Segmented

So I woke up at 5am as I love to do and decided to do something epic. I had papers to fill and two personal projects to work on. So I decided to draw the digits for Betali Typeface. The process of creation is also widely presented on my Instagram.

As you can see on the picture, one better doesn’t draw numbers on the sunrise or when the Sun is down as long as digits designed on the sunset are pretty awesome. Good to know but that didn’t help me to get closer to finishing the font. I was going to post this funny dependency of Sun position and digits design when that strange curvy 8 fell into my eye. The reason it did was me interest in LEXON Script Clock two days ago. I like how the designers made those segmented numbers.

After tweaking a bit I had a hero to use and create digits from. So I quickly created the numbers and tested if they are awesome enough. They are. Okay, now I have a set of symbols in case I want to create a segmented clock. Not bad for the Sunday morning I was going to spend playing retro games like Tetris or Unreal Tournament.

There are things to improve, like readability. What if I start with WATCH app? That will lead me to three personal projects instead of two!

Going Unusable

Skipping all that you don’t say part I feel like this morning is the morning to explain some basic things I’ve repeated plenty of times for years.

There are two reasons to do it. First I am tired to explain the same thing, and having a post I can send it, thus promoting my blog. Second is I have a couple of live examples of Usability being not the same to Awesome User Experience. Third reason (of those two) is that I am in a mood to write something beautiful today.

Where did that usability come from

Ages ago (back in 1998) I was a young web designer doing local projects. I had to explain every client why it was unacceptable to write vivid green letters on a vivid red background, why the links had to be underlined and why all other things that make site easy to use were a must. The clients, though, had their own ideas on how everything should have looked and functioned, usually contradicting common sense and technology level.

Well, at least that never changes ;)

By means of JavaScript, later newborn CSS, tables and mother wit the sites were created.

So to explain in one word what the perfect site should be I didn’t use fancy but usable. That’s why I preferred to do mass media sites or complex portals, rather than something like wedding dresses shop site.

Well, I was wrong

Not in that part where I don’t want to do a site about wedding dresses. But in the part where I claim sites have to be usable. To be precise, I wasn’t right back that days, but I would be wrong now, deciding to create site that is just usable. It’s standard set of rules nowadays.

Usability → User Experience

It happened about 2005 or 2006, when web soaked into our veins and occupied a portion of the brain. I will not be surprised if future studies find out that there is a part of the brain responsible for everything related to internet stuff. People got totally used to websites, and with iPhone in hand one could visit any site or service one wants.

To get more people and customers everyone started working on unique or good UX. User’s experience of using your product should be somehow distinctive. That’s it, no secrets. That doesn’t mean unusable or may be does. Up to you.

Finally! Samples!

Those who use Facebook, please raise your hands. You, two, are you shy to raise a hand, or what? All those who think Facebook is hard to work with or use, please keep your hands raised. Good to see those two raised their hands as well.

Yes, Facebook is unusable. Yes, it provides tons of irrelevant information, let alone ads. Yes, Facebook changes the options and controls very often, forcing users to search for them in all the menus and submenus. That is done on purpose.

I’ve read a blogpost of some Facebook employee and then, when in Bay Area, met a guy who worked on Facebook UI (well, part of some part of it) and he told me absolutely the same. Facebook has a good usable design. It is so beautiful your eyes will start bleeding rainbows. It is so usable, you won’t see that irrelevant posts that make you mad, and have all the information on the tips of your fingers. There is a Facebook that can make you happy.

And studies show it would dramatically decrease your time on the website.

Why would you be there and like posts you’d never like to see if you got the information needed with no clicks or scrolling? Who would read and click all those ads, if the photo from your yesterday party wearing turkey on your head is right in front of your eyes? Who would chat in browser if the site is opened and closed for a minutes, not tens of minutes? At the end of the day, how are you supposed to procrastinate if you get only relevant and up to date content? Go read Medium for that!

So we’re sentenced to blame Zukerberg for unusable interface, while he is more interested in providing us catchy user experience, that ties us to Facebook, forcing to scroll miles of feeds.

Now the second story. It’s actually about the latest version of my website: genn.org. I’ve updated my portfolio. I also reorganised it. Instead of putting several parts of the project to different categories, I grouped everything by projects. As since 1998 I made a lot of interesting things I prefer to post selected, favourited design solutions.

Like naming, identity, design and website design for ill&mates. That’s a big and long project. In past that could be objects to put in logo, website, graphical design, business cards categories.

