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  1. The title and subtitle of this thread need to be changed to reflect what this thread is actually about. Darkknight seems interested in making Apple look like a failing company or something.


    Yet, they're among the most popular and successful companies in the world, and are gaining increasing market share everyday.


    Their products have far fewer problems than any other PC/Phone manufacturer.


    If this is a let's bash Apple and everything mac/iphone thread, then let the title reflect that.


  2. I've been doing the bike on airlines thing for years.


    All you need is a bikebox which can either be an official box sold by the airline or any box a bike arrives at the bike store in. Bike stores will usually disassemble and pack the bike fir €20-30 and throw the box in for free.


    Make sure you at least halfway deflate your tires as they ride in the uncompressed cargo bay.


    Pick up a bike wrench and pack it as well as any Allen wrenches you need as these thing are pricy in Germany. (a bike wrench is a special tool for removing the pedals and putting them back on)


    also you may have to remove the handle bars. If you do this, make sure you put a spacer on the stem to protect your bearings.


  3. I would love to see numbers on the fastfood intake of different countries.


    I'd honestly bet that Germany eats as much fast food as America even with only a third the population. I was amazed by the number of McDonald's and Burger Kings and KFC's there and of course how busy they always were.


    Have to wait for the U-bahn? Grab a chicken burger...


    The Germans don't drink the pond-sized cokes like the Americans do, but they surely seem to have a fetish for fast food.


    Also, the idea that fast food is an American thing is so weird. As others have mentioned in Germany you have all the sauages and doeners and such that is certainly just as much fast food as a burger.


    I'd even say the UK is more fast food centered than the US. Again it's just how you define it. Pub food, take away, fish and chips...these are all fast food too, and most Brits I know eat far more of their meals that way than most Americans do. We do have a ton of fastfood places, but the per capita rate has to be lower, and even though it's no secret that many Americans eat too much (quantity wise) when they do eat it, Fast food here still seems to be something you eat when you can't eat regular food, not in lieu of it.


  4. No this was deep frying. As far as I've always understood the only difference is that the oil fully covers the food.


    I just put some canola oil in a pot at 3/4 heat. I have a couple of friends who are professional chefs and they all agree that deep frying doesn't have to be unhealthy and can actually be healthier than pan frying. The trick is getting the temperature right for your food. If the temp is where it should be, the oil just causes the water inside the food to vaporize and do the cooking with very little of the oil actually penetrating the food.


    I don't know if there is a master list of how hot and how long to cook things to get this right, but it seems that oil being a little hot is better than being a little cool (for keeping the fat from being absorbed). Also, frying bigger pieces of things leaves a greater chance for oil intrusion because it has to sit in the oil longer for the centre to cook.


    A few tricks I've learned (and honestly I only fry something about once a year):


    Get the pot hot before adding the oil (for some reason things don't stick if you do this).

    Get the oil hot before adding anything to it.

    Use a lid (cuts down on spatters but also the food cooks more evenly due to the heat on top too)

    Don't let the food touch (when you lay the (in this case chicken) into the oil, ease it in so that the outside has a chance to cook just a bit before coming into contact with the bottom or other food, after a few seconds it doesn't matter if it all touches each other because it won't stick).



    One question for you lot, what's up with the breading? That seems to be so common in Europe, but the breading (and the thicker the crust) the more fat the food has. Why not just an egg wash and some seasoned flour? It's mostly the same effect but with so much less grease.


  5. OK so maybe this is old news, but I just tried this for the first time and it was great.


    I had a couple of chicken breasts I was thawing for dinner. Having been on a super healthy diet since the first of the year, I have been simply baking them but the idea of another piece of baked chicken today just wasn't cutting it. So I decided to have a slightly unhealthy meal and fry some chicken nuggets.


    I cut the breasts into small strips/pieces and let them thaw fully. I realised though that I was out of eggs (usually dip such things in egg and milk and then roll in flour), and did not feel like biking to the store. I remembered though that my black friends in New Orleans never used eggs, they always just coated things in mayonaise first then flour and fry.


