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General

Background articles on image optimization

For future reference:

Image optimization

How to perform an image optimization audit

Aside:
I read this Canva article on web images.

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Naturmärt in Riehen

I visited the Naturmärt in Riehen last Saturday.

I bought some plants:

  • Borretsch
  • Mint
  • Rosemary

There were many different booths and activities. Three services that caught my eye were:

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tech

It always takes longer than you expect

For future reference:

(…) the one who is best qualified to make a time estimate (the engineer) isn’t the one who needs it most

Source: The Software Engineer’s Essential Time Estimation Guide

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Scrum and Design

I found this Medium article discussing Scrum and its effect on the design process.

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marketing tech

Collaborating

For future reference:
Creating Collaboration in a Room Full of Opinions

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Overheard: “Hello! I’m jogging.”

I just passed four joggers on my daily bicycle ride home from work. Just as i passed, one of the joggers answered her smartphone while continuing to jog:

“Hello! I’m jogging.”

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flickr Photos

Best chiperoni.ch snapshot of 2016?

Another year has passed. And it’s time to look at my photos and select a snapshot per month.

My photo selection skills are influenced by memories, rather than the photo’s quality alone.

The method:
I quickly scan through my photos on a per month basis and select a photo based on number of views, personal taste, or memories or a mixture of all three.

History:
See past summaries for 2015 and 2014 and 2013 and 2012 and 2010.

January 2016

snow shower

February 2016

riehen dorfkirche

March 2016

katze

April 2016

handheld snapshot at the waterfront

May 2016

hausboot

June 2016

kraftwerk

July 2016

cycling holidays

August 2016

cos i'm leaving on a jet plane

September 2016

disappearing

October 2016

Westweg Pforzheim <-> Basel

November 2016

leaves lying on the road

December 2016

münster from wettstein bridge on 1 december 2016

Your feedback and comments are highly appreciated.

You can also view the selection in this Flickr album.

best of 2016?

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Scrum and UX design

I saw this article on Scrum and UX design at t3n.de (in German only).

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basel

“Büseli, Büseli”

How to call your cat indoors on a rainy autumn evening in Basel:

Büseli, Büseli

Büsi is Swiss-German for cat.

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internet tech

Learning to use Hugo to build websites

I’m learning how to use Hugo to build websites. I signed up for a Udemy course by Dan Hersham.

I followed the tip to use Homebrew. And 2 to 3 commands later I had generated a skeleton of a site.

installing hugo theme

new hugo site

Hugo is well-documented and it looks like an exciting alternative to explore.

It supports TOML, YAML and JSON.

using hugo to build a webpage

I still have a couple of lessons to go thru in my Udemy course.

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Quote to remember

via Su Franke on Flickr:

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General Photos

The fast track to DIY images

For all my creative photography friends, here’s an article by Moz on how images boost conversion. And a list of tools.

The sample images displayed in the Moz article aren’t very inspiring but the tools look useful.

My toolset? I use Canva and Photoshop at the day job and Pixelmator on my MacBook at home.

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Co-working space in Copenhagen

Need a place to work in CPH for a couple of hours or 1 day? I can recommend the cafe of http://republikken.net/. Good coffee. Work atmosphere with other people working around you.

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Photos

Copenhagen snaps

cos i'm leaving on a jet plane

Hausboot

opera copenhagen

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General

Recommended article: Great content isn’t the same as long-form content

Here’s a Moz article on the current trend to write long-form articles.

Great Content ≠ Long-Form Content

Long-form articles need to be well-researched. Just going for length is not going to work.

“Create content that helps people.”

It’s fun… writing about long-form articles in very short blog posts.

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3 Copywriting tips supported by research

Tip 1: Use simple vocabulary

Tip 2: Use short sentences

Tip 3: Help readers navigate your writing

See: Three online copywriting tips supported by research

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Using Google Analytics in web apps

For future reference

Learning to Use Google Analytics More Effectively at CodePen

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blogging General tech

Barcamp Bodensee 2016

Last Saturday I attended Barcamp Bodensee in Konstanz.

barcamp bodensee

Here are some brief notes and thoughts on sessions that I attended:

Ask a digital teen
Barcamp attendees asked a 15 year old what apps and web services he uses. Youtube, Gaming, TeamSpeak, Discord app, some Whatsapp, Google Calendar. No TV. No Facebook. His school doesn’t allow the use of smartphones on the school grounds.

