Something’s Got to Give

I talked to a few refugees in German class today. Hardly surpriningy, what they wish for most, is to get in a car or on a train and go home. Of course, that option is not open for any of them.

And then, there are people like that woman I saw on TV the other day who had nothing better to say than, how about they all just stay at home? As if they could! How can people be so callused?

Yes, I know, we all have our own cross to carry. Believe me, I know that better than many. And yet, for some of us, the world is a much, much harder place to live in than for others. And everybody can do something.

Even if it is just to read the news and generally educate about how things are, and not let yourself be taken in by con-men and rabble-rousers.

Please, Europe! Get your act together and get to work!

Flash Plugin Update for Firefox on Linux

I was annoyed by Firefox blocking Flash all the time – or, more to the point, by the necessity for it and the task of downloading and unpacking it, so I wrote a shell script that will do it for me. I run it as root so that the cp at the end will work. You may want to consider setting the privileges on /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/ so that that isn’t necessary.

cd /tmp
mkdir flashdownload
cd flashdownload
VERSION=$(curl | grep -A 2 "<td rowspan=\"2\"><strong>Linux</strong></td>" | tail -1 | sed "s/<td>//" | sed "s/<\/td>//" | sed "s/^[ ]*//")
echo "Downloading version "$VERSION
curl$VERSION/install_flash_player_11_linux.i386.tar.gz > flashplugin.tar.gz
tar -xzvf flashplugin.tar.gz
cp /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/
cd ..
rm -rf flashdownload

My Personal Viennale ’13 Programme

For those of you who don’t know, Vienna is host to a very good annual film festival, Viennale, which usually takes place in late October and early November. Last year, and the year before, I couldn’t go for various reasons. This year, however, I have plenty of time and, for the first time, am able to catch a few productions only shown during day time. I’m in a habit of steering clear of the big international productions which I can see later in theatres anyway; instead I prefer the rare gems and documentary features which I can rarely see at all otherwise.

This is my personal programme for 2013. If you would like to meet up, feel free to contact me on twitter, facebook, or via mail at squadrat @ this domain (

27.10.2013 16:00 – The Act of Killing
27.10.2013 19:30 – At Berkeley

28.10.2013 15:30 – Le Cousin Jules
28.10.2013 18:30 – Sickfuckpeople

29.10.2013 13:00 – The Dirties
29.10.2013 20:30 – Joe

01.11.2013 21:00 – Death Row II (Teil 1+2)
01.11.2013 23:30 – Death Row II (Teil 3+4)

03.11.2013 16:30 – Gerontophilia
03.11.2013 21:00 – Medeas
03.11.2013 23:30 – 12 O’Clock Boys