Interessante Splitterparteien in Deutschland

Bei Wahlverdruss ist nicht-wählen eine schlechte Option. Da ist eine ungültige Stimme besser, da diese in den Statistiken auftaucht.

Ein anderer interessanter Ansatz ist das Wählen einer Splitterpartei. Denn aus kleinen Parteien werden möglicherweise große. Hier sehe ich auch Potential für Signalwirkung. Hier zwei Parteien, die mir in den letzten Jahren diesbezüglich aufgefallen sind:

  • Volt – Volt hat einen ganzheitlichen Blick auf Europa, agiert dann aber gezielt lokal in diesem Kontext. Ein wichtiges Konzept ist es, Ansätze, die woanders funktioniert haben, in ähnlichen Situationen zu replizieren.
  • Humanisten – Zumindest auf dem Papier teile ich mit dieser Partei viele Werte, die sich aus meiner spirituellen Ausrichtung ergeben (Buddhismus), verbunden mit meiner beruflichen (Technik und Fortschritt).

28 Books I read in 2021

28 Books I read in 2021

Kommentare für in deutsch gelesene Bücher auf Deutsch…

… and comments on books read in English in English.

5 Stars

  • Qualityland 1 – Perfekte satire die zeigt, wie unsere Welt in 30 Jahren aussehen könnte. Bonus: Hörbuch gelesen von Marc-Uwe Kling
  • Qualityland 2 – Nicht immer hält die Fortsetzung den Standard des Originals, in diesem Fall aber schon
  • Dealterms.VC – Ein Buch das Deutschland braucht: Von deutschen Investoren über die deutsche Venture Capital-Scene. Must-Read für deutsche Gründer.
  • The Dark Forest – Well-told part 2 of the Three-Body Problem.
  • Herr aller Dinge – Eines der besten Bücher von Andreas Eschbach, diesmal über Nanotechnologie.

4 Stars

  • Vom Libellenflug – wunderschönes Buch über Familie, Freundschaft und Essen.
  • Steppenwolf – Ich lese gern Hermann Hesse, diesen Klassiker wollte ich schon lange lesen.
  • Blackout – erschreckend realistisches Buch über das durchaus mögliche Szenario eines europaweiten Stromausfalls durch Sabotage.
  • Galaxy Trucker: Rocky Road – Super-fun Popcorn-Scifi with a strong female protagonist. I love the mixture of hard SciFi and goofing off. I found this through the (physical) board game, which is tons of fun as well!

3 Stars

  • Kurze Antworten auf große Fragen – das letzte Buch von Stephen Hawkings, das erst nach seinem Tod veröffentlicht wurde. Für meinen Geschmack etwas zu seicht, aber andererseits erreicht Hawkings dadurch wohl eine größere Leserschaft.
  • The Three-Body Problem – I found the first book just “okay”, and that’s why I hesitated for a while before reading part 2.
  • Death’s End – the last (3rd) part of the Three-Body Problem. Not sure what to think about it.
  • Kelwitts Stern – Ganz lustig, ein Alien besucht die Erde. Eher Jugendlitaratur.
  • Quest – Und noch mal Eschbach. Man muss ihm lassen, das er wirklich unglaublich produktiv ist. Aber die Suche nach dem Ursprung der Menschheit fand ich eher durchschnittlich.
  • Die Singularitätsfalle – In diesem SciFi geht es um die Kurzweil-Singularität. Sehr interessante Prämisse und allein deswegen schon lesenswert.
  • The Forge of God – Eine erschreckend realistische Darstellung der Vernichtung der Erde durch Aliens. Eine ernsthafte Frage: Wie löscht man das Leben auf einem ganzen Planeten aus?

2 Stars

  • Tyll – Mein erstes Buch von Daniel Kehlmann über einen an Till Eulenspiegel angelehnten Gaukler. Keine Ahnung, warum Kehlmann so hoch gelobt wird.
  • Das Stockholm-Oktavo – Ganz netter Roman im historschen Kontext (18. Jahrhundert).
  • Der Junge, der mit dem Herzen sah – Sehr hübsche Geschichte von einem behinderten Jungen, der sich um seine Großmutter kümmert
  • Das Ende der Sterne wie Big Hig sie kannte – Ein bisschen Dystopie, ein bisschen Action.
  • Klara and the sun – Kazuo Ishiguro may have gotten the Nobel price in literature. But this book about a household android is just… awfully boring and mundane.

1 Star

  • Ready Player Two – The critics were right, this sequence to the pretty good prequel is just aweful on so many levels.
  • Amandas Suche – I usually like Isabel Allende, but this book was sub-par.
  • Shero – A transgender superhero? I like the idea, but the characters feel wooden, the settting is unbelievable and the story drags along.

Abandoned

  • Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen – The book’s idea is important, but the author far too self-righteous!
  • Herkunft – Das Buch wurde als bester deutschsprachiger Roman des Jahres 2019 ausgezeichnet. Aber sollte ein Roman nicht eine Handlung haben?!?
  • Unrast – Warum werden in Deutschland nur solche Bücher gelebt, die völlig unlesbar sind?
  • Schutzzone – Die Premisse fand ich interessant, aber die Story, die sich um eine Mitarbeiterin der UN dreht, ist so lahm wie eine Bürokratie.

