a change of pace
I've been thinking a little, today. I've been spending a whole lot of time on the Internet the last couple of days, mostly reading English stuff, for my essay (on oral antidiabetic drigs of plant origin, if anybody's interested) and also more pleasure related stuff, plus listening to English podcasts while I was on my way through the city. It makes me think in English, and I was thinking about blogging stuff - mostly about this totally awesome podcast, which was the first I've ever listened to, and which made me smile the whole way from home to uni - and it's really strange to have to translate what I'm thinking back into German to blog it, so I decided that it was ok to have English blog entries in between the German ones. Since sometimes I'm thinking English and sometimes I'm thinking German. And sometimes I'm thinking a garbled mishmash, but I'll try to spare you (my imaginary readers) from that.
Anyway, here's what I've been thinking about blogging today.
It all began a couple of months ago, when I was watching the Star Trek TNG episode where first Captain Picard and then Dr. Crusher shout "Shut up, Wesley!" at Wesley Crusher. I was giggling at that (because, haven't we all thought that at one point or the other? Though, actually not at that point, because what he was saying really had merit, but anyway...) so, of course I googled it and found this funny review of the episode by Wil Wheaton, who is the actor playing Wesley, and it was so much fun to read, I read a bunch of others, giggled at them, googled Wil Wheaton and found his blog.
Now, I personally think that while Wesley Crusher was totally obnoxious during first season, he actually came to be really cute during season two (and he lost those really ugly jumpers, too, so that's a plus) and... anyway. I was talking about Wil Wheaton. Well, he's got a really active blog, and I read some of it, and it sounded interesting (also, I'm a really nosy person and love reading blogs about people's day-to-day life, yeah, I know, strange) so I read some more, and somehow, in the months since that, started doing lots of funny things I never did before. Like, microblog on twitter with stunning regularity. Read more blogs. Especially Wil's (and here, for the nonexistent people reading this and wanting to see what the fuss is all about: a link). And the newest? Listening to podcasts. Wil's, for the moment.
I've never been into podcasts or audio books or anything like that. Mostly, because I bought an audio book of some Miss Marple mysteries for my great-grandma some years ago, started listening to it with her, and was so appalled by the slow pace of the reading, I never touched another audio book again. (I bought the original BBC radio series of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and liked listening to it, but I never got past Chapter 5 or so. It was fun, but much too long to listen to the whole thing.) So, I'm not sure why, but I downloaded some of Wil Wheaton's podcasts today (probably thinking: I like reading his blog, I might like him talking the way he writes it) and just listening to the first two on my way to uni made me smile and giggle continually during the train ride. Wich is great, because I'll be on a plane to Italy really early tomorrow, and I'll probably be too tired to read, so I have a couple of hours of funny commentary to listen to.
So... I guess that's all I wanted to talk about today. Yes, I know I'm totally more talkative writing in English than in German. It's the mental language barrier (thinking I can write more freely, because not everybody will understand it anyway. Which is totally a lie, because obviously there's a lot more people speaking English than German. But it's psychological. Also, during the time I spent in the US, I spent way more time talking about practically nothing then I ever talked about anything substantial in Germany. So it's a habit).