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Wordie: My list of German words

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

So it turns out I really like Wordie. Don’t use it every day, just occasionally when I come across a word that’s worth capturing.

For what it’s worth, here’s the list of currently 60 German words that I have collected over the past year or so:

  • Abendbrot
  • Alltag
  • Angesicht
  • Antlitz
  • Apfelkitsche
  • Blödsinn
  • Brötchen
  • Butterbrot
  • Currywurst
  • doch
  • Ebenbild
  • edel
  • Edelnutte
  • Eselsbrücke
  • Fimmel
  • frohgemut
  • futschikato
  • Gartenzwerg
  • Glanz
  • Goldjunge
  • Griesgram
  • Halunke
  • Heidschnucke
  • Heimat
  • Huckepack
  • Huld
  • Hupkonzert
  • inniglich
  • Kandiszucker
  • knatschig
  • Knilch
  • knorke
  • Knäppchen
  • Lebkuchen
  • Lückenbüßer
  • Mumpitz
  • Rabauke
  • Schelm
  • Schlawiner
  • Schlingel
  • schmunzeln
  • Schnitte
  • Schrottplatz
  • Schweinehund
  • Spekulatius
  • Stulle
  • Totalverlust
  • Tuppes
  • üppig
  • verboten
  • verwunschen
  • Verzierung
  • wacker
  • Wiegenlied
  • woll
  • Wonneproppen
  • wonnich
  • Wunderkind
  • Zugzwang
  • Zwieback

I’m not going into patterns here (I see quite a few), but one thing they all seem to have in common is that they are hard — for me, at least — to translate into English without losing that certain something that makes them special to me as a native.

While this list of words is closed (you can view it but only I can add to it), here’s a fun one I recently started: Political pet names (feel free to add your favorite insults).

Jaxtr private beta: Ready to take your phone calls

Friday, January 26th, 2007

I’m playing with Jaxtr:

Jaxtr was founded in October 2005 by Phillip Mobin and Touraj Parang with the mission to bring voice to social networks and blogs. With the free jaxtr service, users can link their phones with their online network to hear from callers worldwide while keeping their existing phone numbers private.

And jaxtr is not just about hearing from people who visit a user’s profile or blog. By adding their jaxtr link to their email signature, global friends can call our users on their phone with the click of the mouse – without downloading any software, incurring international phone charges or even registering for jaxtr.

When users change their work, home or mobile number, they simply add or update their number on jaxtr; incoming calls then get routed to the phone of their choice. They can even block callers from reaching them or specify on a per-caller basis which callers can reach them live and which get routed to voice mail. Isn’t that sweet?

Techcrunch did a little write-up in December: Jaxtr Widget Lets Social Networkers Chat On Real Live Phones

With the launch of jaxtr’s beta, the company also announced that LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Guericke has joined the company as chief executive officer.

“There is nothing less satisfying than creating a social network page or blog and not getting a response,” said Guericke. “Social networks are a catalyst for people to meet, and jaxtr ‘jacks up’ the power of networks to help users make new connections. By putting a widget on their social network page or blog, jaxtr users can hear from callers worldwide on their existing landline or mobile phone.”

This thing is wired to my cell for now. Feel free to give it a try, just keep in mind I may be in a different time zone than you are (I’m on the West Coast).  Try not to wake me up in the middle of the night.
I get the feeling I need to switch to a three-column design soon to make space for all these widget things.

FormCamp Munich, February 13-14

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Wow, totally hadn’t heard of this one: FormCamp is happening in Munich this weekend, February 13-14, sponsored by Yahoo.

At FormCamp, they are trying to build an easy-top-use form framework that will help build forms quickly while taking into account things like form validation and overall accessibility.

Via web output: Barcamps 2007 - es geht weiter ab!

Resources for Germans moving to the San Francisco Bay Area

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

I get asked a lot from people who think about moving here. I tell them there is quite a large and active German community in the San Francisco Bay Area. My guess is that whatever question you have, someone must have already figured it out. So here is a list of resources I usually mention:

  • San Francisco Stammtisch — They meet once a month and have about 1,000 people on their mailing list. Check the archives and find answers to the most common questions for newbies (moving, job search, health insurance, driver’s licence, bank account etc.)
  • German American Business Association of California (GABA) — GABA is a member-driven non-profit organization that fosters transatlantic knowledge-sharing and networking among German-American and Californian business and tech communities. They do one or two networking events every month, which address critical business, technical and leadership issues, with specific industry programs focused on life science, semiconductors, venture capital, and legal corporate governance, among others.
  • GABA-Stammtisch — This discussion group is over 7 year old and has 700+ members. It deals with all sorts of business issues that are relevant to the German community in Silicon Valley. Members discuss issues ranging from visa, employement to where one can get real German bread in Silicon Valley.
  • Craigslist — Local listings for everything from jobs, cars and apartments to language courses, restaurants and nannies.
  • Software Development Forum (SDForum) — If you’re in IT, SDForum is a great place to get involved. Their programs cover a broad range of topics and are usually of superb quality.
  • More job search tools: LinkedIn, Simply Hired, Craigslist, KITlist, KITlist Tech, Yahoo! Hotjobs, Dice

From my personal experience, the German expatriates who live here have generally been very helpful, willing to share their information and their professional networks.

New Plazers out

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Felix of Plazes has just announced New Plazers. Available for download on the Plazes website. Whee!


Friday, July 29th, 2005

Just downloaded SubEthaEdit. Nice! And guess what: it’s Made in Germany!