Hemmersmoor by Stefan Kiesbye My rating: 1 of 5 stars “Hemmersmoor ist der Eingang zur Hölle.”, so endet der Klappentext und genau so ist mein Eindruck nach der Lektüre dieser Ansammlung von lose miteinander verwobenen Erzählungen über das fiktive Dorf Hemmersmoor und seine mehr als eigenartigen Bewohner. Leider ist die hier heraufbeschworene “Hölle” jedoch eine literarische, denn im Grunde ist das, was Kiesbye sich hier ausgedacht h...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon My rating: 1 of 5 stars This is a strange book. From what its protagonist, Christopher, says about himself, it sounds like he’s somewhere on the autism scale. Once confronted with criticism about how he portrays Christopher, the author, Haddon, (from now on: The Weasel) takes the easiest possible way out: “2) curious incident is not a book about asperger’s. it’s a novel whos...

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose My rating: 2 of 5 stars Recently, I watched the series “Band of Brothers” and was surprised by its quality. The often-used introductory statements of the former members of the 101st were very impressive and lent the series a lot of credibility. After having watched the final episode, I decided I wanted to read A...

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan My rating: 2 of 5 stars So, bad books, work sucks but it’s not too bad? A bit of escapism would be nice? Quickly, grab a fluffy romance novel and laugh, cry, cringe. Sometimes at the same time. That pretty much covers how I came to read this book – and for a long time, I was absolutely loving it because probably most of us have “leaned back against [our] car and grinned like a fool”. This is Bree P...

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 1 of 5 stars This is my second approach to the work of Ernest Hemingway and I thoroughly hated the experience. I dimly remember my first attempt when I had just seen “Hemingway”, 1988’s mini series about the author. I think at the time I read “A Farewell to Arms” and put it aside about half way through. Now, more than 30 years later, I thought it was time to revisit Hemingway and ma...

The Shooting at Chateau Rock by Martin Walker My rating: 2 of 5 stars I’ve been a Bruno fan from the very first book on. I enjoyed reading so much about himself, his friends and the entire town.For quite a few books, things were developing nicely and Bruno became a favourite of mine. With this book, this ended. It all starts interesting enough with the death of an old sheep farmer and his children suspecting foul play when they find out they’...

Winteraustern von Alexander Oetker My rating: 4 of 5 stars Schon seit Jahrzehnten habe ich eine Schwäche für Frankreich. Allerdings ist mein Französisch doch inzwischen sehr, sehr “eingerostet”, so daß eine Kommunikation auch stark von Gestik und Mimik abhängt. Insofern bin ich immer dankbar, wenn man sich – meist lachend – auf halbem Wege entgegen kommt.Andererseits aber verbindet Deutschland und Frankreich nach Jahrhunderte...

Find Her Alive by Lisa Regan My rating: 4 of 5 stars I had just read a somewhat mediocre book when I found out Lisa Regan (whom I always want to spell Reagan because whenever I read one of her books, I’m reminded of the late cowboy/ultra-conservative president) had published another of her Josie-Quinn thrillers. Regan’s books rarely feature something new and exciting but on the other hand, they rarely disappoint because Josie, a small-town de...

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the story of a family, holidaying in Nantucket over the summer each year. We’re getting an insight into their life during the eponymous “Summer of ‘69”. Exalta, the grandparent generation, is the matriarch of the family. Her husband, Penn, passed away years ago and is idolised by Exalta who herself has been a prisoner of the (sometimes questionable) morals of the time...

Homo Faber by Max Frisch My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Ich nannte sie eine Schwärmerin und Kunstfee. Dafür nannte sie mich: Homo Faber” Es muß in den frühen 90’er Jahren gewesen sein, als ich im Bücherschrank meiner Mutter ein Buch im recht nüchtern und sachlich gestalteten weißen Schutzumschlag sah – “Max Frisch”, “Homo faber” und “Bibliothek Suhrkamp” stand dort. Suhrkamp kannte ich – sonst nichts.(Heute weiß ic...

