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Letters from Germany

Carless on tour with my Burley Travoy

My first Trip to a rehearsal with “Orgelnauten” by bike. All my percussion gear packed on my new Burley Travoy. Since I changed from a traditional drum kit to my cajon kit, I dreamed about traveling to gigs and rehearsals by bike, at least in my neighbourhood. I thought about buying a cargo bike, but turned that idea down. Firstly, because I have to carry my bike down into the cellar, and I’m not that young to lift 30 or 40 kilogram the stairs up and down on a daily basis. Secondly, because I simply love my trusty old Kettler Alu Rad (Kettler Alloy Bike?). It weighs less than 15 kilogram and rides like a dream.

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WordPress local with XAMPP

My new online project is to build static websites with WordPress. Just to see if it can be a viable alternative to the light Typesetter CMS, which I’m currently using for some static websites. For that I needed a local server on my Linux Mint machine. On Linux you can choose between two alternatives: The first is called LAMPP, a locally installed server package with an Apache2 server MySQL and PHP. That demands an endless number of entrys on the command line – with uncertain results. Not my path. I chose XAMPP, a solution with graphical interface, that brings you Apache, MySQL, PHP and PHPMyadmin by just a few clicks. I found an howto at Squarenoid, which worked for me, with some minor supplements:

After Installing XAMPP I had to create a new database for my project before installing WordPress. It’s a doodle in PHPMyadmin. After installing XAMPP and WordPress, I was shutting down my computer. Restarting the machine brought a bad surprise: I couldn’t connect to my server nor my WordPress installation. Solution: I had to restart my server manually.

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Welcome Gutenberg

Did you enjoy my picture gallery from the Bode Museum? A place, we all are hopefully soon be allowed to visit again. Propably that was the last blog post with the classic editor of WordPress. I’m resolved to switch to the new editor Gutenberg. Gutenberg is the future of WordPress. There is no use in tethering with something, that will be a dead end street any time soon.

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Falling in Love with Ludwig van Beethoven

The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D-Major op.61 is the right music to fall in love with Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born 250 years ago.

Governments all over Europe are loosening restrictions of the corona lockdown these days. Step by step, but hardly in time for Ludwig van Beethoven. The great german composer was born in Bonn on December 17, 1770. Not only his hometown has announced many events to celebrate his 250th birthday. But the epidemic rules put an end to all plans. Beethoven in empty opera houses and concert halls? Inconceivably. My personal favourite in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Oeuvre is the Violin Concert. It has no number like Beethoven’s symphonies. It is the one and only Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D-Major by Ludwig van Beethoven and a masterpiece of pure grace and beauty. Continue reading

The Toilet Paper Mystery

My wife and me, we finally got it. We got hold of a new pack of toilet paper. 16 rolls of three-ply Toilet Paper from a well known brand. To tell the truth, we don’t matter how many layers of paper are seperating us from our excretions. And we don’t care which brand we wipe our butts with. honestly speaking we even don’t need new toilet paper at all. We still had 16 rolls in stock. Enough for a lot of bowel movements in a two-person household. But you can’t rely on that in these days. Continue reading

Germany avoids the shutdown

It was a soft brake, what chancellor Angela Merkel today reported to the public. From Monday on germans are not allowed to gather in public. We can still go out, but only alone or with somebody we share our life with. And we have to keep a safe distance of 1,5 meters from each other. Police officers are instructed to have a look on that. Those who won’t pay attention to this take a risk to be fined.

This rule and many others are already in force in some federal states. But from Monday on we have a nationwide uniform regulation how to deal with the corona pandemy. At least more or less. Because some cities like Freiburg have stricter rules. But we will still be allowed to go to work or shopping for food or medicine. This agreement among the 16 federal states avoids a shutdown like in other countries. The federal government and most state governments are still reluctant to take such a measure.

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