Roland Dürre
Thursday July 31st, 2014

“Emma” and “The Little Prince”!

This week, I took some time-out on Wednesday and Thursday. Consequently, I bought a “Bayern-Ticket” on Wednesday and took my bike and my beloved significant other to go to Würzburg.

torturmstartOne of the reasons for travelling was that I wanted to visit the “Torturmtheater Veit Relin” in Sommerhausen in the evening and watch “Emma”. “Emma” is a tender love story and will be played until August, 9th. It was a great performance and moved me profoundly.

Sommerhausen is a very small place on the river Main. On the opposite side of the river, you will find Winterhausen, which also has a railway station with trains stopping at regular intervals. Sommerhausen seems like a village from a fairy tale, not at all from this world. Not much is happening in Sommerhausen: a few hotels and a few restaurants. And a few special shops.

In Sommerhausen, I always stay at the Sonnenhöfle. From there, you will reach the Torturmtheater by walking just a few hundred metres. On my way there, I always pass a kind of open-air antique shop. You can choose to your liking and take something, and you will be asked donate a little money.

Yesterday, they had the “Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Although I have it at home, I bought it to have something to read on the way back. It is the new edition of 1979. Miraculously, the original was edited as early as 1946.

After having watched Emma, I am in the mood to listen to the little prince and so I take a closer look at the book. On the first page, there is a surprising inscription. It says in neat handwriting:

“I always wanted to be like this little boy – a little stupid, not altogether aware of reality, a little dreamer, not from the “here”, more from the “there”. One who likes drawing elephants and could not draw anything else. – Maybe now you understand me a little better? 
Thinking of you – Yours P, August 1979″

The inscription moves me as much as the “Emma” I just watched. In August of 1979, I had just bought a house, but did not yet have any children. The first of our children was to be born in September 1980.

And as the evening progressed, I spent a long time remembering what it was like in those days – and how the small book might have come to end up in the Sommerhausen antique shop.

With tears in the eyes, I send my greetings from Feuchtwangen near Ansbach, approximately 90 kilometres from Sommerhausen today. Tomorrow, we will ride as far as we get towards Munich, probably to Nördlingen or Donauwörth. Let us wait and see.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

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

140807 Being too benign is a waste of energy – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140808 Too much means you will soon throw up – also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140909 Too much wisdom is folly – isn’t that also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140810 Occasionally being the fool is also an art – also when blogging and twittering? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140811 All fools aim at either too little or too much – very important, also when blogging and twittering? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140812 Compulsion is not a good advisor – something you should not forget when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140813 Pressure will not help in the long run – also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

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

Enjoy!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.

I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Udo Liekysz, second to only one in the ’Republic of Transistia” was convinced that he and he alone was designated by the people and leaders of the republic to become the predecessor of the ’Great Leader Jordan Khon’. But then, upon the latter’s death, to the total surprise of everyone, Sandor, the totally inexperienced twenty-year-old son of the ’Great Leader’ was given the throne. In a rather mortifying way, Liekysz was incarcerated and eliminated during a plenary party meeting! It is not documented which audience were the listeners of the following – probably last – speech by Udo Liekysz!

”You all saw me wearing it! This mythical garment! And we all remember well that even the nursery songs we learned in the ’Jordan Khon Schools’ were exclusively about this inimitable garment. And by God – how urgently did all of us – and be it only for a few pitiful seconds – long to drape around us this ’supra-terrestrial shell’! Aren’t we all dreaming of it even today?

Of course, no grown-up person would dare to articulate this grotesque desire: because we know that he and he alone – the one whose name cannot be said – is granted the privilege to sleep in a pair of newly made, incredibly soft blue satin pyjamas adorned with a thousand stars and planets’: he alone deserves this highest of all honours until the end of time – nobody else in the entire solar system!

So perhaps now you can imagine my unimaginable horror when, last Thursday as the morning dawned, I sat up on my iron bed, energetically threw off the non-existent bedcover, laboriously moved my legs over the edge of the bed and suddenly realized that exactly this ’extra-terrestrial leader’s satin pyjamas’ had suddenly disappeared? Mind you, I had been dreaming of it all night!

What had happened? Who could have done this to me? Was it possible that someone was planning a revolt?

But matters grew worse, instead of better!

