Thursday, October 30, 2003

If you have a sartorial bent, an interest in advertising or a sense of humour hurry on over to Obey the suit - a short movie advertising tailor-made suits from Lutwyche Bespoke.

It reminds me of that great piece of English research to underline the saying that "physics is what physicists do" - the Fink/Mao research into the theory of tie knots. Here they classified all aesthetic tie knots using a mathematical approach based on random walks on a triangular lattice.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Lots of .NET-related news coming out from PDC:

The future of ASP.NET - ASP.NET "Whidbey" - looks very nice. For starters, they promise to reduce the amount of code required by 70%. Say hello to new controls for login and authentication and better mobile controls and what looks like a much-improved controls and code-generation for data-bound user interfaces.

Longhorn, the next Windows. Lots of interesting stuff is available at the Longhorn Developer Center. It includes a new declarative XML-based programming model for designing GUIs, called Avalon. It looks like the web-GUI model known from ASP.NET "code-behind" model (ASMX) is now conquering the fat client world, too.

Oh, and distributed data cache are now easily hooked to the database so that cache entries will be invalidated when their underlying data changes. Declaratively, so you get it almost for free! Nice!

Another goodie: they are adding refactoring support to the VS.NET IDE.

There is much more info in the blogworld and the official propaganda - a good starting point is the PDC website and the PDC bloggers.

Monday, October 27, 2003

Outstanding product design and marketing for pomegranate juice. 100% WOW! Pom Wonderful (via Seth Godin).

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