Not feeling nostalgic per se, but inspired by Daniel Burka’s tweet from earlier today, I dove into the Wayback machine and went hunting for some of my earliest website designs and writing. Embarrassing in a way, but still fun to read.

Here is my post celebrating one year in America on December 5th 2001:

Almost A Year [ Living In America ]

A few more days and I will be here in seattle, WA, USA for a whole year.
It definitely evokes emotions. Not just because the holiday season is in full swing and I miss the Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt.
The longer I’m here, the more I realize that I have no chance of escape.
Memories of Germany fading away.
Well, not for you, you will always be able to tell, hey that funny guy with that accent, yeah and I still do things different.

But slowly I my chameleon skin is turning from black-red-gold to red-white and blue.

You get tired of always be different, be that guy who does things different. Hey I want a TV, wanna watch some american national broadcast. Let me go shopping in supremely and eat junk food all days.
You see, the stereotypes are still there, I’m still German.
An alien, living in a foreign country, speaking a different language.
But let me look back:
A year ago arrived in this country, got a job, started a life.
I love it! I do. Never would I have thought that I would enjoy my work so much, would have so many opportunities to grow and expand at my work.

Seattle is a beautiful city, I still wanna cry when I look at the high-risers and remember my child hood dreams.
I find time to explore the city and the neighborhoods around seattle. I’m close to getting a car. The people are the same, here, in germany, in africa. You find friends, companions, people you wanna share a time of your life and you meet people you wish you would’ve never met.
Family shines in a different light here. I enjoy getting to know Trixy’s family and getting comfortable with the differences.

It was an awesome year, and now I’m waiting for the first snow that shut down the city, cause nobody has winter tires on their cars nor knows how to drive in a weather like this with all those hills and bridges…
mathias – looking back at the year [] [live life loud] []

Two thousand and One I wrote this. This December will mark my fifteenth anniversary in the country. Too early to think about, but this needs to be commemorated, celebrated, marked with a special occasion of sort.

And yes, I am blogging at LiveLifeLoud since 2000. Thank you for noticing. Back then I owned the dot net domain which I since dropped in favor of the dot com.

Many of those huts look like they are in incredible locations. Definitely worth keeping in mind when planning the next trip.

Sidenote: Their tagline is:

The ACC operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America.

There are only two countries in North America, and the fact that the US and it’s Alpine Club, the AAC doesn’t have a large network of huts is really sad and I am researching on why that is and what can be done to change that. Researching, at this point only!

Nearly 500 years after his death, the German monk who symbolizes the Protestant Reformation movement, has his own Playmobil figurine.

And sold out already – of course.

Playing on Netflix right now and comes highly recommended by me.

The Great Train Robbery is a British television film in two parts, that was first broadcast on BBC One on 18 and 19 December 2013. Written by Chris Chibnall, it tells the story of the Great Train Robbery on 8 August 1963, first from the perspective of the robbers, and then from the perspective of the police.

The format of the two parts is what’s fascinating about the series and I am surprised Hollywood hasn’t tried that yet. In an age where almost every story on the big screen is turning into a several part series with multiple sequels it would be an absolute no brainer to tell a story like “Usual Suspects” over two movies from two different angles.

Come on, Hollywood, this would be cool, right?

Not to be an ass here:

Seattle’s Capitol Hill has had a German style beer hall now for a few years: The Rhein Haus. The place is trying to evoke the fabled Bavarian beer halls and I love that, but I haven’t been there and so I can’t judge them on that. It all hangs on the pretzels, man!

But, here is the funny part: The ‘Bavarian’ beer hall was originally named after an ‘Austrian’ family who were made famous in the movie Sound of Music. The owners ran into some naming dispute with the original Van Trapp family (not surprising, really, the family wasn’t just a figment of Hollywood imagination). They decided to rename the new place Rhein Haus, after Germany’s longest river… which doesn’t run through Bavaria, sadly.

So, let me put this in perspective:

I open a restaurant, celebrating classic Californian cuisine, in Germany named after a famous Canadian family and then decide to rename it Mississippi, serving scrimp tacos and Californian Sushi rolls with Zinfandel.

