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The story of my life in China is here.

Mulholland Dr.

When I had to prepare Goethe’s Faust II back in high school I couldn’t understand a single line without the help of secondary literature.

Several years later I watched Mulholland Dr. and it was pretty much the same. The second time was better but I still read some interpretations. I’m really looking forward to rewatching it, quite contrary to Faust II which I’ll probably never touch again.

Last Lecture

I’ve already posted this video on my tumblelog, the place where I usually put the things I discover. But this one is really worth being posted again and I can recommend it warmly. Thanks to Michael Arrington for pointing it out.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

Simpsonize Me!

I’ve been trying to simpsonize myself for over a week now but the stupid site won’t let me:

Whoa! As the world is going Simpsons it is getting a little crowded in here. Come back a little later and try again.

Arg. It worked for a friend:

Simpson

Memories of Bygone Times

Classic car show at the marketplace of my great-aunt’s hometown, on her 85th birthday.

Classic Car
Classic Car
Classic Car
VW T1

Another Icon Language

Zlango claims to be “the universal icon language”. I’m sceptical. It reminds me of all those tiny little pictures in the Chinese books trying to point out how the sign for “horse” developed from the drawing of the animal.

A real problem is the fact that they have very few icons and I have to admit that I wouldn’t understand most of them. Another analogy to Chinese…

Zlango

Volksfest Freising

Volksfest Freising

Late summer at the Volksfest in Freising, earlier this month.

World of Scores

A friend who had seen “Die große Welt der Filmmusik” (The Great World of Film Scores) earlier this year was delighted, and desperate to attend the sequel. I came along and was thrilled by the Klassik Radio Pops Orchestra and its conductor Nic Raine. The concert ended with two encores and richly deserved standing ovations. Nic Raine and presenter Holger Wemhoff even took the time to sign autographs and chat with the guests.

I dug around YouTube and found videos for most of the scores they had played. Don’t mind the images as they don’t always fit, just listen to the music.

SuperPoke

A friend that pokes me at least once a day in facebook just invited me to SuperPoke! We reached a new level…

Picture China

Joachim Müller of Chinesisch Lernen discovered a nice web site about China:

Picture China is a photographic journey through contemporary China. From the teeming metropolises of the east coast to the rural villages of the interior to the lofty Tibetan plateau, New York City based photographer Dan Eckstein traveled 10,000km over the course of eight weeks to document this rapidly changing country. The result is a unique portrait of life in modern China and the issues that its people face.

(Quote: Picture China)

Separate by Color

Same (white) T-shirt, different actor. I accidentally put it to the dark laundry resulting in a new, light grey color. Some bleach should do the job.

Botanical Garden München-Nymphenburg

I’ve been to the Botanical Garden München-Nymphenburg on Wednesday and regret that I haven’t visited it before.

Botanical Garden München-Nymphenburg
Botanical Garden München-Nymphenburg
Botanical Garden München-Nymphenburg
Botanical Garden München-Nymphenburg
Botanical Garden München-Nymphenburg

The Shanghai Botanical Garden is definitely on my list of things I have to see there.

For Science

I did it again, another experiment. No LEGO this time, today was all about cruising. Driving a BMW 6 Series in a simulator seemed to be fun. It seemed. Instead, I got a chance to gain first-hand experience of how you feel when the motions you see don’t correspond to the ones you sense…. not good. The whole simulation didn’t even feel like driving a real car. The automatic transmission was odd and the steering had a delay.

I actually managed to run over a pedestrian and the fact that I hadn’t noticed it at all didn’t help me answering the question of how I thought the accident could have happened. I chose “I didn’t see the pedestrian.” But I saw the next one I hit… continuing his way.

Driving simulator

Plants, Marriages and Survival Tips

  1. Flight Mechanics I is not Flight Mechanics II. The same applies for the exams.
  2. Mechanics exams were longer two years ago.
  3. On a late trip to the botanical garden it’s advisable to visit the greenhouses first.
  4. If you want someone reluctant to come along, you just need to find the right person for asking.
  5. Bavarian politician Gabriele Pauli wants marriage to automatically end after seven years unless it’s been renewed.
  6. Coming back from Sweden to Germany is like switching from a monthly to a strip ticket.
  7. Pizza in TribüHne is inexpensive and tasty.
  8. You better don’t eat anything in China and use tap water only for showering, bottled water for everything else.

50 Minutes

The freshmen wrote their mechanics exam this morning, so there’s only information technology left. My last one for the time being is flight mechanics which will start in 50 minutes. Wish me luck.

(It’s time that it ends, my script starts to fall apart.)