Distant Relative

I met a “distant relative” today on the supermarket parking lot near the northern germany refuge 🙂 🙂 🙂 (The number plates indicate two absolutely opposite regions of germany). Of course, mine is the one with the cool sticker…

Skyrim Door

Just for the fun. Who still knows these 😀 ?

Nymphenburg Palace Park in Fall

A friend’s beautiful walk through the historic “Nymphenburg Palace Park” in Munich on one of the last warm and sunny days this fall.

I’m sleepy…

I wanna cuddle.

Another Way to Explain Electricity…

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 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.


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 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 🙂


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:


“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.


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:


“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.


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.


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.


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”… 🙂


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…

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…


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.


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.


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?

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.

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

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.)


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 🙂

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… 🙂


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! 🙂


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


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

– unknown

The Lady of the House

May I introduce to you:


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.


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.

The Price…

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

– Henry David Thoreau


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.

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


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.”


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

– Me


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).


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!


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.


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

– Unknown


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

– Unknown

Juri gear

This is the gear that I shove around when I’m on the way with my “little fellow”. Please note the rubber chicken.

System Check…

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


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!


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!)


Beer can holder for Juri

My self made aluminum cup-holder for my Lada Niva (since it doesn’t have one ex-factory). It clips into the glovebox flap and it works fine.


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


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