The heat in Vienna is unbearable. Even overnight, it doesn’t get below 30 degrees celsius (in my flat, that is.) So instead of Java and JSF it’s just two pictures I took recently.

As part of the “Donaukanal” revival (the Donaukanal being a regulated branch of the Danube that passes through the inner city) a swimming swimming pool opened last week. Take an old barge, apply blue paint, and there’s your exclusive in-town cooling facility. Prices are moderate, though, and it’s five minutes from our office…

When not cooking its sole inhabitant, there are some nice sunsets to watch from my place. Here’s today’s sunset…

On an unrelated note, I spent a nice evening with my ex-partner yesterday. From a curious geek’s perspective it’s interesting how slow history seems to fade. Then again, nostalgia would probably be a more fitting term. To quote Murray from DeLillo‘s fabulous novel White Noise:

I don’t trust anybody’s nostalgia but my own. Nostalgia is a product of dissatisfaction and rage. It’s a settling of grievances between the past and the present.

(note to self: read this.)


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