Roland Dürre
Monday January 31st, 2011

Train Accident in Saxony-Anhalt

I have been a railway fan from early adolescence. If someone had asked me if there are still railroad tracks in Germany without INDUSI (Germany was the first nation to introduce it in 1934), I would have considered it impossible. The only places where I would have believed it are probably in the Balkan and Africa.

Now I am reading at MDR:

Magnetic brake systems are legally required only at speeds higher than 100 kilometres per hour. On the way between Magdeburg and Halberstadt, these emergency brake systems near missed stop signals have not yet been installed everywhere, because the speed limit is 80 kilometres per hour.

I find this atrocious. We all know that humans sometimes fail. And it happens all the time that a train not equipped with INDUSI misses a signal. And if this happens on a one-track line, the probability of an accident is quite high.

77 years have gone by since 1934. And the Berlin wall was torn down more than 20 years ago. And still there are some trains in Germany going on one-track lines without INDUSI. Basically, this is unbelievable.
Whatever did they use my “Soli” for?

(Translated by EG)

Last Monday, I watched “Marnie” on ARTE. It is a great film, an absolutely classical piece. I am sure you remember the story:

The editor Mark falls in love with the kleptomaniac Marnie. She is a fascinating lady and he tries to discover the reason for her affliction. He senses that both her shameless thefts and her panicky fear of touching have their roots in a terrible childhood event. Mark is soon convinced that the only thing that can heal Marnie is a shock-like confrontation with her own past.

I very much recommend the film. The next time you “buy lust”, this DVD is certainly not the worst choice you could make.

After the film, I did some zapping and got stuck with the “Bavarian TV” and its program “Life Lines”.

“Initially, I was just the white boss …”

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Klaus Hnilica
Sunday January 30th, 2011

The Impertinent Hen…

When Carl stepped out of the front door, he shrank by half his height!

SoIt was so bitterly cold! Even colder than in winter. Mind you, we are talking September, when you could usually count on an Indian summer. This expectation had probably been the reason why Carl had not even bothered to close his bathrobe. So now he stood there barefoot in his “Birkenstock” slippers.

Was this now the beginning of cold rigor?

Carl had heard about this condition and consequently, following a spontaneous impulse, he already started to turn around and get the newspaper at a later time, when the sun would have found its way through the blanket of clouds.

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Roland Dürre
Friday January 28th, 2011

:-) How To Be Happy

This wisdom is important for the biker going through Africa or Asia:

Cook it, Peel it or Leave it …

It says that you should only eat things after having peeled or cooked them properly. And you should leave everything else alone.

Well, there is a similar wisdom for our lives, be it private or professional
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Roland Dürre
Thursday January 27th, 2011

From Ottobrunn to Unterhaching #22 – Prints in the Snow

Yesterday morning, after my early-morning-swim in the Phönix, I went to my InterFace office at Haching by bike again. I was a little late. It was almost 10 a.m. During the night, some snow had fallen. Consequently, the cyclist’s path was full of prints. Being who I am, I could not resist counting them.

There must have been hardly more than 10 bikes going here during the last few hours. At the end of the way as you see it on the picture, the cyclist’s path runs parallel with the country road from Ottobrunn to Unterhaching in the direction of the motorway. As you arrive there, you will find two tunnels and then all the discount shops you will inevitably find around Unterhaching.

On the country road, you really hear a lot of traffic noise. The vehicles are moving slowly both ways. For some time, I count the cars. Just spending a few minutes doing so, I count more than a hundred. There must have been thousands of cars passing this way since earlier this morning.

I would wish to have the number of cars reduced by one digit and the number of bikes increased by one digit.
Now, wouldn’t that be some progress?

(Translated by EG)

Here are my tweets of last week on

Blogging and Twitter, Wisdoms and Rules:

110203 No matter how you play the fiddle, you will never get the approval of everyone – also true for twitterers and bloggers. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110204 Money taken is freedom lost – also true for twitterers and bloggers. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110205 A golden key can open any door – is that also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110206 Learned persons are often also great fools – also true when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110207 It is easy to promise, but hard to deliver – also true for twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110208 Common rumour is seldom a total lie – also true for twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110209 Enough is better than too much – also true for twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See Twitter and “follow” RolandDuerre!


(Translated by EG)


I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Roland Dürre
Wednesday January 26th, 2011

AGORA – My Partner (10)

Hurrah, I am not alone …

Last week, we spent a lot of time sitting together and exchanging ideas: Marc Borner and yours truly. The result was: we will do it. We will build up IF AGORA together!

Marc is a long-time friend. I have been cooperating with him in workshops and seminars for many years. Marc is quite successful with his seminars. At the same time, he is working on his dissertational thesis. He will have finished it this April.

We both believe in the idea of IF AGORA – and we will promote it together. During the next few weeks, “filling” our market place with exciting knowledge advertisements has top priority.

So, as of now, Marc Borner is not just the first (pattern) knowledge advertiser, but also my companion at IF AGORA.

Dear Marc, I look forward to our cooperation!

(Translated by EG)

Did we raise your interest? Well, click on IF-AGORA and read latest news (Aktuelles). Or just click on the  market place (Marktplatz)

Roland Dürre
Tuesday January 25th, 2011

Intra-Company Calendar – or Facebook and Doodle?

The big change!

🙂 Some time ago, I already wrote two articles (here is the link to the first and here the one to the second)  complaining about what rubbish the idea of an intra-company calendar system is.

New tools, such as Facebook (FB) and Doodle confirm my suspicions. For instance, there was a radio broadcast where children were asked what they used FB for. The most frequent answer was “meeting friends“. It economizes on all those many telephone calls.

Well, that is how it is done today: you open an event on the internet, and then your friends come. Telephones are no longer necessary.

Wasn’t it the same with our business meetings? You always invited the parties concerned to the very important meetings. They always came. If it was not all that important, you always had to spend endless hours on the telephone in order to arrange a meeting. And if it was not all that important, you did without the meeting, too. Because you did not feel like spending all those hours on the telephone.

Except if you had a good secretary. She had to call everybody and tell them to be there. But only the bosses could afford that kind of luxury. It also kept our bosses from useless meetings (and saved them from having to answer the phone when it was a nuisance). Weren’t our bosses lucky? Today, only very few have this kind of luxury.

And we have positive itinerary orgies. There are no longer any secretaries to protect us. The few remaining blanks in the calendar are found through outlook or exchange and then even the last free half hour is filled with a Telco. It is hard to say No …

Two weeks later, when said Telco takes place, matters have already developed to make it obsolete. And everybody is bored to death; they read their emails during the meeting and later must do the work in the evening, because they could not do it earlier with all those meetings. It is an atrocity.

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Roland Dürre
Monday January 24th, 2011

AGORA – Knowledge Advertisements (9)

The first three advertisements have been written.

The first to advertise was Marc Borner. OpenSpace is not the only area Marc is familiar with. He will, however, introduce himself shortly and tell you all he does. Marc’s advertisement is not only interesting; it also serves as a pattern design for all future advertisements.

Well, I was not going to let Marc be the only one, was I? Consequently, I wrote a personal advertisement myself. I have been thinking about it for a long time:

Roland Dürre reads Rupert Lay

And then we met our Dijana Dengler. She is Fide Master and the best chess player I personally know. And she wrote a very interesting advertisement. I always like to call it Chess for Managers. Dijana has been realizing this program for quite some time already – and with huge success.

Now, if you want to read more, click on the market place (Marktplatz) at IF-AGORA

(Translated by EG)