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16 January 2013 @ 07:56 pm

"I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go,
but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye."

→ Life of PI know most of you probably have seen the movie already, but it seems to me like most people didn't even take a glance at the book. I read the book right after New Years and finished it just two days before I watched the movie. The movie itself is spectacular with incredible lighting, animal animations and still manages to get almost all details of the book right. But again, only almost. They changed a few things in the storyline to make the story fit better for the 'mainstream viewer'.  
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Some of the rather disgusting things they removed for the movie were completely fine. In fact I was quite happy not to see one scene in particular that made me feel like throwing up when reading the book  - the ones who've read the book will know which one I'm talking about. 

One change I didn't care so much about was the love story they added for the movie. This girl simply doesn't exist in the book. But it's not important to the story in any way. It's probably been added because the average viewer wants a love story in any movie, no matter if it fits or not. But well...

Now, there was one scene which made me almost stop reading the book because it's so unbelievable and sounds completely ridiculous. And I think that is exactly why it was removed from the movie. In the book there is a time when both the tiger and Pi don't drink enough salt-free water and become blind because of it. While Pi is lying on the boat, thinking that he's going to die soon, he hears a voice. The voice of another surviver on another lifeboat who is also blind. This man tells Pi that he has killed two persons, a man and a woman. During their conversation the man climbs onto Pi's lifeboat and is killed by the tiger. A couple of days later Pi is able to see again and discovers the bloody remains of the man on the boat. So according to the book version this scene was not an hallucination (or it was still one when Pi had recovered enough to be able to see again). Either way, this is the most unbelievable part of the book and I was curious if they kept it in the movie. I'm not surprised that they removed it, but then again  - is the flesh-eating island of meerkats more believable? In the end, when Pi tells the second version of his story to the japanese interviewers he identifies the blind man as the hyena, the one animal that has killed the Oran-Utan (aka Pi's mother) and the zebra (the seaman).
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John Green A lot of my online friends were reading his books at the end of last year, so when I found myself looking for something new to read, I gave two of his nvoels a try. I had no idea about him as an author or his books at all. The first I read was "The Fault in our Stars", the other one "Looking for Alaska". 
To be honest, his writing is ok, the topics he chose to write about are not too common in today's literature, but then again they're not that special either. His narrative style could be improved. I had problems to get a feeling for the characters in both novels. Another author one might compare him with might be Jodi Picoult. She usually picks similar topics in her novels, and if you ask me, she does the better job to make you feel like a character, to make you feel the pain, share the worries and fears. It's not that his books are entirely bad (I still rated them with 4 out of 5 stars). On another note, the meant-to-be shocking turns in the story weren't surprising to me at all. So all in all - not bad, but the hype is a little bit too much. Maybe if he would give himself more time to truly develop the characters and storylines, I might give the highest rating to one of his books, but like this it all feels a bit rushed although the basic idea is good. 

About his style - maybe it's not the best author to read after "Life of Pi" and "Cloud Atlas", but it's definitely an easy read for people who don't speak English as their first language.
13 January 2013 @ 01:39 pm
First public post this year :) I still remember the times when I used to check LJ daily and wrote more than one entry in a week. It's a bit sad that everyone, me included, is moving to other platforms. As much as I enjoy twitter and tumblr, they're not the same as this.  Anyway, with livejournal having server issues several times throughout the year, I decided to move my "scrapbookin" activity to tumblr this year. From now on you can see which books and movies I've gotten my hands on and how I liked them on these two sites:

Additionally, if you want to find me in other networks, I have some links for you:

30 November 2012 @ 06:22 pm

Weekly review

|WATCHED| Friends on Bluray (Season 7-8) |LISTENED| Jon Huertas - Ledge of love |READ| Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell |DONE| supervised the practical course again, went to the Christmas Market with a couple of friends |THOUGHT| How sad it is that you have to become an annoying client before certain companies finally deal with your problem. | BEEN HAPPY ABOUT| I finally got my iPhone :-D & I received a really sweet email from one of the lab leaders I worked for the past 2 weeks.| BEEN SAD ABOUT| -
|BEEN ANNOYED ABOUT| - |WISHED| My timing was better |BOUGHT| - |CLICKED| telekom_hilft Message Board, Tumblr |BEEN AMAZED ABOUT| how much Nikki and Jamie (our birds) have grown

