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Thanks to a good friend of mine, I have learned that German technology is sometimes very outdated. While I am not a huge fan of the United States, there are simply some things that are a way ahead of us. And I think one of them is the simple ‘fact’ that they are more money greedy. Of course I am not saying that all Germans would not be greedy, but there is a certain ratio or likely hood that we probably can agree on.

For example, blogging and affiliate marketing has been a huge thing in America. You can read loads and loads of articles about how to master this art. If you search for the same thing in German, you might be very surprised indeed. Even by browsing these blogs, you can see that the design is outdated.. and seems everyone is using WordPress. Now, as a German I have to admit that I kind of fall into the same category.. of people who are not using this “all brilliant” piece of content management software. But I know one guy who is doing well with it and making a few bucks too with his success. For me, I call him the WordPress Expert, because he seems to be not just “know it all”, but he really knows it ALL.

Perhaps unfortunate for him, but I have made him help me so many times in the past. While he is already helping so many people with his hugely popular Elftronix blog.. I take that opportunity plus I contact him personally. It’s just unbelievable that he is so helpful. Not some typical American, who just thinks about money. He sincerely, and honestly wants to help people with his own experience. Which is obviously working out for him rather well.

Know he has gotten me into trying Joomla too. So that I can choose between the two. Perhaps the one with the best plugins wins. Meaning the ones that have the best plugins for my personal use and needs. For now this “Textpattern Blog CMS” is going to be enough for my Hamburg blog. But for other projects I am planning to evolve, elf style. So yes, I think that German WWW, AKA the internet is lacking in some ways. Yet on the other hand, I think it’s enough in a lot of cases. Obviously there are huge possibilities to be explored, and anyone who wants to be their own boss as well as live an independent life. Well, I have good news for you —> It’s like living in the Lotto if you live in this country.

Eventually Germans will learn from the Americans, as well as all other nationalities to find their own balance in web design, technology and other advancement sectors. Both in work as well as life. Good luck everyone and I hope that my words can help as an encouragement to others.

Auf Wiedersehen, …meine lieben Freunde! =)

Sincerely,
Tobias Meier, Hamburg.

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Hey guys. I recently had the honour of attending a huge rave in Berlin. It was loaded with great techno music and the people went crazy, right on the streets. I think besides my legs from the dancing, my facial muscles are also rather tired from all that smiling. It’s really a special place, Hamburg that is and you can always be sure that techno is top quality. In fact, in other countries when I hear of a techno party I usually pass. I rather experience other styles of music in foreign countries. But for Germany, it’s definitely techno or nothing.

You might think I have a shallow view on things if I limit myself to one style of music in a country. But I don’t think so because I have already experience a lot of musical things in my home country. It’s funny that often when I meet other travelers abroad, they don’t know that much about their own country. I might ask some questions because I am really interested in different nationalities and what they have or how they live in their homes.

Well, I kind of understand it. Because they just have an interest in stuff that’s outside of their country. But it’s usually about the experience, because even if it’s near your home there is always interesting things to do and see. So rather I would call it a lack of experience that all. For everything you need motivation and if it takes you elsewhere, that’s fine!

For myself, I can say that it is good to know about your country because I like to answer questions and explain about Germany. Even though I am also more interested in other countries often enough. So that’s why I can easily just concentrate on Techno here.

Right!

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Some months ago, I briefly talked about the experience of my friend who had visited Shanghai and the rest of China. About his experience of “real acrobatics”. And “work etiquette”. Well, I decided to experience it for myself. And it’s not like I was planning for it, because I suddenly got a call to Beijing for an urgent work trip. Only I managed to spend two nights there, so I cannot say that I experienced or know that much. But, I can say that I experienced a great deal compared to the little time I spent there.

I don’t like to talk about work that much, and love to play quite hard at times. But I must say that the working environment for the expats in Beijing was quite striking. Many might know, but the air quality is not that good in the city. So naturally, a lot of foreigners will do their best to avoid that. Yet the lifestyle that it has created around it is not that in terms of enjoying your time there, or connecting with an ordinary life where absorbing pollution is just an everyday issue.

