Jog log: Early bird

Achievement of the week. I managed to go running twice this week – in the morning before work.

It’s cold and dark. Getting outside and getting started is the challenge.

Running is fun. And overcoming my inner pig dog (only Germans have this) is even better.

Jog log: This hill in my backyard

I went for a slow run up the hill today. Two kilometres on the sawdust track and then further up the hill, all the way to the top. I don’t have any metrics to share because I haven’t jumped on the “quantified self” bandwagon. Yet.

My guess: more than 1 and a half hours and about 10 km.

Due to all the rain we had in the past week and the summer temperatures, it felt tropical. I like.

While running, my mind was busy answering emails and writing blog entries. That’s so weird. It shows: we need movement and fresh air to cope with all the data we’re consuming and processing.

A few days ago, I was searching through my blog and saw an old entry that I wrote about running in San Francisco and the advertising campaign at the time: These hills will chew you up. Run easy.

At the end, I did some stair climbing. There are many outdoor stairs along my route. Better than any gym.

Buildings to see in Basel

I stumbled across a list of places to see in Basel (link now broken) and decided to venture out and have a look at some of the listed architecture.

Freidorf Residential Estate (1920) by Hannes Meyer in Muttenz near Basel

Antoniuskirche (1927), near Kannenfeldplatz, Basel by Karl Moser

I really like this church building. It feels very modern. The stained glass windows are exceptional. Highly recommended. More background info is available at Wikipedia.

Kraftwerk Birsfelden / Power Station (1955) by Hans Hoffmann in Birsfelden near Basel

kraftwerk birsfelden

St. Alban-Tal Housing (1984ÔÇô88) by Diener & Diener at St. Alban-Rheinweg 94 in Basel

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Schaulager (2003) by Herzog and de Meuron in M├╝nchenstein near Basel

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Breite Zentrum (2004), Z├╝rcherstr. 149, 4052 Basel
The Breite Hotel was designed by Larghi and Stula. More details on the design can be found on the hotel’s website. The hotel manager was very friendly and would have shown me a room. Unfortunately all rooms were taken due to the watch and jewellery trade fair.

das breite hotel

Residential Housing in a former factory (2005) by Buol and Z├╝nd at Oetlingerstrasse 69 in Basel
This building proved difficult to find as the former factory is located behind an apartment building in Klein-Basel in an inner courtyard. But it is an instant fave. I would love to live in a building like this. Well worth the search time…

Apartment House in Riehen (2009) by Pedrocchi Meier Architekten at Hinterwenkenweg 3 in Riehen near Basel
I am not such a fan of all the corners but it does look very spacious and the location is great:

School cafeteria by HHF

Gymnasium Kirschgarten
Hermann Kinkelin-Strasse 10
4051 Basel

Further details:
The city of Basel publishes an architectural guide
Update: new building to see in Allschwil: the corporate headquarters of Actelion by Herzog and de Meuron:

actelion designed by herzog and de meuron

Update no. 2:
Another building to see is Ackermannshof:

photo walk in basel

HdM

Basel is Herzog and de Meuron City.

Central signal box
herzog & de meuron

S├╝dpark

Messe Basel
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Herzog and de Meuron archive and apartment building, Dreispitz

HdM archive and apartment building in Basel-Dreispitz

Another HdM construction in Basel-Stadt is the natural water swimming pool in Riehen. I really like the pool and it reminds me of old wooden lidos.

the view from the deck

New in 2016:
Kunstmuseum by Gantenbein and Christ.

new building in basel

And at night:
Looks like there are LED lights in the walls. The museum is scheduled to open in April 2016.

new building in basel

The Nutella Alternatives Group at Flickr

Yay, the Nutella Alternatives group is growing (world dominion imminent…).

Recent additions include:

pseudo Nutella

Duo spread

The question

Why spend so many hours and bytes on Nutella and derivatives?
It’s a web differentiator! And when people wander thru the shopping aisles with their phone cams they need a purpose.

The Flickr group lists all the details:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/nutellaalternative/

Childhood memories

As regular readers of Chiperoni know, the author grew up under African skies. Nutella and all subsitutes thereof were unknown. A friendly soul somewhere in Germany sent a package containing a small bucket in brown plastic of Nutella-like bread spread.

At school my Nutella sandwich was commented with a universal “Yuck“. South Africans, Brits, Zimbabweans, Indians, North Americans and Malawians didn’t even try it.

More for us and some classmates from the Netherlands.

I -in turn- never really acquired a taste for Marmite.

Tweet

Freaky-flash.de is an old favorite site of mine, which I found about 5 or 6 years ago. Nice to see that some things last.

Here’s a fave.

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Turn up the volume and move the mouse over the birds.