Sicherheit im Internet

Autor: Heimzeitung INF 136

Wir benutzen alle täglich für mehrere Stunden das Internet. Aber anders als bei anderen Aktivitäten, die potentiell gefährlich sein können, wie zum Beispiel das Autofahren, brauchen wir keinen Führerschein; keinen Beleg dafür, dass wir zumindest so viel verstehen, dass wir uns unfallfrei bewegen können.

Jetzt, wo durch Corona noch viel mehr ins Internet verlagert wird, wird es immer deutlicher, wie wichtig eine gewisse Internet-Kompetenz ist. Unser Wohnheim-Internet funktionier nachdem Plug-and-Play Prinzip: LAN-Kabel rein und lossurfen. Allerdings solltet ihr einige Sicherheitsvorkehrungen treffen, denn die Computer innerhalb des Wohnheim-Netzwerks können rein theoretisch miteinander kommunizieren.

Stellt also zuerst sicher, dass ihr eure Netzwerk-Einstellungen richtig wählt. In diesem Fall befinden wir uns in einem öffentlichen Netzwerk. Wenn ihr diese Einstellung wählt, verhindert ihr auch, dass euer Computer sich, von euch unbeabsichtigt, mit anderen Geräten, also Computer fremder Leute, verbinden möchte.

Dann solltet ihr eine Anti-Virus Software eures Vertrauens benutzen und sicherstellen, dass ihr eine funktionierende Firewall habt.

Seid euch immer bewusst, dass ihr in einem öffentlichen Netzwerk, wie unserem Wohnheim-Internet, Vorsicht walten lassen solltet, auch wenn ihr euch bestmöglich geschützt habt.

How to stay informed about the pandemic in Germany (for English-speakers)

Autor: Heimzeitung INF 136

In these difficult times, we may want to close our eyes and wait until the pandemic is over. However, we need to be informed and keep track of new evolvements of the pandemic. Every day, in theory, a myriad of information reaches us through the internet, but how do we choose what to listen to? Being mindful about our food consumption has reached peoples mind over time, now we need to understand, that our knowledge consumption needs to be mindful, too.

The pandemic has led to a rise of conspiracy theories all over the world. This is nothing new and has been seen with many other epidemics. Sadly, this reflex leads to contaminated information streams reaching us at our homes. Since we are responsible for cleaning up the mess ourselves by filtering the information, let us see how we can approach this problem.

Living, hear in Germany, a very important source of information is the government’s central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine, the Robert Koch Institute, short RKI. It provides a daily information sheet, summarizing the new evolvements of the pandemic. This daily situation report, in German called ‘Lagebericht’, gives key figures of new confirmed cases, the number of districts with 7-day incidence above 50 or 100, the number of available intensive care beds and much more. To download the situation report visit https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Situationsberichte/Gesamt.html. You will find a German and an English version. Please consider also looking at the German version, since it is more detailed than the English one, and most figures are self-explanatory with a little help of google translate.

Another good source for information is the state health department of Baden-Württemberg. Every day, the situation report or ‘Lagebericht’ gives an overview of the new confirmed cases in each district of Baden-Württemberg. Once a week, a more exhaustive report is published, including figures on the distribution of infections across the various age groups and much more. This ‘Lagebericht’ is only available in German, but the same applies here: figures only need a bit of translation to be understood. The report can be downloaded at: https://www.gesundheitsamt-bw.de/lga/DE/Fachinformationen/Infodienste_Newsletter/InfektNews/Seiten/Lagebericht_covid-19.aspx

These sources can provide the basis to stay informed about the latest situation regarding the pandemic. To interpret these numbers and developments, much more information is needed of course.

One of the popular, public service channels in Germany is ‘Das Erste’. Its main news broadcast show is called ‘Tagesschau’ which airs every evening at 8 pm for 15 minutes. Of course this show airs in German only; however you can visit www.tagesschau.de and select ‘tagesschau 20 Uhr’, to watch the show with German subtitles. Even if you only watch the images presented without following what is said, it will provide you an overview about what seems to be the most important news in Germany for the current day. It is to say that this channel is one of many public service channels. Here, it is only listed as an example, not because it is more trustworthy or more credible than others. The public service channels ZDF and SWR Fernsehen are other examples. For a list of all public service channels in Germany visit https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_der_%C3%B6ffentlich-rechtlichen_Programme_in_Deutschland.

What remains now, is to critically scrutinize the information we obtain through these and other channels as well as everything else which finds us through the internet. This is now the supreme discipline, every single one of us has to master. Of course, political and ethical opinions may vary vastly among us. If we respect others, their wellbeing and dignity, if we understand ourselves as a part of society which is only as strong as their weakest individuals, we can form our opinion about which information suits this attitude and which does not.

