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New Year’s Traditions

This is the last issue of Basex:TechWatch for 2010.  The new year, 2011, is just two days away, and throughout the world knowledge workers are making their New Year’s resolutions, which hopefully include addressing the problem of Information Overload.  On behalf of Jonathan Spira, David Goldes, and the entire Basex family, let me take this opportunity to wish you, dear reader, a happy and prosperous New Year, or as Jonathan would say, Prosit Neujahr!

One New Year’s Eve tradition, popular in much of Europe but virtually unknown in the U.S., is to watch Dinner for One, an 18-minute English-language play that has a cult-like following on New Year’s Eve or Silvester in Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia.  You can read about it and watch the entire video in an article by Jonathan Spira.

Finally, for a New Year’s treat, join the Vienna Philharmonic (Wiener Philharmoniker) and conductor Franz Welser-Möst for the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna’s majestic Musikverein hosted by Paula Zahn (the late Walter Cronkite originated the broadcast in 1985).  The New Year’s Celebration will be joined by ca. 1.2 billion viewers around the world and may be found in the United States on PBS stations January 1, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. (check local listings for exact time).