For the boring flower snapshot album, some first signs of spring.
I witnessed a motorbike crash this morning while cycling to work.
I was cycling up Elisabethenstrasse when I heard a loud crash.
A motorbiker had crashed on the other side of the street. At a place where the tram tracks and street don’t leave much space for cyclists and motorbikes.
At exactly the same spot which I’ve previously identified as being dangerous.
Not so long ago, the pavement at the tram stop was increased in height so that now the tram doors open at pavement level.
This means the curb is much higher and steeper.
At the same time, the space between curb and tram track is narrower than before and after the tram stop.
Which means on rainy days, you can easily slip on the wet and slippery tram tracks.
I usually move to the middle of the tracks, away from the curb.
I think I will cycle a different route. Especially on rainy days.
Life is precious. Cycle safely.
As you can tell i am shocked.
I went for a long slow run today. Along the Wiese river. Up to Bettingen. Via my favourite sawdust track (aka Finnenbahn) at Ausserberg. And, ending my run at the Kneipp facility in Riehen.
Feeling positive and blessed.
I took this snapshot last week. A postcard view of the Münster in Basel.
How to call your cat indoors on a rainy autumn evening in Basel:
Büsi is Swiss-German for cat.
I saw this article today on the benefits of blogging:
“So why should you blog?” https://t.co/sxbWSvtWPI
— âœ___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) November 1, 2015
- Blogs refine your thoughts
- Blogs reward the creator
- Blogs amplify your humanity
- Blogs connect us to our tribes
- Blogs give introverts a voice
- Blogs reward the “new age” publishers
- Blogs embrace the experimenters
- Blogs accelerate discovery
- Blogs open up a world without borders
I’ve written about the reflective power of writing. E.g. here.
I bet, there were similar articles about writing ever since writing was invented.
It’s quite difficult to carve out a space in our multimedia world to sit down and write and reflect and create. Many times I just feel like I am part of the echo chamber. Not adding any value. Not going deep enough.
One reason to keep your blog going is digital memories.
The weather was beautiful today. Sunny and warm. I tried to capture the day and hold onto the moment with these snapshots.
Walking down the stairs:
Crossing the river Rhein at the Kraftwerk:
This bicycle colour is cool:
Just like in San Francisco, the fog moved in at around 5 pm:
I am continuing my Vine experiment. Here’s the new water fountain in Riehen Dorf:
— âœ___CollectThisTweet (@nchenga) November 1, 2015
Video isn’t easy. At all. This Coschedule blog post mentions some tools to explore:
- Video Hance (iPhone)
- QuickCast (iPhone)
- ScreenFlow (desktop tool)
Always a good resource, Hubspot lists video ideas to try out for your business.
What tools or apps can you recommend? I’m on Android.
By chance, I learnt that there is an edit function in Vine.
“Buvettes” are a big thing in Basel in summer. Their popularity is increasing.
Same as street food trucks.
Photos taken with a Moto G 2nd Gen smartphone. The best camera is the one that is with you.
Yesterday morning a cyclist decided to cycle thru one of the roundabouts the wrong way round. During early morning traffic to work. If you’re thinking probably a bicycle courier: This cyclist was a woman in her 30s or 40s.
Nothing happened. No accident followed.
But it still had me shaking my head. Road traffic rules are there for our own safety. A lot can happen at 30km/h. We’re vulnerable. More than we think.
There are enough occasions when we make unintended mistakes. No need to wilfully ignore traffic rules.
(Sorry. Turning into an activist.)
I took this snapshot on Friday evening on my way home from work:
Since then it’s received four Flickr faves.
Hope you like it.
Snapshot of the day:
Sunday’s afternoon sun was special. Soft and golden. So beautiful. Here are some snapshots I captured with my Panasonic Lumix:
I like this blog post on the Crossroads website: Home for Christmas.
ET phone home.
Growing up in Malawi, I probably don’t share the same level of contemplative Christmas (“besinnliche Weihnachten”) memories that my fellow German compatriots may have experienced. It’s difficult to emulate some Christmas traditions when it’s over 30 degrees warm.
My mom remembers how I had to learn a lot of english carols in my first year of primary school, many of which she had never heard of. Like Good King Wenceslas. Or God rest ye merry gentlemen. Or Away in a manger. I faintly remember walking to St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Blantyre for carol service rehearsals.
Christmas was a very special celebration for my grandfather. My mom told me about a lot about the Christmas parties he organized for his family despite being very poor.
And many years later, I remember my first Christmas at German uni where everybody in class said they’re travelling home to be with their family. Even the tough-looking punk with dyed red hair and rings in his nose was travelling home to celebrate Christmas with his mom. I was truly fascinated.
I am thankful for this Christian holiday. And I like some of the traditions associated with Christmas. I just dislike and still rebel against the commercialization.
I’m planning to attend the Christmas Eve service at Crossroads Basel. If you want to join me, here are the details.
This is a blog post to say thank you to http://www.wenger-2-rad.ch/.
On Monday morning, I noticed that I had forgotten my bicycle lock at home. Since I don’t have a lockable place to store my bike near work, I hurried to the closest bicycle shop planning to buy a substitute. When I noticed I’d forgotten my purse in the same place where I’d left my bicycle lock.
