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Kraftklub, du coole Sau

Das ist ungewöhnlich. Ja, auch, dass ich hier nach Jahrzehnten mal wieder was reinschreibe, aber das meine ich nicht. Sondern: Es ist ungewöhnlich, dass Künstler*innen selbstreflektiert und klug agieren, sich selbst hinterfragen und – in der Öffentlichkeit – älter, aber dabei trotzdem nicht langweilig werden.

Ach, was schreibe ich hier um den heißen Brei herum, es geht um Kraftklub.

Read on my dear…


Ich hatte die folgenden Absätze als Thread bei Twitter gepostet und haltet sie hier nochmal fest fürs Archiv. Der Text klingt in dieser Form etwas „abgehackt“, aber naja.

Read on my dear…


Hier passiert ja sonst nicht viel, aber das bedeutet natürlich nicht, dass ich untätig bin, weit gefehlt! Seit Januar mache ich z.B. wieder Radio, und zwar im Internet. Ihr könnt „RadioSpreeblick“ (anfangs hieß es „RadioClash“) jeden Montag live hören, derzeit sind Clubhouse und Mixcloud die Plattformen meiner Wahl.

Auf Clubhouse ist die Audio-Qualität die bessere, außerdem könnt ihr nebenbei mit anderen Zuhörenden und manchmal auch mit mir chatten. Ich freue mich, wenn ihr dabei seid!

Die vergangenen Shows sind hier zu hören, dort sind auch die Playlists für Spotify und Apple Music.


Corona in the house: Quarantäne mit der Familie

(Das Bild ist nicht aktuell, nur eine Momentaufnahme)

Letztes Update: 27.10.2020, 14:13 Uhr (Wir sind negativ getestet und damit erstmal aus der Quarantäne raus! Updates am Ende des Artikels.)

Für alle ebenfalls Betroffenen (und die, die sich vorbereiten wollen): Hier gibt es ein PDF-Flowchart, das für medizinisches Personal vorgesehen, aber auch für andere hilfreich ist, und hier noch Patienten-Infos zum Durchklicken, ebenfalls sehr hilfreich. Dank an Peter für die Links!


Unser Sohn wurde am 8.10.2020 positiv auf Covid-19 getestet, das Ergebnis lag am 10.10.2020 vor. Seit dem 8.10.2020 sind wir als vierköpfige Familie in Quarantäne. Seither erreichen wir niemanden unter den üblichen Nummern und beim Gesundheitsamt, keine Behörde hat mit uns Kontakt aufgenommen. Und wir haben deshalb ein paar Fragen. (Update zur Klarheit: Ab dem 17.10. hatten wir dann Kontakt, ab da lief dann alles auch sehr flott. Seit dem 20.10. ist unsere Quarantäne beendet. Details im Tagebuch unten.)

Read on my dear…

Mamaaa! Das Resultat (bisher)

Ich muss da nochmal an ein paar Kleinigkeiten ran, aber der Pre-Release ist da!


Mamaaa! Nur noch bis Dienstag Nacht!

UPDATE Die Aktion ist beendet. Am 7. Mai 2020 wird es das Resultat zu sehen geben. Wenn nichts dazwischen kommt …

Edit: Hier ist das bisherige Ergebnis!


This is Joe Public speaking: £ 1.620 gesammelt!

Ihr erinnert euch an das Clash-Fan-Buchprojekt von Anthony Davie? Das, bei dem dann einige von euch geholfen haben, es ins Deutsche zu übersetzen?

Anthony konnte aus dem Erlös der englischsprachigen Version nun einen ersten Scheck überreichen: 1.620 Pfund gehen an das Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London!

Natürlich kann man das Buch weiterhin bestellen (keine Affiliate-Links):

Hier geht es zur englischen Ausgabe, hier zur deutschen.


There She Goes – Die Spreeblick-Playlist zum #Brexit

Hier noch als Spotify-Link.


