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There is a proverb, possibly American in origin (I never came across it in the UK anyway) and I first heard it on an early season of The Simpsons: „God does not close a door without opening a window.“
This proverb needs some adaption in the case of my situation but is still applicable. The adaption goes something like this:
Hastur does not close door without Cthulhu taking off the roof.
Let me elaborate:
If you follow my bog, you should be aware I recently changed carrers. I have gone bak into teaching after working online for the past 10 years.
Getting there was a bit of a struggle (teaching in Germany has a lot of bureucratic hurdles). For a while it even looked like that, although I had all the qualifications, I would not be able to start because the combination of my qualifications only made me eligible for a probationary teaching position wich was out of the question because the pay would have been about a third of what was getting at my last online job and thus by far not enough to support a family.
And then Cthulhu came and ripped the roof off.
I saw an ad for a teaching position online on a dedicated website and applied. Two days later (and about four weeks before the date the official interviews would begin, according to the ad), I got an email inquiering if I could com in for an interview straight away. That was odd, but a happy surprize. I happened to have a few days off at the time so I could come in, of course.
The interview went very well and the headmaster of this school was apparently so impressed with me (for whatever reason) that he made a few phone calls, pulled a few strings and managed to get a special permit for me, so I could start in a better position straight away.
So, for the past three weeks (coming up four) I have been working as a teacher again. Although two of my classes are rather tough, I have not been so happy at work ever since my days working in an assistant data research position at university (that was in 2005, go figure).
Also: The teaching experience now is vastly different from what I experienced in Bavaria. The teachers are more friiendly by several magnitudes, they are more supportive and the kids are great as well.
So far, things are starting to look brighter and during the summer holidys I will have some real time to do some serious writing. A win all around.
Praise be to Cthulhu!
Well, well, 2017… You are hardly four weeks old and from a very personal perspective, you have already had a major impact on my life. In a good way.
Let me take a few steps back in time to a time before I started this blog, before I had heard of Steampunk but was already a Cthulhu cultist, as this thesis paper (German) clearely shows.
Back in those days, I worked as a teacher but had to leave teaching for a reason that was beyond my controle. I went into the more tech-related side of online marketing, first more focused on newsletters, then SEO. I have been doing SEO for nine years now but not anymore.
I have come full circle and will be a teacher again, which I have been wanting to do for the past four years but only now got the opportunity.
The subject matters I will teach will be different, I will no longer be requiered to teach accounting (which I hate) but will instead teach sociology and politics. I will still be teaching English (yay!) and will also be teaching IT (even more yay!).
Now, this of course means the whole STEAM vs STEM debate I contributed my own thoughts to is going to haunt me, since IT is part of the STEM cluster. Obviously, I will do my best to teach not only the skill but also the art of coding (or at least try to). My time to do this will be limited, since IT is not a big topic in the schools here, but I can always offer extra lessons after classes ended, do something like a coding club or maybe I can come up with something really creative.
This also means that I will have to do some teacher training again, also afeter school which means in the near future, the update frequency of the blog will decrease (at least for the next 1 1/2 – 2 years) but it will hopefully not go dormant entirely.
At least you know I am engaged otherwise doing something I love.
This proliferation of Islamophobia for political or other reasons only serves the plans of some bigotted fear- and warmongers and is something that is unacceptable in the company of decent humans and other intelligent life forms.
So I thought I do my part to push back. I recently had the pleassure of welcoming the highly gifted and all around awesome Naziyah Mahmood as an interview partner in my podcast and I thought: There simply have to be more geeky/nerdy Muslims out there.
What I thought I could do is show that Muslims are just normal, weird nerds and geeks like we all are and that there is absolutely nothing strange, fearsome, frightful, hateful or whatever about them.
I know it is a sad state of affairs that this is even neccessary, but if I can help alleviate the situation even to a modest degree, I do what I can.
So, if you are a Muslim of the geeky, nerdy, or gaming persuasion and would like to have a chat about nerdy and geeky stuff on my podcast or just give me an interview or tell my readers something, give me a shout, leave a comment, drop me a message or something and get in touch. If you are a Muslim cleric and a geek/nerd/gamer even better!
If you know somebody who fits the description, pass this article on.
There is enough hate in the world, most people are just that: People. Let’s spread love, understanding and unity in weird hobbies instead!
Also: If you are a geek/gamer/nerd of a different faith, I would like to hear from you, too! After all, nerd and geek culture is not restricted to any faith or atheism! Let’s be weird together!
Oh the high-octane awesome! Victor Sierra have released a Steampunk-themed christmas song, The Xmas Case, and it is a jewel:
SANTA CLAUS WALKS IN WITH HIS SACK FULL OF DOUBTS
HE COMES OUT OF THE HAZE WITH A DESPERATE GAZE
SIPPS A ZERO COKE AND PUFFS E-BUTT SMOKE
HE’S A MAJOR PLAYER OF THE XMAS CASE
CRAZY MADONNAS AND WISE MEN OF THE YEAR
ARE DUE TO MEET IN A CORNER OF THE MAZE
TRADING PRECIOUS GIFTS FROM THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT
THEY’RE CRAZY CASUALTIES FROM THE XMAS CASE
And since it is available on Bandcamp, you can actually donate a little more than the ridiculously cheap one Dollar they request for the song.
So, let’s make a few people happy and get yourself The Xmas Case! You also have the option to send it as a gift (nudge nudge).
Kudos to Frank for this one. Gosh, I just thought back, I’ve known the guy for twelve years now, how time flies.
I digress. He pointed my attention to the following web comic:
And now I have pointed your attention to it. How devious of me to do such a thing.
The long and the short of the story behind Out of my Element is this:
Humans and elemental beings living in a world run by steam – Out of My Element is a web comic that tells the tale of a small band of revolutionaries that are trying to bring about a peaceful existence between the technologies of man and the forces of the primal elements.
Out of my Element has been running since July 2011, so it is just over a year old and is currently in the first few pages of chapter three. Go check it out, just click the cover:
Well, it took some time but summer has hit. Now it is rather on the warm side outside, in other terms: It is cocktail weather.
Under most circumstances, my cocktail of choice is the White Russian, which, coincidentally, has nothing to do with my political stance. If you did not get the joke, look it up yourselves. Hint: Not all Russians were red after 1917.
But enough history for today, this gentleman will explain to you, how a White Russian, and a Black Russian, are mixed:
And a finished White Russian looks something like this:
And now: If you have awesome weather, too, do your best to go outside and enjoy it!
This video is a little older but has seen much play and exposure since Ray Bradbury passed on:
According to various sources, the late Mr. Bradbury thought this little piece was tremendous fun. I hope he still has al little giggle out there between the stars.
Do you know this problem:
You really like your friendly neighbourhood zombies. They do not give you grief, you do not give them grief, but still, they are just mindless shambling corpse. Loveable but mindless. Every now and then, some will be bound to lurch unto your porch? What do you do then? Try Zombiscuits! The perfect snack and deterrent for the mindless undead hordes you love!
And find out more about a friendly zombie near you at Disasterpiece Theatre.