Just got this from Amazon, while waiting for my shiny Canon EOS 450D to arrive 8-)

Hama “Star 61″ Tripod. It’s not something super professional but it’s definitely orders of magnitude better than the joke I had so far. I can’t put pictures with it, would be too embarrassing.


Ever since I started to “aggregate” my gadgets, my Nokia N85 plays the role of a phone, organizer, camera and of course, MP3 player. The phone comes with its own headphones but they are not stellar.

So far I didn’t pay too much attention to the headphones I used but this time the headphones were particularly shitty so I said enough is enough. I didn’t want to spend a fortune but I wanted something good so after some searching and researching I bought a pair of in-ear headphones from Sennheiser, the CX 300. Sennheiser is a private German company which is well known for their high-quality headphones.

This is the first time I own a pair of in-ear headphones and I must say the difference is unbelievable. The sound quality is superb, excellent fit (they come with 3 sizes of ear pieces) and they have a high attenuation of ambient noise. Highly recommended.


First of all, song of the year as chosen in the “A State of Trance” weekly show by Armin van Buuren. I can imagine trance is not everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a nice catchy tune: “Gaia – Tuvan” (click the Play icon to listen).

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As most people this time of the year, I am in vacation but not much relaxation so far. First week we had a little special somebody visiting and among other things we visited “Sensapolis” and I got the do a bit of ice skating.

Sensapolis” is an interior entertainment park in a huge building somewhere near Stuttgart. It’s a lot of fun for kids of all ages and it features things like a giant spaceship, climbing wall, science center, a Fairytale castle, a pirate ship, tree house and many more. The picture gallery shows you a bit of the place.

During this time we are also working (again) at the house, doing remodeling and other things in the kitchen and bathroom. Freya’s brother is visiting and since he knows a lot more than us at this kind of job (he does this for a living) we kinda “abuse” the poor guy. The kitchen is one of the things we inherited from the creatures who lived here before and it was in dire need of renovation. When it’s done, the ugly brown will be gone and it will look “really pretty”, as Freya puts it. And I completely agree, will post some “before/after” pictures once it’s done.

And of course I am still studying for my Cisco CCIP certification. I am supposed to take one of the exams on the 31st of December, I just hope I will be done by then.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year! ;-)


One of the coldest mornings so far this winter, what a mess. At least it didn’t snow so far, at least not here. Everything is dry and today we even have clear skies, very sunny. Still it’s cold as hell and we are not amused at all.

Want summer, or at least spring! ;-)

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