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Thou shall help other bloggers

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Homeless. Almost.

From time to time one is required to help others. And this is the case today for me. Marcel, the author of one of the German blogs I read, is looking for an appartment in Hamburg, preferably through flat share.

If anyone of my few but beloved readers has any suggestions, leave Marcel a comment or contact him elsewise. It’s much appreciated!

Thanks for now, I’ll talk to you soon 🙂

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May 24, 2008 at 11:27 am


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Copyright: © 2007 by SPIELBANK HAMBURG. All Rights Reserved.

Last night was a great night. Me being in Hamburg at the moment, we went to the Casino Esplanade, located right in the center of Hamburg and only a few steps away from the famous Jungfernstieg and the Binnenalster. I know, this sounds like a commercial, and it is in a way. But only because I want to advertise this place, not because I get paid for it which I don’t. But anyways.

We went there because my mate Jan got about 45€ (≈ US$70) in chips for his birthday just a few days before. And since I would stay in Hamburg until Tuesday morning, I came with them, that being Jan, my mate Niklas, and two of their friends. We drove there by car, all of us dressed up in suits or at least really exalted clothings.

When we arrived I was completely blown away. This place is huge. And when I say huge I mean huge. It really looks like a castle or something or yeah, it rather looks like a real full-scale casino. I went in there with my sunglasses on (it was after midnight) and took them down right at the moment I started talking to the admission guy. He checked my passport and after I paid the 2€ (≈ US$3,10) entrance fee I was free to go.

I had never been to a casino before. It was all glamourous and upscale decorated, even in the ground floor where they had the one-armed bandits and the other childish stuff. No, I’m only kidding, it can be fun too I guess. But we went right upstairs to the second floor. There they had all the poker and black jack tables and the roulettes.

I have to say, I really felt kind of uncomfortable there during the first time. It didn’t feel like it was my thing really. I’m not the kind of a guy who does all those expensive things like, uhm, yeah, going to the casino probably. But it turned out to really being an “extremely enjoyable experience”.

Looking at all those rich people running around there was real fun actually. I remember one guy, probably the son of an Arab oil sheik or something, who constantly put another 500€ banknote (≈ US$780) on the table every five or ten minutes. Another one was probably drunk because he ran around shouting really loudly and asking people if they wanted to be sponsored by him. Crazy times.

But I for myself didn’t spend any money that night. Not because I din’t want to in the end, but because we left too early. OK, it already was 3 am at the time but that was the moment when I felt comfortable enough to do some roulette myself. The two hours before that moment I was only checking out the place and messing around with the people there. And of course I tried to get behind the game. Which I actually did – in my imagination I bet on the number 24. And then it actually appeared to be the number to be chosen by the roulette that turn. Betting only 2€ I could have won 70€ (≈ US$110). Too bad.

So, looking back at the event I really wanted to go to a casino again in the near future. And I knew that there was one in Leipzig, right next to the biggest cinema in town. But oh dear, what a crappy place this seems to be. They have no entrance fee, no dress code and, that’s the worst, no actual roulettes or poker tables but only gaming machines! What the bloody hell?! I can only imagine the people in there: random idiots clothed in bad hip hop outfits giggling in front of the fucking electronic roulette. What shitty place is that? And that’s the only casino in Leipzig! They don’t have another one!!!

Well, I’ll probably go in there one day impersonating a bloody rich snotty youngster from New York whose father is on a business trip to Leipzig. And then I’ll behave like a drama queen that they don’t have any actual cashiers and then they’ll fall down on their knees begging for mercy! YEAH!!!

Fuck Leipzig.

Hamburg rocks!

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May 18, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Hair cut

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New hair cut

Folks, I just got my hair cut and coloured. And believe me, I’m lovin’ it. The whole thing emerged from a spontaneous idea last night where I just knew ‘Peter, you have to get yourself black hair!’. So here I am, with black hair right there on my head and I’m happy. Hah!

Click here to see more beauty!

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May 15, 2008 at 8:07 pm

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GoFetch_1: Cities

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Instant Soaking!!
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In Germany we do strange things. Not only on the streets and in our bedrooms, but also on the net, the German blogosphere. On of those strange things is to pretend being dogs. That means that for instance I put together a questionnaire or a list of tasks. Then I’ll send this “baton” (or “Stöckchen) what we call it here to a befriended blogger or someone whose answers or results I’m curious about. Basically it could be described as virtually playing “Go Fetch!”. And that’s what I’ll do today.

A lovely blogger from Germany named mrsundlr sent me a baton on the topic of cities. So, let’s give it a try!


To what cities have you been so far?
Uhm, well, those wouldn’t be too many. According to Facebook, where some time ago I already entered those information, I have been to the following major cities: Prague, Tallinn, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig (of course), Hamburg, Munich, Rome, Venice, Verona, Riga, Gothenburg and The Hague.

What city that you do not live in do you like the most?
Based on the cities I already visited and not the ones I would like to go to, I would either choose Tallinn or Hamburg. These are both absolutely stunning towns with amazing people and hundreds of beautiful sights. Unfortunately I haven’t been to Tallinn for a very long time so at the moment I would say that I like Hamburg the most.

What city didn’t you like at all?
Well, I think I can’t say that about any city. But I have to say that I wasn’t amazed by Munich at all. The people were strange (probably because they were Bavarian), I didn’t like the flair, only the food was really tasty. So, Munich, show me some more of you’re good sides the next time I come visiting you.

What means of transport do you use to reach other cities?
Well, obviously that depends on the distance. For example, I wouldn’t go to Rome by train but by plane, with Berlin it’s the other way round, in this case I would take the train which is a one hour trip. So, yeah, mostly train and plane, in some rare cases the ferry. And, oh yeah, this week I’ll try something new when I visit a friend in Hamburg for his birthday party: lift-sharing!

