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Johannes
Johannes Seikowsky

Self-taught programmer.
Writer/Poet by compulsion.
Interested in many things.
Living in London.

Online you can find me on Twitter, on Medium, or on Facebook. (see right)

The Modern Man

The Modern Man rarely looks at paintings

In the Mood for Walking

It's itchy down there

A Primer on the Day

In Washington, a clown makes people frown

In Canary Wharf

In Canary Wharf they have all

Old Man on a Bench

Walking in the park

Captain of the Ship of You

It’s in your heart, it’s in your spine

Feet, to Feet

Most ignore you, some abhor you, some adore you

The Modern Man

The Modern Man rarely looks at paintings
and rarely reads the classics.
For neither seems very productive.
So he thinks anyway.
One can disagree.

The Modern Man is an expert -
an expert pain-withstander.
Because after all — No pain, No gain.
And No gain — What a No No!

Success that seems to be his new religion,
the only name of his only game.
Pursued with clenched fervor,
sometimes just to impress her.

Hasn’t he come far, the Modern Man? So, so far!?
He thinks so. Mostly and most of the time anyway.

What do you think? Do you agree?
Do you want to be a Modern Man?
Do you think it’s worth your while?
One can disagree.

In the Mood for Walking

It’s itchy down there,
toes are twitching,
calling in demands, demanding action -
GO GO GO!
You have to.
Mother Nature has made that so.
Therapy has been ordered
and the patient shall oblige.

Will the patient oblige?

A Primer on the Day

In Washington, a clown makes people frown.
In Beijing, men in suits do as it suits — probably them.
In Sydney — well, nobody cares.
In Berlin, Mutti Merkel just won’t go.
In Moscow, Pater Putin just won’t go.
In Paris however, a youngster is not laying low.
In London, they want to exit — why?
In Rome,
well nothing much happens in the Rome of the day -
Eternal city mostly looking pretty.
And so it goes,
a poetic account of the day,
a rather incomplete primer on what in conversation one may say.

In Canary Wharf

In Canary Wharf they have all -
big buildings and bright lights -
pounds, prestige — all for which man fights.
What they lack, one can not think,
but only feel,
only feel when there.

It’s prison without the gates,
Betting without stakes,
Bookshelves for decoration,
Fake-tan and Indoor-swimming,
Learning for the exam,
Too-small-portions in too-fancy-places,
Extra charges for the Ketchup,
Gifts as bribes,
Music without dance,
Anxiety in a suit — dressed up nicely.
And then some.

Go have a trip — To Canary Wharf.
You’ll be very glad. Once you’re back.

Old Man on a Bench

Walking in the park,
I saw an old man on a bench,
crying,
wearing his heart on the outside.
I sat next to him,
wanted to flee, but stayed,
stayed throughout.
Then left.
No words spoken,
no deeds performed,
All difference made.

Captain of the Ship of you

It’s in your heart, it’s in your spine,
the energy that you can call mine.
You feel it there and feel it’s will,
a will it seems, you’re here to fulfill.
So what do you do? What can you do?
What should you do?
The answer is one of two.
To steer or to flow,
To try or to let go,
To push or to lay low.
And that, dear friend, that is on you.
You — Captain of the ship of you.
Now let me ask: what will you do?

Feet, to Feet

Most ignore you, some abhor you, some adore you.
You come in teams — ever-aligned.
You work hard. Do you complain? Rarely.
You’re fragile and not — soft and hard. Always.
We rely on you, stand on you. Yet, do we see you? Rarely.
You connect and disconnect. Always.
You are there, around and needed.
We rely on you, yet celebrate you? Rarely.
This is to you my feet,
I adore you, never abhor you, trying not to ignore you.

The Modern Man

The Modern Man rarely looks at paintings

In the Mood for Walking

It's itchy down there

A Primer on the Day

In Washington, a clown makes people frown

In Canary Wharf

In Canary Wharf they have all

Old Man on a Bench

Walking in the park

Captain of the Ship of You

It’s in your heart, it’s in your spine

Feet, to Feet

Most ignore you, some abhor you, some adore you

My formal education is in Economics in which I hold a BA from the University of Oxford, UK.

I enjoy intellectual things - reading, writing, programming and thinking.

In priciple I can't decide whether I'm a literary or a technical person, so I've decided to be a little bit of both.

Programming-wise I mostly write Web-applications using Ruby-on-Rails (currently) and other systems using Python or Ruby (currently).

Wordgates itself is one of the applications I wrote. I hope you like it. Try it out if you haven't yet.

On the literature front I write poems and sometimes short essays. I've published the poems that I don't consider failures here on the site.

Currently I live in London, UK, which I enjoy and recommend. Originially however I am from the very North of Germany - almost Denmark.

Please feel free to get in touch via this site
or just write me at joseikowsky@gmail.com.

All the Best,

Johannes

"The World of Yesterday" - by Stefan Zweig
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"Chess Story" - by Stefan Zweig
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"De Bello Gallico" - by Julius Caesar
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"Antifragile" - by Nassim N. Taleb
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"The Problems of Philosophy" - by Bertrand Russell
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"Sapiens" - by Yuval Harari
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"The Quarry" - by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
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All books of the Maigret Series - by Georges Simenon
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"The Meaning of Hitler" - by Sebastian Haffner
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"Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher" - by Richard Feynman
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"But How Do It Know?" - by J Clark Scott
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"UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook" - by Evi Nemeth and others
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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
- Jorge Borges

“Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.”
- Miss Moneypenny

“Good scientists go looking for trouble.”
- Paul Graham, on the importance of breaking conventional wisdom in intellectual work

“You will eventually agree with me, because you are smart and I’m right.”
- Charlie Munger

“For love of bustle is not industry.”
- Seneca

“What they really fear is not that they won’t get their breakfast the next morning, but that they fail to outshine their neighbours.”
- Bertrand Russell on the competitive mindset

“If someone wonders who are the Stoics, I’d say Buddhists with an attitude problem.”
- Nassim Taleb

“So long as all you do is not all for you.”
- Nassim Taleb

“7000 squaremetres built on my giving a fuck.”
- Ari Gold of “Entourage” on his company

“Do I look like a guy with a plan?”
- The Joker

“The qualities that made for success in a fighter-pilot seemed to be just those sturdy qualities that made for success in other professions; observation, initiative, determination, courage, including the courage to run away.”
- Jim Bailey, The Sky Suspended

“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work.”
- John Gall

“If I find too many people adopting a certain idea, I probably think it’s wrong. Don’t believe that something is good just because it’s trendy.”
- Donald Knuth

“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”
- Jorge Borges

“When a writer dies, he becomes his books.”
- Jorge Borges

“I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”
- Oliver Cromwell

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