    Going into the fridge for the mayo I espied a bottle of chinese hot sauce (that plastic bottle type that is EVERYWHERE -- but not the sweet chili stuff, actually hot sauce, more of a thin paste to me). I decided I wanted a bit of extra flavour so I sprinkled on some cajun seasoning, then a liberal squirt of this hot sauce, and a couple of spoons of mayo. Rolled it all around to mix and cover evenly and let it sit for about an hour to soak up the flavours.


    Rolled them in flour and fried in just enough oil to cover them, drained and sprinkled with just a bit more of the cajun seasoning.


    AWESOME!!! (and not overly spicy, just a slightly added depth of flavour)


    Thought I'd share ;)


  6. There does seem to be one major cultural difference between the Germans and Brits and Americans: they eat in a very organized way.


    What I'm talking about is that they take the time to have an organized breakfast, then (especially if they're from Bavaria) Brotzeit, then Lunch, then Brotzeit, then Dinner.


    They tend to actually sit down and do the whole now is time to eat thing.


    We on the otherhand mix our food in with everything else so that we might eat breakfast on the run, snack on something on the train, grab a bite between meetings, perhaps some crisps here, a soda there, an apple, a sandwich, etc.


    You so very rarely see Germans eating and walking, or eating and working, or eating and driving.


    Maybe it's not so much what and how they eat for the meal meals, but the fact that they so rarely eat between them.


  7. Yeah I have a hard time imagining Chicago without morbidly obese people.


    The HFCS and other artifical things is a good point. By every possible theory of nutrition Germans should all be dying of obesity and diabetes, yet they tend not to be fat at all. They eat more bread and cakes and such than just about anyone else I can think of. Their meats are either processed to all hell (lovely tasty processed meats ;) ) or they are really crappy cuts. The meat then do eat tends to either be slathered with butter and wedged between bread, or it's deep fried and in some cases deep fried, frozen, thawed out and fried again. Their main vegetable is potato, and even though there is a great selection, most don't eat a large amount of green veg. Add to that the fact that Britain is probably the only place in the world that consumes more alcohol, and it seems they should all be dead or dying.


    Yet, they're healthy.


    Perhaps it really does come down more to how natural the foods are versus what they are. (?)


  8. @Bipa I know you're joking but I have to say one of the first things that amazed me about Germany was their ability to put chocolate on litterally everything!


    Whoever heard of ruining a perfectly good Croissant (assuming you've somehow found a good croissant in Germany) by dipping it in chocolate?


  9. I have theorized that the super high carb high calorie diet is something that causes an interesting effect in Germans. Because they eat this from birth I think their metabolisms are through the roof -- ie because their bodies always have this huge supply of lots and lots of fuel, they burn through it very quickly versus having a more efficient, slower metabolism.


    The other reason I think this may be the case is because the vast majority of Germans look like they're 15-20 until they hit their mid 30's and then BAM! they suddenly look 60! It's as if their bodies just seem to burn out after a bit and from then on they may be a bit tubby or whatever but suddenly their skin and hair and everything just looks like they aged 20 years overnight.


  10. If the pricing is similar definitely choose the CELTA.


    There really is no clearinghouse for credentialing in the Language training industry, so it's tough to say cert a is better than cert b. However, CELTA is better regulated than most and it is the most accepted program at present. They offer a few add ons such as young learners and business english and also their DELTA which is offered as a diploma but is really just a higher level certificate.


  11. I'd pay the extra for a fully unlocked one.


    If you get a plan get one with the most data you can. Also don't forget you can also use wifi if you know it's available where you'll be which can save off data quotas.


    Get at least a 3g.


    I hear a 4th generation one is coming out this year.


  12. l would really pour all efforts into learning German because that's a major part of the loneliness. Why not find an integration course. They're either free or government subidised and you'll likely meet some other people with similar situations to your own.


  13. A big where y'at to everybody from back home too! I was floating back in '05 as well and I'm glad to see that the effectiveness and timeliness of the response seems a lot better for Haiti. Practice makes perfect I guess. Too bad we had to be the practice ;)


    wwoz girl. I just downloaded the wwoz app fir iPhone and gave been enjoying the livestream. I wish there were one for Klrz (100.3 the cajun/zydeco and swamp pop station).


