ast Sunday, Süddeutsche Zeitung’s bloggy online stepchild Jetzt.de published a brief article entitled, “Everything is so wonderfully different here!” (Alles so schön anders hier!), which sketches out a semi-serious/semi-satirical typology of the kinds of vacation photos you’ll find on your friends’ Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram feeds (oh, and Google+ too, I suppose). Lately, I’ve been been up to here (*points to neck*) with work, preparing articles for publication and getting a book proposal ready and preparing for the job market and figuring out how to renew my visa and my passport at the same time and entertaining a constant stream of house-guests and AAAGH TOO MUCH. So, following the example of my post last month where I translated part of a German-language article on negative stereotypes about tourists, I thought I’d do the same with this article. Like that earlier post, I’m only translating a small portion of a longer article. If you can read German, I encourage you to check out the original article here; if you like what you read and wish you could read it in English, send ’em an email and suggest that they hire a brilliant and attractive freelance translator (*ahem*) so that you can read the whole thing.
The Other Acknowledgements
uring the preparation of the final, revised, post-defense version of my dissertation, I finally had to flesh out all of the “front matter” of my dissertation. The front matter usually includes things like an epigraph, a dedication, acknowledgements, a table of contents, lists of tables/figures/maps/etc., and an abstract of the dissertation. Writing the acknowledgements was surprisingly hard, and there were a lot of people, organizations, and things that I couldn’t acknowledge in a scholarly dissertation. But this is a blog, and I have considerably more freedom to shift between levels of formality and punch through layers of politics and politeness. So here are all the other things for which I am grateful, dissertation-wise. (more…)
Suggestions Needed: Berlin, Summer of 2008 Podcast
o, I’m thinking of putting together a podcast of tracks from the summer of 2008 in Berlin. These are, essentially, the tracks that I heard EVERYWHERE when I went out to party. But I can only recall so many, so I NEED YOUR HELP! Vote for your most memorable and/or favorite tracks from 2008 (especially ones that were making the rounds in deep/minimal house circles) in the comments below. Even if the track was released before 2008, I’m focusing on tracks that were ubiquitous at that time. Here’s what I have so far:
- Sis. “Nesrib.” Cécile [note: I refuse to include “Trompeta,” which I can’t stand]
- Michel Cleis. “La Mezcla (feat. Totó la Momposina).” Strictly Rhythm. [see comments in link for lyrics]
- Stimming. “Una Pena (feat. Violeta Parra).” Diynamic. [see comments in link for lyrics, and here for a review of the track]
- Radio Slave. “Grindhouse (Dubfire Terror Planet Remix).”
- Lee Jones. “Safari (Stimming Remix).” Aus Music.
- Minilogue. “Animals.” Cocoon.net. [The video for this is AMAZING.]
- Danton Eeprom. “Face Control.” Foundation. [You can find this used to good effect on Ivan Smagghe’s Cocoricó mix CD]
- Shackleton. “Blood On My Hands (Ricardo Villalobos Apocalypso Now Remix).” Skull Disco. [possibly the scariest party music ever]
- Samim. “Heater (Claude VonStroke Remix).” Get Physical Music. [the track everybody loved to hate]
- Kerri Chandler. “Pong (Ben Klock’s Bones & Strings Rework).” Deeply Rooted House.
Wow, that’s already a long list. Aaaanyway, put in your votes in the comments!