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Building a Tiny House

3rd of December

This is the post that I really wanted to write but felt like I need my own blog for it. So now, after spending a few days creating this blog and writing some other posts, it’s time. 

Spoiler: this is the completed result. Now how did I get here?
Spoiler: this is the completed result. Now how did I get here?

First Off, Why Build a Tiny House? 

For playing the drums 🥁.

My journey towards playing the drums has been going on for about 20 years now and never gotten to a fully satisfactory status so far. There are so many problems for an aspiring drummer, it’s kind of tough to get there.

First, in my childhood years, when I first wanted to start learning how to play the drums, my parents were against it. A bit later, I kind of managed to persuade them through the old strategy of nagging until they gave their Okay.

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Throwing Away Money

21st of November

I have started a new experiement, as I do. This one is not about buying new expensive stuff as the title suggests in a click-baity way, but about being more compassionate and building empathy.

The Experiment

For about a week now, I’ve been putting 1 and 2 Euro coins into my jacket’s front pocket for easy access and I will give at least 1 Euro to every single beggar or homeless person I see.


I used to not understand the problem that lies behind being homeless. Here in Germany, everyone is entitled to a (small) basic income and a rental apartment, right? You just have to show up at the Job Center from time to time and state your claim and you’re fine, right?

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Creating a JavaScript Color Theme Animation

27th of September

As you might know, I run another blog mainly for my marathon running hobby. It can be found at www.teesches-marathons.eu. Design-wise, I keep it as simple as possible – not unlike this blog –, but from time to time I like to throw in some minor changes like little quirky experiments. 

This post is a description of how one of these came into existence. 

I really like the hex code color of #3399ff, or #39f in short form. It’s a bright blue with a hint more green than red in it. Whenever I need an accent color for anything, like for example a link color or header background color, I use this first. 


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Time the Time!

25th of September

Is the time for single purpose website over? Maybe a few more years, what do you think? Make your guess and set your own timer with my new single purpose website!

www.timethetime.com – Set Up a Free Countdown Timer and Share It!

Granted, this marketing copy leaves room for improvement. But the tool does what it says it does.

Earlier this year I thought it would be nice to build a very simple countdown timer tool, because I needed one and all the others I found were looking horribly. Also, in contrast to every programmer on earth, I really like playing with the problems that the world’s inconsistent timezones bring with them. There’s something fascinating in it for me. I used some helpful libraries, JavaScript and a bit of good old PHP/MySQL and threw this together in about a week. 

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The iPhone XS First Day Apple Store Experience

21st of September

I’ve been having a mobile phone contract for more than 20 years now, and it always had the routine included of getting a new phone every 24 months. Some little changes here and there, but it never made sense to go to an Apple Store on an iPhone release day to buy one directly.

Until Today.

I had heard a bit about it, seen the pictures of crazy crowds storming into the Store at 8 AM sharp, being greeted by huge applause. Is that still the case? I wanted to finally have that experience myself. And after 24 months, my “old” iPhone wanted to get handed down to Sophie anyways. 

7:50 AM on release day, September 21st, still excited!
7:50 AM on release day, September 21st, still excited!

I’m far from a pro regarding these Apple events. So I made no reservation and prepared nothing. I thought, the times of people sleeping in front of the store in tents are surely over, the excitement must have gone down over the years. No need for a reservation, right? 

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utf8mb4 ✅🤜🏽 – Fun with MySQL

20th of September

This is a tech post. I recently came across a problem with storing data I’d like to share.

As you might know, I earn money by running a web development agency. Years ago, I used to even work as a web programmer. Not so much anymore, but I still like to keep up a bit and learn about interesting things. One of those things is utf8mb4 in MySQL databases. 

A few weeks ago I was debugging a weird Emoji problem with my colleague Maxim. He is a great programmer, I used to be an average one at best. Still, it took some time for us together to find the solution to the problem. 

Why would the character ”✅” get saved into our utf8 enabled MySQL database without a problem, but “🤜🏽” would not?

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Read More!

19th of September

There were times when I liked to read books so much, I didn’t even want to stop while at a public swimming pool. 

Also, there was no time to go to a proper hairdresser
Also, there was no time to go to a proper hairdresser

Somehow, it got less and less. That might be just a simple shift in priorities, but it could also be due to the collective attention deficit disorder we as a society have cultivated with our social networks. 

Anyways, I think it’s time for me to start reading again. It just is a pleasurable experience worth anyone’s time. You’re being entertained or even captivated, you’re learning new things, you’re improving your own ability to focus. 

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Disenchantment (The TV Show, Not the Feeling)

18th of September

I used to really love The Simpsons when I was younger.

I remember literally crying tears of laughter when I first saw these few seconds

Over the years, my affection has slightly vanished, but when the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, started his new show Futurama, I really liked that one, too. Still do. 

After Futurama was discontinued, there hasn’t been any real news from Groening. Fair enough, he has probably earned enough and lost his motivation. 

Along comes Netflix.

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Disenchantment (The Feeling, Not the TV Show)

17th of September

Lately I’ve been thinking about how I would like our world to change and what kind of impact I would like to have on it over the course of my life. 

Surely, a positive one. From my point of view, positive. And that’s where the problem starts.

Is what I think to be a positive impact on the world also an objectively positive thing?

The people who are a negative influence on the world, at least from my point of view, certainly don’t think their own influence to be negative. 

A few years ago I thought it was time for me to engage with my surrounding society in a more political way. After all, individual contributions don’t matter in areas where collective action is required. And how to take collective action? By successfully influencing a politician or becoming one yourself. 

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Goodbye, Awesome Orange Rockerverb Amp!

12th of September

It just looks so cool
It just looks so cool

In 2013 I used my newly earned expendable funds to fulfill a childhood dream: I bought this amazing Orange Rockerverb MKII guitar amp. 100 Watts of pure tube power. Additionally, I got the speaker box underneath it, which contains four 12 inch speakers. 

So Much Power!

I was over the moon. But now, around five years later, stupid reality hit me. How often have I really used it? Do I need the sheer volume it can provide? These things can fill entire halls with a wall of sound. I never got the chance to turn it up past around 30% – for simple fear of my own health. 

Two channels with three band equalizers each, a reverb effect
Two channels with three band equalizers each, a reverb effect

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