Archive for January, 2007

If I was a rich man..

Everybody knows I am loaded. I carry the big bills. Even when buying just a small bottle of refreshment, I like to wave a wad of bills. Gives me a good feeling.

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It took the clerk girl a long time to give me my change in small coins. Because I also like to carry a big sack of money with me. You know, like in medieval times?

Free Bariumnitrate! Video…

Finally, the video is online.

You can find more hi-res videos and pics here.

New portraits unveiled! Exhibition at 8.

Jacob Appelbaum has been an artist in residence in the MQ since December 2006. In this short time, he made a bunch of insanely great photos, held a lecture and hosted Viennas’ second Dorkbot meeting, where he talked about the future of free communication. Now, after two really life-enhancing months, his residency is coming to an end. But as you probably have expected, there’s one more thing.

Today (That is to say, Wednesday, January 31st), at 20:00, the vernissage/party for Jake’s newest exhibition will rock the Electric Avenue. On display are large prints of portraits he did during his time in Europe. And as is usual for an artistic orgy of cosmic proportions like this one, you can expect free booze, free speech and other assorted liberties.

If you’re in Vienna, swing by!

Restaurants I boycott

Well, it is not a real boycott, because if a client wants to go there, I will. But if someone asks me, where I want to go, then I’d never mention it: Fabio’s. One of the most famous adresses for exclusive food and ambiente in Vienna. And expensive, too. Starters beginn at 15 €. So you meet a lot of famous and important people there. Waiters are well trained and really nice, the wine is excellent and the atmosphere is really special. And the menue makes you drool (Paccheri di gragnano with wild boar ragout, green pepper and thyme, …)
So why not go there? Because I am a vegetarian (that includes boar) and in restaurants like these there rarely is something on the menue for me. So I like to say to the waiter: I have a challenge for your chef. Prepare something for me that is not on the menue.
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10.000 Sparklers For Polytheism

The “International Year Of Polytheism” (powered by monochrom) wants to overcome the epoch of the monotheistic worldviews (and its derivatives such as “The West” and “The Arab World”) through the reconstruction of a polytheistic multiplicity in which countless gods and goddesses will eventually neutralize each other. Polytheism is democracy, Monotheism a dictatorship, even in its pseudo-secular form.
Freed from the servitude of monotheism and the fraternal strife of the trinity, the world would be redeemed in a chaotic baptism of multiplicity. Besides, we believe that polytheism is the most suitable form of religion for a modern, dynamic and cosmopolitan young culture. Improve your C.V. with polytheism. Create your own heavens and hells. Or try it out yourself with our special Gods/Goddesses trial subscription. Our qualified operators are standing by to take your calls!

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Grand Opening:
Free Barium Nitrate!
The symbolic liberation of Barium Nitrate will signal the opening of this “International Year of Polytheism”. We would like to invite you to join with us in igniting 10.000 bound sparklers, free of any judaeo-christian intent. Nothing but a wonderfully powerful fire signal, whose representational vacuity and lack of otherwise traditional symbolic meaning might just wake some of the ignoble gods exiled by monotheistic McKinseyism. We welcome the gods back from their second-class beyond(s).

January 26, 2007. Symposion Lindabrunn, Lindabrunn, Lower Austria (near Vienna).

Shuttle bus: 6 PM, Rathausstraße 5 (near university), return from Lindabrunn around 1 AM.

What’s Winter, Daddy?

WINTER?
© photo by Daniel K. Gebhart

Will our kids ask us: “what’s winter” sometime?

Addendum: Dorkbot Vienna #2

Jacob Appelbaum’s talk is now online.

Link

Dorkbot #2: Jacob Appelbaum // Techniques, ideas and pitfalls for communicating (semi)anonymously

Jacob Appelbaum (photographer, world traveller, Unix user) will be the guest lecturer at Dorkbot Vienna #2.

He’ll give a talk (in English language) about techniques, ideas and pitfalls for communicating (semi)anonymously.

So, what is anonymous communication?

Jacob will start a discussion about anonymity, pseudonymity and privacy. Topics to be discussed include but are not limited to: Anonymous communication. Desires for communicating anonymously. Historical examples. Pragmatic methods for staying anonymous online with software recommendations. Threats are presented for someone trying to communicate anonymously. Techniques that are useful off of the internet. Risks involved in such communication. Ethical issues involved with anonymity. Ideas for the future.

Software to be discussed includes: Tor, JAP, mixmaster, mixminon, Freenet, pgp, gpg, Torpark, generic proxies.

Where, when?
At the wonderful Werkzeug H.
January 17, 2007. 8 PM.

Who cares?

Sometimes it seems that this special type of fried-everything-restaurants is taking over the city. You probably thought they were bad for your health, but probably they are bad for your spelling also.

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How many spelling mistakes can you find? Is it really a “Bachhuhn”? Why aren’t the salads fried?

Paradise launched

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In what I hope is the first wave in a trend that continues, a handful of Vienna’s restaurants are following the law and creating designated non-smoking sections.

I was thinking about it the other day, and smoking in restaurants is bad for Vienna’s economy. Due to finally being annoyed enough with so many meals being ruined by smoking in the room, my family has almost entirely ceased going out.

We were spending somewhere between 20-50 EUR per visit (plus we tip better than most — although we’re stupid because it certainly never helped the service). I figure we went out 5-6 times per week. So Vienna’s (especially Neubau’s) restaurants are now missing out on somewhere between 100-300 EUR in sales.

Here’s the flip side: if smoking is diminished or even outright banned in restaurants, all economic data from cities that have done so indicates that businesses suffer no negative effect. In short, smokers will still go out to eat, and just save their cigarettes for outside or in designated smoking areas. So really, the hospitality industry lobby against smoking bans is really not economic in its basis, but rather a complete unwillingness to “see past one’s own plate” as the expression goes.

Anyway, places like Jalisco in 1040, my hat is off to you. You will get my business going forward.

As for laggard places, you’ll continue to miss my Euros.

This makes me wonder if I should start a series on all my personal restaurant boycotts. While I don’t know if it would be in the interest of Metro Blogging, it would certainly be interesting to me. Some of the stories I can tell…

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