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The best!!!
Did you hear one gal say “O mein Gott!”   ? !!!
Waterbed in German furniture store. Note that the sign says NOT to get on the bed, but oh well.
 The best way to motivate people to do something is to put up a sign saying “Don’t……..!”
Turn on speakers and watch people trying out the waterbed.
It’s in German, but that only makes it funnier.
Watch for the last two ladies they are the really funny ones. 

I Am Having A Beef With Bicycle Riders

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I Am Having A Beef With Bicycle Riders that do NOT observer traffic rules and laws, as well mandatory bicycle equipment regulations.

Why don’t bicycle riders don’t stop on STOP Signs. To the best of my knowledge this is illegal, since they are participating in regular street traffic and a bicycle is a vehicle and there for all laws and regulations are to be observed like by other vehicles.

What bugs me even more is bicycles running STOP signs in the middle in the night and not having any front or rear lights. The bike rider most likely even dressed in dark cloth riding on a sparely lighted road, making it as good as impossible to be seen in a timely and secure manner. More than once I almost ran over one or the other because they appeared out of nothing right next to or in front of my car like out of nothing.

Since it is almost impossible to talk to these guys or get them to change their behavior I was thinking already about filing a complaint with the local police office against the bicycle riders in general and against the police for not fulfilling their duty to assure safe traffic.

Does an accident have to happen first in which somebody gets severely hurt or even killed. If this happens I am sure the media finds a way to make it the car drivers fault.

Basic Rules for every bicycle rider:

Wear reflective clothing!

Have working lights at the front and the rear of the bicycle!

Maybe even have some reflectors in your spokes!




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This video/song says it all and does not need a whole lot of commenting. It tells the whole story and I would say without much exaggeration. If we’re not there yet 100%, I make any bet we will be soon.

… and just as a small site note: ‘p’ stands for British Pound Sterling

Independent iPad2 Review

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This is a review of the new iPad2, which is going on sale on the 11th of March 2011.

What Steve Jobs has shown us so far was just a teaser. Here is a true and unbiased review of the new iPad2.

My favorite new built-in app would be the Motivator. But see for yourself.

The Not So Social Social Media World Of LinkedIn …

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… or why do some people hide their identity behind the veil of anonymity?

Everybody has seen or experienced this who maintains an active LinkedIn profile.

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Under the section > Who’s Viewed Your Profile? < you may see an entries like:

  • Someone at … (fill in any company name) … and maybe a general geographical area where this person may be located
  • Anonymous LinkedIn User
  • Someone on LinkedIn

Sometimes I wonder what these people have to hide behind their anonymity. Isn’t social media supposed to be open?

I can honestly say that I will never hide my identity.  If you are trying to find out who I am then it is only fair that I know who has that interest in me.

Even I might not be the biggest fan of Facebook I have an open Facebook account. In a matter of fact I maintain 2 accounts. One professional that is completely open and one private one only close family and very good friends have access to. The point I want to make here – I like the Facebook approach. Anyone I have not connected with ( I hate the term ‘befriended’) can only see my profile to a certain extend.

Maybe LinkedIn should establish a similar feature. Then again whatever I have on my profile can be seen and read by anybody. I have nothing to hide and if so, I would not put it on my profile.

Isn’t it only fair when I ask that I would like to see who is viewing my profile?

Else you are only a “Peeping Tom”!

Have You Ever Worked With Recruiters?

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A segment of a social network

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Over the last 3 years I have learned more about recruiters than I ever wanted to know.

During my search for Director of IT position I have dealt with many different type of recruiters and there are almost as many as sand on the beach. The lessons I have learned are as followed:

1.) Often they contact you when you post or update your resume on one of the many job boards. First line of contact is email. If their name sounds Indian or something foreign that is hard to pronounce often they know nothing about the job except what is written in the job description. They use the shot gun or fish trawler approach. Try to get as many candidates as possible that fit some or most of the keywords on the job description

2.) If contacted by phone and there English is worse than that of a newborn baby same as above applies. They most likely found the job posted somewhere else and don’t know more about it than you would after reading the job description. Often you probably would know more since you might be more familiar with specific job/position related terms.

3.) If told to send your resume immediately, basically right now (why haven’t you sent it already? you should have anticipated my call.), because it is an urgent requirement in 99.999% of the time they have know connection with the hiring company and they want to be the first to present a number of candidates.

4.) Ask questions about the position and its requirement. If the recruiter cannot answer your questions he has no affiliation with the hiring company and does not know more about it than you do.

5.) Try to stay with a retained recruiter. This means they are the sole firm trying to find the right candidate and you won’t compete against hundreds of other applicants that have been screened rather poorly. Usually a retained recruiter has met with HR or the hiring manager for this position and knows a lot about the position and the organization and what candidate fits the best. Not only based on skills but also based on personality and cultural fit.

My advice is and it has so far been my best experience:

  • Establish a personal relationship with a recruiter. If at all possible meet the recruiter in person. Only this way they get to know you and can tell whether you are not only a skill fit for a potential position but also a personal and cultural fit for the hiring organization.
  • Maintain and grow your network.
  • Do not neglect your network.
  • Brand yourself and demonstrate your skills through social media like Twitter, Facebook or through blogging or a combination of the fore mentioned.
  • Stay in touch with people you worked with in the past, like peers, colleagues, superiors or supervisors, alumnis, old friends you have not heard of in years.
  • Attend Social Media Events, like Meetups or Tweetups



I have had some great experience with recruiters but also some bad and frustrating ones. Don’t let the bad ones discourage you. There are some excellent recruiters and recruiting firms out there.

I encourage you to share the experience you have made with recruiters in the Comments Section below.

Photos – The LA Business Networking Group (Los Angeles, CA) – Meetup

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Great networking event. These pictures were taking at the inaugural get together of the LA Business Networking Group.