Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Giving up our videostudio

Here is a photo of the demontation of our video studio. It's not really been easy to unplug all those cables and get rid of the old equipment. Technical things are really getting too old too fast. So, one should only buy all this stuff when excessively using it. Otherwise it's nothing but an unnecessary expenditure. Anyway, we did use it for several years and so it's time to make a new start. Nevertheless, it's a dirty job!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Seefestspiele Mörbisch - Zarewitsch

Yesterday I've been at the famous Seefestspiele Mörbisch, though I must confess, it wasn't really planned that way. My sister-in-law, opera singer Alexandra Reinprecht, my brother and the rest of my family were just in the middle of the celebration of the 90th birthday of our beloved granny in a relaxed atmosphere, accompanied by some glasses of wine. Suddenly Alexandra got an emergency call from the director in Mörbisch. He begged her to substitute her collegue, who fell ill. So far so good, only problem was, that this "nice" collegue had cancelled her appearance only two hours before the concert. So my brother, Alexandra and me raced to Mörbisch to save the production. Well, I didn't safe anything, of course - Alexandra safed the show, but I was really glad to watch this unique outdoor spectacle. Despite the few glasses of wine, Alexandra sang exceptionally well and performed as gorgeous as usually. I guess, I'll always keep this evening in mind - it will be a long lasting memory.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Lesson 7 / Lección 7 / Leçon 7 / Урок 7

Yep, finally made it. Lesson No 7 for all those who wanna learn German. Never thought I'd have so much fun doing it. Hope, I won't lose my energy and my ideas, but I've already planned the next three or four parts. So, here are the links to youtube:





Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tree cracked after thunderstorm

After the severe thunderstorms of last week we found our patio looking like this. The storm had just blown away this big tree here. Fortunately the strong winds didn't damage our warehouse on the right side, as the tree crashed straight forward onto the ground. However, I was pretty amazed when I saw what the thunderstorm had done. To me it seems as if the storms are really getting worse each year, all over the world. Until now we were quiet safe here in Vienna but who knows what the future will bring. I only hope that we're not getting any tornados or hurricans within the next decades.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Moving our audio-studio

Me struggling with tons of cables. As we're moving our audio-studio to another place, there's no way of avoiding this kind of work. But I usually try to see it as a form of meditation. Eventually I even started talking to the cables like, "where do you come from" or "where are you leading to". Before I got into this uncomfortable position I coded the cables, writing down where they were plugged in, in order to get them into the right inserts afterwards. So, I guess, plugging out all cables and devices was the easier task. Plugging them in again (so that everything works) will be a much harder thing to do.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Nationalpark Donau-Auen

Isn't it beautiful and breathtaking? Today I've been in the Nationalpark "Donau-Auen", just one hour from the center of Vienna. We drove there with the so called "Nationalparkboot", which is actually a boat taxi on the Danube channel. By the way, it's been a quiet ancient boat, dating back to Soviet times, as you still can see some russian writings and instructions on the walls and the panels. Nevertheless we've really enjoyed the trip into the national park. There we went
through forests and along coast sides. Our guide showed us some idyllic places and I took some nice pictures. If you wanna see "running pictures" (video), then you'll have to watch my next German Lesson, which will be about this beautiful National Park. Guess, I'll have to go there again for additional video material. So, it may take some time.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lesson 6 / Lección 6 / Leçon 6 / Урок 6

So, here is something new. It's about the Vienna City Hall and I've also added a short video clip of the Life Ball 2010.