G.O.S. heart S.B.

produzentin held hostage, again. Gates of Shimbulak takeover:

Gates of Shimbulak has just discovered its fandom for tvo´s fascinating two hour live coverage of Spelling Bee!
North Americans must be used to this ritual, but for us Shimbulakians the procedure was strange and fascinating.
Hundred teenagers on a dimly lit stage under a churchlike dome, one by one spelling words like “Zeppelin“, “suture” or “tulip“. The kids questions: “Which part of speech?”, “What is the definition?”, “Could you put it in a sentence?” and the answers by the pronouncer are repeated over and over again, until the right spelling is delivered. The verdict “incorrect” spoken by an extra harsh announcer, sorting out contestants after only one attempt. The unusual, concentrated seriousness only interrupted inbetween rounds by the desperate TV host, trying to turn it into a sport event by talking fast and breathless. In vain!

Among the many reasons why this S-P-E-C-T-A-C-L-E beats every other recent TV experience by far:

  • being slow and repetetive, it has a lulling effect; it adds layers and layers of trancelike hypnosis A-C-C-U-M-U-L-A-T-I-N-G into pure, unfiltered suspense.
  • the admirable calmness of the pronouncer, Tina Srebotnjak, who has to repeat the same definitions over and over again while remaining motherly reassuring.
  • you have the feeling of learning brilliant new words (unluckily, our heads are like S-I-E-V-E-S, so we forgot them all right away).
  • and of course the spelling bee contestants themselves and their emphaty inviting clever- and nerdiness. Gates of Shimbulak could identify with every single one of them!

Which spelling bee are you? Make your choice from just some of this years Ontario contestants:

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Walking Back Home

It was massive. Brad had his birthday party on Saturday. I djed and got a microphone as a surprise gift. I sang over each and every song I played, thinking my voice would blend in just fine.

After the bar closed, it was still very warm outside, so we decided to walk home (but I still think my so called friends wanted to make a quick dollar and sell me as a hooker).

More pictures after the jump.

My new executive look (inspired by Marna)
My new executive look (inspired by Marna)

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at long last

I have uploaded a few pictures to flickr.

1You can see me totally knocked out at gay pride Frankfurt in 2002 (I think someone poured something in my drinks) and at my summer party 2003.

PICT0018I had Rinderzunge at Xmas 2003: it was delicious. To be honest, I have had ox tongue many times, but only when Jesus is born.

PICT0302Some recent pictures were taken in Toronto. In case you wondered: What is produzentin doing all day long? Well, she took pictures of magnolia trees.

PICT0253Anyway, have a look at all the sets.
Oh, before I forget, there is a picture of a sea cucumber taking a shit.