In town

Ich war am Nationalfeiertag in der Stadt, Leute und Sachen anschauen – glückliche Leute, die sich freuen, wenn sie Panzer sehen (und ich meine das ernst).

Es gab für die Kinder sogar Gasluftballons in Kampfjet-Form, für die Erwachsenen gab es:

Außerdem konnte man ins Kanzleramt, was auch von sehr vielen Besuchern genutzt wurde, es gab eine lange Schlange vor dem Eingang.

Auf dem Weg zu meinem nächsten Tagesziel habe ich ein wenig die Gebäude über Augenhöhe betrachtet.

Danach gab es bei der Privacy Week spannende Vorträge, z.B. Maximilian Schrems‘ detaillierte Erfahrungen mit Klagen gegen Facebook.

 

Die Nacht endete schließlich mit lieben Leuten in einem Lokal, welches unter einem mächtigen Minderwertigkeitskomplex leidet.

 

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I ventured into town on National Day to do some people watching – we truly are the lucky ones, people who have no reason to be afraid of seeing tanks.

Kids ran around holding balloons shaped like fighter jets, adults got to see the adult version:

People could tour the chancellery, and it was nice to see that many took this opportunity even when they had to queue at the entrance.

On the way to my next stop I paid attention to the upstairs a bit.

At Privacy Week people were already enjoying exiting talks, such as Maximilian Schrems presenting his detailed experience with suing Facebook.

 

Afterwards I met some lovely people I haven’t seen for a long time, and the night ended in a place with a tremendous inferiority complex.

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Savage

Last night we, the Amphi squad, took ourselves to see Gary Numan during his Savage tour – what a great concert and performance!

 

I was too preoccupied with dancing, so this is the only picture of the night – travelling home at night with a happy, blurry mind.

I’ve been to Andromeda

Since the Mass Effect trilogy had regaled me with many a happy/excited/angry hour, I found time to continue space travel with the newest addition to the franchise: Mass Effect Andromeda.

Spoilers will follow.

Space.

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I enjoyed this game a lot. Pacing was quite good, and the main story developed naturally, which included getting to know your possible companions on the way – so no need for reading walkthroughs there to find them all.

I even enjoyed most of the obligatory fetch quests since the NPCs are written and voiced so well; a compliment which I gladly extend to how the companions have been executed: since you spend a lot of time driving around in your land vehicle together with your companions after raiding ancient vaults, it’s really a blessing to listen to their various chatter which made me laugh out loud many times. 
I equally liked to run with Vetra (turian), Drack (krogan), Cora (human) and Jaal (angara) – Peebee, the asari, seems to be a fan favourite but her whole “Indiana Jones on cocaine” behaviour was too over-the-top for my taste, and I also didn’t interact much with Liam (human).
Vetra, Drack, Cora and Jaal each have a lot of background story – Vetra is taking care of her little sister while running black-market activities on the side. She had to survive tough shit to keep herself and her sister going, and is fiercely loyal to those she considers friends/family.
Drack, a grumpy old warrior who has seen metric fucktonnes of shit go down in his time (he’s been around since the genophage, after all), rightfully calls everyone “kid”. He has his hearts in the right place though as I learned when he told me about how, after being wounded and hurting and ready to give up, someone dropped a little child in his lap which made him a granddad. And yes, I do want him to yell “get off my lawn” while firing warning shots from his Ruzad.
Cora is a tie to the Pathfinder’s father as she was his second-in-command. She is also trained as an Asari commando and thus quite biotically enabled.
Jaal is a member of the new race encountered in the Andromeda galaxy. He joins the squad even if the angaran leader does not trust the Initiative at all, and proves to be a loyal ally who is eager to learn more about the aliens who dropped into his home system unexpectedly.

I also enjoyed interacting with my ship’s crew a lot.

Image 1: My Pathfinder having tea with Dr. Anwar on board of the Tempest.

 

I won’t summarise the story since there are enough articles out there doing that far better than I could, I will just say that I enjoyed how events unfolded, it felt epic and kept me losing lots and lots of sleep since it was hard to stop.

 

Yes, story and characters are important for me, but I’ll say a few words about the other aspects of the game as well.

