Mit Nesseln gegen Blattläuse

Seit ich einen Balkon habe, habe ich diesen mit Pflanzen vollgestopft, um die verlorene Zeit (als ich keinen Balkon hatte) wiedergutzumachen – obwohl ich nicht weiß, wie ich all die Pflanzen jemals durch meinen nächsten Urlaub bringen soll.

Dringender jedoch ist die Frage, wie man lästige Blattläuse loswird, denn die Chili hat sich welche eingefangen und sie fühlen sich darauf offenbar sehr wohl. Ich habe versucht, sie mit Wasser wegzusprühen, jetzt sind sie etwas sauberer. Ich habe einen Lavendel danebengestellt, jetzt riechen sie besser. Alles nicht das Wahre, muss ich sagen!

Pfui! Die sind immer noch da!

Pfui!

Allerdings spricht das Internet, dass man einfach ein paar Brennesseln sammeln und diese in Wasser einweichen muss, was die nervigen Läuse gar nicht mögen sollen. Also ging ich frohgemut zum Brennesselfeld meines Vertrauens und habe eine Tüte damit vollgestopft. Das hab ich dann am Abend in einen Eimer, zwei bis drei Liter Wasser dazu, und voilà! Flüssiger Blattlausvernichter!

Alles schön in einen Eimer packen.

Alles schön in einen Eimer packen.

Leider tut die Brühe vor allem eines: stinken. Das Zeug ist total widerlich. Ideal also gegen die kleinen Plagegeister?

Ich hab sie ordentlich geduscht, mehrfach, schön alles eingesprüht. Und siehe da: sie sind immer noch da, aber jetzt stinken sie und die Chili hat graue Flecken. Pff!

Jetzt muss ich die Chilis waschen...

Jetzt muss ich die Chilis waschen…

Nach etwas Recherche habe ich herausgefunden, dass es wohl einen Unterschied zwischen Brennesselsud (gegen Blattläuse) und Brennesseljauche (zum Düngen) gibt (steht auf gartenpflege-tipps.de). Brennesselsud ist es nach 24 Stunden, und stinkende Brennesseljauche ist es, wenn der Eimer noch länger steht. Eine sehr unangenaue Angabe, muss ich sagen. Vielleicht hätte ich das schon nach 23 Stunden einsetzen sollen…

Zwei Flaschen Brennesseljauche.

Zwei Flaschen Brennesseljauche.

Behind the scenes of Gravity

For those who have watched Gravity, I recommend this YouTube video that explains the technology behind making the movie. I thought Gravity was entertaining although it did have a lot of Hollywood clichés. I still would have recommended it for the effects despite a certain crucial scene in the film that defied the laws of physics. But actually seeing HOW they did it gives me even more appreciation for it. I’m simply amazed by what things people are capable of. (If you haven’t seen the movie, you might want to avoid the video because of the big spoiler at the very end.)

See for yourself here:
Gravity screenshotAlternate link: YouTube search “From Script to Screen”.

 

Food #010: Meat Us [sic!]

A few weeks ago, when the Christmas market was still on and we’d had way too much Glühwein, we couldn’t get home because some child had let its balloon fly right into the cables of the subway, thereby causing a massive disruption to the train service. So we decided to go to Meat Us, which is conveniently located between Hauptwache and Konstablerwache.

Meat Us makes a good first impression and on this Thursday night it was quite packed so we were lucky to get a table. As the name suggests, they mostly offer meat – burgers, steak, chicken wings and roast beef sandwiches – but they also have vegetarian options like a hummus plate with pita bread, corn on the cob, a falafel sandwich, a veggie burger or – for pescetarians – a fish burger.

Meat Us Menu

Meat Us at home. Because I live in a cheeseburger.

I chose the Meat Us At Home, a simple cheeseburger with cheddar. I was going to say for 6.50 EUR it’s not the cheapest burger you can buy in Frankfurt, considering you don’t get chips with it (Americans read: fries), but on second thought, Die Kuh die lacht currently charges you 7.50 EUR for a cheeseburger without chips, or if you want it with chips it’s 8.90 EUR at Eschenheimer Turm, 9.60 EUR at Yours, and Chicago Meatpackers even asks for 9.90 EUR. (Admittedly, patty sizes vary.) So I suppose it’s a competitive price, especially considering it’s usually hard to finish the chips anyway and one nice burger can fill the average person up nicely!

Burger

Some assembly required.

Our food was delivered promptly and it turned out to be delicious. The burgers came with a little bowl of coleslaw, the cheese was nice and fragrant and the meat was well done (aren’t burgers always?). I ate it up in no time and was quite satiated and happy.

