Quote of the day (2012-06-16)

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

— John Lennon

New WP theme

So, they call you Arjuna. Wow, you’re gorgeous. How come I never noticed you little beauty before?

Arjuna demo

Apparently, this is what you do:

Arjuna stands for elegance, accessibility, and attention to detail. We have put a great deal in optimizing its ins and outs. Translation ready, SEO focused, IE6-8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera compatibility, support for threaded comments, four widget bars, flexible sidebar, and more. It can be customized via the admin panel.

Here’s the info at SRS Solutions.

Quote of the day (2011-01-15)

“He had this idea. It was kind of a virologist idea. He believed that you could cure racism and hate… literally cure it, by injecting music and love into people’s lives. One day he was scheduled to perform at a peace rally, a gunman came to his house and shot him down. Two days later he walked out on that stage and sang. Somebody asked him why – He said, “The people, who are trying to make this world worse… are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness.””

Will Smith as Dr. Robert Neville in “I am Legend”

The tumor situation

On September 15th 2010, I received a rather devastating diagnosis: an MRI scan showed a tumor of unknown origin inside my spinal cord behind the second to sixth spinal disc. At this time, it was uncertain whether the tumor ment cancer or not and whether or not the tumor was growing inside the spinal cord or wrapped around it. It was only certain that
at this point, I had lost mobility in both my arms continually since February until I could barely use them. My legs were still working but getting slightly unstable already.
The tumor would affect my respiratory system, ultimately resulting in my death less than 6 months in the future.
Less than 3 months in the future, I would have been a paraplegic.

On September 29th, in a neurosurgical process that lasted more than 11 hours, the tumor was successfully removed – completely.
The fact that the tumor could be removed ment that the pieces of the spinal discs that had been removed to allow surgical access to the tumor could be put back in place. The alternative would have been a destabilized or partially stiffened spine.
A quick histological check of the tumor indicated it was benigne (type Ependymoma). It must be one of life’s little ironies that even something considered „good“ could cause disabilities and ultimately even death.
My spinal cord was not injured in the process – meaning all neurological structures will most likely make a full recovery over time.

I owe my life and the fact that I will make a full recovery to the surgeon who performed an outstanding job that day: Professor Dr. Ganslandt of Uniklinik Erlangen.

Who needs beatboxing

Quite obviously *this* is the real deal:

VAN CANTO – Battery

Yes, it’s a METALLICA cover, but it’s very well done. These guys don’t use any instruments except for their drums, all ‘effects’ are done with nothing but voices. It’s truely awesome. If you’ve got some spare time, check out some of their other videos, too. They did covers of BLIND GUARDIAN’s ‘The Bard’s Song’, IRON MAIDEN’s – ‘Fear of the Dark’ and NIGHTWISH’s ‘Wishmaster’ just to name a few. Also, believe it or not, but VAN CANTO are a german band.