Rezepte für den leichten Lockdown

Autor: Heimzeitung INF 136

Die einen reden von drastischen Maßnahmen, die anderen vom leichten Lockdown. Welchem Lager man auch angehört, im November wird wohl die Gastronomie geschlossen werden. Wer bis jetzt noch nicht auf den Geschmack gekommen ist, selbst zu Hause ohne Infektionsrisiko zu kochen, der könnte jetzt ein neues Hobby entdecken. Das Mehl wird schon wieder gehortet, von all denen, die auch in der ersten Welle zu fleißigen Bäckerinnen geworden sind. Allerdings besitzen wir hier im Wohnheim keinen Backofen, also was tun? Ich möchte euch hier ein paar Rezept-Ideen geben, die unproblematisch in unserer Miniatur-Küche gekocht werden können.

Alle, die im Besitz einer Pfanne sind, können sich auch zu den Mehl-Käuferinnen gesellen, denn um Pfannkuchen zu machen braucht man nur wenige Zutaten: 250g Mehl, drei Tassen Milch, drei Eier und eine Prise Salz. Gut vermischen, und mit Fett in der Pfanne braten. Der Vorteil von Pfannkuchen: wenn etwas übrigbleibt, steht das Gericht für den nächsten Tag auch schon fest: Flädlesuppe! Diese ist auch denkbar einfach: Die gewünschte Menge Gemüsebrühe aufkochen, die Pfannkuchen in feine Streifen schneiden und dazu geben; fertig!

Ein weiteres Rezept, das Mehl zur Herstellung benötigt, aber deutlich aufwendiger ist, ist der Tofu-Bürger. Hierzu braucht ihr 200g Tofu, 1 Ei, 2 EL Dinkelmehl und 1EL geriebene Haselnusskerne. Den Tofu zerdrücken und mit den restlichen Zutaten mischen. Verfeinern könnt ihr den Burger mit Frühlingszwiebeln, Chilli, Knoblauch oder Ingwer. Aus der Masse einen Burger formen und in der Pfanne mit Öl braten. Dann ein Brötchen mit dem Burger und den Zutaten eurer Wahl belegen; et voila!

Natürlich könnt ihr noch mit unzähligen weiteren Rezepten kreativ werden. Wenn ihr nun also auch in den Supermarkt gehen wollt, um alle Zutaten zu kaufen, noch ein Hinweis: Der Virologe Christian Drosten empfiehlt auch für junge Leute, sich eine Einkaufsliste zu schreiben und möglichst selten (er nennt die Anzahl von einmal pro Woche) zum Einkaufen zu gehen. Denn jede*r sollte das eigene Infektionsrisiko so gering wie möglich halten.

The new bicycle and pedestrian bridge

Exhibition of the best design proposals

Autorin: Aida Murtić

The winner of the second competition phase for the new bicycle and pedestrian bridge connecting Bergheim and Neuenheimer Feld should be announced in March 2020. During the first competition round in May 2019, the jury selected five best design proposals. In the statement of the jury stood, that each of the five proposals had used their own approach, being innovative and spatially sensible at the same time. These works will be exhibited once again in Bürgerhaus B³ in Bahnstadt between 23rd and 25th March 2020.

The City Heidelberg and International Buildings Exhibition (Internationale Bauausstellung, IBA) started developing the idea of the bridge over the Neckar River already in 2018. The overall goal is to improve the bicycle infrastructure and connect the university campus located in Neuenheimer Feld with the southern areas of Heidelberg. The bridge should also be part of the longer bicycle route between Mannheim and Heidelberg. During the participatory design phase, citizens of Heidelberg also had a chance to share their concerns, comments and ideas for the bridge. In online and public consultations, they were invited to reflect on the question of the new bridge in the panorama of the city, and think about open spaces and green areas that are part of the bridge conception.

The finalists of the competition are international teams composed of architects, city planners and landscape architects. The first proposal (Paris) brings the idea of the slim bridge made of red-coloured concrete. The second team (Paris, Karlsruhe, Mainz) designed the curved bridge with two different paths across the Neckar. The third proposal (Vahrn, Munich) sees the bridge as a network of paths that in the middle serves a lounge. The next team (Stuttgart, Berlin, Kranzberg) imagined the bridge that starts from Ochsenkopf, goes over Neckar and there becomes a sitting area. The last design (Stuttgart, London) offers a discreet and low bridge that leads to a viewing platform on the northern bridge pillar.

