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Category: Als Deutscher in den Niederlanden

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.

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!

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%).

Electric car variety

Interesting: While last year the electric cars seen in Amsterdam City have been mostly Tesla, now Maker variety has increased. In the picture: GM, BMW, VW and Tesla.

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.

‘Illegal’ Airbnb landlord hit with €300.000 fine

Amsterdam, like Berlin, has a housing problem.

At the same time, for many owners it is more lucrative to rent out an appartment to short time renters via Airbnb than to enter a long term contract with a proper resident.

The Amsterdam City Council now has hit eleven flats, all owned by the same person, with a fine of €13.500 for appartment, calling them ‘the prototype of an illegal hotel’. The owner is contesting the fine.

(via DutchNews and Het Parool)