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All Picks posted by Julian Schmidli
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Julian Schmidli
February 13, 2014
Rilke says

Rilke says: «Don’t take away my demons because my angels will depart as well.»

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Julian Schmidli
February 2, 2014
Dark Is The Night

Manchmal, wenn die Gedanken nicht zur Ruhe kommen, wenn die Hände sich nicht vom Buch lösen können, festgekrallt in dieser nächtlichen Zwischenwelt, wenn der Blick durch das Fenster über die Häuserreihen meiner Stadt schweift und an einem einsam leuchtenden Fenster hängen bleibt, da frage ich mich: Wer sind [more]

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Julian Schmidli
January 25, 2014
Predicting Love

Today I stumbled upon the funniest, nerdiest love-story in a long time. Before I’ll tell you all about it, let me lose a few words about finding love in the 21st century. Have you ever heard about Tinder? It’s a social dating app on your phone that uses [more]

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Julian Schmidli
January 25, 2014
There Are Ways

How to live a life with less bullshit, a happier, a better life? At the end of these loosely connected essays, this might be the most important of all questions. I found a rather beautiful answer in a speech by George Saunders. He deeply encourages everyone to harness [more]

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Julian Schmidli
January 22, 2014
On Contemplation

In my first pick I described the very nature of bullshit, concluding by citing Harry G. Frankfurt: «Bullshit is unavoidable whenever circumstances require someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about.» This often is the case with people who are required to talk all the time: [more]

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Julian Schmidli
January 18, 2014
Options

I’ve been wanting to write about love and bullshit since the beginning. I guess, by now any moment is as good as this one. I am always bewildered of how many arguments and explanations people come up with when it comes to love. I have stopped trying to [more]

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Julian Schmidli
January 13, 2014
Jonathan says

Jonathan Harris, writer, visionary, artist, published a very moving, personal essay about his achievements in life. The internet-wunderkind, always striving for sense in a connected world, has come back to his original talents and gives precious advice: «We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is [more]

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Julian Schmidli

I know people who remember everything. They remember what they were wearing when we met, every time we met, they remember everything we talked about, every silly little joke. They remember everything about their childhood, every punch they’d taken, the names of the punchers, the shape their bloody [more]

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Julian Schmidli
January 9, 2014
The Perfect Dance

There is something odd about the concept of time. It suggests that every hour, every minute, every second have the same length. That life is countable and everyone has got the same amount of it. To me, this feels wrong. Time is like the perfect dance. A prompt [more]

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Julian Schmidli
January 8, 2014
Nerd for Life

I am a nerd. «A nerd (adjective: nerdy) is a person, typically described as being overly intellectual, obsessive, or socially impaired.» says Wikipedia. And yeah, I am exactly that. Even more: I am a nerd for life. It starts at the edge of my bed. Piles of books, [more]

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Julian Schmidli

Science sometimes blows my mind. It puts things back into perspective and, after a hard day at work, refreshes my curiosity. No one could be better at this than the fabulous guys of Radiolab: fresh, witty and incredibly entertaining. In their latest podcast, for example, they explain why [more]

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Julian Schmidli

At the moment there is a discussion going on in Switzerland about a really serious subject: humor. It all started with the mayor of our capital-city, an elderly guy from the left, and his ambitions in stand-up-comedy. His jokes didn’t really work, so no one bothered, except for [more]

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Julian Schmidli
January 4, 2014
Der Teufel im Detail

Der deutsche Schriftsteller Wolfgang Herrndorf schrieb oft über den Tod, seit er 2010 an einem Gehirntumor erkrankte, feinfühlig und wortgewaltig. Unter anderem diese sehr lustige Passage: «Wenn ich es mir aussuchen könnte, würde ich am liebsten bei einem Flugzeugabsturz sterben. Aber auf gar keinen Fall im Bett. Vielleicht [more]