2019/2020 – House maintenance tips

The source of most roof leaks is hard to find because it originates away from where the leak shows up. In order to find the source of a leak, follow a roofer’s advice and “think like water.” I also recommend you to learn about seamless gutter company One Way Exteriors if you will be needing some extra help.

The elusive nature of roof leaks parallels the complexities often encountered in the realm of real estate. Just as water can defy expectations by originating far from the visible leak, understanding the value of my home involves peeling back layers to uncover hidden factors. Through collaboration and diligent evaluation, homeowners can unlock the full potential of their homes and make informed decisions that align with their financial goals and aspirations in the ever-evolving real estate landscape.

In addition, if you’re a property owner in Florida and your house’s or current space’s fire alarm system and/or water-based fire protection system such as a sprinkler system is not operational, you are required by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Florida Statute to implement a fire watch should that system become impaired. You may seek expert help from a professional Fire Watch Company in Lauderhill.

Drawing of a man placing pans beneath lines of dripping water.
Running out of pots and pans? It’s time to fix those roof leaks!

Water typically comes in through worn, broken, or missing shingles; where nails have worked loose; or through corroded or poorly sealed roof flashing around vents, skylights, or chimneys or along the intersections of roof planes.

Internal diagram of a roof, including water leaking through a shingle, sheathing, roof rafter to a topside ceiling.
A roof leak often travels down a rafter, showing up down-roof from where it begins.

Once water passes the roofing, it flows along the sheathing, roof rafters, or topside of ceilings until it finds a place to drip down—inevitably onto your favorite piece of furniture.

Look for a roof leak during the day. Go into the attic with a bright flashlight; step only on secure framing members and never on the insulation or topside of the ceiling below—neither of these will support you! Start above the place where the drip has occurred and work your way uproof, looking for wetness along the framing members.

If the weather has been dry for a while, look for water marks, stains, or discolorations on the wood made by moisture. Then switch off the light and try to find a hole where daylight shows through the roof. (With a wood-shingle roof, you’ll see many such places, but while the overlapped shingles let light show through they shed water.) If it’s still raining, put a bucket under the leak in an area with proper support. Let the bucket collect the drips and fix the leak when the weather clears.

HomeTips Pro Tip: For safety’s sake, don’t go onto a roof that is steeply pitched, don’t step on the plastic sheeting (particularly if it’s wet), and never go onto the roof during a thunderstorm.

Water-Testing for Roof Leaks
If you can’t find the cause of a leak from the attic or by visual inspection on the roof surface, wait for dry weather and ask a friend to help you do a water test. To do this, one person goes onto the roof with a garden hose; the other person goes inside the attic with a bucket and a strong light.

High-pressure garden hose nozzle hand sprayer control laid on a floor.
Use a garden hose with nozzle control to water-test for roof leaks.

The person in the attic watches carefully while the one on the roof floods the roof with the hose, starting at the bottom (the eaves) and slowly working uproof until water from the leak appears in the attic. Once the leak is found, push a nail up through the hole to mark its location for rooftop repair. Mark the surface of the roof with chalk, if necessary, get the most professional assistance from the best Roofing Company.

The exact methods for repairing the roof leak will depend upon the roofing material and the roof’s construction. Based on your roof, please refer to the following articles that offer step-by-step directions. If you’re unsure about the specific techniques or need professional assistance, it’s always a good idea to consult a skilled roof contractor Utah who can assess your situation and provide expert guidance tailored to your roofing needs.

• Asphalt Shingle Roof Repairs
• Built-up (Flat) Roof Repairs
• Metal Roofing Repairs
• Tile & Masonry Roof Repairs
• How to Repair Wood Shingle Roofing

Roof Leak Emergency
Here is how to make an emergency cover for your leaking roof from plastic sheeting and 2 by 4s:

1 Partially unroll or unfold enough heavy (6-mil) polyethylene sheeting to cover the leaking section of roof, from eaves to peak; add about 4 feet extra, and cut it with a utility knife. Wrap one end around a 2 by 4 that is as long as the plastic’s width; staple the plastic along the 2 by 4. Sandwich the assembly with a second 2 by 4, and nail the boards together with three or four 3-inch or 3 1/4-inch common nails.