Graphics are glorious, the planets are diverse and a pleasure to look at. The combat system works well except the auto-cover (on console at least), and I was particularly happy to see that Ryder is not limited to a single class anymore: one can level up all capabilities – soldier, biotic, tech – equally and quickly switch between selected profiles to get different bonuses (and yes, the story explains how that works). I however as a devout disciple of the Church of Eternal Space Witch/Wizard had a lot of fun with my vanguard build – Charge gets you anywhere you want, and fast, plus you also get some nice combo primers from your companions.

*sigh* It’s been three days since I finished the main quest, and I already miss the galaxy. Hopefully Bioware will decide to work on a sequel at some point in time.

 

Image 2: down the gravity well she goes

 

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Tea party

I channeled elegant gothic lolita aristocrat vampire romance and attended a wonderful gothic lolita tea party, with a fashion show by Haenuli and shops like MissDanger and I do declare. None of my friends recognised me at first because of my temporary blondness :)

Among many other lovely people, I met Millarca there and we got a souvenir photo:

JSK, OTK, bat bag (barely made it into pic), choker, headdress: Moi-meme-moitie
part of headpiece: AatP
ankh necklace: Alchemy Gothic
shoes: Demonia

 

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In da Kuchl/in the kitchen

Mir war nach Reindling, traditionell gemacht in einem 2L Reindl von Riess.

Das schneckenförmige Einrollen üben wir noch.

 

Fertig gebacken fast doppelt so hoch.

 

Alles was nicht im Magen verstaut wurde.

 

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Traditional soul food: Reindling.

I got a pretty saucepan of suitable size for this treat from Riess.

The recipe says to roll the filled dough in a spiral, I’ll practice that some more. But it turned out fine after 50min of gentle baking, and we plan to finish eating the remains soon.

 

 

Saving money IV

I try to have a cohesive wardrobe, but sometimes I get sidetracked by things. By writing about them I try to get the need out of my system :)

 

AatP winery JSK II in black

Grapes, casks, squirrels – the bears weren’t necessary, but that’s just my opinion.

However that drinking angel is just cute:

 

 

And an alltime favourite item:

Btssb Usakumya, staring into your soul

It’s adorable and creepy, but I’d very rarely use it.

 

Come to think of it, maybe I’d use it with the winebear dress :)

Hiding in black

This WGT’s picnic was haunted by people with cameras (and not even the real ones, they used phone cams). So for next year I’m going to camouflage myself a bit better, using:

I am planning a dark twin to the snowcoco gown, possibly with a short and a long skirt to go with. Maybe a zone gown like this one would be nice – here’s an historical example: zone gown, anyone? This two-colour gown is also pretty.

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I’ve been a fan of Tim Minchin’s songs for a while. Today a coworker sent me this inspirational speech he did in 2013, for a graduation ceremony.

My favourite quotes:

 

We didn’t evolve to be constantly content. Contented Australophithecus Afarensis got eaten before passing on their genes.

You are lucky to be here. You were incalculably lucky to be born, and incredibly lucky to be brought up by a nice family that helped you get educated and encouraged you to go to Uni. Or if you were born into a horrible family, that’s unlucky and you have my sympathy… but you were still lucky: lucky that you happened to be made of the sort of DNA that made the sort of brain which – when placed in a horrible childhood environment – would make decisions that meant you ended up, eventually, graduating Uni.

“There is an inverse correlation between depression and exercise.

“A famous bon mot asserts that opinions are like arse-holes, in that everyone has one. There is great wisdom in this… but I would add that opinions differ significantly from arse-holes, in that yours should be constantly and thoroughly examined.”

Science is not a body of knowledge nor a system of belief; it is just a term which describes humankind’s incremental acquisition of understanding through observation. Science is awesome.

“Don’t take for granted your education. Rejoice in what you learn, and spray it. “

“Be demonstrative and generous in your praise of those you admire. Send thank-you cards and give standing ovations. Be pro-stuff, not just anti-stuff.”

“I don’t care if you’re the most powerful cat in the room, I will judge you on how you treat the least powerful.

 

Thank you, Tim Minchin!