Like last spring and early summer, the number of infections is steadily declining, and we’re easing all restrictions on public life. Outdoor dining is possible, and the streets are full of people!
The climate justice camp in Cologne is also going strong, with almost daily events, music, and lectures.
On a personal note, I’ve completed all written exams for university; now, I can focus on my thesis.
(Cologne, Climate Justice Camp, 6/13/21)
Infections rates are still going down, luckily, so beginning Monday, we will lift the curfew in Cologne, and restaurants will allow outdoor seating.
If the downward trend continues, restaurants might open the week after next for outdoor seating without checking for test results.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
Having said this, I will wait until after two weeks after my second shot before venturing out again for anything but necessary shopping.
And sitting exams.
(Rheinauhafen, FOM Hochschule, 5/17/21)
Three years ago was my last day at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and now my time at the university is coming to a close, too.
Two years ago, there were no signs of all the changes the pandemic would bring.
A year ago, we were already fighting with the pandemic, and I was already doing regular walks with my buddy Machop.
Today, I will go on another walk with him.
But, I am still as excited as I was three years ago, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
(Machop with a gift and Twitch, Cologne, 4/9/21)
The second week of the hard(er) lockdown and a new mutation has surfaced in England and South Africa, with a much higher infection rate.
Christmas and New Years’ for me will be virtual celebrations only.
Which should give me enough time to finish all the outstanding work for university! (One paper left for this term, data analysis on blog performance)
I’m not a fan of winter and the darkness – I’m quite happy that the winter solstice has passed and that we can look for brighter days to come.
And as the days get longer, there will be more time to look for Pokémon with my buddy Machop.
(Rain, Pokémon Go, 12/21/20)
A couple of weeks ago, I built myself a second desktop workstation, based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and the XFCE desktop environment.
The workstation is fanless, with a low-power CPU. And fast!
I am so happy with my new setup’s performance and usability; if it weren’t for Microsoft Office, I’d switch for good.
City and Council of Cologne are requesting all citizens and visitors to stay home and cancel all events, big and small.
The goal is to minimize all forms of social contact during the next couple of weeks, to slow down the spreading of SARS-CoV-2 (and thus COVID-19), as especially the elderly and people with a weakened immune systems are at risk.
So, be considerate, stay at home and help your neighbors!
(Empty cinema, 3/13/20)
Here are my goals for this year:
- Further reduce my carbon footprint and continue to actively support Fridays For Future in the struggle to achieve climate justice
- Reach at least a normal BMI, i.e. a BMI less than 24.9:
- Reduce my weight below 174 lbs. (79kg) and start exercising
- Submit at least three responses to Call for Papers / Meetup talks
- Run regular Rancher meetups in Cologne
- Process YouTube backlog, publish regularly on YouTube throughout the year, and improve my video and photo skills
- Reach these Social Media milestones:
- 10.000 Tweets
- 1.000 Instagram posts
- 100 YouTube videos
- Earn enough credits to start my Bachelor thesis in early 2021
2020 must be the year in which CO2 emissions begin to drop!
(#COP25 – posted by Aidan R. Gallagher)
As part of a school machine learning project I stumbled upon the excellent tutorial by Elite Data Science on Scikit and wine quality.
This tutorial uses a data set on wine quality for training and testing provided by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
As we’re nearing the end of life on Python 2.x, I’ve updated the tutorial script to work with Python 3.5.3 (on Debian 9).
Great starting point to work with new data – I can highly recommend the tutorial!
On November 5, @dieserDad (father of @dieserOskar) will release his new book “Willkommen in Neuland” – a travel guide for YouTube, Instagram and other social media platforms.
Knowing Tobias I’m pretty sure that it will be a very good resource for all parents and other concerned grown-ups, to get behind the scenes information from social media and the life as a Creator, and a better understanding of the digital realm.
The book will be published by Kreutzfeld digital
After a brief stint at a small consultancy in Cologne I decided to go back to working as a freelance IT architect and consultant, with my favorite open source cloud projects, Rancher and Kubernetes, and everything else cloud native. I have also submitted a couple of papers to regional conferences.
From August onwards I’ll then have two more years at University, and during that time I’ll need to figure out whether I should be starting my own business, continue going solo, or try to find full-time employment again. Main goal: Get my kids through college. And enjoy my work.
On that note: I’ve passed all exams so far and am happy with the results!