Facebook financing a new institute at the technical university in Munich about Ethics in artificial intelligence is a little cynical. What a match after the last couple of dozen scandals.

That timespan between being happy and proud of (finally!) finishing a project and when people will start complaining about it 🤪

I’m still excited about the recent additions to Micro.blog! It basically means that I can get rid of my Linode because my abandoned blog is the only thing still running there. I moved everything else already and keeping it up to date is kind of tedious…

Google did the same as Facebook… I bet there are more of these. It just shows where the focus of probably the majority of the tech industry is. Don’t be evil is long gone…

What the hell is wrong with this company? They can tell stories in whatever way they want… they are inherently broken and evil from the inside… Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them

It’s just sad… what kind of a human being do you have to be as a politician to let this happen?! ‘It’s an Act of Murder’: How Europe Outsources Suffering as Migrants Drown - The New York Times

Watching Taste the Waste… it’s so ridiculous how we treat our food. And our planet. We really need to change…

Why is it that getting shipments from the US is such a PITA? Problems with customs, astronomical shipping costs and no real way to return wrongly shipped items. I guess I won’t buy any merchandise etc. anymore if it’s not also shipped from within the EU.

Oh do I hope that Greta Van Fleet is not becoming the new The Darkness. They have such a great sound that’s more or less extinct these days. 🤘🏻🎸🎶

Ok… Starting the day I already realized that Agenda might not be the thing I was looking for. It was promising, and I think I will give it quit it for a while. Getting stuff in order is hard 🙃

That was clearly a flag 😳 sorry for the Saints. I cheered for them today. But as everyone knows: if you don’t make your points in the beginning you will regret it in the end. The Saints had the chance for two touchdowns right at the start but only made it to two field goals. 🏈

I‘m giving Agenda a shot to organize my stuff. I‘ve been swamped with stuff lately and I forget more and more things I should have finished weeks ago. I never understood this app. But now that I had a quick look it’s promising… It might kind of work the way I think.

I‘m back to using my eMail Imbox as a todo list. Never a good sign for my stress level…

The GoodNotes 5 Update looks pretty amazing! I might even consider to switch from Notability 🤔 The problem, as usual, is the silo of all these apps. I can’t get my stuff from Notability to GoodNotes, and I already have a whole bunch of stuff in there I don’t want to miss… Maybe I’ll just make a cut. It’s really good!

I think tension between melody and lyrics gets me. The more a song is a happy song for me and the more it should make me sad, the better it feels 🙃 Another favorite I can listen to over and over is Brian Fallon - Forget Me Not Makes me wanna dance and sad at the same time 🎶

My favorite Swedish band has a new album out! I love how they put sad and sometimes disturbing lyrics into some of the happiest melodies I get hooked on ☺️ Friska Viljor - Unless You Love Me. Still my favorite from their last album: Stalker 🎶

First time to see Interstellar today. Great movie all in all… also makes you think about how we live on our planet. But the last 30 or 45 minutes really don’t hold up to the rest of the movie. 🎬

Funny how Apple had to stop selling the iPhone 8 in Germany because of issues with Qualcomm and nobody even cares 🙃

My Word for 2019

I finished my personal goal planning for 2019, similar to what I did at work for the last couple of years. I know, I know… it sounds terrible. But it lead me to some more insights for this new year than just the usual ”I’ll loose some weight”. I wanted more than the usual resolutions and I ended up with a list of things that I’d like to improve in my life, starting in 2019. I also tell myself that I don’t need to do all of it this year, that I don’t need to finish everything on the list. It’s a list of things that should guide me through this year with the means of helping me feel better. One thing I want to do though is to check in at the end of each month and see where I am. Check whether there is something that was left behind completely or that I really did good during the month. I hope that this helps me to stick to something and build new habits, instead of loosing track after a week… as usual. I feel really good about this list and I really think it might help me to work on some stuff.

Inspired by @macgenie, @klandwehr, @cheri and others on Micro.blog I thought of a word that could describe this year for me. The biggest pattern in my list of goals turned out to be around my health and fitness (what else? Well… a lot!). The one word that came to mind immediately was well-being. Ok… it’s kind of two words, but oh well ¯_(ツ)_/¯ It tells me to eat healthier, become more active and most importantly become more relaxed again. It also tells me to finally start with a couple of things I wanted to do since a long time.

I need to feel better next year. So this will be my word: well-being

We can fly to the moon and drive around with remote controlled cars on Mars, but delivering a package from A to B seems to be an unsolvable problem sometimes.

I failed on many personal fronts this year, so I guess I need to figure out some of my worst habits before anything else. Changing things to the better means making time for better things, not squeezing in more stuff in time I already don’t have.

Unlike many I learned to really like the yearly goal planning process in my company. It can do a great job to set expectations and see where you’re going next year. I‘ll try to do the same for private stuff, but I can already see that this is probably mostly wishful thinking 🤔

I‘m waiting for „friends“ to exchange their contact info with me, but 2019-01-01 00:15 will be the date I delete my Facebook account (I will enjoy New Years first, of course 😉). This Wired summary is just the tip of an unethical and constantly lying iceberg.

Too bad politics don’t give a crap about the world at large.

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst recorded a message in German to his future grandchildren from the International Space Station

Nachricht an meine Enkelkinder [with Closed Captions]

I guess this is a good sign.