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02 Jan

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Splitting off my personal blog

January 2, 2015 | By |

As of today, I’ll be separating company-related blog posts from personal ones a bit more. For the last eight, nine years or so, this domain (thewavingcat.com) has been my main blog, and as such main outlet. For the most part, a sort of personal one, but it also covered lots of work-related topics and thoughts. Over the years, this has related to some jobs, several companies, lots of events, and a whole range of emerging tech topics like social media, digitization, cognitive cities, IoT, 3D printing and many more.

In 2014, I founded my new company, named (and subsequently renamed, because reasons) it, and settled for the name The Waving Cat GmbH. This meant, of course, that the domain thewavingcat.com would also become the company site.

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18 Dec

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Thanks & Happy Holidays: That was 2014

December 18, 2014 | By |

This is end-of-year post #7 (all prior ones here). Slowly I’m getting into the habit.

What happened in 2014? A lot. Let’s dive in!

The theme for 2014

In hindsight, I’d describe 2014 as a year of building foundations. Much more than ever before did I focus on creating a stable basis for future things rather than pushing ahead first. This goes both for personal and professional life, like the way I set up my new company as an umbrella for all new projects and signing a long term office lease.

That, and strong presence of both Japan and Finland (in the form of trips, client work and collaborations) which I very much welcome.

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12 Feb

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1500

February 12, 2012 | By |

According to my WordPress dashboard, this is blog post #1.500. For something I hadn’t expected to go very far, that seems a lot.

Somewhere along the way there was a name change and some technical issues with the import, so I can’t fully tell when the first posts went live – according to WordPress, in 1970. Also, there were other outlets before, although I don’t remember if I called that blogging at the time. One required manual FTP uploads per post, and my co-author and I had devised some cunning pretty lame split screen design made up from HTML tables, with his writings on one side and mine on the other. Geocities, too, as well as a number of hosted blogs, all before I started using this WordPress-Domain Name-Combo as my digital home.

So, 1.500 posts in, and even though that’s spread out over just a few years already there’s a significant data rot at work. If anything, this mini anniverary serves as a reminder of how much backups matter, and beyond that, how we should ask ourselves which elements of the digital we want to preserve beyond the digital, and which we’re ok to treat as ephemeral, in other words, that we’re ok to lose later or sooner.

Just a few weeks ago I ordered a stack of photo copies on paper out of my Flickr account. I have most of these images somewhere, stored and in most cases backed up several times over. Yet, they’re ordered and labeled relatively poorly, practically untagged, and even though I’m good at deleting ruthlessly, there are still thousands upon thousands of them, aka Never Will I Revisit Them All Or Find The One I’m Looking For. So I ordered physical copies of about a hundred. Some ended up pinned on the wall, more in a few envelopes labeled ominously “Flickr, pre 2012″. Not good, but better than nothing as it helps provide at least a bare minimum of context.

Now if only Twitter/Snapfish also offered to print the photo metadata (title, tags, location, time, people tagged on the photo) on the back of these photos, we’d all be better off. (Flickr! Snapfish! Feature request!)

Anyway. Long story short, this is blog post #1500. It’s been a good time. See you at 2K.

25 Dec

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I’m joining Iron Blogger Berlin

December 25, 2011 | By |

Wired, laptop, lemonade. What more to ask for?

We should blog more. I want to blog more, and more regularly. So I’m joining Iron Blogger Berlin, which Michelle and Nicole just started. Iron Blogger is inspired by Joi Ito, who was in turn inspired by Mako. It’s quite straight forward:

Iron Blogger is a blogging and drinking club. The rules are pretty simple:

  • Blog at least once a week.
  • If you fail to do so, pay €5 into a common pool.
  • When the pool is big enough, the group uses it to pay for drinks and snacks at a meet-up for all the participants.

So, I’m in. And from what I hear, a nice small group is getting together to kick this thing off. If you’re in Berlin and feel like this is for you, you might want to get in touch with Michelle, she should be able to set you up.

That said, I should get back to writing a blog post – I’m determined not to botch round 1.