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Ich habe gehofft, ich bilde es mir nur ein. Aber jetzt riechen es auch andere, wie +Sascha Lobo​​​​​, der das hier gut beschreibt: Wir scheinen in eine Ära des Neo-Nationalismus zu rutschen.

I was hoping I was wrong. But now others smell it too, like +Sascha Lobo​​​​, who explains it well here: Europe might be sliding into an era of neo-nationalism.
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My favorite spot, 2015 version. Including a cubistic rendering of +Frau M . (Tennenloher Forst near Erlangen.)
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Gesehen in Erlangen - ohne Worte. (Sorry English speakers, this one cannot be explained.)
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Monika and I found this five-inch beauty today in a forest near our home. I've seen thousands of slugs, but they were all uniform red or brown. Still, Wikipedia informs me that this spotted gray slug is wide spread. It's called the great gray slug, or leopard slug - Tigerschnegel in German. Sometimes, it eats other kinds of slugs!

Quiz: Why is it so rarely seen?
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+Döre Ludes​ Hätte ich auch gedacht. Aber nein, die deutschen Biologen bestehen auf "Tiger".
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How indeed will we look at this a few decades from now?
 
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On Monday night, artists built this monument to Edward Snowden in Brooklyn.  The next day, it was taken down.   Will there be a permanent one someday?

Martin Luther King was put in jail 29 times, and now there's a monument to him in Washington DC.  But it was built only in 2011, forty-three years after King was killed.

If Snowden ever gets a monument, here are some quotes of his they can carve on it:

There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny - they should be setting the example of transparency.

I would rather be without a state than without a voice.

I don't see myself as a hero because what I'm doing is self-interested: I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.

After the statue was removed by park officers, a group of artists who call themselves "The Illuminator" — not related to those who built the original sculpture — used laptops and projection equipment to cast an image of Snowden in a haze of smoke at the spot where the sculpture had been.

http://mashable.com/2015/04/07/edward-snowden-hologram-statue-brooklyn/
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I took this picture today in an animal park near my home. Any idea what this is? Hints: it's alive, it's having a great time, and it's no ordinary cattle. Okay, I'll give it away: it's a "Wisent", also called "European Bison". The last free Wisent was shot in 1927. But some animals survived in captivity, and there was a successful effort to save the species. Today, there are about 2000 wild Wisents again, mostly near the border between Poland and Belarus. They all descend from only twelve captive animals.
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisent
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_bison
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+Tobias Jordan Moni hat schon erzählt. Wir haben Euch wohl vor lauter Gutzi-Gutzi nicht gesehen :)
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Eine sehr starke Rede zum drohende Grexit von Gregor Gysi. / The German politician Gregor Gysi gives a strong speech on Greece. He is not amused, to put it mildly, with the course of the German government in this matter.
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I'm lucky. There's nothing like a proper Italian ice cream parlor in the neighborhood. (Toscani, Erlangen)
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For years, +Frau M and I agonized about the best way of reading a tablet on the balcony. Now our cat decided the help.
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I innocently prodded Tokyo denizen +Benjamin Russell about the Japanese word "Otaku", and got this fascinating answer. A crude Western translation of the word might be "nerd", but there is much more to it, an interesting insight into modern Japanese culture. 
 
[This is a repost of a comment, which I posted in a thread for another post, that was recommended as a separate post by a respondent, Carsten Führmann.]

According to a recent NHK television documentary on otaku here in Tokyo, there are actually 3 types of otaku:  「おたく」 (written in hiragana), 「オタク」 (written in katakana), and "OTAKU" (written in Romaji).

If I remember correctly, 「おたく」 (written in hiragana) appeared in the late 1970s, and used to attend the semi-annual Comike (Comic Market) event in Tokyo to purchase dojinshi (amateur Japanese manga).  They typically dressed shabbily and carried large backpacks to carry back the dojinshi.

In the 1980s and 1990s, they evolved to 「オタク」 (written in katakana).  This category actually has a sub-category, written 「ヲタク」 (written in katakana) (same pronunciation).  According to a certain report by an 「オタク」 otaku at an otaku site ( http://gomi.syuka.com/article/ota/post-787266.html ), the distinction is rather vague and unclear; however, stereotypically speaking, 「オタク」 otaku generally refers to thin, introverted otaku who prefer to hide their otaku identity, to stay at home, and who generally prefer the "Gundam" (mobile suit) anime series to the "Evangelion" (self-discovery) anime series, whereas 「ヲタク」 otaku generally refers to rather fat, extraverted otaku who have come out on their otaku identity, to attend otaku events (such as the Comike event) regularly, and who generally prefer the "Evangelion" anime series to the "Gundam" anime series.

Since the "Gundam" series became well-known in the 1980s, whereas the "Evangelion" series became well-known in the 1990s, it seems that 「オタク」 otaku predated 「ヲタク」 otaku.  "Gundam" is a mobile-suit space drama that focuses on the role of Amuro Rei, a teenage Japanese boy who is the son of a military researcher, who becomes caught up in an epic battle between people who grew up on Earth and people who grew up on space colonies.

By contrast, "Evangelion" is a self-discovery-themed Earth drama that focuses on the psychological trials, tribulations, conflicts, and growth of Shinji Ikari, a teenage Japanese boy who is the son of the leader of NERV, an organization whose role is to fight a sequence of "angels," who are mysterious entities who suddenly appear on Earth and attempt to destroy NERV.  Shinji is forced by his father to ride a mobile-suit-like alien creature to help fight the "angels."  "Evangelion" is generally considered to be much more fashionable than "Gundam."

In the 21st Century, the Japanese otaku phenomenon spread to other countries, and "OTAKU" (written in Romaji), who were the foreigner counterparts of Japanese otaku, appeared.  This term generally refers to gaijin who have become interested in otaku culture and who consider themselves to be the international counterparts of Japanese otaku.

(Incidentally, since I speak Japanese, I tend to consider myself as somewhat between an 「オタク」 otaku and and 「ヲタク」 otaku, because I am introverted and prefer to stay at home, yet still attend the annual Tokyo Game Show, occasionally visit, and plan eventually to live in, Akihabara, and prefer "Evangelion" to "Gundam.")
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For those who live near Nuremberg: the fantastic Rebecca Trescher Jazz Ensemble plays in the Tafelhalle on May 4. They are based in the Nuremberg area, and most or all of the pieces are original compositions. 
 
Am 4. Mai in der Tafelhalle Nürnberg - absolut hörenswert!
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VVK-Online. KLARINETTE, BASSKLARINETTE, KOMPOSITION, ARRANGEMENT Rebecca Trescher / HARFE Maja Taube / FLÖTE Hironaru Saito / CELLO Florian Bischof / STIMME Agnes Lepp / SAXOPHON, KLARINETTE Konstantin Herleinsberger, Markus Harm / VIBRAPHON Volker Heuken / KLAVIER Andreas Feith / BASS Friedrich ...
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Last September, I posted about taking a Stanford online course on quantum mechanics. Near the end of that course, a sequel was announced, and I took that one too :) I've written a blog post about this experience, including the contents and delivery of the courses, and how it went for me: http://carstenfuehrmann.org/stanford-online-quantum-mechanics/
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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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