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# Whether to build a search index to be used later on by a JavaScript library
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taxonomies = [
# You can enable/disable RSS
{name = "categories", rss = true},
{name = "tags", rss = true},
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theme = "even"
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{url = "https://twitter.com/crepererum", name = "Twitter"},
{url = "https://github.com/crepererum/", name = "GitHub"},
{url = "https://keybase.io/crepererum", name = "Keybase"},
{url = "pages/research", name = "Research"},
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even_title = "crepererum"
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title = "$4,000,000,000"
date = 2014-02-21
[taxonomies]
categories = ["blog"]
tags = ["sarcasm"]
+++
This week silicon valley produced the biggest deal since months. *Facebook* bought *WhatsApp* for 19 Billion US Dollar. Because it's more difficult to buy things using stocks, let's only talk about the 4 Billion cash. Four Billion - $4,000,000,000. Can you imagine how much money that is? Me either, so have a look at some examples. What can you do with 4 Billion USD?
## Research
You might want to do something really big for humanity, or at least something that proves that some of our theories are right. Something like:
- **LHC** - maybe the biggest machine on earth which has proven that these Higgs things exist
- **Wendelstein 7-X** - to test a modern fusion reactor (don't try to build an ITER-like reactor, you just don't want to spend so much money ;) )
- **Human Genome Project** - I know, it's already finished. But in fact, you could imagine how much gene research you can do. For example, you can decode another ape
- **Hubble Space Telescope** - You could sponsor the instrument to provide amazing insights to other galaxy and help us to understand the history and future of everything, except everything
- **...** - other stuff like super crazy big X-Ray cannons, even more particle colliders, mammoth clones, space travel stuff, we-measure-everything-climate satellites, really needed HIV research, another cancer (research) lab, ...
## Development Aid
There are kind a bunch of people who need some help, but I guess because they need it for something boring like "surviving" instead of their daily social shitstream, this is not so important. I mean, instead of look-at-this-green-face-photo-filter and annoying-fart-video-autoplay, they need unhip stuff like:
- **Food** - to post some photos of it (including even-more-30s-photo-filter)
- **Water** - how else should they get rid of this horrible hangover?! By the way, nice naked pictures from last week
- **Education** - because nobody understands their status posts
- **Electricity** - come on, you know why!
- **...** - totally senseless stuff like protecting tasty kids and women, featuring anti-everything-and-corruption journalism, supporting why-the-hell-independence-initiatives, ...
## Freedom
Buying freedom, hehe, this freaky guy... No, really, as a tech company, you can do a lot:
- **Encrypted, Uncensored Communication** - for sharing more cat pictures
- **Live and Free HQ Video Channels** - porn everywhere!
- **Anonymization** - that would make selling drugs easier man
- **Encrypted File Sharing** - finally, free brain-free games for everyone
- **...** - nerdy stuff, who-really-needs-devide-encryption, conspiratorial knowledge, terroristic information leaking, ...
## Neighbors
Never thought about your own country, all that stuff around you while sitting in your Starbucks? Sure, here is why this would be wasting of time:
- **Young People** - who really wants the next generation of journalists, researchers, politicians or just damn normal suckers?
- **Culture** - you know, that thing that existed before *Facebook*? Nope, not *Myspace*!
- **Integration** - ahhh, OK, sorry, social networks already doing that. Mmh...
- **Poor and Homeless People** - they maybe won't have a smartphone, or a *Facebook* account, but... no, they cannot like your I-am-so-fucking-sexy-photos
- **...** - apart from it, you might just build a higher wall and buy a nice car with tinted windows...
