The Mac is Back – Somewhat

The Mac is Back – Somewhat

Until very recently, I was so dismayed about what the hell Apple is doing with the Mac, that I was seriously considering an exit strategy*. The last few years it was always about iOS this, iPhone that – which is of little interest to me. I’m a creator, I need a...
Usability isn’t Only For Noobs

Usability isn’t Only For Noobs

“Developers will be using this, so it doesn’t need to be super simple”, or “Technical users can figure this out, it doesn’t need to be streamlined for n00bs”. That’s like saying “this book is for cryptologists, so print it in your shoddy handwriting,...
Learning & Remembering German Nouns

Learning & Remembering German Nouns

My younger son has only been to Germany once, and while I had him attend Kindergarten there for two months and he was once able to speak simple sentences it is all but gone now that he’s eight years old. It is quite a challenge to have him remember even the...
Kilian vs Evil Dead

Kilian vs Evil Dead

For months I had been wondering what costume to wear on Halloween. Star Wars? Nah, been there, done that. And after The Force Awakens, the new Star Wars has less appeal to me anyway. Old geezers prefers to live in the past… Doctor Who? Too unknown (in Japan). Also...
The Mystery of The Other “s”

The Mystery of The Other “s”

In German, beside the common ‘s’ we have a letter ß called Scharfes ‘s’ (sharp ‘s’). Sometimes it is also somewhat old-fashionedly referred to as Eszett, literally ‘s-z’. Why would anyone need more than one “s”? – you might ask and you’ll find to your surprise that...
72 and Not a Bit Rusty

72 and Not a Bit Rusty

When I got tickets last year for Paul McCartney’s OUT THERE tour the concert was cancelled. Paul got a virus. Fast forward one year and Paul is coming to Tokyo again. This time round I didn’t care how much the tickets would cost, I just got two. And he came, he...