Archive for August, 2016


Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

A little while ago WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption for messaging, which was very welcome to people like me who are concerned about their privacy. A few days ago, though, they changed their terms of service and are now going to use data for ad targeting on Facebook. Ugh. Read more about it on

TechCrunch: WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook for ad targeting — here’s how to opt out.

However, you cannot opt out of all data sharing, just some. Time to look for an alternative!

I’ve already been using Threema (which costs 2,99€ for iPhone), but now a friend pointed me to Telegram, which is not only free and available for virtually all platforms (including desktop computers), it also is open source, uses encryption and is cloud-based, so you can access your messages from multiple devices.

I installed it immediately and plan to delete WhatsApp before having to agree to their new terms of service after telling as many as my contacts as possible about Telegram.

Woof? Woof!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

NPR Health News: Their Masters’ Voices: Dogs Understand Tone And Meaning Of Words.

“When you praise a dog, it’s listening not just to the words you say but also how you say them.

That might not be huge news to dog owners. But now scientists have explored this phenomenon by using an imaging machine to peek inside the brains of 13 dogs as they listened to their trainer’s voice.”

Measuring Temperatures

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Veritasium: Celsius Didn’t Invent Celsius. (YouTube) “Celsius never devised nor used the scale that now bears his name.”

Für die Grillparty

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Für die letzte Grillparty habe ich nach einem “neuen” Salatrezept gesucht, vorzugsweise mit Nudeln – und bin über dieses leckere Rezept gestolpert: Tortellinisalat mit Zucchini und Schinken.

Abgesehen davon, dass ich gleich die doppelte Menge zubereitet habe, habe ich ein paar Abwandlungen vorgenommen: Ich habe frische Tortellini mit Spinat-Ricotta-Füllung verwendet, außerdem den Zucchini-Anteil etwas erhöht – das dürfte Gartenbesitzer freuen, denn nur ein paar Zucchini kann man ja nicht im Garten haben. Ich habe je zur Hälfte gelbe und grüne Zucchini verwendet – das Auge isst schließlich mit!

Statt Mayonnaise habe ich Miracel Whip verwendet, damit der Salat etwas leichter wird. Die Soße muss man übrigens sehr kräftig würzen, da die Tortellini und auch die Zucchini jede Menge Geschmack aufnehmen.

Auch sollte man den Salat ausreichend lange ziehen lassen, am besten einen Tag lang – die Reste am Tag nach dem Grillfest schmeckten nämlich fast noch besser!

Happy 100th Birthday, NPS!

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

I’ve been a longtime fan of the National Park Service in the USA which turns 100 years old today. Happy Birthday, and may you live for at least 100 more!

Deutsche Welle

Happy 100th birthday National Park Service.

“In Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service wants to bring visitors closer to unspoilt nature. On Thursday (August, 25th) this institution will be marking its 100th anniversary.”

Great article, but they got one thing wrong: The photo on top of the article shows “The Wave” which is indeed in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument as stated. However, unlike most National Parks and Monuments this is not managed by the National Park Service, who celebrate their 100th anniversary, but by the BLM, the Bureau of Land Management.

(Photo: “The Wave”, taken on our hike there in August 2012)

“Amerikas beste Idee”: 100 Jahre National Park Service.

“Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon: Die urwüchsige Natur möglichst vielen Besuchern nahezubringen – das ist der Spagat, den der US-National Park Service versucht. Am Donnerstag (25.8.) wird die Institution 100 Jahre.”

Eins muss ich am Artikel kritisieren: Das Foto, das als Aufmacher dient, zeigt die Felsformation The Wave, die wie genannt im Vermilion Cliffs National Monument liegt. Im Gegensatz zu den meisten National Parks und Monuments wird dieses jedoch nicht vom National Park Service, der sein 100jähriges Bestehen feiert, verwaltet, sondern vom BLM, dem Bureau of Land Management.

(Photo: “Second Wave”, taken on our hike there in August 2012)