The Normans: From Raiders to Kings by Lars Brownworth

The Normans: From Raiders to Kings by Lars Brownworth My rating: 4 of 5 stars I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I thought the topic of the Normans was interesting but didn’t get my hopes up high since I had never heard of the author before, popular history books are usually not my taste and the cover was somewhat attention-seeking. I very quickly got drawn into the book deeply, though. Brownworth definitely...

Re-testing patches in Gerrit with Jenkins
Exherbo / March 5, 2014

A recent request concerned the possibility to re-test patches patches in Gerrit with Jenkins. I’ve now added a very simple switch for that: In any given given change (but your own!), you can add a comment with “+1 Retest” set as a “verdict”. On the old change screen (really, change to the new one, it’s much nicer), it looks like this:   On the new change screen, it looks like this: It’s re...

Automated stage building with Jenkins
Exherbo / February 27, 2014

For quite some time now, I’ve been working on the automatic creation of Exherbo stages for AMD64 (x86_64) and X86 using Jenkins. Till now, Exherbo’s stages were created manually by one of us Exherbo core developers and usually basically “on-demand” or when they were major changes. This finally changed yesterday. Using the jobs stage_amd64 and stage_x86 respectively, the stages… are built using a modifie...

A Life Without Fear by Leo King
Book Review / January 10, 2014

A Life Without Fear by Leo King My rating: 2 of 5 stars This book is the sequel to The Bourbon Street Ripper by the same author, Leo King. If you’re interested in this book, you basically have to read the first book because this one starts right after it. You can read my review of the first book here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… That said, this review must be split into two parts. Basically, “A Life Without Fear...

Jenkins: Build-testing for every single commit
Exherbo / January 3, 2014

As of yesterday, I’ve drastically increased the number of testing machines in Jenkins (from two to 21!). This enables me to poll for changes in git every five minutes and automatically start a testing run for every single commit – regardless of it entering via Gerrit or not. (Note: This is in addition to the Gerrit trigger I’ve been using from day one on, not replacing it.) Here’s an example from today: https://...

News about Gerrit, Jenkins & friends
Exherbo / December 29, 2013

Here are a few things I’ve updated on Gerrit, Jenkins and associated tools: Gerrit The Gerrit bot, gerritwk23, has now support for !pl (and pl in a query). It’s just like zebrapig’s !pl. I’ve updated Gerrit in mid-Decembre. Since then, you can switch to a newly designed “Change View” which you’ll find under your account’s settings in the “Change View” option. There’s also...

Chasing the Storm by Martin Molsted
Book Review / December 19, 2013

Chasing the Storm by Martin Molsted My rating: 2 of 5 stars This is undoubtedly an ambitious book; something debut novels often are. Just as often, they don’t live up to those ambitions as is the case with this one. The protagonist, Togrim Rygg at first seems to be just some kind of business man – and suddenly, out of nowhere, he acts like James Bond. He refuses to take a map because he has “everything memorized. Safer...

Another good reason to use Gerrit: Jenkins is at your service
Exherbo / December 1, 2013

If it’s not yet good enough for you that using Gerrit is even easier and faster than using zebrapig (you just push your change and you’re done! And if you use git review it’s getting even easier.), the review turn-around times are often better when using Gerrit than zebrapig, discussing patches can be done both when you’re on IRC and on Gerrit, then here’s another good reason to use it: I’ve set up...

Exherbo’s Gerrit for 3rd party repositories
Exherbo / November 28, 2013

Exherbo’s Gerrit has left its infancy and, thus, I can now add 3rd party repositories to our Gerrit installation. Please just let me know if you’d like that. Requirements: Your repository must use git. You must have an account in Gerrit. You must be willing to add a Gerrit user (github: Gerrit-Exherbo; BitBucket: gerrit-exherbo) to your repository as a contributor.  Here’s the public key. (You don’t need th...

Dog Days – Deadly Passage by Joe McKinney
Book Review / November 4, 2013

Dog Days – Deadly Passage by Joe McKinney My rating: 3 of 5 stars I don’t like horror stories and I don’t like “supernatural” nonsense. That said, I actually enjoyed these two short stories which are basically from the horror genre and are bordering on “supernatural”. If only  “Dog Days” was to be reviewed, I’d rate it with four stars because it’s clearly the much better...