Thursday, August 18th, 2011 | Misc | 3 Comments

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OMG! Childhood memory flashback!

Monday, April 11th, 2011 | Activities, Misc, Tech-savvy | No Comments

At work I was about to do a post mortem analysis of a few things that happened in the past. First, I wanted to visualize what happened when. As I wanted to get inspired how to best present a timeline I googled “timeline” and immediate found the Lego Brick 50th Anniversary Timeline. Click! Scanning the timeline I came across the 497 Galaxy Explorer from 1979. Oh how I assembled and disassembled this beauty over and over again when I was a kid. I even remember the bricks and my brain gives me the impression of some vacant Perry Rhodan radio play in the background…

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Whiteboard art

Sunday, February 27th, 2011 | Misc | 1 Comment

Maybe this is an “old” joke, but I think it’s quite funny. Lisa drew this while I was busy on the computer and not giving her proper attention 🙂

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Oops, I did it. Web 2.0, I will participate. A little.

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 | Misc, Tech-savvy | 5 Comments

I’ve been blogging for quite a while now, but I always boycotted all things Interwebz 2.0 bling bling like Twitter, Facebook and the like. Today I created a Twitter account (@npr77) and I guess I will even create a Facebook account to stay in touch with more people than just the guys at the pub (wave @Leo&Maria) … may not sound like a big thing for you, but for me it is something special. I got rid of a basic principle (“static html, IRC and plain text E-Mail is all I need really”) and now I’ll try to stay old skewl and still be open minded towards the mainstream hypes that are sooo not good enough for a grumpy geek – ah, I guess I will just boycott the next big thing then, or the one after that. For now I’ll just participate and see what it’s like. See you on some social media platform soon 🙂

Post scriptum I tried to register a Facebook account.

FAIL! Is this a sign? 😀

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Flight of the Conchords meet The Simpsons

Sunday, October 17th, 2010 | Misc, Movies | 1 Comment

Today we started to watch the 22nd Season of The Simpsons. Lisa goes to spend a week at “Performing Arts Camp” and meets Bret and Jemaine aka The Flight of the Conchords as staff. Hilarious! Quite a few New Zealand / LOTR references in here as well.

As my wife said: having a guest appearance in The Simpsons is something like a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Totally agreed! Well done, Bret and Jemaine. (Even if it is hard to sing while … playing … guitars … )

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the “tapes to mp3” project: 9 years of hard labour

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 | Gadgets, Misc, Tech-savvy | 6 Comments

Music always played a big part in my life, so it’s only natural I own a lot of media containing music, mainly CDs, some records and … TAPES. Literally hundreds of them. With CD ripping being an easy task I completely switched to computer / iPod playback. This left me with a pile of old beloved handmade tapes I used to listen to a lot. So I decided to record my tapes and convert them to mp3 for safekeeping and nostalgia reasons. I was dreaming about a complete set of my tapes, all available by the click of a mousebutton.

I am well known to be somewhat neurotic about the things I do. Well, that’s okay with me, I keep comparing myself to Terry Pratchett’s Victor Tugelbend, who is too lazy to carry extra weight thus goes to the gym regularly.

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Everybody loves Hypnotoad

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 | Gadgets, Misc | 1 Comment

Enjoy. 🙂


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Manual RunKeeper: 27k Bike Tour

Monday, September 13th, 2010 | Activities, Misc | No Comments

Today I rode my bike without any friends to bring a fancy RunKeeper enabled cell.

So I decided to blog today’s stats manually. This is practically the same tour as my friend Thomas recorded (@see RunKeeper) a week ago – except that this time I did not take the hill up to Oberburg and it took me 40min less 🙂

Distance: 27.24 km (16.92 miles) Time: 1:24:54
Average: 19.24 km/h (11.95 mph) Max: 49.27 km/h (30.61 mph)

Download the Google Earth kml here.

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It’s been a while …

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 | Misc | No Comments


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5 retro games I should have played

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 | Games, Misc, Tech-savvy | 6 Comments

I recently started a list of games that I played for record keeping and nostalgia reasons. Doing so I came across a few games that people used to talk about a lot or that seemed to be important in some way at their time in gaming history.

I tried to pick the top 5 retro games I should have played (High Fidelity anybody?).

1985 Bard’s Tale, The (C64)
I love RPGs (like Eye of the Beholder, Ultima) and I guess The Bard’s Tale series would have let me dive into a great fantasy world that I just missed by a few months of age – at the time I didn’t own a Commodore 64.

1985 Super Mario Bros. (NES)
My fist (non-handheld) Nintendo was a Super Nintendo. I already played Super Mario Land with great enjoyment, and loooved Super Mario World. I missed out on the “original” Super Mario Bros. though (I consider this the original, not the single screen arcade Mario titles).

1986 Metroid (NES)
One of my all time favourite game is Turrican (respectively Turrican 2). Well, this reminds me of Turrican AND I loved the Metroid Prime games on the GameCube.

1985 Elite (C64)
In fact I don’t know much about this one, except that it is some kind of space trading simulation, right? Anyway, one of the first games that everybody talked about and I didn’t have a clue what it was all about, it just seemed to be an unmissable game at the time.

1985 Thexder (PC)
Years after I madly fell in love with Turrican I realised that there used to be a title that reminded my of Turrican. So I guess I would have liked Thexder.

Writing this list I did not realize that almost all games I kinda missed out on were released around 1985. I guess this is due to my increased interests in computers at the time without owning one yet. I got into computing with an Commodore Amiga 500 in 1986 and into “consoling” with a Super Nintendo aka Super Famicon in 1992 (apart from the original GameBoy in 1989).

BTW: This is NOT me, just a fun 80’s picture. I would have never put up a Duck Tales poster (the rest is pretty close 😀 )

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