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Category: Als Deutscher in den Niederlanden

Strong weak ties

A long time ago, I wrote a text on the German Blog and on Carta: Wieso wir uns veröffentlichen (Why we publish ourselves). In the middle of a discussion about privacy I was explaining why people publish themselves, why they publicly reveal (sometimes intimate) facts about themselves.

They are doing this, I wrote, to find other like-minded people, to become searchable and to become approachable, to build trust.

Trust is a wonderful thing. It is the powerful assumption that most people most of the time want to help you and that falsely trying out to trust people is a recoverable mistake. Having trust and being in a trustworthy environment keeps transactional costs low and makes cooperation possible. And that’s rewarding and awesome.

How does this work in practice?

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We have bread again!

Like every German living abroad, I suffer from the bread question. But things are clearing up, the most wunderful wife of all has her sourdough going again, and this is a fabulous batch of tiny sourdough Ciabatta.

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Kamergotchi

Leider endet das Spiel morgen: In Kamergotchi muß der spielende Niederländer seinen Abgeordneten am Leben halten.

Kamergotchi, het ideale spel voor de betrokken kiezer. Hou je lijsttrekker zo lang mogelijk in leven door hem eten, aandacht of kennis te geven. Zoveel politieke invloed had je nog nooit!

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A bunch of dutch smart meters are measuring bullshit

At Twente University, researchers have taken up validation of smart meter readings.

Turns out that smart meters tend to measure undimmed (unreduced) energy consumption for devices that can be dimmed with pulse width modulation or are otherwise deforming perfect sine waveforms of AC. That’s often the case then CFL or LED lights are being dimmed. Also, households with solar panels or electric car chargers can be affected.

The error is up to factor 6 (580%).

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Sorting M&M

For all your M&M sorting needs…

So if you have a bag of M&M to sort, here is help.

It takes approximately 2-3 minutes to sort a 300 g bag of Skittles / M&M’s and sorts about 2 pieces per second. The machine is 250 mm in diameter and approximately 300 mm in height.

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