|May 15, 2013
||I have been neglecting my English web pages
for a long time. - Last January, I suffered a mild stroke which has
left my left arm with a tingling sensation, especially the fingers.
Some hours earlier, I had a brief T.I.A.
event which disappeared within minutes, so I ignored it. Big mistake!
Fellow seniors: take note! But I was lucky and continue to lead a
normal life. - Last week I participated in a 16-nation chess tournament,
scoring 3½ points out of 8. Have to study harder, I suppose...
|July 21, 2011
||Christofer returned from a successful week
in New York together with a companion.
|July 15, 2011
|Kerstin Amanda celebrated her confirmation
and first communion, following a one-month Christian camp in
southern Sweden. Araguacema and I were present at the solemn
and happy occasion.
|January 14, 2011
||Added a page on "Why
is there Something rather than Nothing?" dealing with cosmology.
|November 28, 2010
||Added a page on "The
Remarkable Speed of Web Search" dealing with search engines,
in particular that of Google.
|March 10, 2010
||Added a page on Donald Knuth's "The
Art of Computer Programming" along with some reminiscences
of my own dealings with computers.
|September 5, 2009
||Added a page on Stephen Jay Gould's "Wonderful
Life" and Darwinian evolution.
|June 19, 2009
||Added a page on Simon Singh's "Fermat's
|April 14, 2009
||Added a page on Douglas Hofstadter's "Gödel,
Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid".
|April 13, 2009
||Replaced my Dell Dimension 4600 (Pentium
4 processor) with a Studio XPS (i7-920 processor). The graphics controller
often caused the display to freeze, making me lose work. But I was
forced to accept Vista, which brings its own set of headaches. - In
a pure speed test, solving a mate-in-12 chess problem running Rybka
2.2 (freeware), the old comp took 2 min 45 secs. The new one solved
it in 8 secs. Nice!
|January 23, 2009
||Added information on the descendants of Heinrich
Zenker (1863-1952) provided by Tom Zenker, Berlin. - Previously
Sabine Strietzel-Hube added info on the descendants of Robert
|September 6, 2008
||Added a page on Heinrich Harrer's "The
|August 9, 2008
||GW af Sillén's letters
1786-1793 to his son, who studied architecture in Rome. Mostly
|April 19, 2008
||Added a page on Arthur C. Clarke's "The
Exploration of Space"
|March 8, 2008
|Araguacema and Amanda returned from
their two-week vacation in Cairo. (Additional
pictures on Amanda's page.)
|March 4, 2008
|Amanda is celebrating her 12th anniversary
with Araguacema and sister Sarah in Cairo. - Christofer and
I returned after a ski week in Zermatt, Switzerland. (Additional
pictures on Christofer's page.)
|February 18, 2008
||Added my musings about the Great War and
July 1, 1916.
|October 24, 2007
|Araguacema now has two grandchildren in Egypt:
|September 16, 2007
||Added a page on John Steinbeck's "East
|August 19, 2007
|Yesterday my nephew and godson Christian
got married to his lovely bride Eveline ("Evi"). I
attended the wedding in Switzerland. Pictures
from the wedding.
|July 16, 2007
|Enjoyed a visit by my distant relative Wolfgang
Hofmeier, British Columbia, Canada. We both are descendants
|July 4, 2007
|Our 15th anniversary! We were
married July 4th, 1992. Yesterday, Araguacema made a strawberry
cake, in anticipation. Today, we will think of something special!
|June 17, 2007
||Added a page on Isaac Asimov's "The
End of Eternity".
|June 15, 2007
||Last day in school for Christofer and Kerstin
Amanda. Kerstin did not invite me to her classroom: It's too embarrassing
to have parents present. - "I see, you hate me and despise
me. I'll pull a plastic bag over my head so you won't have to see
me." - "That would be even more embarrassing, Dad!"
|May 22, 2007
||Added some musings about the collapse
of the Soviet empire.
|April 20, 2007
||Added some musings about the game
|March 23, 2007
||Added a page on Henri Charrière's
and my visit to French Guyana in 2002.
|March 8, 2007
||Added some musings on the audacity
of the Apollo project.
|February 12, 2007
||Added a page on Harry Martinson's "Aniara"
|January 29, 2007
||Added some musings on Moore's
Law, along with some speculations about Artificial Intelligence
|January 1, 2007
||Expressed my perplexity at the phenomenon
of color perception.
|December 26, 2006
||Added a page on Kahlil Gibran's "The
|December 21, 2006
||Added a page on Tracy Kidder's "The
Soul of a New Machine".
|December 1, 2006
||Expressed my surprise at the fact that information
was not quantized until the 1940s.
|November 29, 2006
||Added a note on George Gamow's "Mr.
