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Common

Street and Front Yard in the Northern Germany Refuge

Just an evening dusk view of mine and my neighbours driveway with our two newly installed vis-a-vis pillar lights. I like the quiet and homely evening atmosphere.


Amazing Flammkuchen

I had a phenomenal “Flammkuchen” for dinner yesterday in a nice and cozy little restaurant here in the area. (Flammkuchen is a kind of french pizza, with a very thin bottom topped with sour cream, onions and bacon). A flaky, crispy bottom with very delicious topping, all hot and fresh from the oven! Visit Cafe Waldhuuske if you’re in the area, they’re very nice people and they make great food!


Workshop Beer Taste Test Part 4 (Finale) – “Yggdrasil”

So now for last candidate in the taste test series. The famous

Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil is an immense ash tree that is center to the cosmos and considered very holy. The gods go to Yggdrasil daily to assemble at their things […] The branches of Yggdrasil extend far into the heavens, and the tree is supported by three roots that extend far away into other locations; one to the well Urðarbrunnr in the heavens, one to the spring Hvergelmir, and another to the well Mímisbrunnr. Creatures live within Yggdrasil […]

(Wikipedia de|en)

“Yggdrasil” is a red ale type of beer, unfortunately – for my taste – an all too red red ale… It is very fruity, even “juicy” if you want to put it like that, and for my feel overly sour. Definitely an unusual drink that you have to get acquainted to. People might like it but it surely is not an everyday casual drink.

Skål!

If you like, see part 1 “Sleipnir“, part 2 “Baldur” and part 3 “Mjölnir


Workshop Beer Taste Test Part 3 – “Mjölnir”

The next beer’s name is known to everybody from the Marvel movie “Thor” (though its story heavily messed up in that film):

Mjölnir

Mjölnir is the hammer of Thor, the Norse god associated with thunder. Mjölnir is depicted in Norse mythology as one of the most fearsome and powerful weapons in existence, capable of leveling mountains […] In the Old Norse texts, Mjölnir is identified as hamarr “a hammer” […]

(Wikipedia de|en)

They wanted to make Mjölnir very traditional, hence it is unfiltered and you can taste that. It’s a Lager and for that, it is surprisingly strong with 5.3% vol. It’s fruity and just a little acidic, easy to have one or several of it. It’s a pleasant beer – a very dangerous drink on hot days 🙂

Skål!

If you like, see part 1 “Sleipnir“, part 2 “Baldur” and part 4 “Yggdrasil


Workshop Beer Taste Test Part 2 – “Baldur”

The second part of the Wacken Brewery workshop beer taste test series. Today‘s special guest:

Baldur

“Baldr (also Balder, Baldur) is a god in Norse mythology and a son of the god Odin and the goddess Frigg. He has numerous brothers, such as Thor and Váli […] Baldr had the greatest ship ever built, Hringhorni, and there is no place more beautiful than his hall, Breidablik […]”

(Wikipedia de|en)

„Baldur“ is a german beer specialty called „Märzen“ (I couldn‘t find a suitable English translation). A beer traditionally brewed in spring and, in order to prevent any possible beer shortages and to make it more long-life, it was brewed with more wort and thus a higher alcohol content. People liked it for some reason… Being that, it is rather heavy (5.5% vol.), very malty and with a noticeable bitterness. Nothing to binge upon but rather to deliberately pour and drink purposefully. Very good.

Skål!

If you like, see part 1 “Sleipnir“, part 3 “Mjölnir” and part 4 “Yggdrasil


Workshop Beer Taste Test Part 1 – “Sleipnir”

I got 4 different sorts of craft beer as a gift for my birthday this year, all made by Wacken Brewery (yes, correct, that “Wacken” the well-known northern german heavy metal festival). They make several types of beer, all named after nordic deities with their names explained and elaborately designed bottles.

I want to try them one each day and leave my opinion. So yesterday’s number one was:

Sleipnir

“In Norse mythology, Sleipnir (old Norse “slippy” or “the slipper”) is an eight-legged horse ridden by Odin […] it is the child of Loki and Svaðilfari, is described as the best of all horses, and is sometimes ridden to the location of Hel […]”

(Wikipedia de|en)

“Sleipnir” is a pale ale (german: “Helles”). Thus, it’s an easy, casual and refreshing drink and not too heavy – it’s a good thirst quencher with a slightly dry hint. For my tastebuds, it is almost a little bit too fruity, but nonetheless delicious and a nice cold treat.

Skål!

If you like, see part 2 “Baldur“, part 3 “Mjölnir” and part 4 “Yggdrasil


Gattinas Summer Journey

So the Lady of the House, too, took the looong journey to northern germany (sleeping and, well, snoring most of the time) and now she is so content and happy with the weather, her big garden and all the interesting things to explore there.


Don’t even think about it…

I love my big, beautiful girl.


Shop Cleanup

Wow. Finally I did what I was postponing (procrastinating?) for several weeks now: I ultimately cleaned the munich workshop. Swept and vacuumed the whole place, then tidied up everything thoroughly by stowing away all tools and materials to their intended places. Finally wiped down the workbench and oiled it with linseed oil. That indeed was some work – it took me almost two afternoons.

Some (badly necessary) rules for the future:

  1. Always – yes, ALWAYS! – close the workbench shelve’s curtains. Just. Do. That.
  2. Sweep and vacuum the shop right away.
  3. Put back your tools immediately.
  4. Follow your material storage scheme accurately.

Military Boxes

My neighbours gave away four old wooden military storage boxes, really cool stuff! They used them when they were on LARPs over the past years (which I find extra cool…). Given the labelling, they seem to be of russian or even soviet origin, sturdy as hell and really heavy. I love them!

One is now used for my bug-in equipment, another one for car parts and tools and I will most surely find a useful application for the remaining two! I also took their measurements, see above.


Naptime

After much playing, scrutinizing and prowling about in the garden, the Lady of the House settles down for a well-deserved nap 🙂


Love Your Pet Day

Brace yourselves: The americans are celebrating the National Love Your Pet Day every Feb. 20th., you can find it all over the social networks.

Well, I’m a born and raised bavarian, but nonetheless here’s my contribution: My beloved Lady of the House.


Khajiit

For those who get it 🙂


Workshop Find

I was cleaning up and decluttering my basement and workshop today. Normally a task that I’m really not very keen on, but it was necessary after around eight years. And see what In found: My old pocket knife! I didn’t have this one in my hands for 10 years (easily) and I’m really glad I re-discovered it. Gave it some drops of oil and a little sharpening and it’s as good as on the first day!


The Queen…

The Lady of the House in her “royal position”… 🙂


Cats!

Two of my best friend’s new cats. Cuteness overload!


Smol Girl on a Big Journey

So we had a 10 minute countryside drive to my sister in law’s house today… 🙂 Gattina is generally very relaxed when she’s in the car, but this time she wasn’t “trapped” in her transport basket but could wander about almost freely. She was so curious and excited by all the fascinating sights from the window!


Colorful Sunrise

Just a friendly reminder on how colorful a sunrise can be in the countryside 🙂


Dry Aged Meat again

I had a really good Rib Eye Steak yesterday evening at the “Dorfkrug” here in the area. This what they have on display in the entrance room.


Please urinate with Precision and Elegance

Toilet Sign.


Cool Knot

Stumbled upon this cool, easy to release knot on the internet. Does anybody know it’s name?


Another Sunset

Tonight’s Sunset in the northern germany Refuge. So pretty.


The Lady of the House again

My beloved girl…


Wooden Flooring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I finally cleaned up the old wooden boards (I think it’s oak wood) in the northern germany refuge a little. I really like those worn, old expressive wooden floors.


The Lady of the House again

This is her, enjoying the first sunbeams in the morning in the northern german refuge. Of course on her (yes – of course it’s hers!) favourite pile of garden waste. She’s so happy, content and relaxed – what a life for a cat.


Repair guys didn’t take any prisoners….

