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Deadwood

I know, that for all you Americanos, this might seem a bit outdated, but I am just currently watching the series "Deadwood". As with many of the newer American TV series, I am utterly delighted. It is well written, well acted, has humour and depth - in short, it has everything German TV series lack fundamentally (you have no idea of the possible obtuness of obtuse until you've seen with full consciousness and understanding German TV).

But this time, I must admit that it is very hard…

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Added by Marcel on April 11, 2014 at 4:00pm — 25 Comments

NING 3.0

An overview:

1. The transition must be made at latest in the first days of March 2015.

2. Currently, our videos are not migrated, but will be in a later stage. So we will wait until it is sure that our videos will migrate with us.

3. After transition, we will no longer be able to upload to VH directly but can only embed from a video hosting site such as YouTube or vimeo.

4. NING has new pricing plans. I would suggest choosing NING basic, which will cost us…

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Added by Marcel on April 10, 2014 at 8:25am — 22 Comments

Olympia 2014 - the old guys' games

Normally, athletes peak around their mid-twenties, depending on the sport, a few years earlier or later. But 30 is for most sports the age from where it all goes downhill, the body just gets too old for successful competition. At 40, in most sports, athletes have long ended their career and some of them started coaching.

This time around, the Olympic Games show several successful athletes who just turned 40 or even turned 40 some years ago and were able to win Olympic Medals. The…

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Added by Marcel on February 18, 2014 at 3:41pm — 8 Comments

Weird Olympic Sports

As some of you might know, the Winter Olympics started yesterday. Hockey events haven't started yet, so there's time to help our US members get acquainted with some of the more "special" sports (meaning all sports that no one in the US cares about).

Surely one of the most aesthetically doubtful sports known is the double luge. It is dominated by the teams from Germany and Austria - and women don't do it,…

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Added by Marcel on February 9, 2014 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

New and improved Germans

German skier Maria Höfl-Riesch won twice this week-end on the slopes of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

This is a picture of her published after today's race in German news.…

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Added by Marcel on December 7, 2013 at 4:30pm — 15 Comments

Designer Clouds

On Sumatra, the volcano Sinabung recently erupted. The last time it erupted was in 2010, before that it had been dormant for over 400 years.…

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Added by Marcel on November 25, 2013 at 4:50pm — 7 Comments

Bob Dylan redone

I thought this was funny

http://video.bobdylan.com/desktop.html

Added by Marcel on November 22, 2013 at 12:01pm — 3 Comments

Nice idea

I doubt it will solve the problem, but it's still a good idea

Here's their…

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Added by Marcel on November 13, 2013 at 6:48am — 7 Comments

Language question for native speakers

How do you differentiate between "anybody" and "anyone" (or for that matter, "somebody" and "someone")?

Added by Marcel on November 12, 2013 at 4:30pm — 28 Comments

Another serious case of dogs disgracing the animal world

As if pugs weren't ugly enough already...

This one looks a lot like christine

For the whole wall of shame, go…

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Added by Marcel on October 28, 2013 at 3:22am — 10 Comments

United States of NSA

The list gets longer: now we know that the USA are spying on their allies.

I'd say: what a surprise! The only thing surprising is that they got caught. Not so surprising: the German Secret Service didn't know until recently, at least they say so.

A little disappointing: the US remain the same shit hole of arrogance, violence and self-serving  warmongering…

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Added by Marcel on October 24, 2013 at 4:02pm — 56 Comments

The working poor...

...in the old industrialised world (Europe, North America, Japan. Australia) tend to vote for conservative parties, that objectively work against their interests. The question is why. Are the working poor, who get fucked over by their bosses on a daily basis, not only poor but also hopelessly stupid?

Hypothesis:

No, they aren't.

They have understood very well, that compared to the rest of the world's population, they are privileged and that status is about to change, as…

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Added by Marcel on October 21, 2013 at 4:00pm — 80 Comments

concept 2 indoor rowing machine

Anybody here doing work-out on a concept 2 indoor rowing machine by chance?

I'd like to share experience, work-out details and…

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Added by Marcel on October 13, 2013 at 11:14am — 12 Comments

Political anecdote from Europe

Just today, the five ministers in the Italian government coming from the party "Popola della libertà" (Nation of Freedom), the latest name of ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's private political party (he's the richest man in Italy, at least officially), have left the coalition with the social democratic party and have officially resigned. The reasons behind that break-up (and probably the end of the latest government under prime-minister Enrico Letta) are not insurmountable political…

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Added by Marcel on September 28, 2013 at 4:30pm — 40 Comments

Define race

Dylan has been posting all kinds of statistics, describing certain traits of people classified by their race. Others have been making the kind of comments and remarks we've come to expect from them over the years regarding race and the behaviour they attribute to the respective race. And obviously, all things race are always the first choice if you want a discussion on VH to take a steep dive into all kinds of insults and nonsense.

But how do you define what makes a person be a member…

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Added by Marcel on September 28, 2013 at 4:00am — 57 Comments

Elections in Germany

The breathtaking events over the weekend on VH have overshadowed other events in the rest of the world. One that is of a certain importance for a few members here are the elections in Germany that took place on Sunday.

As some of you might know, the political landscape and campaign traditions in Germany differ greatly from the ones in the US, mainly they're a lot less spectacular and a lot more boring. One tradition that is probably hard to grasp for US citizens, is the fact that we…

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Added by Marcel on September 23, 2013 at 3:00am — 19 Comments

Don't say you weren't warned

Years…

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Added by Marcel on September 20, 2013 at 1:21pm — 15 Comments

The Danial issue

As Danial has stated, there is a long standing controversy in the"backroom" over moderation policy. There is also a fallout within the mod team. All that would normally not be any of my business, but I have witnessed:

a. recurring erratic behaviour from Danial, involving deletion of comments and blogs without team consent

b. inactivity on his behalf when he was due (and consented to it) to act

c. Danial using his possibilities as a mod to make a private video…

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Added by Marcel on September 20, 2013 at 12:41pm — 45 Comments

Land of the free...

The well know email encryption site lavabit has shut down due to pressure by the US government.

lavabit disclaimer

Of course this would not have happened under a republican government with the renowned freedom fighter George Walker Bush and the famous civil rights activist Richard Bruce Cheney.

Added by Marcel on August 9, 2013 at 11:03am — 6 Comments

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