What cities do you still want to see
Uhm, yeah: New York, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, London, Amsterdam and Dublin. There are probably many more cities it would be worthwhile to visit. But those are the ones that come to my mind right now.

Who gets the baton?
My two friends Lisa and Florian (both of you: take your time, I know you’re kind of busy).

And just a short reply to mrsundlr’s approach to me when he answered this questionnaire: I am not famous! If I was famous I wouldn’t crawl around here with you people! But at least I am a god which makes me happy in a way… 😉

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May 13, 2008 at 2:47 am

The Official THAOSPiM Store

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the consumer society is happy now (for a while)
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The THAOSPiM Network has an official Amazon Shop from right now on! There you can purchase all kinds of stuff Peter himself likes. And if you do so, he gets a small percentage of the revenues himself. Isn’t that a great deal?

I guess it is. You can find the link in the sidebar on the right or you even…

…check it out right now!

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May 12, 2008 at 5:21 pm

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“I can’t keep doing this on my own with these… people…”

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There Will Be Blood Title Treatment
Title Treatment | Copyright

A few days ago I finally watched the movie “There Will Be Blood”, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and distributed by Paramount Vintage and Miramax Films, first released on December 26th, 2007 in the United States. It first came to my attention when I heard about the winners of the 80th Academy Awards, broadcast on February 24th, 2008. The movie received two oscars in total – the award for Best Actor went to protagonist Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview and Robert Elswitt received the oscar for Best Cinematography.

Now, over two months after the Academy Awards, I got to the point where I said: Peter, you have to watch this movie. That was mostly driven by the fact, that I wanted to see other movies starring Paul Dano whom I really liked in his role as Dwayne Hoover in “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006).

So, to give you a first impression of what “There Will Be Blood” is all about, take a look at the official trailer.

To make my point right here at the beginning: I absolutely loved this movie. Only very very rarely have I seen such passion in acting and impersonating as done by the actors in this movie, particularly by Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview, Paul Dano as Paul Sunday and Eli Sunday (two roles) and Dillon Freasier as H.W. Those people have shown me, what passionate (and that means exhausting) acting is all about.

In an interview Paul Dano talked about his experience shooting the final scene of the movie:

“It started out quite fun and then it turned dark and emotional and then very scary. We did it without any constraints and suddenly I was dodging bowling balls and Daniel was coming at me pretty strong. It was very intense and exhausting and at times, terrifying.”

I can absolutely understand what he is talking about. Not only in that particular scene, but in almost every single part of the movie you can see, that they did it the raw way. They pull each other to the ground, they jostle the other one into the sludge – even if it is maybe just very good acting, you have the feeling that there is no safety net, no false bottom.

Daniel Plainview and H.W. on their way to the Sunday Ranch
Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) and H.W. (Dillion Freasier) on their way to the Sunday Ranch | Copyright

I heard quite a lot of people saying that the movie was too long or it sometimes got boring over the time of its 160 min. But I have to disagree. I think that the quality of a movie does not depend on its length. The whole time I saw “There Will Be Blood” I was curious what would happen next. There was some kind of mystery around the whole plot that I could not understand, and still there is something I like about it but that I cannot define.

Interestingly enough, there is only one person in the whole movie that I can really sympathise with, and that is H.W., the adoptive son of Daniel Plainview. He is the only one, who really seems to be trying to “think with his heart”. Not only when he is young, but also when he is grown up and wants to leave his father.

There is probably much more to say about this movie but at the moment I can only quote Daniel Plainview: “I’m finished!” There are certain things about “There Will Be Blood” that I don’t understand, that frighten me in a way. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like them.

Go and watch it and find out yourself why you like or dislike it. I can only recommend it very very strongly.

Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) in \'There Will Be Blood\'
Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) in Plainview’s mansion | Copyright

If you want to watch “There Will Be Blood”, you can either purchase it or rent it through the U.S. iTunes Store, order or download it through Amazon (Affiliate Link) or, if you like, purchase it through someone else using e.g. Google Shopping.

Find out more about the movie “There Will Be Blood” on the official movie website.



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TTR_1: Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta

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I originally posted this video to my tumblelog on March 10th, 2008. It was actually the first video I watched on Vimeo and it totally made me register to their site (check out my profile there by the way). It’s a lip dub performed by the guys over at Connected Ventures to the song “Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger. And it rocks!!!

[Original THAOSPiM post]

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May 12, 2008 at 1:32 am

Drinking white wine at the fire place

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Fire place
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Although it was lacking in the amount of meat being available to eat, this was actually a really nice evening. After eating some roasted Feta cheese and, yeah I am not kidding, some meat balls (not the Swedish Kötbullar ones) I really was in the mood of drinking some white wine which turned out to really enhance the overall experience. Not in the getting-drunk way but in the i-really-like-good-white-wine-because-i-enjoy-its-taste way. You know what I mean?

Well, additionally we have a really cool movable fire place which we placed in the middle of the lawn today. It really got hot around there and it even drove away all the mosquitos which was nice of course.

You should do more barbecues. And it doesn’t even matter if you have meat or not. It just doesn’t matter.

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May 11, 2008 at 11:36 pm

No meat

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We’ll have our first barbecue of the year this evening. Without meat. Just Feta cheese and roasted potatoes. Can somebody please tell me how you could ruin this event even more?

You know, I’m not the kind of a guy who needs to eat meat all the time, I’m fine with vegetarian stuff too, I think a mix is important and good for you. But, how could you do the first barbecue of the year without any kind of roasted animal? That is what barbecues are all about! Maybe not all of them but in general, you know what I mean.

Ah, god damn it…

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May 11, 2008 at 5:08 pm