Online paper 1981

“Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to see the day’s newspaper. Well, it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem.” Video of a 1981 KRON report predicting the rise of news reporting on the internet. My eyes hurt just from watching the film, those screens – ouch! “We’re not in it to make money. We’re probably not going to lose a lot but we’re not going to make much, either”, he says. Well, new business models: The San Fransisco Examiner today runs a free (!) print version next to the free online paper. From techncrunch, seen on http://isarblick.net/

Crows and finches

Crows and finches provide the caw-caw and pip-pip soundtrack to the frozen landscape, here in the English Garden. Hardly any snow this year.

We’re both up to our eyeballs in work, so we’re not even getting out to the mountains on the weekends. Never mind. I love the crystal air of the mountains, but the parks will do for now.

Didn’t leave nobody but the baby

Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris sing a capella in the style of Appalachian gospel. Three women together – a Maria tryptich. Outside my window a blackbird is singing as I put the last words into this post. It’s going to be a good day.

go to sleep you little baby
go to sleep you little baby
your momma’s gone away and your daddy’s gonna stay
didn’t leave nobody but the baby

go to sleep you little baby
go to sleep you little baby
everybody’s gone in the cotton and the corn
didn’t leave nobody but the baby

don’t you weep pretty baby
don’t you weep pretty baby
she’s long gone with her red shoes on
gonna need another loving babe

don’t you weep pretty baby
don’t you weep pretty baby
you and me and the devil makes three
don’t need no other lovin’ babe

go to sleep you little baby
go to sleep you little baby
come and lay your bones on the alabaster stones
and be my everlovin’ baby

Available on “Down from the Mountain“, live performances of the artists from the soundtrack “Oh brother, where art thou now?”

learning english with songs :-) englischlernen mit liedern

Women want bonobos?

Meredith Chivers is an expert on what women want. She says there’s a total disconnect between what a woman says she thinks is sexy and how her body reacts. In this study, women were physically aroused by almost everything, including bonobos having sex. Chivers explains that female sexuality is deeply divided: “physiological arousal reveals little about desire.” One explanation that makes great sense is her “evolutionary hypothesis that stresses the difference between reflexive sexual readiness and desire.” Women have “learned” to respond genitally to bad sex and rape in order to survive. So, to make a long story short, arousal is not consent.

Read it: Daniel Bergner, New York Times

Mike Seymour hands out the list of villains

For several years now I’ve been on the mailing list of an English trainer whom I have never met. From one of my students I’ve heard he is excellent. I understand he’s from Leeds and takes his clients there for unforgettable trips. As for me, I have enjoyed his emails and his website, www.mikeseymour.com, where he shares his humor and impeccable sense of What Germans Want with the rest of us. If you live in the Bonn area, look him up. Today’s mail contained a Word file with an article from The Guardian on the twenty-five people at the heart of the credit crisis. That buzzy article has been quoted all over the web – a sign that the “classic” media still employ people who write the stories we want to read. When I was still a busy trainer, before I started living online, I was very grateful for Mike’s selfless emails for quick and easy last minute content. He’ll add you to his mailing list, I’m sure, if you wish.