Category Archives: EN

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Is it really skyr?

Arla, the big Danish dairy manufacturer, started selling a product named “skyr” inside the EU – including in Germany – which claims to be skyr according to Icelandic traditions. Well, the news caused quite a stir1 in Iceland and the … Continue reading

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Dear Mister President (POTUS)

I know I don’t get to vote for or against you despite being subject of a vassal state of the US, but then the same applies to some of your own citizens in certain overseas territories. Nevertheless I hope you … Continue reading

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Oh my, shock moment with my private key

So I had generated myself a private key using OpenSSL to create a CSR for an Authenticode code signing certificate from Symantec. Today the certificate was issued, but to collect it, one needs to get the key into the browser. … Continue reading

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Civilization

Several botched executions in the recent past in the US after the individual states had trouble to acquire the drugs for the deadly cocktail whose inventor – a pathologist – is, by the way, against the death penalty now. All … Continue reading

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First anniversary

Exactly one year ago dozens of humans were massacred in the union house in Odessa. Here’s a documentary about the incident. Unfortunately the western media didn’t exactly do a great job covering the incident last year or ever since. This … Continue reading

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Death penalty again

Two recent editorials of The Times of Shreveport (Louisiana) shine a light at the mechanisms behind the death penalty, especially the second one: State should give Ford real justice RE: “State should give Ford real justice,” March 8, 6D No … Continue reading

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American Sniper?

What’s the buzz about that “American Sniper”, Chris Kyle, right now in the US? Wasn’t he but another murderer killing from safe distance? Much like drone-killer dad who kisses his kids goodbye in the morning, drives to work and kills … Continue reading

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Rodney Reed

As recently noted below the article about Tony Abbots remarks that Texas was about to kill an innocent man. Good news is that the execution scheduled for 5th of March 2015 has been postponed according to the Wikipedia article (permalink … Continue reading

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Tony Abbott is right

I’m no fan of this hardliner, but him asking for clemency for two drug traffickers from Australia on the death row in Indonesia was the right thing to do. The outrage of the Indonesians is understandable, because those drug traffickers … Continue reading

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Honest words

In a recent interview US president Obama conceded that the USA behaves on our planet like a bully in would in a school yard. His words: Now, I also think that if we were just resorting to that and we … Continue reading

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Fairfax County (VA): Thou shalt install proper crosswalks

… and traffic lights for pedestrians. Honestly, I now know what Americans mean by “going the extra mile”. I have seen at the very least three cross junctions with only two crosswalks. Takes no degree in mathematics or deep knowledge … Continue reading

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Only in Germany

… will it matter to the vain to proudly carry a “Dr.” (used for PhD and other doctoral degrees) in front of their names. It’s not like you’re forced to put it there, it’s very often literally abused to convey … Continue reading

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Footage of the eruption in Iceland

A friend and colleague sent me the following link: youtu.be/8cICS9MtRRw. // Oliver

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Is God great?

Just a thought-experiment. Monotheistic faith seem to emphasize that their respective deity is great. In particular in the Islamic world the respective phrase is used quite a lot. I assume that’s “great” in the sense of big or in the … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #15

Friendly young folk. I’d also like to officially introduce to all you Icelanders a new word I created: kindaljósfaðir. That is a male person helping sheep to give birth to lambs. It’s the logical modification of the most beautiful Icelandic … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #14

Breathtaking views around Þingvellir (literally: ting field). By the way, the ting, that is the Germanic tribal gathering, and the English word thing1 are directly related. A thing (or ting) originally used to be a judicial matter to be discussed … Continue reading

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Brave man!

Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, endured on camera what the hunger strikers in Gitmo have to endure while being force fed. Kudos to the man for this bravery. Go watch the clip, if you dare. // Oliver

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #13

Geysirs and hot springs. By the way: the prototypical Geysir that gave its name to all of its kind only erupts irregularly now. What most tourists don’t realize is that the one that erupts regularly and which they see is … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #12

Beautiful motives all around. This one could be the wallpaper in a popular desktop environments, for example. Gute Gründe Island einen Besuch abzustatten #12 Bildhübsche Motive. Dies hier könnte beispielsweise das Hintergrundbild einer bekannten Desktopumgebung sein.

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #11

Gullfoss (literally: golden waterfall). This mighty waterfall is one of the Golden Circle’s tourist attractions. Its sheer power and size as well as its history are compelling. Gute Gründe Island einen Besuch abzustatten #11 Gullfoss (wortwörtlich: Goldwasserfall, bzw. goldener Wasserfall). … Continue reading

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