Six months. That is how long I have neglected my blog. This was not meant to be the plan for 2012. 2012 was supposed to be the year of the blog for me. Alas, other priorities continuously took preference over sitting down and writing. I want this rut to change, I want to write. All I need to do now is, well, to do it.
I’m back, again.Read More
I promised to update biweekly and then I neglect to upload a single post for the month of September 2011. An entire 30 days of inactivity.
I am in the final stretch for my Masters. Almost done. Just a few more weeks… so please bear with me.
Until the next time Milieunairs!Read More
I have given some thought as to why I do not blog as much as I used to. The most simple and least complex answer would be that I just do not have the time.
This stems from the fact that I am continuously working on my Masters thesis, which requires me to write and think, sometimes even simultaneously, for hours and hours at a time.
As such, the amount of time needed to create posts that are, in my opinion, worthy of being published, take too many productive hours from my day. It is a poignant but valid fact.
I am flabbergasted that the last time I updated Hans’ Milieu was just under five months ago. In fact, I am appalled that I have neglected you – my fellow readers and the blog itself, which I regard as the online extension of my living entity – for so long.
So much has happened over the last several months that it would be almost impossible to detail it all in a single post. I will eventually get to updating my milieu, but until then here is a brief account of the major events that have transpired:
- I am another year older.
- I have almost finished my Masters – something I am both excited and anxious about.
- I am a now Mac user – who would have thought?!
- I have made wonderful new friends.
- I have grown stronger emotionally, mentally and, most importantly, spiritually.
- I am still single.
- The Upper Palatte is making a glorious return – beginning again in August.
- I have started a website for video games and technology: Vamers - officially launching in October.
- One of my Tweets went viral.
- I am committed to going from Flab to Fab by December this year – just in time for Summer.
I will attempt to update as often as possible, at least once a week from this day forward, but my education comes first. So until my Masters is complete I will be unable to update as frequently as I would like. Only a few months to go!
Until the next time Milieunairs!Read More
Over the last year I have grown quite fond of the way my blog looks. Nevertheless, I felt it was time for a slight refresh. Just a bit of a nip and tuck, here and there, to improve your user experience. It is, after all, all about you. Well the blog is about me but without you, it would cease to exist.
So today I decided to give a slight makeover to Hans’ Milieu.
Look I really do love to blog, but I never seem to be able to make the time to do it. Or when the inspiration hits, I’m never near my PC to get the dirty work done. However, that is all about to change!
For quite some time I have considered mobile blogging. Unfortunately, the WordPress mobile website is far from satisfactory. At least, that was the case with my previous Nokia and Windows Mobile devices.
I haven’t mentioned it to you all yet but I have made the move back to the iPhone. Yes I know, I was really negative about my original iPhone 3G back in 2008 (which I still haven’t been paid in full for after I sold it) but that was all pre-iPhone OS 3.0. Now, with my iPhone 3GS and the latest iPhone OS, I feel like I can see colours again!
For years I wished for a WordPress application for my previous phones. With the iPhone, my cries were answered.
The post you are reading now has been compiled on the WordPress iPhone application. It is pretty good. Not perfect, but acceptable enough for me to actually want to use.
For a free application it really is not bad. All I really miss is having the ability to justify my text, check my spelling, insert video, and place and position pictures or photographs into my post. However, those are features I suppose I can do without, for the time being.
Anyway, this was just a short and sweet post about the fact that I am back into the mobile blogging scene. Hopefully this new application will allow for a more organic blogging experience.
Until the next time Milieunairs!
(Update: I bought a new app called BlogPress and have edited this post with it. It cost $3 but it appears to be worth it)Read More
The ‘99 Things’ idea is to look at this list of 99 things you could have done, and bold the ones that you actually have done!
Here we go…Read More
I have been made aware of a movement that is taking place. My fellow South African bloggers are taking a stand against the ANC Youth League and the current ruling party for attempting to strangle our right to freedom of speech.
A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad.
~ Albert Camus
As a result, South African bloggers have been called by Sipho Hlongwane to join in the protest against the jackboot tactics the ANC Youth League are employing to try and destroy the freedom of the press.
If you support this movement you are urged to spread the word by using the “#SpeakZA” hash tag via social media and by spreading the following statement on your blog:Read More
I actually had a grand plan of revealing each resolution on each new day of the first 10 days of the new year via Twitter. Unfortunately, this did not work out as planned. Nevertheless, this is the long awaited and eventual blog post to sum everything up. Without further ado, I present to you, my new years resolutions for 2010:Read More
For the last several months I have been toying with the idea of truly making my blog, or should I say website, my own. That time has finally come.
