English

Good bye to an old lady

I don’t know if you got the news, but on 11th December 2008 died the famous Betty Page because of the result of an heart attack 9 days earlier.
Sad to read that, but that’s part of the game. You get born and then you have to die somewhen. I just hope that she died with dignity.

Idiotes are everywere

Hm that’s strange, I was looking fore some information about Suzanne Vega.... you know the singer who did “Tom’s Dinner“ the ultimate test for the now standard music format MP3.

And what did I found?
A good reason not to go into movies with Russell Brand anymore. Not that I liked that guy before, but now he is definitely on my personal black list. I mean there is a line not to cross and the line is fare before what he did with his prank calls to Andrew Sachs. It already happened 10 days ago, but I just read about it, I’m not in town right now. :-/

So in general I hope for Georgina that every thing will soon be OK again. OK as it can be after something like that.

Greetings to you and keep on with your nice work!

Report done

Unfortunately I cannot submit my Report as a plain PDF file or something so I had to fly to London and to spend some time there. Every regular reader knows how disappointed I was to come back to London ;-)

No serious there is something I didn’t expected. My pizza dealer on the Stables market in Camden Town, closed his shop. He told me that, but I expected that only he quits. Hmmm... one of the reasons for him was the building site there. I checked the pizzeria, but.... you know.... It’s not the same.

What else? I spend 200 quid in the local binding store for all my documents. I also wanted to have some additional prints for myself. That’s why it was so expensive. Compared to a friend of mine who spend 35 euro (28 quid) for more than 1000 pages, in Germany, that was fuing expensive! So nobody should expect that studying in London is cheap.
But I was able to hand in my report on time. A fellow student, who is working there, told me that next week will be somethings like a hell week again. All the MSc students will come and want to have print outs on the same day. Possible one week before, but not in the last week before the hand in date. And as every year, it will be a total surprise for all the students. I still cannot understand why none of them is trying to get information about a possible problem like that before.

So that’s it for now. I need a little bit of sleep before I have to surprise some friends.

Sitting at the university...

Ah crap! No not at the LSBU, sitting in Beckstown and doing the writing for the MSc project.
It is just in the good old times before going to London. Sitting here and doing stuff for the university until the building is closing and you are thrown out. I don’t know why, but I’m doing something here. Not like at home where I’m just sitting lazy on the sofa.
I could think about a lot of things that I would like to do now, but that report has to be finished. So don’t cry for me Arge... Hmpf anyway. I want to go back, and I want to finish this crap even more to do thinks I like to do.
Theory is good by practical stuff is even better!

iPod Touch (part two)

hmpf... as I wrote already I bought a iPod Touch and I don’t like it.
I just tested my ExtreamMac Micromemo microphone and speaker adapter for the dock connector. And what should I say? It doesn’t works.

Thanks Apple! Do you have a contract with every third party product producer that old hardware should not work on new models anymore, just to sell more of it? Thanks I will remember that for the next time I want to buy something.
Maybe I spend my money for something that is more compatible.

Eurostar Fun (part four)

I’m slowly getting peeves. The service is less then crap. Anyway there are some very friendly service personal and they maybe the only reason why I’m not in a local police station for palpabilitys.

Just let me write down the next few things in notes.
The ICE train from Brussels was cancelled. Why don’t know. But I guess it is beause the cancelled eurostars. So we asked how else we could get to Cologne. “With a replacement bus service“. Yeah right, one fuing coach for a whole train!
The service personal in Brussels is absolutly unwilling to help or simply that stupid. Sorry, but I only know one guy from Belgium to rely on and he is not working in that business. (Greetings to you by the way!)

Back to the coach. A driver from germany who has never been in Brussels before, with a normal car navigation system. Perfect combination! The GPS always guided us into the next tunnel, which we won’t be allowed to use. That the whole coach smelled like a chemical toilette and the driver was next to be daef, that was only to make the picture perfect. “And wasn’t the trip with me better than a trip in the ICE train?” sometimes it is better to say nothing!
In Aachen (yepp the coach brought us there) the local service personal said that we could take the Thalis to Cologne in 5 minutes. Oh and yes we meet everyone who couldn’t join the coach trip! So basically 2 hours wasted in that coach.

