Biking to Stoned From The Underground 2014

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 | Activities, Music, Sites | 2 Comments

From my point of view Stoned From The Underground is pretty much the closest thing to the perfect festival. It’s still small, it’s in the summer, you can park next to your tent and you have a lake to swim in just next to the camp ground and stages. And obviously it’s stoner, doom and psychedelic rock driven – just my cup of tea.

For various reasons it seemed a good idea to ride by bike to the festival. I love riding the bike, it gets you close to nature and your limits if you want to. The scenery of Hessen and Thüringen really blew my mind, I did not know how beautiful the rural eastern parts of Germany really are. Hainich National Park and its Rennstieg were awesome. Savage, dark and mysterious.

Anyway, here are a few shots of the bike trip and the festival.

I hope I can make it again next year. This time I will not start near Kassel, maybe Frankfurt, so I can approach from the south west to see even more of beautiful Germany.

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Cannot umount busy file system – who’s to blame?

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 | Insights, Linux, Tech-savvy | No Comments

Use fuser and ps to identify what process/es is/are occupying the file system.

ps -lf -p $(fuser -c /mount/point 2>/dev/null)

This is an example that is in no way related to anything that has ever happened in the real world:

[user@host somefolder]$ sudo umount /media/somefolder
umount: /media/somefolder: target is busy
        (In some cases useful info about processes that
         use the device is found by lsof(8) or fuser(1).)
[user@host somefolder]$ ps -lf -p $(fuser -c /media/somefolder/ 2>/dev/null)
F S UID        PID  PPID  C PRI  NI ADDR SZ WCHAN  STIME TTY        TIME CMD
0 S user      5058  5054  0  80   0 - 29109 wait   09:22 pts/0      0:00 bash
[user@host somefolder]$ cd ..

lol 🙂 pebcak!

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Fedora 20 / Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 Post Installation Tasks

Friday, January 24th, 2014 | Linux, Tech-savvy | Comments Off on Fedora 20 / Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 Post Installation Tasks

Again, some post installation tasks. I figure Fedora is a little bit too trigger happy on kernel updates, so I went back to go for the “default” Linux, but GNOME flavoured. Unity is not my cup of tea. It did not work as well as expected, so in the end I went back to Fedora. /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup anybody?

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Wild camping – my maiden voyage.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 | Activities, Gadgets, Photography, Sites | No Comments

I have recently upgraded my camping gear, so did a friend of mine, and now it’s pretty much winter proof (no more freezing while sleeping at Freak Valley‘s windy camp site!). We both wanted to test drive our stuff in the wild, so we figured a night’s out around the freezing point should do the trick. Weather forecast said it was gonna be dry with the lowest temperature around nill. Perfect!

The site was nice, mossy ground yet slightly slopy and the highway is in pretty close proximity which resulted in faint constant noise. Nevertheless the trip was awesome, we had clear skies and a few beers in the wild. I guess this wasn’t the last time, even though the occasional Brokeback Mountain jokes were on us in the office the next day. Ahh, sweet envy 😛

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HDMI colour space – a crooked bastard!

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 | Gadgets, Insights, Misc, Tech-savvy | No Comments

One would think that hooking up a device to a TV using a HDMI cable would automagically result in a perfect picture. Digital, 1080p full HD, state of the art, out-of-the-box. That’s not true. I recently encountered shitty display quality problems that originated from a faulty HDMI setup.

First, the problem: sometimes black was more like a gray matter, sometimes dark details simply vanished into sludge. I did hate my telly so much for its shitty display quality that I sold it for a few dimes and got myself a new one. But guess what, the problem persisted…

After more investigation on the matter I came across the fact, that there are different colour ranges in different HDMI standards and one handles the range from e.g. black to white from 0 to 255, the other from 16 to 235. This made me think. In case I had a mismatch of these standards, and let’s say my media player sends a lot of dark gray values that range from 0 to 16 and the receiver simply omits all these information and starts with pure black at 16, it’s natural my dark details got lost. Or, the other way around, my media player starts at 16 with pure black while my telly thinks that 16 already is a dark gray, as it starts with black being 0.

So, sending full range and displaying limited range will result in dark areas that are to light and light areas that are to dark.

