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Fiction: Breaking it down

Honestly, not sure where I wanted to go with this. Totally fictional though. I wanted to create a story, but it became something else at some point.



That’s what I really should do. But I won’t. Because I can’t. Because I shouldn’t. But why is that? Isn’t that what we are supposed to do? Only if we break things down we can build them up again. Yet again, through that another struggle awaits us.  But struggle as it is, isn’t it needed? Struggling lets us struggle to let go of that what needs to go. In the end, everything will go somewhere. That’s what things do, they move. Although movement isn’t embedded in our nature, it is still natural. A weird struggle of nature. After all, if we break it down, we are made out of what nature is. Tell me, is this train of thought natural?

But if it isn’t, or rather if it would be, what could it be? Can you see what I mean? Breaking it down provides us not with answers, that is a myth. More questions will always be the result of that – breaking things down after all will always provide us with multiple smaller pieces aswell.

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Flash fiction: The story of how Madox became a hero

Let me tell you younglings a story that once happened to me in my lifetime. After all, im the great Madox! I witnessed everything and met everyone! Im the guy that lived through so many things, you would believe them even if you would have been there. So let me share one of those story with you guys right now.

It was in the summer, like 10 years ago, yes. I walked along a beach on the southern coasts of spain. I was visiting there back at that time because i needed some vacation. You know, i always was a busy man. And as a busy man like that i definitely need my well earned vacation, right? So i was just walking along there, just minding my own business and looking accross the occean. Theres nothing better then just looking over all that water with no end in sight. And then i bumped into that girl. She wasnt all that old yet, propably just a few years over 20. What a beautiful young girl it was! She asked me if i would know where she would find a young, trustworthy man that could guide her the way to the closest cafe. The man i am i was instinctively worried about that. After all, why would such a young and good looking girl asking a stranger like me? I mean, i can understand that you would want get to know me. Im just such a great person after all. But this just seemed too strange. So i said yes and we walked to the streets close to the beach. And as we got there i already saw a big black truck with multiple men inside of it. My genius brain already made me realize what was going on here. So i pulled the girl behind a wall and told her to be quiet for a second while i was taking a longer look around the corner. Quickly i put together a plan so that i could get her around that truck safely to the place where she wanted to go. So i calculated with insane precision that only i could ever possess that i would have to throw a burning piece of trash exactly 193,23 meters across the street. This would be a impossible task for every other person out there, but i told you guys, didnt i? Im not ordinary. Im just great. So i just did that. My plan was a total success, as expected. The men were distracted and the girl and I were able to get to the place.

Well and after that, you know how it goes. Since she wasnt distracted with that other problem anymore she instantly realized my greatness and fell in love with me. She couldnt help it, i knew that. After all, who wouldnt fall in love with me? The great Madox cant be just there for only one person out there, so i had to decline her. Such greatness just had to be shared with the world!

But this is the story guys. The story of how I, the great Madox, became a hero! Atleast to that one girl. After all, what better thing could there ever be than a person that had a better day through my limitless greatness!

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Java Tutorial [1]: Essentials

So, to even begin with Java in general we need some kind of tool to write our code. For that kind of task a editor would propably be the best (and the only?) choice. There are several kinds of editors out there – text editors, IDE’s (Integrated Development Environments) and lots of other kinds of choices that i wont even try to tell you anything about because i simply do not know.

So, im usually using a IDE called Eclipse. IDE means pretty much this:

An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for software development. An IDE normally consists of a source code editorbuild automation tools and a debugger. Most modern IDEs have intelligent code completion.

So its a compilation of various tools to one big giant tool to put it simply. All of that is just there to support developers with their tasks to create great applications.

And the one i mentioned and use, Eclipse, is one of those.

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It gets regularly updated and provides you with a relatively bug-free environment to do your things. Sure, with time you will discover a free problems – it eats up your resources and sometimes it tends to suspend itself just because it can, but except for that, solid. There are others out there, e.g. NetBeans or IntelliJ. They are just as good. Other people out there might argue for them as better and honestly, for them they are propably the better choice. We are all different in the end and have different requirements for an environment to create our best software.

