I’m officially 29!

October 28, 2006 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Lifestyle | 4 Comments

Here is some good news. I entered my biological date (32.5) and 18 more items (health of family, eating & drinking habits, friends and relations, work and spare time) into a socalled biochronometer (ok, it’s from RTL = private television) and after having done its calculations the machine tells me that I am:

Ihr kalendarisches Alter beträgt 32 Jahre. Ihr biologisches Alter beträgt etwa 29.4 Jahre.

You’ll have to speak German to take this tests, and while the result is probably a lie, it is still quite comforting:

Wie alt sind Sie wirklich?

Random German Names

October 26, 2006 at 10:41 am | Posted in Funny Stuff, German | Leave a comment

This is for all my Austrian friends who cannot stop taking the piss about German names. Two days ago on the train to Feldkirch I eavesdropped on a group of four male secondary school kids, 13 or 14 years old, to whom the name “Volker” appeared to be an inexhaustible source of delight. They would have loved this machine:

Real name creator by Alex Jonas

Here is a selection of some of the names it suggested to me:

Rosemarie Weik
Dirk Kothe
Robert Reis
Catja Seipel
Ramona Nehring
Isabel Haß

Ten worst URLs

October 25, 2006 at 10:40 pm | Posted in Funny Stuff | 2 Comments

I stumbled upon this collection of the worst URLs today on this passado blog (via stumbleupon.com). Some of them are hoaxes, some are real… number 7 is beyond me, let me know if you have more insights…

1. A site called ‘Who Represents‘ where you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity. Their domain name… wait for it… is

2. Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at

3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at

4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at

5. Then of course, there’s the Italian Power Generator company…

6. And now, we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales:

7. If you’re looking for computer software, there’s always

8. Welcome to the First Cumming Methodist Church . Their website is

9. Then, of course, there’s these brainless art designers, and their whacky website:

10. Want to holiday in Lake Tahoe ? Try their brochure website at

Be your own advertisement!

October 21, 2006 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Whilst procrastinating away from housework, I stumbled upon this Kreativ-Simulator on the site of a German trade magazine for the advertising industry. It allows you to upload your own picture (or: creative, as they are targetting agencies) to see what it would look like as a city advert. Quite nice!

Be an advert!

Back in touch with Kiki

October 15, 2006 at 6:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On Friday this weekend I went to Munich to see Kiki again. Hadn’t seen her for ages (and I was the person to blame for this). She’s moving to Brussels soon, so I figured this would be the last chance in a while to rekindle the friendship.

Getting to know old friends anew beats getting to know new friends anyway – you don’t start from scratch, most of the other’s peculiarities you already know anyway (and he/she knows yours), and on top of that you get a much more mature and interesting friend than the one you had in the past (and hopefully you are going to be more mature and maybe even more interesting, too).

Kiki and me
Kiki and me

Anyhow, I had a very nice time in Munich, we still fundamentally agree on the most important issues in the life of an early thirty something (e.g. on the inferiority of jealous girlfriends of male friends, the strange behaviour of men regarding the eating and drinking habits of their pregnant girlfriends/wife, the fact that the pursuit of happiness through a career is highly overrated…. or so I seem to remember it).

Kiki's kickass pumps
Kiki’s kickass pumps

On top of that, she convinced me that Munich isn’t half as evil as thought it to be – all the bars we went to were relaxed, nice music, easy going patrons, only the beer was a bit hard difficult to swallow (kinda to yeasty, couldn’t finish even half a litre in an hour). Oh, and in one bar, they created a cocktail especially for Kiki and named it after her. In the same spot they offered nine (!) types of soap in the restrooms (but no toilet paper…).

Quality of the pictures is rather abysmal… at least I managed to capture one of Kiki’s dimples (she claims they are wrinkles now, but I have to disagree…).

Kiki's kickass pumps


October 15, 2006 at 6:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment


Originally uploaded by anajemstaht.

Matthias (Nolz) sends me this pic of an alley somewhere in the East of Austria (was it Graz?) bearing my surname… guess I don’t have to battle hard to make a name for myself any more, I’ll just refer to this one.

Should ask him which cell phone he uses – quality of the picture is much better than the pics from my phone. Need to get a new one anhow…

The business of Pink, pt. 1

October 9, 2006 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Teaching English | Leave a comment


Originally uploaded by anajemstaht.

Something rather nice happened to me today: I got a prezzie from one of the students (one of those who qualified for the exemption exam – hence no worries about being bribed here); apparently I’ve been wearing pink a bit too often (but have to concede that PINK instills a kind of calm bliss in me that no other color will achieve – I wouldn’t mind living in an entirely pink home. Or world, for that matter).

Here it is: A book entirely dedicated to the business of pink.

P.S.: And posting pictures with flickr runs so smoothely that I would probably jerk off if I were a guy (male API programmer, that is to say). I can’t belives it’s not butter!

The giant pink bunny rabbit

October 9, 2006 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Teaching English | 1 Comment

The giant pink bunny rabbit

Originally uploaded by anajemstaht.

And this is my favourite work of art in it (so far).

If you want to learn more about this peculiar stuffed bunny rabbit, visit Gelitin’s page.


October 7, 2006 at 9:21 am | Posted in Teaching English, Web 2.0 | 4 Comments

Hell, good morning. Day 2 on my WP blog. Had been trying for at least a dozen of times to import my blogspot posts yesterday, but the system always gave me a 404. Wrote a message to WP instead, let’s see by when they might have fixed it (or it is their problem at all).

Also, worked on my next lesson (Popular texts) until past 1 in the morning – mainly because I don’t want to be working on the weekend. In theory, one should be able to prepare one’s lessons in such a timely manner that you don’t end up burning the midnight oil. But while the steps that need to be taken to write a lesson plan for a grammar lesson are fairly easy to anticipate, its not quite the same with those content-based courses. Btw, I also set up a blog to document my and the students’ research for the course, but I am not supposed to disclose the URL to the public – at least that’s what the admin said. They are currently working on a WP based solution for student and faculty blogs… suddenly it’s blogs blogs blogs everywhere. Also need to write about the BLOG TALK that I went to on Tuesday, hosted by a web 2.0 company of the name LOVELY SYSTEMS. But I’ll do that in a different post.

Wheew, I’ve just added the category Daily routine, and have to say once more: I love all those dynamic, hyper-interactive widgets they’ve built into the site.

To Do for the weekend: Get a flickr account, like automatthias did (wheew, setting links is also cool in WP), to continue to include pictures in this blog.It’s becoming a bit texty now.

Huzzah! I’m on WordPress!

October 6, 2006 at 11:50 am | Posted in Web 2.0 | 8 Comments

Kewl. I have immediately taken a liking to WP’s layout and features, and will continue blogging on anaj.wordpress.com

While this name is not very smart from a marketing point of view (that one would rather recommend to use migrationoffice.wordpress.com), I am rather fond of the idea of LOSING traffic these days. I’ve cancelled the registration of my *.de domain of eight years three weeks ago without leaving a message earlier (was a but displeased about some Bulgarian offshore company immediately snatching the domain and abusing it to plant a virus, though).

But in the wake of this whole web 2.0 thingy, which brought in a new wave of users discovering the interweb for themselves, and with all the public and private rekindling of fast-money-on-the-web-schemes, I do believe that the only possible stance one can take as an individual is to not give a bean about traffic mania and similar aspirations… been down with web 1.0 (and badly let down by it), don’t need to start another frenzy about web 2.0.

Btw, anaj is my first name, but reversed: I’m Jana.

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