• Book review: Perls of Wisdom

    On the website of my side business, Freistil-Consulting, I just posted my review (in German language) of Randall Schwartz's book "Perls of Wisdom".

    The book is a collection of articles that Merlyn wrote for print and online magazines during the last decade. My verdict: While those articles are easy to read piece by piece and permit focusing on one special aspect of Perl programming at a time, you can find similar writeups on the internet for free. And some of the articles are even outdated, which the author himself hints at in more than one article preface. If those articles that really are likely to close some knowledge gaps (like the ones on Object-oriented Perl) are worth the 30 Euro, the prospective reader should decide carefully.

  • Blognation Ireland goes online

    Blognation is growing further. After hiring Nicole Simon and Marcus Spath as their German startup correspondents, the site now also covers the Irish Web 2.0 entrepreneurs In his inaugural post, Damien Mulley lists some of the most interesting Web 2.0 companies in Ireland with their products, such as

    Seems like Ireland is, in terms of startup ideas, a rich country. I'll certainly keep an eye on Blognation Ireland as a preparation for the time I may have to look for a job over there.

  • A cause worth fighting for

    I've been in love with computer animation since my VIC-20 in 1984. "A Gentlemen's Duel" is a bit more sophisticated than the animations of that time, and a lot funnier:


  • Fatblogging: 93

    You don't need to do the math: I've lost 7 kg so far. The secret of my recent weight loss: mountain hiking burns lots, lots, lots of calories! Just make sure you refill at least as much is needed to keep upright. :-)

    Carolin and I loved the hiking so much that we decided to do some more over the summer. We're living right in Black Forest after all, so it really isn't hard to find a slopy way to use our new hiking boots for some hours. We won't climb summits, but we'll enjoy nature, spend time together and burn away unnecessary weight.

    For the first time after the mountain tour, I went running this morning. I had to take a short break after 15 minutes, but I'm sure to be in shape to keep running for half an hour soon, even in the hillside. If my knees don't act up. Update: I just found RunningMap and immediately documented my route

    So, everything is fine on the health front. Bye bye, belly fat!

  • Gave in to the temptation known as Facebook

    First, there was Twitter And it became the first networking tool I really used intensively. But it also became my micro blogging platform that has a negative impact on my blogging frequency to this day.

    Then, the Facebook hype started. I knew Facebook since I started having contacts in Ireland because Facebook and Bebo are the biggest social platforms for students there. But because my college times are 10 years gone, my interest soon vanished. Over the recent weeks, it was rekindled, though, with Facebook taking the world of non-students by storm. Heavily connected to the world of German early adopters via Twitter, I watched everyone proclaiming their Facebook account. Still, I resisted. Did I really need another distraction, especially if this new social time waster is a walled garden that doesn't allow peeks from the outside? Furthermore, on XING, I already am a member of a business networking platform.

    Well, I couldn't stand the virtual peer pressure any more. I now have a Facebook account and started build my friends list.

    Of course, I found a way to rationalize this step: Facebook will be my international networking platform where I can foster my contacts all over the world. This way, it will be a fine complement to Twitter.

    As the Ninja says: I'm looking forward to friending you soon! Yee-Ya!