First of all, this blog is now syndicated to my Amazon.com author page.
Besides, I’m busy getting the next Pegasus Pulp e-novella ready for publication, so instead of a longer post, here just a short list of things that piss me off:
- The weather
Even without record-breaking rainfalls like yesterday, the weather is still annoying. It’s hot, it’s very humid, there’s still intermittent rain and worst of all, it doesn’t cool off at night. For three nights in a row now, the temperatures haven’t dropped under 17° Celsius. Yes, I’m aware that the people in Texas are having a much more horrible summer, but the US also has a lot more air-conditioning, whereas Germans seem to consider air-conditioning a mortal sin. Many shopping malls and supermarkets don’t switch on their air-conditioning systems even at temperatures above 25° Celsius.
- Accidentally recording a TV pilot in French without subtitles:
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency pilot aired yesterday evening on the German/French TV channel arte. Because I was at the translators’ meet-up yesterday evening, I recorded the pilot. But when I wanted to watch it tonight, it turned out that the film was in French without subtitles. Now the arte channel is a German/French joint venture, but they normally broadcast the German version in Germany and the French version in France (I can get the French version via satellite, though) And if a program is in French only (or reversely, German only), it is always subtitled. But this was just a French dub of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency without any subtitles whatsoever. I suspect that someone at the channel messed up and accidentally broadcast the French version on the German channel. It’s still annoying, because I was looking forward to the show and instead ended up watching the umpteenth rerun of Cold Case.
- Porny trailers on public television:
The German public TV stations are very, very sensitive regarding violence to the point that they don’t air something as harmless as the BBC’s Sherlock before ten p.m. Besides, in the 1980s, when they were the only game in town, they censored US shows like Magnum P.I. or even Dallas and declared action films like Mad Max or Die Hard unbroadcastable, because of the violence.
However, they have considerably less issues with sex. Hence, one of the two big public TV stations, ZDF, runs a series of erotic films named Sommernachtsphantasien (Summer night fantasies) every Monday at ten p.m., i.e. in the same timeslot as Sherlock or The Midsummer Murders. However, while it is easy to avoid the film series, if you don’t want to watch it, you cannot avoid the trailers, because they are airing them all the time after ten P.M. Even worse, the trailers are basically edited together from solely from sex scenes, so the films seem more erotic than they actually are. So any ZDF viewer is basically bombarded with misleading and porny trailers for films which are not porn at all. And this happens every freaking summer.
Finally, here’s something funny. On the Deutsche Welle homepage, there is the following headline today: “Economists stay calm as stocks crash worldwide” Though that in itself is not funny. What makes this run-of-the-mill stockmarket crash headline funny is the fact that it runs under the topic “soccer”.