internet

Medium.com — Awesome Blogging Site

I’ve just discovered Medium.com, an awesome blogging site:

https://medium.com/@SaschaTayefeh

Of course, we have tons of these, most capable ones of course. But what struck me about Medium.com is it’s clean, lightweight, yet, full-featured user interface. It comes with some goodies I haven’t found anywhere else, yet.

For example, clicking somewhere on the text opens a little window in place allowing you to write notes! Embedding of media is also possible, just like anywhere else, however, the way everything is done is such a charm.

I am so keen to bury my wordpress.com site in exchange for medium.com. Still, I will hold on. Too often have I been an early adopter, which wasn’t always the best choice. But if within, let’s say, two months I am still thrilled, I’ll definitely switch.

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Escaping the High Temperature

 Past week had been extraordinarily hot. Again. I couldn’t get very much sleep. And I really don’t like hot whether. Cool or cold whether is something I really appreciate. You can always put more and/or warmer clothes on when it’s cold. But you cannot undress more than your clothes. Your skin is your limit. 

So one of the greatest things about the place I live is the option to escape high temperatures within no more than one hour. Because that is the time it takes me to get on the next mountain. Above 2km sea level. While I already escaped the low-land whether four weeks ago for a day, I decided to escape for two nights … so I could get some sleep, finally. And I got my reward.

 

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ICT

Preparing for ITIL Service Strategy Exam

This weekend, I’ve been preparing for my third ITIL – or rather: ITSM – exam. Having successfully passed ST & CSI, service transition and continuous service improvement, it’s now time for some service strategy, SS.

I am honestly excited about getting more insight into service strategy. This is, because it seems to me it differs strongly from the other lifecycle. While service design, service transition and service operations clearly lays focus on technical planning and processes – thus, I consider them as a somewhat generic view of project management – and CSI reminds me of process optimization, SS deals with the most senior management view of ITSM. I find this particularly interesting, since IT staff often neglects the fact that it’s not the users that pay, but rather senior managers that decide about funding – or not funding.

For instance, I learned about separated IT governance not being a requirement. Using the definition of ISO/IEC 38500 for this term, which is actually “Corporate Governance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)“, IT governance is shifted strongly towards business. CIO should, of course, be part of the senior corporate governance body, however, as mentioned before, it is not required to have an IT governance board. I was dashed, though, but from the business point of view this makes sense.

Anyways, I read the SS core publication and tried the SS sample paper provided by Axelos. With 36 out of 40 possible points (28 needed) I am feeling pretty well prepared.

My Result of Sample Exam ITIL SS

Which, unfortunately, does not mean I am not nervous about the upcoming real exam. Hopefully, I shall pass this exam, too, making it three more left: SO, SD and MALC … I definitely want to have passed the last one by spring 2016.

Finally, an advice to others preparing for this exam: learn to think like a senior manager. Especially when it comes to sourcing strategies. Always focus on what is best for the corporation. Senior managers naturally and reasonably (need to) care less about ICT itself, but about the value added to the business.

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Finally, I managed to compile the clips of Cornwall and Devon I took five years ago. Again, I am stunningly astonished at the beauty of those places. The sea, the bridges, the moors, the bridges, the vegetation, the ponies … just everything:

It is safe to say Cornwall and Devon are among my top ten favoured places. And from all the variety of visuals they provide it is the hauting Dartmoor that impresses me the most. The very special climate there and the unreal trees and ponies make it a perfect fairy tale place. There is no need to watch out for long. Just drive somewhere, get out and have a thirty minutes walk. And on this walk there’s plenty of opportunities for taking painting-like photos.

Dartmoor Pony

Needless to say that I cannot wait until I’ll be back to that place. However, this year’s going to get me to Denmark, another place among my top ten. And I am quite sure Denmark will – again – be a place as beautiful as the South-West of England.

book

Annual report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution 1896

I have found the complete issue of an anual report of the Simthsonian Institute of 1896. The book was digitized and is available for download at https://archive.org/details/annualreportofbo1896smit. To be more precise: 1624 (!!!) pages were scanned. And it comprises such an enormous, huge knowledge about all sorts of ancient things from all over the world. All with illustrations and precise descriptions. It is a pure pleasure to read it and explore its illustrations.

So many things the book deals with: Games like chess in all of its variations and also loads of ancient games played by native people all over the world. Not only their names, but also exhausting description of how to play them. Same counts for excotic instruments like this bronze age horn: Bronze Age Horn And even more, it provides some interesting articles about possibly forgotten mysteries like that of this plate: Magi with Baresma Reading through this book, I cannot help but being reminded of how important it is to conserve knowledge. This book is a comprehensive archive of exotic utilities native people made use of in the 19th century. How many of this knowledge might already be forgotten, how many games no longer played, how many instruments haven’t made sounds for how long? And I really think this is one of the greatest achievements of the digital age and of the internet: making such rare knowledge available for everybody. And thus helping spreading and conserving it.

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internet

Some Pieces of Art

Lately, the internet is getting more and more of a place where public domain art is available. And I am writing about truly precious art, not rubbish somebody’s put online. For example, I’ve found tons of scans of old books, including such lovely illustrations like this one:

Public Domain Illustration

So many illustrations, so many of them a piece of art! Thanks to all those persons and institutes that took the effort scanning, cataloging and publishing then unter the public domain license. Truly enriching mankind and a slam into the faces of those who are trying to erase the history of mankind.

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fitness

Four weeks of hard workout and red meat

So I’ve been living on red meat and hard workout for four weeks now. 

I remembered when I was dieting hard three years ago and I wasn’t able to build any muscle mass. Even worse, I combined cardio with hard workout. That was definitely a bad idea. I couldn’t progress in my weight increasing program.
This time I decided to diet on red meat while having my intense training phase. And fascinatingly it worked. I topped my lifting records by far. Only yesterday I had been trying to finish my upper back, and I didn’t succeed. After one hour of hard training I had to leave for home, literally unfinished. Actually, I could had carried on for a while.

Nevertheless I have decided to stop red meat diet and switch back to vegetables, fish and oatmeal. I gained 4kg and I am sure not all of it is muscle mass 😉

All right then, muscle building phase finished, cardio started.

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