  14. An easy one I do is just to make some seasoned patties I guess you'd call them.


    Take a single package of either ground beef or the mixed ground meat. Add chopped onion (either half a large onion or a full small one). A couple cloves of garlic choppped. A decent bit of peppers of your choice (chopped as well, with the seeds removed -- I find if you buy these in bulk chop and freeze them they can be quite handy). Add a cup or so of quick cooking oatmeal (hafferflocken) and two raw eggs, a decent squirt of mustard and a bit of either ketchup or tomato paste.


    That's the base. From there you add some salt and pepper and whatever choice of spices and herbs you like. I usually put in a bit of rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme, and some Cajun seasoning.


    To fisnish, drizzle a bit of oil into a baking dish, mix everything thoroughly with your hands and form into equal balls/patties/whatever you like with a single bay leaf in the centre of each (lorbeerblätte).


    Bake at low heat for 45 minutes then finish off on high heat till the outside gets dark and a bit crispy (to your taste).


    I find these are really convenient because you can make them up the day (or days) before and leave them in the fridge. Then just toss them in the oven when you get home and an hour later you have dinner and at least lunch the next day.


    The meat gives you protein and healthy fats, the oatmeal gives you a full day of fibre (you can't tell it's in there) and the little bit of veggies in there give you all your vitamins and anti-oxidents. Btw, the slower low-temp cooking renders out most of the bad fat without drying out the meat.


  15. Ok my last post may come off as a bit whiny but let me explain. At some poit you (Brits in general not you guys) got annoyed that Lots of English-speaking jobs in places like Germany were going to Americans and Canadians and Australians and various other non-Brits. This was back in the late 90s and early 2000s when the British economy was lagging behind the rest of Europe and jobs were scarcer. Thus I can understand the motives. Well people contacted their MPs and their EU parliament reps and pushed through legislation that gave hiring preferences to EU residents regardless of qualification. What it meant for jobs requiring English as a primary skill is that people from Ireland and the UK get a serious advantage over anyone else.


    I have personally experienced the effects of this many times. Imagine being told by an HR person that you're the best qualified candidate for a job, but they have to give it to a considerably less qualified candidate because he's from the UK. I know so many people to whom this has happened.


    Different countries have different takes on these policies. In Spain and Italy, if you're non-EU it's almost impossible to get a visa. In Germany it's interpreted that a company can only hire a nonEU person after they've fully exhausted every even remoty possible candidate in Germany first, then the EU second, and only then can they apply to the government for permission to hire the more qualified nonEU candidate.


    When it comes to ESL, it leaves most Australians. New Zealanderd, South Africans, Americans, and Canadians working either freelance or for full-time only when some major shortage exists. Then when you add to this the BritClub effect (British DOSs or managers hiring unqualified fellow Brits over qualified non-Brits, or giving the better courses and more hours to their fellow countrymen with no regard to performance) it really creates an unfair situation for the nonEU teachers which justly often leaves them feeling hopeless.


    About the only ones who do well are those who marry an EU resident, have a working spouse visa, or manage to survive long enough to get their permanent residency.


    It sounds shifty, and I'm glad a lot of people don't experience all this, but sadly far too many people do.


  16. I can somewhat understand the negative attitudes. I have to say I actually blame the Germans (which I don't do often). It's one thing to live in poverty when you're teaching English in a poor country. But it's something totally different when you are working in a high demand field, in a market where people demand high levels of skills and outcomes, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world and to be paid less than the guy scraping chewing gum off the pavement.


    It's easy to get a negative feeling of your self worth when everyone you are teaching (even if they're unemployed) makes twice as much money as you do working your ass off. The worst part is knowing that all your students know this. They know that the very system of language schools treat foreign English teachers in a way that the Germans consider totally unacceptable for any other profession. They want you to be highly trained and highly effective, yet the want you to work for peanuts. There were so many times where I wanted to ask how they could look at themselves in the mirror knowing that their teachers would go home to some crappy apartment they can barely afford and eat shit food because they couldn't afford proper groceries.


    The situation is even worse if you're non-EU because then you're treated nearly less than human. You get to pay higher taxes, still have to pay into all the govt programs but if you lose your job you don't get to use them, instead you are given 24 hours to vacate the country. Most are stuck working freelance which means they have to pay everything, insurance and all and if their workload drops below a certain level they can be forced to leave.


    Yeah. When you're treated like shit, it's easy to feel you have a shit life.