Because I – Udo Liekysz – the one and only ’true president of the Republic of Tranistia’ was not only devoid of the holy ’blue satin pyjamas of the thousand stars and planets’ , but was instead clad in a rough linen tunic which was totally open at the back.

Can you imagine such a thing?

Not to mention the cold iron bedframe which pressed into my upper legs, thus blocking the blood circulation in the indecently uncovered ’presidential buttocks’. What was even more abominable was the gleaming yellow urine stain at the bottom end of the tunic! On the ’blue satin pyjamas’, it had not been visible at night with this clarity!

One thing you can believe me: my dangling white legs, covered all over in hunger oedema, would also never have swung in this un-statesman-like manner had they still been covered by the blue satin trousers. This is indisputable!

Besides, it was also rather inconvenient to feel this mouldy cold on my uncovered back: in fact, I, Udo Liekysz – the ’true president of the Republic of Transistia’ was actually shivering a little from the cold! You could clearly see that people were being thrifty; which speaks of a failure by the responsible office! Even a president needed a little warmth! This was something that definitely had to be put right immediately! As soon as I will again be able to move on my shrivelled legs, I am going to initiate the necessary measures… After all, this was not something I was going to do for the first time in my life, was it?

Recently, I had been in a rather similar situation! And what do you think how fast the responsible office reacted? Even I was surprised at the time: on a rather frosty Monday morning, when I stood plainly visible and had just taken position on the ’Square of the Republic’, announced myself as the new ’president of the Republic of Transistria’ who really serves the people and introduced my ’new program’, a group of a hundred of my enthusiastic compatriots wearing festive uniforms hurried towards me quacking joyously, encircled me and lifted me from the ground enthusiastically – before taking me with them almost rudely! But then, this was hardly a surprise, considering their spontaneous enthusiasm, was it? On the contrary: I permitted the jubilant masses to do as they wished without any restrictions… After all, for these common people, every filament of my simple clothes was a precious relic! Who would have failed to understand?

That is also why I did not feel I had to object when, after even a short time, I stood there wearing nothing but my shirt and boxers and started to really suffer from the cold: after all, I saw from the joyous excitement on the people’s faces all around me how good my previous actions had been! It had been high time to announce ’innovation’ if the country was to be saved from total disaster!

And you would not believe what a terribly desolate state even the presidential palace was in! You cannot imagine! The pomposity of the rooms inhabited by the ’president of the Republic of Transistia’ which had often been secretly criticised were, in reality, only one pitiful chamber with a bed, a table, a chair and two buckets: in one of them, you could do your ablutions, the other was for your excrements. Since both of them smelled, it was not at all easy to decide which one to use!

But so what? Considering the poverty in the entire country, it was only right that the ’president of the republic’, too, practiced modesty! To be sure, I was initially surprised to see how sparsely furnished the room was when, in the over-enthusiastic mood they were in and with a little bit of roguishness, the people dumped me on the iron bed even before we had properly entered the room. Maybe I had even taken a little blow on the head against the wall and been unconscious for a short while, because when I awoke, all my fellow countrymen were gone and I was all by myself. …

Which was basically okay, because they all had to look after their families. After all, life was hard enough outside the presidential palace. I was far better off! I was taken care of! Even if in a very basic way! It is certainly true that a gigantic task was awaiting me in this ’New Republic of Transistia’!

Just to give you an example of how poorly trained even the servants at the presidential palace were: when, after several days, there was still nobody taking care of my needs – apparently they had drastically reduced the number of servants in order to get the country back on track – I started getting hungry and cold again. Through knocking and yelling, I was able to make myself heard at least for a servant to take my orders! But here is what happened: the man was not only slovenly dressed and in a foul mood, he also slapped me in the face on both sides – instead of giving an appropriate answer! And when, in my astonishment, I felt my face and asked what this behaviour meant, he added insult to injury by kicking me right in my bottom – which made me fly back onto my bed in a high arc.

Well, I am sure you agree that, in this case, you cannot call the servants adequately trained, don’t you? Of course I will gladly admit that this pointed ’quick massage’ for the head and bottom worked wonders for my blood circulation and I actually was more perspiring than suffering from the cold. You definitely had to grant that the man achieved this!

