World Mask Week

This week (August 7 – August 14) is World Mask Week.

Wearing a mask is the best tool we currently have to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and break the chain of infections.

By wearing a mask, I protect others from infection, in case I carry the virus.

Does this in any way infringe on my freedom or any constitutional rights that I have? Not at all – wearing a mask is about being a decent and considerate person.

Even the Google doodle dons a mask. And so can you!

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(Google doodle, Android, 8/5/20)

Anti-Sexist Social Club

Thursday last week I attended a great online meeting, organized by the Anti-Sexist Social Club and Next Gen Men; people from all over the world were attending.

Although I miss attending discussions in person, there’s a massive opportunity in remote events – I would not have been able to participate, had it taken place in New York.

During the event, Jackson Bird was reading from his memoir, Sorted, and Dane Woodland was reading from his collection of poems, transVersing.

The event focused on what we can do in the 2SLGBTQ+ community to be more inclusive and less sexist; all proceeds went to The Okra Project.

Many thanks to the organizers and their skillful moderation – I learned a lot, and I look forward to many more such events!

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(Sorted, Audio Book – I support Jackson on Patreon)

Corona & Weight

So far, knock on wood, I have been able to (almost) maintain my weight during the Corona pandemic.
Although we’re not under lockdown anymore, I spend most of my days indoors at my desk – there’s no commute, no shopping, no going out to the cinema, no meeting with friends.
The one app that helps me maintain a healthy dose of exercise is Pokémon Go. A virtual buddy helps me to socially distance while playing, and the gamification works well, compelling me to walk long distances every day.  And there’s no end in sight, neither for the pandemic nor for the game.
So – thank you, Niantic!

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(Shiny Gastly, Community Day, 7/19/20)

Patreon

I love the arts. And I try to create. But, I’m artistically challenged.

To make up for this, I support creators on Patreon. Here’s my current lineup (in historical order):

  • Jackson Bird (Instagram, YouTube) – one of the bravest voices in the struggle for trans rights
  • Abdulaziz Yusufjanov (Instagram, YouTube) – vlogging from Colorado, with a unique visual style and excellent storytelling
  • Ethan Lusby (Instagram, YouTube) – vlogging his journey in a van across the US

If you haven’t subscribed to them yet, do it today – they make great content and are fun to watch!

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Final act

This weekend I was finally able to close the estate of my late parents and hand the keys of my childhood family home to the new owners.

May it bring joy and happiness to them!

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1000

One goal of my New Year’s resolutions was to get to 1,000 posts on Instagram (and to 10,000 Tweets). I finally made it!

The 1k post was quite fittingly for my all-time favorite singers, Adexe y Nau, and their new single.

One thousand unique images and probably 10,000 hashtags …

I’ve also reached my tweeting goals; now, I need to get back into creating videos.

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(Screenshot, 6/15/20)

Copenhagen, #flygskam and no masks

For a new client, I had to travel to Copenhagen last week. It originally started as a remote assignment, but we agreed on an initial, on-site meeting.

So, how to get from Cologne to Copenhagen? It’s not that far, about 370 miles (600 kilometers), about the same distance as Paris, Munich or Berlin.

Short-haul flights in Europe are out of the question. That left me with two options: Hiring a car and driving, or taking the train.

In times of Corona, I didn’t fancy the idea of spending almost 12 hours in a closed carriage with a large group of people, so I hired a car. Was that the right decision? I don’t know – I’ll revisit it for the next trip.

Here in Cologne, wearing a face mask in public places is mandatory. Not so in Denmark – there’s hand sanitizer and gloves everywhere, but nobody is wearing a face mask; shops and offices are almost back to normal. It felt somewhat strange, though.

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(Face mask by Gamescomwear)

Shutdown, week eleven, lost

We’re at the end of the eleventh week of social distancing now, restrictions are easing, and the borders should reopen in two weeks. It could be a time to celebrate, but it’s not.

The institutionalized racism in the West has again led to one more death. Someone caught the murder on video, which is causing massive civil unrest all across the US. In Europe, we’re still failing to support the people at our borders, showing similar, completely inhuman behavior. Why is racism still a thing in 2020?

Black Lives Matter!

We’re also ignoring the climate emergency and fired up a new coal power plant.

Our government is looking to subsidize car ownership once again, as if we didn’t know that we need to rethink traffic radically.

Indigenous peoples all over the world are in danger because they’re protecting our environment.

I’m lost.

At least we can finally restart the weekly protests …

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(Instagram, 5/31/20)