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Database monkey at BASF. Father of 4 kids. Born in Santa Rosa, California. Went on a vacation to Germany in '82 that still hasn't ended. Opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Life is good!

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Obligatory favorite quotes section 

If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire

- George Monbiot

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.

- H. L. Mencken
US editor (1880 - 1956)

Goats are like mushrooms, if you shoot a duck, I'm scared of toasters. 
- Colby Cravens 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review: PULSARPlus TPU Case for Samsung Galaxy Note N7000

Someone decided to do me a favor and bought me a case for my Note. I didn't have any say in the matter and I don't know which thought processes went on in the picking of said case, but I received this one (€11.99). 

A phone condom

Monday, April 23, 2012

Review: Gametel Bluetooth Controller for Android and iOS

For 99% of Android device owners, gaming will probably make up a significant part of your daily use. Let's just admit it, for some games, on screen controls just don't cut it. I realized pretty quickly that I needed a dedicated game controller, the only question was which one.

My requirements

Pretty much a no-brainer. I'm not aware of any wired controllers for Android devices, but it would be somewhat contra-productive to use a non-wireless approach for mobile gaming.

Compact size
I don't want to lug around a piece of equipment three times the size of my phone. A wireless Xbox controller is an awesome piece of kit, but it's not what I would consider a particularly portable piece of kit.

Some might disagree here. I like the idea of being able to recharge, others might prefer batteries so as not to depend on a usb charger to get their game on.

'Standard' button configuration
A  joy pad, 4 action buttons, left and right fire are a must. Additional buttons would be an added nicety.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Germany, home of the Christmas cookie scented toilet paper

I usually think that Germans are pretty much immune to fads that sweep over other countries, but once in awhile they surprise me. Scented toilet paper for example. I have nothing against scented toilet paper, but I think it can be taken to extremes. Feast your eyes on "Happyend" toilet paper. Not only printed with Christmas themes, but also with a speculaas scent ("Spekulatiusduft"). Really Germany? Really?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Refill scam part II

I almost fell for this one. I needed Q-Tips, and I noticed they had refill packs for 10 cents less than buying a box would cost. Then I took a closer look at how many were in there. Boxed version 200 pcs. for 59 cents, Refill pack 160 pieces for 49 cents. That works out to a refill pack costing over 2 cents more. Not much, admitted, but I'm betting it makes a pretty penny in sum.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

How much are Americans paying for chicken?

I happened across the highly amusing (and somewhat disgusting) Chicken-in-a-can post this morning, which led me to ask myself just how expensive chickens are in the States. Amazon lists a delicious 6-pack of ciac for $50. That would put the price for a single chicken at $8 something. At my discounter of choice here in Germany you can get a whole fresh chicken for a bit under $4. Who on the face of god's earth would buy the horror that is chicken in a can, when you can get two pristine un-raped chickens for the same price? Is chicken in the States so much more expensive than here?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The things one sees in a stain...

...or in a deco tile. Am I the only one to see an alien parachutist with an erection?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

How is this possible?

How can one cucumber from Spain cost more than a kilo bananas from Costa Rica? Bear in mind that I live in Germany, and compared to Costa Rica, Spain is within spitting distance. I'm figuring we're either getting gouged on cucumbers or someone is subsidizing bananas. Could one of the more agriculturally or economically inclined readers clear me up on this?