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    First Crops

    Today after the heavy rain stopped, I went into the Garden and had my first crop of the year: Young spinach leafs and fresh radish, part of my dinner today—it’s delicious. And there’s way more to come now. I’m very grateful of being able to grow my own food.
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    穀雨 (Kokū)

    We all are used to see the negative things in life. We can nearly always complain about the weather; It’s either too hot, too cold, too windy, raining the whole summer or snowing again since months now. It seems weather can’t make it right for us and yet we spend most of the days in our offices, in our flats, ignoring the little details of life. Living in cities, most of us don’t need to know if the r…
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    Hope in the Dark Forest

    Imagine a dark forest at night. It’s deathly quiet. Nothing moves. Nothing stirs. This could lead one to assume that the forest is devoid of life. But of course, it’s not. The dark forest is full of life. It’s quiet because night is when the predators come out. To survive, the animals stay silent. (…) This is also what the internet is becoming: a dark forest. — Yancey Strickler Last week, an article a…
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    Productivity and Promises

    How do Productivity and Promises correlate? In times of constant demands, too much work to do, blurry information about priorities and different senses of urgency you can hardly blame people for breaking with their promises anymore. They want us to reply to their email within their desired timeframe. Or they want us to be available on Slack when they need us. Or whatever.—Shawn Blanc If we’re con…
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    Good things have an end

    I read that the Reasons.to conference will come to an end. I’ve only been there once but it was the best event I attended so far in my career, mainly due to its diversity in topics, subjects, speakers, talks, and the people I met there. It’s a shock, but I’ll remember the event forever.
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    Handover the best possible

    The ongoing Fridays For Future movement initiated by young climate activist Greta Thunberg shall serve as a wake-up call for all of us to collectively do our best to hand over our planet to the next generation in the best condition possible. —EWG LUT 100RE All Sectors Global Report 2019 That’s a quote I like and I can work with. What does it help to debate whether kids are right to not go to sch…
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    Calm and Reasonable

    On Thursday last week I realised that I’ve already worked about 40 hours this week and ahead of me a day with two very important meetings and a lot of things to do. I had a request to go on a backcountry ski tour on Friday with a friend which I thought I couldn’t do due to more work for this week. On the same day I talked about this situation with a good friend and he guided me to a solution I kne…
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    Do something different, join this Friday for Future

    Climate change is real, there’s no doubt. We might have flimsy excuses to keep our lives convenient and don’t need to change anything, but the environment is changing, and it’s due to us humans. Fridays for Future is a global movement, initiated and organised by young people out of school who are the ones who need to live in the world that is the result of the next ten years. And yet, most of them …
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    “It must be free”

    Why did it ‘work fine’ for years for free? It seems that the company wants to make more profit now. When services start charging users, I always read a lot of people complaining about it. Nobody wants to pay for a service that was free for years but now charges a monthly fee. And it’s totally understandable—why did it ‘work fine’ for years for free? It seems that the company wants to make more profit now.…
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    The Dependency on Tech Giants is Giant

    In 2017 I noted down a few thoughts on “Which Tech Giants Would You Drop?” The answers are still pretty much the same as today. Anyways, today I read a story by Kashmir Hill in which she thried to eliminate Amazon from her life. She concludes that this was seen as the hardest choice to eliminate from the list and it’s impossible to achieve. Most of the Internet nowadays somehow depends on Amazon. Being…
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    Evolvement through Meditation

    As a freelancer I find it incredibly hard to stay free of financial anxiety, not feeling stressed out, managing all the tasks around my own business while working for multiple clients and many projects in parallel. Lately, I’ve been reminded about the powerful concept of meditation. I did it in the past already but very irregularly and forget quickly again. Since eleven days I’m now meditating at lea…
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    Personal Happiness At Work

    Working on Colloq is big part of finding happiness at work for me. It’s interesting how much of a difference it makes when I take time to work a full day on the project. Yesterday was such a day and despite finding new issues, doing software and server updates, infrastructure bugfixing it felt great.
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    [Talk] Diversify your life to achieve more happiness

    What my life looked like two years ago Computer More Computer Siting at home, doing nothing useful but being lazy and passively consuming things (TV) Occasionally going out with friends, drinking beer or something. Going a few times a year into mountains which always felt amazing but also needed a lot of self-convincement to really go out. This resulted in a breakdown of the sense of life,…
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    Building a Bed

    This project I had in mind for over a year already. It would be my dream to build my own bed and the concept was shaped over one year until I realized that this year I would have to make that real or it would never happen. So I started getting serious about the planning, draw construction sketches and talked with several people who know more than me about wood construction. This already was an…
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    “Our lives are overfull.”

    Do you know the feeling of being overwhelmed by all the work and tasks you have to do today? There are times where I manage all this very good and then there are times where I struggle a lot with “getting everything done”. But when I really think about what is important, what needs to be finished today it’s usually very little. If I need to choose two things to finish on a day, it’s doable. The problem…
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    Does the individual matter if only 100 companies are responsible for 71% of CO2 emissions?

    Today I came across an article about a study (PDF) that found out that just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions. “There is a hard limit to how much of an effect lifestyle changes alone can have.”—Baldur Bjarnason on Mastodon The source who lead me to this interesting article also mentioned there’d be a “hard limit to how much of an effect lifestyle changes alone can have”. Th…
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    Morning in the Forest

    Today I got up early and instead of cooking a coffee and then sit in front of my screen to read emails I went out to the forest. There’s nothing more relaxing than the early hours in a forest, especially in autumn when fog is around and there’s only nature and you.
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    Apple’s Environment Report

    Today I read Apple’s Environment Responsibility Report 20181. I’m amazed how detailed it is, how readable, understandable and exemplary it is. It’s not just a official report that is necessary. Instead, they chose to make it great for everyone and use it as marketing instrument. Instead, they chose to make it great for everyone and use it as marketing instrument. And I like that because it makes…
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    My new iPhone 7

    When Apple presented the iPhone Xr this year I was tempted to buy it as soon as possible. This was in total contrast to what I wanted to do before the announcement—not buying a new phone this year. Every two years my contract with Vodafone renews and gives me the chance to get a new smartphone. And every time Apple holds a keynote they achieve to convince people that their new product is more a…
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    15 Minutes On The Bus

    On Wednesday I was asking a colleague what his plans for today are and he replied that he’s on his way to go surfing but would have about 15 minutes to talk about our project now if I like. I thought that’s way enough time to talk about task management etc and called him while he was on the bus to the beach. But I was wrong; he didn’t wanted to talk about tasks but about our problem of the last three…