Reid/Male/21-25. Lives in Germany/Saxony/Dresden/Altstadt, speaks English and  . Spends 80% of daytime online. Uses a Faster (1M+) connection. And likes Rock Climbing/Politics.
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Germany, Saxony, Dresden, Altstadt, English, , Reid, Male, 21-25, Rock Climbing, Politics.

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11.09.2002 @ 04:45 :: Moved

Hi. GreyMatter has provided me with a pretty good means of expressing my thoughts, ideas, and wanderings for the better part of the year, but I think I have outgrown it. I now wish to connect my blog to the great Blog Network, and GreyMatter simply didn't allow me to do that. So I spent the better part of today installing and adjusting MovableType. It looks good, despite a few little bugs that I've already found. It'll probably take me a few more days until I figure out how to get it configured just so.., but I have moved all my existing entries to my New Home. Hope to see you there.


11.09.2002 @ 04:45 :: Moved

Hi. GreyMatter has provided me with a pretty good means of expressing my thoughts, ideas, and wanderings for the better part of the year, but I think I have outgrown it. I now wish to connect my blog to the great Blog Network, and GreyMatter simply didn't allow me to do that. So I spent the better part of today installing and adjusting MovableType. It looks good, despite a few little bugs that I've already found. It'll probably take me a few more days until I figure out how to get it configured just so.., but I have moved all my existing entries to my New Home. Hope to see you there.


11.09.2002 @ 04:45 :: Moved

Hi. GreyMatter has provided me with a pretty good means of expressing my thoughts, ideas, and wanderings for the better part of the year, but I think I have outgrown it. I now wish to connect my blog to the great Blog Network, and GreyMatter simply didn't allow me to do that. So I spent the better part of today installing and adjusting MovableType. It looks good, despite a few little bugs that I've already found. It'll probably take me a few more days until I figure out how to get it configured just so.., but I have moved all my existing entries to my New Home. Hope to see you there.


11.09.2002 @ 04:45 :: Moved

Hi. GreyMatter has provided me with a pretty good means of expressing my thoughts, ideas, and wanderings for the better part of the year, but I think I have outgrown it. I now wish to connect my blog to the great Blog Network, and GreyMatter simply didn't allow me to do that. So I spent the better part of today installing and adjusting MovableType. It looks good, despite a few little bugs that I've already found. It'll probably take me a few more days until I figure out how to get it configured just so.., but I have moved all my existing entries to my New Home. Hope to see you there.


11.09.2002 @ 04:43 :: Moved

Hi. GreyMatter has provided me with a pretty good means of expressing my thoughts, ideas, and wanderings for the better part of the year, but I think I have outgrown it. I now wish to connect my blog to the great Blog Network, and GreyMatter simply didn't allow me to do that. So I spent the better part of today installing and adjusting MovableType. It looks good, despite a few little bugs that I've already found. It'll probably take me a few more days until I figure out how to get it configured just so.., but I have moved all my existing entries to my New Home. Hope to see you there.


11.07.2002 @ 00:17 :: Losing the way?

The strangest thing about being in a foreign country has to be language. You start off trying to speak the foreign language, failing miserably, then settling in with people that speak your own (well, if you're unambitious like me, anyway).

But it's strange, because your language deterioriates as though you have to pigeon through it. It de-evolves into some primordial goo, losing its beauty and being completely utilitarian in purpose. You stop talking all the time just because you can. Communication becomes a tool, useful only for saying things like, "I'm bleeding," or, "Nice shoes." Every extra sentence just means having to explain it to your listener, and provides more opportunity for cultural misunderstanding.

Then one day you wake up and start talking normally again. People get a little confused, you're difficult for them to follow, but it feels better.

Two days ago I woke up. It feels good. People are having some difficulty understanding me, but I don't mind anymore. I run circles around people in logic class. "It's not the case that not P doesn't have the negation of all the formulas of P," or, "It's not the case that if Not P is necessarily false on A, then it's necessary that the possibility of Not P exists at B. [Referring to System K]."

