Friday, September 29, 2006

Directions



Do you think that there are times for changing directions and times for staying on track?
I do think so. But how to know in what time I am? And how to know the bloody direction?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Sand Tits



The ďTachelesĒ in Berlin. In former times it was a famous department store, then it was empty and rotten for many years. A bunch of alternative folks captured the building after the wall went down and turned it into a left-wing center for culture with ateliers for artists, pubs and a cinema. Itís a building I automatically fall in love with.
There was a kind of beer garden behind the house. The benches were big characters made of iron. At the first glance they seemed to lay around without structure.
As I climbed the stairway I saw that the characters did have a structure. What kind of man am I when Iím not able to the the basics?
Funny that some basic facts are only visible from above.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Zero



You are not able to avoid Coke Zero these days. The ads are everywhere. I canít remember a product being pushed as agressively into peoples minds as that black Zero liquid.
There are always big crowds around the pretty girls that give free bottles of Coke Zero away.
Sad but true - itís very simple to manipulate us.
Hmm, I have to admit that I like Zero more than Diet Coke - it tastes more like the ďrealĒ thing. Yes, I know, the definition of ďreal tasteĒ was also burned into my mind by the black liquid industry.

Punks not Dead



You do what you want, you go where you want, you donít accept any rules, you claim you are free.
What a glorious life this must be.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Lucy



Lucy and I met at the S-Bahn in Berlin. She wore a dress with a single pocket on the front. One of her hands was always buried in that pocket. It turned out that Lucy hided a little treasure in her pocket - a little plastic Amardillo. I was really glad that she showed it to me after some talk.
My lesson learned from that day is that itís good to have small treasures. But they grow in size and value as soon as you share them with others.







Speed Team


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Walking through the city half the night before shooting photos.....legs hurting from that walk prior to the start.....how stupid can one be?.....perfect sun......amazing big crowd at the start.....Hells Bells from Ac/DC as we count down the seconds.....slalom at high speed on our way forward......pulse 200......heavy legs.....where the hell is the next water station?.....touching the kids hands when skating by.....big grin during the whole race.....fetching bananas from a spectator.....following the girl with the fur bag......to fast for us......donít split up but race a perfect team......sunset behind the Brandenburg Gate as we reach the finish.....canít avoid to scream as I pass the Gate......consuming huge amounts of bananas, cookies and Red Bull afterwards....joking with the masseuse girls.....enjoying the party feeling......bad time but best race ever......sitting in an Vietnamese Restaurant with a hurting back.....when the hell can we register for next year?.....wondering whether thereís a Inline Skate Marathon in NYC, too.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Capital Skate



Big things are on the way. This weekend CHK and I will attend at the Berlin Skate Marathon. Iím very curious about the atmosphere there with approximately. 8000 skaters. Finishing the 42km race by skating through the Brandenburg Gate sounds not that bad, does it?
Prior to the Marathon thereís a business trip scheduled for the rest of the week. That means that I probably wont be able to post until Monday.

Reduce



Isnít is funny that sometimes a situation, a thought or even a person seems to be even richer if you remove all details? From time to time, reducing my life to black and white (or black and blue) helps me a lot. Yes, I know, most of my friends hate me for that.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Caps



Some quick shots taken with my cell phone camera at the ALDI supermarket during my lunch break. The bottles reminded me on animals in a barn. Funny colored animals. But wait - animals wouldnít stand that aligned. Maybe soldiers. Clean Up Soldiers. Iíd like to have a platoon of them in my apartment for some days.







Monday, September 18, 2006

Chicken



Almost every small kid I know has a favorite cuddly toy. Mostly the figures look a little bit filthy because the kids donít spend a single minute without them.
I spend the last minutes thinking about the favorite stuffed animal of my childhood but I donít remember anything. Itís a pity that we have so little memory of the first years of our lifes. Actually they must have been the most intense years of our whole lifes because all we have seen or smelled or heard we experienced for the very first time.
A few years ago I read the saying ďChildhood is to valuable to waste it to childsĒ. How true.

I found this cuddly chicken beside the sidewalk and Iím sure that it was the favorite toy of some kid. Hopefully the child that has lost it will forget about it soon. I thought about taking it but then I decided to leave it. Maybe the chicken will return to its kid.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Front Side Butts



One more fashion related photo. I shot it half an hour after the one with the fashion chain.
Usually Iím not aware of the relationships between my photos until I look at them at home. But I often discover a lot of connections.
Today it seemed to be a day for pipes and fashion. Donít know why.

