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A Journey to the End of the Night

While I’m feverishly preparing the last bits and bytes for the upcoming PlumberCon conference this weekend at WerkzeugH, I’m just as much looking forward to one of the starting events on 0day (some might call it Friday the 07th), the Journey to the End of the Night!

Out of their announcement:

The city spreads out before you. Rushing from point to point, lit by the slow strobe of fluorescent buses in dark streets. Stumbling into situations for a stranger’s signature. Fleeing unknown pursuers, breathing hard, admiring the landscape and the multitude of worlds hidden in it.

For one night, drop your relations, your work and leisure activities, and all your usual motives for movement and action, and let yourself be drawn by the attractions of the chase and the encounters you find there.

Try to make it through a series of checkpoints as quickly and as stealthily as possible, while avoiding being caught by chasers. Should you be captured, you become a chaser yourself and have to pursue your former friends and allies. No skates, no bikes, no cars — just your feet and public transport.

Starting point for the Journey will be a shallow pit in Prater, near the tram 1 stop Prater Hauptallee and U2 station Stadion (GPS: 48.20673 / 16.40878; see map).

Join in a free street game of epic proportion; a pursuit across the city in multiple parts – and be sure to wear comfortable shoes & bring water =)

How much longer?

How much longer can Vienna take this kind of weather? We demand a larger sun-and-dry/rain-and-cloudy ratio. Definitely. Analogue weather forecast for Vienna can be found here (via swissmiss). Light rain, it says. Well, at least it isn’t snow, which was even more annoying. I used past tense intentionally thinking that there won’t be any further blizzards in Vienna. This season.

Light rain is still rain. No way of getting around it.

Light rain is still rain. No way of getting around it.

The Mustache (Part 3)

He is back!

He is back!

Seen along the Margaretengürtel, Fifth District, the last of the series. The Jörgi is back. He has promised he would only go to Vienna if the Austrians made him their chancellor. Your choice.

Tomorrow is Election Day. So go out and vote my dear Austrian friends.

The Mustache (Part 1)

The world's stereotype view of Austria

The world's stereotype view of Austria, along the Gürtel

The Mustache and the Freedom Party leader HC Strache

Once there was Hitler, an Austrian-born naturalised German who tried to rule the world, and his (in) famous mustache. That everything evil embodies him and his facial hair. That if they put this particular mustache on someone else’s face it is a way of offending that person. Little did the people know that it was a trend sometime in the 1920s. Or they might be aware of it but it doesn’t matter anyway. What is important is that they showed their anger or disagreement by allowing themselves to manipulate or vandalize the face.

Keine Durchfahrt

Because it’s a big, fat wall, baby!

umfallen? nicht mit mir.

Found @ Mariahilfer Straße, 13 September 2008.

See also..

blockieren? nicht mit mir.

Found @ Mariahilfer Straße, 2 September 2008.

People playing music on public transport

For a long time I thought it was only teenagers who force their environment to listen to whateverkindofmusicitistheylistento on public transport. I’ve meanwhile also come across adults who play (.. different, but equally annoying) loud music on their mobiles on buses and trams. The only difference I have noticed is that some of the latter will put their phones close to (one of) their ears for a “better” listening experience (.. which does not really make any difference for anyone else sitting close to them).


What do YOU do when people play loud music on public transport? – Do you react at all (i.e. ask them to turn the volume down/why they aren’t using headphones/whatever)? Or do you just sit there and wait for the moment you can get off your bus/tram/subway?

Krocha Zombies

Be part of it!

schaust ua bombä aus.


treffpunkt für den make-up-workshop: samstag, 28. juni 2008, 12 uhr @ monochrom büro museumsquartier.
wichtig: krocha-outfit bitte selbst mitbringen! wir haben nur kapperl, nicht den rest.

start des mobs: samstag, 28. juni 2008, 14:15 uhr @ monochrom büro.


Superfly 98.3

First things first. Apologies to DaddyD. :D

Though I rarely listen to radio these days due to the advent of MP3 player, whatever happens, I am still a huge FM4 fan.

But it looks like FM4 has a serious rival this time.

Enter Superfly 98.3, the new radio station in Vienna. Launched in February this year, it has impressed quite a number of people. Including the editorial staff of the spunky multicultural free magazine Biber (June issue).

… und unser Freundsender FM4 muss sich mit all den verhinderten DJs herumschlagen, die am liebsten ihre 7596 CDs selber dort auflegen würden. So weit, so lala. …

Der Standard described it as a first Viennese black music station. I am not sure what could they mean by that. You ask an American and he/she thinks that is an offending description.

Perhaps it refers to the genre of music it continually airs in rotation like electro, soul, funk, house, etc. Oh, well… Anyway, it plays nonstop, without annoying ads. For a span of six hours I only heard two short ones, which is impressive.

Still, FM4 is FM4. Here’s hoping that Superfly will find its niche in the listening public.

Note: You can also stream it via its website, iTunes or WinAmp or any other external player.

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