Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Solitary Experiments is a German Electro/Future-Pop band out of Frankfurt. The band’s story started in 1993 with a Commodore Amiga and a Kawai K4 synthesizer. Michael Thielemann and Dennis Schober experimented with this equipment under the name “Plague”. One year later, in 1994, the founding of the project known as “Solitary Experiments” had begun. (Double click on videos for full screen.)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
This simple cell phone image represents the beginning of a new life aspiration. Uwe the bicycle racer as most have known me is no more. The aspiration of being a scholar of ancient oriental philosophy has been put on indefinite hold. Even longer in the past are my attempts as a sports car racer and Buddhist Monk. And finally, my present involvement as an amateur boxer will never be more than an athletic hobby.
My new aspiration is as an actor. The above photo was the first shared as a headshot to a Chicago based casting company, Atmosphere Casting. The plan was to land the role as a driver for the film “Jupiter Ascending”, instead it landed me the job of stand-in. It is not my first exposure to acting. Long ago I was part of four different Operas at the Chicago Lyric Opera and several years ago I was a key actor in a commercial for SAP where I played the part of an elite cyclist. There were other small roles such as in a music video and in an independent short film.
But none-the-less, the aspiration of being an actual actor is a real challenge for me. I could easily give in to psychological comfort and continue on the path to being a scholar and hide myself away behind a mountain of books in a tiny office at some university. But instead I’ve chosen to confront my personal introverted and passive aggressive self, to broaden my character, to challenge myself, to embrace the change that occurs all around me and in me everyday, to make imagination become reality.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Apoptygma Berzerk is a Norwegian/Danish musical group. Stephan Groth and Jon Erik Martinsen formed the band in 1989. They have achieved success with a brand of synthpop and ballads backed with electronic rhythms, commonly known within the scene and referring to themselves as "futurepop" or “electro-rock”. The name "Apoptygma Berzerk" either has a secret meaning or does not mean anything. The name is reminiscent of the word apophthegm, which means a statement that speaks one's mind - which would make the title mean a berserk manifesto. 1984 IS NOW! (Double click on videos for full screen.)
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
The purest and most viscerally engaging Porsche; the 2014 911 GT3. Base price: $131,350, vehicle layout: Rear-engine, Rear wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe, engine: 3.8L/475-hp/325-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve F-6, transmission: 7-speed twin-clutch auto, curb weight: 3200 lbs, wheelbase: 96.7 in, length x width x height: 178.9 x 72.9 x 50.0 inches, 0-60 mph: 3.2 seconds, EPA city/hwy: 18/26 mpg, on sale (in the U.S.): Fall 2013. (Double click on videos for full screen.)
Friday, July 5, 2013
As an aspiring amateur boxer who also happens to fight out of the unconventional southpaw stance I wish to pay tribute here to a fellow southpaw boxer, Mads Larsen. Mads Larsen from Denmark, known as “Golden Boy”, was the European, IBO and WBF world super middleweight Champion and once held a 51-2 record with 38 wins by KO.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
The band, Clan of Xymox, also known as simply Xymox, formed in the Netherlands in 1981. Early pioneers of the dark and moody electronic music known as darkwave, their 1980's releases included synthpop and electronic dance music. Here are two tracks off their 1989 album, Twist of Shadows. (Double click on videos for full screen.)
Sunday, June 30, 2013
BMW announced the M3 GTS in November 2009. The car is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 based on the 4.0-litre engine found in the standard M3, which produces a maximum of 450 PS (444 hp). The car weighs 300 pounds less than the standard M3 due to various weight savings. A total of only 250 units were produced. The M3 GTS can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.6 seconds and 0-100 mph in 7.8 seconds. In Germany deliveries began in May 2010 while other countries were scheduled for the summer of 2010. All E92 M3 GTS models have been sold. (Double click on videos for full screen.)
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Based in the Netherlands Angels & Agony was forged in the fall of 1995 by Reinier Kahle. In contrast with many electro-industrial projects whose lyrics center on violence and provocation, Angels and Agony songs are philosophical and humanist in character. The lyrics of Angels & Agony deal with metaphysical, philosophical issues, visions distilled from Buddhism and Taoism, combined with intensely perceptive speculations on life and death. Although the music can be dark and melancholic, but still danceable with pumping beats and sequences, the songs have a very positive message. (Double click on videos for full screen.)