The art of engineering

I’m a big fan of social search service Aardvark. Today I got a question I couldn’t answer. Aardvark explains why it thought I would:

aardvark: OK. Type ‘mute’ if you’re not interested in art.
(I sent you this question since you know about mechanical engineering.)

Over and out

“Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.”
(LaCrosse, Wisconsin, October 18, 2000)

“The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the - the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice.”
(Washington D.C., October 27, 2003)

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
(Washington, D.C., August 5, 2004)

More at BBC and Evil George.

From Shanghai to Linan

The beginning of our two day study trip to Linan organized by the International School. Price: 50 Yuan (about 4,50 Euro).

Leaving Shanghai

Five buses in front of the International Students Building.

Leaving Shanghai

Large houses being built in the middle of nowhere. We’ve also seen developments with dozens of new, empty houses.

Leaving Shanghai

Oriental cherry?

For they know not what they do


Ok, better than this.


Match your bedding to your dress. Or the other way round.


Better than living food.

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Shanghai library

Shanghai Library

China’s largest public library.

Shanghai Library
Shanghai Library
Shanghai Library


Shanghai Library
Shanghai Library

The biggest fear of Chinese organizations: Climbers.

Shanghai Library

The “Rechtshandbuch für Erzieherinnen” (”law guide for educators”) should be part of every well-assorted library. ;-)

Shanghai Library

In Heping Park, again

Heping Park
Heping Park
Heping Park

No idea what the man’s doing there. He was holding on to the shrub in a weird position without moving.

Heping Park
Heping Park
Heping Park
Heping Park

My bike outside.

Emergency for use


“Blessed are the people who take time to understand.who always can be counted on to lend a helping hand.”

Emergency For Use

See also: Atherosclerosis, Bombing and the heat of Iraq

Questions about giant pandas

We were looking for flashcards but couldn’t find any. The Chinese don’t seem to know them. And on our first day all the shops had closed at 6 pm, even the Foreign Language Bookstore where we wanted to get preprinted ones. But I found something else in another bookstore:

Giant Pandas
Giant Pandas

Did you know that Giant Pandas usually don’t feel carsick?

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Perhaps we first look out of the window

Angela Merkel shows us the Bundeskanzleramt. It’s a real pitty that there’s no English version.

Thanks to Frontal21 for digging this up. They also have links to other politician’s videos on their site.

Learn Viennese

Magdalena pointed me to a fan guide for the upcoming European Football Championship. It provides German and English translations of common Viennese expressions. Very funny.

Go to the page and click on “Zur Download-Seite” to download the pdf and/or mp3s or just listen by clicking on “Henkel Fan Guide anhören”.

Accordingly outraged

More fun with the the students council:

Bei dem heutigen Gastvortrag (08.30 Uhr - 10.00 Uhr in MW0001) von Herrn Goetzeler von OSRAM wurde ein schwarzes Kästchen als Anschauungsobjekt einer neuen LED-Technik im Publikum herumgereicht. Dieses ist nun verschwunden. Der Referent und Prof. Wildemann sind dementsprechend empört.

At today’s guest lecture (08.30 am - 10.00 am in MW0001) of Mr. Goetzeler from OSRAM, a small black box was handed round the audience as an example of a new LED technique. This is now missing. The speaker and Prof. Wildemann are accordingly outraged.

How old are you?

A friend studying psychology started a Skype chat to ask some friends whether they would take part in an experiment. She was looking for people between 23 and 29 years. Here’s one response:

A: (hi)
not 23 - born xx.4.84, you’re a bit too early :D
B: 1984 is ok
A: I see
C: :^)
A: well, then I’m on board :D
C: you are 23 when you’re born April 1984
you’ll be 24 now :^)
A: I see
C: (shake)
A: I had counted with 24 (blush)
I think I better hide…..

Clever use

Hooray, lifehacker shows us how to open a letter with a pen. Who would have thought this was possible? Watch out for the next episodes about how to do it using a key or, highly audacious, a finger.


One of my professors recorded his lecture last year and instead of driving to Munich I watch these videos. One of them didn’t end with the professor leaving the room, it went on.

There were some wind players, slides with space shuttles and the solar system and then Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, president of Technische Universität München appeared and started to talk about Prof. Bulirsch. I know that our president likes to call the university, because of its abbreviation TUM, Top University of Munich but I haven’t known that joke yet:

Und dann schließlich zurückberufen, als Ordinarius für Höhere Mathematik an die Technische Hoschschule München die damals gerade schon Technische Universität München hieß und jeder weiß mittlerweile was diese drei Buchstaben bedeuten. Von hinten rein gelesen bedeuten sie, lesen sie sich wie Mut und Mut, denke ich, für die Zukunft, können wir auch haben.

And then finally called back as full professor of higher mathematics to the Technische Hochschule München which was already called Technische Universität München at that time and by now everyone knows what these three letters mean. Read from behind they mean, they read like courage [Mut is German for courage] and courage, I think, is what we can also have for the future.

Without changes

The students council wrote some weeks ago:

Die Anleitung für das Erstellen des persönlichen Stundenplans zum Hauptstudium wurde überarbeitet und verbessert, jedoch ohne Änderungen.

The manual about creating a personal schedule for the advanced studies has been revised and improved, without changes.

Download an alien

Sure, Safe An Alien is a rather useless application, but I like the concept and the aliens look nice. What I don’t like is the fact that, so far, it has been impossible to download my alien. And I’ve been trying it for over a month now. The only thing I get is a magenta box saying:

Generating your wallpaper!
it may take a few seconds…

These picture sites seem not to like me.


If you’d create a product, let’s say a website, wouldn’t you at least check the meaning of your name in the top ten languages? Well, doof didn’t.


According to I’m worth $2,457,100. puts my remains at $3,710. So I’ll lose $2,453,390 by dropping dead.

Simpsonize me!

I’ve been trying to simpsonize myself for over a week now but the stupid site won’t let me:

Whoa! As the world is going Simpsons it is getting a little crowded in here.
Come back a little later and try again.

Arg. It worked for a friend:


Friend detail request

Friend detail request

Emmm… No.

Well, ok, the second line’s true.