Week 18, 19 and 20

Okay, I have been lazy the last couple of weeks, but here we go, as much as I remember.1

Week 18

On monday I was pretty much at home, getting ready for the remaining week, which I spent in Berlin. Here’s the conference part of that.

We stayed at the same Motel One that I’ve been last year when I went to Berlin for their WordCamp.2 While the hotel experience there was pretty satisfactory as usual, their WiFi drove me nuts.
One would think that by now hotel WiFi is a solved problem, but apparently one is wrong when thinking that.

I ate way too much during that week – including really really good burgers at Zsa Zsa Burger – while I was happy to eat good burgers there, it was a bit of a bummer to have the burger eating experience spoiled for me somewhere else. The bar has been raised significantly, indeed.

Learning about the various underground escape tunnels used between Berlin East and Berlin West back in the days was pretty amazing, too. It’s pretty touristy but very interesting and well worth it.

Week 19

Man, that’s not any easier when it is three weeks instead of one.

Certain people during our trip to Berlin were sneezing and coughing and wearing scarfs the whole time, while I was pretty proud of my immune system to keep me away from all of this – until pretty much exactly after I came home again. I started sneezing and coughing on that Sunday night already and come Monday, I was completely floored.
So I stayed at home, poured about a lot of warm tea into me and waited for the day to be over. And then the bulb of my reading light died on me. What a day.

The remaining week was pretty much standard3 – I taped a new episode of both The Knutsens and Draußen nur Schnittchen and got all my tweets.

All my tweets.

But not all the meta data. I might need to follow up on that one.

Week 20

So, that was last week and I have some more recollection of it than just my tweets. So here we go:

Monday, May 14th, 2012

You had me at All you can eat-Meat

A lot of people, many of those who go to our bi-weekly asian dinners, went to Rodizio, a presumably Brazilian restaurant. They serve you meat. And more meat. Basically until you can’t eat anymore. Or in our case: until they close.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

I have no idea what happened that day. I was mostly digesting.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Pretty normal day at work – until I found “Oliver Twist” by D’Banj.

I have a codfish…

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Public holiday! I celebrated it by the way I tend to celebrate public holidays: by hanging out at home and reading. And in the evening it was time for The Knutsens again.

Friday, May 18th, 2012

I don’t know how she managed it, but Judith Horchert somehow managed to turned what I stuttered around over the phone into some coherent text and soundbites and so here I am, on Spiegel Online, saying things about Flickr.

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

What a day. I watched the SpaceX webcast with the most porny looking moderators ever, thought that the thing with Dan Harmon was sort of sad and went to the SIGINT conference.

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Even though I had a two-day pass, I decided to stay at home – it was so sunny and the balcony was so tempting. So I was sitting there, digging my way through A Dance With Dragons and suddenly the week was over, too.

  1. Given that I usually forget stuff right away and look at my tweets for those kinds of post, that doesn’t really matter all that much. 
  2. Yes, I also don’t know why I would do that. 
  3. To nobody’s real surprise, am I right? 

Week 17

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

This was a Monday.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

This was a Tuesday. And as usual we taped an episode of The Knutsens. We talked about Zombies and walking a lot. I am scared.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

This was a Wednesday – also, it was an Asia Dinner day. This time we went to Takumi – which was pretty daring, given that we were eight people.

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

This was a Thursday. I was pretty tired all day, given all the wild ramen eating on the evening before. That being said, we still taped an episode of Draußen nur Schnittchen and it turned out fun and great.
We had a call-in guest, so that was pretty good.

Friday, April 27th, 2012

This was a Friday. I ate some pizza and fetched my sister from the airport.

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

This was a Saturday. The weather was good, so true to my personality, I spent most of the day sitting on the balcony, reading a book.

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Breakfast in Bonn with people I just tangentially know. That was surprisingly fun.

Week 16

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Hologram Tupac

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Knutsens 10

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Stomach-ache. Coffee.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Mördan. Cookies.

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Cool. Cool, cool, cool.

Saturday, April 21st, 2012


Sunday, April 22nd, 2012


Look at me! Really putting in an effort this week.

Week 15

Monday, April 9th, 2012

So, Facebook bought Instagram over the weekend. One billion dollars. That’s a lot of dough, good for them. There were a lot of opinions.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

I did not sleep a lot overnight – so that tuesday was a strange, sleepy monday at work. I probably drank two liters of coffee, destroyed my stomach and in the end, I went to the TAD. The food at Khanh’s Lilly was pretty good, as expected.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Still slightly sleepy. Taped a new episode of Draußen nur Schnittchen – a bit rambling, but funny. If you’re capable of understanding German, listen to it.

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

My lunch sucked, but I did enjoy the cake in the afternoon.

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Friday the 13th! But I had a burger and learned about the Dancing Plague of 1518.

