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About Maarsch

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  • Location Hamburg
  • Nationality NL
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1980
  1. Received? Or . . . . handed out. Coz I was young and an idiot.   Customer walks up to the desk and hands me a box containing a bracelet and a receipt. "I'd like to return this" Me: "Lemme guess, she said no?"   Now, she hadn't said no. Although holy F-ing shit was that ever a possibility and I don't know why I thought it would be funny to say this (except, who proposes with a bracelet?).   She had DIED before he could propose.
  2. Do you need a masters degree to be accepted into a PhD

    Wait, that's how you spell it? They didn't take 2 from Ja and 2 from Nein. They went with Ja and Nein?   Thanks.
  3. Do you need a masters degree to be accepted into a PhD

    What is it that the Germans say again, Jain. They have to be sure of the quality of the applicant. Quality is more easily proven if you have a Masters degree from a reputable university (a friend of mine had one from an not-reputable one and was invited to do a filler year to plug up holes). Showing up with a Bachelor's degree means there is might be a significant gap in knowledge/capability/etc you'll need to prove to them isn't there (Possibly be means of your certificates). Which means getting them around a table. Which  . . . . is very much up to the individual institution/person. I'd say +1 to Engelchen's suggestion of finding a professor first, over trying to get an application that is missing a checkbox (MSc) through the application process.   My personal anecdote of how I got an invitation to a PhD program through personal connection is invalid, as that was in Japan  
  4. With immense grief, we announce Geoff’s unexpected passing due to sudden illness Saturday. We ask privacy as his family works to understand what happened and make arrangements. To honor Geoff or offer comfort to his family, we suggest donations to @SoCalBulldog, which he loved.
  5. What is your hobby?

    Climbing D&D Computer games Reading   I want to do more of the first two, but the latter two are easier to do between other activities. I'd love to say travel, but that's not happening much lately
  6. "Vermögenswirksame Leistungen"

    There's only some ways you can invest that. Can't just put it in a savings account.   You can put it in a Bausparplan - where you save to buy a house. I haven't looked into this one but if you cash this in for anything other than buying a house it's kinda shitty, I believe. You can put it in a savings-plan. Not just your own savings account - but an official, done by someone else, sparplan. Your bank might have one or the bigger financial institutions will have one. There's "low-risk" ones and "higher risk" (by which I mean super low risk or moderately low risk) ones. This is for a minimum time of . . . .10? years. You can put it in a retirement plan. Again, done by someone else. This gets better returns than the one above, but you can't touch it till retirement. Doubles as life insurance sometimes.
  7. All Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Grounded

    I believe the system didn't have a single point of failure. There were two sensors.   And then Boeing put one of those sensors behind a pay-wall.
  8. Random pointless comments

    I remember quite liking Banana ketchup. A "Hot" variation might not be horrible
  9. Bank no longer accepting my iTan numbers

    My bank (ING-Diba) also really wants me on the App. When I went digging, I did find out that the mTAN system will stay in operation (in the fine print, they really want me on that app). It's an SMS confirmation system, so no smartphone required. You can check if your bank has a similar system.
  10. What are you cooking today?

    May require additional tweaking of the recipe. Not too bad for a first try though.
  11. What are you cooking today?

    I got tofu marinating in a mixture of oil, vinegar, pepper, garlic and maple syrup for a Korean Tofu Taco Salad tonight. That certainly isn't something I'd marinate tofu in unprompted, but the wife is working her way through a new cookbook.  
  12. I had stocks and then that company changed name and function. New stocks were made of the company which used to be the company I had stocks in and stocks of that company were automatically bought by my broker.   I mean, the stocks just got exchanged. It's like between Google and Alphabet, the company, CEO and whatever remains the same but for some reason it was more complicated than just changing the name and so stocks got sold and new stocks got bought instead(The google -> Alphabet thing is probably a bad example).
  13. Yeah, I had that 1-2 years ago. Took a bit of figuring that one out. New entry all on its own. Am I hacked (but in a good way?). The hell?   Also had something reinvent itself. 2 letters 1) We have sold all your XXX for [amount] 2) we have sold all your XXXv2.0 for [same amount] Alright, sure.
  14. Why are you unhappy today?

    Ow wow. Best of luck to your company. There's certainly nothing that can go wrong with that (although if everyone signs on regarding the risk that is of course just fine).