Thursday, 25 September 2014

Track postal packages

TrackItOnline is a site where you can track your postal shipment. Useful when ordering stuff from China.

Sendungsverfolgung auf der ganzen Welt


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Silicone Caulking the Bathroom

Some handyman tips for caulking the silicone seals at the bathroom tub or a shower. Resources for doing it (right) the first time are below.

To do the work, we need the following:

  • silicone tube and a gun
  • self-adhesive tape
  • Stanley knife
  • soapy water
  • paper roll

Step 1: Remove existing seal and clean the surface

For removing of the old silicone layer, use a sharp (Stanley) knife. There are also chemicals that help out in this.

After removing the silicone, rub the surface with a scrubbing powder and a brush.

Step 2: Apply the new silicone layer

Before applying the silicone, you can put a self-adhesive tape around the seam. This will result in straight lines once the tape is removed.

You can use a finger or a plastic piece to spread and smooth-out the silicone. Dipping the finger into soapy water (link) will prevent silicone from sticking onto the finger, helping make the surface smooth.


  • Tommy's Trade Secrets - How to Silicone a Bath (link)
  • The Secrets to Caulking a Shower (link)
  • The family handyman (link)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Ode to former times

One Man's Mission: To Redeem the Yugo - WSJ

‘If you look at all the Eastern bloc cars of the time, the Yugo was always considered the best.’ —Phil Dust

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

German A1


Dear Alen Siljak,
On September 3, 2014, 11:47 am you took the Deutsch Welle placement test at the of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). You attempted 30 of the 30 questions which took a total of 16:33 minutes.
Your overall result is 87%.


80% - 100%
Excellent! You have not only achieved the CEFR A1 competence level. You are already well on the way to the next level A2. If you would like to continue improving your German, you should enroll for a course that is already working towards A2.
This results sheet is intended to help you find a suitable course. We recommend you take this information with you when you approach a language school.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Is Toyota finally bringing fuel-cell-powered cars to the masses?

Toyota plots ‘society-changing’ fuel-cell car for the masses - MarketWatch: "Toyota unveiled the concept version of its first fuel-cell mass offering — the FCV — over the summer. The company plans to launch it domestically sometime before the current fiscal year ends in March of next year, and in the U.S. and Europe by the summer of 2015."