Myriarch 2.1 for Swing Released

Version 2.1.0 of Myriarch, a simple real-time simulator for pre-gunpowder tactical combat, is now available for download. As with previous project updates, the Myriarch GUI is now based on Swing due to the removal of JavaFX from Oracle’s Java SE distributions. The minimum Java requirement was consequently lowered to Java SE 8, although note that … Continue reading “Myriarch 2.1 for Swing Released”

Java Swing JComboBox Tips

This post is a sequel to Java Swing Tips which formerly contained a shorter version of these tips concerning JComboBox. I decided to extract them into their own post as they got rather long, and the section on custom rendering was not quite correct. As before I’m using Oracle OpenJDK 10 on Windows 10 for … Continue reading “Java Swing JComboBox Tips”

Translation: Repressiver Liberalismus

Last year I had translated two works by an anonymous Austrian author, Volle Fahrt ins Nichts (translation: Full Speed Into the Void) concerning right-wing populist parties, and Die große Müdigkeit (translation: The Great Fatigue) on reactionary fantasies. Over a year later a third essay has finally appeared, Repressiver Liberalismus, a somber view on the crumbling … Continue reading “Translation: Repressiver Liberalismus”

Alpine Panorama

Having moved into a Munich 4th story penthouse with a view to the Alps, I tried for months to get a proper pictures of them. On a somewhat cloudy day my compact Sony DSC-HX90 ultrazoom was hopeless, the color and brightness resolution just wasn’t there. I posted some smartphone snapshots on Twitter but those were … Continue reading “Alpine Panorama”

Martin Luther’s Bible Translation

In my last post on Really Old German from the book Sternstunden I remarked in closing that the chapter on Martin Luther shouldn’t bring any big surprises. Turns out I was wrong. I expected some excerpts from his famous translation of the New Testament but instead this chapter contains Luther’s comments on his translation, cited … Continue reading “Martin Luther’s Bible Translation”

Really Old German

If you’re interested highlights of historical German literature there is one very excellent book,“Sternstunden: Große Texte deutscher Sprache,” by Josef Kraus and Walter Krämer, IFB Verlag Deutsche Sprache GmbH, ISBN 978-3-942409-74-2. Most of it covers relatively modern German texts but the most interesting parts, as far as I am concerned, are the two most ancient … Continue reading “Really Old German”

Star Chess 2.1 for Swing Released

Version 2.1.0 of Star Chess, my free mini space conquest game built to demonstrate a multiplayer turn prediction algorithm, is now available for download. As with previous updates to MIME Browser and Tektosyne, the big change is again due to the removal of JavaFX from Oracle’s Java SE distributions: Star Chess is now based on … Continue reading “Star Chess 2.1 for Swing Released”

Botanic Garden Butterflies

Munich’s botanic garden at Nymphenburg palace is currently showing off live tropical butterflies in one of its rooms. So naturally I got my macro lens and see what I could shoot, also adding some orchids (and turtles) from another room. I should say that I don’t actually have a clue about any of these subjects, … Continue reading “Botanic Garden Butterflies”