Thursday, 16 April 2015

How Pinterest killed my blog.

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Well well well.. not REALLY. But hey, I definitely spend more time on Pinterest nowadays than here, writing up little nuggets for you, the counter-culture-loving armchair-revolutionist.

I am 'big' on Pinterest. That's not actually my words, that's the general reaction when people look at the number of my Pinterest followers:

Funny thing is that I've never done anything to get that many followers except from pinning pics that I like to some boards that reflect some of my interests. No networking or following or god knows what 'increase your Pinterest followers' tactics. My main reason why I actually enjoy Pinterest is because I don't have to talk to anyone. I only follow a couple of other people there and never really  talk to anyone. It's very meditative. It's like doing a massive puzzle, or like collecting stamps. It's therapeutic. It provides a safe visual haven in a digital world of action & reaction, of opinions & spin, of neediness & arse-licking galore. It's my safe place. That's why I love it and that's why I nowadays spend more time pinning than blogging.

There is a lot of trash talk out there about "Pinterest being for women", which I find both ignorant and misogynistic. It's just a platform for whatever you want to do with it. Just a canvas, nothing more. And of course, like any open platform and forum, it reflects society, so there is a lot of boring shit on Pinterest ; ] But also a lot of nuggets - if you know where to look.

I also often get asked "why don't you monetize your account??" Well, that would probably take the joy and lightness out of it, no? And therefore corrupt what I actually love about Pinterest. It's the same with this blog here: "Why is it not on wordpress with added SEOplugin??".. "why are there no adword ads??" .. "why oh why?" .. yeah.. because I don't care. I can't be bothered. I even ditched my custom domain last year because the [German] host was a total dick because of some payment issues. No-one cares.

But hey, never say never. I rank front page in Google for a couple of great keyphrases with some of my boards. Please send your generous offers in a letter.


ps: I just challenged myself to spend one hour every week to write an interesting blog post. No fillers.. if I can't come up with something interesting after one hour I'll leave it and jump a week. I don't want to be a lazy arse blogger.

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Friday, 6 February 2015

A new year, a new hobby.

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I always liked climbing. Especially climbing online. That's the second-most rewarding way to climb. My favourite is to climb on proper rocks. That's actually much more interesting - but it's also not that well paid, especially when you are - like me - not THAT great at climbing up vertical rock faces. I'll take my small daughters climbing as soon as they are ready [and are interested!], I have a feeling that they'll thoroughly enjoy climbing. It's a great combination of building strength, endurance and patience. All very important things for my free range kids.

Go check out Alex Puccio

There's some great info out there on climbing sites like this. And of course here.


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Das Deutsche Kinder TV Massaker - Childhood Brainwash Part 1

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We all do it. Light up a big one or pour another glass of red - 3 - 2 - 1 - Takeoff! for The Big Nostalgia Rocket to Planet Youth on Youtube. You start with one video and that will then take you to the next one and the next one and the next one.. until you suddenly watch Techno Viking - again. Time to log off and finally crawl to bed.

Here is my midnight journey, remembering little supaswag sitting on the sofa in rural Germany somewhere in the 70s, taking it all in.. TV Hell & Heaven.

Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer / Augsburger Puppenkiste
This is non stop top notch super psychedelic German puppet theatre action. Locomotives - Dragons - Giants - Pirates.. wowser!  This is one story of plenty. The Augsburger Puppenkiste [Augsburg's Pupper Box] adapted countless children books during the 60s, 70s and 80s and every German kid was hooked. I bought a DVD box set for our toddler and she LOVES it. 

Paulchen Panter - Wer hat an der Uhr gedreht?
Yes, it's dubbed with a demented German song. Of course! EVERYTHING in Germany was dubbed. That's why we didn't learn proper English as kids, unlike kids growing up in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, etc. All dubbing, especially cartoons was also diabolical. Bit like Carry On for Kids. But I didn't care, I watched the unfolding anarchy and thought every second was hilarious.

Väter der Klamotte
Black & white slapstick heaven. Saucy beginning, lady's legs, pies in the face, mental stunt action, people generally behaving like they dropped a massive dose of acid.. I could watch this all day long. How did they do this nearly a hundred years ago? No CGI baby.

Ratz und Rübe / Rappelkiste
Rappelkiste [Rattlebox] was the archetypical 70s liberal urban kids show. It was always about kids' solving problems amongst themselves or with the grown-up world. Kids were always supposed to make noise and be as anarchic as they needed to be while discovering the world - which had to be questioned. This episode for example is actually exposing the injustices of capitalist relations of production, VAT and the exploitation of workers. Heavy stuff simplified. Wowsers!

The title sequence looks like kids playing in a post-apocalyptic city - which made it even more exciting for me because I lived in a small village, miles away from these cool concrete jungle kids.

[Der] Kli-Kla-Klawitter [Bus]
The title song is - once heard - never forgotten and will come back even after 40 years to haunt you. Another urban reality classic. In this episode an Italian family moves in next door and we learn something about respecting foreign customs. Or something.

Sitting care-free on a sofa in front of a flickering light, a little person out of time and space.. you know, when they always ask "What period of life were you the happiest?" - this is one of them. 

Das Deutsche Kinder TV Massaker - Childhood Brainwash