Or like calendar for UNICEF. It’s just calendar and this is one project. Just graphical or print design category. That’s it.

Or like naming, identity, promo materials and packaging for Honey Bunny. Objects to put in logo, branding, identity, packaging, maskot, naming. But all of them are in one project.

Now I am waiting for the huge software project to become public, to post it as a project, not a couple of screenshots. I have dribbbbbbble and Behance to post fragments of my work.

If I’d want to show just logos or infographics, I’d made sections and list of works. But I want every attendee of my portfolio to be absorbed by the things I made. Like in modern art gallery, please, take your time, enjoy the colours, thoughts, combinations and communication. There is a link between you and the thing you are looking for. Value that moment.

That’s the Awesome User Experience I designed and it works. For those impatient there is Behance. Quite usable, nah?

I was going to finish here but remembered the story proving I was right about that Awesome UX.

Proof

One of the headhunters called me to ask: “Excuse me, I wonder if you have like another portfolio?” I didn’t understand what she wanted and why she didn’t like mine. It’s not that bad, really.

“The one with something less creative.” — asked the lady.

I sent her link to my Behance saying my portfolio is me, while on Behance I just popularise what I do. If someone gets interested in me I’d prefer him or her to be interested in my way of thinking etc.

Long story short, later she called me to say none of her clients wanted to see Behance while some of them loved the portfolio on genn.org. Because of the Awesome UX, I assume.

t.A.T.u. The Retrospective

It was 2003 and thanks to my friend Slava I was highly influenced by David Carson, who was like in superflous opposition to perfect minimal vector shapes of Scandinavian design. The funny thing I was inspired by different photos of skies, concrete and industrial constuctions, pseudo-technical vector trash etc. I tried not to look at David Carson’s works so I couldn’t steal an element. I looked through The End of Print, closed it and never opened again until the project was finished.

I listened to t.A.T.u. but found out they don’t help much, so I started to listen the songs reversed (yes, backwards, so Friend or Foe was like Foe or Friend) and that helped to graze the corners and lines.

I used like thousands of grunge brushes, most of them made by myself. I studied tens of techniques to deteriorate the photos. I combined default fonts as text with decorated text saved as images. Don’t forget that was 2003 and coding wasn’t like nowadays. It was more like puzzle, where you don’t have PNG with alpha-channel, advanced CSS or normal JavaScript. I kept that in mind while drawing every element of the design.

Today I found this lo-res picture of the design and no signs of the sources. I messaged my friends I worked with back then in hope they were more responsible than I was and had backups. It seems to me they don’t, but while writing this post I remembered about one DVD at parents home that may help me. Anyway, the worse it looks the more David Carson it is.

Check the full t.A.T.u. website design in ‘Work’ and appreciate on Behance.

Thus the Icon Was Born

We in VideoGorillas are doing revolutionary app (as there are those who do something not revolutionary nowadays) that allows to stream live video right from your GoPro to the internet. It is called LIVE4 and the version I will be talking about is LIVE4 GoPro Android.

Even though it was hard to xml-ise and implement for the most Droids out there, I made the app according (and sometimes complementing) Google Material Design guidelines. This post is the story of one 24 by 24 dp icon in this design. You can check the current LIVE4 GoPro Android Material design in progress on my Behance.

Place

It was decided that for the next release we are going to add GoPro controls to the application. So you won’t need to press something on camera except turning it on to work with it. All or the most settings you set on GoPro are going to be in the app. I added the item GoPro Camera Settings to Settings section of the app and thought of improving the UX. There in the app is a screen where you see preview of what your GoPro sees right now and where you can start your live broadcast. There is also the button to turn GoPro off—as the camera’s battery drains quite fast, we want users to have more time to stream. So the obvious place was to place GoPro Camera Settings shortcut icon next to the Power icon.

Settings and Start live streaming states of the application

Tapping on both shortcut icon and GoPro Camera Settings list item should open the list of GoPro settings that looks pretty much like the Settings section.

But I didn’t know there is a problem that will carry me away while solving it. I had to replace that gray rectangles with icon (pictogram).

Sign Language

Before starting explaining how far I was carried I have to get off a subject to explain the strategies for working with icons in LIVE4 GoPro Android app. We will be back to GoPro settings shortly, don’t worry. As I am doing the Material Designed app, I try to use guidelines provided by Google, including icon guidelines, as much as possible. You know how mad I am about it from time to time, when there is the inconvinience in guidelines. So if there is no icon or metaphore for icon I need, I create it (draw) myself, based on visual language of Material Design. Seems pretty obvious and easy to plan, right? But we also have GoPro. And GoPro has it’s own visual language and icons. And GoPro users know that icons by heart, because most of the time the icon is the only thing they see on their GoPro camera screens.