## ...
Yep, I guess there are more ideas, but who cares if *Facebook* can just buy:
## You
Finally, here is the thing *Facebook* bought - no, the did not buy a crappy messenger app which uses technology of the last century. Even when the *WhatsApp* messenger works hundred times better than this shitty *Facebook Messenger* piece. (Everyone with a non-always-online-connection knows this.) The did not buy address books, because already got it using their own special methods. They did not even got a good ad selling platform. They've just bought the right to read, store and use your messages, your pictures, your loves, your hates, your ideas, your thoughts, your mistakes, your life - **they've just bought you!**
<br/>
**PS: I don't suggest any development aid organization here. You may want to decide on your own where, who, how and if you want to help.**
**PPS: If I had a comment system here I would ask you for more ideas. Unfortunately I don't have one. So you might just answer me on Twitter using [@crepererum](https://twitter.com/crepererum)**
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title = "Casual Entertainment"
date = 2013-11-12
[taxonomies]
categories = ["blog"]
tags = ["thoughts"]
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I grew up when music was already digital. The first form of music I really used was packed in the form of CDs. But to be honest, I've never bought a CD. I just found it to expensive, so I've got copies from friends and family members. CDs required you to prepare your playlists wisely, because getting them required time and money and they only were able to keep around 20 songs.
Then MP3s hit the market and changed my style of consumption. It got more casual in contrast to a CD, which wasn't enough to hold the variety of styles and bands I used over the day. And it was usage, because it highly depended on my mood and the effect I wanted to archive when listening to music. So I started to build up a collection by sharing with fiends, sucking out _eMule_ and the _Torrent_ network and utilizing sites like _RapidShare_ and _Megaupload_.
But my collection was quiet small compared to that of a good friend of mine, who owned an external hard drive with 600 GB of music. He invested weeks in sorting, fixing and equipping the collection with high quality album covers. But he never consumed the entire set. Many pieces he only listened a few times to. And there was a growing number of songs he never completely played. The reason is that he owned many pieces only to try them or to be able to play them when there is the right moment to do so, e.g. love songs or soundtracks.
As my own collection grows, I recognized the same problems. But before I really hit this point, _Grooveshark_ was built. It provided a new, casual way to enjoy music. Play the kind of music which you want to at the moment you find optimal. Even new releases were instantly available. Music became part of my life. For every situation I was able to find the best kind of sound. Checking out new stuff was incredible easy.
Because the nature decided to do so, I got older and the requirements changed. Instead of cheap usage of music, I want a high quality, good sorted and fair way to enjoy. I got enough low quality MP3s without tags and the ability to give something back to the artist. But I don't want to miss the casual way without blowing a huge amount of money. In Germany it took years to introduce a service that provides this. _Simfy_ was the first one I used. Later I switched to _Spotify_. In addition to the high quality experience, I'm now able to enjoy my music on mobile devices which adapts pretty well to the lifestyle of getting around or listening while being on track or while working and studying. And artists get payed according to what I'm listening to while I'm paying a amount which seems to be fair to me. Over the last months flatrate companies started to add additional features like social networking and recommendations which support the casualty.
So I can say that I'm pretty happy now with the situation for music. Thanks to the providers for the great service. For the future I would like to see the same for movies too. In Germany flatrates are far to expensive and/or provide movies after a too long delay. The same holds for games. Both parts seem to be handled in the USA already so there is hope that the situation in Germany better in the next five years.
And for all users of _Grooveshark_ & Co I recommend to think about giving something back to the artist. This doesn't mean that you have to sign up for a flatrate. You might just buy an album which you really like or visit some live concerts, because you want to enjoy high quality, fresh stuff. But there is definitely a way to do it.
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title = "Focus!"
