Punching people in the face – because Warren Ellis said so

I’m a big fan of Warren Ellis’ comic books. Transmetropolitan made me appreciate comics again. As well as journalism. And Hunter S. Thompson as a writer. And it did definitely influence my approach to reporting [footnote]As you might know from my (German) piece on why never enjoyed writing for Waffenkultur that much and why I favour first person style.[/footnote].

So I usually enjoy his newsletter. The recent one had the following lines, which infuriated me (which is a good thing, having news that get you out of your comfort zone. Though maybe I get too much of that these days). Continue reading “Punching people in the face – because Warren Ellis said so”

Living in Australia

As you might have read in On vacation in Australia, I can recommend Sydney for a vacation, if you are the vacation type. I myself am no. I came over to work a bit in the Australian office and check out whether living here for the winter part of the German year is viable, simply trying to avoid winter depression.

It’s a very different perspective if you think about living in a country instead of vacationing. Suddenly issues become relevant that you can ignore as a visitor. Continue reading “Living in Australia”

On vacation in Australia

If you ever wanted to go to Australia for a vacation, I can recommend it. I myself never get this need for travelling, but a lot of Germans seem to consider it a worthy trip. And that might be due to the fact that it is hard to get away any further. Well, technically, there is a wet spot a few hundred kilometers east of the coast of New Zealand that is exactly the opposite of where I live in Germany. But after 30hrs of flight, teensy details like that NZ is another 4 hours by plane stop to matter. Continue reading “On vacation in Australia”

Leaving Twitter and Facebook

This is, I think, the third time in nearly two decades that I start a blog for publishing content instead of just toying with technology. The first two started when I went away for a while and wanted to stay in touch. This time might look similar, as I am in Australia as of writing, but it is based on an issue even closer to my heart: Freedom, plain and simple. Let me explain: Continue reading “Leaving Twitter and Facebook”

In Australia

They say the heat and the flies here can drive a man insane. But you don’t have to believe that, and nor does that bright mauve elephant that just cycled past.
Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

Several people have noticed I went to Australia for a while and asked how I like it. And well, guess the main point of setting up another blog was to answer exactly those questions once for everyone and save me from the awkward “oh, I thought I told you already” moments.

After starting this as one article, I figured that I was again writing stuff that is too long. People may blame the internet generation and their attention span, but there is nothing wrong making stuff easier to be read. So here are the separate articles: