Stoyan Stefanov

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February 23rd, 2009


"I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different."

Kurt Vonnegut
Modern day Dudeist philosopher

It's funny (and just a little distracting) to be working on a search engine front-end, you end up learning random stuff while testing. One test query I use is "dude", naturally, so today I accidentally found such fun things as - The Church of the later-day dude ๐Ÿ˜€

My minicards

February 20th, 2009

my mini cards

So I'm a proud owner of 100 awesome mini cards with my book cover on the back.

Two days ago I realized I'm meeting a lot of people next week, and, again, I don't have any cards. So I thought it would be nice to have one of those mini cards (or moo cards) to give away.

Struggled a bit with the self-editor on until I read the instructions on the card dimension. So I finally got it right and was ready to order, but then realized the shipping will take well over a week. Clearly not good.

Tried also but their prices were outrageous.

Evetually made it work with and now I got the cards in the mail. I ordered Wednesday night after hours and received them on Friday. Nice. Maybe the fact that they are a local company from Glendale, CA has something to do with it. Shipping was free so with the sales tax and I got my cards for $20 and a few cents. Pretty cool. And now that I blogged about it, they'll send me 100 free cards, yeey.

Two recommendations for MyMiniCards:

  1. publish the dimensions of the card or better yet, provide a template like I ended up creating an image way bigger than I need with black background, so that I can position it exactly the way I want.From "The dimensions of the cards are published here at the bottom of the page and we do have a template available here." I guess I was too frustrated with and too inpatient to look for instructions.
  2. A "rest-assured" preview later in the process, or a PDF email will be cool. Up until I received the cards, I was worried I messed up the possioning of the background. All was good, but I was a wee nervous. From my POV I took my chances paying for something I'm not 100% how it looks

I got the flu’s blues

February 12th, 2009

I switched to a Mac a few weeks ago, so still learning my way around it and today I tried to record a bit of a song in Garage Band. Pretty decent program, I would say. On Windows I was using Audacity. In any case, I don't have big requirements, I just want to be able to record two or more tracks and then mix them.

I've been sick for a few days, fever, sore throat, and feeling rather miserable. Hence the name of the song ๐Ÿ™‚

I got the flu's

The song has two tracks - one lead guitar and one background - drums and second guitar. The drums and the guitar effect come from my simple processor. Seems like Garage Band has much more drums, so I'll probably be experimenting with those.

Here's an MP3 of the background only, without the lead guitar, in case you play an instrument and feel like improvising a blues in E-flat.

I got the flu's (no lead)

Brain Drain? Yeah, right

February 4th, 2009

"Insiders whine":

"The consequences of it are going to be a massive brain drain of senior talent from those companies that have taken TARP money..."

No brain to drain there, if you ask me.

top exec = lucky idiot (reference)

February 1st, 2009

Just published a few blog posts on my new blog It's a blog about developing web pages and applications for the iPhone.

Maybe for other phones too down the road.

Let's hope I'll maintain that initial publishing enthusiasm ๐Ÿ™‚

Hello world!

December 28th, 2008

- Hello World!
- Hello, Stoyan's new personal blog.

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