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Thursday, January 18, 2018
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maria großbauer
Maria Großbauer, Vienna’s youngest-ever Opera Ball director on sugarcoated memories, the importance of storytelling and why debutantes should wear their hair upOn the way to meet Maria Großbauer, the new director of the most famous and prestigious ball in the world, I’m guided through hidden corridors between the backstage area and public access to the loge boxes. A clunky...
austrian media november
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s headlines in ViennaCoalition Talks Proceed, Parliament AssemblesSebastian Kurz, leader of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), has invited the Freedom Party (FPÖ) to coalition talks following his victory at the national election on October 15. The Social Democrats, of outgoing chancellor Christian Kern, vowed to go into opposition after a short meeting of...
future ai
Can we control the spread of AI and robots into every aspect of our lives?Sophia has been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia; she has been a star guest on the “Tonight Show” and her patented “frubber” face has been on the cover of Elle magazine. Speaking at the International Broadcasting Convention in September, her creator David Hanson promised to...
Austrian Bureaucracy
Beamter: Check out any decent dictionary and it will show a string of translations – official, clerk, functionary, civil servant etc. – none of which do justice to the soul of that mystical creature, the Austrian bureaucratOlder arrivals will remember the Stempelmarken, amusing now, irritating then. The game was as follows: You’re in line to get some papers fixed....
cultural amnesia
The exuberance of the early 2000s has given way to mistrust, but catastrophe can be avoided if we keep a close eye on the pastIn 2007, Australian literary critic Clive James published an extraordinary collection of portrait essays on the thinkers of the 20th century that had shaped his intellectual life. Called Cultural Amnesia – Notes in the Margin...
social media detox
I just uploaded a selfie onto Instagram, complete with a sophisticated quote, imperceptibly blurred, and some contrast to underline the color of my eyes.Now I’m waiting. Waiting for that like. Mr. Serious must have seen it, 30 minutes have passed already. But no like, yet. I mean, I got 32 likes, but none of them counts. I want that...
vienna unfriendly
No one can say Vienna is a sore loser. After Austrian media picked up the Expat Insider study’s City Index ranking Vienna the second least friendly city for expats, the “news” spread like wildfire.The tone of many of the tabloids like Heute and OE24 was dismissive, à la “we all knew the Viennese were this way, now here’s some...
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