Due to the hailstorm in Munich lately, I had several damaged window shutters in my house. Today the repair company guys arrived and they didn’t hesitate for long…


Catnip

Here’s the Lady of the House lying in her favourite spot, where the catnip grows 🙂


Shop and Storage Show

Here’s a short video of my workshop and storage in the northern germany refuge. Although it is mostly cleaned up and de-cluttered, it’s still kind of a veritable mess 🙂 I’m back home in munich now for 1 day and I already miss it like hell.


Portrait

It seems there was something “International Cat Day” going on these days that I have shamefully neglected. So here’s my belated contribution: “Gattina”, the Lady of the House.


High Seat for the Lady of the House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Since the Lady of the House was so excited about all the tall trees in the northern germany refuge, I made her a stance that she can sit in and observe things from above. Precisely as she likes it.

It consists of a wooden potato storage box from the hardware store that I reinforced a little (my pretty lady is a little heavy) and a simple board. I reinforced this one as well so it won’t flex so much in the middle. It’s mounted on a height of approximately 2 meters with two shelf supports and that’s it.


Patch

So this is the girl next door in the northern germany refuge. Her name is “Patch” and she’s sooo pretty, sooo nice and sooo cute. I fall for her 🙂


Bathroom Sticker

The sticker that I ordered for the bathroom in the northern germany refuge. It says “No Diving” 🙂


Hailstorm in Munich

So we had a nice little hailstorm here in Munich yesterday (June 05, 2019). Pretty impressive and amply destructive too. Here’s a small gallery.


Cat Toy

I wanted to create something for the Lady of the House to play with and stimulate her a little when it’s cold and rainy outside and she doesn’t want to prowl around in her garden.

Just hot-glue some of those inside toilet paper cardboard rolls into a carton box, randomly drop in some favourite cat treats and there you go! No cost, no fuzz and much fun!

(Unless she’s just lazy and more or less intelligent enough to just topple the whole thing over in order to get her paws on all the delicious good stuff  🙂 ).


If things get rough…

… always stay calm and don’t give a fuck.


Thoughts on GDPR

It’s Saturday in the morning and I indeed do have time to screen my server logs a little. What catches my eye: My page on Contact & Privacy is my second most visited page, by far most requests coming from germany (this is where I live and manage this site from) and obviously visiting only this site. So, what does that mean?

It’s ridiculous. The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”, thanks at this point to this green party bloke in particular – you can read my opinion on this on my mentioned above Contact & Privacy page) has to be implemented on every website in the EU since half a year ago or so. Nobody, I repeat: Nobody reads the “Terms and conditions” of any website, software or sales contract on the internet and I expect normal, average users aren’t much interested in reading EU-Law statements of a small, personal website like mine either. I cannot imagine that the indeed very manageable (and mostly foreign) amount of visitors on my site would be happy and interested to look that up.

This means one thing: Our friendly politicians don’t get tired of stating that dissuasions concerning other than the “big players” on the internet are not desired, but relevant lawyer’s offices are already scanning – or should I say “roboting” (I, technically, don’t have another clue) ? – their battleground. See where this is going to?


I’ll just leave this here. I can’t help it…

https://cajunsc74.tumblr.com/post/184087346029

One ugly-looking, super-happy good boi!


Town Names…

I’m here in the northern germany refuge at the Moment, and the town names around here in the north make me giggle more than often. For example that firetruck on the image is from the “voluntary fire brigade” of the town of – literally(!) – “Lentil Stew”  🙂


De-Construction Work in the Northern Germany Refuge

So today they removed the part of the wall that’s going to be the new kitchen counter. There’s a super cool wood trading company only a short distance away, where I plan to purchase a solid slab of wood for the countertop.


Sunset in the Northern Germany Refuge

(No text. Just beauty.)


Gattina

The occasional photo of the lady of the house… 🙂


Tree Work in the Northern Germany Refuge

So the tree guys are doing their business around the new house. Felling the dead oaks professionally and thinning out everything, so the other trees can grow better and strong again. I could never have done this on my own and without their heavy equipment and special knowledge. These guys are cool, they work hard and they know what they’re doing.


The Art of Manliness: The Prisoner Workout

 For everyone like me who is too lazy or too busy to hit the gym regularly, here’s an interesting article on how to exercise at home.It’s a bodyweight-workout, no fuss and effective and it doesn’t require any equipment (thus “The Prisoner Workout”). I’m doing this at the moment and I hope i will keep it up. 

I generally recommend that site: The Art of Manliness


Homemade Vicks Rub

Since I’ve been really sick as fuck with a tenacious cold these days, here’s a formula for a homemade Vick’s Rub (german: “Wick VapoRub”). I used fragrant oil that I had at hand at home and it works.

– 1/2 cup coconut oil
– 10 drops eucalyptus oil
– 5 drops peppermint oil

Mix thoroughly and store in a tight container. Found here.


Le Fuc…

So it finally caught us. I don’t like winter… 🙁


Beautiful Autumnal Landscape

I might be a little over-excited about what I’ve done lately, but this is some of the surrounding landscape of the Northern Germany Outpost (“NGO” 🙂 ). Beautiful, isn’t it?

 


I did a Thing…

Signed the contract yesterday! I finally bought a house in a very beautiful, rural and quiet area in northern germany. Now imagine how fed up I am with the big bad city, that I – a cocksure born and raised bavarian – am at least partially moving up to the north… 🙂


I’ll just leave this here 🙂


Summer

33°C

here in Munich today. Friggin’ hot and muggy.


The Lady of the House: Gattina Picture Compilation

So here’s an image-collection of my big, beautiful, bulky and brave still-a-kitten Lady of the House “Gattina”. A german slang word for a cute small kitten is “Maunzele” (“Meower”) and that’s what I still call her – and “Gattina” is Italian for “Kitten” – that says it all, although she’s really more of a “Big Mama” by now… 🙂


GDPR-Insanity

Imagine living in a formerly free country and having to use TOR to access websites that cannot provide service in the EU anymore because of the GDPR. No, I don’t want to buy any drugs or guns. Examples:

… (and surely many, many more). Thanks, german-green-party Mr. Albrecht.


European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Yeah! Today is the the day! How happy we all are. Today the “European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)” comes into force… I have an opinion on this and I’ll just quote again here what I already wrote on my privacy page.

So the lunatics in the european commission now make private site owners like me provide a several pages long privacy policy. …Because of Facebook reasons… you know… Don’t get me wrong: I do explicitly favor privacy on the Internet, but as usual the EU-Government overdoes it massively. IMHO, that Law is just another example of the usual green-party-inspired ridiculous EU wet dream.

Edit: Here’s a great Article on the topic on “Tichys Einblick” (german language), a well respected german political blog. It says it all.


Instant Noodles

Since I’m a grass widower these days: These are the BEST instant asian noodles that I know (and that are widely available in Germany).

Tasty, easy and convenient – grubbed some of them just minutes ago. Available at your least distrusted supermarkets all over the country, or over here.

No, they don’t pay me for this.


Someone made Contact…

…to me because of my Drying Box. First of all, of course I feel honored by that. Second, he’s a fellow bavarian and a real, professional pianist which I find very cool! Pay him a visit here.


I got married!

Just wanted to tell the world I’m married for 48 hrs now and still happy with it! 🙂


Helipad

I’ve got a brandnew helipad in my garden!

No, just kidding. It’s the pattern that my firepit left when I used it on my bachelor’s party lately. Looks cool.


New Cat on the Block

My stepbrother got a new housemate! Cute little fellow.


My favorite Fishing Spot

My favorite fishing spot two weeks ago in early spring, 07:30 in the morning. Just wonderful.


Spring is here!

Man! It’s so good to do do some garden work and have some time in the sunshine without freezing to death the very instant you step out of the door! We have 18 °C today! (And yes: That’s a beer 🙂 )


I’m glad everybody is hard at work


Assholes…

You need exactly one asshole in your life. Your own. Get rid of all the others.

