Archive for the 'Celebrate!' Category


Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Lots of ones today – 01/11/11 at 11:11 ( or 11/01/11 for the rest of the world …) Happy one-eleven day! Any ideas for how to celebrate 11/11/11 in 10 months? Maybe a party!


Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Boy – what a surprise that year had in store for us! Perhaps the greatest change in lifestyle for Laura an me since we had children … and a much bigger surprise than the children! Of course I am talking about our horses, Waldo and Cleo. While building our horsefarm and figuring out the ins […]

Happy Winter Solstice

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Once again, the longest night of the year is upon us. On Dec 21, daylight lasted only 9 hours 42 Minutes here in NC, 8 hours 22 Min in Freiburg, Germany, 4 hours 7 Min in Reykjavik, Iceland. In the old days, when people did not really understand how our solar system works, they worried […]

Black Friday Party

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving (yes – some people who read this might not know that. I responded to an email from a guy in England on Thanksgiving … he was wondering why no one in the office picked up the phone or answered emails.) We usually take off Wednesday and – of course – Thursday […]


Sunday, March 28th, 2010

The answer to life, the universe and everything!

The Miracle of Berlin

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Twenty years after the border between East Germany and West Germany was breached, we now know that in that fateful press conference Schabowski simply read the wrong memo. But after Schabowski, a member of the Central Commitee of the SED,¬† had announced that all travel restrictions had been lifted for all East Germans – effective […]

Ghana beats Brazil in Cairo

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Congratulations to Ghana’s U20 football team! At the U20 Worldcup final in Cairo on Friday Ghana beat 4-time champion Brazil despite being one player down due to a red card in the 37th Minute. Neither team scored during regulation time and overtime, and so penalty kicks decided this game. This is the first time Ghana […]

Obama seen from space

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Geoeye published a great satelite photo (half-meter resolution) of the inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama. The image above links to a high resolution version. Geoeye provides the original high resolution image (3.5MB) that shows the entire National Mall.

Barack Obama – 44th President of the USA

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Presidential Oaths of Office Inaugural Address below the fold …

Snowed in on Obama Day

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

An inch of snow on the ground and, as usual, most of Durham shuts down. And since no one here owns a set of snow tires, I think it’s a pretty reasonable decision to stay at home. So we made some waffles and coffee and settled in to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama as […]

Happy Winter Solstice

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Once again, the longest night of the year is upon us. Winter Solstice: A time to let the longest night of the year seduce you into stillness. Time to silence inner voices, listen to the beating of your own heart. Time to breathe slowly, become the breath. Linger here. The night is long. Too bad […]

America looks great in blue

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

This map shows the US states sized proportional to their populations. Blue states voted for Obama, red states for McCain. In some of the blue states Obama only got a few thousand votes more than McCain (like in NC) but all the electoral votes of those states go towards the candidate who carries the state. […]

Carolina Blue

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

This is sweet! Today I am especially proud to be a Tar Heel! North Carolina turned blue for Obama. It looks like the Democrat won by a few thousand votes in NC. This is the first time since President Carter that a Democrat won this state. The map above shows results county by county and […]

Hell, Yeah!!!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Happy Winter Solstice

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

As of yesterday, days will be getting longer again on this side of the globe. Of course here, in the Old North State that’s not that big a deal, anyway. But I did start paying more attention to sunrise/sunset this fall. When I bike to work and back home, I prefer to avoid the bad […]

Wir sind Weltmeisterin!

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

What a game! The German Women’s Football Team beat Brasil and defended the World Championship in a tough and fast game. Special Kudos to Nadine Angerer our fantastic goalie with a head like a brick and nerves of steel! She did not concede a single goal in the Worldcup!! Let me repeat this: SHE DID […]

Germany in the Worldcup Final!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Women’s Football WorldCup, that is … The German women beat Norway 3:0 and will play against the winner of tomorrow’s game Brazil-USA on Sunday. Sadly, I was not able to see the game, as it started at 8:00 in the Morning here, and I have to be at work, and I have no cable TV […]

Biodiesel tax exemption signed

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Today, Governor Mike Easley signed bill S1272 into law. That bill exempts homebrew biodiesel from the NC road tax. The 30-cents-a-gallon cost reduction is certainly welcome. But, as Lyle recently commented, the bigger picture is really huge, because it allows the homebrewers and SVO-ers to get out of the “closet” as the State DOR does […]

Happy Biodiesel Day

Friday, August 10th, 2007

On this day in 1893 Rudolf Diesel’s engine ran for the first time, and it ran on peanut oil. So today we celebrate “Internationals Biodiesel Day” and raise our glasses to the genius of using fuel that grows back! Praise the Lard!

Homebrew biodiesel tax exempt in NC

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

The North Carolina General Assembly has adjourned for this session, and last Thursday the legislators passed S1272: Motor Fuels Tax Exemption for Biodiesel, which removes the requirement to pay road tax on homebrew biodiesel. That’s awesome – a great incentive for homebrewers. Also, legislators changed the tax law to remove the $2000 bond for fuel […]