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howdy from berlin. arrived here at 9am today (thursday) – left minneapolis at 3:10pm on wednesday. long day. today is my acclimation day (even tho’ i went in the office for a few hours) so it’s been all about killing time and staying awake as long as possible to counter the jet lag.

bummed around the ku’dam district a bit – had a killer döner for lunch and then sized up the kadewe shopping center to see what the hype was all about – survey says; boring. just like every other over-priced shopping center around (i’m talking about you harrods). on the plus side tho’ they did offer single serving pickles in a can which is too funny not to love.

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thin slicing the chicken for the tasty tasty döner

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other than that, the only other thing i really saw today was the kaiser wiliam church.  this building is amazing and i must research it some more.

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now i’m going to finish my very tasty beer and hit the hay.

 

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just finished packing – so i’m in that weird neverland between having something to do and not having anything to do. so what am i doing then? looking for pictures of a naked christopher meloni. woof.

it’s christopher’s birthday today – he’s a studly 47 today. happy birthday man.

so in my own perverted way – i choose to celebrate and honor this auspicious day by showing you pictures of a very sexy meloni (and yea, there’s a naked one too – so if your offended by prison/shower sex, click here).

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in other news:  day 2 was just as successful as day one.  double yay me.

more news: hey, guess what – i’m packing.  flying to berlin tomorrow.

in even more news: michelle bachmann is a twit:

from the star tribune, opinion page (the blog house, tim o’brien)

3.27.08

headline: bachmann: freedom from the light bulb tyrants!

Michele Bachmann doesn’t believe in a right to privacy, but she does believe in a right to incandescent light bulbs.

How many members of Congress does it take to change a light bulb? Americans may soon find out, courtesy of a contrarian piece of legislation introduced this month by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Titled the “Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act,” the bill seeks to repeal the nationwide phase-out of conventional light bulbs, the kind that have been used for more than a century — pretty much since the invention of the incandescent light bulb.

Bachmann, a first-term Republican, is challenging the nation’s embrace of energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights, saying the government has no business telling consumers what kind of light bulbs they can buy…

For her, changing a light bulb should remain a matter of personal freedom.  “I was just outraged that Congress would want to substitute its judgment for the judgment of the American people,” she said. “It struck me as a massive Big Brother intrusion into our homes and our lives.

When I first read this article, I thought this was just another example of Michele Bachmann being slightly nutty. But the more I think about it, the more outrageous her advocacy for this bill becomes. Here is Bachmann, the anti-gay rights crusader in chief, running around warning about Big Brother intruding into our homes. Absurd.

Apparently, Bachmann is fine with Big Brother poking his head into the bedrooms of gay people, but he better stay away from their light fixtures. Put it another way, Bachmann thinks that homosexuals have a right to incandescent light bulbs, but don’t have a right to be free from discrimination in the workplace.

and no, this isn’t an april fools joke.  twit!

1 more to go.

it’s 8:11pm as i write this.  day one of my event is complete and it was a smashing success.  now, why is this a big deal you ask?  sure i’ve produced other events solo – but this is by far the most high-profile event i’ve done solo.  virtually every vice president (not to mention the president) of my company as were some of the greatest minds in science as key note speakers were there.

so yay me. 

one more day to go…

in honor of my trip to berlin (i leave on wednesday), here’s nena’s ’99 luftballons’. enjoy:

 

 

 

 

meanwhile… i loaded into a theater today for my show that is sunday & monday (rehearsal is tomorrow) – might be a bit sparse around here.

in a heartbeat.

from the studio briefing on imdb.com:

Australian media company Village Roadshow has disclosed that tickets for its deluxe Gold Star Cinemas will go for $35 apiece when the theaters open in the U.S. The Hollywood Reporter said today (Wednesday) that the company is planning to open 50 such theaters in this country over the next 5 years, with the first to open in suburban Chicago this year, featuring reserved seating (only 40 seats per theater), special parking, and “upscale” food service by waiters in the auditoriums. “It’s an absolutely different environment than anything else that exists,” Village Roadshow CEO Graham Burke told the trade paper. Village Roadshow has already opened some 100 Gold Class theaters in Australia, Singapore and Greece.

imagine, not rushing to the theater, not waiting in lines, not siting in a tight room like flying coach to singapore.  decent food – no lines – small crowds, i am so there!

i’ve not posted about the war for a long time.  frankly, it depresses me too much.  but this, this i just couldn’t pass up.

as i’m sure you know the united states passed a landmark this week – 4,000 dead american service men and women from the war in iraq.

voenix rising sum’s this up nicely and puts it all in perspective over on his blog – that’s the equivalent of a typical metropolitan high school.  4,000.  harrowing to think about no?

there is justifiable outrage at this latest milestone in the “war against terror”, but where is the outrage at the number of iraqi’s that have died?

40,940 – iraqi civilian casualties

to put that number in perspective – culver city, california has approx. 40,000 people in it.

for another perspective, and to put a face on the war in irag – click this to make it bigger (it’s a mosaic made up of the 4,000 dead).

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in other war news – king george had this to say about the milestone:

U.S. deaths in Iraq ‘laid foundations for peace’

ummm…. sorry, but war does not beget peace.   peace is a whole other concept.

 

this is very cool.  i have no idea who they are, or what they’re about – but i’m diggin the music.

ummm… i get bored easily.  so, yea, if i change my format – you’re just going to have to deal mofo. 

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