Archive for July, 2008

Introducing The Hub


If Metblogs is a city, hub.metblogs is the playground. We kept hearing from people that one of their favorite parts of Metblogs was meeting and interacting with readers and writers from other parts of the world, as well as getting requests for more ways that readers could be involved besides just posting comments. We thought about this for a while and decided that with a network like this, a giant community area where folks from all over the world could hang out, post photos and videos, talk with each other, form groups, play games, send messages, and do about a million other things was probably a pretty fun idea. The Hub is that.

If you have any tech ideas or suggestions join this group and speak up. See you on hub.metblogs!

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?

ImPulsTanz Opening Party

I was not at ImPulsTanz Festival’s opening party last year, but I attended the closing party, and ohhh, it was something different from the usual stuff, let me tell you. The crowd was very mixed, there were people from different countries, different age groups, many dancers, good music and lots of dancing going on – all in all a really nice party atmosphere.

ImPulsTanz Extras Poster

Today at 10 p.m. starts this year’s opening party, and just like last year, it once again takes place at Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz (.. which is a really nice venue, just as a by the way!). So, if you don’t have anything better to do tonight and have €10 to spare, I’d recommend going there!

More info!

PS: I can also totally recommend ImPulsTanz’s Festival lounge at Burgtheater. The nice thing about that is that the entrance is free!

Jane McGonigal’s "The Lost Sport of Olympia"

Awesome stuff.


The Ancient Greeks banned it, but we’re playing it anyway!

The Lost Sport of Olympia is a blindfolded labyrinth race, played in ancient times, and then mysteriously banned in 600 BC.

In 2008 AD, the rules of the lost sport have been rediscovered – and now, this summer, teams are training all over the world, from Tokyo to Buenos Aires, Paris to San Francisco, Sao Paulo to London, Singapore to Wellington, New Zealand. Each city hopes to master the game, and to become the world champions of the lost sport!

Now, for the first time in history, the game will be played in Vienna.

You don’t need to be athletic to be good at this game – but you do need courage, trust, collaboration, and the love of a good adventure!

You don’t have to know anything. You don’t have to bring anything. Just come, alone or with friends, and we’ll put you on a team as we try to set a new European record!

Link to more info:

WHEN: Saturday 5 July 2008, meet at 15:00, start playing at 15:30

WHERE: Meet on Stadtparksteg, the bridge in Stadtpark that crosses the Wienfluss

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