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We are all humans

On February 19, 2020, 10 people were murdered in Hanau by a man for racist reasons.

I would like to express my sympathy to the relatives, friends and colleagues of the victims and wish them the strength to cope with this bad time.

In reports there was also a brief reading of “Shisha-Morde” at Focus and as reported on bildblog.de, the Bild newspaper first found in its live reporting that the victims are mostly Kurdish and Turkish people and spread wild speculation that the perpetrators were people from the “Russian sphere” and that extortion of protection money was possibly a reason for the murders.

No, there weren’t any Russians involved and no, it wasn’t about extortion!

Presenting the murders in this way and spreading such speculation is a gross disregard for the dignity of the victims! Such speculations pretend that the murdered are virtually to blame themselves, because as a visitor of a shisha bar one must expect that acts of violence will also take place there and that all those involved come from a “Milieu” in which such acts are quite conceivable.

Stop it!

Humans have died – humans like you and me. Help those who are affected, show solidarity with your fellow citizens and stop to put people with a migration background to a box with which you personally have nothing to do.

VueScan – promising product with questionable support

I have an older scanner – a Canon LiDE 210. Canon also provides drivers for Windows 10, but they cause the Windows WIA service to crash quite often. Therefore I decided to look for an alternative and tried VueScan – an application which comes with its own drivers.

Before installing VueScan I needed to uninstall the existing Canon software and the old driver and also tell Windows to remove the driver files as well, so the original driver would not be used any longer.

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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

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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