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Julian Schmidli

On New Years Eve in Hamburg, fireworks are omnipresent. You can buy them everywhere and in huge stocks. Arsenals of rockets on sticks, packs of small paper balls filled with black powder, «Chinaböller» by the dozens, whole blocks of assorted, orchestrated mini-rockets that look like some modern air [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 31, 2013
Data Will Help Us

The biggest buzzword in 2013 was «Big Data». It was everywhere, especially in the speeches of all the bullshitters. And as with everything buzzy, a counter-movement has emerged, claiming «Big Data» is harmful. In the light of the NSA-scandal: an obvious point to be made. As for me, [more]

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Julian Schmidli

These days I’m a visitor at Chaos Computer Club Congress #30C3 in Hamburg, the biggest european meeting for hacks and hackers. Germany has recently become a haven for internet/information activists, guesting people like Laura Poitras or Jacob Appelbaum. No surprise the issue around the governmental eavesdropping on literally [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 26, 2013
Home for Christmas 2

Zwischenjahreszeit, Karussell der Erinnerungen, Schleudersitz der Gefühle, zweiter Teil. Dieses Gefühl. Nach Hause zu kommen, in das Zimmer, in dem man aufwuchs, wo alles so klein ist was mal so gross schien, im zu kleinen Bett zu liegen, Waschmittel wie vor zehn Jahren, einen Atem voll nehmen, die [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 26, 2013
Zwischenjahreszeiten

Zwischenjahreszeit. Zwischen den Jahren, zwischen den Zeiten. Katapult in die Vergangenheit, zurück in die ehemalige Heimat, Heimat noch immer, Heimat auf ewig. Auf der Eisbahn, schlaksig die Beine, trocken der Atem, wie eine Wolke aufgewühlten, gefriertrockneten Staubs aus den Tiefen des elterlichen Estrichs. Alle kreisen hier, die coolen [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 24, 2013
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

… and to you all, marvelous smart bright shrewd 60people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BaqIManacQ

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Julian Schmidli
December 20, 2013
Consider the Hummingbird

When the year comes to an end, a lumbering sadness overcomes me. It is checking a checkbox, knowing it was not all done. I haven’t done everything I wanted to. I haven’t lived or laughed or kissed enough. I have wasted time, arguing with people, being angry at [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 20, 2013
Bullshit Bingo

Back at journalism school we used to play a game called «Bullshit Bingo». Everyone got a paper full of business lingo or political phrases, and we would watch speeches or read PR magazines out loud. Everytime you heard a word from your list, you could cross it out. [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 18, 2013
Average Is Over? Get Over It

Are you one of the chosen few? Find out with this test. You better be ready! Ready? Okay, here we go: How many times – within one day –  do the two pointers of a clock cross each other? I I V Do you know? Come on, do [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 16, 2013
Michael says

Michael Haneke says: «I’m interested in seeing films that confront me with new things, with films that make me question myself, with films that help me to reflect on subjects that I hadn’t thought about before, films that help me progress and advance. Those are the kinds of [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 16, 2013
Don’t call it binging

This smart pick by Theresia Enzensberger made me think of how I consume pop culture. Theresia concludes with the observation, that people apparently like to binge on pop culture, referencing House of Cards and the new Beyoncé album. I think, in that sense I might be a binger. [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 14, 2013
Faux Amis

I often ask my parents for advice. They’ve known me since, well, always and they often do a great job. But what they totally fail with is predicting my future. They tend to draw from their own experiences, and honestly, those are outdated. The circumstances of my generation [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 14, 2013
Killing Werther Effect

A friend invited to a conspirative meeting with strangers (where I bumped into 60pages-fellow Simon), so I joined in for a pinot noir. And how refreshing it felt: straight-talking to people, unknown to me to that minute, cutting the crap. We plowed through the topics – the definition [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 12, 2013
On Cokeheads

