Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Float On, Modest Mouse
Rudie Can't Fail, The Clash
Losing My Religion, R.E.M.
I Feel it All, Feist
My Name is Jonas, Weezer
Gimme the Car, Violent Femmes
Fuel, Ani Difranco
Gone Daddy Gone, Violent Femmes
Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
Chuck Al Hashib, Pain
Star 69, R.E.M.
London Calling, The Clash
Ugly, Violent Femmes
New Slang, The Shins
I Should've Known, Aimee Mann
The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash
Broken Boy Soldier, The Raconteurs
The White Recluse, Pain
Goodbye Brown Eyes, The Suspects
What's the Frequency Kenneth, R.E.M.
King of New Orleans, Better than Ezra
Chutney Song, The Suspects
Good God's://Urge!, Porno for Pyros
My Doorbell, The White Stripes
Steady, As She Goes, The Raconteurs
Seven Nation Army, The White Stripes
Ruby Sees All, CAKE
Mr. Brightside, The Killers
With a Little Help From my Friends, The Beatles
In the Garage, Weezer
Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
Dirty Harry, Gorillaz
Mirror in the Bathroom, The English Beat
Haze of Love, CAKE
Hello, I Love You, The Doors
Rotting Pinata, Sponge
300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues, The White Stripes
Square Pegs, Pain
Icky Thump, The White Stripes
Take, Take, Take, The White Stripes
Finest Worksong, R.E.M.
Even Better Than The Real Thing, U2
The Kilburn High Road, Floggin' Molly
Everytime I Dream, Yusef
Blister in the Sun, Violent Femmes
What You Need, INXS
3-Eyed Fish, The Suspects
Pancho Villa, The Suspects
Should I Stay or Should I Go, The Clash
Mr. Jones, Counting Crows
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
Full Speed Ahead, Pain
As Is, Ani Difranco
Good, Better Than Ezra
So, well, can I call you later?
(I totally stole this idea)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
It's a pretty building. Unfortunately, I didn't really have time to get a good angle on it. It was the next day that the sun came out and I got to really take some pictures. I took the following on the way to the conference building.
I had a drink here the night before. I thought the building was interesting. It's a German version of something like Chili's or TGI Friday's. The drinks were over priced and low quality.
Of course Germans also really like their beer.
I thought this was a good angle on a typical city road.
There was another cool church on the way to the conference building.
When I first saw this building, I thought, "now this looks like a physics building. This is the kind of ugly architecture they stick us in.
As it turns out, I was wrong. They stick physicists in a building only this ugly.
After the conference, I got to explore the city. The first thing I realized is that Germany will never forget WWII. You see, to remind themselves of the horrors they unleashed on the world, they leave some things they way they were after the war. Here is a chapel that was bombed out. It was in the middle of a cemetery.
Since the war, the Germans have been doing everything possible to reinvent themselves. Here is a picture of on of their modern city trams at a tram stop.
Another example of this reinvention was this building (the one on the right). I really liked it.
I thought this building was also pretty cool. I like to imagine that art brokers work there.
Of course, the Germans have preserved their history as well. It's amazing to me that a country which is today marked by such a recent horrific event, is rarely acknowledged for the rich history and culture that had grown and developed there for so many centuries.
Hanover was originally a walled city with a moat around it. Today, there are lots of bridges in the city like this one.
Of course, there is the obligatory German artwork everywhere.
I think this was a part of the old city wall. Today it's a historical museum.
From here, you could just make out the Rathaus which was built in 1901.
It's a really impressive building once you get closer.
It was really easy to take pictures of that place.
On the left, there was this guy. I think he had a sword.
On the right, there was this fellow.
The poor lion had gotten stuck.
Side entrances were made grand,
and spires rose above them.
Inside was just as impressive.
It had cool spiraling staircases.
I really liked this view.
Behind the Rathaus was this gorgeous park and lake.
The Rathaus looks just as impressive from behind as well.
I thought this tree was cool.
Turns out there were bunches of them. Imagine the effort. Each of those is twice as tall as I am.
Across the street from the park was the classic art museum.
It was right next door to the modern art museum.
This, of course, comes with the obligatory modern German art.
One good turn deserves another.
We then found this cool office building.
I think it would be cool to work in a science fiction setting,
with obligatory modern German art, of course.
Here was another bombed out church.
It's striking to me that these buildings have been left that way.
I think it's to remember the horrors of that time,
and perhaps seek repentance.
Hanover has it's fair share of interesting architecture, both old,
It's got it's nooks and crannies,
and as Stephen Colbert would say, it's got balls.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
So we took a little walk around Jena with the camera today. We started here at our home in Jena Ost.
On the left, you can see a tower that at one time served as the main entrance to the city. A wall surrounded the city and outside of that, a moat. There are just a few remnants of the old fortifications (to be seen later). First, we wanted to have lunch, so we walked past Jena tower and the surrounding mall to find our way to Wagnerstrasse:
Wagnerstrasse still resembles it's premodern self as a narrow street made of brick. The pattern of the brick street resembles that in the Imperial City in Oblivion. Anyhow, these days it is lined with restaurants and bars. This is where we had lunch. You find the wierdest thing if you turn back towards Jena tower on this end of Wagnerstrasse.
It's a pretty street. You can see a hill in the background. One thing I've learned about Jena is that it seems there isn't any crime. People don't seem to steal things and so stuff is often left just sitting in the most convenient place. The only exception I have heard of is bicycles. The one on the right is, in fact, chained up. Going further up Wagnerstrasse, on the right, there is a church, Baptist I think.
As we looked around, we also found this view.
Taking a better look at this tower, we discovered the tower for a whole other church.
This other church was in a cemetery and thus I didn't want to take pictures where people might not want me to. Instead, I did get this better shot of the church tower.
I almost forgot. In the same little area was this gorgeous old house. I presume this is where the pastor lives.
I decided to get some better views of the remnants of the city wall. Here is the same tower viewed from the opposite side.
In the other direction, you can see the main city entrance again.
This area is pretty open and my wife took a picture of this great statue/fountain.
Along the way, there was interesting German art.
I also liked this one.
Past the church, you can see the university.
Notice it too, has a clock tower. There are multiple options on getting to the market square. We could have chosen to go past this pretty building.
Once in the market, it is impossible to miss the old Rathaus (city hall).
We also noticed this pidgeon in the market square.
Being done at the market, we started to head back home. I couldn't help though taking another picture of the city.
I think that seems like a nice place to enjoy a beer now.