But there is certainly a lot left to be done in the ’New Republic’ and consequently, I have no time at all to relate even more. Instead, I must immediately call my circle of ministers! Basically, the emptying of the two buckets in the presidential suite can no longer be postponed under any circumstances! Perhaps you can even sense this acrid smell?

And having to close your nose with the aid of clothes-peg cannot be a lasting solution! Let us finally get under way! I, the ’True President of the Republic of Transistia’ hereby give you permission!“

KH

PS:
The idea is from Detlef Knoll

On July, 17th, we at InterFace AG in Unterhaching hosted a very special IF Forum.  As part of the series “Galilei Galileo – A Visit of the Present”,

Dr. Stefan Gillessen gave us a View into the cosmos.

Dr. Stefan Gillessen is a physicist at Max-Planck-Institute for extra-terrestrial physics (MPE), where he is an exceptionally successful scientist..
Here is his exciting presentation!

Enjoy!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday July 24th, 2014

Tweets on Twittering and Blogging #229

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

140731 Losing something is the best way to forget about it – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140801 If a drum sounds, you have to whistle – also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140802 Being a jesters at the right time is also an art – that is certainly also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140803 Making a commitment will put you in the position of owing something – also true for blogging and twittering? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140804 Too much humbleness is arrogance – not to forget, also when blogging and twittering? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140805 Too good is evil – not to forget when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140806 Too much appetite will breed aversion – also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

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

Enjoy!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.

I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Roland Dürre
Sunday July 20th, 2014

brand eins in July

Here is something I would like to say up front: I love “brand eins”. And I delight in each and every magazine I receive. Consequently, I also enjoy writing about them in the IF blog. Now, however, I noticed that my “brand eins” articles are actually an indicator of how I am feeling.

😉 The later I write my review, the more I suffer from stress, whereas if my articles appear very early in the month, my private situation is really rather nice and relaxed.

About the business magazine: the July edition – which I received in June – is absolutely great! In my opinion, this magazine is one of the best “brand eins” editions ever.

brand eins Juli 2014

This time around, the topic is a rather long sentence:

What would happen if we developed a new mental concept of the world?

And the focal point, in red ink, reads: Alternatives!“Alternatives!”

On the rear cover of the magazine, coyly written next to the price (8.50 €/sfr 12) – you will find another four words which have been newly defined and intended as alternative approaches in the magazine:


Commercial Transport, Business Models, Democracy and Nutrition.

You could easily find additions to the list, couldn’t you? Just think of terms such as education/training!

Well, if a magazine is as good as this one, I certainly would not wish to criticize. Instead, I think it is about time to, perhaps, encourage Frau Fischer and her team to show more boldness. Calling for more thoughtfulness is important and a good idea – and the magazine is really doing a wonderful job at making people thoughtful. But just getting thoughtful is probably not good enough – because it seems to me that we need a turn-around on many levels. And, of course, this does not sound as nice as thoughtfulness. It sounds more like change which will hurt. However, building a good future will always also cause pain, because there is no innovation without destruction, even if hopefully it is creative destruction.

And then there is a small twinge: the attachments. For me, this is always painful – you have to shake the magazine free and throw all those many glamorous papers into the waste. This time around, the subscription copy contains a rather fat brochure sitting right at the top of the attachments. Of course, I threw it into the wastepaper basket as soon as I had removed the plastic cover. The brochure is from the “Bundesverband der Pharamzeutischen Industrie (BPI)” (Federal Pharmaceutical Association). And if there is something I really hate, it is lobbyism.

Mind you, I am myself an entrepreneur and as such my life has (unfortunately) been subject to imagined or perhaps even actual practical constraints far too often. And being a tradesman, I certainly also know that money does not smell.
That is why I silently suffer all those attachments, even if the idealist inside me thinks they are unnecessary, which means that the carton I carry to the used-paper container is again a little heavier.
RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.

I am not going to write anything about the content. It is really worth reading. But I am truly stressed out (bad), have no time at all and hope to produce more for the IF blog in the near future. My ideas are on hold – and I have no time to process them.

gillessenTonight, the second IF Forum Dr. Stefan Gillessen will be held. He will talk “from the cosmos”. His presentation is titled…

“Big, Bigger, Sharpest …”

Click here for the invitation.

As always, the presentation will be in the seminar zone of the Unterhaching InterFace AG building. Guests are welcome from 6 p.m.
We would like to start with the presentation at 18:30 hours sharp.

