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Goodbye ancient thorn!

I saw the dermatologist today because a spot at my ankle, which had been there for a quarter century, seemed to expand. The doctor wanted to send a skin sample to the laboratory, but it turned out to be a rose thorn that had been there all those years!
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+Timothy Gowers​ I wonder if it could still have sprouted into a tree. (After the removal, of course:)
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Fussballspiel Elektrobit vs. Flüchtlinge /
Soccer match Elektrobit vs. Refugees

My wife Moni's employer, Elektrobit Automotive, co-organized a soccer match between their employees and refugees from camps in Nuremberg and nearby Forchheim. A great time was had by all. (Except two with minor injuries, but hey, that's soccer.) /
Der Arbeitgeber meiner Frau Moni, Elektrobit Automotive, hat ein Fussball-Match zwischen den Mitarbeitern und Flüchtlingen aus Nürnberger und Forchheimer Unterkünften organisiert. Die Stimmung war bombig. Allerdings gab es zwei Leichtverletzte :(

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+Robert Leibinger​ und? Warst du auch dabei? 😊
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I've written a thorough blog post about using the language TypeScript to create quality web code: http://carstenfuehrmann.org/typescript-quality/. The post comes with a demo project on GitHub: https://github.com/cfuehrmann/GameOfLife and a hosted version: gameoflife.carstenfuehrmann.org.

Even if you're not interested in the blog post, you may want to play around with the hosted app. It's very plain, but trying out different settings can be strangely addictive.

The blog post discusses various aspects deeply: the rise of JavaScript, quality-assurance measures, the nature of TypeScript, module systems, and build systems.

The background to the whole enterprise:

JavaScript has long fascinated me, not because it is a great language (opinions on that differ), but because it is the only language that can be run by every computer owner. I myself would love being able to write great apps that everyone could run straight away. As a software engineer (mainly from the non-web world), I know that JavaScript lacks important features that help maintain code quality as the application grows. In particular, JavaScript lacks a static type system.

TypeScript is statically-typed language that "transpiles" into JavaScript. It addresses some of my woes. To learn more, I created the demo application. The point about the application, besides using TypeScript, is that it has a full blown build system (based on "Node.js" and Grunt), and uses full-scale test-driven design (using QUnit).

#typescript #javascript

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Großartiger Artikel von +Sascha Lobo​ zur wachsenden Irrationalität in der Politik. (Via +Frau M​) Am Beispiel der Attentäter von Paris: Sie waren mehrheitlich in Frankreich geboren, sie prahlten im Vorfeld in öffentlichen Medien mit geplanten Anschlägen, und sie kommunizierten unverschlüsselt. Statt zu fragen: "Warum haben wir die nicht gestoppt?" geht die Diskussion in Richtung Einwanderungsdebatte und mehr Überwachung.
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Indonesia is burning at a shocking scale, and the media ignore it. This is the first time I read about it. (Via +Timothy Gowers​)
A great tract of Earth is on fire and threatened species are being driven out of their habitats. This is a crime against humanity and nature
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+John Baez  Ah, of course, you spend a good deal of time in that area of the world. I'll keep my eyes open in case you post something. (Actually, I do that anyway, but - never mind :)
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John Oliver, my media hero, works his magic in this presentation of the immigrant situation in Europe. The show includes a re-staging of the TV show "Days of our Lives", where a character is resurrected who is the favourite of a Syrian girl who learnt her fluent English by watching the show.

My only small complaint is that even John Oliver falls for the "crisis" rhetoric, not seeing clearly that Europe (Germany at least) took in a greater number of refugees in the early Nineties. (See https://plus.google.com/+CarstenF%C3%BChrmann/posts/azu4i3dkZdp.) Almost everyone seems to have forgotten that.
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Deprimierend wie immer, Futter für die Trolle jeglicher Couleur und wie immer ohne eindeutige Nachricht außer allgemeiner Verunsicherung. 
John Oliver ist jetzt in meiner Abo-Liste. 
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Depressing survey of cycling in Berlin. Summary: for years, there has been a strategy for fixing bike lanes, based on a survey among the populace. There is a big budget. But it's not being spent. Except on bike cops. And the bike cops spend most of their time chasing cyclists.
 
Könnte man in #Erlangen genauso drehen und die Ergebnisse wären identisch...
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Was wird für die Ausbesserung der Radwege in Berlin getan? Das Video zeigt: Offensichtlich zu wenig.
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Avaaz has taken out this ad in the International New York Times. How can the Force not be with us after this?
Breaking!! This morning Avaaz took out this ad in the International New York Times, calling on five key leaders to make a 100% clean energy deal. Let’s flood their offices with our ad calling on them all to be Jedis and ‘choose the light’. Click to send the ad now.
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+Frau M and I went to the #ClimateMarch flashmob in Nuremberg today, part of the global endeavour to push the Paris climate summit towards good results. The weather was crap but the people were great!

