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Throwback Thursday: Ghost bike

 

I’m not living in an area where riding a bike is that common, because I live in a mountainous region. Even in my state, we have a couple of cities and regions where biking is extremely popular. Despite in the cities and regions, where biking is normal, the streets are equipped with bike roads, and so on, accidents happen there as well as in other regions. Usually, the remains from such an accident are removed quite fast. So, you can’t notice it after a few days. Sometimes you can late find it only as records in the insurance or court files.

From movies and music videos, I knew the idea of setting up a ghost bike as a memorial. But, I haven’t seen one here in Germany. Neither in the regions where biking is popular nor in the region, where I live. About 3 or 4 years ago, I spotted one beside a street in a biking region. Unfortunately, it was impossible to stop. Earlier this year I spotted one in one of our neighboring towns. It’s on the side of a 4 lane main road. Especially at rush hour, the cars queue up and traffic jams are not a rare occurrence. The sign near the saddle gives us a little information about the victim who died here at the age of 47.

I managed to stop and take a photo on an early Sunday morning when coming back from a sunrise photo trip. The road is divided by a platform here, where I was safe to take a photo with a telephoto lens. I waited a couple of minutes to have a moving car in the frame to stress the idea of a bike hitten by a car. Accidentally catching a red one was perfect.

Take care!

 

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Throwback Thursday: An April’s fool?

I don’t know if you’re familiar with the idea of an April’s fool, but I’m very interested in your responses regardless if you’re familiar with it or not. Here it’s quite common to ‘send one into April’ (In den April schicken) as the term is literally translated from German. It’s telling a story that might be true, but when the recipient follows the instructions she got, she will see, it was a fool. Then, the sender proofs it with “April, April!”.

The editor of a computer magazine fooled their reader a couple of years ago, with a listing of program code containing a lot of machine code. In those days it was not something unusual to print such a listing instead of offering it for download. The background story for that listing was, a research group were been able to reverse the computer screen’s cable and convert the CRT screen into a scanner. The paper to be scanned should be backlit by a simple desk lamp. By using the computer program printed in the magazine the paper would have been scanned and stored as an image on the hard disk.

I didn’t believe that story. But, many people did. They typed down the listing, started the program and saw the output of the program on their screen. Instead of scanning something, the words “April, April!” were printed on the screen. A perfect April’s fool!

So, news have to be proof-checked more carefully as usual on April 1st.

I don’t want to send you into April. But, I want to encourage your mind to find out, what’s in the above image! Later this week, I’m posting an update here in the post with the result.

When freshmen start in their first job as an apprentice, they are also often fooled. They were often told to fetch a certain tool or material from the storage or even a so-called partner-company on the other side of the town. There they get something very heavy to bring back to their boss. I guess, this habit is also derived from April’s fool, because, in the old days, apprenticeships started on April 1st.

These are a few examples:

Banker:

  • get a Saldenziehzange = Zange um den Saldo zu ziehen = pair of tongs for balancing an account
  • Zinsfuß = old term meaning the interest rate

garage mechanics:

  • Kolbenrückholfeder = spring for pulling back the piston inside the cylinders of an engine

Manson, carpenter, …

  • Ersatzluftblase für die Wasserwaage = replacement airbubble for the water level

chemistry:

  • Benzolring (it’s a pun on words because we have the ring-shaped molecule named Benzol but in German, it can also mean a ring made of benzol)

I guess you got the idea. Some more of these fools can be found in the German Wikipedia. If these habits are common in your area, I’m also interested in hearing them. Please tell me a bit in the comments.

The idea is, a freshman might never hear this word before and starts investigating. All experienced colleges know what is meant and keeping the freshman busy until the initial college solves and explains. Now, the freshman has passed her initiation rite.

Nowadays, many of these fools are commonly know and the freshmen know much more about the jobs they start with than it was common in the past. So, not every fresh apprentice is faced with such a fool. But, I was told, some of them are still used in some companies.

The next isn’t an April’s fool. You know, last year I introduced you to Exire Foto, software to organize your images and, most importantly, find them!

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Throwback Thursday: Katedrála Sv. Víta

As proposed last week, here’s the image we planned to take.

The sky was so fantastic.

A few minutes later, we got the planned, blue sky instead of the red one

To be honest, although I like images taken during the blue hour (that’s the about 20 minutes starting from approximately 30 minutes after sunset in my region), here I like the firey sky more.

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Throwback Thursday: Katedrála Sv. Víta

Recently, a friend of mine from Prague posted a winter image from Prague. His image reminded me of my visit to Prague nearly 11 years ago in June 2010. One evening we headed to the river for some night shots of the castle above the river on the other side. We were in our hotel for collecting our tripods and went down to the tram when I noticed the cathedral in the far.

I still like this image very much. Next week, I’m going to show you the final image we planned to take.

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Monochrome Monday 6-19

Which camera is the best? This is an often asked question. I usually answer this question with: the one you have with you.

One morning, I was on my way to visit a  customer when I came along this alley. I really liked how the two buildings are narrowing the alley and lead the view to the tiny buildings at the end.

The only camera I had with me, was my smartphone. So, my smartphone was the best camera for this job 🙂

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