I love cats too

Me too, me too gurrrrl!

So this completely passed me by when it came out and this has been shown to me like 2 weeks ago. I love it. It’s up there on the olymp of signify songs like Oh My Dayum and the Charlie Sheen Song. So silly! So good.

Big Fan of Your Mom’s House Podcast and they just had the funniest guest on – Jessica Kirson – never heard of her before but she jives so well with the crew. Amazing!

In Code Camp News we started coding some websites with HTML and CSS – which is great fun. Back in the day so in the early 2000s I member’ed the time in school I built my first website. With Dreamweaver (here some German tutorials with the versions around the early 2000s) and a ton of gifs all around the page and animations that where not too far off the Geocities and Ebaumsworld back in the day. So basically this: Cameron’s World but by a 16 year old who is really into Metal, Diablo and Flames. I even hosted it on the then popular and free .de.vu-addresses that somehow in 2015 I think completely disappeared and all pages disappeared or re-appeared with random texts, images, other languages, snippets and viruses and/or malware and any imaginable mix of this. We even hosted our band-website on one of these addresses but that one is also gone…

Anyhoozle, there is bamboozling stuff you can do when it all comes together, as it slowly does. This stuff (it’s called EventListeners) is kind of magical. So yeah, I am thinking of going into some sort of hybrid role of what I did so far in my professional live meaning sales/marketing/PR and combine that with the refreshed and expanded IT library/vocabulary to jump into something that I really like and stand behind. Love what companies like ChariTea and Spreadshirt are doing but honestly anything really that I personally would find useful or get behind/would buy/identify with…

It’s about time to update all my stuff: meaning CV, LinkedIn, pictures and whatnot and really network again to find something I will be doing from end of December onwards or the new year respectively.

Times are great and Leipzig is still amazing. Hit me up if you love cats too and/or have some use for me and my skills in a company here. Much love! Peace out!

I <3 Leipzig

It’s been almost a month now. There are things that have changed in me and around me. As mentioned before that was a physical move to this city as well as a psychological move inside of me.

Out of the sudden and not only because of the Code Camp, I am surrounded by fantastic people of different nationalities. Just today I made my morning tea and possibly did everything wrong according to brits and tea-lovers but not science (okay – I did it half wrong): teabag in the cup, milk in the cup and pour hot water over it – told my fantastic South African classmate to look away. This anectode reminded me of the one time we had lunch in Shanghai at the Shanghai bakery (I do miss that place and it has long closed before I left) and I ordered a seafood pasta and got offered Parmesan, which I happily poured over that food and this made my super liberal Italian friend slap his head and sit in disapproving silents for a minute. Love that!

I love walking out of my appartment and having the Eisenbahnstraße (infamously presented in this German short documentary that is worth a watch and it’s also funny how differently the comment section of youtube sees the video) around the corner with Döner, Turkish supermarkets, a couple of cheap bars and a huge park that has actual people walking around and using benches and the facilities and all that. It’s also worth nothing that the street and area around is also semi-affordable and the creative people and students find that an attractive place to be and so do I.

I love getting through the city on my bicylcle from one corner to another in about 40 minutes, the same was true in Shanghai.

I love little and bigger markets that pop up here and there and the streets fill with friendly people that stroll around. Even the night of the Festival of Lights had thousands of people gathered and I rarely saw groups of angry, dumb groups in Thor Steinar and or similar attire, which is somehow accepted and normal and a common sight when more than 50 people gather in any city or village in Erzgebirge for whatever apart from the Stains in Sun, some Hardcore shows (not all unfortunately) and very creative gatherings, university events or events that help you understand and participate in democracy (as that is needed, not only in East Germany, but I hope you do get my point).

I love having places that hold concerts everywhere, parks, gyms, theaters and cultural places in walking distance. That way I already came to watch a rehearsal of Kleist’s Herrmannsschlacht (in German) and I loved every second of that. I even loved going to see a soccer match for once…

I love having authorities in walking distance and the ability to arrange appointments there online.

I love still having a lot of like-minded exile-Erzgebirge-friends around.

I love Leipzig.

Break is over!

It’s been a while dear readers. This time nothing political. Still, a daily reminder to fight racism and the rise of right-wing parties and thinkers in any way shape or form you can and feel comfortable with. My tone towards sympathizers and the ones that trivialize these acts have changed and I just straight up tell them what I think without sugar-coating. I have nothing but disgust and harsh words for the fascists and sympathizers. Here is a brilliant German article on what happened in Halle and that this nutcase was and isn’t alone. It’s time to wake up for everyone and I have no respect for you whatsoever if you sympathize with ideas this person stands and stod for.

So what has changed! A ton to be honest.

I have moved away from the area I grew up in. I do believe a city and what a city can offer suits me and my lifestyle better. I am now in Leipzig aka the little Berlin aka the coolest city in Saxony.

I have left my job in sales for nonwovens to learn additional skills. Tech skills that hibernated for a long time and things that start to click again now in week four of Code Camp Leipzig. I am one of 13 lucky, talented and amazingly diverse people from all walks of life and different nationalities that learn to code and become a software developer.

I got married in August and my wife is joining me here in Leipzig this Sunday.

I ride my bicycle a lot more and I joined a gym again. I stopped smoking again and reduced vaping to time at home and while out drinking. In short: I am on a healthy path.

It’s been a while since writing a lot and I have to get into the habit again, so excuse this short post. There will be more to come.

So what is to come?

Definitely some run-downs and things I learn in code camp, things I do, things I love about Leipzig and generally things that I find interesting and hopefully you too.

The site is now https and I updated a loti of things in the back.

Here is a song that became a meme back in the day and completely passed me by. Super solid track with heartbreak lyrics fit for a 17 year old and his mates but otherwise this is a banger: