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."
2017-06-15

Binge watching in mid 2017

I like the idea of time travel since i watched the "Back to the Future" movies as a child. It made me love science fiction and it made me aware that there is a link between cause and effect. The present can influence the future. And this is why it was a pleasure to binge-watch TV series "Heroes" and "12 Monkeys". I already saw all episodes of Heroes before, but this time i got to watch it in German.
After i decided to stop myself going crazy on Jessica Clements, i wasn’t able to make a clean cut. Instead i binge-watched her daily vlogs with Erik Conover, from a time when they were still a YouTube couple. I unsubscribed this kind of channels a long time ago, but i liked Jessica Clements enough to make it worthwhile.
I really enjoy actress Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in the TV series "Homeland", because i can relate to her passion, paranoia, and obsession. Her mental state causes pain to her and those she loves, but it allows her to find the truth. She decides to go off her meds, because she knows it will give her the intense focus she needs to figure out who is trying to kill her.
Normally i don’t watch horror TV series a lot, but sometimes there is an exception to the rule, like with "The Strain". Back then, when i was young, i watched "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" because of Sarah Michelle Gellar. But The Strain has more to offer and is more mature. I only managed to watch it in the second attempt, because some scenes are quite creepy.
2017-06-13

My first celebrity crushes

In 1999, i saw the movie "Notting Hill" several times, because of the love story with Julia Roberts as main character. I really liked how this regular guy got the chance to fall in love with that famous actress. After twists and turns, with some ups and downs, there was an happy end. I wanted it to happen again and again. Because it gave me hope, and the cinema is in walking distance, just a few minutes from our rented apartment in Bad Godesberg. I even bought it later on VHS tape. And the movie was probably the reason why i liked London so much in the first place.
But there was another woman that got my attention in 1999. Britney Spears came with "Born to Make You Happy" into my life and made me buy too many of her CD’s in hindsight. Watching music videos on TV was not enough. I had Britney Spears posters on the wall and i visited two of her concerts, in 2000 at Cologne and in 2004 at Oberhausen. Back then, my English was not that good, but i liked her music anyway. I even made a fan page with biography, news and pictures. But later she got messed up with the wrong people and i lost interest in her. It was still a great time, because it distracted me from the problems at school.
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