Archive for December, 2008

Criscom’s Best Albums of 2008

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Beck - Modern Guilt - Criscom's Best Albums of 2008

  1. Beck – Modern Guilt
  2. Coldplay – Viva la Vida
  3. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
  4. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
  5. Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns
  6. British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?
  7. The Verve – Forth
  8. Bon Iver – For Emma,Forever Ago
  9. Razorlight – Slipway Fires (UK-Version)
  10. Keane –Perfect Symmetry

This list wasn’t easy to compile. Still it reflects my musical journey through 2008 quite well. And it is an honest list – some might rub their nose at Keane, but, please forgive, I really liked their album, which turned out to be a good listen when the office was buzzing with work. Beck’s new outing was as terrific as it was bleak and turned out to be one of my favourite listens closely followed by Coldplay’s great new Eno-produced album, which came out just before our wedding. Listening to Viva La Vida time warps me back to this wonderful time in Syl’s and my life.

As I limited myself to a Top 10 list, I had to leave some good albums out. Here are the other contenters:

I surely have missed some great albums. Feel free to post your lists and albums which should definitely be on my list and in my iTunes. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

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Running Koglberg

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

running with christian up koglberg early saturday morning
Christian and I met when the blood red winter sun was sending its first rays over the horizon. It was a cold Saturday morning, perfect for running. We set out towards Kaindorf and reached Rettenbach bridge in Kaindorf after about 15 minutes. From there a steep track cuts straight into Koglberg. It is called the Rettenbach Klamm and is popular with hikers.
great views from koglberg on our morning run with christian
We were rewarded by (more…)

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Thank you, India!

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

image186-mumbai
It’s been exactly two weeks since we returned from our trip through India. It’s been a busy time and I have worked almost non-stop ever since we touched down on Austrian soil on that sunny, cold Saturday morning dipped in snow-white. One might expect that there has not been much time for a deep Indian contemplation. But all that work could not attenuate the profound experiences that India had dealt out to me. India has been around ever since. Even in yesterday’s seminar it made more than a guest appearance and served for a couple of excellent metaphors and teachings to adduce my message.

However hard those three weeks might have been, I am more than happy that we chose India as our honeymoon destination. It was more than a holiday. It was one of those rare times (more…)

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India: A different holiday

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Rachna from Bangalore commented on my last post. She read it in the Bangalore Mirror, which featured a post from my blog. Thanks, Rachna, for giving us your point of view. Your words struck a chord in me and have triggered this post.

Despite being an experienced traveler the situation in India at the end of November was completely new to me. Up to then, such sad happenings as in Mumbai had just been stories in the newspapers for me. Suddenly, I experienced what it could mean to be a protagonist of such stories. Fortunately for us, we were far away but we felt deeply with the people in Mumbai. We could so much relate to them since we had just been there. Having just been there and with the people made it all worse for us.
Sylvia and I hope that the terrorists won’t achieve their main goal: (more…)

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