Carnival Photo Report

February 1, 2008 at 11:56 pm | Posted in Culture, Life | Leave a comment
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It is the first time in x years that I am not spending carnival in Cologne – but yesterday we had our own little carnival celebration here in Vienna at ncl@MQ. We even set up a live video conference with a friend who has a little shop/gallery in Cologne where the party started – and they staged a little Polonaise for us in front of the camera:-)

Polonaise

Polonaise

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Amnesty International against Child Soldiers

January 23, 2008 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Life | 2 Comments
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Yesterday I joined amnesty international, coincidentally 7 days after friend Lenina became a member (maybe I would not have been that susceptible to their message if she hadn’t). It’s only going to cost me a few cents a day, and once I am in a more comfortable financial situation, I am going to increase the amount to donate in a year. They got me with their initiative to rehabilitate child soldiers – but there is not a single cause in their portfolio that I wouldn’t subscribe to.

Still in Germany, I supported an animal rights organization for a while whose board members have now received a six years sentence for the misappropriation (?) of donations. Jeez! I guess I can rule out such a scenario in the case of ai. I am glad to be once again supporting a charity organization – one of the few things one can do as a person who was luckily born in our posh Western civilization.

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R.I.P. Heath Ledger: No More Brokeback Reunions

January 22, 2008 at 11:41 pm | Posted in Entertainment, Film, Life | Leave a comment
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Minutes before going to bed I read that Heath “BrokeBack Mountain” Ledger died – devastating!

Perez Hilton writes:

At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived at Apartment 5A in the building for an appointment with Mr. Ledger, police said.

The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of Mr. Ledger’s bedroom. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger unconscious.

They shook him, but he did not respond. They immediately called the authorities. The police said they did not suspect foul play and said they found pills near the body.

Read the Google News on his tragic death. He was only 28 – 5 years my junior! It’s been a while that Academy Award winners died that young.

Life’s a to-do-list

January 22, 2008 at 9:30 am | Posted in Life | Leave a comment
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Again today I am lacking the inspiration for a blog post. There are many many things on my to do list today – some of which are related to the fact that I submitted a proposal for a doctoral thesis yesterday. I am now looking for ways to fund myself – either as being self-employed or by taking on a part-time position (one may not work more than 20 hours a week to be able to enroll as a doctoral student in Austria – but thankfully, and as of January 2008, one may simultaneously receive unemployment benefits and pursue one’s studies).

EDIT: It seems as if this 20 hour rule does not apply in Austria, it’s a Germany thing (where there are special types of contracts and tax models for students).

God bless the Austrian Social Security System (especially the Viennese)

January 16, 2008 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Career, Life | 5 Comments
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Good news! I am back on social security, including health care. Since I quit my last job itself, I expected to be barred from benefits for a period of four weeks – hence I was hesitant to go to the doctor, because the lady on the hotline told me that I may not take for granted that I’d still have health care (although she couldn’t tell me what the criteria were).

At the unemployment office today I learned that I’d normally be banned – but not if the quitting occurs within the probation period AND if you happen to live in the federal state of Vienna (my place of work was in Lower Austria, but apparently that didn’t matter). In other words: I do have health care, and I am also immediately entitled to unemployment benefits I guess I owe this to the decades of social democratic rule in this lovely city.

Since 1919 (!) the city’s mayor has been nominated by the SPÖ!

Jamie-Lynn Spears is pregnant. And everyone else, too

December 19, 2007 at 7:18 am | Posted in Life | Leave a comment
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According to everyone. And so is Jessica Alba. And Lilly Allen. And Cate Blanchett and possibly also Angelina Jolie. Just for the record.

Are “stars” getting pregnant more often and ever younger these days or do the papers simply report it more often?

Getting up at 5:30am

December 17, 2007 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Life | 1 Comment
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…isn’t so bad really, yet at the moment I am really just rushing from place to place during the week, as I had a total of five choir concerts scheduled. Next one this evening at 6pm at Schloss Belvedere in Vienna – see you there!

