Today is a slow day – Friday after a bank holiday (Ascension), which most people here take off from work (including myself).
Time to appreciate my inbox. My empty inbox, that is.
Ever since I came across Inbox Zero, I tried to stick to it, most of the time. According to its inventor, Merlin Mann, it’s not so much about reducing the number of Emails in your inbox, but about reducing the time you’re thinking about the things in your inbox. From personal experience over many years of working I can fully and wholeheartedly agree – an empty inbox makes your day much less stressful!
I’ve settled on Outlook, Tasks, and OneNote to manage my work, but it’s not the tooling that makes the difference, it’s the mindset.
Give it a try – you won’t regret it!
(Screenshot of an empty inbox, Microsoft Office 365)
I am very happy about voter turnout in Sunday’s European Elections and even more happy about the strong support for the Greens!
Many people have understood that we need to take urgent action to protect our climate and our environment, and that we cannot do it alone – it needs a regional and global approach.
With their newfound power, the Greens can now affect change in Europe and work with S&D, ALDE and EPP to protect our climate for future generations!
I’m also quite happy that in Cologne the Greens came in first, with almost 33% of votes – in the city center the Greens were almost at 43%. Yay!
(Screenshot from Tagesschau, during election night)
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity again to drive long distance in the US.
Speed limits are now at 65 to 75 mph on most highways, which makes for very smooth and relaxed driving; it’s much easier and less stressful to drive 600 miles in the US than to drive 600 kilometers in Germany.
Speeding doesn’t really benefit anyone:
- The environment suffers a lot due to much higher consumption
- The risk for fatal accidents increases greatly
- You arrive a lot less relaxed (if at all)
- You won’t save time overall
Then why are we so obsessed in Germany with having no speed limit on our motorways? I have no idea.
Or, as Virginia signposts it:
“Speeding over 80 mph (130 km/h) is considered reckless driving – Fines will be higher”
There you have it.
During our last trip we had a Nissan Rogue (Nissan X-Trail outside of the US) from Hertz; according to Wikipedia it’s a compact crossover SUV.
It’s a pretty comfortable car, with a roomy interior, good suspension and reasonable maneuverability.
Even on long drives of a couple of hundred miles, the Rogue handled well and kept us safe.
The online downside was the engine, which was still old style using fossil fuel – I hope Hertz will move to more modern electric vehicles soon!
(Outside of our hotel, near Charlotte airport)
This week we had a Rancher User Meetup in Cologne, and Jan Bruder of Rancher introduced us to the new features in 2.2:
- Built-in cluster and application monitoring
- Global DNS
- Multi-tenant catalogs
- Backup and Restore for Kubernetes configuration (etcd)
- Bitbucket support for pipelines
It was a great session and many thanks to Jan (and Rancher) for coming!
(Taken at location: Gute Botschafter GmbH, Cologne)
This is a crucial election for Europe – if you care about our online and offline worlds and want to support Europe, make sure to vote!
There’s still ample time to participate through postal ballot, if you cannot make it on election day – don’t let your vote go to waste!
(Public mail box)
During the weekend, we saw “Der Fall Collini” by Marco Kreuzpaintner, based on a novel by Ferdinand von Schirach.
The film paints a very accurate picture of West Germany in the time after the war and before the 68 unrests, a time when a lot of Nazis were still in positions of power and used their positions to escape prosecution for their war crimes.
Der Fall Collini is most definitely a very important film, especially given the rise of the new Right in parts of Germany and Europe, but most striking is the lead actor – Elyas M’Barek in the role of the lawyer Caspar Leinen.
Elyas handled the transition from comedy to drama really well and excels in his role, torn between family, law and justice.
I believe he’s probably the best young German-speaking actor in the moment and am very much looking forward to seeing him again on the big screen!
(Movie poster at Rex am Ring Lichtspiele, Cologne)