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Backing up one’s files…


It’s definitely important to back up one’s files regularly. A broken hard drive and no back up – that has happened to me more than once in the past. You might think I should’ve learned from my own mistakes – well, I didn’t and now it has happened to me again: My poor Dell notebook had a fatal encounter with the hard floor on tuesday. It didn’t only damage the hard drive, it also affected so many other components that I will probably not be able to get it to work again… the chances are very, very slim.

Besides having to buy a new computer, I might also not get my files back either. It’s especially tragic for my little blog here since amongst many personal files my notebook’s hard drive also contained all my blog-files: Photographs and scans of the mail I’d sent and received, graphics I’d created, post drafts and completely finished posts (including the ones for this week I didn’t get to publish 😦 ). A classmate’s boyfriend is trying to rescue them though and I really hope he’ll be successful. Please keep your fingers crossed, everyone!

Slowly coming to terms with the loss of my beloved red Dell, I went into town and bought a new computer (a desktop not a notebook; I don’t trust myself with portable computers anymore. I only seem to break them). I also forced myself to finally make the change from a PC to a Mac, so I’m the proud (?) owner of an iMac now. We work with Mac at work and in school, so it makes sense to switch to Mac at home as well. Even though I’ll probably add a Windows partition to it too. Growing up with Windows it’s kind of hard to let go of it completely. Old habits die hard or so they say…

I guess this is probably all the computer misery you can handle right now. I’m longing to be able to return to a normal blogging schedule. I’ll try my best and stay optimistic :), just stop by again in a few days if you’d like to stay updated on my situation.

So, the moral of the story is: Back up your files, people – I mean it!

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An extremely busy but mind-bogglingly awesome week!

“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. N0 matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are all the same.”

~ John Denver

Okay, I did it again, I neglected my poor blog and especially you my dear reader but I simply couldn’t resist the call of the music…
…well, and I wasn’t home for the past week:

We had a week long workshop at work that took up most of my time during the day and in the evenings – oh, my gosh, I don’t know if I’ve ever had so much fun – in the evenings some of my colleagues and me came together to make some music. We played “Radio” by the Corrs, “Like the way I do” by Melissa Etheridge, “Ain’t no sunshine” by Bill Withers, “Have you ever seen the rain” by CCR and a few others. I’m still extremely flashed and we all agreed that it would be mighty awesome to meet up more often in the future for more jamming sessions. It will be quite difficult to organize it all but I really hope we can make it happen.

Tonight I’m gonna start working on the new James Bond song “Skyfall”. It would be great to play that with everyone together; it’s such a beautiful song. I bought the sheet music for vocals/piano/chords online and now I can’t wait to get my fingers on the piano keys…

… so, to wrap up today’s post and introduce you to that wonderful musical gem sung by the incredible Adele (in case you haven’t yet heard it 😉 ):

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SENT CARD #14: The bookish postcrosser (a book recommendation)

(#14) DE-1079605 to Kylie (USA)
(The photo on the card shows the summer flora in our backyard that normal people call weedy and that I call pretty; and picture-worthy if nothing else ^^ )

Amidst all postcrossers there are quite a few booklovers, like me and like Kylie from San Francisco, the recipient of my fourteenth postcrossing card. Besides telling her what I did during the day (spending a great time at the barn with the horses), what made me smile that day (the fact that my seventh postcrossing card had arrived 🙂 ) and what I dream to do one day (writing a book), I also included a book recommendation.

My recommendation for her:

The Walk by Richard Paul Evans

The story in a sentence:
After losing everything Alan Christoffersen holds dear and everything he’s ever lived for, he sets out to cross the entire country, from [Seattle in Washington] to Key West, Florida, on foot and essentially find his way back into life.

And why I like this book so much:
Of course it’s a very traumatizing situation for a person to lose everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – it’s also incredibly fascinating to see how it also liberates them to do things they otherwise wouldn’t have been able, wouldn’t have dared or even wanted to do: Like crossing the entire country on foot. And most important of all: “The Walk” let’s the reader hope by showing that there is a road – literally! – that can lead you out of the deepest depths and most depressing situations in life, all you have to do is take the first step and walk.

 

Today I received my parcel from amazon containing the second installement in the series: “Miles To Go”. I’m really looking forward to reading it and will let you know if it’s any good 😛 like the first.

If you’ve also read “The Walk” and maybe “Miles To Go” too, I’d love to hear what you think about it. Feel free to leave me a comment below 🙂

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Le Mysterieux Carnival: Come join us all on October 6th!

I had so much fun during the Liberate Your Art Blog Hop this past weekend. And now I’ve stumbled upon this great upcoming blog-party in October: Le Mysterieux Carnival! Like I already mentioned yesterday: Autumn/Fall is my favourite season and I can’t wait for Halloween, so this is the perfect thing for me!

Besides sigining up online you create your own “Silver Ticket” to be granted admission to the Carnival. During the actual blog-party every participant will have a booth (post) on their blog sharing art, costumes, crafts, jewelry, dolls, puppets, food, books, stories, family photos or recipes. Some might even add a giveaway *hint,hint ^^. Of course, I’ll have a little postcard-booth with some special Autumn/Fall and Halloween themed cards. Uhh, I’m so excited!

Thanks Marfi and Anna for creating this awesome blog-event; I can’t wait to get started on my ticket and booth!

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RECEIVED CARD #13: 36°C, ice cream and Chinese art

In Germany we are enjoying – or maybe suffering – an incredible hot summer day. In some places it’s as hot as 39°C (102°F). So, I met with a friend at the ice cream parlor in town. And while I devoured a humongous Tiramisu sundae I decided which card to share with you today: This beautiful postcard from Wang Xuan in China.

RECEIVED CARD #13: CN-463199 from Wang Xuan (CHINA); Distance traveled: 4683 miles (7536 km); Days traveled: 32 days.

It features a traditional Chinese painting. Wang Xuan writes on the back of the card that these kind of paintings show mostly landscapes, scenery and animals. I think it’s a truly mesmerizing image. It’s a pity that I don’t know more about the Asian forms of art. Looking at this postcard it seems to be very different from our Western forms of art. I only occasionally try myself in the drawing of Manga-style characters like these…but that’s about it when it comes to “Asian art”.

My Manga characters Naruto-style… oh well 😀

Well, to wrap up this post I have some audio-stimulation for you: The song “Endless Summer” by Oceana; matching the hot weather in Germany right now! I hope you like it 🙂

Have a great sunday!

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RECEIVED CARD #17: I’m not Rosana

This postcard came all the way from the Spanish island Tenerife off Africa’s west coast. So it traveled 2,154 miles (3,467 km) in 11 days to reach my mailbox and me in Germany.

Noelia – or nosoyrosanna (I’m not Rosanna) as she calls herself on Postcrossing – is very passionate about photography and enjoys old school cameras using film. She owns two lomographic cameras and has her own little website to share her pictures with the world > http://www.lomography.es/homes/deprofundis

The postcard’s design is one of Noelia’s original photographs. It shows her friend’s dog “Bender” (yes, her friend named the dog after the Futurama character – lol). She used an extreme wide angle fisheye lense and redscale film. It’s definitely one of the most interesting cards I’ve ever received; I wish I had a fisheye lens…

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RECEIVED CARD #14: “Don’t cry for me Argentina…”

This postcard came to me all the way from Buenos Aires in Argentina. It crossed the distance of 7281 miles (11717 km) in 19 days. Thank you lautaro for sending me my first postcrossing card from Argentina and also for giving me a little brush up on my Spanish skills. ¡Muchas gracias! 

Have a wonderful new week!

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