Ok, one last epic photo from Rome, which is a delight to photograph by the way. On the last day, in the morning we went to visit the St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican. You can climb up 512 steps to get up all the way on top of the dome, so wi did that and look what you get as a revard, it was totally worth it!
This is the picture I wanted to take the whole vaccation.
It took forever to prepare everything. One hour to get there, 40 minutes to wait in the line for the lift which goes all the way up on the roof of the Altare della Patria, and then waiting there for the sundown, again more than one hour, just before they close the roof at 19:15. I was the last person there still taking this picture while the security guard trying to convince me to go down with him.
There is one thing I should have learned on this trip: Don't assume you can do sight seeing during the evening. I had a special shot of the Colosseum in mind, from the top of the Altare della Patria during sundown. So I went there, in time for the sundown, and tried to get up the Altare della Patria, they have a special lift there so you can see Rome in 360°.
But while climbing the stairs I got stopped by a security woman who told me that they're closing and I can come back tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. I tried to explain the thing with the light and the golden hour and things but the only thing she could offer me is comming back tomorrow and staying untill 7, which is just when the sundown starts.
This one is a decent shot, but totally different than what I wanted in the first place.
6th best pizza in Neaples, where the pizza has been invented. We couldn't get in because 10 minutes after they opened it was so crouded already that they were full for the day basically. But we were able to take two with us, it was 4 EUR per pizza, no wonder they were sold out just after opening. It was quite different, like a margarita but the dough was phonomenal! Something between pizza dough and french creppes. Oh and we had red sparkling wine with it.
Today for the first time I had a photoshoot with a model, Amanda, to practice head shots and portraits. It trully is so much easier if you don't need to try to convince your subject to pose for more than one minute or at all, because they know what they're doing and it's their job too. We got a nice collection which you can check out here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeena/sets/72157678810902614/
I really need to start working on some kind of a portfolio with my best shots on my own website. And btw. If you would like to get photographed by me, shoot me a message or email, I'm still learning but I'm getting better every day!
Two days ago I recorded the 9th episode of my podcast, it's about flying helicopters and planes. Today one of my guests flew over my appartment and I took some photos, it was really difficult to get a sharp one. The episode will be released april the 1st.
Today me and my dad visited a brewery we know from TV. The brew master is a butcher by profession but a friend gave him a book about brewing and he started trying.
Check out the documentary yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6kD9PICYAA
I totaly forgot that brothels are still legal in Germany (buying sex is illegal in Sweden). On the other side of the street, which you can't see in the picture, the women had an open window and were cat calling all the guys who were walking by.
Look at this, wouldn't you want to spend your vaccation in the wonderfull franconian municipality Burgpreppach, where my parents live? And yes, what you see are two churches, the sandstone one is the catholic one and the one above it is the protestant one.
This is one of the very few things which provoke me to switch from Firefox to Chrome. It looks like some virus or something which you get on Windows all the time. But I'm on Linux and don't expect something like this. According to the Internet this is legit Mozilla spam.
Ursa Minor, also known as the Little Bear or Little Dipper in the sky. Astro photography is much more complicated than you'd think because the earth rotates the whole time making it impossible to do some proper long exposure. And I didn't see the Milky Way either today, but that might be just lack of knowledge where and when to look.
While in Brussels I also did some street photography. This one I like especially in color because of the contrast between the really smeary and dirty bus stop in the background and the clean madame in the foreground.
First day in Belgium, a bit of night photography. This is Liège, I had to climb those big stairs two times to get that shoot, and a reset made so I was just shooting JPEG the whole day. But it's super sharp, even if you look at it 1:1 (try clicking on it and see it big in your browser)
I'm always seeing those silly equations with pictograms and they try to trick you by having a pair of something in the first equations but then only one of them in the last line so you get sloppy and forget about that ang get it wrong. I don't like them, they're boring and just play with this one trick it seems.
Therefor I created a real one in the same style, without tricks but instead it is a bit harder. It's still just integers, so everybody should be able to solve it, given enough time.
If you have a hard time solving it here is a description how you normally would try to solve those equations: http://www.sosmath.com/soe/SE211105/SE211105.html
(I'd really love someone to solve it graphically.)
In photography, I learned, there are those 40 minutes after sunset (and before sunrise), which are called "the blue hour". During that time "red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the earth's surface" (wikipedia).
