Spicy stuff

It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest ChilliIt Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli by Marc Fennell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you heard of Chilliheads? These people are nuts. Bonkers. Wacked in the head. Look at this, the really painful bit starts 8 minutes into it:


Delightfully silly topic. Unless, obviously, you are a chilli head. In that case this is dead serious, mate! A fun playlist is further down.

Shockingly, there are some shocking and disturbing parts in this narrative as well and not in a good way.

The mentioned Ed Currie and breeding the Carolina Reaper:

The audio talks about trolling, fraud, the mental state of chilliheads… Amazing how much drama people can create around something that does really not seem all that important.

Free from Audible, thank you! P.S.: I love the Aussie accent of the narrator. The audio was nicely dynamic, almost like a radio production. However, a few times the other speakers were not easy to understand and some of the background noises were not clear and made me wonder what was going on.

It was fun to discover something completely new to me. Unfortunately it also led to me watching youtube videos of crazy eating challenges almost all day yesterday. 🙂

Small sample playlist….



Jesus H. Christ on a motorbike. Yeah, right, not going to do that in a hurry. Laughing tears, seriously… Animals are more evolved than we are, right… lol….

Meanwhile, in England…

I was rooting for the guy on the far right… He was so nonchalant about eating those things… and then he was suffering, but soldiering on…

Can you imagine the afterburn? *shudders*


It‘s a lingerer! Mistakes were made! Lol. OMG, my cheeks are hurting from laughing so much.

This guy is certifiable!

Meanwhile, back in England…

Bon Appetit!

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Yes, exctinction can be boring

The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass ExtinctionsThe Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions by Peter Brannen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book has enjoyable stretches, but in total was really too boring to keep my interest. Strange, really, considering that I am interested in paleontology, love to watch documentaries about Earth‘s history—volcanos, movement of tectonic plates, various critters, etc.— and frequently read about climate change and sustainability topics.

Not sure if it‘s me or the book. I sometimes disliked the flip tone of the narrator. And the book was a little to centered on the US to really appeal to me. On the other hand I learned something about the geological history of the North American continent.

I think one issue I have is that it‘s not clear to me what the book wants to be. A kind of travelogue with anecdotal stories about geological and paleontological history or rather light pop-science, priming us on the reasons and consequences of climate change. Neither works well enough.

At times informative and lightly entertaining, sometimes humourous, depressing and boring for long stretches. The required doomsday scenario at the end with a pinch of hope.

About the author: http://peterbrannen.com/about

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Fair globalization

Unfair! Für eine gerechte GlobalisierungUnfair! Für eine gerechte Globalisierung by Gerd Müller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fair globalization, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a green and inclusive economy, the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, the transformation of the African continent, et cetera, et cetera. Major topics in very few pages.

At times overly simplistic and a little repetitive, but as introduction and primer about these subjects better than expected.

Written by the German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development:

German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles:

Africa‘s Agenda 2063:

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

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Digital transformation

Fremdbestimmt: Die digitalen Taktgeber des Alltags und ihre Auswirkungen auf Mensch und Gesellschaft

Fremdbestimmt: Die digitalen Taktgeber des Alltags und ihre Auswirkungen auf Mensch und Gesellschaft by Kurt Gallé

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Zuerst recht interessant. Ich habe viel „aha“ und „genau“ gerufen und mit dem Kopf genickt. Aber irgendwie geht es von da aus nicht weiter. Jedes Kapitel beschäftigt sich mit der Darstellung und Ist-Analyse eines anderen Phänomens der digitalen Gesellschaft. Mir fehlt dabei ein Diskurs des bestimmt sehr intelligenten and hochgebildeten Autors, wohin die Entwicklung dieser Dinge uns führen könnte. Hier und da gibt es kleine Andeutungen, die mir aber zu oberflächlich sind. Wenn man sich mit dem Thema vor dem Lesen dieses Buches schon mal beschäftigt hat, erfährt man nichts Neues.

Ganz nett, nichts weltbewegendes. Ich hatte mir mehr erhofft. Die im Untertitel erwähnten Auswirkungen auf Mensch und Gesellschaft wurden mir nicht genug betrachtet.

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A little business reading

Thank God it's MondayThank God it’s Monday by Dark Horse Innovation
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Self advertisement, interspersed with some good ideas for new working models in the 21st century and insights into Generation Y. How should work look like today, digital transformation, design thinking, how to self-organize, cooperative working models, individual flexibility. Nothing deep or detailed and definitely not a how-to-guideline for new work. Shallow, entertaining, works as a first look into a new topic.

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