Author: peter bihr

Sylt (22 -30 August 2020)

Sylt (22 -30 August 2020)

On a whim we decided to take a short trip to the North Sea, more specifically to the island of Sylt. Ever since my earliest child hood, my parents took us kids to Sylt. My friends would go to all kinds of exotic (or at…

Quick Thoughts & Things I Noticed

Quick Thoughts & Things I Noticed

Filter for: new old school media × Writing out loud. I often shape my own thoughts in conversation with other people. (Apologies, other people, for having to listen to half-thought out stuff, and thanks for indulging me. You know who you are. Now with the…

Quick Thoughts & Things I Noticed

Quick Thoughts & Things I Noticed

Fast-tracked by the coronavirus crisis, Berlin has been installing (notionally) temporary bike lanes. Lots of them. And real ones, wide enough for a couple of bikes and on the street, but separated with physical dividers. It’s like the city is reborn: You can now bike…

Quick Thoughts & Things I Noticed

Quick Thoughts & Things I Noticed

Filtered for coming out of the pandemic better than we went in. × Live/work balance How we balance living and working from our homes has become a much more pressing issue to many more folks during the coronavirus pandemic. Colonialising the Home is a pretty…

Quick Thoughts & Things I Noticed

Quick Thoughts & Things I Noticed

Filtered for life back-end. × I’ve had the pleasure of reading a preview chapter for a friend’s book pitch and boy, oh boy, do I love it when my friends work on these type of passion projects. Not giving much detail as it still seems…

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…

Berlin’s infection rates are going up, up, up

Germany as a whole and even rule-resistant Berlin have been pretty lucky with Covid19 infection rates for some time. There were pretty solid restrictions in place, and it showed in the numbers. Last month, those restrictions have been eased up. Shops and restaurants can open…

What about Bismarck?

Reading James Hawes’ “Shortest History of Germany”, which I find pretty entertaining and well written, in the context of the global Black Lives Matter movement as well as the reconsideration of whose statues should stay up and which ones should most definitely not… Otto von…

Quotebacks are great

Tom Critchlow and Toby Shorin created a blogging tool called Quotebacks: The ultimate goal is to encourage and activate a deeper cross-blogger discusson space. To promote diverse voices and encourage networked writing to flourish. But, while that’s a lofty goal the tool is small and…

8 quick thoughts

Image: Airplanes. On the left, by Jenny Odell. On the right, our kid’s sticker book. Some quick thoughts and things I noticed, in no particular order. Where the Sidewalk Ended: The Future of Smart Cities after the Toronto Waterfront Demise: Jennifer Bradley at the Aspen…

Personal Blogging, Revisited

For the last not-quite-20 years, I’ve been blogging in various places. The one constant place for it was thewavingcat.com. That site started out as a personal website while I was a student, and evolved through the advent of social media (then called Web 2.0; before…

Travel Log: Costa Rica

Tue, 31 March Evac day. As Jon proposed, our mission patch will be reading #EvacCR2020. So far, this mission consists of chilling by the pool for a last hour or two before heading to the airport, where presumably we’ll be handled: so far we don’t…

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…

Slashing extra curriculars

This article is part of 20in20, a series of 20 blog posts in 20 days to kick off the blogging year 2020. This is 20in20:09. For years now — really, throughout my whole career — I’ve always had a whole range of side projects: Sometimes prototypes…

The Waving Cat

My company, and the organizational backend for all the various activities and projects I engage in. Founded in 2014, The Waving Cat is a boutique strategy, research & foresight company. We explore the impact and opportunities of emerging technologies—especially like Internet of Things (#iot) and…

Thanks and Happy Holidays: That was 2017

This is end-of-year post #10 (all prior ones here). That’s right, I’ve been writing this post every year for ten years in a row! So what happened in 2017? Let’s have a look back: Part work, part personal. Enjoy. Globally speaking I’d file 2017 under…

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…