Great way to start the week.
I usually attach my bicycle lock to my bike rack.
The owner of Wenger 2 Rad was kind enough to lend me a bicycle lock for a day. Without charge. Which is great, ‘cos I already own at least 3 bicycle locks and don’t really need a fourth one to forget.
Thank you Wenger 2 Rad. I appreciate the help.
I walked up Tüllinger Hügel and took some snapshots:
Some music references to remember:
Paul Gerhard “Ich steh an deiner Krippe hier”
Mahalia Jackson “Go tell it on the mountain”
Johann Sebastian Bach “Ich lasse dich nicht denn du segnest mich denn”
Some ancient poetry that crossed my internetz path:
You know the year is nearly over when the first posts on “future trends” appear. I thought this slide deck quite intriguing:
Heading out to take care of errands. And to take photos of bicycles. Yours truly, nchenga.
On my home from work, I cycled home past 3 large groups of joggers. I saw another group further up and thought to myself: “OK, this will be a group of nordic walkers”. I was wrong. I passed another group of joggers.
(…) the bots have poisoned the stock-trading waters so much that even the bots themselves fear to go in
This Forbes article on doxxing and Reddit caught my attention. Lots of salient points about Internet culture.
“anything that’s written by (including code) and run by humans is biased, often unintentionally”
“there is no such thing as an agnostic, neutral service”
“Social services are moving trains, organisms that we’ve created and infused with our own humanity.”
Wow. Maybe we should just pull the plug. This is larger and more powerful than any sci-fi. Amakhala scared.
On a lighter note, I started a Vespa photo set on Flickr:
Walked thru parts of Riehen and Chrischona today. The weather was better than expected. Took lots of flower snapshots for the boring flower snapshot set. So boring they easily qualify.
I found this sign on my way back to my bicycle:
Made me smile.
I continued exploring Jekyll (see yesterday’s post). Bin gespannt.
I took part in the Basel Firmenlauf yesterday evening.
Not a very long race at 6.3 km, but for me it was special, since it marked my first running goal for this year. My first public race in a long time. I was very excited.
It was warm and humid yesterday with temperatures around 30 degrees C. Together with over 2600 participants, I set off and managed to keep to my pace. The kilometer between 3km and 4km seemed endless. Maybe because my morning jog before work is shorter? But I just kept going. Kämpfa, Kämpfa. Karbon statt Kondition.
My next goal is 10km. That’s what I decided after the race. VoilÃ !
I like running cos I see a lot of parallels with work life, building relationships, or even spiritual life. So often I want to stop…
There is a race that I must run. There are victories to be won.
I just got back from a run around the Finnenbahn. The distance is nothing to write home about, but it was a pleasurable experience with temperatures around 18 degrees. Spring is here.
With all the fresh air rushing thru my system, I was in mindblogging mode. Reflecting on all the data I have been consuming here and there.
Yesterday afternoon I tried out new bicycles at a bicycle shop in downtown Basel. I am thinking of buying a new bicycle. My Univega will soon be 10 years old. And a lot has been happening in the bicycle space since then.
I read Scoble’s post on reducing noise on Facebook. Useful! I don’t really have the a signal to noise problem on FB, but they are offering more and more control. Which is good.
On Twitter: Did you see that you can now embed tweets?
yay! no chiperoni today! RT @wetterbasel: Heute: Klar bei max. 19 Grad, Morgen: Nebel bei max. 18 Grad, (Stand: 11:00 Uhr)
— san mangwana(@nchenga) March 24, 2012
How to find the embed code:
- Select a tweet.
- Click on Details.
- Click on Embed this Tweet.
- Copy the code to your webpage.
Although I am quite sure that I will keep my screenshot collection of fun tweets.
The effort to tweak all these corporate social media channels is getting higher than high. Don’t let the social media corporations take over.
Instead of just consuming content, I encourage you to create content. Write a blog, take photos, learn something new, write how-tos, write about your area of expertise, own your own data, participate, enter into dialog, have fun. Here are some ideas:
Top 10 Essential DIY Skills That Aren’t as Hard as You Think –lifehacker.com/5896102/top-10”¦
— san mangwana(@nchenga) March 24, 2012
I am planning to attend BarcampBodensee in June. Anybody else coming from the Basel area? It would be a great opportunity to present an updated version of my presentation on mobile internet usage in Malawi.
So much has happened in this space. And even in a downturn, TNM has managed to increase its subscriber base by 35% in 2011. Compare and contrast those kind of numbers with the saturated markets here in Europe.
The number of Facebook users from southern Africa is increasing despite the high internet access costs. Socialbaker lists 95 820 users from Malawi.
Leave a comment or contact me if you can provide further interesting data / anecdotes / user behaviour on internet usage patterns in the warm heart of Africa.
Thank you for reading and supporting chiperoni.ch. Alles wird gut.
P.S.: I missed a LOLCat photo opportunity today: a cat stretched out on the seat of Vespa. Unfortunately I didn’t have a cam with me.
I cycled over 60 km to Bad Säckingen via an unwanted detour to Liestal, and then on to Rheinfelden, Möhlin, Wallbach, Stein. I cycled back on the German side via Schwörstadt, Grenzach-Wyhlen.
No mountains. A few hills.
I only took a few photos.