The Greek Tragedy

This country and its inhabitants are unbelievable.

One day in Athens and a book to write.

You arrive at 2 am at the hotel on a Sunday morning and the hotel clerk hands you a bus schedule for the hotel bus going downtown.
A few hours later, at 12 am, you wait for the bus.
“Oh, this one does not go today”.
Fine, you think, then we wait for the next one.
“There is no bus going today, its Sunday.”
Besides that the schedule says everyday, besides that she knew we would be departing Monday morning at 5 am and still had given us the schedule, besides that we had waited for two hours for this bus…
…you are still in a good mood and make your way to the next public bus station, only to wait for another 25 minutes, to finally get transported by a squeaking, overloaded, overaged, undermaintained vehicle for another 45 minutes to the center of Athens.
To the Akropolis. Because it is the great Greek and human history you are interested in.
That seems to have been aeons ago.

When you buy your ticket (14 Euros!) they remind you that the Akropolis will close in an hour, at 3 pm. Closing at 3 pm on a warm, sunny, perfect Sunday. Lots of tourists, that still would like to hike up the hill and (maybe not like it but) still would pay good Euros for their visit to the Greek heritage. Still six hours of sunny daylight left.
Looks like people in Athens and Greece do not need to earn money.

Half an hour later four lady clerks try to push you out of the fenced part of the hill. “We are closing.” Fine, they just want to leave 20 minutes early.

You think that cannot be topped until the taxi driver smiles at you and says:
“Did you have a great time at the Akropolis? The entrance is free on Sundays, thats why so many people are there today…”
Your (payed) ticket had been checked for validation three times…

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Back in Good Old Europe

Finally I have (physically and mentally) arrived in Germany again. After a terrific year in the US (which I miss already and all my friends there, yes that means you and you…) my life focus is back on this side of the ocean, for the time being.

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Sun ‘n Fun Preview 2012

Some impressions from the Sunday before Sun ‘n Fun started in 2012…
Sun 'n Fun Preview 2012
Sun 'n Fun Preview 2012
Sun 'n Fun Preview 2012

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10-05-2011 Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

In 2005, Steve Jobs gave the commencement address (Youtube Video) to the graduating students at Stanford in which he reflected on his life, career and mortality.

…Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

More visually inspired statements at

Mr. Obama’s statement (excerpt):

… Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
…By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.

Comment hkl:

If you would try to build a new company out of your garage today your neighbours would call the police because of your suspicious behaviour. Especially when working at night at your home.
America, the US to be precise, needs more visionary thinking, more men who dare to invest their effort and dedicate their life to the future.
Somebody who walks faster, thinks smarter and acts more intelligent is not a threat. He or she should be treated with respect and be supported. And not be considered a threat to the mass of average thinking and living humans.

America has lost one of his very few inventors and a man who dared to think out of the ordinary. Who had visions about the future and made them into reality for all mankind. If they want(ed).

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Why Defying Gravity is Extinct. Alas!

A few years ago I talked to a high ranking NASA official and suggested they make/support another movie like Top Gun to enhance the general interest in Space and its exploration. While he did not show that he thought this to be a good idea, in 2009 a TV series named Defying Gravity got highly advertised long before it was shown. I was thrilled and very much looking forward to watch an episode whenever I was in the States.

What I had meant by “a movie like Top Gun” was the spirit in that movie, the inspiration, the allurement to put every effort into someone’s life to succeed. To know and see that it is worth to aim high for goals that are beyond our everyday life. The American way of thinking as I see it.

What Defying Gravity turned out to be was showing a bunch of people gulping alcohol like fish drink water instead of learning or training for their job. No other hobbies or concerns. Binge Drinking seemed to be the only solution whenever the slightest distraction in their life turned up. Not to mention real problems. That are no role models to inspire. Those characters are less than average and not above the viewers.

A space movie or series should have the intellectual class and optics of 2001, the intellectual humor of Dark Star and characters like in Top Gun that can function as heros for our every day world.

I never ever saw so many people vomiting in a film than in those episodes. Disgusting.

The character of Nadja who is supposed to be a former German fighter pilot is not even shown once in a cockpit or acting as a pilot in her free time during her training on earth. Pretty unbelievable. A pilot in real life is a pilot and would want to act as one. Female astronauts are shown during their training on earth as dumb “Barbies” and not as successful women. Same applies to the male characters, they are shown way to weak and dumb to act as role models in an inspiring space movie.

While Defying Gravity has its funny sides, good character development (besides the drinking issue) and it also provides good suspense with many cliffhangers it had lost its audience already during the first few episodes. Especially disgusting Episode “Bacon”. When I would want to see blood or other hospital issues there are enough series that provide that. Yes, there are health issues in space that should be shown when dealing with/in space. Those have not even been mentioned. Also the real time communication to the space ship is kind of funny and unrealistic.

We, the audience, want to see heros in space. Not the average boys or girls from next door who we feel sorry for their way to handle their lives.

To miss such a chance to inspire and to get the good things across is a pity.

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Staying friends without threatening the good people

German Scientists have found a way to detect explosive substances under a combinatiion of infrared and laser light. If this knowledge would be used by security guys worldwide, it could stop threating the good people when carrying their harmless bottles of water and cosmetics into sensitive areas.

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Bugs in a Blanket

This book is really made for pleasure: a cosy touch of cuddly wool… After such a heavenly soft and pleasant presentation: who wonders, when kids
see nasty bugs (in the view of an adult) as perfect candidates
for nourishing and breeding?

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The Car That Does Not Exist

I like to drive fast cars and I like to drive cars fast. And I need space for my activity luggage. That incudes sports equipment like a parachute and hiking stuff and lots of water bottles in a case and other things I would like to take along on my travels.

My car needs to have sportive looks. I do not want a double size family car with seats for 10 persons. Two seats and convenient space for all the luggage that would do. And all that in a nice looking car. Flat and appealing like a regular fourseater.

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The German and the English blog of Helga Kleisny have different content. I travel a lot and such things that might be relevant to some parts of the world might be less interesting for the German spoken world. And vice versa. If you can and want, you are invited to read both parts.

Things mentioned in this blog are things that crossed my life. Reseach is done in my usual journalist’s way as far as truth is concerned.

Blog entries differ from a regular journalist’s article in the way, that there will not be necessarily other products of the same category mentioned in comparison.

Whatever I read and see may be noted – as long as my real life leaves me the time to put it online. Which may be an even bigger preclusion.

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