Many photographers love this time and I really understand why. Look at this photo, even a plain construction site looks amazing.
Street Photography - Today I was in Gothenburg at the central train station to try to shoot some street photography style pictures. It was really difficult because it was dark and people moved fast. After I went throug it a guy stopped my and told me that I'm not allowed to go around there and to take pictures of people and asked me to show him a written permisson that I'm allowed to take pictures there.
I explained to him that this is not true. And reading up about it now a little bit the only thing I can't do with my pictures is to use them as or within advertising.
Anyway, I'm still really bad at it so I won't be releasing many of my street photos yet. This one was todays best.
Yesterday it started to snow and I went out to shoot some photos. Seing me with my big ass cammera a coworker approached me and asked me to take a photo of her because it was her first snow ever and I guess she wanted to send some home :)
And obviously it's much more fun to shoot with models than just dead objects ;).
Today I was in Königsberg (in Franconia) to do some landscape photography.
Personally I really like that so many things are going on in this picture. The sun on the left which is glowing and making everything in the picture golden, The small town at the bottom. The fields with crops and the solar system in the middle. The hills on the horizon. The big wind turbines and the small clouds just above them. The "chemtrails" and their airplanes all over the sky. And as a last thing on the right the half-timbered house with its red roof.
I'm really excited, I finally bought a new camera! I wanted to go full frame so I had to invest a lot more money, but I am hoping this will be worth it. I just got it yesterday and I feel that I have to relearn a lot of things. But the picture quality is fenomenal and once I get used to it I'll beable to become a even better photographer.
Today I'm making a traditional Silesian thing which is kind of like a sausage but not really, the first step, and appearantelly the secret, is to make as a good soup as possible. The main ingrediance is a pigs head.
Every other week at work we gathe for a "fika" which is a special Swedish word which means 'having coffe' but not necessarily literarly coffe but often something sweet like cake and something to drink like coffe, tee or the like and just socialice for a short time like half an hour or something.
We do this in the platform team where I work at our custommers office with the people in the team. Se every other week someone else brings something and this week it was my turn.
I wanted to bring something special and I knew exactly what, it's in the picture and it's called "Kołocz z makiem" which is like a cake with poppy seeds and very popular in Upper Silecia where I am from. Mostly it is served on weddings and other big celebrations.
Sadly here in Sweden you only can get 25g packages of poppy seeds, while I needed 1kg of them, so I had to import them from Poland last time I was there.
Just for reference, I used this recipe: http://domowacukierniaewy.blox.pl/2013/11/Kolocz-z-makiem.html
Today we went to the University to talk to interested students who might want to do their master thesis together with us or perhaps even work with us. It was very interesting to see what people are looking for.
I always liked jazz, but never had bought a jazz album because I always thought it was good for a couple of minutes but then it was too exhausting to listen to for a longer period of time. But what you can see on the picture is officially the first jazz album I own.
Snarky Puppy's "Culcha Vulcha" which they released this year. This really resonates with me, it's jazz with many electronic instruments and it dances inbetween jazz, fusion jazz and pop but without a singer.
I found them because I listen to the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron who most often interviews comics but sometimes also musical artists. A couple of weeks ago he had David Crosby on, and he spoke very highly about Snarky Puppy so I checked them out on YouTube, where nowadays I find all my new music btw.
Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_XJ_s5IsQc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnNqHTVFk8c
The clock I had in the kitchen is still good but the paper with the numbers started curling and stopping the clock.
This is why I decided to make my own, and I have no idea what Warios brother is called.
Ok granted, it's not the biggest fish ever cought, but it is how I got it is the interesting story. After almost a week of hiking to the farest lakes in the mountains at one of the last days we geared up, new fishing lures were bought, we rented twe boats and went on a big lake.
Half of the day nothing. After we made fire on a island and Martin cooked an amazing goulash it started to rain, everything was wet but we didn't give up. On the hours long way back we didn't rush back to tho car, we played it cool, and it was really cool, the rain was pouring and the could wind was mercilessly whiping our faces.
Just about half an hour away from the car suddenly a "wohooo!!" from both bots, both of us who haven't had a fish yet got one at the exact same time! Coincidence? I don't know.
While I was watching the sunrise I saw a albino rendeer on the other side of the lake, it was still quite dark but through the lens of the camera I was able to see that it wasn't alone. I went to the other side but when they saw me they went away.
