About me
Hello everybody and welcome to my homepage! My   name   is   Roman   Domel   and   I   live   in   the   more   than   1000   years old   town   Meissen ,   in   Germany’s   Free   State   of   Saxony.   In   German orthography the town is written as „Meißen“. Every   human   has   a   special   characteristic.   One   may   have   a   talent to   play   piano,   be   a   great   painter   or   an   inventor.   My   major   talents are    a    very    good    technical    understanding,    the    ability    to    work successfully   on   very   complex   tasks   and   rich   visual   thinking.   And friends say my patience is „limitless“. Through   these   characteristics   I   am   very   interested   in   technical things and computer technology. When   I   started    to   work   with   cheating   systems   for   consoles-   or RAM-editing   for   PC-games,   I   did   this   in   a   time   without   internet   and was   one   of   the   first   people   to   found   communities,   when   the   first
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connections became available for private users. If you browse my references you can go back to the early time of home electronic and enjoy memories of its infancy. It   is   my   intention   to   provide   you   with   my   website   as   mix   of   references   and   a   timeline   because   I   am aware   that   you   may   be   past   the   most   important   developments   of   home   electronic   and   its   progress, with major changes for the everyday life, too. I   am   very   proud   that   I   was   a   part   of   the   early   community   founders   and   online-teachers,   with   my tutorials and elaborations, and hope that you enjoy my little journey through time. Besides   history   I   like   hiking   and American   Cars. According   the   latter   topic   I   was   one   of   the   members of   the   former   „US-Car-Stammtisch“   when   it   was   turned   into   the   free   US-Car-Team   Sundaycruiser “, in   2005.   My   own American   Car   which   I’ve   driven   since   1999   and   I   have   been   members   in   this   group since 2001. Next   in   line   of   recreational   options   is   hiking   through   our   very   impressive   Schlösserland    (country   of castles).   The   nearby   „Elbsandsteingebirge“    and   „Erzgebirge“    are   two   mountain   ranges   with   a   lot   of beautiful   landscapes   and   tour   options.   Please   note   our   state´s   slogan:   „Saxony,   the   state   of   castles, fortifications and fortresses“. I   gain   most   of   the   energy   for   my   work   when   I   am   in   nature   with   my   family   and   to   every   visitor   of   our local places I highly recommend a round trip through our history and landscape. „Meissen“ My   hometown   Meissen    is   also   known   as   the   „cradle   of   Saxony“   and   applies   as   the   „Eldorado“   for fans   of   history.   Our   cathedrals’   construction   began   in   1260   on   the   same   hill   as   the   „Albrechtsburg castle“ and applies as one of the purest examples of Gothic architecture. Besides    these    impressive    landmarks    many    old    buildings    were    restored    and    give    the    city    an incomparable   charm. The   town   Dresden   is   located   next   to   us   and   easily   accessible.   Within   one   hour you can reach the Elbsandsteingebirge, including passing Dresden, by train or car.
Meissen, Cathedral and Albrechtsburg Castle Wine festival parade in Meissen Wine festival, view from the top of the "Frauenkirche" (Church of our Lady) to the marketplace Meissen, Cathedral and Albrechtsburg Castle by night
„Meißner Wein“ (Wine of Meissen) As   in   many   parts   of   Germany,   wine   growing   in   Saxony dates   back   to   the   early   Middle   Ages.   Meissen   has   been officially   documented   as   wine   growing   region   since   1161 A.D..   But   as   always   in   history,   the   reality   seems   to   go   back even   further.   The   chronicle   of   Thietmar   von   Merseburg says,   that   when   the   troops   of   Henry   I. ”   entered   the   Gau Nisan ”, they found wine stocks. But   in   the   history   of   our   local   wine   growing   that’s   not   all. After   the   German   reunification,   in   1990,   some   wine   estates found    their    way    back    into    private    hands    and    the    old industrial   GDR   –   „Meissen   wine   production”   turned   into high   quality   wine   estates.   Today,   „Meißner   Wein”   (Wine   of Meissen)   is   highly   valued   internationally   and   known   for   its
class   quality.   So   if   you   visit   our   great   area   around   Meißen   and   Dresden,   please   do   not   miss   our region’s wines. A    little    insider    tip:    If    you    want    to    taste    one    of    our    best    wines,    please    visit    Weingut    Schloss Proschwitz ”   and   enjoy   „Schloss   Proschwitz,   Prinz   zur   Lippe”   -   wines.   These   have   won   a   lot   of   prices and are called „Premium wines”. We buy them regularly because we appreciate them very much.