Android Material Design Trash icon on the left and GoPro Trash icon on the right

No wonder Google icons and GoPro icons differ. Whenever it relates to general workflow that doesn’t affect GoPro, I use Material Design metaphored/styled icons. When it’s about interaction with GoPro I tend to use GoPro metaphors which are more obvious for users and highlight on subconsious layer that the user is doing something with GoPro.

At these pictures you can see bottom sheets. Left one is about deleting files on GoPro and the right is about choosing YouTube event or creating a new one. I used GoPro Trash icon for deleting files from GoPro SD Card, but I used default Material Design Create icon for Create a new event item. I also created a custom icon of the video file for Delete last file recorded which is based on generic Material Design recommendations for file icons and Video Mode icon used in GoPro.

Getting Back to GoPro Settings

As you can see, UI balances between two visual languages if we talk about icons.

So the first thing I thought of — let’s take the default GoPro Settings icon and use it. Actually, there is a couple of metaphores for Settings in GoPro Camera UI, but the wrench is more common as to me and is even used in manuals to represent setup or settings for a specific mode.

The good idea turned out to look not so good.

Okay, let’s try a different approach. We have a lot of icons for setting up different Android things. Let’s do something in Material Design visual language.

Top icons are Material Design default and bottom icons are custom sketches

I loved the idea with this camera shape and arrows inside, but when done with GoPro shape it’s just gear inside the rectangle. So I outlined it and it started to look like brigthness setting icon. I also tried to put wrench inside the Material Design default circle — tough luck. But then I spotted the part of visual language I needed:

After a couple of tweaks (I had to decrease the radius of the cutout, so it won’t hide so much GoPro making it unrecognisable) and the icon was there.

But it still wasn’t the end. Testing on the live stream start state approved the icon doesn’t work good with the Power icon next to it. I even tested the other one, with outlined rectangle:

And thanks to outlined rectangle icon the thing I felt subconsciously became obvious: ‘Power’ icon has to be redrawn. It was made based on the icon on GoPro ‘Power’ button, but now it has to be based more on Material Design.

I've got the power!

I’m tired writing so much. Here is the evolution of the ‘Power’ icon. Left is initial, right is final, every one of them was test on device to see which suites better. That did it! The perfect ‘GoPro Settings’ icon was created and it fit the UI like it was there from the very beginning.

And I didn’t even noticed before how much I didn’t like the previous ‘Power’ icon. It wasn’t bad, but this one is much better.

Knight Moves

The icon on Lisbon Metro train doors and Martim Moniz station decoration

The doors of Lisbon Metro not just warn you about leaning but also highlight the risk of being trapped by closing doors. The Martim Moniz station is decorated with knights and one of them is used to illustrate that icon. This station is called after the noble knight who sacrificed himself by lodging himself in the doorway, preventing the defending Moors from fully closing the door of São Jorge Castle.

Got sick? Stay at home!

We’ve changed — I hope that’s constant — Ukrainian social ad two years ago. How could we do that? We did that creating really good social ad that would be the ad outdoor agencies would fight to place on their billboards pro bono — that means free. Why was I silent for two years? I could find right words to describe the huge amount of work done. Now when I found them I was happy to write share the knowledge.

Dome

Here’s something I’ve been working for about three weeks. That thing I called applied infographics. After the 20th time I explained what I did to my friends and colleagues I decided it’s time to show the thing to the world.

Site structure schemes

Here is a couple of schemes. Schemes of the site structure. I usually create them while working on site information architecture to keep the whole data interaction under control. As I refer to them pretty often, I spend an extra couple of minutes to make them look fancy. These schemes can be expanded or reduced while developing the site but when the IA/UX stuff is developed and decorated (that’s what clients like to call ‘designed’) the site structure schemes usually look quite eye catching. Take a look at this one, pixelated header of which works as the post of the illustration:

Iodide! Iodate! — 2 • Data Visualization on Stream and Books Layout Eplained

Iodinated seafood party together ignoring the scale

It’s half past three in the morning and I write this post while the book about use of iodized salt in bakery is printed. Infographics and tables I wrote about couple of weeks ago (Infographics Howto: Iodide! Iodate!) were used on the pages of this book. Some of them changed a bit, others changed a lot after discussions and specifications of charts targeting. Furthermore there happened to be two books not one as it was expected at the beginning. The second one is thinner about use of iodized salt in Denmark. I’ll write about changed charts at first and then I’ll describe the books makeup process.

