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A family of Good Night Lamps

April 22, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Yesterday I received a box I had been very much looking forward to: My family of Good Night Lamps (GNLamp for short).

If you’re not familiar with GNLamp, it’s a family of connected lamps – if you switch on the big one, the little one(s) light up, no matter where in the world they are. It’s social lighting, and it’s lovely.

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06 Jan

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Notes on PADI digital services

January 6, 2015 | By |

For just about 10 years now, I’ve been a certified scuba diver. The certification is from the kindasorta industry standard certification organization PADI, who certified me as a so-called Open Water Diver.

In practice this means dive centers are allowed to rent me out diving equipment and services, and I’m allowed to go on dives by myself (or with a buddy) up to depths of 18 meters. It’s what most scuba divers start with. Then later on, you can build on that basis and add on modules – and hence certifications – for things like diving at night or in caves, or go on to become a trainer.

The badge model

For those of us in the web & tech world, this is a familiar model. It’s basically badges: Certain activities earn you a badge, a certain combination of badges level you up. It’s no coincidence this might sound familiar – the Mozilla Open Badges project has drawn inspiration from this model, and Joi Ito has very explicitly and extensively written about how his scuba diving experiences influence his thinking on badges and certification, starting here. (Alas, I can’t quite share his enthusiasm about the tools, but as I said, they didn’t age well. Add to that the bandwidth restrictions we are operating under on this trip, and it explains the different experience.)

It’s a good model. It works. But not all’s well in PADI Land.

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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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