Pandemimimis defile parliament building

This weekend saw a big gathering of right-wing extremists and other Corona-deniers in our capital, Berlin.

During their protests, a group went to the stairs in front of our parliament building, brandishing the Reich’s hateful symbols – absolutely disgusting and shameful!

The Police should have prevented this, but they were sadly understaffed, with only three officers present in front of the parliament (according to media reports).

Maybe these officers protecting the commercial interests of RWE at the Garzweiler open-pit coal mine could have helped?

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(Alle Dörfer Bleiben, 8/30/20)

Travel

I miss travel. I miss attending concerts.

I have been traveling most of my life as part of my professional career and in my free time. Once I understood the climate emergency, I started to decarbonize my life and change the way I travel.

Then came Covid-19, and subsequently the shutdown.

Now travel is pretty much out of the question, and will probably remain very limited for the next couple of years.

There are quite positive aspects: Last week I attended a book club in New York. Yesterday I participated at the Heyou Awards in Gothenburg and then later at a concert in Madrid – neither would have been possible pre-Corona. I hope that we’ll keep the online accessibility for the future!

Early October I have tickets for a concert in Madrid – will I be able to go? Or will we be in lockdown again at that time?

Only time will tell, but I feel like my wings have been clipped. And I seriously lack content for my YouTube.

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(Heyou Awards Livestream, YouTube, 8/15/20)

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)

Perseverance

Space: The final frontier.

These are the voyages of the Mars Rover Perseverance. Its two-year mission: To drill and search for signs of past microbial life. To boldly search where no one has searched before.

Follow the launch and the full mission on Nasa’s Mars website!

And get your boarding pass 😎

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(Perseverance Boarding Pass, 7/26/20)

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)