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218 days ago
It is so much fun to spend a lot of time and energy trying comprehend my lecture notes - carefully dissecting every step and struggling to fill in (the many) gaps - only to realize that the notes contain a subtle error and it is simply impossible to fill in the gaps. It's like a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle missing 200 pieces and containing a handful of wrong pieces that cannot fit at all. Just lovely.
And these digitalized handwritten notes (written by my professor) contain infuriatingly many errors.
Silver lining: I'm getting pretty good at spotting subtle errors.
Some excerpts of my inner monologue:
Ah, that I looks suspiciously like a V missing a stroke. Uh, one of letters α, b, c doesn't seem do fit in. Oh god, I hate discrete math so much right now. Åh, the correct sequence of variables is l, n, m, o and the professor apparently forgot how to sing the alphabet song.
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223 days ago
Time to say farewell to my hero Kara Ben Nemsi. I'm going to miss the many adventures in foreign cities, through deserts and valleys, over mountains and hills. No matter how great the difficulties, not matter how dire the situation, no matter how numerous the enemies ahead, Kara Ben Nemsi and his brave companions always found a solution. Always using his wit before reaching to his weapons. Always trying his best to uphold peace and stay true to his ideals. That is something to admire. Lebe wohl.
I will come back to these stories for sure. I only have two of the six books of the Orient Cycle in paper and I will try to get ahold of the remaining four. Actually, I hope to acquire earlier editions with the many illustrations that are missing in my editions.
There are many things to be said about these stories but that's not for now. Only one thing here: Karl May did a great job of bringing Kara Ben Nemsi's journey through the orient to a conclusion.
All the more did it hurt to read the epilogue which he wrote four years later in 1892 to reach the required number of pages for the sixth book (according to wikipedia). It's not a bad story and it keeps the spirit of the main narration - but best forget about that sad reunion quickly and never read it again.
*big sigh*
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224 days ago
Nach zwei Tagen Wache fühlt sich der Hüter gar nicht gut.
Schneemonster, huh? Danke L!
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226 days ago
Der Hüter des Gemüsegartens.
He looks dismayed. Could it be because I tore up half the vegetable garden to play with the snow and build a ... couldn't be right? Aiaii, this is getting loop-y.
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231 days ago
I fixed the embedded videos on here to also provide mp4 as an alternative to webm. Special thanks to Apple for making my life harder by not supporting the webm video format.
If you took a look at The Lonely Maize without working videos some confusion might clear up by watching them. The three video clips really should stand in the center. They were the inspiration for the whole project. I came up with the dialog as sort of a homage to this strange lonely maize I came across.
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234 days ago
Another pair of dancing shoes joins the flock. Tap tap.
In recent years the "flock of dancing shoes" has managed to increase its following dramatically, now outnumbering the "clan of everyday normal shoes". It has been rumored that one of its recent additions is armed with metal plates. Trying times indeed for everyday normal shoes.
The Lonely Maize
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238 days ago
My favorite islands are the islands of Urza's Saga. What are your favorite islands?
I wish I was on such a lush island now. Here everything is cold and grey. Preferably not the leftmost though.
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244 days ago
Music from Zimbabwe: "Zvichapera" by Chiwoniso. I love the call-and-response. Such an amazing element in music and dance. I need to find more of that, both in African music and swing era jazz.
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245 days ago
After some struggle I finally finished "The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" by Neal Stephenson. After "Snow Crash" which I enjoyed very much it was a huge disappointment. Here a short subjective review.
The book is about 600 pages of moderately interesting SciFi with some compelling ideas like its take on nano-tech or VR. But as a novel it failed me completely. The story lacks focus and has no clear resolution of any sort. There are so many loose ends that seem entirely unresolvable (i.e. what could ever become of the "Mouse Army", what about "The Seed", what about Hackworth or his daughter)?
Moving on, the chapters concerning Nell and the primer were very repetitive and boring after a while. There was not a single character I could relate to or empathize with in the entire book. It read like a dragged-out Asimov story without a carefully thought-out story (like in the Foundation Triology). It seems to me that the plot of the story only serves the SciFi ideas and not itself (in contrast to Foundation). To me it felt very forced and arbitrary at times.
The last thing I want to mention is the over-the-top and entirely unnecessary sexual thing that is going on with "The Drummers". That irks me so much. Why? If you need transmission of particles ("nanosites") carried in the bloodstream, why not by some other means, like uhm, saliva or directly by an exchange of blood? Aiaiaii ...
"Snow Crash" was over-the-top as well but there the story, the characters and the setting supported it. "The Diamond Age" does not.
Final verdict: Very meh!
To recover the final book of the "Orient Zyklus" by Karl May is in order. Kara Ben Nemsi warte! Ich komme, ich komme ja schon zurück.
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