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Infrared

Mar. 14th, 2016 | 06:21 pm

The infrared sauna on Friday was awesome. So awesome, in fact, that I went again on Sunday. I am loving having this little neighbourhood spa just around the corner from me, it is so convenient and affordable. I sat in the Kaminzimmer (fireplace room) for an hour reading the Süddeutsche Zeitung, in which there was a long article about Donald Trump.

I got up early this morning, meditated for 20 minutes and then went running. Feeling proud of myself for actually doing the things that I always tell myself I should be doing but never actually do.

German class tonight. I missed the last class due to food poisoning. Ole who sits next to me tells me that was a poor excuse, suffering from food poisoning is actually the perfect condition to attend German class in. God he cracks me up.

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Mar. 9th, 2016 | 10:53 pm

Had a meeting with HR this afternoon and they are finally giving me the title Creative Director. I am already the unspoken manager of the creative team, but now I have the title I deserve. I finally feel legitimized.

Learned about infrared saunas today, and I'm totally facinated. A little spa near where I live has one, I'm going to check it out after work on Friday. I wonder if there will be dudes there. I bet there will. It's normal to trot around naked in spas here, men and women together. I find it kind of liberating, kind of awkward. Freikörperkultur, woo hoo!

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Unding

Mar. 7th, 2016 | 11:43 am

I ended my 10-day fast this morning with a mug of bone broth and half a stewed tomato. The idea is to go slow with re-introducing food at first to give digestion a chance to work back up to speed. Light salads for lunch and dinner. It won't be much at first but I'm okay with that – to be honest I'm not feeling any hunger, which seems counter intuitive. I weighed myself this morning and and found that I have lost exactly ten pounds in ten days, which I would have thought impossible. Hopefully it wasn't all muscle.

I'm looking forward to exercising, running, riding my bike to work again.

I've been reading Werner Herzog's book, 'Vom Gehen Im Eis' in the original German. When I don't know a word I write it down and make a flash card so I can learn it. So now I have an entire deck of flash cards with words like, "düster (gloomy)", "Weltzusammenbruch (world collapse)", "Unding (absurdity)" and "Finsterling (sinister character)". The book is fantastic, by the way, I highly recommend it. There's an English translation available as well, entitled "Of Walking in Ice".

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Bullets

Mar. 2nd, 2016 | 02:51 pm

Just some bullets on some things.

• I'm on day 6 of a 10 day cleansing fast/detox thing. I can't believe I haven't eaten food since last Thursday! It's kind of insane. I'm feeling good though, which is something I didn't expect. I thought this would be much more difficult, but I haven't felt hungry or crappy at all. I'm drinking tons of juice as well as taking some psyllium fibre stirred into the juice from time to time throughout the day. Even though it hasn't been particularly difficult, I am massively looking forward to Monday when I get to start eating food again.

• I'm taking German classes in the evenings twice a week. So far I've made it to every single class for over a month. Sure, I can speak German at this point, but I really want to improve.

• I bought some nice clothes for myself recently, some non-H&M clothes. I am trying to make an effort to get away from having a ton of cheap clothes that fall apart quickly, to having fewer things which last longer and are of better quality.

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Dream

Feb. 4th, 2016 | 11:24 am

I was on my lunch break outside in a courtyard/pedestrian walkway and saw a white dove walk by with a plastic bubble on its head, kind of like a 1950's space helmet. I thought it was funny and laughed but then thought maybe the bird had gotten the plastic bubble stuck on its head and couldn't get it off, so I went back to see if I could help remove it. I found the bird but it had transformed into a very cute, slow moving mouse. I found it easy to pick up the mouse because it moved so slowly, leading me to think that perhaps it was sick, but then I saw that it was actually in the act of giving birth. The first baby it had was hairless and tiny but I could tell that it was a kitten. A second baby kitten was born as well. Then the mother mouse escaped from me, leaving me with its two newborn kittens. I felt that it was important for the babies to be with their mother – to keep the tiny family together – so I searched for the mother mouse and found her under a table. I leaned over to pick her up, but the large puppy I was holding in my left arm lunged forward and swollowed her. I hadn't even been aware that I was also carrying a puppy, I must have picked it up somewhere along the way. I was horrified by what it had done, and deeply dismayed that I had forgotten I was carrying it.

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The Ombudsman

Nov. 10th, 2015 | 10:43 am

Now with fleshed out bodies:



Yesterday I booked a flight to Zürich so I can see my friend's art show next Friday at the gallery that is potentially interested in my work. Woo hoo! The only part that sucks is that to get the cheap flight I had to book the 6:20am one... so I'll have to get up at 3am that morning. I used to take this flight when I had to occassionally travel to Zürich for work; it's do-able but also brutal. C'est la vie

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The Ombudsman

Nov. 3rd, 2015 | 02:40 pm

I just started this last week, the working title is 'The Ombudsman':



The man's face is based on the death mask of Frederick the Great.

Tomorrow a woman is stopping by for a studio visit and to interview me about my work. Which means I will need to spend every moment this evening cleaning in preparation.......

