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the excitement of boredom

An ode to Pocket Casts

An ode to Pocket Casts

The web-version of Pocket Casts. It’s not free, but it’s great.I’ve been listening to podcasts, on and off, for the better part of ten years now and while in the early days it was quite a bit cumbersome to get your latest episodes onto your portable

Krampus and 994 posts

Krampus and 994 posts

Looking through my logs, I realized that some of the things I wrote on here many years ago still get quite some views. And sometimes it’s for the funnest of reasons. I wrote about a tinfoil-wrapped chocolate figure called “Krampus” eight years ago. I didn’t dare to hope

A view from above

A view from above

I recently went into the Styrian alps with my family and did some actual hiking. When I was younger, my father used to go hiking with me quite a bit. Being the lazy fuck that I am, I often wished I didn’t have to. That is, until after about

One board to rule them all

Everybody’s waiting for the hoverboard from Back to the Future II to become a reality. Lexus, of all companies, has now revealed their prototype. It’s a complex thing, as Wired explains: As we explained in June, the Lexus hoverboard relies on superconductors and magnets, which work against gravity

Reviving the network

Reviving the network

Having decided to focus more on writing on my blogs again, I’m realising just how many I’ve created over the years (and subsequently neglected). Over the last two days, I did my inventory: updated plugins, themes, cleaned up the odd, erm, hacked installation and put them all under

Rediscovering blogging

Rediscovering blogging

I’ve been blogging for more than 15 years now, and even though there have been gaps in output (most notably the current one which is somewhere in the three years region), I’ve always considered myself a blogger. The last few years saw the emergence of a new kind

How copyright destroys the bookmarket

Copyright, in essence, seems like a good thing. But when it comes to books, a new study shows that copyright seems to have drastically curbed availability of books authored during the middle of the last century. Shortly after works are created and proprietized, they tend to disappear from public view

COSMOS 2014

I’m a fan of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos (who, in their right mind, isn’t?) so I’m both excited and a bit wary of the upcoming reboot of the series. On the one hand it’s physics superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson and Carl Sagan’s wife Ann Druyan

Foodcamp 2013

Foodcamp 2013

After last year’s triumphant foodcamp, organisers Dani and Nina managed to step it up a notch again at this year’s event. At a splendid palais in the middle of Vienna, they set up an unconference centered around  food that was filled with, well, great food by very generous