Heute Abend waren wir beim Weihnachtsspielen am Rathaus. Viele Schwabenheimer (geschätzt mehr als 300) versammelten sich, um das Weihnachtsspielen vom Musikverein Schwabenheim zu hören und zu sehen. Wir waren seit etwa drei Jahren erstmals wieder dabei und genossen es sehr.

Glühwein gab es kostenlos vom Musikverein, lediglich um eine Spende wurde gebeten. Gute Weihnachtsmusik, Glühwein, Gesellschaft, was will man mehr? (Nichts, außer vielleicht einem Ticket nach Ha****)


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Nochmal ein Nightly aus Hawai’i – diesmal von Hapa:

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P.S. Muss mal drauf achten, dass ich 2008 an eine Greencard komme ;-)

Weil mir gerade danach ist:

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Martin Koser (frogpond, BMID) tagged me with a little blogger meme called "Sieben Sachen" (seven things). In his post "Seven things you didn’t know about me" he outlines, well, seven things one doesn’t know about him :-)

This seemed to be very easy for Martin as he has a lot of dark secrets. Now he has some less of them…

So for me this posting seems to be a little bit more difficult. As I’m getting older but not necessarily much wiser and my wife sometimes accuses me of having a memory like a sieve I’m not sure on what I already told you and what I didn’t tell you ;-)

I tried to remember some things really far far away in the past or things that you might not know…

  1. Dogs
    I had a German shepherd and used to train and instruct German Shepherds as a member of the Association for German Shepherds. I like dogs and mostly they like me. You need time and space for a dog so I didn’t have a dog for many years. I would like to have a dog again when I’m old.
  2. El Paso
    As a part of my training in the German Air Force I spent almost a year from 1982 to 1983 at the German Air Force Air Defense School (GAFADS, now German Air Force Air Defense Center) in Fort Bliss, El Paso. It was a fascinating time in the US (and in the German Air Force, too).
  3. Hawai’i and San Francisco
    It’s been 3 times I visited Hawai’i and 4 times I visited San Francisco. I visited Hawai‘ as well as San Francisco the first time in 1983 during my time in El Paso.
  4. Schwabenheim an der Selz
    I was born in Ingelheim am Rhein in Rhineland-Palatinate. But I grew up in Höchst im Odenwald and as I entered military service I didn’t think about coming back to the region I was born. Accidentally I moved to Mainz (capital of Rhineland-Palatinate) about 20 years ago. 8 Years ago my wife and me moved to Schwabenheim an der Selz – the small village where my father and my grandfather were born.
  5. Blogging
    In 2005 I needed a new webspace as the hoster
    quit service. I then decided to start using some freaky kind of software (LifeType) that
    promised to make publishing very easy. After some weeks I realized I
    was blogging.
  6. Falling asleep
    I’m able to fall asleep within seconds. Rumors say it’s a heritage as all relatives of my fathers have this gift, but my wife tells me she hates telling me a story and to later recognize I had been asleep all the time.
  7. The Internet
    I believe the Net is for meeting people in real.

I guess I now should list some people…

I would be pleased if you would tell me some things about you but I also would be pleased if you decide to just sit down to relax and to reflect on some things.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Update (23.12.2007): Leila told seven things about her on her blog 

Update (07.01.2008): 7 Things Meme from Frank Hamm from Roxanne

Update (20.01.2008): Seven things you didn’t know about me from Marcel 

Update ( 

Heute ist es kalt (ca. -5 Grad) in Schwabenheim an der Selz, und die ganze Landschaft ist voller Reihrauf Raureif. Ich sitze hier gemütlich mit einem Kaffee, höre Weihnachtsmusik und schaue der allerbesten aller Ehefrauen beim Weihnachtsbaum schmücken zu. Und so sieht es draussen aus:

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Und hier alle 20 Bilder in einer Slideshow

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Seit längerem benutze ich gerne Yahoo! Maps. Manch einer hat sich schon mal vertan und gedacht, es sei eine Flash-Anwendung.

So ganz falsch war der Gedanke nicht, denn bislang war das neue Yahoo! Maps eine Hybridlösung aus Javascript und Flash. Jetzt aber ist Yahoo! Maps komplett auf AJAX umgestiegen – und sauschnell geworden (zumindest hier auf meinem Notebook, auch nach Löschen des Caches).

Yahoo! Maps: Schwabenheim an der Selz

Zum Ausprobieren: Yahoo! Maps: Schwabenheim an der Selz 

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Gerade überflog ich auf meiner XING-Startseite die Nachrichten, die seit einiger Zeit als "Neues aus meinem Netzwerk" erscheinen. Darin werden die Änderungen meiner Kontakte in deren Profil angezeigt. Recht nützlich, wenn jemand beispielsweise den Arbeitgeber wechselt oder etwas Neues bietet.

Dann staunte ich nicht schlecht, denn einer meiner Kontakte:

[…] bietet "Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch". 

Originelle Idee, wie ich finde, nicht nur für Weihnachten und den Jahreswechsel. Denn grundsätzlich kann ich ja in meinem Profil in den Feldern wie "Ich suche" oder "Ich biete" einen Freitext eintragen.

Falls ich also wieder einmal an einer Twitter-Ohnmacht weiß ich mir jetzt noch besser zu helfen. Ihr müsstet mich nur auf XING ankontakten, und ich müsste zustimmen ;-)

Gerade las ich Roxanne auf Twitter über einen 24-Stunden-Marathon-Podcast-Event

to the sleepyheads – remember the live 24-hour podcast originating from Hawaii on Fri but with all kine cool peeps http://tinyurl.com/327bca 

Todd Cochrane schreibt über den Geek News Central 24hr Podcast Marathon.

