Sep 272015

Imagine for a moment living a normal life in some medium-sized country. You are not rich, certainly not by first world standards, but you get along. Your dictator does not bother you, your kids go to school, your mother gets her insulin, war has been over for ten years, things seem to get better or at least not worse. It’s the only life you have and you have decided it’s good.

Then something strange happens. Some idiots fly planes into skyscrapers, somewhere in a city that you only know from TV. It has no connection to you or to anybody you know, even your dictator did not do it or support it, but for some insane reasons you get punished for it. Your country gets bombed, your dictator killed (good riddance at least), your country gets occupied, insulin (just like other medication) gets incredibly expensive. Your mother dies, your two surviving kids have no school any more and you hunger.

Would you feel justly treated? Or would you probably applaud an uprising, led by people from your own culture and religion, people who promise to throw out the occupants and their puppet regime?

Or, say you live in a country that for some years has experienced the worst drought in recorded history. For the last 42 years your country has been formally at war with a neighboring country, but at your age of 35 years you can’t remember anything but peace. Your dictator does not bother you, and although you are not rich, your country’s economy is rising.

Then one big super-power, a long-standing ally of that neighboring country, decides to bully every other country on this planet into grave economic sanctions against you. Additionally they support rebels against your government, incite a war in your country, all with the aim of forcing you to overthrow your own government.

Due to the sanctions your economy breaks down, your factories have to close because of a lack of raw materials and spare parts. The health system goes down the drain, hunger and poverty plague millions of internal refugees.

Who would you think is right? The super-power with its politics that you don’t understand, acting like an alien god without mercy? Your own government, increasingly brutal and desperate, trying to stay in power? Or maybe a new “State” that arises from the turmoil and seems to be surprisingly successful?

You can call this post “Support of a terrorist organization”, but it is not. It’s a challenge to think outside of your convenient place in a safe country and show a little empathy. How does it feel?

3260 – Morning Moon Over Calm Sea

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Sep 212015

I’ve been on vacation and I have used the time to read books. So far this year I’ve read 22 books, thus a total of 30 this year is not unlikely. Wow!

On the other hand, if I keep reading at this speed, I may read another 1000 books in my lifetime. Could be a few more, but the magnitude is correct and that’s a frustratingly small number. I may even have more books already bought than I ever could read 😀

Feb 152015

OK, I’ve got to wring out one more image of that last walk to work before I went down with the flu. I had thought of this image as a secure bank, but it only began to work when I turned it into B&W.

The Song of the Day is “Shadows On The Street” by Traverdan. Hear it on YouTube.

2983 – Morning Glow

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Dec 182014

Here’s a sunrise in winter. Kind of. I have no idea what this building is. It’s near my new office and the big windows let me think of an old factory. Anyway, I love what the sun does to them.

The Song of the Day is “Morning Glow” by Ntjam Rosie. Hear it on YouTube.

2956 – Sunny Misty Morning

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Nov 212014

I’m repeating myself, but what consoles me is, that everybody does 🙂

I don’t exactly know how many variations of this image I have made during the last three years that I’ve lived here. I loved this spot even more while the fence was still broken. Now it is still a wooden fence, but it’s ugly and I have to omit it 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Sunny Misty Morning” by Simon Klein. Hear it on YouTube.

Nov 072014

If you ask me why exactly I’ve taken this image and even devoted a post to it … I don’t know. Somehow it appeals to me. A neglected patch of land, waiting to finally be graced with an office building and – more important to the people living nearby – a supermarket. It’s been like that for three years and nobody knows when construction work will begin.

The Song of the Day is “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby. Hear it on YouTube.

2808 – Dusk ‘Til Dawn

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Jun 252014

Today I have two images that share colors. The Image of the Day was taken in the last evening light, the second image in the morning on a playground.

I love this kind of sidelight, and while it’s easy to catch it in the evening, I normally fail completely in the morning 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Dusk ‘Til Dawn” from the Creepshow album “They All Fall Down”. Hear it on YouTube.

Apr 282014

This is by the side of the road leading to our apartment complex in Villach. The fence fell victim to last winter’s snow. By the way, this image also made it to Explore on Flickr. It didn’t soar as high as the one in “2744 – Success II“, but nevertheless, I take it as a sign that my number of followers has crossed a threshold. Ultimately it’s pointless to think about it, but in a way it’s interesting to see social media in action.

The Song of the Day is “The Fallen” from the Franz Ferdinand album “You Could Have It So Much Better”. Hear it on YouTube.