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104 days ago
Living the dangerous life.
I was scrubbing my stove for merely ten minutes.
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105 days ago
So for the next two weeks it is on between Magnus and Fabiano. I hope Magnus wins, he is funny. Very entertaining opening press conference.
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107 days ago
End of autumn. This year the weather is still unusually warm and dry so the colors shine.
If there is no fog. But I do love the fog too and I was happy to have some this morning.
Prevents all combat damage, you know ...
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115 days ago
Trivial Insight. Here is a theory explaining why I enjoy cooking and my regular gymnastic exercise sessions as much as I do.
My main occupation is studying mathematics and working as a software developer. This means I spend the majority of my productive time solving problems. Be it exercise problems to understand mathematical theory or finding the cause of errors in a piece of software I'm working on.
Now, this type of work does not only require a lot of concentration and mental energy but these problems often seem to be very arbitrary and without definite purpose. Further, the rewards of this work are often intangible. Yes, they improve my understanding and yes this small part of the program will now work more reliably, yet it does not feel very rewarding. I don't feel accomplished.
In contrast, my cooking and my exercise routine require almost no mental energy. I merely follow along a prescribed list of actions. Cutting onions, then frying the onions, followed by peeling, cutting and cooking various vegetables and so on and so on.
Even more to the point, my exercise sessions involve the same set of movements for the same amount of repetitions in the same order every single time. No thinking required. Just do the current exercise and then proceed with the next one until I'm finished.
These activities also provide an immediate, tangible reward. I get to have a (hopefully) tasty dinner. I experience how my range of motion and strength has increased ever so slightly over the last weeks and I get to enjoy the feeling of relief after a somewhat strenuous workout.
So these two activities are in a sense opposite to my studies and work. Sometimes I just need repetitive, physical, thoughtless tasks with definite purpose to offset all the time I spend sitting around staring into my laptop trying to figure out a solution to some irrelevant problem.
(Of course there are also other reasons that contribute to my enthusiasm for cooking and gymnastic exercises.)
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118 days ago
1:00AM precisely, last train to back Munich and Slow Burning Lights in my ears. So soothing. After many years this album is still one of my steady companions.
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119 days ago
I'm not a museum enthusiast but my visit at the Deutsches Museum was surprisingly enjoyable. Really fascinating are the many steam engines they have on display. Such a feat of engineering - and completely lost to time only 150 years later. No wonder steampunk is a popular SciFi subgenre.
Also, the sections about brick and glass manufacture are unexpectedly interesting. Much more interesting than many of the more flashy sections such as aviation or nanotechnology.
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121 days ago
Mild and sunny autumn in Munich.
Well, ten days ago. Now it's all windy and cold and wet. Proper autumn weather that is.
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126 days ago
So, usually the stuff I cook tastes alright (to me anyway). Recently however I had the very original idea to do an "all green" curry-ish wok. Spinach, green peas and broccoli. Tastes very green indeed - and is barely edible. Not a good combination. Not at all.
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128 days ago
After some struggle I have to agree with Douglas Hofstadter that I am a strange loop. Most likely. What else could I be, really? No better alternative around.
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132 days ago
Hm, seems like much of my emacs muscle memory has been overwritten by vim already. So now I need to create a comfortable haskell environment in vim but I'm not at all motivated to fiddle around with my tooling right now. Meh!
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