Today, two of my roommates and I took a trip to the abandoned Olympic Village. It was built by the Nazis in 1936, and then used as a military base by the Soviets. You can walk around in the empty buildings that are now inhabited only by sheep judging from the smell. You could see the sheep running around nearby too. I was reminded of a video installation by Aernout Mik Chris and I saw at the MCA in Chicago a while ago. It showed the site of a recent bus accident. Anybody involved in the accident was absent from the scene. Instead a herd of sheep was crossing back and forth over the highway. Then and today at the overgrown housing site in the fall rain I was made to feel something strong about nature and the absence of human drama.
By stretching out my hand through a hole in the wall I could take a picture of the inside of the former olympic swimming pool. It looked like a cave made from blue tile, rust and rain drops.
I was walking and caught someone's eye, he had golden patches on his shoes. I turned around at him, he turned around, I smiled and so did he and we went our ways.
Miniature Chris and George relaxing in bed. That's pretty much what they do all day, every day.
i propose to exchange all z's for y's and y's for z's. this will lead to pleasant new expressions such as zou, zour, zours, zear, graz, rozal, rayor, to graye, yero, breeye, yar, and nice stzle.
it will also save me a lot of work getting used to the new kezboard.
Today was my first day out without a map. It is really quite easy. And I fought and won another battle with Prussian bureaucracy. Yes, there will be breakfast with faculty on monday morning and the President invited everyone to freebeer (this is one word in German) in the university courtyard on wednesday afternoon, consider yourself invited.
On Alexander Platz they were having fireworks tonight, we could see them from our window. We could also see the venerable Funkturm blushing awfully in red and blue, like a gas station sign. Under the title of "Festival of Lights" the city has now fallen victim to that plague of kitschy laserlightshows (the fireworks are really just a cover for that). You can see it happen to other cities, wanly office building all done-up in rainbow lights, office high-rise fassades flashing like a super nintendo, or 26-story christmas trees racing up and down in a happy epileptic convulsion. Or the medieval market square, aah, with spinning pink spirals on it. It's cute, eh?
Like this building in Shanghai, imagine these city developers might have a thing for gay pride. I will definitely keep you informed on the lighting situation in this town. and generally be more interesting, thank you George.
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