From Hans’ Milieu’s humble beginnings with Microsoft’s Windows Live Spaces back in 2005, all the way to the eventual progression of my blog to the WordPress platform last month, I have always wanted to make my blog my own. However, I did not have the courage to do so; no matter how many times my intuition whispered ‘relax, just do it’. That is, not until late last week when, in the spur of a radical moment, I did what I have been longing to do. With absolute confirmation having only arrived early yesterday morning, my envisioned plan for my website has finally become a reality.
I am immensely proud to announce that now, after almost four years, I officially and finally own Hans’ Milieu (© 2009 Hans Haupt, All rights reserved) as well as the domain www.HansHaupt.com. I still cannot get over the fact that I now have my own, self-maintained island of information, that anyone on the Internet can holiday on. It truly is an amazing feeling!
Consequently, I now have absolute freedom to do whatever I want with my website. That said, I do have a myriad of ideas bouncing within the confines of my cranium, waiting to be unleashed on the unsuspecting masses. However, I do have a lot of learning to do, both in terms of programming skills and my Masters, before I will be able to actually gain a comprehensive understanding of how to nurture my website into all that it can be. With that said, the first aspect on my new agenda is creating a logo and potential slogan for Hans’ Milieu. So stay tuned!
Lastly, I would just like to give a quick shout-out to my parents and our gracious Lord God. If it was not for their continued love and support, through both the good times and the bad, Hans’ Milieu would most probably have been shelved several years ago. They have given me the strength to ‘Relax and just do it’! Thank you for everything that you do, I love you!
Until the next time “Milieunairs”!
Welcome to the new home of Hans’ Milieu!
For the nascent among you, my name is Hans Haupt. I am a compassionate, friendly, ambitious, witty and warm person who is more than able to hold an astute academically driven conversation, while retaining a self-confessed gutter bound mind.
I am also a social media aficionado with mild philanthropically fuelled dreams of entrepreneurial grandeur. Consequently, I am an active member of a variety of socially driven websites. If you are interested to know more about me, feel free to surf over and peruse the following:
To my faithful readers, welcome back! This video is especially for you…
Once again, welcome to the new home of Hans’ Milieu! I hope and trust that all who have or will stumble upon this site will continue to share and be an active part of my ever evolving and, at times, adventurous life story!
To the future “Milieunairs”!Read More
Yes, you read that correctly Milieu Pals. Hans’ Milieu has officially had 13 000 views. Whoop whoop!
That equates to approximately 309 views per month, or just under 10 views per day, since the creation of Hans’ Milieu, way back in June of 2005.
Not too bad, even if I say so myself.
Honestly, I am actually pleasantly surprised by the total number of views my blog has received. Granted it may not seem like a lot to regular and more popular bloggers, especially those who have a dedicated following, however, in my mind, it certainly is not a figure to be disregarded.
Consequently, I would like to give an extremely warm and grateful ‘thank you’ to all Milieu Pals, whether new or old. This milestone could not have been acquired without you! Merci beaucoup!
Here are a few (since I could not find many; feel free to share if you know anymore) interesting facts concerning the number 13 000:
Bolivia’s administrative capital, La Paz, is the highest capital city in the world at about 13,000 ft above sea level (source).
Since radio waves travel at 186,000 miles (299,274 km) per second and sound waves saunter at 700 miles (1,126 km) per hour, it is possible for a broadcasted voice to be heard 13,000 miles (20,917 km) away, before it can be heard at the back of the room in which it originated (source).
A marine census has documented more than 13,000 species in the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans, including several hundred that may be new to science. The surveys surprisingly turned up dozens of species found in both seas, despite a separation of 13,000 kilometres (source).
Until the next time Milieu Pals.
(P.S.: 13 007 views now… and rising! Ha ha)
Okay, seriously. How many times am I going to say this?!
I have had an epiphany, of sorts. Well, I am not sure if you could actually call it that, but let us just go with it for now.
Over the last few weeks I have come to the shocking conclusion that I am no longer one of a handful of South Africans to have a blog. Yes, I know, how naive of me *rolls eyes and slaps own wrists*. Where once upon a time, almost four years ago, that statement may have wrung true, it is bewilderingly no longer the case. The feeling, I would imagine, is similar to discovering that one has not one, but several illegitimate children, all battling it out for attention of mother superior.
