Merry Christmas from New Orleans

Trying something different this year: Christmas in New Orleans at 26° C (78°F) with intense humidity. Unfortunately it is rather cloudy and rains from time to time, although it might be even more sticky if the sun was shining… All in all, it is rather strange to be away from home during this time of year. Missing the cold, it is also difficult to get into the Christmas holiday mood.

Here are some Christmas decorations from Bourbon St, St Ann St and Jackson Square in the French Quarter as well as from Fulton St. On every corner there is music, dominated by jazzy Christmas songs about snow, the cold and everything else that is missing around here 😉

My Polaroid Gallery


Today, Kristin and I started gluing our recently produced instant photos to the wall… So, here’s our first iteration of our personal Polaroid gallery. Since we needed to cover some boreholes, we started with a rectangle… We will see where it might end.

We used tesa Tack, double-sided adhesive pads, to fix the photos to the wall. Despite all the negative comments on Amazon, they seem to be strong enough to hold the photos on my wall so far (no wall paper, I might add).

Dreaming of snow, California style…

Although it’s almost Christmas again, it seemed quite strange to see the Christmas decoration available at The Holiday Shoppe in Sausalito, California. Not only was it almost 70° F (around 22° C) late that night, there was a snow machine on display.


There are tons of other things available. If you love Santa and always wondered what he’d do in California, take a look at this 10″ Sand Bar Santa for just $68.99.

Source: “10” Sand Bar Santa” The Holiday Shoppe

For anyone being curious, a virtual tour of the shop is available, they have a webshop and ship globally. If you want to go for yourself, you’ll find The Holiday Shoppe at 755 Bridgeway Sausalito, CA 94965.

Anyway, I still prefer the stuff I pointed out to you last year. Even better, the amazing USS Enterprise model ist still available. Take a look if you dare.

(Source: The Pop Top Shop)

The round thing with a hole in it

Yesterday it was raining again, but luckily something cheered me up. Not only did I go to a summer party , I won a prize in a tombola. OMG! … and some prize it was. Take a look for yourself while I am unboxing my precious trophy…

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So far so good. Obviously I am supposed to put something in it. But what?

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What is it? Some Bauhaus like interior design accessory? It has to be something special because it received a reddot design award. That certainly means something, doesn’t it? Thanks to my colleague, Philip Richter, I finally found it on the manufacturer’s homepage: It is called “jar Bali”. But ASA doesn’t seem to know what to do with it either. So, basically it is a round thing with a hole in it.


I still don’t have a clue about the purpose of this product, but in the end I am happy to have it. One thing this item is certainly good for… regifting. If you are interested in my precious highly acclaimed round thing with a hole in it made by ASA, feel free to get in touch.

Christmas decoration for the rest of us

With christmas around the corner I was wondering whether to enlighten my home with fancy christmas decoration. I’ve never done that before, so I had to do some research… What nerdy stuff is out there? Amazing, how much time many people seem to have. I found cute little spaceship ornaments for christmas trees of any size. I most admired the USS Enterprise and USS Defiant – here they are.


(Source: The Pop Top Shop)

As I do not plan to have a real christmas tree in my living room, this does no fit my requirements either. I do appreciate the blinking lights on the ornaments though. Here is what they look like in action.

I also admire the folks who had the time to orchestrate their lighting setup to the Star Trek Voyager Theme Song. If one could buy this as a set, maybe it would be worth the money. Sadly, I do not have the time or the nerve to build something like this on my own. (Actually I don’t really want to have one.)