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I was talking to Lukas when I noticed I wasn’t feeling well; we were discussing a project we were both working on. Although he works in the new technology group, because of the backlog of work in engineering, he had been loaned out to one of the software teams to help them get back on schedule. Swiss, he had spent a year working in Australia, but has a neutral English accent, neither British nor American. We were on the 07:48 train from Chur to Bonaduz, sunlight slanting into the train car, as we moved around a mountain or passed under a partly cloudy sky. Continue Reading

Give Me Liberty!

Give Me Liberty!

In the original Star Trek series, “This Side of Paradise” (season one, episode twenty-four), Kirk, Spock, and there rest of the crew of the Enterprise are made stupid/happy after being shot by some spores of a plant that alters their behavior. I felt the same way after spending some time on the Fox News website,… Continue Reading

Ten Years After

Make it up as we go along – The Talking Heads August 1st is Swiss National Day: on this day in 1291, the cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden formed a federal charter, the beginnings of what eventually became Switzerland. Fast forward seven hundred nineteen years: on the first day of the eighth month of… Continue Reading

West Virginia versus Switzerland

For a few summers in high school I worked as a river raft guide in West Virginia. Lately I’ve been a technical writer for a medical devices company in Switzerland. Both are land-locked, mountainous regions. How else do they compare? I know you’ve been wondering about this for a long, long time. Continue Reading

Façon du voir Edward Hopper

Ses meilleurs tableaux avons blancs: la voile blanche d’un sloop gréé de gaffes, l’extérieur blanc d’une maison en clapot de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, le blanc d’un phare de l’Atlantique, l’uniforme blanc du type qui travaille derrière le comptoir du restaurant. Le blanc est une couleur solitaire: il reflète tous les spectres de la lumière. Même si… Continue Reading

Weg Edward Hopper zu sehen

Seine besten Gemälde haben weiß: das weiße Segel auf einer Gaffelschaluppe, das weiße Äußere eines Schindelhauses in New England, das Weiß eines Leuchtturms am Atlantik, die weiße Uniform des Kerl, der hinter dem Tresen arbeitet. Weiß ist eine einsame Farbe: es reflektiert jedes Lichtspektrum. Obwohl es gibt in sienem Weißen auch Blau-, Schwarz- oder Grüntöne,… Continue Reading