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Liebster Award, time for a drink!

Tagging is apparently still a thing! Thanks to the lovely hosts at the Bildungstrinken podcast, I’ve been nominated for something called a “Liebster Award” and get to tell you about my relationship with alcohol.

1. What is your favorite drink?

This tends to change seasonally. A nice glass of red wine always sits well with me, but right now my absolute favorite is the Smoky Chocolate. Last Season it was the Bramble.

2. When did you drink alcohol for the first time?

I first tried alcohol at an extended family dinner. Both my uncle and my grandfather (z”l) had the obscene habit of mixing themselves Jack Daniels & Coke at every family dinner, several glasses a meal. It didn’t taste very good to a ten year-old and I don’t like Jack n’ Coke any better now that I’m in my 30s.

3. Which drink do you regret the most?

Tequila and milk. I was 16. Please don’t judge.

4. Bar or pub?

Depends on the company. I’ll choose the bar 99% of the time. For the 1% of my excursions which involve British people, it’ll be a pub.

5. Champagne or sparkling wine?

I’m not fussed. Champagne, Sekt, Cremont, Prosecco, Cava… preferably with gin, lemon and honey.

6. Who would you like to drink with?

If given the choice, I’d love to have a drink or two with Professor Brian Cox, particle physicist. First of all – physicists know how to party (as is evident by the Halloween gigs I attended at the DESY canteen). Second, I find his work as both a physicist and science explainer fascinating and I would love to pick his brain for a few hours. I promise to not mention D:Ream.

7. Where (or at who’s) would you like to drink?

Someday, I’d love to spend a day at the Binyamina Winery. At this very moment I’d like a drink at La Banca in Berlin (Formerly Bebel Bar).

8. What does your home bar look like?

My home bar is comprised of about 15 bottles of gin, two bottles of vodka, three bottles of rum, five bottles of whisky and a few odd liquors and spirits. It all belongs to moeffju, I get to mooch off of it at my discretion. I also have a rather nice collection of red wines.

9. Describe your ice cube

I really like round ice for its aesthetic and technical aspects, but making these at home can be a bit finicky, even with the right type of mold. My second choice is the square ice cube, which is about twice the size of a standard home freezer ice cube.

10. What is your Gin and Tonic recommendation?

Hendrick’s + Thomas Henry or Monkey 47 Beef Cut (if you can get it) + 1724. If you’re feeling flirty, try a Sloe Gin with Fever Tree.

11. How would you fight a hangover?

I really dislike getting drunk, so I often manage to avoid a hangover in the first place. If I end up with one too many drinks and a headache the next day, I make sure to get enough water in and take an ibuprofen. I’m really quite good at knowing my limits and staying away from drinking too much alcohol.

Paying it forward:

I nominate these bloggers:

To follow these rules:

  • Answer the below 11 questions
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers for the Liebster Award
  • Create a new list of 11 questions for these bloggers
  • Let them know of the nomination

…and answer these 11 questions:

  1. If you were born in Europe of the middle ages, what kind of profession would you adopt?
  2. If you would be offered a new life on a deserted island with 20 people of your choosing and no way to contact the rest of civilisation, would you accept?
  3. What does your daily rhythm look like when you perform and feel your best?
  4. What is your favorite dish or type of dish to cook, and why?
  5. Which historical figure would you have liked to have met, and why?
  6. Do you collect anything? If so, what?
  7. What do you think is the single biggest obstacle to the cultural, social an technological development of humankind in the current age?
  8. How do you think people will be consuming media (news, entertainment) in 20 years?
  9. What is more important to you in social situations – to be liked, or to be respected?
  10. What is the biggest fear you have conquered as an adult?
  11. Chocolate, vanilla or cookie dough?

Beaker’s Never gonna give you up

I have obviously been living under a rock, because this is probably one of the best videos I’ve seen since Internet People.

How to add a “get firefox” site ribbon for IE visitors

Throughout coding this website, the amount of IE-specific CSS hacks I’ve had to resort to has been startling. IE’s (mis)handling of simple margins and padding attributes while adding said attributes in places in which they were not defined is embarrassing. Internet Explorer is a joke. :twisted:

Yesterday’s Freakanalytics disclosed that 25% of my site visitors still use IE. I figured to use IE’s weaknesses to my advantage to add a site ribbon that only IE users will see, urging them to get Firefox. This is what it looks like.

Surprisingly, when deliberately trying to work with IE’s weaknesses instead of against them, this turned out to be rather easy. Here’s what I did:

Start off with a ribbon image or some other image. Mine says “Internet Explorer users, try Mozilla Firefox”, but you can use any text you want. Download the PSD here if you’d like to see how I created mine (public domain). Upload the image to your images folder.

Next, insert the following hack into your CSS file or header:

* html .IE {
(src='', sizingMethod='crop');

The “* html” bit at the beginning is somewhat of a controversial hack, but it works in order to make sure that browsers other than IE ignore this styling, since they don’t support this command. The “filter:progid:” bit at the bottom is an IE tweak to make sure that IE6 supports the PNG transparency of the image. Make sure to replace the URL in the code to the path of your image. Please make sure that the last two lines of this code (“filter:progid” and “(src”) do not break as above – I needed to break the javascript into two lines so it wouldn’t break my blog in this post.