Burger.

Another burger. Cheesy.

In closing I can say that the food was good and I’d recommend Meat Us – in fact, I’ll definitely go there again sometime!

PS: Der Kultimbiss might have the cheapest cheeseburger yet at 3.40 EUR, and it’s certainly delicious, too, but it’s in Niederrad and it’s essentially fast food, so it doesn’t count.

Food #009: MoschMosch

[MoschMosch]

The MoschMosch menu.

The other day we went to MoschMosch, a Japanese restaurant at Goetheplatz in Frankfurt. The restaurant stretches over two floors, and one of the peculiar things about it is that it doesn’t have individual tables, but rather it has long benches that you have to share with other people. I quite like having space to myself, so we decided to sit at the bar instead. We ordered Kirin and wine and then browsed their menu. MoschMosch doesn’t really cater to real Japanese people, judging by the fact that their menu is in German only, and their dishes have names like Morgensonne (morning sun), Frühlingserwachen (spring awakening) and such.

I decided to go for a Höhenflug – the Ramen with salmon and spinach, carrots, spring onions and other vegetables. The food arrived surprisingly quickly and service was friendly.

[MoschMosch dish]

Höhenflug, i.e. Ramen with salmon and spinach.

My companion had the Katsu Kare Don, which is a bowl of rice with a tonkatsu (Schnitzel), red curry and vegetables, also very yummy. Dishes are between 8,- EUR and 13,- EUR, so for two people with beer/wine it works out to about 25,- EUR.

Katsu Kar&0275; Don

Katsu Kare Don

All in all, it was a nice evening out. Like I said, I’m not a fan of the seating arrangements, but the food was decent and plenty and the service fast.

Music Monday #42: Frühling by Fiva MC

Hello Music Monday followers! Today, a German song. There’s a lot of good German music out there and I should point out more of it, really. This next artist, Fiva MC (real name: Nina Sonnenberg), is a woman from Munich whose music I came across when I heard it on the car radio. They had a special about German unsigned artists, and while I don’t listen to much rap at all, her songs stuck with me. So I looked her up and found that she also does a lot of poetry slams.

It’s nice to find an artist who seems to care about poetry first and the music second. I like text-heavy songs, and one of the many things I admire about Ani DiFranco is her eloquence, the beautiful, descriptive and poetic songs she tends to write. That is certainly also something Fiva has to offer, even though she chose a different genre.

Anyway, see her German Wikipedia page, then check out the video here:

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Fiva MC. Click to see this Video at YouTube.

[Or at this alternate link.]

Lyrics via songextmania.com:

Frühling by Fiva MC

Wenn ich an euch denk, denk ich an Sommer auf Wiesen liegen
Bier genießen, reden bis die Worte fließen wie die Isar
in der Stadt die nie Berlin war, großes Dorf mit Schickeria
hier nicht Fiva sondern Nina, geh gern weg und komm gern wieder
mag die Stadt mit ihren Lichtern, ich häng an den Gesichtern,
an den Mädels, an den Jungs, an den Rappern, an den Dichtern
ich bin hier geboren, aufgewachsen, groß geworden und rausgewachsen
mach hier meine Platten, und seit wir den ersten Auftritt hatten,
steht ihr hinter mir und macht mir den Rücken frei,
wenn ich meine Stücke schreib, ist ein Stück von euch dabei,
ich bin glücklich wenn ich teil was ich erleben darf,
und das Rap euch wenig gibt ist für mich kein Gegensatz,
ihr macht mir im Leben Platz, wenn meins aus den Nähten platzt,
und wenn ich zeitlich gar nichts pack, reicht euch auch ein Nebensatz
alles was ich Heute hab, hab ich nur durch euch geschafft!
Rap lässt mich überleben und ihr gebt mir Lebenskraft

chorus:

Wenn es mehr zu sagen gibt außer “was geht ab?” ist es
“ihr seid mir wichtig, ich bin froh das ich euch hab!”
Selbst wenn ich nach außen hart und zu oft viel zu kühl bin
wird’s immer wenn ich euch seh in mir wieder Frühling!