date = 2014-05-17
[taxonomies]
categories = ["blog"]
tags = ["design"]
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During the restyle of [brain4D](https://crepererum.github.io/brain4D) I tried to style the UI more intuitive. One of the main points was to clarify which parts are active and which are not. The main approach is the variance of colors, so that the contrast of outer background, border, inner background and text is high or low. See this example:
<div class="tom-focus-form">
<div class="tom-focus-button">Default</div>
<div class="tom-focus-button tom-focus-active">Focus</div>
<div class="tom-focus-button tom-focus-passive">Passive</div>
</div>
This kindly tries to simulate the focus on light and shadow in the real world. But focusing is more. It's about depth and blurring and sharpness. Because [web technology isn't ready for blurring](http://caniuse.com/#feat=css-filters), we can use a trick. There are colored and blurred shadows around text and boxes. If we adjust the color right, we can archive focus and defocus:
<div class="tom-focus-form">
<div class="tom-focus-button">Default</div>
<div class="tom-focus-button tom-focus-active2">Focus</div>
<div class="tom-focus-button tom-focus-passive2">Passive</div>
</div>
Nice. Notice how the high contrast and sharpness of the focus object guides the eye. Finally let's test this in a real world szenario. Imagine a user registration request that got rejected because of an invalid email address:
<div style="text-align:center;">
<div class="tom-focus-eform">
<div class="tom-focus-etitle">New Member</div>
<div class="tom-focus-eline tom-focus-epassive"><div class="tom-focus-ename">First Name:</div><input type="text" value="Tom" /></div>
<div class="tom-focus-eline tom-focus-epassive"><div class="tom-focus-ename">Last Name:</div><input type="text" value="Fisher" /></div>
<div class="tom-focus-eline tom-focus-eactive"><div class="tom-focus-ename">Email:</div><input type="text" value="tom@foo.d" /><div class="tom-focus-emessage">Invalid</div></div>
<div class="tom-focus-eline tom-focus-epassive"><div class="tom-focus-ename">Hometown:</div><input type="text" value="Far far away" /></div>
<div class="tom-focus-eline tom-focus-epassive"><div class="tom-focus-ename">Promoter:</div><input type="text" value="Dude" /></div>
<div class="tom-focus-esubmit">Submit</div>
</div>
</div>
## Technical Details
The implementation uses only CSS, so it's ready for mobile devices and retina displays. Apart from changing the [text color](http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_text_color.asp), [border](http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_border.asp) and [background](http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_background-color.asp), the true magic are [text-shadow](http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/css3_pr_text-shadow.asp) and [box-shadow](http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/css3_pr_box-shadow.asp). They are centered and have a 2px blur radius. The color depends on focus or defocus. Defocused elements have the same shadow color as their own text (text-shadow), their background (box-shadow) or if there is a border, border color (box-shadow, ignore the background color). Focused elements use a decent contrast color. In a light environment (light gray, no white), use an even lighter shadow color. In dark environments (dark gray, you don't use black, I hope), use an even darker shadow color. Because it's not a complementary color, our brain don't separate it. If you want to see some code, just debug this page. The CSS style element is right below this text block.
<style>
.tom-focus-active {
border: 1px solid #aaa !important;
background: #171717 !important;
color: #aaa !important;
}
.tom-focus-passive {
border: 1px solid #555 !important;
background: #272727 !important;
color: #555 !important;
}
.tom-focus-active2 {
border: 1px solid #aaa !important;
box-shadow: 0 0 2px #000;
background: #171717 !important;
color: #aaa !important;
text-shadow: 0 0 2px #000;
}
.tom-focus-passive2 {
border: 1px solid #555 !important;
background: #272727 !important;
box-shadow: 0 0 2px;
color: #555 !important;
text-shadow: 0 0 2px;
}
.tom-focus-button {
background: #111;
border: 1px solid #888;
border-radius: 4px;
color: #888;
display: inline-block;
font-weight: bold;
padding: 10px;
}
.tom-focus-form {
background: #222;
border-radius: 10px;
margin-bottom: 40px;
padding: 20px;
}
.tom-focus-eform {
background: #eee;
border-radius: 10px;
color: #444;
display: inline-block;
