2015-03-10 Twenty Three Years

Yeah, I haven’t been able to enjoy myself as much as I usually do since I caught a cold and currently fighting snot and headaches at 37,7°C – but that doesn’t diminish this uplifting feeling of loyalty, friendship, attraction, confidence, intimacy, knowledge, sympathy, growing up and growing old together. ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍

Some old pictures. Amazing to see how bad the quality of those pictures were. And these are scans from reproductions I had actually hanging on the wall for a few years. Back then, we felt those were good pictures!

Also note how long it took Claudia to prevent me from making weird faces.

To think that back then we didn’t even have digital cameras!

The black and white pictures is probably the oldest. That’s what Claudia’s hair looked like when we met, in high school.


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– Enzo 2015-03-12 16:26 UTC

What a beautiful couple!

AlexDaniel 2015-03-12 17:00 UTC

Alex Schroeder
Thank you! Yesterday we looked at some very old pictures. Holy cow!!

– Alex Schroeder 2015-03-12 18:43 UTC

Eugene Eric Kim
Congratulations to you both (and get better soon)! The way you two have loved each other all these years is inspiring!

Personally, I think you two should celebrate by visiting San Francisco. :-)

Eugene Eric Kim 2015-03-13 00:55 UTC

Alex Schroeder
On Google+, I linked to this blog post and wrote: “Some people say, time flies and I think they mean that they remember events of the distant past as if they had happened only yesterday and then there are long stretches where they don’t remember much. Luckily, I don’t have this feeling of time running through my fingers. Instead, I feel like my life stretches into an unimaginable past of cassette recorders, land lines, 2400 baud modems, vinyl records. When I met Claudia, there were no cell phones. Claudia felt that CDs were just a fad and would soon disappear again. And between then and now, so many years, so many summers, so much rain, so many holidays, so much to eat, so many stories to share, so much togetherness.”

When Claudia and I visited San Francisco, we didn’t know about digital cameras.

Back then, making an album meant taking scissors and glue and an empty book. We still have about one meter of photos that need glueing. We kept joking that we’d do it when we retire. By then I’m not sure who’ll we’ll be doing it for. Having no kids makes you reconsider such projects…

– Alex Schroeder 2015-03-13 08:40 UTC

Tolle Fotos! Das Schwarz-Weiss-Foto dürfte eines der ersten Fotos von euch beiden sein. Habe ich noch nie gesehen. Also dann, macht weiter so!

– Helmut 2015-04-08 19:07 UTC

Alex Schroeder
Danke. :)

Jetzt muss ich erst mal warten bis Claudia aus ihren Ferien zurück ist.

– Alex Schroeder 2015-04-09 06:14 UTC

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2015-01-08 Tag Cloud

All these tags, all these topics I blogged about. I started this site on 2002-06-23. All this stuff… Who will ever read it again? Sure, some people might be reading it now – but what about those old posts? Who will be reading them in a year? Nobody. Not my family, not my kids, no historian… In fact, most probably nobody will be paying for the server and one day it will all simply disappear. Copies might be left on the Internet Archive.


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Well, I am enjoying your blog now :)

– Enzo 2015-01-08 10:14 UTC

Thank you for leaving a comment! :)

– Alex Schroeder 2015-01-08 10:17 UTC

“The Way is so vast that when you use it, something is always left. How deep it is!
“It seems to be the ancestor of the myriad things.
“It blunts sharpness; untangles knots; softens the glare; unifies with the mundane.”

Daodejing ch. 4

– Anonymous 2015-01-21 16:00 UTC

A fantastic book. :)

AlexSchroeder 2015-01-21 22:26 UTC

Don’t worry… It will be part of the Akasha Records for outlanders to speculate about what a strange life human kind lived… I like the thought of turning immortal that way:-) And as you may note, I read you too from time to time so to stay in touch with you in some way:-)) So please continue!


– mom 2015-02-17 19:55 UTC

Alex Schroeder
Yay! :)

– Alex Schroeder 2015-02-17 23:10 UTC

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2014-11-08 Vermicelles

Kulinarische Höhepunkte der Schweiz, selber gemacht. Heute: Vermicelles!!

Gehört zum kulinarischen Erbe der Schweiz!?

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, take a look at this blog post which comes with some nice pictures and some context.

Rahm (ich nehme Vollrahm)Cream (ours has approx. 35% so that would be light whipping cream in the USA?)
Edelkastanie, geröstet, püriert Sweet Chestnut, roasted, puréed

OK, maybe less cream next time. I think I’m going to faint of sugar and fat overdose.


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2014-11-05 Donations

Recently I made some $10/€10 donations, and I’m planning on some more.

And I regularly donate about $10/month to the EFF, the FSF and the FSFE.

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Do you actually think that Ad Block Plus deserves a donation? What about their whitelist, don’t they already get a revenue from it? What about AdBlock Edge?

AlexDaniel 2014-11-05 16:32 UTC

Alex Schroeder
I actually like the policy of allowing reasonable ads. After all, whenever I use free services, somebody needs to pay for these services. I’d like the web to work without ads, but there are enough services I use which rely on ads. I mostly disagree with tracking, invasion of my privacy, animated ads, large ads, popup ads, and so on. For the moment, Ad Block Plus seems to do the right thing, as far as I am concerned.

