Dream of the kind of world
you wanna live in.
Dream it out loud,
at high volume

Bono, U2

Latest Personal Blog Entries

25 Aug 2013 All along the watchtower

All I've got is a red guitar,
three chords, and the truth.
All I've got is a red guitar,
the rest is up to you.

taken from “All along the watchtower” by Bob Dylan

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08 Oct 2012 Painted a year ago

Instagram Photo of bird painted with chalk

Roughly a year ago a very good friend of mine, Benjamin Rabe, was organising an event for iPhone fingerpainters from all over the world. He invited them to come over to our shared office space and have a couple of drinks. I can't remember who came up with the idea, but we finally bought a bunch of paint tubes and asked the painters to try and somehow return to real painting, with real paint and a real canvas. And since all of them should do it together, the canvas simply had to be one of our office walls.

Instagram Photo of fingerpainting in progress

Over the next couple of hours, these guys really went into something, and so the painting on our wall grew and grew.

Instagram Photo of fingerpainting in progress

And it grew even further.

Instagram Photo of fingerpainting in progress

We really had good fun watching the work in progress. Everybody, even guests without prior painting experience, was giving it a try. Everybody was invited to fill the wall up and paint what they were feeling like.

Instagram Photo of fingerpainting in progress

Everybody was in a flow. Even when waiting outside, it was a nice and warm night, the people couldn't stop painting, this time using crayons, and they went on painting little pictures on the street.

Instagram Photo of fingerpainting on the streets using chalk

After having painted for almost 5 hours, everybody was happy with the result and proud of being part of this happening. The final picture is about 5 meters wide and almost 3 meters high, and it does not fit in full size on the following image.

Instagram Photo of finished fingerpainting

But feel invited to come over and take a look yourself! The painting is still there and will be around until we leave the office to the next residents. When coming back to the office the next morning, we were glad it haven't rained yet and the chalk paintings outside were still visible.

Instagram Photo of finished chalk fingerpainting

When taking a closer look at the big painting inside, I noticed a number of nifty details.

Instagram Photo of fingerpainting details

Instagram Photo of fingerpainting details

Instagram Photo of fingerpainting details

It was just a wonderful evening. Thanks to everyone who was taking part in this, and even more thanks to the guy who created this living and one-of-a-kind experience, Benjamin Rabe!

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25 Sep 2012 That's Wellington

Instagram Photo of a typical house and road in Wellington, New Zealand

This picture represents the Wellington style pretty much. Old and new in once place, with lots of very steep hills and roads.

Taken with Instagram

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27 Aug 2012 Castlepoint, New Zealand

Instagram Photo of the lighthouse in Castlepoint, New Zealand

Last weekend we stayed in Castlepoint on east coast of the north island of New Zealand. Words cannot describe how beautiful this spot is. If you haven't been there yet, do so as soon as possible! No excuses accepted!


Größere Kartenansicht

Taken with Instagram

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15 Aug 2012 The Karori tunnel

Instagram Photo of the Karori tunnel

This is the Karori tunnel which connects the suburb Karori with the Wellington city centre. Most people take their car to drive through it. But that day we decided to do the walk of about 4 kilometers.


Größere Kartenansicht

Taken with Instagram

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28 May 2012 Remembering wars

Perhaps, when we remember wars, we should take off our clothes and paint ourselves blue and go on all fours all day long and grunt like pigs. That would surely be more appropriate than noble oratory and shows of flags and well-oiled guns.

Kurt Vonnegut from “Cat's Cradle”, published in 1963

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17 Apr 2012 Five Factors to make your Life more creative

Space: “You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”

Time: “It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”

Time again: “Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.

Confidence: “Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”

Humor: “The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”

John Cleese, A lecture on creativity, 1991

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16 Apr 2012 Vulcano

Instagram Photo of Mount Ruhapeha, Wellington, New Zealand

This is Mount Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park, New Zealand, most likely known as Mount Doom of Mordor from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And yes, we did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, together with our little 5 year old kiddo Kester, who walked the whole distance of 19.4 km!

Taken with Instagram

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