3. May 2013 in Blog Tools
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24. May 2013 in Life in Europe
I am still waiting for the rear legs to appear on the tadpoles. I eventually want to let them out of the aquarium.
Here you see that they share their home with little mosquito larva. The future frogs are more interested in alga on the blades of grass I put in the plastic box. So future mosquitoes don’t have to fear for their lives (yet).
There are a few reflections caused by the flash light. But the picture gives an impression how different the tadpoles are even though they are the same age.
Possibly they have different parents.
22. May 2013 in Life in Europe
|This weekend is going to be the big final of the German Football season. My favorite team has to manage two play off matches to stay in 2nd division and not to go down to 3rd.But the major event for entire Europe is the UEFA Champions League final.
Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich meet at the London Wembley stadium.
I guess at least 70% of German soccer fans hold thumbs for Dortmund, but München probably hold the better cards.
The funny thing is that German “language experts” on TV and in the papers are now digging out the silly phrase “Public Viewing” again. It’s a “cool” word with some English sound which they use to name events where hundreds of sports fans gather in public places to watch the clash on big outdoor screens. Most people do know what public viewing originally means, but they are to lazy to think of a proper German word.
The CL Final is transmitted to most countries in the world but will surely mostly be available on pay TV. If any of you guys have access to a German internet connection you can follow the match on your PC by using VLC Video Player.
Just install that tool and click the menu to open a network stream.
There you type in the address of the ZDF TV channel’s media stream:
ZDF is broadcasting its program live to the internet and will also cover the football match.
11. May 2013 in Blog Tools
|As described earlier you can use the community counter at 24.com. Just put some code into a widget in the side bar of your blog.
Now this code was extended to work with WORDPRESS.COM as well.
So if you intent to move away from 24.com to join wordpress.com you can keep some connection to your old co-bloggers by merging at least your statistics.
As in all big cities the car parking situation is very bad here. There are no spaces and people need to put their car somewhere while shopping or being at work.
So it is these guys’ favorite sport to sneak around the street corners and find cars in no-parking zones or paid-parking zones without displayed ticket.
You cannot leave your car unattended for more than 5 minutes: One of these wardens will be there, making a note and picture. After a few days you get a letter from the city council demanding payment of 40 Euros or so.
That is a real industry here. It brings money into the empty city councils pockets. On the other hand they are wasting millions in non-sense construction projects like the surroundings of the railway-station, unsafe fire protection in the theater or unclear real estate business.
They also want to shut down street lights in some places to save on the electricity bill! They plan to save 28.000 € per year this way. That is not even the salary of one of these park ticket wardens! But everybody knows what dark streets at night mean for citizen’s safety. Germany is not a country where criminals are extincted…