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Not sure a visit in Passchendaele Museum was a good way to end a vacation, but it was definitely an important visit. And afterwards we sat a bit in the sun and looked at toddles ducks, teenage coots and baby waterhens.

#AboutToday

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Get into the car in the morning and drive through France into Belgium on the way to the Netherlands. And the only sign of change of country is a sign along the road that I almost missed. Nobody checked our (German) IDs and we did not need a passport.

Living in the #EU, we tend to take it for granted that we can easily cross borders. But it's an wonder, an achievement, something worth fighting for.

#Europa #Europe

vicgrinberg,
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@bouriquet that's a bit of a wrong comparison, though. Introducing controls between the US states is closer to introducing controls between the individual federal states of Germany than to Schengen countries (which are countries in their own right, most of them part of the EU).

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Heading off to Madison, Wisconsin for the summer American Astronomical Society meeting.

Follow along for updates or mute me or for the next week if you find them annoying.

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@kellylepo excited to get some second hand experience of the conference 😊

vicgrinberg, (edited ) to photography
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Timeline cleanser - for a bit of beauty and happiness that we all need: sunset at low tide.

#CôteDOpale #photography #sunset #sea

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Eine Erinnerung dran, was Nazis sind und warum sie niemals an die Macht kommen dürfen ...

(Besseres Bild https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn37270)

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Deutschland - wo ein (Militär-)Oldtimer das Kennzeichen H1H kriegen kann. (Und ja, der Fahrer trug Steinar Kleidung.)

🤮🤮🤮

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vicgrinberg,
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@heartofcoyote haha, this!

vicgrinberg,
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@MaiKueper same here. Ich könnte auch Stundenlang vor so einem Quallentank sitzen und nur zuschauen.

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markmccaughrean, to random
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Niche question for my German friends:

In NL, I use the excellent Buienradar.nl website to plan cycling, with a focus on rain & wind predictions.

Is there a similar good, clean weather website or iOS app for DE that’s centred on Doppler radar & rain? Temperature & cloud are of secondary interest, as is wind here, most likely.

And not sites like Accuweather which use the execrable TCF cookie setting, where it’s impossible to opt out without endless clicking.

Ugh: just give me “reject all” 🤢

vicgrinberg,
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@markmccaughrean dwd warnwetter app. Official numbers from the folks from @DeutscherWetterdienst and the only reason you need to pay once is because the commercial weather apps took then to court to forbid the offering their data for free.

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When you found ticks crawling up on your legs while hiking and now constantly think that every little birth mark or freckle is a tick attached to your skin... 😭😭😭

vicgrinberg,
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@hudsonart true but I'd prefer not to feel the constant need to check my legs all the time 😞

vicgrinberg, (edited ) to random
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vicgrinberg, (edited ) to random
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I love book recommendation lists but they often tend to upset me. My favorite kinds of lists are either international lit (where I am usually upset that there are not enough women represented) or books by non-male folks (where I am upset that it's often mostly English-writing folks).

So: here is a list of my personal recommendations of books by women in (English) translation. One book for every day of June. Feel free to join - doesn't have to be every day!

#WomenInTranslation #VicisBooks 0/30

vicgrinberg, (edited )
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Eileen Chang (Wiki: traditional Chinese: 張愛玲; simplified Chinese: 张爱玲; pinyin: Zhāng Àilíng) - wrote in Chinese & in English (at least her anti-communist books written for the United States Information Agency). Translated some of her books in the respective other language herself.

I've read her "Lust, Caution", a fascinating insight into pre-communist China during WWII, and definitely want to pick up more of her work, likely her other shorter works.

5/30

#WomenInTranslation

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Chloé Cruchaudet "Mauvais Genre / Deserter's Masquerade / Das falsche Geschlecht" [How different the titles!]

Wonderful artwork that beautifully contributes to the unsettling story of war, violence and identity in the Paris of WWI and 1920ies. Not a perfect book but perfect example of drawings and text working together to create art and impact.

(I own the book, as all in the thread, but I forgot to take a photo and am travelling...)

6/30

#WomenInTranslation #bookstodon

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Maryna (and Serhiy) Dyachenko - "Vita Nostra"

For everyone who loves mindbending speculative fiction or linguistics. Or both. And no, it's not just for folks like me for whom languages are a hobby - my Latin grammar PhD friend loved it, too (wink)

I've seen it advertised 'Harry Potter'-like. No. There is nothing similar except for a boarding school of sorts. Emphasis on "of sorts".

It's deep, it's clever.

(Independent of two other novels in the cycle)

7/30

vicgrinberg,
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@astro_jcm I feel the need to say sorry to your other books. But this one is seriously worth it!

vicgrinberg,
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@jana_w 💚💚💚

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Jenny Erpenbeck - winner of the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and 2024 International booker prize. Surprisingly less celebrated in Germany than abroad, possibly (likely?) because her work is deeply embedded in the Eastern German experience. I absolutely adore her work.

Start "Visitation / Heimsuchung" or "The End of Days / Aller Tage Abend", feel the need to read everything by her.

(Haven't finished Kairos yet but I can tell than I love the above two more.)

8/30

#WomenInTranslation

vicgrinberg,
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Olga Grjasnowa "All Russians Love Birch Trees / Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt"

A deeply felt insight what it's like to be a person in their mid-20ies to mid-30ies with a "migration background" in today's (well, 10 years ago) Germany. If you never been asked "but where you are really from", this book will teach you why you should never ask this question. If you did, it will deeply resonate with your experience. You should read it in any case.

9/30

#WomenInTranslation

sundogplanets, to random
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I am talking o a reporter about this in a couple hours: https://regina.ctvnews.ca/from-outer-space-sask-farmers-baffled-after-discovering-strange-wreckage-in-field-1.6880353

This is about an hour away from my farm, so this'll be a fun conversation, and yet another great opportunity to tell a lot of people about what a huge problem we have with unregulated commercialization of orbit. (Also I just redid my slides for my public talk next week, this is going in!)

vicgrinberg,
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@sundogplanets josh is great! I had a chance to meet him at one of the head meetings (by now almost a decade ago?) and it's such a great thing to hear that he is writing a book on this topic (I wish the book were not necessary, but here we are...)

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