Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Back from the lecture

I think it was rather successfull and I hope to be one of the first to start a tradition in Mannheim.

Wish all the best for the future of the majug2 and I will for sure watch the further development.

Looking forward to more lectures of which i will listen to on or the other.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

preparations for my lecture in Mannheim

Two students and founders of the mannheim java user group have invited me to give a lecture on the usage of java and frameworks in my company.

So i am in final preparations for holding a lecture on software development strategies at the university of mannheim on tuesday.

Looking forward to being in the inspiring environment of a university again.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

On majorities

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."

Mark Twain

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Committed to change

Back from the parliament I already had two press interviews and one article in its draft version already looks very promising.
As we all as parlamentarians have comitted ourselves to make the change in our life that we want to see in others I am now looking for more ways to save energy or use it wisely.

If you have ideas, why not comment on this entry ?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Final celebration of our success and saying good bye to everybody

And we sure had fun until late at night celebrating the final version of the "Aachen declaration" and that such an incredible crowd did such an incredible work.

Maybe we will meet in two years. And please: Give me a call when the making of "the day before tomorrow starts;)
Posted by Picasa

Final vote, and celebrating the declaration of the first european science parliament on energy

After final votes on the amendments the vote for the first Aachen declaration on energy passed with a big majority.
And we made it on page three of the Aachen Newspaper. In fact the whole page three !!
Then there was time to party so we celebrated our success before we all had to say good bye.
Thanx to all the organizers as well as the members of the parliament for making this a very special experiences and maybe initiate a tradition for further parliaments to come.

Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Final work and voting for the Aachen declaration. AND IT passed the parlamential vote

The second day was filled with preparation for the parlamential debate in the afternoon.
First, the groups presented their findings and then they presented a conflict for the parliament to vote upon.
After that, the final version of the Declaration was drafted and the parliament was allowed to bring amendments to the parliament. Those were discussed and voted upon and then THE GREAT moment.

Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 10, 2008

Early preparations

Getting up early in the morning for some more research and reading before the second day of science parliament starts. The financial crisis continues, which could turn out to be a chance for change.
Posted by Picasa

Dinner in the evening

After a long parliament day the parlamentarians go for an evening dinner. I join the group going to a sushi restaurant.

Posted by Picasa

Parliament at work in the "aula"

After the working groups we mix and meet in the parliament to check interconnections between the working groups and discuss our strategies.
Posted by Picasa

My working group on personal responsibility

The working groups begin and we start intense discussions on the topics at hand. I am i the personal responsibility group and also in charge of supplying up to date informations to our platform on the internet.
First findings, educate but differently so we really reach the people.
Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Some impressions from the initial meeting of the european parliament and the first working sessions.
More to come tomorrow as well as the voting for the final draft of the "Aachen Declaration"

Posted by Picasa

First meeting of the parliament

The first meeting of the parliament took place in the main aula.
We were introduced to the code of conduct and what our role as parlamentarians is.

Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Arrival in Aachen and welcome evening

Arrived in Aachen and participated in the welcome event in the Town Hall of Aachen.
Several speakers, good food and drinks and a very interesting ballett performance with light effects summed up to an very interesting introduction.
We all got name badges which we "enhanced" with our nicknames from the science parliament forum.
Now I am looking forward to the first day of parliament work.
There will even be live blogging, video blogging and more in addition to the special working groups and the parliamental debate in the afternoon.

Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Final preparations for the parliament

Collecting last numbers and data and already preparing my luggage for the Aachen science parliament. Tomorrow it will begin and I will try make regular updates on what is going on.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Making our own apple juice

This weekend we made our own apple juice. We joined the family of y wive in a very enjoyable yet work intensive weekend. Round about 950 (yes nine hundred fifty) delicious litres finally which we filled in a whole lot of bottles.
And it really tastes sweet with no additional ingredients, just pure juice.

Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 3, 2008

When commercials become satire

Funny, i just watched a bank commercial and to be honest, them mentioning "the company you can trust" itself made me laugh...

Funny how things have changed with the financial crisis.

The intrepid ibex goes beta

Well, the ibex in its alpha appearance is on my sony vaio for a while already and it works smoothly and supports nearly all the hardware despite the well known bug about the brightness of the videocard. But this is a problem of the driver rather than ubuntu. As a bug hunter I found it to be already very stable in its Version 6 release and I am now looking forward to testing the beta.
The update for me today consisted of only 6 files.

Other than that the system got even better with some small changes and a lot of changes on top.
Have a look at for news and the latest images.
I recommend the torrent so you can get and give.

Alive and kicking again ! And deep in research for the science parliament

On german "Tag der deutschen Einheit" I am beginning to get better. Well I am out of bed but still a bit dizzy. So not much to do as today is a holiday but already doing research for the european science parliament again. Found some very interesting sources of information and will have to do a lot of reading, the last few days before I will go to the parliament and be part of a really interesting project.
Here are some videos regarding the Science Parliament.