Roland Dürre
Friday September 30th, 2011

Some Mercantile Considerations …

Well, I happen to know a huge medium-sized company in our region. It has a modern logo and excellent  marketing. It is owned by the public authorities; the Bavarian Capital City also has a share.

It is considered very important for Bavaria that the enterprise delivers good value. With respect to the climate catastrophe, however, you have to grade it at least “questionable”.

The business is very sensitive and almost every kind of crisis has a detrimental effect on it. No matter if we are talking global economic recession, fear of epidemics, natural disasters of all kinds, higher prices for raw materials, or simply some employees of partner companies going on strike: everything will influence the result and growth of this enterprise to a more than proportional extend.

Results as shown on balance sheets of the enterprise cannot be clearly evaluated. They are still indebted and the debt may sometimes rise erratically after a balance correction. Relative to the capital, the profit is not satisfactory. Even though the enterprise grew quite impressively over the years, it constantly suffered backdrops – for instance last year.
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We started out on Wednesday morning. Right into a golden October. We plan to ride to Venice through the “Tauern-Schleuse” via Salzburg, Villach and Grado to Venice. On Wednesday, October, 5th, the night train will take us back to Munich.

We managed to depart on Wednesday shortly before 9 a.m.. Our first stip is the Chiemsee, after having crossed the Mangfall and gone through Rosenheim. Due to all those signs saying “Via Julia”, we got a little off the planned route behind beautiful Rosenheim.

But the weather was nice and warm, the sun shone all the time and in the end, we were on the correct route again.

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Roland Dürre
Thursday September 29th, 2011

A Car Maniac at Unterhaching

Yes – that is me.

With my small but nice BMW Isetta!
That is how I drive through Unterhaching. I get out of the car at the Generali-Halle. Here, the TSV Unterhaching volleyball team plays in the first league – and they (almost) always beat the competiton.

Of course, the small Isetta also visits the sports park. It is the playground of the SpVgg Unterhaching and I am not ashamed to say I am one of their fans. Unfortunately, they do not always win against all the competition…
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Here are my tweets of last week on
Blogging and Twitter, Wisdoms and Rules:

111013 You do not pour the wine into your shoes – something to remember when twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

111014 A …. saint is one you will not believe in – do not forget this when twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

111015 If you really want it, there is nothing you cannot do – well, that seems some good advice for twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

111016 It is easier to talk too much than too little – so please be careful when twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

111017 You cannot change nature – something you should remember when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

111018 You can see through a wall if it has a hole – also true for twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

111019 Nobody can make all the bent wood of this world look straight – something to remember when 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 September 28th, 2011

November, 18th, 2011 – Dr. habil Walter Riess!

Advance notice for the
3rd IF FORUM 2011 on Humans&Knowledge(Science)

How humans create knowledge!

Now we have the schedule: on Friday, November, 18th, at the usual time, Herr

Dr. habil Walter Riess

will give a presentation in the last 2011 IF Forum. He will speak about

Knowledge & Research Today.

The precise title of his presentation is not yet available. We will decide upon it during our next meeting in Zurich.

I already had the privilege of listening to Walter once, at Rüschlikon IBM Research.

At the time, his very special presentation made it quite clear what science and research mean today.

Dr. habil. Walter Riess
Department Head, Science & Technology
IBM Research GmbH, Zurich Research Laboratory

I would like to thank him very much for agreeing to speak at the IF Forum. Our “regular guests“ are welcome to register with Claudia Toth. Two weeks from now, the invitations will be sent out.

Here is some more information on Dr. habil Werner Riess:
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Chris Wood
Tuesday September 27th, 2011

Energy Forum

On 10/9/2011, from 9:30 till 18:00, I attended a Burger Conference in the Deutsches Museum (Munich), on the subject of Energy Technologies for the Future. It was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and organised by Bonn University. (This is a strange ministry; according to the Constitution, education is entirely a matter for the Provinces)! Each “Burger” received in advance a well written 4 page summary on the subject. The only dubious aspect was the implied assumption that the German decision to quickly abandon nuclear power was a rational decision in view of events in Japan (Fukushima).

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Roland Dürre

Blog Slackness

Currently, I have a slack period. Mind you, I have plenty of ideas. As a matter of facts: each day, I discover some absurdity or other in the newspaper or news broadcast that would be worth (or even call for) writing about. But mostly, all I can manage is a short note for later processing.

Today, I spend the day at Oberambach on the Starnberger See. It is one of those magical places where all your senses are awakened. In recent years, we (the IF directors) have been meeting regularly in order to think about the future. We try to analyze things, determine our position and make plans. Some people call this sort of thing strategy meeting.

As I return, my bike awaits me. Tomorrow morning, we will start on the “Mozart Bike Tour”. We plan to ride through the Tauernschleuse to Venice via Salzburg. We want to ride our bikes in and through a golden October. It is a tour we had planned quite some time ago. On October, 5th, we will arrive back in Munich on the night train. Expected arrival time is 6.30 a.m.