Internet Eats My Life

August 29, 2007 at 10:34 am | Posted in Internet, Life | 1 Comment
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I just realized that I yesterday I spent 2.5 hours in that café hacking into the computer, trying to get all my online chores (virtual socializing, checking the pages I always check, look at the amount in my back account decreasing…) done. That’s far too much, me thinks…

Which kind of a blogger am I?

May 17, 2007 at 11:36 am | Posted in Blogging, English, German, Life | 10 Comments
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There seems to be a general consent that there are two kinds of bloggers, even if the lines and criteria of distinction are often dissimilar.

Greg Knauss, emulating Jason Kottke, thinks that the two kinds of bloggers are the referential and the experiential one:

The referential blogger uses the link as his fundamental unit of currency, building posts around ideas and experiences spawned elsewhere: Look at this. Referential bloggers are reporters, delivering pointers to and snippets of information, insight or entertainment happening out there, on the Intraweb. They can, and do, add their own information, insight and entertainment to the links they unearth — extrapolations, juxtapositions, even lengthy and personal anecdotes — but the outward direction of their focus remains their distinguishing feature.

The experiential blogger is inwardly directed, drawing entries from personal experience and opinion: How about this. They are storytellers (and/or bores), drawing whatever they have to offer from their own perspective. They can, and do, add links to supporting or explanatory information, even unique and undercited external sources. But their motivation, their impetus, comes from a desire to supply narrative, not reference it.

Aaron Brazell proposes that

There are two kinds of bloggers: those who blog for themselves, and those who write for others. The first kind of blogger writes as an outlet for themselves; the second type tries to meet the readers’ needs. The problem comes when the first type tries to be the second type and fails.

A chap who calls himself Sirbastian Manning takes a technological approach:

There are two types of bloggers.
1. People who use premade software. These guys usually have loads to write about.
2. People who make their own software to blog with. These guys usually have nothing to write about (some do though).
I fit into the last group of people but now I’m using wordpress so I should start writing more.
Maybe tomorrow.

And cartoonist Jeff Danziger knows the ultimate truth about the two types of bloggers🙂

Jeff Danziger

So which kind of a blogger are you? Which kind of a blogger am I? For the time being, I would simply describe myself as a blogger who has at one point made a resolution to write on post per today. That’s a statistical approach, but the rest follows from this. A certain quantity counts. And at the moment, I am also a blogger who considers reconsidering this resolution, as I feel I don’t really have the time for it – neither for writing about the things that do REALLY matter to me,

(e.g. about the annoying campaign of a club called Familiennetzwerk, i.e. family network, who are rallying to spread the word that day care children are severly traumatized and that there is no other way to protect a child’s sanity than by mothers’ giving up their jobs; recently on a television program, one of their spokes persons claimed that every third child in Sweden – a country where day care centres are not considered prisons, but a place of early social integration – was neurotic, basing her ‘research’ on just one Swedish publication by a woman who could, upon request, not produce any evidence for her findings; but the Familiennetzwerk doesn’t care, everybody can sing in their choir, for as long as they sing their tune… *grrrrrrrrr*)

nor for reading all the blogs out there that interest me. And if you have got just 11 blogs on your daily reading list, like I do, and you have another, presumably ‘real’ life to tend to, the demands of both tend to collide.

I am also considering writing in German – when I started, writing in English also meant to not align myself geography, which also lead me to the misspelling of the name of the province I live in, i.e. Vorradelberg. And know that I know that I am going to move away (relatively) soon, I might want to. Align myself. Geographically and linguistically. But then Cabbage, Lallopallo, Whetted and Nova wouldn’t be able to ‘read me’. Hmm.

Stupid Things People Do if Their Cellphone Has a Camera, Pt. 1

May 3, 2007 at 3:11 pm | Posted in Fun, Funny, Life | Leave a comment
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If an unexpected public holiday leaves you with too much time on your hands, this is what might become of it. I’d like to call this photograph:

The roller coaster ride from hell
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Herb had an evil midget growing on his neck.
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Attack of the killer wookie
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When Herb’s dream of growing a mustache came true, he wasn’t so sure about his dream anymore.
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“That’s right, Bob Marley is my hero, how do you know?”
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