At the moment, there are still a few vacancies. For all those who cannot come, the presentation will be broadcast live on the internet.InterFace_Icon_Galileo_mit-claim-rund

From around 18.15 hours, you can see the video stream on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/IF-Forum.

In addition, we will do a video recording and publish it on youtube (Kanal InterFace AG).

We look forward to welcoming many guests – both live and on the internet.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

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

140724 Contentedness is the most precious of all commodities – also when twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140725 The future is hidden from us all – also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140726 In the end, it will always come down to having to look where matters lie – this is definitely also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140727 When all is said and done, truthfulness, virtue and courage will win – also when blogging and twittering? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140728 Nobody is ever too old to learn – also when blogging and twittering? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140729 Take your time with advice, but deliver quickly – something you should not forget when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

140730 Nobody is ever tired when asked if they want the sleep of death – also when twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom


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

Enjoy!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.

I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

At the 30-years of InterFace jubilee party, Gerhard Saeltzer was one of the guests of honour. Being the surprise guest from Dresden, he had prepared a wonderful speech. As the party progressed to become a rather excessive and noisy affair, there was, unfortunately, no opportunity to give this speech its due place. The first part of the speech describes a rather impressive chapter of East-German/West-German history. InterFace and yours truly were lucky enough to witness some of this history first-hand during the very early stages.

It is truly nice that you all exist!

Dear Roland Dürre, dear InterFace folks, dear guests!

Today, we meet to celebrate the thirtieth birthday of InterFace. Many thanks for the invitation, which I gladly accepted. I immediately decided to come here with my wife.

It is truly nice that you all exist and that we all found each other here today!
Let us remember some events of 24 years ago. It was the time of the German Re-Unification. What exciting and upsetting times those were! And how frustrating they were in East Germany! For instance, Germans from Bavaria came to visit us Saxonians – and they spoke a language that sounded totally alien to our ears. And the second word all those Bavarians uttered was one that had been totally eradicated in the East: God. Wherever you saw them, you heard them say: “Grüß Gott“ – the only thing the Saxonians could do by way of reply was to give an embarrassed and shy “Na goodden Taach“.

And we also learned that the Godly greeting was accompanied by something else: the church tax collected by the federal tax office and often shockingly high back pays for us persons living in the East. And then something extraordinary happened: countless special knights stormed into the East – fortune-hunting knights and robber-knights. Along with attorneys and politicians, counsellors and realtors, functionaries and unionists. Many of them – let us be honest about this – had become redundant or put to pasture in the West. In no time, the con artists came: the car salespersons who sold four-wheel junk as new cars. The textile merchants who sold used clothes as new. The quick property hunters who bought huge dilapidated East-VEB’s for one DM, then demolished the houses and sold the property for millions. And the agents for all kinds of things and totally useless items, above all for life insurances. I, too, unnecessarily, “nibbled”.

In the East, I met attorneys and civil servants from the West who, for example, did not even know that you had to put your signature underneath a legal complaint before you submit it at court. And even show-masters and magicians turned up. One of them actually came right from heaven – he landed in Dresden with a borrowed helicopter – like a God of Fortune. He built a new suburb of Dresden in a swampy area, sold the best soccer players and eventually disappeared behind prison bars. And there were also great IT counsellors who were really absolutely incompetent. They did not even know the meaning of the words software engineering and software quality.

Well, my dear Bavarians, you can imagine how, after the re-unification, there was plenty of frustration and negative culture shocks in the East. We had to undergo a total re-programming. And then, all of a sudden, a miracle happened. I witnessed the reverse, some kind of positive culture shock. In Dresden, I met the entrepreneur Roland Dürre and parts of his young team, his wife and even his youngest offspring Rupert.

Now this man was totally different. He was an entrepreneur who did not just talk big, but was competent and knew what he was doing. A man you could talk to, from man to man, without arrogance. He met me at eye-level without first looking at the contents of my purse (it was empty, anyway) before starting to talk. A man who, even as the head of the entire firm, met his employees like family, wearing felt slippers. With his athletic and unpretentious life-style, he used soap from army supplies for his daily ablutions, rather than certain perfumed chief soaps. Roland Dürre, the entrepreneur who was such a good listener. A man who it was a pleasure to talk to and to cooperate with. A flexible team manager in the truest sense of the word.

