SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

I have started to read a new book, SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. She takes quite a good approach and starts at 63 BC with Cicero accusing Catiline of conspiring against Rome (Second Catiline conspiracy), in one of the most popular political speeches.

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Cortona Speakers

In early September, I will again go to the Cortona week, which is offered by ETH Zurich. Now the list of lecture and workshop contributors seems complete and we – the participants – were asked to moderate sessions. So I went through the list of presenters to see, if any of these persons was particularly interesting for me. And I found interesting persons, but far too many of them. I will introduce four persons to give you an idea about the diversity of persons and topics in this one week in Cortona. Read more →

Barcelona revisited

I did spend three days in Barcelona last November. After a somewhat busy December, I now begin to rediscover the photos I took in these days. The main attraction for me were the buildings of Antonio Gaudi, the well-known Spanish architect. And amongst these buildings, the Sagrada Familia is probably most popular, despite of or due to being unfinished to this day. But even more impressive than the unfinished church are some stone works in front of the building. Read more →

Back to Zurich

After one month of traveling to various places I have returned safely to my home base Zurich. The basic difference between here and there was the weather, although this is difficult to judge if you are just at one place.

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Photographers Site

After spending weeks with scanning my Spain negatives I am taking aim to get a digital camera. The internet us full of technical advice, but reading some articles on this site really put things in perspective. In the end the equipment you use is secondary, your eye and imagination do matter far more. So I don’t need to read endless tests and dig into specifications, I will just get one of those new neat cameras and focus on making nice photographs. Read more →

John Boorman – In my Country

This movie really touched me. There were just so many ideas that came into my mind. But most important was of course to listen to the stories of the victims of Apartheid, to see how much grief had been accumulated over the years and that there was at least the possibility to find some way of reconciliation. This was the main story and it was good to be told. But there were some more personal things concerning this movie that I would like to mention.

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First days in Zurich

I have arrived. The move worked fine, thanks to many nice people that helped me with it. Most of all my father who drove the whole distance together with me, returning by plane the next morning. Many hands helped loading and unloading, it was just awesome.

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Adjustment in Zurich

In one week I will be introduced to the technical details of the research project. The control program is done completely in SimuLink, all the elements of the user interface were created by LabView. The advantage of both programs is that you can think in structures and don’t have to look through thousands of code lines. But despite of that the project is quite huge and therefore it is not that easy to get all that at the first glimpse. Read more →

International Club, Scott Ritter Video

You won’t believe it, but even here people discuss political issues controversially. The latest example was the most recent International Club Coffee hour. Last Friday I was quite surprised to see the entire room filled with people. Usually there aren’t that much, but on this day I had no chance to find a chair. Displayed was a video about Iraq. Scott Ritter, former chief weapon inspector in Iraq, critizised the US government harshly for having contributed a large part to the 1998 expel of weapon inspectors. Read more →

The Honor System at Virginia Tech

Some more details about my studies at Virginia Tech. My courses are Linear Systems Theory, Neural and Fuzzy Systems and Electronic Control of Motor Devices. The first two are on graduate level, what means, that they are a little bit more tough and tricky. The last one is undergraduate level and more relaxing. Unlike Germany there are no fix hours when classes meet. The three credits are a vague expression for the time spent in class, split in two or three sections. Read more →