Consequently, Hans’ Milieu will, for the umpteenth time, be sent to the operating table for some slight nipping and tucking. However, this is not to change the visual style of the blog (although that is not entirely out of the question), but merely to re-evaluate my writing style. As it so happens, I will be reverting back to my original ‘style’ of writing, the personal no hands barred kind. Really, this will be a breath of fresh air, not only for myself, but, most certainly, for you the reader. Subsequently I will make it my goal to breathe new life into this ageing blog of mine.
For the keen eyed among you, you will see a South African Blogger Award badge to the left of Hans’ Milieu. If you click on the badge, you will be taken to the SA Blogger Award website where you can submit a nomination for yours truly. I have already submitted a nomination for myself, go figure, as well as for Louisa and Freddy. For those who have been with Hans’ Milieu for all of these years, I would just like you to know, that I would appreciate a nomination. Okay, that is enough grovelling on my part
Something else I have been thinking about recently, is how should I end off my blog posts? I have noticed that some people use signature phrases, like Freddy’s “light and love to all”, whereas others just end the post, without any kind of conclusion. Personally, I would prefer to have some kind of signature. Then again, is one really necessary if the blog only has one author?
I do remember, what feels like a lifetime ago, that I used to use the phrase “until the next time Milieu Pals”… Okay… I just had a nostalgic moment. You know what?! I actually still like that phrase and do believe that I will continue to use it.
Anyway, I am off to torture my body now… the perils of the gym await…
Until the next time Milieu Pals! (Ha Ha! I really do like that)!Read More
I have attempted to move as many posts from Hans’ Milieu’s original location to the new site. However it is an incredibly time consuming process as each post needs to be moved over individually.
I do apologies for the inconvenience, but you will learn to get over it!
To the future “Milieunairs”!
Regular visitors to my blog (Wishful thinking, right?) will notice that the site has undergone a few stylistic changes. The change has occurred for a few reasons:
Hans’ Milieu was too ‘cluttered’, resulting in long load times, and needed to be streamlined
A new look for a new year
I’m sure there is another reason but between my throbbing ear and lack of sleep I just can’t think of anything else right now… except maybe of food *Hans stars blankly at the laptop screen for several moments, eardrums pounding all the while, bats his scratchy sleep deprived eyelids and proceeds to wipe the drool from his mouth – all while offering venomously furtive glances at his little cousin whose slowed breathes indicate a deep peaceful coma like sleep*
Man… I’m hungry. Ravenous in fact. It feels like I am being eaten alive from the inside out. Okay… I need to focus… *Hans disappears to the kitchen for a snack – Yummy, leftovers: chicken Parmesan*
Ah, much better… Oh… where was I?
So 2009 will be the year of the ‘New’. What that means exactly, I have not fully decided, but I reckon it will, unsurprisingly, have to do with ‘new’ experiences in love, life and studies/work/play… in everything really.
Speaking of new. A few posts back I mentioned that I was attempting a physical transition from ‘Flab to Fab’ – a 16 week challenge to turn my flabby self into something fabulous. Well… that 16 week period ended three weeks ago. The results? Enough fab to dither the flab, but still enough flab to denounce the fab.
In other words, although my strength and size have improved, there is not yet enough definition. For example: With a light press I can feel the rippling washboard that is my abdominal region, however I just can’t physically see it *sigh*.
I have not given up hope though and look forward to obtaining that ‘Men’s Health’ look within 2009. For now, I have posted a few pictures to indicate my ‘progress’ (the pictures were taken this holiday season). The fact that I have posted a photograph of myself without a shirt on (those who know me will know how big a deal this actually is, for a variety of reasons) is testament to the improvements in self confidence one can gain through exercise.
The ‘new’ year is almost upon us, only 15 odd hours to go. Have you got your new years resolutions ready? I have a few, but I have yet to put pen to paper and jot them down. What an old adage. It no longer reflects the times, in the literal meaning, and really should be updated. Let’s see… putting ‘fingers to the keyboard’? Heh heh. Or, even simpler, ‘post it to my blog’. Well, something to that effect. If you have any suggestions, I would like to here them, so please don’t hesitate to post them in the comments section. Without further ado, here are some of my ‘resolutions’ for 2009, listed in no particular order:
Blog more often
Get that ‘Men’s Health’ look – Abs people, abs!
Attempt to upgrade my Masters study to a Doctorate
Finalise our move to Australia
Attempt to do at least one A.R.K. (Act of Random Kindness) a day
Some good news… the ear appears to have stopped throbbing. I will still have to get it sorted today though, don’t want the same thing to happen to me again tomorrow. Okay, it is the last day of the year, so I am going to attempt to make the most of it… whatever that entails! Heh heh!Read More