Then we reached the IC in Cologne back to Beckstown, together with other peoples from London. But they had to go even further (further north in Germany and Denmark). I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip as well. Greetings to you.

Back in Backstown we drove straight to the Airport and asked, if I could get another ticket or if I could change the ticket for my flight at 11 AM. Oh it was 14:00 by the way. No problem with that. For just 75 Euro instead of minimum 95 Euro for a new Ticket.

Good and now I’m back home in my London Flat and want to go to a farewell party. Good night and CU!

iPod Touch (part three)

I still don’t like that crappy iPod Touch 2G. A few days ago I wrote about the hardware aspects of the reason why I don’t like it. And now I want to write about the software aspects.

iPod Touch (part one)

Aaaaargs. I bought the Touch only because I needed a new MP3 player and the 16GB Nano was not available in the Apple store in the Regent Street. I don’t like that think. I knew it before I bought it, but I hoped that it will change after some time.
So what are the reasons for this “I don’t like it“? I learned that you have to explain it and it is not finished after you say “I don’t like it“.

First of all I’m using Microsoft based Pocket PCs (PPC) since... hmpf since ages. My first one was a Casio Cassiopeia E-15. Which was a nice device when it came out (somewhen before 2000) and I bought it that early. So I have some experience with PDAs, especially because I had 2 others after that, did some research for my university and my final year project also included a Pocket PC.

So let me start a comparison with my first Pocket PC (or Palm-PC that’s how it was called at that time). My E-15 had two AAA rechargeable batteries. Even all later PPCs had changeable batteries, but not this crappy Touch. If the battery is empty, then you are doomed. There are some third party solutions, but I prefer original equipment.

Buttons. Ok the touch finally got 2 additional buttons for the sound (louder, quieter), an “home button“ and the power button. Good, but something like a joystick would be nice. All PPCs I know had one and sometimes it is nicer to have a button, than to use your fingers (or a pen) on the display.
Oh and it is fare more nicer to work with a pen (optional) on the display, then always with a finger. Just imagine it is cold, really cold or you have sticky fingers. Hey every pen or even a tooth picker would work on a PPC, but not on a Touch.

Memory cards. If you use your digital camera you want to see the pictures on a bigger screen. Good a PPC doesn’t have a screen like a laptop, but it is still bigger than a digital camera (at least if you don’t compare it to a Ricoh RCD-i700). Anyway, there is no way to use your Touch 2G as a display. With a PPC you could simply put the SD card into the PPC and that’s it. Even if you use a Compact Flash Card (Yes I like them!) or something else, there was always a way to use every kind of cards in my Pocket PCs.

Extensions: My Pocket PC had everything. The ability to use USB devices, an external keyboard, 100MBit/s ethernet socket, WLAN, Bluetooth, analog modem and 6GB of exchangeable storage on two cards. Ok that was the final collection of additional stuff for my final PPC (HP iPAQ 2210), but it works. I was also able to use any kind of memory cards, USB thump sticks, PCMCIA cards and I also used a 10GB external hard disk with it. And the Touch? Nothing like that. 16GB memory, WLAN and a proprietary connector. That’s it.

So give me some time to play around with the software, but I guess that is also crap.

Eurostar Fun (part three)

Tja, now we reached Brussels. What a crap! This should be the capital of Europe?
I don’t like this city. It is always the same, if I am here. In this crappy train station with a lousy service. I mean really lousy.
Last time our Eurostar was 5 minutes late, so we missed the connection train to Cologne. The personal in the “Travel Centre” was either not willing to help or not able. Whatever... the result stays the same. Finally and after a lot of intervention we solved the problem and boarded with seventy (yepp 70!) other people the Thalis to Cologne. Oh and the Eurostar personal? Same crap over there. They where totally surprised that their train was late and had to phone there supervisors first to find out they have to give us a confirmation letter for that.
Oh and because of that we also missed the connection train in Cologne and instead of arriving at midnight in Beckstown, we arrived at 6 am. Hey, what a wonderfull world. No train connections between 9 pm and 2 am from Cologne to Beckstown.

