Life is a long journey. And that's one of my favourite passions: Travelling. No worries whether by train, bicycle or bus, nor what language to speak... Diving in to other cultures, learning about their way of thinking and living. Usually I'd check clima tables beforehand to find a reasonable season for travelling. And I avoid the big cities for they are all the same to me. I rather enjoy myself in the rural areas and country side for less pollution and traffic noise. Knowing that advertisement for the neat and less discovered places tends to spoil them, I do hope they do remain as nice and welcoming as I discovered them.
A 9-day hiking trip with tent and cocking equipment in Norway and some subsequent rest days. The articles are in German language (for I kept my travel notes in German). We've been blessed with exceptionally good weather conditions for the hiking. However, apparently this is part of an extented drought period that hit Scandinavia for the past months. So please, let it rain again!
Marco Polos fabulous journey to the East left wild dreams in my mind since I was reading it as a child. Herrmann Hesses "Journey to the East" did so some years later, as well a a picture book about the Himalayan - the roof of the world. And finally after a long winter the snow melts. Now Kathrin and I are ready to venture out to a long bike journey - to hopefully meet a lot of friendly people and face incredible landscapes and colorful cities from here to the Himalayan.
American writers like Kerouac and Miller influenced me a lot when I was in my Twenties. And I heard lots about the West Coast from American travellers, recommending great national parks and the Route 101 that is sort of famous thing to do for cyclists. So I decided to postpone other planned adventures and flew to Vancouver BC, equipped with my good old pushbike, a tent and a (warm!) sleeping bag.
Welcome to my technology playground.
When weather does not inspire me for outdoor activities, I enjoy diving into various IT topics to gain and maintain the knowledge I keep teaching in school. Basically, I'm fascinated and attracted by Open-Source IT softwares or standards like
2. Python, JS
Since my time in university, I've been fascinated by the possibilities of artificial intelligence. Back then, we'd learned how to recognice handwritten digits. Today, I'm intrigued by the scientific achivements made available by AI frameworks like TensorFlow.
I suppose many software projects would better meet user needs if they were open source for three reasons:
1. as a user, I have the freedom to customize and improve the software as I wish. This could actually encourage more people to learn programming.
2. as a user or organization, I can check the source for malicious or unwanted parts (like trackers, spyware etc.)
3. by buying or ordering only open source products, my organisation has the freedom to adapt the software to meet actual needs.
Saying this, I am well aware that open source software does cost money (or at least a lot of time) to develop, test and distribute.
Notice: Schirmer Scientific Systems is now Green-ORCA :: Operations Research Computing and Analysis Schirmer
Back in 1996 I started learning HTML and CSS. The internet bandwidth was still so slow that one thought twice what size of pictures to upload, and interactivity was mainly achived with simple forms. Times have changed, and the once mainly static world wide web turned into a giant market place and communication platform.
And here we are - JS-based server-side frameworks (like Meteor) with extensive code generators for client and server-side make full-stack development extremely productive, and perhaps sooner or later replace the classic server-side and client-side code mess.
However, for the time being this page is mainly a technical playground for me, based on Joomla and a few PHP and JS snippets of my own.