beautiful hamburg: baustelle in altona

this is a photo of a construction site in altona, hamburg (germany).

evening scene of building site in hamburg altona. there’s also a little rainbow accompanying the clouds. -photo by jens nandi

so, if you want to see more beautiful photos of my hometown, visit me here 😉  or click this link: https://500px.com/photo/110496047/baustelle-by-jens-nandi

*nat

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watch crowdfunded movie: KUNG FURY

beeing a blogger and not posting this video is impossible, so i recommend you to sit back and relax…i laughed so hard during this 30 minute film, it is really good!!!

Kung Fury is an over-the-top 80’s action comedy that was crowd funded through Kickstarter. It features Kung Fury, a Kung Fu renegade cop who travels back in time to kill his Nemesis, Hitler. The film features nazis, dinosaurs, vikings and cheesy one-liners.

The campaign that was launched in December 2013 was backed by more than 17 000 people who together gave more than $630 000.

for more info visit: http://www.kungfury.com/

and don’t forget to never hassel the hoff…hahaha

*nat

der fremdkörper in meiner miele novotronic w527

wenn das rote lämpchen meiner waschmaschine leuchtet, ist das nie ein gutes zeichen.

“ablauf prüfen” , blinkte es mich aggressiv an. ich öffnete also die klappe unten, drehte den verschluss der pumpe auf und ließ das wasser ablaufen. tollerweise hatte ich grade wäsche  gefärbt, und so lief blaugrünes wasser in die schüssel.

an diesem punkt dachte ich schon: ha, da ist der übeltäter.

der fremdkörper

leider blieb was hängen, und ich bekam es nicht heraus. was tun?

wir müssen an die laugenpumpe heran. onkel google hat uns sehr dabei geholfen. wir haben videos angeschaut und foren durchgelesen, haben uns notizen gemacht und dann angefangen, die maschine aufzuschrauben.

ich schreibe jetzt plötzlich nicht mehr “ich” sondern “wir”?

ja, natürlich habe ich die waschmaschine nicht allein aufgeschraubt. ich könnte das teil nicht einmal allein von der wand abschieben. ich habs versucht, da schiebe ich mich selbst über den boden, aber die maschine bewegt sich kein stück…

let’s do this!

wie baue ich eine laugenpumpe aus?

es hat natürlich nicht so reibungslos geklappt.

es fing schon bei dem schraubendreheraufsatz an. keine normalen schrauben, nein…warum auch? torx schrauben…zum glück haben wir den passenden aufsatz in der schublade gefunden.

dann haben wir das rad zuerst nur so semi-frei bekommen. die maschine zusammengebaut und angeschlossen, und sie pumpte  nicht.dann wieder auseinandergebaut, die pumpe auseinander genommen und nochmal das ganze.

ERST EINMAL: stecker raus! lebensgefahr!!!

1. deckel der waschmaschine abschrauben (dann sieht es so aus, wie auf dem bild oben)

2. untere filterabdeckung lösen, schrauben vorne unten lösen

3.  tür auf und klammerband raus (das hält die gummidichtung der tür)

4.  dichtung in die trommel friemeln, da ist unter der trommel eine schraube, die die fronblende hält. diese schraube lösen.

5. frontblende nach unten aushängen

und DA sieht man schon die laugenpumpe!

6. seitenwand abschrauben

7. schraube lösen, die die pumpe hält

8. elektokabel von der pumpe lösen

9. schläuche von der pumpe abfriemeln

10. und dann fing der spaß erst an…

die laugenpumpe

im rädchen der laugenpumpe war ein fremdkörper, IM GEWINDE.

mit vereinten kräften haben wir den kleinen motor von dem plastikteil gelöst und solange an dem rad herumgepult, bis es wieder frei war. dann haben wir alles wieder zusammengebaut und:

it is alive! SIE PUMPT!

was haben wir daraus gelernt?

hier wird in zukunft jedenfalls kein gerät mehr einfach so entsorgt. vorher wird es aufgeschraubt.

anmerkung:

dies ist keine anleitung sondern ein erfahrungsbericht. wer sich nicht traut, sollte den fachmenschen rufen. ich hätte mich vor 10 jahren auch nicht getraut, ein gerät mit einem wert von über 1000€ einfach selbst zu reparieren. weil man angst hat die sache zu verschlimmbessern. aber es war gar nicht so schwer.

seit ich in sie (die waschmaschine) reingeschaut habe, weiß ich wie sie arbeitet und habe meinen respekt etwas verloren. mein vertrauen habe ich aber auch etwas verloren.ich schau öfter mal nach, ob sie rot blinkt, gerate dann jedoch vermutlich nicht mehr in panik.

für jemanden wie mich, die aus einem haushalt kommt wo es schon eine katastophe war, wenn mein fahrrad einen platten hatte (meine mom hat noch nicht mal die tv programme einstellen können, das hab ich mit 8 jahren für sie gemacht), ist es eine riesending, eine waschmaschine selbst zu reparieren. tschakkkaaaa!!!

