Category Archives: tech

The MS Utting

The Ammersee in southern Bavaria has summer passenger boat service provided by two paddle steamers, the Dießen and the Herrsching, the smaller motor-powered MS Augsburg and, until recently, the MS Utting. Because we have connections to Utting, I was always … Continue reading

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Firefox 29, like Apple Mavericks, the new Twitter profile page, ios 7, the “new” Facebook timeline, and (so I’ve heard) Chrome, has gone with the “flat look”. Why this is the new thing is beyond me. And with every update … Continue reading

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“gen de Kloas’n” / Klais*

Teachers told us The Romans built this place They built a wall and a temple on the edge of the Empire garrison town They lived and they died They prayed to their gods But the stone gods did not make … Continue reading

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Well, the Apple 10.2.9 system software update gave my computer the Black Screen Of Death, and I hate to admit it but I never had got around to figuring out how Time Machine works in Mavericks. Well, after a week … Continue reading

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I Have Entered A Blog Competition

Expats Blogs, the online aggregate website which last year gave me that pretty silver ribbon over there on the sidebar, is holding a writing competition this year. The topic had to be a Top List, as in, for example, Top 10 … Continue reading

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Bicycle Repair Station / Rad Servicestation

I’d read about the new self-service repair station for cyclists (g) on the Herzog-Siegmund-Ufer, and also some good feedback (g) for it. But I’d missed an additional station having been erected in front of Sillpark (g). /  Schon eine kurze … Continue reading

Posted in current events, environment, Innsbruck, tech

Transportation Rant (Eine Verkehrstirade)

A recurring topic on the internet is the abundance of public transportation — bus and rail — crisscrossing much of Europe, and how bleak the contrast is in the United States. There are all sorts of arguments as to why … Continue reading

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Wind-powered cars. Really.

A short paragraph accompanies this clip at its home on YouTube: “On the small Danish island of Bornholm, a coalition of governments, universities and industries are working on an innovative pilot program the EDISON Project — that could provide some … Continue reading

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Cemetery Apps: It Was Only A Matter Of Time

Happy Halloween. A hillside “grotto” chapel adorned with small pumpkins. The Vienna Central Cemetery is putting together a navigation service app, accessible via mobile phone or their website, to help you find any grave in the city. Details here (in … Continue reading

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The Overseas Ballot (Part One)

The good news is that one doesn’t have to produce a photo ID in order to vote by overseas ballot.* The bad news is, it’s hasn’t gotten any easier to get one. I’m pretty good at navigating around the internet, … Continue reading

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