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Blog archives for September, 2011

Archive for September, 2011

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

September light

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Reinhard Mey concert

Yesterday I took the train down to Hamburg (and back again) to go see Reinhard Mey in concert. Met up with A and her friend U for a bit before the concert (we sat in very different parts of the hall) and also shared some of the train journey back. Meeting up with them was very nice.

The concert itself was good, too – a lot of songs I did not know (I am not up to date with his current releases), and the usual mix of very funny, very contemplative and sad, rather solidly weighted towards the contemplative and sad. Of his new and contemplative/sad songs a long ballad about trains stands out most in my recollections, and there were some rather the-beautiful-horrible-pain songs about various people who are nice/kind but not recognized for it, or who are broken/breaking without anyone recognizing it/the potted plant at the doctor’s office as a symbol for pain. They were all very nice songs, don’t get me wrong, but they were … a tad too heartfelt-y languishing in their collective amassedness. There’re only so many weltschmerz songs you can take one right after the other and still apprechiate the brilliance of each one.

Brief flashes of fresh air were provided by some funny songs he did, including a brilliant list song of the jobs he has at home, a somewhat contrived (I felt) song about men in hardware stores, and a nice song in the encore about a fictitious music police that you can call when somewhere around you horrible music  is being played (restaurants, elevators,…).

This wasn’t the first of his concerts that I’ve been to, and its the one I liked the least, I am sorry to say – but then that might also be me and the general grouchiness I have settled into during these last months of continual writing. It’s hard to enjoy things properly when part of your brain keeps telling you that you could be working/ought to be working right now. I know break times are important, but somehow it doesn’t feel like it when you’re behind schedule and there’s so much work and writing and thinking to be done.  And on that note, back to work.

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Autumn’s Equations

The gambles of the year when towers fell,
when change came and loss ruled summer’s court;
That autumn’s equations were always going to be skewed.

Time and chance and blustery days,
and while flowers grow in autumn’s park,
autumn’s gamesters deal from stacked decks.

Perspex algebra of emotion;
bust one, bust all.

All that’s left – shuffle the cards once more, roll the hard six;
solitaire a game ironcast giants have no patience for.

Would that we had not played,
and were instead
still talking.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The leaf of the tree

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The Wind of Heaven

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.
Arabian Proverb

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Autumn is coming

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Something New

3d chess set

So, one of the things I was challenged to photograph was ‘something new’ – and here is my new thing.* I bought it used, but since it’s new to me (it was delivered today), I thought it’d fit the requirement well enough.

I’m not a girl for autographs or costumes or random memorabilia, but I always wanted a 3-d chess set – I think because it is something functional outside of being a merchandise item, and I like playing chess, and adding a dimension was just mindboggling and … fascinating.

Since they were way out of my price range at the time I bought a xeroxed rulebook instead and built one myself, out of plywood and coat hangers – and while it did its job well enough, stability was an issue from time to time, and it was a bit low on elegance.

But I’ve been selling things on ebay recently (it’s great! Out of the house, things!), and while randomly/wistfully searching for 3-d chess sets it turned out that they have become a lot more affordable while I wasn’t looking! So I decided that part of the money** I’ve been making selling things might as well go towards fulfilling my more than a decade-old yearning for a shiny chess set.

And here it is. Now I need to find people to play it with.

* My camera has a ‘pinhole camera’ setting, which is how the effect in this photo came to be.

** Most of it is vaguely earmarked towards the book printing costs that are approaching on the horizon.

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Let there be light

I spent the evening running lights from this desk. It was fun.

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Fate is

Fate is
Fingers passing
Through the sand
Of your life.


Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Fly away

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011


Monday, September 12th, 2011




This is the photograph I was taking when Rika photographed me taking a photo (see the post two below this one). Could have been a bit more generous with the depth allowance, but I like the shadow effect enough to post it here anyway.

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Things past

Things past do not vanish like clouds;
but linger, like painful, persistent shadows,
in lightness and dark,
in the creaky crevices and forgotten flagstones
of your misremembering mindspaces.

Clouds vanish into sunshine or rain,
snowflakes or sleet, warm air or humidity.
But things past
you encounter, again and again, on the borders,
in the watchtowers of your mind.

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Five months? Means a challenge!

So, my website/blog has been online for five months now.* (Is it its fifth mensiversary? Who knows! If it isn’t then I just made that word up, on the basis that mensis means month in Latin and anniversary means a one-year-thing, so… . Also: annus = year. Two year anniversary = wrong! Correct: Second anniverary. Gethe-and-Goth.com, where the random grammar asides come free of charge. Ha.)

But, I digress.

A lot.

More to the point: Five months, people, and more than six thousand visitors, not counting the folks reading on an RSS feed or via livejournal crossposting. Thank you all for dropping by (and keep doing so! :-) ). I hope you like what you’re seeing and reading.

photo by Rika

So, as a thingy-do (very precise word, thingy-do!), and as something I saw elsewhere some years back and have been wanting to do since then anyway, let’s be interactive when it comes to me taking photographs!


What I propose is this: rather than me just  randomly posting photos of things I encounter, I want you to tell me what to photograph, and I will then do my best to fulfill your requests/challenges! Give me a word, a phrase, a mood, an object, … you want to see, and I’ll see what I can find and photograph.

These challenge phrases can, I’d imagine, range from the abstract (something like ‘sad’ or ‘the perfect moment,’ …) to a title one might give a photo, to the semi-concrete (‘something that annoys you,’ ‘something you regret,’ …) or to concrete things like ‘a towel’). I’ll try to fulfill all reasonable (!) requests**, but depending on what you ask for, how many people reply (six thousand in five months, folks), and when I encounter something that I think fits, it might take some time… . If it gets super-busy I might also close this at some point until I have cleared the backlog.

So, anyone want to play?

Fire away!


*There are posts on here that claim to be older than April 10th, but they’re all backdated – either to the day on which they appeared in my LJ, or so that they don’t clutter up the blog, in the case of the content that I link to on the media page. I picked a random day in the past for those.
**I might be ideosyncratic in deciding what I consider to be reasonable and what I don’t, but lets just say that thinga that are too personal are out for sure. My favourite mug? Why not. My toes? Not so much. (Albeit I did once post a close-up of my eye…).

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Eye of the Beholder