Organising bookmarks - Papaly

Organising boomarks with Papaly vs. browser bookmarks

I used to pin my frequent websites into Chrome’s bookmark bar removing the descriptions, so that it looked like a row of favicons linking to the most useful websites.

The problem with this method is that bookmark bar only has space for 38 icons (maybe more for a larger screen) before they get sucked into the dropdown. The other thing is when you want to bookmark more then one URL under the same domain/favicon (github repos, for example).

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Ceremony of The Keys

Ceremony of the Keys

TL;DR Next time you’re in London, book a free ticket to Ceremony of the Keys.

I did it

It’s honestly one of the best touristy things you can do in London!

You’ll get to walk inside the Tower of London (normally £24 for a ticket) when all visitors have left, get to witness one of the oldest ceremonies with beefeaters, talk to the Chief Yeoman Warder — and it’s absolutely free!

What is Ceremony of the Keys

Ceremony of the Keys is held every night at the Tower of London, and has done so in some form or another since the 14th century.

At exactly 9.53pm, the Chief Yeoman Warder, dressed in Tudor Watchcoat, meets the military escort, made up of members of the Tower of London Guard. Together, the Chief Yeoman Warder and the Yeoman Warder ‘Watchman’ secure the main gates of the Tower.

Unfortunately, taking pictures is strictly prohibited during this event. But you can visit multiple times and bring company (just add the number of people into the booking).

Book here:

Skygarden Logo

Sky Garden in London

Sky Garden is a public garden on top of the Walkie Talkie skyscraper (20 Fenchurch Street — the one melting cars with its concave glassy surface.).

There’re observation decks, open air terrace, public spaces up there. And it’s free! Though you’ll have to make an advance booking.

Sky Garden Logo View

There’s an option to book a table at one of the Sky Garden’s bars/cafes: Skypod (great cocktails), Darwin or Fenchurch Seafood. You’ll get a table for 2 hours as well as the access to Sky Garden.

Celebrating 1 year in London:

Sky Garden

There’re a great view of Shard, Thames, Canary Wharf, City of London, Isle of Dogs, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London from up there. I’ve spent 2 hours enjoying the view and sipping the drinks up there, and already booked the next visit.

London Skygarden View


2014 rewind

#2014 rewind

From 2013 resolutions: moved from Moscow to London. Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels. Dover, Cambridge, Chester, Coventry. New job. Plane spotting. Got a bike, but take a train (this is a south-west train service to Waterloo only), tube (please, mind the gap between the train and the platform) and a night bus (seats are avaliable on the upper deck).


City of the year: London, Amsterdam
People of the year: colleagues, new people in London
Language of the year: British English
Food of the year: fish&chips, cheddar, wild rocket, danish waffles
Drink of the year: ale
TV series of the year: Fargo, Black Mirror, True Detective
Accomplishment of the year: moving to London
Songs of the year:
“Far From Any Road” by The Handsome Family (
“Take me to church” by Hosier (
“Once Upon A Dream” by Lana Del Rey (
Книга года: “What I talk about when I talk about running” by Haruki Murakami
Perfume of the year: Chloe
Beauty product of the year: Lolly Tint by Benefit, More Brows by ModelCo
Store of the year: Uniqlo, Hema
Quote of the year: “Hey, dude, you really shouldn’t drink and horse.”
Purchase of the year: iPhone6
Gift of the year: ollo clip
Evil of the year: nationalism
Concert of the year: Six Organs of Admittance (25th October, London)
App of the year: Slack
Clothes of the year: plaid shirt
Luck of the year: getting a visa in March in a closed visa centre in Kiev
Fail of the year: fitness
Game of the year: Monument Valley
Animal of the year: fox
Technology of the year: grunt
Amusement of the year: spotting planes from a bridge
Place of the year: Cineworld, Wetherspoon, Pure Gym, Shakespeare’s Globe
Museum of the year: Museum of Brands (
Performance of the year: Skylight by David Hare (…/ntlout6-skylight)
Website of the year:
Gadget of the year: drone
Desktop app of the year: Mou, Text Expander
Event of the year: Farnborough Airshow 2014
Loss of the year: voluntary
Actor of the year: Matthew McConaughey
Actress of the year: Emily Blunt
Powersong of the year: “Firework” by Katy Perry (
Movie of the year: Nymphomaniac, Million Ways to Die in The West, Gone Girl, Boyhood, Only Lovers Left Alive, Lego, Edge of Tomorrow
Meme of the year: ice bucket challenge (remember that?)
Youtube video of the year: Action Movie Kid
Cover song of the year: “Wrecking Ball (The Country Version)“ Gregory Brothers

Jesus is now 2014 y.o. Hurray!

Pure Gym

Best gym ever

Just finished my first workout at the gym. And I want to write a post about it!

Why, I just didn’t expect a gym to be so appealing. With this many enjoyable things and details. For the record, I’m not a gym rat, though I’ve been to ~10 gyms (also in different countries) and those gym experiences were more or less similar — until this time. Take out your notebooks, gym owners.

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Moved to London

So, I moved to London. It was somewhat long and exhausting process with painful paperwork delays, but the significant bureaucracy part is now over, and all the fun has just started!

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Zombies, Run! 2

Running + Zombies = Awesome

There’s one awesome geek app I was eager to write about for some time now. It’s about running – and zombies. I’ve been running for a while now with Runkeeper, and noticed that there’s another running app called “Zombies, Run!” which can be linked to it, posting the run logs and sharing with friends. So, I decided to give it a try ($3.99 for iOS/Android).

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23andMe review: getting a personal DNA report

* This post contains several updates on the current status of 23andMe project and my story as a customer, from making an order in September to receiving the report on February. Read on to get the whole story!

First, there’s a little intro to the whole thing. Have you heard of 23andMe ( Feel free to skip further if you have. is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California that provides rapid genetic testing. The company is named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell. The company provides health and ancestry DNA service that delivers you medical information based on a DNA sample that you send to the lab.

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Behance Meetup. Beijing, 2012

This week I’ve attended an annual Behance Portfolio Meetup hosted by Instant Hutong as a member of the Hatchers team. It was a great event, thanks to all the participants for the great time and inspirational talk! And a special thanks to Marcella and Stefano from the LocalDesignStudio for taking the initiative and bringing up the creative folks together. Check out these websites of some truly talented artists based in Beijing.

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Keep Calm and Subscribe

Starting this blog from scratch. There will be more technology and web related topics, links, resources and reviews. Keep Calm and Subscribe!

Keep Calm and Subscribe