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Zucchero

zucchero

A snapshot from my archives on Flickr.

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Where are you going?

Saw this chalk message on the pavement this week near Basel SBB train station. Where is your life going?

wo geht dein Leben hin?
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General Photos

Photowalk

I went photo-walking with the Basel Photography Meetup on Saturday. The theme was #Openings.

#opening

On my way into town, I saw this yellow monster. Nothing open about it. And very noisy.

loud machinery

I like this snapshot of openings within a gate:

#opening

This snapshot of some openings in this construction site scaffolding fits my likeable criteria equally well:

#opening

An enjoyable photo-walk thru Basel.

water fountain
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I attended Medien-Barcamp 2019 – my notes and comments – #medienbc

Yesterday, I set my alarm to 6 am and jumped on the 7:33 train to Zürich-Oerlikon. On a Saturday. To attend a barcamp on media.

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of barcamps, a barcamp is a conference that organizes the talks by itself, on the day, Someone provides some rooms and infrastructure such as wifi and screens. And they send out invites via Twitter and other social media channels.

And that’s how i found my way to #medienbc, the event’s hashtag.

In yesterday’s case, the Medien-Barcamp organizers had access to the rooms of SRF, the Swiss public radio and TV station, in Zürich.

It’s not my first barcamp. I’ve attended many and even presented topics at some. Yesterday I was in listening mode.

#medienbc Medien-Barcamp 2019

Here’s a brief recap of the talks that I attended:

First, I attended a talk by Markus on Voice User Interfaces. He provided an excellent intro to the rise of voice. He says many new jobs are being created in this space. And I made a mental note to look up SSML.

Fabian and David invited us to discuss how to get more “old” people engaged on social media. The discussion covered a lot of ground:

  • The decline in journalistic quality,
  • The change in speed,
  • The fact that today journalists have access to less proofreading, fact checking and editorial staff than ever,
  • Questions like do users want to see and interact with company content on Facebook (apparently yes, 1 attendee described how a Facebook ad influenced her decision to buy).

Next, I listened to Vincenzo talk about the challenges and learnings of setting up an email newsletter for a small regional newspaper. A very honest and useful talk. His newspaper uses a tool called Revue, by a Dutch startup, cos it’s even simpler than Mailchimp.

#medienbc Medien-Barcamp 2019

I peeked into the session on no-budget video production. I would like to learn more about this.

#medienbc Medien-Barcamp 2019

I listened to a talk on analytics. Not new for me, but I was curious to see SimilarWeb. It looks a lot like SEMRush.

We looked at the stats for Nau.ch that had just announced it is now making a profit. The stats showed Nau.ch is investing in organic search. Markus recommended that journalists do keyword research for their articles. I would think that is obvious by now.

#medienbc Medien-Barcamp 2019

In the last session of the day, I got valuable advice on how to prepare to speak in front of audience or take part in an interview. In my own words:

  • Stand firmly. Before you start presenting, assure yourself that you are standing firmly on the ground and that it will not disappear beneath you.
  • Find ways to relax and stand in an open, welcoming position, e.g. take deep breaths of air, yawn, make funny faces, turn into a loud and noisy monster shortly before your gig.
  • Remind yourself that you are valuable, e.g. imagine you were given a really expensive diamond worth more than 100 thousand CHF and walk thru the busy train station in Bern.
  • Prepare and know the content of your presentation. If you know your topic well, you will be persuasive.
  • It’s about your attitude and posture.
#medienbc Medien-Barcamp 2019

Thank you to the organisers and participants for an enjoyable and fulfilling event. Good food, awesome location, great speakers. I like barcamp sessions cos we can leave out the sales speak and dig deeper. I feel excited and encouraged.

#medienbc Medien-Barcamp 2019
#medienbc Medien-Barcamp 2019
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“The boring flower snapshot” lives on

I noticed that searching for the phrase “the boring flower snapshot” still leads to some of my flower snaps on Google and Duck Duck Go.

Added some new snaps to my collection. So boring.

flower power
flower power
flower power

I think this is a great example how using links and relevant anchor texts consistently can help you rank for a specific phrase.

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General

Summer of 2019

There are so many beautiful poppies this year. I captured some impressions on Flickr. It must be the additional rain that causes poppies to bloom. The field next to Fondation Beyeler is red with flowers.

poppies in the wind
stream
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architecture basel Photos

Bicycle tour

I took part in a bicycle tour of public spaces and buildings in Basel. A highlight.

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La domenica sportiva

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.

water catchment area of basel
Dieser Weg
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Stacked

Took this snap of a stack of newspapers some time ago. I like the pattern.

stacked
a fave of mine: stacks of newspapers
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Tulip time

tulip bubble
tulip bubble chez moi
while i was away the tulips started flowering #gardening 2019

Planted several tulip bulbs last autumn. Reminds me of the tulip bubble.

At the peak of tulip mania, in February 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsworker.

Tulip Mania
tulip mania
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basel Photos

A postcard from Basel

basel münster as seen from wettstein-brücke

I took this snapshot last week. A postcard view of the Münster in Basel.

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culture

Cycling anecdote

This morning the traffic lights jumped from yellow to red just as I was approaching a pedestrian crossing. I stopped. A man and a small boy were standing on the sidewalk, waiting. The man turns to me and comments angrily or sarcastically:

Zu müde zum velofahren? (= too tired to cycle?)

I responded that I have a red light.

Somewhat weird comment. And he sounded angry.

Perhaps I didn’t fit in with his view of “rowdy” cyclists that ignore traffic lights.

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Flickr: Should I stay or should I go?

Smug Mug acquired Flickr in April 2018. The question every long-term Flickr user is asking:

Should I renew my subscription?

I’ve been on Flickr for a very long time. And seen many ups and downs. Probably more downs. And it’s 2019 and I still use Flickr.

Con:

  • Subscription has doubled in price: 50$ for 1 year instead of 2 years.
  • There is an ongoing downturn in community activity. Group discussions are rare.

Pro:

  • Without VIPs, social media influencers and advertisers, Flickr has become a quieter place far from the crowd. Which isn’t so bad if you don’t need to promote and sell.
  • The mobile app works. Nothing flashy but ok.
  • Flickr supports the main functions I need. Easy, structured photo storage that is searchable and shareable.
  • Currently, no new features are tested on unsuspecting users on a weekly basis.
  • I have nearly 15 years of links and embedded photos that I would need to update on this blog.
  • Sentimental value: faves, comments, tags, memories, stats, links.
  • Smug Mug isn’t Facebook / Google / Microsoft / Amazon.

I have some time until my subscription expires. I have a local copy of all of my photos and I’ve started to pull a backup of my Flickr account.

#biketowork #3rdJan2019 #backtowork #frohes #neues

The question is: Should I stay or should I go? And if I go, where should I go? And does it matter?

the road ahead

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Jog log 2019

It’s the 6th of January. And… I already went for a run three times this week. I hope to continue my running streak throughout the winter months.

The plan is to carve out 30 minutes per day.

And perhaps I’ll write about it here. Because writing helps.