If trains are on time, I will spend exactly 43 minutes in Munich, because the departure time of my train to Zurich is at 7.13 a.m. – I am going to attend a RISE workshop. I always very much look forward to this event. Consequently, I plan to substitute my bike and luggage with my valise and suit and tie.

In October, however, many more things will happen. There will be a (hopefully) interesting conference on the fair and, of course, the Munich Science Days. And in November, we just continue. The month will start on November, 3rd with a presentation, then there is a particularly special event, the Dornbirn PM-CAMP11.

As you see, my life will not be boring. In between, there is plenty of work. The situation almost looks like you might get burned out. But since it is all great fun, I am not worried.

Yet my poor blog will suffer.

(Translated by EG)

Werner Lorbeer
Monday September 26th, 2011

“All your life is all your apps”

Relation of data sets(Heard at the Radio, words of Mark Zuckerberg)

What followed was a short exchange of letters between me and the Bayerischer Rundfunk:

Dear ladies and gentlemen at BROnline,

Here are the texts:

Dear ladies and gentlemen at BR-Online,

I tried hard to remove my face-book entry. Apparently, it cannot be done.
As I looked for help, I found the entries by the public data protector of Schleswig-Holstein.

Like me after all my failed attempts, he thinks that facebook violates the data security laws, both in Bavaria and Germany.
Why do you support or use firms that obviously act illegally?

In my opinion, it would be no less than my right to demand of you that you no longer cooperate with facebook.

Sincerely yours

The Social Media Representative of BR sent me an interesting reply.

Dear Mr. Lorbeer,

thank you very much for being interested in our program. We at the Bayerischer Rundfunk take data protection very seriously, which is why the relevant questions asked by the county’s data security persons are currently under scrutiny and critical discussion by our ARD data security representative. The main requirements of data protection and data security with respect to social media in radio stations will be written down in a guideline.

Our using factbook at all for promoting links and information is due to the fact that many young people are simply a lot easier to reach there than through conventional channels; and it is part of our duty to reach those people with our messages.

Kind regards

In my reply, I also included a small part of the answer I gave after Zuckerberg’s disreputable phrasing. Would you like to comment on it?

Dear Mr. Primbs,

I am truly delighted to read that the BR is aware of the data security problem.
There is a difference between me selling my consumption habit profile and processing my profile to politically interested parties via some published BR articles.

In my opinion, the latter, since company data processing and subsequent commercialization is just as useful to a firm as the former, has a far higher right to be protected. After all, I am not only deprived of data security as a citizen, but even potentially being made transparent as a voter – including  my way of thinking and opinions.

To be sure, BR will not be able to stop facebook. But: can and may the BR use and protect facebook as long as this concern a) does not subject itself to German data security legislation and b) might even strive towards violating higher legal values by selling political opinion profiles?

In the face of this, the desire of the BR to “reach… young people”  should have less priority.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Werner Lorbeer

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Sunday September 25th, 2011

brand eins in October

Last week, the new “brand eins“ arrived at my home. On the title page, you see a matchstick man – minus nose, mouth and eyes. Instead, a few letters are written on its face. As it is, it cannot grin at me. Still, it looks quite amusing.

It literally has a message written into its face:


Here is what I think:

“WHAT” is it you want more of?

More money, more power, more sex? Or just more peace and sleep? Or more growth?
Then I continue reading. At the bottom of the this time simply black-and-white cover – except the green letters brand eins – there is a red line saying:

Looking for the Meaning

Immediately, I get curious again. Is that meant as an instigation to “simplify your life” and do without all the things you do not really need? Is it a plea to stand against the growth mania and instead concentrate on the pursuit of those things in life that really make sense? And then maybe propagate recess as an alternative to growth?

Well, it is not something you consider possible. After all, a business magazine cannot ruin the economy, can it?
On the other hand, one can also ask for meaning. For instance by finding out what is hidden at the bottom of the beer mug on the “Wiesn”.

My curiosity is aroused, so I open the October edition at Oktoberfest time.
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Saturday September 24th, 2011

Jowi Thinking About the Burnout Syndrome!

In the past “Jowi” already permitted us to publish some of his ideas in the IF blog. At one time, he wrote about the Red Thread (Roten Faden).

Once every few months, Jowi, Werner (IF Blog author on Desert tec) and yours truly meet in the morning at the “Weißes Bräuhaus” im Tal, where we eat Weißwürste and Brezn. Due to the early hour, we drink non-alcoholic beer and nurture our friendship.

When we last met, we talked about the burnout synrdome. Jowi came up with an interesting theory. I asked him to write his ideas down for publication in my IF Blog.

That is what Jowi did. Now I received mail from him on the topic:

So far, I wrote nothing on the “burnout syndrome”, because the topic will soon be obsolete, anyway. Companies will have less and less work to offer any prospective employees if the financial crisis really takes hold.

Basically, I was going to write the text while staying on Fuerteventurara, but that turned out to be just vacationing, swimming, not having any interesting ideas, nor reading or writing anything at all. We rode our bikes around the island like crazy, so you definitely cannot find any burn-out syndrome here. It looks more like a burn-in or after-burner syndrome to me. Let us wait and see if I can manage to write something over the next six months.

Here is the basic idea of my ruminations:

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