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This week’s favorite link: Hellblau Interestingly the English equivalent is much shorter.

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nchenga’s Web 2.0 roundup: Links and comments

How many online services did you sign up for, use once or twice, and then never return again? In my case, that would be lots of ’em. Some of them are really popular services like Digg or Mister Wong, where I just haven’t found a personal use case, or I’ve got a substitute or workaround.… Continue reading nchenga’s Web 2.0 roundup: Links and comments


I wasn’t aware of this definition: A tumblelog is a variation of a blog, that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, this format is frequently used to share the author’s creations, discoveries, or… Continue reading Tumblelog


went walking up to Chrischona and noticed signposts labelled “Banntag” all along the way. It seems this is a tradition in the Baselbiet region… an old custom associated with blessing of fields and checking of boundary stones. See also: Banntag (in German)

Today is Pi Day

I heard about this yesterday evening on BBC radio: March 14, written as 3-14 in the United States date format, represents the common three-digit approximation for the number Ï€: 3.14. It is often celebrated at 1:59 p.m. in recognition of the six-digit approximation: 3.14159. Some, using a 24-hour clock, celebrate it at 1:59 a.m. or… Continue reading Today is Pi Day

Overview of Public Holidays in Switzerland

Just in case you’re considering to move to Switzerland, remember the catholic Kantons have more public holidays: Feiertage in der Schweiz Here’s the English Version (Wondering: Would a regular print encyclopedia include an overview like this?)

Swiss weather in Swiss German

Stopped by at the Swiss TV blog for the very first time, and do you know what: “es hudlet”, “es chuutet”, “es strääzt” oder “es chunnd ganz schöön cho schütte” Looks like I’ll need to learn more Swiss German dialect to find out what kind of weather’s being forecast for tomorrow. Just wondering if there’s… Continue reading Swiss weather in Swiss German

new at learning italian

3 years after my last italian classes in Lugano, i’ve enrolled for yet another italian language course for advanced learners. Today was the first lesson. And it looks like it’s going to be fast-moving and challenging. I’m introducing a new category at, learning Italian, in which I’ll post notes and useful links from time… Continue reading new at learning italian

Wikipedia on Malawi

The Malawi entry in Wikipedia has grown considerably over the past year. For example, there’s an entry on Malawian music: Music of Malawi and Malawian English. If you’re from Malawi or doing research on a topic related to Malawi… check the pages to see if you can contribute any useful facts and references.

On Microfinancing

zapped into this TV report on microfinancing: Mikro-Kredite Basically, microfinance provides loans and insurance to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. An alternative and maybe more effective way to fight poverty… These two institutions were mentioned in the report: OikoCredit Procredit Holding [update] Another similar institution is: Opportunity International Bank of Malawi… Continue reading On Microfinancing