Make a (visual) change

We (humans) are a visual beings and because of that, it is easier for us to connect individual life events with something that we can visually represent back to ourselves.

While I was learning for my faculty exams, preparing for my master’s thesis and in general dealing with many different types of responsibilities and tasks, I have noticed something interesting about my behavior. It was nothing new, because I remember it doing it earlier life stages, but this time I’ve interpret it to myself in a different and more meaningful way.

Studying (for example) can be sometimes really boring and non-visual process, which of course depends on your interests. You can write things down, draw sketches, graphs, whatever helps you, but still – even after you pass an exam or whatever you’re dealing with, nothing in your life changes visually and your success feels a bit unreal.

To make this more fun for myself, I’ve added a bit of sauce to this kind of tasks. As an example, I will take my masters thesis, which I’ve successfully brought to an end couple of weeks ago – lastly. When it came to the final stage of thesis and when I’ve had to prepare myself for a final presentation and defense of my work, my room and my environment also experienced a big change – it experienced a big mess, someone would also call it a “creative mess”. By nature, I am kind of a arranged type and I like to keep things in order, but when it comes to this kind of stuff – when there is one big task which needs your complete focus, then environment and arrangement becomes irrelevant and I need this feeling of “chaos” and a feeling that something is on-going.

As the days and hours of final presentation were approaching, my room was more and more in a mess. But after I’ve finished with the final presentation, the first thing I did when I came home – I cleaned my room, I threw bunch of my things away (especially notebooks), I rearranged my stuff, I washed my clothes, I did a visual change – to have a better perception of what I’ve done and to kind of award myself with a new order.

This kind of behavior is something that helped me finished those kind of tasks – especially the boring ones. I have really short attention span and to succeed and finish boring tasks, I have to keep entertain myself, and this is just one way of doing it.

Get the best out of 2014

I don’t know where will I go for a New Year’s Eve, but for sure I can come up with few great records and concerts that for me rounded up year 2014.

Here’s the list – in no particular order.

Top music records (released in 2014):
Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
Ought – More Than Any Other Day
Ought – Once More With Feeling…
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
Ben Frost – A U R O R A
Sun Kil Moon – Benji
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Nothing – Guilty of Everything
Nils Petter Molvær – Switch
Merchandise – After the End
Earth – Primitive and Deadly
White Lung – Deep Fantasy
Caribou – Our Love
Swans – To Be Kind
Lantlôs – Melting Sun
Afghan Whigs –  Do to the Beast
Warpaint – Warpaint
DZ Deathrays – Black Rat
Big Ups – Eighteen Hours of Static
Restorations – LP3
A Silver Mt. Zion – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
Lagwagon – Hang

Top concerts (in 2014):
Red Fang @ Channel Zero, Ljubljana
fonija @ Klub Gromka, Ljubljana
Lunar, Senata Fox @ Močvara, Zagreb
Iron Chic @ Attack, Zagreb
Industroika @ Super8, Budapest
Mozes and the Firstborn @ Gala Hala, Ljubljana
BRNS @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
Neutral Milk Hotel @ Tvornica, Zagreb
Peter Edwards @ Mota, Ljubljana
Lunar @ Gala Hala, Ljubljana
Kvelertak @ Gala Hala, Ljubljana
Mort Mort Mort @ Pomol, Koper
Lagwagon, Night Birds, A Wilhelm Scream, Bane @ Punk Rock Holiday, Tolmin
Deafheaven @ The Garage, London
Darkside, Caribou, Nils Frahm @ Arena, Pula
TRUS!, Kleemar @ Ladjica na Ljubljanici, Ljubljana
Lantlôs @ Klub Gromka, Ljubljana
Manu Delago Handmade, Nikki Louder, Jonathan, Girl Band @ Wavves, Vienna
Repetitor @ Wavves, Bratislava
The Canyon Observer, Blaž, ABOP, Litostrojska Darkbluz Experiment @ 24hpp, Ljubljana
Swans @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
Liars @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
Merchandise @ Channel Zero, Ljubljana
Sólstafir, Esben and the Witch @ Gala Hala, Ljubljana
ŠKM Banda @ Gledališče Glej, Ljubljana

wparser – PhantomJS based website parser

At the moment, I’m working on final exam and my topic is called “Modeling relation between technical parameters of web page design and its aesthetics“.

For one part of that project, I’ve needed a parser which will automatically pull some data from received list of urls. For this purpose, I’ve wrote PhantomJS based website parser called simply wparser. I’ve published that parser on Github since I thought that someone else can also find it useful and that maybe I can also get some experience from the community.

Anyway, feel free to go check it, report me about bugs, send me pull requests, give me some tips or whatever else you want.

