What would you answer?

A man asks a passing person: “Can you please tell me where to find the train station?” Here are some answers. How would your’s look like? Education Specialist: “Of course I know where to find the station. But it would be better if you could find out yourself!” Social Worker: “Get in the car, I’ll drive you there.” Talk Therapist: “You don’t know where the train station is, and that does not only make you sad, but also a little bit angry.” Psychoanalyst: “The train station? You think about this dark cave where these long things go in and out?” Behaviour Therapist: “Lift up your right foot. Move it a little bit forward. Now place it down again. Good!” Family Therapist: “What do you think your sister thinks about your parents’ feelings when they know that you want to go to the train...

Growth Rate

The World Bank, African Development Bank, and dozens others monitor the development of sub-Saharan countries constantly. I monitor James’ body height in more or less regular intervals: GDPs are calculated in different ways – so because of the outlook, I took the data from the African Development Bank Group (received Jan 22, 2014, here). My own empirical observation provided me with growth data of James’ body height. Year Δ GDP Liberia Δ Height James 2012 8.9% 6.3% 2013 7.7% 5.9% 2014 5.4% 5.6%   Let’s see, how that correlates to each other and find out if James’ change in height could function as a predictor for the GDP-change in Liberia. R, my favourite statistics-tool, does it in a really fast way: > gdpliberia = c(8.9, 7.7, 5.4) > deltajames = c(6.3, 5.9, 5.6) > cor(gdpliberia, deltajames) [1] 0.9659277 Significantly! James’ growth...

Neighbour’s Monkey

Welcome to the real world!

Crafting for Christmas

Can you see the difference?

How phone calls and internet work in Liberia

Living in the Liberian hinterland bears challenges you can’t expect unless you’re there. One example is communication. While the internet connection is pretty stable and strong enough for emails and occasional surfing, you’re totally disconnected from Skype, YouTube and larger file downloads (there are means to overcome that, usually involving fiddling around with a server I run in Germany caching data for me and downloading it over night, but it’s still a hassle). But when it comes to phone calls, things get difficult. Of course, I can choose to make my phone calls from my normal cellphone. But as Germany is not a focus country of Liberia, I don’t profit from the 5ct/min price to the US, UK, Canada, India and China. Instead, I have to pay 40ct/min – which is still ok compared to the opposite direction (roughly 3€/min), but still expensive. Imagine a...

Tiny dogs in my yard

Australian Prime Minister’s response – worth to see.

Whisky’s Offspring

Born on September 13 this year, five young puppies are now living with us.