– unknown


Onset of Winter

So we have a sudden return of Winter here in Bavaria. -8 °C in the morning. Man, I hate that.


The Lady of the House

May I introduce to you:

“Gattina”

my most beloved and precious Lady of the House. Unofficial Head of State in my dwelling, cheerer-up in bad times and general scurrying-around sunshine.

We found her 11 years ago under a bush in Italy, abandoned by her mother, skinny, sick and hungry and we slowly pampered her back into shape. “Gattina” is just the italian word for “Kitten”, but meanwhile she’s a really heavy Momma, well nourished, self-confident, very cuddly and with a character of her own. We love her.


Carl

Welcome Carl. Carl is chilled the whole day, nibbling on some algae, hitching an occasional free ride on the back of a snail and generally hanging around with his friends Al, Gus, Sam and Dick.

Be like Carl.


Fishtank Weather

After changing some water today, I added a liquid filter medium to the tank that I heavily rely on (EasyLife flüssiges FIltermedium, on Amazon). Always looks like a cloudy november morning for some hours.


DIY Fishtank Vol. 2

The small Nano Tank that I set up two weeks ago proved just too small. It’s too hard to maintain a good water quality with so little water in the tank and also it got too much direct sunlight wich made algae growth literally skyrocket.

So I set up a new tank with more capacity and I moved it to a place with no direct sunlight. It’s up and running for a few days now and things are looking promising.


DIY-Fish-Tank Population:

Now this is the population that I have dwelling in my Self-made Nano-Fish-Tank. Even the cat approves:


Nano Fishtank DIY Build

Since there are mere shitloads of “Nano-Fish-Tanks” available online nowadays and me having been an old fish-lover for years, I decided to make my own tank from materials that I had still lying around.


Willys Jeep

Look at this beautifully restored Willys Jeep at the local gas station some time ago.


Fallout 4

As I have the time at the moment, I’m finally able to play some Fallout 4 again. I already loved Fallout 3 and I love #4 just as much. Man, I’m almost neglecting myself… 🙂


300 posts!


The Price…

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

– Henry David Thoreau


Raclette

I don’t care if it’s only 08:00 am here. I want dis. So badly. Now.


English Language Knowledge: Capitalization

Since I’m not a native speaker and my days of english lessons in school have long been over, I’m doing it just plain wrong sooo often: Fu***ing Capital letters in english.


The Trick…

The trick is to set yourself a fixed goal and steadily pursue it. One step at a time.

– Me


Jedes Land…

Jedes Land auf dieser Welt hat irgendeine Form von Nationalgefühl. Deutschland nicht. Deutschland hat die Grünen.

– Me


I can learn from this dog


Calories

Found this mint box at my local gas station today and had to buy it right away 🙂 Rough translation:

“CAUTION: Calories are invisible, mean little creeps. They come out at night and sew your clothes tighter.”


Sentence…

“No” is a complete and reasonable sentence. It doesn’t need any explanation nor justification.

– Me


Possibilities…

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.

– Thomas Edison


Perspective drawing

 
Perspective drawing trick. This is SO cool!


Angry Marine 🙂

One of my best friends is a reservist. He got his brand-new helmet last week.

(And normally he is a perfectly friendly person).


Decisions…

Before any decision you should ask yourself: “Do I want that?”, “Do I want that?”, and, most importantly: “Do I want that?”

 – Unknown

Offroad Training Day

Had an offroad driver training on saturday, together with my best friend Thomas. It was my first time under “controlled conditions” with an experienced instructor who definitely knew what he was doing. I’d never have thought what little Juri is capable of. It was challenging, straining, educational and FUN.


Jump starting a car

And since it was a thing these days as well, here’s a simple diagram on how to jump start a car.

“Red on dead, red on donor. Black on donor, black on metal”.

Additionally, I strongly recommend a power pack like this one for your garage. It is small, practical, affordable and easy to store. And it can really save your sorry ass when you’re in a hurry.


Cleaning the fireplace

Burning a soot cleaning agent in the fireplace. Wonderful colors.


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas… 🙂


Who says having your own business is stressful?


Destroyed Multitool

Uaaahhh! This IS sad! I dropped my “Gerber Crucial” Multi Tool from the Balcony today. That one Tool that I really always carried with me. Damn! It was a Fall from about 3.5m height on stone ground – but it was felt 10m of course…


German Summer…

I love the german summer. It’s the best day of the year!


Countries…

If you live in a country where you can be arrested for fishing without a license but not for entering that country illegally… It’s safe to say that this country is run by idiots.


Bumblebee…

According to science, a bumblebee cannot fly. The bumblebee doesn’t know that and just flies.

– Unknown


Confidence…

Confidence ist not: ‘They’ll like me.’
Confidence is: ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t.’

– Unknown


System Check…

If you’re over 40 it’s no longer called masturbation. It’s called a system check.


The “Dead Dreams Cash Can”

This is my “Dead Dreams Cash Can”. It’s just a tea tin where I put all my small change, and somewhere down the road I bet it’ll help me to do things that I’ve missed in the past.


Depression…

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.

– William Gibson

My first nude!!! Thorax X-Ray


This guy’s cat is so cool!

chrisbrinleejr:

Took Finch on her first camping trip for my birthday this weekend. If everyone who liked or reblogged my cat-camping photos donated $1, my Kickstarter could be funded twice! Join me and together we’ll Explore the Unimaginable (click the link!)

 


“S”…

All the good Things start with an ’S’ – Sex, Summer, Sun, Beer.

 

Gattinas kennel

So i made a “cat kennel” for my little lady. She loves it so much – sitting in there, napping a little and diligently observing all that’s going on around her from her “safe place”.


Jail Time…

Sometimes I have to tell myself: “It’s just not worth the jail time…”

 


A place of solace

Found a very pleasant “inner courtyard” today (is that the correct word?). In the middle of the city and, despite that, completely quiet. Lovely.


Cool Bike

Cool bike around the corner from where I live.


Botanical Garden, Munich

Unfortunately it rained when we wandered through the outside section of the garden, but I got at least a few nice shots.


Botanical Garden, Munich (Mushrooms Exhibition)

Paid a visit to our local botanic garden to see their mushroom exhibition. Partially I got really hungry.


A Year from now…

Ask yourself this simple question: “Will this matter a year from now?”


My favorite fishing spot

My favorite fishing spot


Juri

Juri, my car, my “spare” car. A 2011 Lada Niva Taiga 1.7. Never completely ok, but also never really broken. Has mastered everything that i demanded from him.

2011 Lada Niva 1.7i M “Taiga” 4×4, Model 21214, Injection

(Wikipedia/Manufacturer)

 



Instruments, Music & Books

Recommended Reads: Bethesda Cookbooks

Who else loves Bethesda’s famous Fallout and Elder Scrolls games series? I liked them so much and I had great fun playing them for hours. So I was excited when I found out that they published two cookbooks relating directly to the games – and still took a year before finally purchasing them.

The Official Vault Dweller’s
Cookbook (Amazon)

 

The Elder Scrolls Official
Cookbook (Amazon)

Now that I’ve tried some of the recipes and read the books, I can recommend them warmly to everyone who likes cooking and has a soft spot for atmospheric video games, props and apparel. They’re fun, written enjoyably and very beautifully designed.


My Double Bass

I have noticed that I have never even posted an image of my double bass here! So here it is – a 3/4 acoustic double bass (any larger wouldn’t fit me) that I bought already ten years ago here. It’s a rather simple, reasonably priced but absolutely well-enough made Instrument. It’s got a nice sunburst finish and it’s absolutely sufficient for me for practicing (i.e. when and if I have enough time and leisure).

I gave it a (wonderfully working) homebrew piezo pickup under the bridge for almost no reason and you can see it secured to my self made wall mount in the image. Unfortunately, I suck so bloodily playing it… 🙁


Music Rhythms Made Easy

This image is absolutely genious! As a (mediocre – if anything) bass player this is a perfect mnemonic hook for me to practice rhythms. Where is this from and who made dis? I like that guy!