Tompkins in Wonderland".
|November 27, 2006
||Added a note on E. T. Bell's "Men
|November 24, 2006
War Diary from World War I (in German). Nessi was a cousin
of my father.
|October 26, 2006
|Amanda arranges a Halloween shock for Christofer
in the darkened bathroom, and celebrates Amanda Day, which also
happens to be Sarah's 25th birthday and would have been my Mother's
90th birthday. - Yesterday my niece Karin gave birth to a daughter
in Switzerland. All our best wishes!
|October 18, 2006
||Added some musings on Wittgenstein's "Tractatus
|October 13, 2006
||Added a page (in English) on a Swedish chess
book (in Swedish): "How
to play chess".
|September 27, 2006
||Added a page on "The
World of Null-A" by A. E. van Vogt.
|September 20, 2006
||Added a page on "Science
and Sanity" by Alfred Korzybski.
|September 2, 2006
||Added some musings on Euler's
identity eiπ + 1 = 0.
|August 7, 2006
||Added a page on "Chess
Genius Alekhine" by Hans Müller and A. Pawelczak.
|July 25, 2006
||Back from a vacation trip to Switzerland
and France with the children.
|July 11, 2006
||Added a page on "A
Study of History" by Arnold J. Toynbee.
|July 9, 2006
||Added a note on Willy Ley's and Chesley
Conquest of Space".
|May 31, 2006
||Added a page on Arthur Koestler's "Darkness
|May 20, 2006
||Added a page on Alfred Bester's "The
|May 11, 2006
||Added a page on Franz Kafka's "The
|May 4, 2006
||Added some musings on quantum
|April 18, 2006
||Started a section on books
that have fascinated me.
|March 11, 2006
||Added some musings on low
fertility rates in Sweden and Europe.
|March 1, 2006
||Added a piece on Lincoln's
first inaugural address.
|February 11, 2006
||Added a chapter on Mont
Blanc under "Mountaineering".
|January 25, 2006
||Chapters on Grindelwald/Zermatt,
Rosa/Mont Blanc, and Tour
Ronde added under "Mountaineering"
|November 24, 2005
||Added "musings and reflections" on extraterrestrial
civilizations and human expansion into the galaxy.
|November 9, 2005
||Added chapters on Zinalrothorn
Arêtes de la Bruyère under "Mountaineering".
|September 24, 2005
||Added a chapter on Matterhorn
|August 27, 2005
||Added a chapter on Rubik's
cube (under "Things that surprise me").
|August 7, 2005
||Added three photos of Sarah and her daughter, Araguacema's
granddaughter, to "Gallery". - I am really too young to
be married to a grandmother!! Although I should remember that she
is 23 years younger than I am. :-)
|July 27, 2005
||Returned from vacation. Araguacema arrived in Sweden
after Midsummer and continued by air to Holland after a week, where
Christofer, Amanda and I joined her, going by car. Araguacema returned
to Egypt from Amsterdam, while the three of us continued to Eurodisney
in Paris and to my brother Erik in Switzerland. We also made a camping
trip to the Saas valley in the Alps. Visited a friend in Hamburg on
the way back. Then on to Copenhagen, where I got my wallet stolen.
This forced a rapid retreat to Sweden.
|July 4, 2005
||Added a chapter on Rimpfischhorn
|June 6, 2005
||Added a chapter on Weisshorn
|April 30, 2005
||Yesterday was my last day at work. Yes folks, I am now
a "senior citizen"! - It's been a real ego trip recently
with speeches, presents and good wishes from colleagues abroad and
at home. Here is a
collage in Swedish from my 35 years at Swedish Space Corporation.
|April 17, 2005
autobiography written in 1927 is available (in German). He was
a prominent pastor in Saxony.
|April 24, 2004
||My beloved mother died at age 87 last night
at Lenalundsgården, her old age care home. She was unconscious
during her last day. I sat with her until the end. She will be buried
in the family grave at Teda cemetery.