Perfect coincidence: ass spinner 

This TV set in a cafe has lost signal while showing a biathlon race:

A loading indicator has been spinning around a biathlete’s ass for minutes: “here, pay attention, this is the most important part”.

Feb 11   fun   video

UI Animations: four things 

Here’s a video of my recent talk about UI Animations at AngularJS-IL meetup in Tel Aviv:

The video quality is not good because this wasn’t even meant to be recorded. I am lucky to have the video at all. Also, this was my first public talk in English — sorry about some slips.

2017   talks   user interface   video
2014   Uvildy   video

Uvildy ice 

Uvildy is a lake about 100 km from my home city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. In winter, it freezes over. Where there is no snow on the surface, the transparent ice looks stunning.

I have made a video today:

And also took several pictures (original size; right-click to save and use as wallpaper, if you like):

Camera: iPhone 5s.

2014   photo   Uvildy   video

Steve Jobs demos the Mac in 1984 

Watch this video. I am almost as excited about the stuff they show as the audience:


I think the 2007 iPhone demo will look impressive even in thirty years.

2014   Apple   iPhone   Mac   video
2014   iPhone   video
2013   technology   video

Online video and opening titles 

Online video does not require an opening title.

On television, opening title is the only way to introduce a program. It alerts the viewers that the program is about to begin, giving them several seconds to make themselves comfortable in front of the TV.

On the Internet, the video is introduced by the content of the page it is on. There is already a title and in most cases even a description. And it’s up to user when to hit “Play”. When she does, there’s no point in alerting her, it just irritates her by delaying the show.

If video is made to be used on many different sites and thus needs some sort of title within itself, it’s always better to use a signature in the corner or on a plate which fades out shortly.

2013   design   video

Two nice features of Blackberry 10 

Here’s a short review of Blackberry 10 from The Verge:

Cool stuff:

  1. Live photo editing (1:20...1:34). It’s hard to explain in a few words, just watch the video.
  2. Word suggestions right inside the keyboard (1:46...2:02). I don’t know if it’s useful, but definitely looks interesting.

Also, the overall UI looks quite nice.

2012   user interface   video

The beauty of silence 

Breaking news:

A law was passed that in order to drive a car [...] in Britain, there had to be a person walking in front of the car, waving a red flag and blowing a horn.

OK, this is not news, this is history. But, wasn’t it ridiculous? Waving a red flag and blowing a horn! Like an idiot!

Now, to the news. Electric cars are beautifully quiet, but can be dangerous: people don’t know the car is approaching and get killed. And so car manufacturers are making the cars produce artificial noise. Like idiots. The article even says that “recent legislative efforts in the US are making it mandatory that companies add artificial engine sounds to electric vehicles”. Here’s an Audi video about production of such sounds:

They are trying to make it “cool”, but it is so wrong. Noise does not make a car any more useful. Noise is there because of the imperfect aging technology, not because we wanted it to be there. Noise is pollution, we must get rid of it.

People will get used to the beauty of silence. And love it.

2012   life   technology   video
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