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Feb 25, 2011

Skype makes international calls easier and cheaper

Calling any phone in the world through skype is pretty affordable anyway. Now you can do that for up to nine numbers straight from your phone without voice prompts.

Feb 25, 2011

Learn German and keep your brain healthy

According to the guardian “research suggests that bilingual people can hold Alzheimer’s disease at bay for longer, and that bilingual children are better at prioritising tasks and multitasking.”

Here are some benefits for our family:
– Bilingual kids learn multitasking a lot easier.
– Alzheimer symptoms will begin 5 years later.

One downside they don’t mention:
– Having to switch between languages causes headache, at least in the first few months of bilingualism!

One question remains unanswered:
The most-widely used, non-English language in American households is Spanish. How came that the Educational Attainment of Spanish native-speakers is lower than that of white monoglots?

Feb 25, 2011

socialize vs twitterfeed

Looking over my posts of the last week I notice that twitterfeed processed some immediately, most of them delayed and others not at all. Since my facebook wall gets its posts from twitter, my friends there miss out on some stuff that I write. Since the feed runs through feedburner anyway, it is time to give socialize a try. So this is the first post burned through socialize.

Feb 21, 2011


PlayersPrayers was started on March 30th in 2004. This blog was a place where sport meets spirituality. On December 14th 2006 an international edition was launched. All of the international articles are now part of my consolidated lifestream at The two former blogs are discontinued. Old photos can still be viewed on flickr and videos on youtube.

Feb 17, 2011

Facebook Adds LGBT-Friendly Relationship Status Options

Rainbow FacebookMashable reports that effective immediately, U.S. residents can choose between “In a domestic partnership” and “In a civil union,” along with the usual roster of relationship options. That is pretty neat but I wonder why they limit the options in the first place:

– In your Basic Information you can only be Female or Male and
only be interested in Women and/or Men.
– For Featured People you now have 11 options to describe your relationship status. For Family relationships you have 16 options but in-laws, foster or step-relationships are not even permissible.
– The Philosophy department is where facebook actually lets wisdom rule: Your Religion and your Political Views you can enter as free text.

Please, Mark Zuckerberg, stick with your Basic Information:
About – I’m trying to make the world a more open place by helping people connect and share.
Personal Interests – openness, making things that help people connect and share what’s important to them, revolutions, information flow, minimalism

Let people decide for themselves how they relate to one another: FREE TEXT FOR ALL!

Feb 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s!

These berries are hand-dipped by all members of our family, half of which had to change clothes.

Feb 10, 2011

Volkswagen: The Making of “The Force” Commercial

Bloopers and deleted scenes from Volkswagen’s “The Force” commercial.

Jan 31, 2011

Potato Pancakes

Reibekuchen American style, super easy and yummy with applesauce

Jan 14, 2011

Super Girls

Two impressions from a very special day:

Marie's first day of Skiing at 3 years and 5 days old.

Marie’s first day of Skiing at 3 years and 5 days old.

The Federal Republic of Germany sent their official welcome present to Phoebe:
A coffee mug. Love it!

Aug 23, 2009

Phoebe Katharina Haas

Filled with gratefulness and joy we announce our daughter’s birth:
Phoebe Katharina Haas was delivered by cesarean on August 22 2009 at 3:47 pm.
She was 21 in tall and weighed 7 lbs 12 oz. Mother and child are in good health.
Now Marie is a proud and loving big sister!