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Some Plans and leaving big Social Media

Hello again! There is so much going on right now in this world, it’s all kinds of unbelievable. I have my opinion on these things, but I am not going to write about it publicly for various reasons.

There have been changes in my country regarding free speech laws, and a number of other changes that are concerning. Similar laws are being implemented in many other countries. Not just laws about free speech, but other laws that are concerning and impact freedom in various ways. It just looks like everything is going into a very bad direction. Of course, things might start to improve again, or at least not get worse, but there is simply no telling at the moment.

I am also concerned about the way big social media sites are behaving. The thing is, no matter which opinion you have, once freedoms are restricted and certain groups are vilified, it usually ends up vilifying more and more groups of people, and more freedoms are taken. Looking back in history, and the history of various countries around the world, that’s how it always goes. If certain governments, or powerful organisations are wielding power that is not theirs to wield, then a line has been crossed. From then on, there is no guarantee that it will not escalate further and further.

All of this made me think about everything a lot. I’ve been feeling creeped out by how powerful some social media sites have become and therefore, I have decided to leave FB, and I won’t participate anymore by uploading videos to YT (I will use another site from now on) and I will no longer participate in TWTR, or INSTA, although I will leave my accounts up for at least a while, because so many lovely cat friends are on there. I will post a last message that will let everyone know where to find me and that will be it. (I just didn’t want to spell the sites names out, but I hope you know which sites I’m talking about).

There are by now a lot of other sites that replace all of that, and these are run very differently. So I will have another place where I can upload my kitty videos to embed and link them here.

Financial independence thanks to the internet?

Even if it might sound overly dramatic to some, the truth is, at least for me, that the future looks rather uncertain regarding potential support or help from the government to ever get my disability benefits. Ralph is often worried about me, because of that. We both hope I could reach some financial independence for myself and the cats and of course to add my part to our households expenses.

Since I am already struggling when I just go out for our groceries, or any other errand or appointment, because it triggers a migraine pretty much every time and whatever I do, I have to decide where or on what to spend my energy, because I only have enough for a little bit every day.

Even if that sounds a bit harsh to some, I’m not at all unhappy and love my life. It could be a lot worse! I’m lucky to have pain medication, which gets rid of the joint and nerve pain in my spine and hips. It only hurts sometimes when i had to do more physically, since often there is no choice.

That is why I was inspired what others are doing, by creating subscriber only content with sites like patreon, subsribestar and buy me a coffee. Ralph often thought that would be an idea for me, because it’s something I could actually do, but I never really dared to until now. (I wrote a little bit about them on my about me farther down as well).

I have a lot of ideas and there is a lot I want to write about, including more personal blog posts, since they’re not public. I also plan on doing videos with the cats and myself (and Ralph if he wants), as well as live streams, since I wouldn’t be so self conscious, as they wouldn’t be totally public. Since these posts are subscriber only and not public, I can write a lot more than I can here and actually share my thoughts on a lot of things I’m often worried about.

 If we ever reach enough support to have an income to sustain ourselves (the cats and myself), I would love to send out little gifts for your cats and yourselves, and I would donate a percentage of it to the local cat rescue, that saved Hero and Lisa.

I wont stop posting publicly like I always did here

In fact, I want to post a whole lot more, because I will concentrate all my effort on my blog and all of you wonderful friends and your blogs!

I will also provide access for free to anyone who wants of all you lovely friends anyway, and hope to gain more readers and support over time. So you’re not going to miss out on anything.

I only just set these two support profiles up and I’ll post some more in the next days.

No idea if this will ever work at all, but I’m at least going to try. Also, Hero is always trying to help me with my blog and the internet! So what can go wrong.

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February 12, 2017 Our old city

I noticed some furends being interested in those old buildings and other historical facts of my city, Graz. So I thought I’d post some pictures about the history of the buildings you often see in my photos.

What is known for sure is that the area of Graz was settled from about 3000 before common Era, which was in the Copper age. It had probably people living here for much longer than that though. Of course back then it wasn’t called Graz. Graz started being a city in the early middle ages, and from then on it grew. In 1379 it became the capital of inner Austria, during the long reign of the Habsgurgers. In 1619 a new Habsburg emperor decided to move the court to Vienna, which became the capital city from that point on. If anyone is interested, there is a timeline on wikipedia about Graz.