But now we are back in this crappy town. Same shit different day. No trains before 4:50 am and no trains to Germany before 7 am. OK I don’t want to lie. No trains to Germany before 6:59 am.
What does it mean for me?

Easy to answer. If that train would go via Cologne, that would be a two hour journey and from there another 3 hours! So overall 5 hours from 7 am, mean arriving in Beckstown at 12. I will definitely miss the 11 am flight to London. Switching the Ryan Air flight is not possible at this time via Internet anymore (by the way, there is no free Internet on this fuing train station) and via telephone would cost more than one Euro per minute from a land line.... and even if I would like to spend that, it is not possible before normal working hours.

So what else, if we book the night flight on Saturday that would cost a fortune. So the only option is the early flight on Sunday. That’s crap, that’s really fuing crap!

Oh and did I wrote already that I have booked the hotel for the nights from Sunday to Tuesday for another 90 Quid?

I can not understand why this happens this way. We are in the middle of Europe. A self called civilised area of the world. And it is not possible to do this short trip without any problems. I have been to countries with a less complex and so called “third world“ countries with a better customer service and travel possibilities.

Eurostar Fun (part two)

So now we are on the other side of the channel. The right side? Don’t care. The problem management is still crap.
Lucky for us we met a tourist group from Swiss. His travel group had also an unexpected diversion via Dover and Calais, so they had a coach with some free places to Brussels.

Our two French mates needed a train to Paris, for a short time they thought to join us. But the problem is the same at that time. No trains to Paris. so they couldn’t join us. So a friendly Bon voyage to the two ladies :-) And a big thanks to our wonderful tour guide!

So let’s find out what happen in Brussels.

Eurostar Fun (part one)

Let’s see what happen so far. Yesterday, just one hour after my parents travelled trough the Eurotunnel, a truck catch fire. So the tunnel had to be closed.
No problem with that, but the information given by the Eurostar company was like.... hmmm sorry to say that, But it was shit.
In St. Pancras they told everyone “You can only get a refund or we will change the tickets for another ticket within 60 days. That’s it.”
Hey perfect crises management guys. If I look for crappy service you get the price!

Seriously it doesn’t went any better while on the move. We had to go to Victoria to buy a ticket, to Dover, on our own. The guy behind the counter told us that we should take the Eurostar if we want to get to continental Europe and he couldn’t sell any international tickets. They will only be sold in St. Pancras. Hey perfect! We just came from there and had booked our connection trains, if the Eurostar guy had told us so. More frightening on that is the fact that it looks like that no one told the guys at Victoria station that their won’t be any Eurostar service for today.
So after getting all the luggage from my flat, we went to Victoria jumped on the Train and arrived in Dover.

There was already some Eurostar personal waiting to catch all the travellers and tell them “Go just around that corner and jump into the P&O busses.”
No P&O busses anywhere, but from another company. They told us to jump in and after giving them the reverence number of the Eurostar tickets and that’s it. No additional tickets needed. The Bus driver brought us directly to the waiting area inside the docks. And there he was informed that there is no one from the company which is now keeping care of us. “She just left, her shift ended.” So the driver told us what he knew.

So we went into the waiting area and tried to get something from the local Burger King. That was also a new record. 15 Minutes to service a 5 meter queue. And let me quote the woman behind the counter, after the messed up the third order in a row. “I don’t know what I am doing here!”
Hell why the fu* do they place a newbie behind the only open till? So that ended up with leaving the BK without getting anything.

To make that journey complete, the ferry arrived on another dock then expected. And the Seafrence company stuff (which is keeping an eye on us) also went confused.

I don’t know, but every time if i see French and British people doing something together it ends up in a mess. Somehow it is working, but ever thing but smoothie. So let’s see what happen if we arrive in Calais.

