Friday, April 18, 2014

Sky Textures

It's friday - and it's grey and overcast... but i still have this sky photo from last week, from a drive along the "Alb" plateau near here, which also fits the photo friday theme, "Textures":


And here's a highly "Textured" version of the image:  



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Have a beautiful sky week ~

Thursday, April 17, 2014

reading: graphic novels, new poetry, street art book



There isn't real time for longer novels these days for me, but i am reading some beautiful books.

One of them is "The Fountain", a graphic novel set in 3 different times, yet focusing on one of the everlasting unsolvable themes of mankind: that life leads to death.

Then there is "Indefinite Space" - a beautiful + a new indie poetry collection . It includes written poetry, but also visual poetry. I especially enjoy the pieces that reflect on the nature of poetry, like Andrew Topel’s “blueprints-constructing the poem-finishing touches” (that's the open page below). Or Bob Heman "Information":

That do not look like poems even though they are. That resist the
dissector’s scale and the analyzer’s blade.

...and here are the same books as above, but with open pages:



The third book in the photo is an art book, it's about the street art of JR. it's 3 weeks ago now that i visited his in-museum / out-in-town exhibition in Baden-Baden with my sister, who gave me the book as a pre-present that now is a post-present of the trip. It's interesting to see how the same pages now have a different touch after having seen his work in "live".

Here's more about the art trip, and beyond that, the collected art trips : street art, history, and a road trip: JR in Baden-Baden, Inside Out + more trips

There's another art trip blog entry waiting, this time about visiting a design museum. quite a contrast to the street art.

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Currently Reading + More Reads:


For 2014, i didn't join a specific reading challenge, but i try to read books / authors from different countries and continents, and also follow the “readwomen2014” initiative. Here’s more about it: 2014 - year of reading women

For more reading notes in this blog, click here: life as a journey with books- and a reading list by regions is online at: World Reads by country


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

swift moment


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Today, while stopping at the supermarket, I looked up and saw... flying signs of spring: swallows! The first swallows of the year. So lovely. Or maybe they are “Mauersegler” - "Common Swifts" - the nephews of swallows. But that also would be a first.

I tried a photo, then thought of video, and tried one.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

murphy's law, or: for want of an iDude



The image gives an idea of where i've been in the last days, mind-wise: in a kind of web-bug-matrix. Dealing with a web project that has run off track. (Or rather, "into the woods". that's the excuse the web agency handed us when we wanted to know what exactly has gone wrong, from start. "The first team that worked on it went into the woods with it...")

Anyway. What did Murpyh's law say? "If anything can go wrong, it will."

So it did. At least, so far, no one got hurt or injured. It's just bits and bytes gone wrong. And hours and hours of work gone by, trying to figure out the errors in the system, and the pattern behind them, checking and thinking, and staring at screens a lot...

To humour myself, i browsed the Murphy's law page this morning, after another hour spent catching bugs. The following three lines give an idea of the mess we're dealing with right now:
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
Bugs will appear in one part of a working program when another 'unrelated' part is modified.
A patch is a piece of software which replaces old bugs with new bugs.

And another quote - this is a copy of a facebook conversation from a while ago, back then i had to deal with the comparatively nice and easy obstacle of e-book-filing. An obstacle that can be solved in 9 simple steps:

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Dorothee: “this. is. hilarious. so i now just was sent a gift e-book from Orange. it's nicely sitting in a folder on my computer. now, how to get this book on an iPad? ... it takes 9 simple steps. NINE. oh my.

Dorothee: i want an intra-computer-communication android.

Susan: You mean one of those little dudes who runs back and forth between computers and makes dinner too?

Sherry: an iDude. and i want a bell to ring everytime i need him.

Rose: I want my own technical advisor and Mac repairman. Repairperson. They don't have to cook. I'll feed them tacos. They can go to the beach most of the day. As long as when they come home they help me with all this technical shit. Any takers?

Dorothee: iDude would be nice. or R2D2 from Star Wars. wasn't he a communication android? 

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so currently, the answer to the situation rather is: to turn into my own communication android, and do the bug-analyzing and wading through technical stuff myself.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

sky / photo friday: cherry april sky

For sky friday & photo friday this week: 3 combined photos from an april walk...

Last year, april was too cold, following a march that still came with snow. Now it seems, the skies want to make up for that: spring is earlier than usual, the cherry trees and tulips are in bloom already. Walking through fields feels like walking through may. Such a joy.



The second photo is from the same place, just another direction:


And this is yet a bit further down the walk, just some minutes later:


While the skies are open, I am a bit snowed under with work and projects and deadlines, but in a good way. Also, I was away for two days this week, for a web / work project. More about that, tomorrow. Now, for some chocolate ice in the sun - the joy of simple pleasures.

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Have a glorious sky week, everyone~

Sunday, April 6, 2014

reflecting the reflection

the new theme of photo friday is "Reflection". it's similar to a recent photo challenge. So i tried something different now, inspired by an art lecture on surrealism: mirror photos:






and here's the definition of surrealism:
"Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality." Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision... (more here)

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Friday, April 4, 2014

sky friday: spring tree skies

For sky friday this week: two spring tree moments.

The first is from a gardener park, not sure which kind of tree this is, but it's  almost zen-like with the single white petals opening. Standing there, i remembered those lines from another day and season:



And the second spring moment is.. a cherry tree in bloom. They look like snow trees. Actually, last year taht time we still had some days of late snow. This year is extraordinary from early warm weather. Like the blooming trees, it feels unreal.





And to top it, there now is a Southern wind from Africa. It brings desert air, and Sahara dust. So yesterday the sun was there until noon, and then vanished. There’s a touch of summer thunderstorm energy in the air, and actually they now predict thunderstorms for Saturday. 


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Have a beautiful sky week, everyone~

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

my obsession?..., and: seeing a meteor!



"Some call it obsessed. I call it dedicated."

The line, it came to mind when I read the new photo friday theme: "My Obsession". Which poses an interesting question: Which obsessions do i have?

Photography, probably. I am not writing much these days (apart from blog posts), but I keep taking pictures of moments, of places. Sky pictures. Road pictures. Tree pictures. If I don't feel like going to a place or event, a main motivator is: I can take my camera along, take some pictures. Which then makes me add short stops to my way.. and those sometimes turn into beautiful pauses, like the one above.

In other news, i saw my first meteor: on Monday evening, after a long day of obstacles for both of us, we both felt like going for a walk even though it was late. Turned out, the obstacles provided the perfect timing:

Up there, on the way that leads along farm fields, we saw a huge, bright shining light in the sky. “Look”, we both said, standing amazed, looking at something we couldn't figure out: strange fireworks? A plane about to go down? A low-flying shooting star, moving towards us?

It came closer and closer, then crossed almost above us, and we turned, to see it flying onwards, towards the horizon: “A meteor?!” we finally guessed and tried a photo that doesn't really give any idea of its beauty and strangeness and energy:




Back home I looked for meteor sighting notes, and found a website run by people who are dedicated to (obsessed by :) them. Turned out, yes, others have seen it, too: there was a note from someone in Heidelberg, then one from someone in Stuttgart – which creates a line to our sighting… and there was someone in a sky obversatory in Ulm who caught it on their sky-camera, scroll down here: Forum.meteoros: GrĂ¼ner Meteor / Green Meteor

Still amazed by it, like i am so often by the sky and its changing nature.

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