Monthly Archives: September 2016


Coping with the Winter Blues

It feels like summer has only just begun and yet here we are, already preparing to bid it fair well. While many may be anticipating the fuzzy fall and winter time, some of you are probably dreading the cold season and do not know how to cope with another six […]


Interesting is the new beautiful 1

Vienna Ugly There is one thing that no local nor tourist wants to hear when arriving in Vienna: This city can be strange. And odd. And weird, wrong, different and even…ugly. Sometimes, this city offers places which can be all at once: dull and interesting, “ugly” and beautiful; places like […]


Is sleep really for wimps? OR: What actually keeps us going!

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. (Thomas Dekker, Elizabethan dramatist) When life is particularly stressful and we find ourselves overloaded with work, deadlines we have to meet as well as appointments we have to attend, we often postpone our nightly rest or try to […]


iRobot, meRobot, youRobot…?

Programming vs. Feeling Dan Chen is an engineer and designer who explores the limits of intimacy using his skills to create robotic machines. His exploration started with questioning human social interaction itself and the motives that guide us through such social interactions. In his talk at TEDxVienna’s Future of Intimacy, he […]


Why We Work

Coffee House Readings #9:
Why We Work
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I have been looking for a new job recently. I was about to freak out when “job-search fatigue” kicked in after just a few days (which made me realize that I apparently lack the required job-hunting stamina). But then I remembered that there’s a good side to everything, and I realized […]


#windmachen:
renewable energy made in the city

As an urban citizen, one might feel excluded by nature and the issues it comes along with. Nevertheless, Viennese residents have the unique chance to become part of the sustainability discourse and get involved: by owning solar panels and wind generators in the countryside but also in the middle of […]


sleep, sleeping, night

2+2=5
Pleasures of segmented sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body and especially for your brain. While you are asleep your brain processes the information you gained throughout the day and prepares you for the next one. As John Steinbeck once wrote: “It is a […]