11 November 2012 @ 08:11 pm
Weekly review

|WATCHED| James Bond - Skyfall |LISTENED| The Naked and Famous - Young Blood |READ| Karen Rose - Don't tell |DONE| Went to Stuttgart to see the "Rebecca" musical |THOUGHT| I don't get anything done when I have to work in the lab fulltime -.- | BEEN HAPPY ABOUT| finally seeing a musical again. It's been almost a year since the last one! 
 |BEEN ANNOYED ABOUT| my health insurance - they tried to call me in the morning when no one who's working is at home  because of a really unhelpful answer to my email. Just replying to me by email obviously didn't occur to them... |WISHED|  That I could be at two places at once.  |BOUGHT| new poster print to replace the Fringe poster I used to have above my bed (if anyone wants it,  just holler! |CLICKED| - |BEEN AMAZED ABOUT|  the singing voices of a certain musical cast :-) 
04 November 2012 @ 07:14 pm
Weekly review

|WATCHED| Dexter Season 4,5 and 6, Breakfast at Tiffany's |LISTENED| Ellie Goulding |READ| Nele Neuhaus - Böser Wolf |DONE| donated blood, attended lectures |THOUGHT| How scary it is that I have to apply for a PhD program in just a couple of months | BEEN HAPPY ABOUT| going out for dinner with three friends I haven't seen in a while, wild birds coming to my balcony and not being scared of me :)) |BEEN ANNOYED ABOUT| DHL taking so long to admit that someone there stole my iPhone, the university clinic only paying me for half the month although I worked all hours for tax reasons -.- |WISHED | I could go traveling right now |BOUGHT| new notebook for seminars, concealer, tinted moisturizer, liquid eyeliner |CLICKED| tumblr, youtube, blogger |BEEN AMAZED ABOUT| how the crappiest photoset I shared on tumblr got over 1,000 notes | 
22 October 2012 @ 10:40 pm
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01 October 2012 @ 07:14 pm
After last month was like hell pet-wise, I finally have some good news again on that front. My mom got sick of staring at the empty bird cage last week and from the short time I was at my parents I can honestly say that I've never seen anything has depressing as the empty bird cage in my parents' living room. So on Wednesday we drove to several shops that sold budgies. We actually went to 4 different ones but ended up buying two new budgies at the store we went to at first. These two just caught my eye right away. They were cuddling, picking at each other's feathers and always following each other in this huge cage of birds.

Right now we assume that the blue one is female and the green one could be male, but they're so young that it's hard to tell right now. Usually the color of their noses change when they get older and you can determine the gender by its color. Right now the blue one goes a little bit more in the female color spectrum as the green one, but we'll see.  They're both just 4-5 months old, which means that the pattern of their feathers is still going through some changes. In one pic of the blue one (lowest row, middle)
 you can see very well that they also don't keep their feathers as close when sitting in a relaxed position as adult birds do. The blue one looks like it ate too much in that photo, but this bird is actually quite thin. 

So now we have them for less than a week, but they already ate from our hands, which is a major step in taming birds. But so far they weren't curious or too scared to leave their cage to fly around in the room. But at least our house is filled with the chirping of young birds again. The green one is also a real acrobat, just like Maxi used to be. Sometimes he's just hanging from a twig with just one claw and looking around where he should fly/let himself drop next ;-)

And since my mom hasn't come up with any serious alternatives, we'll most likely call them Nikki (blue one) and Jamie (green one) ♥
18 September 2012 @ 07:47 pm

01.04.2003 - 18.09.2012

*this month is horrible*
02 September 2012 @ 12:48 pm

22.04.2003 - 31.08.2012