because of spending too much time in the library (as in every semester) my online productivity is limited to consume content so here you get my favourite things of last week(s):
Two articles of switching from iOS to android with big similarities (I still want to test a Nexus 4 by myself):
One week with Android: There is a setting for that.
An iPhone Lover’s Confession: I Switched To The Nexus 4. Completely.
And finally Svens beautiful little 2012 retrospective:
Good night and good fight!
Last posting this year with photos of Barcelona – I promise. All shots were taken in late november in the afternoon.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
I spent my last weekend in London and instead of photos I made a little video. Inspired by Jeff Marsh and his beautiful Italy-Movie My task was to make everything with my iPhone, so its filmed with my iPhone, cutted on my iPhone and the music I also did by myself on my iPhone. Actually I wanted to do something more arty, but my first try is more or less a normal little sightseeing movie. That is mainly because iMovie for iOS (partner link) doesn’t support any editing of the footage. For cutting its quite nice but the functionality is overall very limited.
The music was made with Figure App (partner link), which is actually an awesome app to make music, unfortunately I haven’t figured (haha, figure & figured – well nevermind) out yet how to make longer songs than 45 seconds, therefor I had to loop it badly in my little movie and the track I made is a bit annoying. As soon as I found an app to edit my film material better (b&w, effects etc) I will make a new movie and provide you with my kick-ass drum & base track I already finished with Figure!
After some month of not having any new Apps on my iPhone (or Apps which didn’t made it longer than 10 sec) finally some new arrivals are worth a look:
- QUOTE.fm released a simple and nice iPhone-App which finally replaced Readability (because of the read-later functionality) on my homescreen and behind that its much more.
- Fantastical (partner link) replaced the standard calendar App because of the much faster way to enter an event, e.g. the text “lunch at pizzeria napoli tomorrow with Paul at 12 pm /friends” adds automatically an calendar-event with the written data, /friends will save it under my “friends”-calendar. Additionally is the whole look of the App very nice
- Of course: Google Maps finally hit the App Store, new look and functionality are awesome
Besides these Apps which were already released, two other yet unreleased Apps caught my attention:
- Grokr, a Google Now App for iOS – could be nice, should have been released today (I’m waiting…)
- Mailbox seems to be a very sexy alternative to standard mail app – so looking forward to it (will be released next year)
One year ago when I started this blog again I began with simple one-picture-per-post postings of photos I mostly shot one my trip to central america in early 2006. Now that I got much more visitors on my website and analogue photography seems to interest you all I’ll give you a little round-up from my pictures which are posted at that time.
All pictures were taken with a Olympus OM-2 in Central America (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala).
Shooting analogue pictures is always fun: no more right-away-shooting but trying to focus on your motive, the whole craft behind exposing and film-developing makes it a total difference experience to digital photography. Martin describes this magnificently in a blog-post (german read).
Here is a little selection from my Barcelona pictures, besides some contrasts nothing is edited (yes, there was dust & scratches on the lens, but I love the look – again an analogue “feature”).
In times where MTV Germany is a pay-tv channel only, the relevance of it (in my eyes) nearly decreased to zero. Nevertheless MTV Europe managed a great spectacle in Festhalle, Frankfurt: in a steampunk-circus-look Heidi Klum moderated the 2012 EMA masterfully (although her voice is hard to endure).
And because it is a live tv production, they are trying to fake things for the tv-audience: The floor was just 50% filled (which led to a quite comfortable concert experience), before the show and in every commercial-break two guys tried to motivate the crowd to cheer and clap like crazy and the performances where clearly optimized for tv (The Killers played their whole performance behind a semi-permeable LED-curtain).
All in all it was nice to be there, seeing No Doubt, Muse, Alicia Keys and PSY (the Gangnam Style Dude) was fun – but you don’t missed a thing if you neither watched the show on tv nor were at Festhalle.
I won tickets for the MTV European Music Awards in Frankfurt on sunday. Though it is always nice to win something I do not really know what to expect. Back in the days when there was MTV on free TV and not flooded with ringtone commercials I loved to watch all award shows of MTV, but nowadays I hardly know all the artists who are nominated or will perform. Nevertheless I am happy to see Muse, No Doubt (my first concert ever in 1996 was No Doubt) and it cant harm to watch Alicia Keys perform.
Great interactive film (written in HTML5) by Chris Milk with music by Arcade Fire. I hope there is streetview data from your hometown: