It turns out that this homepage has quietly passed its tenth anniversary – I think this was the first original post written for the blog. Needless to say, the internet was a different place back then – Flickr was barely a year old, YouTube little over six months, Facebook not yet generally available and Twitter not launched. So you had specialised forums and blogs when you wanted to stray beyond the world of established media.
The homepage and the blog was originally created because I wanted a place to archive postings which I otherwise mailed to a group of colleagues and the blog format seemed easier to access – old e-mails have a habit of disappearing, even if I have had the same gmail-address since – oh, wait – 2006. Also, despite LinkedIn and what have you, a personal homepage is also a way of maintaining a stable online presence.
If you look through the archives, you will note that I have been much less active in updating since the autumn of 2011. There are two reasons for that – First, by late 2011 I was entering a very nasty period of work-related burn-out which meant that I had to take a four-month sick leave in the spring of 2012. You could say that I lost my stride in blogging – the ability to write slightly longer pieces of text is one of the first things to go and one of the last to recover when you experience a burn-out.
Second, the internet has changed – the debate, be it small talk or discussions of major topics, has moved to the “social media”, ie. Twitter and Facebook. The good thing is that there is more discussion and chatter now – the bad thing that neither Facebook nor Twitter invites to the more detailed and thorough examination of arguments.
And what about the future: My plan is definitively to keep the homepage alive. I value having an independent space on the internet – one which is not controlled by some network. On the other hand, I doubt that there will be much regular blogging, though – it is obvious that I use my resources on other activities, including long discussions on e-mail. And so the wheel has turned full circle.
In the meantime, you can find me on Twitter (I’ve had a profile since 2007 so I am one of the old-timers by now) as @jacobchr and Facebook.
Shadows: The Haus der Kunst in Munich is one of the few surviving buildings from the Nazi era. Today it is used as a venue for contemporary art exhibitions. So the photo both have the shadows cast on a hot summer day and the shadows cast by a dark period in European history.
My Leipzig-Munich photos are here
Summer: You could probably take a similar photo in every season of the year but still: The streets off the beaten track of Copenhagen are a treat during the summer. And the light is different in July.
Week 5: Fresh, as in fresh bananas
Week 6: Open. I went for an open space overlooking the harbour at Aalborg University’s Copenhagen campus.
Week 7: Wuwei. Which sort of translates into nothing happening or no effort. The Thomas B. Thriges Gade building site at night.
Finally, and outside of the project: Bad day in Copenhagen. My Sunday newspapers on February 15. In memory of the two people murdered in a terrorist attack in Copenhagen.
Berlin is a symbol in itself but here are several generations of symbols: The Dom as a landmark and symbol of Wilhelmine Germany, the Fersehturm as a landmark and symbol of the GDR and finally the building-site of the Berliner Stadtschloss where democratic, reunified Germany is trying to create its own symbols by recreating those of an earlier age.
“Longevity” – illustrated by an archeological excavation. European towns and cities are ancient by US standards. Even if I live in a modern house, the street next to it dates from the 15th century. The rebuilding of the city centre here in Odense also means that a number of archeological excavations are being made – I’m actually not sure what these foundations (next to the City Hall) are the remains of or if they will survive the building project but they are a symbol of the longevity of urban structures.
Apologies for the lack of updates but these are very busy weeks with teaching and exams all over the place. Even a possible political scandal involving the prime minister has managed to escape my attention.
What I can say is that I have joined a Project 52 – 2014 which is a continuation of the Project 52 on Flickr. I am behind with contributions here as well but there will be updates – including lagged ones – from that project during the year. I will also be following the Danish European Parliament election campaign for the Fondation Robert Schumann so I may be making one or the other post on that subject.
But for now, it is back to the exam preparations.
If you visit this page on the web, you will see that I have updated my “About me”-profile to say that I am available for assignments (etc) from February 2014. The reason is that I will be replacing a former colleague at UC Lillebælt who unfortunately has to take a leave for some months for the rest of the autumn semester.
I am off the hook for a couple of months – but the hunt for a new job and/or new assignments goes on!