Happy Belated Birthday

Category: This Is My Life

Happy Birthday to Yooooooo…

Dearest UB,
Wishing you a wonderful birthday (late, of course), health and happiness for the coming year! much love, N. & J.

Russian Dolls

Category: Seeing is Believing

A box came for Jens. It weighed next to nothing.

“…probably my bluetooth chips”, he says.

Hmmm, in here? Great packaging.

I had to think of that box of “sailboat fuel” we gave Dad for Christmas one year…

…but wait! Looooookie there! Oooooohwhe!

Halloween

Category: This Is My Life

About 9:20 p.m. the doorbells all over our floor began ringing, and the foyer was filled with “shhhh” and lots of giggles. I opened the door to pumpkins, vampires, skeletons, all milling about out there. A rather small, unidentifiable, two-legged, wide-eyed, orange critter planted himself on my doormat, held out his bag and said “Sweet or Sour!” - with the emphasis on sour.

Goodness, were they sweet.

I emptied Jens’ stash of Knoppers into a box (good luck for me - bad luck for Jens), one of the older kids counted out six and put them in the Orange Critter’s bag. “Good Night! THANKS!” they said, and turned to my poor neighbor who was standing dangerously confused in his doorway.

Oh, I felt sorry for him. If he had only known that this year would be different from last year (and the 937 years before that) I am sure he would have had a bountiful display of goodies. He is a kind-hearted soul and the oldest of the kids was explaining, but I could see that it was a difficult situation all the way around. Na, it takes a bit to train adults, luckily the kids have patience, a hopeful outlook… and next year, at their disposal!

Two minutes later, my doorbell rings again. There stands a middle-sized FairyPumpkin who gives me back one of the six Knoppers, explaining that they are only five kiddos, and then glancing about to see that we are alone, she quickly shoves a half-frozen Rum-Stolen at me. “Here, and this is a gift for you!” she says before running to join her siblings on the open elevator.

See, I told you my neighbor has a good heart. I’ll bet next year he has a basket full of candy too.

Sundays Serendipity Surf

Category: Serendipity

Sunday morning, early, the coffee is brewing and smells heavenly, I sit down at my computer to enjoy a luxurious Serendipity Surf. That’s what I call it when, without thought or wish I click on an indecipherable link in my bookmarks - I have lots - just to see where what interested me yesterday, will take me today.

I found: - An appalling article in The Guardian about the conditions for women in Bagdad. This article leaves me wanting to ask President Bush just what he means when he says “Things may be better in Iraq than you think.” - While clicking around The Guardian, I found a wonderful interview with Bob Geldof. Oh he is one cool dude. - On to Spiegel Online - and an article (in german) entitled (translated) Patching Shuttles with a Wal-Mart-Brush. This article is all about how NASA Engineers have found out that those little foam paint brushes that you can buy at Walmart for 49¢ are ideal for applying certain types of two-component glue to repair small holes in the heat shield of a space shuttle. I searched Google News for an English version of this story for ya’ll, but drew only blanks using search terms “NASA” “Walmart”. The only close match was this one. It uses the same (ap) photo, but says nothing about Walmart. Could it be because of this? Who’da thunk it - Wamart has donated $841,000 to various political candidates so far in the 2003-2004 election cycle. A dubious 1st. - On the lighter side, but equally important - I also found a recipe for making my very own GoonGoo.

Isn’t the web a wonderful place? Speaking of which, sorry that I had to shut down the comments around here - seems some Icelandic chick thought the Magical Mystery Maus was the perfect venue for advertising her porn site. She never even asked me. Humpf.

I added some photos to my gallery. If you don’t have a login and want one - just write to me. If I know you - I’ll be happy to send you one. If I don’t know you, then you’ll probably have to make do without. I’m a little bit shy that way.

Here the sun is shining and it is a lovely Autumn day - enjoy your Sunday, folks.

YIPP-EEEE

Category: This Is My Life

Wouldn’t you love to have a pair of these?

Today I am one happy maus! Guess who’s coming for Christmas?? Hooray!

SWR3 WebRadio

Category: For My Sisters

Hey Lil Sissy - wanna listen to the radio with me? SWR3 is on the web (and has been for years, I was just too much of a loser to think of posting it here) . So, here’s how you do it - go here.

Just below the first paragraph on the page you will see SWR3 live bitte hier einschalten (translation: SWR3 live - turn it on here). The word “einschalten” has a grey background - click on it, and you’ll get a pop-up window.

It’s asking you if you want to use Real Player or Windows Media Stream to listen? The first section gives you information about whether either of these choices are installed (in dem browserfenster) as a plugin to your browser, or (in externen player abspielen) as independent software on your machine.

Click on the Real Player or Windows Media symbol which represents your choice – > in browser / external player.

Then you get information over the currently playing song with album cover art etc. See that dark blue horizontal stripe with EINSCHALTEN written in red? Click on it. In the popup box, answer “open with the default application” and in just a minute or so you should hear, our local German radio station!!

So, just to give you a little bit of information (and because SWR3 has done a super cool job with their online streaming) … In the popup window where you clicked EINSCHALTEN, are some other choices too…

  • Laufender Titel: What’s playing now.
  • Eben bei SWR3: The last 13 songs played.
  • Musik Recherche: Playlist with exact times for the last 14 days –> click on the date, choose the hour, and click on the black arrows. Handy if you want to know what the name of that song was you heard in the car on your way to work last Tuesday.
  • Nachrichten: News –> in german

Sometimes, I listen to the super hip beach grooves from BondiFM in Australia too…