So what they do to circumvent that? Well, basically you have air purifiers at home and at work. So having your car in a basement conveniently let’s you skip all the “in between air”, and only breath in purified quality air. The third stop might be the local shopping mall, but that’s about it. Being in such a close circle of places to go to and things to do, you don’t really get to see that much of real China.

This is the reason why I decided to experience just that, and took with me a good old friend who also “understands”. We could have chosen an expat bar street, which is often as far as they go to walk on the streets so to say. But we didn’t, we wanted to do something that Chinese do themselves, and oh boy did we find something excellent. We went to witness the amazing Chaoyang Theatre acrobatics Beijing venue that has been around for a large number of years already. Despite a lot of tourists wanting to see shows and acrobatics, mostly Chinese flock this huge theatre in Chaoyang District!

It was getting night and very, very dark. But we managed to find the place in no time because of the flashy colours and vibrant atmosphere, or energy you could call it that was vibrating around the theatre itself. You could really feel it in the air, how everyone knew that the show was about to start soon. We got our discount tickets from a Beijing tour guide service known as May Tours. The way things work, is that you hook up with a tour company and they send someone to send the tickets for you. They wait in front of the theatre, and make a small profit from the sales. It’s hard to complain as the tickets are so rediculously cheap. Anyway, there we were. Suddenly in the middle of a huge theatre building with lights flashing about, and the ancious crowd getting ready for the acrobatic performance.

I did not know what to expet, but soon it started with beautiful music that touched my heart. The onset was very gradual, and together with the music and beautiful dancing the atmopshere adjusted to the minds of the spectators. Then, acrobats came on and presented us with the most amazing feats that seemed to just get better and better. We didn’t see any elephants, or lions of that matter. What we saw, was human bodies taken to the extremes. This was not just some “fun show”, but you could see that a lot of sweat and blood had been put into the production. Most likely you have to train from your childhood to get this good, so you really have to respect these performers and that hard work they put into it.

I have heard, that because Chaoyang Theatre is one of the best in China, it is also one of the most disciplined when it comes to training. That isn’t always a good thing, I know. But then again, without our support they would be out of business and without work. It’s just one of those things that you have to accept as being “Chinese”. I am currently looking for a documentary to see the true nature of these acrobats. So if you know of one, please let me know! A BBC production would be fantastic.

After the show had finished, we were so exhausted. Almost up to crying, I decided. Hey, let’s go to that expat bar street and grab some beers! Which was not a bad idea after all!=)

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Besides a traveller and someone interested in cultures, there is also a nerd inside of me. Yes, I love working with computers and like to use that power to communicate with the world in different, new ways. I mean, that’s one of the reasons I am NOT running WordPress, but instead this nifty Textpattern CMS which is much cooler in my opinion. I like to do things differently, and in new ways. I guess that is very much connected with my lifestyle in general.

So I have some plans on “taking over the world”, but they are in kind of baby steps at the moment. Anyway, I needed to host several web sites in several different world locations. Luckily one host came to the rescue, as I found reseller hosting for multiple locations that is simply fantastic!

Not only host nine offers multiple IPs, they also have server locations in three different continents. Totalling four countries, three locations in the US alone. Talk about value. The minimum capacity is 100sites, but with my needs.. that’s more than enough. The price is extremely decent, so I am a totally go go “green light” with their offer.

In fact, just this morning I signed up and I would warmly recommend them to anyone who is interested in quality reseller hosting. So why did I want all the websites in different locations? I have to say that one reason is speed and PING (which is like the response time). In the modern world, you can host a website anywhere in the world and almost anyone in the world can access it. I’m pointing at you, China! But the speeds are not great everywhere. You would be surprised how many connections are bad between certain points within the world.

Germany has high internet speeds, but accessing Asian websites.. Chinese websites. It can be terrible. So if you have a website with visitors mainly from Asia.. better have the server there. Hostnine has really come for the reseller hosting rescue! Millions of thanks for that.