Double Bass Fretboard

Now that things run considerably slower in everyday life, I dug up the 3/4 double bass fretboard that I made years ago and that I never used. I plan to rework and shine it up a little in the next weeks whenever I have the time and I hope I will have the opportunity to finally put it to use some day.


Recommended Read: “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.” by Neal Stephenson

I have already sufficiently stated here that I really like Neal Stephenson’s novels a whole lot. So this is another one from him (this time together with co-writer Nicole Galland). Written entertainingly, consistent and simply fun and joyful to read. The story is… somewhat special, but it was well worth my time…

Mehhh… Just read it, you won’t regret.


Recommended Read: The “Otherland”-Tetralogy by Tad Williams

Cover part 1 of 4

Cover part 1 of 4

It’s a little hard to desribe the synopsis of this tetralogy to someone who hasn’t read it yet 🙂 and frankly, I won’t even try. Instead, I do recommend to read it yourself – although it’s really a LOT of text, it’s really worth it!

What I can safely say is that the “Matrix”-Films surely took more than one idea from it and that the author creates a closed in itself world/surrounding/basic idea, described colorfully, with a deep love to detail and researched precisely.

Available (of course) on Amazon in the english original and the translated german version. If you do so, remember to purchase the whole tetralogy, it’s worth every penny.

Disclaimer: I don’t receive any donations, commissions or payments from amazon!

Another Recommendation: Author Daniel Suarez

Luckily, I have a lot of time for reading at the moment 🙂 So I want to introduce another Author to you that I like very much: Daniel Suarez (Wikipedia de|en). AFAIK, his best known books are the two associated Novels Daemon and Freedom (german: Darknet) drawing a conclusive scenery in the not too far future with an entraining plot and really cool writing. Enjoy reading!

Edit: OMFG, I forgot Influx (german: Control)!


“Daemon”, 2006 
Amazon

“Freedom / Darknet”, 2010 
Amazon
“Influx / Control”, 2012 
Amazon

Recommended Read: Author Neal Stephenson

You don’t have to like all books an author wrote to find some of them just amazing. One such Author to me is Neal Stephenson. Three books from him that I really love, written in a matchlessly laconic, witty and easy going way. Ahead of their time, well researched an beautifully woven into our own reality. Although he wrote several more long and surely labour-intensive novels, these three are my absolute favourites.
 

“Snow Crash”, 1991
Amazon
“Cryptonomicon”, 1999
Amazon
“Error” (engl. “Reamde”), 2011
Amazon

Enjoy reading!


Recommended Read: William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” and “Idoru” Trilogies

I’ve read them again in the last days and I still can’t help but recommend them to all of you. They are pathbreaking novels with ideas that influenced and orientated a whole genre of Sci-Fi – well written and absolutely captivating.

To whomever likes Science-Fiction, respectively Cyberpunk, these are set Books.

To me, William Gibson (de|en) is one the most influential Sci-Fi Authors of our time.


A new Hope: Playing Bass

Due to work I have not played or practised reasonably with the Bass for over three years now, and I miss this very much. I don’t even know what I have forgotten so far, so I took the decision of starting all over again.


My Instrument Gallery

A chronological gallery of most of the instruments that I’ve made over the years (when I still had the time for that). It’s really sad, I miss this very much.


The Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner (1982), Dir. Ridley Scott


Gerds Diddley Bow

This is a Diddley Bow that I made for a Friend of mine some time ago. A homemade Pickup and a mint-box as a bridge. He likes it as far as I know.


Shovel Guitar

This man is cool! Justin Johnson: http://www.JustinJohnsonLive.com


Lemmy is dead

To all Djihadists: Lemmy is dead. There are no more virgins in Paradise.


Schandmaul Award

A gift I got from a band that I work for peridically. It’s a framed version of their last “golden CD”. I’m really proud and it’s a really fine act of friendship!

Pay them a visit here: http://www.schandmaul.de/ (german band, german language)


Mark Collie, “In Time”

“In Time” – Mark Collie

I can hear what you’re thinking,
All your doubts and fears,
And if you look in my eyes, in time you’ll find,
The reason I’m here.

And in time all things shall pass away,
In time, you may come back someday.
To live once more,
Or die once more,
But in time, your time will be no more.


William Gibson

William Gibson, one of the greatest Science-fiction Authors of our time. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gibson


Steve Harris, Iron Maiden

Steve Harris (Iron Maiden, Bass), one of my metal Gods.


Saddle repair

Had to replace a broken saddle on a friend’s old guitar. Polished it up a little while at it.


Telecaster interpretation

Telecaster-Interpretation (2011), for my friend Mike. The only guitar so far.


Seasick Steve

Seasick Steve. This man rocks!

http://www.seasicksteve.com/ and http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasick_Steve


Hollowbody Rock Bass from 2010

Hollowbody Rock Bass (2010) – whe I still had the time and nerves to make instruments…


Tom Waits

http://www.tomwaits.com/ and http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Waits

Great music!



Pets


Travel

Amazing Flammkuchen

I had a phenomenal “Flammkuchen” for dinner yesterday in a nice and cozy little restaurant here in the area. (Flammkuchen is a kind of french pizza, with a very thin bottom topped with sour cream, onions and bacon). A flaky, crispy bottom with very delicious topping, all hot and fresh from the oven! Visit Cafe Waldhuuske if you’re in the area, they’re very nice people and they make great food!


Nature Impressions

A wonderful walk in the area of “Este” creek near the town of Tostedt, northern germany. Such beautiful nature, soothing and refreshing at the same time. Cat tax included 😀


Countryside Impressions May 2020

Some impressions from the northern germany countryside. So beautiful, quiet and calm. I already miss it.


William-Shatner-Seat

I got the “William Shatner Seat” on my flight yesterday 🙂 Short version of an explanation: This is the seat where the crew has the best view on the wings, should the situation make it necessary. A full explanation can be found here.


Tower Bridge

My best friend went to London these days to visit some friends of his. He sent me this beautiful image of the Tower Bridge.


Dry Aged Meat again

I had a really good Rib Eye Steak yesterday evening at the “Dorfkrug” here in the area. This what they have on display in the entrance room.


Palmenhaus, Vienna (Austria)

An image of the “Palmenhaus” (Botanical Garden) in Vienna that I took years ago. It’s a beautiful destination for a trip!

Wikipedia: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmenhaus_(Wien-Sch%C3%B6nbrunn)
Tourist Information: https://www.wien.info/de/sightseeing/sehenswuerdigkeiten/imperiales/palmenhaus-schoenbrunn


Town of Feldberg

This is the town of Feldberg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, with its iconic steeple. I love this place very much for its nature, quietness and beauty. My wife was there yesterday for family reasons and I’m very much longing to get there again as well.


Juri on the Road

My “good boi” at the local gas station at the northern germany refuge. Running smoothly and reliably, I like him more than ever.


Beef Cut Chart

Here’s a nice overview of beef cuts, displayed on the wall of a nice restaurant (“Beef Kitchen“) where we had dinner last night.


6 Hints on camping for the first-timer

Hint #1: RV or Caravan?

A very basic decision… I’ve tried both and I, personally, came to the following conclusions: If you want to explore the surroundings of your campsite or destination extensively, a caravan should be the vehicle of your choice. You can just leave it on the campground and drive around with your car freely.

On the other hand, if you’re more of the “round trip guy” (as I am) an RV is clearly the better decision. It’s easier and faster to set up and dismount, it’s normally more spacious and often better equipped. But you have to take it with you every time you need a ride. Whereas, as a ride it’s far simpler to move and to handle than a car and trailer. Just take a bike with you for short distances.


Dry aged Meat

I was on holidays these days, visiting relatives. Yesterday, the last evening, we were at a local restaurant, having a great steak, roasted potatoes and beer. This was their dry aging cabinet, showcasing their beef… Holy fu**ing cow!


Huge Grill

A friend of mine is on holidays in Crete, Greece. Look at this awesome barbecue he had!


