This page collects images and trivial stuff that might be of interest to friends and relatives.
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.
A while ago we visited the Rhine Falls.
I created a new gallery with pictures of flowers I see on the way to work. Who ever decided to let wild flowers grow along the tram between Bahnhof Altstetten and Toni Areal: Thank you!
Vorgestern hatte ich Halsweh. Gestern bin ich zuhause geblieben, Schnupfen mit verstopfter Nase und jede Menge Kopfweh. Heute ist der Schnupfen nicht ganz so schlimm, aber die Nase tropft pausenlos und aus den Augen quellen Tränen ohne Zahl. Habe ich Schnupfen und Heuschnupfen gleichzeitig?
Dabei hatte ich doch jetzt gerade etwa einen Monat Ruhe…
In terms of role-playing games I continued playing my Astral Sea campaign in German, I started running a megadungeon campaign in English, and I’m still running a monthly game for kids. We practically stopped our biweekly indie one shots.
So far, so good.
Claudia and I pushed our running goals. She had been training for 10km runs and decided that in 2015 she was going to do a half marathon. At the end of July we ran 21km as part of our training. In August, a mere week later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and started chemo. Later we learned of two heterozygot mutations of the ATM gene, meaning that she has two mutated copies, one from each parent. The mutations are not clinical significant, meaning that not enough is known to say whether these mutations are related to her cancer. It is known, however, that mutations in this gene can be related to certain leukemia (and she had one of them as a teenager) and certain breast cancer types (and she has one of them right now). The ATM gene encodes a protein that is involved in DNA repair. Cancers due to failures in DNA repair usually react well to Carboplatin-Taxol chemotherapy, and hers did. Since her leukemia was treated using Anthracyclines and these antibiotics have a cardiotoxic effect, we must avoid them even if they are considered to be a very effective treatment. For all these reasons, we opted for a bilateral Mastectomy with a simultaneous reconstruction of the breast using transplanted fat tissue from her belly. This happened at the beginning of December. The navel was transplanted, skin from the belly was used to cover the holes left after excision of the nipples. The body needs time to heal. Still, the breast tissue was sent in for analysis and some active tumor cells were found. Thus, the chemotherapy had not been the complete success we had been led to believe. Apparently, new research shows two year disease free survival can be increased slightly by an add-on Capecitabine chemotherapy (abstract). We started on that, yesterday.
So, in short: the second half of 2015 can pretty much fuck itself and I’m hoping for significant improvements in 2016.