Archive for the 'News/personal' Category


Nov 19th, 2007

Your favourite blogger (yeps, that would be me) – patched! It’s been 48 hours since my hernia surgery. Don’t worry about me, “everything’s cool, everything’s smooth”. I can hardly walk and can’t lift anything over 10 lbs (4.5 kg), but it’s all fine. This morning had a great idea for a song, I can almost […]


Blogroll updated

Nov 18th, 2007

Just updated my blogroll (long overdue). It was very easy – Google reader exports subscriptions in OPML, WordPress imports. Then using my OPML-to-HTML tool I was able to quickly produce the following list in HTML. So here’s what I read, enjoy, recently I’ve added quite a few of the smart fellow Yahoo!s: Stoyan subscriptions in […]


My recent Maui trip

Nov 11th, 2007

Here are some reviews of the places I visited during my Maui trip, (the markup is in hReview microformat, using the hReview creator) Breathtaking view from the volcano top Nov 11, 2007 by Stoyan place The Haleakala summit ★★★★★ I come from Bulgaria, where you can visit the highest summit on the Balkan Peninsula. Well, […]


Maui, PHP Quebec, etc

Nov 9th, 2007

Aloha, I’m back from a family vacation in Maui, HI, feeling rejuvenated after having fun on some nice beaches with crystal water, seen an ex-volcano, sunsets, etc. An email from PHP Quebec was in my inbox saying I’ll be speaking at the 2008 PHP Conference in Montreal. Isn’t that great?! I’ll have a chance to […]


On Raymond Chandler’s writing

Oct 26th, 2007

I’ve never been into crime fiction. I mean I’ve read The Hound of the Baskervilles, but that’s about it. I like Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, looove Kurt Vonnegut, enjoyed On the Road, Catch-22… So it came as a surprise even to me when I started reading Raymond Chandler and actually enjoying it. The thing is […]


The “best programmer ever”

Sep 17th, 2007

Go ahead, do a Yahoo search for “best programmer ever”. Not surprisingly #1 result is the blog of yours truly 🙂 For some inexplicable reason, I’m not #1 in Google search results for the same query. Bizarre, isn’t it? Not even on the first page. But hey, there a difference between being yet another piece […]


LA Web devs meetup at Yahoo

Jul 23rd, 2007

So there is this group of local LA web developers that meet every month or so to meet and discuss what’s up. More about/join the group here. This month Yahoo will be hosting the meetup in the Santa Monica office (my workplace), it’s actually tomorrow, so if you’re in LA, don’t miss the opportunity for […]


On a publishing diet

Jul 12th, 2007

So I launched this little tool that allows you to upload images and create one CSS sprite image, plus it gives the background-position CSS definitions to use in order to show parts of the sprite. People have been trying it out, but unfortunately sometimes uploading 20 megs of images to create a sprite, which […]


My 5 strenghts

Jun 5th, 2007

I got a copy of a book called strengths finder (or something) that advocates that you should know, love and get your strengths to work, instead of focusing on correcting weaknesses. They have an online test to figure out your strengths, here are mine. Ideation Intellection Adaptability Input Positivity Nice list, eh? Basically I’m full […]


AJAX-MCV in Russian

Jan 29th, 2007

Boris of has published a translation of my article on the little AJAX/MVC framework I came up with, this is trully flattering, thanks a lot! If you speak Russian check the post here. The translation is by Gennady Potapov, sposibo Gennady!


DB-2-MDB2 in Portuguese

Jan 16th, 2007

Through a trackback I found out that Walter Cruz has translated my DB-2-MDB2 article in a language I was led to believe is Brazilian Portuguese. the announcement the article Thanks very much Walter, this is very flattering! Thanks to my buddy Isidoro who enlightened me that the language was Portugeese!



Jan 16th, 2007

It’s official, last Friday, Jan 12, I pledged my allegiance to the Queen (and her successors) and sang Oh Canada in French and English. Now I’m Canadian. Incidentally this happened 10 days after Jan 2nd when Bulgaria became part of the European Union. Now I am European Canadian, North American Bulgarian and otherwise a citizen […]


(almost) Canadian

Nov 3rd, 2006

After living in Montreal, QC, Canada for a little more than 4 years, yesterday me and my wife passed the citizenship exam and we’re almost Canadians now. What’s left is waiting for another invitation in the following weeks for a ceremony, including pledging allegiance to Ellizabeth II, the Queen of England and singing O Canada! […]


Personal news update Nov/06

Nov 1st, 2006

So what I’ve been up to recently? Having a bit of a break, I guess. First, I’m not currently writing a book, after the last one for which I completed my chapter back in June. That’s some free time (There is a very exciting book project on the horizon though, we’ll see). Then, I’m not […]


The PEAR book

Oct 15th, 2006

In case you’ve missed it – the PEAR book hit the streets! The exact title is “PHP Programming with PEAR” and it’s co-written by Stephan Schmidt, Carsten Lucke, Aaron Wormus and yours truly. Aaron also put up a Wiki for book and PEAR-related updates, it’s at I tried to put up a list of […]


RSS feeds

Oct 6th, 2006

Here’s a list of RSS feeds I’m subscribed to, I’m using the Google Reader thing and check these usually once a day, sometimes several times a day, if I feel I need a break and don’t have anything in mind. These have become de facto the way I get informed of what’s up, my pretty […]



Sep 14th, 2006

Here’s this HTML-2-DOM service – What it does is pretty simple – you paste some HTML code and the output is JS script code that uses DOM functions to produce the same result. Could be useful when you’re working on an AJAX-style app that generates new content using JavaScript. I build this simple script, […]


The PEAR book is on it’s way

Sep 12th, 2006

Here’s the link to publisher’s page dedicated to the PHP Programming with PEAR. Guess who wrote the chapter for MDB2? 😉 It’s an honour to me to be in the company of the other authors, people who have done a lot for the PEAR community: Stephan Schmidt Aaron Wormus Carsten Lucke Here’s what the book […]

Sep 3rd, 2006

In case someone is wondering how do I highlight the code I post on this blog … well, the lazy way. I don’t. Some time ago I setup a free service, to do it for me, then I just copy/paste the generated code. It’s far from the best solution, but it’s definitelly the laziest, […]


News update

Jul 25th, 2006

Hi all, after a long time of silence, I wanted to drop a line here to say I’m still alive. I’m back from beautiful Bulgaria, had a great time there, friends, family, trailer trip. Now I’m back in Montreal, moved to and working on the new house we bought at the end of May; it’s […]


Bulgaria, IPM, quick update

Jun 12th, 2006

I’m currently on a vacation in my native land Bulgaria, the party’s on (and so the soccer World Cup finals) so It wuould be quiet around here for a while. Meanwhile I’ve disabled comments, trackbacks and pingbacks, I appologize, it’s just that I’m receiving a lot of spam and since I don’t have the time […]


Amazon Connect blog

May 22nd, 2006

Just finished setting up my Amazon Connect profile and posted one message to the blog Amazon create for you when you set your profile up. Here’s the blog. Amazon Connect is an initiative where book authors can post messages directly to their books pages. So my smiling face is exposed on Amazon now when you […]


The Focus and The Pocus

Mar 30th, 2006

Post about The Focus and The Pocus (a.k.a. which is a toy project of mine.


Happy birthday and a new book

Mar 7th, 2006

phpbb-guide.jpgToday my blog turns 1 year, hence a few hiccups with the DNS change and the migration to a new server. To make up for the hiccups, I treated my little bloggie to a beautiful new theme. Also the second phpBB book was published.


Car accident

Nov 30th, 2005

Crashed the car two days ago… hit an electricity pole.