Some information about my person that is not directly related to professional activities.

About me

by Fotografie Johannes Zinner,
I was born in the city of Vienna, Austria, in 1986. It is where I went to school, and later university. I still live here and I think it is a great place to be. I've been living in the district of Döbling since 2013.
Apart from professional activities in research, I pursue a few recreational activities, to maintain my sanity. You can find a selection of these below.

Motorcycle Riding

I have taken up riding in the spring of 2014. This is the pastime I enjoy most at the moment. Riding a motorcycle is an incredible feeling. It is hard to describe to those that have not tried it. I find it exhilarating and relaxing at the same time. It requires absolute concentration on the road ahead of you and in this way clears the mind of all other things.

My BMW R1100R somwhere near the Styrian border © Daniel Auferbauer 2017

I enjoy riding for short trips in the evening, for explorations that may take the better part of a day as well as for tours spanning several days. If you want to go for a ride near Vienna feel free to contact me. I am always up for that, work and studies permitting.

Lifting Weights

Something else that helps me to relax and take my mind off stressful things is lifting weights. Preferably of the heavy variety. Much like riding a motorcycle it helps me to clear my mind. Here, too, the activity in front of you requires absolute attention - to achieve your own goals and to prevent injuries.

Me, during a deadlift session © Daniel Auferbauer 2018

I have been lifting weights since 2012. My progress has not been rapid, but steady, and my motivation has not yet dropped. I don't think that it will any time soon. The great thing about lifting is that there is a constant challenge to it. There is always someone stronger or with better form to their exercise. There is always reason to push.

Playing Videogames

Probably my oldest hobby besides reading. I have been into gaming since my family got a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) way back. If I had to guess, I'd say I started when I was about four years old. I was gifted with my first PC at six and that has been my gaming platform of choice ever since. I did own a Sega Saturn (yes, that thing), PlayStation and PlayStation 3. Yet I have always preferred PCs for gaming and still do.

Yes, that is the NES I started gaming with. Yes, it still works. It survived many years of use and one pretty big fire © Daniel Auferbauer

If you are into gaming and want to get together some time, you can reach me on the Steam platform. Here is a link to my Steam profile, feel free to add me as a friend. I am usually up for online gaming after hours.

Reading Books

My second oldest hobby next to videogames. I have enjoyed books since very early in primary school. My favourites have always been fictions about adventure and the mythical, fantastical matter. Reading has been a way for me to visit other places and experience different realities since my early youth. That has not changed.

I have long since given up on compiling a list of top five, top ten or even top twenty literature works. There are too many books, too many stories that are exceptional and great for many different reasons. So I cannot and do not want to give you a definitive short list of books I have enjoyed the most.