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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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.

Numerous App for iOs – Let the Cloud do the Counting

For a long time, I’ve been messing around with various tools that count things for me like the number of workouts I do or track my weight. Even more apps that display temperature, do countdowns etc. Finally, I’ve found a single app that accumulates all numbers I need and even displays them online. The app is called Numerous and available at the iTunes Store for iOs.

Numerous offers a dashboard on the iPhone and the iPad. A large number of interesting “receipts” are available for being displayed on that dashboard, e.g. current temperature, moon phase, countdown to the next solar and lunar eclipse etc. For me more interesting is the capability of creating custom numbers. For instance, I created a manually triggerable receipt counting the number of times I hit the gym in 2015 and another one for the number of times I did serious cardio in 2015. The count is being increased by another app, which actually is the Do Button by IFTTT. This is a very convenient way for me to increase the count every time I hit the gym by simply pressing that one button. Since it is available for iOs and Android respectively, I am not restricted to iOs to increase counts.

All right, folks, numerous offers a receipt that shows the current number of numerous users. I am thrilled by what that guys have created. I am very keen to support them. So take my advise and go and get yourself an account there.

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The Coast of England

For some reason, the sea surrounding the UK has always been a fascinating one to me. Even though I have travelled the world and have seen quite a number of other seas and coasts, still there has always been something very special about the English Channel, the North Sea and the Atlantic hitting the Island of the UK.

And I cannot even describe what it is. It’s not the fact, that it’s raging. I’ve seen many more raging likewise. It’s not the way it is covered in mist. There seems to be no difference from the danish side of the misty North Sea. It’s not the smell, not the colour, not the taste. It’s the mere feeling that I get when being there. No matter if it’s the far north, east, west or east of the island. Or even in-between.

Of course, Poe could not been created by any other island than by this one. I think, it is Poe’s writing that equals the seas and oceans of the UK.

It’s been two years now since I last visited the UK and stood there, astonished as ever, admiring the sea. This year’s going to be a Denmark year, but I really hope to get back to England in the near future.

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Working on Pythagoras Scene

Of course, Pythagoras’ equation has always had a unique attraction to all kind of mathematicians and philosophers. Its wonderful geometry becomes even more attracting by rendering it – so I thought and gave it a try. Here’s my first attempt, and work is in progress.
Pythagoras Render Work in Progress