Category: personal

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…

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,…

Thanks & Happy Holidays: That was 2014

_This is end-of-year post #7 ([all prior ones here](http://www.thewavingcat.com/tag/end-of-year/)). Slowly I’m getting into the habit._ What happened in 2014? A lot. Let’s dive in! ### The theme for 2014 In hindsight, I’d describe 2014 as a year of building foundations. Much more than ever before…

Thanks & Happy Holidays: That was 2013

This is my sixth end-of-year post ([all prior ones here](http://www.thewavingcat.com/tag/end-of-year/)). Stunned! So what happened? ### Friends & Family   In the spring, I married M, and couldn’t possibly be happier. This alone would have made my year perfect. I’m very happy that more friends married,…

Announcing Makers Make

As my time in Buenos Aires comes to a close, it’s time to shine a little light on a thing I’ve been working on with the brilliant [Natasha Carolan](http://twitter.com/natashacarolan): We just started a company called [Makers Make](http://makersmake.net). The idea is simple: We believe that making…

Out with the old, in with the new

Over the last few weeks I’ve traveled from Berlin to Boston (via London), up the coast to Ipswich, back down to Boston (a couple of times), then Berlin (via Madrid), down south to the Black Forest to clear our out old family house, back to…

Thanks & Happy Holidays: That was 2012

So that was the year – time for a brief look back at what happened, as I’ve been doing for the last few years. (This is the fifth year in a row – crazy, eh? Here are [numbers one to four](http://www.thewavingcat.com/tag/end-of-year/).) So what happened? Lots…

Reboot

Sometimes, even if things are going well and are enjoyable, it’s important to see if where your live is headed, and to change course to make sure to stay on track. For me, now is such a time. I’m leaving Third Wave. I’ve been running…

1500

According to my WordPress dashboard, this is blog post #1.500. For something I hadn’t expected to go very far, that seems a lot. Somewhere along the way there was a name change and some technical issues with the import, so I can’t fully tell when…

No New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t like New Year’s resolutions, and I don’t believe in them. Not because they don’t make sense. They might. But because I don’t think that tying goals to a date is the best way to go about plans. However, the holidays are a good…

The last of the Zivis

Today, the last of the [Zivis][1] finished their [last day at work][2]. Calling this _The End of an Era_ wouldn’t be overstated: From 1973 to 2011 (today, actually), more than 2.7 million young men served in Germany. (More stats and [history in German on Wikipedia][3].)…