First a cold, then a virus – When things go against your plans.

After not being bothered by a cold in the last 2 or 3 years it finally caught me again.
About 3 weeks ago I had the first signs and went to the doc to make sure I get well again as soon as possible.

As a result I had to stay at home and in bed. So I missed school for a week and I hadn’t the chance to take care of my blog.

After a week or so I felt well enough and thought about leaving a message on here, unfortunately I saw that I somehow managed to get a computer virus…which forced me to stay offline for another week.

Then I had no real time to write a proper post, but at the end I got the chance to write this message.

Well, now I have to see that I catch up with my original plan, not to mention that I have to update wordpress…

Burnout-Syndrom – Am I in danger?

Out of FuelAs my closer friends know, I’m quite a busy man. Not only do I have to go to school, take care of multiple websites (in my spare time!) and of course also my other tasks in real life, but I’m also part of a very old online gaming club named the New Republic Navy. If I count the time together I spent on each part, I bet I come to 16 hours of doing some kind of work.

Some of the work I do in no time, other work takes a lot of time. And then there is the kind of work I put very (too?) much energy into. Like my „job“ in the New Republic Navy.

About a year ago I had almost the same situation I’m in now. I’m feeling exhausted, not willing to do anything, except one or two things I really enjoy. I have no interest in finishing or continuing some of my work (like one or two of my own websites…) and overall I’d like to sleep all day although at the same time I want to sleep at all.

As I had the same situation about a year ago, I came across a Wikipedia article about the so-called Burnout-Syndrom. After reading about symptoms and other signs of this sickness I decided to cut my online activity and engagement in many other parts of my daily life. A month later I was ok again, full of energy and ready to do what ever I’d like to do.

Today, I see those symptoms again and I decided to cut my activity again. But what is Burnout and what kind of signs or symptoms should you be aware of? Weiterlesen

Act 4 Trees – Take part in the reforestation of Amazonia

Kristarella wrote an article about the „Act4trees“ project and I decided to also get on the train.

AQUAVERDE LogoThe project run by has the astonishing goal of receiving 100 million visits. Once this goal is reached, will put back 10,000 Euro (approx. 13,612 USD) to the environmental organization AQUAVERDE.

AQUAVERDE is a non-profit association founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2002.

Its goal is to promote and support all initiatives thriving to bring a new dimension to the interaction between human society and environement, in the perspective of sustainable development and dignity of People.

The association concentrates its efforts in priority to the safeguard of water ressources in the Amazon region, which constitute today one fourth of the fresh water reserves of our planet.

I believe we should support this project, either by donating to the association or by supporting the Ace4trees website and getting them their 100 million visits.

So what are you waiting for?

How I deal with the aftermaths of a car accident

Only a few friends of mine know about what happened on Sunday the 12th. Now, almost 2 weeks after, I decided to write an article about it. Mainly to share my thoughts and feelings, but also to revise what happened…

Well, let’s start at the beginning. On that day my parents drove to Lübeck which is at the Baltic Sea in the northern parts of Germany as they spent their vacations there, traveling by tandem bicycle to Bansin, that’s about 455km away. I traveled with them to Lübeck as I had to drive the car back home and pick them up again a week later after they reached Bansin.

So my parents went off for their vacation trip and I drove home. Everything was cool and I had quite some fun. It was my first time that I made such a long trip alone 🙂

I made a stop in Marienborn to have a short look at the memorial of the division of Germany because Marienborn was one of the crossings one could travel to the „German Democratic Republic“ (DDR) and the „Federal Republic of Germany“ (BRD) back before 1990.

I continued my way home as it was about one hour away from there. Unfortunately, or depending on the point of view fortunately, things got…uhm…bad after I passed the exit to Alleringersleben.

The car in front on me came to an emergency halt, so I had to hit the brakes. Luckily I got to a halt on time, same for the cars behind me. Since I was on the middle lane of the three lane highway, I pulled over to the left lane because it was free. I parked my car, grabbed my mobile phone as I saw smoke about 100m in front of me. I jumped out of the car, had a short look and saw fire. Without thinking I called 112 which is the German equivalent for 911 and reported the accident. I then grabbed the first aid box, locked the car and rushed for the accident to provide first aid. Weiterlesen

Help, I’m melting! – 5 Ways to stay cool on a hot day

I’m not really melting, but it was a very hot today with a maximum of 45°C/113°F in the sun.

I assume I had less problems with the heat than anyone else around me, that’s why I decided to tell you my secrets to stay cool and survive the day.

5 ways to stay cool on a hot day