"Don't fall asleep!" -- a nice reminder for the drummer of the big band I play in, on the 1943 Tommy Dorsy piece "Opus One".

And because you've been such a good readership lately, here's the original record for you. Enjoy!

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Just stumbled across this:

  • Friend: "I heard about this thing called 'Linux'."
  • Me: "Oh, I use Linux."
  • Friend: "What is it?"
  • Me: "An operating system."
  • Friend: "Like Firefox?"

Haha :)

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Just to give you a piece of unwanted knowledge, I just passed my last exam ever! It was about parallel programming, by the way.

Now it's really only my masters thesis that stands between me and graduation. Yay!

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Albert Einstein, when asked to describe radio, replied: "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

(seen on nocat.net)

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Something tells me, this sign I came across in a German store has one "e" too much:

Or maybe I just missed the latest trend and in fact, slime is the new black.

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This parody on Microsoft "Surface" made me laugh today:

Microsoft Surface Parody

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Oh thank heaven for the beauty of context-sensitive advertising.

As most people on the Mozilla project, I get quite a bit of bugmail from bugzilla. Needless to say, Google mail tries to adapt to this situation by delivering me the ads that they believe are the most appropriate for the mail I am currently looking at:

"Will you be reincarnated as a bug?"

Well, I hope not! What if they resolve me INVALID?

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Minefield, pfft... what kind of name is that?

From a funny love letter Mozilla received. It's part of a nice picture series wired.com took at the Mozilla headquarters. Check it out.

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Als ich gestern dieses Flugblatt gesehen habe:

... dachte ich: Wieviel beliebter könnten eigentlich Statstikvorlesungen sein, wenn man sie Statistik mit Stifti taufen würde? Spiel, Spaß und Spannung in einem! Abenteuer im Zahlenraum zwischen 0 und 1!

Kein Wunder, dass die Vorlesungen einen eher schlechten Ruf haben. Alles eine Frage des Marketings.

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If there's one word that can summarize US Visa applications, it's fees...

Today I already had the pleasure to pay three of them:

  • SEVIS fee (= a database entry in the student exchange database), USD 100.-
  • Visa appointment scheduling fee, USD 10.-
  • Visa application fee, EUR 89.08 which is about USD 140.-

So before the application form is filed, you are already spending 250 Dollars in fees (not to mention the cost of driving to the embassy in Frankfurt). What eases the pain a little is the good euro-to-dollar exchange rate at the moment.

But of course unlike last time I don't seem to be required to prove my proficiency in English so that saves me another few hundred dollars. Looks like it's my lucky day.

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