Journal

Thoughts from my daily life

Journal

I post notes about imaginaries, music, photography, technology, my travels & everything else that comes to my mind. Posts are not necessarily connected to my work.

TOTO live at Montreux 1991

TOTO – Live at Montreux 1991

TOTO is going to release a new Live Concert Recording on DVD, BLU-RAY, CD and Digital Video in September 2016. It is a recording of the 1991 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival, during TOTO’s the last tour with the late Jeff Porcaro: “At the personal invitation of Quincy Jones and legendary Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs to perform at the famed Swiss festival, Toto couldn’t resist the opportunity, resulting in Toto: Live At Montreux 1991. “From the perspective […]

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Figure 2 - Parse.ly Network Traffic from Google Versus Facebook

How Recent Changes In The Social Media Landscape Further Compromise News Corporations’ Efforts To Monetise Their Social Referral Traffic

This essay will elaborate on recent changes in the social media landscape, specifically changes in social traffic referrals and the persistence of social media, and their subsequent implications for digital business models of newspaper publishers. Taking into consideration that social referral traffic is becoming the main source of referral traffic for many media and news publishers, changes in the persistence of social media have the potential to largely compromise the publisher’s efforts to monetise their web traffic through advertising. -> […]

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Zuckerberg VR

The Future Is Here… Don’t Be Afraid!

Image: Mark Zuckerberg at Samsung’s Mobile World Congress event – Facebook When Mark Zuckerberg walked towards the stage at Samsung’s Mobile World Congress event in early 2016, one of the most discussed technology innovations became very real: Virtual Reality. Over the past years virtual reality seemed to be around the corner as the next big thing in media consumption. Suddenly, it arrived. No matter if it is augmented reality, implemented by Google Glass or Microsoft Hololens, or full fledged virtual reality, […]

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311 calls New York

The Art Of Telling No Story – Data-Driven Journalism

There were 34,522 complaints called in to 311 between September 8 and September 15, 2010. Here are the most common, plotted by time of day. Illustration: Pitch Interactive Recently I wrote about data-driven journalism and whether it is worth the effort in regards to their monetisation potential for publishing companies. Although there are definitely great and interesting stories to be told with large data sets, it seems unlikely that the immense costs involved in the process of creating these stories can […]

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The Wikileaks War Logs (The Guardian)

Is Data Journalism Worth The Effort?

Image: The Wikileaks War Logs (The Guardian) Data-driven Journalism is grounded in calls for open access to information and transparency and has strong links government related open data initiatives, making public data available in standardised and open formats. It aims at the process of filtering data and telling new and interesting stories with conditioned data sets rather than just using the data as a source. The most prominent example of data-driven journalism is the case of The Guardian and Wikileaks, where data […]

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Facebook Community Update - Facebook 2016

Facebook As The Dominant Media And News Platform?

Image: Facebook Community Update – Facebook 2016 In its Q1 2016 earnings report, Facebook stated a user base of 1,65 billion monthly users with accelerating growth. This does not even include the 1 billion WhatsApp and 900 Million Facebook Messenger or the 400 Million Instagram users. Undoubtably it is the largest ecosystem of social communities to date. Not only does everyone use Facebook, everyone consumes media content and news through Facebook’s social media channels. Ever since the emergence of web 2.0 […]

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I-1 Analog Instant Camera

The I-1 Analog Instant Camera by The Impossible Project

In April 2016 The Impossible Project announced their first analog instant camera for Polaroid instant film. The company has been around for a few years and basically saved Polaroid instant film from getting extinct. They started out by repairing and selling used Polaroid cameras and old film material and eventually bought an old Polaroid factory and started to produce their own instant film. As you may know, I followed the company quite closely and tried out their Impossible Instant Lab among many […]

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Sunset in Potts Point

Impressions From Sydney

In February 2016 I moved to Sydney to do entrepreneurial research at the Business School of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) while working on some projects in Germany remotely. With mostly sunny days, awesome beaches and so much to explore, it turns out to be quite a challenge to focus on the work at hand. I didn’t travel that much yet, since I am still amazed by the feel of living here. I rented a waterfront place in Elizabeth Bay with […]

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Trying on the Apple Watch - 4

How the Apple Watch (somewhat) changed my life

When Tim Cook introduced the Apple Watch, I was very excited and enthusiastic, as any good Apple fanboy should have been. This blind enthusiasm and the desperate need for something new to change the world was not impaired by the watch’s price tag in any way. Since we all know that Apple is working on becoming a luxury brand, everything seemed pretty reasonable for a paradigm shifting, game changing new device that would redefine time itself. For some reason, I opted for a […]

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