margin-bottom: 40px;
padding: 20px;
text-align: left;
width: 600px;
}
.tom-focus-eform input {
background: white;
border: 0;
box-sizing: border-box;
padding: 5px;
width: 340px;
}
.tom-focus-emessage {
box-sizing: border-box;
display: inline-block;
font-weight: bold;
text-align: center;
padding: 5px 20px;
width: 120px;
}
.tom-focus-ename {
box-sizing: border-box;
display: inline-block;
padding-right: 20px;
text-align: right;
width: 140px;
}
.tom-focus-eactive {
color: #f22;
text-shadow: 0 0 4px #fcc;
}
.tom-focus-eactive input {
box-shadow: 0 0 2px #ddd;
color: #f22;
text-shadow: 0 0 4px #fcc;
}
.tom-focus-eactive .tom-focus-emessage {
background: #fcc;
box-shadow: 0 0 2px #fcc;
}
.tom-focus-epassive {
color: #bbb;
text-shadow: 0 0 2px;
}
.tom-focus-epassive input {
background: #f7f7f7;
box-shadow: 0 0 2px #f7f7f7;
color: #bbb;
text-shadow: 0 0 2px;
}
.tom-focus-esubmit {
background: #9bd;
border-bottom-left-radius: 10px;
border-bottom-right-radius: 10px;
font-weight: bold;
margin-top: 20px;
text-align: center;
padding: 5px;
}
.tom-focus-etitle {
font-weight: bold;
margin-bottom: 20px;
text-align: center;
}
</style>
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render = false
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title = "About"
path = "about"
template = "about.html"
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This site provides a demo for the Even theme for the
[Gutenberg](https://www.getgutenberg.io/) static site generator. Even was
designed by [Vincent Prouillet](https://vincent.is/) and was based on the
Even Hugo theme by olOwOlo. This demo site was built by
[Daniel Sockwell](https://www.codesections.com). Both the theme and this
site are licensed under the
[MIT license](https://opensource.org/licenses/MIT), so you may freely use and
redistribute either for commercial or non-commercial work.
You can find the source code for this site [in its GitHub
repository](https://github.com/codesections/gutenberg-theme-demo/tree/even)
and can find the source code for the theme in the
[Even](https://www.github.com/Keats/even) repository. For a
description of this theme and links to other Gutenberg themes, please
go to <https://www.getgutenberg.io/themes/>.
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title = "Research"
date = 2019-01-01
[taxonomies]
categories = ["pages"]
tags = []
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On this page, you find a selection of my university and research work.
- [CASINO TIMES: Compression and Similarity Indexing for Time Series (en)](master_thesis.pdf)
- [GraBaSS: Graph Based Subspace Search (en)](bachelor_thesis.pdf)
- [Information Hiding
im Smart-Grid (de)](ipd_smartgrid.pdf)
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title = "Passion-free Education"
date = 2014-10-18
[taxonomies]
categories = ["blog"]
tags = ["thoughts"]
+++
It starts when you go to school and you realize, that there are some teachers who can to teach you something, and other who fail; that there are kids who like biology, mathematics, and languages, and that there are others who don't. And that these love or hate relationship to a subject can be measured by grades, or that this is at least what they're telling you. You slowly get the idea that instead of helping you to create your own ideas, your individual style and an inner drive, they just rate you according to your ability to produce a plain copy of their visions.
If you hoped that this is going to be better and you can develop a free mind after choosing your desired subject of study, you'll fall hard. Instead of showing you how to think and create, they're forcing you to reproduce their knowledge, their opinions. I wished this would be about interesting lectures, but instead they hold material back to get you to their boring linear presentation of endless formulas full of small but important mistakes. When it comes to tests you should work like a perfect machine finishing an awful amount of tasks in just too less time. The material that you've got from the lectures is so bad that you have to use Wikipedia, or YouTube videos of better teachers, or that you have to buy their overpriced books. If there was even a lecture and the institute didn't waste the time of hundreds of students by failing to prepare them.
Some time ago I supervised an exam. Realizing that I'm not able to solve all parts correctly I've spoken to a college. His answer:
> Dude, nobody working for this institute is even able to pass this test, except of the two guys who've created it.
