Monday, October 29, 2007

Autumn Crumbs

Some interesting developments around here which'll have to wait until around the end of the week to be revealed (mais, hélas, pas des nouvelles de France), but a couple of things in the meanwhile.

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First bit of news is that yesterday, the New York Times actually published an (almost) accurate, well-informed article about Berlin. As the author notes, he did some growing up here, so he's not just another ignoramus flying in and hitting a few hot-spots and crowing about the hip! edgy! Berlin. He's somehow moved Tacheles to Prenzlauer Berg, but I wonder how the representation of Berlin in New York is going to square with that show at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, which I still haven't seen. I have a feeling they've done more than just move Tacheles up the hill, so to speak...

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A bunch of you may have gotten invitations from me to join Shelfari, a new online community/social networking site devoted to reading. A whole bunch of you, in fact. I apparently sent out about a thousand invites to all my "friends" in my gmail address book. I'm happy to say I'm not the only one, since this poor guy got caught before I did and wrote a nicely humorous piece about it.

What's even worse is that at least 50 of these people have accepted "my" invitation, and Shelfari makes it almost impossible to figure out who they are. Very few of them are people I correspond with regularly -- or even remember. It doesn't help that I get an e-mail from Shelfari headed "Bill F has accepted your invitation," because that's how people are listed there. Bill F? The worst was Park S, which has me awake at night fearing that I've befriended the entire population of Park Slope, Brooklyn.

At any rate, if you got one of these, and if you decide to join, please read that article before you start inviting folks to join you. A very poorly designed website.

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Speaking of books, though, I've added a widget to this page (it's way down there) that has the perhaps incomprehensible for some of you word Wunchzettel on it. This is my Amazon.de wish list, added just in time for my birthday on Friday and, of course, Christmas coming up. It's as much recommendations for books I haven't read as a wish-list, though. And yeah, a lot of cookbooks up there. Because, among other things, Christmas is a rather festive season in these parts, and I wind up doing a bunch of cooking for people. And, of course, myself.

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Finally, speaking of food, not catering my next party (and not just because I'd want to do it myself) will be these folks. Honestly, y'all, learn the lesson of that famous American metal band Das Damen and research the foreign language you're using first.

6 comments:

MountPenguin said...

Ah, so it was just yet another Social Spamming Service invite. I got one of those from another network, and I actually thought it might be relevant until I got to the point where it wanted to know my Gmail password, and bam! I was out of there like a shot, and it didn't take long to find out what it would have done with my Gmail contacts. (Well, not a lot actually, being paranoid I have a couple of accounts for varying sundry purposes...)

Karl-Marx-Straße said...

'aromaoffensive' is a rubbish name for a catering company - especially if you have English as your mother tongue, but the name is, basically, German. Aroma meaning 'taste' or 'flavour' (not 'smell') and offensive as in 'push' or 'on the offensive'. So basically, it's a catering firm that's being 'active for taste'.

Ed Ward said...

KMS: Yeah, I know that. It just reminded me of the "Free Odor" toilet I found in a hotel room in Japan.

Olivier said...

The Wunschzettel thing has the potential for being quite messy. If someone buys you something you won't find out until you get the package and even if you are diligent in removing entries from your Wunschzettel that leaves bewtween a couple of days and a month for someone else to buy you the same article. Have you given any thought to this issue?

Ed Ward said...

Naah. Nobody's bought me anything from it anyway. And you can always return something for credit with them. Uh, can't you?

Karl-Marx-Straße said...

I've just spent a few hours scoffing some pretty delicious 'finger food' and enjoying wine as provided by 'aromaoffensive' - so you can't always judge a book by its cover.