The shop showed some whole body display dummies in the back and some dummies with the lower half of the body in front. If you looked at them from a special angle it seemed like the dummy girls had a kind of twisted anatomy. I guess itís hard for the ladies to sit on a chair but at least they can check easily whether their string tanga peers out.

Chains of Fashion



More or less we all follow the stupid orders of the fashion industry. I donít know why it works whenever Benetton or Esprit or Gap says that Jeans have to hang low on Girlsí hips. But it works. Girls buy the stuff and boys enjoy looking at it. I donít know how it is vice versa. Do girls like to look at boysí hips? Strange thought.
Well, from a fashion point of view Iím a complete moron. Itís not because I donít wanna be dressed cute. Itís simply because I hate buying clothes and I hate coping with the dressed up bitchy sales girls in the shops. Does this mean I already broke the chains of fashion? I donít think so.
Fortunately I work in the Software industry and a typical programmer doesnít give a shit about clothes.

Child Pipes



Seen on a Sunday-Afternoon-Walk through the city of FŁrth.

Living Colors, Germany



This scene reminded me on the german flag - black, red, gold. Yes, I have to admit that one needs a little imagination to see it. But then itís very obvious, isnít it?
Iíd have appreciated if the gold part would have been a little bit closer to the red part. But the respect was stronger than patriotism.

Horse Dung Paradise



A dead bug with a wonderful blue color lying stone-dead on the remains of horse dung. A perfect situation for dying, isnít it?
You as a bug found this incredible huge pile of your favorite food. More than you can eat in the next few years. You look around, think ďOh my dear, thatís to cool to be trueĒ, your bug-mouth forms a kind of big grin and then - click - you pass away.
I hope that Iíll kick the bucket in a similar way one day. Well, not in an pile of dung but with a big grin on my face.

MVP (Most Valuable Places), Part II


Geocaching helped again to visit one of my favorite places. Hidden in a forest near my old hometown Bayreuth thereís a place with lots of lime stone rocks. Some of them look very mystical. Although the place is perfect for sitting there in an warm summer night I never managed to do it. I wasnít there for many years. Today I went there to find a cache hidden in one of the rocks. I was amazed how fast I found it facing the 3 million possible hiding places beneath the rocks.
I can still smell the forest on my jacket.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Lamp Post Spiders


I missed the Friday posting - more than 3 hour late. Damn. But at least for a good reason.
After I left the cinema (I watched ďThe PerfumeĒ) I strolled through Nuremberg because there was a small festival with lots of small huts and even more celebrating people. On a small brigde I noticed that one lamp post looked strange. It turned out that it was covered over and over with cob webs with dozends of spiders on it. I never saw such a thing before, especially not in the middle of the city.
First I shot some pictures in the dark but after a while I decided to go back to the car and fetch the tripod for some more pics.
It was a little scary to see all the spiders crouching around - like in the movie Arachnophobia in minature format.
A lot of party people passed my during my shots and most of them had no idea what I was shooting. I even heard one woman say ďHow dumb must one be to take photos of an old lamp postĒ. You know what? Those are the moments I love so much. Itís when I realize that most of the folks are blind for the great little things in life.






Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Zucchini



Zucchini is one of the most dispensable vegetables for me. Itís not only that it tastes like nothing. Its because it looks so impressive and taste like nothing.
It grows like hell and if ainít careful it becomes bigger than desired.
The world is full of Zucchini-guys. Trying to grow big, looking impressive and lacking any taste, though.

A colleague gave me a monster of a Zucchini and and a recipe for Zucchini soup. I hope Iíll like it. Itís the last chance for those green things.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Toothpaste



I wondered whether the piece of toothpaste would completely sink into the toothbrush if one waits long enough. Probably it would. Up to now I never managed to wait that long. If I donít forget about it Iíll buy an additional toothbrush only for long term experiments of that kind.
I will keep you posted.

Cans and Holes



The can design of the brand ďBšrenmarkeĒ condensed milk didnít change as long as I can think. For me it plays in the same league as the Campell soup cans of Andy Warhol. Minimalistic with clear colors - I really like it. I even like the bears on it.
I can remember when I was a kid and my older cousin explained to me that one has to make two holes in the can and not just one to make the milk flow. Believe it or not but it took me 20 more years to realize that this works with tetrapacks with orange juice, too.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Blubb-Flops



Another weekend with diving in some flooded quarries near Leipzig. We camped inofficially above the steep face and were the only ones far and wide. It was great to sit near the water and chat and even nicer to dive.
Hidden in a hedge near the quarry I found the flip flop on the photo above. I wondered where the other one might be but forgot about it a few moments later.
Some hours later we dived in the quarry and down there we saw an old beer barrel that some diver arranged at the wall. I didnít trusted my eyes as I saw what is on top of the barrel. You have to look very close.
I guess Iím the only person in the world who would be able to re-unite the flip flops again. But I wonít. Itís absolutely perfect as it is.


