Since 6 months I am working on a new painting project. A friend had the good idea to participate at a local market where you can sell your pictures.
Only condition is that you have at least 40 pictures. So we started to paint like devil. My plan was to stay with one theme and make all 40 pictures about the same topic. After some thinking I decided to paint men.
I saw similar paintings on a web page about hobby painters and thought staying with one topic is much easier than getting creative again and again.
First I made the drawing for all 40 frames. This was the hard work but I was able to finish it within about 2 weeks. After that I continued with adding color to the first pictures. This is much more time consuming.
Here is the result of the first 20 paintings: all men with green suit. Click here to see all of them. The next 10 pictures will be in red and are currently under work.
From time to time you have to learn something new. If you go to bed and think about what you have learned today and there comes nothing into your mind. Stand up and read something in a lexicon just to be able to say that you have learned something that day.
Currently I am back on learning something for my job. jQuery is a development language for internet development, a library which makes it easy to develop web pages able to be running in different browsers.
I bought a book and started reading chapter after chapter until I came to this nice chapter about programming a monster page where you can swap images to define the face of numerous different monsters. Click here to see the page I have developed with help of that book. Many thanks to the writers of the book for the images and the idea!
This is a really really good book. I can not remember how I got the book or who introduced it to me. But it was so easy to read and so interesting that I read it within a couple of hours beginning of my Christmas holidays this year.
The author is Michael Schmidt-Salomon, a philosopher and writer. I already read years ago for example a history about philosophy. But my impression so far was that this is a very humourless topic and very hard to understand and the sheer mass of information about all the different times and philosophers was exhausting.
I never thought that it could be interesting to study a subject like this. But this book is great, easy to read, understandable and very very interesting. I am sure, this will not be the last book I have read from Mr. Schmidt-Salomon.
Since 2 months I have a ticket for the fitness studio again. I had one more than ten years and had been in the studio nearly twice a week. But suddenly, approximately 2 years ago I had enough. Now, I am back together with two friends. This time in a local studio just 10 minutes away by car: in the near hotel Ramada.
There is a wellness park in this new hotel. It contains a sauna, fitness studio, a hamam area and a small pool outside with salt water. It’s great. I really enjoy the pool with the salt water.
Normally I go to the studio twice a week early in the morning, on my way to the office and most of the time my friend is also there. And then I do a lesson on the weekend, either in the late morning or in the late afternoon, mostly again together with a friend. In the morning I have no time to enjoy the pool, but at the weekend or when being there in the night, we always take a short bath in the pool.
I always feel like being on holiday. The studio it very new, the fitness area has more than 1000 qm and there are not too many people. Really really relaxing.
Years ago I had a stiletto. Don’t remember why I bought it, and don’t know where I had bought it. Maybe I even bought it in Italy. I remember that I had spent a couple of weeks in the northern part of Italy that summer as teacher for a couple of young boys. The knife is also called butterfly as far as I remember.
Obviously there is a company in Italy near Venice which is producing knifes of superior quality. They manufacture handmade switchblades, stilettos or so called spring knifes, beautiful products as you can see on their homepage. One of their products is the classical Italian Stiletto, but my favourites are the modern models like the B-Naked or the B-Stealth.
Anyway, this small family company with name Frank Beltrame is producing these beautiful knifes and is obviously very success in selling them worldwide.
A friend an me, we decided this summer to join the local sailing club and to start sailing.
The lake with the sailing club area is just 1.5 kilometers from our flat, and I always wished to have my own boat. So, was just a question of time to start with this hobby.
And here is my boat. I bought it from a couple from the club who doesn’t need it anymore. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s a Helbling 485!
Next spring, as soon as there is enough water in the lake, I will do my first turn.
Normally I am not the guy who is buying a sports device before he is sure to practise the sport. But this time, it will be different. But I’m sure, this will become a lovely hobby.
Flat in Salzburg
Just a couple of months before I went to Switzerland and decided to live there, I had bought a small flat a couple of kilometres, about 10 minutes outside of Salzburg.
It’s a really beautiful flat, I was very happy there from the very beginning. But living in Switzerland, I rented it to different people and was not able to use it myself.
But last summer I have renovated the whole flat and and will use it now for me and my family to make holidays there. We already spend a week over there in October and bought all necessary furniture and after Christmas, we will be there again.
Our idea is, to rent it on a weekly basis to people from Switzerland. So if you wish to have some nice days in Salzburg, in one of the most beautiful places I know, the just send me an email.
Why is estimating the effort necessary for a software development project so much more complicated than estimating the construction of a building? Because a software development project is a new project with mostly new people and often new technology for every new project.
Once again I had to experience that the estimation for a project was too optimistic. It is easy to estimate the expectable effort if yourself will be the person who has to realise the project. I remember that all estimations I did for myself where exact.
But as soon as the project is larger and is about a new business area, you have to do more work. You will have to do different kinds of estimations, for example a SCRUM story point estimation, a comparison with a similar project, a function point analysis and so on.
Now, there is the cone of uncertainty which tells us that an estimation done before the projects requirements were investigated properly could be far far away from the real effort you will spend. And the estimation will only come down to a more realistic value if you do another estimation after the requirements are clearer or even after you have started developing.