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 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.

Recommended Reading

I haven’t been blogging a lot, but I did do some reading. Here are some of the fine articles I read, for your perusal:

How Piracy Works by Markus Persson, better known as the guy who is stealing my sleep with Minecraft.

What Should I Do With My Life? is an old article by Po Bronson. I’ve ordered his book, based on this article, which might be read by me this weekend. Or not. Do What Matters To You by Irving Ruan is a bit of an answer. I don’t know if it selective perception, but a lot of articles seem to wonder about this whole complex lately.

And finally, a kind of movie review: The Antisocial Movie by Jeff Jarvis.