This leads to a bunch of problems. People are cheating to pass the tests, memorizing entire books using [Retalin](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylphenidate) without understanding even the fundamentals. They're getting sick from all the stress, taking more and more medicine each year. Ever heard about [Grippostad C](http://www.onmeda.de/Medikament/Grippostad+C--wirkung+dosierung.html)? It enables you to work for 2 more days until your body finally resigns. Or they're using cocaine to work all night long or weed to control creativity. People will use mindset even after they've finished primary education, even after work, until they die overworked and unhappy. Our economy starts crumbling because of the lack of innovations and our society gets focused on work instead of the life.
You might think that I'm complaining because I'm a lazy student and that these stories from behind the scenes are lies, but there are also Professors who are awake, like [John C. Beck](http://johncbeck.tumblr.com/post/89890392397/why-im-no-longer-a-professor). Read his story if you don't believe me.
But are their only black sheep in your golden education system? I don't know your story, but I'm sure your're remember this one amazing teacher or professor who was able to inspire you by being different, passionate and creative. For me it was my physics teacher. It was an old guy who've got an amazing knowledge a long time ago and didn't hesitate to expand it. He told us many stories of research and life and motivated, even when the topics where hard and theoretical. We need more of these wonderful passionate teachers.
For all the people who believe in true education instead of grades and reproducing books, I encourage you to do your own research and connect with others. Join communities, travel, give talks. If you give lectures, record, and share them, so students from around the world can follow you presenting your knowledge with passion. Don't be afraid of getting feedback or visiting another rhetoric course to improve, or to visit lectures of your colleges to learn from them. Because this world isn't about being super intelligent or strong or wearing suits and titles -- **this all is about survival of the fittest!**
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title = "Why Objectivity is Bullshit"
date = 2013-11-25
[taxonomies]
categories = ["blog"]
tags = ["thoughts"]
+++
Selecting a hostel, accepting a date request, bying the next car, choosing what to eat, donating to a hospital for children in Mali, sleeping longer on Sundays - all this decisions we make are based on what we expect to achieve and which personal these achievements have. Unfortunately we're not able to know the future, so we need to guess the value of the things we get.
To do so, we asks friends for their opinions, read reviews, lookup ratings and study "product informations" (in case of your next date this are details like hair color, shoe size or number of previous partners ;-) ). Let's stick with with the information we get from platform and networks, because it is the most common case. Because reviews and information tables are made for a wide range of people, we try to design them to be "objective". For the most cases this means to pack a huge amount of numbers in bad designed graphics, strip down personal opinions and optimize it for the gray big mass. Who wants to know if the author of a mountain bike review likes the color of screws? Everyone should be able to pick the desired information, weight them according to the personal preferences and form his opinion independently. A nice idea - which is going to fail.
The way we present information in a review, how we order them, the way we describe things, the scales we utilize, the references we select - all these things contain subjectivity. The more we try to be objective the more we remove details, important details. There are many people out there which tend to prioritize things similar then I would do it, people who have the same taste of art, people with similar requirements. So why should we ignore all these useful hints? The question is not how to avoid them, the challenge is to pick the right ones without spending to much effort.
Selecting the right information sources or parts of them seems to be simple. Many companies try to use social networks assuming that our friends have a similar requirement profile. When taking a quick look to my own network I can easily find out, that this is not the case. Of course I know people that dance to the same kind of music but most of my social contacts don't get really impressed by Trance and Progressive, while my music mades mostly don't have the same style of cooking. So how should any system helps you to find the things you might like?
There are two ways to build up the right, global connections: The first one is that you know with which persons you share rating rules in specific fields, e.g. when you met travelers who liked the same hostel you prefer. To know enough persons of this kind is not always possible so we need a second method. It should be possible to detect persons who have the same taste you have. The only, but highly important requirement is that you also publish your opinion because this is required to compare and classify you.
Using these techniques it should be possible to build up a new kind of crowd based rating system which provides individual recommendations. It is up to researches to find and optimize the right methods to build this system and to fight the strongest opponents: the shy and laziness which prevents people from sharing their opinions. And for you as one part of the gray mass: **be subjective!**
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