Logo from "Schloss Proschwitz, Prinz zur Lippe" Entrance to Schloss Proschwitz Schloss Proschwitz Schloss Proschwitz, open-door day Schloss Proschwitz, open-door day Schloss Proschwitz, open-door day
„Meißner Porzellan®“ (Meissen Porcelain®) Meissen   Porcelain®    is   known   worldwide   as   the   first   European   hard- paste   porcelain.   Its   production   started   in   1710   and   up   from   1720   it   is known   with   its   mark   of   the   crossed   swords,   which   is   one   of   the   oldest trademarks   in   existence.   Sometimes   very   old   examples   of   Meissen Porcelain®     are     branded     with     “AR”,     for     “Augustus     Rex”,     the monogram    of    the    King    Augustus    II    of    Poland     or    K.P.M.,    for Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur ” (Royal Porcelain Manufactory). The   story   behind   this   porcelain   is   simple.   Johann   Friedrich   Böttger   Boettger)   pretended   he   had   solved   the   secret   to   produce   gold   from worthless    materials.    However,    these    bold    words    got    him    into protective   custody   by   King Augustus   II   of   Poland   and   he   requested   of him   to   produce   gold.   But   Böttger   was   unsuccessful,   who   would   have guessed it. Another    alchemist,    Ehrenfried    Walther    von    Tschirnhaus ,    experimented    with    the    manufacture    of Porcelain   at   the   same   time   and   supervised   Böttger.   In   1707   he   first   reluctantly   started   to   help   him. After the   death   of   Tschirnhaus,   Böttger   announced   to   the   King   that   he   could   make   Porcelain.   The   King placed   Böttger´s   laboratory   at   Albrechtsburg   Castle    and   established   the   Royal-Polish   and   Electoral- Saxon   Porcelain   Manufactory   (Königlich-Polnische   und   Kurfürstlich-Sächsische   Porzellan-Manufaktur). The production officially started in 1710.                    A   short   note:   The   roots   of   the   Porcelain   are   in   China   and   presumably   reaches back   to   the   time   100-200   A.D.,   the   time   of   the   late   Han   dynasty.   Chinese Porcelain   was   very   precious   and   was   mastered   in   its   production   long time   before   the   west   became   aware   of   it.   Mostly   provided   over   the   Silk Road    and   the   Dutch   East   India   Company ,   porcelain   from   China   was exported   and   in   the   west   represented   importance   and   wealth.   All attempts of the west to produce their own porcelain failed. When   Böttger   officially   started   the   production   in   Meissen´s   porcelain manufacture   in   the   Albrechtsburg   Castle,   he   got   extremely   hard   red stoneware,   called   as   “Böttgersteinzeug”.   The   secret   behind   the   hard- paste   white   porcelain   was   first   solved   in   1713   and   rapidly   increased the    possibilities    of    decors.    This    was    the    beginning    of    the    classical Meissen® porcelain. The   understanding   of   hard-paste   white   porcelain,   which   was   in   its   form   nearly   equal   to   Gold,   gave   it the   name   “white   Gold”   and   allowed   Böttger   to   make   his   former   lie   almost   true.   Until   today   the   Meissen porcelain   manufacture   produces   highly   valued   handmade   porcelain   and   regularly   opens   its   doors   for public viewings (open-door day).  
