funny lessons for the working life

Lesson One

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.
A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him
"Can I also sit like you and do nothing?"
The eagle answered:
"Sure, why not."
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested.
All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit And ate it.

Management Lesson:

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.


Lesson Two

A turkey was chatting with a bull.
"I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy".
"Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull. "They're packed with nutrients."
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch
of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night,
he was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Management Lesson:

Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.


Lesson Three

A little bird was flying south for the winter.
It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow
came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to
realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy,
and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following
the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Management Lesson:

(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

This ends your two minute management course.

I found this one here!

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Grad habe ich mir den Film Memento angeschaut und ich muss sagen, dass er sehr gut ist, wobei er auch sehr verwirrend ist.
Der Hauptdarsteller hat sein Kurzzeitgedächtnis verloren. Und muss sich immer alles aufschreiben und fotografieren. Das Problem ist, dass er den Mörder seiner Frau sucht und umbringen will. Ohne Gedächtnis ist es nur schwer möglich und grad zum Schluss endet der Film für mich etwas unklar. Wer hat da wen gegeneinander ausgespielt? Teddy, Natalie und Leonard sind sehr undurchsichtig und der Plot ist so, als wenn jeder gegen jeden intrigiert.
Sehr verwirrend. Aber der Stil hat mir gefallen. Man sieht ganz am Anfang den Schluss und dann immer wieder Szenen, die in der Zeit zurückgehen. Bis man quasi am Anfang der Episode ist.
Da aber Widersprüche in der Darstellung auftreten, weiß man gar nicht wer jetzt recht hat und an was man glauben soll, aber vielleicht ist das auch der große Sinn des Filmes, das man sich immer seine Scheinwelt aufbaut in der alles stimmig sein muss.
Na ja, wieder mal was zum nachdenken und vielleicht muss man den Film einfach noch mal anschauen, damit man ihn versteht.

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21 Grams

Tuesday is movie day at least in the village cinemas in Melbourne so we went to the movies this night. And watched "21 grams".
To begin with the conclusion: this film is great. It is very sad, but great and I liked it very much. It makes you think a lot. Its about three men (or couples) and the connection between them.
One of them hits the other in a car accident and kills him. But this saves the live of the third one who needed a heart donation.
The film reflects different extreme situations in life and what living is worth. 21 grams.
I did not like the many timeshifts in it, but I guess after Pulp Fiction got popular with this every film copies it.
Nevermind. All in all I can recommend this movie. It made me think a lot about life and the deeper meaning of it.

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Simpson Archive

Just came across the Simpson Archive where you can find all the answers you want to know about my beloved Simpsons.
Actually the Simpsons is the only TV show that I watch and I think can watch forever.
It is just the problem, that I have seen most of them already at least twice so it gets a bit boring, but anyway the jokes are great and the plots outstanding.
Looking forward to make a Simpson video night in Germany, when I am back home.

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Folding - jeden Tag eine gute Tat

Hey, what is your PC doing while you are surfing in the net or reading a document?
he is 90% idle, doing nothing, waiting for some real work. That is embarrassing, or? But you can change that. There is a project called Folding, operated from the Stanford university where your computing power is used for research on folding proteins which can be useful for cancer research etc.
So go to Folding and get your work packages today. Your PC will love you for the work. And you won't feel any difference since when u need the power of you machine you will get it. But if you are not using the power Folding will take it.
That's fair enough, or?
You can see my stats and the one's of team Germany.
"Jeden Tag eine gute Tat", as we say in German.

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Midsumma Melbourne

Today we went to the biggest queer gettogether in Melbourne, the Midsumma Carneval 2004. Since I went there with Ralf and Juri we made a good appearence as gay lovers ;)
It was really amazing to see the gay and lesbian community, a lot styled and it was a bit like "schaulaufen" as we say in German. But we enjoyed it and saw some nice dancing and singing performances. I felt a bit like being at a CSD in Germany. And I already look forward to go on the next CSD, since it is very interesting to watch the community and how most of them know each other and how many of them dress up. And for a heterosexual it is interesting to look and some of the behaviour is really different.