Using a compass

Found an interesting Infographic here.


Some of my favourite german Campgrounds

Since I’ve been asked “where do you go camping“, here’s a small list. I’ve visited all of these and can verify they’re clean, nice and reasonably priced.

If you want to visit some pretty parts of germany by RV, these are good bets.

 

 

 


Trailer Weight Distribution

I don’t know where this video is from, but it’s very interesting, especially for campers.


Northern Germany Tour 2018 #2: Baltic Sea

The second part of the Journey was the baltic sea with the two locations Zierow and Neukirchen far up in the north.


Northern Germany Tour 2018 #1: Mecklenburg Western Pomerania

The first part of our “Northern Germany Tour” this summer. I like the eastern german region of Mecklenburg Vorpommern very much – gorgeous nature with beautiful forests and clear lakes and very thinly populated.

As usual we visited the area of Feldberg Lake District, around here.

 

 


My “Grab’n Flee” Kit

This is what I always have packed in a convenient pouch in case “I just want to get out of this shit”. Just grab this, money, a jacket and a toothbrush and get the hell out of here.


Foldable Traveling Grill

Here’s the foldable travel grill that we used when we were camping these days. It’s durable, lightweight and space-saving. Also, it’s by far large enough for two people and absolutely no fuss to set up. I got mine from here.


Revised: RV Tank Cleaning: How-To and Product Review

Since I fucked up the last post on RV Tank Cleaning, I’ll try to correct that here and now. After 1 1/2 years of not using the RV I had to clean and disinfect the water tanks thoroughly and, while thinking I bought the product I used before, I actually got a different one. This was a little bit more complicated than the one used before, so I I’ll describe here how it worked:


RV Tank Cleaning: How-To and Product Review

In order to get everything ready for the road, I also had to clean the RV’s water tanks. I didn’t use it at all last year, so a thorough treatment is appropriate and important (nobody wants to have to deal with Montezuma’s revenge…:-) ) Here’s what I did:

Edit: It’s all Bullshit. I described the product that I used before (never post before you actually did it!), but the new product that I bought now works differently. I only realised when I had it in my hands. New review here


Road Trip Planning 2018

I’m planning to finally go on another road trip again this summer – I need this so fu***ing badly. So, in the progress of planning, preparing and organizing everything, I’ll try to post here what I do. Perhaps some of you can relate or even take the one or the other hint. This will be updated irregularly. 


Countryside Impressions

Some impressions from the countryside in northern germany (lower saxony, near Hamburg). It is, well, flat…


Countryside in Northern Germany

Finally, I too can post an image of the countryside where I am right now.


My RV spring checklist

So I did finally manage to have my RV examined yesterday. Here’s my personal checklist that I always try to complete after the winter.


My RV packing list

Okay… since it’s January and I will definitely NOT need it in the next months, I finally updated my RV Packlist. Man, I’m SO looking forward to getting on the road again.


Schäufele – yummy

Aaand this is “Schäufele”, a very delicious traditional frankonian dish which is a type of bone-in, roasted pork shoulder. The bone itself looks (with some good will and imagination) like a shovel, hence the name which literally translates to “little shovel”.


Frankonia tour

The second part of the trip took me to the region of Lower Frankonia at the shores of the river Main (more exactly the town of “Sommerach”). The area is renowned as a wine producing region and for its idyllic landscapes and small cottages. I was born in this part of Germany and thus I was glad to pay a visit.


East germany tour

Finally I was able to have some holidays. Took a trip with the RV through germany – that turned out a little shorter than expected, but was still nice. These are Photos from the city of Bautzen in the region of Lusatia (“Lausitz”) in eastern Germany. Very nice place and a charming medieval inner city.


Usedom, northern germany

The Island of Usedom, Baltic Sea, northern Germany.


… and the corresponding garden

Old garden photos:


Sunset in Western Pomerania

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, northern Germany – my favourite: The “Great Lake” in the town of Fürstenwerder.


Some restrooms

The Restrooms in “Hundertwasserhaus” in Vienna, Austria.


Years ago…

Motorcycling about 15 years ago with my best friend.


Camping trip

Impressions from Camping in “Mecklenburgische Seenplatte”, north-east Germany. Beautiful Landscape, beautiful Lakes and delicious Food.


Longing for holiday

A point of peace for me that I really miss.


Skivvy roll

I found this great step-by-step to creating a skivvy roll. This looks like it would be great technique to use for packing a Bug Out Bag (or B.O.B.). Thanks to Creek Stewart for letting me share this with you all. Check out the original post in the link below, it has tons of other strategies for achieving a lighter Bug Out Bag.

Found here, so convenient!



Useful Info, Websites & Products

How To: Make a Roux

Roux - Stolen Image (allrecipes.com)

Roux – Stolen Image (allrecipes.com)

I was asked by a member of the extended family circle about a recipe requiring a roux.

So let’s make a “Roux“… Ahh… yeah, right. Sure. Of course. This is french. It’s pronounced ( /ˈr/ ) and this sounds sooo much better than the german Mehlschwitze, which – honestly – sounds more like a sore throat 🙂 .

A roux is used as a basis for things like heavy sauces, soups or stews. It thickens them up and makes them creamy and rich. Since it’s a base-ingredient, it is very versatile and can be used for a wide variety of cooking tasks from the standard french cuisine mother sauce Béchamel up to New Orleans Gumbo. Google “roux usage” and you’ll see what I mean.

Some people find making a roux a little intimidating because, yes, you can absolutely screw it up, but if you follow these simple steps here, I promise you’ll nail it every time. It’s no magic.


Recommended Reads: Bethesda Cookbooks

Who else loves Bethesda’s famous Fallout and Elder Scrolls games series? I liked them so much and I had great fun playing them for hours. So I was excited when I found out that they published two cookbooks relating directly to the games – and still took a year before finally purchasing them.

The Official Vault Dweller’s
Cookbook (Amazon)

 

The Elder Scrolls Official
Cookbook (Amazon)

Now that I’ve tried some of the recipes and read the books, I can recommend them warmly to everyone who likes cooking and has a soft spot for atmospheric video games, props and apparel. They’re fun, written enjoyably and very beautifully designed.


Workshop Beer Taste Test Part 3 – “Mjölnir”

The next beer’s name is known to everybody from the Marvel movie “Thor” (though its story heavily messed up in that film):

Mjölnir

Mjölnir is the hammer of Thor, the Norse god associated with thunder. Mjölnir is depicted in Norse mythology as one of the most fearsome and powerful weapons in existence, capable of leveling mountains […] In the Old Norse texts, Mjölnir is identified as hamarr “a hammer” […]

(Wikipedia de|en)

They wanted to make Mjölnir very traditional, hence it is unfiltered and you can taste that. It’s a Lager and for that, it is surprisingly strong with 5.3% vol. It’s fruity and just a little acidic, easy to have one or several of it. It’s a pleasant beer – a very dangerous drink on hot days 🙂

Skål!

If you like, see part 1 “Sleipnir“, part 2 “Baldur” and part 4 “Yggdrasil


Music Rhythms Made Easy

This image is absolutely genious! As a (mediocre – if anything) bass player this is a perfect mnemonic hook for me to practice rhythms. Where is this from and who made dis? I like that guy!


Homemade Hand Sanitizer

In times of the Corona-Virus outbreaks all over the world, everybody is recommended to pay close attention to hand hygiene. Up to now, hand disinfectant solutions are still available without any problems here where I live, but I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up how to make some on my own in case of a shortage. Doing some research, I stumbled upon the WHO’s official formulation, which you can also download here. There are two versions published, but I’ll concentrate on one of them exemplary. Here’s the recipe:

 


Finding a LED’s Polarity

LED PolarityI needed this for a project that I’m working on at the moment (I can never remember it correctly…) I thought perhaps someone might find it useful.

More about LEDs on Wikipedia.


