China, day 1: Arriving in Shanghai

*Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement this blog post.* We arrived in Shanghai. We even made it to the hotel, against all odds, and unlike Michelle’s luggage. Time for emergency food. We poke our head into the Jing’An shopping mall…

Rotterdam delivers!

Michelle and I were invited to speak at a ThingsCon Salon in Amsterdam. Our local host and good buddy Marcel would put us up with his family – in Rotterdam. I hadn’t been, had heard many good things and met many exceedingly nice folks from…

Sintra, Portugal

Historically, Sintra has been a retreat for the rich. Just a short trip south of Lisbon, the small mountain town situated in cooling valleys and woods, was an obvious choice to reatreat from the sweltering heat of the city. It’s gorgeous. Long before that, around…

Souvenirs of Lisbon

One of the particularly enjoyable duties/joys I have in my life, since launching [Dearsouvenir magazine](http://dearsouvenir.com), is to scout for great souvenirs and souvenir shops wherever I go: Makers of traditional goods, local designers, haberdashers and the like. Before they even make it to the magazine,…

Arrived in Lisbon

Arrived in Lisbon. It’s 5am and I’m wide awake. The sky hasn’t quite begun to lighten up. It’s a quiet and windy night. As I’m standing on the balcony a single cab quietly drives by. The neighbors are drying dresses and blankets off the balcony.…

Portugal travel log – Algarve

I try to write down first impressions while they’re fresh: There’s a day or two in which the colors, the noises, the smells of a place are new and unusual; then the brain adjusts and it becomes a regular place. Those early days are the…

The network provides: Lisbon

Office for the day. like! pic.twitter.com/Xms1J6WdmD — Peter Bihr (@peterbihr) May 16, 2016 As we’re setting up shop in Lisbon, Portugal for a few weeks, I did what has become a beloved and much appreciated – really, priceless – ritual: I took to Twitter and…

Milan during Fuori Salone

So, Milan, eh? Turns out I had never been to Milan. To be honest it had never really occured to me, actively, that I hadn’t been: It’s such a household name of a city when you live in Europe that *surely I must have been…

Dearsouvenir

Dearsouvenir is a digital travel and shopping magazine that helps explore a destination through souvenirs and the delightful stories behind them. In collaboration with Wolfgang Macht (Netzpiloten) & Carry-On Publishing. (website)

The Good Home

The Good Home is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the future of living in our homes Co-founded this collaboration with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, with a growing line-up of collaborators and contributors.(website)

Understanding the Connected Home

Understanding the Connected Home is a collection of essays about the questions, challenges and opportunities brought about by increasingly connected homes. Co-authored with Michelle Thorne, published as a free ebook. First published in 2015, fully revised and updated second edition published in June 2016. (website)

Destination Helsinki

Until 2014, I had never set foot in Finland. Since then it’s become a constant companion in my life. This first visit was during a summer roadtrip. M and I decided to fly to Stockholm and drive north through Sweden, into the Arctic Circle and…

Prototype Pants #1

Over the last few months I’ve been on a bit of a performance wear kick. The reason is simple: I travel a lot. Michelle travels even more. The thing that most improves the travel experience (for me) is packing light. And the key to light…

Thanks & Happy Holidays: That was 2015

_This is end-of-year post #8 ([all prior ones here](http://www.thewavingcat.com/tag/end-of-year/))._ What happened in 2015? What a year, where to begin! As is the tradition with this end-of-year post, it’s part work, part personal. Enjoy. ### The theme for 2015 Last year I described 2014 as “a…

A family of Good Night Lamps

Yesterday I received a box I had been very much looking forward to: My family of [Good Night Lamps](http://goodnightlamp.com) (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)…

The Berlin Subway Camo Shirt

_Berlin Subway Camo Shirt, v2._ A fun weekend project produced this lovely super ugly Berlin subway camouflage shirt. If you’ve ever taken the subway in Berlin, particularly the uber-popular U8 line, you’ve had the joy of experiencing this pattern up close. There are of course…

Notes on PADI digital services

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…

Splitting off my personal blog

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,…