Jazz: A Short Night Out

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 14, 2015 in Personal |

Now that I have a limited amount of extra free time on my hands, I’ve decided to explore even more of my surrounding area, and get to know exactly what is going on here and, perhaps, what makes people tick in northern Germany. As with any major city – and this is certainly anything but […]

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Internet Security: There’s A Reason For Protection

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 13, 2015 in Internet |

This evening I opened up my mail service and discovered that I had eight hundred and sixty-three mails waiting. Now, this may be quite normal for some people, who have a far greater degree of popularity – or are truly hated – but rather out of the ordinary for me. I usually manage to get […]

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Two Faces Of Civilization

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 12, 2015 in Internet |

My Twitter feed is often the inspiration for posts here, something momentous, something horrendous, something comical, something new every single day. And all too often I come across Tweets posted together which couldn’t have been planned by the greatest coincidence or spin doctors of the world. Screenshot Source: The Guardian / The Economist / Twitter […]

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The Book Talk

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 10, 2015 in Publishing |

I’m having a little rush of reading German crime thrillers at the moment, although I’m not sure why. For many Germans, Swedish crime is the way to go, with literally dozens of translated books coming out each year from names many English-speaking readers will not recognize. Not that anyone is likely to know many of […]

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When Was The Last Time You Saw This?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 9, 2015 in Immoral Conversations |

In some ways this is a trick question, but when did you last see someone reading a book? When did you last see someone so engrossed in what they were reading, printed on paper, that nothing else mattered? Believe it or not, and despite all the dark predictions for publishers of real books, the times […]

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Politics: The Shock That Broke Twitter

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 8, 2015 in Internet |

There are constantly claims that something or someone broke the Internet, but none of them can quite come up to the mark when compared to the news which hit US politics this evening: Kevin McCarthy is dropping out of the Speaker race. Apparently no one saw it coming, and Twitter reacted, across all of the […]

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I Give Up On People Sometimes

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 7, 2015 in Immoral Conversations |

I sometimes honestly believe that there are people out there, not just in the Internet world but also in Real Life, who have absolutely no connection with reality. Perhaps they cannot understand the simplest of words, perhaps they have an idea set in stone in their heads, and only see what they want to see […]

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Ashley Madison: Now They’re Getting Rough

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 6, 2015 in Internet |

You may well remember that, back in September, I wrote a short post about the Ashley Madison scam which has started on the Internet, calling on selected, not named people to pay a Bitcoin or two in order to protect their information. The information meant is purported to be personal data on men – since […]

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Taking Things For Granted: A Grain Of Rice

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 5, 2015 in News & Opinion |

I was listening to the radio last night – a program about Indonesian literature and music – when an almost throwaway comment caught my attention.  It came from an Indonesian poet and was translated into German by one of the presenters without any real comment and concerned a grain of rice. To put it simply: […]



Facebook: Not Liking And Dangerous Situations

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 4, 2015 in Internet |

People have been talking about it, on and off, for a long time, some seriously, most as a short of joke. Wouldn’t it be good / right / appropriate for Facebook to have a Don’t Like button to compliment its Like button? How, aside from a comment where they are allowed, can you express your […]

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