Designers should be arbiters of the truth: They should be the kind of people who stand up and tell it like it is, and that usually calls for courage. Kevin Mattice on how its incumbent on designers to stand up against evil.
Dan Mall on how to draw inspiration for interfaces from the type you choose to use.
Times of India flicks photos from flickr and publishes them without author consent, as this photographer reports.
Senuti is a free OSX app for copying your songs off an iPod or iPhone into your iTunes library.
30 graphic designers create 30 posters and give you their 30 reasons to vote for Barack Obama.

Observing Ramadan

A boy sleeps in a mosque while waiting to break his fast on the first day of Ramadan

The Boston Globe’s Big Picture featured ‘Observing Ramadan‘ , offering rich visuals of Ramadan being observed in different parts of the world. Ramadan is now slowly coming to a close with less than 5 days to go. Eid-ul-Fitr (Eid, in short), which marks the end of Ramadan, is expected to be on Wednesday (1st Oct) or Thursday (2nd Oct) depending on the sighting of the new moon.

Since You Been Gone..

.. a lot has happened. So here’s a quick life update, in reverse chronological order –

1. Attempting to grow a beard. I’ve sorta wanted to see how facial hair looks on me, but I’ve never managed to keep it for long. Everyday looking in the mirror involves a constant battle within me – whether to shave or not. Its been 2 weeks and there’s considerable change in appearance. The goal is to get somewhere close to the ‘Leonidas’ look in 300.

2. Experienced a drug-overdose. I did something really stupid the other day. I had started developing some sort of rash on my skin. I knew that Cetzine was a drug that had some anti-allergic properties but it was also used incase you had cold. The other drug everyone recommended was Avil. Now, I generally don’t take any medication without prescription, but for a small allergy I thought it would be best to go with the ‘wisdom of the crowd’. Avil came in 25mg tablets. I took a tablet in the evening and nothing happened for a couple of hours. My skin was still itchy and before going to bed, I took a Cetzine tablet too. The next morning, shortly after Suhoor (early morning meal during Ramadan) I popped in two more Avils. And I went to sleep. When I tried waking up after a couple of hours, I couldn’t. My body and my mind were behaving like two different entities. While I was telling myself to get up, I couldn’t. After another hour of twitching and turning on the bed, I managed to get up. My head was feeling hollow and I could hear sounds reverberating within it while my whole body became pale and extremely exhausted. I could barely move and every step seemed impossible for me. I quickly managed to consult a doc and got the necessary prescription for my rashes. I’m okay now. Thank God.

3. Bitten by the travel bug – The past year has been one hell of a roller-coaster year in terms of travel. I’ve travelled quite a bit primarily in the north and western parts of India visiting places with rich history and culture. There’s still a lot to see and experience and I hope to do more of that in the coming months. I’m also working on a plan to consolidate all of those experiences and publish them on this site.

4. Experimenting with a business idea – I enjoy taking photographs and have been doing so more than a couple of years now. I thoroughly enjoy shooting with DSLRs and also experiment with different lenses, apertures and lighting conditions. Photography can be quite an expensive hobby (or profession, depending on your priority) with equipment cost being the most forbidding one. The problem is that the cost of these equipments in India is way higher than what you would probably pay in, say the United States. Because of this significant difference, I always get mine from the States even if that means having to wait for a couple of months. I see an opportunity here. If I could get these equipments on a on-demand basis from the States and sell them here in India covering the cost of purchase and shipping, the price would still be way lower than what you’d pay for here. Obviously these are genuine equipments and come with warranty, so there’s no question of counterfeiting. The response so far has been quite encouraging and I did manage to sell a few cameras over the last few months. In case you or your friends are interested in purchasing DSLR’s, here’s what we have in store.

