Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Klaatu barada nikto

I am looking forward to seeing the remake of a great classic and my favorite movie of all times, "The Day the Earth Stood Still". Maybe the Turm Palast movie theater in Frankfurt, which shows English movies in their original version, will run it.

The trailer of the remake suggests this version will be much more apocalyptic. I hope the message of peace that Klatuu brings to Earthlings will not get lost in all the special effects. The classic movie had all the innocence of the 1950s-style movies which made it so special.

Keanu Reeves stars in this remake and I wonder if it is coincidence that he should have chosen a character with a first name similar to his own(Klaatu/Keanu). Very appropriate for Reeves to star in "The Day the Earth Stood Still" because the acting involves the same kind of stoicism he displayed in the Matrix trilogy. "Klaatu barada nikto" is Martian for "go save Klaatu", but I think it also means have some popcorn and enjoy the movie.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

B got Blitzed

...and I don't mean, he got drunk. He was in a hurry to pick up medicine from the pharmacy and drove 40km in a 30km zone. This Kodak moment was captured in a flash ("Blitz") by a roadside camera. I am hoping that the soupy fog (see picture of horse in fog below) we have today will make it hard for him to be identified and through some great stroke of luck he will be spared a speeding ticket.

Our winter tires are mostly flat tires (see previous post) or at least, this is what the car's computer keeps telling us. Somehow, after installation, the new tire pressure has to be saved but it will not let us do this. If I could only find the car manual. Just looking at the tires, there is no noticeable sign that they are flat. B thinks the top of the tire looks smaller than the bottom but I cannot tell.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Saturday, November 8, 2008

German Sushi

We ran out to get groceries at the Real supermarket today. Supposedly, Real used to be Walmart in Germany. I was really hungry for sushi. Whole Foods in the US carried a nice brown rice variety.

The above picture is what I found. I love the soy sauce in the fish-shaped bottle and the Wasabi packet on the side. I had already squeezed some of the soy sauce on the sushi before I took the picture. Note the German compound word for wasabi preparation on the green packet. Gotta love those compound words.

In the US, I have seen the ginger and wasabi placed on the side with the fake little green grass clipping. Ginger was either pink or white. The German wasabi was more mustard-colored and stronger in taste while the ginger slices were much milder. The peapod strapped to one of the rice rolls is a good indicator of freshness.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

Embedded Stuff

Hmmm, that Sheryl Crow video I added to my previous post has been pulled. Why does YouTube offer the code to embed only for it to be pulled? Anyways, you can hear "Now That You are Gone" here.

Here, another tune playing in my head these days:

I like the crackling record player sound but it's like watching my Miele washer turn. After a while, you are hypnotized.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008