Monthly Archives: Februar 2012

Comments

When I looked into the blog yesterday evening I could not believe my eyes:
31 comments and all of them rather positive.
Seriously?
That has to be a bug in the software…
That cannot be true.
I mean I only have three (four) posts and some short stories (even being written in my native language) and Fanfic’s….
There are no valuable information.
There are no masterpieces.
There are only stories and thoughts…
I am somewhat veering between feeling flattered by all the comments and being confused about them.
There is a whole bunch who have a certain Office Chair page as their homepage.
So it either means all those positive comments had only been Spam or it is a common thing to use this page if you do not have your own side.
Alternatively you are trying to tell me to write about Office Chairs, but I somewhat doubt that.
Among those 31 comments I see about 10 who actually sound not like a default comment made on new sides(, trying to trick people into buying a new chair for their office).
Regardless of that I am grateful for every comment, be it positive or negative.
Randomly I would like to answer or ask questions regarding your posts so, please include an e-mail address where my reply could reach you – or look if you are among the chosen ones.
However, if they sound/look like Spam to me I’ll just delete them.
Nevertheless thank you for the positive words.
I’ll try to continue like this.
Though the regularity of my posts might change.
PoiSonPaiNter

On the Road: Roadkill

On a regular basis I have to drive from one place to another, having a lot of time to think about things. This will be the start of a series of posts regarding them. (They will be added randomly.)
Two weeks ago when I was on my way to my flat from my parents place I did the unthinkable.
I killed a bunny.
By accident.
With my car. With my father’s car…
I did not mean doing so…
As nowadays society works I had to post it to the social networks, of course with opposing results, an example:

A: Great….now I’ve killed a bunny…:(
I didn’t mean to! XD
Sa: NOOO! He certainly was on his way to the Weißhirschpark* 🙁
Ri: öy poor Hopalong 🙁
A: I think he thought himself to be a car…sat in the middle of the road, facing straight ahead and then he dodged in the direction of the wheel…
Sa: fail bunny^^
Ro: DINNER 😀
A: I think it’s not enough left for that…
Ro: it would have certainly still worked as ragout 🙂
A: Roadkill-Ragout? Doesn’t sound tasty…
Ro: but the term is good
K:  Don’t you only have to pick out the stonies and asphalt crumbs…?! 😀
A: Naaah, I think it would taste too much like gum…
K: Then it is, selling it as patent remedy to Haribo**!!! 😀
Ro: with a scattered shot you have to pick out every bullet as well
A: This is getting more and more tastier here XD
Scraped*** shot is something different then wheel shaped…-.-…
Se: Do you already have enough for a Roadkill-Quartett?
A: The half…bird and bunny…the rest hopefully doesn’t add too soon…and stays in this dimension…
* Weißhirschpark is the German name for „White Deer Park“, the place the animals from the old cartoon series The Animals of Farthing Wood wandered off to.
** Haribo is the most famous producer of gummy bears here in Germany.
*** In German the words for scrap (Schrott) and scattered gun shot (Schrotschuss) are pretty similar, only differing in the number of „T’s“

Morbid isn’t it?
But as said: I do not wish to repeat it.
Especially not with a deer, boar or any other car damaging animal.
The bureaucracy surrounding it is just to troublesome…
Have you ever heard of how this stuff is handled around here?
Let me tell you…
If you come into the bad situation that you have hit an animal, let’s say: deer, you have to do as follows:
After overcoming your initial shock you will have to stop your car, turning on your warning lights. The next thing you do is calling the police, somewhat like this:

„My names Jane/John Doe. I’m on the road to Nowhere and I just hit a deer. It’s probably dead.“
„Stay calm we will be sending someone as soon as possible.“

All you have to do now is set up a triangular warning sign 100m behind you and waiting for the police and an forest official to arrive – which could take from 10 minutes to some hours. Those two parties have to make a report regarding the accident. Taking in the condition of the car, removing the deer from the street, etc.. With this report you then can go to your car insurance and try to get the repair company to do their job and the money for paying them and so forth.
So let’s just hope to not be involved in an accident like that…
I could tell you more about starlings and engine hoods, sheep and trains or deer acrobatics, but that would get morbid again…
As negative as this might sound don’t get me wrong: I do like animals.
But their suicidal tendencies are most unwelcome.
PoiSonPaiNter

