOOOOM you get a lot of art for your proverbial buck as well as exposure for your art if you have the real bucks.

It has an art & design blog with a focus on painting and photography and the occasional film and music entries sprinkled in between. They let the art speak for itself. Besides some short intro and links to the artists’ website there is no text just big, beautiful pictures.

It also features ways for up and coming (Canadian?) artists to get into the business of promoting themselves. If you pay a monthly membership fee you can submit your works either for a virtual portfolio or as entries to one of the many projects they have going on.

Technical note at the end: I just noticed that one has to subscribe to three different RSS feeds if one wants to stay up-to-date with their blog as well as the artists’ submissions and the projects.

From Dusk till Yawn

It took me about five episodes to figure out which male actor Jodie Foster reminded me of in the recent “True Detective” season. By this point it was also the only mystery I was invested in.

The first episode started strong. It set up its main mystery and introduced its cast of characters as it is wont to do. We get a no-bullshit chief of police played by Foster, an even less-bullshit, demoted, native cop played by Kali Reis (who I just learned is/was a boxer), some trouble in the past, and a corpsicle of research scientists that went FKK-ing in the arctic ice. Some standard fare, but it’s obvious that the cast is enjoying themselves.

Though, over the course of the next four episodes it telenovela-d its way around any kind of mystery and only on a few occasions did it feel like I was watching a detective-show. We get mail-order brides and one too many disgruntled wife instead.

Considering the subtitle –  “Night Country” – and the constant reminder via overlays that it has been x days since the sun set, neither darkness nor snow are used to much effect. I still have one episode to go, but I don’t expect anything good like the snowstorm shootout scene from Fargo’s first season. A rehash of the night vision goggles scene from “Silence of the Lambs” perhaps, but I hope somebody vetoed this.

To solve our initial mystery: The actor Jodie Foster resembled, not just physically but also in her mannerisms, is Michael J. Fox. Looks like I’m not the only one who noticed this.

Appendix: The 75 minute finale was okay with spotty but fine resolutions on the major cases. The heroes’ journeys completed once more.

Distance – Li Hui @ safelightpaper

Damn Fine Müesli

Let’s talk breakfast. I start most days with a cup of coffee or black tea; both milked. Once hunger strikes its first bell of the day, I head to the kitchen and prepare my müesli (I really like the e after the umlaut):

Seedy Müesli Recipe

Grab a bowl and pour 50 to 70 gram of rolled oats (they sell a soft and a hard variant here; use the hard one). Throw in a handful of washed and dried blueberries. Top those with additional handfuls of flax seeds, nuts (almonds, go crazy), sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. As if you want to start a garden in your belly. Dice a banana – not too big (I use a spoon and break off little pieces) – and add it before you top it off with another 50 to 70 gram of “basis müesli“, which is a mixture of different cereals they sell in discounters in Germany. It includes spelt (aka dinkel), wheat, even more oat, etc.

Stir the dry mixture. Finally, fill the bowl with milk until it covers all the cereal and fruits and only the occasional floating blueberry can be seen. Wait  20 to 30 minutes before you eat it. I take a dump and a shower while I wait.

Potentially Asked Questions

Are other fruits okay? — Sure. I prefer mushy bananas and the acidic stab a blueberry can provide. Dark grapes are also nice. I tried apples and pears, separately, but haven’t found the right variety yet. Most sorts feel too fresh and juicy for my taste.

Why the oats as a basis if you literally use “basis müesli”? — The prices for the basis müesli have risen from 1,79 Euro to 2,29 Euro within the last year or so. There are obvious reasons considering the Ukraine is one of the main suppliers for cereals, but 30% are 30%. So I cut the good stuff with the cheaper basic rolled oats.

JSukebox v1.0

I have a folder in my browsers’ bookmarks – ‘listen’ – that houses links to various albums and webradiostations. Last week I  thought, how nice it would be if I could click something and it opens a random link from that folder. If only there was a thing I could click on and it would play random music from preselected sources.

Of course, there are extensions for the former but I would need to fill my bookmark-folder with a plethora of links. Problem is, I actually want to slim down on the bookmarking. I feel like I just drop stuff in buckets until they overflow and then I throw them out without ever taking at least a sip of the concoction.

Of another course, there are services that would let me define, or buy, or steal a music collection I could play from my Winamp-clone of choice. This entails ads and mails and ads in mails or, less bugging, viruses. The only service I use in this regard is Soundcloud. It is as close to a social media site as I was willed to register at, where I like and repost electronic mixes which keep me entertained while I work.

What is missing is a solution for non-work related times. Or work-times where I want fewer beats and more guitars for example.

Ergo, JSukebox. It’s a file that lives on my desktop. I doubleclick it, it starts a browser, opens one of about currently 30 links, I press play and – voilà – music. A bookmark within a browser is used when I’m in the mood for a new random selection.

In technical terms it’s an HTML-file with some JavaScript inside (the JS in ‘JSukebox’). The JavaScript has a list of links, picks one at random and redirects to it. When I find new music I can edit the file to append the list. Not exactly rocket science.

If you want to have a go at it, perhaps create your own version or laugh about my middling JS-skills, download the file (rightclick the link and save it) and edit it. If you just want some music, click on it. Please note though, that I probably won’t ever update this first version with further links, like they can be found in the Media Bites category in this blog for example (current ones are all included, bythyway). Subscribe to my RSS feed for that!

Miss Marple and the Problem of Modern Identity by Alan Jacobs @ The New Atlantis