Digital strategy for non-profit organizations
Digital strategy means finding a way to connect CMS and CRM and accounting and payment apps and processes. CiviCRM was recommended; if offers connectors for WordPress and Drupal. There’s an association called “Software für Engagierte” (in German only). QuickBook, Collmex were mentioned for accounting purposes.

Getting Things Done
A certified GTD trainer offered an intro to David Allen’s method. Mind like water. Some very useful tips. For example, to do lists aren’t enough. Lists need to be sorted and categorized. Actionable items and next steps instead of just listing the project. Tasks that take less than 2 minutes should be taken care of immediately. Cos it takes more time to get back to these mini-tasks. Related links:

http://www.taskinator.de/

http://www.next-action.de/

Intro to Snapchat
Useful intro to a social network that is growing fast. The speaker encouraged us to sign up to learn how influencers are using Snapchat for storytelling.

 

Messaging
Messaging apps are probably going to change in 2016, c.f. Facebook’s recent announcement. E.g. possibility to order services and buy products via chat like in Asian chat apps, Line and WeChat. We went off on a tangent and collected a comprehensive list of messaging apps….

all the messaging apps that we could think of

I’ve learnt a lot at barcamps in the past and recommend attending one or two if you can. The same content will cost you $$$ at a commercial conference and lots more nerves. Barcamps are fun and way more relaxing.

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Snapshots

Some photos from my Flickr stream:

grenzen überwinden

I’ve got this theory that fresh green colour soothes the eyes and helps to relax.

stream   fencing

I saw 2 cats. Both look somewhat unamused. And ready to pounce on any intruders.

katze

katze

Saturday was sunny and warm. I like this snapshot, taken with my Moto 3 G:

elisabethenkirche in the evening sun

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tech wordpress

Useful check list for your new WordPress site

I found this list of useful tips on launching a WordPress site:

Things to watch out for are:

  • fast hosting
  • search-engine optimized theme

WordPress is working on a new codebase:

The new WordPress.com codebase, codenamed “Calypso,” moves WordPress.com away from MySQL and PHP. It’s built entirely in JavaScript, and communicates with WordPress.com only using our REST API.

I don’t know how this will play out for self-hosted sites. You can use Calypso functionality via Jetpack. The benefit, that I read most frequently, is that the Calypso editor is well designed for writers.

See also:

What is WordPress Calypso and what does it mean for self hosted sites?

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Museum Unterlinden in Colmar

On my daily bicycle commute, I kept noticing art posters, labelled Le nouvel Unterlinden. Today, I saw a Designboom article, shared by someone in my community, discussing the newly renovated museum in Colmar.

Connection made.

Advertising works. Both print and online.

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It’s February already

I listened to the latest episode of The Big Web Show this weekend. The topic was interaction architecture. Here’s a tweet pointing to the show:

On Sunday evening, I saw this tweet, which describes exactly what happened to our content/our attention.

Maybe a good candidate for my Twitter Poetry collection?

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Recommended movie: An by Naomi Kawase

I saw this film: An by Naomi Kawase. I liked it.

It’s about freedom. It has a poetic feel. It’s slow and feels real. You get attached to the main characters.

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basel flickr

From the archives

basel

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flickr General Photos

Best snapshot of 2015?

Here is an attempt to find my best snapshot per month for 2015.

January 2015

michiru

February 2015

#wettstein bridge after the #fasnacht cortege on wednesday evening

March 2015

ein brunnen in basel

April 2015

Vespa speedometer

May 2015

Chichewa for English speakers by Nathaniel Maxson

June 2015

naturbad riehen

July 2015

das leben ist besser wenn du lachst

August 2015

the view from my hotel room

September 2015

wassermelone

October 2015

belchen, schwarzwald

November 2015

Fish and chips

December 2015

beautiful puppy

The method:
I quickly scanned through my photos on a per month basis and selected a photo based on number of views or memories or both.

History:
See past summaries for 2014 and 2013 and 2012 and 2010.