Mozart Nerdio

Too lazy to read my last post? I’ll read it to you! Listen to it here as a podcast. It’s an mp3 so it should play in anything. If you want to get real personal, wear headphones. Production Notes: This is take two, I’ve swapped the mic – getting a little more echo, a lot …
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Happy Birthday, Wolfgang!

Mozart is an venerable 250 years old today. The feeding frenzy in Austria leading up to this event began some time ago. My favorite odd by product of this marketing extravaganza is the Mozart-Wurst, a violin shaped sausage made from beef, pork, and pistachios. The creater, butcher Stefan Fuchs from Groedig, said the idea came …
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The Austrian Way

There’s no denying that I’m a bit jaded when it comes to Austria. Ten years (!!!) of coming back and forth have led me to stop noticing some things and take them for granted. That’s why it was fun for me to read a blog entry by a woman in Holland who’s recently returned from …
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Two Stories About Stolen Art

Austria has recently settled with Frau Altmann on the matter of five Gustav Klimt paintings. Sort of. Austria has agreed to return the paintings to Maria Altmann, but there’s dissent around a buy back program that would allow the Belevedere Museum to keep some of the famous works. From the Neue Zeicher Zeitung via Sign …
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Lebkuchendorf = Gingerbread Village

For a reason that escapes me, the village of Spital Am Pyhrn decided it would be a good idea to replicate their village in gingerbread. While you may have all kinds of questions about their motivation, you can not for a moment discredit their magnificent delivery. I applaud this postmodern self referential installation! When you …
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