Put it into perspective

I guess you’ve heard what happened, primarily because you can’t avoid it at the moment.

Black Ribbons hoisted in commemoration of Plane Crash victims
img source: Paderborn University’s Facebook Page

There was a plane crash in the French Alpes yesterday, killing all of its 150 passengers (and crew). Among those 150 were 72 Germans, which caused a massive wave of condolences over here, the school which some of the victims used to go to held no classes today, my university hoisted a black ribbon together with the German flag and that of the federal state of NRW (see picture) and TV stations are broadcasting news specials 24/7 and have cancelled many – if not all – regular entertainment shows.

It is all perfectly understandable, and I too am sorry about what happened. But there’s one point I would like to make:

Like I said, this accident is on the news 24/7, people are spamming RIPs all over social media. But why are they not doing this for the uncountable number of people who die everyday from hunger or violence. According to some figures, as many as 3.1 Million children die each year from starvation, that’s almost 8500 children dying every single day and no one is spamming social media to even remotely the same extent as in this case.

And worse still: Why are they doing it, when a single person dies in an accident? Do you guys remember what was going on when Paul Walker died? Or most recently with Junior Malanda?

I can’t imagine that I’m the only one who is seeing a dramatic mismatch in those cases between the gravity of what’s happened and people’s reactions.

What I’m trying to say is: Yes, it is a tragic accident and you have every right to grieve. But be mindful of what it actually means. Sometimes, we tend to overreact to some things and neglect others.

The Creative Spark

If you’ve been following my blog, then you probably know I read… a lot. But it is only recently, that I’ve started writing more or less regularly, both on this blog and elsewhere.

Given the feedback I’ve received so far, I dare say I am fairly good at writing academic and journalistic texts, but there’s one area I’ve never really explored myself and that is creative writing. I’d like to try this, at least. Getting started on creative writing, however, comes with a problem. What do I write about? Literature is an amazing source of inspiration, but it can also be overpowering. If you were to write about all those amazing ideas, you’d probably never finish a story.

So I would like to ask you, my readers, a small favor:

Comment on this post with a creative writing prompt. This prompt can take any format, either suggest a topic, or a setting, briefly describe a certain character in the story or just write an Opening Line. I will than pick one of those and do my best to write a decent story, posting the result on this blog.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

so long,


I’m so glad I did…

In the last two weeks, I saw two amazing movies. And I wouldn’t have been able to see them, if I hadn’t agreed to an invitation to visit a so called “Sneak Preview” at a local cinema. Every Monday, they’re showing a movie prior to its official release, but here’s the deal: While the tickets are quite cheap (4€ for a movie) you never know, what film you’ll actually watch. Continue reading

SigmaTheta is now on Youtube

I have started a YouTube channel in addition to this blog.

On Youtube, I will be concerned with the same variety of topics as on this blog. The main difference being, that I will also be uploading Let’s Plays, so as to express my love for video games more adequately.

Feel free to check out my channel, and if you like what you see than don’t hesitate to like and share the video(s) and subscribe to the channel.

So long,


Lost in Translation

After a long break, I’m back with a post on two of my favorite topics: games/movies and language(s).

To be precise, about dubbing things like games, movies, TV shows, etc. into other languages. I was thinking about writing this post based on the multilanguage version of “Let it Go” (Click!), which is something of the 21st century equivalent to the Rosetta Stone. But then I came across another example which would help me to make my point a bit more clearly. A side-by-side comparison of the English and German versions of Tomb Raider (2013):

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