The castle hill (Schlossberg) was part of a massive fortification of the city. On the hill itself was a huge fortress, which goes back to the 10th century and grew from then on. The castle was never conquered, but unfortunately, after the Napoleonic wars, the fortress was largely demolished, as part of the Treaty of Schönbrunn of 1809. The parts that are still visible today where simply to massive and strong to be demolished back then. They would have removed every single thing up there if they would have been able to. The clock tower and the bell tower were only spared because the city paid a ransom basically.

Thanks to this, those two towers still stand and still have their original old bells in them. Most other bells in church steeples for example, were taken down and destroyed under the treaty (the Napoleonic forces had them molten and made into new cannons, since it was the same kind of metal needed for cannons).

The fortified city (For the larger version click HERE)

Fortified Graz seen from the east
The fortified city around 1645. The view is to the West. (Source: Institut für Städtebau TU Graz http://bit.ly/2lOAWMA)

The fortress on castle hill
The fortress on castle hill. Looking towards the North. Source: Festung Kupferstich Matthäus Von Matthäus Merian der Ältere

The closest view that I could find, looking towards the castle hill today, HERE.

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The castle hill with fortress, looking towards the North. (Source: Österreichischer Städteatlas at mapire.eu)

And the same buildings that the arrows are pointing to, today:

The Clock tower
The castle hill clock tower (Source: Von Andreas E. Neuhold)

The clock tower has 3 bells. One rings at every full hour, and is the oldest bell in the city. It’s from 1382 and I recorded it’s sound this Friday:

Then there is the bell from 1645, which was rung in old times to warn people, every time a fire broke out in the city. It rung the number of the district the fire was in. For example for my district, which is the forth, it would have rung 4 times. It was rung not just once, but with a break in between those 4 times.
The 3rd clock, from 1450, rung every time a person was executed… In the 19th century, it rung when the gates of the city walls were closed and locked.

The Liesl bell tower
The Liesl bell tower. (Source: Von Marion Schneider and Christoph Aistleitner)

The huge bell in the Liesl bell tower
The huge bell in the Liesl bell tower. (Source: Von Uoaei1)

The Liesl bell
Thats how huge the bell inside the Liesl bell tower is. Source: meinbezirk.at

The Liesl bell rings 101 times at 7am, 12pm und 19pm. The bell tower was build 1588.

Then there is the old steeple, at the church near my home. It’s visible on that old map, and it’s this one that one of the arrows points at. It’s the old steeple of the church called Mariahilfer Kirche. The two high steeples came much later and weren’t visible yet on that old map.

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There are many beautiful old buildings throughout the old city center, like the city hall, which looks like a castle really.

City Hall building
City Hall building (Source: Von Taxiarchos228)

City hall seen from bastle hill
City hall seen from castle hill, with zoom though. (Source: Von Marion Schneider and Christoph Aistleitner)

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Another beautiful old building downtown

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One of the many beautiful old houses seen downtown

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Typical narrow alley from medieval times

On special holidays, like christmas, every church in the city will ring their bells for mass. I recorded a bit of it on Christmas morning in 2016:

I think I’ve made this post long enough lol.

Here are the sources to the images that are not mine:

The fortified city around 1645. The view is to the West.
Source: Institut für Städtebau TU Graz, Link 1, Link 2

The fortress on castle hill. Looking towards the North.
Source: Festung Kupferstich Matthäus
Von Matthäus Merian der Ältere – File:Topographia Austriacarum (Merian) 200.jpg, Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46412714

The castle hill with fortress, looking towards the North. (Arrows and text added by me, the original image can be found through the following Source)
Source: Österreichischer Städteatlas http://mapire.eu/oesterreichischer-staedteatlas/graz/#OV_17_2

The castle hill clock tower
Source: Von Andreas E. Neuhold – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16708923

The Liesl bell tower
Source: Von Marion Schneider and Christoph Aistleitner – Eigenes Werk (own photography), Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1468029

The huge bell in the Liesl bell tower
Source: Von Uoaei1 – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15965814

Man with the huge bell in the Liesl bell tower
Source: https://www.meinbezirk.at/graz-umgebung/leute/ueberpruefen-der-kloeppelanlage-der-schlossberg-liesl-der-kloeppel-misst-rund-vier-meter-m2342248,288979.html

City Hall building
Source: Von Taxiarchos228 – Eigenes Werk, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13128328

City hall seen from castle hill
Von Marion Schneider and Christoph Aistleitner – Eigenes Werk, Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5066608