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HAL9000
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2020-02-01 12:52 pm  

Hey there, everyone!

Finally I made it to arrive here!

People call me demski since I can remember, so it is easiest to continue here.

(See, Bill? – you didn't mix up anything)

I am dangerously closing in on ending my fifth decade. (Is that right when I'm turning 50 this year?)

Just lately was it that I discovered my interest in electronics – so here I am, struggleing with the most of the basics… sometimes probably even with the english nature…

Be nice if it happens, will ya? (I appreciate corrections so I can keep improving)

I started off as a graphics designer, turned into an employer of five with my own little full service design and print bureau. We produced digital prints inhouse and acted as supervising producers in traditional printing jobs for our customers.

We enhanced incoming data preparing them for print, scanned and enhanced and composited images, designed the layouts of various different kinds of customers and finally delivered the full range of product.

In parallel I started a small second branch where I developed databases on the basis of my own Agency Software.

Then after giving this whole enterprise up for good (sounds way easier than it was when summarized in one sentence) I consulted European publishers in all regards of digitalization, digital publishing and the upcoming social media platforms.

For the last 3 years I started to reevaluate certain aspects of my life and enjoy doing things that fulfill just one single aspect: they keep interesting me.

Tinkering with small electronics in range of everything compatible with the arduino world seemed like a feasible start. Good on budget, wide spread, well documented.

So there we go, I landed here and – whilst being insecure if my introduction does what was asked – looking forward to conversations, learning together and probably having some fun tinkering!

 

read you all later!

 

demski

 

 


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codecage
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2020-02-01 3:32 pm  

Welcome Demski!

Congrats on approaching the end of your fifth decade!  I'm approaching the middle of my 8th decade and have more fun than a barrel of monkeys with this hobby.  Is the phrase "more fun that a barrel of monkeys" a universal phrase or just something us 'yanks' came up with?

Any enjoy and have fun in the "barrel!"

SteveG


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2020-02-01 10:41 pm  

Willkommen, Demski!

Actually you are beginning your fifth decade at fifty years old!   I hope you find this forum useful, I hope so as I have high regards for Bill in his YouTube productions.


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HAL9000
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2020-02-03 11:34 am  

@codecage

So I am starting what seems like another long and fruitful section of my life then! Looking forward to it!

I was not not familiar with the barrel of monkeys phrase...

And after searching a little around, finding this:

Ask Uncle John Anything: More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys

I have to ask wether it IS going to be a fun and fruitful phase of my life?

Anyhow, thanks for the warm words and let's rock the barrel!

D.


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HAL9000
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2020-02-03 11:41 am  

@tentoes

See? I'll never get this decade-thing working for me…

I thought it was like: "With ten years old, I ended my first decade, so with celebrating my fiftieth birthday (still to come this year) I'll end my fifth decade…"

But it is obviously more like the "Twentieth Century ranging from 1900 to 1999", right?

However, I most likely still feel like in my end of 30's / beginning 40's so who cares!

(I think mentioning it here was a reference to one of the most recent youtube videos uploaded by Bill where he mentioned his last Birthday…)

Thanks again for welcoming me. Feels good to read!

 

best, D.


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2020-02-03 11:42 am  

@hal9000

Well even old folks can learn something everyday.  I've heard and used that phrase for so long that I guess I forgot, or maybe never even knew, that it was used as an ironic, or even a sarcastic statement!

I always assumed (yeah, I know!) that monkeys are always having fun, even if in a barrel.  ? 

SteveG


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2020-02-03 11:56 am  

@codecage

 Is the phrase "more fun than a barrel of monkeys" a universal phrase or just something us 'yanks' came up with?

First coined in the States in 1895, but is not an expression commonly used in UK English!

The first time I ever heard it was in the sixties, in a Beach Boys song "Little Honda".

My own opinion of joining this forum is more like "opening a can of worms" ? 

SteveC - Topple Rudd Poltman


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2020-02-03 11:57 am  

@hal9000

Which part of Germany are you from? I am in Hamburg!!

SteveC - Topple Rudd Poltman


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HAL9000
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2020-02-03 12:04 pm  

@codecage

? ? ? ? 


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HAL9000
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2020-02-03 12:10 pm  

@pugwash

What a coincidence! I'm in Hamburg as well!

Moin, moin, then!

(for non-german speakers: "Moin moin" is the universal greeting in Hamburg and even all northern germany.

It is dialect for good morning but we use it throughout the whole day.

best,

D.


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2020-02-03 12:11 pm  

@tentoes & @hal9000

I have to agree with demski!

When you are born you are starting your first decade.  When you turn 10 you have finished your first decade and just starting your second.  So when you reach 50 you are finishing your fifth decade and starting your sixth.

Everyone went round and round with this in the year 2000 when some said we had started a new century, when in fact the year 2000 was the last year of the previous century.  2001 was the beginning of the new century, the 21st.

The same thing is happening with 2020.  Many say this year is the beginning of a new decade, when in actuality 2021 will be the beginning of the next decade.  This is the last year of the current decade.

This topic comes up every 10 years for the decade debate, or 100 years if you are referring to the century debate (and right now that probably could only happen once in a lifetime).  And being almost halfway through my 8th decade ? I can remember having this same decade conversation at least 7 times now (this being number 7).  I was too young in 1950, but every 10 years after that it has surfaced in one form or another.  And I guess it will continue for decades and centuries to come.  ? 

SteveG


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HAL9000
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2020-02-03 12:11 pm  
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@codecage

 Is the phrase "more fun than a barrel of monkeys" a universal phrase or just something us 'yanks' came up with?

First coined in the States in 1895, but is not an expression commonly used in UK English!

The first time I ever heard it was in the sixties, in a Beach Boys song "Little Honda".

My own opinion of joining this forum is more like "opening a can of worms" ? 

? ? 


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2020-02-03 12:14 pm  
Posted by: @pugwash

The first time I ever heard it was in the sixties, in a Beach Boys song "Little Honda".

That could have been where I picked it up as well!

We have let the worms out of the can!

SteveG


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HAL9000
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2020-02-03 12:16 pm  

@codecage

Now that you mention it, yeah, I remember fiddling around with these definitions every decade… I just forgot about the other instances…

So, no matter what decade I'm in, Its' just again one more AGAIN…

?


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HAL9000
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2020-02-03 12:18 pm  

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We have let the worms out of the can!

So this references to pandora's box, right?

I might actually have to reevaluate my decision to start into electronics as a hobby…


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