Category Archives: older

The rocket engineer

-A flashback- In the early 60s, when I was a young boy, the space age had begun; rockets were the big thing; so I built rockets, little rockets, model rockets. The typical “appeal” of rockets, the noise, the fire, the … Continue reading

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Klaus the seaman

– One of my many non-careers – Just out of highschool – I think it was barely a few days after graduation – I went to Hamburg and looked for a job on a big ship. “Where do you want to … Continue reading

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A house in the woods

 In 1992 we lived for one long summer in an old homestead ranch in northern California. Out in nowhere, some 12 miles south of the tiny town of Hayfork in the middle of the Trinity National Forest, it was the most romantic place … Continue reading

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Persian Rugs

When we were young, playing around with ideas how to make money, we had a little rug business, buying and selling high quality Persian rugs. When we traveled through Parvin’s home country for the first time I spent hours and … Continue reading

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You can’t change the world

A reflection on perception, on the nature of identity, and on physics. – A new definition of hope – It was perhaps half a lifetime ago, somewhere in Northern Thailand. I had wandered through the partially overgrown ruins of an ancient Buddhist … Continue reading

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To paddle the river down to the ocean

A personal story about losing my friend at young age. – The call of a river – I grew up in northern Germany. My home was a solitary white house outside a small town, on the bank of a joyfully … Continue reading

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To win without winning

– The game of problem solving – Emancipation of an engineer For no apparent reason the vehicle suddenly slowed down. We had been slow anyway, climbing a long steep grade from the coast up into the mountains. Instinctively I disengaged … Continue reading

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