Probably the most awesome/desperate demo submission we ever got

Oh. My. Goodness.

This is probably one of the worst demo submissions we ever got. It's wrong in all possible ways. It's so full of FAIL and cries "nooooo - please stop it!" on all ends, yet it's so desperate and full of an adorable amount of self-esteem I could not help but share it with you.

Here's the story:

I was just working on getting the promo campaign ready for the upcoming Pesto EP002 "Booty Shakers". So I converted the master files to MP3 format, uploaded them to the server, etc. While doing so, I sent out a tweet describing what I was about to do - yeah, I love to keep you up to date:

screen capture of a tweet sent by Pesto Music

A few minutes later, I received this reply via twitter from a person I'm not following:

screen capture of a tweet reply by Ashley

Hardly readable in light pink on white but her tweet says: "███▀▀██████▄▄LOOKING FOR THE SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITY THAT I NEED, PLZ PLZ HELP"

I don't know if it was "booty", "shakers" or "pestomusic" that triggered Ashley's reply and usually, tweets like this are spam. I flag them as spam and report them to twitter, block the user and continue from where I was before. Not this time. My instinct told me to look up that profile. Hey, it could also be she's a young, undiscovered super talent and I'm missing the opportunity of having another great vocalist for Pesto - so don't judge me! I checked it, clicked the provided link and found her "demo" on YouTube. And couldn't stop laughing my arse off.

Here's that demo - I should probably rip the video it in order to have it in the archive. Priceless!

Do you think I'm a bad guy by exposing Ashley or do you think she's the next big thing? And be honest, are you having at least a grin on your face?;)

Dresden loses UNESCO world heritage status [update]

Oh, and another one linked to my childhood - this time concerning the city I was born in: Dresden.


So the idiots in Dresden managed to get rid off their UNESCO world heritage status. The process to become one is actually pretty costly and takes years until approval. After unbelievable bombings towards the end of WW2, Dresden has been rebuilt over the years with the reconstruction of the "Frauenkirche" in 2005 being the highlight.

Dresden loses its status because of a bridge that's going to cross the river Elbe (not the one pictured), the related construction sites also destroy a nature reserve. And yes, there had been plans for a tunnel below the river.

May I mention that the cathedral of Cologne, where I reside currently (in Cologne, not in the cathedral, of course) is still on the list? Cologne win, Dresden FAIL.

[update: the only other country to lose its UNESCO heritage status ever is the emirate of Oman. They wanted easier access to their oil reserves and therefore drastically decreased the size of a nature reserve in 2007. Now, Germany is not only in line with Iran and China when it comes to internet censorship but also in the good company of countries that destroy their natural beauty and cultural heritage. Germany EPIC FAIL]

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