Archive for June, 2006

Le Divorce et Vienne

I wasn’t really shocked after I read that Vienna holds the highest divorce rate among the Austrian nine provinces. Seeing it happening almost every time (both from work and private circles), I may sound naive and conservative (so be it), it is a cause to be alarmed. I guess this is the result of living in the city and being made into one of the robots programmed to self-destruct. Communication is way toooo expensive. The couple is busy with/at work, work and work. They regard having a career is better than maintaining a relationship.

For yours truly the reasons for an immediate divorce are a. cheating; b. domestic violence. More often than not communication (with an open mind and an open heart) is the key to save it.

It is sad to note that two-thirds of marriage goes down the drain. The breakdown of the family results to an atomised society that is, unfortunately, already happening. The institution we call marriage is falling apart–fast. Do we still have to believe in it and waste our money, emotion and time?

According to the news, Vienna ranks first with its 63.3 per cent. Taking the second place is Lower Austria (45.6 per cent). Then followed by Vorarlberg (43.8 per cent), Burgenland (42 %), Styria (41.8%), Salzburg (40.5 %). Lagging behind the list are Tirol (33.8 %), Carinthia (37.5 %) and Upper Austria (38.6 %).

Chart courtesy of APA and Heute magazine

Other stats include the following:
— Nine years is the average number a couple stays married (9.2 years as opposed to 9.5 years in 2004).
— In 2005, 6, 111 divorce cases were filed in Wien. Nationwide the number was 19,453 cases.
— There are 14,740 minor kids who are left without a complete set of parents.

The European Union has a nifty detailed explanation on divorce in Austria.

At the end of the day the only way to stand out is to do it differently. Don’t fall into one of the statistics. Don’t be another number.

Purity of emotion: Hate

Tonight at 17:00 it’s your chance to experience the average Viennese gripped by a pure and reason-free emotion: Hate.

Go and watch the first quarter-finals match today in a normal Viennese Beisl. And enjoy the hate that will be pouring in palpable waves towards the screen, whenever the german team touches the ball or even appears on screen.

Today all of Vienna roots for Argentine, except for a small persecuted minority of german ex-patriates.

I think I’ll go and hide in my flat until the match is over. Fortunately I can mimic the accent well enough that my citizenship is not immediately audible, so I can go out afterwards and watch the second quarterfinal at the TAG.

See you there, maybe? (And don’t tell anyone…)

In Vienna we stuff the holes with caviar!


Location: near City Hall.

Prater impressions

The Prater (or to be precise: Wurstelprater) is an amusement park in the second district of Vienna. The park features various rides, bumper cars, whatever. It’s kitsch heaven, as Cory Doctorow once called it.

Here are a couple of images from my last visit.







Warten auf GOTO / Online

Our Science Fiction theatre play “Warten auf GOTO” (sorry, German only) is online for free download.

Our friends at Okto TV supported us with a studio, camera and cutting equipment, and our partners at the Viennese Volkstheater helped us with all the theatrical needs.

We’ll show the film tomorrow at 8 PM at our space in Museumsquartier. Sabine Osthoff and Annette Isabella Holzmann, the brilliant actresses, will we around.


By the way:
Thanks to the Great Old Gods of Creative Commons and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.



According to the New York Times, Vienna’s slightly seedy Gürtel area at the outside edge of the 8th District is newly hot and happening.

I’m pretty sure some of the clubs they mention aren’t so new. In fact, I remember being at some of them mentioned here nearly ten years ago. But then again, back in the day, it really was a dodgy spot. And still, to this day, I can’t walk the Gürtel at night without being asked by the nice women that hang out there, “hast du kein Lust?”

Urban Art 46: Mood


“In a good mood.”

Location: near Museumsquartier.

Great Star Wars Pinball Machine…

…spotted at Phil‘s.


Hit the Death Star three times! I tell ya!

My Sacher

Sachertorte is a cake, invented by Franz Sacher in 1832 for Metternich in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties.


The Sacher cake consists of two layers of dense, not overly sweet chocolate dough with a thin layer of apricot jam (Marillenmarmelade) in the middle and dark chocolate icing on the top and sides.

It is eaten with whipped cream as the Sachertorte is considered too “dry” to be eaten without.

And now I get me one!

Are we polite? Well… 60%!


If you want to know more about the survey, go to the NYC MetroBlog.


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