Times of Ignorance

Yes, I finally did it. On Tuesday last week I finally took the last step to reach independence in my life and to accord the tax authorities some of my valuable (and hopefully incredible high and unmeasurable) income. You probably guessed it already: I finally officially registered my Diploma Thesis at my University.

And then a hero comes along

Those of you who tend to read my blog on a regular basis will probably know that I usually play Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 edition). Usually means that we normally meet at the Saturdays on the weekend with 5 people at about 8 p.m. Unfortunately some of my mates cannot resist the pressure of reading sourcebooks over and over again. Therefore we do not start playing (and rolling dice) before 10 p.m.

If you already played a roleplaying game, I assume that you will know that imagining dungeons and all kinds of different dangerous locations can be pretty much fun. Although if you are some kind of powergamer (like we are in a way) you presumably prefer fighting over discovering various things. Of course you have to know your current location and this means the size of the room you’re in, possible obstacles in your way, where your allies stand and how your enemies are assembled. […]

Almost sunflowers

Many bloggers will probably have noticed it already. WordPress made the next step in development which ended up in version 2.5 having been released this week. Not just for fixing some security issues and that kind of stuff I surely installed the new version. I like the new administration interface a lot. It looks much fresher than the old one. Some new features also found their way into the new release, which are primarily a better support for tags and something like a media library.

Maybe you think the same about the new WordPress release as I do: I really like the possibility for automatic updates of installed plugins, but I dislike or don’t use some of the new features. Upgrading plugins to the newest version with one simple mouse click is just amazing, but the support for tags still lacks something like a «mass tag edit» feature and therefore I still use the Simple Tags plugin. Moreover I’m not quite sure how to handle media files with the new WordPress library, especially images. That’s why I tend to continue usage of the NextGen Gallery. […]

Will code (insert language here) for food.

Yes, I have to face the truth. In April I will become 26 years old and that was reason enough to get some mail from the family benefits office (Familienkasse). Unfortunately they told me that I will no longer receive child allowance after March. Fortunately I served my time (9 month) at the German Bundeswehr directly after finishing school. This means that I will get money until 2009.

Nevertheless I wasted nearly one year, doing absolutely nothing for completing my degree in computer sciences. Instead I was wasting time getting drunk, trying to play guitar or doing other senseless stuff. But as you have probably reasoned after reading my last posting (Rambo), I belong to the working part of society by now. Yes, I sold my soul to ATB Bremen, an «Institute for Applied Systems Technology». Like the other students there I was mainly engaged to code for food money. […]

When you’re pushed, killing’s as easy as breathing.

The title says it all. Yesterday I went to the movies and watched »John Rambo« (aka »Rambo« in the US). Oh my God, what a splendid movie! More than half a year ago (or even earlier?) I saw the first trailer and it swept me off my feet. It was absolutely oldschool like the former Rambo parts, but with a lot more violence and gore. Being a fan of the old movies, the decision to watch it came straight away.