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haitian relief volunteer and child trafficing [Feb. 10th, 2010|10:14 am]
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This is an extremely insightful way of looking at a recent case:

http://alexandraerin.livejournal.com/106965.html
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(no subject) [Jan. 26th, 2010|09:52 am]
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Von minus 16 Grad jeden Tag habe ich die Nase voll. Gestern hat ein Kissen das Fenster durch den Dampfangefroren. Mittwoch soll es schneien.
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krank [Nov. 24th, 2009|10:39 am]
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So ... shit. I picked up some kind of viral eye infection. In the span of 6 hours I went from normal to one eye swollen mostly shut. I can look forward to the other eye taking part in the fun soon. Because the virus is very communicable, I am what's known as "krank gescrieben", that is, I have a doctor's note to stay home the rest of the week.

I think about this and shudder at how it would have went under the American health care system. Here I basically called up my doctor at 8:30, found out what I need to do (it turns out a general practitioner here doesn't treat eye infections), called up a totally new eye doctor I hadn't seen before and saw her 90 minutes later. No Appointment, just walk in at 9:30. I got a prescription and was told to stay home. It cost 10 euro.
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Yo La Tengo [Nov. 23rd, 2009|08:17 pm]
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Yo La Tengo tonight in Astra (affectionately known as the Hartz IV area) ... I'm totally excited to see them. Such a long way ... and on a school night :)

jetzt geht der Abend los!
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Es ist Deutschland hier [Sep. 29th, 2009|06:38 pm]
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Go Guido!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4pQlkshzm4
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visiting [Sep. 20th, 2009|10:52 am]
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Hi, looks like I haven't written in a while. It could be the summer slump, I don't know, maybe I just haven't been a little less plugged in recently.

Anyway I have a bit of news... I will be coming to Boston to visit in late October. I'm really looking forward to seeing a lot of people, it's been about 2 years since I moved away and I have only been back for a very short trip more than a year ago. It's amazing that it's already been that long. Cambridge in my mind is frozen in 2007.

I'll be going up to Homecoming at Dartmouth as well, so I hope I'll see a lot of people there too.
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a Perspective on Berlin [Sep. 1st, 2009|10:11 pm]
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Everyone should read this article if you have the slightest interest in the culture here:

http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/letters_from_berlin/bohemian_eulogy.php
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happy Swiss National Day [Aug. 1st, 2009|09:49 pm]
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Happy Swiss National Day! We have a Swiss bar down the street where we celebrated. I had a Cervelas and a swiss beer that I can't recall the name of, but it was good. More of a belgian style than German.

Then a choir sang some beautiful and difficult yodels. This was actually even cooler than it sounds, if you can believe it.
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das Klammbrett [Jul. 10th, 2009|07:46 pm]
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A collegue of mine said how he has a Klammbrett by his bed so that he doesn't forget stuff.

"Was ist ein Klammbrett? Like a blackboard?" I asked.

"Yes." Answered a third college. "Well, not exactly, there's a specific word in English for it. It's a board with a clip".

"A clipboard?" "Yes."

"Nee ...", answered the college with the Klammbrett, "Clipboard ist Zwischenablage."
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my friend's observations on american tv [Jul. 4th, 2009|10:54 pm]
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My Pakistani friend and I just watched the Sox game over the internet. He's a cricket fan so I watched a Pakistan game with him, and this time he would watch the Red Sox on July 4th. At some point near the 7th inning, he remarked,

"All the ads are for food, and they keep showing random people eating!"

which I had to admit was true and did strike me as a little odd. Especially when it's the broadcasters in their booth eating burners behind a closeup of a Dunkin Donuts sign, and this has nothing to do with the game whatsoever.

Then during the seventh inning stretch we saw the independence day celebration, a uniformed soldier singing 'God Bless America' in front of an enormous 50ft tall flag hanging on the green monster while jets flew over. Now, I understand nationalistic displays are appropriate on national holidays, I just find it a little odd that it's during a sporting event, and that this itself is not particularly notable. Singing about God and Country and having jets and giant flags actually have meaning, and that's good to celebrate your country.

What's odd is when the celebration lasts 5 minutes and casually interrupts another event. Ponder this for a minute.
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