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R.O.A.D – Feuerbach

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Another Random Observation About Germany… It took a while to figure out a few things about German naming conventions, and street names are kind of interesting. Our dorm is located in Kandern, on Feuerbacherstraße. Straße, or strasse, translates to street, so when you’re in Kandern, Feuerbacherstraße is the street that leads to Feuerbach. Likewise, when […]

Google Chrome’s Automatic Translation

Living in Germany is made a lot easier by some of the tools Google has produced, like the Google Translate app, which uses your cell phone’s camera to do on-the-fly OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to read things like foreign language signs, labels, and any other text, then translate that text to English (or one of […]

R.O.A.D. – Egg Cartons

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The Germans (and I’d guess other Europeans as well) are kinda nuts about the metric system. So much so that they even sell eggs in cartons of ten. Who knew… Actually, I think the metric system makes a whole lot of sense, and can’t understand why the US didn’t follow through with the push to […]

Random Observations About Deutschland (R.O.A.D)

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New category alert… Ever since we moved to Germany (yeah, I know I haven’t posted about that, yet. I have a post or three pending about how that came about, but if I waited until that was done, I’d never get to the fun stuff!) there have been a number of things I’ve noticed that make […]

Chandeliering Ice

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Here’s a weather-related phenomenon I had never heard of before today; chandeliering ice. According to the NatureWorldnNws.com site, chandeliering “happens when warming temperatures cause a once solid mass of ice to splinter into fine, glass-like shards.” That would be something to see. Too bad the video is a bit grainy, and there’s no close-up of […]

The Truth Can Set You Free

And in the case of MSNBC’s Mark Halperin was set free — indefinitely — for speaking the truth about President Obama’s press conference performance last Wednesday. Sitting on the set of “Morning Joe,” Mr. Halperin smiled mischievously as he disparaged Mr. Obama’s behavior at a news conference a day earlier. “I thought he was kind […]

Physician, Kill Thyself

Jack Kevorkian died today at the age of 83, ironically, of natural causes.

It’s The Geeks’ Fault

At least in Italy anyway… Italian government officials have accused the country’s top seismologist of manslaughter, after failing to predict a natural disaster that struck Italy in 2009, a massive devastating earthquake that killed 308 people. … Enzo Boschi, the president of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), will face trial along with […]

A Clear And Present Danger

In an interview, a San Diego Assistant Port Director Al Hallor confirmed that nasty stuff has been found coming into the country. I guess this really comes as no surprise; the surprise is that we don’t hear about it more. One day we may get complete disclosure on all of the potential disasters that have […]

Celebrating The Soldiers of the Sea

It was on this date, 235 years ago, that the Second Continental Congress resolved to create two battalions of Continental Marines for the War of Independence from Britain. Then in 1798, President John Adams signed the Act establishing the United States Marine Corps as a permanent military force under the jurisdiction of the Department of […]