Offline UX for Girls

One of the mega.genn.org readers commented ‘How to Draw a Flying Kawaii Cat’ saying that his girlfriend was surprised. She thought he was reading about tampons because something in my instructions appeared to her like Tampax. The reader replied he was reading about the cats, not tampons. If your girlfriend sees you reading this post, tell here it’s about user experience, not tampons.

Hands up everyone who threw away macbook or ipod packaging with no regret. Good news: you are minority ;) Every one of us adores nice packaging sensation even if we don’t realize that. One can either create new cool box, either improve the idea that is used everywhere to make a packaging that feels nice.

Data Visualization (Infographics) Howto: Iodide! Iodate!

Iodine Makes Me Clever tshirt print (dribbbbbbbble edition)

It looks like I am absolutely out of time and won’t be able to translate this post into english for a long time. So let’s consider pictures really worth a thousand words and enjoy the examples of the charts and graphs I made for the book about use of iodized salt in bakery.

Yeti News. Guest column

Sign on the door of the office I share with Bo

I wrote a column for Yeti News about branding using game technologies which is a mix of one and a half clever thoughts and something stupid. If you’re good in reading in Russian, you are welcome to read my column.

I won Marylin (not Manson)

Me wearing tshirt (photo taken with coffee mug, the quality is adequate)

I’ve suddenly won a tshirt from vitamins. The print is Marylin formed with sliced fruits. The quality of the tshirt with 100% polyester outside and 100% cotton inside is perfect. The quality of the print is good too.

Thanking the tshirt I’d like to give the vitamins a good advice.

iPhone 4 designer's edition for sale

Please excuse the photo quality because it was taken with some Android HTC phone first generation iPhone

As you may know I’ve broken the glass on my iPhone 4 16Gb that was bought in Great Britain and was never locked. After that it was replaced with brand new front glass and I broke the back glass. So the back part of my iPhone now looks pretty much like decorated with stained glass and doesn’t cut the user because it’s very cool glass that looks quite stylish. As the glass was broken by me one can be sure it is designer’s edition of iPhone. As opposed to other designers I’ll sell my edition much cheaper than iPhone 4 costs here in Kiev (even if you decide to replace the back glass the final price would be still lower than used iPhone). You are welcome to contact me on this matter.

And if you still vague if the back glass is so important here is a story for you I wrote this winter. Thanks to it you would be as sure as I am that iPhone is not just about the back glass but more about user experience and being and iPhone.

Lingua Nuovo

Aloha! It just dodged my head that besides facebook (link on the right), twitter (link on the right), walkyrie (link on the right) and other flickrs (link on the right) I have mega! I’ll try to unforget this fact yet another time ;)

While my friends’ blood is boiling because of Oxford Dictionary that now includes internet slang OMG LOL OK <3 I try my best to contaminate the English language myself. My super-evil sidekick is Ann Lee who added my casual comment presspresso to the Urban Dictionary! That’s the way to spoil the language!

Walkyrie × 100 Interactive Catalogue in Your Mobile Device

Not so long ago me and my fellow antique, travel and glamour photographer from Minsk started a project called Walkyrie. Time passed by and here we are with helveticized vintage photo number 100. One-wow-hundred. It’s not just some kind of milestone or a reason to have some champagne but also some kind of a birthday.

33 hrs project

I didn’t post to blog like for ages. Now I am back, at least I hope that my drafts won’t grow mouldy and I’ll finish them. What’s the best way to tell your brain to start working? Make something interesting and resource-intensive. So we (me and akella) did it — 24 hours project. It took us 33 hours to finish. When it was 26th hour we started to notice that it takes more than two dozens of hours, on the hour 30 we understood that we are a bit late. Anyway, we finished and one of us went to have some meal and another started writing the blog post, fell asleep right in front of his display and pushed a ‘Publish’ button just now ;)

Waking Up

I caught one post in the sea of the drafts I have here. There are 10s of them. Anyway, I’ve chosen one and publish it today because this morning twitter is overfilled with messages like “I want to sleep”. I don’t have a problem waking up with a smile (I don’t use don’t use alarms, imagine that ;). Anyway I sometimes think it’s wrong to get up early. But let’s get back to the topic. Below is the remastered version of text comics I’ve sent to bo one morning.