*nat

the thing about things by amanda palmer

what fits better into a blog with the subtitle: “…about art, music and things” than a song with the title: the thing about things…?

thanx for the release amanda and thanx to the patreon-people for providing my favorite artist with dough to produce art.

LYRICS:

THE THING ABOUT THINGS

i’ve loaned a lot of things to a lot of friends

like dresses and records and books

and some of the time i never see them again

and in a weird way i think that it works

because the thing about things is they start turning evil

when you start to forget what they’re for

and so if you’re not sure what you did with my sweater

i’ll just have to love you a little bit more

i had a ring it belonged to my grandfather

he was a mason

and gay and he was distant and bitter

for all of my childhood we never had much to say

he wasn’t the type to give tokens of affection

and so i stole ring when he died

and twenty years on when i lost it at a bar

i thought that’s fine

I DON’T WANT HIM IN MY LIFE

because

the thing about things is that they can start meaning things

nobody actually said

and if he couldn’t make something mean something for me

i had to make up what it meant

i can carry everything i need in one collapsing suitcase

i can carry everyone i love in one phone application

built to maximize the facetime with the friends i’m bent on making

actually i want to be alone

to mourn the loss

of what this cost

i think it’s a poem and i think it keeps going

i’ve borrowed and lost lots of things

and three nights ago in the bar where i lost it

the bartender gave me the ring

and i lie in bed

with my phone in my hand

thinking

what can i fix with which app

and i call my grandfather

and he doesn’t answer

and i have to make peace with that fact

because the thing about things

is that they can start meaning things nobody actually said

and if you’re not allowed to love people alive

then you learn how to love people dead

the thing about things is that they can start meaning things nobody actually said

and if you’re not allowed

to love people alive

then you learn how to love people dead

music & lyrics written by Amanda Palmer

ukulele & vocals – Amanda Palmer

recorded at Q Division in Somerville, Ma

mixed at Mad Oak Studios in Allston, Ma

engineered & mixed by Benny Grotto

artwork by Famehouse produced by Amanda Palmer & Benny Grotto

Available for free/paid download at Amandapalmer.net: http://shop.amandapalmer.net/collections/digital

Bandcamp: https://amandapalmer.bandcamp.com/track/the-thing-about-things

And available for purchase shortly on iTunes and all major digital distributor

if you like it, share it 🙂

*nat

TED talk: theo jansen

i am sharing this ted talk video with you because it i think that it is really interesting and amazing… 🙂 that sounds so blond, but i don’t know what else to say about it, you just have to watch it yourself.

i enjoy watching ted talk videos on you tube since 2013. 
the fun thing is: i only know about the ted  talks and 
all those intelligent people talking about all those 
interesting things because of amanda palmer (there she 
is again...the great connector of dots ;) ).

*nat

earthsleep – progressive grunge from los angeles

i discovered earthsleep via facebook. better said, i was hanging around on my favorite smashing pumpkins community page on fb (yes, i’m a fangirl) and saw a photo of a young nude girl on a smashing pumpkins zeitgeist flag.

that photo was so stunning that i contacted the girl to ask her for the permission to use her photo for my art. she replied that she would be happy to inspire me and that her boyfriend took the photo and that they both are in a band called earthsleep. i also contacted the boyfriend jonathan bouknight and we talked a bit back and forth. turns out that the girl is amazing! her name is cindy clark and she’s a photographer, model and singer.

the art

they inspired me to create

the music

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photo by natalia britt

the girlwolf

photo by lexa gabrielle

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and last but not least, i have some more band related links for you:

but, achtung baby! some photos are NSFW

http://www.earthsleepmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/earthsleep?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/XCARRYXONX?fref=ts

http://girlwolfh20.tumblr.com/

https://twitter.com/earthsleep_

https://www.youtube.com/user/earthsleep

rock on 😉

*nat

twitterart and eurovision

hi friends, this is the first post of the new blog and what would be a better topic to start with than the weirdest song contest ever? yes, i am talking about

the eurovision song contest

(for me it is tradition to write a blog about it. you can read previous blogposts about the esc in my “old” blog TCABAM .) the best about the ESC (and no, ESC doesn’t mean ESCAPE…you can not escape this madness) is watching it together with other human beeings. i was watching it with my family and my twitterfriends, bitching about the costumes, the dancing and the bad singing…i love that 🙂 .

let me share my favorite tweets of last night with you

some of them will be in german language (because i am from germany).

#drawovision was the hashtag for esc art on twitter this year. rules: draw the contestants while they are performing on tv.

and then came sweden

and i said: “he could win.” and my husband was like: “no way!!!”

for the first time australia took part in the contest…because australia is clearly a part of europe…i think they should make a world music contest. that’d be a spectaculum like the fifa world cup…

did i mention that this is a very long contest? they made no half time break or peepee pause.
then the voting started and a psychedelic disney like instrumental music medley started playing for an endless time

AND THE WINNER OF THIS YEARS EUROVISION SONG CONTEST IS SWEDEN

congratulations sweden

…my country, germany made incredible ZERO points, i think that never happened before in the 60 years history of the eurovision song contest.

i hope you enjoyed this very long first post and i am looking forward to sharing more music, art and things with you in the future 🙂

*nat