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OCTOBER 13, 2005 5:07 PM

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.

thanks for the good news nina. always remember, any news is good news!

ryan | October 13, 2005 7:16 PM

whats better than fireworks and kitschy laserlightshows? maybe watching television? no, nothing is better than fireworks and kitschy laserlightshows!

Anonymous | October 14, 2005 2:37 AM

watching them on television?

nina | October 14, 2005 9:27 PM

as you well know, grand rapids has been inflicted with a bunch of these in it's newer buildings. what's worse two of them, central station and the clocktower, are public works! why?! why must they do this?! i think im just really wary of trend-based modern architecture decisions, because trends are trends, and never last.

look at grand valley.

george | October 16, 2005 6:22 PM

i refuse to call this modern architecture! modern architecture.. ..is over! it happened way early in the 20th century. the most scary thought is that it might not be a trend at all.

this is not the future anymore, this is going to last!

like grand valley, i guess. not just the lights, but the way they build in general.

nina | October 17, 2005 6:58 PM

i said "modern architecture decisions" like a modern decision in architecture.

george | October 18, 2005 1:43 AM


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