Tuesday was the usual student club, with my laptop. It's impossible to sit in a corner and just write notes if you have a laptop...too many eyes staring at you. I'll be sure not to make that mistake again next week. Anyway I met up with the usual crowd there, Andreas, Nick (American), Toby (German). Toby turns 23 on Thursday and is throwing a huge party on Saturday.

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Toby...

The big cans on his left are 5.0 Liters of beer each. The cases on his right are full of 0.5L cans. Quick math says he has over 150L of alchohol for Saturday. I think things are going to be a little bit crazy....

I can't drink too much Saturday, though. I went to meet a couple on Monday, to learn a little more about Soka Gakkai. I am going back to their house on Sunday morning for a Dresden-area SGI chant. Who knows if that's the right way? I guess we'll see.


11.03.2002 @ 05:26 :: All Hallow's Eve

I spent much of the day Thursday and Friday lying around in bed, naked, famished. The doorbell wrang on Thrursday afternoon, so I put on shorts and a shirt and went out to answer it.

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Aww

This little girl was at my door with a few older siblings, asking for halloween candy (I guess). I didn't have much food in the house what with my illness, but I managed to dig in the cabinets and give her two candy bars that I'd been saving. Darn, was planning to eat those later that day, too...

With that excitingness done, I walked to the grocery store and bought some more bread, and ventured to eat a PB&J sandwhich. I was full after about a half of a sandwhich and few glasses of coke. My stomach must have shrank. I fell asleep at about 5pm Thursday night, planning to go rock climbing on Friday.

Friday morning I thought better of it, and slept in until 10am. Then I went to the mall and had a huge ice cream sundae. Thought it would make me feel better for some reason. My stomach felt a little uneasy but I kept it down...Also went to the bank to drop off the $1500 cash that I've been carrying around for two weeks. I felt exhausted, so I took a nap.

Friday night the party happened at Maja's apartment. I didn't have a costume, so they helped me out.

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Are you ready?

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Maybe not? :)

The woman applying make-up to me didn't speak English. Obviously I had an idea what was going on though. Whee. The party was fun, talking to the Ruskies from my class, Micha and Kathe (and Idelyn, I think). And to a woman from Sudan, and a few Germans. All pretty interesting people. All really smart. I've found the right group of people.

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A German, pumping out the tunes on the living room dance floor

There were a ton of people at the party, including a lot more Russians than I mention (some of these young'ing didn't seem to be too old/too smrt).

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A particularly stoned-looking Ruskie, I don't remember her name

Still they could dance, which was amusing...and not just Kristin Jann dance either.

Today has been another day of rest, and cleaning. I managed to wipe down the whole kitchen with some vaguely bleach-like substance, re-wash all the dishes (note to roommate: When there is green stuff growing in the bottom of the bowl, you haven't washed it too well :)), trying to prevent future food poisoning. Today was Samhain, the real day, for those that care to watch astral alignments 15 degrees scorpio, though I didn't take my telescope out to verify that :)). It was also, I was told by my Indian comrades, a big Indian celebration of one of their godesses defeating a demon in battle. Probably also astronomical in nature. And me without meeting my SGI people yet.


10.31.2002 @ 02:38 :: Mir geht's nicht so gut

Tuesday night I went to the international bar. Had a single beer. Started to feel tired, decided to go home at 11. Got home. Went to bed. Stomach starts hurting. Naseua. Got a pan and put it next to my bed just in case. Body gets called, suddenly I can't stop shivering. 104 degree fever. Puking. Feeling a little better. Going to sleep. Waking up an hour later, puking some more. Puking some more. Puking some more. Wandering around in a half dream for 2 hours, puking some more. Repeat. 9am, stomach still hurts, but I manage to fall asleep. 4pm Wednesday: Wake up, after missing all my classes. Still feel like crap. Walk to the grocery store and buy some coke. (Matt told me once that it settles your stomach. And some baguette. Takes me one hour to walk to the store and back. Usually the whole trip (walking, shopping, paying, returning) takes 15-20 minutes. But my body feels heavy and sleepy and I can move but slowly.