So I decided to go after them and it took me two hours to get close enough (and back to camp), but it was worth it because I crossed way with many herds like the one in the picture.
The last two days on the fells (which are mountains rising above the alpine tree line), sleeping outside by one of the many lakes. It took us about four hours to get there. In this picture we're about 15 minutes away from our destination, the lake you can see in the background.
After 4 hours of teamwork of 22 people we managed to transform 20 kg of meat into beautifully crafted sausages. Now they're grilled and we're enjoying them with Czech and German beer and some sauerkraut.
My IndieWebCamp t-shirt with the new logo arrived! But next time we need to get the logo vector files and do it in the EU. Because not only the shipping was more than the t-shirt but I also had to pay about 20 € in customs.
Yesterday I bought a new bicycle. I am more heavy than most people, so I had to get a more stable one. This one is an old Swedish brand called Skeppshult http://www.skeppshult.se/en with a steel frame and more stable spokes. I hope it will not break like the cheap bicycles which I bought before, where after one year I had to buy a new one. Now I saved some money before I bought this one because it was quite expensive, I payed 750 EUR.
The problem with imported Japanese Music is that it's difficult to remember the song names. In other news' my Maximum The Hormone CD arrived, it was really expensive, 35 EUR, but came with a comic book made by the guitar player, which I don't understand because it is in Japanese :p. But the music is so awesome it makes fully up for the high price :)
I've been drinking Yogi Tea since more than a decade ago, bit just a couple of days ago my sister told me that they have unique messages for you on every single tea bag. How could I have missed that for such a long time?
Nice, after an intence day at the IndieWebCamp here in Nuernberg I'm at my hotel to get my jacket, which got delivered to my hotel with the rest of my luggage after it got lost in Berlin. Now I'm on my way to http://www.barfuesser-nuernberg.de/ to meet the rest for a couple of franconian beers.
This was what I saw in front of the house when I came back from work today. Actually it was much more beautiful, I'm not a good enough photographer to get what I can see on film yet. I'm working on it.
Today I finally got d.notive's album "Sentinel" from Minneapolis! And let me tell you, if you're into 80'ies synth music, you'll love that! My favorite song is "Second Chances", if I had to guess I'd have guessed it's Dave Gahan singing. Check it out on Bandcamp: http://store.d.notive.cc/
I'm becoming better and better in photographing as the years go. It was the right decision to buy that used Nikon D5000 back then.
In this picture, my sister and her partner in front of the new house they just moved in.
Interesting, 3 different organizations waiting for refugees from Copenhagen. Red Cross, Islamic Relief, and the guy with the yellow doesn't have their name on the west.
Update: now I also saw people from Gothenburg citty with blue vests trying to find refugees. Interestingly I've never seen them finding any refugees coming by train, and I'm at the train station twice a day.
This year me and a couple of friends having a beer Advent Calendar. We're 4 people and everyone got to chose 6 beers. Now we drink one of those 24 every day and rate it on untapped. You can follow us there: https://untappd.com/user/jeena https://untappd.com/user/Kungfarsan https://untappd.com/user/Rude81 https://untappd.com/user/Mr_jocke81
So after 20 years we meet again Millencolin. Back then we were young and you played near my German home town in Schweinfurt. Now in your home land Sweden in Trollhättan. Back then you spoke English to the crowd and I barely understood. Now I got all your stand-up comedy jokes in your mother tongue. We both are much older, and I could see you were tired. But thanks for a nice evening full of memories, keep on rocking!
This is terrible, this is obviously a bug in FIFA 16 because this player is obviously offside but the referee didn't react on this. How many maches have I lost at work because of this bug? EA, you guys should really need to fix this.
I got me a jar of Marmite from Amazon because I heard a lot about it but you can't buy it here in Sweden. But gosh!!! This tastes so bad! Salty and a bit fruity at the same time. I heard that you eat it on bread like on the picture. I guess I need to do some online research.
About two years ago when I got my Nikon D5000 I went out and took this photo on the left. Then a couple of weeks ago Melisa asked if she was allowed to paint a painting of that photo, which she found on flickr. All my pictures are creative commons licensed so that's not a problem. Today I got mail from her that she is ready with a link to her blog where she posted it http://www.toadinaboat.com/2015/09/02/i-love-to-paint-animals/ You can see the result on the right. That's pretty awesome work I'd say.
