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2014

Small tip: at a restaurant, ask for coffee/tea specifically in a mug, not in a card cup

If you buy  coffee or tea at a restaurant, it might be a good idea to ask specifically for a mug. The experience should be better than drinking from a cardboard cup.

Via: Starbucks? Cere la cană! » nwradu blog

Chaval Brasil - Coffee and Milk, https://flic.kr/p/5D9N2G
Chaval Brasil – Coffee and Milk, https://flic.kr/p/5D9N2G

Some things learned from PC games

These days, I spent some time playing games (chess and Heroes of Might and Magic, 2 and 3, complete version) and watching some videos. (Bogdan Sverediuk – YouTube & Chris67132 – YouTube)

Some thoughts?

  • Travel is good for you – in Heroes of Might and Magic games, the player is rewarded for travelling. Good things come for those who travel – resources, map explored, things spotted. Sure, there are risks – you can be in the North, and the computer might attack from the South. It’s not black & white. But, overall, it’s much better to travel & move than it is to stay in your safe area. You risk, and, most of the times, you win.
  • It all starts from a small area – you don’t need to own a big kingdom from the beginning. If you control a small area, then you expand gradually, then you can control large areas.
  • Why focusing on the time pressure is pointless? I see this in chess blitz games (3 minutes per player). Some players focus on the time, and lose on gameplay. Also, stressing and obsessing on “you have 30 more seconds” seriously hinders your performance. Yes, you win the game on time, but you lost on gameplay. I prefer to quickly move, and win 50% of the games on time, but lose no game on gameplay.
  • Shortcuts are part of the game. In H3, there are lots of magic tricks. The best players not only know those tricks, but know them extremely well. They win games by knowing some obscure trick and using it extensively against the computer.
  • Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition will be available on 2015/01/29 on Android tablets, Ipad and PC! Uuu. :)

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Ce faci când un produs nu mai este în stoc și nu va mai fi vreodată?

Să zicem că aveți un magazin online și ați eliminat un produs din stoc, permanent. Cum procedați – ștergeți pagina produsului, o lăsați așa, afișați o eroare, redirecționați conținutul?

Dacă este vorba de un produs la care contează specificațiile tehnice (de exemplu, un model de laptop, un model de telefon mobil), păstrează descrierea + poza, pune o listă de produse asemănătoare, pune mesaj mare “produsul nu e disponibil, și nu va fi, dar poți citi descrierea tehnică”.

Dacă e un produs care se poate înlocui (rochie roșie, cu dantelă), fă redirect la noul produs, sau pune noul produs pe URL-ul vechiului produs (păstrezi URL-ul, și pui alte caracteristici ale produsului + buton de cumpără).

Dacă e produs a cărui categorie nu mai e în site (vindeai mese pe site, și acum vinzi doar scaune), poți lăsa pagină de eroare 404, sau poți face redirect la homepage sau la o categorie cât de cât similară (categoria mobilier).

De văzut și: How Should You Handle Expired Content? – Moz.

 

Shawn Harquail - Expired Poster., https://flic.kr/p/jfAfnV
Shawn Harquail – Expired Poster., https://flic.kr/p/jfAfnV

Cel mai frumos film pe care l-am văzut în ultima perioadă (2-3 luni): The Book of Life (2014)

The Book of Life (2014) – Filmul e împărțit de cei de la IMDb în 3 categorii: Animation | Adventure | Comedy. Aș pune și un pic de dragoste, pe acolo pe undeva.

Chestiunea e așa: animația e bine realizată, scenariul închegat și cu sens.

Sunt două lucruri care mă atrag la film: umorul și sensul urmăririi lui (morala).
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Un site foarte bun dacă vreți să comandați cărți online, în regim de anticariat: Targul Cărții – http://www.targulcartii.ro/

Dacă vreți să comandați cărți online, în regim de anticariat, vă recomand un site: Targul Cărții – http://www.targulcartii.ro/.

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Am comandat de mai multe ori de la ei. Mai jos, impresii.

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On Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

I just finished seeing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – IMDb.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Most of the reasoning for me watching the movie had to do with the fact that I used to watch those cartoons when I was a child. I just had to see it.

Some feed-back?

