Moi à Paris, une fois de plus.

September 27th, 2010

J’ai été sur un court voyage à Paris pour ce week-end. Voici les photos…


Vacation, at last

August 30th, 2010

Posted some pix of my recent trip to Málaga, Andalusia.


2 hours in Amsterdam

August 10th, 2010

9 pictures taken in Amsterdam during my recent trip to Harlemmermeer. I was only in Amsterdam for about 2 hours before I had to catch my train back home.

No Religion

April 2nd, 2010

Not only am I an atheist, I am also an anti-theist. Especially the deity worshiped by the adherents of the abrahamic religions is, according to their “sacred texts”, an arrogant, vile, and hateful deity, so that it is incomprehensible how an educated, enlightened, modern person can possibly follow such a figure as their role model. To quote Richard Dawkins (whom I only partially agree with but who puts it eloquently into words) I say “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully”. I do indeed consider following such a deity a flaw of character.

There is simply no justification for adherence to YHWH (or whatever name is assigned Elohim/Allah/Jesus) that is not in violation of the very founding principles of western societies. YHWH and the religions built upon this concept of deity are the antithesis to human equality, individual freedom, and peaceful and environmentally compatible human co-existence.

Over the last 30 years I have experienced all the religionist propaganda and the vain and empty “arguments” they come up with, so I will not descend into discussing all the same over and over again. I have indeed no problem talking or writing articles about these religions and their history and the historical context out of which they developed, but I will not suffer anyone expressing statements that the biblical deity is real or that require the base assumption that the biblical deity is real.

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Pertisau, Austria

February 6th, 2010

On January 29 almost all employees of the company I work for were shuttled to Pertisau, Austria for a weekend of recreational business. It was the official Kickoff Meeting 2010 of Matrix42. Even the folks from Kyiv were flown in.
On the first day we were taken to Pertisau in a 6-hours bus ride. Upon arrival we were greeted with a late lunch and a little welcome speech by our CEO. Hotel rooms were allotted to pairs of employees and me and my esteemed room-pal got a respectable residence. After settling in we went to a chalet for the evening fun.
On the second day everybody engaged in a “snow challenge” team game competition  that included sledding, iglu-building, biathlon and curling. Pure fun. In the evening we went for the official gala dinner & dance at a nearby village. Awards were handed out and I received the “Outstanding Company Commitment 2009″ prize. Very nice to be recognized. In all the day was exhausting and I took the first bus back to the hotel.
On th third day we packed and left the hotel to go to listen to presentations about the company’s recap of 2009 and the vision for 2010 and beyond. Quite inspirational and I really think our boss is a good guy. After that and lunch were were shuttled back home.
This event did a lot for bonding among the employees and a better understanding of how each one is embedded in the company. An I must say that the hotel was very nice the food was good and the mood superb. Thumbs up.

I still like Kyiv

September 6th, 2009

Last week I went to Kiev with my colleagues of customizing development to meet the guys of product development and have an exchange of experiences and visions. This time it was a lot more relaxed for me than it was last time when everything was in a hurry. I was really excited to see the Kiew folks again I was not disappointed. On the other hand I was somewhat disappointed by the folks of my own department who seem to have a problem with my eating habits (I am a vegetarian) and with my weight and with my overall appearance (the way I dress or wear rings, very ). As a result I didn’t integrate as much as I would have liked, but given the high spirits of all the people in my department I guess that will go to a positive outcome.
The purpose of the trip was to have an exchange about the changes of our software from the 5.1 to the 5.2 version and to give feedback. We covered quite a range of issues and I was impressed by the vision of planned development in the future with the inclusion of the Entity Framework and Silverlight.
On the second day we went to the city center to take a peek of the Ukrainian capital. Because I have been there already I was somewhat bored and normally I have a higher pace than others anyways. We ended up in a street cafe and I got a little more loaded than I should have. And fellas, the abundance of nice girls in Kiev is really something. On the fourth day we went to a restaurant, a bar, and finally to a strip club. Quite entertaining that was. ;)

I like Kyiv

June 10th, 2009

Ok, last week I went on a business trip to the capital of Ukraine. The notice was somewhat short (circa 29 hours), but hey, sometimes you gotta do what you’re supposed to.
I must say that I haven’t got the chance to see as much of the city as I would have liked, but from what I saw I got a rather mixed impression. Most of the housing and the streets are in pretty bad shape, and there are obviously aborted building projects that are now falling into decay. On the other hand the average people are more handsome than in Germany, especially the girls would make a longer stay very pleasant indeed. Taxi drivers in Kyiv seem to be a whole other species though and on my first ride I wasn’t sure I’d come to the hotel alive ;) The hotel was nice but tap water in Kyiv is to be avoided if possible. I still fight pimples from the rusty water and the overall dust that is in the air and that covers practically everything (although the latter may have been caused by a big construction site right next to the hotel).
I had a few hours on the day I arrived (Sunday, May 31) and a few on my last full day in Kyiv (the following Thursday) to get a glimpse of the town. Other than that I am well aquainted with the hotel and the office and the road between. Overtime is not any different from home…
The people I worked with are nice and the Sushi place and one pub I’ve been to are quite alright. So I would in fact love to come back, but with a notice less short.

Flying Discs in Color

May 1st, 2009

I just realized that I have not yet posted what motives I have created for freestyle discs to aid a former colleague’s frisbee hype.

Here’s the disc for the DFV (Deutscher Frisbee Verband) 2009:

fuchsia on white

dark green on yellow

blue on orange

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There is also a competition going on for 2010.

And here’s for last year’s Butch Cassidy Cup in Karlsruhe:

BCC 2008

BCC 2008

The main objective was to have a fixed circle in the middle and a symmetric overall layout.
The above discs are/were actually printed. The DFV disc will be available at Thom’s shop very soon.

Rules of Abstraction I

March 26th, 2009

Alright, here finally is an entry about programming stuff ;)

MetaManager To ease my efforts in implementing new applications that have to access data I have begun writing a abstraction layer for a database (e.g. MSSQL). The aim is to get rid of having to write SQL code inside an application and thus be able to just rely on the layer to do any necessary communication with the data source (not only database but also xml-file, webservice, or just memory).

Data source Abstraction

The Abstraction Layer is a set of classes centered around one metaDataPool class, which contains all the functionality needed to manage the data within the application. The number of tables in the database is fixed, so all structural information for any data model needs to be contained in the data, not in the table structure (columns). There are tables for classes, their attributes, relationships, their attributes, and tables for users, projects (namespaces), and hierarchical data storage (folders).
An instance of the metaDataPool class keeps all this information and by its methods the information can be manipulated and without extra programming be stored in the respective data source.

metaDataPool dataPool;
metaQueryResult result =
metaDatabaseDataPool.Create(connectionString, out dataPool);
if (result.OK)
foreach (metaClass c in dataPool.Classes)

screenshot…more to come…


March 23rd, 2009

Unlike with other first days in a jobs I had I did not feel any nervousness this time. My confidence in what I can achieve (with the right motivation) has returned, it seems.
At a first glance I’d say the folks there are pretty relaxed and the overall atmosphere appears quite different. The place is a little, um, well, not as pristine as the old place, but I suppose when someone puts more emphasis on substance than appearance that’s what you get. And the software I was shown and that I will work with from now on is eons ahead of what I have been involved in thus far. Way to keep current. As soon as I’m over the nitty-gritty there will be no bounds to where the development can go. ;)
Peace. finally.

On a side note: my mom will be undergoing surgery tomorrow to remove a splinter of bone that comes from a fracture of the nasal bone, which she contracted when she fell on the pavement near my flat.