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November

November

TIL

TIL

Podcasting

Podcasting

I know what I’ll watch all weekend.

I know what I’ll watch all weekend.

Ugh.

Ugh.

One could easily put me into the category “Fan of Top Gear” – I am pretty sure I watched the whole run at least twice and the Vietnam special too often to count.
I even watched Shouty Top Gear.

So, quite obviously I was very much looking forward to The Grand Tour – the new car show by Clarkson, Hammond and May, which appeared on Amazon some time last night. In fact I even stayed up to watch it as soon as it appeared.
As one would imagine, it is beautifully shot. Just like in their Top Gear days the cinematography is gorgeous. But – and that might be because I watched it while being very, very sleepy or because the expectations where a wee bit too high – besides that it was a bit on the “meh”-side for me. The whole studio thing with strangely scripted bits of acting was not my thing at all and when the show was over, I had a bit of a “And that was it?” feeling.

There was a test of the Porsche 918, the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari at Portimao. And then there was… what exactly? A BMW around a new test track. Hm.
The hypercar test was fun, but I did enjoy it a bit more when Chris Harris did exactly the same thing exactly one year ago. The best part of it was in fact when they left the racetrack and just drove the cars on normal roads – and maybe more of that is what was missing for me. Fancy cars on race tracks – I can get that everywhere else, too. And no matter how hard you try, it will always look exactly like that – like fancy cars on a race track. (To be honest, I can also get “pretty cars, nicely shot on normal roads” somewhere else but still – there’s more personality to that than a race track, even a very pretty one like Portimao.)
So – I am looking forward to the next episodes, which will probably have more of that.

All I have is a voice To undo the folded lie, The romantic lie in the brain Of the sensual man-in-the-street And the lie of Authority Whose buildings grope the sky: There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police; We […]

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

W. H. Auden / via Sloane Crosley and Jeremy Keith

With this kind of hockey stick growth, I expect the download numbers for my Christmas-themed plugin to be in the millions by June.

With this kind of hockey stick growth, I expect the download numbers for my Christmas-themed plugin to be in the millions by June.

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Far right first to congratulate Trump on historic upset This. This is exactly why this terrifies me. Sure, a crazy megalomaniac with the world’s largest military on his hands is already mind-numbingly scary, but this one here puts it over the top. The USA do have an halo effect worldwide and now all the racist, […]

Far right first to congratulate Trump on historic upset

This. This is exactly why this terrifies me. Sure, a crazy megalomaniac with the world’s largest military on his hands is already mind-numbingly scary, but this one here puts it over the top. The USA do have an halo effect worldwide and now all the racist, sexist, homophobic, backwards, “I’m not racist, but…” numbnuts of the world will feel their wacko world-view is validated.

I don’t often read comics, even less Marvel ones. But when I do, I pick the good ones.

I don’t often read comics, even less Marvel ones. But when I do, I pick the good ones.

Sunday meditation

Sunday meditation