Italian job

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Ravioloni all’uovo by Luca, patate al rosmarino, with a slow cooking, low temperature roastbeef in the oven by me, and crostata alle fragole by Letizia

Little Planet

Created by photographerJonas Ginter, a 360° panoramic system made of 6 Go Pro cameras.

The result looks a lot like an adaptation of Le Petit Prince in modern times…

More info and technical explanations in German in the original post.

Empower your staff: a case study

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I work at Automattic / WordPress.com, where I used to be an Happiness Engineer, a member of the support team if you prefer (but I do prefer Happiness Engineer). Even though that is not my role anymore, my current team is also heavily involved with supporting our users, and questions about how to help our users better are constantly in my mind.

Today, as the customer of a totally different company, I suddenly realized in a painful way how some things that we take for granted, like trusting and empowering employees, are keys to a successful user experience. Read More

Shelves, the making of…

It’s been a year already since I built some shelves at home, I had the material for a short “making of” time-lapse movie, but never got to actually make a video out of it.

Oh, before you start taunting me about the vertical video syndrome, this is not a vertical video, it’s a horizontal one with lots of black on the sides…

Bowling balls

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Another shot on TMax 400. Love the contrast and the grain, but the latter is a bit too present by today’s standards.

Modern Nomad

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I recently changed the tagline of this blog to “Modern Nomad” (you can see it up there, in the window title). I figured it deserves a bit of explanation. How am I a nomad? Why do I consider myself a modern one?

no·mad
noun
nomad; plural noun: nomads

  1. a member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock.
  2. a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer.

No livestock or fresh pastures for me of course, at least not literally, but technology put to the service of mobility. I apply this to my life at different scales, from long distances and periods, to my daily wanderings.

I’ll find the time soon to tell the tale of how mobility, remote work, and the notion of distributed workplace progressively shaped my life and mind over the past 30 years. Today I just wanted to give you a glimpse of my daily life through this map of Vienna, the city where I have been living for the past 20 months, showing the locations of all the different bars, restaurants, gyms, coworking spaces, parks, terraces, that I have transformed into my office once, every now and then or on a regular basis.

This is the type of freedom that technology makes possible today, the ability to choose one’s working environment depending on the mood, the weather, the time of the day, the tasks at hand. I never want to go back!

If you are interested in learning more about most of these places, check out NomadWorking.org, a site we I recently started with Luca to review locations everywhere.

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