Walkyrie: Walking Mythology

Yes that's the screenshot of the site described below

Know how to make ideal strawberry crème? Take fresh strawberry, little bit of blender, three smiles, cream, something listed in recipe, vanilla and make it to cooperate somehow. We don’t have any strawberries, and have bunch of smiles and photos taken while walking and made to look a little bit vintage. As in an old joke, we just had to add Helvetica texts and serve. So take your mental spoons, my dear intellectual foodies, because we are serving to the table of your imagination the Walkyrie = photo × helvetica.

Dull tables, hard infographics

Let’s make the top two of ways people love to organize information. First, for sure, is throwing all data in trash can and forgetting about it. The second is tables. People love tables! They love tables so much that Apple was nothing without spreadsheets software. Apple hired Bill Gates and his Microsoft to make that soft and he was happy to get inspired by Mac OS.

Anyway, let’s get back to the tables. I know a lot of office workers who even write texts in Excel — they find that way of information organization quite comfortable. So once again people love tables. It’s a pity that love doesn’t mean “can do good”. I met too much tables in my life but fell in love with only two of them. Other tables look like informational prison where data has to sit in it’s personal cell jailed.

Apple presents '2010 ≠ 1984'

Yesterday Steve Jobs shared his “Thoughts on Flash” with the whole internet audience. Some think it’s disaster and mutation of Apple into Big Brother. I, the one who’s personal site is 100% Flash and the who wrote a lot about Flash, disagree. The explanation of situation by Jobs is clear and perfect. He says that iPad and iPhone are too “weak” to run Flash — batteries will drain out, processors should be as hot as the son and everything on the screen will be stuck anyway. The explanation why H.264 video is less resource intensive then Flash video is just masterpiece of easy to perceive information. H.264 is decoded by special chip and Flash video is decoded by soft that needs a lot of resources (different chips ;)

Prawn the Queen Salad

I love to cook and dislike using prewritten recipes. Even if I read the recipe I do the dish my own way and it always tastes better ;) I’ve made a salad that I called “Prawn the Queen” recently. It isn’t just tasty but it looks pretty. So I present you the recipe and infographic of this salad. Let’s file it under hightech ;)

Identify yourself

How to Draw a Flying Cat Really Fast

The behavior and color of this car reminds me of friends' cat named Chacha

I was drawing lotsa kawaii pictures yesterday (I hope to reveal the reason in a couple of days). I drew everything needed but the heat wasn’t gone so I continued this morning drawing a cat who was in my dreams. He asked me why I decided not to draw him? A little bit later after the cat was drawn I was asked to teach to draw suck cats. It’s easy and fast that’s why I write this post and ran away to get ready for the New Year’s Eve. As far as cat is a tiger too, I insist you consider this post a holiday greeting ;)

News spectrum

Every time when I start doing something for periodical publications I can hardly choose between blue-black and black-blue combinations. This color combinations is diluted by grey, which makes it more — hahaha — delightful. Newspapers are mad about blue. Magazines are mad about red. It’s a good news that guys who made press color schemes didn’t paint our world. Otherwise we would live in the world without photosynthesis because there would be no green. We would choke — we can’t breathe without the oxygen.

Chuck Norris fact no. ∞: He ruins App Store with terror

Here is another fun fact about Chuck Norris: that was him who bited Apple logo. No, this one is really real not just real like previous ones. Long story short. Chuck Norris got offended by that fact that his application for iPhone had awfull sales and blamed — you’ll never guess — Apple usability for that. Apple App Store should be sorry for that some useless iphone run-and-gun app doesn’t sell. Chuck terrorised Apple Inc. that he’ll move to Android platform from iPhone (did anyone care about that?) and rejected design changes Apple proposed. So Chuck Norris created his own design for App Store and Apple used his idea to change the App Store interface. Know what? Chuck was much better counting to infinity and travelling to Mars then as UX specialist.

Sorry, Mario, the Princess is right after the crossroads

I found a link to stoplight concept of Damjan Stanković on dirty.ru. Designer offers to add sectors round the stop light so the drivers could see how soon they can move again and stop their engines thus saving gas and nature.

Interview for Smashing Magazine

I don’t get excited drinking coffee. One cup is enough for me to fall asleep. That’s why I wasn’t drinking coffee that night. But I answered the questions of Arsart who was writing the big article about web design in Russia for Smashing Magazine. I act as a bystander who’s somehow involved in the Russian web design scene. The article that includes my interview is fun and interesting: Showcase of Web Design in Russia.

