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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

Untitled

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.

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General

A quote to keep

This is how much time you have to get your message across:

imagine you are standing on the pavement and your audience is about to cycle past you. That is the amount of time you have to get their attention.

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General

10 years WordPress

On 6 September 2004, I posted my very first entry on this site.

Many thanks to my 5 regular readers for being so faithful. You rock!

Big thank you to the WordPress community and Automattic for keeping WordPress.org open source and free. More than ever we need independent and free web publishing software.

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flickr Photos

Embedded Flickr photos not showing in Chrome

I’m seeing some unexpected page views:

Flickr photos embedded in the old way are not showing in Google Chrome on Mac. But they are showing in Safari on the same machine. I disabled all my Chrome extensions except Lastpass, but the photos are still not loading.

This is how they are embedded:
wildwuchs

Any ideas why the photos are not showing in Chrome on Mac?

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General

Guide to setting up Twitter cards

Buffer published this article on setting up Twitter cards.

I started experimenting with Twitter cards a couple of weeks ago.

Via Leumund, I learnt that you can use Twitter cards for lead generation.

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Photos

Patterns

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General

Some HTML5 fun

Mixing one of my Freiburg photos with some HTML and CSS:

http://chiperoni.ch/aerial/index.html

Looks best on a 13″ or smaller. On larger screens, the photo doesn’t fill the whole space.

The original is here:
http://html5up.net/aerial

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General

Lost

I got very lost in the Küttigen-Rombach-Aarau area yesterday. Google Maps sent me to the wrong place. I missed the event.

It was raining. I gave up. And walked back to Aarau.

I found a nice place to recover called Tuchlaube.

Next time I’ll try Gossip:

On my way back to the station I found a nice book store to browse thru.

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General

Jog log: Sunset

Today I went for a nice 5 km in the sunset.

Not sure if I’m ready for a 10 km race by end of the month. I’ll decide this week.

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running

Jog log: Oh deer

I went for a short run this evening. Nothing to write home about. Simply trying to keep up with the regular running system. Nothing spectacular. Except that I saw a deer. A deer. In this urban part of north-west Switzerland.

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General

I really like this idea bit.ly/1xJf431

Just saw this entry via this tweet:

A Book of Tweets By People Claiming They’re Working on Their Novels

Maybe one day I will publish my Twitter poetry collection on dead wood.

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General

Recommended read http://bit.ly/1qwAqOu

Via an Indieweb wiki page, I found this article:

Unless your friend bows to the same silo-god as you do, the two of you can not communicate.

Recommended read.

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fun running

Jog log: This hill in my backyard

I went for a slow run up the hill today. Two kilometres on the sawdust track and then further up the hill, all the way to the top. I don’t have any metrics to share because I haven’t jumped on the “quantified self” bandwagon. Yet.

My guess: more than 1 and a half hours and about 10 km.

Due to all the rain we had in the past week and the summer temperatures, it felt tropical. I like.

While running, my mind was busy answering emails and writing blog entries. That’s so weird. It shows: we need movement and fresh air to cope with all the data we’re consuming and processing.

A few days ago, I was searching through my blog and saw an old entry that I wrote about running in San Francisco and the advertising campaign at the time: These hills will chew you up. Run easy.

At the end, I did some stair climbing. There are many outdoor stairs along my route. Better than any gym.

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General tech tweet wordpress

#POSSE: A clickable demo of my simple #indieweb blog

Here’s a simple example how you can publish your content on your own site and syndicate elsewhere (POSSE):

  1. I posted a boring flower snapshot into my self-hosted WordPress (WP) blog.
  2. WP posted the entry to Twitter using WP plugins Hum and Publicize
  3. One of my Twitter followers replied to my tweet.
  4. Using Webmention, the tweet showed up in my WP comment moderation loop.
  5. After I approved it, the tweet shows up as a comment in the corresponding WP entry.

As you can see, there are some formatting issues with the emoticons and the image link isn’t displaying correctly.

And to begin with I had some other WP plugins interfering with the Webmention plugin and no idea why it wasn’t working.