Sending limited range and displaying full range will underexpose blacks and overexpose whites.

Here is an example (I simply altered the source and target colour ranges with Gimp):

Nature LimitedFull Nature Original Nature FullLimited

The differences may seem subtle (or YOUR display isn’t properly calibrated), but believe me, I love to crawl in dark dungeons on my PS3 or watch horror flicks that make heavy use of the darker parts of the colour palette. My telly looked like the picture to the right all the time and it drove me to sell it for “bad black levels” (just compare the tree’s trunk in the pictures and you will see the difference). Silly me. A perfect gradient illustrates the problem even more:

Gradient LimitedFull Gradient Original Gradient FullLimited

Now, that I have my systems set up right I enjoy using it so much more than before. So, give setting up your expensive home cinema a try, it doesn’t make sense to spend thousands of bucks on the equip and not setting it up properly.

As far as I understand the problem, as long as you have the sending and the receiving device configured the same you are good to go.

One last thought: I hate all the fancy tech shit becoming more and more “easy” to set up yet the problems that come along constantly increase. I never experienced problems with an old VCR or a Super Nintendo – that’s what I call “plug’n’play” 🙂 To set up a modern home entertainment system you need to really dig into it to do it right. Maybe I should look at it from a Dark Souls perspective. It’s a pain in the arse, but as soon as you’re done it’s very very rewarding.

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Three letter words taken from “Game of Thrones”

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 | Books, Insights, Language, Quirks, Reviews, Vocabulary | No Comments

Reading “Game of Thrones” I realized I couldn’t translate a lot of three letter words. Most long words are phonetic or somehow make sense of their own, but three letters without a hint … try it yourself, how many of the following words can you translate? (click on a word to see the translation)

maw
to cog
pus
sap
sod
pup
to jet
ire
to err
fib

Now that you know the hard three letter words go and get yourself a copy of the brilliant Song of Ice and Fire series.

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Donnie Darko. A tiny declaration of love.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 | Movies, Reviews | 1 Comment

Donnie Darko PosterI just listened to Gary Jules’s “Mad World” and it made me realize how much I adore “Donnie Darko“. It’s one of my perfect 10 ratings on IMDb and its in IMDB’s Top 250.

You can go suck a fuck!

I first saw it attending the Fantasy Filmfest of 2001 in Cologne. It was one of the rare moments when cinema just delivered. The curtains opened and from the opening scene on I was hooked and taken on a strange yet beautiful trip.

28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, 12 seconds. That is when the world will end.

We follow Donnie, a troubled teenager, that embarks on a journey of imagination, love, fear and -last but not least- time travel and a monstrous rabbit. The atmosphere changes from dreamy to disturbing at will and for some reason yet unknown to me I could relate to it a lot.

I promise that one day, everything’s gonna be better for you.

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Ein Brötchen in Zons. Lecker.

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 | Activities, Photography | No Comments

So, das schöne Wetter Anfang Mai musste ich ausnutzen – und welchen schöneren Grund gibt es nach Zons zu fahren, als sich ein deftiges Wurstbrötchen am Rhein zu snacken? 😛

Track@RunKeeper (Post in German, because “Wurstbrötchen” is such a nice word)

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May Day 2013 – biking Schöller / Sambatrasse

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 | Activities, Photography | No Comments

Just a random trip, this time off my beaten tracks. Wanted to check out the lime works and see for myself that this is hardly a place to fancy a swim – unfortunately. I also wanted to check out Schöller because I’ve been to Kindergarten there. No recollections though.

For the complete route and stats visit my RunKeeper profile.

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Drumming like Animal!!
(This time multiple exclamation marks are just fine)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 | Activities, Misc, Music | No Comments

Tonight, my drum-kit got the worst beating so far. Animal would have approved.

I broke a stick on my mesh head snare for heaven’s sake! It was worth it though. (Guess I hit the rim at some point?!)

Props go to The Machine’s “Caterpillar’s Mushroom“. Dim the light, lean back and enjoy a pretty intense roller-coaster ride.

The take-off at 13:00 just blows my mind!

If you need a lift home after that I suggest you try Hills’ Master Sleeps. Farewell!

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