May 9, 2015 at 1:20 am #1058226
i am here mainly to post events. they are mainly going to take place in berlin, the place where i live most of the time.
hope you enjoy and think about dropping by sometimes.May 9, 2015 at 6:36 am #1278954AngelModerator
welcomeMay 9, 2015 at 6:37 am #1278951
Welcome indeed 🙂May 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm #1278956
Hi mate! How come you have a Kamikaze symbol in your signature? It reminds me of good times and good mates!May 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm #1278952
I was a part of K42 in -98 and -99. I even got them up as far north as Trondheim in middle of Norway.May 10, 2015 at 10:29 pm #1278957
Wow! We have a good load of old mates in common then…
At the time of course i’d heard of them, but we made friends a bit later
Who knows if we know each other… actually i don’t think so, and anyway i am not going to post any kind of personal information.
But it’s very nice to meet you, indeed!May 11, 2015 at 9:22 am #1278953
I am now and then in berlin, Xberg, workwise….May 11, 2015 at 10:23 am #1278950General LightingModerator
I think I have been near that area when I was in Soviet East Berlin in 2001 [that is not a typo, there was still a distinct difference and I learned what is meant by “Mauer im Kopf”] but other than staying in this hotel by Alexanderplatz I spent most of the time in the basement of an old building connecting up a Turkish TV-station with new equipment.
It was quite a surreal experience for an Englishman, at one point I had to “invade” the owners private office to connect an analogue laptop modem to the fax machine point to get the latest software, having explained to the engineers the convenient socket on all their new telephones was no good to me as I didn’t get issued with a ISDN terminal-adaptor card. The young staff were really happy with the new equipment especially when the display finally showed at destination 99 “TELEKOM” (so the circuit to that Alexanderplatz tower can be connected); although I have a feeling the old guy who owned it still connected it up via the old Soviet era equipment in case the digital stuff went Kaputt (I don’t blame him for doing that).
Also the only German I ended up speaking there was “Entschludigen Sie bitte, ich habe eine falsche Nummer gewählt” (to an old granny lady).
I’d had to wake up at 06:00 that morning and had got distracted at breakfast by an ingenious metal device they have to heat sausages that was still safe to use a 2-pin europlug (and the sausages, that I was stuffing my face with, the locals must think English people are half-starved).
I also had to call England to get the codes for the new software foolishly I thought the English dial plan would follow my mobile (I really should know far better than that!), and forgot 00 44. The German dial plan is so complex (even BNetzA might not be 100% sure of it) you can dial any wrong number in Europe and still get through to someone; thus I either woke up this Oma or she was already awake and in Germany they actually answer ringing phones quickly (unlike England).
I preferred the Eastern bit BTW (and the Bier there is particularly good).May 11, 2015 at 2:49 pm #1278955Pat McDonaldParticipant
@General Lighting 702270 wrote:
and in Germany they actually answer ringing phones quickly (unlike England)…
That’s because we like to swear at it for 10 seconds before saying “Hello? Not a problem mate, I’ve been watching the phone all night just in case it rang” or some similar polite lie.
Germans aren’t indirect like that, they’ll just be “Was?”. Maybe a bit more venomous if you’ve caught them shagging.
OK, OK, some English people will actually keep shagging if they’re interrupted on the phone. If they’re really dumb they’ll pretend they’re not shagging.
I must admit, making cold outbound insurance calls wasn’t always as dull as it sounds.May 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm #1278958
@!sinner69! 702269 wrote:
I am now and then in berlin, Xberg, workwise….
if you still see some people of the crew, we’ve probably seen each other at the cagliostro pub, in friedrichshain.
otherwise, if you happen then to show up at the parties i advertise there’s some (slender) chances you’ll meet some old aquaintances…
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