Eat about an inch of baguette, drink lots of coke, stomach hurts a little, feels full. Odd, because I threw up everything I ate on Tuesday, and I didn't eat anything Wednesday. On my to/from the grocery store I felt like Alfred Packer. Back to sleep at 6pm, wake up at 8am this morning (Thursday) feeling refreshed. I guess after sleeping something like 40 out of 48 hours, you're bound to feel refreshed, though.

I haven't been this sick since I was like...ever? Maybe I was too young to remember? I remember as a child getting sick and throwing up now and then, but usually it was just once and there was never any actual sickness with it. I think I got food poisoning from the new variety of veggie burgers I ate. Still not entirely sure how a veggie burger can be poisoned...Anyway I threw the rest of them out, along with my bread, salsa, soy milk, etc etc. Not really sure what was infected, but I'd rather not eat it again :).

Today is Reformation Day in Germany, so yet another national holiday. Good thing I got my visa already :). Now I can go run amok in Germany for a while. Speaking of running amok, Canada has issued a warning that its citizens should not visit the United States. Anyway if I ever do move back to that part of the world, I'm heading to Canada...

And could I say a word, if I may, about Big Scary Terrorism? Why is the US trying to stop terrorism using law enforcement? That just reaffirms its role as a police-state. It should be adopting new policies that get rid of people's reasons for blowing shit up in the US. There are, you know, reasons that people suicide bomb other people. Craziness is one, sure, but craziness is never so organized. It's people being pissed off that takes organization. Sigh.


10.29.2002 @ 10:29 :: Rockin' Out

Don't click here.

Oops.

Anyway, I got my 1-year study Visa today, which also gives me permission to work. This is a very magical thing, as I was going to the police to get my papers and apply for my visa. I had a piece of mail a few weeks back that said I had to go to the police station and give them a passport photo, so I figured I'd pick up the application paper too. Turns out the letter said my visa has been approved (strange, because I never applied for one....). So I now have yet another piece of paper in my passport. Rawk.

So I'm pumped. Tonight is another International Bar Night on campus. So more beer, yum! I'll be going with Andreas and gang again. Speaking of which, remember Judith? No of course you don't. I met her while barhopping last week...so I went to her place and gave her and her husband/fiancee/whatever some english lessons. Damn shame she's on her way to getting married. She has The Nose.

My fascination with The Nose, along with a recent slashdot poll with Uma Thurman as a choice, lead me to discover a page about my weird nose fascination/fetish.

Anyway, I'm off to shower now so I can at least smell clean for dinner and beer tonight....

Tschuss,
Reid


10.27.2002 @ 15:39 :: Travelling II

The last few days have been a blast. I finished up reading Catcher in the Rye. Scary book. Awesome. Funny. Depressing as all hell.

On Thursday night, I went out with an International Something-or-other party. It primarily consisted of Germans seeking hot people from other countries. So I gave it my best.

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Beginning our evening, a colorful sunset of sorts

I went to the gig because Andreas said I should. Met a lot of neato people there, too. I didn't take so many pictures of them, of course. We did, however, go to a Spanish bar, so I took a picture of the "urinals."

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Seems a little more like Mexican, ya think?

I got some names and email addresses and phone numbers and what not, of some future friends to call. I revel in the fact that my new cell phone makes me more accessible...to people who will probably just piss me off and ask me for computer help.

Friday meant rock climbing at the gym. I climbed with my now-regular partner Ferri. Afterwards he noticed the button on my bookbag, which says "Linux is the shit". He was a little confused by the quote, he asks "Linux is shit? But I like it." I explained to him American slang, he understood. "So, you're good with Linux? Could you take a look at my computer sometime?" Sigh. Actually, it turned out to be good. The two problems with his computer were easy to fix, and one of them was a problem with DNS server at my university. So we called the system administrators and told them the problem. They were probably impressed that I figured it out.

