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Blog archives for February, 2013

Archive for February, 2013

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The vines sleep and wait

near Eguisheim in the Alsace

near Eguisheim in the Alsace

Some of my conversational French is a bit rusty, but I found that I can totally talk to people about wine. Wine! Not something you talk about too often … except, as it turns out, in the Alsace and the Cote d’Or you kind of totally do.

At least with the local vigneronnes and vignerons, and I met more of them than I expected. Right now they (and their families and hired hands and workers etc) are busy cutting the vines. Sometimes the cut vines are burned right behind the cutters, in a so-called “brouette” (basically a wheeled, movable giant open metal can which can withstand fire), and so trails of smoke can be observed in vineyard after vineyard, and the air along them smells faintly of smoke (which was the phenomenon that led me to investiagate it). Sometimes, the brouettes have holes in the bottom, and so that the burnt ash can fall out and comes to rest between the vine rows. And the burning/smoke is also a protection against vine diseases. So I learned – and now you know, too. :-)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Iceface :-o


Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Dans le département des Vosges

dans le département des Vosges

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Indochine à Montbéliard

Indochine á Montbéliard

Or: Help, the giant glowballs are coming for me!

People used to clap, now they take pixelly photos (of people taking [better] photos) instead.

Aaand those are pretty much all the photos I have from the concert, as I actually didn’t want to spend my time taking photos with my telephone :-). Sleep now. Zzzz.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Weather on the German-French Border

Between Schweix (Ger) and Liederschiedt (Fra)

Between Schweix (Ger) and Liederschiedt (Fra)

I’m in Nancy right now, and just about to set off on my trip further into France, but wanted to share this photo from yesterday with you. A more detailed trip report shall follow when there are less things to be seen and done! :-) A bientôt!

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

After the Rain

After the Rain

Thank you for all your challenge replies – and keep them coming!

I’m off to France within the hour, so my next photos will probably feature that lovely country… see you around!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Photography Challenge II

As you can see from this blog, I like taking photographs.

My usual approach ist to take the camera along and then just to wander and meander and to photograph interesting things that I come across, but from time to time I also like to go at things the other way around, with a concept in mind that I then try to picture and frame … and that is where you come in: I need concepts, ideas, motifs, requests!

I want you to tell me what to photograph!

Just reply here with what you’d like to see, and I will then do my best to fulfill your request(s)!

Give me a word, a phrase, a mood, an object, a quote, a color, a …  whatever comes to mind!

These challenge phrases can range from the abstract (something like ‘sad’ or ‘the perfect moment,’ …) to a title one might give a photo (‘the loneliest cloud’), to the semi-concrete (‘something that annoys you’) or to concrete things (‘a towel’) … or to things I cannot even think of right now!

My only caveat is that if I consider something too personal, then it won’t happen (not that I think you’d ask it anyway, but just to be clear: the only, say, ‘tits’ you’d get to see are those of the avian variety).

So: Want to challenge me? Post your requests in the comments!!!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Drop between Croci


Monday, February 18th, 2013


Friday, February 15th, 2013

Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed

Here is my challenge reply for “something borrowed,” for neither the glass diamonds nor the flashes used to illuminate them belong to me – I went to a photographers meeting on Monday and we experimented with photographing glass.

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Review: Waking Mars – a Tiger Style Games game

Waking Mars - a Tiger Style Game

Image from the “Waking Mars” Press Kit

It’s my lunch break right now (from grading grading graaading), and I want to take this change to blog a little bit about what I did yesterday (and if you think that Waking Mars is closely connected to my Sunday, then you’re right :-) ). I spent bits of last week in between teaching and then basically all of Friday and Saturday grading, and while the grading is not finished (I’m doing some more of it today, as you can see), it was the weekend after all – and I needed a day off. But I didn’t want to do much, or start something I couldn’t get finished in one day, and none of the books in my TBR shelf appealed to me … I really wanted something to just absorb my attention for a couple of hours and then let me go again so I could wholly concentrate on grading again today … and so I went looking for an Ipad game where you don’t walk around shooting people (I don’t play those kinds of games) but get to build/discover/… a world/something that doesn’t involve also needing to build up an army and/or attacking people and/or random people showing up to attack you*.

I’ve been slowly making my way through the “Medieval Sims” (which is fun, but totally repetitive), and so googled “game like mediveal sims ipad” or some such, and found a page where someone, amongst other games, recommended “Waking Mars”. It’s not really like the “Sims Medieval” at all (except its more so than, oh, Minesweeper or Tetris or…), but that’s neither here nor there.

So I went looking, read the abstract and some reviews, and bought it, no further knowledge available. And I think that was the perfect way of going about it, as the trailer (which I link to down below) actually shows you too many things you otherwise get to discover on your own (so I’m actually saying play it without watching the trailer, but watch the trailer if you otherwise won’t give the game a thought, IDK).

So, here’s what I thought:

“Waking Mars” is the best game I’ve played on my Ipad, hands down.

It’s action and adventure and discovery and building things (instead of destroying them) and learning things and needing to think and figure out stuff and creating life instead of destroying it and and … it’s awesome. It basically ate my Sunday, and I have no regrets. :-)

I played it on the “Casual” setting, because I am the kind of person who gets annoyed when I get stuck too often or die too often when I just want to have a nice and non-stressful couple of hours (grrr) – and I thought I might be able to watch the Biathlon World Championships with half an eye while playing (haha, no way, forget it). It took me about 9 hours to finish it – I imagine it takes quite a bit longer in the harder modes – and that was about perfect for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’d have happily kept playing for another couple of hours, and I’d totally have bought “Waking Mars II” last night already if it were available, but it worked really well the way it went. (I still want to *spoiler* so I need to *spoiler*, but as far as game achievements go, I’m finished).

The graphics are great and the voice acting is really well done (I can’t say anything about the music because I always switch the music off as a matter of course [it annoys me, no matter how good]), and the navigation was intuitive to learn. And the balance between being taught things and figuring things out on my own worked really well for me. Also the *spoiler* was a really nice touch.

It’s a Tiger Style Games game and they have a trailer online (though the game is even better than the trailer), and while I played it on the Ipad it’s also out for most every other system out there, it seems. And I can totally recommend it!

Like I said, its the best game I’ve yet played on my Ipad.


And now, back to grading (grading grading graaading).

*Hence no “Civilization” – you can either set everyone as being your friend, and then it gets really boring really quickly, or always be attacked when all you want to do is build things. If I want to play a game where I attack people (and the last one of those I played seriously was, uh, “Diablo I”), then I pick one of those. When I want to build things, I want to build them. There.

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Glinka’s Nose

Glinka's Nose

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

The Paths of Campus

The Paths of Campus

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Like a feather on the seafoam

like a feather on the foam

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The Crows of Campus

the crows on campusStill playing with and learning my way around HDR.