Archive for April, 2006

Outdoor-themed design

Aeiko says: “Designers spend around 90% of their waking life in front of a computer so the most appealing genre for a wallpaper would be one has beautiful design mixed with the all important aspect of being outdoors. I organised a mini exhibition of nature themed / topological wallpapers from me and other selected designers. Check it out at –

The blue goals of Hamburg

They’re everywhere – on the rooftops of buildings, in lakes, in the middle of the street, all around the city. One google image search pinpoints some, others can be found through various webcams. There are about 300 of them “lying around”, and in case you haven’t guessed already, Blue Goals is an art/lighting project in celebration of the upcoming summer world cup, in which some games are to be hosted in Hamburg. In case you don’t read German, here’s an article in English, and if you’re so inclined, you can order your very own mini blue goal for a whopping €149 (not including shipping). How about that!

Edit: Please do check out the images on flicker tagged as “blue goal” – very pretty photos.


Shay’s recent post reminded me that there’s no time like the present to put up a list of recent linkages. Here are my most recent points of interest, in no particular order (oder?)

Plazes – Geomapping location-based social network. Very cool.

Techgurls – Geek girl bloggers.

Geotagr - Simple utility to find lat/long and geotag your flickr images.

43 live Hamburg webcams - How’s the weather in beef patty city today?

Vitamin – Magazine and news blog for web designers and developers.

Poordesigners – Design or die.

PingMag – Japanese design magazine in English.

Commemorating Holocaust day in Germany

My memory may fail me, but I don’t recall ever marking Holocaust day while I was abroad travelling. This should be my first Holocaust day not only without my family, not only in a foreign country, but in Germany, of all places. It feels a little mediocre. Holocaust memorial day in Israel is one of the most impotant events of the year. We all stand silent for a few minutes at 10:00am to remember our families and friends who were killed in the Holocaust by the hands of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime. Israelis everywhere give a moment of silence; in office buildings, high rises, trains, people get out of their cars on the highway to stand silent at the side of the road. Holocaust memorial day is an important event and an even more important tradition.

When the 10:00am siren went off in Israel, it was 09:00am in Hamburg and I was asleep in bed. I woke up at 09:34, ate breakfast, had tea, took a shower and went to the park to do my homework and then to the pharmacy to buy razor blades. The sun was shining, the ducks were celebrating the weather, people were riding their bikes, a pair of young boys were standing on a bridge next to the underground station with a song book singing “Oh when the saints come marching in…”.

Throughout all of this, one could easily forget that just two generations ago, this country’s regime killed millions of people, many with their bare hands. And for that fact alone, today’s sun is shining just a little less brighter.

I’d like to do my part in remembering these millions today, by sharing with you the names of my family members who were killed by the Nazis. May they rest in peace and forever be remembered.

Ala Tocker
Viera Tocker
Haya Tocker
Sara Tocker
Abrasha Tocker
Moniea Tocker
Riva Tocker
Bat Sheva Tocker
Jerachmiel Tocker
Sonya Tocker now supports coComment

My blog now has integrated support with coComment, an online comment-tracking system for folks who have a tendancy to lose track of their comments throughout the blogosphere. Recommended to me by my friend Shay, it’s now possible to keep track of your comments and conversations on without having to use the coComment bookmarklet. In case you’re wondering, coComment is an online interface serving as a centralized center for you to keep track of the comments you make on other blogs. If any other of the blog commenters are also registered with coComment, it will preview their comments for you on your personal conversations page. The folks running this service are planning on extending that functionality, though, so that you’ll be able to keep track of everyone’s replies, and not just registered users.

If you’re logged into coComment, you’ll see a small box by the comment submit button on this post’s page, which will allow you to insert tags for your comment and other information. If you install the bookmarklet, it works on virtually every site with a commenting system, including flickr!
Give it a try!


This is a photo of the bizarre bedside lamp we picked up this afternoon during our field trip to Ikea, called Spöka. It turns on and off by a slight tap on the head, and emits a blue glowing light when turned on.

I’m in love…

She shall be mine…

Woran denkst du?

Signed up for school today.

Out of confusion, or perhaps excitement, I ended up purchasing the entirely wrong coursebook. The colon language center is very different from my experience with the Goethe Institute in Tel Aviv. The classes are smaller, more intimate (we are six students), “foreign” languages (English) are forbidden during classtime, the structure of the lessons is more compact it’s a thrice (can I say that? If not, I just made up a word) weekly arrangement.

This morning’s class, however, brought into play the outcome of one of the main reasons I chose to study German in the first place: communication. While this seems obvious to anyone who speaks any language, it becomes more of a feeling of triumph when you start to realize that you’re capable of communicating with people you would have otherwise not been able to. My class, although small, seems to be largely multicultural with people having Farsi, Japanese, Portuguese and Italian as their first languages. Not all of these speak English on a conversational level, and the fact that I can communicate verbally with these people in German makes it worthwhile.

Tomorrow I have to go back to the language center to replace the book I accidentally bought, and sit down and do some catching up. Hopefully I can find a nice park bench on the bank of the Alster to do my homework on, or else I’ll be running around at home between the cleaning lady’s legs.

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