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Blog archives for May, 2012

Archive for May, 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Schleswig-Holstein sky

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

All colours are beautiful

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Shine a light

And here’s a photo to go with my last post – parts of our office doors are made of milky glass, so you can see the lights still on in my office shine out into the corridor on the right hand side – straight ahead is the staircase at the Eastern end of our building, with the Emergency Exit light shining brightly down the dark English Department corridor.

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Of empty halls and walkways

It’s 10:56pm, and I am the workiest at work person. Given that I got here at about 7:45 am, that makes for a bit of a long day (though I did get to leave campus for a 3 hour meeting at one of our local schools in the afternoon). The bell to kick me out will ring in another 40 minutes or so (everyone out by midnight!), but until then I’m going to finish up some things left over that I don’t want to get into again tomorrow … there’s no-one else in the building I think (no lights on anywhere that I can see, and these are the kind of times where you can play music on your work computer while working, and no one will hear or mind. It’s nice to be here so late at night, sometimes, especially in the summer – and it feels like summer right now, what with it still being 15°C or so outside… .

Music of the evening: Thomas Dolby, “To the Lifeboats”

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Getting ready to fly


Monday, May 21st, 2012

Dreams are just refracted light

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Flensburg has Shtandart

Yes, Shtandart (sic.) is the name of the ship. And the weather was better this morning, though clouds came rolling in from the south (as you can see above – the photo faces north) and by noon it was overcast again. I spent some hours wandering the city and taking weird photos using some of the different lenses I bought second-hand, so expect some artsy-(fartsy) photos in the next couple of days! (Sorry? ;-) ) :-)

Spent the rest of the day cleaning and sorting some more, scanning in postcards and setting up automatic posts for upcoming Sundays (today features a dead Darwinfish!) right until July and reading (Norbert Elias 1 from my TBR pile, for those keeping track. More about it once I am done reading and thinking!).

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Order, order!

This right now is my first weekend after finishing my backload of stuff and getting it all done. (Finally!) I’ve been finishing things on the day of their deadline (or in some cases a bit after the deadline) for what seems like months and months – I let things slide in the last months of finishing the PhD, and then going away on holidays straight after my disputation was, while wonderful, not something that helped me with catching up on the things I hadn’t finished while still doing PhD things, since I got back and went straight into grading, and so didn’t catch up with things, and … . But I finally caught up with everything that was due late on Thursday, did most of next weeks’ class prep on Friday, and thus could take the weekend off from working (aside from some reading that I need to do for work, but that does not count as work, for me).

So what did I do with my free Saturday? Well, I did some of the non-work things that I’ve been neglecting, namely re-ordering and dusting the bookshelves that I’ve only dumped books into willy-nilly for the last months. (I don’t sort books alphabetically or anything like that, but I do try to keep subject areas together and separate from each other. As an example you can see the re-sorted and expanded shelves of my books connected to the Basileia Romaion* above (more commonly known as the Byzantine Empire, these days), which was in a particularly sad state, as (partially due to the PhD) the books had well overflowed their alloted space and where anywhere from bunched into the American Literature shelves to piled up behind the TV. (I also might have re-sorted bits of my sand collection so that sand from beaches that were at some point part of the Empire are placed in front of the books. They all needed dusting anyway, so…).

I also put things on ebay, did a lot of washing, dusting, sorting, discarding, sorting of papers, cleaning of windows … the exciting times dans Casa Sibylle, let me show you them! But it needed doing, and it was just as well done today, when the weather was not really conducive to doing lots of things outside (if today had been sunny, different things would have happened, but at least the temperatures were finally high enough to keep the windows open and to give everything a good airing out). Unless it pours down tomorrow, doing things outside is firmly on the agenda! So that was my Saturday. How was yours?

PS: I did not only take a photo of a country road at night yesterday (while being stopped, folks! Drive savely!), but also spent some time on the way to the birthday party I was invited to driving around northern Germany’s countryside in the evening, so, uh, have a photo of a cow? Moo!

* Yes, if you’re looking closely, some of those books have somewhat sensational titles (while actually being pretty sober content-wise). The Last Pagan was of course (and contrary to what the book’s title suggests), not the last pagan to ever live – merely the last pagan to also be Emperor of the Roman Empire (Emperor Julian). And Justinian’s Flea is not about a strange pet of the Emperor Justinian (alas?). (But since you’ll be able to find my name on a book called In the Ruins of Civilizations, who am I to say?)

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

And straight on ’til morning.

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Gans und Gänseblümchen

Canada Goose and Daisies

(Canada Goose and Daisies)

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Underwater camera, tufted duck

The plan was to photograph carp, but visibility was too bad for that to work. So I tried out some waterline shots instead, and like the effect the water film left on the lense had on this one.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Fly by update

This is a fly by update, in the sense that its been a while since I posted anything, but I also really don’t have any actual time to post anything profound, and I am stealing 5 minutes to do this while my late-lunch-early-dinner is cooking, which I shall consume as quickly as possible, and then head out to finish class preparation for tomorrow and go to the public library to speak about the end of the world in fiction and how the end of the world never really is one at that. Busy busy busy.

Headed home because I missed the window during which the university canteen is open and serving lunch, and finding gluten and dairy free food in the cafeteria is impossible … well, there’re apples (which I also ought not eat). Plus I needed to go pick up some things for my lecture anyway, so I just moved the timing around a bit.

On the right there you can see what is currently in my to-read-for-fun pile (different kinds of fun, but still fun), which I will need to pick something from to take on the train with me (I am going home for the weekend). I shall also be taking things to read-for-work and the second draft of an article I need to work on, but it’s going to be a lot of train-ing, and so I might get to read something besides work things, and be finished with the article before the train gets to Mannheim.

But now the rice has finished cooking, and I better go eat, and then it’s back ter work! Later, all y’all!


Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Ant transport

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Noon in Flensburg

(Almost) the same place, 12 hours later. (I didn’t think I’d be coming by there again this soon, so I did not take not where I stood last night when taking that photo at all. Close enough.) Also, no more endive salad until autumn. (There’s only one place on the local market that carries it from time to time, and they’re out for the season and don’t expect it to come back until late autumn. So I bought some spinach to turn into a salad later on instead.) Until then – back to work. Work work work.


Friday, May 4th, 2012

Midnight in Flensburg

As seen when making my way home from the impro theater rehearsal (yes, a bit of an oxymoron, I know). Now I need to sleep, and tomorrow I need to write, finish shortening and editing a lot of academic things. (And maybe go to the market and buy some asparagus. And some endive salad, if they still have any).