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Impressions from Beijing 

While I was at the BPM conference in Beijing, China, I had the chance to do some sightseeing.


At our first evening we found Houhai Bar Street, the most obvious Tourist Trap in Beiijing.


A view from the subway station Wudaokou nearby the conference hotel.


A view of the Tiananmen Square---with rigorous security checks (passport required & x-ray for your bags).


Inside the Forbidden City.


A view from the Jingshan Park's Temple over the Forbidden City.


Wangfujing Street---One of Beijing most famous shopping streets.


Somewhere on the way to the Temple of Heaven (Zhushikou Street).


The Temple of Heaven (in the background) with the Long Corridor.


The conference's Social Event within the Summer Palace.


A three-level street crossing somewhere near Guomao.


World Trade Center Tower 3---Beijings tallest building.


Yep, you can also find something like this...


And finally, Beijing has a quite tremendous spaceairport; this is just half of the entrance area of Terminal 3.
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Donauwellen 

Last weekend I baked a very tasty cake called "Donauwellen" (Donau waves). While I forgot to take a picture, I created a process diagram showing the necessary steps to reproduce the result (in German):




You can find the full recipe here (also in German).
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Happy new Year! 

Today I just wish you all a happy new year! May all of your dreams, wishes, and hopes come true.

And yes, I promise again, that the things I promised in some of the last blog entries might be come true next year.
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Sweden 

Together with my family and good friends, I spent this year's summer holidays in Sweden. Somewhere here.


Our house.


Our boat.


Our rainbow?


A lake.


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Spiders 

So, time is up. I've waited long enough for Apple's iPhone. While it seems to be a nice technical goody, the price is way to high. While the Telekom was not mentioning any details, O2, the british carrier, introduced a pricing similar to the AT&T model. Thus, the lowest rate will be about 50 euro a month. Combining 400 euro for the phone and twenty-four times 50 bucks, the iPhone will cost at least 1600 euro during the two years plan. A bit too high, if you ask me.

However, my good old SE K700i died right away some weeks ago. As a replacement, I'm happy with a SE K810i. The phone is capable of doing almost everything interesting the iPhone can do. It plays music. Okay, without Coverflow. It plays videos. Okay, at a bit lower resolution. It shows Google Maps (anyway, already my K700i did that). Well, it's not playing YouTube content. Otherwise, it has (1) extendible memory, (2) no SIM-lock, (3) Java-Application support, (4) an RDS radio, (5) a lower weight, and (6) a way better camera. That's how I came to the title:


A Christian spider in the wood.
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