The past weeks

Being on parental leave and partially in the offline world over the past weeks has caused my blog to run a bit dry. So being back in Munich it’s a good time to wrap up some of things that happened.

I’ve had my first ever geocaching giga event (Mia san Giga!). In fact, the whole world had its first giga event on 16 August 2014. Though I only stayed shortly at the main event, I, together with some fellow cachers (greetz), used the day to do some more geocaching and had a nice walking tour somewhere south of Munich.c5556ad3-370b-4077-9349-49e3ab7ed949

After that, we took off for some holidays in and around Berlin, which turned out to be surprisingly disconnected from the online world, again full of geocaching and filled with meetings … with friends, not work (greetz to everyone).

On our way back home, and due to the twelve hours of horrible traffic on the southbound highways we had already faced, we decided to have a little break and stay for one night in Nuremberg. We got ourselves a room in a well located Youth Hostel, right next to the old castle and used the time to see some parts of the city.

Now we are back in Munich trying to get back to a bit of routine …

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IMG_20140801_110230Today, I changed the license plates of my old and new Hyundai from Berlin plates to Munich plates. I had to destroy the  Berlin Bear seal on my old plates myself. An emotionally moving moment, which the Bavarian clerk did not fully grasp. She tried to calm me down by offering me the Münchner Kindl as substitute, but as you can see, she failed to know their own seals. It ended up to be the lesser coat of arms of Bavaria. Well … in her defence, the Kindl ended up sitting in one of the papers I got , but still.

In the end, I have to say that I was quite impressed by the efficiency of my visit at the authorities. Despite the waiting time (57 people in front of us and today no advantage in bringing the your little son), the whole procedure, including office work, payments and pressing/printing the new plates only took 20 minutes. The fact that we jumped on the wrong train afterwards, did probably cost me more time after all.

H&G – FIFA World Cup

What to say? I guess we all agree that this year’s FIFA World Cup had quite some excitement. Not only on the Honour & Glory side, but also on the football side as well ;)

Jokes aside … Germany is now on par with Italy in having four titles (only Brazil has five), Klose is now the sole top goalscorer and I won H&G :)

I guess, I should thank everyone for taking part in this year’s Honour & Glory highlight and congratulate especially Teresa and Anne for their second and third place, respectively. Your trophies are waiting for you!

Besides that, we had a new all-time high in the number of participants (21, with an average of 16) and a couple of achievement that deserve to be mentioned. Michael and Teresa managed to gain points in eight consecutive matches. Bernd, Carsten and Michael even got three consecutive matches right to the exact score. Anne lead the board for in total 37 matches, though wasn’t in the top three as much as Teresa and me (56 matches). In any case congratz for these records as well. You can find those and more below the now final standings table, matchboard and scoreboard. The (relatively) new football all-time stats now also includes the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

As you might have seen already, I also introduced the new bets view in the matchboard, which since this year’s semi finals shows the bets of everyone as soon as the match started.

H&G – Group phase stats

The first 48, out of 64, matches have been played, the group phase is over. Time for another little review …

With one or two exceptions, not too much changed since the end of the first game day. The top four is still the top four, just with a little reordering in the positions. Same goes for the bottom, maybe with the exception of someone who apparently forgot to place his/her bets after match 30!? Nothing too exciting happened in the middle of the table. You can check the development in the recently added place-after-match view on the matchboard (in fact only of a couple new views).

Also in the records section, we are essentially looking at the same names as before.
Here’s the links to the standings, matchboard and scoreboard just after the group phase.

To help you getting into the top three, I added some team statistics on the schedule & bets page. Simply click on a row and you will see details on how the according teams performed earlier in the event. Hover over the numbers to get even more details.

Last but not least, I am considering to launch a new bets view on the matchboard during the end of this or in the next tournament. It would show all bets of all players, including the ones of matches that already started.  Depending on your positive/negative FEEDBACK, it might come online at some point.

Good luck in the second stage of the World Cup!