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Ski weekend

we did an impromptu trip to Oberwiesenthal for a two day skiing adventure. Having spent the last 4 times in the Austrian Alps for skiing I’m surprised how good the Fichtelberg ski area is. Of course the slopes are only half as long as in the alps. But for a short trip that’s just enough.

sláinte

About 10 years ago I had the pleasure to spend a weekend in Dublin. There was a guy giving us a brief history of Irish Whiskey. Apparently once worlds most renowned whiskey and preferred suppliers of the British Kingdom.

But in the late 19th and early 20th century some unfortunate events led to the almost complete demise of Irish Whiskey. First the irish thought they need to seek independence from britain. While that had worked out for the country, it didn’t went so well for their distilleries. As their main customers had been the britains, that was no longer the case. In addition, blowing up distilleries during the war with them was a common and effectful practice.

Their second biggest customers were the United States. Unfortunately they just announce the prohibition and practically vanished as customers too. That was the death to most irish distilleries.

The Kilbeggan distillery continued until 1953 to produce Whisky but eventually had to give in as well. But the local community managed to preserve the license and also most parts of the equipment. Finally in 1983 a local family took up the challenge to bring the tradition of that distillery back to live. By 2010 they won several prices for their Whiskeys.

Working in a remote team

This week a read an article at klinger.io about how to manage remote teams.

There are some really helpful insights in that article. To me it boils down to:

Remote teams need 5x the process.

Andreas Klinger

The main challange with remote teams is that you have explicitly/actively communicate a lot of stuff that naturally takes place in co-located teams.

Establish processes for communication needs for these kinds of setups are hard. Because they are against human nature… I will just discuss things with you while getting water in the kitchen… I won’t repeat what we discussed in slack because i am… well… as all humans… damn lazy!.

Andreas Klinger

Pulse

One of the very few CompactDiscs I’ve kept for sentimental reasons:

It has a LED at the side that would blink at about 2-3 times per minute – a Pulse.

I quite liked the album and also the artwork.