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Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr!

Boston Globe Big Picture: Becoming Santa.

“At the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich., some two hundred Santas and Mrs. Clauses came from across the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway to learn wood toy-making, brush up on storytelling skills, drive sleighs, feed reindeer and, most importantly, spread the Christmas spirit. Cookies are readily available at all times during the three-day training course on becoming Santa.”

Our Summer Vacation 2016

Monday, December 5th, 2016

André posted a set of photos from our trip to the US this summer:

Spicy Noodles on Flickr: USA Southwest 2016 – Four-Week Roadtrip through Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah.

Some of the highlights:

Hauptstadt

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

I went to Berlin for a seminar yesterday and today. Last night I met friends for dinner, then went for a walk to the Brandenburg Gate. Although it’s been 27 years since the Berlin wall fell, it still chokes me up to actually be able to walk through the gate.

Politics in the US

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

dangerousmeta: A little election math, for those afraid of their fellow citizens. And a rant.

“[Stop mouthing off on social media, get serious, get organized. Stop posting sh-t after a 30-second read finds you an echo-chamber article that gives you an ideological orgasm. Fomenting hate just makes things worse. Find a cause and volunteer. Defend what you love, don’t sit and bitch on Facebook – it’s the precise definition of impotence. As effective as putting ‘daring’ bumper stickers on your g-d car.”

Well said, Garret.

US Election

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

The Daily Beast: Van Jones, Near Tears on CNN: This Is a ‘Deeply Painful Moment’ in America.

“People have talked about a miracle. I’m hearing about a nightmare. It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids, don’t be a bully. You tell your kids, don’t be a bigot. You tell your kids, do your homework and be prepared. Then you have this outcome and you have people putting children to bed tonight. They’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of, how do I explain this to my children? […]

This was a rebellion against the elites, true. It was a complete reinvention of politics and polls, it’s true. But it was also something else. […]

This was a whitelash. This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black president in part, and that’s the part where the pain comes. And Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside. […]

This is a deeply painful moment tonight. I know it’s not just about race. There’s more going on than that, but race is here too and we’ve got to talk about it.”

(CNN on YouTube, 2:13min)

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