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Joachim Joe Feise

Who I am and what I do

Picture of author * Occupation:
* Senior Software Engineer
* Education:
* Diplom-Informatik Degree, TU Berlin, Germany, 1993 (equivalent to Master's Degree in Computer Science)
* Master's Degree in Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, 1998
* Former Ph.D. Candidate, ABD (All But Dissertation), Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine

The Race to Space

Pictures from the SpaceShipOne launch on June 21, 2004.
Pictures from the SpaceShipOne launch for the X-Prize competition on September 29, 2004.
Pictures from the SpaceShipOne launch for the X-Prize competition on October 4, 2004.

Solar Eclipses

Pictures from the partial Solar Eclipse (visible across the Pacific) on June 10, 2002.
Pictures from the total Solar Eclipse (visible in Europe) on August 11, 1999.

Listen in to Air-Traffic Communications

Listen live to Tower Control at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA.


* The Big One
* Flying. I got my Private Pilot Certificate in 1996
* I also have a lifelong interest in gliders (but no license yet). I have finally started to take glider flying lessons, but due to time constraints I wasn't able to continue yet.
* Outdoor activities
* Hiking. I like challenges like the Grand Canyon and Mount Whitney
* October 5, 1997: Mount Whitney (Elevation 14497 feet) in One Day!!
Cruel, but it was absolutely worth every minute! Pictures are now available online.
* Mount Whitney Mountaineers Route (Labor Day weekend 2006): Pictures here.
* September 2003: Yosemite, Half Dome Trail. I have put some pictures up.
* July 7, 2007: Mount Whitney via the Mountaineers Route!!
Pictures are now up.
* July 6-7, 2008: Zion Nationalpark: Zion Narrows:
Pictures here.
* April 2011: Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim!
* September 2011: Mount Whitney once again.
* Computer activities
* Windows stuff for work
* Linux for fun
* The history of computing
* Personal Obsession
* Getting Americans to acknowledge that a German, Konrad Zuse, was the "Creator of the first fully automated, program-controlled and freely programmable computer using binary floating-point calculation. It was operational in 1941." (Professor F.L. Bauer)
This computer was called Z3.
A replica is on exhibit in the German Museum in Munich, Germany.
* The most important Event
* The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989
* The ultimate dream trip
* Driving the TransAmericana (Trans-American Highway) from Alaska to Fireland
* Miscellaneous
* My Blogs about issues with the on-campus housing at UCI are now online here and here.
* My general Blog.
* My cats Cleo and Tiger.
* Modifications to my car, a Mazda Miata (outside the US known as MX5.)
* I am a fan of Yevgeny Zamyatin's novel "We." In 1981, the German TV station ZDF produced a movie based on the novel (see the IMDb entry.)
I am still trying to find a copy of it . . .


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"Good afternoon, madam. How may I help you?" "Good afternoon. I'd like a FrintArms HandCannon, please." "A--? Oh, now, that's an awfully big gun for such a lovely lady. I mean, not everybody thinks ladies should carry guns at all, though I say they have a right to. But I think... I might... Let's have a look down here. I might have just the thing for you. Yes, here we are! Look at that, isn't it neat? Now that is a FrintArms product as well, but it's what's called a laser -- a light-pistol some people call them. Very small, as you see; fits easily into a pocket or bag; won't spoil the line of a jacket; and you won't feel you're lugging half a tonne of iron around with you. We do a range of matching accessories, including -- if I may say so -- a rather saucy garter holster. Wish I got to do the fitting for that! Ha -- just my little joke. And there's *even*... here we are -- this special presentation pack: gun, charged battery, charging unit, beautiful glider-hide shoulder holster with adjustable fitting and contrast stitching, and a discount on your next battery. Full instructions, of course, and a voucher for free lessons at your local gun club or range. Or there's the *special* presentation pack; it has all the other one's got but with *two* charged batteries and a night-sight, too. Here, feel that -- don't worry, it's a dummy battery -- isn't it neat? Feel how light it is? Smooth, see? No bits to stick out and catch on your clothes, *and* beautifully balanced. And of course the beauty of a laser is, there's no recoil. Because it's shooting light, you see? Beautiful gun, beautiful gun; my wife has one. Really. That's not a line, she really has. Now, I can do you that one -- with a battery and a free charge -- for ninety-five; or the presentation pack on a special offer for one-nineteen; or this, the special presentation pack, for one-forty-nine." "I'll take the special." "Sound choice, madam, *sound* choice. Now, do--?" "And a HandCannon, with the eighty-mill silencer, five GP clips, three six-five AP/wire-fl'echettes clips, two bipropellant HE clips, and a Special Projectile Pack if you have one -- the one with the embedding rounds, not the signalers. I assume the night-sight on this toy is compatible?" "Aah... yes, And how does madam wish to pay?" She slapped her credit card on the counter. "Eventually." -- Iain M. Banks, "Against a Dark Background"
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