100 and out!

January 23, 2010

[Edit] This is what my last post at Blogger looked like:

Folks, this is my 100th post here, and that is as good a time as any to make it the very last one.

Ok, I am not saying goodbye to blogging, but I am saying goodbye to Blogger. This blog ends here and now, and moves to it’s new home at oceankid.wordpress.com.

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This blog started as a travel-blog when I traveled to the remotest parts of the Sahara, to view a spectacular solar eclipse. I am still quite fond of those early posts. Those days in the desert left some unforgettable memories, and led to several subsequent posts related to africa.

Total eclipse at Waw an Namus
March 29, 2006

Another memorable moment of this blog was The Tandem Story Experiment which resulted in two rather morbid stories. Speaking of stories, another favourite post was when I was had to set the record straight after a long absence from blogging. And for some strange reason this little tag from Soraya reamains vivid in my mind.

If you wonder why I am moving from Blogger to WordPress, I must say that in comparison WordPress is sooo much nicer to use. I will be happy to elaborate, if anybody asks me, at my new blog.

And that’s it. Adieu Blogger.

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Garachico

January 4, 2010

So, it seems I have found myself a new harbour for the night…


Garachico, is an old town that lies on the north coast of Tenerife. (And behold: most signs are in Spanish.) I found a very pretty little hotel with yet a breathtaking view, this version of it is 20 minutes old:

The town has a native population of 5-6000 people. And with three (or so) hotels in town, tourism is no big thing here. People actually live here, which makes the atmosphere so much nicer.

Internet access in mega-touristy Los Gigantes was surprisingly hard to come by, and impossible after 6 p.m. But now I have it from the hotel terrace so maybe, just maybe, my posting will be less erratic. (Scary thought: could it be that my addiction brought me here?)

This post will end here, because I am hungry. I just got here after having spent a fun day with all the attractions at Siam Park, where the slightly morbid Wave was a lot of fun:

And in case you wonder, that is Siam as in Thailand, yes. Apparently the German business guy who built it has good relations with some Thai princess or so.


Fates Worse Than Death

September 3, 2007

If you want to know about Fates Worse Than Death, I suggest that you take a look this book by my favourite author Kurt Vonnegut. Meanwhile this title was just lingering in my mind, waiting to break free. It has – at least for the moment – nothing to do with my own fate, which certainly is much better than Death!

Right now I am in San Francisco. My boss sent me out here for three weeks. Ah pauvre petit. Not! On weekdays I have to work, but evenings, weekends, it is really like paid vacation.

Friday night was good, I bumped into some fun people Don and Betty, who showed me a few bohemian aspects of the city. As a consequence Saturday was, ahem, slightly, slow. But I did enjoy a really spicy Thai dinner downtown. And I am just nuts for spicy Thai.

Another good thing is my bike. Today I took it for a big spin all over the city and across the Golden Gate. I went on to Sausalito, a really nice little town, even if a bit too touristy. And if you haven’t seen the Google 360-thingy, you might enjoy this. I promise, it is really worth clicking that link, it spins (but Firefox might handle it better than IE). And on the northwestern edge of the town, I got another dose of bohemian life. There they have a huge marina of houseboats. I am at a loss for words, but this will give you an idea.

And yes, I do need to get some software for my work computer so that I can upload my own pics…


New Blog!

January 17, 2007

Yes…
I have been a bit quiet lately. I have been a bit lazy but also a quite busy. I have been playing a lot of chess. I have a goal to improve my game considerably (200 rating points) this year. Perhaps I will post more on chess sometime. Furthermore, last week I had a hellish project to finish. So utterly stupid I still get angry when I think about it.

Anyway, now, I have finally taken the leap and switched to the new Blogger. As Blogger is owned by Gooooogle, I thought that would be a perfect excuse to post this cute little cartoon.


Out Damned Spot – Out

November 24, 2006

Extra points to all of you who can place the quote! I know at least of of you have no doubt what so ever 🙂

The spot in this particular case is Internet Explorer. It is an awful pile of junk. If you are still on IE, switch to Firefox now! I had only been visiting my blog in Firefox but when a friend visited it in IE it look awful. All the sidebar links were gone, or actually shoved all the way to the bottom of the page. Thank you Microsoft.

And if you are buying a new computer in the near future, they will probably try to sell it to you with the new operating system Windows Vista. This is an important bit of friendly advice:

Whatever you do – do not, I repeat not, buy a computer with windows Vista on it. It will be well invested money to pay extra for the good old and solid Windows XP.

So, what is wrong with Vista? Everything! To install even the simplest bit of software will force you to answer an endless sequence of questions: “Are sure that you want to? Are really sure that you are sure? Don’t you have any doubt at all?” Ok, the last one is a joke, but you get it.

The second reason not to buy Vista: Forget bringing all you old software to the new Vista. I work in software development, and I promise you, a lot of your old software will not work at all, or in the best case start to work after you spend hours lowering all the default system security settings.

Programmer Craig, are you still around here? Despite many of our disagreements don’t you agree with the first part and maybe the second too?