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I recently took some time to finish the initial wallpaper photographies page. If you like---just as I do---using nice photographs as wallpapers, please feel free to check this page.

Just to test you: Any idea of this one?

What about this one?

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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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Last week I attended the 6th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM2008). In contrast to most other conferences I visited in the past, I didn't had a talk of my own. Instead, I reviewed a bunch of papers and acted as a session chair. The session chair was quite funny, since one of the presenters was unable to finish his speech in time. Indeed, right after he told me that he needed more time, he switched to a slide titled something like "violating time constraints".

The conference itself was very interesting and I met a bunch of old colleagues and yet another one of new contacts. What I found a bit disappointing was the very slow progress in the area of semantics. Nevertheless, other areas like mining or process analysis have moved ahead.

Another interesting news is the fact the you can by unlocked iPhones in Italy for as low as 500 Euro (8GB). This is especially interesting since I've read today that Amazon plans to sell unlocked iPhones in Germany for 750 Euro. My suggestion: Invest the 250 savings in a nice trip (incl. flight and hotel) to Milano. But be warned that a beer costs about 8 Euro in downtown!

Last but not least I'm giving you some impressions:

The Banca Popolare di Milano welcomed us right at the airport.

The building at the Politecnico di Milano where the conference took place.

The crowd of attendees during a break.

Prof. Weske from the HPI, Potsdam presented the web-based modeling tool Oryx.

Paul Harmon, Executive Editor and Founder of gave an interesting keynote.

Milano has a large castle in the center of the city.

A downtown view.

Torben, a colleague of mine, Jan, and myself in the underground.

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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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Yeah, it's summer time! While you might think this website is dead and buried, some things are going on behind the scenes... the meantime, I'm going to give you a short wrap-up of the missing months.

For the first time in my life, the price of diesel went higher than benzine.

This is quite weird, since the German tax system has a much higher charge on benzine than diesel. Still, today, I would be happy if I could fill my car for the shown price.

Knut has grown up in the meantime.

The Malibu Cocktail Bar has been extended towards the beach.

(I love this place. Indeed, there's another picture taken there in this blog).

inubit moved to a new location (and my desk has been relocated, too).

Now there's also enough room for you. If you're a student and interested in BPM research topics (and their practical implementations and evaluations), don't miss this ad. If not, we have also a bunch of other interesting jobs to offer.

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