Lately I seem to be surrounded by cokeheads. In the train, in bars, even in work related places. You recognize them from afar: Their galvanizing body movements, like the ministry of silly walks on speed. The constant fiddling with their noses – sniffing, puffing, snorting. The stray gaze [more]

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Julian Schmidli

There is something startling about natural scientists. A friend of mine recently dated a post-doc physicist, who needs 11 hours of sleep and says he wouldn’t even start thinking a thought without a timeframe of minimum five hours with no disturbance. They often have something philosophical about them, [more]

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Julian Schmidli

Most of you know me as a calm, rational person, but I have an obsession to confess. I am obsessed with people. Not everyone, just certain kinds, very special kinds of people. Persons that make my heart bounce around instantly like a squash ball without the gravity. They [more]

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Julian Schmidli

Woody Allen says: «You can’t ride two horses with one behind.» By now I must be riding a whole herd.

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Julian Schmidli
December 8, 2013
Exit Strategy

Do you sometimes think about leaving it all? Pursuing an exit strategy, not coming back? For me, there is something calming about it. I was at the country-side over the weekend, visiting family and friends, reflecting my life in the light of others. We hiked onto a hill [more]

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Julian Schmidli

Margret Boveri, so umstritten wie sie war, trifft mit diesen Zeilen doch ziemlich zeitlos ein Gefühl dieser Tage: «Ich fühle mich fähig, entgegengesetzte Elemente in mir zu beherbergen und jedem zu seinem Recht zu verhelfen. Der Preis dafür ist, daß ich auf die Frage, ob ich links oder [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 6, 2013
Ni un dia sin poesia

I once read a graffiti in the subway of Barcelona: «Ni un dia sin poesia» Not a day without poetry, it says. And it is so true: Some lines of Emily Dickinson, Nicanor Parra, Mascha Kaleko or Walt Whitman can save my day. No more words needed. Zum [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 5, 2013
The New Truth

Recently I read an interview with a poet from the tuareg tribe. Apart from the striking beauty of his unimaginable existence in the middle of the Sahara desert, I found a quote that made me think. «A good story is always true, even if it never happened», the [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 4, 2013
On Deadlines

Douglas Adams says: «I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.» Woosh.

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Julian Schmidli

Ich habe einen Freund, der kann Geschichten erzählen wie kaum einer. Er erzählt sie nicht von Anfang bis Ende, nicht von hinten nach vorne, sondern gleitet am Rande des Unerzählbaren entlang, wie ein Fischer auf dem Hades, mal hüben, mal drüben, durchhangen von Nebelschwaden der Melancholie, erzählt in [more]

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Julian Schmidli

This is a truth, so sad and beautiful, that some days it almost kills me: You and me and all of us will miss almost everything in this world. When I was a child, I felt like time was endless. Days were these undiscovered spaces. I was an [more]

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Julian Schmidli
December 1, 2013
Gertrude says

«In the inside there is sleeping, in the outside there is reddening, in the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling. In the evening there is feeling. In feeling anything is resting, in feeling anything is mounting, in feeling there is resignation, in feeling there [more]

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Julian Schmidli

You know the situation: You sit at a table with some friends (or your family, or at work). You’re having a conversation. And every so often someone reaches in his pocket and starts typing on his smartphone. It doesn’t disturb the conversation but it kind of feels intruding: [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 29, 2013
Sex, Lies And Bullshit

I just lied to you. This will not be about sex. But I lied to you on purpose. You see, there is a subtle difference between lies and bullshit. Because, as Harry G. Frankfurt puts it, «it is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the [more]

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Julian Schmidli

To fight bullshit in your life, what you need most is what Ernest Hemingway called a «built-in, shock-proof shit detector». Something inside of you that makes the alarm go off immediately: Bullshit! Bullshit! A signal to bridge the noise. A Geiger-counter for nonsense. You can train that detector [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 27, 2013
On Writing & Failing