  • The original cartoons were friendly and warm. The new ones are cool, but much more aggressive.
  • The music soundtrack is fine.
  • I especially liked the part when the TMNT start singing some tune in an elevator.
  • The pumped muscles are just too much. They get adrenaline and are able to break a cage. To me, this is not logical – how much power can you get? Also, what’s with the big red button with Adrenaline on it?
  • I liked the fact that the characters are much more separated than in the cartoon. They each have an individual style.
  • The weapons are rather silly.
  • The dork turtle is too dorky. It’s rather aggressive in his style.
  • To me, the big problem with the movie is that there’s no finesse. Everything is so abrupt and into your face. It’s too much.
  • I like the scene where, with a stick, a car gets thrown away. Very cool.
  • The 5 minutes countdown is so so so cliché.
  • In order to solve a conflict, the characters insist, rather than find creative solutions.
  • What’s the point of the doctor to tell April he killed her father? Why create an enemy out of blank?
  • April gives some very very stupid evidence to state her news to the agency. When she is proven right, you start to doubt your sense of logical thinking. How lame is that?
  • We have some poor songs in Romania, called “manea”. That’s what the movie is – a “manea”. Low low everything.
  • I listened recently to some carols in Romanian. You can have cult, worked-hard carols, and you can have simple, no-work carols. Those were the second kind. Aggressive, unprepared, simple, in-your-face. That’s what the movie is.
  • They ignore the police. The first thing they do after being out is to try to solve things on themselves, no calling he police.
  • Little time is given to subtleties:
    • When TMNT are given the weapons, only two receive them. No time for more.
    • When Splinter is saved from the illness, little to nothing is shown on his recovery. Very fast, very quick. Nothing else.
  • Shredder is a good fighter. He is defeated so silly, it’s almost embarrassing.

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Relationships

I have never, ever had a “real” relationship. Yet, when, along with other participants, I was asked to draw a mandala based on how I see a relationship, I took the task.

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Aplicații smartphone pentru Android

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Aplicația de mai jos permite legarea smartphone-desktop și e foarte utilă la instalarea sistemului de operare, de exemplu (copy & paste rapid email / utilizator / parole / alte câmpuri greu de tastat pe mobil).

Mai folosesc intens și tastatura de mai jos, foarte foarte bună pentru predicții, poate învăța din diferite surse specificate de voi (site-uri / email / facebook / sms-uri), și învață pe măsură ce o folosiți:

Alte aplicații:

De văzut:

No more insights from modern movies!

I recently saw lots of movies, like:

I got an insight from the last movie I saw.

But that’s the problem!

Very few insights, considering the number of movies I saw.

Let’s take the list again:

There’s a big list above and the most important insight I got was “No one’s 100% a dick”. Not exactly Christmas, as a quote from James Bond says.

(James Bond: [on receiving his equipment from Q.] A gun and a radio. It’s not exactly Christmas, is it?Q: Were you expecting an exploding pen? We don’t really go in for that anymore. (source))

I really had higher expectations from this.

Andrei Pleșu says when you read, you need to start with some questions. That’s why you can’t recommend a book to anyone, you need to know the person:

Nu poți face sugestii de lectură decât celor pe care îi cunoști, cărora le știi “felul”, tulburările, cautările, și apetiturile. Fiecare vârstă își are țesătura ei, fiecare individ umam are o chimie interioară care nu se poate sistematiza. (Despre frumusețea uitată a vieții)

And he says more:

În ce mă priveşte, cred că lectura matură şi fertilă este lectura dictată de un orizont de interogativitate propriu. Ai o întrebare anumită, ai o preocupare dominantă şi citeşti pentru a căuta repere, provocări ajutătoare, soluţii. Citeşti în plasa unei problematici antecedente. O asemenea lectură orientată are cel puţin două avantaje: (1) e superior selectivă, te ghidonează în labirintul descurajant al bibliotecii şi (2) pune ordine chiar şi în ceea ce poate fi, la un moment dat, lectură întîmplătoare. Cînd ai obsesivitatea bună a unei întrebări vii, tot ce-ţi cade în mînă poate fi revelator, de la ziar la roman, de la roman la tratat. (source)

I don’t know, right now I’m really not a big fan of flick-flack action-I-want-to-be-popular movies. I still have a few on my list to watch, but I’m very disappointed.

The biggest problem? They want to make something which doesn’t work (a 6-grade movie on IMDb) and do it better. But not by giving insights, but by making the script smarter and the jokes funnier. But that’s not why I watch movies.

I need to reconsider.

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Follow-up: GPeC Summit (2014.11.27, Crystal Palace Ballrooms)

Pe 27 Noiembrie 2014, Bucurestiul a fost Capitala Comertului Electronic Romanesc, odata cu cea de-a 9-a editie anuala GPeC – Cel mai Important Eveniment de E-Commerce din Romania.

Mai jos, fotografii de la eveniment. La sfârșitul articolului, agenda evenimentului + lista câștigătorilor.

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