Unheilig – Große Freiheit

I bought a new CD today: “Große Freiheit” the latest album by Unheilig. Two word? Fucking Awesome!

The CD centers around the sea and freedom at sea. A wonderful topic, espescially as I love the sea. Being at or on sea is the only place where I truly feel free, and with all songs centering around this, the album strikes a very special chord within me. (Hand me some tissue, will you?)

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65 Years Ago

… the Allies bombed the city of Dresden in Saxony, Germany.

There’s awfully lot debating going on, which I won’t discuss here, BUT:

every year the Neonazis want to march through Dresden, mourning for the victims of the bombings and calling it a “bomb holocaust”. Similarly every year people gather to demonstrate against the neonazis and their weird and dangerous ideas and against them distorting history.

This year the nazi march through Dresden was prevented by the inhabitants and all people who joined them! I could not take part in this demonstration, but I am truly proud of everyone who braved himself against the weather and drove the neonazis home!

I want to be in Dresden for the demonstration next year!

Gentoo + Xmonad

Last week, while I was having a slow evening with Mr Nicolaus, I went on to clean up my gentoo installation After a short while of trying to clean out the leftovers of the switch from KDE to Gnome, I decided to do a new clean install.

I have to admit I really liked KDE4 but it never ran smoothly on my old 2003-ish Toshiba Satellite notebook. The desktop would regularly crash, so I switched back to gnome. But still the performance was really low.

Shortly before Christmas I had a very inspiring conversation with my sister’s boyfriend: he told me about Xmonad. And he really liked everything running fastly. So after I emerged gentoo and X and finally found out that a blank screen and a 4-line-config file is perfectly normal currently, I started emerging Xmonad just moments ago.

So here’s the next question: going for a lightweight installation, I am still contemplating whether I should go for gtk+ or qt libs?

Üstra-staff on strike

Yesterday the üstra-staff was on strike. That meant: no tram, no bus within Hannover for the whole day. The event was announced serveral days in advance, so people could prepare. What did I do? I decided to walk. Although it there wasn’t any new snow recently, pavements are often thickly crusted with ice. So going by bike with an almost flat tyre was not an option. So I walked. Maybe you are from Hannover? Maybe you saw me? Around 7o’clock in the morning, singing, doing dancing attraffic lights? Yes, maybe. I had fun 🙂

I’ll do it again, when the staff is on strike.

PS: I had a whole day of fun at work because I was in an incredibly good mood. Although I walk slightly more than 1hour to work. And I don’t pout 😛

One week off

I took a week off last week and spent it with my favourite Christmas character 😉 .

We went shopping – I finally got chairs for my kitchen -, visited my relatives despite rather heavy snow and even went to Hannover Zoo, on the day they found the bomb.

During summer season Hannover Zoo is rather expensive, but currently with it being cold and snowy entrance fee is down to 7.50€. That’s really ok. So we decided to spent one day in the zoo. We had lots of fun, despite many animals being kept in their stables. We watched the giraffes licking some metal girder like it was finest food.

We watched the chimpanzees being fed by their keepers: the keeper would hold up various kinds of vegetables and fruits and the chimpanzees held out their hands, if they wanted some. The keeper threw them the food and they ate it. It was fun to watch because some were really choosy abotu their food. Also one female was in heat and the male head of the clan choose to take his chance while eating – and so was she *gg*. The gorillas and also the orang-utans had a very slow day.

Else it was the day of suprisingly non-zoo-like animals: the red panda and a Burmese python. I have seen both species in other zoos and they were sleeping. So in Dresden I only got to see the tail of the red panda, which hung from its hut and most zoo snakes make themselves into a heap and that’s that. Not last Thursday: the panda was out eating. Really cute! And the python was extensively exploring her cage and her possibilities in getting either me or Mr Nicolaus for lunch. After it found, there would be no special human treat for lunch she took a swim, sat on its colleague’s nose and went swimming again, while its colleague seemed to be thinking “wtf?!?” It was really fun to watch.

After we completed our walk through the zoo, we found we had missed the elephants. Weather was fine enough for them to be outside, so we walked back to the elephant area. There we were greeted by a nice young man telling us they just found an unexploded aircraft bomb from WWII and asked us to leave. On our way out, a member of the staff told us, we would get our money back, so we got our money back, and still enjoyed over 4 hours of zoo 🙂