May 2024


The Fifth Hamburg-Berlin-Klassik Finish Line

Snooker in Berlin pointed out that today was a fantastic day to see classic automobiles here in Berlin: The Hamburg-Berlin-Klassic, a three day road rally, reached its finish line in Berlin around 3pm.

She and I were there waiting for the first of some 185 automobiles to cross the […]

Wissen schafft Akzeptanz / Knowledge brings acceptance: Happy Birthday to Alan Turing.

Today, June 23, 2012, marks the 100th birthday of Alan Turing, a man whose efforts helped break Nazi encryptions, and, consequently, end the war. He was even awarded an OBE for this.

There’s no way I could do justice to him in this space.

But I do want to focus on the fact that he […]

Last Saturday: Peenemünde Historical and Technical Information Center

The infamous V2

So while the only honest word that could describe this Saturday is “lazy”, last Saturday I was busy visiting the Peenemünde Historical and Technical Information Center.

It was actually the core reason that I wanted to visit Usedom—one of my colleagues had mentioned that the museum is about the development of […]

This Love-Hate Relationship with Germany: A Tour de Misery

While Koko was visiting, I took a couple days off of work to join her in visiting Berlin tourist sites and was quickly reminded of how Germany is the perfect place to live if you love to hate where you are, and at the same time love to love where you are.

It’s rather simple, […]

Have you noticed? Lots of photos…

Recently I got a present – an expensive present – and I was able to do most of the choosing of the bits.

Since the information is out there, it’s a Canon 60D.

What I’ve come to discover, which I had suspected, is that I really didn’t know a lot about photography and that I […]

Photographs from the eastern side….

Last night I met up with Snooker in Berlin and saw Aus Anderer Sicht: Die frühe Berliner Mauer – or The Other View: The Early Berlin Wall.

Honestly this is one of the best exhibitions I’ve seen in a long time – it’s the kind of exhibition where I lost track of time. I literally […]

25 Years Later: La Bella

I just want to point out, in light of the current Libyan events, that today is the 25th anniversary of the La Bella discotheque bombing here in Berlin. Two US soldiers and 1 Turkish woman were killed, along with scores injured.

Looking back, one of the truly remarkable things about American governments, whether led by […]

Since I last blogged…

I’m sad to report that MT has left the house, country, and continent.

Her visit was busy—for both of us. I’ve managed to get a lot of work done, yet have time to hang with her. Last time I had nine items in my work queue. I now have eight items in the queue, with […]

New Stolpersteine in the Neighborhood

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Eat Me! Ich bin ein Berliner!

Today I crossed a line—an important line—by moving into my own apartment.

I’ve moved from Kreuzberg to Schöneberg, from a hippy-left-wing-trash-on-the-streets, drug-dealers-in-the-park, earthy neighborhood to a more sedate neighborhood where the streets are clean, and it’s quiet.

Seriously, I am sitting at my dining room table, it’s 8:15, and I cannot hear a single stereo. […]