Snake!

In case the cockroach wasn’t enough: We went to the Post Office. About a block away from our house, we encountered a car that had stopped to let a snake cross a driveway. The snake was about a meter long, brown, with diamond patterning. He didn’t seem to have a rattle. He probably eats squirrels… Update: probably an Eastern Hognose Snake.

If the postal service owned e-mail (PRESTEL)

MIT Technology review has an interesting article on “How the Postman Almost Owned E-Mail“. I find it interesting—but not for the historical reasons. Rather, it illustrates the kind of delusional state people enter when they work too long in law or politics. The author of the piece seems to believe that if the US government had allowed the US Postal Service to operate an e-mail system, we’d all have ended up with USPS e-mail accounts.

Soyuz chic

The sky was overcast but beginning to clear as we walked into the reception area at the bottom of the Fernsehturm, the famous TV tower. The tower rises in brutal Soviet modernity overlooking Alexanderplatz, the area which used to be the showcase of the DDR. An illuminated sign said that there was no view to be seen, but I thought otherwise and the girl in the ticket booth was willing to take our money.