3773 – To Play Being Rich

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Feb 172017

Rovinj’s sea front, the place that we saw two days ago sinking into the sea at sundown, has some really nice bars and restaurants with definitely a view. This here is more of a curiosity. Fake gold and luxury brands all over the place. It would need a lot of bad taste to trump that đŸ™‚

Sep 232015

It’s Sunday evening while I write this. I’ve just read the news: SYRIZA has again won the elections in Greece. I wonder what this could mean and if, after Tsipras’ defeat in June (or was it July?) there could be any effect at all, regardless of the outcome of elections.

Today or yesterday I’ve also read another comment about Greece. I can’t remember the newspaper, most likely it was the Austrian “Der Standard“, but like in so many comments the blame for everything that went wrong in Greece was put on Yanis Varoufakis.

I can’t hear it any more, it’s so stupid. Fact is, Varoufakis was outstandingly competent for the job, but what he said, although logically correct, was not what his peers wanted to hear. I guess exactly the same principle was at work, that a study from Duke University just described, namely that humans tend to deny a problem when they don’t like the solution. You’ve invested in oil or coal? Simply deny climate change! You’re opposed to a cut of Greece’s debt? Just pretend that another credit of a hundred billion Euros will magically fix the preoblem! I really grow tired of seeing so many decisions (in politics as well as in business) based on ideology and not on facts.

But let’s get back to Greece. Tsipras seems to have won his bet. SYRIZA is first, the left splinter group seems to have failed entirely, and although he’ll need a coalition, he will have at least one or two options.

But then? I think his biggest problem is, that he has lost every degree of freedom. He tried to negotiate a better and socially more acceptable deal than the conservative governments before, he failed, gave in, and I can’t see any further option.

If, on the other hand, we ignore the outcome of the elections and assume a victory for Nea Dimokratia, the traditional party of the old oligarchy, how could that have been a change? Therefore I suppose SYRIZA is regarded the best option in an election without real choice. At least they try to put up a fight.

All in all it looks real bad for democracy, with only one bright spot: at least the Nazis of “Golden Dawn” did not take over. It’s bad enough that they’re in third place again.

2871 – Shades of Ruinous Blue

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Aug 282014

Well, this title is a little far fetched đŸ™‚

This is kind of a sunshade/curtain across a window in a beach bar. Behind it, what you can’t properly see, but what gives additional color, is a pool, a tree and some real sunshades.
The Song of the Day is “Shades of Ruinous Blue” by Cousteau. Enjoy it on YouTube.

Jun 122014

Yeah, really, how do I? This blog has been running without interruption since October 2006 and that’s quite a long time. I don’t know when, but it’s been longer than half a year now, that I decided to make this blog less “daily”, at least as far as I’m concerned. I write ahead and use WordPress’ scheduling feature to make a post a day appear, normally at eight in the evening.

Only in a few cases I’ve had a post late in all that time, yesterday’s accident was a rare exception.

And it works. I have decoupled taking photographs, processing them and using them in blog posts. I don’t shoot much less than I used to, but I am more selective in what I use. I still may post the occasional complete dud, but at least at that time I don’t recognize it đŸ˜€

It’s less real-time, it makes it harder to talk about current news and events, thereby making my content less interesting, but it is way easier to carry on that way.

The Song of the Day is “How You Carry On” by Marcia Ball. Hear it on YouTube.