What Managers Do

Quote from Radical Candor

The questions I get asked next are clustered around each of these three areas of responsibility that managers do have: guidance, team-building, and results.

The 22 Books I Read in 2020

In the year of Corona, I read a lot. I did not read as many non-fiction books as usually, but escaped into some great novels, alone and with my family/kid.

5 Stars

  • Der Fisch in uns: Eine Reise durch die 3,5 Milliarden Jahre alte Geschichte unseres Körpers – awesome and entertaining book about evolution, from the point of view of an archeologist.
  • The Lean Startup – totally overdue for me to read this great classic on starting a business,

4 Stars

  • Solaris – reading this was triggered by the release of the movie. The book is awesome, the movie is horrible.
  • Children of Time – hard science fiction, the way I like it!
  • Todesengel – a great and depressing story on populism and hate.
  • Im Krieg – another great science fiction on weaponized animals. He was a good dog!

3 Stars

  • Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth – this is a wonderful book, as it makes sure that you are not blind to promising sales channels.
  • The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation –bringing the buzz-word topic of digital transformation and people together.
  • Productized Services – a useful book for freelancers who want to productize their services without employing people.
  • Children of Ruin – not as good as “Children of Time”, but still a fascinating read.

2 Stars

  • Project to Product – I have a hard time buying into the framework that is supposed to solve the problem of the digital disruption.
  • Das Jesus-Video – interesting idea, but compared to other Eschbach books it is just “okay”.
  • Die lymphatersche Formel – short story by Lem, I came across it when looking for Solaris.
  • Awaken the Giant Within – I like to check out books like this once in a while that provide guidance in your life, but it was too much anecdotes and feel-good stuff, without much substance.

1 Star

  • Im nächsten Leben wird alles besser – too much lecturing, twice as long as it needs to be and an end that was totally predictable. Not sure why this book got such good reviews.

Children Books

  • Blackthorn Book 3 and 4 – Book 2 is still my absolute favorite. Book 3 was decent, book 4 a little disappointing.
  • Der Ratz-Fatz-x-weg 23 – Fast and fun story, perfect to read with the family.
  • Die Nachtflüsterer 1-3 – I got the audio book because it was read by Oliver Rohrbeck. But the story itself was so-so.
  • Das schwarze Mal – pretty good fantasy, set 500 years in the future. However, the end is rushed and a little anticlimactic.

The 18 Books I Read in 2019

The 18 Books I Read in 2019

It somehow did not feel like I read this much. This is probably due to the fact that there were quite a few short and fun books that were not really that memorable, but still worthwhile reading.

5 Stars

  • Elon Musk: Tesla, PayPal, SpaceX (Biography) – While Musk may not be the nicest person, he’s absolutely inspiring. Well-written book.
  • Radical Candor (Business) – Absolutely amazing book about leadership and managing people.

4 Stars

  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Account-Based Marketing (Biz) – An excellent book that shows how to bring marketing and B2B-sales together!
  • Becoming (Biography) – Quick and enlightening read about the Obamas. Don’t expect it to be political.
  • Playing For Keeps (SciFi) – Fun and quick read about second-class superheroes.
  • Measure what Matters (Biz) – I always liked the concept of OKRs. This book adds a lot of context, but could be more specific regarding implementation.

3 Stars

  • The Algebraist (SciFi) – A fun read of hard science fiction, at times a bit too lengthy, the end a little bit anticlimactic.
  • Solarstation (SciFi) – Another fun and quick read, not very deep, but plenty of action.
  • The Enemy Stars (SciFi) – Hard SciFi with the premise that teleporting is possible, but it is mainly about the interaction of a small group of people in crisis. Decent, but feels like the 50s.
  • Fish (Motivation) – Quick read that I got as a gift. Doesn’t really stand out, but useful for people looking for a starting point.

2 Stars

  • Altered Carbon (SciFi) – I abandoned watching the show. The book is okay.
  • Wenn es auch unmöglich scheint (Spirituality) – A classical Buddhist story retold.

1 Star

  • The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (SciFi) – I like the early books from Heinlein, but the later ones dilute a good story with his strange ideas on society and relationships
  • Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street (Biz) – A collection of true stories, but not on Business, but on Finance, and that made it boring for me.
  • Cloud Atlas (SciFi) –I liked the movie much better. On the positive side, finally the story made sense, although to me the story was rather boring.

Children’s Books

  • Blackthorn Series – Set in the 17th century, this is a great series full of riddles and secrets, and it holds great values for children. The reading of the German audio book is extremely well done.
  • Lucifer Junior – Even though the main character is the son of the devil, this is fun reading for children, again with good values.
  • Schrecksenmeister – Not the best, not the worst book by Walter Moers

Quote from The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

Reading old Scifi sometimes makes me chuckle: we reached this point in the 90s:

“I use Sony Megawafers, each good for half a million words, each two centimeters wide, three millimeters thick, with information packed so densely that it doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Quote from The Technology Fallacy (Management on the Cutting Edge)

I love the Internet:

We can even recommend John Gallaugher’s undergraduate textbook, Information Systems: A Manager’s Guide to Harnessing Technology, as perhaps the most consistently up-to-date discussion of digital strategy out there—he updates the material yearly, and it’s readily available online as a PDF file.