I’m a pretty innocent person. I’ve only ever gotten a ticket for the time when I didn’t read the sign when parking near a concert venue to see TMBG for my birthday. I was a little preoccupied with being excited to be standing in the snow noticing and checking the sign saying “no parking during these hours on these days.” When my car died in (more…)


A few of my favorite lolMerkels which include Obama. I love absurd pictures of world leaders, especially the two of them, so these are perfect pairs for me! Her facial expressions always seem so great, and when put next to Obama, it just seems to emphasize how serious he can look while she just makes pictures look dorky. My suspicion is that part of the reason she’s stayed in power so long is that (more…)

Why the Electoral College?

I have been asked numerous times by Germans, in genuine curiosity, why the US uses the Electoral College to determine who our next president will be. To help answer this question I have spoken with my friend Maurice, who studies US policy. Although he had a lot more to say, he sums it up with: “Americans long ago (more…)

German TV

Lately I’ve been watching some German TV shows to keep up my language skills. My favorite so far is “Heute-Show” from the ZDF channel, which has the same premise as the Daily Show – political news review. Sadly, Heute-Show is only once a week, but the great commentary on the country’s politicians (more…)

Merkel Monday

Things have been quite busy lately, between preparing the annual report design project at work – which has been occupying whole days for me – and searching for a new flat before my current lease runs out. Due to this search I missed the end of the Midgard game on Tuesday, so I will have to get the story from one of the other players (more…)

Online Privacy

I find it fascinating how people treat the social networking aspects of the internet. On the one extreme, you have 4chan and Anonymous, and on the other, you have paranoid people who hide from the internet and worry that their name will turn up in a Google search. Since everything is posted (more…)