Chris Cornell - You know my name

Tuesday, November 28. 2006

I can't resist to make a seperated blog entry for this song. Once again a senior musician had the honor to do a title song for the new James Bond movie. In my opinion this track really represents the whole movie. It is heavy, it has powerful guitar riffs and it swings with a little melancholy. Exactly like the whole James Bond movie. I find it very well adjusted to the whole movie - just like Madonna's rather electronic "Die Another Day" matched for the gadget loaded James Bond in "Die Another Day". I made a list of the last main titles:

Which do you like best? Preferring the new one like me?

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Souchieren & DJ Steer: Running Dinner XI preperations

Tuesday, November 28. 2006

SushiThis Wednesday the next round of the Running Dinner will take place here in Bamberg. I'm very happy to participate with my friend Katrin (like one year ago). We also managed to get the dish we targeted - the hors d’oeuvre. So we will be serving Sushi on Wednesday! Since neither Katrin nor me had prepared sushi yet, we had a test run yesterday. It was a real fun! Have a look at some pictures here *g*.

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Casino Royal

Monday, November 27. 2006

The new James Bond movie is a very controversial topic. An old problem did divide the public opinion once more – The actor of James Bond has to be exchanged from time to time where each actor has his personal strengths and weaknesses. The second problem seems to be that in Ian Flemmings original novels the character of James Bond himself undergoes some developments. Casino Royal is not the most current book of this series but actually the first! It tells a lot of the story why James Bond is the character he is in the later movies. For this purpose a cut – and the change of the actor was a good idea. I couldn’t imagine Pierce Brosnan acting with the emotional depth.. Of course some will say now – this is not our James Bond – he’d rather be detached and invulnerable. But the James Bond in Casino Royal is just more the man from Ian Flemming’s original novels than the smart, invulnerable hero he was during the last movies. It is a more human Bond.

I visited the movie yesterday accompanied by Grützekraftwerk’s personnel watching the original version in English. There are a few reasons why you should watch the movie:

After a lot of doubts whether Daniel Craig would contribute to a great movie I think the public opinion has changed – currently the movie rates 8.1 on Imdb where most of the older Bond movies rate between 6 and 7 points. (Of course the rating will drop a little, since currently mainly Band-enthusiasts visited the movie, but I think it will still be higher than the last movies:

Jay’s rating (5/5)

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Moodle – an e-learning platform

Monday, November 27. 2006

Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software
package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities.”

This short self-description taken from illustrates the main idea behind that e-learning platform. It focuses on course management – where a course is an entity and offers a certain learning environment. Those courses can be configured quite openly starting from very basic “courses” were it is only used to provide learning information to learners to quite up to extends where it leads to fully interactive discussions about learning contents and information.

Our university has decided to use moodle as their e-learning software. Since moodle is quite powerful – there shouldn’t be much need for other e-learning solutions. Sadly - Despite this opinion many chairs of the university stick to their isolated applications.

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Career Killer Google?

Saturday, November 25. 2006

Talking with other students in higher semesters about blogging, there is one question that I get asked quite often: Don’t you think that blogging might endanger your job chances? Lately the German business magazine “Wirtschaftswoche” titles “Karrierekiller Google” (Career-killer Google) and talks about a few examples were a search on Google unveiled unwanted Details about persons, who then didn’t get certain jobs they applied for. Martin Röll discusses the article in his blog and criticizes that the “problem” with Google unveiling information is not approached dialectical. Many careers might be initiated just because of information Google unveiled! Jochen Mai, the author of the article also made a posting on the article in his blog.

My personal approach to this topic is very optimistic – searching for my name on Google will get you quite interesting information on me, but so far there is nothing I’d have problems to justify. Most of the links you will get will lead you to sources, which I can influence. So I think blogging keeps me in control of information that is available on the net (I doubt that someone will really "stalk on me" beyond those many many informations given there) – but if you discover a potential problem feel free to inform me.

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Old times with

Friday, November 24. 2006

Today I found a quite old video about a project of - I thought I'd share it with you!

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Sunrise Avenue - On The Way To Wonderland

Wednesday, November 22. 2006

Last week I got myself the new album of "Sunrise Avenue", they are a very likeable Finnish pop-rock band and their song "Fairytale Gone Bad" is part of the German Single Charts since a few weeks. Some of you might call there style just "mainstream". I like the mixture of energetic songs like "It ain't the way" or "Fight 'Til Dying" and slower songs like "Heal me" and of course the album contains some plain easy listening ("Destiny").

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Arj and Poopy ft. Hotel Yorba

Wednesday, November 22. 2006

Got this link from a friend yesterday. Cute!

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