While members of the national and international press are warning of the end of the world as we know it and rebranding Graz as Stalingraz following Sunday’s city council election here, a far more revolutionary election result occurred in Germany over the weekend. I am not referring to whether Armin Laschet or Olaf Scholz will … Continue reading Communism reloaded, expropriation in Berlin?
Municipal tourist boards invest significant effort in promoting the local character of their cities. Convincing potential visitors in advance of the beauty and distinctive allure of their hamlets, however, can be challenging. This is especially true for Graz as we have to compete against our globally recognized federal capital with its Sachertorte, imperial architecture, and … Continue reading Comrades, visit Graz!
I am thrilled to announce that Astrid’s contract for Christmas Card from a Hooker in Gries arrived in the post yesterday. It is her third book, her first crime novel, and she has signed with a major publishing house. Emons Verlag will release the book to eager crime story aficionados pre-Christmas 2022. The title is … Continue reading Sneak Preview: Christmas Card from a Hooker in Gries
While I am perfectly content without a smart speaker in my home or a voice assistant on my phone, a recent article in Die Presse regarding personal assistant technology caught my eye. The article contrasted how Amazon’s Alexa and the Russian search engine Yandex responded to the statement: “I feel sad.” Alexa’s response: “I wish … Continue reading How ethical does Alexa need to be?
Astrid and I live modestly. We don’t own an automobile or a television. Our small apartment is warmed with thermal heating and powered by renewable electricity. We buy most of our food from the local farmers’ market. Our bicycles are our primary means of transportation. We strive to maintain a minimal ecological footprint and enjoy … Continue reading Pumpkin Seed Oil
It’s not as if Dietrich Mateschitz needs help in promoting his media projects, but I still want to highlight his newest magazine Der Pragmaticus. Last Saturday I was delighted to find the initial issue tucked into Die Presse. Yesterday I had time to enjoy it (BTW 82-pages and no advertising!) cover to cover in between … Continue reading Der Pragmaticus
One of my earliest posts back in October 2019 was about flight shame. I wrote it in the international departures terminal of Frankfurt Airport waiting for a flight to the United States. My return flight a week later was my last time on a plane. As data from Eurocontrol shows, in 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic … Continue reading Flight shame reloaded
Monday was the first day of school in Graz. After a year of remote learning, it was wonderful to see groups of boisterous children with backpacks headed to the local elementary as I wrapped up my pre-breakfast run. I’ve always considered the start of a new school year to be more of a fresh beginning … Continue reading New Year’s resolutions
Until today Haruki Murakami was not only my favorite Japanese author, but also my favorite Japanese marathoner. His personal reflections on running in What I Talk About When I Talk About Running are fantastic and it is my all-time favorite running book. Today, however, Kento Kikutani dethroned Murakami and became my favorite Japanese long-distance runner. … Continue reading Kento Kikutani rocks!
I just returned from summer vacation in Croatia on Friday. I am still harvesting tomatoes from my garden. It was 28° C (82° F) yesterday afternoon and school doesn’t start in Graz until Monday. Yet when I biked to the grocery store to correct my Mother Hubbard situation, I was greeted by popup displays of … Continue reading Never too early