Thursday, March 23

Author: Chris Marquardt

As a photographer and educator he helps great people travel to the edge of the world to tell amazing visual stories and have amazing experiences. As an author he loves to dive deep, no matter if it's about film photography or in an entire book just about wide-angle. As a podcaster he explains how things work. As a consultant he helps businesses understand how to boost their visual presence in a world that's becoming more and more saturated with pictures. As a producer he enables business and individuals to pour their visions and ideas into pictures, sound and video. As a traveler he enables people to come with him, no matter if in person or through the images and stories that he brings back home.
Bloggers and podcasters: I say "no thanks" to affiliate marketing

Bloggers and podcasters: I say "no thanks" to affiliate marketing

Politics
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,...
Dynamit

Dynamit

Other
"Oft reicht die andere Straßenseite nicht aus, um so viel Distanz zwischen uns und das Gebäude zu bringen, dass es komplett aufs Bild passt. Als Fotograf fragt man sich da spaßeshalber schon mal, warum eigentlich die Dynamitstange nicht zur Standardausstattung der Fototasche gehört. Weniger destruktiv geht es allerdings mit dem Weitwinkel."– Ein Satz aus dem aktuellen noch unbetitelten Buchprojekt
In die Zange genommen: die Viewfinder-Villa ist in Gefahr

In die Zange genommen: die Viewfinder-Villa ist in Gefahr

Politics
Der Bundesverkehrswegeplan 2030 sieht vor, eine ICE-Trasse mit nächtlichem Güterzugverkehr quasi durch den Garten der Viewfindervilla zu bauen. Okay, nicht ganz durch den Garten, aber nur ein paar hundert Meter davon entfernt. Der Grund: um auf der Ost-West-Achse ein paar Minuten zu sparen.Dass das hier keiner möchte ist klar. Das bestehende Schienennetz ist leistungsfähig genug. Außerdem hätte das massive Nachteile für die gesamte Region Calenberger Börde.Lärm ist ein Hauptanliegen:im Norden führt die A2 vorbei über uns liegt die Einflugschneise des Flughafens Hannover in wenigen hundert Metern entsteht ein Gewerbegebiet mit LogistikzentrenAber auch eine Zerstörung von Landschaft, FFH-Gebieten, und sozialen Strukturen wäre Folge der neuen Trasse.Und wir wär
VR: Lighthouse

VR: Lighthouse

VR/AR/MR
(photo: htcvive.com)Now that more and more virtual reality (VR) products are coming on the market (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive for now) I've begun to look into VR a bit deeper. And it's really intriguing. Especially the HTC Vive looks great to me, with its rock-solid tracking un space of both the headset as well as the controllers. And there's some really exciting (and surprisingly simple) tech behind it.» this article explains how the HTC lighthouse technology worksAnd here's a video where the architect of that technology explains it in detail:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrsUMEbLtOs
Ridiculously Fast Paradigm Shift

Ridiculously Fast Paradigm Shift

VR/AR/MR
Let me say it right in the beginning: in 10 years we won't need screens anymore. Actually, let me revise that. It's likely going to be much quicker than that.During the last two weeks, I've spent some time exploring what's going on in the VR and AR scene and I'm simply blown away.Some quick definitions:VR is Virtual Reality where you put a headset on, which obscures everything else and gives you a 3D experience. Think 3D entertainment, 3D environments.AR is Augmented Reality where "holograms" (for lack of a better word) are overlaid over the real world, so you see everything around you, but with augmentations. Imagine being able to see your GMail on a virtual computer screen hovering in space right in front of you. Now imagine you can put that virtual screen on the desk in ...
Nach dem Kongress is vor dem Kongress

Nach dem Kongress is vor dem Kongress

Tech
Das Küchenradio hat hier einen schönen Rundgang über den 32. Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg gemacht. Sehr hörenswert! Alleine schon, weil z.B. viel Einblick in die Hintergründe gegeben wird. Da ist zum Beispiel das VOC (das Video Operations Center), die es durch Automation erreicht haben, dass die meisten Videos kurz nach der Aufnahme bereits geschnitten, betitelt und online verfügbar sind.  Hier hören: http://www.kuechenstud.io/kuechenradio/episode/kr387-chaos-communication-congress-2015/
It’s a matter of empowerment

It’s a matter of empowerment

Politics
I've been thinking long and hard about what made me so frustrated with the latest Philips decisions. I think I finally got to the root cause. It's a matter of empowerment.Philips Hue is an empowering product. Being able to switch on and off all lights in your house from your smartphone is pretty cool. On an empowerment scale from 1 to 10, I'd rank that at a solid 3. Why not more? Because being able to remote control your lights isn't all that new (remember the Clapper?) and having to pull out your smartphone, unlock it and start an app also adds a level of complication to a task that used to be as simple as flicking a physical switch.But it's empowerment nevertheless. And you can do more than with regular switches.With the October 2015 release of the Hue 2.0 hub, Philips added ...

Philips just announced they will revert their decision

Politics, Tech
6 days ago Philips released firmware 1.11 for their hue wireless lighting system, breaking interoperability with un-certified 3rd-party lights, something they had held up high for years through their membership in the Connected Lighting Alliance and their stated commitment to maximum interoperability. After sneaking up this change on their most enthusiastic users, all hell broke lose between Dec 11 and Dec 16 2015. After a massive public outcry, that involved everywhere from their Facebook profiles to a big hit to their Amazon ratings, Philips has now announced they would revert the update. This is an overview and a quick analysis of what has happened.Listen here: