My First Scare: The Wicked Witch of the West

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I remember it rather clearly: a house is blown away by a tornado, it is whirling around in the storm together with furniture and all kinds of stuff. Then, when an evil, green witch is flying on her broomstick past the window and I pull back the blanket over my head.

Of course you know what I’m talking about: The opening of The Wizard of Oz. From what I can remember that scene which was the first time that I had been scared about anything in a movie.

I’m not sure anymore whether I even enjoyed the movie as a whole, but I have seen it plenty of times. Guess there wasn’t much else to watch. The ritual of me watching the movie whilst hiding under a blanket repeated once a year. Traditionally the movie came back into TV during the christmas time if I remember correctly.

From what I remember the movie was mainly weird but I dreaded every scene in which the witch appeared. Logically the highlight of the movie was when she eventually melted away.

Now, almost 40 years later I have seen many, many scary movies, but in hindsight no other movie character has managed to scare me like the Wicked Witch of the West 1. She was the manifestation of all that was evil and scary for the much younger me. Things change of course.

Am I still scared of the wicked witch? Naturally not. She’s gone. Melted away. Every year around Chri… crap… anyway, Happy Halloween.


  1. To be honest, I had to do a search to figure out the characters’ name as it was only the scary green witch to me and I haven’t watched the movie since. 
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Just A Jam-Session Tune List

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A Jam Session is a great and informal place to explore and learn the Jazz language and most importantly, play with friends and learn from fellow musicians. Sadly so it seems there aren’t as many anymore. Despite this making me sound old, I do remember having been able to go to sessions four nights a week. Which today, even if I wanted to (which I admittedly don’t am), wouldn’t even be possible.

I have joined and listened to quite a few sessions, and it didn’t seem to matter which city or even country I was in, all of them shared more or less a common repertoire. A while ago I already had put a list of these tunes together, and since our local session is about to start again, I thought it would be neat to share it here as well.

Is this a complete list? Absolutely not! It’s not even intending to be, but if you are planning to join a Jazz Jam-Session knowing these, or at least some of these would be a good start. These are great tunes to play and learn anyway.

I’m blogging now regularly since 2006/2007 and maintain this one in it’s various iterations at least since 2008. I’m in the process of doing some maintenance and fix some faulty links and galleries and so on, and as such I also re-discovered some of my very old posts.

I was especially surprised about the images, which pre-retina and whatnot, are actually minuscule. A few years ago the images sizes were truly a lot different than today.

Exits and searches Lightroom galleries for original images.

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Something, Something Star Wars

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Star Wars is, and has always been close to my heart and this hasn’t changed much during the almost 37 years since it was released. I still remember the staring fascinated at the full-sized-ad in the movies section of the local newspaper. Even without seeing the movie it was clear from the beginning that a new fan was born.

When the movie originally was released in Germany I was too young to see it right away and had to wait until it came back into the theatres a year or two later. But I was a fan: I tried to watch the weekly movie program on TV hoping for excerpts or trailers and collected (like everyone else) everything that I could get about the movie. Obviously I had the sticker album, behind-the-scenes articles, the book, an audio-play and, of course, the Kenner figurines and a few spaceships. I even owned the Mad Magazine version of it.

Suffice to say that none of these have made it through time. In hindsight it would be nice to own them still. I am fortunate though, that I have a second chance and relive this time again together with my kids.

When it was then time to see the movie I already had listened the audio-play about a hundred times, read the book and knew everything about the movie. It didn’t matter, when the movie started it was all forgotten and I watched the movie as if I knew nothing about it.

All this came back to my mind when I ran into this series of photographs by photographer Thomas Dagg who cleverly photoshopped Star Wars objects into street photography . Very interesting and sometimes one has to look a while to see it. (via: Substraction )

Then there is the Lego Star Wars photography by finish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki. I enjoyed the Hoth series, but also the album of the action figures is particularly nice. Which of course is another somewhat painful reminder that I sold mine back in the days.

There is of course also this well made video located in Frankfurt Airport. It is actually a rather fun and very well made video. How anyone though can think this is an actually real and from the movie set is absolutely beyond me.

I’m not sure anymore which podcast tipped me to the Star Wars Holiday Special but I would like to see it one day. But I doubt it is worth watching considering George Lucas’s comment on the special:

If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.

Our own holiday version from last year though was fun and eventually tasted well.

It’s another year before Episode VII comes into the theatres and I have the feeling it will be a long wait.

I Should Have Known Better – Part II

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My stint over to Ulysses III was a short one. It’s a great app which I like a lot and gladly recommend to anyone but Writer Pro just suits me better. I prefer it because it let’s me do only one thing and one thing only: write stuff.

It is obvious that I lack the discipline to work with an app like Ulysses , or any app that allows for customisation for that matter I guess (you should have seen me setting up Sublime Text) . It took only a few days before I found a project in my task manager entitled: Create Ulysses theme and found myself looking for nice colour schemes and planning to do some nice document export themes as well. I should have seen that coming.

Will I try it again once the iPad version comes out? Of course I will! I’m weird, I know.

And by the way: Writer Pro’s latest update fixes the external keyboard issues that I ran into. It’s working fine for me now on every platform and I’m looking forward to work with it on my new phone which should be here soon.