Who I am

 

Born (on March 5, 1958) and raised in Hamburg, I studied Computer Science and Linguistics at the University of Hamburg. After having been awarded a diploma degree in Computer Science in 1986, I got a job as a Research Assistant that I held for four years. The topics of my research did include Natural Language Processing, Knowledge Representation, Inference Engines, and Artificial Life. One of my last publications during that time was a talk given at COLING 1990 (“On Trying to Do Things with Words”, with Heinz Genzmann).

During that time I co-authored „Das LISP-Buch“ (with Peter Schefe and Andreas Fittschen), a textbook on my favourite programming language, LISP, published by McGraw-Hill in 1988. It has been out of print for many years and is quite obsolete now, especially as it concentrated on an obscure and long since forgotten dialect of LISP. Yet, “Das LISP-Buch” captured many insights into functional programming in general and reflected all I had learned about its didactics, which is why I am still quite fond of it. Moreover, it was my first book.

After a brief stint as freelance software developer and author (for macmagazin, among others), MACup Verlag hired me in 1994 to join its new digital media division. My responsibilities included CD-ROM production – we did a couple of tutorial CD-ROMs on Photoshop, FileMaker, Excel etc. – and managing MACup Verlag’s forum on CompuServe. After occasional contributions to MACup, Screen Multimedia, and macmagazin, all print magazines published by MACup Verlag, I joined the editorial staff of macmagazin in 1999.

Two years later I switched editorial duties and joined ComputerFoto, Germany’s first magazine on digital photography. In fact my connection with ComputerFoto went back to 1996 when I had developed the interface and content management system for its accompanying CD-ROM. Together with fellow editor Andreas Jordan I created a testing methodology for digital cameras based on reproducible data when at the time, reviews of digital cameras often relied on purely visual and necessarily subjective judgements.

In 2002 ComputerFoto, along with most of what was left of MACup Verlag, moved to Poing near Munich, and so did I — at first. After a four months spell in Munich, I quit my editorial job to go back to Hamburg, working freelance but with ComputerFoto as my main client. Andreas Jordan and me established digicam-experts.de as a testing laboratory and a source for articles on digital camera technology and related topics. Andreas has since moved on to join the editorial staff of fotoMAGAZIN and I am now sharing the office space with Christopher Jakob, a journalist offering similar services. Since ComputerFoto’s demise in 2005 my clients have included fotoMAGAZIN, Leica Fotografie International, VICTOR by Hasselblad, PAGE, MACup, DOCMA, Mac&i, and S-Magazine. Some of my articles are available online, for example “The Evolution of Lenses”, “The Bigger the Better” und “Master of Light and Shadow” (originally published in VICTOR by Hasselblad).

What I’m reading

Ingeborg Bachmann: Malina

Julia Shaw: The Memory Illusion

Georg Forster: Reise um die Welt

Recently finished

Wolfgang Hildesheimer: Lieblose Legenden

Michail Bulgakow: Das hündische Herz

Ingeborg Bachmann: Sämtliche Gedichte

Philip Roth: Nemesis

Arno Schmidt: Seelandschaft mit Pocahontas

Michail Bulgakow: Meister und Margarita

Lukrez: Über die Natur der Dinge

Italo Calvino: Marcovaldo oder Die Jahreszeiten in der Stadt

Andreas Kleineberg, Christian Marx, Eberhard Knobloch, Dieter Lelgemann: Germania und die Insel Thule, Die Entschlüsselung von Ptolemaios’ »Atlas der Oikumene«

Patrick Modiano: Gräser der Nacht (L’herbe des nuits)

Klaus Modick: Konzert ohne Dichter

Uwe Timm: Vogelweide

Ralph Dutli: Fratrasien. Absurde Poesie des Mittelalters

Klaus Wagenbach (Hrsg.): Störung im Betriebsablauf

Peter Rühmkorf: Der Hüter des Misthaufens

Peggy Parnass / Tita do Rêgo Silva: Kindheit. Wie unsere Mutter uns vor den Nazis rettete

Gustav Meyrink: Der Kardinal Napellus

Jan Costin Wagner: Das Licht in einem dunklen Haus

Tatjana Kruse: Gestickt, gestopft, gemeuchelt

Anita Albus: Liebesbande

Haruki Murakami: Die unheimliche Bibliothek

Reza Aslan: Zealot. The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Peter Robinson: Children of the Revolution

Peter Robinson: Watching the Dark

Ilija Trojanow: Der Weltensammler

Thomas Hoeps: Die letzte Kur

Karen Duve: Grrrimm

Krischan Koch: Mordseekrabben

Colin Cotterill: The Woman who wouldn’t Die

Colin Cotterill: Slash and Burn

Colin Cotterill: Love Songs from a Shallow Grave

Jan Schröter: Rettungsringe

Colin Cotterill: The Merry Misogynist

Michel Pastoureau: Blau. Die Geschichte einer Farbe

Angela Carter: The Sadeian Woman. An Exercise in Cultural History

Craig Taylor: Londoners. The Days and Nights of London Now – As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left it and Long for It

Ole Kristiansen: Das Feuer bringt den Tod

Krischan Koch: Rote Grütze mit Schuss

Anita Albus: Paradies und Paradoxon. Wunderwerke aus fünf Jahrhunderten

Florian Illies: 1913

Katharina Münk: Glänzende Geschäfte

Gunter Gerlach: Mohnblumen wie Blutflecke: Händel in Stein

Jan Schröter: Kreisverkehr

A. L. Kennedy: The Blue Book

Nina George: Das Lavendelzimmer

Gavin Pretor-Pinney: The Wavewatcher’s Companion

Daniel Depp: Babylon Nights

Gunnar Kunz: Zeppelin 126

Peter Robinson: Bad Boy

Patti Smith: Woolgathering

Laura Lippman: Another Thing to Fall

Walter Serner: Die Betörung der Excentrique Fanoche

Jobst Schlennstedt: Dorfschweigen

Daniel C. Dennett: Sweet Dreams. Philosophical obstacles to a Science of Consciousness

