Yesterday, I was in the process of looking for a fitting logo for my new-established minikin company. Me thought it was an interesting idea to look for a Unicode / UCS character that would be fit to represent the logo I had in mind. So I grabbed the gucharmap tool and looked for such a thing. Sad enough, there was no such character in all the 100.000 Unicode chars I searched through. But I saw some other interesting Unicode alongside and I thought you readers might have fun with ’em too:

character image character
code point

Ain’t this crazy? Looks like a snake trying to mimic a pretzel.

A new Version of “@”, with a Greek “pi” in it rather than an “a”.

Just a letter, but … hihihi. A snake contributing to modern art. It’s the funniest character I know of. It is used in Thailand to mark end of chapter or document.

The Christogramm. Didn’t know it’s also in Unicode. Might come in handy some time 🙂

A real smiley … but oh, it’s pronounced “uop”.

Khmer sign that indicates the beginning of a book or a treatise. See also the next character.

Khmer sign that indicates the end of a book or treatise, used in conjunction with the previous one. Interesting idea, you Khmer people … .

A special thing: a combining character that means “prohibition”. You can print it on top of everything else to prohibit it. Prohibit. Some examples, but I don’t known if your browser will show them correctly:

  • a prohibited lowercase “a”: a⃠
  • divorce prohibited: ⚮⃠

Wherefore do I need this? If you do, we could exchange some characters. Perhaps you have some I need … .

Partial Java logo, I think.

Though I think that marriage is the only valid and the best form of sexual partnership, I like this sign. I could hijack it to mean other forms of  partnership, namely “community”. And use it in the logo of my yet-to-be-founded missional mobile community … .

This means “never”, as a mathematical modal operator; I now just need to find a Unicode character for “day” or better “everyday” and I can write my blog’s name with only two letters.

This is used to mean “company”. Cool corporate logo element in Germany because nobody understands it!

Also a possible logo element for community logo.

Looks like (and probably is) an encircled little house … cut graphic, like it. Cool for corporate logos … .

Start date: 2008-01-18
Post date: 2008-01-19
Version date: 2008-01-20 (for last meaningful change)

Für meine mobile Wohnung und Weltreise plane ich zur Zeit fleißig an einem geeigneten Basisfahrzeug. Das treibt manchmal komische Blüten. Vor einigen Wochen z.B. habe ich einen ganzen Abend damit zugebracht, im Internet nach einem Amphibienfahrzeug als Basisfahrzeug zu forschen. Gerade räume ich meine Dokumente wieder auf, und dieser Abschnitt fliegt raus. Vielleicht kann ja jemand anders (… reicheres) damit etwas anfangen. Also, hier meine Ergebnisse.


Mit einem amphibischen Expeditionsfahrzeug sind überflutete Brücken usw. kein Hindernis mehr, und Flüsse und Küstenlinien können als Verkehrswege in unwegsamem Gelände verwendet werden, z.B. im Regenwald. Außerdem kann so die gesamte Welt außer dem Übergang nach Amerika selbständig bereist werden, nämlich wo nötig durch »Inselhopping«. (Dadurch kann man auch interessante unbewohnte Inseln erreichen …).


Eine erste Einführung gibt Wikipedia:

Die beste Sammlung existierender Amphibienfahrzeuge:

Für ein amphibisches Expedititionsfahrzeug wird ein Lkw als Basis benötigt. Weltweit wurden nur sehr wenige amphibische, geländegängige Lkw gebaut, und von diesen sind manche völlig veraltet, wurden durch Demilitarisierung unbrauchbar (z.B. M520 »Goer«) oder sind im Straßenverkehr nicht brauchbar (wie M520 »Goer« wegen Überbreite, oder Alvis Stalwart (vgl. auch die englische Wikipedia) wegen fehlenden Differentialen.

Ergebnis: ZiL-4906

Unter allen in 2007-06 auf (inkl. der In Production Vehicles Seite) gelisteten Modellen wurden im Wesentlichen drei gefunden, die als Basis für ein amphibisches Expeditionsfahrzeug geeignet sind:

Andere amphibische geländegängige Lkws

The next, last and only “project” I really need to get done in this
life is “Second
“, which deals with finding God at work in this world today, as
a confirmation for my faith in God and Christ. For the project, cf.
also my mindmap-style project plan in article “My
vision for my life, as a mindmap
“. Currently I can do just some
thinking, planning and preparations. Here’s one thought:

One of the crucial issues of this project is how to determine the
truth content of religions, religious experienced and claimed or
supposed-to-be experiences with God. Sunday 2007-12-09 I was in Colone
with some friends, and we also did a short visit to Colone Cathedral.
The best result of which is an inspiration I got there and typed into
my handheld computer. It is a candidate for a criterion to determine
the truth content of claims about God:

Remove all outer forms from a religion or style of
devotion, and what
remains is authentically the work of God.

