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Florian Jenn – Researcher at the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR).
Interest besides geology and science in general: various nonsense one encounters in life, and cooking, especially Thai.

Happy Easter

Happy New Year!

Mono and solo!

Because I couldn’t see (and, mainly, hear!) Mono live in Dresden last December, I’m even happier about this nice piece: Mono – “The Last Dawn / Rays Of Darkness Tour” Photo-Book + 2×CD.

Facebook plugin

Sadly, the Wordbooker plugin, which published WordPress posts on Facebook and synchronised the comments, is no longer available. Its author seems fed up with over-demanding users, the changing Facebook API and didn’t enjoy coding it any longer. That’s a pity. Is there a comparable plugin? I don’t want to facebookisise my blog, as the official […]


It’s been a long time since I listened to Mogwai’s “Come on die young”. But still, it’s an amazing experience. Some albums just don’t get old. I’ve just bought the deluxe edition (Shame on me, up to now I only had a copy a friend made for me.) and am quite curious about what’s on […]

The blog’s alive again

Nothing much has happened here for quite some time – sometimes due to lack of time, sometimes due to lack of stuff to write about. But in mid-September, my provider disconnected my blog because of a DDos attack, which started to impacted their server.

Food carrier put to proper use

Finally, since almost forever, I can use my food carrier quite as intended My first try at two of my favorite cookies don't taste bad, but not as well as Mum's Original™. I was struggling a bit with the gas stove which tends to easily burn the cookies. Of ourse, I cannot keep up with […]

Risk of Stumbling

Schild „Geologische Aufschlüsse Stolpergefahr!“

Evelyn at Georneys is again hosting an Accretionary Wedge, this time about signs that are geologically or geographically interesting. My contribution is not even really mine, because I didn’t take the photo myself. I have come across the picture several years ago somewhere on the net, but forgot to remember where it was or by […]

Where on Google Earth #389

Where on Google Earth #389. Click to embiggen.

Some time ago already, I found Luis Filipe Miguel's WoGE 388, a nice alluvial fan at lake Alaköl in Kazakhstan. After that I was away for some days, and now everybody is hungry for a new challenge, so here it is. If you want to know what WoGE is, see below the fold. Previous WoGEs […]

Where on Google Earth #383

Where on Google Earth #383. Click to embiggen.

For the second time now, I found a WoGE by Ole Tjugen. Number 382 was – at first – a rather obvious piece of Swedish coast, but I didn’t realise the significance of this specific spot. Ole’s hint was too subtle for me, so he had to prod me into the right direction – the […]

The steam-powered permeameter

The La Pavoni Europiccola steam-powered permeameter.

Evelyn at Georneys is hosting this month’s Accretionary Wedge about seeing geology everywhere. As an example, she showed cute cats exposed to hideous tectonic arrangements. But where I live, tectonics are rather dull, limited to what happens when you remove several hundred to thousand metres of ice from the continent. Because I neither have a […]

Stuffed veal breast

Gefüllte Kalbsbrust und Beilagen

No translation (yet), but delicious pictures:

Where on Google Earth #381

Where on Google Earth #381

For some time now, I started again with “Where on Google Earth“, with little success, however. (For a description what WoGE is, see below the fold. Previous WoGEs are collected by Felix on his blog and a KML file.) But now, together with my friend Frank (known in the WoGE Archean as “pl”), I found […]

Historic maps of Brandenburg

Logo LGB

Just recently, the Landes­vermessung und Geobasis­information Branden­burg (LGB) published the Branden­burg parts of the historic survey by Schmettau. The maps were produced between 1767 and 1787 at a scale of 1:50000. As an example, this is Cottbus and surroundings (link takes you to the Brandenburg-Viewer):

Demonstration against Nazis

Cottbus bekennt Farbe

Today, as every year, the NPD and other Nazis will come to Cottbus to use the 1945 bombings to spread their vile propaganda. The association "Cottbus bekennt Farbe” organised a counter-demonstration and various other activities. The information on their website is only in German, however. The demonstrations start at 15:30 at the railway station and […]

Brandenburg parliament closes two universities, founds a new one, without real reason or vision

Protestschild Demokatie

Today, Brandenburg's state parliament has passed a law to close the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus and the University for Applied Sciences Lausitz and to found a new Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg on 1 July. This happens after almost one year of so-called “discussions” which never addressed reasons, costs and benefits of the whole […]

Merry Christmas

Wanenkopf Weihnachten 2012

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and lots of gifts!

Time-lapse Allgäu

Amazing Mountains (Jonathan Besler), Titel

Great time-lapse film by Jonathan Besler, from quite close to where I grew up in the Allgäu (southwest Bavaria, Germany):

Attention, aggresive architecture

Eingang IKMZ mit Gerüst

The IKMZ entrance got a temporary roof already some time ago due to dropping glass panes, but now our Herzog & De Meuron jewel is completed by a real masterpiece of Lusatian scaffolding art:

Snow – quite early this year

Erster Schnee 2012 in Cottbus.

Just a few days ago, weather was nice; and even yesterday it was only slightly cool (I was still wearing short trousers). And then, this morning, there's snow. This time of year, in Cottbus. Rather surprising. It snowed at least till noon, and slowly changed to rain. This is our garden in the morning: The […]