1. impressions from the maker faire

    at the beginning of august i was at my first maker faire ever — a fantastic and exciting day as it turned out. it was the first german maker faire and was staged at hannover’s congress centre, a short bus ride from the main station.

    not exactly living in northern germany i had a 4h train trip ahead of me which for once took place without any delays by Deutsche Bahn. the weather on arrival was fantastic. getting a ticket for the bus was easy, the bus itself was crowded — all going to the maker faire? seemed a bit far fetched. as it turned out, the zoo was a couple of stops before the congress centre, which is were most of the folks got off, but still a sizable crowd continued onwards to the maker faire.

    getting a ticket over the internet ahead of time turned out to have been a good decision: there were fairly long queues at the till. once past the entry hall i was faced by a choice between the main hall to my right — chock full of people and lots of interesting stuff to be made out — and the exterior garden area. having just spent several hours on the train i went for the exteriors, saving the main hall for the rest.

    cool stuff

    a large area where the autocopter folks were showcasing all kinds of quadcopters — spent almost an hour just watching the various flying beasts whizzing through the air — or not when programmed to stay in place: they’d steadfastly refuse to go anywhere else even when pulled away. cool.

    a steampunkish twitter terminal

    ultimate laptop, steampunk version
    ultimate laptop, steampunk version

    interesting stuff

    ct hacks stand with lots of interesting and enticing material: books about arduino projects, raspberry pi, tool kit (i bought the screwdriver set, yep), gimmicks.

    HPV car tall bike
    stall with interesting human powered vehicles.

    electronic fairy creatures
    electronic fairy creatures

    Railuino Railuino — need to get my z-scale setup converted to digital!

    teletypewriter over internet teletypewriter over IP — making a hell of a racket…

    extending the old ball run with clever use of a motor and a magnet *extending the old ball run through clever use of a motor and a magnet

    lego rules... lego rules…


    lots of interesting stuff, very inspiring, fun. will go again next time.

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  2. new adventures

    it’s been over six months now that @jmdhh and i moved back together again and i started a new career back here in erlangen, germany. six very interesting and exciting months!

    the new job is exciting: i can make use of my skills to the fullest and can extend …

  3. goodbye switzerland!

    after almost 17 years living & working in switzerland i am traveling back to germany for the last time today.

    it’s been a fantastic time. we learned a lot about us and about the swiss. we became friends with a number of people here, become even very good friends with …

  4. time to go…

    for the last couple of months every morning at 8:00 a tweet like the following has been showing up in my twitter timeline: no, i haven’t gone that insane: it’s a python script running on our server and calculating the difference to 13 september 2012. what’s …

  5. shipping forecast

    having just updated our squeezebox radios i re-found the BBC iplayer plugin. it’s been lingering in the depths of the squeezebox radio menus for ages, i guess, but i had never really checked it out. while waiting for @jmdhh to return i decided to give the iplayer plugin a …

  6. a time trip to the 1950s

    even though the place we live at here in switzerland has a rather rural character — there are several livestock markets throughout the year down at the station square, very few regions regularly vote more conservative than ours — einsiedeln has a surprising cultural live. one of the driving forces is the …

  7. smells & memory

    the other day @jmdhh and i were out shopping. while i was waiting at one of the shops i was “hit” by a smell of coffee — and immediately taken back to the apartment of my grandmother in the late 60s, early 70s. she lived in bremerhaven, one of the german …

  8. recipe: slow-roasted pork butt (blade)


    • 1kg pork butt (blade)


    • 1 glove garlic
    • teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons italian herb mixture
    • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • freshly ground pepper
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (aceto balsamico)

    pre-heat the oven to 80–90°C

    wash the pork and dry it with kitchen tissue. incise …

  9. @jmdhh admiring the views…

    at the beginning of june @jmdhh and i spent two fantastic weeks in the english lake district — one of our walks took us up on top of silver how. the photo below shows @jmdhh enjoying the wonderful landscape and views, all of them at once it seems.

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  10. recipe: vampire ears tortilla with cherry tomato chutney

    tortilla1 ingredients:

    • 300g potatoes
    • 140g dried tomatoes in olive oil (aka vampire ears)
    • 40g pitted black olives
    • 5 large eggs
    • clove of garlic
    • 2 + 1 tablespoons olive oil

    chutney ingredients:

    • 200g cherry tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoon sage
    • 2 pinches basil
    • 1 …
  11. panorama picture experiment

    last saturday mrs d and i did a snow shoe hike from alpthal stei up to hochstuckli and then across to biberegg. the views were fantastic, the snow was good :-) prompted by mrs d, i tried my hand at taking a set of pictures to assemble as a panorama later …

  12. some more pseudo HDR experiments

    during sunday’s #twallfahrt i managed to take a couple of 5-step bracketed pictures, two of which i think produced some interesting results. the first one is the view from etzel pass towards einsiedeln:

    at first i thought that it looks a bit weird, then i realized (and on my …

  13. world’s first twitter wallfahrt!

    9:10 — ms d and i arrive at einsiedeln railway station, all kitted out in our walking gear, ready to go. walking past the train we spot our fellow pilgrims. yep, pilgrims: we are on our way to the starting point of the world’s first twitter pilgrimage, the #twallfahrt …

  14. in the lake district again…

    after a long day on the train — starting with the 8:43 ICE International train from cologne to brussels, then the Eurostar to london st pancras, followed by the virgin pendolino from london euston (yep, a short walk from there) to oxenholme lake district, and, the last train for today …

  15. switzerland —- behind the scenes…

    ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of touristic switzerland? ever wanted to know how the swiss manage to present one of the most beautiful places on earth in such impeccable order? ever interested in the music that drives the swiss?1

    wonder no more: here’s a rare behind …