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Ciao!

5:40 pm Fri, 17th July 2009

Hm.. I really need to update this blog more often than the once-every-one-or-two-months that’s currently happening! I mean seriously, you know you’re a lazy blogger when your blogging software gets updated more frequently than your blog posts.

So I was playing with my blog recently, and during some updates I decided to have a play with the Last.Fm Records WordPress widget. I didn’t like how it was displaying the recent tracks album art (bit buggy too).. and seeing as it was written using jQuery (my hands-down fave javascript library), I customised it with a bit of css & js magic to fit better with my blog style. I also added a bit of extra functionality to display the song title/artist info as text (on mouseover). Quite happy with the results now (its the box in the right side bar called “Kazzart Tunes In”). Also I’m quite happy with the fact that doing this sort of thing is now relatively easy for me, due to the amount of experience I’m getting at work. I’m rather enjoying creating cool jquery animations and impressing account managers, designers and flash developers alike. :)

So.. enough about work/tech talk. It’s been taking over more and more of my life ever since my recent-ish move in the past few months onto this current client account (which will remain nameless). I am enjoying the work though, which is interesting, creative and challenging (all must-have’s for me to not get bored at work), so I guess I can’t complain too much.

In other news.. got back recently from an amazing week in Sardegna, Italia. It is so amazingly beautiful there and the weather was perfect every single day – blue skies, sunshine and a perfect low 30’s deg C. I am made for the heat. Every day was spent in the sun, either relaxing in the Mediterranean sea or by the enormous pool of our apartment residence. I really wish I were back there right now. Le sigh.

More pics and a holiday vlog to come soon!

What else.. well, I’m still dancing both cuban salsa and zouk lambada. I love both. I’m more experienced with salsa – now I can dance that quite confidently with any partner in the club now, or participate in a rueda de casino. Gone are the days of nervous anxiety, fear of screwing up the steps or worrying about not being able to “follow his lead”. I still screw up sometimes of course, but I recover much better as my sense of the clave “timing” is much more instinctive and natural. I even get son timing. (This is where being a musician becomes an advantage šŸ˜‰ ) Lambada however is not quite at the stage of being able to confidently follow the lead of a partner. However I don’t have the “hang ups” I used to have when I first started salsa. I also have yet to try a proper night out dancing in a lambada club. Not just “have a couple dances after class”. I’m going to try this tomorrow at the London Dance Congress! Going to do the workshops and then go to the party night afterwards. Should be fun!

On the music front.. it’s been a bit quiet, other than jamming with the trumpet player in the London street piano’s festival. However this morning I just managed to arrange a date The Sheridan Trio’s first gig for summer 09 – on Saturday 15 August! I’m really looking forward to it – I really enjoy playing with our trio and it’s been too long…

Another new thing is that I’ve recently completed a 10 week italian language course! (Beginner Plus level). I’ve signed on for the next level (elementary) and classes start next week. It’s tough learning italian, and I don’t practice nearly enough. But I am learning loads, and hopefully will get to a stage where I can start having conversations with the boyf in italian. Not quite there yet!

Well, that’s the latest on the Kazzart news front. Ciao e ci vediamo presto. :)

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Posted in Arts, Life, Tech Talk, Travel | 5 Comments »

  1. 5 Comments on “Ciao!”

  2. Jeroen
    Jul 17, 2009

    thanks for using my plugin — read your remark “(bit buggy too..)” Could you let me know where it is buggy?

    If it is something that can be improved, I’d like to.

  3. Kazzart
    Jul 17, 2009

    Hi Jeroen. Thank you for creating the plugin. Its great in pulling in the data from last.fm – the bugginess was more in reference to the css. My memory is a bit hazy now, but I think it didn’t seem to pay any attention to the thumbnail size setting. When I resized the images manually in the css it broke the layout and the hover state. I think there were a few too many unnecessary “float:left” and other css styles. I would probably use the js to set things like height and width according to the user settings, and allow for a grid style layout rather than just 1 column listing.

    Also I think the functionality to display the title info as a label below the album art might be a nice little extra.

  4. CC
    Jul 19, 2009

    Hey Kazz, where in Sardegna were you? I was in Alghero a year ago!!! Absolutely gorgeous part of the world!!!

    Ciao Bella!

  5. Kazzart
    Jul 20, 2009

    Hey CC! I was near Palau. North Sardegna, on the Costa Smeralda. It is gorgeous indeed.. very much so….

  6. Jeroen
    Jul 21, 2009

    ok, thanks for your answer!

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