Prepping: My “EDC Kit”

Thinking about various occasions where an “emergency kit” might come in handy lately, here’s also my list of things that I carry around with me by default – I don’t even notice it in my pocket anymore. Nobody needs any more than that if he’s not in, like, Canada’s wilderness 🙂


Couverts et Baguettes – YouTube Channel

He’s a perfect archetype of a staid french gentleman. Sounds like Gérard Depardieu, always somewhat casually stylish and with a very, very pleasant presentation. He cooks classic french cuisine (aside from other recipes), presented in, well, french (unfortunately for me). To me, with a 25-year pause in dealing with the french language, he’s hard to understand on the first try, but it’s absolutely worth the effort!

The usual disclaimer: I DO NOT make any money by linking to this channel and he doesn’t pay me for this (in fact, he doesn’t even know I exist 🙂 )

Prepping: My Car “Get Home Kit”

There was a veritable winter storm with much media coverage sweeping over germany the last days. I got stuck in traffic (harmless), the weather got worse and worse and I had some free time to wonder about what I’d do when there’s a real SHTF situation of that kind. Here’s what I came up with for a wintery, cold and unpleasant car-sticky-situation:


DIY Wax Wood Polish

This is my recipe for an easy, yet useful wax wood polish. It’s what I’ve tried out and what worked for me. Alas, as usual, the internet provides a vast mass of recipes and details.


Tips on Cold Smoking

I plan on smoking some meat again shortly, so I find it’s a good idea to gather and sum up my experiences on cold smoking a little. I will not describe the actual processes and mechanisms of smoking foods here, but if you’re interested, read on on wikipedia. It’s worth the time.

There are three types of smoking:

Hot smoking (60 – 110 °C / 140 – 230 °F):
This is what you do in a BBQ smoker. More delicious cooking than actual smoking.

Warm smoking (25 – 60 °C / 77 – 140 °F):
The intermediate thing. Some Proteins begin to denaturate at these temperatures.

Cold smoking (10 – 25 °C / 50 – 77 °F):
The “original” way of smoking, used for centuries to conserve goods. The only method discussed here.


Let it Cook – YouTube Channel

I have almost binge-watched this guy’s videos now and I really recommend his channel to everyone who’s interested in reasonable cooking aside from “quick’n easy” recipes. He’s a super likeable person (he seems to be bavarian 🙂 ) and he’s presenting his work in an understandable, instructive and educational way. It’s german language only, but for german-speakers it’s a must-see.

Usual disclaimer: I DO NOT make any money by linking to this channel and he doesn’t pay me for this (in fact, he doesn’t even know I exist 🙂 )

How To: Anti-Rust Bubble Bath

 

I’ve got a lot of rusty old tools lying around here that I thought were a reasonable winter project to clean and restore. So the first thing was to clean off the heavy “crust of rust” on them and the easiest way to do this is with an electrolysis bath. This is how it works and what you’ll need to do this by yourself. It’s cheap, easy and effective.


How To: Blade Hardening

I’m not a professional knife maker, let alone a blacksmith, but I have read lot on the subject and I have made some knives in the past (up to now, none of them even broke or hurt anybody…) and I have gathered some experience. So here’s what I do, what worked for me and what I have an eye on.


Cool Knot

Stumbled upon this cool, easy to release knot on the internet. Does anybody know it’s name?


French Fine Dining and Cooking

I want to make a YouTube recommendation this time. This guy’s YouTube channel as well as his Website have taught me a whole lot about some rather upscale cooking or respectively “fine dining”. It’s very much especially not the common “quick & easy” ubiquitous type of internet recipes.

He explains a lot, demonstrates everything in a very comprehensible way and at least for me, everything I tried turned out downright delicious.


How To: Setting up a Hammock

I’ve got a lot of trees here in the northern germany refuge and now I also finally got a hammock (Amazon) again! I’ve set up hammocks many times before – as a boy scout – but it’s about 25 years since then… so here’s how I used to set up a hammock:


How To: Using a Lashing Belt with Ratchet

I used a lashing belt for setting up my hammock and someone I know who didn’t do this ever before asked me how a lashing belt works. Although it’s fairly easy I want to explain the general use step by step here:


Tying a Bowline Knot

I’ll need this one in the next days, so I tried to dig up some long forgotten boyscout knowledge from 30 years ago. Didn’t work… 🙂

Thus, here’s a very good video on how to tie a bowline knot the easy way and if I remember it right, this is the method that I learned as a boy. It is used for mooring ships as well as securing climbing harnesses, aaaand – in boyscout camps all over the world in every imaginable way.

The most common german word for it is “Palstek” in the north (and resembles the vast use in shipping). But I grew up in southern germany and I know it better as “Rettungsschlinge” (used e.g. by rescue personnel) or as “Ankerstich” (which is the term that I learned). Here’s more on it on Bowline – Wikipedia.

It’s very useful, fairly simple and absolutely worth the effort to learn.


Stir Frying 101- Chinese Stir Fry Techniques

Have a look at this guys cool YouTube Video:

Yes, it is nicely made, it’s informative and yes, I did learn from it… But the actual hammer is this elaborate article that guy wrote on reddit as a complement for the movie. This is downright premium content – if you’re even only slightly interested in asian cooking, this is a must read!


How to compost

Since we’re planning to start a compost pile in the northern germany refuge, I found this infographic useful.


How Networks Work

I stumbled upon an absolutely great article on how computer networks work last night. That guy really did a great job explaining networking basics in simple and understandable words! If you’re interested in the matter, read it here on imgur


Mounting Internal Doors

So, finally, a friendly professional person installed the door to the shop for me. I have observed this work many times, but I don’t dare to do it on my own. It requires absolute accuracy, precision and, last but not least, knowledge about what you’re doing.

First, one half of the doorframe is glued and screwed together and inserted into the door-hole. After levelling everything carefully with a spirit level, it is fixed in the correct position with several wedges and the hollows are filled with construction foam.

To ensure the correct position of every part of the frame, the whole construction is fixed with tension rods until the foam has cured and hardened. Next, the other half of the Frame will be installed (foam, glue and screws) and the door is ready.

More information and instructions (german language):
https://www.obi.de/magazin/wohnen/innentueren-einbauen
https://www.bauhaus.info/ratgeber/bauen-sanieren/zimmertuer-einbauen
https://www.selbst.de/innentuer-einbauen-9357.html


How To: Miter Joints for Baseboards

We got wooden flooring in the northern germany refuge recently, and I had to install the baseboards (the mouldings covering the joint of the walls and the adjoining floor) over the last days. Since it’s an older house and not every corner is a perfect ninety-degree-angle, I had to rely on some measuring and precise cutting to make the baseboard joints nice and flush.


Beef Cut Chart

Here’s a nice overview of beef cuts, displayed on the wall of a nice restaurant (“Beef Kitchen“) where we had dinner last night.


Preparing dried legumes

Although legumes (e.g. beans, peas or lentils in all their varieties, forms and shapes) are available ready-to-use and cheap in any given supermarket, many people don’t know how to prepare them from their dried state. Yet, for an old freaky prepper like me 🙂 they are very useful: Their shelf life is a felt eternity, they’re nutritious and, well, occasionally they taste really good.


100 Deadly Skills…

This Imgur post by User UndercoverTardis looks a little old-fashioned but it’s defintely interesting, fun and surely worth the read:


Review: “Leatherman Skeletool KB” Pocket Knife

I got this as a christmas present and I had the opportunity/obligation to test it really thoroughly over the last 3-4 days.

I really recommend this pocket knife to everyone! It is sturdy enough, sharp as hell and small enough to keep it in your pocket without even really recognizing it. It opens easily with a twist of your thumb, so it comes in  very handy when having to work with it. Available (of course) on Amazon, and indeed for a reasonable price.

Disclaimer: I don’t receive any donations, commissions or payments from amazon!

How to: Change Door Handles

After the windows were upgraded, I wanted to change the old-fashioned door handles for newer and little discreeter ones. Changing door handles is also not a big deal – a little bit more complicated than the window handles, but not much of a challenge and not much work either. You’ll need some more tools – I strongly advise a power drill – and a little more time.


