This week’s car is a Ford Kuga ST-Line 4×4 EcoBoost (Ford Escape in the US); it’s a 4.5m by 2m behemoth and weighs almost 2 tons.
Clearly designed for suburbia, it’s not fun to drive in the inner city due to it’s long turns and poor maneuverability, and even less fun to park, as it’s wider and longer than most regular parking spaces. The interior though is very comfortable, with a high entry, very spacious seats and all assistance systems you could possibly think of.
It’s definitely a car that you can drive well into your 70s.
The year is still very young, but it already has a new favorite movie, Shoplifters.
Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese movie, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, that won the Palme d’Or at last years’ festival in Cannes.
In a nutshell, the file is about families, adopted and real, and the bond that forges – great cinematography and even better storyline.
Highly recommended and definitely a must-see!
The first days of the 2018 Holiday season are over, tomorrow is a normal day and even though most people are still off work, shops will re-open.
There’s still a lot of time until Three Kings (January 6), when most people will return to work and everyday life commences – time for friends and family, time to reflect, to rest and to regroup, and time to check on last year’s resolution (that’ll be a separate blog post / video though).
The coming days for me will be full of work, winding my freelance consulting business down, as I will return to being an employee on January 1st; I’ll stay with the same consultancy though, so it’s more of a legal and status change than an actual change of workplace.
In December there were a huge number of YouTubers who did Vlogmas – to name a few, celebrities like Johnny Orlando or my favorite LGBTQ+ activist, Jackson Bird (if you haven’t watched his TED Talk or any of his videos on what being trans actually means, do that now!) – it was a real joy to watch the stories unfold as December progressed.
Thanks a lot to all the creators that went out of their way to produce daily content for us – deeply appreciated!
In the week before the holidays I went on a movie spree – the past weeks had been quite intense and I didn’t find any time, so as the year’s winding down, it was time to catch up.
I got to see:
- Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse,
- Mary Poppins Returns and
Mary Poppins Returns is a great remake of the original, musical style, with singing leeries doing parkour; might be boring for kids under the age of 50.
Aquaman is solid action fare, but not something really new.
Bumblebee is a great prequel to the Transformers series, with B-127 as a cute beetle saving the world and setting the stage for the series.
Spiderman though was something entirely different – completely new universes, complete new set of characters, including a spider-pig named Peter Porker; I’m looking forward to more of Miles’ adventures on the big screen!
Yesterday we went to a concert by Hatsune Miku, a quite famous Japanese singer; she’s on her first tour in Europe and it was her first concert in Germany. Luckily for us, she chose the LANXESS Arena in Cologne as the venue, which made it quite easy for us.
Hatsune came with a couple of her friends for support, Kaito, Meiko, Megurine Luka and the Kagamine twins.
Almost everybody in the arena had her signature Glowsticks, so the colors from stage spread throughout – very special.
The concert itself was great, wonderful song selection and a stellar stage show – I really hope she’ll come back to Cologne soon!
Needless to say that she made a very nice attempt to welcome us in German .
The concept of Black Friday does not really work if the Thursday is not a big, or perhaps the biggest, family holiday of the year; same for Cyber Monday. My personal black Friday used to be the Friday after Weiberfastnacht, the official start of street Carnival in Cologne .
But, as Halloween has spread across the world, so do Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
And who doesn’t like a good deal?
This year my spending was quite subdued, but I used the ever-present rebates to get a toner cartridge at 15% off.
And for next year, as we’re in the process of incorporating Halloween into our culture anyway, maybe we could add Dia de Muertos as well? And make All Saints a joyous occasion rather than a solemn one? Me gusta mucho!
A weekend full of extreme contrasts, for me at least – and I’m not done with it yet
- marks the 80th anniversary of the “Reichsprogromnacht” or “Kristallnacht” that signaled the begin of the industrial annihilation of 6 Million people and a whole culture. To date, this is the most heinous crime against humanity ever committed, and the enormous loss and guilt will be felt for generations to come. Being born into the country of perpetrators for me is a responsibility to ensure that such crime will never occur again, and I thus have zero understanding for neo-Nazis, alt-rights, AfDler, white supremacists or whatever they might call themselves – never again!
- is also my birthday, and I had a very good evening out with friends to celebrate (with a slight pang of guilt)
- “Armistice Day” or “Remembrance Day” marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of the first World War, the great seminal catastrophe of last century, where again millions of lives were lost at the whim of the German Emperor, for a totally pointless cause – lest we forget!
- All around us, this is a rather solemn affair, not so at home – here, 11/11 at 11:11 marks the beginning of Carnival and is a rambunctious party on all public places and streets
Oh well. Quiet day for me.
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The Call for Papers is now open for the KubeCologne Conference 2019.
If you’re interested in Kubernetes and Cloud Native software development, and want to present something – this event is for you!
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The conference will take place from February 6th to 8th in Cologne, Germany; the event will be held in the KOMED convention center, which is centrally located in Cologne’s Media Park.