New ID

Yeah, I didn’t had to wait too long to get my temporary ID. It was a bit strange, I mean if you have to explain the people behind the counter what kind of products they have.... Anyway, I got what I needed, and it was delivered without any problems.
And now I have my new temporary ID.
But I’m a bit afraid, the woman told me that this won’t be accepted by the airline I want to use to get back to the UK. I don’t want to check that today... I have enough time for that tomorrow.
So greetings to a very friendly woman in the ”Service Center” who will have a trip to London on Saturday.

Strange day

That was some kind of strange day.
While I picked up my temporary ID yesterday, I was told that my airline won’t accept it. So I had to check that.
And what should I say? Yes, it will be accept!
So happy as I was, I went to the meeting of the local Mac User group and I was a bit surprised. It sounded like most of the familiar faces won’t be there, the next meeting will be next week, and normally that is to close together.

But all of the regulars were present :-) So a big greeting in their direction! And also to the guests from outside of my lovely hometown.

Dolorous

Two glimpses that meet each other in the tube.
Meaningful glimpses.
A bashfully smile on both lips and an implied nod.
Two people who meet each other in the tube, but no person other then themself should know it...
Noone should ask wherefrom, why or since when.
And somewhat later on the big grin...
Yes, she was the one and we recognise the opposite...
Next time we will have a talk...

... but probably that won’t happen anymore.

Greetings to you :’(

Back to London

Every journy has to end somewhen, so today is the day for the flight back to London. Tomorrow is my last chance to see my lab supervisor befor he goes on holiday... so good by Germany and welcome London :-)

Silver wedding

One of the reasons why I flew back to germany for a week was to join a silver wedding where everybody had to weare a middle ages costume.
mittelalter
It was a nice party, but far too hot so most of the food was still there when I had to go. Perfect fitting for the topic of the day was the sucking pig. Hey I have been on Cuba to get a pice of those, so why not coming to Germany for that?

Badeinselregatta

badeinsel
Yes this are Badeinseln (floating mattresses). Every year is a “Badeinselregatta” in little Beckstown. That means that the local radio station verlost most of the mattresses to people who never did it befor. The race starts with the beginning flood, so that it is easier for the contestant to reach the finishline in a local beach bar.

Traffic jam on the Thames

Just to let you know what’s going on here.
schiffsstau

Rain... typical rain

I don’t know why. But I haven’t seen proper build modern buildings in this country.
I mean if you look around you can see all those old buildings which survived everything since ages, but as soon as the buildings are build in the last... lets say 50 years, than the buildings are crap.
Good not the whole buildings but major parts. Just remember my bathroom in my hall of residence last year.
Anywhy, I thougt that in a country which is famous for its rain, they should be able to build houses which could resist 2 days of heavy rain.
But this is what happened last month.
result-of-rain-2result-of-rain-1

The Exams are over!

Let the fun begin. The exams are over... by the way since the 3rd... and now lets focus on my project.
To be honest I didn’t liked the exams time. It was everything, but fun. Not like previous exam times... more the feeling that it is useless. Whatever what has to be done, has to be done.
So and now I can do what I like. I have a project in an area which I like, not only that it is something that I would do anyway.
And getting marks for something you enjoy... hey come on. What could be better?

Points for the style

OK blocking fire doors is normal everywhere. Not the best idea, but it is normal. In this case they should at least become some points for the style... and somehow the fire protection is still given, or not?
firedoor

High tide

From time to time I am reporting from weather phenomena like fog, rain, storm or other things. And somehow high tide is also part of it.
So this is what happens if the Themes is a bit to high.
FähranlegeranderkanteBarrieregeschlossen

Tower Bridge

Ok I am in London for more than a year now, but today was the first time ever that I had the change to see this.
Tower Bridge offen

Ruin in Camden, after the fire

As I expected, the "great fire of Camden 2008" destroyed not everything of the so called Camden Market.
Bad enough the Channel Market is destroyed and all the buildings to the main street. I took some pictures and made a panorama view out of it to let you see what happen there.
If you right click the pictures and then click on "Open Picture in a new Window" you could see them bigger.
camden ruins 1
Shot from the channel bridge to the ruins.
camden ruins 2
A shoot down into the Channel Market
camden ruins 3
And a close up shoot down of the Channel Market
camden ruins 2
Finally the starting point? (taken from below the railway bridge).

