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Sunday, 31 August 2008

In Bruges

In Bruges

Artistic, melodious, violent. Just like a dream.
(Official Site | Wikipedia | Apple Trailers)

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

In Rainbows album cover

In Rainbows – Radiohead

I know, I know, was I living under a rock all this time? Maybe I was. A few days ago the “House of Cards” music video rang my bell, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

US Open Tennis draws for 2008

Now featuring up–to–date singles draws for this year’s U.S. Open Grand Slam. Matches start on the 25th.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Dive Into Python book cover

Dive Into Python

Dive Into Python is a Python book for experienced programmers.

And a very good one too. I especially liked the ‘diving in’ philosophy throughout the book, like in chapter 2:

You know how other books go on and on about programming fundamentals and finally work up to building a complete, working program? Let’s skip all that.

You’ll also find plenty of bits like this one from chapter 5:

Java programmers who have been taught to believe that the world is a better place because == in Java compares by identity instead of by value may have a difficult time adjusting to Python’s lack of such “gotchas”.

Another one from the same chapter:

As a former philosophy major, it disturbs me to think that things disappear when no one is looking at them, but that’s exactly what happens in Python.

Some nice humour goes a long way in making the mundane task of learning yet another programming language a fun task.

If ever you plan on learning Python, make this your first read. Oh, and it’s written by Mark Pilgrim.

Profanity Works

It seems that profanity can work as a record button for the brain. It brings people to the edge of their attention as they’re trying to figure out whether they’re supposed to be offended or inspired. And then the content warrants the emphasis, the idea seems to stick better and longer and with more affection.

Yeah it does!

Friday, 15 August 2008

Walt Disney Animation Studios website

Nice simplistic design with some gorgeous artwork. (Via Gus Mueller)

Monday, 11 August 2008

xkcd on Google Maps

Google Maps is great and everything but their directions recently made what should’ve been a 20 minute trip a 1 and a half hour hunt.

Friday, 8 August 2008

High Court orders ban on plastics in Delhi shopping centres

Good news. Let’s hope the government is able to enforce this ban.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Space Tourism posters

Awesome retro–style tourism posters for interplanetary space travel. Got to take one of those trips. (Via Subtraction)

Location–sensitive car park signs

Very clever design for directions in one of the last places you’d expect to find clever, innovative design — a car park. (Via Daring Fireball)

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Last-lap Losers

[Dan Gurney] soldiered on with no more than the dregs in the tank but only made it as far as Stavelot on his last lap.

Graham Hill inherited the lead but his fuel pump broke on the last lap. That left Bruce McLaren leading for Cooper but as he neared the finishing line (which in those days was after the La Source hairpin instead of before it) he too ran out of fuel. He came out of the last hairpin and rolled down the hill — as Clark blasted past him to win.

Some other racers who faced similar situations like the heartbreaking mechanical failure with race leader Massa’s Ferrari in the third last lap of yesterday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

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