Tag Archive for 'leisure'

Get fooled by this photo

“Big boys have big toys,” as they say. The obvious downside is that big toys are expensive. I’d love to drive around some tricky off-road terrain in a Land Rover Defender, but solid off-road trucks cost at least one year’s worth of salary (or two, or three…). Luckily there’s a loophole here: Radio-controlled models are much cheaper and still provide lots of entertainment.

The RC hobby gives me all of the fun for a fraction of the cost. Mind you, RC models aren’t toys. They can easily cost upwards of €1000 and contain a lot of real-world mechanics that requires the same skills to use and maintain, just in a smaller scale.

So here I am: having fun driving this awesome model Defender. It’s 1:10 scale so it’s about 65cm long and nearly 25cm wide, and weighs nearly 5kg. It is so detailed that many people can’t tell it’s a model by looking at a photo. And that’s what today’s article is about: fooling people.

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This is a photo I took at an off-road event this April. That Pinzgauer in the background is indeed full-scale and I rode it to the event. Full-scale cars were doing what they do best and my model car did the same in between them, to cheers from the full-scale drivers.  Continue reading ‘Get fooled by this photo’

10 years in Austria!

We interrupt our regular schedule with this special announcement:

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On this day ten years ago, I drove our moving truck into Vienna, and we’ve lived and worked in or near Vienna ever since.

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Keep track of your favorite blogs

Following a blog is a great way to stay up to date on what the author is doing. The problem is that you have to visit them each individually, and often you’d discover that nothing new had been posted since your last visit. If only there was a way to be notified – without having to register and subscribe to each blog.

Good news: there is a way to do this!
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Life detox: recognize what bothers you, then reduce it

This post made me stop and think for a moment. There are some elements in my life that consistently bother me to some degree, and here Trent gives a simple recipe to address them:

Think of five small things that are an irritant in your life. […] little things that bother you on a consistent basis.

Then,[…] come up with a way to lessen or eliminate the irritation from each of those things. You’ll be able to eliminate some, but with others you’ll find improvement from just reducing the impact it has on you.

What you’ll find is that your entire day-to-day life subtly improves.

This is just a little thing but it might make you, too, stop and think for a moment.

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Taking a break from repairing the kids’ toys

Today I’ll be repairing my toy! I got this remote-controlled car as a birthday present, and it’s very nice. On the last run, a suspension part came loose, causing oil to leak. No big deal! I’ll just take it apart and fill some fresh oil, then tighten all parts properly, just to be sure. It took an hour, and it was fun! wpid-wp-1428441982191.jpeg Continue reading ‘Taking a break from repairing the kids’ toys’