2017-07-03

Only a handful of songs are on my phone

When i was young, i liked country and pop music a lot. It gave me comfort and hope, when i was sad and lost. But when i got older, i realized there is nothing new coming anymore. Sometimes there is a song popping up i find interesting enough to play it on repeat for a while, and let it absorb all the feelings and thoughts i have at the moment, like a temporary distraction. But at the end, i still have the same music on my "smart" phone. Some of them are with me since many years, because it’s familiar and soothing:The first time i heard "I Was a Fool" by Tegan and Sara was in London, while i was eating breakfast at McDonalds. When i noticed the music from their speakers, i immediately took my phone out to record a piece of it, so i could download the song later. The first time i heard "Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto" was in the movie "Le Concert" with actress Mélanie Laurent as violinist Anne-Marie Jacquet. I really liked that movie and it made me cry a little too.
Around 1998, i got my first "mobile" phone, a Siemens E10. I remember how friend Luis Diaz from school called me after the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center got hit by planes in 2001. We both were sitting in front of our TVs and talking to each other via phones to make sure it wasn’t a bad dream. Back then, they weren’t capable of a lot of things, because making a call almost everywhere was enough. And the mobile phones couldn’t play music either, but getting custom ringtones was a thing.
In November 2003, i got a iPAQ H2210, and a little later as backup, a iPAQ H1930 Pocket PC by Hewlett-Packard. The most annoying thing about them was their volatile memory. This was long before i got my first Apple iPod in 2005. At some point in between, i even had a Palm PDA, but i just couldn't go back to a monochrome display. In October 2007, i got my first smartphone with a physical keyboard, the Nokia E61i. My first iPhone was a white 3GS with 16GB in 2009. After three years, in May 2012, i got my first Android, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. And over the years, i have seen fewer phone booths being around, till they were gone.
2017-07-01

The Lighthouse Technique

I watch most videos speed up to at least 1.25x, because life on earth is short, and many scenes are longer than they need to be. In the past couple of days, i binge-watched TV series Arrow, Gotham, and Supergirl. I like Willa Holland as Thea Queen and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen. In "Arrow" they are siblings who are trying to right the wrongs and save the city from the crime.
When i was young, i loved the Batman character, because he is a real human with a lot of anger towards everything and nothing, just like me, but with a lot of expensive tools to get things done. This is why i enjoyed TV series "Gotham" with a young Bruce Wayne slowly becoming the Batman from my childhood. The cast is doing a great job in portraying a modern version of the Batman story.
The first time i got introduced to the franchise was through Christopher Reeve as Superman, over two decades ago. I love Calista Flockhart since i watched her in "Ally McBeal" and she is back again in the TV series "Supergirl" as Cat Grant. Together with Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El she is trying to change the world and protect the planet.
I do not fully agree with Cat, because if you want something just go for it, but her choice of words is funny nonetheless: "If you must, read my 1998 guide to finding love entitled The Lighthouse Technique: Shine Your Light and Let Him Come to You. And before you know it, he’ll be docked in your port. Not my best work but it did get me a spot on Oprah."
2017-06-28

Why i was never in a hair salon

My mother has always cut my hair, with only scissors and a comb, which is why i never was in a hair salon. And since late 2014, i cut it myself, because i got a electric hair cutter with an adjustable comb for different lengths, the Norelco 7100 Hair Clipper by Philips. It’s convenient and i have never known anything else. And when i look at the hair salon prices, it is totally worth investing in a electric hair cutter, at least for men with short hair. The only thing that makes trouble is the cleaning. All the hair on the floor requires a vacuum cleaner, and a bit of manual work around the bathtub drain.
2017-06-25

Time travelling in june 2017

In the last couple of days, i binge-watched three time-related TV series i liked: Frequency, Wayward Pines, and Timeless. The first two shows are not directly about time travel, and rather more about manipulating history, or fast-forwarding it. "Frequency" tells the story of a detective in 2016 who discovers that she can speak to her deceased father in 1996 via his old ham radio. She tries to save his life, but this changes the present unpredictably.
"Wayward Pines" is about people who go to sleep for 2000 years to survive the "abbies". A doctor predicted that humans will evolve through a series of genetic mutations. And he wants to skip this violent time period, and chooses people with special qualities to rebuild mankind after they have woken up.
In "Timeless" a time machine gets stolen. And a history professor, a soldier, and an engineer are trying to get it back. But the thief wants to rewrite American history. And they learn that each of them are part of a much bigger plan by a mysterious organization that funded the development.
I watched the TV series "Outlander" too, but i skipped many parts, because it didn’t kept me interested enough. I like actress Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a nurse in 1945, who time-travels back to Scotland in 1743. The scenery, the costumes and the story are not that bad, but i'm just not in the mood for the eighteenth century.
2017-06-20

Everyone dies alone

Two days ago, i decided to get me a BitTorrent client "in the cloud" for a month again, just like last year. This way i can catch up with all the shows and movies i missed. Because the Amazon Prime Video Catalog is quite limited, and the cost of all series and movies would be too high otherwise.
I just saw the last episodes of the TV series "Person of Interest" and it made me cry. I watched it since 2011, and i love it, especially actress Amy Acker as hacker "Root" and actor Michael Emerson as software engineer "Harold Finch". But i really like all characters in team "The Machine". Because they make it complete. The story is about trust, purpose and friendship, wrapped in a contemporary battle between good and evil.
I can relate to Root and Harold, because i’m deep into technology as much as they are, and i like both of their views on the world. I enjoyed Person of Interest, because of the ideas, and they keep it interesting with a lot of care. There is not much more to ask for, because of everything i didn't know i wanted.
I’m going to pick the final words i liked: "Everyone dies alone. But if you mean something to someone, if you help someone, or love someone, if even a single person remembers you, then maybe you never really die. And maybe it isn’t the end at all."
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