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Eclipse M7

Eclipse M7 is out.
I downloaded it already and the new features it has are not too bad. I will give it a try on Monday (working day which is better than a weekend, or?)
Let's see if it rocks as usual. And it is really amazing how the eclipse group manages to ship their releases always in time.
(continued on Monday ...)
The really rocking feature is the backward compatibility with old plugins. So from now on you can run all your beloved old plugins even from 2.1 in the new Eclipse.
That is really amazing and kicks ass.
And I finally made it to use an external workspace, so I do not have to import all the setup stuff with every new eclipse. It is very simple, I only needed to create a shortcut of the eclipse.exe and insert into the target field something like
C:\dev\eclipse\eclipse.exe -data C:\dev\workspace
And all coding styles and other adjustments are available with the new eclipse. That is really great and I wonder how I managed it before.
The next thing I really love is the "Mark locations of thrown exceptions". I really hated it to look in the code where this exception might be thrown to write a javadoc comment for it. This feature makes it now fairly easy. The only drawback is that you have to adjust the default settings to do so, but since Eclipse is very well documented this is ok.
It is also nice to click into a variable and then get the occurences highlighted.
mmhh, I really love this tool now. But I must admit that I haven't looked at IDEA since its 3.0 release and never ever looked at netbeans.
But I am so happy with eclipse now that I do not want to change my tool of choice.

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Surfing at Point Leo

Today we went surfing at Point Leo which is about 1 hour drive from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
The weather today was very good, a bit too good actually, since it was damn hot and nearly no wind. So it was not the best weather for surfing, but anyway we went there, got a couple of cheap boards for hire and took of into the water.
The waves were very strange and coming seldom and irregular so we had not a lot of fun out there. I managed at least to catch two white water waves. At least something.
After that we went home and now my nipples hurt form the paddling on the board. Autsch.
The rest of the day we just hang out around here. What a lovely Saturday. ;)

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Nudeln mit Zuccini (4 personen)

Ein leckeres Rezept, welches die Eva öfters gekocht hat und sehr, sehr lecker ist und dabei auch noch sehr schnell gemacht ist:

500g Nudeln
1 Zwiebel in Olivenöl anbraten
500g Zucchini klein schneiden und zu den Zwiebeln in eine Pfanne geben
2 Brühwürfel zerbröseln und in die Pfanne rein
200g Schmand
mit Salz, Pfeffer und Knoblauch würzen

Ich kann mich kaum sattessen, so lecker ist es.
Danke Eva für das leckere Rezept.

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Grampians and Great Ocean Road

Last weekend was one of travelling again.
Juri and I went on friday evening to the Grampians. This is a beautiful and big national park 300 km. West of Melbourne.
After arriving there late in the evening we fall asleep quite fast and had a good rest at Tim's Place for the coming day. First we went on a hiking tour for 10 km.
We started right in the town (50 houses or so) of Halls Gap and went to the venus bath, some falls, grand canyon, and the pinnacle lockout, where we had an amazing view over an ocean of woods.
This bush walk took us 5 hours and Juri and I had a lot of fun and enjoyed the quietness and the nature. On this track we only met like 15 people. So it was a quite walk. But we were lucky and even saw some wallabies hopping on our way through the bushes.
In the afternoon we went to an aborigine shelter with wall paintings, but it was nothing special and I cannot recommend it. But after that we saw some Kangaroos and another beautiful waterfall and for sunset we have been at the balconies.
These balconies looked especially good with the red light of the setting sun.
On Sunday we had after another lookout and another waterfall enough of walking around in the Grampians and decided to make the three hour drive down to the coast and the Great Ocean Road.
We just visited the western part of it with the Bay of Island and the London Bridge and some other beautiful and amazing stone formations. But at the end we were exhausted by the lot of sight seeing. Therefore we headed home after a quick look at the twelve apostel and happily arrived at home sweet home on Sunday evening.
It is really great to be a whole weekend without a PC and just walking around in the nature. I just missed my girlfriend Desiree a lot. It would have been an even nicer weekend with her around, but nothing is perfect. I am already looking forward to travel around Australia with her one day. Or maybe with my parents. They would definitely like it as well.
Pictures from this trip can be found at my pics (Grampians)

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how to found your own company

Since I started my university studies in 1999 I consider founding a company somewhen.
After learning some lessons with the Mitfeierzentrale and at the start up MojoKnows I still think about this option.
Therefore the reading of Getting Started with Your Own Software Company from Eric Sink was very interesting to me and he points out some issues very clear and with a nice portion of humor, like:

  • In your first 40 hours per week, build custom software or websites for other companies. Charge them enough money to pay your expenses.
  • In your other 40 hours per week, work on building your product.

    After the product is released and its revenues start to grow, you can gradually stop taking contracting gigs.
    If this sounds like a lot of hard work, you are absolutely right. If that sounds unappealing, keep your job.

    So, who wants to start one ... ?

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