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Another Year Draws Slowly…

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 30, 2013 in Personal |

The last day of November and, once again, I ask myself where the whole year has gone. It seems only a few days ago I was celebrating the start of the new year and looking forward to all the opportunities it held and now, such a short time later, it is almost over. And the […]

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Review: The Catcher in the Rye

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 29, 2013 in Articles and Reviews |

I read a review recently which criticized this classic work simply on the basis that the language was that of the Forties, and times have changed. If a reader is unable to get over this point, and the book was first published in 1951 with sections from earlier years, then it is unlikely that they […]

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More Good News

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 28, 2013 in Personal |

Yesterday I received – finally! – a mail I have been waiting quite a while for. You will remember that I won the seventh prize in a photographic competition for my image of Colditz Castle in Saxony through Wikipedia, now I have confirmation that my prize – €30 book gift voucher – will be sent […]

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Intriguing Log Entries

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 27, 2013 in Internet |

I was caught quite by surprise when I found continuous entries on my logs which read: http://viktoriamichaelis.com/apple-touch-icon.png   http://viktoriamichaelis.com/apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png   http://viktoriamichaelis.com/apple-touch-icon-76×76.png and come from a wide range of different countries and IPs. Were a whole load of people trying to find one or another image on my blog and getting redirected straight to a 404 […]

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I Admit It…

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 27, 2013 in Personal |

It probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but I am a coffee person. Oh, I enjoy tea too, late at night, and red wine (of course!) but, deep in my innermost me, I am a coffee person. Which means that I am often out and about looking for new experiences in coffee drinking […]

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A Question Of Size

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 26, 2013 in News & Opinion |

I am currently reading, amongst other books, Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow and came across this interesting paragraph: To appreciate the norms in communication, consider the sentence ‘The large mouse climbed over the trunk of the very small elephant.’ I can count on you having norms for the size of mice and elephants that […]

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Fast Fingers

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 26, 2013 in Internet |

I could watch the livestream of my visitor logs for hours on end, just frowning and wondering what on earth some of them think they are doing. Could, but I certainly have no intention of doing so, since there are enough other things in life which interest me considerably more, and I’d have a hard […]

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Review: The Sleepwalkers

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 25, 2013 in Articles and Reviews |

For many of us, history began in 1914 with the beginning of the modern times. We were taught that Germany invaded France by crossing through neutral Belgium, thus breaching various inter-nation conventions and forcing the rest of the civilized (western) world to protect their interests against the invading forces. If we wanted to know more […]

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Help

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 24, 2013 in Personal |

There are many reasons to help people, even those you do not know. The events in the Philippines is just one of many. No one should have to go through this: a father brings the body of his six-year-old daughter to the morgue. Help wherever you can, with whatever you can. One day you may […]

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Forced Access II

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 24, 2013 in Internet, News & Opinion |

Is someone else trying to test out what I wrote yesterday, to see what happens when they try certain commands from the front end (what you see here) of my site? It certainly looks that way, until you read a little further down through the log and see that not only are the attempts close […]

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