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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Dipl. Ing. FH

The graduation ceremony marked the end of the Frackwoche, as well as the end of my time at the ZHW. First we had to endure one hour full of boring speeches. But then it finally got interesting. One class after the other received their diploma.

Last on the program were special awards and prices. Several students were rewarded for their excellent work in the diploma thesis. Ours was not mentioned, but that was not surprising, with such a boring topic ;). Then Swiss Engineering rewarded the student who got the best results in his/her report card... and it was me! With an average of 5.727 (out of 6) I was the best student of the whole department. I'm mighty proud of this achievement :)

Now we can finally add Dipl. Ing. FH to our business cards...

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The party is over and I'm slowly recovering :). It was a blast and a fantastic experience, though we never would have expected that it led to so much work! We started very early on Monday morning and barricaded the school till 8.30am. There were two ways for students to get into the buildings:
1. Buying one of our diploma books.
2. Mastering an obstacle course with cemented boots on the feet.
Afterwards, some of us served breakfast till 10am. This was also the time when the three bars opened. One in the cellar (our bar for the day), and two on the ground floor. There was music everywhere, as well as concerts on the main stage.
The procedure was the same every day. Only the course of studies responsible for the barricades and the bars changed.
Tuesday was an easy day, because we had no duties and I used it to recover :).
Wednesday and Thursday were very busy, however. First security and then bar duty.

Pictures will follow!

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Frackumzug (Procession of Graduate Students)

A year ago I already wrote about this tradition (or old charter or something) at our university that all graduating students wear wear dress coats and beards and remodel a car. Well, this time it was my turn to participate!

It was a fantastic feeling to walk through the crowded streets, we felt like stars! Pictures can be found at the usual location ;).
This event marked the beginning of our graduation ceremonies. Next week is the Frackwoche, a one week party in the university organized by the graduating students. I may report from time to time, but pictures will have to wait till the week after.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

New Features

I admit it, I was bored, so I updated my blog a bit. Now you get even more info about what I'm currently doing! On the right-hand-side is a new sidebar with the following features:

  • Last Heard: The 7 latest tracks I've listened to and tracked with
  • Last Read: The 5 latest books I've read / am currently reading as tracked with LibraryThing
  • Blog Roll: Blogs of my friends.
  • Chicklets: They're just cute, aren't they? ;)
That's about it for the moment. I might add some more chicklets and links, so come back to check from time to time!

Lisey's Story by Stephen King

I just finished Stephen King's latest novel a couple of days ago. A fantastic story about a marriage, love that can outlast even death and insanity.

If you want to know more I can recommend this very interesting interview Stephen King did with


Monday, November 06, 2006


After a long time I participated at another LARP. It was another game hosted by Riedhburg, focusing around the 29th KAWUM (Kongress für Alchemie, Wissenschaft und Medizin; Congress for Alchemy, Science and Medicine). I played a sage and astronomer from Mongolia named Kublai Kaspar Bat-Tsetseg, together with my associate, the astronomer Ali ab'a (he forgot the rest of his name), we are following a star to a newborn king. Tragically Ali broke our star, so we went to this congress in hope that an alchemist could correct this mishap.

The thirty-odd players were an extremely diverse group, we had the master of the alchemists guild with his left and right hands, two real alchemists, several charlatans, some doctors, a patent office, an excellent kitchen staff, a hobbit and many more. There even were uninvited guests such as a wild wolf.

One of my favourite scenes was during a secret meeting in the cellar. Everyone came with an eyemask to disguise their true identity. However, the disguised master of the guild was a little confused and talked about all the wrong things...

In the our star healed itself, helped by the power of the full moon and we were able to continue our journey.

All in all a fantastic weekend with way too many fascinating stories to relate here. As always, there are pictures on my homepage. The results from the interaction of the players with the patent office can be seen here.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Pictures from Leipzig

Better late than never! The pictures from my trip to Leipzig are finally online!

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Extreme Happiness

Yesterday we had the presentation of our diploma thesis. One of the experts was a real expert in the field of Public Key Cryptography. Fortunately he liked to talk and didn’t ask too many hard questions. We left the room with a positive feeling.

This morning we received an e-mail from our teacher, informing us about our grade. That e-mail made my day. I’m used to good grades, but I just didn’t quite dare hope for this result… an A! :)

Now it’s time to celebrate!

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