Yearly Archives: 2017

curating my life

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I was starting to feel a bit annoyed. The snow was nice: The dwarf beeches were nice: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube But sitting around at home, waiting for my Iranian letter of invitation wasn’t very nice. I’d get things done, sure. Taxes, invoices, […]


stroll in the snow

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Another day, another stroll in the park. We walked past the dwarf beeches… …and into the forest: It started snowing when we got there: And it was quite pretty: I filmed another Let’s Walk test video in which I talked about Trump’s recent attack on the free media: By loading the video, you agree to […]


malfunction

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Went back to the dwarf beeches. A few years earlier, the town had decided to put up a collection of photographs of them. They looked very nice, but I still don’t quite understand why they would place them right next to the actual trees: I mean, it’s not like Bad Nenndorf doesn’t have any other […]


times without mystery

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Another walk, another Christmas tree: This time we saw two distant lights in the forest (probably just some other people walking their dogs): By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube I started wondering about the absence of mystery on the planet we inhabit today. Everything seemed […]


trees

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There was a big old Christmas tree that had appeared in the park: Worshipping green trees in the midst of winter seems like an interesting absorption of pre-Christian customs (or religious practices) into Christianity. There was a Christmas band playing Christmas tunes under the Christmas tree. Feivel and I didn’t stay long, though. We were […]


a story in the dark

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We went out a bit later than usual today: Still, we figured we’d extend our walk into the forest, so at some point it was almost completely dark (the winter sun sets early up here in the north): And when we got a little lost in the woods I remembered a story about a New […]


a flexible leash is still a leash

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Same procedure as the day before: I got some office work done, then I grabbed the dog and went out for a walk. I took another Let’s Walk video on the way, because I needed to test my new equipment: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock […]


head mount

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Home. I replied to emails all day. It seems strange that, even though I have a disclaimer on my site telling people to keep it short when they decide to write me, I still get some long emails. Oh, and I wrote some invoices, and I did some stuff for my taxes. Then I went […]


drawing lines on maps

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When I left Nürnberg, it was snowing again: I spent some time on the Autobahn: Then I rode a train. And another train. And then I was home. When I got there, I found a video on my hard drive that I had forgotten to post until now: By loading the video, you agree to […]


Lumumba

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We went to the Christkindlmarkt today, one of the most famous Christmas Markets in the world. And yes, it is called “Christ Child Market”. Nobody is trying to rename it, and our values are not under attack. It is, however, interesting that there are two entities that deliver Christmas presents in Germany. One is Santa […]


highball

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With the presentations behind me, I got together with my friends to be merry: We had decided on the town of Nürnberg. (I could spell it as Nuremberg, but what the hell is that supposed to mean, and where did you get the “M” from? It’s called Nürnberg, or maybe it can be called Nurnberg […]


Speaking In Immenstadt

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Today was going to be the last one. No more presentations in 2017. No more presentations in 2018. And probably in 2019, too. Though I wasn’t one hundred percent sure about that, yet. A lot can happen in two years. Anyway, I drove further south today, and it started snowing: It kept doing that all […]


Speaking In Weingarten

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By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube Sometimes I like to stop somewhere on the way to my next venue. Today I found a toilet. I really hadn’t expected to find a fucking toilet: Talk about protecting the environment all you want, but there are still […]


the city that got mad

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Came to Stuttgart today. My next presentation was going to be a bit to the south of here: This city had been on the German national news for the last decade or so because her people were angry. The government and the federal railway had been planning to upgrade Stuttgart central station, and in doing […]


70%

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Woke up in yet another hotel: Then I drove to Munich. I was going to meet up with friends there. And when I did, I learned some fascinating new things. I learned about feminism, and how the German popular habit of calling Chancellor Merkel “Mutti” (“Mommy”) should probably be considered sexism, since male Chancellors have […]


Speaking In Karlsruhe

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This whole presentation thing involved a lot of time spent on the Autobahn: I have never liked driving. It bores me. Usually I’d blast loud music for a half hour, then I’d listen to The Dollop or the WaPo’s Presidential podcasts. I’d drink lots of water and coke. I’d eat a ton of cookies. I […]


Speaking In Konstanz

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When I came to today’s venue, I felt a bit disheartened. Konstanz (or Constance) is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. But it is apparently home to one of the ugliest universities you could ever imagine: I don’t know how people build universities today. But this sort of design seems to have been en vogue […]


Speaking In Kuppenheim

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So I came to this little town called Kuppenheim today. A local photography club had invited me to give my presentation. They only invited one speaker per year, so it seemed like quite a big deal. An honor. The venue was plastered with posters of yours truly: Then the audience showed up: I had put […]


Speaking In Marburg

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Brushed my hair to the side today: My hair might smell like coconut but I look like a dude from the woods. The venue in Marburg was awesome: A place where absolute legends had performed before me: Good. Oh, and I noticed that there seemed to be many blind people in Marburg. Turns out that […]


fortune cookies

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I don’t know if you remember, but there was this day almost ten years ago when I got a fortune cookie. I was still on my way through China, but I had come to Germany to sort out a visa thing, and I had somehow ended up with a fortune cookie in my hand. They […]