Ideo recently underwent a complete revamp of their website.
Photos of the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony – widely acclaimed to be the best ever!
Ideas are worth nothing unless executed“, says Derek Sivers. “They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.”
Mozilla Weave is the new Google Browser Sync. Just the tool you need to sync browser data and prefs across devices.
Time magazine on the emerging field of transformation design–a hybrid of business consulting and industrial design. This is precisely what we do at NID. The only difference is, we call it Strategic Design Management. (thx, B)
MSNBC’s Spectra is a visual newsreader that allows you to select news and view them in a 3D space. The interface is simple and stunning.
Two things I just cant get enough of – TypeRacer and Cameron Adams’ Cubespace. They are eating away all my productivity.
120 scanned pages from mid 70s edition of the book – World of Logotypes
How starbucks actually helps mom and pop coffeehouses.
100 things we didn’t know last year.
During TED talk earlier this year, neurologist V. Ramachandran explores how brain damage can reveal the connection between the internal structures of the brain and the corresponding functions of the mind. He talks about phantom limb pain, synesthesia (when people hear color or smell sounds), and the Capgras delusion, when brain-damaged people believe their closest friends and family have been replaced with imposters.
Why the French dont get fat. The key is to enjoy your meal with friends and family.
Corbis acquires Veer.
Why You Should Ditch That Zoom for a Classic 50mm “Normal” Lens – Garry Voth tells why.
Amazon launches MP3 music downloads.
A different kind of personal computer. “If you’re content with Windows Vista, fine – but you’re doing yourself a tremendous disservice by dismissing Mac OS X because it doesn’t work the same way.”
New iPods are gonna be out soon.

What Happened to This Site?

Today is Annual CSS Naked Day. To learn more on why styles are disabled on this website, visit the Annual CSS Naked Day website for more information.

Googlee

The RadioHead now provides tiffin services. Atleast, thats what Google ‘thinks’..

Update: They seem to have realised their folly!

Confess Your Sins and Come Clean

Come Clean is a fun flash advertisement for Method. The idea is to confess your sins and come clean about it. Come clean also allows you to view the recent confessions that people made. A few, are shown below

“I stole toilet paper from school because I did not want to buy it or my apartment.”
“I lied on my resume.”
“I used a used paper towel.”
“I voted twice.”
“I hate my husband’s mom.”

Check it out. Its funny!

GMail Bugs

Something caught my attention while using GMail today. A friend of mine had emailed me about his plans to come to Bangalore. I had replied almost instantly. GMail has this great feature of automatically grouping an email and its replies as a sort of conversation to keep things in context. Well, what caught my eye was the following-

Apparently my friend had emailed me at about 11:59 am. My reply to that mail would have been atleast 2 minutes later. But thats not what GMail tells me. If you look at the image above, you will see that I had replied to his email even before I got it! Wow! GMail must have thought that I have sort of extra sensory perception.

You would probably argue that its because both our system times dont match! That his email was sent to me with a time stamp of his system. Correct. But I simply could not have sent a reply 7 minutes ago to an email which I got only 5 minutes back!!! You see the point?

Is GMail becoming creepy?

The Good Food Guide – A Compilation

When it comes to food, there is no place like India. Just like its people, there is diversity in tastebuds too. From north indian favourites like chaats, sarson ka saag to dosas and idlis of the south, we have it all. One of the advantages of living alone, is the sheer pleasure of trying out new cuisines, restaurants and the many eat-outs that Bangalore has to offer. Quite recently a friend and I had made a sort of a pact; to try new places to tingle our taste buds.

I managed to compile and put up a list of all the places that one can try in Bangalore. Hope it is as useful to you as it is to me. Incase, I’ve missed out on anything, do let me know.

