The vast majority of his skills and knowledge were attained through informal learning. As of 2021 formal qualifications never really contributed to his career. Only by being a detainee in German-speaking prisons for more than 5 years, he was implicitly relieved of the burden to prove (with a separate degree) he could speak German, thus allowing him to enroll to German colleges.
Languages and processing information in general were a significant part of his life. He could type texts at speed on a computer using the NEO keyboard layout and he was able to produce German texts using the Deutsche Einheitskurzschrift, a shorthand system. Early on he begun learning the Pascal programming language and became a professional Linux user, comparable to an LPIC‑1 syllabus.
Since 2015 he regularly used MOOC platforms such as edX, coursera, but also KhanAcademy. Renowned classes he took include CS50 and Walter Lewin’s 8.01x (classical mechanics). All his activities were non-credit and rarely directly related to classes of formal education.
- part-time obligatory imprisonment 2000 – 2013, EQF levels 1 – 4
- 2012 – 2025, EQF levels 6 / 7 (includes a 2-year hiatus due to the SARS‑CoV‑2 pandemic)
Since 2009 Burghardt regularly practiced amateur photography. Since 2013 he was a member of the Vereinigung für Digitalkameraverweigerer, an informal club of people refusing to use digital cameras for artistic purposes. His favorite film was the Ilford HP5+, a general-purpose high-sensitivity black-and-white film. He also took care of processing and printing photos.
Every once in while he appeared on or off stage:
- 2013: Vernon God Little (lead) (ThOP Göttingen) (shows (German))
- 2016 – 2018: technical assistance of a few productions at the ThOP (primarily operating the lights)
- 2017, 2018: extra in a couple productions at the DT Göttingen
Between 2008 and 2012 he was a student pilot at the glider airfield in his hometown of Uslar, LS. In 2012 he was short of passing the second of three intermediate exams, the B exam, for acquiring a glider pilot license.
A color perception impairment, protanopia, disqualified him from obtaining a Class 1 medical certificate, barring him from pursuing many aviation industry careers including certain on-ground professions like air traffic controller. His Class 2 medical only allowed him to fly in daylight.
Kai Burghardt was an avowed atheist. He regularly demonstrated left-liberal views, yet sometimes practiced conservative attitudes.
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