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This keeps going through my head

Oct. 25th, 2015 | 10:08 pm

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Deep thought

Oct. 7th, 2015 | 09:57 pm

If I was a street artist and had to pick a pseudonym to protect my identity (like Banksy, Obey, Space Invader, etc.) I would choose Diahorrea, because I bet that name hasn't been used by anyone yet. Same thing if I was a DJ – I think there's a nice ring to 'DJ Diahorrea'.

In other news, my passport arrived in the mail today!
YAAAAY

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Visiting home

Oct. 6th, 2015 | 01:12 pm

I'm finally going back to Chicago for a visit. My flight is scheduled for Sunday morning, but due to circumstances beyond my control I have no idea if I'll be on it.

Three weeks ago I learned that I needed to renew my passport prior to my trip. It was a complete shock and hit me like a ton of bricks – I had not been aware that a US passport is considered invalid 90 days prior to its expiration date.

So I sent my documents off immediately to start the renewal process, which takes exactly three weeks. So there is a chance that I may get my passport back in time, and there is a chance that I may not. I don't know. I don't have a tracking number and no one answers the phone at the US consolate, it's just a long loop of fuck you. All I can do is hope is that I receive my new passport with enough of a window of time to make my flight.

And if not, I thankfully had the foresight to purchase flight insurance when I bought the ticket, which will – I hope – help to buffer the costs and BS of needing to move my flight to another day.

Normally I would be happy and excited to be going on a big trip, but at this point I just feel stressed and worried. I try to stay positive but it's not easy, especially given the frustrating conversations I've been having with my mother over Skype. I wonder to myself, how am I going to get through this? Deep emersion within the dysfunctional.

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Harvest super moon lunar eclipse

Sep. 25th, 2015 | 05:52 pm

Tomorrow I'm doing breakfast with two friends visitng from the States, I'm going to take them to my very favorite breakfast cafe, Goldmarie, and pray that we can get a good table. YAY Großes Frühstück!

Saturday evening I'm going to check out the Kreuzburg Pavillon show – always a treat – and the line-up of artists looks great.

On Sunday I'm meeting up with another friend to go search the forests surrounding Berlin for edible mushrooms. A couple years ago when we did this we found some enourmous parasol mushrooms in the Grunewald, so hopefully this year we will be successful as well. That is also the day of the September Harvest/Super-Moon lunar eclipse, so the perfect day for an autumn forest romp.

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Art in a musty cellar

Sep. 9th, 2015 | 05:37 pm

The party on Saturday was a fairly lame affair, I was disappointed. Self important performance art in a musty cellar and the over-availability of space cakes made for an annoying crowd and environment so my friend and I cut the night short and went home. It wasn't a total waste, but not at all the party I had hoped for (I didn't even get to dance!), so my search for a decent party continues.

I finally broke down and purchased The Elder Scrolls Online... the cold weather hibernation season will be here soon and I intend to entertain myself via adventures within the elaborate landscapes of digital fantasy and roll playing.

I re-arranged the furniture in my home and I think the feng shui is much better. I hadn't even noticed there was a problem, but swapping the locations of my bed and the sofa has made a world of difference.

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Butter vs. wood

Sep. 4th, 2015 | 02:45 pm

I rode my nice Felt bike to work today because my crappy bike has a flat tire. The riding experience was very different; like slipping through butter, as opposed to sawing through wood. Now that there's space in the office to put my bike during the day I think I'll start riding the nice bike more. I need to take the toe clips off the pedals, though – those fuckers are going to get me in an accident one of these days if I don't – I'm constantly tripping all over myself trying to get my toe in the scoopy thing after every stop, it's such a nuisance.

I'm going to a party/event Saturday night called 'The Magus'. There's a decent line-up of DJs and performance artists, and the dress code is 'SX Magic'. I have something I'd like to wear in mind, hopefully it will come together decently. Need to pick up white face paint on the way home this evening.

I am finally able to comfortably wear all the clothes I bought for myself earlier this summer! YAY
Good bye fat pants

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Executing complicated dances

Aug. 28th, 2015 | 11:28 am

I'm so glad I got my bicycle in working order, I rode to work this morning and it was a really nice, easy ride.

I found a pet sitter for Rasputin for while I am on holiday in the States. She's coming over to my place on Sunday to meet him and get the low-down on what will be required. Which won't really be much, he's not an especially needy bird. Given a large pan of food and a large pan of clean water he will happily go about his business and daily tasks (building intricate nests with found materials, long-winded conferences with the bird in the mirror, executing complicated dances with his shadow on the wall, etc.). The pet sitter's duties will mainly be to make sure the food pan continues to have food in it and the water in the water pan is fresh and clean. I plan to paper the the floor so cleaning up droppings won't be a massive pain in the ass when I get back (he doesn't normally have accidents on the furniture, so that's not a problem). It makes me feel better knowing that someone who is a vetted pet sitter is looking in on my bird at regular intervals, letting him know he's not forgotten.

