Frauenkirche Dresden

Currently reading: On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon’s Children) by Alastair Reynolds 📚

Finished reading: Beatlebone by Kevin Barry 📚

I liked the book. It is about John Lennon, who wants to go to a small island in Ireland and scream. Very poetic.

Currently reading: Beatlebone by Kevin Barry 📚

The staff in the library recommend books by putting them on display in the bookshelves. I love to pick those recomended books up and be suprised.

Finished listening to: Das Kind in mir will achtsam morden by Karsten Dusse 📚

⭐️⭐️ This was way worse than the first part of the “murder mindfully” series. A quite bizarre and unbelievable plot - which I like, but too much bashing of progressive world views. I mean I can laugh about some of the absurdities of wanting to fighting against climate change and living a hipster lifestyle. I can also laugh about mindfullness as a tool for success and even murder. After all I am a mindfull hipster. But it’s not enough to make up for the rest of the book.😮‍💨 Hope the next book is more entertaining.

Finished reading: Der Stempelmörder by Torsten Schönberg 📚

⭐️⭐️⭐️ A typical regional crime thriller. It’s about German economic refugees in Vienna, many corpses. The book has a rather flat sense of humor. Not a special book and completely unrealistic, but I read it to the end and found it amusing.

Currently reading: Der Stempelmörder by Torsten Schönberg 📚

Finished reading: Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds 📚

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 Stars. Great Sci Fi, but not perfect. Feels like the prequel to an epic adventure. Now I really want to read the other books from the series.

fortune | cowsay

$ brew install fortune $ brew install cowsay $ fortune | cowsay ---------------------------------------- / Retirement means that when someone says | "Have a nice day", you actually have a | shot at it. / ----------------------------------------- ^__^ (oo)------- (__) )/ ||----w | || || …

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The Millionaire Next Door

The millionaire next door 📚 has a secret. He does not match your mental image of a millionaire. Not at all. He doesn’t own costly watches, he has a relatively cheap car. He doesn’t have his house in a fancy neighborhood. His suit is just about average. One might even mistake him for a pretty boring dude. Maybe we are unwise to act like “the rich” - at least if we have absolutely no idea what that really means.…

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Currently reading: Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children, Book 1) by Alastair Reynolds 📚

I love the book so far.

Reminder to myself: If you are in an argument with life, life wins! Every time. Take it lightly and be a good looser.

Success in life

I ran across this great quote: To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of oneself; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition;…

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How to install your SSH key on a remote server

1. Nice way You can install an SSH key by executing ssh-copy-id user@servername.com Now you can log in to the remote server with your password and ssh-copy-id will do the rest. 2. Manual way Append your public ssh key to the authorized_key file on the server. As a one-liner: cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub | ssh user@servername.com 'cat>> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys' Conclusion Both commands pretty much do the same. The first way is way easier though.…

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Rails: Preview your emails with MailCatcher

Do you know the feeling of copy and pasting the signup-link from this development.log? There’s a better way to do this. For our development environment, we use MailCatcher. MailCatcher runs a super simple SMTP server which catches any message sent to it to display in a web interface. Run MailCatcher, set your favorite app to deliver to smtp://127.0.0.1:1025 instead of your default SMTP server, then check out http://127.0.0.1:1080 to see the mail that’s arrived so far.…

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Host your emails with Mail-in-a-Box

At our cooperative (TechGenossen) we used Gmail as our Email-Provider at first. But we found Gmail to be too expensive for our many members. So, we decided to self-host our emails. Setting up your email server can be quite hard and involves many moving parts. Fortunately, we found Mail-in-a-Box, a fantastic open-source project, which helps you set up a mail server in no time. Mail-in-a-Box lets you become your mail service provider in a few easy steps.…

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Teaching Happiness

Today I watched this documentary, and it deeply moved me. It is about an old teacher, who teaches his students something relevant. Compassion, friendship, and happiness. His work touches me on a deep level. I cried quite a lot. I hope you like the documentary as much as I do!…

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Insourcing

Here is a skill that helps you to become financial independent, healthier, happier and helps you to grow as a person. It is not very popular these days. But hey — Common Sense these days makes no sense at all. I am talking about insourcing. Insourcing means taking your matters into your hand. It means going for a daily walk, instead of taking those pills against high blood pressure. It means cooking your own food, instead of running to the next restaurant.…

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Strangers in strange lands

We can remember between 5 and 9 digits. So, why do we value our thoughts so much? Gaze at a flower and it is marvelous. — Look with a mental projection in your head, and you only see a representation. You look at the thought of a flower. You could not accurately describe how a flower looks. How it smells with words. You have to go beyond thought. Beyond words.…

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The magic of small steps

I discovered the secret how you can achieve your goals. A secret that can change your life. Forever. When we look at people who lost weight, at people who got rich, at happy people, at people who mastered a craft, we only see the results. We see what they are now. And not the path that let them there. We do not see the hours of hard work they put into it.…

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Multiple use

Today, many products have only one use. Waffle irons, rice cookers, fondue sets, popcorn makers, toasters… While many of these appliances are good at what they do — I do not use them regularly. They are wasteful. I live in a small flat and I prefer not to waste money — so I love to have only a few items with multiple use. They are essentials, versatile. You find many of them in every household.…

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Getting rid of ads

I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. Franz Kafka Often I feel bad after watching an ad, reading an article about the next health gadget, after watching Apple keynotes or browsing on Amazon. I feel like I have a hole in the stomach. I have to fight internal fights. Shall I buy the thing I didn’t even know about a few minutes ago?…

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Saving for a rainy day

Photo by Linas Drulia on Unsplash How often do you get surprised by live and are not prepared? How often do you use your credit card to pay for these little emergencies? In this blog post, I will show you how to be prepared financially next time. How next time the car breaks down it will be no financial catastrophe at all. The 2 types of financial rainy days Let me first start with a little theory.…

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Jack of all trades

Photo by Nico Smit on Unsplash Today, our society tends to move more and more towards specialization. You can buy everything prefabricated, and you are supposed to hyper-specialize in your job. When it comes to your life, you should really consider if this makes sense for you. Here are some examples, what we do on our own. Many examples are mundane — but that is just fine, considering that many people cannot boil an egg, without a special appliance.…

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Living a good life with less money: Books

Photo by Shir omani Kant on Unsplash I love reading. When I was young, my parents heavily subsidized my book purchases. So, I formed a habit of buying a ton of books. When I became a programmer, this started to become more and more costly. Every few days, the postman delivered my books. When I started to budget and tried to invest money, I noticed that I spent between 100-200 Euros on books every month.…

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