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Shutdown two, week twenty-three


#cologne #music #politics #travel

This week brought us two new words: Bundesnotbremse (Federal Emergency Brake) and Brckenlockdown (Bridge Lockdown). They are both symptomatic of a complete and utter failure by our government to adequately address the Covid-19 pandemic. Not to mention the anemic progress in vaccinations. Sigh. We know that the greatest danger of infection is when we are Continue reading Shutdown two, week twenty-three
Shutdown two, week twenty-three
 

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#cologne #politics

My father, Dr. Klaus Frank, would have turned 100 today. He was an ensign in the Wehrmacht and fought against the Soviet Union, returning home severely injured. After the war, he spent most of his life atoning and striving towards reconciliation with his former enemies, trying to righting the wrongs and the suffering he had Continue reading 100
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Shutdown two, week twenty-two


#climateaction #climateemergency #climatestrike #cologne #fridaysforfuture #politics

#laschetdenktnach Were in year two of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the prime minister of NRWE is taking Easter off to think and try to understand how the virus transmits from person to person. Its consistent, though; he also fails to understand the impact of CO2 on the climate emergency and the immediate need to stop Continue reading Shutdown two, week twenty-two
Shutdown two, week twenty-two
 
Digitalisierte Arbeit ist endlich angekommen

Natürlich vermisse ich Famile und Freunde, aber was meine Arbeit angeht war die Pandemie bisher sehr gut zu mir: Ich gehöre zu der privilegierten Gruppe von Menschen, die gut im Home Office arbeiten können.

Ich bin freiberuflich in der IT für mehrere Kunden in verschiedenen Orten und in verschiedenen Ländern tätig und mit der Pandemie hat endlich eine umfassende Digitalisierung der Arbeit begonnen. Ich habe bis heute ein ganze Menge Projekte komplett virtuell abgewickelt - von der Akquise bis hin zur Abrechnung und ich bin begeistert, wie unkompliziert und einfach das sein kann!

Auch wenn wir im Moment nicht reisen können, so eröffnet uns die Digitalisierung der Arbeit doch eine ungeahnte Flexibilität: Ich kann am gleichen Tag morgens ein Meeting in Frankfurt haben, danach einen Workshop in Kopenhagen halten und zum Ende des Tages an einem Projekt Jour-Fixe in München teilnehmen.

Diese Flexibilität der Örtlichkeit setzt sich natürlich auch im Privatleben fort: Ich kann am gleichen Tag zum Musikhören in einen Club in Koblenz gehen und anschliessend an einer Podiumsdiskussion in New York teilnehmen. Wunderbar!

Die Pandemie beschränkt mich auf der einen Seite, auf der anderen beflügelt sie mich und ich hoffe sehr, dass wir die Beschränkungen der physikalischen Lokalität in unserem Leben nach der Pandemie weiter aufheben können.

Meine Hoffnung ist, dass wir auch in Zukunft nicht mehr davon abhängig sind, wo wir uns gerade aufhalten. Und dass ich möglichst nie wieder zum Arbeiten in ein Büro muss!

(Aus: 1 Jahr Coronakrise – wie war dein Arbeitsjahr? 8 Menschen erzählen)

#cologne #politik #politics #corona #covid19 #lockdown #homeoffice #digital #work #german
 

Shutdown two, week twenty-one


#cologne #politics

We are stuck, like the Ever Given in the Suez Canal. The number of infections is on the rise; the new Covid-19 mutations transmit to the younger generation at a much higher rate. Vaccination efforts have stalled. There is no home office mandate in place. The government has canceled the hard Easter lockdown. Schools remain Continue reading Shutdown two, week twenty-one
Shutdown two, week twenty-one
 

Shutdown two, week twenty


#climateaction #climateemergency #climatestrike #cologne #fridaysforfuture #politics

The lockdown is finally grown up; its no longer a teenager. After todays about-face from our government over Easter restrictions, well probably see it go into its thirties or forties. Can we get a new government, please? Last Friday, though, we had the latest global climate strike it was a total success! In Cologne, Continue reading Shutdown two, week twenty
Shutdown two, week twenty
 

Shutdown two, week nineteen


#climateaction #climateemergency #climatestrike #cologne #fridaysforfuture #politics

The lockdown is almost grown-up; this week was its last week as a teen. Infections are on the rise, and the predictions for Easter are dire. Vaccination efforts are stalling. Nevertheless, were opening the schools. Aside from Corona, our governments also keep ignoring the climate crisis. So we need to go back to the streets Continue reading Shutdown two, week nineteen
Shutdown two, week nineteen
 

Shutdown two, week eighteen


#cologne #politics

The situation is much worse than last week: Seven-day R is above 1, meaning that the number of infections is on the rise. Yet, our government plans to ease the restrictions. And vaccination is not going anywhere our vaccination strategy is a colossal failure, both on a state and the country level. Unfortunately, like Continue reading Shutdown two, week eighteen
Shutdown two, week eighteen
 

Shutdown two, week seventeen


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Were in a quite paradoxical situation: While we expect the third wave of infections, we nevertheless ease the contact restrictions. Why is it so difficult to understand and accept that proximity and contact frequency drive the pandemic? No reason to blame the government for that, I think. One group, however, is definitely to blame, and Continue reading Shutdown two, week seventeen
Shutdown two, week seventeen
 

Shutdown two, week sixteen


#climateaction #climateemergency #climatestrike #cologne #fridaysforfuture #politics

The number of infections is slowly increasing again. Surprise! Not. We knew that the new mutations would be more contagious, but still, our government refuses to acknowledge and prepare for the third wave. A year ago Friday, right-wing terrorists murdered six people in Hanau (Hesse). There were vigils in their honor all over Germany as Continue reading Shutdown two, week sixteen
Shutdown two, week sixteen
 
@Jenkem didn't see the can, did you post it? Will check. Still a bit amazed by the fact that you got a beer from #Cologne. @sid, but dad
 

Shutdown two, week fifteen


#cologne #politics

As expected, we extended the lockdown to March 7th, for now. We have also set a new target for infection rates (less than 35 per 100,000 people), making a lot of sense. Still, I am amazed at how many people feel that they can argue or plead with a virus. Sars-CoV-19 is a deadly airborne Continue reading Shutdown two, week fifteen
Shutdown two, week fifteen
 

Shutdown two, week fourteen


#cologne #movies #music #socialmedia #travel

The numbers are still not that good, and were most likely looking at an extension of the lockdown. Meanwhile, lets talk about arts and culture, what has changed for me during the lockdown and what I believe will continue: Movies: I used to go to the cinema a lot I love movies. Naturally, the Continue reading Shutdown two, week fourteen
Shutdown two, week fourteen
 

Shutdown two, week thirteen


#cologne #movies #music #socialmedia #youtube

The situation is getting better but is still dire. We will most likely see an extension of the current lockdown while our government ramps up the vaccination efforts. But how will our life change afterward? Lets have a look: I do not meet friends and family in person. I havent been in an office in Continue reading Shutdown two, week thirteen
Shutdown two, week thirteen
 
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