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OHM 2013

August 26, 2013


In September, I traveled to a campground north of Amsterdam to participate in OHM (Observe. Hack. Make.), a large gathering of hackers and makers. It was the latest in the sequence of Dutch hacker conferences that includes What the Hack and Hacking at Random. OHM’s Like Burning Man… On the surface, OHM seemed a lot like Burning Man: a […]

Berlin’s Abandoned Places: Teufelsberg Tactics

August 21, 2013


History The Teufelsberg spy station is the crown jewel of Berlin’s abandoned places. It was originally built by the NSA during the Allied occupation of Germany to eavesdrop on Soviet and East German communications. Teufelsberg (literally “Devil’s Mountain”), is a man-made hill, built from houses that were blasted down to rubble in WWII. After the Wall […]

Berlin’s Abandoned Places: Plänterwald

August 12, 2013


A Park with a Peculiar Past While in Berlin, I toured the Spreepark in Plänterwald, a former amusement park with a fascinating history. Note: Since I don’t understand German and had to have everything translated for me, what follows below may not be 100% accurate. Originally built by the East German government, the Spreepark was […]