Monthly Archives: March 2007

Dreaming about an Alarm Clock

My dream is to find a very customizable alarm clock that is functional and also looks good. I have tried a few, researched a lot, and three years ago I found one which is near perfect but still leaves a few things to be desired.

Here is a list of the things I am looking for: Continue reading

Authoring in iMovie HD (iLife ’06)

Authoring my first movie in iMovie took quite some time for three reasons, first because I didn’t know the program, second, because I didn’t have a fine tuned workflow, and last not least, because it was footage from my wedding, so of course I wanted it perfect, so I went back many times to redo it. My next movie was from my father in law’s 50th birthday party, and things went a lot smoother and I figured out a few more tricks because I made a more elaborate soundtrack with GarageBand. The wedding movie did not require that because all the sound was kept pretty much as filmed.

Here now are the steps that I found work best for me: Continue reading

Traffic Fatalities

Yesterday I saw an article in AAA news quoting that the number of traffic deaths in the US went up in 2005. Some time ago I heard on the German Tagesschau news that the number of traffic deaths in Germany went down in 2005. A few years ago news about a decline in German traffic deaths prompted me to compare these two countries’ traffic deaths per capita and found out that in the US the number was quite a bit higher. At first that might be surprising considering the much higher driven highway speeds back in Germany. People here usually are shocked when you tell them that folks in Germany routinely drive as fast as 90 MPH and it’s not unusual to get passed on the highway when doing 100. Here’s an interesting link about the German Autobahn.

So, today I went back and looked at the statistics again, and the numbers are, quite frankly, rather shocking. Continue reading

From iMovie to the Web

Starting point: The movie has been properly edited in iMovie and now you want to share it with friends and family. What’s the quickest and easiest way? Continue reading


A brief introduction to the workflow category. The goal is to record a series of steps that has proven useful for a task at hand. I don’t know about you, but I spend way too much time figuring out how to do any particular task in the best possible way, i.e., spending time in order to later save time. Unfortunately, the result is sometimes rather intricate and just messing up, or missing any step gets you back to square one. And since I don’t do things like editing and publishing movies very frequently, I tend to forget. Hence, I will store them here in the hope they might be useful for others as well.

Operating Systems

You may have guessed it, I am using Mac OS X, but life wasn’t always that good. Hard to believe that a little more than two years ago all I knew about Apples was that they only have a single button mouse (how awful) and that the menu bar of every program is always at the top of the screen (how awkward). I had a love-hate-relationship with Windows and I thought that that was about as good as it gets. After all, XP-Pro was very stable and what more can you ask for, right? Continue reading

Why Optimality?

As the tagline says, it is the quest for optimality in an imperfect world. Will the quest ever end? Probably not. What is it all about? Discussing life around us to see how it could be made better, this can include anything from improvement ideas, to workflows, to, to, to … you name it.