J. Martin

June 6, 2021

Digital Habits Die Hard

Last week, I was critically preoccupied with readying my Mac for 64bit-only macOS 11 Big Sur. Why am I still on OSX Mojave? Workflows & pipelines! It took me two years to whittle down my enormous stack of 32bit-only apps to an acceptable degree. A few problems remain, and while they’re not trivial, I have to go on. Switching from Adobe...
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May 30, 2021

Clearing Up at Long Last

My workload dropped considerably last week, I caught up with some sleep, the weather improved, and I even found the time to redecorate my side blog just drafts a.k.a. My Secret Level. Sadly, though, I caught two crushing migraines—my monthly one and a second one that was triggered by the constant drone of heavy gardening machinery outs...
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May 23, 2021

This Newsletter Won’t Mention the #ESC

Last week I was absorbed with preparing and executing final workshop sessions for two university courses, and I wanted these sessions to be an enjoyable experience. Now, when I was a student, particularly back at school, workshops came as group work or team paper preparations, and I hated both with a passion. So I always try to set up ...
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May 16, 2021

The World Needs a Timeout

Even though there was less work on my plate, it was an exhausting week after all. I felt tired, “worked” incessantly in my sleep on my projects, and comprehensively failed to relax during the weekend. And while it’s not merely the situation in Israel, as there are many other things going on in the world that can leave you tired of exis...
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May 9, 2021

Throwback Sunday

Another packed week passed by, full of lectures, meetings, and miserable weather. Yet today, suddenly, the sun’s out! 82 °F! And it comes with a fresh breeze! All working together to deliver a massive throwback to good old times and great memories, back when I spent every summer season living on a yacht, roaming around with a motorbike...
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May 2, 2021

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’, Keep Them Faxes Rollin’

In the spirit of last week’s topic, there was a job posting from a German health office for a courier with a scooter to deliver COVID-19 documents received by fax to another part of the building for further processing. But rejoice! More and more health offices are switching right now from hand-written lists to an app out of hell where ...
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April 25, 2021

The Land Where Time Stands Still

In Germany, public health departments work with handwritten lists which are transmitted by fax, manually typed into Excel sheets, and printed out for use. I’m not kidding.* It’s not as if software didn’t exist—one app was even developed in Germany and is used worldwide with great success! But most German health offices rejected using i...
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April 18, 2021

Where the Spring Curfews Bloom

The weather has improved around where I live, which is good. Otherwise, the staggering amount of political callousness, neglect, greed, and incompetence from those who’re in charge of handling the pandemic in Germany is something to behold—a toxic jumbo cocktail whose hangover will haunt everyone for a decade. Which is also already put...
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April 11, 2021

April Is the Cruelest Month

Last week I was swamped with a torrent of lectures with up to eight academic hours per day; one and a half migraines and a sore throat; and sudden hailstorms between bouts of snow. Yup, April. Thus, regrettably, I didn’t finish any blog posts. But I published two more albums on Flickr, Stuttgart I and Stuttgart II, and I also started t...
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April 4, 2021

It Must Be the Weather

Unsurprisingly, things look every bit as bleak in terms of prevention and vaccination in Germany as experts have predicted—where by “experts” I of course mean actual experts, not shady rent-a-scientists like you-know-who. It’s pretty weird to experience a major crisis in a country that’s comprehensively underorganized and overregulated...
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