Two weeks ago I had the opportunity again to drive long distance in the US.
Speed limits are now at 65 to 75 mph on most highways, which makes for very smooth and relaxed driving; it’s much easier and less stressful to drive 600 miles in the US than to drive 600 kilometers in Germany.
Speeding doesn’t really benefit anyone:
- The environment suffers a lot due to much higher consumption
- The risk for fatal accidents increases greatly
- You arrive a lot less relaxed (if at all)
- You won’t save time overall
Then why are we so obsessed in Germany with having no speed limit on our motorways? I have no idea.
Or, as Virginia signposts it:
“Speeding over 80 mph (130 km/h) is considered reckless driving – Fines will be higher”
There you have it.
During our last trip we had a Nissan Rogue (Nissan X-Trail outside of the US) from Hertz; according to Wikipedia it’s a compact crossover SUV.
It’s a pretty comfortable car, with a roomy interior, good suspension and reasonable maneuverability.
Even on long drives of a couple of hundred miles, the Rogue handled well and kept us safe.
The online downside was the engine, which was still old style using fossil fuel – I hope Hertz will move to more modern electric vehicles soon!
(Outside of our hotel, near Charlotte airport)
This is a crucial election for Europe – if you care about our online and offline worlds and want to support Europe, make sure to vote!
There’s still ample time to participate through postal ballot, if you cannot make it on election day – don’t let your vote go to waste!
(Public mail box)
A tad bit unplanned I found myself driving down to Austria, to Sankt Jakob im Derfeggental (East-Tyrol) – one of my sons had broken his collar bone while snowboarding and I needed to pick him up.
Our new (company) car, a Fiat 500 Twin Air, was surprisingly comfortable during the long drive, for both of us, and I’m quite happy with the choice I made; fuel consumption was also quite reasonable.
Having said this, not being a mountain person, driving Felbertauernstrasse in a hurry is not fun. It’s beautiful, though.
(View from Hotel Olympia, Sankt Jakob)
At the beginning of last week I was able to attend a conference on micro services in Berlin, microXchg 2019.
The conference took place in Kalkscheune, an events venue in a former industrial building near Friedrichstadtpalast.
The talks were a mix of in-depth workshop, regular sessions and lightning talks, spread over three parallel tracks.
Of the many talks I want to mention one, “Introduce kids to STEAM and reduce the gender gap” by Laura Luiz, discussing the progress being made by Hackdays4Girls.
Many thanks to the organizers at innoQ Deutschland GmbH – I learned a lot and will definitely come back!
(Kalkscheune, break area)
As of today, in addition to our Twizy, we now also have a (company) car – a Fiat 500 with the 85hp Twin Air engine.
Unfortunately it’s not electric, but it’s quite small and we’ve selected a model with really low CO2 emissions.
Hopefully next time the e.GO Life will be available for ordering (and leasing)!
Smoking in a rental car or car sharing is more than just inconsiderate!
In the 21st century, smoking in public is no longer a socially accepted behavior, simply because it’s no longer ok to poison others.
I do not care what you do in your own home, or your own car – but do not leave your cigarette buds in something shared!
(car2go, HH-GO 7850, 3/17/19)
My son Theo is planning to spend a year in Ireland as an exchange student, with EF as the hosting organization.
To support his travel, he has applied for a scholarship – can you support him by voting for him at http://www.ef.de/kreativstipendium?
This week we went to the GoDays in Berlin, a technical conference dedicated to Golang and the Gopher.
The conference had two tracks, full with great technical talks around developing in Go and running Go in public clouds or on Kubernetes; the keynote was delivered by Natalie Pistunovich (Fraudster) on The Importance of Beginners.
The organizer (Loovent) provided a great location with Factory Goerlitzer Park and went to great length to make sure that there was good food and ample opportunities for networking.
Highly recommended for 2020!
This week’s car is a Ford Kuga ST-Line 4×4 EcoBoost (Ford Escape in the US); it’s a 4.5m by 2m behemoth and weighs almost 2 tons.
Clearly designed for suburbia, it’s not fun to drive in the inner city due to it’s long turns and poor maneuverability, and even less fun to park, as it’s wider and longer than most regular parking spaces. The interior though is very comfortable, with a high entry, very spacious seats and all assistance systems you could possibly think of.
It’s definitely a car that you can drive well into your 70s.