18 October 2017

Book Review: Home Made in India by Christopher Kloeble

Multicultural relationships across continents - does this sound attractive to you? This issue is the topic of this German non-fiction book I recently picked up. This is a book that made me think. In some ways I found several parallels to my own experience, and in other ways, I found that the author has a perspective that I would never be able to have. Anyway, let me provide a background for a second.

The author is a novelist, a German guy who is the same age as me, who grew up in Bavaria even though his parents weren't Bavarians. Apparently, Bavarians always saw him as an outsider, and he never really fitted in the small tight-knit community of the village they were living in. Anyway, one thing led to another, and in one of his activities as an author, he meets Saskya, an Indian author. A relationship blossoms. And now they need to figure out where to live.

16 October 2017

The Plastinarium in Guben

Have you ever heard of the Body Worlds exhibit? It's a rather popular exhibition that are shown all over the world, in various cities. The exhibit consists of preserved human and animal bodies, using a technique called plastination. Well, it turns out that the scientist behind this technique, Gunther von Hagens, has a workshop and museum nearby. This museum is the Plastinarium, located in Guben, in Brandenburg, at the border with Poland. And one day we decided to go there for a weekend day trip.

14 October 2017

Things I Love in Berlin: Tag der offenen Tür der Bundesregierung

A few weeks ago, the German federal government had an Open House Day, or a Tag der offenen Tür. Several federal agencies opened their doors to the public during the weekend and allowed regular people to see how the government works. I took the opportunity to visit some government buildings that are normally closed, but were open during that time.

12 October 2017

Frolicking in Flanders: Sint-Romboutskathedraal in Mechelen

This is my last post about my trip to Belgium. It's not necessarily the last thing I saw, but I must say it is a good item to wrap this travelogue. This post is about eh Sint-Romboutskathedraal, or St. Rumbold's Cathedral, in Mechelen. It is dedicated to Saint Rumbold, who apparently founded an abbey nearby. I don't really know who this person was, but I must say the cathedral that bears his name is quite massive.

10 October 2017

The Truth about The Truth: Obfuscation and the Loss of the Yearbook

The Jehovah's Witnesses have recently concluded their Annual Meeting. There are several upcoming changes to the cult, and while I do have something to say about the fact that they are again reducing their production of their magazines (they used to claim that increasing production was a sign that they are the true religion, so what does this current development mean for their claim?), I am going to focus on one thing, the fact that they are ceasing the production of their Yearbook. As someone who puts heavy emphasis on data, this loss of a significant data source is highly suspect.