That’s because all outer form is authentically the work of humans,
and it tends to obscure the work of God. Cathedrals, music, solemn speech
and so on is human work. This criterion does not require to abandon all
form in order to be the faith “where God is authentically at work”. We
may have forms, as forms can be nice, like worship music. But forms
must never ever be our reason for believing some claims about God to be
true. Therefore, experimenting with abandoning forms temporarily will
make it apparent on what basis our beliefs rest: hopefully on something
that God does, and that becomes visible as the content of the forms.

I’ll give one example how to apply this criterion. It’s an extreme
one: what remains as the authentic work of God if you substract all
outer forms from a  Sunday service in Colone Cathedral? Watch the
little video clip I made in 2007-06 in the Freiburger Münster … I
wanted to show you one from an evening mass in Colone Cathedral from
2007-12-09, but that material is not adequate here ;-). So, look at
this illustration and imagine that every impressive outer form, even
every intentional, human created audible or visible or touchable form,
is removed. What remains? I’m not sure if anything would remain in this
concrete case. What do you think?

Start date: 2007-12-09
Post date: 2007-12-12
Version date: 2007-12-12 (for last meaningful change)

I thought that only Islamic culture is based on shame and honour, so I was somewhat shocked to see the the culture of my personal life share these characteristics to a good degree: it’s my western shame culture. That was an interesting observation that I recently made: my life does not feel well because I am ashamed for oh-so-many of it’s circumstances, situations and things.

Some examples:

  • My tiny chaotic flat (see image) with its “kitchen” and “special” style of nutrition … there was a time when I was proud to live that way, but that time has gone. It is indeed a problem that I cannot invite people without belieing all these social expectations.
  • My theoretical approach to life, including my blog and my opinions; there is the need to justify myself for these before practically gifted people and before those who do not share the interest in the theoretical penetration of life.
  • The jobs I do … so far away from what I have learned and from the gifts I have that I feel the need to justify myself whenever somebody asks me casually what my business is.
  • My rather low quality equipment, be it computer (six years now!!), clothing or “furniture”. Regarding clothing, I wonder whether punk people have their outward style as a mode of coping with the fact of tattered clothes. Might be … I sometimes experiment in that direction and I like it.
  • And finally … my world tour plans and the reasons for these. Again something wherefore I need to justify myself, this time before security oriented, socially integrated people.

As I that, this doesn’t feel well. I needed to get rid of being ashamed, or life will not feel well. Me thinks [sic] that I’ve found a simple solution to that: rethink if you want to be different, and if not, start to be yourself. That does work, indeed: there’s no reason why I sould be less convinced of my lifestyle than others are of theirs. So, basically it boils down to this: this is me, and this is my style, and if you cannot cope with that, that’s your  problem, not mine.

To me, being myself is something like: I am a nerd or geek (depends on defintion) and I will stay this and live this and you guys need to cope with that. What motivated me further is that I deeply respect people who live out their identity, who are themselves: my father, my mother, my brothers and my friends. And, of course, Jesus, who is probably the best example of living out one’s own identity.

Start date: 2007-11-22
Post date: 2007-12-08
Version date: 2007-12-08 (for last meaningful change)

Today, some funny image happened to me when trying to improve the contrast of some digital facsimile scans for a neighbor of mine. Dear neighbor, can u guess in a comment the worksheet number where this image belongs to? And to the other guys and gals out there: what might that be? Jus’ crazy, isn’t it. Here is how I made it, with the “local adaptive threshold” option of the nice free software tool  “convert” from ImageMagick:

convert -lat 30×30+20% infile.jpg outfile.jpg

Start date: 2007-12-07
Post date: 2007-12-07
Version date: 2007-12-07 (for last meaningful change)

Today, 2007-11-30 at about 10:30, my chef and friend called me and
told me we’re both losing our current job at 2007-12-31. Basically,
that’s cool … not just that I really dislike this job. Times of
changes are
times where new and good things can arise. And even better, risky times
have the latent possibility that one might experience God immediately:
how he cares about me personally, and supplies for me personally, as I
need this.