All the proposals keep reserved Gneisenauplatz as open public space with greenery.

Do not forget to see the whole exhibition; we are close to the final decision about Heidelberg’s new bicycle and pedestrian bridge!

https://iba.heidelberg.de/de/veranstaltungen/ausstellung-der-wettbewerbsergebnisse-2-stufe

Faschingsumzug 2020

Life in the carnival season

Autorin: Aida Murtić

Precisely at 14:11 on 25 February 2020, started another traditional Carnival Parade in Heidelberg. Bergheimer Straße hosted that Tuesday many wild beasts, clowns, princesses, and imitations of some of the famous persons.

Some fashion trends certainly changed since the March 6, 1848 when the first Carnival Parade in Heidelberg took place. Take a look at the old poster indicating the organization rules and the route:

In case you have spent the carnival season in Germany, it is important to recapitulate some of the key concepts: each carnival city has its own cheers (fool’s shout). Here in Heidelberg, “Hajo!” is the carnival greeting. In Mainz, a great destination for the carnivals, and not so far away from our city, you can hear “Helau!” as the traditional greeting. If you are in Cologne, “Kölle Alaaf!” (“Long live Cologne!”) is what you should shout. In Munich, do not forget to say “Ahoi!”

Also, do not be confused about the names Krapfen/Kreppel/Berliner. These delicious doughnuts just have different names but taste equally good.

Costumes in different cities sometimes follow the traditional colours, but do not put limits to your imagination and try to be a creature different from the one you are usually during the rest of the year.

If you are convinced that you and your group can contribute with wise humour to the Carnival Parade 2021, then apply! Heidelberg Carnival Committee just opened the call for the newt season:

Saša Stanišić is back in town

Book reading event in Heidelberg

Autorin: Aida Murtić

The writer Saša Stanišić met his readers and Heidelberg audience in the aula of the New University on 9 January 2020. As a former citizen of Heidelberg and a student of the Heidelberg University, Stanišić was warmly welcomed. His narration made some of the Heidelberg quarters literary visible and his return to the city he wrote about was much expected and appreciated. On the same day, Stanišić got a place in the Golden Book of the City Heidelberg, where he wrote “Heidelberg: meine Kraft. Mein Glück. Meine Stadt“ (Heidelberg: my strength. My luck. My city”).

For his book “Herkunft” (Origins), Saša Stanišić received one of the greatest literary awards, the German Book Prize for 2019. The book became a true bestseller that continues to animate debates about questions of place, belonging and language.

The author often highlights that the book is about one of the greatest and first coincidences in our biography – being born somewhere. And about what happens afterwards. Born in 1978 in Yugoslavia, he fled to Germany during war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992. In his book, Stanišić goes back to his hometown Višegrad, visits his grandmother and records her memories. He plays with facts and fiction, rejects chronologies, recollecting anecdotes, single moments and stories in a thought-provoking juxtaposition.

The evening in Heidelberg was emotional, humorous, inspiring, all in one. The writer Jagoda Marinić and the Heidelberg’s Intercultural Centre were great hosts and organisers. The whole event could be seen on the YouTube channel of the Stadt Heidelberg:

More details about Stanišić’s life and study in Heidelberg can be found in the Alumni-Interview from 2015:

https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/de/universitaet/heidelberger-profile/alumni-interviews/blockaden-kenne-ich-nicht-nur-langes-nachdenken

Studium Generale: Theorizing luxury

Autorin: Aida Murtić

After the theme of “Resources” animated the previous summer semester, winter semester 2019/2020 took us at the forefront of exploring the idea of “Luxury”. Every Monday, between 7 November 2019 and 27 January 2020, one of eight speakers brought their understanding of the concept of luxury and its role in the construction of society.

Heidelberg’s Studium Generale is already an established format that brings together disciplinary diverse reflections on the provoking key topic and engages them in a dialogue with wider audience.

Kick-off lecture by professor Jean-Pierre Wils from the Radboud University introduced the terms of “luxury euphoria” questioning what is left from the “promise of luxury” and what “forward-thinking luxury” could be. In the weeks that followed, we had a range of opportunities to learn about gift-giving rituals between humans and non-humans, to hear about Buddhism’s view on the issue of luxury, test if luxury exists in the natural world, and to question if culture could be considered as luxury. The closing lecture of the professor Hans Peter Grüner from the University Mannheim raised the dilemma if luxury is a private thing or social phenomenon, opening space for thinking about the new future avenues of theorizing the luxury.

