Oct 072015
 

It’s funny. While the layered architecture of modern computers enables tremendous progress by boosting developer productivity (both on the hard- as well as the software side), it also makes the systems brittle, unnecessarily complex, and – if things go wrong – impossible to diagnose for anybody but experts. Well, even becoming an expert (or maintaining that status, once reached) gets harder and harder.

Windows 10 is much more stable than Windows 7 and a Mac is a pretty awesome machine (as long as you play by its rules), but both will invariably fail in almost mystic ways. You won’t know why. They won’t tell you. Maybe you’ll find something on the Internet if your problem frequently occurs, but maybe you’ll just hunt from page to page, in search of the elusive hint.

Pathetic.

3144 – This Is The Point

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May 282015
 

The head of the screw in the pavement reads “Messpunkt”, meaning that’s a point used in a topographical survey – or at least that’s what I think it is. Looks a bit like the eye of a fish to me 🙂

The Song of the Day is “This Is The Point” by Alex Cornish. Hear it on YouTube.

3045 – Cobblestones

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Feb 182015
 

I have no idea how old the pavement in front of yesterday’s shrine is. The stones look old and worn, but really, there’s rarely a stone that doesn’t look old, does it?

Still, I like to imagine nailed leather boots on the feet of pilgrims, who stood there, listening to a latin sermon, and some of them even understanding it. I imagine sinners and saints, beggars and merchants, all standing here for an evening, coming from afar, going towards another country, a random assembly of people who would never ever return.

The Song of the Day is “Cobblestones” by The Communions. Hear it on YouTube.

3018 – One Way Or Another

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Jan 222015
 

I lied. Here’s one more image from my walk in Villach. When I left the car and walked down to the river, I came along a heap of garbage in front of a shop, neatly piled up around a light post. I couldn’t get a proper angle at it and so I didn’t take the image.

When later I walked back to the car, coming from the other side and on the other side of the street, I saw the garbage again, this time at the end of an oblique line across the street. Two diverging lines, one leading into garbage, the other into an uncertain future. Maybe there’s an allegory buried somewhere 🙂

The Song of the Day is “One Way Or Another” by Blondie. Songs from my youth. Oh how I love them! 😀

Hear it on YouTube.

Jan 142015
 

I’ve been thinking.

I’ve been trying to get through the mess of pre-fabricated sentiment that’s been presented to us after the assault on … what?

Things would be much easier if I could trust our governments. I can’t though.

German “BILD”, one of the worst tabloids is the world, proposes Edward Snowdon as an obvious culprit for the attacks. How stupid can it get? Seemingly there is no limit.

The Song of the Day is “Close, But Not Touching” by Carl Palmer. Hear it on YouTube.

Dec 122014
 

Decay is a wonderful state. Of course as a state it is as regular as it gets, because everything, once created, immediately begins to decay. First you don’t see it, but when you wait some time, it begins to get interesting.

This pavement is from a park and may have been laid in the 1970s. Looks great if you ask me 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Broken Circles” by the Levellers. Hear it on YouTube.

2933 – Hither, This Way, This Way Bend

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Oct 292014
 

This image was taken in the parking area on the roof of Villach’s biggest shopping center. That’s where I went for inspiration on an uninspiring day.

By the way, this is my first post written on a quad-core Macbook Pro Retina, 15 inch, 2.5 GHz, 16 GB memory, 512 GB SSD. Feels a lot faster than the the five year old VAIO that I bought in 2009.

By the way, what finally made me switch was not Lightroom or anything photo related. It was programming in Scala. IntelliJ IDEA plus Scala plus a few browser windows, that totally drove the old computer into overload and me nuts. I already had upgraded to 8 GB memory years ago and more was not possible. I suppose I could have just put a big SSD into the old one, and the paging would have been bearable, but then, the hardware was falling apart anyway and as I wrote then, “one day I’ll buy a Mac”. Well, that day was Monday 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Hither, This Way, This Way Bend” from Purcell’s “King Arthur”. Hear it on YouTube.