To hell with 2013

One more time we’re heading to the end of a year. I haven’t write any blog posts for a year and now I’m doing it because I want to make some kind of retrospective to 2013 – in terms of music albums and concerts.

Few times I was thinking about writing some “useful” blog posts – but let’s say I was pretty busy all the time and this was always low priority – and I believe this will  stay like that, at least until I don’t completely finish some faculty duties, and I hope this will be during the next year.

Anyhow, let’s talk about music. There’s no order at all.

Top music records (released in 2013):
Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle – Perils From the Sea
Bill Callahan – Dream River
Ludovico Einaudi – In a Time Lapse
Deafheaven – Sunbather
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Mogwai – Les Revenants (soundtrack)
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
Crusades – Perhaps You Deliver this Judgment with Greater Fear than I Receive It
The Men – New Moon
Off With Their Heads – Home
The Bronx – The Bronx IV
BoySetsFire – While a Nation Sleeps…
Kvelertak – Meir
Restorations – LP2
Palms – Palms
RVIVR – The Beauty Between
Iceage – You’re Nothing
V/A – The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute

Top concerts in 2013:
The Raveonettes @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
Sex Jams @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
RVIVR @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
The Men @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
Bad Religion, Propagandhi, the Menzingers, Turbonegro, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead @ Pirate satellite festival, Stuttgart
Shellac @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
The Manix @ Klub Gromka, Ljubljana
Slöa Knivar @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
Suicidal Tendencies, Propagandhi, Swingin’ Utters, Snuff @ Punk Rock Holiday, Tolmin
Dangers, Bernays Propaganda @ Pandamonium 5.2, Ankaran
Suuns @ Kamfest, Kamnik
Tame Impala @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
NOFX @ Cvetličarna, Ljubljana
Antillectual @ Klub Gromka, Ljubljana
Colin Stetson @ Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana
Valient Thorr @ Orto bar, Ljubljana

Personal top music lists in 2012

Once again, it’s the end of the world…I mean…it’s the end of a year, and we all love to look back somehow, to remind ourselves about the good things, good music, and everything good that happened during the whole year.

Before I’ve even started to write this list, I was thinking that in last two years I’m listening much less new music then I was listening before. Maybe it’s because I have less time, maybe it’s because there’s not a lot new music that satisfies, maybe it’s because of satiation, maybe it’s something else…who knows. Well, never mind, regardless of that, I still have some great records to share with you. Some new (from this year) and some old that I’ve recently discovered. Lists are below and there’s no any order at all (beside concerts – those are listed by dates).

Top music records (released in 2012):
Baroness – Yellow & Green
Xaxaxa – Siromašni i bogati
Debeli Precjednik/Fat Prezident – Bruto slavo / VBK
Hot Water Music – Exister
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Alleujah! Don’t Bend Ascend
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Propagandhi – Failed States
Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!
Damir Avdić – Mein kapital
Forgetters – ST LP

Top music records (discovered in 2012):
Damien Jurado – Caught in the Trees
Vic Chesnutt – North Star Deserter
the Arteries – Dead Sea
For Against – December
Bob Mould – The Last Dog and Pony Show
Red House Painters – Songs for a Blue Guitar

Top concerts in 2012:
Damir Avdić @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
Des Ark @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
Hanson Brothers, Invasives @ Orto bar, Ljubljana
Bridge and Tunnel, Full of Hell @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
Good Riddance, Boysetsfire, Adolescents, 7Seconds, Debeli Precjednik @ Punk rock holiday, Tolmin
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Dirty Three @ Kino šiška, Ljubljana

Learning web design – machine learning school project

With a colleague, I’m working on a school project (within “Machine Learning” class) named “Learning Web Design“.

For our current task, we need arbitrary number of people to vote for websites designs. We’ve made a simple web app that lists 500 of websites that need to be reviewed. Currently, there’s around ~142 websites left for review, so if you have few minutes it will be awesome if you can help us.

Application is hosted here: http://moonleerecords.com/lwd/

Task is simple. Click on a listed website (since preview is not working currently), check structure and design a little bit and vote between 1 and 10. There’s also few other instructions mentioned on website.

*** I know that it doesn’t make sense that arbitrary number of random people is giving votes, but hey, it’s like that and just the way it is ;)

Get countries – World `countries` in MySQL or XML format


After my post from yesterday evening, WordPress analytics are telling me that almost 13,000 views (mostly from Hackernews) have seen that post in less then 24 hours. I don’t know about you, but for me, this is pretty amazing, and I’m very thankful.

To prove you that, I’ve made an upgrade to my script, and now you can get world countries in MySQL or XML format – hope you’ll like it.

I would also like to mention that you can suggest (in comments) any additional ideas, or that you can even implement it right away, push it to Github and send me a pull request.

Get countries program | @Github repository

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