2 Place the sandwiched end of the plastic along the eaves. Stretch the sheeting from eaves to ridge, running it over the top of the ridge and down the other side a few feet.

3 Sandwich the top end of the sheeting with another pair of 2 by 4s so the wind will not carry it away. Do not nail any part of this assembly to the roof.

Fast Fix for a Roof Leak
If you know that a roof leak is being caused by a hole, sometimes you can temporarily fix it with a 12-by-12-inch piece of galvanized sheet metal flashing, available at almost any home improvement center or hardware store.

Man’s hands lifting the damaged shingle, slipping a sheet metal flashing underneath.
Quickly fix a roof leak by slipping a sheet metal flashing up under the course above the hole.
© Don Vandervort, HomeTips
Lift the damaged shingle with one hand, and push the sheet metal flashing up underneath the shingle so the sheet metal covers the hole. It may be necessary to pry up one or more roofing nails in the row above the damaged shingle so you can push the flashing all the way up under the course of shingles above the leak so water will be shed over the metal.

About Do-It-Yourself Roof Repair
Working on top of a roof can be difficult and dangerous. Unless your roof’s pitch is relatively low and you have the necessary experience, tools, and confidence to get the job done safely, you should leave this work to a professional. In this case, please see our affiliate partner, HomeAdvisor, to receive free bids from local asphalt shingle roof repair pros.


Remembering Joe Strummer: A Message to you Rudy

Sehr langsam, trotzdem schön: Joe Strummer mit den Mescaleros und einem Klassiker.

Ein Post, der einmal mehr an den Mann erinnern soll, mit dem ich den Geburtstag teile und der am 22. Dezember 2002 (also vor mittlerweile 17 Jahren) tragischerweise verstorben ist. Und dessen T-Bird ich dann leider doch nicht gekauft habe. Und nach dem aber immerhin eine Schnecke benannt ist.

Verrückt, dass mich diese Band nicht wirklich in Ruhe lässt. Die Geschichte von unserem gemeinsamen Auftritt damals erschien in diesem Jahr in einem Buch voller Clash-Fan-Anekdoten und wurde vom Herausgeber beim Strummer Camp 2019 vorgelesen. Die deutsche Version wurde von einigen von euch übersetzt, ich durfte neben meiner Geschichte das Cover beisteuern und überhaupt: Schön, dass Musik immer noch verbindet!

Scheiße aber, dass so viele Leute wirklich fehlen.
Vergessen wir also nie, die zu feiern, die noch bei uns sind!


Neu: Spreeblick Weekly

If sleeping through the night feels like an impossible task, you’re not alone—
the CDC says over 30 percent of adults struggle with sleeplessness. And the causes of sleep deprivation vary, as many attribute their poor sleeping habits to stress, while some blame disruptive sounds outside the bedroom, and others have to accommodate irregular sleep schedules from shift work.

When it seems like there are countless factors working against a good night’s sleep, it can be difficult to stop the tossing and turning and get peaceful rest. But don’t worry, there are simple steps you can take as soon as today to start getting better sleep tonight.

In our article, we share 13 tips to sleep better at night, including creating a bedtime routine, exercising regularly, and using breathable bedding. Let’s get started. Improve your lifestyle in a healthy way with bariatric vitamin patches.

1. Turn Off Electronic Devices
First, it goes without saying, light impedes sleep. Nobody wants to fall asleep in a bright room or with a screen glaring in their eyes. There’s a real science to light hindering sleep, too.

The presence of sunlight, blue light, or really any light source, impacts your circadian rhythm (also known as your sleep-wake cycle). Your brain interprets light in your environment as a signal to stay active, and as a result, it suppresses melatonin, the sleep hormone. When there’s little to no light, or dim lights, the body produces more melatonin and prepares for sleep.

To prevent your devices from harming your sleep, we suggest turning them to Night Mode in the evenings. Or better yet, don’t use them at all 2-3 hours before bed. If you watch television before bed, turn down the brightness, and turn off any bright overhead lights in your living space. Creating a relaxing environment helps you unwind and better prepare for sleep.

