Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fußball in Stuttgart

Last night was the European Football Championship semi-finals, Germany against Italy. I was excited to be in Stuttgart and watched the first half of the match with the crowd gathered in the Biergarten im Schlossgarten Stuttgart. Unfortunately, the outcome was not in Germany’s favor, but the fans were amazingly spirited.


A few scenes from an evening in Stuttgart, where I’m spending the next few days on a work trip. After a morning of traveling and an afternoon of final preparations, I went for an evening walk in search of a bite to eat. It is properly summery here (ahem, Amsterdam) and everyone was outside to enjoy it. I landed in Weinstube Fröhlich for a dinner of Schwäbische Käsespätzle, which is basically delicious and cheesy. And not at all photogenic. More to come!

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. I hope you enjoy them as well!

1. Seeing The Life and Death of Marina Abramović at the Holland Festival. Just beautiful with the most amazing opening scene (pictured above, via)
2. Adding The Slide Inn to my list of restaurants to try when I next go to Portland
3. Google Street View for hiking trails (via @MarisaBrotman)
4. A recipe for whole wheat brownies
5. Dutch music now in The Guardian
6. A fisherman’s favorite things
7. An overview of styles and trends in food photography (pictured below)

the sound of years

This record player plays slices of wood, translating year ring data into music.

A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.

by Bartholomäus Traubeck

a vist to versailles

Last Sunday, we headed outside of Paris for a visit to the Palace of Versailles with my aunt and uncle. My impression of the historical palace was wrapped up in associations with the royal monarchy, Marie Antoinette, and the French Revolution, but also as the place where the German Empire was founded and the first World War officially brought to an end.

The palace was grant and opulent, a sight worth seeing. But the gardens really stole my heart. It was a perfect summer day and we were all in the mood for a lazy stroll. We spent about six hours in Versailles, but it would have taken at least an entire day to see all the outlying buildings. I am glad we had the chance to go and see this grand monument of history.

a weekend in Paris

A few scenes from our short trip to Paris, a city that so many people love. Our time in the city was sweet. We ate well, shared bottles of wine, and wandered the rainy streets. I even made friends with a dog who literally kissed my feet.

off to Paris

We’re off tomorrow for a long weekend in Paris. It has been over a month since I last crossed the border and I’m eager for a change of sights and sounds. Unfortunately, its high season for my spring allergies, but I hope to survive the Parisian pollens. The occasion for the trip is to meet up with my aunt and uncle, traveling through a few European cities. Amsterdam didn’t make their list, but we were happy to meet them in France!

Photo by Irene S