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Thursday, 31 July 2008

Look ma, no Flash

A nice demo of the -webkit-transform and -webkit-transition CSS properties by Shaun Inman. You can also see the -webkit-transition property at work over at my Grand Slam draw charts.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Driver Debates: Fernando Alonso

Will be interesting to see how the rest of his career pans out.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s reply to the Trust Vote, or, BJP’s latest and most shameful attempt to unseat the UPA coalition

On BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate L.K. Advani:

Can our nation forgive a Home Minister who slept when the terrorists were knocking at the doors of our Parliament? Can our nation forgive a person who single handedly provided the inspiration for the destruction of the Babri Masjid with all the terrible consequences that followed? To atone for his sins, he suddenly decided to visit Pakistan and there he discovered new virtues in Mr. Jinnah. Alas, his own party and his mentors in the RSS disowned him on this issue. Can our nation approve the conduct of a Home Minister who was sleeping while Gujarat was burning leading to the loss of thousands of innocent lives?

Petty — yes petty — issues are the biggest road-block for India’s progress. How then do these issues manage to hamper the growth of a country so large and so populous? Well it’s because unlike those caused by care–free children, these can’t be put to rest or ridiculed since these are caused by old, narrow and conservative folk such as Shri L.K. Advani who people might (by not voting) appoint as our next Prime Minister.

On the proposed Indo–US Nuclear deal:

We have large reserves of coal but even these are inadequate to meet all our needs by 2050. But more use of coal will have an adverse impact on pollution and climate. We can develop hydro-power and we must. But many of these projects hurt the environment and displace large number of people. We must develop renewable sources of energy particularly solar energy. But we must also make full use of atomic energy which is a clean environment friendly source of energy. All over the world, there is growing realization of the importance of atomic energy to meet the challenge of energy security and climate change.

Why is it that when something good can happen, we hear war cries but when something bad happens, all we see are turned backs?

Monday, 21 July 2008

Mumbai’s water supply could go dry in 120 days if it doesn’t rain

High time people started to listen, don’t you think?

LinkedList Updates

Recent updates to both my sort–blogroll–using–feeds plugins:

Limiting the number of links (to say the 5 most recently updated ones) has been the most requested feature and I apologize for the delay in implementing it, but its here finally so grab the relevant release.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

The Dark Knight poster

The Dark Knight

Me after watching the movie:

Met my expectations, blew them away, left my mouth hanging.

If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it ASAP. Oh and if there’s an IMAX theatre in your city, make sure that’s where you treat yourself.
(Official Site | Wikipedia | Apple Trailers)

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Why Google Search is so awesome

For example, [Côte d’Or] is a geographic region in France – but it is a large chocolate manufacturer in neighboring French–speaking Belgium; and yes, we get that right too…

Examples of few of the “Technologies behind Google ranking” in action.

Spots on that Apple?

I really do think that, as Mac OS X has grown long in the tooth, and as Apple has tackled more and more priorities across multiple platforms — not just iPhone, but maintaining Windows applications too, and Apple TV, and the iTunes Music Store, and even the basically disappointing MobileMe — the company is starting to get sloppy, their ability to finesse details now compromised.

Not that I expect Apple (or anyone for that matter) to be perfect, but one of the characteristics that I admired most about Apple as a company was their eye for detail (not just in design) and I couldn’t help but agree with Khoi Vinh.

Being a programmer myself I’m more than aware that what might seem like a trivial feature to implement almost always ends up taking much more resources than one would’ve estimated but I feel the issue at hand is with quality, not quantity.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Unexpectedly Quit

Looks like its Adobe bashing month. Tsk–tsk.

Monday, 7 July 2008

The Dark Knight OST Artwork

The Dark Knight Soundtrack

Looking forward to the score almost as much as the movie. Already love “I’m Not a Hero”.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Melbourne to stage Australian Grand Prix until 2015

W00t w00t! Contrary to rumors suggesting there would be no Grands Prix held at Albert Park after the current contract expired in 2009 unless Melbourne hosted a night race, the Australian Grand Prix is staying home till 2015 without a night race. The race start however has been pushed back to 5pm.

Friday, 4 July 2008

Public Service Announcement

Mac users please do NOT install Adobe Reader 9 (or any version of Adobe Reader for that matter). There’s an application bundled with Mac OS X which handles PDFs beautifully on Leopard and just fine on Tiger. It’s called Preview. Use Skim if you want something more powerful.

In case you need more persuation:

101 Photoshop Tips in Five Minutes

How many can you eat?

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Scenes from a Franchise

Khoi Vinh on the Batman movies through the ages, echoing something that’s been on the back of my mind too. “Batman Begins” has set some high expectations for “The Dark Knight”, let’s hope Christopher Nolan didn’t forget his roots.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Quantum of Solace Poster

Quantum of Solace – Trailer 1

The name’s… well you know that already.

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