Miscellaneous, 2008/06/28

Work sucks. Most of all, because there is not much work to do. I know that’s a rather luxurious problem, but it feels weird. I just feel so useless. My co-worker will be on vacation all of July, so I’m in charge of the office and I hope that gives me a bit more to do. And of course there still are dozens of stacks and shelves to sort through and organize and all the tedious office work, which I held off to do for weeks now.
I even got some new assignments during our meeting on Friday, so I guess I’ll be busy at least for the next few days. Is mindmapper really a part of Microsoft Office ? Or just the newer versions? Because I have never heard of it, but it sounded like it’s part of the Office suite. I might have to check my Office installation CD once again, maybe it even is on there. If not I have to get a free mindmap software somewhere else. Because I’m supposed to do mind-mapping. Well, I do as I’m told :-)

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Talking about Microsoft Office: I had huge difficulties to edit the equations and calculations in my Energy Basics term paper in a way that they look at least semi-professional. I worked with tables and it was rather tedious. I knew about the equation editor in Office, but I just couldn’t access it from my Word. I don’t know why I never thought about checking my installation CD and just re-install the equation editor.
I’m working on the Engery 2 term paper at the moment and tried out the Office version in our office and it had the equation editor. So I could have used it to create the equations and copy them to my paper later. But then, late last night, while I was looking for a free mindmap and equation editor software, I finally thought of checking the installation CD. And of course it’s on there and I finally installed it. Geek that I am, I had to test it right away and edited the equations for the first part of the paper. And I was really impressed how easy it is and how neat the equations look. I definitely felt like I accomplished something great and all I did was to install a freaking piece of software module and play around with.

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After finally sorting and organizing a lot of documents, ring binders, books and just stuff (local politics) and put most of them on my new racks in the storage room I spent a couple of hours this afternoon and evening to work on the first part of the Energy 2 term paper. And once again I feel pretty accomplished, because I’m done with most of it, except a few short questions I still have to answer. There are two I can’t answer, because it’s about stuff I didn’t understand in the Energy 1 course. But the rest of it was pretty easy for me, so I feel pretty good about it. And thanks to the equation editor my paper even looks good :-)
I’m highly motivated to study at the moment and I guess I should use that, because I know the motiviation will dwindle sooner or later. I still haven’t made up my mind if I should work on the second part of “Energy 2” next or start writing the “Climate Change” term paper. I’m pretty determined to hand them both in before I leave for London. Which gives me about four weeks and it should be possible. It has to be, because the study material for the next two courses already was delivered weeks ago.

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It’s fun fair time again. Every year on the last weekend (Friday – Tuesday) in June our town hosts a big fun fair, the most popular (and best, of course *g*) in the county. What makes our fun fair so special is the location on two main streets (one of them going uphill) in the city. It just has a lot of atmosphere and it’s a tradition since the late 19th century. We’ve got this saying, that you might not run into some acquaintance all year, but you will definitely run into each other on the fun fair. Which might be true for most of our citiziens, but for the last couple of years I didn’t run into a lot of old schoolmates or just people I know.
Hai_di and I went there last night and we didn’t run into a single one of our schoolmates, which was weird. Maybe most of them (who moved away and just come back for this weekend) will be on the fair tonight, but I’m obviously not. Because I really wanted to work on my paper and I didn’t want to go on my own or treck along with my brothers. And it’s not that I necessarily want to meet old schoolmates, but it’s always nice to chat for few minutes.
Tomorrow afternoon there will be the parade, which is a big tradition as well. Since I can remember our family (with our parents first and later just us kids) are watching it from the same spot on one of the main streets. A couple of years ago Bro1 left this spot to watch with his girlfriend and her family just a few blocks down the street. Of course all of us siblings could have joined them at their spot, but it would feel like bucking the tradition and Bro3 and I didn’t want to do that. Besides, some of his friends join us there, so that’s another newer tradition.
About three years ago Bro2 was asked from on of the groups taking part in the parade to help out in their group and he’s been doing it ever since. The first year was the most fun, because he and some friends did an impersonation of the Village people singing “YMCA”. This year he’s going to be a part of some “schuhplattler” group because this parade’s group theme is Bavaria. Strange choice, but who am I to judge :-) At least Bro2 definitely looks funny in his costume…

On Monday I will be on the fair with my fellow Green Party folks and I probably will stay at home again on Tuesday and enjoy the fireworks from my patio. I’m one of the few lucky citiziens who have rather unobstricted view on the fireworks.

I took some pictures in 2006 and thought I share them again. Unfortunately we don’t have the Ferris wheel this year. For the first time in decades! At least as long as I can remember the Ferris wheel was part of it and it just belongs here. But the owner of the Ferris wheel decided to break the agreement and set up his Ferris wheel at the Berlin fanmile, where half a million football fans watch EURO 2008 together. Outdoors in front of the Brandburg Gate with a lot of fun fair stuff and booths and probably a lot more earnings for him than in our small town. But still… it’s not the same without it :-(

Kirmes Trubel

Kirmes Trubel

Riesenrad

Riesenrad

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