Nov 2008

Weihnachtsstimmung in Plexiglas - Christmas decorations
by schubi on 28.11.2008, 18:09
Weihnachten steht bald vor der Tuer' und drhamm werden bald die Fenster und Stuben wieder weihnachtlich geschmueckt. Als besonders heimelich habe ich die Schwibboegen in den Fenstern der schneebedeckten Erzgebirgs- und Vogtlandhaeuser in Erinnerung. Die Lichterboegen mit ihren traditionellen Motiven gehoeren fuer mich zur Weihnacht einfach dazu.

Christmas is only a few weeks away and back home people will soon start decorating their rooms and windows with Christmas decorations. I have fond memories of specially homely "Schwibboegen" - light/candle arches with traditional motives native to the Erzgebirge and Vogtland mountains of southern East Germany. They're simply an integral part of my concept of Christmas.

Letztes Jahr blickte ich auf die graue verregnete irische Weihnacht und nahm mir vor, bis zum naechsten Jahr mir wenigstens einen kleinen Schwibbogen zu besorgen. Nun kann man diese per Internet in diversen Webshops einkaufen, meist in China produziert zum scheinbar guenstigen Preis verkauft. Ich weiss aber, dass in einem Schwibbogen viel Handarbeit steckt und mir geht's auch um die Tradition meiner Heimat und deren Erhalt. Also begann ich dieses Jahr meine Internetrecherche nach kleinen lokalen Betrieben.

Last year I was looking at the grey and rainy irish Christmas weather and decided to get me a Schwibbogen until next Christmas. Now you can order them online from various web shops, they're mostly produced cheaply in China and seem to offer good value. I do however care a good bit about keeping the traditions of my home land alive and so I started looking for small local vendors online.

Und so fand ich eine Firma in Wildenfels, die Weihnachtsdekoration traditionell gestaltet und doch erfrischend modern produziert. Motive in Plexiglas gelasert werden von einer leuchtstoffroehre bestrahlt und bringen so ihre Umrisse zum erleuchten. Ich finde, dass das eine super Idee ist und habe dort nicht nur eingekauft, sondern moechte auch mit Erlaubnis des Betreibers, Herrn Gert Foerster, ein Beispiel dieser Arbeiten hier vorstellen.

So I found this company in Wildenfels (Saxony) who produce traditional Christmas decorations with a refreshingly modern touch - they're laser-burning their motives into Plexiglas and illuminate them from below with a fluorescent tube. Thus the contours of the motive are illuminate in a homely yet modern looking manner. So not only did I buy some Schwibboegen from this company, I will also present you an example of their work here, thanks to Gert Foerster, the owner of the company who has agreed to this.

Also, schaut Euch mal das an:
So, check out:

Leuchtbilder Foerster


The age of digital radio in Ireland... has come to an end
by schubi on 28.11.2008, 18:23
Sad

Earlier this week I bought my first ever DAB (digital audio broadcasting) radio receiver in a local super market (was on offer and according to the reviews a pretty good deal). I was delighted to find my favourite radio station -

Phantom 105.2 - quality sounds only
on the list of private (as in not-government-run) broadcasters.

The quality of the audio signal is truly amazing - no noise, no cracking, pure digital beauty. Then I read about how all private DAB broadcasters will go off the air on November 30th 2008 with only the government-run RTE remaining in the field.

I texted the crowd at Phantom and their CEO rang me back to explain this to me:

DAB broadcasting for commercial broadcasters was only running as a trial for the past two years. This trial period hasn't been extended so that there's no legal frame work for commercial DAB broadcasting in the Republic of Ireland from Monday on. RTE can remain on air, since they're not bound to the same regulatory frame work them being the national broadcaster.

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So not only will Ireland be back in the digital radio stone age from Monday on, the Irish broadcasting regulator also stabbed free market competition in the radio sector in the proverbial back.

Ireland is ridiculing herself by the day ... the health system at a third-world level, traffic chaos like a metroplis-turned Brazilian village, a school-system run by the church and underpaid by the government and now a tremendous step back in terms of digital radio broadcasting. Super!
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