Crows

Most fascinating creatures.
Just this morning I watched one trying to swallow a stick shaped thing.
It looked rather funny.
The animal alternatively tried lifting it’s head to gulp it down and bowing it’s head to grab the food with it’s claw.
Unfortunately it seemed to be a size where neither worked.
Bad thing if you can’t bite off something.
One would need teeth for that.
Which crows obviously don’t have.
Poor things.
Beside the lack of gnawing tools they manage well to live in those busy cities of ours.
They find their food on the street or in the trashcans.
They made it into the civilization and are a common sight.
Just like a lot of other animals like foxes, boars, seagulls and so forth.
Speaking of seagulls.
Like crows they tend to live in swarms.
Every now and then you have masses of either around you.
Reminding you of one of the oldest Horror movies.
Alfred Hitchcock’s „The birds“ from 1963.
It’s a classic.
A movie that in it’s time and still now scares a lot of people.
Using one of the utmost fears of humankind.
The fear of animals, birds in this case, who gather in groups, swarms, and then randomly attack and kill (innocent?) people.
There was no CGI to display this.
There were only birds and people.
Though, you could obviously see that they used puppets – even more so in the awful color version.
Yet I think it’s one of the most interesting and well remembered movies – at least the „fear“ for bird swarms.
If you haven’t seen it yet.
Just give it a try.
And please: The black and white version!
It just has a way better atmosphere…(and isn’t as ridiculous as the other.)
But back to the crows.
They are used in a lot of Horror movies as they symbolize death or are even a sign for it.
Either as scavenger who will devour the dead or as a bad omen that someone will die in the near future – so this is even worse with owls, but that’s another topic.
No surprise there was a whole movie/comic series called „The Crow“ where they are used as guides from the underworld or something like that.
To my regret I have to admit that I haven’t had the chance to see any of the movies yet. I only heard or read about them and the accident involving Brandon Lee.
Doesn’t it make it an even more authentic Horror movie if the main actor dies during the shooting? 😉
Just kidding.
Aside from movies crows also have a huge folkloric background.
There are for example the Karasu-Tengu from the Japanese myths, who have somewhat humanoid bodies or can even change between animal and human form (differing from source).
And of course Hugin and Munin the Nordic god Odin’s…wait…ravens!
See? I just made a common mistake.
Mixing up those two species.
Though they belong to the same family the terms that are used describe different being.
Crows are the small „Corvidae“ – as the family is called – while the ravens are significantly larger, who also are even more clever then them.
During my childhood there was a common raven (which  is an awful translation for their German name „Kolkrabe“ or the Latin „Corvus Corax“ – which by the way is a pretty interesting German medieval band) in a near zoo, who was able to say it’s own name.
Much like a parrot would do.
Fascinating right?
Why not explore it some more?
Have fun with that. 😉
PoiSonPaiNter

Hello World

„Hello world“

Two words that symbolize a lot of meanings.
One way to „translate“ them could be:
„Hello world, I’m here, waiting for you to notice/acknowledge my existence.“

And of course those words are used in different contexts.
Normally one could think of a child’s birth at first.
Their crying merely saying: „Hello world, I’m here, entertain me.“
Then again it could simply stand for being the starting post for a Blog – just like this one.
Introducing yourself to the masses with a friendly „Hello“.

Though my personal association with those two words is different.
It is a way to try out something new in a foreign language.
Just as I am writing this Blog in my second language.
Therefore the meaning I learned is as follows:

public class HelloWorld{
public static void main(String[] args){
System.out.println("Hello World!");
}
}

(Please forgive the weird format, WordPress wont let me change it properly…)

And no, that is not what you can expect from this Blog.
It’s way more random than that…

There are way more interpretations of the words, but it is more fun to think about them yourself. 😉

With this I close for today and send you off to explore what I already added to this site.
Which basically are several stories of mine.

Enjoy your stay. 🙂

PoiSonPaiNter