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What a blissful morning. 
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Yeah. Having fucking kids is particularly nerve-wracking. Especially if it's a teenage daughter.
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The Europortfolio community is pleased to announce the launch of the “ePortfolio Self-Development Study” MOOC on the EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator) platform. The MOOC, starting on June 15th, is offered in three languages (English, Spanish and Polish) is free, and is addressed to individuals or institutions who want to learn how to use ePortfolios from different perspectives.

#ePortfolios  are becoming increasingly popular due to  their capacity and flexibility  to be applied to a wide array of contexts as well as their ability to be used in a great variety of individual or organizational purposes. This MOOC stands on a set of seven independent modules that provides the conceptual and instrumental knowledge for the development of an ePortfolio solution that meet individual or institutional objectives.

The MOOC is aimed at different audiences such as learners, teachers, employers, governmental administrators or professional bodies interested in implementing an ePortfolio for the first time or who are interested in enhancing their current practices.
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This is terrifying.
A doctor-scientist's long quest to help children with a rare form of brain cancer has led to the discovery that high levels of brain activity can make glioma tumors grow faster.
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Me this morning...
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Teehee, yeah, that's what they do.
 
Frühjahrsputz geplant? Wir empfehlen dazu diese engagierten Helfer!
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One of the most kick-ass type of froggies, the Titicaca water #frog  (Telmatobius culeus) is in great peril. The frog can grow up to 30cm and 1 kilogram in size and is endemic to lake #Titicaca  in the border area between Peru and Bolivia. Now countless #frogs  are found dead on the lake's surface, as wastewaters from nearby towns and mining operations contaminate the water of a lake that has no outward flow. Only sewage plants can help the situation, and hopefully they can be built fast enough for Telmatobius culeus...
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Scientific article boasting a whooping 3.000 authors
Two CERN detectors have proven a rare decay of a B-meson into two myones, which apparently is a big deal because the standard model of particle physics makes predictions about the likelihood of such a thing happening. Those predictions could now be proven to be correct,basically  supporting the standard model. The respective article in Nature boasts a ridiculous ~3.000 authors. Ridiculous.
The standard model of particle physics describes the fundamental particles and their interactions via the strong, electromagnetic and weak forces. It provides precise predictions for measurable quantities that can be tested experimentally. The probabilities, or branching fractions, of the strange B meson (nature14474-m1jpg9K1519) and the B0 meson decaying into two oppositely charged muons ([mgr]+ and [mgr]-) are especially interesting because of ...
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lol, yeah, but there's still a pretty good chance the smell made it through despite the lake of H's :-)
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Kittehs are purrtiful from every purrspective. #caturday  via +Wolf Weber 
 
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Most likely, every tomatoe you've bought since 1998 has been pollinated by a #bumblebee . The queens are out of hibernation now and hovering low above ground in search for a place to nest. If you see one - give her some love!
Having a bumblebee nest in your garden can provide wonderful insights into the lives of these remarkable creatures. Click here to find out more. Become a member. Join today and as well as knowing that you're helping to save Britain's bumblebees, you'll receive a welcome pack full of information ...
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Introduction
"Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist."
"I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions." 
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)


My professional interests revolve around knowledge and texts and the processes in the course of which they are conceived: reading, writing, learning, and teaching.

As a trained applied linguist and educational researcher, my core topics are language acquisition, language learning and teaching, German as a foreign and second language and multilingualism. 
In my master's thesis ("English as a lingua franca - A simplified code?") I looked at ELF discourse from a systemic-functional perspective to demonstrate the creativity that non-native speakers of a language are capable of. After that, I've worked on modelling and capturing language competence from a quantitative, sociological perspective, investigating knowledge acquisition across the lifespan in a multicohort sequential design project and found it to be a bore. I then ventured into the didactics of writing and writing process research, which currently are my bread-and-butter lines: I do writing center work at a university and I teach the cultural history of writing and writing in digital environments at a university of applied science. And every once in a while I get a chance to give a workshop on writing-related topics in other surroundings and sometimes even in the "real world". 

The bottom line of what I do is motivating people and helping them (find and) harness their individual potentials.

Remnants of my former life in American literary and cultural studies are my (now dormant) interests in the transcendentalist movement and the writings it brought forth (like Emerson, Thoreau, Ripley, Whitman), my interest in Puritan literature, American Renaissance painting / the Hudson River School, Pictorialism and the Photo-Secession.


On a more personal note - here's from the journal:

My spirit is in the desperate need of renewal only the woods, hills and lakes can provide. I crave silence for my ears, cool air in my lungs and nature's grandeur for my eyes. Cities will never satisfy like the Earth's tones and what her natural splendor can offer a man weary of society. 

Give me birds, not planes. Bumblebees, not armies of cars. Rivers and lakes, not canals. Trees, not buildings. Animals, not human animals.

The world I live in is a perpetual assault on the senses that distract me from myself. Electronic beeps and tones and clattering rails and ridiculously loud cars and motorcycles and billboards and TV screens and radios and cellphone apps and social media designed to bring me closer to people, but resulting in artificial relations that chip away at my interpersonal social skills.
People I once knew or are now am supposed to know have become or just remain little more than avatar faces, spewing characters on screens, updating profiles (like me right now), lying to themselves and others - regurgitators of ideas and thoughts of others.

I live in a world that teaches people that they do not have enough and in which many willingly buy into this lie - and while they're buying, others are paying the real price. People think they need more, ever more, more tech, more connections, more friends, more fun.
I long for a world that teaches people that they need less, and that happiness lies therein.
The woods are such a teacher.

Nature connects me with the world around me in a way that technology never can. I may be able to communicate with virtually any other human animal regardless of their whereabouts on planet Earth, but Nature offers a mechanism that connects my soul to something more basic, more reliable, less treacherous and more fulfilling than human animals.

My most reliable connection is my connection to mother Earth. 

Hobbies and interests:
Earth first. Words, writing, learning, teaching, living. Bike commuting, cross-country cycling, singletrail, occasional MTB downhill/enduro (avid bikepark explorer, surfer of upland trails). Environmentalism, ecosocialism, Mother Nature, non-human Animal liberation, veganism, cats (big and small), frogs, bumblebees. Books, darts, pipe smoking, djembefola, music (worldmusic, percussion, electro of all kinds, dub, glitch, 80s synthpop, SID sounds - cf. my public YT music list). Ultimate goals: independence, autonomy and self-reliance.

From cars and motorcycles to chainsaws and blenders: I tend to dislike things that come with a motor.

I am a translator for www.yourveganfallacyis.com.
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