Sunday, May 27

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.
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:
Disconnected Lighting Alliance – thanks for nothing, Philips

Disconnected Lighting Alliance – thanks for nothing, Philips

Politics
Update: Philips just announced they would revert their decision and go back to the original state. I have also put together a quick "Philips controversy in a nutshell" recording here: http://soapbox.chrismarquardt.com/post/philips-just-announced-they-would-revert-their-decision Update I've just seen the first mention by someone on the Philips Hue Developer Forum if anyone knew a lawyer who could look into this from a class action lawsuit point of view, as Philips did false advertising and a bait and switch here. Things are heating up. Update: Apparently Philips' decision is very emotional for many people. Seems like they really hurt the trust of a lot of their fans. A sample of some of the wordings I read over the last days: "bait and switch", "slap in the face", "stabbed in the back...
Blasenhals, die zweite

Blasenhals, die zweite

Personal
  Gleich vorweg: alles gut, nix passiert, das hier ist geplant. Hintergrund: vor ein paar Monaten schrieb ich dieses: http://soapbox.chrismarquardt.com/post/botox-und-mein-blasenhals Leider hat die Botox-Behandlung nun doch nicht den erwünschten Erfolg gebracht. Der Grund: die zunächst vermutete muskuläre Ursache ist wohl in Wahrheit doch anatomischer Natur. Da hilft also Muskeln entspannen nicht wirklich. Schade, aber so tastet man sich bei manchen Diagnosen halt Stück für Stück ran. Die Botox-Behandlung wird so zum Teil der weiter gehenden Suche. Puzzlestück für Puzzlestück. Von konservativen Therapien (Medikamente zur Muskelentspannung) über die etwas stärkeren Maßnahmen (die Botox-Geschichte) bis zum Messer. So sitze ich nun also wieder in der Urologie im KRH Großb