The press wrote that the fire cost a lot of jobs, if you know how many little shops are involved into the fire... shit happen. :-(

Here the Link to the BBC.
To sum it up: 300 jobs involved, more than 100 Fire fighters took 3 Hours to bring the fire under control!

EDIT 2008-02-20: Some more BBC Links.
10. Feb Source of market blaze identified
10. Feb Camden traders count the cost
13. Feb Market owners to set up fire fund
15. Feb Camden Market reopens after fire

Fog again

And here we have our “Pea Soup“ again!









It is funny, we can see when how its becomes slowly foggy and than we take our cameras and start to make pictures.

Yes, this kind of musik is played more often in our flat than you expect. Actually Metal or even Rock is nearly never played.

The view

Ok, the building in which I am living is maybe crap. I mean the lift is only working with the help of a liftboy (he has also a backup co-worker, just in case that the lift stuck), we still have no keys for our post box, and some other boring issues.
But hey... the view.... the view is beautiful!
St. James´s Park






Moon rise

There is always a beautiful view from our flat. It just depends on the direction, time and the weather.
moonrise

Frohes Neues! (Happy New Year!)

Ein Frohes neues Jahr wünsche ich allen die mich kennen :-)

A Happy New Year to everyone who knows me :-)

Schlachte Zauber

Here we have a picture from the “Schlachte Zauber“, which is a historic christmas market in Beckstown. The market is only build for the time from the first advent to christmas. You can get some strange stuff there, but also things you can not buy that easy while the rest of the year.
Obernstrasse
The Schlachte is a part of the river Weser where, long time ago in the mediaeval times, the ships had been loaded an unloaded. Nowadays it is the area where you can find all the popular Bars and Restaurants. While summer it is pretty hard to find a spare seat. This is because you have sun all the time from dawn till dusk... OK if there is sun :-)

Schnee mit Raureif

As you can see here we had a little bit of snow and glazed frost in Beckstown.
Thelittleweser
Lonlytree

A normal Monday morning

I really can not understand why just a few students show up o attend the lectures. Ok this lecture is at 9 am and on a Monday, but hey most of the Students in our course are Fulltime. At least that's what they say. So bad for you lovely fellow students, to hear. We had several assignments already.
Only a few students
Maybe that is one of the reason why this is the last course of this kind. This course will be closed after we finish.

Good bye and thank you for the fish... ähm lessons!

So long and good bye!

You are leaving. That maybe good for you, but what is with the students?
You have been the only lecturer who had the guts to do something against the disturbing mobile ringing during the lessons.
"Ok guys I am leaving."
These few words was enough for the students to do a small revolution. They realised that it could maybe not the best decision to answer calls during the lessons. Unfortunately you did it only once, but I thing that specific student learned something. And the rest of us also.
Sometimes students could work as a group, even if it is only against mischief-maker.
I would like to see also other lectors who do something against that group of students.

This time you are leaving for another reason... you are right most people think that the weather is better over there, then here. But I still prefer the weather in Iceland.

So I hope to see you somewhere, somewhen again... Good luck!

Fun at the University

Sometimes.. sometimes you are wondering what you are doing. I mean I sit there and ask myself "am I in the right course?". Not enough that I get confused by some teachers who want to explain me something that I understood perfectly last year (while doing the BEng). And now I have the strange feeling that I misunderstood it completely.

No sometimes there also this moments when you ask yourself "WTF is this guy doing in this course?".

Now I slowly understand why we have entrance qualifications in Germany. But I think that this tests will be adjusted to fit the economical thoughts in future. I mean there is no way to have courses with only a hand full of students, if the same lecturers could give lessons to huge courses with more then just 6 students.

Good by education and welcome silliness!

PS. Congratulations this is my first blog posting in english :-)