Meissen Porcelain Painting Meissen Porcelain on open-door day Painting Meissen Porcelain on open-door day Meissen Porcelain production parts and steps Prefigured Meissen Porcelain, ready for painting
„Meissner Schwerter“ Beer In   Meissen,   many   things   have   something   to   do   with history.   This   applies   to   our   brewery   too.   The   Meissner Schwerter “   brewery   is   Saxony´s   oldest   private   brewery and was first mentioned in 1460. Like   our   wine,   the   beer   has   been   regularly   winning prices   for   its   exclusive   quality   too.   Brewing   a   beer   is not   a   technical   thing,   its   the   care   and   experience   of   the brewmaster,   they   say. And   that´s   true.   The   beer   is   very great and all ingredients are consistently locally grown.   A   few   beer   varieties   have   a   relationship   to   local   history and are called similarly in some way. Actual sorts: - Meißner Schwerter Privat Pils - Meißner Schwerter St. Afra Dunkel - Meißner Schwerter Lager Rubin - Meißner Schwerter Bennator Bockbier - Meißner Schwerter Elbsommer - Meißner Schwerter Maibock - Meißner Schwerter Urhell - Meißner Schwerter UrBräu
A glass with our favorite "Meissner Schwerter" beer "Meissner Schwerter" brewerys festival procession oldtimer
„Meissner Fummel“ This   is   indeed   a   very   interesting   story,   although   the   Meissner   Fummel “   is   just   a   hollow   body,   made of   thin   dough   and   looks   like   a   balloon.   Its   volume   is   around   2   litres   (similar   to   a   handball).   It   is made   of   rolled   out   simple   dough,   which   is   brushed   with   egg   yolk,   so   it   doesn’t   stick.   After   folding up,    the    interior    will    be    slightly    inflated    and    baked.    It    is    very    brittle    and    fragile    and    has    no considerable nutritional value. Maybe   you   are   wondering   now,   why   this   biscuit   was   made.   The   history   said   that   in   1747   „August der   Starke“   (Augustus   the   Strong)   gave   the   order   to   create   a   delicate   biscuit   because   the   couriers who   regularly   carried   Meissner   Porcelain   between   Meissen   and   Dresden   often   ended   up   drunk   and broke   the   valuable   porcelain.   His   command   was   now   to   not   just   deliver   the   unharmed   porcelain   but also the „Fummel“. The punishment was 30 hits with a stick on the naked butt if it was damaged. The name „Meissner Fummel©“ has a protected designation of origin.
„Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann“ Hahnemann    is   another   very   important   Meissner,   born   in   1755.   He   is   the   creator   of   alternative medicine,   called   homeopathy.   His   complete   story   is   very   interesting   and   I   highly   recommend reading   the   very   good   articles   on   Wikipedia   or   one   of   the   other   media   which   cover   themes   around homeopathy. He died 1843 in Paris and his grave has become a pilgrimage site until today.
„Freiwillige Feuerwehr (Volunteer Firefighter)“ In    Germany    mostly    firefighters    are    volunteers.    In    2016    the    Meissner    volunteer    firefighters   celebrated   their   175 th    anniversary   and   this   event   was   something   special.   Because   they   are   the   first volunteer firefighters in Germany, the oldest ones of our country. Founded on July 17., 1841.
Picture from the 175th anniversary celebration in our town hall
Sächsisches Landesgymnasium Sankt Afra zu Meißen (Saxonys state high school „Sankt Afra zu Meissen“) Perhaps   you   already   guessed   it,   at   first   a   little   bit   of   history: After   the   reformation   and   the   closure   of our   town’s   three   monasteries,   which   was   in   Meissen   in   1539,   a   city   school   was   established   in   the former   Franciscan   monastery   and   St.   Afra “,   tthe   school   for   Saxony´s   Prince´s   and   Duke´s,   in   the former Augustiner monastery, in 1543.  Today   this   state   high   school    is   for   people   from   the   7th   grade   and   up,   who   are   highly   talented   or have   multiple   talents.   Like   all   other   educational   institutions   in   Germany   it   is   free   (it   only   costs money   if   you   live   in   the   boarding   school).   You   „just“   need   to   successfully   pass   a   2-day-test.   The   50 best   people   will   be   taken.   „Best“   doesn’t   mean   „best“   in   just   solving   some   mathematical   equations or   the   proof   of   special   knowledge.   It   means   the   whole   person,   including   social   competence, teamwork, social integrity and psychology and last but not least the cognitive ability test. „Sankt   Afra“    is    the    first    state-supported    educational    institution    of    its    kind    in    Germany    and    is considered a model for other schools with a similar claim.     Its    most    famous    graduates    were:    Christian    Fürchtegott    Gellert ,    Ernst    Schnabel ,    Samuel Hahnemann , Friedrich Naumann  and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing The   school’s   model   is   a   headword   by   Kant :    “Wage   zu   wissen!”   and   is   placed   as   inscription   above the south portal: “ Sapere aude “, which originally comes from the Latin poet Horace .