Going to TEDx!

We are going to TEDx this fall! I am sooo excited!  Always wanted to go there. This is phantastic, intellectual entertainment.

If you want to know what it is about, check out as a sample this beautiful talk by the brilliant late Swedish researcher and professor of global health studies Hans Rosling


Storms in the tropics

I am just browsing through my old videos and ran into this interesting one. While living in Singapore in 2007, I had recently purchased my first Macbook and was experimenting with its builtin camera. I pointed it outside of one of the windows and let it run in time lapse mode as I wanted to see the patterns of ship movement in the Singapore straits.

When I returned home from dinner, I saw this on the recorded movie!


Every year, during the last week of school vacation, there is a fabulous model aircraft show in Kirberg. If you stay in the area, It’s well worth dropping by.

Which reminds me, I got to get out to fly the drone 😉


Rhine valley

Recently we went on a short visit to the upper middle Rhine valley which is just a short hop from our home and which is a scenic place to visit.

Pictured is Castle Pfalzgrafenstein. Practically speaking, this is a toll station from the middle ages. The location bears some historical significance as it is the location where the Prussian army crossed the river to fight Napoleons forces, ending in the Battle of Waterloo.

Present day Kaub is a bit run down but allows interesting insights in to its former glory during the last century. Many of the small towns along the river had a touristic past but nowadays are deserted. One might be able to score real estate there for next to nothing.

If you are visiting, keep in mind that the fall season offers great opportunities to visit some “Straussenwirtschaft”, which are small, inofficial venues in the back gardens of some wineries and farms where fresh produce of the season can be sampled. If the weather is good, this can be a lot of fun.