You can’t read this at the Westin

Monday, December 26, 2011 

Oddly, this server is blocked by the network at the Westin Grand, Berlin.  Everything else seems to work, even (which is blocked by sites that subscribe to the  Barracuda filter list, cause any site with information on radios is frequented by hackerz).  It does not seem to be a national level block as I get plenty of visitors from Germany.

Easy enough to get around by VPN, but odd.  Very odd indeed.

Posted at 09:02:40 GMT-0700

Category: hotelsself-publishingtechnologytravel

Oh Those Funny Germans

Friday, November 5, 2010 

Germans and their odd obsessions. I had no idea that Hamburg was the center of “Brown Gold” in Germany.


Posted at 13:00:55 GMT-0700

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Das weiße Band

Friday, September 11, 2009 

I saw The White Ribbon at the Telluride Film Festival.  It’s a well crafted film about some very problematic children in Germany just before the first world war.

The movie is intended to in some way illuminate a fertile ground that permits fascism to later grow.  While I found the characters interesting and the cinematography particularly beautiful in some scenes, I did not find anything in the story that seemed to suggest that these people were atypically prepared to turn fascist.

The premise seems to be that the children have committed some particularly brutal and random crimes (stringing a wire in the path of a horse and breaking the shoulder of the rider, tying another child up and caning him, tying yet another up and possibly blinding him) and that these “punishments” were “visited” on the children of sinners (except the first, visited on the sinner himself or perhaps on his horse), as justified in a letter left with the last.

That children would commit atrocious acts of brutality is hardly unique and certainly insufficient as an explanation for the rise of the Nazi party.   Further, the parent’s “sins” are not particularly shocking, though the doctor isn’t overwhelmingly sympathetic despite having a particularly funny sex scene.

It is a well-constructed character study, if a bit slow; a story of some complex and dramatic events, if lacking a strong conclusion; but not for me a revelatory view of the foundations of fascism.

Posted at 01:18:15 GMT-0700

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Saturday, November 1, 2008 

We visited the Hessenpark in Germany with our friend Peter. It was pretty cool – it is a park where old buildings from all over Germany that are slated for destruction are trucked and reassembled. They also practice traditional period handcrafts such as indigo dye and rope making and farming.


Posted at 19:00:24 GMT-0700

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Heading Home

Monday, June 9, 2008 

After a lovely visit to Italy, Austria, and Germany. The upstairs of a 747 feels like a private plane but with more comfortable toilets, a bigger kitchen, and a bunch of boring old men (as a rule).

upstairs on 747.jpg
Posted at 04:00:28 GMT-0700

Category: photoplanes