30th July, 2008. 10:15 am. France and the month after
France was great. I already had a cold from the week before and terrible coughing fits started to come, but i didnt mind that then. Speaking french in France and actually being understood is exciting. Definatly the language i havent yet mastered as much as i would like to. Doesnt come as easy to me as english did.
I enjoyed using my brandnew camera (a Canon EOS 450D DSLR, for the technically interested), but i am still lazy with uploading. http://picasaweb.google.de/loki1978de/FrankreichAnnecy2008
Harmony, these pics were made just for you ;)
The week i got home, i could immediately walk home again on the first day of work, cause they made a mistake in keeping track of where i should work this time. Made me take the last two days of that week off.
Two more weeks at my usual workplace. On friday of the first week i decided to finally go and see a doctor at the morning. The coughing fits got worst in the morning. Of course, after hours of keeping the body immobile, the slime in the lungs was the worst.
Kept me coughing for minutes. Additionally, the sunday before, the fit was so bad, that i somehow managed to sprain muscles in my lower back. Near the spine. Again worst in the morning. Try drying yourself after a morning shower, when you cant bend.
Well, the doc prescribed some small pain drugs and coughing drops and wanted to send me home for one week. I ACTUALLY said something like "no, i cant take the whole week off"
So i returned to work a week later for thursday and friday.
Before that came another sunday.....where a coughing fit did either
a) break a rib on the right side
b) the phrenic (says dict.leo.org)
No problem, i already had painkillers
Last saturday i was herehttp://picasaweb.google.de/loki1978de/KaltenbergBestOf
Kaltenberg is the world's largest knight tournament
Enjoy the photos
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30th June, 2008. 7:08 pm. Leaving for France tomorrow
Vacation, here i come
"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne41. Animal Farm - George Orwell42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73.The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
5th May, 2008. 10:48 am. blah
first things first: i want this http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=150-year-old-computer-babbage&sc=rss
i have a cold...just want to mention it.
Had a BBQ on thursday..stayed to long out in the night and in only a tshirt.....yeah, smart me
Friday was fine
Saturday i woke up with a really sore throat. And since then i heavily use paper.
On saturday i was at a nice antique market, but i didnt buy more than just a few second hand books. Took the adress of an Art Deco shop though.
Oh and after that i was at the museum. The "German museum" in Munich is an excellent technical museum, perhaps comparable to a Smithsonian in the US. And i have a year card this year, so i can go whenever i feel like it. Used it first time this weekend since i got it a month ago.
2nd April, 2008. 3:10 pm. Read this
"Tales of Pain and Wonder" and "Daughter of hounds" of Caitlín R. Kiernan
"Patter Recognition" of William Gibson
Second Level support at Infineon is great. Compared to first level you get to
byte yourself into a case, to solve it, cause you are the one, who has to solve it.
Net research on support boards, in the M$ Knowledgebase....
...or you have some really crazy, but working, ideas.
I feel like something between a PI, an inventor......
19th February, 2008. 12:48 pm. Not exactly what i have been looking for
First things first: Since 30th of January i have been transferred by my company to work in the second level support at Infineon. Far on the other side of Munich, but acutally the same communiting time, cause i only need to change trains once, instead train-subway-bus to headquarters. At the moment, work is rather simple, if not dull, cause i do no client service yet, only file service. Wich means i click one folder after the other and transfer and set up the users' rights. OK, i dont complain, it is a way to learn the way around in Infineon's servers.
Sunday had a bad start of the week. When i left during lunch hours, i locked my computer WindowsKey+L and switched off the monitor. Coming back, i find my computer frozen during boot up. Serveral new starts didnt do a change. It has problems in the earliest part of the boot-up, during "Auto-detecting harddrives" The computer can't see the primary master and freezes while it looks for secondary master. I doubt it is hdd failure, cause that would mean both drives failed at the same time. My first try yesterday was to get a new IDE-cable. They are cheap and a broken cable would explain the failure. Sadly, it didnt get better.
But something else happened. When i wanted to start my computer again, i needed about a dozen tries, before it would power up. Now that could mean a mechanical failure of the power button wich has nothing to do with the main problem, but what if the power cube is failing? What if it doesnt get enough voltage to the drives? I am getting a new one today. Not exactly money i had planned to spend, but this would still mean all hdds are ok. I wouldnt want to loose data.
Just to make sure i will buy a new small hdd too.
28th January, 2008. 11:14 am. This is so not right
Yes, i am aware that it is uncool and a sign of getting old, bordering senile, if you cry for the passed good old times. I think the 80s were better than everything after and as a child from 1978, i have all the right in the world to believe that.
I am aware that not all was shiny there.
Child pornography is not an invention of the internet, there was already glossy mags in the 70s and i am well aware that even then the idea was far from being new.
And prostitution is the oldest buisness of the planet...in any flavour that they come.
Yes, the world changes through time. I know that our speed along the path rises continously. But this..this is not even the path anymore. It's not an unexpected turn in the path, its a direction that was nowhere near to be seenNo, not just in Japan. They are wacky, but not all is their fault
Elementary school, preteen girls offer themselves, on free will, without being forced, for paid sex
This world is not what i signed up for.