I have many good action pictures from the rodeo so I'll be posting them from time to time.
Here one guy went under the bull with his head, good thing he had a helmet on, otherwise this could have ended differently.
It is super difficult to capture it in a picture, but I can attest that the nature in Oregon, USA is breathtaking! Here we were driving down the coast and stopped at a viewpoint. I had to stay and just watch the scenery for a couple of minutes, I couldn't get enough.
I have to say that I really love how they design and build their single-family houses here in the US. There is always an awesome veranda in the front where they often have a couch and drink beer with the neighbours. And there obviously is a backyard at the back where you can have your children play safely.
Americans seem to use the offered facilities a lot more often than you'd see back home. There are almost always people playing something outside. So at least here in Portland OR the prejustice about the fat coutch potato american seems to to hold up.
Interesting how different the pub culture is in Portland, we're sitting in a breweries own beer garden where they serve only their own brewed beer. They even sell a lot of weird sour beer. Still I counted and There 27 women here and only 17 man.
Today after work I went to the Mississippi Marktetplace here in Portland to get some more vegan food from http://thenativebowl.com which sadly already closed at 4pm. But on the left of it there was a vegan smoked barbeque where I got this burger like thing which tasted really smoked.
Best food I've eaten in Portland yet! I just was at this vegan restaurant Aaron http://aaronparecki.com/ recommended. It had real and different flavors, not just grease as most of the things I had here in Portland before. I'm definitely impressed an will test the other vegan restaurants he has on his list https://foursquare.com/aaronpk/list/patio-dining
Yesterday was Buddhas birthday so we went to the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul to celebrate it. It was beautifully decorated with thousends of laterns, as seen in the background, but also they build those awesome big statues out of paper with light in them. There were at least 80 of them and they showed stations in Buddhas life.
In the middle of Seoul there is the small Bukchon Hanok Village where they still have the traditional houses with the funny roofs and everything. People still live there, even though it is a tourist attraction.
There are really many cafes in Seoul, and one particular thing stands out they have them (but also restaurants) often at the 1st floor of a building but it is often quite warm so they still want you to feel like you'd be outside. What they do is to build in really humangous windows which they can fully open like in this picture.
My parents got themselves a Photovoltaic system for their 60th birthday so they can generate their own electric power. In combination with the new Tesla home battery they could start living off the grid which is sooo cool! I'm really jealous and proud that they invest in our all future! Just awesme!
It took me a week to do it but finally I got Firefox OS on my Nexus 5 installed. I compiled it from the master branch and it is really buggy, but my own app FeedMonkey works like a charm on the newest version. I'm satisfied.
We had a christmas table yesterday at work and secret santa, where you get assined randomely one person you buy a gift for (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_Santa) for at most 100 SEK. And I won 1000 SEK for the best present, wohoo! I bought beef for 95 SEK and dried it for one week like I describe here https://jeena.net/air-dried-ham and it looked then something like https://jeena.net/photos/39
I got me some Spirytus from Poland that is highly concentrated ethanol which has been purified by means of repeated distillation. It contains 95% alcohol by volume. You can drink it pure but you have to be really really careful. I flavor it with sloes after the first frost and sugar, it makes a delicious liqueur.
Cool stuff, someone was really working and extending my basic desktop feed reader FeedTheMonkey, he or she added starring and publishing with nice icons and stuff. I even got some inspiration on how to make my version better. It is a pitty that they never send a pull request. https://github.com/faouzzz/feedthemonkey/commit/7bcf9cfd534113fc1797a37ec5258824988ba089
Just build the podcast app I'm using on Android from source and got it running on the Emulator. Perhaps now I will be able to fix some of the bugs which have bugged me from the beginning. Free software yay! It is called AntennaPod btw.
Every once in a while one or another friend of mine sends me a photo where they photoshopped me into something, which is really fun :D See also:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeena/995797773/ or https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeena/3222825482/ or https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeena/14592392737/
My internet provider here in Sweden is @Bredband2 (http://www.bredband2.com/) and I am paying them for 100 Mbps down and 100 Mbps up. Now I tested it and I have almost 200 Mbps upload speed which is very cool! The only thing I am still missing is IPv6.
My tomatoes are still growing, I'm trying to get them out in the sun a lot but we had very strong winds lately. Check out the picture in original size (click on it and then again) it is amazing how much hair this plant has.