Spanish Ska

Dear Reader,

As mentioned here, I had the pleasure of traveling into Spanish speaking territory. And I had the pleasure to party – when did this become a verb? – with youngsters. And at one of those parties, in the early morning hours I played Madness. Two guys went nuts on the dance floor first, and then asked: “Do you like Ska?” What a question. Diablog readers know, Glynsky and I love Ska.

Then they surprised me with Spanish Ska. I wonder, whether Glynsky knows this:

The band name, Ska-P, is wordplay for escape as well as Ska – Punk. Supposedly, they are big in Latin and South America.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

Never retire

Dear Reader,

The following is for our younger readers. And by younger I mean 15 to 30 years old. It is a piece of unsolicited advice. For once I know Glynsky and I agree on the matter. The matter being “retirement”.

Glynsky and I are extremely lucky. We can say: All of our life is hobbies. And we will never have to – or want to – retire.

Our main sources of income are from a hobby. There are ups and downs, naturally. And we both enjoy what we do, including those ups and downs. Granted, the ups are more fun.

We are self-employed. Thus, we do not have a boss. Instead we have clients. That is one of the most important issues. Neither to have a boss, nor idiotic colleagues or associates. We work with and for people we like. Nasty people never make it onto the client list.

Besides the hobby, that ended up being the main source of income, we both enjoy lots of other hobbies. Like the main hobby, those other hobbies give us pleasure and are sources of joy. Sometimes we have success, and sometimes we fail. Some of the hobbies occasionally turn out revenue or a profit or benefits other than money. Some don’t. All hobbies are bringing us in touch with nice people. And sometimes those nice people turn out to become clients. Others become suppliers or service providers to our main hobby, or recommend us to other potential clients. All this happens naturally. Because, you guessed it, nice people.

You might have noticed, neither of us draws a line between. what most people call, business life and private life. For us it is two sides of the same coin. By the way, it was like that for most people until the industrial revolution.

Now let’s take a look, what other people, aka the majority, do.

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Mindset List

Dear Reader,

In this post I claimed, that Jon Stewart had an impact on a whole generation. This years Mindset List of 2018 provides proof (#7, emphasis mine). Here are my favorites:

Students entering college this fall in the Class of 2018…
1. During their initial weeks of kindergarten, they were upset by endlessly repeated images of planes blasting into the World Trade Center.
4. When they see wire-rimmed glasses, they think Harry Potter, not John Lennon.
5. “Press pound” on the phone is now translated as “hit hashtag.”
6. Celebrity “selfies” are far cooler than autographs.
7. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has always been the only news program that really “gets it right.”
11. The water cooler is no longer the workplace social center; it’s the place to fill your water bottle.
23. Hello Dolly…cloning has always been a fact, not science fiction.
30. There has always been “TV” designed to be watched exclusively on the web.
35. Yet another blessing of digital technology: They have never had to hide their dirty magazines under the bed.
38. Attending schools outside their neighborhoods, they gather with friends on Skype, not in their local park.
45. One route to pregnancy has always been through frozen eggs.
48. “Salon” has always been an online magazine.
53. “Good feedback” means getting 30 likes on your last Facebook post in a single afternoon.

For the complete list go to:

Stay tuned,

Engine Room


Happy Birthday – you’re unbelievable

Dear Reader,

Someone  is celebrating his birthday today. I know he is, but – of course – I am not invited. Following the old English tradition, peasants should know their place.

I am not sure, whether he will appreciate the following birthday song, hand picked for his highness. Although, it is a classic, English by EMF, got to #1 in the USA, and is almost 25 years old.

In addition the title “You’re unbelievable” suits our birthday boy pretty well, so do some of the lyrics. Here it is:

And the constant background chorus: “What the fuck was that?” is a thought, crossing my mind every time I hear or read from Monsieur.

Many returns!

Engine Room

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Reader,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I certainly had with the youngest offspring around.

And while we are talking offspring, maybe yours was running around with sagging pants? Either you ignore it, or you play this song from The Offspring. Although 15 years old, it is still relevant:

Stay tuned and amused,

Engine Room