I have been wondering for quite some time if I should continue writing down the history of my personal childhood and adolescence or not. Now I decided to do it (it does take a bit of courage). What better time than the night between Halloween and All-Saints-Day? So tonight, at 11.55 p.m., five minutes before the radio philosophy, the #2 of my trilogy will go online.

#1 of the trilogy ends with me entering the second grade. #3 is already in the making and will be online on another “day of contemplation”: Penance Day.

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Rosenaustadion_GegengeradeI Part two of the trilogy on my childhood and adolescence will describe my two final years at junior school (“Volksschule”, what is today called “Grundschule”) followed by the first two years at grammar school. That was the time between my First Holy Communion (1958) and Confirmation (1962). Or in other words: the phase after the naïve childhood, before entering puberty.

My First Holy Communion was given to me when I was 8 years old, which means that I attended third form at the time. The Confirmation ceremony must have been during my second year at Grammar School, when I was 12 years old. Being “still a very childish child” at eight, the First Holy Communion made a huge impression on me. As opposed to this, the Confirmation did no longer play an emotional role. It was more like a duty.

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Werner Lorbeer
Friday October 30th, 2009

Desert Tec #002 – Give Them Chips!

Monte_Carlo_CasinoNow the Desert Tec GmbH has been established. October, 30th, 2009! On the whole: low tech. Still, it is a huge challenge, see this link. My pessimistic friend Roland Dürre has his doubts about the financability. We are talking an estimated 400*109 €. It is an investment in objects promising to produce the electric energy for Europe and the Arabian world CO2 free.

In order to counter the pessimist: let us look at the world of investment.

Euphemistically, everyone putting short-term money into fonds is called “investor” in the financial world. In return, he is supposed not to realize that he is a speculator or gambler, or that the game is about his credit-worthiness. More often than not, this is not about investments. Instead, we are talking bets – rien ne va plus. Ackermann says the same when insisting that the speculator’s department “investment banking” creates wealth.

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On October, 8th, 2009, I attended another one of the »Hot Spots of Software Development— HSE« at TUM.
The series was initiated in 2002 with the VSEK-project and now takes place on an annual basis at Munich Technical University. It aims at providing a platform for the exchange of experience on current topics in software engineering.

You can read more about the individual meetings on theHot-Spots-Site of TUM. This site is highly recommendable, since it offers extensive explanations of the topics and Conference Proceedings to every one of them. As a general rule, you will also find the slides used during the individual presentations. On the whole, it is an excellent concept.

This year’s conference was about Requirement Engineering

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Roland Dürre
Thursday October 29th, 2009

“Nano Technology and Ethics?” or “Think Before You Act!”

With a budget of 750 million Euros, nano technology is among the best-sponsored projects in the EU. The money spent on it is ten times what the humanities get. The total sales of nano technology in the EU roughly equals what they get by way of public sponsorship.

The produce is so small that it can transgress the threshold between blood and brains, thus being able to penetrate all human cells. They are long-lasting. Once introduced into our environment, the process is not reversible.

Unintentionally, nano particles are produced when modern Diesel motors are active. They are developed on purpose for conserving the attractive look of chocolate, making teeth sparkle whiter; preventing clothes from smelling of perspiration or making tennis rackets that can be wielded with even more power behind them.

Arguments used for justifying nano technology are mostly its huge potential for treating complex maladies such as Altzheimer’s decease and its use in gerontology. In the military and many other sectors, immense headway is also expected through nano technology.

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Klaus-Jürgen Grün
Wednesday October 28th, 2009

What Remains of a Day

What remains of a day is a little bit of memory. It might be some of what was said in the presentation. Mostly, it is something quite unimposing. We wake up noticing that we dreamed about it. So it keeps mushrooming as we think about it during the day, creating some kind of chemical substance in our brains that interacts with our suppressed wishes and fears. After all, every individual human being carries around enough of them as unfinished demands.

This is how ghosts come into existence. We all have a tendency towards being dominated by ghosts. They are hallucinations particularly useful for telling stories about. But as soon as you have told stories about something, it exists in space and time. It starts looking like a historical fact.

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After the presentation by Franz-Josef Bierbrauer (who used to work for OSRAM) during the EAA-Kolloquium at “Universität der Bundeswehr” a few weeks ago, I dined with the host and his orator. Since the presentation had been about “light”, I told them a story out of the 1970ies:
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When I was a child, a truck (no bigger than today a SUV) came at regular intervals and delivered coal on a pile in our yard. The entire family would then collect the pieces of coal in buckets and carry them to the basement. We stacked the coal briquettes neatly alongside.

And in the evening, my mother told me the story of the good-natured forest giant. He could no longer stand aside and witness as people kept cutting down his trees for firewood. So he showed them coal and where to find it. The boy enjoyed the story and was happy that no more trees needed to be cut for firewood.

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Roland Dürre
Sunday October 25th, 2009

“Good And Evil?” or “Everything Is So Easy!”

Our political elite preach:

The World Economical Crisis is the reason for all our problems.

Growth will solve all our problems.

Supplying people with jobs is the highest of values.

Technological Advancement will save us all.

Thinking in terms of such thin and apparently incorrect (or fake) concepts cannot be a basis for a valid and sustainable social program.

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