Yeah, that would be weird. But who’s counting. At least we got the continent right and didn’t accidentally name it after a Australian family, right?

Because overdoing it is the American way, we’ve now managed to warp even healthy habits into a new form of eating disorders. Welcome to the era of orthorexia.

Fantastic, and doh again.

Reading some of the “clean” living writing out there, including bestselling books by authors with cult-like followings, you can find dubious claims about “detoxing” – which is not a real thing unless maybe you don’t have a liver.


“We need to create conditions where we don’t have to change as many minds about vaccines in the first place.”

Oh, I just went down the Youtube rabbit hole. But weekend is coming and eggs must be had for breakfast. The link above shows a super easy trick on how to peel hard boiled eggs. Haven’t tried it yet myself, but I certainly will tomorrow.
As to the rabbit hole that is Youtube: When searching for the same peeling idea in English I found dozens of other ways to quickly or simply, sometimes both, ways to peel eggs. Fascinating what Youtube can be good for.

Well, doh.

For two Western powers with comparable wealth, democratic governments, legacy car companies, long histories of massive highway investment, and a shared affection for David Hasselhoff, the United States and Germany have followed dramatically different trajectories when it comes to automobile reliance. In the chart below, we list the various ways the countries diverge on driving trends.

What the article failed to mention is the fact that Stuttgart is the home of both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. So the people who live and work there are even more likely to use the car than anywhere else in Germany. Because they all drive really nice cars.

If you want to get really really mad at society today I suggest you check out this article and tool by the Seattle Times listing every school in Washington State and their vaccination rate.

I already moved as far West as I possibly could, and yet the stupidity of people seems to follow me everywhere.

In excellent Kickstarter campaign of the week I present you the amazing:

NORTH DRINKWARE : Mt. Hood, The Oregon Pint Glass
by Nic Ramirez, Matt and Leigh Capozzi

What a brilliant idea, and already funded. Congrats.

Greg Veronvage, a Base Camp manager at the AAC gathering last weekend:

“I’m in favor of using helicopters to bypass the ice fall before April first,” he told me. “We’re taking in the ballpark of 70 loads—6,800 meters of rope, pickets, ice screws, tents, oxygen for Sherpas. We’re not talking about luxuries, we’re not bringing up espresso machines, rugs, and caviar.”

This is just the worst. But not surprising, I suppose.

Budweiser ran a shitty ad during the Superbowl, essentially making fun of craft breweries while in the process of buying them left and right and trying to keep their brands alive. It’s shitty and it’s typical and not surprising. And I am not in anyway defending them.

But the craft breweries have their own hypocrisies to deal with and in their spoof video response (at .20 sec into the commercial) they flash a “since 1979” on the screen. Is that suppose to say that craft breweries have been existing for around 30+ years?

Doesn’t that somewhat discount 100’s if not 1000’s of years of craft brewing expertise from all over the world?

The Weihenstephan Brewery can trace its roots at the abbey to 768, as a document from that year refers to a hop garden in the area paying a tithe to the monastery.

Yeah, they also don’t brew peachy pumpkin ales. They brew beer there. Four ingredients, the way God intended beer to be brewed!

Fantastic idea:

Atlas Obscura is the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places.

Wish the website would have a better way of searching by map though.

Once you’ve recorded your podcast, it’s time to edit. Editing can be incredibly simple—trim the beginning and end point and be done with it—or as complicated as you want to make it.

Almost everyone who is doing a podcast is talking about how they podcast. What equipment they use and sequence of software edits they perform before hitting publish. Reminds me of 2008 when Twitter started first getting hot and all the gurus used the service to tell us how the services should be used. Helpful at times, but sort of defeats the purpose of what the service is for. More than just promoting itself as a service.

Charles Smith is the only person to have won “Winemaker of the Year” by both Food & Wine and Wine Enthusiast.

In his own words: “It’s just wine, drink it”.

Is this Saturday in New York City. If you’re not around you can follow the hashtag #aacdinner15 for updates and probably also find a number of cool people who use Twitter.

Makes you want to start riding again, doesn’t it?

Man, I didn’t want to post about sports anymore, and especially not about football, but damn, this is a good article about the only #BEASTMODE: Marshawn Lynch.

A poem, by yours truly.