I adore this quote: «The reader walks away from real art heavier than she came to it. Fuller. All the attention and engagement and work you need to get from the reader can’t be for your benefit; it’s got to be for hers. What’s poisonous about the cultural [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 26, 2013
Preconceptions

There is nothing wrong with having preconceptions. In a way they are intuitive predictions of how someone will be, based on the experiences we’ve had before. Oftentimes they prove to be right. So we stick to them. I love it, when my preconceptions are proven to be wrong. It [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 25, 2013
Everything Is Interconnected

Yesterday I went to a fabulous performance of «Rigoletto» at the opera in Cologne. It was my first time seeing a Verdi-Opera and it blew my mind. I was lucky to go with a friend and opera-aficionado, who briefed me on the train ride. Opera is all about [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 25, 2013
Democracy and Bullshit

On a regular Swiss voting-sunday, taking place every few months, you can experience the magic of democracy in its full perspective. Even in the smallest towns in the backcountry you can see people practicing their citizen-rights, waiting in line at the voting polls. There are thousands of people [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 23, 2013
On 1:12 and Bullshit

Today I went out to vote and on my way I still couldn’t decide what to vote for. Here’s the dilemma: the people of Switzerland are voting on the so-called «1:12-Initiative». Coming from the left, the initiative, in a nutshell, wants to oblige companies to not pay higher [more]

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Julian Schmidli

There is a certain mutual agreement taking over a lot of people’s minds, and it says that technology is bad for you. You can look at bookshelves and bestseller-lists and you will find all kinds of books, essays and guides claiming it. Some say, the internet rewires our [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 21, 2013
Kennedy and Conspiracy

Tomorrow John F. Kennedy will be dead for 50 years. Don’t get me wrong, but I am no fan of anniversaries. They often celebrate a part of the past in a glorifying tone that makes me feel uncomfortable. The past is reduced to a few well-narrated lines whilst [more]

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Julian Schmidli

A lot of people mistake appearance for quality. The better something looks, the richer the form, the better it is. Or so they think. This is interesting when it comes to writing or the market of thoughts in general. A book – finely printed paper, carefully bound and [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 19, 2013
Waldo Finds Himself

What really can get you through a cold, rough day: humour. It can be silly, it can be dark, it can be sweet or nasty. If laughter prevails, so will you.

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Julian Schmidli
November 18, 2013
On Running

There is something about running. The combination of repeating a simple body movement and reaching a higher state of flow. The sky above, the ground below, getting on, letting go. It’s like recalibrating your brain. I don’t like going to the gym for that matter. There are eyes [more]

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Julian Schmidli

In today’s issue of the german magazine DER SPIEGEL you can find an astonishing, sad story about a man, fallen out of time. He grew up during the Nazi era, son of a go-getting art dealer. When his father died (and later his mother), he inherited a treasure [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 16, 2013
Brainslag

I like the german word «Entschlacken». Schlack is the kind of sticky slag you’d find, if you melted an entire building: an impure mixture of iron, copper, glass and the likes. It is the state I sometimes feel like after a really busy week. Schlacky. Saturdays, for that [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 15, 2013
On Bullshit Jobs

A few weeks ago I got a job offer. The kind of shiny-new-job that is supposed to save journalism. Except that it won’t. Because no one has a clou what they’re talking about. You see, there is a gap between the generation of the bosses (in their 40ies [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 14, 2013
In the Air Tonight

Last night I went to a concert by the upcoming Swiss band Pablo Nouvelle. It was a mesmerizing, nostalgia-inducing experience. There was something about the venue, small and snug, and apparently the only music-place you can smoke inside in all of Switzerland. There were exactly so many people to fill [more]

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Julian Schmidli
November 13, 2013
On Bullshit

Probably you all knew the following verdict for a long time: Life is full of bullshit. Well, not me (although I had a feeling). I wasn’t aware of the magnitude of bullshitness in my life until, a few months ago, I finally read Harry G. Frankfurt‘s essay «On [more]