Now then, to download Eclipse and to finally start things of, heres the currently link for Windows, 64Bit:

https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/oomph/epp/oxygen/R/eclipse-inst-win64.exe

Note that the version changes from time to time and with that the link wont be the same aswell anymore. So if you are reading this in like months you will propably have to search for a new link on the Eclipse website.

After that, follow the standard installation process. I wont go into detail here – if you are interested in developing software you propably already know the basics of how to handle a computer. Just one little thing: pick the choice on the top. You wont need any of those special kinds of Eclipse versions anytime soon. Maybe later, but not now.

As you start the application up afterwards you will be asked about your workspace. Picking the default one should usually be fine. The workspace is the place where all your projects will go. You can change that later on.

So, after completing the process of starting the IDE up you will get an empty white space with menu bars. Thats your new development environment! Not much to see here for now, but that will change with time.

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In the next step we will talk about the fundamentals of Java – structures, operators, what they mean. The first steps to create the classic starter application in every programming language ever – Hello World!

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Political failures

So, this time lets talk politics. Again. I did this a while ago and i usually try to avoid topics like those (or others like religions) because everyone out there got a different take on it. Everyone thinks something else about e.g. certain politicians or how they should do things. But recently something happened over here that made me write this post right now.

They failed.

Doesnt really sound like anything new, right? Politicians fail to do stuff all the time. They promise a lot and very often dont deliver. They fail to do good politics and they also often fail to reach that what they should reach so that the world wont go to shit sooner or later. But this time, man… its on a whole other level.

See, in germany they were elections a while ago. Everyone was scared of the right extremist party to gain ground and all that stuff. So people gave their votes and sure, they gained some ground, but not all that much. A warning shot in my opinion, but you could still turn that around by doing something good in the period you were elected for and through that gain the trust of your people back. But nope, that isnt happening. Its the total opposite.

Three different parties tried to create a coalition over here that could govern our country. The CDU (and with that the CSU, the bavarian sister of the CDU), the FDP and the green party. They talked for weeks and weeks and tried to come together in various points that are important these days. Immigrants, Environmental protection, electricity made out of coal, various other stuff. And then last week the FDP announced that they dont want to continue. They were done and dont want to create said coalition. And with that they failed horribly. There are like no really good options left.

They could recreate the former government coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD. No one wants that though. People obviously voted against that at the election and everyone knows that. People would loose so much trust in all parties that are currently involved in politics. If they are actually a part of said coalition or not.

Then theres the option of a minority government. Something that never happened before on a national level. People are surprisingly open to that everywhere around and i personally believe that this wouldnt be the worst option out there. But people are also scared that this could mean that germany as a whole would appear weak to other countries out there. Not that we appear strong right now, but even weaker then right now.

And then theres like one more try to create the coalition of CDU/CSU, FDP and the green party. Although the FDP already said that they wont participate in any further talks.

And thus it seems right now as that the previous coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD will propably be continued. Like i wrote, no one wants that and it will propably mean a few things with high certainity:

  • The SPD will be done afterwards. That is pretty much guaranteed. They lost so much with the former coalition with the CDU/CSU, its hard to imagine that they would gain anything this time around.
  • The german government would be at a standstill – they didnt do anything the last few years in the same constellation, so why would they start now? After all, Chancelor Merkel would still be in charge aswell. Same people, same parties. No changes.
  • The extremist parties, especially those from the right wing, will get so much stronger. They will gain more ground doesnt matter which option will be chosen, i got no doubts about that. But this one will sky-rocket them to the top. They will gain like 20%+ at the next elections if nothing really world-changing will happen until then.

So, its all going to shit it seems. Politics over here usually make fun of other certain presidents out there with blond hair that are prone to twitter usage, but they are no different. They dont use twitter all that much, sure, but they fail just as much. The future looks bad all the same.

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Flash fiction: Calendar

“So what day is it today?”

“Its like Monday i guess. Not sure though. Why do you ask?”

“Ah, you see, I still need to do that thing. You know, the thiiiing. You understand what Im saying right now?”

“Not really, no. What kind of thing?”

“The thiiing at that certain kind of day. Common man, you really dont know what im talking about?”

