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No Surface Without a Seat

Berlin isn’t the warmest of places, so I was continually surprised by the amount of outdoor seating around the city.  In some neighborhoods, sidewalk cafes, public benches, beer gardens, or terraces seemed to be at every turn.  But what surprised me even more than the sheer amount of seating, was the seemingly ad-hoc, improvised, or innovative nature of many of the options.  Anywhere there was a surface or some extra space, you were bound to find a cushion, a folding chair, a crate, or some recycled materials inviting you to sit down and take a break.  It wasn’t limited to restaurants and bars either - cushions and chairs could be found on the steps, ledges, sidewalks, and street corners outside of clothing stores, gift shops, and all sorts of other random places.

My visit was in April, presumably the time of year when these chairs and cushions first emerge from winter storage.  I’d be curious to take walk through the city in summertime to see them in greater use, and to see if even more sprout up.  It must create an impressively vibrant street life.

Photos taken April, 2014

Take a seat!

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The Down and Out Make More Sense than Any Billionaire

We hear their focus points, daily – Stephen Colbert getting a cool $100 million or so for five year deal with CBS to take over for Letterman? This is what we have succumbed to in this society? Voyeurism? Actually pedestal-raising these talentless, sly, simpletons we throw millions of human lives at in the course of their high school follies fun? These people get paid how much? And they, of course, as we know the Kissingers or Obamas and the Clintons and Romneys and Koch Brothers of the world, have their thumbs on the life beat of America? Shuffling comics? Right, again, our inner arbiters … our toughies … foils against the machine, the man, the corporate thugs! (not).

Look at this whoring list below. You sort of have to see it in writing to understand what an uneven and spoiled race of people these folks are:

  1. David Letterman
    Annual earnings: $28 million (estimated)
    Show: “Late Night with David Letterman”

  2. Jay Leno
    Annual earnings: $25 million
    Show: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”

  3. Jon Stewart
    Annual earnings: $14 million
    Show: Comedy Central

  4. Craig Ferguson
    Annual earnings: $12.7 million
    Show: “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”

  5. Chelsea Handler
    Annual earnings: $12.5 million
    Show: “Chelsea Lately”

  6. Conan O’Brien
    Annual earnings: $12 million
    Show: “Conan”

  7. Jimmy Kimmel
    Annual earnings: $6 million
    Show: “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

  8. Jimmy Fallon
    Annual earnings: $5 million
    Show: “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”

  9. Stephen Colbert
    Annual earnings: $4 million
    Show: “The Colbert Report”

To sell suppositories, fast-food, Japanese cars, Doritos and shitty American beer? That’s what they give to humanity. Oh, and a giant load of patronizing and pure attacking the common us, the common man and common woman.

Yes, they’re cogs in the system and while I don’t disagree in the disparities you’re talking about; no one person is affected by wealth in the same way, not all those (on that list) with wealth are abusing the power they hold within the court of public opinion either. Though neither are they holding those they should accountable. But they’re not the only ones to blame and they’re entertainers first, if you think they’re signed up for anything else you’re assuming and expecting too much from them.

We should be expecting this from our local news agencies.

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I hate when people judge skin color and not attitude.

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“Perhaps the depth of love can be calibrated by the number of different selves that are actively involved in a given relationship.”― Carl Sagan, Contact

sagansense:

“Perhaps the depth of love can be calibrated by the number of different selves that are actively involved in a given relationship.”
Carl Sagan, Contact

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If you’re sad this is the best post to make you smile

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No Surface Without a Seat

Berlin isn’t the warmest of places, so I was continually surprised by the amount of outdoor seating around the city.  In some neighborhoods, sidewalk cafes, public benches, beer gardens, or terraces seemed to be at every turn.  But what surprised me even more than the sheer amount of seating, was the seemingly ad-hoc, improvised, or innovative nature of many of the options.  Anywhere there was a surface or some extra space, you were bound to find a cushion, a folding chair, a crate, or some recycled materials inviting you to sit down and take a break.  It wasn’t limited to restaurants and bars either - cushions and chairs could be found on the steps, ledges, sidewalks, and street corners outside of clothing stores, gift shops, and all sorts of other random places.

My visit was in April, presumably the time of year when these chairs and cushions first emerge from winter storage.  I’d be curious to take walk through the city in summertime to see them in greater use, and to see if even more sprout up.  It must create an impressively vibrant street life.

Photos taken April, 2014

Take a seat!

(via npr)

The Down and Out Make More Sense than Any Billionaire

We hear their focus points, daily – Stephen Colbert getting a cool $100 million or so for five year deal with CBS to take over for Letterman? This is what we have succumbed to in this society? Voyeurism? Actually pedestal-raising these talentless, sly, simpletons we throw millions of human lives at in the course of their high school follies fun? These people get paid how much? And they, of course, as we know the Kissingers or Obamas and the Clintons and Romneys and Koch Brothers of the world, have their thumbs on the life beat of America? Shuffling comics? Right, again, our inner arbiters … our toughies … foils against the machine, the man, the corporate thugs! (not).

Look at this whoring list below. You sort of have to see it in writing to understand what an uneven and spoiled race of people these folks are:

  1. David Letterman
    Annual earnings: $28 million (estimated)
    Show: “Late Night with David Letterman”

  2. Jay Leno
    Annual earnings: $25 million
    Show: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”

  3. Jon Stewart
    Annual earnings: $14 million
    Show: Comedy Central

  4. Craig Ferguson
    Annual earnings: $12.7 million
    Show: “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”

  5. Chelsea Handler
    Annual earnings: $12.5 million
    Show: “Chelsea Lately”

  6. Conan O’Brien
    Annual earnings: $12 million
    Show: “Conan”

  7. Jimmy Kimmel
    Annual earnings: $6 million
    Show: “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

  8. Jimmy Fallon
    Annual earnings: $5 million
    Show: “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”

  9. Stephen Colbert
    Annual earnings: $4 million
    Show: “The Colbert Report”

To sell suppositories, fast-food, Japanese cars, Doritos and shitty American beer? That’s what they give to humanity. Oh, and a giant load of patronizing and pure attacking the common us, the common man and common woman.

Yes, they’re cogs in the system and while I don’t disagree in the disparities you’re talking about; no one person is affected by wealth in the same way, not all those (on that list) with wealth are abusing the power they hold within the court of public opinion either. Though neither are they holding those they should accountable. But they’re not the only ones to blame and they’re entertainers first, if you think they’re signed up for anything else you’re assuming and expecting too much from them.

We should be expecting this from our local news agencies.

(Source: azspot, via america-wakiewakie)

1037135:

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Original art by BLU

Heulende Kuh

(via lyricallyamused)

I hate when people judge skin color and not attitude.

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Body by Andres Diaz.

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Body by Andres Diaz.

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sagansense:

“Perhaps the depth of love can be calibrated by the number of different selves that are actively involved in a given relationship.”― Carl Sagan, Contact

sagansense:

“Perhaps the depth of love can be calibrated by the number of different selves that are actively involved in a given relationship.”
Carl Sagan, Contact

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If you’re sad this is the best post to make you smile

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