Indian cuisine

  • Golconda Chimney – Airport-Whitefield Road Tel : 91 80 2487 5532
  • Grills-N-Oodles – 8th main, Malleswaram Tel : 91 80 2346 4517
  • Herbs & Spices – Whitefield Main Road Tel : 91 80 2845 2803
  • Jamavar – The Leela Palace, Airport Road Tel : 91 80 2521 1234
  • La Casa – 4th Block Jayanagar Tel : 2691 0732
  • Lotus – Grand Ashok, Kumara Krupa Road Tel : 2226 9462
  • Maharaja Multi Cuisine Restaurant – 80 Feet Road, Kormangala Tel : 91 80 2552 6408
  • Monsoon – The Park, M.G. Road Tel : 91 80 2559 4666
  • Raaga – CMH Road, Indira Nagar Tel : 91 80 2525 2189
  • Ramana’s – Cunningham Road Tel : 91 80 2226 3200
  • Samudra – Gangamma Circle, Jalahalli East Tel : 91 80 2372 1042
  • Shezan – Cunningham Road Tel : 91 80 2228 7895
  • Shiv Sagar – Narayan Pillai Street, Off Commercial Street Tel : 91 80 2509 8892
  • The Monarch Hotel – 54 Brigade Road, Tel : 91 80 2552 1915
  • Samarkand – Gem Plaza, Infantry Road Tel : 91 80 2552 3901
  • Wanley Restaurant – 17th F Cross, Indira Nagar 2nd Stage Tel : 91 80 2525 3463
Andhra
  • Amaravathi Restaurant – 45/3 Residency Road Cross Tel : 91 80 2591 3718
  • Bheema’s – Church street Tel: 91 80 2558 7389
  • Gongura’s – 100 Feet Road, Koramangala Tel: 91 80 2552 5944
  • Maurya Andhra Style Restaurant – JC Road Tel : 91 80 2670 9222
  • Nagarjuna Residency – Residency Road Tel : 91 80 2591 3717
  • Nakshathra – 27 Lady Curzon Road Tel : 91 80 2559 0777
  • Nandhini Palace – Rajaji Nagar Tel : 91 80 2335 0055
    Gandhi Nagar Tel : 91 80 2220 3842
    Sankey Road Tel : 91 80 2344 8985
    Indira Nagar, 100 Feet Road Tel : 91 80 2528 8881
    Jaya Nagar, 4th Block Tel : 91 80 2699 1199
    Koramangala Tel : 91 80 2563 0202
  • Plantain Leaf – New Thippasandra Main Road Tel : 91 80 2529 7407
North Indian
  • Aangan – Lady Curzon Road Tel : 91 80 2558 2528
  • Dhanush – Airport Road Tel : 91 80 2527 6770
  • Magnum – Jayanagar 3rd Block Tel : 2653 0052
  • Nizaams’ – BDA Complex, Indira Nagar Tel : 91 80 2525 1097
  • Northern Gate – Gateway Hotel, Residency Road Tel : 91 80 2558 4545
  • Palki – Residency Road Tel : 91 80 2558 0440
  • Ramana’s – Cunningham Road Tel : 91 80 2226 3200
  • Samarkand – Gem Plaza, Infantry Road Tel : 91 80 2552 3901
  • Sigri – 42, Castle Street Tel : 91 80 2509 8308
  • The Basil Hotel -8, Sampige Road, Malleswaram Tel : 91 80 2331 5123
  • The Royal Afghan – The Windsor Manor, Sankey Road Tel : 91 80 2226 9898
  • Tiger Trail – Harsha Park Inn, Park Road Tel : 91 80 2286 5555
  • Tijori – The Atria, Palace Road Tel : 91 80 2220 5205
  • Treat Restaurant – 80 Feet Road, Indira Nagar Tel : 91 80 2528 2137
South Indian
  • Dakshin – Windsor Sheraton, Opp Golf Course, 25 Sankey Road Tel : 91 80 2226 9898
  • Konkan (Manglorean, Goan style) – 6th cross, 6th Block, Koramangala Tel : 91 80 2552 1530
  • Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR) – 11 Lal Bagh Road Tel : 91 80 2222 0022
  • The Palms – Highgates Hotel, 33 Church Street Tel : 91 80 2559 7172
Hyderabadi

  • Hyderabadi House – Raheja Arcade, 18th Main Road, 7th Block, Koramangala


International Cuisine

  • Civet – ITPL, Whitefield Road Tel : 91 80 2841 1678
  • Dahlia (Japanese) – Church Street Tel : 91 80 2558 0958
  • French Bread Pizza – Residency Road Tel : 91 80 5114 4111
  • Grasshopper – Bannerghatta Road Tel : 91 80 2659 3999
  • Sue’s Food Palace (West Indian) – Indira Nagar Tel : 91 80 2525 2494
  • Zaks (Arabian) – Coles Road Tel : 91 80 2530 1307
Chinese