Ferri wanted to thank me for fixing up the computer, so he invited me over for coffee. Really freaking strong, blacker than the dark side of the moon coffee. You put the spoon in this coffee and, after it's 1mm down, you can't see the spoon anymore. Yeah. Saying that this stuff was strong is like saying your mother is older than you. No shit.

So I drank the coffee and we made a date to go hiking through the Sachsische Schweiz. That date was Saturday. We got on a train at 8am and headed south....

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A rainbow, when we got off the train

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Strange rock formations

The Schweiz (the Saxon Alps) are sandstone. I made some comments about them in an earlier post...how climbing is quite challenging. We did some bouldering, when I discovered his unsafeness :). We were going up a bouldering path, and after doing a few moves, before you realize it, you're hanging over 30' off the ground. At that pound I decided to screw that and started downclimbing, so he followed (thankfully). I didn't photodocument things so well, probably because I was in awe of the cliffs. I think too many people do things just to take pictures of them...I wanted to be sure I was getting the right things out of the hike.

The weather proved interesting too. In America, we get these storms with "Gale-Force winds." As you might have guessed, Gale-Force winds are called that because the winds are similiar to a Gale. What's a Gale? I'm glad you ask. We've been having one for the last two days. It's basically a series of fast showers with 65 mph winds the whole time. It made the hike interesting....

We hiked for about 3 hours and finally came to a restaurant in the park, and had some lunch (about noontime). That was a relief as I hadn't eaten breakfast. We finally made it back to Dresden at about 4pm, so that was a good 5 hours of hiking. The stretch after the restaurant was the worst...I hate hiking downhill.

I came home and have been playing guitar for the remainder of the weekend. My skills improve every day it seems...pretty cool. What's annoying? Well, there's this song that I haven't heard in a long time, and I've got the chords to it, but I forget the rhythym. I would be using some Napster-like software if there was anything good for linux/ppc (anyone know of anything? Let me know!). I read this Don Henley story, though, which is interesting. Need more artists like him....


10.23.2002 @ 17:2 :: Going for a jog

It was a particularly gorgeous day out today...about 14 degrees celsius (awfully warm for around here...). I opted to go for a run, and went about 8k...not too shabby for a guy who hates running. Of course, I brought my camera along the way....

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The river, starting to flood again

It rains every day here in the fall/winter. The Elbe has gone up 2 or 3 feet since my brother and father were here...

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Today's artsy pieces, Solace

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Ancient History

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The Girls Who Made the Previous Two Pictures Possible

Okay, I'm through being a tool for a few days, I promise. And I realize I promised pictures of my shithole^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hapartment. Those are coming too. For now, more sleep so I can go barhopping with the Internation Student's Club, and then go rock climbing again on Friday....


10.23.2002 @ 02:24 :: Ich komme aus den USA

On Monday, I met a German dude named Andreas in my ICL (Introduction to Computational Logic) course. He asked if we could hang out tonight so he could practice some English. Sure, why the hell not?

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The Saga Begins: Walking into Neuerstadt

We had a few beers at a bar uptown, then headed down to the International Club.

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My psuedo-fascination with the moon

When you walked into the bar, they gave you a nametag which you wrote your name/country on, and then gave you a little flag for your country. They had some pretty obscure flags there, I didn't recognize half of them...

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Andreas hanging with his girl Enya, all fly

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Two more of my classmates, Josef and Sylvia

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After talking for a while, I decided to demonstrate how I feel about my country by burning my miniature American flag

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Walking home under Pirnascherplatz

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Seeing the first sign of Germany's dot-com burst

Yes, the bottom of that sign points to a website. Unfortunately, you'll need a flash plugin (which they don't make for linux/ppc...). Who knows what it's about? The web address sounds stupid enough...very dot-bomb era domain name. Lotsa luck to you all.


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