Monthly Archives: März 2012

Libaries

Libraries are wonderful places to spent a lot of time in, even though not everyone thinks that way.
They are feared and/or loved, especially by students.
Feared because spending time in the library could mean having to study for an approaching exam.
Loved because of all the knowledge that can be found there.
However they are feared for it as well, seeing as throughout our history there have been several book burnings – be it either fictional like „Fahrenheit 451“ by Ray Bradbury (451F is the temperature at which book pages start to burn) or the real ones during for example the Inquisition.
The knowledge hidden inside books and therefore inside the libraries seems to hold great dangers as well.
Though there are also people who despise libraries, for lack of entertainment and unknowingly disregarding the adventures some of these book covers hold between them.
Nevertheless I enjoy being in libraries. I spent a lot of my spare time in 11th grade (German school system) in our local one. Not the hugest one I’ve in seen so far, but still a quite fascinating one.
In that year I’ve read more books than in the years before and after it.
I should return to read more often instead of lingering on the Internet wasting my time on stupid stuff like writing a Blog…
Guess I’m not the only one with that habit and seeing the ACTA process the governments fear the knowledge to become dangerous as well.
As they cannot burn the Internet they are now trying to shun it away.
History repeats itself?
Seems that way.
Knowledge is something to behold, to protect, not censore.
Especially in libraries you can find a lot of hidden treasures.
Even the movie industry picked this thought up and created a Mini-Series called „The Libarian“ with Noah Wyle about an organization of librarians who are collecting powerful and magical relics, like the the Holy Grail, Noah’s Ark, the Fountain of Youth, Nessie and so forth, treasuring them underneath a library.
In the ending sequence of the episode „The Curse of the Judas Chalice“  we can take a look into the storage room, showing the form of a tree.
It could either be Yggdrasil – the world tree from the northern mythology or the tree of knowledge.
I guess it’s the latter.
Both things have been portrait by me in entries for writing competitions (Worldtree, Knowledge is Power)
The last one I participated in was about the „Mystical Library“.
And as my story once again wasn’t good enough you can find it here now: Unknown Worlds
All stories are in German therefore a basic knowledge of the language is necessary to understand them.
You could also use Googles translator but I doubt it would translate it correctly as it had „problems“ already with the sentence „Google ist doof“ (Google is stupid) – „he“ translated it to: „Google is not stupid“ 😀
Well, we’ll see about that. 😉
PoiSonPaiNter

How are you?

„How are you?“
A phrase used that often that it has lost it’s real meaning.
It shows less of the concern for another person’s well being and more the ever present ignorance.
It became nothing more than a casual greeting.
I’ve even heard or read somewhere that this phrase somewhat became the new „Hello“.
A term with no particular meaning.
A mere set phrase.
Something no one is really interested in getting an answer to anymore.
Is it?
I’m not entirely sure about that. Though I can only speak/write of my own experience and usage of the phrase.
If someone asks „How are you?“ the usual reply is „I’m fine“.
Not giving away any feelings and thoughts simply replying without saying anything.
I see this phrase more or less like a mere filler in the conversation.
With no reasoning whatsoever behind it.
Personally I don’t like being asked this question.
On the one hand I mostly think that they do not want to get an answer anyway.
So I only reply with „Muss ja.“
Unfortunately I haven’t found an English reply fitting the meaning of it.
Literally it would be translated to „(It) Has to.“ or something like that.
On the other hand I like to confront them with what really is on my mind, curious how they would react.
Simply telling them that this, this and that went wrong or bothers me, but aside from that I’m fine.
It is always interesting to see the result.
And of course I’m polite enough to ask in return.
Well, in German like in English there are different ways of asking:
How are you? – Wie geht’s (dir)?
How is it going? – Wie läuft’s?
What’s up? – Was geht ab?
and so forth (they are not necessarily the translation of each other).
If the question is to ridiculous I tend to just make up random answer using those phrases and making fun of them.
Like for example: „What’s up?“ „The opposite of down.“
Depending on my mood I might add a serious answer.
But as I said: This phrase does not necessarily hold a meaning anymore.
Therefore I personally only use it when I really want to know how someone is feeling/whatnot.
And I appreciate it, if I get a serious answer as well.
People who conversed with me a lot know this and do not bother to ask if I don’t.
Therefore: If you ever get into a conversation with me and I do not ask you how you are.
Do not be offended I am one of the few people only asking this when I’m really interested in getting an answer.
Partly it also is because I do not want to answer the question myself, but that’s a different story.
If I really want to know it, then I will surely ask you.
PoiSonPaiNter