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Aug. 27th, 2015 | 11:44 am

I got my bike back from the repair shop yesterday and they worked a miracle on it by replacing the wheels and brakes. The wheels were so bad before, they were like moebius strips. Now the bike is actually rideable! I was looking forward to riding it to work today but there's rain in the weather forecast, so I decided against it. I have no rain gear and fear getting soaked.

I'm meeting up with C after work at a riverside restaurant for dinner, which I'm looking forward to. Hopefully it won't be so inclement that we have to be inside, I'd really like to sit outside along the water.

This morning as I scrammbled to get myself out the door I suddenly decided that I absolutely must wear a specifically pair of lace-up boots. Unfortunately that particular pair of boots had a split sole, so in order to get them in wear-able condition I found it necessary to go nuts with superglue. In the process got it all over myself and the floor, which seems to be what always happens when I try to use superglue, I never learn. Fortunately I also got some in the desired places and was able to fix the boots, but I now have fingers coated with dried superglue, which is a singularly unpleasant feeling. Trying to not think about how toxic it probably is.

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Aug. 26th, 2015 | 11:40 am

I walked to work in record timing this morning, only 50 minutes instead of the normal 55 minutes! woo hoo

Got a full night of sleep and then upon waking immediately got up and meditated for 15 minutes. That's as long as I could go before my mind started making to do lists, filling up with randome chatter, etc. I'm going to try to make it a habit to use the time between waking and getting up for meditation – you know, the 20 min or so that one just lies there thinking 'I don't want to get up'.

Something I've noticed a couple times as I've been walking through the city is men with their pants tucked loosely into their socks such that the pants poof out, reminicent of a 1920s sporting look. Interesting.

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Water weight and punctuality

Aug. 25th, 2015 | 10:34 am

Due to the wierd malaise/fatigue I endured over the last 6 or so months I put on about 15 pounds. Not being able to be physically active really did a number on me. So last week I went on a low carb diet and thank God for the immediate water weight loss that occurs because now I can at least feel a bit more comfortable in my own skin. However, I am also going through the dreaded 'keto flu', feeling achy, wierd, and brain fog. Everything I've read says that this only lasts a few days, so I guess I'll just have to power through it, but wow, it really sucks.

I bought a bunch of new clothes for myself shortly before I put on all this weight, which of course no longer fit, so I'm stuck wearing old rags until I can slim down. It's a pretty good motivator. I can't bear the thought of going out and buying a second set of new clothes that are bigger, it feels too wasteful.

I've been walking to work again which hasn't been easy for my legs to get used to as it's 55 minutes each way, but it will get easier as I continue to do it. Today was an exception and I took the train due to an important investor meeting taking place here at the office, necessitating the 9:00am arrival of all employees, nicely dressed. I remembered this with only 30 minutes to get here so walking was out of the question. I dressed as nicely as I could given my limited wardrobe ability and actually got here on time.

I went to bed last night at 9:30pm and got the most amazing sleep ever – 100% sleep quality, according to my SleepCycle app. The little graph makes me so happy after months and months of sub-par sleep.

I've been struggling with trying to come up with subject matter to paint. Or rather, what to paint on a small scale. This is a challenge I've given myself as I believe it would be good for me to have a number of strong small scale pieces (around 50cm x 50cm) which could be easily shipped and shown. So I've had to think about and approach everything differently. Frustrating.

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Sushi and 25% sleep improvement

Aug. 21st, 2015 | 10:13 am

The sushi turned out OK but nothing to write home about. I didn't wrap the rolls tightly enough so the rice and filling falls out easily, it's kind of a mess. But I'm determined to start bringing my lunch to work so I can save some €, so I'm going to keep at it.

Some no-rice sushi ideas I'd like to try

I told a friend I would go to a roof-top networking party this evening but I have no real desire to go. I hate it when I agree to things I'm not really interested in doing, as if I have all the time in the world.

My sleep has improved about 25% since quitting coffee, the 'Sleep Cycle' graphs show a drammatic improvement. I've always known that I'm hyper-sensitive to caffeine (and once had a reaction so bad I was rushed off to the emergency room – from drinking a cup of strong TEA), so I guess it doesn't come as too big a shock that I can't even have a seriously watered-down cup of coffee first thing in the morning without it seriously disrupting my sleep. Bah.

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Aug. 20th, 2015 | 04:56 pm

I've been collecting all the various items to make sushi and I'm hopping to make a bunch of (veggie) sushi rolls when I get home, for both dinner this evening and lunch tomorrow afternoon.

Trying to figure out how I'll bring the wasabi & soy sauce to work for lunch tomorrow. And can't forget chopsticks or I'll be kinda screwed.

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Aug. 12th, 2015 | 03:20 pm

Last night I dreamed that I was on board a UFO. Not a grey, functional, StarTrek-type ship, it was more like a Versacci or Prada designed vessel with a high-end, luxurious interior. It was great. Makes me think maybe I should paint more UFOs.



I think next time rather than just roses I will go full-on Dutch still life with the exteriors. Something like a Jan van Huysum:



I'm feeling some money tightness lately, and dreading visiting the States due to the cost. I wish money wasn't a thing.

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