The never-ending dump of junk mail – Mondays are the worst. One piece of legitimate mail, the rest goes directly into the bin. What a waste. Well, it keeps the USPS alive they say (and that article is from 2011 – the numbers probably haven’t improved).More
About two weeks ago, I decided that Facebook and I have to part. Now I didn’t want to give up my photography page (which requires an “admin account” connected to it, which has to be a personal account) so I’ve begun restricting myself to logging in only 2-3 times per week to see if there’s any comments and questions on the photography page – but otherwise, just leave it alone. Don’t read the Newsfeed, don’t “like” stuff, don’t pay attention to any of it.More
Just found these two digital artworks on my hard disk. I painted them with an iPad app called “Paper” a while ago. Fun. 🙂
Yesterday while walking Toni, I ran into a friend’s wife, two kids and dog. They walked out from a nearby nature preserve as I was walking in – and I said a polite “Hello” as I would say it to a stranger, but didn’t stop to chat with them, because that would have been creepy.More
I’m still trying to wrap my head around America’s election results, and this post is a first attempt to somehow put things together to gain some clarity.
And just to get one thing out of the way immediately: it has nothing to do with the fact that a Republican candidate won, or that there’s a Republican majority in Congress (the latter has been the status quo for a while now anyway). I’ve lived in Germany for the most part of my live, and ever since I was allowed to vote, quite often elections didn’t turn out as I had hoped and it was not “my” party and candidate who won (I’ve witnessed all 17 years of the Helmut Kohl conservative administration in Germany, for example – Germany has no term limits). So it has nothing to do with different political ideas and direction.
But it has everything to do with who got elected, and how he campaigned. We’ve all seen how Donald Trump crossed all boundaries of human decency and dignity. It has all been said, repeated, recorded, stored and preserved, it was and is all in plain sight, for everyone to see.More
- we only learn through our own mistakes;
- if there’s anything we learn from history it’s that we don’t learn from history;
- those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,
it appears to be fairly safe to say that a Donald Trump presidency is inevitable.
I was quite impressed by the Ivanpah solar power plant, initially. Then I realized that there’s zero existing infrastructure in the desert (ie. roads and power lines), where utilities and conglomerates want to build utility scale solar power plants in general. Precious and fragile desert habitat is destroyed. Then the reports about bird death’s came in, and my initial positive impression turned into disgust.More
Shuwen and I got to see an early screening of “Storks” thanks to our friend Carola. I think most of the audience was parents with their kids, plus some press and VIP guests, so we felt a little bit like outsiders. 🙂
It’s a cute and funny animated movie for kids, with some absurd humor that is good for adults too. We both enjoyed it. At the end it gets rather tear-jerking – well, it’s a long, long happy end, and a family movie, so that’s okay.
And I wonder whether it’s going to be easier for the parents to explain to the kids where the babies come from, after that movie! 😀
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned my displeasure with the sticker madness before (or maybe that was on my German blog). On every piece of fruit and vegetable is at least one sticker because there’s five varieties of apples available at any time and one costs $2.49 while the other costs $2.69 and yet another $2.99, or something.*
If you buy organic, you get an extra sticker: ORGANIC (it’s always, always green, too).
And I’ve been wondering… what if we’d reverse that? (no, not CINAGRO! lol)
Let’s not put an extra sticker on organic produce – put an extra one on conventional produce instead: CONVENTIONAL. In red, of course. Just like “organic” serves the purpose of indirectly saying “GMO free”, the red “conventional” could serve as a warning for “additional pesticide residue” (which is of course the sole reason why GMO free is interesting)… 😉
Okay, all joking aside – I am convinced that more people would buy organic if the labeling was reversed like that. I am also convinced that there’d be a number of people who would say “hey, wow, this stuff labelled ‘conventional’ is so much cheaper, awesome!” 😛
*) dear supermarkets, how about you just price them all the same and save the money that goes into organizing this whole nonsense, and the little stickers that are sometimes quite impossible to remove as well? Friggin’ apples…