Playmobil Little Martin Luther all the way from Germany

little_lutherFrom the Nuremberg Convention and Tourist Office

After reading about how the Playmobil Martin Luther doll commissioned by the Nuremberg Tourist Office and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria had sold out in record time I knew that I wanted to get one.

I passed the information on to my Amex concierge to track down how to get one.  They came back with two options, the first was on the US secondary market like ebay where they were going for $20+ per doll. (a little much!)

They also contacted the Nuremberg Convention and Tourist Office and were able to arrange for them to ship him to me in the US. The only downside is that they don’t take Amex, so I had to call with an alternate card to pay the bill.

Their contact information is:

Congress und Tourismus Zentrale Nürnberg
Frauentorgraben 3
90443 Nürnberg, Germany
Tel:  +49 911 2336-0
Fax:  +49 911 2336-167

Business Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00AM to 4:30PM
Friday:8:00AM to 3:00PM​​

I was able to call via google voice and they did a great job of taking care of the task at hand with amazing German efficiency.  I hope to some day make it to Nuremberg see the other great offerings of the area

Build boost in visual studio with Bzip

IRC on the Apple //c

Figuring out the correct magic incantation to compile the C++ boost library with Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 is somewhat of a magical trip. It is even worse if you want to include bzip for compression access. Add on top of that wanting to have x86 and x64 versions and you have a mess!

Here is what I was able to figure out:

First download Bzip from and uncompress the source code.

then inside of the visual studio tools command prompt (the 64 bit version for 64 bit and 32 for 32 bit) run the following commands:

.\bjam.exe -s NO_COMPRESSION=0 -s NO_BZIP2=0 -s BZIP2_SOURCE=<path-to-bz> --stagedir=.\stage\x64 --toolset=msvc-12.0 architecture=x86 address-model=64 -j8 --build-type=complete


.\bjam.exe -s NO_COMPRESSION=0 -s NO_BZIP2=0 -s BZIP2_SOURCE=<path-to-bz> --stagedir=.\stage\x86 -j8 --build-type=complete

If you are using a different version of visual studio, the toolset will be different. This site has the version numbers.

Good luck, and after you get it compiled remember, here be dragons Here be Dragons