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flickr fun

Looking for *the button* to reboot the universe?

I found it. It’s at a pedestrian light near Basel SBB.

A fun street art sticker I saw this past week.

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blogger blogging wordpress

New theme chez Chiperoni

Lingonberry.

I like

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blogger blogging wordpress

I’m trying a new WordPress theme

It’s called Radcliffe by Anders Noren.

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flickr Photos

Dashboard

An orange vespa crossed my path this week.

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flickr Photos

Snapshot of the day

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basel biking

Wrong way round

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.)

Sicher unterwegs mit dem Velo

Die wichtigsten Fahrrad-Regeln auf einen Blick

Sicher velofahren

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Photos

Bicycle transport

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Transporti wanga

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Ortlieb waterproof

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basel Photos

I went photo-walking today

I hope you like some of the snaps I took today:

red

water drops

bettingen

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General

Moz on overall SEO strategy

For future reference:

Questions to consider before you delve into the details

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General

Herbie

At the dentist on Friday:

A Herbert Grönemeyer song played on the radio and my dentist started whistling along while I was on the dentist’s chair.

Too funny.

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General

WordPress alternatives

I briefly started talking about WordPress alternative with @persillie the other evening.

Downsides of WordPress:

  • It’s slow
  • It’s not easy enough to use for non-techies
  • Adding a shop could be a lot easier

She mentioned Squarespace:

I found two articles with further ideas to explore:

5 Modern WordPress Alternatives to Keep an Eye On

Goodbye WordPress: 2014 Will Be the Year of the Flat-File CMS

Statamic, Craft, Ghost, Kirby, Perch, Jekyll

I looked at Jekyll very briefly some months ago. But I didn’t dig in enough. It’s for techies. I don’t think it will solve the user interaction issues that non-techies have.

BTW, way back in 2009 somebody used WordPress to generate flat files.

I’m looking at HTML5 templates. I played around with some of the designs at HTML5UP last year. I found this site, based on the HTML5 Boilerplate, yesterday.

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internet tech

Secure Email

I’ve signed up for Protonmail.ch:

And I noticed another company called Tutanota:

I think this is a great development. Instead of trying to get people to use PGP… maybe this will catch on.

Try and get an account!

Update, 5 May 2015:
There’s another company in this space called Lavaboom.

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General

Michiru

The outline of Michiru mountain in Blantyre.

michiru

The Wikipedia page for Michiru mountain needs some more info.
What is the altitude in meters? 1470m?

Lonely Planet reference

Malawi Travel Guide

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General

Winter cycling

Apparently 80% of all Copenhageners cycle in winter. There’s a Tumblr site called Viking Biking which shows photos of people cycling in snow.

No snow in Basel. I don’t cycle in icy road conditions. But apart from that, I also cycle in winter.

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General

Best snapshot of 2014?

It’s December 2014 and I’m still taking snapshots.

Last year I selected 1 photo for each month. I will try the same for 2014. Here we go.

January 2014

New year's day in Riehen, Basel

February 2014

March 2014

April 2014

May 2014

June 2014

July 2014

August 2014

September 2014

October 2014

November 2014

December 2014

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Most productive month was November with over 200 uploads. Least productive was June 2014.

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General

I went photo-walking

More snapshots on Flickr.

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fun

Jog log: Early bird

Achievement of the week. I managed to go running twice this week – in the morning before work.

It’s cold and dark. Getting outside and getting started is the challenge.

Running is fun. And overcoming my inner pig dog (only Germans have this) is even better.

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General

Autumn storm

The first autumn storm has made it to Basel. Strong wind. Cold air. Rain.

A great opportunity to post old Flickr photos related to autumn.

herbst 008

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internet tech writing

Card sorting

For future reference.

I just quickly wanted to post a useful background link on card sorting that I found today on Smashing Magazine.

Improving Your Information Architecture With Card Sorting: A Beginner’s Guide

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basel Photos

Handheld snapshot of Wettstein Bridge

I quite like this snapshot of Wettstein Bridge.

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basel Photos

Four Flickr faves for a Chiperoni.ch snapshot

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.

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tech

UX and Scrum

For future reference:

UX Oxford: Roman Pichler on “UX and Scrum: How do UX and Scrum fit together?” from Oxford Computer Consultants on Vimeo.

Via UX and Scrum.

It’s good to see some discussion of this topic.

It’s a challenging topic. Especially if you have a distributed team with team members in different geographic areas and time zones.

If you prepare designs too far in advance, there’s a high probability that the feature will evolve and change. The designs you make are outdated by the time the developers get there. And all you’re doing is creating waste.

If you’re designing too close to a sprint (e.g. in the week before it will be implemented), there is a high risk that the designer and UX questions show what’s missing in the user story. This starts discussions with the product owner and other stakeholders. In my experience, it’s the wireframes and the screens that trigger more and deeper responses and discussions from product owners and project leaders, compared to their own written business requirements.

In general, the UX discussion gets very difficult if there is not enough information on the end-user and how they will use the app; no direct access to real clients for questions and surveys.

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internet tech

HTML5 link re-surfaces

It’s fun when a fave re-surfaces an old tweet of yours about an HTML5 template.

HTML5 projects:
I’m currently working on building a small website based on a template by HTML5 Up. Progress is somewhat slow.

Before I tried Aerial. And Parallelism.

HTML5Bones looks useful.

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General

On creating networking opportunities

Here’s a useful link if you’re a shy introvert.

Click-bait heading. With a heading like that, it’s bound to get some clicks.

I’ve tried some of the tips mentioned in the article. Sometimes they’ve backfired. Especially, if the other person is shy, or answers all of your conversation openers with a monosyllable.

Related links:

Networking for introverts

Personal Branding for Introverts

The power of introverts

Quora

Learnings:

My networking abilities depend on the format of the event. Some events are more difficult and closed. If you’re planning an event, think about how to encourage networking and interaction.

Creating and hosting my own event or speaking at an event has been a good way to network for me. When you’re the organizer, the host or the speaker, the networking part is different. People come up to you with questions, or you specifically need to follow up with them. Speaking in public about topics that I am passionate about has helped me a lot.

Listening carefully is important. You can do more research and then follow up at a later stage.

Doing something together, e.g. going on a photo-walk, or building a website, or going jogging together is an easier way to get to know someone. I have a common social object to talk about which makes interaction a lot easier. And in the meantime, I can discover if there’s more common ground.

Be yourself. Don’t worry if you fail at networking today. Learn from mistakes. Don’t give up. There will be better events ahead.

Maybe one solution is to avoid the term networking. I like this answer on Quora:

You don’t “network”, you meet people. Get out of the results-oriented mindset and enjoy the conversations.

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General

About myths and legends

For future reference

Recommended reading – The Myth of Google’s 200 Ranking Factors.