It’s no box of chocolates, though. I thought about the bad things
that might happen … having no money at all, for example. So this post
is to remind me how to behave when this time is come:

(31) ‘So then, do not keep asking, “What shall we eat?” “What
shall we drink?” and “What shall we wear?” (32) It is the people who do
not believe in God who work for all these things. Your Father in heaven
knows that you need them all. (33) ‘Work first for God’s kingdom and
what he calls good. Then you will have all these things also. (34) ‘So
do not be troubling yourself about tomorrow. Tomorrow will have its own
trouble. Today’s trouble is enough for today.’ [Matthew
6:31-34 BWE

But what is to “work for God’s kingdom and what he calls good”? I
think that Paul talks baout exactly this when he says that God’s
kingdom is about something different than eating and drinking:

“(17) The kingdom of God is not about what a person eats and
drinks. But it is about living in a way which is right with God. It is
peace. It is joy because a person has the Holy Spirit. (18) A person
who does the work of Christ in this way pleases God. And people like
him. (19) But we must do the things that make peace and that help each
other to do better.” [Romans
14:17-19 BWE

That’s interesting: to work for God’s kingdom is not to serve in
your church. But it is to care about living out righteousness, peace
and joy! It’s about doing exactly the
things you do now, but in God’s quality. It’s about caring how you work
(the moral quality), not about the result of your work (the money).
Money is God’s business.

Start date: 2007-11-30
Post date: 2007-11-30
Version date: 2007-11-30 (for last meaningful change)

From time to time, I write down what is my long-term vision for my life. To own my “plan” in a compact form for reading, thinking about and sharing, and to document it and later find a development from version to version. Here is the version from today (2007-08-21). The driving question behind all these thoughts is: how to live an adequate answer to the world as I find it, that is, how to live a life that is not banal (see also my post “What ain’t banal” for that). So I plan to live an orchestrated combination of the following elements:

  • Mobile, international life. So to speak a “permanent world tour”. I simply see no reason why the “random” place where I was born should determine where I am or even stay. To me, freedom includes to be at home on the whole planet. Practically, I plan to use a 4×4 truck with box body as my default home while I am on this planet, and a fine-tuned equipment within it. The equipment is currently in late planning state; it will make it possible to move easily from the truck to a flat, tent or any other shelter, just as possibilities and needs are.
  • Community of 4-10 friends. Intentional community fascinates me for years now, though I have to admit that I’ve lost the focus on it during the last months. Community might take multiple styles, and to me what fits is this: a mobile community of 4-10 friends, which allows moderate fluctuation, and which will include people who want to be healed and mature in personality (all of us to some degree, actually …). Yes folks, mobile means all of you will live or at least travel in 4×4 trucks 🙂 Combining this community with working at universities in development countries and helping Christian congregations (see below) means that all of us will support this in some way or another.
  • Working as university teacher and researcher, mainly in development countries. I need to earn money to live and do nice things, but what this world really needs is just outside the economic system (i.e. Jesus is not for sale). So I’ll have to take a “serious” job. From all the jobs that fit my profile (nerd, computer geek), me thinks this is one of the less banal. I don’t want to work for the high-level problems of industrial countries, as they lose their meaning and justification in relation to the poverty and injustice in this world. Combining this with a mobile lifestyle means to travel between countries and universities, teaching for one or several semesters at each.
  • Missional life style. The idea to reach something “great” is hollow: great things can only be organizations, and organizations are nothing but an cumulation of individual “small” work. Plus the synergy, admitted. I thing there are enough organizations, one for every possible goal, and I’ll not add to this. Instead, a non-banal part of my life will be a missional lifestyle: building and using contacts to convince people of Jesus. Read on: this is not about religion. I’ll have to lay the personal non-religious foundations for this first … I won’t convince people of something where I’m not totally, absolutely and justifiably sure that it is the truth and nothing but the truth. The posts labeled “A Seeker’s Guide to Life” in this blog and a supposed-to-be book “Second Acts” serve this purpose of becoming justifiably sure … .
  • Stopping by to visit and help Christian congregations. This will be again a non-banal part of my life. Interesting enough, one could compare this kind of lifestyle with Paul’s who did this “tent-making” job, travelled around, lived a missional life style and visited (and founded) Christian congregations all around. And, when people like Luke travelled with him, he had also a mobile community, just as I long for!! Though my job will probably play a bigger role in my life than Pauls job did in his life, we as community will serve and help the congregations we meet, just as is possible. And when looking to Paul’s sweeping effect, I lose the fear my life might be ineffective this way … there’s the chance to be not, and it depends on God’s blessings.

Date: 2007-08-21

Last meaningful change: 2007-08-21