Tag: personal

6 Quick thoughts & things I noticed

Image: Kawanable Kyōsai – Night Parade Of One Hundred Demons (1890) No particular focus, no particular order. 1 I’ve been watching the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance (available on Netflix), and it’s excellent. That said, oh boy does MJ come across as a complicated…

6 quick thoughts & things I noticed

1 Internationally, Germany is often praised as an example of handling the coronavirus crisis well. In some aspects, that may have been true. In others, I have to say, I find it failing miserably: For a while, infection numbers slowed down, and certainly there are…

Corona-stranded

Note: We were traveling in Costa Rica when due to the spread of coronavirus, things around the globe started shutting down. (We had considered not going on the trip in the first place, but when we left our home town was still free of any…

I’m leaving Facebook

I’m leaving Facebook. I’m not leaving in a huff, nor to make a strong statement. I simply haven’t been getting anything out of Facebook in a long time and like to do a good house cleaning from time to time. To be honest, I’m a…

Spain travel log

In July & August, we spent about 3 weeks in Spain: First in the Pyrenees around Ordesa Valley, then in Basque Country along the coast in San Sebastian, Getaria and Bilbao. Here, with a delay of just a couple of months, are some travel notes.…

Shenzhen travel log: Day 5

*These are the quick & dirty travel notes from our second ThingsCon trip to Shenzhen, China. Read all posts from this series here (tag: ViewSourceII), or all blog posts relating to Shenzhen here (tag: Shenzhen). The latter one includes last fall’s trip to Shenzhen as…

Shenzhen travel log: Day 4

*These are the quick & dirty travel notes from our second ThingsCon trip to Shenzhen, China. Read all posts from this series here (tag: ViewSourceII), or all blog posts relating to Shenzhen here (tag: Shenzhen). The latter one includes last fall’s trip to Shenzhen as…

Shenzhen travel log: Day 2

*These are the quick & dirty travel notes from our second ThingsCon trip to Shenzhen, China. Read all posts from this series here (tag: ViewSourceII), or all blog posts relating to Shenzhen here (tag: Shenzhen). The latter one includes last fall’s trip to Shenzhen as…

Shenzhen travel log: Day 1

*These are the quick & dirty travel notes from our second ThingsCon trip to Shenzhen, China. Read all posts from this series here (tag: ViewSourceII), or all blog posts relating to Shenzhen here (tag: Shenzhen). The latter one includes last fall’s trip to Shenzhen as…

Shenzhen travel log. Day 0: Arrival day

*These are the quick & dirty travel notes from a trip to Shenzhen, China. Read all posts from this series here (tag: ViewSourceII), or all blog posts relating to Shenzhen here (tag: Shenzhen). The latter one includes last fall’s trip to Shenzhen as well.* For…

Travel log: Spokane & Mexiko 2017

Note: When I realized I hadn’t posted these notes from a trip to Spokane and Mexico in December 2016 and January 2017, it had already been more than 6 months. The notes were largely written at the time. I hope I managed to match the…

Days 12-15: Hong Kong

Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement the blog posts to this work trip to China which you can find using the [Viewsource tag](http://www.thewavingcat.com/tag/viewsource/). Day 12 We’re off to Hong Kong. The border crossing seems a little awkward – you leave…

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…