Next, insert the following code within your page’s body tags. I recommend putting it straight after the body tag opens:

<div class="IE" onclick="'');"></div>

That’s it! I’m sure there are alternative ways to do this, but as I’ve said before: “I’m a designer, Jim, not a developer!” :D

Please post any alternative methods in the comments.

Edit: Aleks recommends using this method instead.


When sitting down to redesign a website, it’s always a good idea to take a hard look at the previous user stats and sift for details which will help you build a better webpage. Of course, me being myself, I didn’t do this. But I am looking at my stats now. So there!

Just looking at user stats isn’t enough, though. You need to dive deep into the bowels of the numbers and pie charts and graphs in order to uncover the really interesting facts. I am consistently in awe of my coworker, the conversion manager (who has a PhD in Particle Physics) and his ability to form numbers into sense. Me, I start sweating when ringing up the bill at a bar.

The user stats for tell an interesting story of my readers. Some are friends, some are family, some lurkers, some are just weird. But here’s what the numbers have to say about you lot.

You’re geeky, german and bored.
Digg users spend the most time on my site, averaging 7 minutes per visit. Users in Germany average at 5 minutes.

You’re confused.
Top google search keywords include “purpose of lipstick” and “google earth oops”.

You’re browsing with a widescreen laptop.
The top 2 screen resolutions are 1280×800 and 1440×900.

You think different.
30% of you are using a Mac.

One of you is a massive freak.
Exactly one (1) of my readers is browsing with a Nintendo Wii.

You like the blond girls.
The overwhelming majority of you are connected through Alice DSL

You’re surfing.
45% of visitors arrive through referring sites.

You’re talking about me behind my back
A few users were referred to my site through a link in gmail or Windows Live mail.

You’re into cellphones.
My top viewed blog content is mobile-related.

You’re designing business cards.
My downloadable template is pretty popular.

What you see is what you get.
The overwhelming majority of users who arrive on the blog main page don’t visit any other page.


Blogs are not dead…they’re resting (Dead Blogger Sketch)

I actually posted this before, but since migrating over to the new design, I broke fixed my character encoding. This is based on Monty Python’s famous Dead Parrot Sketch (watch this first if you’re not familiar).

Dead Blogger Sketch

The cast:

The sketch:
A customer enters a datacenter.

Mr. Bloglines: ‘Ello, I wish to register a complaint.
(The owner does not respond.)

Mr. Bloglines: ‘Ello, Miss?

Owner: What do you mean “miss”?

Mr. Bloglines: I’m sorry, my computer has a virus. I wish to make a complaint!

Owner: We’re closin’ to restart our generators.

Mr. Bloglines: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this blogger what I installed in a rack not half an hour ago from this very facility.

Owner: Oh yes, the, uh, the Drupal Fork … What’s, uh … What’s wrong with it?

Mr. Bloglines: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. ‘E’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it!

Owner: No, no, ‘e’s uh,…his IM’s on idle.

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…and now for something completely different ( 2.0)

The Christmas holiday here in Germany has given me some time to sit down on my tuchus and get creative. Besides trying my hands in digital sculpting in ZBrush, I’ve also given this website a much needed redesign. I know that the previous version of this website had it’s fans (in the words of Lior: “If you redesign your website, I will have to kill you”), but after three years, it was time for a change. I wanted “simple pretty”. So here it is.

There are still some styling bugs here and there (especially if you’re browsing with Internet Explorer, which you shouldn’t, anyway), so please excuse the slightly unswept floor. Thanks a million to Mark and Matthias for helping me test and debug.

Besides the design, I’ve also rewritten the about page and I’m testing out a voicemail widget, so if you’d like to leave me a voice message you can do so on the contact page (flash required).

And for all the lovely folks who have been inquiring how the holiday season has been treating me, I leave you with this: on s60 with Mobbler – my life is now complete

If you’re a music fan who isn’t familiar with, I hope there are showers and hot meals under that rock where you’ve been living. is the web’s largest and most well-known music recommendation engine. Plug your music into it (instructions are easy to follow) and it will run fancy-schnazzy algorithms on your music library to determine which other tracks and artists you may like, too. It works very well. have an iPhone application, but that seems to be the extent of their mobile device support. Thankfully, they have an API and a large community of developers who are more than happy to scratch an itch.

Mobbler is an open-source radio player client for s60 phones. There have been several attempts in the past to develop such a client for the platform, but Mobbler is the first which doesn’t come with a long list of dependancies and sports a more-than-usable UI. It allows you to listen to your radio streams on your mobile, including your recommended tracks as well as general tag and artist radio. It will also allow you to listen to music that you already have on your device and “scrobble” it to your library.

If you’re an owner of a s60 mobile phone (with wi-fi or an unlimited data plan) and are as big a fan of as I am, this application will make your holiday season complete. I’m one happy camper.

Barcamp: Caught in the act by @moeffju #bchh08


Originally uploaded by moeffju

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