Archive for March, 2009

Camp Méditerrané 2010

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Summer 2010.

A series of conversations, meetups, barcamps all around the Mediterranean.

A collaborative journey in between places, worlds, cultures.

A North-South, East-West, Orient-Occident cross-pollination.

Some travel required. No shortage of topics.

Anyone game?

PS: Thanks for the inspiration, Cem!

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).

Not in Austin? How about DIYxSW!

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Man, I’m so bummed I can’t be in Austin at South by this year for all the amazing partinsightful sessions and enlightening panel discussions, not to mention the great beernice people.

If you’re similarly stricken, come drown your sorrows and join the alternative backchannel:, channel #diyxsw

It’s BYO beer.