How to: Change Window Handles

I’ve done some touch-ups in the northern germany refuge yesterday. One thing was changing the 20 year old window handles for new, lockable ones. It’s really easy, also for the inexperienced and here’s how:


Cooking Rice without a Rice Cooker

I don’t know anymore where this is from. I Did it once and it worked absolutely well. Nonetheless, I have a rice cooker now 😀


Notes on Flour

Stolen from here

(Updated) Stolen from here

Hey! In reaction to my recent post on yeast I’ve been asked “what about flour”? Well, I’m not a baker, I’m not into cake, cookies and pastry – just baking bread from time to time.

So here’s my (very condensed and one-sided) information on flour types that I have learned over the last couple of years, with special focus on the differences / translations between american and german. Good sources for more information are cheatsheet.com and weekendbakery.com.

(Concerning that Image: I’ve actually never heard of “Flour Type 812” here in Germany…)

 

 


Common Slow Cooker Fuck Ups

Ahhh… tonight’s Dinner will be some hearty stew from the Crockpot! To me, my slow cooker is a hassle-free, easy and convenient way to prepare food. It’s really hard to completely ruin a slow cooker meal, it’ll most probably come out at least edible.

However, it’s not completely idiot-proof, so here’s a comprehensive but most certainly uncomplete list of “slow-cooker-don’ts” for information. Some of them are widely available on the internet (for example here) and some of them I’ve experienced by myself, purely and completely on my own 🙂


Notes on Baker’s Yeast

I like baking my own bread from time to time. Recently, I came across some useful information on baker’s yeast that I want to share here:

As you all know, there are two types of yeast being sold in supermarkets – fresh yeast and dry yeast. They’re to be handled a little different each since they come in different forms, but they’re both the same organism (“Saccharomyces cerevisiae” – which derives from its origin from brewing beer). They also both do the same thing: They give your dough fluffiness, airiness and volume by natural fermentation.

Fresh Yeast comes in the form of little cubes, always weighing 42g
Dry Yeast comes as a powdery substance in little packages, always weighing 7g


The Art of Manliness: The Prisoner Workout

 For everyone like me who is too lazy or too busy to hit the gym regularly, here’s an interesting article on how to exercise at home.It’s a bodyweight-workout, no fuss and effective and it doesn’t require any equipment (thus “The Prisoner Workout”). I’m doing this at the moment and I hope i will keep it up. 

I generally recommend that site: The Art of Manliness


Homemade Vicks Rub

Since I’ve been really sick as fuck with a tenacious cold these days, here’s a formula for a homemade Vick’s Rub (german: “Wick VapoRub”). I used fragrant oil that I had at hand at home and it works.

– 1/2 cup coconut oil
– 10 drops eucalyptus oil
– 5 drops peppermint oil

Mix thoroughly and store in a tight container. Found here.


6 Hints on camping for the first-timer

Hint #1: RV or Caravan?

A very basic decision… I’ve tried both and I, personally, came to the following conclusions: If you want to explore the surroundings of your campsite or destination extensively, a caravan should be the vehicle of your choice. You can just leave it on the campground and drive around with your car freely.

On the other hand, if you’re more of the “round trip guy” (as I am) an RV is clearly the better decision. It’s easier and faster to set up and dismount, it’s normally more spacious and often better equipped. But you have to take it with you every time you need a ride. Whereas, as a ride it’s far simpler to move and to handle than a car and trailer. Just take a bike with you for short distances.


My favourite Kitchen Cheat Sheets

Here are the few cheat sheets / info images (from the millions you can find on the net) that I really used and that I really learned something from. I hope this helps a little. Categorized:

 

 


MySQL Cheat Sheet

Since I’ll need it again these days, here’s my favourite MySQL-Joins-Cheat Sheet. Found it some time ago here.


New EDC One Hand Knife

I’ve got a new knife for my pocket to carry everyday. Since the old one got a little wiggly over a two-digit number of years of (mis-)use and I generally wanted a new one, here it is:


I’ve got a beer tap!

So I got hands on a beer tap for my kitchen, for parties and when friends drop in for a drink. I’ve got a “Philips Perfect Draft HD3620” from (as usual) Amazon:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Some of my favourite german Campgrounds

Since I’ve been asked “where do you go camping“, here’s a small list. I’ve visited all of these and can verify they’re clean, nice and reasonably priced.

If you want to visit some pretty parts of germany by RV, these are good bets.

 

 

 


Trailer Weight Distribution

I don’t know where this video is from, but it’s very interesting, especially for campers.


Foldable Traveling Grill

Here’s the foldable travel grill that we used when we were camping these days. It’s durable, lightweight and space-saving. Also, it’s by far large enough for two people and absolutely no fuss to set up. I got mine from here.


Revised: RV Tank Cleaning: How-To and Product Review

Since I fucked up the last post on RV Tank Cleaning, I’ll try to correct that here and now. After 1 1/2 years of not using the RV I had to clean and disinfect the water tanks thoroughly and, while thinking I bought the product I used before, I actually got a different one. This was a little bit more complicated than the one used before, so I I’ll describe here how it worked:


RV Tank Cleaning: How-To and Product Review

In order to get everything ready for the road, I also had to clean the RV’s water tanks. I didn’t use it at all last year, so a thorough treatment is appropriate and important (nobody wants to have to deal with Montezuma’s revenge…:-) ) Here’s what I did:

Edit: It’s all Bullshit. I described the product that I used before (never post before you actually did it!), but the new product that I bought now works differently. I only realised when I had it in my hands. New review here


How does an Assault Rifle work?

I’m not really into guns – I don’t own one (and I surely don’t have a permit), I don’t know too much about them and I wasn’t even in the Army… But this video really got me with it’s super cool explanation of how that “magic”  works mechanically.


Road Trip Planning 2018

I’m planning to finally go on another road trip again this summer – I need this so fu***ing badly. So, in the progress of planning, preparing and organizing everything, I’ll try to post here what I do. Perhaps some of you can relate or even take the one or the other hint. This will be updated irregularly. 


Sprouting Glass

So they sell what they call a “Sprouting Glass” for growing e.g. mung bean sprouts etc. in my local garden market. Basically, that gadget is not much more than a glass jar with a slotted lid and an attached stand. I think you could easily make one yourself, but it was only 5 bucks and I liked the idea, so I really didn’t care.


Prepping: First Aid

In succession to my recent post on reasonable prepping, here’s what I packed in my Utter Darknesss First Aid Kit. Additionally I have (and you should, too) a perfectly averagely stocked medicine chest for everyday use. Make sure you rotate the contained drugs on a regular basis in order to avoid spoiled medicaments!


Steak Cuts Overview

So this guy did a cool overview of steak cuts with descriptions on Imgur. Worth reading!


Kitchen Knife Overview

Found an interesting infographic on kitchen knives. Here it is:


My Form of Prepping

So, slowly I’m transforming into one of those quixotic and sometimes slightly weird SHTF-doomsday guys, right? Well, no. Not really.

I just want to be reasonably prepared for the mishaps of life and I like to have a backup for my wife and me if things go down the drain for a couple of days. At the end of the day it is (without overdoing it) not much more than what was ordinary household management for my gradmother’s generation back in their time: A little stockpiling, a little preparation and some common sense of not relying entirely on the everyday civilizational amenities.

Even the german government (!) recommends some disaster precautions (Frankly, I think they’re talking shit – hoarding bananas is not the first thing on my mind when thinking about disaster preparation…). Anyway, here’s what I think is useful and unexcitedly reasonable for two people in a calculated 72 hours of utter darknesssss:


Springlane Sous Vide Stick!

