Friday, March 14, 2014

Instagram Invasion

Our new Instagram bar version 1.Lately we have started to get annoyed by how pervasive the Instagram has became on our blog. All the content was pushed down by an unending stream of photographs.

While we do like the ability to document our daily life via photography and enjoy looking through the pictures after some time has passed we felt that we needed to demote this stream from its front and center position that it occupied.

Now only the latest five photos will show up in a special bar on the homepage and any older ones will be accessible by clicking an arrow next to that new bar. Also they will show on all the other pages as they did before. Only the homepage is changed.
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Twitter Integration

Here’s a small Twitter integration showcase. The idea behind it is that it’s much easier to leave a simple note or observation through one of the numerous Twitter applications available than to make a blog post. And I tend to leave such simple notes during vacations, when we’re away from any computers, through iPhone.

Single PostI used a slightly modified1 version of Alex King’s Twitter Tools. Now this plug-in is actually a bit of an overkill for what I needed it to do, but nobody is forced to use more than needed. I also put together an ugly hack to force this thing to import tweets from both myself and Alena. It runs every 10 minutes and imports all the new stuff it finds.

Multiple PostsI’ve modified Rubinary template and devised a new way to display this type of posts. One special thing about it is that it groups consecutive tweets into a single post. The time “sticker” on my posts shows up in blue and on Alena’s in green — as all other things on the blog.

Tweet ReplyIf you mouse-over over a “sticker” you will see a reply option. By clicking it, you indeed, can reply. But there is a catch — you need to have a Twitter account to do so.

That’s pretty much it. For those who care — I personally use a free version of Twitterrific on the iPhone. And of course no post of this kind would be complete without a mandatory “I hate IE” conclusion.

  1. Modification allowed me to pull and import our older tweets. []

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Look?

How this blog could look, but probably never will.I’ve spent a good part of day drawing up a new look for the blog in Photoshop. I most certainly do not have plans to actually implement this as it would be way too much work, but I figured I might post to for everyone to see. I think it came out looking damn well.

What do you think?
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Which Arrow?

Which?There is a bit of dilemma now — too many ideas from Geoff, Alex and myself resulted in a humongous number of “Photo Post” arrows. Seven to be exact.

Question is — which one do I pick? Click on the image to see a full list and leave your vote in the comment. Please do it before reading what I like myself in the last paragraph. Your input is much appreciated.

I myself seem to be leaning towards number 4 the most. And maybe 5 and 6 after that.
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Photo Library

New photo library feature of the blog.Photo library is a feature that I have been meaning to add to the blog for quite some time now. It required a bit of a format change the would be labor intensive, so I never got around to doing it. Until now that is.

The purpose of this is for me to have a way to publish some of my best (in my opinion) photographs. Majority of them have already been posted on this blog, but there will be new ones as well.

I’ll start with 2 previously seen HDRs of mine. Move your mouse over the image itself once you’re on the photo page to navigate the library.
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Monday, June 16, 2008

Parents’ Apartment

Living room view from the hallway. Note the entertainment unit with a 46 inch wide screen TV in it and 6 spot lights in the ceiling.I made the last post on the parents’ apartment a while ago. I wanted to take some pictures for a while now, but I held myself off so I could post photos of when everything was ready, or almost ready.

Different angle from the same spot. Super comfortable sofa which fits the whole family and a buffet in the corner.That moment finally came on Friday, June 13th, which coincided with our 13th anniversary in United States. The final touch was the installation of curtain rods and the handing of curtains themselves, which my parents ordered a month or so ago.

Living room with a piece of dining table visible. Note an over a 100 year old clock on the wall. It was given to my great grand parents as a gift on their wedding in 1906.There is also a matter of getting the frames for all the paintings they have, but that will not change the general feel of the rooms.

And a nice dining area.All the pictures have captions on them, so just mouse over the photo to see a small description.

Master bedroom. My mom will say that she did not yet have a chance to get a matching bed cover. The monster does not care however.I think the apartment came out really well and is super cozy. I would trade in a second. ) I also will take credit for a lot of it. ) I talked my parents into getting most of the stuff in the living room, including furniture, lights, rugs and even picking the wall colors.

My sister's bedroom. Yes, it really is pink.The bedroom furniture was picked out by my parents themselves, but I like it a lot also.

In conclusion I want to say that I’m very happy for my parents. It’s nice to finally have a nice place which came out so great.
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Thursday, October 18, 2007

New Rubinary

Rubinary DesignAfter many more evenings and sleepless nights I’m actually very excited to introduce a new version of the blog design.

As you can see I’ve reused several elements from the design that I have decided to scrap, but everything else is brand new. I for one am very happy with the end result. It’s a far superior product compared to the one that I decided not to use.

I would very much like to hear your opinions about this. Things you like, things you don’t like, compliments and constructive criticism, if you notice some glitches or problems. Everything is welcome. I hope you’ll take a couple of moments and leave a comment.

On the tech side of things I want to say that this is my first site with no tables. Everything is done through CSS. Firefox is a great browser, and if you’re not using it yet, you should switch. IE on the other hand took hours upon hours to get right. Also not a single pixel was “borrowed” from somebody, 100% of work was done by me.

Anyhow, as I said, I’m very happy with the end result and I’m waiting for your comments!
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Design That Will Never Be

Rubinary v1I spent all my nights and weekends of the past week or two on a new design for the site. I felt it was about the right time to refresh the blog style and make something with the new domain name in mind.

First I built a concept in Photoshop. After I was happy with it I cut the images and put down some code. I haven’t used a single table and did everything using CSS. Now that the site is pretty much done, with the exception of small details I find it that I’m liking it less and less.

I’ve been contemplating killing the redesign for the past 2 days, while trying to improve some of the things that I didn’t like. Now I’ve made the decision. The final product is not good enough. Not my kind of thing I guess.

I figured I’ll post the screenshot of whole thing anyway, considering how much time I spent on it.
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