Sep 172014

Seeking shelter from the rain in Villach, we made a stop at a café. In front of it, while I smoked a cigarette outside (yes, I recently began smoking again), I saw this unlikely couple: a leaf, seemingly growing from a feather, both drenched in rain.

The Song of the Day is “Such Unlikely Lovers” by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 162014

The local museum in Villach currently runs an exhibition of old pictures of the city, mostly early photographs some paintings and some early maps. It’s pretty interesting to see, what the place where you live has looked like, one or two hundred years ago.

Of course even ten years sometimes make a tremendous difference. Take for instance the part of Vienna where I live now. It’s currently expanding like mad and it does so in a mostly positive way. In fact Vienna invests a lot in planning and infrastructure, in order to not repeat the sins of the past.

But I digress. The bust in the image is from the museum and it shows the emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, commonly referred to as “The Emperor”, just as if there never had been another monarch claiming the title :)

The Song of the Day is “The Emperor” by Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 132014

Given the fact that I work in a part of Vienna now, that a majority of Viennese would consider the end of the world, it’s remarkable how much inspiration I find in the immediate vicinity of my office.

This splotch of orange paint is on the pavement in front of the building, just where I always have to wait before I can cross the extremely busy street. The orange may not be just as orange and the asphalt may not be just as bluish in reality, but that’s what post-processing is for. And besides, isn’t reality terribly overrated? :)

The Song of the Day is “Song With Orange” by Charles Mingus. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 112014

I generally like Science Fiction, but I’ve never seen any “Planet of the Apes” movie. The new one has not been an exception so far. Is it any good? Or is it just another remake of a remake, spiced up with 3D effects?

I did see this advertising poster though. The sun falling through a fence left a grim pattern that I found strangely appropriate :)

The Song of the Day is “Very Ape” by Nirvana. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 102014

People around here generally agree that this was one lousy summer. I won’t complain though and the rain can’t keep me from making images. Here is one taken from the train :)

The Song of the Day is “Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain” by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. If they somehow flew under your radar so far, you may at least remember them from Paul Simon’s masterful album “Graceland”. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 092014

In the house in Carinthia where we used to live for twenty years, there is now a couple of nurses, and the husband is an avid hobby gardener. Here are some of his onions, out on the terrace for drying. Oh I wish I could appropriately describe the taste of his peppers and tomatoes :)

The Song of the Day is “Know Your Onion” by The Shins. Hear it on YouTube.

Sep 082014

The advertising poster in the top part is for an insurance company. It shows a split image of a farm house, derelict (and black and white) in the past, tidy and in colors to the right. Seemingly we’re supposed to believe that the insurance company has brought about all that happiness. I thought I’d better include a third vision, something like the naked truth :)

The Song of the Day is “The Three Fates” by Emerson Lake & Palmer. Hear it on YouTube.