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mulitfunctional desk by WG3 plus

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change the angle of view…

lendplatz

lendplatz, summer 2009

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Imagineering

Eine künstlerische Anleitung zur Dechiffrierung der Konsumräume unserer Stadt…

Heute Eröffnung 19 Uhr ….Markthalle am Lend

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www.zweintopf.net

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Brief Updates from MBHQ

You’ve no doubt by now noticed that the sites got a bit of a re-design and some things got changed around last week. We wanted to highlight two changes to make sure everyone knows what changed.

The first and biggest is COMMENTS! Registration is no longer required to post a comment on any post. Of course if you already have an account you can still login to ensure your comments are attributed to you, but those who don’t can now post a comment without any long term commitment. Also, on the right you can see some of the recent comments so you’ll always know what the active discussions are. This was the most requested thing we’ve heard from people since our last redesign and we’re excited to see where it leads.

The next change is also something that was heavily requested, and that is a change to the ADS on the sites. You’ll immediately notice fewer of them, but what might not be as obvious is those smaller square ones to the right are specific to this city only and are being sold for a flat rate for a period of time rather than a confusing CPM/traffic/network model. Depending on the city, these range from $7-$175 for a full week. If you purchase one, during that time your ad will be the only one in that spot and will show on every page. We set these up both to make it easier for smaller local businesses to get their ads on our site, and also to help us bring in ads that relate better to our local audiences. Also, keeping these sites online is expensive and every little bit helps.

There are a bunch of other things we changed but we’ll leave those to you to investigate and take advantage of. Hope you like it, and we look forward to seeing you in the comments!!

Love,
The folks at MBHQ

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Pot Tin God

We will set up a joint. And with “set up” we really mean “set up”. Our joint will be 10 meters in height.

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Where? Joanneum, Graz (as part of “Absolutely Free”).
Opening: May 1, 2009.

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Funny how a 1,39 million km large ball of fire can make such a difference.

Graz is nicer in summer. Everybody knows that, especially the ice-cream vendors and Megaphone salespeople.

There is a certain flair in the city around christmas, but the rest of the winter is pretty much cold and wet.

However, there are these rare sunny days, with no fog, no rain and, if you are very lucky, no work to do!
The sun is warming up the city from over 150 million kilometers away. These are the days you should put on a warm jacket and get out to try AND catch some of those warming rays.

Get some fresh, cold air, reload your batteries!

Schlossberg-view

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Critical Mass subcritical – still triggers honking chain reaction

Last friday, I joinded the Critical Mass Graz. It was by far not as critical as I expected, but I was told there were normally more cycling enthusiasts joining the monthly ride. There was a demonstration scheduled for the same time, and the not soo nice weather probably did the rest.
Peoples reactions are mostly big smiles, but also (especially car drivers) occasionally call you a stupid jerk.

If you have never heard of Critical Mass, you may want to read the wikipedia article:

Critical Mass is a bicycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world. While the ride was originally founded with the idea of drawing attention to how unfriendly the city was to bicyclists, the leaderless structure of Critical Mass makes it impossible to assign it any one specific goal. In fact, the purpose of Critical Mass is not formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets.

The next Critical Mass in Graz will be on the last Friday of October, wich is the 31st!

Critical Mass Graz 09/08 Critical Mass Graz 09/08 Critical Mass Graz 09/08

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Come Blog With Us

moar.gifWriting for Metblogs has the potential to be the most rewarding experience in your entire life. It’ll make you rich, famous, good looking, will help you lose weight, make your clothes fit better, and get you a super good deal on a new car. It will make you the most well known person on the entire planet. Yes, each and every one of you. Really.