Wenn ich an euch denk, denk ich an Winter und warmen Kaffee,
den 10. am Tag, weil sonst am Abend nichts geht
an jedes Gespräch zum Thema “Versuchs mal mit kochen!”
Ich hab euer Essen genossen doch die Versprechen gebrochen!
Ich denk an Wein trinken, weinen vor lachen, nicht Heim finden,
dann die Uni verpassen und wenn nicht sitzen wir weit hinten
ihr wollt mich nicht an euch binden, das gibt mir Ruhe zum Schreiben
weil ich nicht bei euch sein muss, um bei euch zu bleiben
wir sehn uns zwischen den Zeiten im Zwischenraum
aus kleinen Mädels wurden richtig große Frauen
alle mit dem großen Traum alles wird anders – Fahrplan und Charakterzüge
neue Freunde, neuer Ort, Leistungsdruck und neue Liebe
und wär da nicht Erinnerung wär vieles schon vergessen,
wenn mich Probleme stressen muss ich meine Mädels treffen,
hier kann ich offen sprechen ohne Angst mich zu verletzen
dass sie mich für Schwächen schätzen macht mich ehrlich in den Texten!

[chorus]

Wenn ich an euch denk, denk ich an Herbst und Volksfestbier
an alle Katastrophen die erst nach 2 Mass passiern
an Pass verliern, küssen und sich krass genieren
doch immer in dem Wissen, dass ihr drüber lacht, anstatt zu kritisieren
ich denk an spazieren gehen und übers verlieren reden
weil die große Liebe so viel Platz nimmt, dass wir uns nicht sehn
denk nicht dran ich würde gehen, wenn ihr nichts von mir hört,
ihr seid tief im meinem Herz, es gibt nichts wo ihr stört,
erinnert euch an all die Nachmittage auf meiner Couch,
ihr wisst wo ihr mich finden könnt, wenn ihr mich braucht
durch euch geb ich nicht auf, weil ihr das niemals zulasst
und wenn ich zu lang verschnauf’ sagt ihr “Nina, tu was!”
und an jedem Tourtag hab ich euch am Telefon
und ihr fragt ob ich es gut hab, grade ohne Mikrofon!
Ihr seid für mich die Familie, mit der noch alles stimmt
Rappen lässt mich überleben, und ihr sorgt für den Wind!

[chorus]

Music Monday #41: Hello Tourist by Emil Rulez

It’s summer and it’s the season for traveling! One place I can recommend is Hungary, a little country with an amazing language, pretty scenery, nice people and good wine. Also, good music! The following song is by a band called Emil.RuleZ!, “a Hungarian pop and alternative jazz band” (says Wikipedia). It gives you a little tour of Budapest and is quite funny, so don’t miss out. If you want to listen to some more Hungarian (and other) music, check out the stream of the Hungarian radio station MR2 here.

Check out the song here (or at this alternative link):

EmilRulez

Click to go to the YouTube video of Hello Tourist.

Lyrics via lyricstime.com:

Hello Tourist by Emil.RuleZ!

Hello tourist du bist in Budapest,
Capitol of Hungary
For a little money I will show you
This beautiful city

I’m a student I am 23
I study sociology
On the very famous eötvös lóránd
Science university

Hello tourist on the right side,
Hello tourist on the left side

This is called Danubius
Which is a river and also a radio
That is a bridge which is called lánc
And also one radio

To the right side you can see the buda part
Which is one half of the city
To the left side you can see the pest
And the parliament of Hungary

Hello tourist on the right side,
Hello tourist on the left side

Look at the hill there is a castle
It was the old king’s residency
We have no more kings
Because Hungary is a parliamental democracy

Hello tourist on the right side,
Hello tourist on the left side

I am sure you are tired now
You can to left now this ship hapci
If you liked the tour you can give me now
Some Hungarian money

We will stop now you can go to casino
Bye-bye arrivederci
I hope you enjoyed the sightseeing tour
Auf Wiedersehen bonne nuit

Hello tourist on the right side,
Hello tourist on the left side
Hello tourist on the right side,
Hello tourist on the left side

Music Monday # 40: Crucify by Tori Amos

Tori Amos turns 50 this year, if I’m not mistaken, and although her birthday is only at the end of August, I still think today is a good day to spread the word about her music to all those who are unaware. We were listening to her on a recent road trip, and my co-pilot kept wondering why she’s singing about cheese. My heart is sick of being in cheeeeeeese. Let me assure you that she is NOT singing about cheese. She’s singing about chains. So here’s the video:

Tori Amos in her Crucify video.

Tori Amos in her Crucify video.

If the video’s not working (note: the sound doesn’t start immediately), you might want to go to this alternative link.

