Beauty Helps

I am firmly convinced that beauty is a remedy, and can be found in nearly anything, be it naturally or man made. I am not sure about the qualities of beauty, I think harmony, style et al. are “applied” beauty, beauty in action so to say. It has the ability to console, to solace humans, what is a very wanted quality.
The pianist Paul LEWIS (Ger., Eng.) performs Bagatelle op. 119 no. 1 by Ludwig van. Nearly two minutes and thirty seconds of applied remedy.

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Yes, I am back in Franconia, school started, work started, I’m driving alone through a wonderful autumn. Blogging will be resumed, things will settle in, einschuggeln

Beer, Virus, Glasses

I am in a chatty mood today. I bought some beer from foreign places. Some weeks ago a friend invited me to dinner, and we went to a place that offers Chinese food. I never have been to China, or Asia in general, so I have no idea whether the food offered here in Europe as “Chinese”, “Asian”, Thai” etc. is really something people in those countries or regions actually do eat. What is sold here may well be adapted to a common “European” taste. On their menue I found Korean beer, and ordered a bottle. The stuff was actually manufactured in Germany, a normal, nondescript “Pils”, drinkable, not bad, just a beer.
But today I bought beer from China – it seems that the big steamers now do arrive in Europe again : Brewed & bottled in Qingdao (Ger., Eng.) in a brewery established in 1903, when the city was a German colony. It contained only a very small amount of rice (3 %). I wonder if in other former German colonies also breweries can be found. It was a very pale, and “light” brew, nicely drinkable, less than 5 % alcohol. Just serve well cooled.
Out of pure curiosity I also bought a Belgian brew, something I usually avoid at all costs, simply because these people throw anything into their beer that can not run away : Rice, sugar, colour, more yeast, even chocolate. In my experience Belgian beer is synonym with headaches of the very bad sort. They produce these concoctions of course with a little more uumph than usual. So the “exceptionally rich and complex flavour palette” comes with more than 10 % alcohol. It is called “Gulden Draak” (Eng.) and comes in very small bottles. Two are enough, seriously.

In circa two weeks the new school year will start, it seems that for me nothing changes – same route, same children. We will have to start twenty minutes earlier than last year, so it nearly equals what we had before the pandemic. The virus’ “numbers” are all going upwards around here, it will be interesting to see if, and when yes, what, will be changed. Presumably nothing.
I have not read about the last “findings” of the virus’ origins, and frankly, I am inclined to doubt anything in this respect that comes from a stately source, be it USAmerican, or Chinese, or else.
I can not forget this article on Reuters from last year, nevertheless I do not know what to make out of it. I vaguely remember that the French also reported a virus related death from late 2019. Whatever it means, I hope someone will piece it together one day.
All I am interested in is that no one of the people I love gets infected, and that I meself do not infect nobody. If that means, I am the odd one with the mask, so be it. Surely I will not use something that is made for de-worming cattle as a medication.

I spent too much time on news sites these days, of course I could not escape the last effort of Mr West, who seemingly found something he calls “Jesus”. What I heard on youtube, and other occasions, was bombastically boring ; someone should tell him that the only person, who gets away with supersized glasses on this planet, is Ms Apfel, happy hundredth by the way.
Enough of this. Sorry for having bored you for another five minutes or so. Let’s finish with The Pylon of the Month, August 2021, here.

Look, Wonder, Press Delete

When you have to tinker with your computer on the operating system level, it is recommended to make a “backup” before all gets lost. A “backup” is generally a good idea, and yes we all dutifully do create the regular safety copies, of course … Of course not, whom am I kidding ?
I copied a lot of stuff that had amassed since I bought “Hulk”, then I worked through it and decided what to keep on the newly set up machine. For example, tons of youtube links had to go : The stuff is on youtube, I never have looked at these links again. What I kept are some channels by people who share a similar taste of music, or who specialised in certain fields, like e.g. baroque music, or 20th century composers. These channels are good starting points for searching a Sunday Music.
Then there were texts in various stages of development that never will be finished, not needed photographs / images, obscure downloads ; I found two mp3–files (in one a young man explains some equipment to me, in the other a foreigner with an accent speaks nonsense), but wordpress in its wisdom does not allow its non profit generating users to upload audio formats, tah !
An of course tons of links for unrealised posts. For example I once wanted to visit car museums, like those of Mercedes or Toyota (German examples here ; worth a look, the Schlumpf collection). Because of the pandemic many museums went online, the Smithsonian provided a nice starting point, for the Louvre someone already put a tour together. And on & on. At least I brought it down to two lists of unsorted bookmarks, or one very long one. With the right thinning-the-herd-attitude I should be able to reduce this significantly. Solve et coagula applies in any circumstance …

Some Computer Blah

If you do not have problems – go, create ! I am sure that someone used or uses this “go, create” slogan, but I have no idea who, and am not in the mood to look for it.
Some years ago our friend gave me a marvellous little portable computer that helped me with an assignment ; it worked well, but sadly died one day. I helped myself with some museum-worthy machines until I bought the one I have now – not exactly small, not portable, let’s call it Hulk.
The merchant I bought it from, was glad to see Hulk go, and gave me for free a second hard drive, and a disk writer, one of the I-write-on-everything-sort, very useful.
Sadly Hulk came without operating system. I had already a longer flirt with linux, and decided to give it a chance. I opted for a lightweight system, kde based, called “chakra”. It all went well, until after some years of carefree computing I started to run into trouble. I wanted to change something regarding software, and it did not work, public keys for pgp were not intact, or missing. Then I started to get messages from websites telling me that my browser is too old to be useful, a lot of sites asked me to please update whatever I was using. I dutifully looked at the forum etc. and found that I am not the only one with these problems. For whatever reason(s), the solutions I found did not work. Someone even said that “chakra” now is “abandoned”.
I think it is a normal story : Some people voluntarily – and I can not emphasise this enough : voluntarily – created a working system, kept it going, and as life goes on, finally found not the time for the effort any more, or maybe, became frustrated (I read some demanding messages in various fora over the years, some users forget that they did not buy a product). To make a long story short, it became a bit too much with the problems.
I again looked around for an operating system that would run on Hulk, who did not get younger either. This time I wanted to be sure that there is support available that is not some guy’s rambling comment with some command lines interspersed. I am not afraid of command lines, but we moved on, today I prefer one-click-solutions. Also installing should not lead to another night wasted on brain-knotting logic exercises (if I click this box here, and opt for “no” there, then …).
The solution is “Ubuntu Mate“. The company behind “ubuntu” is around for some years, has no plans to go away, long term support is secured at least until 2023. I burnt a cd, tried it out, and was happy with what I saw. Then I bulldozed over the assigned hard drive recklessly : It felt strangely satisfying. Wann’s mehr ‘ned braucht’ …