On my playlist

Tuesday, July 31. 2007

Tomorrow I’ll have the honor to entertain the partycipate party crowd by playing some tracks for them. I’ll be DJing at the Haas Säle from 9pm to 11pm. At the moment I’m about to gather some music for this event. Again, I’m quite free about the style of music I will be playing - but of course it has to fit to the student main stream audience...

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Raildance Express

Sunday, July 29. 2007

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InterRail – a dream of my youth, which I never managed to accomplish. Travelling through Europe with all the freedom you can think of can be a real adventure. Unluckily I never made it to do InterRail :-( So the least thing I can do is, to write about it. To promote this dream the the marketing people of InterRailNet.com are going modern ways. They created a flash game, and a competition to promote their product.

The game called “Raildance Express” puts you into the role of Bruno who is going out for an InterRail travel. It’s Bruno’s challenge to travel along possible routes and collect as many points as possible. You get points if you manage to visit a fast variety of cities throughout Europe, but also if you manage to hit certain hot spots, where you can meet fellow “Raildancers”. This could be quite a strategic challenge. But the game is not a preliminary strategic game, but merely relies on skill. In each level Bruno has to run through his current city, avoid obstacles or jump at the right moment to gain speed, to be able to choose the next train he wants to ride on. This has to be achieved by sliding through under conductors.

So far I took two turns playing the game, but I didn’t finish the second go, since I got quite frustrated after not getting onto the right train for the second time. This is the main disadvantage of this neat game. It’s the same for 15 levels… I must confess that I was really curious in discovering the slight graphic differences between the cities. You can also learn something about the geography in Europe, since you’ll get a map with the major cities in between the levels, but the game less addictive than I expected. But there is a reason to put some efforts in playing the game – until the end of September the weeks best player will win an InterRail ticket!

Even if the flash game can’t fascinate you, there is more beyond this campaign, that might interest you. The Weblog InterRail Station provides information and stories about InterRail travel. Have a look if you are up for some wanderlust!

There is also a nice story about the evolutionary process of that game (Don’s Blog also writes about it). It all started with Matt Harding (Last week SPON wrote about him), who got famous by traveling through the world and shooting dancing videos at prominent places. Some Europeans took Matt as their example and created their own video: “Dancing InterRail”. This video inspired the creators and got them to create Raildance Express”.

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I'm an asshole

Friday, July 27. 2007

No, I'm not Anti-American, no need to head homeland security.. I think that song and flash is funny, though :-) The song has been performed by Denis Leary, the flash has been added by DoktorBorn.

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Blogroll updated

Monday, July 23. 2007

My last big update on my blogroll was almost a year ago. Within such a timespan a lot of stuff happens inside the blogosphere. So I had to remove quite a few Blogs since they are no longer active. Changes I noticed:

To compensate the losses I've added some new blogs, that appeared on my radar. Have a look at Citysitting and Michl's Blog - I found them worthy to be listed.

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Before and after

Friday, July 20. 2007

Since some of my friends are always curious about my haircut, I am fulfilling the demand of those readers and give you an update on my current haircut. Although some of you might be a little disappointed - although my long hair begins bugging me, I wasn't up to get rid of it. So you might not notice that big difference between before on the left, and after on the right.

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Bamberg zaubert!

Saturday, July 14. 2007

Click for full size imageWe are currently having an inofficial and spontaneous blogger meeting near the main stage of the Bamberg zaubert festival. The Troglauer Buam are on stage and rockin' the venue.

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Finally – expelled!

Saturday, July 14. 2007

graduationIt took some time to realize, but it was inevitable. Last week my beloved alma mater finally got rid of me - by granting me my second diploma. So you might want to call me “Herr Diplom-Handelslehrer” now ;-) (be invited to have a look at the image gallery from my graduation). But I’m not planning to work this profession. While studying I noticed, that teaching people IT contents is a interesting demanding challenge, but I definitely am not up to do this as an underpaid teacher in a school. The necessary additional probationary training period, which you have to go through if you want to teach in a school, is not acceptable in my opinion.

So it’s back to my roots! I’m glad that I never lost track of my IT background and even developed it. Since I consider myself an expert dealing with web 2.0 concepts and technologies I’ll try to get a job in this field. I hope I can present results of my efforts here, soon :-)

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EDS performing "Twelfth Night"

Wednesday, July 11. 2007

The English Dramatic Society of Erlangen's University is performing the play "Twelfth Night" next week. This time they won't only playing at the university's Experimentiertheater, but also at the Clubbühne of the E-Werk. See here for details. I'd be interested in watching this play - anyone reading this want to join? Just drop a comment, or give me a call.


The twins Viola and Sebastian are separated at sea in a shipwreck. Viola finds herself stranded with her crew on the coast of Illyria. There, dressed as a man, she becomes a servant to Duke Orsino, who is madly in love with the Lady Olivia. She, however, doesn’t want anything to do with the duke.
Again and again the duke sends his messenger to Olivia in an attempt to win her heart. And so it happens that Viola, who in her service to the Duke goes by the name of Cesario, is sent to Lady Olivia’s house. Olivia takes a fancy to the handsome young man Cesario the first time they meet.
In the meantime Viola’s twin brother has arrived in Illyria unknowing that his sister, who he presumed dead, was also staying there. This leads to plenty of confusion and cases of mistaken identity, but how it all ends remains to be seen.

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