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Looking back at 2016… I wanted to write this and that and didn’t do it, wanted to use my iPad for digital painting and didn’t do it, and then suddenly it all came together when I made a list of monsters in Labyrinth Lord which I actually like and use and then I started illustrating them. I discovered regular drawing as a new hobby in 2016.
My wife finally decided to bring her recorders (two altos and a soprano) into service and I started practicing. She had not played in thirty years but she still knows how to do it and it’s mostly her watching me practice and occasionally we play a little duet. I discovered playing the flute as a new hobby in 2016.
I also wanted to run the 310km Jura Hoehenweg in summer but failed. I did the first segment and then I stopped. Oh well. I didn’t stop running so there’s still hope.
Today, the last day of the year, my wife took the last Endoxan (Cyclophosphamide) and Methotrexate pills of her follow-up chemo so in theory, this should be the end of it. One never knows, of course, and I suspect the fear of a relapse will never truly disappear. Currently we’re also seeing a hypervitaminosis D and increases in calcium in the blood, so who knows whether there are still some surprises lurking in the coming months, but given that the year started with a recovery from bilateral mastectomy, I’m still extremely relieved.
As for gaming, I’m still running the same two campaigns, so no news is good news.
We keep wishing for good health, good luck, being in love, and being together with the one(s) we love – so here’s to you, strangers on the Internet.
In early December we spent a long weekend in Locarno and went for a little walk to Ascona and back. We had the most wonderful weather that day and we took some pictures.
On the way back from Locarno we went and visited one of the three castles of Bellinzona and it’s famous wall—and took some pictures. As Wikipedia says: “During the second half of the 14th century a long wall, the Murata, was built across the Tessin valley, allowing Milan to protect and tax the trade route over the St. Gotthard Pass.”  The wall is hollow.
I uploaded some pictures of the small rural area between Altstetten, where we live, and Urdorf, reachable on foot within half an hour. Perfect for an evening walk before sunset. These pictures are from October 27 and 29.
Time to start another of these pages. I start these about once a year and keep updating it.
2015 was not a very generously year…
I think simply paying for journalism these days should also count as a donation. After all, I could have read it for free, online.
Today I followed yet another Guardian link and saw a “support us” plea. Ok, I thought. I had already once seen such a link and registered and saw that I needed to enter an annual obligation, which I did not do. But today I saw a one-off PayPal link. That works for me.
Right now, it’s the Wikipedia fundraising campaign. OK, why not. I might not like their politics, and the deletionism, but in general, I must say: I use Wikipedia every single day of my life. It’s the most awesome thing on the net. It’s hard to imagine a time without it.
Wir waren für zehn Tage in Portugal. Das Guest House, welches wir gebucht hatten, war ein Altbau und man hat jeden Schritt im Stiegenhaus, jedes Schliessen der Türe, jedes Spülen und das Geschirrwaschen und die Gespräche der Mitbewohner mitgehört. Am nächsten Tag haben wir storniert, die booking.com Gebühren und eine weitere Nacht bezahlt und sind dann umgezogen, wieder über booking.com. So fanden wir ein grosses Apartment keine 500m vom ersten Guest House entfernt. Nicht ganz so nah am Strand aber dafür mit ein paar Restaurants und Cafés in der Nähe. Einzige Idiotie: Das musste man im voraus und in bar zahlen! Wie bescheuert ist das denn. So durften wir einige Male am Bankomat jeweils 200€ abheben, bis der Betrag zusammengekommen ist. Damit man so etwas aushält, muss man sich einfach vorstellen, dass die Gebühren der Banken zu den Mietkosten gehören. Aber eben, voll daneben. Das werden wir dann auch in die Bewertung rein schreiben.
Aber jetzt: Fotos!
We spent a few days in the upper Vallais region and I kept comparing the landscape to my Alpine hex map generator.
And for my own records, here’s how I invoke
fgallery and sync with my web server:
perlbrew exec --with perl-5.22.0-thread-multi ~/src/fgallery/fgallery -c txt -f Goms/Album/ 2016-goms rsync --progress --recursive 2016-goms alexschroeder.ch:alexschroeder.ch/gallery/
We spent a week in Roscoff, Bretagne. It was the week of Bastille day, of the arrival of the Tour de France à la voile, with the main season just about to start. The weather was beautiful, the water was cold, the food was delicious and Claudia’s insomnia was gone. That surprised both of us. The very first day we were back in Switzerland, it raised it’s ugly head again: one and a half hours of waiting for sleep from Saturday to Sunday, then no sleep until five in the morning from Sunday to Monday. We’re about ready to call for dowsing rods and dowsing pendulums. Grrr!
Here are some pictures of our trip:
A few days ago we were in the Wallis. We visited Saas Fee:
In the local museum, I saw this old map: Vallesia superior, ac inferior, Wallis, le Valais, by Gabriel Walser from 1768. You can download a 6208×5151 pixel image.