I took this snapshot last week. A postcard view of the Münster in Basel.
Weather was better than forecast.
It’s been fairly dry. So today’s rain was a welcome change. But despite dark clouds and rain symbols on the Swiss Meteo app, the rain was over by lunch.
Time for a bike ride.
WOD: I cycled to Rheinfelden at a leisurely pace.
Grenzach-Wyhlen – Herten – Rheinfelden – Kaiseraugst – Birsfelden
From Basel about 17 km one way.
Via Weil am Rhein, Binzen and Wollbach, along the railway tracks to Kandern.
Wow, Google Maps now offers a bicycle option in its Get Directions menu. Though not for the route below.
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I like March. It’s my favorite month of the year.
I like the blue Baselworld flags. Remind me of the first time I ever came to Basel. All hotels were booked out. I stayed in the Basel youth hostel in St. Alban, a part of town that I really like.
Before I moved to Switzerland I read an article discussing the idea or rather the vision of Switzerland being one metropolitan area with ultra-fast trains zipping to and fro between the commercial centres.
Recently this topic has filtered through to me again. I’m assuming that in a specialized context it has been discussed all along.
As I mentioned in one of my Flickr comments, the urban area around Basel will probably continue to grow and it would better if cities and towns cooperated on important regional issues such as traffic, public transport, waste disposal, city planning and education.
In October I took part in an interesting architecture tour called Birsstadt, which discussed and highlighted the importance of regional vs town assembly planning and management.
But I’m just a private person noticing a trend and commenting…
Last minute pointer:
Kunstschaffende aus Basel und der Region öffnen alle zwei Jahre an einem Wochenende ihre Ateliertüren, um einem interessierten Publikum Einblick in ihr Schaffen zu gewähren.
Portes Ouvertes is happening this weekend. Various Basel artists are taking part. A great way to see how artists work.
Hat tip: Martin Gyger, who is also taking part.
As announced on Twitter, I presented a talk on mobile technology in Malawi at today’s BlogCamp in Zurich to share what I’m learning from the African blogs and tweets that I follow on a regular basis.
I started my talk with a short intro on Chiperoni (I am a bridge blogger somewhere between Basel and Blantyre) and why I blog. How much I appreciated Alex Antener’s news stream published on a Polytechnic server during the last Malawi general election. Then pointing to White African’s blog post discussing Twitter’s decision to discontinue its SMS service to the rest of the world. I tried to point out the potential a “Twitter to SMS” service could have for Malawi, where most of the population does not have access to the internet or even a plain old fixed telephone line.
I described the current situation. And how this is changing with mobile technology. I pointed to Mike McKay’s blog post about a rural area in northern Malawi where villagers climb an ant hill to get a better signal.
In Switzerland we take a lot of things such as the excellent infrastructure we have for granted.
I shared some of my observations from my recent holiday in Blantyre, some data on the pricing models and how public wifi is being introduced in urban areas.
I was a little shaky on the stats side of things, telecommunication regulations, as well as who owns the major cell phone service companies, TNM and Zain. I’ll need to do more research here. I might have got some of my facts mixed up.
I did refer to the new airtime tax that is being introduced.
Examples referred to:
- Health: The FrontlineSMS project in Namitete, Malawi
- Agriculture: Cy Kuckenbacker’s video interview with rural farmers
- Media: Ushahidi.org and Sokwanele
Flickr credits: White African, Hackerfriendly, all other photos are my own.
Big zikomo to Persillie and Mlle A. for reviewing my slides!
I enjoyed presenting very much (note to myself).
Oh and I forgot to mention my chat with a Limbe internet cafe manager during the talk…
I like seeing other people’s workplaces…
Martin told me that he will be moving into a new workspace very soon, but before he moves out he’ll organize an exhibition. I forget the exact date but this should be some time in early September. And Martin says he’s planning to take part in this year’s Portes Ouvertes on 18th and 19th October.
Seen in Martin Gyger’s Flickr stream:
These lego faces are fun!
Just like web icons… you can see the pixels when you zoom in.