Fast Track to Rockstardom

Q. Who knew it was that simple?

A. Everyone who wrote a pop/rock hit you’ve heard, apparently.

So, uh…where’s Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’? Oh, here it is:

Normally children singing ranks up there with nails on chalkboards for me, but this chorus is really something special.

nerd love

I like the reminder that nerdy people sometimes have their own hotness scales. I don’t think they’re all in Niedersachsen, or that all Niedersachsener are like that, though.

My attempt, as an exercise in technodeutsch transcriplation, starting at around 18 seconds in:

“So what do you do?”

“Electrohydraulic guidance systems with drawbar sensors.*

“No way…OK, I do stepless precision crankshaft forging.”

“For real?”


“I would love to get a look at that sometime…a stepless crankshaft…”

“And I’d like to see a drawbar sensor sometime…”

“Oh, so what about pets?”

“Harvester robot…a little bitty one.”

“Oh. Too bad.”

*I’m stumbling here a bit with the term Deichsel. Help?

Facebook on the global stage

I have still not yet signed up for Facebook. Seems like I’m hearing a lot of complaints from friends who do use it that it’s become bloated and a super time-waster. So, I’m fine with that.

But then a friend forwarded me these (click ’em):

Ahmadinejad Berlusconi Merkel Obama

I rather like the humor. Thanks to pal Simone for having sent them me.



Every once in a while, two systems interact in such a way that I, the casual observer, wondering if my still-baking cheesecake will emerge thoroughly baked when the timer rings, or whether it will need more time to finish in the oven, am moved to remark upon them. This often results in more than one blog post per evening.

It would appear the quantum physicists (the first system) also are also enjoying the anthropomorphization of their pets over at (the second system).

You gotta be a real physics nerd *and* spend way too much time online to get that joke. For a little help, visit this wikipedia article.

Matthias’ Tips for Living in the U.S.

We had a nice dinner with Matthias tonight at our favorite restaurant in Regensburg – Exil. On the way back after stopping off for ice cream and espresso (bummer that our favorite ice cream place closes up shop for the winter!), he revealed two secrets to American life to us:

  1. When you’re in line at Starbucks, pay attention to what the guy ahead of you orders. If they’re out of it, they’ll make him fresh batch and offer it to him for free to thank him for his loyalty and patience. Then you just order the same thing and they’ll give it to you for free as well; after all, they have to treat all their customers the same way.
  2. When you need to reschedule a flight you’ve already booked, call up the airline, but never accept their first offer to re-book. The first offer Matthias got on a recent re-booking request was something like $200. He told them he’d think about it. When he called back a couple days later, it was free to re-book.

Maybe I could develop this into a regular feature here on the ol’ Regensblog.