Tuesday, February 13, 2007

wheeee... erm, I mean wiiii :)

Yes, it's true! I finally got my wii last week. I waited almost a month for conrad to ship it to me and after I accidentally saw one at the local saturn store I just grabbed it and cancled the other order. Screw conrad then!
And what can I say, it's the best game console I've ever had. The whole thing just makes sense. Everything is just so well thought-out and easy to understand, it's just to good to be true. Especially the wii sports and wii play games are so easy to understand you can practically teach your grandparents in 5 seconds how to play the games. Not dozens of buttons to explain, you just tell them what movement to do and it all comes intuitively in a mtter of seconds. Even when you're drunk, we've allready tested that part to a certain level :)

Oh, and I also got my first wii modchip a couple of days ago. The glorious Cyclowiz. The installation was super easy thanks to the quicksolder method and so far it seems to work fine. I could only try out some of my old Gamecube backups since I didnt have time to get the right DVD+R media's but I have a good feeling the wii backups will work just fine.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

happy new year

I wish everyone a happy new year. I hope you enjoyed the holidays and had a great new years eve party.
Once again I have another new and sweet musical discovery I need to share with everyone. She is called Regina Spektor and is a wonderful singer/songwriter from New York. Her music is something in between Fiona Apple, Feist and a bit of something else I cant quiet grasp.
The newest album Begin To Hope has some really great songs like Fidelity, Samson and On the Radio. Those will convince you in no time what a great voice this talented girl has.
Also worth mentioning are her older albums Soviet Kitsch and 11:11 as well as allot of live recording available on the web. I was very surprised when I discovered that she sometimes sounds even better live.
That convinced me to get two tickets to her show in February here in Berlin. I'm really looking forward to this.
Anyways, check it out and if you want drop me some feedback.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

something for the ears

Well, as you can see it's been a while again. Not much I can do about that. I've just been very busy. But I'll try to make it up and give you guys a good music tip.
I've come across a band called Snow Patrol. By now allot of people probably allready know them since the radio stations are playing their single "Youre all I have" on heavy rotation. At least that's the case over here in Germany.
I discovered them when I was listening to the soundtrack from the movie "The Last Kiss" starring Zach Braff who was also responsible for selecting the music for the soundtrack.
He has allready proven in the past that he's got an excellent taste of music when he put together the soundtrack for his movie "Gardenstate".
Anyways, the new Album "Eyes Open" has allot of excellent tracks from which I honestly find it very difficult to select my favorites. But "Youre all I have", "Chasing Cars" and "Hands Open" are at the top I'd say.
Snow Patrol's music is kind of hard to compare. But a mix between Coldplay and Greenday with a bit of Keane might be the best description I can give. It's definitely the best music I've heard this year in the alternative genre.

I should probably also mention their older album, from which the single "Chocolate" found it's way to the "The Last Kiss" soundtrack and got my attention in the first place, is worth checking out as well. Allot of the songs are very good, some even better than the new ones.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

fanta 4

Today I finally got the time to sit down and write about something I did two weeks ago. how sad is that, huh? yeah, I've been busy...
anyways, that friday we went to a free concert from o2 (the cell provider) which featured the german band "Die fantastischen Vier". I've never been to a concert of them but I have a couple of cd's and really like their musik. It's really good german hip hop.
The concert was in the Sommergarten at the IFA compound. That's a nice park in the middle of the exhibition center. That was pretty cool start with. But the concert itself was just awesome. The whole thing was not overcrowded so we were able to get really close to the stage and see the guys right up front.
The show was a good hour long and featured a wide variety of their songs, all of them performed perfectly, making the crowd go nuts... including us.
And again I can only offer some crapy cell phone pics, that's all I had on me...damn, I need to get my digital camera fixed.

Allrighty, that's about it for today. I'll try to write sooner next time.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

party time.... finally!

Last night I finally had the time to go out in Berlin and party. It's been a while since I did this because I was so busy with work and everything. But since a good friend of mine leaves Berlin tomorrow for 6 months to study in Switzerland this was really the last time for us to meet and have a good time. Another friend came by and at about 2 am in the morning we left to the first party. We read on the internet that at in a tunnel underneath the Alexanderplatz should be some sort of illegal party. That sounded quiet interresting so we went there first. As we arrived at the tunnel the whole thing was so crowded you could barely move. The sound was very loud and the atmosphere was very exctatic. Everyone was having a good time. But after about 20 minutes they had to close down the whole thing really quick because the police was on it's way. Our next possible party location we checked out previously was the c-base at Jannowitzbr├╝cke. Unfortunately there were only a few people dancing so this was not an option, even though the music sounded quiet good.
Our final planed destination was the kiki blofeld at the Spree near the Ostbahnhof but on our way we stumbled across the kubik. The whole thing is pretty interesting. On a wide open area some guys put together a sort of room out of huge boxes that glow green and red to the sound of the music. We stayed there for a little while but since the weather was not so warm and only a few people were actually there we decided to move on to the kiki blofeld. But since I was pretty impressed from those lightened up cubes I had my friend take a picture and a short video.

After only a few meters of walking we arrived at the kiki blofeld and were pretty surprised of the cool location. The whole thing was an old shipyard which had a bar on the right and the dancefloor on the left. In the middle was the water and you could actually see the fishes swimming in the water. It looked like they were enjoying the music as well :)
We stayed there till 7 am in the morning and sat in the garden for a couple of hours in that time. After we left there, we all went to my friends place to relax a bit and ended up doing crosswords till late this morning.
I was pretty impressed of myself that I actually was fit all the time and kept up till the end.
The reason for that were probably all those interesting placed we saw that night and the cool music.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

dragon illusion

yesterday I finally found the paper stencil of this dragon illusion I saw on the web a couple of times before.
you can download it here to print it out and try out yourself. it help if you cover one eye and focus on the eyes.

to get an idea of what I'm talking about, here's a little video I took with my camera.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

robbie - superstar

it's been quiet a while since I posted here the last time. I'm sorry about that but I've just been so busy with work lately that there wasnt any spare time to sit down and write something for my blog. and on top of that, since I was so busy I didnt have the time to do cool stuff which is worth writing about.
but last night I went to the robbie williams concert in the omlypia stadion in berlin. now that's something worth writing about.
I'm gonna put it quiet simple: it just rocked. I was on the concert last year in the waldb├╝hne which was allready mindblowing, but last night in the olympiastadion with around 60000 people, that was just to much. I went with a friend and we've both never seen the olympia stadion from the inside. after this and the whole world cup fever I got infected with this year I'm sure I'll be trying to get tickets if the world cup ever comes back to berlin.
the show itself was a well mixed, balanced, light and fireworks packed event that left no room for improvement. robbie is THE entertainer of this century. he is today what michael jackson was 10 years ago. just a bit better looking I must say. and hey, that comes from a guy, this gotta mean something! :) oh and the visuals that were running up and down on the huge LED screens were really cool eye candy. the whole close encouters thing is a nice idea.

I only had my crapy cell phone to take pictures so dont expect anything crazy. but some of the pictures show pretty good how many people were there. the ones I tried to shoot during the show all came out blury.... I really gotta get my digital camera fixed.