CHALLENGER
JANUARY 28, 2006 1:04 PM

----------------------------------------------------Kosmonauten

I was nine years old when the Challenger chrashed. My mother was in Houston, TX for a business trip at the time of the accident, and she brought me a Challenger-t-shirt, which i still wear. For a short time I became very interested in space travel.
About a week ago, I found an old DDR-book about cosmonauts and space ships. The sputnik had just been launched, peacefully circuiting the orbit, and the Soviets were still ahead of the game. Depicted on the last page is a lovely communist utopia on mars.
Some time during the Iraq war, I heard a member of the Bush-government interviewed on NPR about the US' budget for NASA projects. He said, obviously the US had to invest in the Mars-project because Earth isn't going to be habitable forever.

Challenger........................................................

Manifest space travel, like manifest ideology, is a short story of failed dreams and misguided ambition.

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BLUE SHELF
JANUARY 28, 2006 12:29 PM

I found this blue shelf at Humana yesterday. It has 45 degree angles on each side. Needless to say, it's a very fine piece of furniture, and it comes on rolls. Getting it home was a breeze.

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Martin Rev of Suicide is playing in Kreuzberg next week. I hope he won't forget his shades. I'll have mine.

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LOCAL POLITICS
JANUARY 15, 2006 10:07 AM

The dismantling of the Volkspalast (people's palace), one of Berlin's most symbolically charged historical sights, is supposed to start this week. The Volksb├╝hne (people's stage), responded by dressing up as the Volkspalast, and proclaims "The Palace Will Stay."

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TORONTO FAME
JANUARY 11, 2006 4:37 PM

Bruce LaBruce and Kids on TV.
Bruce LaBruce ..
Bruce LaBruce .
I should go out more often.
bruce

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OPEN EARS
JANUARY 8, 2006 4:43 PM

Tim, who organized the osoe at Messhall last summer, was over for a visit in Berlin. Him and his friend Casey took me to the Hoffmann Collection on Saturday, and I made Indian food in exchange for news from America and delicious green tea soaked in milk. Tim was so nice to drop off a copy of the OSOE compilation and now I hold in my hands this fine work of packaging design. Included are 15 tracks "from the accessible to the opaque, spanning hardcore noise and abstract pop, representing a cross section of both live performances and recorded works." On it is also my own "Little B." that is the outcome of a summer spent in the Meinke lodging fiddling with contact mics, a broken synth and Ken firing the bb gun.

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This is a quote from OSOE's delicious mission statement: "Open Source/Open Ear has been imagined and interpreted variously as a festival, a convergence, and archive, a gig.. it has been able to navigate many forms of cultural capture, and yet resists being fully contained or summarized. It is perhaps best described as a process - one of experimentation, exchange, performance - an invitation to participate in protopolitical subcultural sounding. It has been an attempt to present interventions, non-traditional formats, sonic experimentation and improvisation.. a wide net to cast, perhaps, but necessarily so, as the ideas are tangential and transmutable by nature. Running off with programming politics and an ear to the tracks, OSOE seeks to engender a community outside the purview of capitalist entertainment ventures and fame-seeking ego orgasms."
I loved this project. Unfortunately Tim moved away to L.A. and he is not sure if he can continue with it. If I understood correctly, he will send a copy of the compilation, including a book with essays to anyone who demands one.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR.
JANUARY 3, 2006 4:32 PM


Happy New Year, originally uploaded by no such nina.

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