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Three years smoke-free

As today’s the World No Tobacco Day, it’s appopriate to mention it: I’ve been smoke free and happy with it for three years now :-). In May 2015, I smoked the last cigarette and live since then smoke-free. Aside from the health aspect, I also grossly estimate to have saved well over 5000 EUR not spent on cigarettes. Money, which I can use in a better way for other things.

If you are interested, I also wrote some other articles about my experience (in German only yet): Der lange Weg zum rauchfreien Leben und Ein Jahr rauchfrei.

 

An open secret

In the context of the current discussion about sexual abuse in the film industry, a film produced in 2014 has also been re-staged which looks at the abuse of children in the California film industry and that no distributor wanted to have in the program at that time – “An open secret”.

You can watch this film on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/142444429

Lightbox with PhotoSwipe

In the past I have used the plugin “Responsive Lightbox” for the enlarged display of pictures. Unfortunately, this solution had some weaknesses:

  • No possibility to enlarge the picture view.
  • Swipe gestures are quite “jerky” – you can see how the picture view follows the finger movement very slowly

In particular, I noticed the lack of the possibility of image magnification on another website, where I have seen people who have tried to enlarge individual images with the common two-finger gesture on their smartphones.

As an alternative, I finally discovered PhotoSwipe – a JavaScript library that not only allows you to magnify images with a mouse click or finger gestures, but also provides a full-screen view. Also, the response to input is much snappier as in “Responsive Lightbox”.

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Living in Berlin, part 5

Also see part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

Autumn and winter in Berlin…

I’ve been living nearly nine months in this city now and I will soon have experienced all seasons here. It was certainly a good decision to move here in spring and not in winter – because this can be quite uncomfortable in Berlin. The group Seeed expressed this quite spot on in their song “Dickes B”: “Dickes B, home an der Spree, im Sommer tust Du gut und im Winter tut’s weh.” (fat B, home at the Spree, in summer you’re good and in winter it hurts).

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Living in Berlin, part 3

Also see part 1, part 2.

I’ve been living in Berlin for half a year now – and nearly three months in the new flat. By now I can say that I arrived, even though there are still many unknown places in the city and many things to explore. I find my ways to the office and to friends without a map and I still enjoy it to be able to use my bicycle most of the time.

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