Merc Time

Juli 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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I got quite a few Mercedes as rentals in the last weeks. I really like what they did in the last years from a design aspect. Far more agressive, they dropped all that round and squishiness from their design. I got a GLK, a C 220 CDI, a C 180 CGI and a E 200.

From a driving point of view – veeeery soft. The suspension sometime is like sitting in a  boat, nothing compared to the sportiness of BMW. On the Autobahn it’s quite good, the steering gets very stable, which is good during high speeds. which amazed me most with big cars like the E or the GLK was the easiness of steering at low speeds in the city. I’m quite used to manhandling my private 3 series BMW and suddenly having a car which you can turn with your small finger was a very different experience. My girlfriend liked this, tho 😉

And the thing that annoys me most is the electronics and in car media etc. It looks quite nice, especially the cockpit. black and white, very clear. Really thumbs up. I actually prefer this over my own car! but but but…. the electronics… the media interface, the connections…. first of all – no AUX in – at least not without a proprietary connection cable… which is obviously always missing in rental cars… Oh I long for that day, when I am the first person to drive a rental merc… I am so going to steal that cable :)))

Furthermore… to many buttons on the console in the middle… to heavy, to big…. more of the oak desk than the sleek laptop 😉 but then again – it’s a merc ^-^

Vertical Horizontilation

Juli 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Wow – Google Now!

Juli 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Last week I installed Jellybean / Android 4.1 on my Galaxy Nexus. While I didn’t notice any major changes at first (cue angry technical rants here) – I was extremly surprised and a bit scared by Google Now. Scared at first because it told me how to get my Hotel I just left – and how long it would take me to get there. I hadn’t checked in, googled it or anything. Google had just tracked me by GPS and found out where I was… While I had Google Now and it’s features on my list – I was surprised that it did all this stuff automatically.

And then – I found this extremly cool – I like the intelligence behindit. not having to do it automatically. It’s a bit like having a trusty butler who reads your mind. I heart technology like this. Big Time.

Now that I have been staying at this hotel for three nights in a row, Google has saved it as my own… The life of a consultant. I wonder what will happen once I travel a bit more, let’s see how I can integrate my travel work plans into google. what will happen. Looking forward!

Fire!

Juli 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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BBQ – again – today. I’m still experimenting on the whole coal / briquettes thingy. I’m using briquettes at the moment, but am thinking about switching to either normal coal or a mixture of both. I’m just not getting the heat I need. Could be because of a lack of oxygene, because I got the lid closed. The air vents at the bottom are always blocked by ash, also quite quickly again, if I take out the ash. Maybe drill some holes at the side?

Or maybe buy a „proper“ bbq next year :))))

Cooking up some meat

Juli 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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I got this awesome BBQ book by T. for my birthday. So – last week I tried something. Bacon wrapped turkey breast filled with rosmarin and chicken stuffing. First time I did a big piece of meat like this on my own.

So first the stuffing onto the turkey:

then wrapped up in the bacon and onto the bbq:

and then waited and waited. the recipe asked for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. it took me about 2-3 hours because the heat died from the  coal. and it took some experimenting until I got the heat back up.

but in the end the meat temperature rose up over 75°c – so it was good to have a try and good it was 🙂 excellent 🙂

Zombies, Run!

Juli 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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After having my Galaxy Nexus finally fixed – I dropped it and the screen went fubar – I finally got around to install „Zombies, Run!“

I like most things Zombie related, so an app combining Zombies and motivating me to work out more seemed just the thing. And it is.

To point out fairly I havent even finished the first Mission, but I already have a few improvements.

  • Atmosphere
    I’m lacking background noise. I usually run without music, so I wouldn’t mind some noise, like the sound of foot steps, creaking noises or sounds telling me where I am. Am I out in the open, near a river, inside somewhere.
    Also while I like the people reading, I’d like some more sound effects as well.
  • Individuality
    Yes, I know. It’s called zombies RUN, but I would like to have some choice of sport. Cycling to work for example. Also: Gaining XP Points for my activities would be pretty cool!
    Which brings me to the next point – timeframe. It would be cool to pre define a running time. 10 minutes while walking to work or cycling. You don’t even need a full story, more something like a xp gain quest to collect some items.
    Also this could give me some way to have a complete story in my workout time. Sometimes I have 30 minutes. Sometime an hour. Perhps I could tell the system how much time I have and the stories are eddited accordingly.
  • Treadmills
    Not everybody lives near a nice running stretch outdoors. So sometimes or all of the time you have to use a treadmill. It would be nice to track those too. Just give me some input fields on distance and time.

Other from that – I love the idea. Stuff like this brings us closer to holodecks.