Traveling always bears the risk of getting stuck somewhere for longer than anticipated, missing a connection flight or getting in some other form of trouble. If you have a ship going at a designated time and no way to catch up, planning a day or two of buffer time to get there is advised. If that ship takes off from one of the most remote ports in the world, then doubly so.So we arrived in Longyearbyen, Svalbard two days early and we had to make use of the time. Which we did. Monika is now trying to find space in her luggage to bring back that husky puppy..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPq-nc6nXfMThis afternoon we will board the s/v Noorderlicht and sail the coast of Svalbard for 12 days. We will go on land whenever possible and capture beautiful photos of ice, snow and a lot
... subtitle: quantity equals quality.Yep, I know, sounds wrong. But the way to becoming good at something is to produce lots of crap first. I look back at my photography 20 years ago and it was worse than my photography 10 years ago, which in turn was worse than my current photography, which I'm confident is worse than my photography in 10 years from now.It has to do with some of the ideas from Art & Fear (awesome book, definitely recommended).I find the "50 pounds of clay" idea from that book especially compelling in that context. In short: a teacher splits the kids in a pottery class into two groups, the first ones get rated on the quality of their work. The second group gets rated on quantity and nothing but quantity. Turns out, the second group consistently ends up als
Creating a new podcast and getting it online can be super easy if you use a service like libsyn.com - there are also many wordpress-based solutions (Podlove Podcast Publisher for example) but having done this podcasting business for 12 years, I like to take a bit more control while reducing the post-produciton time per episode to as little as possible.I've seen many podcasts come and go and I believe one of the reasons a lot of people don't stick with it is that they burn themselves out on the post production. All the making-it-sound-pretty and the shownotes and the promotion and the constant search to optimize the tech.My approach is a little more like putting a puzzle together into a well-oiled machine that I feed a fresh recording and let it do the rest for me.And as I j
Today's tools (like Apple's Clips app) make it incredibly easy to document the things you do. And having things documented adds more perceived value. Look at the last four days in my life: there was a two day photo workshop here in the Viewfinder Villa, I did an electronics project and started a new podcast.Thanks to just a few seconds of video here and there and the easy tools to put them together, I now have two documents (video of the workshop and a video of my electronics project) - both are short to the point and they give a sense of what was going on.The new podcast (about film photography, sorry only in German) is self-documenting, but sooner or later I might shoot a short video documenting the process of how it's made.By the way, just for kicks and giggles, I'd love ...
Well, stair must be one of the most boring things, but here's an interesting showcase for how to use AR in a construction context. Spacial awareness means our devices will be able to do so much more than they can do now.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgtHnCJJUMU
It started with Monika and myself standing outside in the garden the other day, looking at how several plants of lemon balm were taking over the herb section. So I decided to brew up an infusion. Lemon balm, mint, glass jar, boiling water. Let seep for an hour: super yummy.I noticed how awesome the leaves looked when swirling around in the glass jar, so I decided to film that. And then I decided to film myself while filming it. Here's the result:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TEVyL26E0M
Photo: Samuel ZellerBenedict Evans is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, an investor company who has their money in a good number of well-known tech businesses. And in Magic Leap, who I've written here about before. He just released an interesting article regarding Augmented and Mixed Reality, in which he talks about the first decade of augmented reality and where he sees this going.Among other things he makes a good comparison with the mobile phone transition from keys to slabs of glas and multi-touch.Here are a few excerpts from his article......on discovery of what AR/MR is/will be:"In the late 1990s we argued about whether 'mobile internet' devices would have a separate radio unit and screen, plus an earpiece, or perhaps a keyboard, or a clamshell with a keyboard ...
When the AirPods were finally out in December 2016, I got my order in for the first batch. The cabled EarPods always fit my ears well, so they've got that going for them. While they don't cover all use cases, they worked well for me and so my expectation for the AirPods was to do pretty much the same, but without the cable mess.I have two main things to say about the AirPods:they are probably the most convenient and comfortable pair of earphones that I've ever owned. Seemingly endless battery life if you're willing to give them a quick rest in their tiny charger box after several hours of listening. And I've had several occasions where I was walking around the house searching for them, just to realize that I was wearing them all along. they have one really big quirk that's
Anchor.fm just released version 2.0 of their app. They claim it's a new form of radio and I have to admit, it's quite nice and it lets you build your own virtual radio station. It lets you record snippets and publish them to your own station. You can add music too. And you can make a call-in to another station which the owner of that station can then put on their own station.I was planning to use Anchor as a side-channel to my main podcast (TFTTF) - to release a daily photo tip for my audience and answer questions that they submit as call-ins to my Anchor station.In addition I wanted to re-use my Anchor content on TFTTF.Here's why that might fail:a) Anchor lets me export my own content, but the export quality is horrible.In fact it sounds so bad, it doesn't even com