OK...as promised, I took some photos:
Looking out of my window in the morning
Originally, I wanted to post this as a diary entry. I just didn't pay attention. Advogato is so bad usability-wise...I feel quite bad now... :-(
I am just lazy and I really have so much time at the moment. Enough said..
As I already said, I'll be on vacation soon which makes me happy. It's so cold/boring here and the best thing is to get away :-)
At the time I'm writing this (11.00 in the morning) it's 27C hot where I'm going to. Compared to 12C in Munich this sounds much better.
Two days ago I filed an application for studying to the "Technische Uni" Dresden. I'm quite late because the application deadline ends today. Hopefully, I'm lucky; those universities in Munich have really become stupid (they reject you just because they think that you won't be successful at all -- bad days!).
If Dresden won't work out, I'll either try to work in the US or somewhere here in Germany. I'm really low on money and a company for which I was working for, still owes me a lot!
I try to be there...
It seems to be quite common, to post a map of visited countries. Voila, for your viewing pleasure:
In exactly 18 days I'll be in Turkey again, although, I've been there 6 weeks ago. I just like the country... :-)
First quarter of 2004
Nothing interesting happened in January and February. I booked our holidays in Turkey (just because Natalie didn't like to pay around 700 for a flight to the US). On February 15th we went swimming, that's Natalie's Birthday.
On March 9th my grandmother died at the age of 81. To the day, I haven't seen her for 2.5 years. I should have visited her, but you never know what might happen and unfortunately, she died 3 months after the stroke.
On the day of my birthday (March 26th), Natalie and I went to the cinema in the evening (I had to work on the day, so there's just the evening). We watched "Lost in Translation" IIRC. Funny movie...Two days later we went swimming again (same location, just because it's cool there and -- well -- *cough* cheap).
What a waste of time/space. I was just trying gnome-blog here. Works fine so far. :-)
Again there're the LinuxDays in Luxembourg. Unfortunately, there were just a few visitors. Our stand was quite empty. I was wondering why my girlfriend joined me...just after one week (regarding that I knew her since October 31th). Anyway, it was quite nice to see some friends again. On Saturday evening we went to the cinema with Martin Baulig and watched Matrix Revolution. Impressive movie, but there hardly isn't any story at all. Natalie and I stayed at Martin's flat for the night. We're sleeping on the floor, not very pleasant but it worked somehow.
The next day Martin guided as through Trier; it's the oldest city in Germany and thus quite amazing.
In the evening we went home again (by train). I can't remember when we arrived but it must have been quite late. Natalie stayed at my place for the night and the next day because she didn't had to work on Monday.
One week later I was on the next event. This time the LinuxDay in Vorarlberg/Austria. It's been pleasent as always except the night: I had to sleep in the same room as Kurl Pfeifle (KDE guy working for danka, CUPS and NX freak ;-), Harald König (XFree86/xorg guy) and Klaus Knopper (knoppix). They snored like hell and I finally moved to another room -- much better there :-)
I had to go to the doctor because for some reason I had an abscess. I think it was on December 9th in the evening (around 5 pm) when he removed the little bastard (the thing was really awkward and hurt quite a lot; I was relieved the day when it was cut out). The bad thing about it was, that I couldn't write a test 4 days later. The doctor gave me lots of tablets that helped me to endure the pain after the surgery. I somehow survived... ;-)
From December 27th to January 3rd, Natalie and I went to Berlin. We were living in a nice apartment in Berlin-Spandau (it's in the north eastern part of the city). Berlin's been always one of my most favorite cities. I will upload the photos soon, just haven't had the time ;-)
I forgot, we watched Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King in the Sony Center. The movie rocks!
Just after New Year, my mom called me and said that my grandmother had an apoplectic stroke -- what a shock! Anyway, the week was pleasant and quite cheap. I liked that :-)
I've been to the LinuxDays in Luxembourg. It was really nice and I met lots of new people. They only forgot to book a room in the hotel for me. Eventually, I managed to get a room.
Uhm, I really chose too many classes. In the end I wrote 9 exams and held a "Hauptseminar". Never again! This is pure overkill! My grades weren't the best which is another reason why I won't do that never again.
Really cool, erm hot! We really really never had such a hot summer! It was sooooo hot even in May/June that almost all plants died. I enjoyed that quite alot and biked as much as possible (about 500 km in May or June, can't remember anymore). I joined a nice internship at university. We had to develop a RPG game in JAVA using OpenGL. The game was based on a framework formerly developed by someone of the Chair for Software Engineering. We organized many (grilling) parties; did I mention that the summer was really hot?! In August/September I joined another internship (OpenGL hacking with pixel shaders etc.). That one was quite tricky, but I learned a lot. From July 14th to September 25th (something like that) I worked for Siemens. My task was to debug PowerPC boards running embedded linux, develop drivers and other things. It was quite a desaster because nobody could tell me what I had to do. Most of the time the guys (they've been really nice!! even my boss) were so busy and in the end I sat in front of my computer and I tried to find some work (which mostly didn't work). By the end of September my boss asked me, if I wanted work for another 3 months (or more) for the company, but I declined. Also in August I met my later girl-friend. It was just a day where I biked to the lake. We somehow had a conversation and I asked her if she'd like to cycle together with me. She gave me her cell phone number and one week later we were on tour (when we arrived a nice "Biergarten" in the south of Munich she had a flat tire and it was Sunday!!). We couldn't fix the bike and had to take the train back to our homes (I didn't want her to go home alone, so I also took the train.). In the end it took another 2 months until she was my girl-friend. From September 26th to October 19th I went to the states. The first week I stayed at cinamod's place in Boston. The city is really beautiful and I was quite impressed. The second week I stayed in Lexington, KY at Jesse's house (I never met hime before). At that time he was also hacking on gDesklets which might have been the reason why it was no problem that I was staying at his house. Kentucky was even nicer, much nature, many national parks... The third week I stayed at harshy's house in Columbus, OH. It was also nice there (esp. the family, his mom always cooked such good food!!). I met walters for the first time at the local university but we didn't talk too much.
After my trip to the states I went to the LWE in Frankfurt. I didn't want to go there but I had the opportunity to join Thomas Uhl. LWE was quite interesting (I met Chema, just 2 weeks before his accident :-( ).
The girl-friend chapter
After LWE, I met Natalie on October 31th (heh, Helloween); we were together for exactly 9 months. For the meantime here's a photo of her. She looks really cute there, but believe me, she used to be quite mean sometimes, especially in the end of our relationship. She's quite too young (age-wise and brain-wise) and just not ready for a real relationship. This took me quite some time to understand...oh well. It's never easy to let go, but it was easier this time, because she really did some nasty things. Details later...
to be continued...
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