February 1st, 2013 §
Amazing image from Christos Lamprianidis. Who would have thought in times like this the Greeks would be dancing in the streets?
Christos Lamprianidis - Dexim via 1px
Dance retains the power to make banality go away, to lift us into the air and out of the prose of everyday life. How we've forgotten to move and become glued to our desks and computers never ceases to astonish me.
We just need to step out into the world and into our bodies to really live again.
In Greece, they are dancing in the streets Continues »
December 28th, 2012 §
I really do not like supporting Adobe. Adobe are monopolists abusing their position to force subscription software down our throats as well and/or upgrades on every upgrade cycle. Everything awful one could write about Microsoft in the dominant Wintel Office days one could write about Adobe, despite the very talented people they have on staff.
Adobe is a company run by the bean counters without vision and without empathy for its customers. There is a single agenda: squeezing us for all they can get while making certain no one else can make any inroads into any of their markets. It doesn't help that Apple did break the lock on reasonably priced professional video editing (Final Cut Pro) and visual fx (Motion) only to drop the ball with their Pro Apps at the same time as imposing an iOSification of OS X on their pro customers. Even when it looks like there's sunshine, then there isn't.
In any case, my company owns many thousands of dollars of Adobe software but I'm always looking for a chance to support the underdog. In this case, I bought a copy of Corel AfterShot Pro during their winter sale as AfterShot Pro will work on OS X, Windows AND Linux. Might be just the trick for us to move more of our computers to Linux. AfterShot Pro used to be known as Bibble (through version 5) before the Corel purchase.
First impressions: AfterShot Pro suffers a bit from the Java cross-platform look in comparison to the sharp lines of Apple's Aperture or Adobe's Lightroom. On the other hand, AfterShot Pro is actually fast and lightweight. Unlike Lightroom, Aftershot Pro is fun to work in. You can rate, review and develop pictures at all times without switching modules. Photos seem to load faster and I feel much more in control of my pictures, more like they are in my hands than with Lightroom.
Corel AfterShot Pro vs Adobe Lightroom 4: noise reduction Continues »
August 8th, 2012 §
Girl Sleeping Night Train
The colours of the bottle, the shoes and the skirt fascinated me here. The ordinary becomes extraordinary: normally these trains are banal commuter ferries.
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Girl Sleeping, Night Train Continues »
July 29th, 2012 §
ImpulstTanz lounge Saturday night
The Burgtheater Vestibule is a great place for a nightly outdoor party. When the weather is good, a large part of the party can be outside.
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ImPulsTanz Lounge 2012 Photos: A Saturday night Continues »
November 12th, 2011 §
Balet Bratislava's premiere of Romeo and Juliet yesterday in Bratislava started the company's performances off very well. A delighted public. Here are some photos to whet your appetite. Review to follow tomorrow.
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Balet Bratislava: Romeo and Juliet Continues »
October 8th, 2011 §
After a long evening of work, Peter, Miska and I decided to take a drink in the rock bar next door. This is what we found.
Slovak beer Continues »
October 7th, 2011 §
Wandering in Bratislava a few moments this afternoon, this umbrella and her hair caught my eye.
Did the end of summer have to come so sudden and so soon?
The American Indians measured years in summers. An infinite wisdom.
September 22nd, 2010 §
September 19th, 2010 §
Another good concert in the fabulous Melt series from Pazit . The Melt series in the Austellungsraum at 23 Gumpfendorferstrasse is the most vibrant concert series in Vienna now for electronic and experimental music. Pazit focuses usually on strong singer/songwriters and doesn't really limit the series too much by genre. In the current series of concerts, there's been real experimental, along with Falco revival Tanz Baby and even almost reggae.
Tanz Baby is a little bit kitsch with David Kleinl going somewhat over the top in his ersatz Falco persona. But like the original Falco, Tanz Baby is playful and fun. Everyone there had a great time.
Here are some photos.
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tanz baby david kleinl
Tanz Baby at Melt Continues »
September 12th, 2010 §
I've been swimming a lot in the Neue Donau in September. It's the most fabulous outdoor swimming pool you can imagine. As the weather gets colder, the water actually gets cleaner. There's nothing like swimming out in the open air as far as the eye can see.
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I purchased a half wetsuit on sale on a lark. It's been great. I've worn it half a dozen times already. You can still swim in the Neue Donau in September but for sport swimming this year (more than 15 minutes) you need a wet suit most days.