Alas, my photo leaves to be desired, but here's what happened: hundreds of people assembled in a heart-shaped formation. We were from the castle above, while producing hearty cheers. Then we held up shoes, as a gesture of solidarity with the thwarted Paris demonstration. The background to the shoe thing: because people aren't allowed to march in Paris, they just put their shoes there as placeholders!
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About those Indonesian fires again. +John Baez, who spends a lot of time in nearby Singapore, wrote this great blog post about the situation. The problem has much to do with the corruption around palm oil. It's so bad that we probably should reduce palm oil use. Details about that are in the blog post. 
I lived in Singapore for two years, and I go back to work there every summer. I love Southeast Asia, its beautiful landscapes, its friendly people, and its huge biological and cultural diversity. I...
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Abgeordneten-Email zur Netzneutralität, ins Deutsche übersetzt

Hallo G+-Freunde, in einem Tag stimmt die EU über einen Gesetzestext zu Netzneutralität ab. Dieser Text ist ein Problem, deswegen habe ich mich gerade an der Kampagne https://savetheinternet.eu/de/ beteiligt. Man kann da eine EU Partei auswählen, dann einen Abgeordneten, und dann eine Email verschicken. Ich habe den englischen Text der Email mal ins Deutsche übersetzt. Hier ist meine Übersetzung:

Subject: Bitte verteidigen Sie die Netzneutralität

Inhalt:
[ANREDE]

heutzutage können Internet-Nutzer Inhalte wie kleine Blogs, Nachrichtenseiten, und Regierungsseiten, ebenso leicht erreichen wie die Inhalte großer Firmen. Aber wir könnten diese gedeihliche Lage beschädigen, wenn wir keine klaren Regeln festlegen, die die Netzneutralität bewahren und Missbrauch ausschließen.

Ich bitten Sie, am Tag der Abstimmung die Zukunft des europäischen Internet nicht allein den Regulatoren zu überlassen. Der aktuelle Text der "Telecom Single Market" Regulation ist schwammig. Er könnte Interpretationen zulassen,die zu Diskrimination führen, zu Einschränkungen der Meinungsäußerung, zu Behinderung des Wirtschaftswachstums, und zu weniger Innovation,
 
Bitte stimmen Sie für Verbesserungen am Gesetzestext, um die Regulation klarer zu machen, und die Netzneutralität in der EU zu gewährleisten.

[GRUSS]

 
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Verteidige Netzneutralität: Kontaktiere das Europa Parlament jetzt!
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Some pictures I took along the famous Icefield Parkway through the Canadian Rockies.

The lake is Bow Lake, through which the Bow river flows from its nearby glacial source.

The image with the tree in the front shows the view from Howse Pass.

The image with lots of ice is the Athabasca glacier, with the Columbia Ice Field in the background, where the glacier originates. The Columbia Ice fields is a rare triple continental divide: the water that originates there flows into the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Arctic sea.
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Yes, I've been there a couple of times but have never had the time (or energy, or something) to explore the countryside.
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I am a computer scientist and software engineer, born in Germany. I hold a computer science PhD from the University of Edinburgh (UK). Until early 2005, I was a lecturer at the University of Bath (UK). Then left academia to try myself in a software company back in Germany, where I still work. 

My academic research was concerned with programming languages, logics, proof theory, and category theory. I am still interested in those areas. In recent years, driven my industrial work, I have developed an strong interest in software engineering. Around 2013, I developed an interest in theoretical physics, but time permits me only to dabble.

Besides, I am an atheist and humanist. I also love to loose myself in books, music, computer games, and the internet. My wife and I have two lovely cats. 
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Es gab bei unserem Besuch die Auswahl zwischen drei sehr ansprechenden Menüs. Unseres hatte sieben Gänge, und jeder einzelne davon war hervorragend, mit Ausnahme eines Nudelgerichts, das "nur" gut war. Die Bedienungen waren sehr freundlich und behielten stets den Tisch im Auge. Die Gaststube ist klein und zweigeschossig, und sehr urig und bequem. Im Erdgeschoss hat man Einblick in die offene Küche. Man zahlt je nach Menü zwischen 60 und 90 Euros. Das ist die Sache aber auch Wert. Ich kann das Fischer definitiv für besondere Anlässe empfehlen.
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