Power of the Nature

During my language stay at ELC in York UK we had to write a small essay on a specified topic once or twice a week. As we only had 15 to 20 minutes to write each time, the texts are rather short. As one of my texts had been specially appreciated by my teacher and classmates, I would like to publish it here. Additionally it turns out to be very adapted to the thunderstorm of last week.
The topic given by the teacher was my favourite place:

Instead of choosing a single place, I would like to choose mountains in general, especially the mountains in my home-area. Although I have not been up to the mountains for a while due to my problems with my knee, I really like them. When I am away for a while I miss them.
There are several reasons why I love the surrounding mountains. One of them is simply that they are nice to look at with their rough shapes and the green, soft forests around.
A deeper, more psychological reason is that they support me by giving me a feeling of safety. There are always stable and very solid mountains around me, offering me some stability. As a consequence of the narrow mountains, the area is very easy to grasp in all directions. You do not get lost in a wide plain but are constantly supported and kept on the ground by the powerful mountains.
The mountains are kind of an anchor for many people, not only due to their effects described above but also because they demonstrate, from time to time in a violent way, that the nature is more powerful than the human beings and that human beings are very small when facing the nature’s force.

This picture of the mountain called Falknis in the East has been taken by my grandfather from his garden, about 100 meters from my parents‘ house.

View from the Gonzen
View from the mountain Gonzen in the North. The villages down in the plain are Sargans (on the left) and Mels.

And finally the Gonzen seen from my bedroom.

How to Scan at UniFR

Students and collaborators at the University of Fribourg have access to a very fast and high quality scanner: the printer and photo coyp machine in the A100 hall at Pérolles II. Simply push the button „Scan“, then choose the „scan to file“ option (in the middle) and follow the instructions (choose pdf or tiff, set resolution, color etc). The scans are then stored in a folder that can be accessed using samba.

To access the scans, a samba client is necessary. Under Linux kbear or the command line interface smbclient can be used. For the command line interface, type the following command (replace by your username):

smbclient //admpr07/FILE_SHARE -U -W UNIFR

After, the same commands as in the terminal ftp client can be used, i.e. get to download a file, mget to download multiple files (e.g. mget *.pdf), cd to navigate and del to remove a file (which is recommended at the end, as everybody has access to the folder).

If smbclient is not installed, you will first have to install it. Under ubuntu this can be done by typing sudo apt-get install smbclient.

If you want to access the files using your own machine or from at home, you will have to connect using VPN.

LaTeX-Beamer with Bibliography and Newblock

Tomorrow morning I will give a presentation on publish/subscribe (read the abstract and the invitation – you are welcome to drop in!). To prepare the presentation I used the LaTeX Beamer Class. The package is great, but the command \newblock which I use in the bibliography does not work and constantly produces the error http://latex-beamer.sourceforge.net/. This is due to the fact that the \newblock is not defined in the Beamer Class. The solution is to define it yourself by adding the following line of code after the \begin{document} command:
\def\newblock{\hskip .11em plus .33em minus .07em}

With this simple line everything is fine and the bibliography works.

Zimmer zu vergeben, chambre louer

Das Ende meines Studiums in Fribourg naht und mein Zimmer wird in unserer Nichtraucher-4er-WG wird Ende Juli frei. Die Wohnung ist im ersten Stock (mit Lift ;-), hell, mit zwei Badezimmern, Küche, Stube, Balkon. Sehr ruhige Lage, nahe Wald/Fluss/Finnenbahn. Sonst nur Familien im Quartier. Mit Velo ca 10min an Uni Pérolles (Miséricorde ca. 15Min). 10-15 Fussminuten bis zur Bushaltestelle (Coop Marly, weniger als 5min mit Velo). 438.-/Monat Nebenkosten inbegriffen (inkl. Waschen & Tumbler im Haus). Möglichkeit, ADSL (wireless) für nur ca. 10.-/Monat zu haben.
Das Zimmer ist sehr gross (knapp 22m²), sehr hell (vorne Fensterfront, seitlich ein Fenster), mit Parkettboden.
Möglichkeit, den Pult/Schreibtisch zu „erben“.

Kontakt: wg [at] zindel.org oder Natel Niklaus: 079 475 76 07 oder Natel Dominik: 079 207 00 65


La fin de mes études Fribourg approchant, ma chambre dans notre colloc 4 (non-fumeurs) se libère fin juillet. L’appartement est ensoleillé, deux salles de bains, cuisine, salon, balcon. Situation très calme, proche de la forêt/Gérine/piste finlandaise. Pas d’autres étudiants dans le quartier. 10min jusqu’ l’uni Pérolles vélo (15min Miséricorde). 10-15min pieds jusqu’ l’arrêt de bus (Coop Marly, moins de 5min vélo). 438.-/mois, charges comprises (y compris linge/sèche-linge). Possibilité d’avoir ADSL (réseau sans fil) pour 10.-/mois environs.
La chambre est très lumineuse (façade de fenêtres) et très grande (22m² env.), avec parquet.
Possibilité « d’hériter » du bureau.

Contact: wg [at] zindel.org ou Natel Niklaus: 079 475 76 07 ou Natel Dominik 079 207 00 65