For some people travel causes a lot of anxiety. What if you forget to pack something? What if you miss a flight? Many what-ifs.. even with me. For example I have a habit of double-triple-quadruple checking if I have my passport.Over the years I probably made almost every mistake there is when it comes to travel.But I've come up with a list of things (and stuck to it) that have one goal: peace of mind.Make a travel checklist Biggest one first. Sit down for 20 minutes and in your mind, go through different situations on your journey and think of what you will definitely need. And what you can do without. Use any simple tool at your disposal to capture these points. I use the reminders app on the Mac and iOS because they sync nicely. My list contains things like: toiletries, ea
I took this shot of ice bubbles on Lake Baikal in Siberia last year when we did a photo tour there with a group of great people. Tomorrow I will take off for yet another photo tour to Siberia and during my preparations that feeling of standing on top of the lake for the first time came back to me.Lake Baikal is the oldest, clearest, deepest and biggest body of liquid fresh water in the world. In fact it holds 20% of the world's liquid fresh water. TWENTY. EFFIN'. PERCENT.It's 395 miles long, 49 miles wide and at its deepest point it is 5,387 feet deep. That is over one mile of water. And I've been told that it's so clear, that in summer, if you drop a coin from a boat, you can watch it sink for a whole minute. That's insane.Insane and very exciting when walking on top of it
Google's Project Tango was the first to market and others will follow in the consumer space very soon. 3D sensing is a critical component of the future of computing. It will not only allow facial recognition on a completely new level (e.g. you won't need finger print readers anymore), the spacial awareness of the devices will change pretty much anything. Think interaction. Think entertainment. Think mixed reality.Image recognition won't have to rely on a 2-dimensional photo, but can use actual depth, which will in turn make recognition reliability almost perfect. Gesture recognition is another piece of the puzzle. The moment your device can tell what your hands are doing, you'll have a new user interface. Touch that virtual computer screen that's hovering in front of your face ...
When years ago I found the first episode of Cowboy Bebop, I had to watch them all. In Japanese, with English subtitles. I had tried an English dub, but it lost so much authenticity in the voice acting, the original was better. Cowboy Bebop left a profound impression on me.The episodes, the stories, the music, the depth. Here's a video about Cowboy Bebop that was just released by Channel Criswell.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkXFBPGZpTM Here's a take by someone else who has also been deeply touched by it:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip5CpjXR4CIHere's another take on it:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3Z8cDkP86g Watch the series if you can.
Update: making progress, the list now includes tipsfromthetopfloor.com (took a bit longer because I had to make sure there was no interruption or side-effects on the podcast delivery). Once I'm back from Russia, I will get to work on the rest of the sites.It's about time to revamp my web hosting. So far, it's all on one dedicated server (as in a hardware box with spinning disks, mirrored albeit) and the system has served me well in the past. It's getting a bit long in the tooth though and the cloud offers everywhere are quite intriguing. Especially as many of them run on really fast hardware, SSDs, quick networking and the flexibility is beyond anything I've ever had. Fire up an instance with the click of a mouse. Add a temporary server for a special purpose, delete it later and pay by
Jonathan Pie's take on who is to blame for Trump winning. I'll just put this here. It made me think. Strong language, but I think it touches right where it needs to."How do you think, people are going to vote if you talk to them like that?! When has anyone ever been persuaded by being insulted or labeled." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLG9g7BcjKs
Update 2017-02-17: seems that Magic Leap isn't quite as far as they made seem. Some current perspective here. I'm still 100% in on AR/MR though. We ain't seen nothing yet...No, I'm not talking about the US elections, I'm talking about a profound change in technology that lies in our not too distant future. It will impact almost anything in our lives, the same way smartphones do. Just more profoundly.Since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, things haven't been the same. Now almost everybody carries one of those devices and they changed everything. Everybody now carries a camera all the time. Communications and social interactions have dramatically changed. Even seemingly disconnected things like film photography see their fair share of influence from smartphones. Physical rolodexes
...either that or my photography is boring.Enter: Keegan, the photo coach. Keegan is an AI that will critique your photos and give them ratings. I uploaded a few of my favorite pictures to test it:Keegan doesn't like detail in photos. Keegan loves blur. I get a ribbon. Must. Do. More. Blur. Oh, first time Keegan calls it my colors pleasant. At least that. Yep, they're hiding in the shadows. Those buddhist monks. Okay Keegan, I'll keep trying... My colors are weird. *sniffle* Yeah, the colors are off. The guy is all orangy and yellow. 😂😂😂 Did I mention Keegan loves blur? Oh, and guess I better apologize for the guy in the background.
Im August wird Psychologe Alexander Waschkau gemeinsam mit mir hier in der Viewfinder-Villa mit einer kleinen Gruppe Besucher und Besucherinnen ergründen, was es mit Bildern auf sich hat. Wie und warum sie funktionieren und wie wir unsere visuelle Sprache verbessern können, damit unsere Geschichte bzw. unsere Nachricht beim Empfänger besser ankommt.Dazu beleuchten wir das Thema Fotografie sowohl aus Perspektive der Bildgestaltung als auch mit der Brille der Wahrnehmungspsychologie. Ein spannendes Wochenende ist garantiert! Ort: Viewfinder-Villa HannoverDatum: 6.-7. AugustGastgeber: Alexander Waschkau und Chris Marquardt» Anmeldung hier
Many bloggers, podcasters will happily use affiliate links to make some money. I don't, because it puts 100% of the risk onto your shoulders and none on the advertiser.Here's how affiliate advertising works:You sign up as an affiliate with the advertiser. You post special links to products on the advertiser's site or to the advertisers' store. Every time people follow the link and spend money there, you receive a fraction of that money.Here's a concrete example:You sign up with Amazon partnernet. You post a link to the Amazon blog on your homepage. If someone clicks the link and then shops on Amazon, you receive a percentage of that sale.The height of that percentage depends on a few parameters (type of product, amount of sales, etc). As of writing this,...