I bought my first bass guitar: an Epiphone Thunderbird. Should have done this earlier, because it’s so much fun!
Sitting on the balcony. It’s finally cooling down again at night. Listening to Purple Hill Witch. Drinking a cold beer. Culling photos for the September 2019 entry. It was the holiday month. Struggling a little going through that many images.
Now that Zoe and I got our first band photos, we should probably start an actual band, too.
Photos by Sina Frantzen.
This morning, I had time to play some basketball. So I went to the court to throw a few throws (like I said I would).
I was pleased to notice that my throwing hasn’t gotten completely terrible after years of not playing. I spontaneously recorded 3 minutes of it:
So, no German Corona Warn App for me: my iPhone 6 Plus is stuck on iOS 12. And you need to be able to run iOS 13 (which came out last year) and above to run it. A shame.
I’m probably in the minority of iPhone users on such an old device, though. Still, I wonder how many people have a similar problem (at least Android devices only require Android 6, which is five years old). And how many people won’t even bother installing it.
Furthermore, the seemingly extraordinary high development costs of €20 million - plus an additional €48 million running costs until the end of 2021 - makes me wonder whether the money could have been used more wisely. Time will tell I guess.
It was moving to see some 20.000 people showing up for the #BlackLivesMatter protest in Düsseldorf yesterday.
Soundtrack for the weekend:
Body Count - Cop Killer (Live at Hellfest 2018)
Sepultura - Anticop (Live)
Here’s a Twitter thread (scroll up and/or down from the linked tweet) of some 300-plus-and-counting videos of police brutality: https://twitter.com/greg_doucette/status/1268391718086422528.
This is only from this past week.
Not any of these assaults is even remotely justified. Absolutely unbelievable – in the worst possible way. And this is just a small subset of the incidents that have been published or have even been recorded. Any single one of these violations on its own is outrageous! And all this is happening during peaceful protests against police brutality.
2 songs. 1 issue. 25 years apart. 0 changed.
Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the name.
Body Count – No Lives Matter
I bought yet another pedal…
Just started bulk-loading another 30.5m-spool of APX 400.
I think this film bulk-loaded is the best deal in black and white film photography. One spool is €48 at Nordfoto and gives you 18 roles of film with 36+ exposures each. That’s not even €2.70 per canister. It’s a steal. And it’s a great film.
Some music I’ve been enjoying recently:
- KATATONIA – “City Burials”. Their new album. What can I say? Of course, it’s great!
- MONOLORD. Listening to all their 4 albums. It’s low, slow and heavy. And I like it.
- PORTISHEAD – “Dummy”. Just a wonderfully quiet and melancholic album.
- VLTIMAS – “Something Wicked Marches In”. All-Star Death Metal. David Vincent’s vocals are just superb!
- CRAFT – Everything. This Swedish black metal act is growing on me.
- SOEN – “Lotus” and “Lykaia”. Still regular listening to those albums.
- OPETH – “In Cauda Venenum”. Ever since seeing them live last time, I can’t get “Allting tar slut” out of my head.
- RUSSIAN CIRCLES – “Blood Year”. Their latest album. Would have loved to see them live last month. But as everything was cancelled, this will need to do – which is not bad at all.
- TOOL – “Fear Inoculum”. Still in rotation.
Yesterday, I spontaneously acquired a new (used) darkroom enlarger that was on offer locally:
It’s a Kaiser VP-6000. And it included everything I need to make prints from 6x6 medium format negatives. So now I can finally start printing the photos I have been making with my Rolleiflex!
To get a little impression of what Düsseldorf looks like during the Covid-19 pandemic, you can check out Andreas Schiko’s blog where he currently posts photos of empty Düsseldorf streets.
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I’m currently watching the documentary about Dieter Rams by Gary Hustwit and it’s absolutely wonderful. Still free to watch today.