2. Avoid Caffeine During the 6 to 7 Hours Before Sleep
Caffeine is a stimulant that works to keep you awake, not promote sleep. Energy drinks, soda, coffee, green tea, and other caffeinated beverages should be avoided in the afternoons and evenings—or, if you’re a shift worker, in the 6 to 7 hours leading up to bedtime—since it can stay in your system for nearly half of a day.

Look out for sneaky sources of caffeine, too, as chocolates and other sweet treats can sometimes cause an energy spike and influence your sleep at night. To play it safe, we suggest light, healthy foods and decaf beverages in the second half of your day as you prepare for sleep.

3. Set a Sleep Schedule
Another easy way to get yourself into the habit of falling asleep (and staying asleep) night after night is to set a schedule for yourself. Our circadian rhythm operates most smoothly when it follows a routine—going to bed and waking up at different times each day confuses our body and prevents us from ever establishing a real sleep schedule.

Following a strict bedtime and wake-up routine, even on the weekends and days you just want to kick back in bed, keeps your sleep-wake cycle working how it should and prevents sleep difficulties.

4. Establish a Regular Bedtime Routine
And to backpack on our last recommendation, we suggest reinforcing a regular sleep schedule with a regular bedtime routine and good sleep hygiene habits. Take the last hour or so in the evenings before bed to de-stress and prepare yourself for sleep. Put away technology, set aside thoughts of work and other responsibilities, and use this time to accomplish a few things for you and your sleep health.

Whether you prefer to take a bath and journal before bed, or squeeze in some gentle stretching and a shower, following the same bedtime routine night-after-night trains your brain to prepare for sleep at the same time every day. Eventually, you’ll be feeling drowsy and yawning before your head even hits your pillow.

5. Keep Your Bedroom Cool
Night sweats and overheating during sleep are bothersome to many, and even if you don’t struggle with night sweats, warm climates and hot bedsheets can make cool, comfy sleep a challenge. You can counter night sweats with a bedroom fan or a good A/C system—we just suggest shooting for a bedroom temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures below 54 and above 75 are too cold and too hot for sleep, but temperatures in the 60-degree range are usually just right.

6. Incorporate Foods for Sleep During Dinnertime
Just like there are foods to avoid before bedtime, there are sleep-enhancing foods you can try to help you get better rest. Turkey, salmon, leafy greens, white rice, and whole grains are all known to promote more peaceful shut-eye. Alternatively, big, heavy meals, greasy foods, and sugary desserts can cause indigestion and make sleep difficult.

To reap the benefits of these foods, we recommend planning dinners at least three hours before sleep, as this allows plenty of time for digestion. Do your best to limit late-night snacking, but if you find your stomach growling before bed, stick to light and healthy options like cheese and crackers or apple slices with peanut butter—these small bites contain
nutrients like tryptophan and fiber
to help sleep come more easily.

7. Take a Warm Bath (or Shower) Before Bed
Showering before bed can be helpful to sleep for a couple of reasons. One, most people want to climb into bed after a long day feeling fresh and clean. Washing away the day helps you relax and prepare to drift off to sleep. Two, the act of spiking your internal temperature in a hot shower or bath actually facilitates the cool-down process necessary to fall asleep. So, if you want to fall asleep fast, jump in a hot shower and then tuck away into bed—your body will feel relaxed and your core temperature will slowly drop until the lowest point needed for deep, slow-wave sleep.

8. Use Breathable Bedding
Using breathable bedding works to keep your body temperature regulated during the night, preventing you from waking up either too hot or too cold. Cotton is a wonderful year-round fabric, as it is insulative enough to keep you cozy during cold months yet lightweight enough to prevent heat retention in the summer. That said, Tencel, linen, and bamboo are other breathable bedding options worth considering.

Of course, we suggest our Amerisleep Percale Cotton or Tencel Sheets for sleepers, as we craft these sheets with high-quality fabrics to maintain comfort through every season.