This is my Springlane™ “Henry” sous vide stick (it was a birthday present from my sister)! This was some time ago already and now I finally have the time to post an article on it…

 

First, that thing is large. In all the pictures that I had seen before, it looks rather small and handy but in reality it is 35 (!) cm long, so I first had to find a container that was high enough to fit 🙂


My Kitchen Conversions Cheat Sheet

This is what I put together for personal use (american ⇒ metric). It’s pinned to my fridge wall and I use it often. You might find it interesting too.


GDPR Checklist

Found a very good summary and explanation on the new european “General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)”.

It’s german language and you can find it over here. If you’re a website owner it’s really worth reading.


How a Torque Converter Works

This is a highly interesting (german language) video about the function of the torque converter that drives every car with an automatic transmission. I didn’t know that before and learned a lot! 


Parts of an Anvil

Another interesting info image with the english terms for a german DIY-er. Taken from here.


Zippo Tutorial

Everybody knows Zippo Lighters and I, personally, love them. Since there might actually be a non-smoker among my 5 – 7 frequent readers and I’m un-motivated to work at the moment, here’s a simple tutorial on Zippo lighters. I have to refill mine anyway.


Fishtank Weather

After changing some water today, I added a liquid filter medium to the tank that I heavily rely on (EasyLife flüssiges FIltermedium, on Amazon). Always looks like a cloudy november morning for some hours.


My Kitchen Equipment

Since I’ve been asked, this is my standard cooking equipment. Oddly, when digging through my kitchen cupboards I found that it is not so very much. Of course there’s some more, since kitchen utensils have a tendency to accumulate like old socks in your drawer, but I don’t use everything regularly. I do almost everything with a very manageable amount of rudimental, yet essential tools that I use everyday:


Metallurgy Facts

I found this post on metallurgy on Tumblr and thought I’d share. For me as an amateur knife maker, this is very interesting!


My Shopping Resources

Since I was asked “where do you get all this shit from?“, here are the Shopping resources that I use frequently for buying the consumables and supplies I need for doing my stuff (Attention: I live in Munich, Germany). I buy much from Amazon and eBay, and some from (occasionally really) local stores. These webshops are trustworthy, they deliver accurately and have good customer support.

 

 


Cyclone Dust Separator

…for the Shop Vacuum. I ordered this piece from Amazon for a few bucks and glued/screwed it to a wall-paint mixing bucket.

It’s desigend to separate larger grains of dust/debris from the airstream in order to keep the actual vacuum cleaner from clogging up. I hope my SO will notice. See the image for the principle.

As always when I do something, I realized AFTERWARDS that my vacuum’s hose it too small to fit on the connectors… 🙂 Let’s see if I can grab one for small money…


Finding North with a Watch

Although it’s overcast and cloudy today, I was able to locate the sun. I tried this out with a compass and hey, this Shit works!


A new Knife!

Just by pure chance I got myself a new knife today. To be honest, I don’t really need it in any way but I liked the form of the blade and the sturdy blade guard. The handle wood is really nice and it fits my hand perfectly.


Veggie Cooking Cheat Sheet

An interesting cooking cheat sheet that I found somwhere and that I use from time to time when planning meals.

Being more of a meat person who sees vegetables as sides primarily, I nonetheless don’t like them mushy or overcooked. So this helps me to time my cooking.


English Language Knowledge: Capitalization

Since I’m not a native speaker and my days of english lessons in school have long been over, I’m doing it just plain wrong sooo often: Fu***ing Capital letters in english.


Phonetic Alphabet and Morse codes

 Mildly interesting.


Boiling veggies

I stumbled upon this today. I’m cooking a lot but I didn’t know this simple rule!


Extra cool video on how a differential gear works


Melting cheese

Who doesn’t like melted cheese? 🙂 Here’s a useful chart.


Slow cooker conversions – Update

Here’s an update to my former slow cooker conversion chart. Unlike the old one it also mentions oven-time vs. the applicable slow cooker times. Loads of recipes there, too.


Product Review: Soil tester

I like bullshitting around about hatching seedlings and grow various plants indoors and in my garden. But the one with the real green thumb in this house is my wife. So I, for my part, have to rely on technical utilities in order not to either drown or dry out my windowsill greens.

This is what I use (available on amazon). It can tell you the soil’s moisture (cool and important), the ph-value (who cares?) and the amount of sunlight (couldn’t care less) for your plants.

Note: I don’t have any affiliate-link or something the like to Amazon (I suppose they would laugh out loud if I came up to them with that). I post this here simply because it’s useful to me and that’s where I got it from.


At least I’m trying…

And for someone like me, this is exhausting…


Product Review: Garlic Grinder

So I got myself this new little Garlic-Grinding-Machine-Application-Thingy. Works absolutely great! I like garlic a lot and this really comes in very handy, since it makes cool minced garlic in no time, is easy to use and easy to clean. No mess, no smelly hands and almost no work.


Kitchen Conversions

This is the kitchen cheat sheet that I often use. Since I’m used to the metric system this comes in handy for me. I don’t know anymore where I got this from.


How to reasonably load your fridge

Found an intersting article in the german Newspaper Die Welt on how to reasonably store your goods in your refrigerator according to the different temperature zones. I’ve taken the liberty of translating it.


How to store Mushrooms?

Day #6

Im ending my field test today, because a.) I’m hungry and b.) I won’t be storing mushrooms longer than 5-6 days anyway.


How to store Mushrooms?

Day #4

Almost no recognizable difference. They’re all a little dried, but none of them are spoiled in any sense. One Thing seems to be that you have to store them uncovered and on newspaper or kitchen towel. Let’s give ’em another few days.

 

Other Episodes:

How to store Mushrooms day #6
How to store Mushrooms day #4
How to store Mushrooms day #1


“Mixture”

Not really sure if I should post this here, but I find it interesting… This is gunpowder.


How to store Mushrooms?

Day #1

So every other batch of mushrooms that I buy and that I don’t eat right away is spoiling 🙁 . Having read several hints and tips on how to best store mushrooms for a few days and each one contradicting the other, I have decided to do my own FIELD TEST!


Perspective drawing

 
Perspective drawing trick. This is SO cool!


Cooking Steak

I still have nice piece of rib-eye in the fridge that I don’t want to spoil, so that’ll be tonight’s dinner. Here’s my cheat-chart for the internal temperature. I’ve got a cheap meat thermometer to measure the temps because I’m not skilled enough to eyeball it and I don’t want to ruin a good piece of meat.


Electricity explained

That says it all – good explanation.


Jump starting a car

And since it was a thing these days as well, here’s a simple diagram on how to jump start a car.

“Red on dead, red on donor. Black on donor, black on metal”.

Additionally, I strongly recommend a power pack like this one for your garage. It is small, practical, affordable and easy to store. And it can really save your sorry ass when you’re in a hurry.


Nuts & Bolts conversions

Aaaand: this is another useful conversion chart that I use really often.


Slow cooker conversions

Since it was an issue for me these days: Here’s a conversion table for slow cooker settings.

My slow cooker really was one of the rather reasonable purchases for my kitchen. Especially when you don’t have too much time for cooking: Throw stuff in. Turn it on. Completely forget about it for a few hours and – bang! – Hearty meal! I love it.


Meat cuts


Fishing dough

My dough for fishing:

– Breadcrumbs
– Toast bread, diced
– Cooking Oil
– Water

Knead everthing to a firm but elastic dough. Stored best wrapped in kitchen-plastic. Pimp with: Vanilla / Anise / Rum-Aroma / Cocoa / Turmeric / Cinnamon / Curry…

 


Cast Iron care

So your faithful old cast Iron pan is a little rugged up? Here’s how you can re-season it after cleaning:


Manly hint:

A great help for every man like me who doesn’t have any clue how to wash his shirts… 🙂


Mushroom Info

All About Wild Mushrooms on Food52.


Skivvy roll

I found this great step-by-step to creating a skivvy roll. This looks like it would be great technique to use for packing a Bug Out Bag (or B.O.B.). Thanks to Creek Stewart for letting me share this with you all. Check out the original post in the link below, it has tons of other strategies for achieving a lighter Bug Out Bag.

Found here, so convenient!



 

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