It should be noted while we have a number of guest scheduled this does not mean that their time slots are exclusive but are to be catalyst to help drive participation in the conversation. This event is about having a open conversation where people can connect and share information.

During this event I will focus on Technology, Science, Podcasting, New Media, Life, Family etc. Every person that attends the event and calls into the live discussion area will have time to talk.

You are free to plug your shows and companies. We hope that everyone will be respectfully of each participants positions. I am also hoping that some people will live blog the event to help with what is discussed throughout the event and any nuggets that may come to light.

Der Event startet um 6:00 HST. HST? Hawaii-Aleutian time zone. Das bedeutet: Wir in Deutschland sind mal wieder später dran, wie bei so vielem Webzeugs – 11 Stunden (da keine Sommerzeit). Nach unserer Zeit in Deutschland startet der Marathon also um 17:00 Uhr heute Nachmittag. Wo?

  • Videostream auf Ustream.tv
  • Live TalkCast ("To connect to the Live TalkCast Session you should go to this page and Join the TalkCast the dial in number is +1 724–444–7444 Talkcast ID is 10832 ")

Die geplanten (aber nicht starren) Sessions sind mit:

Elisabeth Lewin – Publisher PodcastingNews.com, Roxanne Darling – Beach Walks with Rox, Cherie Cochrane – CherieCast.com, Matt Hill – Voyager II Scientist, Angelo Mandato – Podcast Statistics Expert (RawVoice), Susan Bratton – Association of Downloadable Media, Anna Famery – (UK) The Engaging Brand Podcast, Jeff Hinz – Podcast Marketing Expert (RawVoice), Live Recording of Geek News Central Podcast, Paul Sylvester and I Talk Podcasting 101, Joe DeCarlo – TechnoGab Podcast, Ken Crockett – Game Zone Radio, Nerraux – The Awful Show, Jeffery Powers – GeekaZine Podcast, Jamie Davis – Headliner News, Podmedic, Special PodcasterNews.com Announcement, Caffination Paul – Caffination Podcast, Rick Savoia – The Force Field Podcast, Gabe Taviano – GodsMac Podcast, John Wilkerson – Jesus Geek Podcast, Mike Smith – Mike Tech Show, Carl Weisbrod PHD – Podcasting open Forum, Carey Holzman – Computer America, Tom Marquette – Footnote Podcast, Lets Talk Music and Podsafe Music, Eric Cartman – Australia Erk Pod, Andy McCaskey – Slashdotreview, Brad McFadden – TwoBlindSquirrels.com, Cal Curtis – Australia CalCast Podcast, Big O Techno Fodder Podcast, Alan Lew –Podcaster and GNC Ohana

Der genaue Zeitplan steht ebenfalls im Artikel "Geek News Central 24hr Podcast Marathon".

Falls eine deutscher Podcaster Interesse hat: Es gibt noch zwei freie Slots um 22:00 HST und 4:00 HST ;-)

Blöde Sache mit so einem Event "weit, weit weg". Ich schaffe es wohl nicht mehr, als Nicht-Hawaii-Podcaster und Überraschungsgast aus old Germany bei Todd aufzuschlagen :-)

Various Hawaii Podcasters have indicated they are going to come hang out with me for this event. My door here in Hawaii is open to all Podcasters and Media that want to come and hang out. 

Falls ich es rechtzeitig von meinem Marathonevent (wir haben mehrere Kochsessions in den nächsten Tagen und müssen noch jede Menge Zeugs einkaufen) zurück schaffe, dann werde ich bei Roxanne’s Session dabei sein. 

Ann Michael posted an approach to informal communication and building relationships on her blog "Manage to Change". Ann started with the question "Are we on the same page?" and outlined five according assumptions.

While I drafted a comment on her blog I came to the conclusion to post my unstructured thoughts here because they … got a little bit out of hand. So here are some unstructured thoughts on Ann’s five assumptions on communication:

Communication is bi-directional.

Communication needs feedback. No communication without reaction.

Communication is informal before it becomes formal.

Informal interactions help in understanding "the real and detailed message" behind the formal wall. Therefore we even tend to build reliable relations before formal communication.

Communication effectiveness increases as relationships develop.

Communication effecitiveness increases because reliable relationships develop a richer common language and better mutual understandig.

Communication is continuous.

No communication without reaction. If we stop communication (BTW: that’s communication, too) after we exchanged a message – so what was the message for at all?

Very often people establish a formal process after having communicated to develop it and then stop communicating. But every time the process is carried out the process communicates (i.e. with customers, colleagues) and often the other side is frustrated because communication with a process is awful. So change management needs ongoing communication that diffuses hierarchies and organizational borders for evaluating / adapting / creating processes. That’s why I regard "Enterprise 2.0" as a huge opportunity even for companies with a lot of and very formal processes.

Communication is like a marriage.

If you stop communication you should get a divorce. Otherwise you should try to understand why your partner communicated or did certain things in a certain manner. You only will be on the same page and will gain understanding by communicating. Things may go wrong, mistakes happen. You have to communicate to put things straight. Unless you don’t want to – then you have to decommission your relationship and to file for divorce.

I guess we all are on the same page, aren’t we?