Category Archives: Everyday Life

A Hat is Merely a Crown That Lets No Rain in

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Far from being a talented tailor, I had the idea to make a hat by myself. Also because they are quite expensive if you want a good one. All you need is about 10 Euros, an old sweat-shirt and some patience. There are many ways how to make a hat. This is how I did it.

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Post-Punk: A View from Those Who Fell in Love in the 90s

iancurtis1These days, when fewer and fewer people interested in rock music know what it feels like to live without an Internet connection at home, I would like to take a quick nostalgic leap back into the days when it all begun – for me, at least. It’s not like I feel old (even though back in the early 2000s, I would definitely consider my present self an old, terribly old and terribly boring man), but it’s kind of funny how the digital natives generation explores completely different paths to rock music. Read More →

The Berlin Spirit

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While writing these lines, I am on the bus, leaving Berlin. I am vividly replaying last week’s highlights in my mind. Am I ready to leave the city, that never was just a city but a spirit, behind?

No, I am not, never was.

Therein lies the lure of Berlin. The city catches you in its spell and before you realise it it holds you hostage without a ransom. Like a drug it captivates you in an eternal dream. To lose oneself in a world of fun or drown in a pool of opportunities is easy. Many open-minded people seek their luck in Berlin, because it promises freedom. Read More →

The Ubuntu Touch Phone

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Half a year ago I got fed up with the mobile phone triopoly of Google, Apple and Microsoft. Being a Linux nerd for years I thought the time was right to evaluate the Ubuntu Touch phone.

There are only a few phone brands sold with a native Ubuntu OS. Offers can be found on the homepage of Ubuntu for phones. There is also the possibility to put the OS on a huge variety of phones yourself, but it is not recommended for inexperienced users as it demands quite some skills to make it work. Also I took the easier way and ordered the cheapest of the Ubuntu Phones, the BQ Aquaris 4,5. Read More →

Dead End Culture

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‘Hipster’ has become the ultimate sensibility in popular culture in the first decade of the 2000’s. Searching for a real definition of what a ‘hipster’ is, I soon hit the borders of the Internet. It seems that no subculture before had so many haters as the hipster culture. Why is it that even documentaries by the serious German television channels Arte and ZDF criticize it as a ‘dead end culture’?

Simon Reynolds is a well-known music journalist. Some years ago he published the book Retromania. Pop-Culture’s Addiction to its Own Past, dealing with the retro/nostalgia/vintage syndrome of our time. Douglas Haddow, also journalist, wrote the influential article Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization. Let us hear what the experts have to say about the hipster-phenomenon. Read More →

An Alternative Venue Guide

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While travelling I am always searching for nice bars and clubs to spend a nice evening at. On the Internet one can find such venues, but it also takes some time. So the idea came up to make a list of interesting places all over Europe. You can find it here.

This list of venues will be updated regularly. If you have anything interesting to contribute, please use the comments or write me an e-mail.

Some Thoughts on Language

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Music was my first love – and it still is. First and foremost. Music is a certain form of language, it transports ideas and feelings. As I have spent a big amount of my life dealing with languages, linguistics, language teaching and language acquisition (I can communicate more or less in twelve different languages) I guess I can sometimes be a pain in the ass of my vis-à-vis, if he or she is not so much into that topic.

It is always nice to speak to people in their mother-tongue, not least to show one’s respect towards another culture. Language also opens up new views and deeper insights. Recently, I stumbled upon a website with a lot of quotations on language. Some of them I found interesting, some funny. I want to share them with you, not without adding my two cents to them. Read More →

Savetier on Tour

Dear readers,

right now I started my summer holiday, like every year travelling around East-Central Europe. In the next two months I will be visiting Poland (July), Slovakia and Western Ukraine (August). That means that for the next time the content of my blog will be a little bit different. It will be more like a travel journal.

Of course I also want to visit interesting concerts of local bands and other events and, of course, I am open for your suggestions! So, if you have something specific in mind, please, write me an e-mail (andre@savetier.eu) or feel free to use the comments of this post.

Sincerely yours, André

Appleplexy

This article is part of a series about memes in popular culture. If you don’t know yet, what memes and memetics are, you will find the answer in part 1 and part 2.

Apple_Mac_mouse_funny_wallpaper_pictures-thumbOne of the most successfully spread memeplexes, which could be seen as a prototype of how culture is made in the 21st century, is the myth of Apple Macintosh. The company developed several computers and gadgets, like phones, music players and hand-held computers. The products of Apple have in the last ten years advanced to cult objects among their users.

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The Meme Machine

The Meme MachineIn 1976 Richard Dawkins coined the term ‘meme’ in his book The Selfish Gene and by that caused a revolution in thinking in several fields, most notably in sociobiology and sociology. Although often criticised the term stayed and became a concept to work with. His theory of memetics has since then been developed further, here Susan Blackmore with her book The Meme Machine (1999) shall be mentioned. Read More →