Monday, November 22, 2010
But to my big surprise there was no useful information available. Sure there were some sites and even some reviews, but just two kinds - either reviews at web stores, and they say only great stuff as if anything they sell is outstanding, inexpensive and universally good for anyone. The other kind is user opinions, but they are mostly really useless because they are very limited in any information and judgmental, mostly stupid and often fake.
Katya need a project, so we decided to create a site that reviews sewing equipment, and sewreview.com project got started.
More than that, when we began working on it, we thought that building just one review site with all the cool features will be too limiting and we went ahead and built a whole review engine and user sewing equipment of the world review site as a first working model.
It turned out there are two kinds of review sites: one with reviews written by site's staff, and the other with reviews written by user. There is a huge difference between them, but very few people realize that. I studied the subject for a while and it turned out that initially there were only professional reviews, because before the web it was very hard to host user opinions. And those "professional" reviews very often biased because some manufacturers would bribe reviewers and thus they were not fair or honest and as a result people did not really trusted them. Then user opinions came, mostly pioneered by sites like amazon. And they were great, you could read what real users of the products thought.
As a result opinions reviews dominated the web scene. Also it was much easier to create a user opinion site, just selecting a theme, topic, good url and let users do all the work. In the beginning it worked great. But little by little the whole fairness of it broke because marketing and promotional services started to use herds of fake users with hundreds of virtual personalities and armies of them invaded all the forums, polluting them with "users" reviews, that were even worse that sales descriptions because they were very misleading.
And that is where we are now. Very few real review sites and many user's opinion sites filled with fake crap.
It can be fixed, people can create real reviews, and there is a demand for that, but there are many different software modules, products, services and entire sites that let you easily create a user's opinion review site and virtually nothing to create a professional, feature rich real review web site, and that is what we are building. It will be called vedoreview, I will let you know when it is ready for general public.
You can see how an early version works by visiting sewreview.com
Friday, November 23, 2007
So, I tried bloggspot and some other blogs and they all just not as good as livejournal.
Finally I decided to have two livejournals, one in russian and on in english, and thus here we go
thedimka.livejournal.com in Russian
the-dimka.livejournal.com in English
also I have translated a couple of dozen recent entries, so it will not be a blank.
And I will try to write them in parallel in both languages.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
people do not change, but they evolve - I realized it many years ago, it is soooo true.
here's my new drawing - moment of clarity.
you also can see a larger version here
I am thinking that maybe I should have a blog with all my drawings on my website
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I like to do many many different things.
One of them is drawing, recently I do it mostly in photoshop on my mac.
One of the themes I like is imaginary characters.
Most of the time I just make an image with one of them, but once in a while I make compositions with a few different ones.
Usually it takes me several hours to make an images, because I play a lot with different effects to get a desired look and feel of the image.
Few days ago I have finished one of my most time-consuming pictures.
I was working on it for more than a month, virtually every day, sometimes few hours a day. Never the less it does look simplistic in many ways.
The image is rather big, it has more than 100 layers in photoshop and the original is 3200 by 2000 pixels.
below you can see a small thumbnail that is 531 pixels wide.
The name of the picture - The Pointless End of the Cucumber.
This is somewhat a play on words (from one the dialogs in a Murakami's book)
that cukes have pointless ends, and that often death (the end) is so pointless too.
you also can look at a larger image that is 1920x1200
I display most of my images on my other (russian only) blog thedimka.livejournal.com
but you can view just the post with images using a filter казя мазя
Thursday, December 28, 2006
The list of countries I have been to (in random order)
Russia, USA, Canada, Ukraine, Belorussia, Georgia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Thailand, Japan, Mexico - maybe I forgot something