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

I watched the Shanghai F1 qualifying and collected a lot of Asian restaurants in Düsseldorf on Foursquare.

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Friends in Düsseldorf! And art! And beer! And noodles! I liked that day.

Week 14

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

I took Jan Manuel’s FAgU shot on Monday:

and watched the first episode of the second “Game of Thrones” episode. Obviously I was fascinated.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

I was pretty amused by the “outrage” that happened because the unwashed Android hordes were invading our hip Instagram lands. (Little did we know…)

And in the evening, it was Knutsens time – via Skype this time.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

I ate cake but no schnitzel.

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

I ate schnitzel but no cake.

Friday, April 6th, 2012

It was Good Friday. I mostly slept. And watched Community. It was changlorious.

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

I ate Mettwurst and went out for a few drinks with friends.

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Easter monday. I recovered and posted a tweet about my robots.

Week 13

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Monday, being the start of the week, wasn’t too eventful, at least until the evening. A rather nice, relaxed Tradiotional Asia Dinner happened, this time at Raku Raku.
The food was delicious and the tv at the wall played some Korean version of Top of the Pops.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Because of that tv at Raku Raku I was listening to KPop all day long while working. This was not very helpful.
Also this happened:

Nichts sagt “Frühling” wie vier Nerds auf ‘ner Bank.

Nothing says “Spring” like four nerds on a bench.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

This was probably the most stressful drive home after work ever. There’s always a lot of traffic on my commute and on that day I had to be home in time to take my sister and her boyfriend back to the airport.
I think I aged at least four years that evening.

After I survived that, I taped another episode of the Knutsens with Teymur. We were a day late and given that I just escaped death a couple of times, at least I was giddy and pumped up like a little kid.

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

This was the introvert-day that I wanted – went straight home after work, didn’t switch on any messenger and just caught up with a whole bunch of tv series and noticed that just by the quotable-jokes-per-minute ratio 30 Rock is one of the funniest sitcoms around.

Friday, March 30th, 2012

And this was the beginning of an introvert weekend that I did not particularly want.

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Yeah, a Saturday. Mostly I watched my washing machine do its thing. Boy, there was a lot of laundry. A LOT.

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

The weather was pretty nice, so unlike Saturday I… who am I kidding? I was staying indoors all day, too. At least if you count the balcony as indoors – I used it for a while to sit in at least a bit of sun while reading.

Week 12

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Good things happened! I got my new keyboard, which I still think is awesome. And in the evening I taped a new episode of “Draußen nur Schnittchen”, the podcast where Jan Manuel tells me about online dating. It’s pretty funny and if you understand German, you should give it a try.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

I bought a ticket to go see Die Antwoord live in Cologne in June. That should be pretty interesting.

I bought and watched the Aziz Ansari comedy special “Dangerously Delicious” – it’s funny and I really like that the idea of “Give me five dollars, here is the video file, no DRM or any other fuckery” that Louis CK made popular seems to work out for comedians.

In the evening I taped a new episode of The Knutsens – we talk about honks1 and get sidetracked by Draw Something.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

I was able to work from home that day, which is a very good thing – I actually got to see some of that glorious blue sky that everybody is talking about and didn’t have to spend roughly four hours sitting in a traffic jam.
In the evening I picked up my sister and her boyfriend from the airport, they’re visiting me for a week.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Nipples! and a small revolution.

I went to Takumi with Madlen and Markus and they liked it so much they went again on sunday.

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Had some relaxed hanging out at the Düsseldorf Altstadt in the evening.

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Watched the F1 qualifying and had a nice, sunny, relaxed day in Cologne. Thumbs up.

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

F1, again. Madlen and Markus went to the horse races, which is of no particular interest for me, so instead I drove all the way to Bonn to attend Jan Manuel’s barbecue garden party. That was rather fun and I had a good time. Again: thumbs up.

Thumbs up in particular this week: the weather. Sunshine all week. Warm temperatures. I approve of this.

  1. Google it. 

Week 11

Monday, March 12th, 2012

On Monday I was mostly recovering from the weekend, the most exciting1 thing was probably the curator’s code. Can you see my excitement?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Spotify finally reached Germany. The hipster who got it from overseas a bunch of years ago groan:

I stopped using Spotify before it was cool

But everybody else seems to be using it. At least judged by the activity stream on Facebook. To celebrate the event I created this awesome three-hour playlist.

In the even Teymur and me did what we tend to do on a tuesday night: we taped a new episode of The Knutsens.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

It was a dark day at work: I ran out of coffee. Traumatized by this I was rude on Facebook all day. That was fun.

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Holy crap! Sunshine! Spring!

Luckily I get to work in a dark hole of an office and am sufficiently shielded from sun-induced happiness.

