Medieval Market at Burg Satzvey (May 2018)

Last weekend I spent at Burg Satzvey with the Lady. It’s a fairly intact castle and they have multiple medieval markets per year and it was a blast!

There were birds of prey, a super cool tournament with stunt riders (and horses) and it was overall just brilliant.

Medieval role (or cos-play) is super amazing and you should put this on your bucket list right now if you haven’t. It’s another world and a great time to tune out and into something else. It’s a perfect retreat from the technocracy.

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Redlands #1: Witches in Florida

Redlands is a graphic novel that we picked up during our trip to London to see Hamilton (briefly mentioned here) we stopped by Forbidden Planet and a graphic novel caught my eye.

Redlands is something you might describe as:

If Tarantino directed True Blood, took out the clichés and Frank Miller came up with the evil characters.

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It’s a bit shit, but I like it

Sometimes I think I should really travel more and just listen to strangers conversations. When we were on top of Primrose Hill in London we listened to a couple of teenage boys talking about a… well, not super great TV show:

I’m watching Jessica Jones.
It’s a bit shit.
But I like it.

These three sentences are actually pretty good I thought, (hat tip to the original author) to me they mean that you can enjoy things you know aren’t really good. Either morally or qualitatively.

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Perceived vs Actual Cause of Death by Aaron Penne

I came across this graphic in three parts of perceived causes of death, news site headlines and actual causes of death in comparison.

Original Reddit Post

The difference in certain areas isn’t surprising to me, for example that deaths in the media caused by terrorism gain much more attention. Even if you would run the same data on violent deaths, you’d still have a very low terrorism ratio.

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Taking Things for Granted

When people ask me how I am, the answer usually is wonderful, which doesn’t necessarily reflect the absolute truth, but it does reflect the general picture quite well.

I was lucky to build a life that went beyond of what I would have expected few years ago and certainly goes far beyond my lack of imagination while I was enduring school and studies.

Few days ago I came across a post titled I’m a “highly functional” Autistic. It takes a lot of work., which yet again showed me how many things we take for granted. To us, everything is a sliding scale and it’s only supposed to move one way. The way we desire.

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Glass Half

Glass Half is one of the Open Blender Movies and it’s pretty cool. We saw it on the plane on the way to greece and I noticed the blender logo in the end. So I just got it together and re-watched it.

My better half and I looked at each other because we can related to the respective characters.

If we would play instruments, she’d probably play the violin, with lots of facettes and amazing tones and I’d be the guy beating a barrel with a baseball bat.

PS: Check out Blender

Belle Cooper on Learning How to Write

Belle Beth Cooper just contributed her last post so far to the GHOST blog. It’s about Learning to Write and she tells a pretty great story about reading a bunch of books about that.

What’s really great is the way she makes you empathise with her and describes the relationship she develops with the individual authors. It was a pleasure to read and join her in this experience.

Simply by exposing myself to wonderful writing, great examples of the craft, honest accounts of the writing process that speak to me with finesse and polish so the words sink in is my education. My writing is improving through osmosis. I’m picking up on how to craft a better sentence, how to reach a reader, how to employ language to the best of my ability. I’m taking it all in, even if I can’t highlight it on the page.

With that paragraph she makes a really important and also wonderful point. We need to expose ourselves to great things, before we meaningfully can transform all that into something even better. It’s essential to not accept things that are wrong or flawed as something thats probably fine.

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Failed Start-Ups and what they learned from it

Recently multiple stories have popped up on Hacker News about failed Start-ups. I think this is amazing, because these brave people enable others to learn from their mistakes.

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Buffer Jobs, hiring page done right!

I just stumbled upon buffer’s hiring page and I think it’s great. It shows what they’re doing, is visually beautiful and deserves a look! Buffer allows you to time your updates on social networks like twitter, facebook, linkedin and google plus. You can set which post you want to publish on which network and also when, so your posts don’t stop when you go offline or so you’re sure to hit your target group when they’re browsing a tag. Continue reading “Buffer Jobs, hiring page done right!”

Herakut: Something Better Than Perfection

The amazing street art duo herakut has created an amazing mural in Frankfurt, Germany that hit me straight in the heart. The mother with her child, both not wearing their masks is an incredibly powerful metaphor that I just needed to share. The caption “There is something better than perfection” speaks out for something I believe in: honesty. Especially when working in a high-voltage industry where everybody tries so hard, people become collateral damage of their own greed for money and achievements. Continue reading “Herakut: Something Better Than Perfection”