Friday, September 26, 2008

Linkage and Nekkid People

I've decided to keep this blog bilingually from now on, meaning I'll partly write entries in German if the content isn't really relevant for the non-German speaking world. I'm guessing that most will stay in English, though.

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An artifical waterfall in Canal City, Fukuoka (Japan). Some really nice stuff going on there, especially towards the end.

And the new season of Heroes has started. Very nice start - I got a bit bored by in the middle of Season 2, but the first two episodes of number three are very promising.

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I started live-drawing again, after not having done it for five years due to my studies. It's good to be drawing live models again. Hopefully it will improve my anatomy and drafting skills. Right now I probably have to focus on the anatomy and the lineweight; I'm still pronouncing parts of the body that lie further back too much.





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Zwei interessante Artikel aus dem Standard: Am 23. September wurden die weltweiten Ressourcen verbraucht (in Österreich sogar schon im April, was uns wirklich zu denken geben sollte).

und ein Interview mit der 11-jährigen Tochter einer Ukrainerin über das Leben in Österreich und die gefühlte Ausländerfeindlichkeit.

14 comments:

NRM said...

The rassism-article made me sad :(
Especially after todays electionresults...

Manuela said...

You're SO right.

Reading the article by itself is bad enough. But having the election results in addition is very worrying. I can't believe what we're moving towards :/

Magpie said...

The articles are both pretty depressing. (And the election results made me feel physically sick.)

The "waterfall" thingy is funny, though. Amazing.
And I think I've said it before, I love your drawings.

nrm said...

Hope we get a red-black coalition (maybe also with the greens??... no, that's SciFi :( ) so that they (SPÖVP) can show that they can do better than last time.

BtW: Nice Pics ;)

Manuela said...

Not sure if red-black would be successful again. They probably didn't quarrel all the time because they think it's fun. There must have been insurmountable differences concerning some topics.

My fear is that there'll be a coalition with blue, and that they will do a good job and gain even more influence...

nrm said...

Mhhh, I don't think that a government with the rightwinged parties would be sucessfull, nor that they will get even more votes next time. On sunday many just voted for them in order to protest, so hopefully they will vote for a more liberal party next time...

What I meant was not that a "grand coalition" may be the most stable form of government now, but that it is (in my opinion) the best for me and the whole of Austria.

Manuela said...

And it's what will probably come to be, I imagine (red-black). I'd like to have the greens in there, but it doesn't look too good for them.

Sadly, we'll have to live with what we've created for the next five years :/
I'm already looking forward to the next elections...

nrm said...

"I" didn't vote for any of the election "winner" (nor do I think anybody else here had), what I learned from these results is that tha mayority of the Austrians are too stupid to protestvote correctly which would be invalid.

Me wants the greens in a government too, and if it is just that they can proov that they stick to their principles.

Well, we'll see whats coming up, and there may be coming up dark times for those who dare to think freely...

Manuela said...

Heh, yeah, too stupid for an invalid protest vote. Maybe somebody should write an How-to guide for voting and send it to the newspapers.

And now we also don't really have the right anymore to complain about American politics and their voters, because obviously significant parts of the Austrian voters are no better.

Manuela said...

And DerStandard has another fitting article on that topic: "Männlich, jung, ungebildet sucht Partei" http://derstandard.at/?url=/?id=1220459643864

nrm said...

lol, "Voting for Dummies":

Chapter 1: Protest votes

If you are pissed off by your current government you might want to let them feel that you don't agree with their politics.
In order to do so you have to deliver an invalid ballot. Therefore you have multiple possibilities such as mark each party you like, mark all parties, mark no party or even write your name (or Darth Vader) on it.

But beware, there are also some dangers alongside your adventure through the polling booth. Many not so well prepared voters who want to teach the governing parties a lesson vote for an opposition party, this is not a real protest vote!

Protest voting right means not voting right, but voting invalid!



Muahaha, hope you had aas much fun reading this little article as I had writing it ;)

Manuela said...

Hehehe, I did. That last sentence is fantastic!
When I take the time, I'll have to do some little how-to-thingie, too. The population needs it ;(

nrm said...

Damn, we are too late, Michael Moore has published his new book title: Mike's Election Guide 2008

I can't deny that I like him...

Manuela said...

Hm, we're definitely not anticipatory enough. Moore knows what people need beforehand (while I only see the deficits after they are glaringly obvious).