– Alex Schroeder 2014-11-05 21:50 UTC

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2014-10-31 Pictures

I found a way to filter my photos on Flickr by camera used!

Olympus E-P5:


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2014-10-09 Back from Portugal

We returned from Portugal on October 5.

First, we spent a few days in the Algarve. (Pictures.) Then we spent a day in Lisbon and at my mom’s place. It was her birthday and so her two brothers and their wives were also there. My sister and my half-siblings were also there. It was great. (Pictures.)

Now we’re back to work and trying to get the flat back under control after our recent move.


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les photos sont vraiment géniales!!! Et c’était aussi génial de t’avoir eu, toi (et ta femme), à la maison! Pour la 1ère fois depuis (cent ans???) j’ai eu tous mes enfants autour de moi! 😃 😄😍

– mum 2014-10-13 21:04 UTC

Sooo happy faces 😄

AlexDaniel 2014-10-14 06:35 UTC

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Wir sind umgezogen. Weiter hinaus, wo die Menschen älter sind, wo die Hipsters und Yuppies fehlen, wo es weniger two incomes no kids gibt – also eigentlich praktisch in fremdes Land. Irgendwie auch schön, wenn man in der Siedlung begrüsst wird. Im Kreis 4 kannten uns die Nachbarn ja schon im Innenhof nicht mehr. Ausser Sven und und das ältere Paar aus Osteuropa, die waren immer sehr freundlich.

Zügeln ist und bleibt allerdings ein Mist. Davon kriege ich Kreuzschmerzen!

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wünsche viel glück im neuen heim😃👍

– mum 2014-09-25 21:31 UTC

Danke! :)

AlexSchroeder 2014-09-28 09:06 UTC

Kreuzschmerzen? Das hat nichts mit Zügeln zu tun. Ihr habt einfach zu viele Sachen!!!! Ich bin in den letzten 7 Jahren 6 mal umgezogen. Beim letzten Umzug hatte ich nur mehr 2 Koffer!! Da war es überhaupt kein Problem mehr.

– Helmut 2014-10-03 20:33 UTC

Das hat was. live minimally sollte das Motto sein.

AlexSchroeder 2014-10-05 19:02 UTC

Und wie ist es jetzt in der neuen Umgebung? Habt ihr euch schon eingelebt?

– Helmut 2014-10-23 09:11 UTC

Es hat leider immer noch viele Kisten, die herum stehen, aber so langsam wird es wohnlicher. Unser Problem ist wirklich, dass wir zuviele Dinge haben…

AlexSchroeder 2014-10-23 10:28 UTC

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Im August sind wir von Vrin im Graubünden auf die Terrihütte gewandert, haben dort übernachtet, und sind dann über die Scaletta Hütte hinab ins Tessin gewandert.

Mehr Infos zur Wanderung.

Einziger Nachteil: Massenschlag auf der Terrihütte mit Schnarchlern links, rechts, und gegenüber. Und wir ohne Lärmschutz.



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That looks awesome! I miss hiking in Switzerland.

– Adrian 2014-08-08 14:08 UTC

I miss you when hiking in Switzerland! :)

AlexSchroeder 2014-08-08 21:15 UTC

Tolle Bilder! …

– mum 2014-08-10 18:10 UTC

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2014-07-15 Soon to be Moving

We signed a new contract! Starting in October, we’ll be living in Altstetten. It’s still within the city limits, but no longer as central as that. The now flats are being built at the moment. This is what Google Street View is showing…

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Oh wow. Best wishes on the move Alex!

greywulf 2014-07-15 16:24 UTC


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Harald 2014-07-16 11:59 UTC

Also, we're looking for a tenant, now. Starting Friday 2014-10-17 (yes, we're going to try and move out at a non-standard date). Just in case you know anybody. :)

AlexSchroeder 2014-07-16 12:29 UTC

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2014-03-10 Twenty Two Years

Twenty two years ago, Claudia and I started dating. It has been the most wonderful thing to happen to me in all my life. I’ve become a better person, a happier person, a more responsible person, a more caring person, … the changes are innumerable. In fact, it’s probably impossible to say which of these positive changes have come about due to our relationship and which of these changes would have happened anyway, simply because of growing older and hopefully somewhat wiser. And yet, the great joy is having shared it all, having grown up together, adapting to each other, learning from each other, and now this stranger has become part of my life, and more. We are to each others like extensions of our body. Two hearts, as one.


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Congratulations! I’m happy to know the two of you.

Harald 2014-03-11 00:35 UTC

Helmut Schröder
Jetzt kenne ich den Anlass für das Dankeschön. Dann gratuliere ich gleich nochmals. Das habt ihr sehr gut gemacht. Nur weiter so.

– Helmut Schröder 2014-03-11 18:51 UTC

Danke! :)

AlexSchroeder 2014-03-11 22:12 UTC

Therefore it demonstrates that you can be a computer geek/freak and having stable partner, too. ;)

Thanks for your words and congrats.

JuanmaMP 2014-03-14 14:08 UTC

Thank you! :)

AlexSchroeder 2014-03-14 15:58 UTC

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