Hayden played an amazing short set after lunch.
In Spring 2017, Global Affairs installed a selection of Darlene Kulig's Canadian Landscapes in Canadian Embassies in Bratislava, Lisbon and Washington, D.C. The Office of the Embassy of Canada to Slovakia organized a cocktail reception in her honour where we had the chance to see her works and meet the artist in person.
Darlene graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and after only four years she already had her own design studio. She won numerous awards for her design in Canada and the United States. At the moment, she's focusing on developing her recognizable signature, Kulig Canadian landscapes.
Foliovision has a very special bond with Canada. After all, Alec, our Creative Director was born in Vancouver and some of our favourite clients are Torontonians. July 1st, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary since the colonies of New Brunswick, Canada and Nova Scotia formed Canada and naturally, we want to celebrate the big birthday too. Fortunately, there are numbers of opportunities to do so even here across the pond in Bratislava.
We were invited by the Office of the Embassy of Canada to Slovakia to attend a screening of the film "It's Only the End of the World" by the Canadian director Xavier Dolan as a part of the Month of Francophonie in Bratislava and a part of the Canada 150 celebrations.
Xavier Dolan, the French-Canadian movie director, is only 28 years old and he already has six feature films in his portfolio. He won the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes last year for the movie we went to see, "It's Only the End of the World".
We're all big film buffs here at FV and we regularly organize movie nights combined with birthday celebrations, so this was a perfect opportunity to see a good movie and celebrate the birthdays of two of our favourite Foliovision ladies - the best coordinator/office manager Anicka and our project manager/programmer-to-be Naty.
Evernote caused an earthquake last year with changes to their beloved freemium model. Many users were forced to pay if they wanted to keep using the app on more than two devices and enjoy storage space larger than 60MB/per month. I was one of those who accepted the changes (with a bitter face), but not long after the company raised the pricing again. By then, Microsoft OneNote was promoting its free product and Evernote migration tool. I was convinced, but never very happy about the OneNote's organization, and UI/UX.
I stumbled upon Milanote earlier today. It is not officially released yet, but after signing up for e-mail notification once it is out I was given the option to get on beta testing. All I had to do was tell them how I plan to use the app, and what similar app I can think of in a Typeform. Done and I was in (love).
September is team building month in Foliovision. Every year we go on a trip and take a few moments to relax and enjoy the company of our colleagues' outside the office and to celebrate Alec's birthday. This year wasn't any different, so we went on a bike trip along the Danube to Foliovision's favourite spot, a lovely little beach just across the Devin Castle.
I wish Merry Christmas to all our team and all our clients! I hope you are enjoying a peaceful and rewarding respite to the daily toils of your work.
Here's a quick look at our Foliovision Christmas this year. Normally at Christmas we have either a Christmas dinner or a New Year's dinner (depending on the calendar). This year we decided to do something different and go to a concert as a team. Our dear Anna Dudasova couldn't join us for Christmas as she was dancing the lead role in the IMT Smile + Lucnica program.
Foliovision's office doesn't have air conditioning. Normally it doesn't matter. It's about one week or ten days per year that the heat gets up to the uncomfortable level. It seems to be more and more days each year as this year we are now into the third week of heat right now.
In any case, last week was the second hot one. We had a birthday party scheduled for our programmer Riso and designer Janette on Thursday night. We moved it out to the banks of the Danube, opposite Devin Castle. For many on our team, it was the first time swimming in the might Danube, as in Bratislava the Danube is too fast and after Bratislava and into Hungary, the river is considered too dirty for safe swimming.
Fortunately life is not just about disputes over the GPL and broken payment gateways. I’ve been a little bit too deep in bickering with Matt Mullenweg, Samuel Otto Wood, Jeff Chandler and Automattic about GPL in the evenings (a long post to come). During the day, we’ve been slaving to create a great Payflow gateway for RCP (Restrict Content Pro) as quickly as possible for a client on a deadline.
When last week our long time programmer Ivka got married, Lucia and I were delighted to attend. We had no idea just how wonderful Ivka and Mato’s marriage would be. Smolenice Castle is not far from Bratislava (home to Mato) and very close to Trnava (where Ivka grew up). It’s also one of the most beautiful spots in Slovakia.
Isn't the bus good enough?
Bratislava isn't exactly a vast metropolis. It's actually quite small in comparison with the not-so-far Vienna, Budapest, or farther Prague but it's still big enough to make you want to wish for a car from time to time.
Although the public transportation system is quite reliable and can get you to every part of the city more or less on time, you might want to move around with more comfort, especially during summer. Some of the older vehicles don't come with air condition, which might be very unpleasant, especially for the kids or the elderly.
We haven't posted any photos of Bratislava for awhile. Today was our second really big snowfall this year (last time the snow lasted only a day or two). After team lunch at our favorite restaurant Modra Hviezda, Lucia and I took our Belgian shepherd for a walk in the castle grounds. Stunning. Here's the pictures.
All our posts should have some technical content. So the technical theme are HTC One Photos. HTC One has the controversial "low" pixel count 4 MP camera with the f2.2 lens. Frankly I've been amazed at the quality of pictures this camera takes in minimal light, far outdoing the iPhone 4s or 5s or anything I've seen from Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 or S5 tests. Those were the other camera candidates.
Hardly but that's what the crows are calling Richard Branson over at LinkedIn in response to Branson's post "Career Curveballs: Embrace Change or Become Stagnant".
Branson talks about starting Virgin Airlines and selling Virgin Records:
I’ve often joked about the best way to become a millionaire – start out as a billionaire and launch an airline! While moving from the music industry with Virgin Records to aviation with Virgin Atlantic was a huge career curveball for me personally, it was an even bigger jump for the rest of Virgin, not to mention my friends and family. We went from taking on rival labels in the charts and in the clubs to challenging global airlines in the air – and eventually in the courts!
Here's how we celebrated this year, with a canoe trip down the Malej Dunaj.
Modern scientists as well as centuries of Chinese doctors assert tea increases health and vitality and concentration at little cost sleep or nerves. I'm going to try to move back after an extended coffee phase (coffee does disrupt sleep). Coming off a week of cold and fever, anything to increase health and vitality is high on the list. In line with cutting coffee and improving health and still enjoying delicious hot beverages, I bought a bunch of new teas on the weekend while I was out.
The Teas on Trial
Here are three Marks and Spencers teas I tasted:
- Luxury Gold Loose Tea: Exceptional Quality, Fresh from the Tea Garden
- Darjeeling Loose Tea: Premium Grade Large Leaf Teas, Picked in the 2nd Flush for Exceptional Flavour
- Earl Grey Loose Tea: A Traditional Recipe Made Using Slightly Smokey Large Leaf China Teas, Infused with Natural Bergamot Oil
Some of our clients have been asking me lately to reveal what is behind the mask of Foliovision in project management. Finally I have some answers for them. Here's an awesome new music video from Pepso (a.k.a. Peter Horvath) from the Site Promotion Department.
Egon and Pepso - Anger
Peter is one of the two singers who come in at the start. Of the two Peter is the guy in the field at 1.01.
Generally a great effort. Somehow remind me of Nicholas Cage's angst in Wild at Heart, Willem Dafoe's weird performance. The tune behind has a great base line. If you have good speakers, you can crank it. Props for releasing the hi-res version in good quality.