Topic: Lifestyle (83 articles)


“Creating your own Job is sexy – and the Internet makes it possible”

Everyone loves the Internet. It’s a place of endless music, streaming movies, research, shopping opportunities and cat pictures. It enables us to talk with people on the other side of the planet at the tap of a finger. In short,…

December 20, 2012, by

Indie Publishing

The Flipped Office: Work at Home, Relax Outside

The concept of the “flipped classroom” refers to a reversal of traditional teaching, where the lecturing part happens outside of the classroom (i.e. through videos, reading, etc.) and the exercise or interaction part happens inside the classroom. While the “flipped…

October 31, 2012, by


Botanicula: The Return Of Creative Adventure Games

I grew up with adventure games. Without characters like Zak McKracken, Guybrush Threepwood, Roger Wilco or Dr. Fred, my childhood is hard to imagine. Not only did these characters teach me the first meaningful sentences of English outside of an education…

May 2, 2012, by

Language Learning

How to Ease the Culture Shock of an International Move

An international move is both exciting and scary. Whether you move for work, pleasure or school, you will face culture shock. Consider lessening the impact of culture shock when you learn the language, make logistical decisions and adjust to the…

April 26, 2012, by


Small Controlled Bursts Of Boredom: A Cure For Contemporary Click-Frenzies?

“The things people do out of sheer boredom! They study out of boredom; they pray out of boredom; they fall in love, get married and reproduce out of boredom; in the end they die out of boredom.” It was the German author Georg Büchner who put…

April 16, 2012, by


Has Content Curation Become A New Creativity For The Masses?

When I first heard the term “digital content curation” I thought of Picasso-peddling online arts merchants, vernissages on Facebook and high heeled iPhone users staggering through Italian designer boutiques. But what does it really mean? Traditionally, the term curator refereed to…

March 27, 2012, by


Kindle & Co: Between The Revolution and Degeneration of Reading Ebooks

The first ebook I ever saw (it was at the end of the 90s) was one of these “How To Make Money Online” schemes. It came with all the obligatory gratuitous images of bank notes, long sales letter including “social…

March 21, 2012, by

Language Learning

6 Tips For A Modern Study Space

1. Learning On the Go Once upon a time, the student trudged to a big brick building where he sat secluded away from sights, sounds and mocha lattes. There he buried himself in books, note cards and oversized reference materials….

March 15, 2012, by


All You Need Is A Good Idea: How We Create Our Own ‘Entertainment Industry’

In the wake of publishing two picture books for German language learners I became aware again of how how the Internet is the perfect roadbed for fresh ideas. Both of these publications have become instant best sellers.  Did I need…

February 20, 2012, by


Why We Don’t Need Anti-Piracy Laws But More Artist & Consumer Awareness

In the wake of recent discussions about ACTA, SOPA, PIPA and a number of other Orwellian acronyms, the lines have been drawn rigidly. While the claims of anti-piracy lobbyists that illegal downloads destroy artists’ lives and lead to the annihilation…

February 14, 2012, by


5 Simple Facts You Can Learn From A Computer Crash

Last week every user’s worst nightmare paid me a visit: the full fledged system crash. While I documented the death, resurrection and salvaging on Twitter, here are some conclusions from the whole episode. (As usual, what happened is rather inconclusive:…

February 5, 2012, by


Time Management For Freelancers And Power Procrastinators

During any given day I do a lot of different things. I’m working on short stories, help people with their WordPress websites and German skills, write blog posts like this one and try to be a normal human being that…

January 29, 2012, by