And here are the lyrics, for your reference, directly from azlyrics.com:

Crucify by Tori Amos

Every finger in the room
is pointing at me
I wanna spit in their faces
Then I get afraid of what that could bring
I got a bowling ball in my stomach
I got a desert in my mouth
Figures that my courage would choose to sell out now
I’ve been looking for a savior in these dirty streets
looking for a savior beneath these dirty sheets
I’ve been raising up my hands
Drive another nail in
Just what God needs
One more victim

[Chorus:]
Why do we
Crucify ourselves
Every day
I crucify myself
Nothing I do is good enough for you
Crucify myself
Every day
And my heart is sick of being in chains

Got a kick for a dog
Beggin’ for Love
I gotta have my suffering
So that I can have my cross
I know a cat named Easter
He says will you ever learn
You’re just an empty cage girl
If you kill the bird
I’ve been looking for a savior in these dirty streets
looking for a savior beneath these dirty sheets
I’ve been raising up my hands
Drive another nail in
Got enough guilt to start
my own religion
Please be
Save me
I cry

[Chorus:]
Why do we
Crucify ourselves
Every day
I crucify myself
Nothing I do is good enough for you
Crucify myself
Every day
And my heart is sick of being in chains

See also: Crucify at SongMeanings.com

IKEA Hackers

I found this cool post on IKEA Hackers that I’d like to re-post here for the record. I think it’s quite ingenious what people come up with out of necessity, either because they don’t have a lot of money or because they simply can’t find the furniture they really want.

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A small cheap desk made from IKEA shelves.

This simple desk requires two Expedit shelves, which currently go for 12,99 EUR for the small Expedit and 29,90 EUR for the big Expedit. So you could build a desk like this for EUR 42,89 (which is about $55).

Read more at IKEA Hackers. While you’re there, you might also want to check out the bedroom dress boys.

PlayStation 3 – Waaaait for it!

[PS3 Super Slim]

The PS3 Super Slim. 12 GB aren’t as useful as they used to be.

The E3 is over and I have decided that the next generation of consoles is overrated – apart from the WiiU of course, which is cool – and so I’ve decided to recklessly spend my hard-earned money on a PlayStation 3, Sony’s current console. The PS3 already came out in late 2006, so it’s meanwhile almost 7 years old, and still its graphics are seen as top notch. The price for the “super slim” model with 12 GB has dropped and there are some exclusive games for it that I can’t play on PC or Xbox360, most recently The Last Of Us, which everyone is raving about.

The PS3 still impresses with its graphics.

The PS3 still impresses with its graphics.

I’ve often said that I don’t see why anyone would ever buy a console just to play one or two exclusive games, and I still feel that way. However, what eventually did sell me on the PS3 is the PlayStation Network Plus. For about 45 EUR a year – about the price of Microsoft’s Gold Live membership – Sony gives you several free games every month that you can download and play for as long as you have a PSN+ membership. Even if you only bought two or three games a year in the shops, you’d already be over that amount!

When I received the PS3, I had also ordered a 500GB extra hard disk for it, which I highly recommend. The hard disk came a day later, so once I had set up the PS3, installed the latest update and downloaded one of the free games with my 30-day free trial membership of PSN+, the PS3 already gave me an error that the disk was full.

Without an extra HD, the PS3 Super Slim is pretty useless.

Without an extra HD, the PS3 Super Slim is pretty useless.

When the hard disk arrived the next day and I had installed it – the easiest thing in the world, really, even if you’re not tech savvy – I again stumbled through the confusing menus to get to my free games and set them all to download. It is an impressive list – currently Kingdoms of Amalur, Catherine, Ico & Shadow of the Colossus, Little Big Planet Karting, Xcom: Enemy Unknown and some PS Vita games. I set the PS3 to download overnight and switch off once the last download was done, and wouldn’t you know it, the download of the first game got stuck after about 80% and the PS3 ran all night.

The next day, I moved the PS3 so I could attach it to an Ethernet cable, but the download speed was still very slow. But patience is a virtue, so I waited… and waited…

Eventually, the wait was over and Ico was finally ready on my console, so I eagerly tried to start it and – oh, wait, it needs to be installed first?! Installing takes forever, too. More waiting. When that was done, I tried again to play it but – oh, look, an update is available! So I told the PS3 to download and install the update, which it never did, because it asked me again on my next try if I wanted to get the update. I ignored it and after quite a while of waiting for the game to load, I could FINALLY play Ico.

Anyway, this blog entry is going on forever, just like the load times of a PS3. So I’ll stop here and say that, yes, the PS3 is nice so far because of the free games, the graphics, the fact that I can also watch BluRays with it – but that, geez, after 6 years, you’d think they’d have patched the system enough to reduce the waiting times!