Martin wants to start a podcast. But he is still shy about it. He shouldn’t be.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Guy behind the Kony 2012 video arrested last night in San Diego for drunkenly masturbating in public

I can’t add anything to this.

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Draw Something. Beeminder. OpenTTD. Formula 1 again.

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

See Saturday.

  1. Yes, extreme Excitement. 

Week 9 and 10

Wheeeee! Two weeks at the same time.

Monday, February 27th, 2012

This was exciting me so much.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The first episode of the Knutsens in German was being taped. We talked about Mountain Lion, Ze Frank, green goo and Twitter clients.

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

I counted my objects on different websites.

In the evening I had an almost religious experience while listening to this episode of Back to Work.

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Following up to that, I went to the DIY store and bought a lot of garbage bags. I pulled almost everything from the shelves onto the floor – and then realized the recycling laws here. I can’t just put everything into big black garbage bags and put them out when the garbage trucks come along.

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

I don’t remember doing anything that day. I went to work and back, probably watched Parks and Recreation in the evening.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Throw away all the things!

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

I drove to Köln with Lara to visit Dominik for breakfast. Relaxed day.

Monday, March 5th, 2012

I drank a lot of coffee, enjoyed my Rennmauskalender and told the world how to watch the first season of Game of Thrones.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

I tried Highlight. And later on I taped another episode of the Knutsens. We talked about clutter, Lightroom 4 and feedreaders.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Schnittchen-time! The first ever official episode of Draußen nur Schnittchen happened. Jan Manuel tells me all about his adventures in the world of online dating and I smile politely and offer exposition.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

I’ve felt mostly sorry for myself all day. Just one of these days.

Friday, March 9th, 2012

I sat in a little Peugeot all day with my aunt and her boyfriend because…

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

… on Saturday my baby sister Linda had her baptism.

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

And on Sunday, we drove back.

Week 8

Monday, February 20th, 2012


See Saturday last week.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Not a good day. My general grumpiness 1 managed to stop us from recording a Knutsen episode.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

I planned a secret project with Jan Manuel in an underground lair nearby Bonn. More to come on this one.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Finally! The thing I am living for: The bi-weekly Traditional Asia Dinner.

This time we went to the best Chinese restaurant ever: Show China Restaurant

Just look at it!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

My co-worker Evghenie told us about the history of the deserts in the Middle East. Apparently they all appeared only a couple of years ago because of too much agriculture.

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Dominik had a party and I went. And left again, only six hours later. And now I ponder buying an Otohime.

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

I think I was sleeping.

And oh! I was taking a small talk around the block, taking some pictures. Mostly because.

  1. General! \saluting\ 

Week 7

Monday, February 13th, 2012


But at least there was some snow.


Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

During the night between Monday and Tuesday, a fire under the highway A57 managed to destroy the bridge well enough to have to closed at least until March. Yes, that is my commute. Bastards.

Also, we taped a new episode of the Knutsens and there’s a nice new Meg Myers song.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Giacomo came over to have dinner at Tsun Gai and some after-dinner coffee at Café Relax, which is always a nice way to spend an evening.

Vietnamese Coffee

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Because it’s carnival and the people of Cologne take their carnival really seriously, I got to go home early. Early enough to install the Messages beta and read some Mountain Lion previews.

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Wir sind zu viert und ich bin der faulste von allen. Baue ab und an mal eine kleine Hütte. (We’re four people and I’m laziest of them all. Once in a while I build a little hut.)

I was talking about Minecraft, which is awesome. Fabian liked that quote so much, he printed it out and pinned it to our office whiteboard.

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

As it was carnival weekend and I do not like carnival, I was hiding inside most of the time, thankful for finally having a reason for that and alternated between playing Minecraft and watching The Wire. In the evening I had dinner with my sister and a friend of hers, which just made me realize that there are probably no normal people out there.

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

I turned a big net of oranges into some orange juice. Look at me, being proud of myself.

Week 6

Wow. Survived another week.

Monday, February 6th, 2012

There was a big fire on the Autobahn on that morning – a truck laden with coffee crashed into a small transporter which had some machinery in the back that immediately caught fire – and the coffee truck started burning, too.
All of that happened before I drove past, all I saw was a burning truck, a helicopter and more fire engines than I thought to be necessary. It also smelled like burned coffee.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Teymur and me taped a second episode of The Knutsens – which we of course called Episode 1.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Dinner at Takumi. Nothing beats dinner at Takumi. Nothing.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

I listened to K-Pop all day while working. And someone showed me this video of Werner Herzog talking about chickens.

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Mr Kaiser stopped over at our office and we went to have lunch at Ban Thai.1
Later on I hung out with Teymur at his studio, ate away his waffles and played Minecraft while he “worked.”