“Nope. Not at all. Cant you just tell me what this is about? This is getting annoying.”

“Well this is no fun. You have to imagine what im talking about. Like, let your inner thoughts run wild on your brain and let them unleash the genius that is inside you so that you might remember what im talking about. Has to be somewhere inside of you, some sort of memory.”

“Nooope, nothing.”

“Oh well then.”

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Violet cauliflower and green cheese

I saw those 2 things in a supermarket when i was on one of my journeys to my girlfriend a while ago. I thought to myself ‘that stuff is weird. Why would anyone every buy that?’.

Because lets be honest to ourselves, this stuff looks artificial if you arent used to it.

So i searched the web a bit and found like a few kinds of cheese that could be green. You can always color them these days, surely, but putting that aside – theres one type of cheese that is cheese by the kind of way it is made. Its called Schabziger. Its from Switzerland and it got a light dark green color (its not the one from my image above, thats just a random image from google). It gets its color from clover that gets mixed into it before the cheese gets pressed into form.

 

For the violet/purple cauliflower, theres that explanaition out there for it:

Purple cauliflower is a cool-season biennial cruciferous vegetable, botanical name Brassica oleracea var. botrytis, belonging to the plant order Capparales. Purple cauliflower’s color is due to the presence of the antioxidant anthocyanin, which can also be found in red cabbage and red wine.

(http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Purple_Cauliflower_1122.php)

So its a type of cauliflower that grows like that by nature. Its from the autumn/ winter season, so that is also where the color is coming from.

Strange what kind of things exist these days, huh? I get to see lots of advertised products from many producers out there since im looking at hundreds of advertisment images everyday for work, but that kind of stuff is still pretty rare.

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Flash fiction: Anger

Anger was all he was at that moment.

His brain wasnt working properly. Just pure emotion, searching a way to get out of his system. And while that happened inside of him he felt it. It slowly crawled up inside of him. From his stomach through his throat to his brain. And suddenly he just had to scream, to get it all out of him.

He just stood there, screaming for minutes without end. And while he was doing so he saw the images infront of him that drove him to this very point. Images of his family, his workplace, his hobbies. People he once knew, that he knew right now. His past, his future, his present.

After he screamed it all out and he was finally done he noticed the real problem. It wasnt that he was angry – that was just a follow-up issue of the core problem underneath all of it. He was empty inside. A husk in human form. All the things in his life had slowly killed all he was once was. He didnt feel any fire inside of him. Just emptiness. And it consumed him from the inside. And suddenly he knew what he had to do. He needed to become someone else. He needed to be a person that different from that what he was right now.

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Flash fiction: Get out!

He sat quietly in a room. Too long he took everything she said for granted. He admitted that he was naive to himself, he knew that. He believed her when she said that everything would work out. That everything should be fine if he would just calm down and trust her. If he would just change to that what she thought to be right.

But now he realized how wrong he was. His trust, misplaced, broken to pieces, shattered onto the ground.

With a grim face he picked up an empty bag and left the room. While he was walking out there to the appartment door she saw him and asked him where he thought he was going at this time. It was night after all. He looked to her without any expression on his face and answered her like he never did before:

“Im done.”

After that he went out of the door. Nothing was to be heard from behind him. The door of the appartment slowly closed itself as he was walking through the night, looking for a future that would provide him with more then he had up to this point.

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Flash fiction: Marsh

They were marshing towards the buildings of the state. Armed with pitchforks and torches they were prepared to let their anger let loose on those that made them suffer. It didnt matter where they were from, it didnt matter what color their skin had. United they were in their goal to bring their own kind of justice to those that were mocking them from the rooftops  of their luxurous appartments and villas. At first they were still laughing, making fun of those others down there that stood in against the current system. But as their numbers grew their fear grew aswell. The masses grouped up and paved their way. The mocking ones tried to flee – but their plane pilots didnt fly and their drivers wouldnt drive of. Justice was what they deserve and no one would be able to rescue them from their fate, as cruel as that may be. And thus the darkness engulfed humanity. No traces of light were left on that day. A day that voiced the opinions of the weak and at the same time empowered the remaining rich people even more.