Month: September 2013

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

On the way to the Great Ocean Road we made a stop at the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve just a few kilometers east of Port Fairy. The reserve offers a couple of hiking trails around an inactive volcano and there is a good chance to get really close to several animals. There is an information center that has great coffee so we took some and scouted for koalas on the nearby meadow packed with gum trees and picnic tables. It was the only time, that we walked around just with our sandals since the heat reached 40C again and we did

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Budj Bim (Mount Eccles) NP

Back to Australia, after exploring the Badyuk caves and the tumulis we had one more volcanic adventure on the list before driving down to the south coast in Victoria. The Budj Bim NP was highlighted in our guide book as being a hot spot for koalas. Also, the history of the landscape and its importance to the original owners, the Gunditjmara people, is very interesting. As with the last spots we visited on the road trip, the volcanic eruptions of Mt Eccles had a large impact on the area. Rivers and streams were blocked and turned the area into a swamp

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DES-Chan – Channel assignment framework and algorithms at github

I finally found the time to clean up the code for DES-Chan, the channel assignment framework, and the algorithms based on it. Work on the framework started already 4 years ago and has been grown steadily due to the great work of a changing team of students and co-workers. It is also the foundation for most experiments in my dissertation work. The code for the framework, the distributed channel assignment algorithms, and the ETX daemon for neighbor discovery in a wireless mesh network are now part of the DES-Testbed repositories at github.  Thanks again to everybody who has contributed so

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Braufest Berlin

On Friday I went with a couple of co-workers for a Feierabendbier to Braufest Berlin, where about half a dozen microbreweries from Berlin presented their latest brews. We picked up a beer map, marked the most-interesting sounding beers and proceeded to the tasting. Overall, (Indian) Pale Ales were most common and offered by almost every brewery which was very exciting because they are still hard to find if you go to a random bar in Berlin. Here is our map with our tour markers. All the Pale Ales we tried were really nice, outstanding for me were the Wedding Pale

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Balcony harvest: Tomatoes and Chilies

This year we had a very tasty tomato and chili harvest, despite the late start. When we came back to Berlin in April, it was still pretty cold so we decided to grow the plants from seeds and don’t get seedlings. Well, it worked pretty well, but we may have missed a month of fruits and some of the chilies are still struggling to get ripe. Here are the tomatoes we harvested from July on. Since some of the chili plants don’t like the cooler weather, we already put them inside since they started to kick off their leaves. The

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