Archive for November, 2006


Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

I’ve mentioned my favourite boardgame, RoboRally, several times before. André and I usually play it with a group of friends on New Year’s Eve and are always looking forward to it because each game is different from the ones before.
RoboRally doesn’t have one single board, but several (six came with the original edition by Wizards of the Coast, and you can buy more in additional sets) that can be combined in numerous ways. Also, you set the goals wherever you want, so the course that the robots have to pass is never the same. You can do a fast game in about an hour, or play on an elaborate board plan until the wee hours of the night… and it’s always fun!

If you want to try it out, take a look at the RoboRally Demo which is part of the Robo Rally pages on the Wizard website. You don’t have to read all the instructions; all you have to know is that you have to maneuvre your bot to the green goal in five steps and can use five of the nine movement cards provided on the left. Once you get the idea, it’s easy! At least in the first two levels it is, it gets more complicated after that…

André and I own the original 1994 American edition of the game, which is similar to the edition that’s available now. The design was changed somewhat, though, and I really have to say that I like the original robots much better than the ones you get now. I spent and afternoon or two and painted the ones that came with our game; you can see three of them in the photo. From left to right: Twonky, Spinbot and Hulk X90, who thinks he’s a couple hundred feet high but suffers from vertigo. 😉

our RoboRally bots!

Übrigens können wir die deutsche Version des Spiels von Amigo nicht wirklich empfehlen, weil es so vereinfacht wurde, dass es nicht mehr so viel Spaß macht wie das Original. Lesenswert ist aber der Eintrag in der deutschsprachigen Wikipedia.

Two sunsets

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

While we don’t have ideal conditions for taking sunset photos at our new place, here are two from the past couple of days. Please click to enlarge them.

November 17th, 2006:

Sunset 2006-11-17


Sunset 2006-11-26

Mit schönen Grüßen an den Schockwellenreiter and cheers to Garret, who provides lots of gorgeous Southwestern sunsets!

My favourite comic again: Calvin and Hobbes

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Rare Bill Watterson Art is part of Magic on Paper, “A Humble Tribute To the Greatest Newspaper Comic Strip Of the Modern Era”. Link via MetaFilter; the thread has some more links worth checking out.

Assorted recipes

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Once again I’m cleaning up my bookmarks…



Chili und Ciabatta:

Wie spielt man Fußball auf dem Mond?

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Dieser und anderer Fragen widmet sich die Seite Physik hinter den Dingen, ein Teil von Welt der Physik (herausgegeben von der DPG und dem BMBF).

Physik hinter den Dingen erklärt Ihnen die Physik hinter Alltagsphänomenen. Denn ob bei Wetter, Sport oder technischen Errungenschaften wie Mikrowellenherd und Computerchip – Physik lässt sich hinter fast allem finden.
Das Grundprinzip hinter physikalischen Alltagsphänomenen ist oft mit wenigen Worten erklärt; im Detail sieht es dann aber oft schon weit komplexer aus. Daher ist es auch nicht verwunderlich, dass Alltagsphänomene und aktuelle Forschung oft nah beieinander liegen.”