Winter Is Coming …

In Germany, one currently only seems to have two choices, either sub-tropical temperatures for weeks on end or grey skies and endless rain. We used to have normal days in between (ages ago), but they have all disappeared in what does seem a lot like the great slush pile of global warming taking its toll.

Having just returned from Lanzarote with its desert winds and blistering heat, I was roasted on a spit inside of my rooftop apartment by temperatures driven to an unbearable maximum by the sun mercilessly beating down on an otherwise well-isolated roof for about 10 hours straight, day in and bloody day out. Then, suddenly, the skies turned into a depressing grey and the rain started to drizzle down. Altogether, I spent nearly four (otherwise very busy) weeks holed up in complete darkness with the shades pulled down, concentrating on other things far away from my website(s). You know, those things you can do for which it doesn’t matter if you sweat all over whatever it is you happen do be doing.

It is typical though, in the first period of time for nearly two years in which I did not update this site regularly, that (if you don’t know them, they are the [one] lady and [one] guy who make the best WordPress themes around) featured me along with many other websites in their revamped theme showcase.

So, instead of posting stuff here, I spent the little spare time I had on my first real binge-watching session, ever. I’m not the type to really get caught up in TV series no matter how good they are, but Game of Thrones did it for me, although I never thought it would … or could. All these fantasy novels weighing down countless shelves in a myriad of dusty book stores around the globe usually give me the creeps and, sorry George, I haven’t  read a single paragraph of any of the novels the TV series is based on (although I read much of George R.R. Martin’s excellent other fiction and short fiction years ago), but Game of Thrones is just fabulously scripted … and acted.

Peter Dinklage, a.k.a. Tyrion Lannister, is the one who got me hooked and I would never have guessed that he is about as un-British as they come.
From New Jersey?

In other news, and that is the one thing that has kept me away for all too long from my website(s), my reliable host of more than a decade has decided to abandon the solid ground of German legal security after it was sold, uprooting its servers and moving them across the border to France. That move has cost “DomainFactory” countless customers whose published content is bound to staying within the borders German law provides, and I might nearly have been one of them. After much contemplation, I decided to hang around.


To cut rising expenses, I have once again decided to merge with (plus some other small websites) in order to condense all online efforts into one online presence. Easier said than done. Script limits and other technical difficulties have prevented me from doing so easily and, in the above-mentioned heat, I simply didn’t feel at all like tinkering with this stuff that is much harder to actually do than it should be.

But now that winter is coming, I should have enough time to invest a weekend or two to throw it all into the giant “Kitchenaid” that is my trusted host server, hopefully coming out with a blend that hasn’t lost too much while being ground into submission. A cautious estimate has me working for about 50 to 60 hours to merge, move and polish whatever goes in, and those 60 hours I won’t have for another two weeks or so.

So bear with me. If the “White Walkers” don’t succeed in overrunning what is the southern hemisphere of human civilization, October/November will be the time in which deus62 will do another Phoenix, rising from the ashes of what was destroyed in the process, only to resurface in a much better and more -> benevolent <- world. 😀

P.S.: Here’s a special shout out to D.S.K., who thought I had abandoned the world and excluded everyone from it. That’s not the case, at all. I’ll get back to you, old pal.

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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