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A new look

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Yesterday I survived laser eye surgery, which was quite an act for me.

I was thinking about it a long time (money was another concern, of course), and it would apparently go on and on for indefinite time, but a chance turned up made me resolve to try.

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Interview with Daniël de Jong (Desperados)

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Tonight I surprised myself. It all began when my materials about Dias Latinos, the footage in particular, were all of a sudden highly evaluated by the Desperados band, mentioned in the above post. The frontman Daniël de Jong asked me if I could give him the original footage to use it for their promo package. We’ve met, started chatting and… then I decided I could make an interview out of it.

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Watermarking pictures for Picasa Web Albums

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Preface

Those of you who happen to author pictures and publish them on the Internet, must have thought about being able to claim your authorship for them.

One of the most obvious ways to do that is watermarking pictures by adding your URL, name, copyright and/or copyleft. An average Joe would open his favourite image editor, click the Text tool and write a magnificent message for the generations to come.

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Dias Latinos 2011

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From Friday the 19th until Sunday the 21st August 2011 a traditional Latin-American musical festival Dias Latinos (“Latin Days”) was held in Amersfoort.

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Non-European

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The story I’m going to tell you this time is not about how a Russian sees Europe, but the other way around. I’ve been in my home city Tyumen for two weeks, and it’s noteworthy (although logical) that after three years in Holland I’m noticing now more peculiarities in Russia than there.

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Post Nubila Sol ‣ Pt. 1. Ad Libitum

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This track was written by me in collaboration with Igor Abakumov back in 2002. Those were our first, and up to now also the last, feeble attempts of Progressive Metal composing.

The name is Latin for “After the clouds there is sun”, which symbolizes contrast vicissitudes of mood in the tune.

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The new old blog

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Some planned changes have been made to the blog.

As it has matured, it moved to my own domain, and the new URL is: blog.yktoo.com.

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