All talks are available on the YouTube channel of the University Heidelberg:

https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/de/transfer/kommunikation/studium-generale

Do not forget to keep reserved Monday evenings for Studium Generale also in the following semester (19:30h, Aula of the New University)!

Student Food: Making Pickles

Autorin: Lisa Zhang

Fermented pickles, or salt water brine pickles, must be the fastest slow food there is. It is incredibly quick to prepare, but after the preparation is done, one has to wait patiently for days, or sometimes weeks, for the pickles to ferment and mature – making it a slow process. It may be counterintuitive, but this actually makes fermented pickles into a perfect student food. Because the only thing you really need to do is to wait – a bit like something oven-baked – and then voila, your food is ready! You can pair kimchi, Korean-style fermented Chinese cabbage, with both noodles and rice, a good cucumber or onion pickle with cheese and bread, and sauerkraut, or fermented cabbage, goes well with tons of things and is a staple in the German diet. It is great to have some pickles in the back of the fridge when you want to give whatever you are making an extra kick of flavour.

I began to start ferment my own pickles last semester, and have not looked back. The only thing you need to get started are vegetables, a clean and sterilized jar (you can use old jars for this, prepare them by cleaning and boiling them), salt and water (to make the brine). You can ferment any vegetable and experiment with different spices and herbs. To begin, you add salt to the ferment, this could be done either by rubbing salt onto the vegetable (like you do with kimchi or sauerkraut), or you make a brine, as with radish and cucumber pickles, around 1-3 tablespoons in 1-quart water, and then submerge the vegetables in brine in the jar. Whichever method you use, it is important that the vegetables are completely covered in the liquid – otherwise it might mould. The salty water helps keep the bad bacteria out and the good bacteria in the jar, which is what you want. Then you are ready after you close off your ferment by closing the jar with the lid! The only thing you need to do now is to “burp” the jar every other day because of the carbon dioxide that will build up in the jar due to the fermentation. You might see small bubbles appear in the jar, which is perfectly normal. To burp your jar, you need to open the jar briefly every day in the beginning, and then every other day. Otherwise, the pressure might build up until the point where the jar explodes, and nobody wants that. You can taste your pickle after a couple of days, and when you think it is sour enough, it is ready! One of my favourite ferments is Indian spiced carrot kraut. You will need around 500g shredded carrot, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds, a teaspoons cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon black onion seeds, and 1 pinch red chilli flakes. You begin with rubbing the salt into the carrots until they release liquid, this will take a few minutes. Add the spices and mix well, press all the ingredients into the jar, liquid should rise up, and if it does not cover the carrots, you can add some water. Close the lid and wait for seven to ten days, and then it is ready. This carrot pickle goes well in salads, with naan and yoghurt, cheese – really everything!

Recyclingkaufhaus: Buying Second-Hand in Heidelberg

Autorin: Lisa Zhang

When I first saw my dormitory studio that I had been given in Im Neuenheimer Feld, I felt at a loss. Everything in the studio was white, the furniture was white and the walls in the rooms were white. Despite having brought some things with me when I moved (mainly cooking utensils and clothes), I found it difficult to imagine how I would fill up the white space to make it more homely. The space seemed to me sterile, a room that you would perhaps find in a hospital or in a nondescript government building. Knowing that I would stay here for a few years, I quickly realised that in order to make it more personal, and hence liveable, I would have to add a few objects to it that would give it character.

Being on a tight budget (as most students are), I could not really afford to buy a whole set of new things. It also seemed like a waste to buy new things every time I moved, which students often do. I looked around in the town centre for second hand shops, but could not find any. That was, until I stumbled upon the “Recyclingkaufhaus”. Recyclingkaufhaus is exactly what it sounds like, a recycling shop, and they have all sorts of things, from furniture to bric-a-brac. The place looks like a warehouse and is filled with interesting curiosa (and useful things). When I was there the first time, I bought a beautiful wooden floor lamp and desk lamp, a rug, and colourful plates. They also have a section with second-hand clothes and second-hand books, if you are looking for those things. The way they price things there is that you take the things that you want to buy to the counter, and the person at the counter will price it for you there. Usually they price things cheaply, since it is second-hand.

Therefore, if you are looking for things to use or decorate your student room with, and if you do not feel like going far away to IKEA, or do not want to buy things that are more expensive in town, I recommend that you have a look at the Recylingkaufhaus and see if you can find what you are looking for there. It can be a bit of a hit and miss if you are searching for something specific, but at least it is a fun trip if you enjoy looking at odd things. Furthermore, it is better for the environment to buy second-hand too.