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

I checked out the anti-ACTA protest in Düsseldorf which turned out to be pretty huge. Because I’m a wuss, I went back into the warmth of my apartment pretty fast and decided to do terrible things to brussels sprouts. I cooked them, fried them with some bacon and soy-sauce2 and had them with udon noodles on the side. Tasted good, looked disgusting.

I also started watching the fourth season of The Wire which brings me right to…

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

I watched The Wire all day.

  1. Yes, yes. Food is important, so I will mention it all the time. 
  2. Don’t ask me what I thought there. 

Week 5

So, Martin thought that the blog post about his fifth week of the month shows the ultimate insignificance of his life and I warned him that I could top that. So here we go:

Monday, January 30th, 2012

No Entry

My Day One diary shows no entry for this day. Not even a single “Bitching about stuff that isn’t worth bitching about entry.” And give that the little Day One entry box is easy to reach and I basically write everything into it that I don’t dare to tweet in public, that says a lot. I think I got called into some meeting or another, but I really don’t remember at all.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

So, this happened.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

I spent most of my free time watching the new Die Antwoord video. According to my twitter timeline and my feedreader I was not alone with that.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

I learned something new. Sadly(?) only second hand through the internet – but I think in this case, this might be enough.

And yes, it was cold.

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Friday, party day!
So I went home and watched 30 Rock and The Wire.

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

I pondered going to the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend which was more a Photo Saturday. But given that the only exhibition that I am really interested in – State of the Art Photography – will be open until May and that it was still really bloody cold I decided to just do a quick run to the Chinese supermarket and the normal one around the corner to get some food and just spend all day on the couch, watching the whole second season of The Wire in one go.

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

I slept through most of the day. Then I tried to make the pak choi that I bought the day before. And I found that I ran out of soy sauce.

Pak Choi

One should never run out of soy sauce. So instead I tried beer for the sauce. Now that tasted weird.
And then at night I decided to watch the Superbowl for about an hour, which was long enough. The good stuff was online as animated gifs anyway the next day.

Week 4

Even though Week 5 is almost over, I shall try to write down how my fourth week of the year was. I don’t remember most of it, actually.

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

恭喜发财 – Water-dragon year. Yeah.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Two weeks are over again, so we went for the Traditional Asia Dinner1 again. This time (and of course because of Chinese New Year) we went to Tsun-Gai which has very authentic Cantonese food. Awesome and a fun evening.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I have no recollection of this day.2

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

I think I played some Minecraft.

Man, this weekly blogposts are depressing.

Every day is the same.

Wake up.

Drive to work.


Discuss where to have lunch.


Drive home.




Friday, January 27th, 2012

Funniest lunch ever. But I promised I wouldn’t put it online. But seriously.

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Finally I managed to go to Naniwa. So tasty.

Later: More Minecraft.

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Drove to Bonn, listened to Satomi play viola in a huge orchestra playing Mahler’s Symphony No 2. That was rather okay even though I doubt that Mahler will be one of my favorite composers any time soon.

  1. I told you about it. 
  2. This happens a lot. No reason to worry. 

Week 3

Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you – in fact, most of the days were so uneventful that I don’t even remember them now, just a couple of days ago.

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Alfred App

I have (finally?) switched from Quicksilver to Alfred. Since I just use those as application launchers and mostly ignore their advanced features, the change was completely transparent to my daily workflow. In fact, someone could have changed them for me and I would probably have not noticed. Except that Alfred yet has to close itself at random times, something that Quicksilver was prone to do to lately.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Moo Facebook Cards

I got my Facebook Moo cards. Fun!


I have given Alcatraz a chance – it’s the new TV series by J.J. Abrams and has the pretty interesting premise that the last batch of prisoners on Alcatraz somehow vanished in 1963 and now return one by one, going back to being murderers. The first two episodes weren’t bad but nothing too special – I’ll keep watching, in the hope that the “murderer of the week” type of episodes weave a nice mythology arc.
Oh, and it has Parminder Nagra who I’ve liked since Bend it like Beckham.

Oh, and Sam Neill.

Sam Neill

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

The day Wikipedia went black.

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Or: The nerds are back in town

For the last two weeks I’ve had blissful solitude here at the office – the three guys who share the room with me were in Munich to do Munich stuff. As someone who snaps out of the zone pretty easily working two weeks without any real distraction was a pretty good thing which ended on that Friday when they came back. 1

Saturday, January 21st, 2012


I don’t know.

I bought Onigiri again and fed one to my sister, who was crashing at my place, as she tends to do when she goes to her courses in Düsseldorf.

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

The Minecraft bug bit me again, so I basically was digging around on our server all day.

  1. And as I said in my inception post a couple of weeks ago: it’s nothing personal, I just prefer to work in solitude, with random breaks of socializing (which does include proper meetings, not just watercooler stuff) in between. (See also.