OK maybe not. Actually those are all lies, but it’s fun at least. The truth is Metblogs is the largest network of locally focused blogs on the web, covering almost 60 cities around the world and we’re looking to add a few new bloggers/writters/authors to this fine site. If you wanna know more about us check out this wikipedia entry but it’s kinda boring so I won’t waste time repeating it all here again. If you wanna write for us, here’s the scoop:

  • All author positions are volunteer. That means you don’t get paid.
  • You must live in (or very near) the city you plan to write about.
  • Anything you post must relate to the city somehow. That means you shouldn’t post a movie review, but talking about going to see a movie at a local theater is fine.
  • There’s no requirement for how much you can or should write, but we ask that if we set you up as an author you make about 3 posts a week.
  • You can post about things you love, you can post about things you hate. It’s entirely up to you

Additionally, because of our global network, there’s plenty of options for things you write to be read by people all over the world. Interested? Want more details? Post a comment and we’ll be in touch!


Introducing The Hub

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If Metblogs is a city, hub.metblogs is the playground. We kept hearing from people that one of their favorite parts of Metblogs was meeting and interacting with readers and writers from other parts of the world, as well as getting requests for more ways that readers could be involved besides just posting comments. We thought about this for a while and decided that with a network like this, a giant community area where folks from all over the world could hang out, post photos and videos, talk with each other, form groups, play games, send messages, and do about a million other things was probably a pretty fun idea. The Hub is that.

If you have any tech ideas or suggestions join this group and speak up. See you on hub.metblogs!

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Fourelements Festival 26.6. – 2.7.08

The Fourelements festival is back, with the 4 ingretients: Rap, DJing, Graffiti and Breakdance, presented on 7 spots in Graz.

I was at a live performance of MC Klumzy Tung, DJ Dero and drummer Dr.Pheel yesterday at the Parkhouse and I loved it.

fourelements.at calls it:
packed with live turntablism, fresh lyrics, freestyles and energy loaded hiphop, mixed with oldschool, funk and drum’n'bass mashup(…)”

Their first CD will be presented on September 19th at the Postgarage, Graz. You better be there!

Check foruelements.at for a timetable of the upcoming events.

Klumzy Tung, Dero & Dr.Pheel Klumzy Tung, Dero & Dr.Pheel Klumzy Tung, Dero & Dr.Pheel Klumzy Tung, Dero & Dr.Pheel

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Thunder and Lightning

There have beens several massive thunderstorms during the last week. Graz has been the city with the most rain/m^2 and the most lightning in styria.
Several thousand flashes hit Graz and the surrounding area during the last few nights.

Lightning over Graz 00
Lightning over Graz

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AUT vs. GER: 0:1

Yesterday was Austria’s chance to beat the Germans in soccer. Unfortunately they didn’t make it, although they did play a great game.

As expected, the two public viewing areas in Graz were crowded. What I didn’t expect was, that they wouldn’t let people in anymore, more than an hour before the game started.
Since the Public viewing areas in Graz are commercial events, organized by newspapers and sponsors, they have blinds on the fences, which make it nearly impossible to view the game from the outside.
Karmeliterplatz  AUT vs. GER
No more entry A few stood on trashcans and some even climed onto trees to get a clear view. The mood was great however. Too great to go watch the game at home with some friends, so I joined some hundred people, Austrians as well as Germans, sitting in front of a single TV, not far from the videowall we couldn’t see, but close enought to hear the outcry of thousands of people, when Michael Ballack shot the goal.

0 - Germany won 0 - Germany won GER - 0:1 GER - 0:1

After a little over 90 minutes, the game ended, with lots of disappointed austrians heading into the city or back home. On the other hand, there were also some laughing germans, that celebrated the victory of their team.

0 - Germany won0 - Germany won

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I’m blue da ba dee da ba die…

Blau Tafel

this is a blank city…

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AUT vs. PL 1:1

We’re not the best in soccer, true, but after all, people seem to get in the mood for the UEFA Euro 2008. Especially after yesterday’s result. I guess everybody is looking forward to the match Austria vs. Germany!

AUT vs. PL 1:1AUT vs. PL 1:1
AUT vs. PL 1:1AUT vs. PL 1:1


Synthesizerpark @ Medienkunstlabor

A little delayed, but still worth mentioning, a few impressions of the Synthesizerpark Presentation during the SpringEight Festival.

Synthesizerpark Synthesizerpark Synthesizerpark Synthesizerpark

Countless Synthesizers from all decades, open for everyone to play. Loud and Fun!


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