Some things don’t change the world. But they make our everyday lives a little more pleasant. Or they are just nice to have. Or even both. The ZEIT-ONLINE series “ nice and useful ” is about these gadgets and apps.
There aren’t many constants in my life, but one of them has to be a pitiful pot of basil. Not the same, no, it always goes like this: I buy basil, pick off a handful of leaves, drape them on pasta with tomato sauce and feel like a gourmet. After that I’ll stick with the bread and butter, the basil stands and stands and stands. Whenever the leaves wilt, I add a little water, which helps but doesn’t save it. At some point I have mercy and throw the poor plant away. Two weeks later I’m back at the supermarket checkout with a pot of basil.