I never understood the hype around Billie Eilish, I‘m probably old because I think it’s terrible music 🙉😉, so it‘s no surprise to me that I really don’t like the new Bond song.

14/30 - Warmth - Looking forward to warm spring and summer evenings again.

With the new Nada Surf album, which I love, I totally missed that Green Day also released a new one! Really awesome! 🎶

13/30 - Rise - The rise of an empire… birth mark of todays Middle Kingdom with the Terracotta Army of Xi’an, protecting the emperor in the afterlife. A highlight I got to visit in China.

12/30 - Attachment - I have a certain attachment to Sweden. I studied there for a year, already 14 years ago now. Time flies… I had the best time of my life there and always felt more drawn to their culture than ours in Germany. I hope to get to go back there some day.

11/30 - Plain - I love plain, good Rock music. I was lucky enough to hear one of the last „We‘re Motörhead, and we play Rock’n’Roll“ entries about a month before Lemmy died in 2015. They defined the genre and inspired a whole generation of music. Definitely an all time favorite!

Today’s photo prompt is difficult 🤔

The concept of Home Office is sadly unknown to a three year old 🙁 I’m so sorry I can’t play with you now 🙁

The main argument for someone to use Medium seems to be discoverability. Search for keyword X and you immediately get a list of high rated posts. That’s a huge benefit of course. Where can you find similar discoverability for your own website? That’s a big issue to solve…

10/30 - Sign - Just be. On a beach near San Francisco.

During vacation on Samos I read The World According to Garp by John Irving, which might probably be my favorite book ever by probably my favorite author ever 📚 It has everything… funny, sad, love, weirdness… I need to read this again!

9/30 - Lull - The calm beaches of Samos. Today this lovely little island is drowning in refugees, without much help from the rest of the world.

Only two episodes in, I think I like Piccard. I see some issues here and there… but I really love the pace of it. Not being on speed the whole time really is something different these days. I really enjoy watching it.

It should be forbidden for public services to make use of ad tracking, Facebook or whatever. We need ethics in software, services and their providers. Brave uncovers widespread surveillance of UK citizens by private companies embedded on UK council websites

8/30 - Contrast - Niagara Falls, Canada. Fascinating in many ways… glad I went there and saw the force of the river, but it’s also a sad example what humans do to nature. The town itself looks like a crazy (horrible) copy of Las Vegas.

7/30 - Above - One of my favorite photos from our trip to China a couple years back. Shanghai from above. This is what a clear blue sky and bright sunshine looks like in big cities over there on normal days.

6/30 - Plant - I love traveling to Japan. Such an amazing country! One of the great things to see are the plants and everything in their beautiful gardens and parks. I once was lucky and got there just in time to get the last bits of cherry blossom season.

5/30 - Hide - I’m not fully hidden here, but a lot of memories hide in this photo from Yosemite back in June 2012. I had a great time on a California road trip with my colleague and friend on our way to WWDC.

Reading about US politics is even painful from the outside. Not far from the comedy we had in Britain the last couple of months. It’s disgraceful what this country became. Trump says the US have never been so strong? It feels more like nobody actually takes it serious anymore.

4/30 - Spot - I was a big Star Trek TNG fan when I was young, and always thought Data’s cat Spot had the coolest name. This one came to us with a name and it fit so perfectly, there was no choice. Meet Lola, named after the movie Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)

Following a bunch of new people thanks to the photo challenge 👌🏻

3/30 - Reflect - Lots of space for some reflection this week. I don’t always find the time, but when I do, it really helps…

This sums up my feelings about why people these days seem to not care about their privacy and data.

Consider that the internet has become essential for social participation, that the internet is now saturated with commerce, and that commerce is now subordinated to surveillance capitalism.

This conflict produces a psychic numbing that inures us to the realities of being tracked, parsed, mined, and modified. It disposes us to rationalize the situation in resigned cynicism, create excuses that operate like defense mechanisms („I have nothing to hide“), or find other ways to stick our heads in the sand, choosing ignorance out of frustration and helplessness. In this way, surveillance capitalism imposes a fundamentally illegitimate choice that twenty-first-century individuals should not have to make, and its normalization leaves us singing in our chains.

– Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

(I’m just starting this book, and I think it will be really good and informative, but again the German translation seems to be ridiculously complex. The english snippets I found were much more comprehensive than the translation.)

2/30 - Sight - You need to have good sight to see these little fellows. They scare me.

1/30 - Open - I love the sound when opening a bottle of beer. Well deserved after a long day.