Best wishes! —> Tobias Meier

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I am pretty well known for opening my mouth about, well just any kind of immigrant issues. Not just here in Germany but in other countries as well. For me, it’s a juicy topic. Perhaps one reason is that I live in Hamburg which is packed with immigrants. Perhaps the other is, that I am simply interested in other cultures. Nothing is more rewarding then getting out of your comfort zone. Go and talk to some immigrants, get to know their way of living in YOUR country. But then comes a time when that is not enough and you need to go out and travel. Venture out into the world, looking for the next interesting and amazing experience.

Perhaps that time is coming for me, soon enough! Because I already feel confident enough to say, that I know what’s going on in this city. And that is quite a big thing to say. Most people have no idea, and I am of course talking about the Germans.

If you are an immigrant and come to a strange country you have to find out what the people that live there are all about. And starting to learn languages and all that, I can say that the have to really works. Nothing wrong with that.

Perhaps.. we should make more situations in society where people have to experience something. Well, I don’t think that’s such a good idea. The initial step has to come from the individual. Right! In the end, life is just like a hamburger. It’s juicy, it’s not good for you but you have to eat! Makes you grow really.

Yours truly,

T. Meier

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You might think that this is some tearful post about how money is not everything in life. No, I don’t think so and neither does the fellow money greedy people of Hamburg. I guess there reason why so many people are after money, because they have little of it. Especially the immigrants around here.

I often look at them working at phone, internet shops and such.. they basically live in their shops. Perhaps a lot of them have forgotten their dreams of visiting their relatives back home for example. Having an internet shop, makes it very convenient for an immigrant to contact back home. I guess that’s one of the reasons it’s so popular here.

Instead, they are trying to get there relatives into Germany. So that they too, can live the European dream. Whatever that is. American dream sounds much better, but it’s just the sound. Perhaps it is just what it sounds to us westerners. To them, it might sound like peace and harmony. A life without war, so without living the rich dream it’s enough. But, the money is in it’s nature the kind, that it is really never enough.

I’ve had times of both in my life. Times of wealth, times of poor. I’ve enjoyed both. But ultimately it’s better to have the money, and just accept the fact that it is never sufficient. Instead embrace the problems that come with it, because these problems could very well be your friend.

You never know,

Tobias

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I’m always planning something. Be it a trip to China or a picnic with my girlfriend on top of a mountain. It can be anything. I am thinking that what Hamburg doesn’t have, that is something that I should go to get for from outside of the city. And, naturally that’s a lot. Clubbing is something I never look for elsewhere. What I like to do, is look for some spice in life in things that I have never experienced before.

I met a friend of mine, and lately he is totally into acrobatics. I was like, what? What’s it with some stupid circus performance.. I’m sure they have those in Germany and they all suck. But he insisted and as a fellow clubber, and not some nerd I just had to listen to him.

Turns out he went to Shanghai Centre to see some show that confronts death pretty much. Then he continued to explain that circus is very different from real acrobatics. That Germany was just mimicking the Chinese acrobatic traditions and creating shitty circus from it. So it seems that if you want to see the real thing, you need to head to Shanghai and namely Shanghai Centre Theatre. Well, I am sure there must be loads more theatres in China, right? But either way, hearing about the amazing feats and all that made me think like I want to go as well or something.

But I guess it’s one of those things that you don’t really understand before you really experience them, by your self. My friend was like me before he went to China, circus against circus freaks. Hahah. Other than that he had a great trip and visited Beijing too. He says that it’s not all true you see in news and papers about the country, there are loads of good people. It’s like they are being black mailed sometimes.

As acrobatic theatre one example, there are plenty of other things that Chinese should be proud of. For example work etiquette, people work a lot and they are super skilful. My friend got his iPhone fixed for a ridiculous price, and it was just some kid who fixed it in a dirty small shopping mall. Great work he did and deserved a tip.

All these stories sound very interesting, but I still don’t know if I want to visit the centre of the world (as the communists call it I guess). I guess because the mix and immigrant world is missing from there.. or prove me wrong?

Cheers,

Tobias

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