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wolf rudiger
31 December 2020 @ 05:33 am
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wolf rudiger
13 May 2011 @ 09:16 am
Hello everyone. :) Whether or not you know what "ATSLA" stands for, you should download my cover/mash-up, "Share the Dream". It's 7 songs - Dynamite, Bulletproof, Tik Tok, California Gurls, Club Can't Handle Me, Poker Face, and I Gotta Feeling - all condensed into one for your convenience! I've put a lot of time an effort into this song and it's far from perfect but I'm very proud of it, regardless. Please download, have a listen, and tell me what you think! http://www.sendspace.com/file/ptct2j
wolf rudiger
04 March 2011 @ 02:17 am
I find it interesting that America doesn't have a culture. We're a mixture of everything, a fusion of countless beautiful cultures in the world. We are exposed daily to a million different things from places all across the globe, yet we have the audacity to think that we are above the countries that gave us all we have and all we are and take their creations and cultures for granted.

When trying to come up with small gifts to send to foreign pen pals around the world, I'm stumped. Everything was either invented in another country or invented here, but now made in China. Of course, eventually, I come up with ideas - postcards, newspaper clippings, magazines, playing cards, candy. But it's more than just figuring out what a small, thoughtful gift would be. It's an assessment of our culture, the things about where I'm from and where I live that are interesting or remarkable.

There is nothing wrong with the fact that America is a melting pot. Quite the opposite. It's what makes America beautiful and so strong. But, of course, with every good thing, there is a bit of bad. It's largely impossible for something completely American to exist. We have baseball and apple pie, potato chips and candy buttons, democracy and freedom. At the heart of all these things, however, are influences from our ancestors from all kinds of countries - countries with their own unique cultures and customs. Nothing can be truly "American".

It's easy for people from other countries to find things to send to America. Americans are, generally speaking, quite ignorant about the world around them, which is quite an ironic thing. We have it in our heads from the second we reach school that America is the best. America is number one. America is the greatest country. Which, regardless of the actual amount of truth in those statements, somehow leads us to believe that we don't need to know anything about other countries. If it weren't for other countries, there would be no America. The cultures and people of the world created us, and we thank them by ignoring them, writing them off as terrorists, even bombing them. It is the least we can do to take the time to learn about the beautiful places we have on our planet and, in doing so, respect the peoples who allowed America to be born.

Our teachings about the world around us in school are minimal. While children sit in their classrooms across the country learning about American history, so are millions upon millions of other children in all kinds of foreign lands. They take the time to learn about us, yet we learn nothing about them. Foreign pen pals can write to us in English and send us gifts and tokens from their native lands. They can tell us about their lives and we are fascinated (or, in more apathetic cases, bored - though that is another issue entirely). What is there to tell them about us? What gifts can we send that are symbolic of our culture? It's not as easy from our end, however you look at it. Such an imbalance.

We can't teach our children everything about every country, no. But the impossibility should not stop us from trying. It should not stop us from teaching children to appreciate the world. We have an endlessly beautiful world, and it saddens me that so many people fail to see that. It saddens me to see so many Americans with seemingly endless ignorance who take everything for granted. At the same time, however, it makes me more thankful that I have been able to meet so many wonderful people the world over. It makes me more thankful for the opportunities and experiences I have had. It makes me savor the moments of opening letters - from England, Korea, Norway, Russia, Japan, everywhere - that much more.
wolf rudiger
22 January 2011 @ 10:05 pm
Hey bbs,
I have talked back and forth with so many of you about coming to visit and all of us getting a chance to hang out together. Can we make that happen for real? I miss you guys!

If you're interested, we can plan in the comments here or we can do it through Twitter, e-mail, IM, whatever. We just need a date, a place, and something to do!

A few of us have talked about getting together and going skating... countrakoczy and I were talking about going shopping... And scheisse_adc needs to introduce me to all of the crazy foreign food you guys have, haha. There are so many things we could do, or we could just meet somewhere and get some food and hang out all day and talk about skating. What do you think? Who's up for this? :)
wolf rudiger
20 November 2010 @ 08:08 pm
I pre-ordered and got my CD today. I decided to scan the booklet for those who don't have it yet or are curious or whatever. The colors on my scanner aren't the best, but these should do if you want to see the lyrics! Hopefully someone with a better scanner will scan their booklet soon. :)

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