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Choose a flavour

While you’re in line, you might as well be choosing what ice cream to enjoy. Usually this ends with the favourite one being taken by the person in front. Instead of wasting time asking about what ice cream flavours are in stock after the moment of sorrow, you see them in advance:

G U M, Moscow

And it’s extremely easy to take a certain flavour off the menu for the ice cream seller.

The only way to further improve this is to put the price up top, let go of the decorations, and stop repeating the words “ice cream”.

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Website code intact

The time has come for my website’s code to be cleaned up. Before I refreshed it today, it was a rusty old attic with no sense of order at all. The only reasonable place to have this kind of code is a Halloween website party.

Its incomprehensibility obstructed me from improving my website. While there are no major changes in the design, there is now a starting point for going forward.

What’s new
All colours are specified in RGB;
margins and paddings are in sync with each other as well as being noted correctly;
the amount of styles has been reduced;
code is now easier to read.

robertblinov.net

P. S. May the Force be with my website!

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May the 1st

How is International Workers’ Day not a working day?

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Website for Pigna Library

I started talking with the library’s director, Freddy Colt, in July. In August we agreed that I’d be a volunteer and help the library with some stuff. We agreed on what I would work on, but the necessary information and files were never sent due to shareholders other library administrators not agreeing.

One of those things was an online book catalogue. When I was in Sanremo, I went to the library and nudged Freddy to give me the book catalogue. Once I got it, I talked to a friend of mine, Ilya Sidorchik, a master of library catalogue and database projects. It became his term paper (project).

Work started immediately. Ilya became the art director.

This was my first sketch:

Then I improved it a bit:

Ilya started talking to me philosophically about “building a castle” and the Italians that built the Kremlin. Food, wine, and the sun are also part of the conversation, because they are things that excite Italians.

He brings up an idea on how to make the website’s aesthetics look more captivating:

Favourites chooser in iOS 7 Apple Music

I did this:

Ilya responded: “Robert, I think you’re still restricting yourself. There’s no need for that.”

Fixed:

Since I was making six different versions, I saw that the 2560 px version could also use an upgrade:

Another idea came up:

We started talking about the details and how putting actual book covers on the home page is close to impossible: the library has rare books the covers of which are not readily available. He also tells me the five steps I should follow to make the website better.

Working on this project also reminded me about how long Italian words usually are.

I started from scratch.

I added support for adding the library’s events in the top-right corner:

I fine-tuned the details with nine intermediate mockups. My final mockup:

I was in parallel studying code, which meant I solved the first & last name crisis we had:

Name = 'Calvino Italo'
print(Name.split(' ')[1], Name.split(' ')[0])

The book adding page looks like this. It is meant to be identical to book editing, because editing is the same thing as adding but with info already filled out.

Ilya then worked hard to make the website come to life.

I came to Italy, met Freddy and gave him the keys.

Pigna.pro

P. S. Ilya’s post (in Russian)

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Two yellows

The bag yellow is good, while the jacket yellow is bad.

Know your yellows!

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Bureaucracy

If it is possible to change a capital’s name in a day, anything is possible in eight days.

Take note, Brits.

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Nationalities play

French people try to be like Italians, while Italians try to be like Americans.

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Nursultan

What are all these people talking about? Nursultan is a great name for Qazaqstan’s capital. People named places after their founders for ages:
Washington
Vladimir
Saudi Arabia
Rome
Liechtenstein

It’s a different problem that Astana sounds nicer than Nursultan.

P. S. Nursultan, Aisultan and all similar names rock.

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Investment & charity fund

Respected,

It was not easy to come up with this decision, but this is the only option left for me to put a smile on the face of many today. I am interested in creating and managing a very viable business, as well as charity in your country. I prefer any business that generates good benefits and I will be grateful for your coöperation in business or charity. I have a large fund that will be under your technical and administrative association. If you are ready to participate in this project, I will be grateful for your prompt reply to provide more details on how we can quickly complete this transaction together.

Finally, if you are not interested in this offer, I apologise for the inconvenience.

Sincerely,
Ms. Fatima Allah

Translated from Ukranian

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