Today I am taking a break from my series on thought experiments to reflect on the journey that I will embark on today. For the first time in over two years, I will fly to the United States. In October 2019 we had just launched this blog, and the post on flight shame that I … Continue reading Leaving on a jet plane
Yesterday was Austrian National Day here in the alpine republic. Like many things Austrian, what we commemorate on this day is a bit roundabout and even contradictory. Many Austrians would say that we celebrate our freedom from occupation forces following World War II. This is certainly true. The last occupying soldier left Austria on October … Continue reading Austrian National Day
The Austrian federal government is finally getting off its keister, albeit slowly, and starting to do something about climate change. A carbon tax will go into effect in July 2022. It is set too low, and the reimbursements designed to gain public acceptance are counterproductive and overly bureaucratic. But hey, it’s a start. We will … Continue reading Twenty-seven terawatt hours
I am not a huge fan of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. While I appreciate the artistry of the 16th and 17th century European oils which are the bulk of the collection, I find the works’ motifs and the overabundance of portraits tedious. When I travel to my nation’s capital for some cultural edification, I … Continue reading The Virtue of Temperance
I recently read that there are approximately 527,000 dairy cows in Austria producing around three billion liters of milk each year. My initial reaction to this factoid was, “Wow, seems like a high milk to cow ratio (roughly 5,690 liters per cow). So, I did a little fact checking and learned that a high-yield American … Continue reading Spilt Milk
Lax zoning laws in Austria continue to allow 100 square meters of arable land to be lost every minute to construction projects. The last vegetable farmers in Vienna, a family farm that has been growing vegetables in the Donaufeld alluvial plan for 150 years, are being forced off their land to make way for a … Continue reading Farming Simulation League
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!
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