You can read more about the Recyclingkaufhaus on their website: https://www.recyclingkaufhaus.de/

3 schnelle Winterrezepte für die Studentenküche

Autorin: Frederike Hohenbild

Da man in seiner Studentenküche oft doch etwas eingeschränkt ist und es zudem gerne noch schnell gehen soll, gibt es heute 3 unkomplizierte Rezepte für den Winter, die alle auch zum Mitnehmen und Vorkochen geeignet sind.

Kürbis-Spinat-Auflauf

Zutaten (2 Personen)

  • 1 Butternut Kürbis
  • 200 g Spinat
  • 150 g Quark
  • 100 g Hüttenkäse
  • 2 Eier
  • Basilikum
  • 150 g Feta
  • 25g Parmesan
  • 1 Prise Muskatnuss
  • Salz, Pfeffer

Zubereitung

  1. Backofen auf 180°C vorheizen.
  2. Etwas Wasser in einem großen Topf zum Kochen bringen und den Spinat darin kurz garen, sodass er etwas zusammenfällt.
  3. Den Kürbis in 6mm dicke Scheiben schneiden und die Kerne entfernen.
  4. In einer Schüssel Quark, Hüttenkäse und Eier verquirlen. Mit geriebener Muskatnuss, Salz und ordentlich Pfeffer abschmecken.
  5. Basilikum grob hacken.
  6. Feta in sehr feine Scheibchen schneiden und Parmesan reiben.
  7. In einer Auflaufform abwechselnd Spinat, Quarkmasse und Kürbis Schichten. Zwischendurch etwas Basilikum einstreuen.
  8. Mit Feta belegen und Parmesan bestreuen.
  9. Für 40 Minuten auf der mittleren Schiene des Ofens backen. Für die letzten Minuten noch einmal nach oben schieben, bis der Käse etwas kross wird.

Mango-Rote Linsen-Curry

Zutaten (2 Personen)

  • 2 Knoblauchzehen
  • 2 Zwiebeln
  • 4 Möhren
  • 1 kleines Stück Ingwer
  • 1 große Tasse Rote Linsen
  • 1 Mango
  • 100mL Gemüsebrühe
  • 200mL Kokosmilch
  • 1 TL Currypulver
  • ½ TL Kurkuma
  • ½ TL Kreuzkümmel
  • Salz
  • Pfeffer
  • etw. Kokosöl

Zubereitung

  1. Zwiebeln und Knoblauch schälen und hacken. Ingwer fein hacken. Möhren reiben oder fein hacken. Alles in etwas Kokosöl andünsten.
  2. Linsen und Gewürze zufügen und mit Brühe ablöschen. Kokosmilch zugeben und 10 Minuten köcheln lassen.
  3. Mango schälen und würfeln. Dazugeben, mit Salz und Pfeffer abschmecken und weitere 2 Minuten ziehen lassen.

Gefüllte Süßkartoffeln

Zutaten (2 Personen)

  • 2 große Süßkartoffeln
  • Füllung:
    • 1 Hühnchenbrust Filet
    • 100 g Joghurt
    • 1 Tomate
    • ½ Dose Kidneybohnen
    • 1 Avocado
    • Basilikum
  • etw. Olivenöl
  • Salz
  • Pfeffer
  • Zitronensaft

Die Zutaten für die Füllung sind beliebig austauschbar, als vegetarische Alternative zum Beispiel mit Spinat, Feta und Parmesan.

Zubereitung

  1. Den Ofen auf 200°C vorheizen.
  2. Die Süßkartoffeln waschen und ca. 15 Minuten in kochendem Salzwasser garen. Jede Kartoffel halbieren, mit etwas Olivenöl einreiben und mit Salz und Pfeffer bestreuen. Mit der Schnittseite nach unten auf einem Blech platzieren und im heißen Ofen 15 bis 20 Minuten backen bis die Kartoffeln weich sind.
  3. Währenddessen etwas Öl in einer Pfanne erhitzen und darin die Hühnchenbrüste braten. Mit Salz und Pfeffer würzen. In Würfel schneiden und beiseitestellen. Tomaten würfeln und Avocado in Spalten schneiden.
  4. Den Joghurt mit Basilikum vermischen, mit Salz, Pfeffer und Zitronensaft abschmecken und das Hühnchen untermischen.
  5. Die Kartoffeln aus der Folie nehmen und mit einem Löffel leicht aushöhlen. Das Ausgeschabte Innere zu der Hühnchen-Mischung geben. Kartoffeln mit der Mischung füllen und die Tomatenwürfel, Kidneybohnen und Avocadospalten darauf verteilen.

Guten Appetit!