Miscellaneous

Posts that can be categorized more as personal and not published actually… but anyways I felt the need to share.

Best Of A Year, Worst Of A Year – 2016

It was the best of a year, it was the worst of a year. And for a few more days it still is. Until 2016 passes the baton to 2017, that is.

2016 didn’t exactly unfold as you and I hoped. In fact, it started somewhat on the wrong foot. First, it was David Bowie who left us and by the end of the year many more legends followed – Leonard Cohen, Alan Rickman, Prince, Mohammad Ali, Gene Wilder… The list is looong.  People who marked our history with blazing trails, who left so much for the generations to come and who would never be forgotten. May them all rest in peace!

They all left in the year of #Brexit, the Nice and Berlin terrors, the election of Trump, the bloodshed of Aleppo and literally thousands of many other disastrous glitches in the matrix we call Our World. We never got a rest, actually. Every day something was happening.
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Rewrapping Life’s Shitty Presents

Dear friend,

I am sure that by now you have heard or read the terms “alt-right” and “post-truth” numerous times. If you haven’t, do continue living in your balloon and stop reading. If you have, do go on reading.

When exactly rebranding the words “Nazism” and “lie” become a real thing? How come that the media and we, the people took this rebranding to heart and accepted its spread on-air, print and bytes? Did we forget our history lessons and the devastation events after the WWI caused to humanity? Where is our moral compass or moral has changed to something that doesn’t really need truth?

By now, you would probably think “Hold on, alt-right does not equal Nazism!” and, in the minor scheme of things, you would be right. Especially, when you read the first paragraph in the Wikipedia link above… But here is my perspective.
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A Letter To My American Friends

Dear friends,

So, this thing happened, huh? Donald Trump is the elected president to assume office in a couple of months. And although a couple of months ago I said he will be the next president of USA, I hoped until early this morning that I would be wrong.

I wanted to see a woman president. I wanted to see someone who would stand up for minorities of all kinds, defend the LGBT community, care about African-American lives and work hard to bring down the walls of prejudice and stereotypes. I dreamt of someone well-versed in international politics and being genuinely able to navigate the complicated political apparatus at home and abroad. I hoped for someone who would stand up for USA’s allies around the world. I wanted Hillary Rodham Clinton, who albeit her faults was talking the talk and walking the walk in these directions. Instead, we all got Donald Trump. Not only you but so did the rest of the world.

Candidate Trump has won fair and square. He played by the rules. The new rules. Now, hold on and don’t drop your jaw!
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Brief Thoughts on eLearning

eLearning has been a big part of my personal development ever since I have graduated from Fudan University. And I am pretty sure I am not the only one using digital media to get further in the brain area.

For me, it all started with research during my university years. But once I started working full-time, this was pretty much the only way to keep up with changes. A Google AdWords tutorial here, a Google Analytics instructional video there, and soon enough I found myself hooked up. Later on, I even did my Masters in a mix of face-to-face periods and eLearning modules (forums, presentations, videos etc.).

The last courses I took online were a Product Management one and a Growth Hacking one. And I can’t help but think that there is so much room for improvement…
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Christopher Street Day 2016 LGBT Munich Pride

Every year Munich celebrates Christopher Street Day, an event dedicated to the LGBT community in our city. It culminates with the Munich Pride march, which this year was particularly interesting.

As usual, the parade was colorful, loud and filled up with hundreds of smiles. The music was boosting from the vehicles and the rainbow flags were waved high and proud. But what made it particularly interesting, was the fact that there were more people attending and watching than any other Munich Pride we have attended.

It was not only the participants but also all the folks that decided to spare some time to support diversity or simply enjoy the party.  On both sides of the streets of the march route, people were lining up to cheer the procession, take photos and hug the marchers. There were whole families with kids, homosexual and heterosexual couples, young and old, bold and long-haired…  A true diversity.
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