practical privacy roundup

what we suspected and our paranoid friends have always told us eventually turned out to be true – and even worse than thought. Edward Snowden’s brave revelations were shocking, but not shocking enough to make the normal citizen take consequences in his or her online life. we’re very quick in accusations and blaming politics about the lack of privacy and security of our online data – but in the end it’s our own fault and our own responsibility.

enjoying the convenient and easy to use services of google, facebook, and other corporations for FREE did not make us think about why they offer them for free. they are in fact not. we pay them what’s way more worth than money: our information. of course it was just a matter of time that not only corporations used and abused the info we voluntarily gave them – but also governments and secret services took the logical opportunity to tap into this priceless collection of our private lives. i’ll not go into detail about what this means, i am sure there are zillions of other posts and articles about it all over the net.

eventually i am trying to take this responsibility about my data serious and i want to give some hints and advice about my attempts to gain more privacy and security of my data. >>>

(August 2013)

a VJ’s joy of using PC – part 2

I was super nervous about having to use my new Thinkpad with a new operating system and a new VJ software which I am not used to right at the first huge gig in the burning summer sun, covered with dust, in front of tens of thousands of people at Love Family Park yesterday together with Jem the Misfit…especially after what i’ve gone through last week… >>>

(July 2013)

a VJ’s joy of using PC – part 1

In my previous post i elaborated on my recent decision to switch from Mac to PC. Such drastic changes of course influence my work in various ways. Some things were expected, others surprised me. Of course i was aware of obvious things like suddenly having to deal with graphic card driver settings, not being able to use my beloved Mac VJ software (VDMX) anymore and losing out on technologies like syphon.

…then I got reminded of what it’s like, having to work on a Windows PC… >>>

(July 2013)

Tatort: Tatort

«Schluss mit der Selbsttäuschung all der Leute, die gar nicht merken, wie sie aus Mangel an Alternativen die einzige regelmäßige Sendung, die halbwegs ambitioniert ist, zum sogenannten Kult erklären. Schluss also mit dem gemeinsamen “Tatort”-Gucken in Bars und Clubs. Schluss mit diesem Placebofernsehen für Besserverdiener, die unter der Woche von ARD und ZDF so oft verramscht werden. […]

“Tatort” war das deutsche Drama auf 90 Minuten, Sonntagabend, heilige Zeit, Familie und ein Fernseher, den man sich auf Raten leisten kann, sonst hilft einem sicher der Herr Zwegat von der Schuldnerberatung.
Til Schweiger hat diesen deutschen Determinismus enthüllt.

Er ist ein Held der Aufklärung.» (Georg Diez, SPON) >>>

(March 2013)

white city peace

crunching through diamond powder
sparkling flakes on my nose
black smiling faces
selling joy in small bags
innocent bunnies peeking
hobbling off in the dark
reflections of the city
diffusing thousandfold
in the white peace >>>

(January 2013)

sylwester

1. the place where we welcomed the new year
2. what we remember from this moment

(by Tomasz aka. Mr-I)

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thanks a lot to the incredible Mr. I and Ms. M, to Ewa, the Mormon, Emiko and the hundreds of lovely people who received kisses, hugs, and the blessings of Cheesus. unforgettable sylwester! Dziekuje Warszawa!

(January 2013)

spiskowcy rozkoszy

(polish: “conspirators of pleasure”, photo by Moony)

happy new year to all you beautiful people!

(spoiler: post-new-years-eve hippie bullsh*t coming up)

2012 has been >>>

(January 2013)

beneath the 747

report about my 36 hours trip to speyer. all names are fictional, all actions and observations exaggerated, rude, biased or simply not true.

it was after a full week of family gatherings, round birthday celebrations, the usual social christmas hell, annoyed relatives, annoying relatives and other relatively annoying days in my hometown that i decided i really needed a break from this atmosphere so i wouldn’t turn insane or into a serial killer.

egon, a friend of mine whom i had met around a year ago, filmmaker, bohemian, bon vivant, almost neighbor in kreuzberg – organises a small film festival in the lovely medieval city of speyer together with old friends every year between christmas and new years: the grande filiale. >>>

(December 2012)

step 4: detox

no explanations needed this time. no more reflections and illusions. don’t talk about it. just do it. point.
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(December 2012)

post-gender

OkCupid wants me to get laid on doomsday. With a 24 year old lesbian. Kinky. >>>

(December 2012)