Christoph Ernst: Dunkle Schatten

Bill Bryson (ed.): Seeing Further. The Story of Science and the Royal Society

Tatjana Kruse: Jeder Mann ein Treffer

Josef H. Reichholf: Einhorn Phönix Drache. Woher unsere Fabeltiere kommen

Antonio Manetti: Die Novelle vom dicken Holzschnitzer

Gustav Meyrink: Der Golem

Laura Lippman: The Girl in the Green Raincoat

Maxwell Bennett, Daniel Dennett, Peter Hacker, John Searle: Neuroscience and Philosophy: Brain, Mind, and Language

Klaus Stickelbroeck: Fischfutter

Martin Arz: Pechwinkel

Daniel Depp: Loser’s Town

Francesco Colonna: Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. The Strife of Love in a Dream

Thomas Hoeps, Jac. Toes: Höchstgebot

Italo Calvino: Wenn ein Reisender in einer Winternacht (Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore)

Thomas Pynchon: Inherent Vice

Colin Cotterill: Curse of the Pogo Stick

Wilfried Eggers: Die oder ich

Peter Robinson: All the Colours of Darkness

Laura Lippman: No Good Deeds

Veit Heinichen: Keine Frage des Geschmacks

Gunter Gerlach: Frauen von Brücken werfen

Charlotte Roche: Schoßgebete

Colin Cotterill: Anarchy and Old Dogs

Peter Probst: Im Namen des Kreuzes

Peter Probst: Blinde Flecken

José Saramago: Die Reise des Elefanten

Olaus Magnus: Die Wunder des Nordens. Erschlossen von Elena Balzamo & Reinhard Kaiser

Marc Ritter: Josefibichl

Kate Atkinson: Started Early, Took My Dog

Sobo Swobodnik: Ahoi Polaroid

Konrad Lorenz: Rohrkrepierer – Eine Jugend auf St. Pauli

Christian Geyer (ed.): Hirnforschung und Willensfreiheit. Zur Deutung der neuesten Experimente

Gabriel García Márquez: Die Liebe in den Zeiten der Cholera (El amor en los tiempos del cólera)

Bruno Schulz: Die Zimtläden und alle anderen Erzählungen

Roland Barthes: Mythen des Alltags (Mythologies)

Ernst Kleemann: Malindi

Nii Parkes: Die Spur des Bienenfressers (Tail of the Blue Bird)

Bohnet Pleitgen: Kein Durchkommen

Gunter Gerlach: Bei Einbruch Mord

Robert Louis Stevenson: Die Insel der Stimmen (The Isle of Voice)

Ingeborg Bachmann, Paul Celan: Herzzeit. Briefwechsel

Physiologus (Greek/German; translated by Otto Schönberger)

Dieter Kühn: Tristan und Isolde des Gottfried von Straßburg

Wolf Serno: Der Balsamträger

Gunter Gerlach: Von Mädchen und Mördern

Marçal Aquino: Flieh. Und nimm die Dame mit. (Eu Receberia as Piores Notícias dos seus Lindos Lábios)

Alexandra Kui: Wiedergänger

Susie Bright (ed.): Three Kinds of Asking for It: Erotic Novellas by Eric Albert, Greta Christina, and Jill Soloway

Martin Wilhelmi: Fernsehfieber – Tödliche Gier

Gunnar Kunz: Dunkle Tage

Christine Lehmann: Mit Teufelsg’walt

Kurt Vonnegut: The Sirens of Titan

Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade

Thomas Hoeps, Jac. Toes: Das Lügenarchiv

Sissel-Jo Gazan: Dinosaurierfedern

Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie: Lost Girls

Petra Oelker: Die Schwestern vom Roten Haus

Gunter Gerlach: Mord ohne Leiche. Brahms ermittelt

Maiken Nielsen: Das siebte Werk

Daniel C. Dennett: Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

Reinhold Merkelbach: Mithras. Ein persisch-römischer Mysterienkult

Friedhelm Werremeier: Trimmels letzter Fall

Horst Afheldt: Wirtschaft, die arm macht. Vom Sozialstaat zur gespaltenen Gesellschaft

Monika Geier: Die Herzen aller Mädchen

Gisa Klönne: Unter dem Eis

Gilbert Adair: A Mysterious Affair of Style

Dagmar Scharsich: Der grüne Chinese

Walther Sallaberger: Das Gilgamesch-Epos. Mythos, Werk und Tradition

Das Gilgamesch Epos (in der Übersetzung von Hermann Ranke)

Stanisław Lem: Sterntagebücher

Ralf-Peter Märtin: Die Varusschlacht

William Blake: Songs of Innocence & of Experience

Herbert George Wells: Die Tür in der Mauer (The Door in the Wall)

Gunter Gerlach: Jäger des Alphabets

Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Schachspieler

Kathrin Passig, Aleks Scholz: Lexikon des Unwissens

Alan Bennett:

Alan Bennett:

Alan Bennett: [i]The Uncom

Who I am not

Even though they bear the same name, I am neither Dr. Michael Hußmann, a computer scientist and senior software developer, nor Michael Hußmann, team leader IT system management. Michael Hussmann is a guitar player and teacher while Michael Hussmann is a sculptor; again, neither of these two is me. If you came here looking for one of these guys, you’d better follow the links.