Roland Dürre
Saturday December 31st, 2011

What Annoys Me … #19 – The News On New Year’s Eve

Now, I am grumbling about the SZ!


A review of last year based on the SZ title page!

Well, today, there is an overkill of papers for me to read. Apart from the weekend SZ, tomorrow’s FAZ also arrived today (see my last article).

As a matter of facts, I am really quite annoyed. Being a conscientious person, I first read the SZ title page. That, too, makes me angry. That is true for both the titles and the content.

I will give you citations and comments on all the headlines of page one:

Very prominently positioned, right in the middle of the page:
More and More Doubts About the New Electoral Law
It seems like Karlsruhe starts doubting the system of overhang mandates. That is the only item of good news. But basically, there was never any doubt about this, was there? We often discussed the problem and always came to the conclusion that this reform of the Federal Government cannot be called democratic (just like quite a few more of the things this government did during the last year!).

And then I read the right column from top to bottom:

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I am now grumbling about the FAZ!

Today is already the second time this year that the FAZ of Sunday sits in my letter box next to the weekend SZ (on a Saturday). Of course, the last time was exactly one week ago, on Christmas Eve.

Somebody is taking it too easy here – at least that is how I feel!

There used to be a time when newspapers were as important as trains. Is there still a train service on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve? Is this how the editor admits that newspapers in paper form are no longer necessary? After all, at the current rate of things happening, the word printed on paper is no longer competitive. Actually, I find more and more canned trivial texts in the dailies.

Or is it that the FAZ wants to make life easier for its employees? As far as editors are concerned, I find that hard to believe. Don’t they work around the clock, anyway? Or is it about the printers or the logistics? The poor newspaper delivery persons?

I think not. In fact, I believe it is more because they want to protect their new marketing strategies. I will start grumbling about it in a minute.

What I am talking is the so-called “baker’s shops” in front of which there tend to be long lines on a Sunday morning. Inside, a few industrious employees warm up deep-frozen bakery products that have been produced for a pittance by people living in neighbouring countries to the east and then carted to Bavaria in trucks. The finished products are then thrown into shelves without any feeling. From there, the customer can pick his own rolls and pretzels with iron tongs and put them on his tray, before going to the cashier’s desk and paying all the stuff. Of course, he will have to pack everything himself.

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Roland Dürre
Friday December 30th, 2011

Isar Network – ISARNETZ

On December, 15th, I accepted an invitation sent to me by the Economic Department of the Capital City and the IHK Oberbayern. It was a kick-off meeting for a  “Munich Web Week” next May.

It seems that Munich is no longer quite so attractive for young people. Besides, it is too expensive.

And, above all, it is no longer “sexy”! What is particularly galling – even if understandable – is the fact that a city like Berlin currently beats us.

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Roland Dürre
Thursday December 29th, 2011

Tweets on Twittering and Blogging #097

Here are my tweets of last week on:
Blogging and Twitter, Wisdoms and Rules:

120111 Some people are so scared, they have to threaten and tremble – also when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120112 Some turn grey, before they turn wise – a pity, not only when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120113 Some are after beatings like a horse is after fodder – youi can also find the phenomenon among twitterers and bloggers. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120114 Not all those who can cook can also serve what they cook – also a common phenomenon among twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120115 It happens that the student betters his master – also when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120116 Sometimes you believe you have improved something, while actually having made it worse – a warning for all twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120117 Some people rot, before they die – not to forget 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 December 28th, 2011

The bavarian blues.

Like in the past years, we went to the “Lustspielhaus“ on Christmas Day in order to recuperate from the festivities.

It is a tradition of long standing for Willy Michl to give a show there on this day. This time, our party consisted of: Barbara, Sabine and Basti, Sophie and Rolo with his camera!

The spirits had decreed that Willy had no microphone. For the ex-champion, however, that is not something he lets himself get annoyed about. On the contrary: he just goes ahead and sings “unplugged”. And he truly enjoys it, too.

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Roland Dürre
Tuesday December 27th, 2011

New Video Tape Showing Rupert Lay

On Monday night, I downloaded another presentation by Rupert Lay to Youtube hoch It is titled

Charakter is (not) a Handicap

It was a truly remarkable presentation.

Maybe you find time to take a look at it!

(Translated by EG)

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

Roland Dürre

Climbing Stairs

I have a friend who thinks and behaves a little like myself. Wherever possible, he goes places by bike or uses public transportation. He has no car. He differs from me in that he works for the State of Bavaria, which supplied him with a great office. It is situated nicely at in beautiful part of the Capitol City of Bavaria. His office is on the fourth floor.

As a matter of principle, he always climbs the stairs when he has to go up to his office. Otherwise, he also walks a lot and rides his bike frequently. Besides skiing, however, he basically is not into sports.

My friend has a very nice boss, who always goes places by car. At home, he has an underground parking place. You could say his life brings him from underground parking to underground parking, from multi-storey parkhouse to multi-storey parkhouse. Every day of the year, all the year round.

Of course, he also always takes the lift to get from the underground parking space to his office – which is also on the fourth floor.

Said boss lives very conscientiously. He is careful about what he eats and regularly exercises. For him, this is a very serious thing, so he also visits the fitness centre twice a week. Whenever he is there, he very diligently works out, monotired at scientific standard.

A short time ago, my friend managed to persuade his boss not to use the lift after lunch. Instead, they both walked the stairs from the ground floor to the fourth floor.

They had just reached the third floor and the boss was totally winded already. …

🙂 Well, this is just an anecdote to make you smile.

(Translated by EG)

In the managerial world, stress can come from two directions.

On the one hand, you have your enterprise, where you are supposed to “control“, “lead“, “manage“ things. You are responsible. You have to tell the people who work in the company stories you should actually yourself believe in. Otherwise they are not good stories.

It is your own organization. It is highly complicated. Many intelligent people move it in all sorts of directions from within. In the end, however, the organization does what it likes. And there are times when this is the opposite of what the management would have intended. Sometimes it is for the best, sometimes not.

If change is on the agenda, the organization remains static. Whenever it is supposed to stabilize, it starts developing dynamically in the most unlikely direction. It really is grotesque.

This process is something we entrepreneurs and managers have to handle prudently. It is not always easy. Especially not if there is pressure applied from other quarters, like your environment!

All the time, the environment comes up with impossible and new demands for the enterprise. Unreasonable things are expected of the people working at the enterprise. Pressure is put on the enterprise through regulations, laws and taxes. Lower prices and more achievement is demanded. Others want to put the burden of all the risk on your shoulders, propose impossible contracts or postpone payment indefinitely.

Both – the organization and the environment make life hard for the entrepreneur and manager. He has to put up with it. He has to mediate, balance and motivate. He has to remain on course and try to steer true. It is a sh..y job. The manager is someone who truly deserves your pity.

Fortunately, there are times when it a true joy to deserve other people’s pity.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Sunday December 25th, 2011

A Shirt Made Of Lactic Acid?

Producing cotton causes enormous environmental damage in the countries where it is grown. Gigantic amounts of water are used up for producing a harmless t-shirt. And mostly, potable water is ruined and can never be brought back in regions where water is rare.

In order to change this sorry state of affairs, scientists are busily researching. And you currently read a lot in the newspapers about new alternatives to cotton. As on many subjects, you can inform yourself on it in Wikipedia. The best approach would be if you start with the article “Bioplastic” (Biokunststoff).

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