Better Angles

Better Angles

Everybody thinks that violence increases over time. When you see all the bad news spread through media, you must have the impression that this is obvious.

The more impressed I was by realizing that this is not the truth. Steven Pinker gives an overview about live from the first human beings over ancient folks, middle age humanism until modern live.

Live has become less and less violent as he proofs with a lot of charts and statistics. Live has become less violent not only in terms of wars between states and groups but also in all different aspects of human being.

This improvement went on in several main steps, big leaps forward. One was humanism when people realized that deadly punishment, torture and so on is bad and stopped ugly things like slavery, torture and so on.

A second big step happened in the last 10 to 20 years when we saw increased rights for women, children, suppressed folks, outsiders and many others.

Last week you could read in the newspaper, that New York celebrated the first day in its existence without a homicide. This was another proof that live is becoming less and less violent.

Its unbelievable but its the truth. World is becoming more and more livable for all people. The “good old days” are a myth.

Human rights charter

Human rights charter

This document is something which should be posted in each class room.

Think people in western world are not aware of the fact, that we not always had such a free and good live and that our rights are built on thoughts of people. People who are continuously trying to improve human live.

Some people think the standards of the so called “western” live are build on catholic values. But that is totally wrong. The human rights we have today are build on humanism and modern people who have a modern view about man and world.

Think this 30 article of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” are the modern “10 commandments”. But with the difference that they are not commandments but rights.

I have posted them onto the wall of our kids room. When they are old enough to read the articles, they will ask, what it means.

Pragel

Pragel

We have planned to do Pragel Pass with the bike since 2 years. But every summer there was either not enough time or we were not fit enough. But last Sunday it was ok. I had the time, the weather was pretty and I felt that I could do it.

I started early in the morning, was a bit cold but came forward very fast. After 2 hours I was at Klöntalersee and thought that the rest would be easy.

But no, needed another hour to reach the top of the pass and had to stop from time to time because I was totally exhausted.

Going down the other side is very funny. It is one of the steepest streets I have ever driven upon. And I took me another hour until I was down in Schwyz.

From there it is another 25 kilometers back to Einsiedeln, and that’s it. This is a tour you can only do after you have already a couple of miles in your bones. I was at home exactly 2 and a half hour after my start.

Growing Tornado

Growing Tornado

It’s unbelievable but I was able to take a photo of a tornado! Were sitting in the restaurant of our hotel in Cyprus about 2 pm after having lunch and suddenly saw something coming out of a cloud looking like a finger.

First I was not sure but when I looked at it for a couple of seconds I saw that it really was growing. I told my wife to take a picture and ran to our room to get the kids to the restaurant to see it too.

When we were back it was already grown down to earth and looked like a real tornado. It was just in front of us, maybe 2 kilometers distance. I never have seen something like that and I am sure not a lot of people have.

It’s a pity that we forgot to take a video. Would have been much nicer. The whole thing had a duration of about 3 minutes, then it was over.

Tornado finished

Tornado finished

When is was down to earth it started getting thinner and thinner and vanished within seconds.

And I am also sure that you get only once in your like the opportunity to see something like that in reality and to be able to take a picture.

The whole thing was really only about 3 minutes until it was gone and I was able to see it from the beginning.

I just was nipping on my coffee when I looked at the dark cloud expecting a flash and thunder every second, when I saw the little white finger coming down slowly.

Barcelona

Barcelona

We had a business event in Barcelona. I have never been in any Spanish speaking country. I have never been in Mallorca or Costa Brava, so did not know Spain.

Therefore I am surprised about how nice Spanish people are. I like even the language: “Holla” means hello and sounds very nice. They just say “Holla”.

On the second day, we drove with Sagways through the city. This is real fun. You have to train it a bit at the beginning, but after 2 minutes, you are ok.

Once I had to jump from the thing because the turn I tried was finally to strong, but it is not really easy to have an accident. You can just not go too fast. It slows down automatically. And the nice thing is that you can drive just through the pedestrians.

Iron bike 2012

Iron bike 2012

This year I was not sure if will be able to do the 77 kilometers. I had not done the tour before this year and did not a lot of kilometers on the bike. Just had the o-tour as kind of training race.

Saturday it was raining heavily almost the whole day. Luckily the race is always on Sunday and Sunday morning sun was shining in Einsiedeln. This means that all the roads upwards were dry but downhills mostly wet or very wet.

This year I enjoyed the race the most since I participate for several reasons: it was nice weather, downhills was wet and I had enough power this year.

And there was something else: this year I had to start in the very last group and there the field is not so crowded. So you do not have to fear constantly that somebody is coming from your back and over turning you downhills. Was much fun!

O-Tour

O-Tour

First time this year that I participated at this race. It is even the first bike race except of Iron-Bike in Einsiedeln I did. My neighbor convinced me to go to the race.

We had to start early in the morning, about 6:00 am and I had no time to have breakfast. So I eat two Gipferli and drunk a Red Bull before the start in Alpnach and thats it.

The race is very exhausting. After 100 meters, it starts going up and goes up and up for maybe almost 2 hours. And downhills you have to be very concentrated. I was not too bad.

Was completely exhausted after 3 hours because I started to fast, but at the end I had not such a bad time. And in addition it was a good training for the Iron-Bike which is longer and has more altitude to go.

Uster Triathlon

Uster Triathlon

I started with triathlon when I did the half Ironman in Rapperswil-Jona this year together with 2 colleges from the company. I was surprised by the fun you have

with this sport and as I am feeling very well in water and liked swimming since I was a boy it seemed to be clear that I try this sport.

A couple of weeks ago we started at Sempach where I did the short distance but from then my target was to do the olympic distance at least once this year.

I did a lot of swimming training in the local bath in Rüti where you get from the office in only a couple of minutes. I manage to train once per week and was finally able to do 2000 meters crawl without getting really tired.

This Sunday I started in Uster for the olympic distance after I did a last test on Monday. But when I saw the distance you have to swim, I was afraid that I would not be able to do it, so far away seemed it. The start of 250 men at the same time is a big confusion because you not enough place but after some meters it gets better.

Now here I am the finisher of my first triathlon and I was much faster than targeted. I had 2 hours and 50 minutes and only 31 minutes for swimming. This is an acceptable time for me. I will do some more training on my technic for crawl, but I think there is not a lot to improve. I am proud and happy.