I’d like to tell you more but I am veeerrryy sleepy and see no way to wake as long as coffee is not the answer. So I’ll stop right here. ;)

New rules when dialing from Ukraine

Snow Leopard sneak pick

I ventured to install Mac OS X Snow Leopard on macmini yesterday. Mac Pro was trying hard to show me on the next display that he is good working under Mac OS X Leopard and was trembling when I offered it to instal Snow Leopard on it. So I won’t update OS on Tough Monica and will let Monica help me with Mac OS X Snow leopard testing. Wonder why?

Save for Web problem — pictures lighter then original

Vasco da Gamma station in Lisbon

It’s easy to imagine lifelike situation when two photos with pale pictures on them talk to each other: — Hey, you’ve been on vacation. Haven’t you tanned? — I did but I was saved using Safe for Web after that!

I think that everyone met this problem when using Safe for Web — pics become lighter and kinda pale. Looks like someone mysterious used levels to adjust it.

We won't go to Opera today, honey

There are three ways to make a tasty dish. You can take everything you consider to be tasty, mix it and throw into boiling oil. It would be fried and even can be tasty. My friend, who came from London to have a pint of beer with me in Kiev, told me about Fried Mars — you have to fry Mars in boiling oil. Someone can even find it tasty, but let’s get back from Mars to Earth. The second way to make a dish is used by chefs in restaurants: you’ll have to know how to cook masterly. But this is the hardest way and not everyone can do it while the first is within everyone’s power. There is one more way where you don’t have to be virtuoso of cooking but still will be able to make a tasty… erm… result ;) Just cook like it’s written in the cookbook!

I’ve just realised that the metaphor would only win if I use cocktails instead of dishes but the I’ll have to get rid of Fried Mars, so let’s leave the things they are.

So, the choice of the way to cook for a person, who just wants to make tasty dinner but isn’t in any way chief cook, is obvious. He or she takes the cookbook and cooks instead of throwing pickles, Skittles, two sausages, vanilla and unagi in boiling oil, expecting for acceptable result.

How to create pretty PowerPoint presentation without killing all the human beings on Earth

Long time ago you have to think of real-sounding story to explain your lies. Today in 21st century you can just make powerpoint presentation. One day it comes to every designer — he has to stare at icon that looks like hebrew qoph letter jumping in his Dock. When this glorious event happened with me I decided to make professional good looking on every PC or Mac presentation and try not to kill all the people while doing it. The first statements were okay but I wanted to kill all and everyone when I finished making the presentation. So I made a list of advices that can help to save not whole Earth population, but at least it’s half.

The Deviance Code

Tell me the first thing that comes on your mind when you hear Google, Apple, Microsoft, Flickr or Twitter. No, it’s not the technological stuff or something. It’s feeling about that tech things you would think in a second. As in one of episodes in Dilbert series, the artist asks for association on caterpillar phobia. It’s grey octagon as to artist, but other think about another colours and shapes. Same here — we think personal thing about these companies and their products. Some are mac nazi (I really like this term), some just hate macs and adore, dunno, Microsoft or Linux. But we strongly have that feeling about companies. We give it a soul and as the soul as striped as Frankenstein, it is demon, that doesn’t know what to do with it.

In Rome

The idea to celebrate my 26th birthday in Rome was perfect: we didn’t succeed in robbing the city in 4 days (we’re not Etruscans, you know) but we paid attention to it’s masterpieces, wine, asti, pastas, pizzas and lasagnes. Almost forgot: there was a lot of ice cream!

Twitter + Wordpress

After redesign of the blog I mentioned, I needed to find the way to display my twitter messages on mega.genn.org. I used Twitter for WordPress but it doesn’t load message from time to time because of timeout when fetching RSS. So I improved it a little bit to cache the latest RSS of twitter messages, so we could load that cache if RSS from twitter.com is unavailable at the moment.

Here we are back in the studio!

Not so long ago I was in Benetton and saw a little girl who didn’t like any of clothes proposed. Her parents were despaired. Her reply on every dress was “It’s so retro!”. It lasted until the salesgirl came to them and with a sight of conspiracy proposed the models of 2010.

I felt myself like that girl and her parents about my blog — no space to write posts as I want it to. So I made my own 2010 collection and here it is — mega is as good as new.

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