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The US from an Outsider's POV

Published: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:31:23 +0000


My hard drive has passed away

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 01:57:46 +0000

Dear friends and visitors, We have gathered here today to mourn the loss of a truly reliable friend. Not even two years of age, my loyal companion Matrox, nickname 250 GB Disk, passed away two days ago. Without any previous symptoms he lost his life under rather mysterious circumstances. Let us all remember him, and my precious [...]

Worldview 2.0 - The evolution of the binary mind

Sat, 02 Jun 2007 17:33:55 +0000

When I went to elementary school, we discussed things like children do. We said what we liked, what we didn’t care about or what we flat out hated. Then I went to secondary school (at least I think that’s what Americans would call it). There the teachers wanted to teach us to discuss issues like grown-ups [...]

What’s happened to blogcatalog?

Fri, 01 Jun 2007 15:11:13 +0000

Could anyone please tell me where went? Yesterday it was up, then down, then up before it went down completely. Now forwards you to Not that I can’t live without it, but I grew rather fond of it, especially after they introduced their forums. Does anyone know what happened there? Any announcements I missed? A [...]

We are Google. Resistance is futile. You will be data mined.

Thu, 24 May 2007 20:43:06 +0000

I just read an article about Google on the Financial Times Website. What peaked my interests were these quotes from Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt: We are very early in the total information we have within Google. The algorithms will get better and we will get better at personalisation. The goal is to enable Google users to be able [...]

American TV-shows are the best

Sat, 19 May 2007 12:54:55 +0000

Yesterday I watched the last episode of “Gilmore Girls”. One of my favorite TV-series - over. Then a friend sent me a link to a site that said that there will be no 4th season of “Veronica Mars”. That kinda pissed me off. After that - to follow the theme of the day - I read that [...]

35 facts about Germany

Tue, 15 May 2007 15:12:14 +0000

The country Germany’s territory covers about 137,850 sqm (slightly bigger than Montana). The biggest city is the capital Berlin with 3.4 mill inhabitants (Hamburg: 1.74 mill, Munich: 1.26 mill). Germany consists of 16 states, 3 of which are city states (Hamburg, Berlin, Bremen). Germany shares borders with Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. One of [...]

No Social Media for the troops

Mon, 14 May 2007 15:39:33 +0000

A couple of days ago the Pentagon started it’s own YouTube channel. As it says there: “Multi-National Force - Iraq established this YouTube channel to give viewers around the world a “boots on the ground” perspective of Operation Iraqi Freedom from those who are fighting it.” “Those who are fighting it” can’t watch it, though. Along with [...]

Why bother with Second life, when you’ve got a first one to finish?

Fri, 11 May 2007 22:57:27 +0000

Disclaimer: I’ve never “played” Second Life and I don’t intend to do so. Ever. This rant is not born out of dissatisfaction with the product. No, I’m overcome with extreme annoyance whenever I hear someone mentioning Second Life. Especially if it is referred to as a game. Second Life is not a game. It’s a giant 3D [...]

Why do so many people think Americans are stupid?

Tue, 08 May 2007 19:10:49 +0000

I’ll tell you why: They see videos like this: Edit: Or this one, apparently from the same show:

10 clear signs that you’re a workaholic

Mon, 07 May 2007 21:53:34 +0000

Your company hired a new accountant just to keep track of your expense account. Five years ago you had a lot of friends in the company. Today you have the same friends, but they are all unemployed. You’re wife is worried that you’re working too much, but relaxes after you tell her that you just had some [...]

Improve your English - TV ad

Sun, 06 May 2007 20:07:38 +0000

A lot of Germans pronounce the English “th” as an “s”. I love this ad *g*.

How to appear to be German in 10 steps

Sun, 06 May 2007 13:50:09 +0000

1. Don’t smile. You don’t want to make a sale, you want to look German. 2. Fake a creepy accent. If you don’t know what a German accent sounds like, do an Arnold Schwarzenegger personation. 3. Don’t say “hi” or “hello”. Use “hallo” or “guten tag” instead (the a is pronounced like the u in “us” for [...]

Since when are the USA a free democracy?

Fri, 04 May 2007 13:07:39 +0000

Preface: This post is in no way intended to insult anyone, hurt anyone’s feeling or put anyone down. I’m just asking a question out of curiosity. I’d like you to take it as it is meant - a simple, factual question for a historical date. I was talking to a friend of mine about the election [...]

New hoster for this blog

Wed, 02 May 2007 21:19:45 +0000

As announced on monday, “Tobsy says” is now hosted on a new server. I hope you didn’t experience any problems and it stays that way. If you come across any bugs, please let me know. Thank you

A site that gets me daydreaming

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 12:35:56 +0000

Do you have a website that, as soon as you open it, jump starts your imagination and gets you daydreaming? I do. Mine is Vladi Private Islands . As you can tell from the name it is a real estate broker, whose specialty are islands. I’m kind of a loner and have a sentimental attachment to our [...]

It’s moving week for “Tobsy says”

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 11:47:07 +0000

Someday this week “Tobsy says” will move to another host. I hope you will not notice it, but just in case - sorry in advance. After the move this site should be faster and able to withstand a digg effect. The new host also provides enough resources for me to implement some other ideas, so [...]

Google Pagerank - Blog PR2, Post PR5 - Weird

Sat, 28 Apr 2007 19:14:27 +0000

Google updated the public Pagerank - nice. As expected “Tobsy says” got a PR2, which isn’t bad, considering it’s not even 2 months old and it’s not about blogging. I had a look at the different datacenters over at oy-oy. I entered, saw the PR2 and then, just for fun, I entered It got [...]

Has driving your car become a luxury?

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 18:41:00 +0000

I’ve heard it over and over again - The gas prices in America are out of control. Are they really? This got me interested. What are the costs of car ownership in the US? How much are you paying? I don’t mean gas alone. Insurance, taxes - How much do you have to pay to drive [...]

Pictures of the Regensburg Cathedral

Tue, 24 Apr 2007 14:21:41 +0000

I’m back from a short vacation in Regensburg. Of course I took a couple of pictures. These are from the “Regensburger Dom” (Cathedral of Regensburg). It’s one of the main works of German Gothic and a must-see when visiting Regensburg. Front View: Side View: Yes, I know that my photography skills leave something to be desired :-).

English - the universal language of the world?

Sun, 22 Apr 2007 17:32:31 +0000

Brett from left an interesting comment on my last post: You might ask yourself why you are communicating in English? In the 17th century scientists initiated a new more logical and descriptive language. It does not utilize forms of the verb ‘be’ for example. It has not really taken off despite its logic and practicality. It’s not [...]