Today I took the train to Wiesbaden (Germany) to join the Google Enterprise Day. A few minutes ago, we stopped at Cologne Main Station (you can see the Cathetral mirroring in a window).
Until #cologne it was very quiet in the train, everyone was reading or working. But here a group of elder people on a (probably) funny #trip joined us. And now they're chattering around louder than a barn full of geese ever could. 😄
We had 2 hot summerdays this weekend. Yesterday it was 34° C outside (in the sun it was even more hot). The #kids played in our neighbours garden, the older girl tried their new pool and got enthusiastic about this.
Reading tmo's entry about chatting, I have to think of my own internet past. I was used to chatrooms at Aol as well, but I remember also, that it was very expensive to surf the internet that days (around 1997/98). It was a completely different web: no TikTok, no Instagram, no Twitter. Even no weblogs and Google didn't exist.
In some way it were the “naive” days. In some way it was a happier time like the first explorers in a new world.
I took the big girl to the eye doctor today. It's amazing how you can mutate into Homo Patiencis from one moment to the next. In our doctor's office, the procedures are well organized. You are taken from one station to the next. Despite the well-rehearsed doctors and assistants, waiting times are unavoidable due to the busy schedule. As a patient (or accompanying person), you take on the role of the person waiting and are slowed down. Would you accept this in other everyday situations?
I turn 50 this year and I told my wife, that there is only one crazy gadget on my wishlist: the Freewrite typewriter.
I know, this is an absolute hipster writing tool, too expensive at all, but I fell in love, since I met the idea for the first time.
I am looking for a distraction free writing tool, since I droped my old electric typewriter from the early 90s. First I was fascinated by the possibilities, a personal computer offers, but the more this machines were able to do, the more I lost my focus in my daily work.
The older I get, the less I want to have to deal with what hardware I use for my everyday digital stuff. The days of me participating in the digital race are definitely over. Even though I've tried Apple, Windows, and a few other systems over the last 50 years, it doesn't have to be this or that gadget anymore. I should be able to write comfortably with it, that's the requirement. The best – also in price-performance ratio – I find Chromebooks or older devices that are brought to new life with ChromeOS or ChromiumOS.
Some kind of horrible, distracted sunday today. Everybody seemed to be angry, even the kids. And when they're in a bad mood, the day probably would be very challenging for me.
Once I reach that point, when my brain switches into standby. I then cannot focus on a topic and my thoughts just roam around. I have to reset myself (by reading some blogs here for example or write something.