I like the idea of time travel since i watched the "Back to the Future" movies as a child. It made me love science fiction
and it made me aware that there is a link between cause and effect. The present can influence the future. And this is why it was a pleasure to binge-watch TV series "Heroes" and "12 Monkeys". I already saw all episodes of Heroes before, but this time i got to watch it in German.
After i decided to stop myself going crazy on Jessica Clements
, i wasn’t able to make a clean cut. Instead i binge-watched her daily vlogs with Erik Conover, from a time when they were still a YouTube couple. I unsubscribed this kind of channels a long time ago, but i liked Jessica Clements
enough to make it worthwhile.
I really enjoy actress Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in the TV series "Homeland", because i can relate to her passion, paranoia, and obsession
. Her mental state causes pain to her and those she loves, but it allows her to find the truth. She decides to go off her meds, because she knows it will give her the intense focus she needs to figure out who is trying to kill her.
Normally i don’t watch horror TV series a lot, but sometimes there is an exception to the rule, like with "The Strain". Back then, when i was young
, i watched "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" because of Sarah Michelle Gellar. But The Strain has more to offer and is more mature. I only managed to watch it in the second attempt, because some scenes are quite creepy.
In 1999, i saw the movie "Notting Hill" several times, because of the love story
with Julia Roberts as main character. I really liked how this regular guy got the chance to fall in love with that famous actress. After twists and turns, with some ups and downs, there was an happy end. I wanted it to happen again and again. Because it gave me hope, and the cinema
is in walking distance, just a few minutes from our rented apartment in Bad Godesberg. I even bought it later on VHS tape. And the movie was probably the reason why i liked London
so much in the first place.
But there was another woman
that got my attention in 1999. Britney Spears came with "Born to Make You Happy" into my life and made me buy too many of her CD’s in hindsight. Watching music videos on TV was not enough. I had Britney Spears posters on the wall and i visited two of her concerts, in 2000 at Cologne and in 2004 at Oberhausen. Back then, my English was not that good, but i liked her music anyway. I even made a fan page
with biography, news and pictures. But later she got messed up with the wrong people and i lost interest in her. It was still a great time, because it distracted me from the problems at school
In late 2006, i started to study geography
at the University of Bonn, and i had to pick two subsidiary subjects. I chose geology and urban planning. At some point, i had contact with "Computer Aided Design", also known as CAD, and i decided to buy a digital graphic drawing tablet because of this. In February 2007, i bought a Wacom Intuos 3 Tablet, and i still use it today. It's more natural and much faster
than a regular mouse. Five years before, in January 2002, i already got a 12000U Tablet by Aiptek Hyperpen, but it was not practical, and in hindsight, definitely not as smooth to use as a Wacom Tablet.
Shortly after i got my first "real" computer by IBM in August 1998
, i stopped using traditional pointing devices anyway, because of the Logitech Marble Trackball, which is more precise and takes less space. Around 2005, i even played "Counter-Strike Source" with a setup like this for a while. My first "junior" computer was a JC100/01 for children from 3 years, intended for playing and learning, made by Hartung Spiele Berlin, for a price of 179 Deutsche Mark. According to the packaging, one set of batteries lasts for approximately 200 hours, but i never got that far
At the moment, i have three input devices on my "Alex desk" table from Ikea, a Wacom Intuos Tablet, a Cherry Strait Keyboard, and a Logitech T650 Touchpad. I'm left-handed, and that's why it's arranged that way. I do not draw a lot on the computer anymore, but i still edit photos
and create graphics sometimes, while i sit on my "Markus Swivel" chair by Ikea. FYI, in January 2003, i got my first SETI@home certificate for completing 100 workunits, and in July the same year, my second for 250.
I loved to make photos ever since i can remember. But film-based cameras were expensive during their active lives. This is why i had a lot to catch up on in 2000, when i got my first digital camera, a Kodak DC3800 with 2.1 megapixels. It was the beginning of many more cameras in my career. First i used them at school to make photos and videos for presentations. And later as photojournalist i documented history being written
In 2005, i got my first DSLR camera, a Canon EOS 350D with 8 megapixels. It has enabled me to capture a wider range of situations. It gave me access to events and humans i would not have seen in real life otherwise. At that time not many people had a DSLR camera, so i was special and ahead of my time. It was a quite unique moment, because there was hardly any competition, unlike these days. And this is why i have made steps from photography towards videography in the past years
- 2000: Kodak DC3800 (2.1MP)
- 2003: Canon PowerShot A20 (2.1MP)
- 2004: Canon PowerShot A85 (4MP)
- 2005: Canon EOS 350D (8MP)
- 2009: Canon EOS 7D (17.9MP)
- 2011: Canon EOS 5D Mark II (21.1MP)
- 2012: GoPro Hero2
- 2014: Canon PowerShot ELPH-150 IS
- 2014: GoPro Hero3 White
- 2014: Sony DSC-RX100 III
- 2015: GoPro Hero4 Silver
- 2016: Sony DSC-RX100 IV
Between 2011 and 2012, i had over 800.000 video views, and made over 700 USD through YouTube and Google Adsense. But at some point, they decided to disable the monetization of one of my channels without a way to defend myself
. I still uploaded origami tutorials like nothing happened, but then i switched to another style of videos, to put myself in the foreground, instead of just my hands. Because if i don’t get paid, at least i want to be recognized as an hard working artist. FYI, in mid 2006, i applied for the art academy
in Düsseldorf, but they rejected me.
I was verified as partner and i had no copyright or community guidelines strikes either. But their algorithms didn’t like me and i was just another YouTuber. I still had the channel, but i couldn’t make any money out of it. In some way, Google forced me to go one step further
because of this. Now all i wanted was recognition through video views. My last hundred origami tutorials are influenced by this and i’m starring as main character. Something i would not have done otherwise. Since then, i gave up on YouTube and Google as a way to earn money
, and use them only to host my videos for free.