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I seem to be the only one who is slightly miffed by the way Instagram handles geotagging now.

I seem to be the only one who is slightly miffed by the way Instagram handles geotagging now.

I learn so much.

I learn so much.

Medium is down. Where can I get my hot takes and think pieces now?

Medium is down. Where can I get my hot takes and think pieces now?

I’m not sure, why, but howl.fm looks somehow wrong.

I’m not sure, why, but howl.fm looks somehow wrong.

Erase. Rewind. Reset. I’m not even going to pretend anymore.

I knew it would happen. But now it shall not. Forty-nine more posts, five a week. If I don’t finish this by the end of October, let me know how much I have let everybody down.
(Just as predicted, I managed to send out my newsletter once a week. Barely.)

I bought a small solar panel, which charges straight to two usb ports. Even on a slightly cloudy day with non-optimal placement it managed to fill an external usb battery enough to re-charge my iPhone once. Impressive.

Saw a fun gadget on the internet. Googled it. Learned that the only company selling it in Germany is Airbus. This might be out of my reach.

Saw a fun gadget on the internet. Googled it. Learned that the only company selling it in Germany is Airbus. This might be out of my reach.

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It is amazing how much faster and uglier the web is when you block Typekit.

It is amazing how much faster and uglier the web is when you block Typekit.

Ah, coffee.

Ah, coffee.

Today I learned: When a tea company strongly advises to add sugar, one should really, really add sugar.

Today I learned: When a tea company strongly advises to add sugar, one should really, really add sugar.

The first time I heard about the Mongol Rally was in 2006 – obviously on MetaFilter. And since then I was fascinated every time I saw articles, photos or – as recoding equipment became better, small and more affordable – videos. There was this constant idea – man, you’ve got to do that one day.

The idea of course is preposterous. My do-it-yourself skills are just about enough to put a nail in the wall. I changed a wheel once – luckily someone who knows what’s up stopped us before we started to drive into certain death by wheel-falling-from-the-car. There is not a single thing in a car that I could logically explain. There is a go-faster-pedal and one to stop. I happily drive a smart car, ffs.
Also I faint when I see blood, I surely don’t speak any Russian, ‘adventure’ means leaving the couch and I handle unknown situations spectacularly bad.

So – driving an old, tiny car from the UK to Mongolia sounds like something that I am not qualified to do. Maybe as excess baggage with people who actually know what they are doing.

So after ten years of “You know, maybe someday”s, ten years of looking at photos of Pandas and Micras and Peroduas, it is finally going to happen – I signed up for 2016. Not alone of course. My co-pilot will be Dominik1 and now we have about one year to prepare. And maybe learn how to change a wheel and things.

We wouldn’t want this. Or this. This is not an option, either.
We found a great little car and we fully intend to bring it back, because the year after that, we want to do the Atlas mountains with Teymur and his Range Rover.


  1. For those of you who still don’t know it: yes, I have another Dominik in my circle of friends. It is not confusing at all.