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Material Design

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Google announced the Design Language "Material Design" in Summer 2014.
I think I first got in touch with it via the Google Now cards and the Google Keep App.
Now, one and a half years later I am still impressed. For me, it seems to be the right way to present digital content. It doesn't try to simulate real objects, but it still is understandable - for a digital immigrant, as I am.



This video tries to explain it:




New York - Rio - Tokyo

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As I am now living in Bavaria, I have managed to visit New York, Rio and Rosenheim (Wiki). But now, I am officially allowed to sing along when "New York, Rio, Tokyo" (Wiki) is playing on the radio. As I just realized that this song did not enter the charts anywhere else in the world, probably only Germans might care about this.



However, I made it to Tokyo - and I was really impressed.




Danke

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Liebe Oma,

das zweite Wort und schon das erste Schmunzeln. Ob Dein Vorname nun Alfreda oder Alfrieda lautete und in welchem Dokument welcher Name stand, werde ich wahrscheinlich nie verstehen. Für die meisten warst du einfach nur “s’ Alfredl”. Für meine Generation und sogar deine eigenen Kinder, warst du “die Oma”. Für die nächste Generation - deine Urenkel - warst Du schon zur “alten Oma” geworden.

Ich glaube nicht, dass dein Leben leicht war. Von Deiner Kindheit und Jugend in Oberzell weiß ich kaum etwas. Ich kann nur erahnen, was die Kriegsjahre Euch abverlangt haben. Für die damalige Zeit wurdest du erst spät - mit mehr als 30 Jahren - Ehefrau und Mutter
- und das auch noch am anderen Ende der Insel.
Oft hast du erzählt, dass Deine Mutter zu deinen Plänen sagte: “Musch Du jetzt no in die Bradle?”
Ich bin natürlich froh, dass Du diesen Weg gegangen bist.

Du hattest einen starken Mann an deiner Seite. Das das nicht immer leicht war, weiß ich. Dennoch habt ihr einen Weg für Euch gefunden…

Internet Account Cleaning

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I thought about it so many times. Time to take action.

"I[...t's...] good, I[...t's...] gone".


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Inselrunde

My focus is currently on my "Inselrunde" project.
The idea is to swim around the island on which I grew up. This is Reichenau in Lake Constance.

Check out inselrunde.de

About filters and personal internet bubbles

When I started blogging some time ago, it was mainly because I did not like the idea that only a certain group of people has access to what I am writing about. It is not that I am spreading world changing thoughts here. But I wanted to participate on what I understood as "the internet" - or "web 2.0" to be more precise. Something that everybody who wants to participate in, can do so - also knowing that everybody else on the internet can access it.
With all pros and cons, this is what it is - or was - all about.
Forget about my blog at this point, but think about Wikipedia. I am mentioning Wikipedia even though there are many limitations and hurdles. In its idea, it is a platform in which everybody can participate and everybody can access it. Still one of the most remarkable things the internet has brought up.

The social networks turned out to become a sort of private internet for groups of people. But this wasn't an issue initially. There is information that you d…