Thanks to R. for the underwater photo

Saturday, September 09, 2006

US Postal Service



Receiving packages is a great thing. If itís too big for my letterbox the postman simply drops it in front of the main door of the house I live in. Usually my neighbour takes care about it and when I come home from work I find the package on the doormat of my apartment. In general Iím aware that a package is on its way but sometimes - very seldom - I get a package without warning. And if furthermore the package comes from the other side of the ocean and the content is of special value, then the day is a good one - independent from all the shit that happened earlier that day.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Finishing



Do you see this? I mean, DO YOU SEE THIS?
Thatís me finishing a bloody Inline Skate Marathon - my fourth one. The bearded man and I were lightning fast this time - at least for our very humble means. For all others we were very slow.
I love the minutes straight after the race. Although your legs are shaking like pudding you feel like the speed king and the fact that more than 60% of all other competitors had passed this spot before you doesnít matter.
It was the rehearsal for the Berlin Skate Marathon later in September. I guess it will be a great experience.
Thanks to the bearded one for shooting this blurry pic (the buffoon was half a minute faster than I).

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Synchrony



Itís cool to see that a bunch of colleagues tick the same way you do. You share the same strange kind of humor, work hard on the same stuff, move together as a team in stormy times - and party together from time to time. Some reasons to gather for some drinks are more joyful than others, though.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

De-Fence



Fences. They are everywhere. Trying to keep me out or preventing me from breaking out. I donít know what I dislike more - the fence or the fence-maker.
Stupidly Iím my own fence-maker from time to time and thatís the most annoying thing. But sometimes it seems to be easier to mumble to oneself ďhey keep quiet, you have no chance to think further. Donít you see the fence around you?Ē
But not all fence-makers are smart creatures. The fence on the photo is called ďHasendrahtĒ in german. This means ďrabbit wireĒ because its often used for the front doors of rabbit cages. A very thin fence. In this case it was used for a more than 2 metres high fence around a factory. I guess Hasendraht is not sufficient to keep undesired human beings out. Itís similar with all the mental fences. Some of them seem to be high and a real obstacle. But as soon as you come near you realize that itís only ridiculous Hasendraht and breaking through is very easy.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Roller-Horse



We stood in the office and ate some pizza. To use the time useful I asked the guys to draw a horse. One guy started with the head, the next one added the neck and so on. It ended up with a kind of motorbike-horse that looked more than only a little bit strange. Furthermore there was a discussion about whether a horse is able to shift gears with its hooves. I really donít know why it is that difficult for software developers to perform such a simple task as drawing a horse.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Old Milk



Today I explored an industrial ruin in Nuremberg that is on my list for years. Itís an old dairy plant in the middle of the city but covered behind trees. The only reason I noticed it some years ago was because itís near the railroad and I saw it from the train. The big fence around the area made it kind of difficult to get inside but I saw that thereís a lot of Graffiti on the buildings so there has to be a secret entrance. Well, I finally found it, but it was tough this time.
Sneaking through old factory halls, climbing dark stairways covered with debris and smelling old rotten machines - amazing. Every time you step on shards it makes a big noise and you instantly stop and listen whether someone noticed you.
The Fat Lotte with mounted flash and tripod made it not easier to climb through the buildings. Into the bargain some of the stairs were missing. But on the other hand, being on a secret mission with a lot of equipment makes it even more interesting.
My love for dead buildings sometimes seems odd to me. I hope itís not a mental defect.

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Batteries



Thereís a strange thing about batteries. Sometimes you think they will never run empty. You work with them on full power and everything is perfect. And suddenly, without warning they stop completely. No phase with half power and no slow running out of energy. Just blackness within seconds.
On the other hand there are those batteries that seem to be weak right from the start. You never trust in them but it ends up with using them for years and years. Not the power of an atomic power plant but reliable like hell. And even when the are almost empty thereís some energy left.
For some reason you never know in advance what type of battery you use. No idea whether Iíd like to know in advance. Probably not. Maybe thatís what lifeís about.