Archive for September, 2006

Subversive recursion?

One more urban message that reads “Squat the streets”…

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…but pull it through next time, don’t just tag it!

Urban Art 52: Fishy

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Location: Argentinierstraße.

Pirate Parties?

A public discussion between Hartmut Pilch (ffii.org), Rick Falkvinge (Pirat Partiet Sweden) and Florian Hufsky (Piratenpartei Österreich). Hosted by Leo Findeisen.
Recorded at Paraflows 06/September 2006/Vienna.

Now online as audio stream (Thanx, Orange 94.0!)

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“Das staubige Tier”

Tex Rubinowitz’s new book about Vienna.

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Riesenmaschine reports.

Dirty Campaigning

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(“Our chancellor”“In three days you’ll be dead.”)

Source: Comandantina Dusilova

Taugshow #6 online

Recorded Friday, September 15, 2006 at dietheater, Konzerthaus, Vienna. Duration: 147 minutes.

Vik Olliver: Nanotechnology and RepRap:
Vik Olliver is a 40-something longhair software developer, artist and volunteer firefighter who lives with his family (wife Suz, daughters Kate and Tamara) and many cats in the Waitakere Rainforest in New Zealand. Currently he is one of the driving forces of the RepRap Project (http://reprap.org/); which aims to create the first practical and programmable self-replicating machine.

Adia Martin: Fashion, Technology and Femal Sovereignty:
Adia Martin is a New York ex-patriate currently residing between Vienna and London. Having spent the past ten years of her life working in various different areas of the fashion industry, her primary concentration has always found its way back towards a historical foundation. Adia looks at how the change in the roles of women in society directly influenced fashion styles, tastes, and necessities. Because the 20th Century created some of the most rapid and significant evolutions in recorded history, it becomes easier to recognize how quickly what we wear is directly correlated to what we do.

Michael Bauer: 310 Chinese LED Throwies: Instantaneous beauty and dynamic collaborative pieces of artwork. What else is there to ask for?

Regulars:
In this month’s “Gorgeous Wordz” column, Evelyn Fuerlinger will talk about the differences between the English and the German sound-systems, as well as about birds. Roland Gratzer talks about female pirates. And we have a special anniversary to celebrate.

Showband: Beata Pozitiva Vs. Alfons Bauernfeind

Link / Download

Trucks and protest

The Opernballdemo (a left-wing demonstration along the Ringstraße against the kind of capitalism represented by, as the protesters see it, many of the well-to-do guests at the Vienna Opera Ball) has regularly taken place in the 80s, 90s and in recent years.

Viennese police forces usually use trucks like this one…

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…to transport anti-protester metal barricades.

I think I’m getting old. Today I spotted one of the trucks on Mariahilferstraße… not on a demo.

LOSERVILLE

If I had a euro for every fucked up person living in this city… Ca-Chink, that’s one euro.

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Dude fell asleep while rolling a cigarette. Sheesh …

XIII. Medientage

Right now the thirteenth Austrian Media Days are starting. Up to Friday there will be numerous round table discussions, presentations and speeches from all the top dogs of politicas and the Austrian (and German) media landscape.

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If you ever wanted to see the CEOs of ÖBB, AUA, Siemens, GM Austria, Telekom, Mobilkom, Casinos Austria, Bank Austria, Hutchison, T-Mobile at one table spreading marketing lingo and big words, this would be the place to go. Also if you are interested in what the big dogs of the Austrian media landscape are about, such as ORF, News, all the newspapers, radio stations, private tv stations, and so on, who will all participate. And there will be a focus on the new broadcasters that spread content via mobile, DVB-M, and so on.

Unfortunately, tickets are rather expensive (one day: 180 €, 3-days: 500 €). But, local Viennese TV-station Puls-TV is broadcasting the whole thing live. It used to be that SevenOneMedia streamed the whole thing in the net, but I can’t find that now. Where do I get a tv set from now?

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The Gastinger Case: Principle or vested interest

In case you’ve just tuned in, you might probably hear that the Austrian Justice Minister Karin Gastinger has left the right-wing party BZÖ (Bündnis Zukunft Österreich or the Alliance for the Future of Austria), six days before the elections. Meaning, there will be options, that can only depend tomorrow morning after the meeting with the chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, if she will stay independent, having no political party like her colleague Finance Minister Karl Heinz Grasser, in the remaining days of the present government.

photo courtesy of Der Standard
photo courtesy of Der Standard

The reason: she finds the migration policy/anti-immigrant stance of her former party doesn’t connive with her views in life. She has started to think about it after Peter Westenthaler, the BZÖ party leader and candidate, declared proudly of deporting the 300,000 immigrants living in Austria.

On the other hand, there are speculations that BZÖ, due to the its poor standing in the poll surveys, would just disappear after this year’s general elections.

And Gastinger’s decision is just expected from someone who wants to save her ass from, obviously, a sinking ship that is BZÖ. At least this is what the opposition has thought so. The Green party chef Alexander van Bellen wasn’t impressed and even commented that her realisation was too late.

And if you would look at it, he has a point.

Coming from a Third World country, corruption and abuse of power have always been part of the political landscape that sadly numbs the people. In the First World, the intensity of poor governance might be lower and the echo is not defeaning. That is to say, the world, whatever it is (first or third), is far from perfect.

As an immigrant, it was admiring to hear Gastinger’s pride speaking out. Not for the sake of the thousands of immigrants living in Austria but the ability to look at herself in the mirror without hurting anybody.

But if the audience could look deeper you would never know if it’s just a facade, a mask to hide her vested interest.
And what Ms Karin Gastinger has to do now is to prove to her detractors that she is the Real McCoy.

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