Well, let me put it bluntly: for me as someone who was frustrated with re-unification, Roland Dürre and his team looked like extra-terrestrials landed from another, positive star. And they successfully mastered the last 30 stormy years! And I admire all those at InterFace who were part of it.

You all are just terrific! It is so nice to have you all here!

Many thanks to Roland Dürre for this silver lining I was permitted to experience, this East-German/West-German post-re-unification culture shock! Dear Roland Dürre! In those days, we both were quite bold, deciding to organize the first East-German/West-German technological conference for modern software and application systems SoftSys 9/90 in Dresden. Regardless of our rather limited resources, we were both even faster than the high and mighty politicians.

As early as 9 days before the re-unification on October, 3rd, 1990, our East-German/West-German re-unification conference took place in Dresden! The good communication between the two of us had some considerable effect. Everything was done faster. Later, unfortunately, our connection came to a standstill. 


ComputerweltSo much the more wonderful that, after 24 years, we re-united. I found InterFace on the internet when I entered my own name and accidentally found a book review  about my computer science book for children and later for primary school in Saxonia: ”Erstaunliche Computerwelt“.

Dear Mr. Dürre, dear InterFace Team!

Looking back makes me a little sad: unfortunately, there are currently far too few enterprises in Germany and Europe where such a nice, communicative, faire culture is lived as at InterFace. In these times of company bankruptcies and mergers, where quite a few enterprises have not survived, you managed to stick it out on the market. Wonderful! Many others could learn from you.

I admire you!

It is really a pity that, as of today, science has not yet mastered one art: perfect cloning. Both Germany and Europe would be better off if you and your enterprise could be cloned – maybe five times, or, a little more boldly, 20 times! And since, unfortunately, this cannot yet be done, they really should erect a plinth or at least a memorial table for InterFace here in Unterhaching. Well, even if they cannot do that at the moment, here are my heart-felt congratulations – you might find some similarities to Theodor Fontane:

”May sorrow be lame, may worries be tame!

Hear our wishes for the birthday child:

Another thirty years unharmed and mild!“

And, my dear Roland Dürre, here is another small wish for the future – because it is such a pleasure to cooperate with you. How about a new shared project with world-wide potential? I have an idea I would like to discuss with you.

Best health and good luck for all of you!

Grüß Gott! Godden Taach, and so long – perhaps with amusing anecdotes from my life with the computer in the East! You are all cordially invited!


Dr. Saeltzer, Unterhaching, June, 27th, 2014

Hochzeit im FlußThe invitation was for the session “fascinating things and anecdotes around the present and the future of computer application” by Dr. Saeltzer during our 30-year-jubilee party. In this session, he told us amusing things about the start of IT in the GDR during the 1960ies. He also took the role of helping to build courage and showed with small reading sessions from his book “Wedding in the River” (which is an “introduction to resilience”) how people can retain optimism even in grave situations, such as the Dresden flood catastrophe.

When I read this text, my ears turned purple, but I was certainly very delighted.
My most heartfelt regards and many thanks to Dr. Saeltzer.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.

Here are a few catchwords to characterize our “surprise guest” Dr. Gerhard Saeltzer:
Computer Scientist, Software Technologist, Simulation Expert, Author, Speaker, Trainer (more than 10 books, among them best sellers, 100 printed technological reports, 1,000 presentations and seminars, exposes for educational TV), entire pages and interviews in the daily newspaper devoted just to him, Chairman of big technological conferences in the East, Designer of Innovations such as ProgFox, LEMA. His last position was as governmental director of the Saxonian data-security center in Dresden. Currently, he is in anti-retirement; he has been jogging through Dresden for 20 minutes between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on a daily basis for the last 45 years.

P.S.2

The text is the original by Dr. Gerhard Saeltzer. I added the two pictures of the books mentioned in the article.

Roland Dürre
Sunday July 13th, 2014

Ute Rauscher doing an interview with Roger Dannenhauer

On June, 27th, before the InterFace jubilee party, my friend Roger gave an impressive presentation. Ute Rauscher took advantage of his being with us and interviewed him for the Bayerischen Rundfunk.

Here are the most important parts of the interview:

Enjoy!

RMD
(Translated by EG)