Expat Life

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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tags: Deutsch für Doofe, German for Boneheads, German language, education, SpeedyConKiwi, streaming video This video is all about how to pronounce the German alphabet — something I cannot do correctly at this time. Not that knowing how to say this is going to help me when talking to the bankers about depositing my paycheck into…

tags: Deutsch für Doofe, German for Boneheads, German language, education, SpeedyConKiwi, streaming video Lesson two in how to not offend Germans while buying beer.

tags: Deutsch für Doofe, German for Boneheads, German language, education, Speedyconkiwi, streaming video German for Boneheads: lesson one. How to ask for six fish at the pet store without inadvertently ending up with 60 fish.

Du bist Terrorist

tags: Du bist Terrorist, You are a terrorist, internet security, online censorship, politics, satire, social control, cultural observation, social commentary, streaming video Du bist Terrorist (or “You are a terrorist” — yes, this video has English subtitles) is a satirical response to two official German social-marketing-campaigns. One of them, Du bist Deutschland (You are Germany),…

Deutsch für Doofe

tags: Deutsch für Doofe, German for Boneheads, German language, education, streaming video Okay, let’s face the facts: my German sucks. Every time someone says something to me in German, my first reaction is to either respond in Spanish or Indonesian or (surprisingly) Japanese. As a result, I am left stammering my way through a ragtag…

Sonnenuntergang, 2

tags: Sonnenuntergang, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, travel, nature, sunset, image of the day Sonnenuntergang. Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Image: Bob O’Hara, 4 April 2010 [larger view] Sunset over Frankfurt, as photographed from the bedroom window.

tags: cultural observation, expat life, Life in Germany, Brot, bread Brot-Shop. Nordwestzentrum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Image: GrrlScientist, 20 March 2010 [larger view]

tags: cultural observation, expat life, Life in Germany, Apotheken, Drogerien Expats, immigrants, and people who travel internationally often are impressed with differences between their home country and the country they are visiting or living in. I thought I’d write about some of the daily features of my life in Germany that are different from my…

The Long Arm of The Law

Today, I was surprised to receive an unpleasant letter in the mail. The letter was sent by ConEdison, the power company that provided electricity to my NYC apartment before I left. The letter says;

Update: I Despise T-Mobile

Since I have been without wireless for one week now, I thought I’d take this opportunity to provide you with an update so you don’t think I’ve either died, lost interest in writing or been kidnapped by space aliens. None of these things is true.