  • Aromas of China – Richmond Circle. Tel : 91 80 2212 4275
  • Bamboo Shoots – Museum Inn, Museum Road. Tel : 91 80 2559 4001
  • Beijing Bites – Richmond Road. Tel : 91 80 2207 5060
  • Chinese Hut – 4105/4106, High Point, 45 Palace Road. Tel : 91 80 2226 7364
  • Chung’s Culinary Art, Varthur Main Road. Tel : 91 80 2854 0049
  • Chung’s Pavilion – 3047, 80ft Road, HAL 2nd Stage Indiranagar. Tel : 91 80 2525 4142
  • Chung Wah – 45/1 Residency Road Tel : 91 80 2558 2662, 2555 0053, 2558 0708
  • Continental Restaurant – Centre Point, 56 Residency Road. Tel : 91 80 2559 7756
  • De Noble House – Infantry Road. Tel : 91 80 2558 0208
  • Jade Garden Mahjong Room – Windsor Sheraton, 25 Sankey Road.Tel : 91 80 2226 9898
  • Mainland China – 15/16 St. Mark’s Road.Tel : 91 80 2227 7722
  • Mandarin Room – Grand Ashok Hotel, Opp Golf Course. Tel : 91 80 2225 0202
  • Memories Of China – Taj Residency, 41/3 M.G. Road Tel : 91 80 2558 4444
  • Opium – No 1, Carlton Towers, Airport Road.Tel : 91 80 2527 6770
  • Outhouse China – 26 Wood Street, Off Richmond Road ,Ashok Nagar.Tel : 91 80 2530 6555
  • Schezwan Court – The Oberoi, 37-39 M.G. Road. Tel : 91 80 2558 5858
  • Shangrila – Brigade Road. Tel : 91 80 2558 8994
  • Shangrila Bar & Restaurant – 182 Brigade Road. Tel : 91 80 2558 8994
  • Silk Winds – The Atria, Palace Road Tel : 91 80 2220 5205
  • Silver Wok – Sheriff House, No 85 Richmond Road. Tel : 91 80 2224 2288,
  • Taipan – Krishna Manere, 14/1 Wood Street, Richmond Road. Tel : 91 80 2554 5637
  • The Oriental Haveli – 100 ft Road, Koramangla. Tel : 91 80 2553 6239
  • Three Quarter Chinese – 2 Church Stree. Tel : 91 80 2532 7982
Italian

  • I-Talia – The Park, M.G. Road Tel : 91 80 2559 4666
  • Little Italy – 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar Tel : 91 80 2529 7482
  • Ragoo’s – 16 K.R. Road Tel : 91 80 2676 2940
  • Sunny’s – Kasturba Cross Road Tel : 2224 3642
Mexican

  • Latino’s – 9/11 Lady Curzzon Road Tel : 91 80 2509 8873
  • Little Italy – 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar Tel : 91 80 2529 7482
Sea Food

  • Chillies – Opp Bangalore Club, Residency Road Tel : 91 80 2207 5050
  • Kabini – Infantry Road Tel : 91 80 2286 8673
  • Konkan – Coles Road, Frazer Town Tel : 91 80 2506 6613
  • Kubay – Koramangala Club Road – Tel : 91 80 2552 1530
  • Oasis Restaurant – 1 Church Street, Off Brigade Road Tel : 91 80 2558 6081
Thai

  • Lemon Grass – 32, Castle Street Tel : 91 80 2536 1167
  • Shiok Far-eastern cuisine – 12 CMH Road, Indiranagar Tel : 91 80 5116 1800

Firefox 1.0 Features

Its slightly over a week since I’ve been using Firefox and I couldn’t resist the temptation to write about some of the features that I liked in it.

Here are some features that I like, in no particular order –

Secure site – Firefox makes it very clear when you’re visiting a secure website. The address bar glows yellow and a lock appears on the rightside.

The integrated search is a very good feature in firefox. It allows you to select your favourite search-engine from a drop-down list and even allows you to add one if its not listed.

As a part-time web developer, I find myself fishing through the output of the View Source… menu looking for some little snippet of code like a needle in a haystack. The Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox browsers have a great and little-known feature that makes this job much easier.

Select an area of a web page in one of the Mozilla browsers, and right click on the selection. Choose “View Selection Source”. This option brings up a view source window showing only the source from the area around your selection, the with exact source of your selection already selected in the View Source window.

Very nice.

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