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How far are you willing to go for China's best tea? How far are you willing to go for China's best tea? The teahouse is one of the many Taoist temples to be found on each of the five peaks that make up Mt. Huashan. As the original inhabitants practiced asceticism, and didn't make a habit of traveling, they daily meditation was heavily accented by drinking tea. For this reason, over the years, this temple has turned into a teahouse. When seen on a map, the mountain range forms a sort of flower shape. The temple was built here because each of the five peaks needed to be populated in order to complete the flower.
It's not about any of the latest fads. It’s about building a team of smart people who get things done. And then getting out of their way. For more than ten years, Fog Creek founder Joel Spolsky has been teaching millions of programmers how to make better software. Watch Online Now Fog Creek Software Fog Creek Software
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Wiki - XorgEVoC For the last several years, X.Org was a participating mentoring organization in Google's most excellent Summer of Code (GSoC) program. This program provides approximately US$5000 to students to spend their summer developing code for an open source project. Each student proposes a project and is matched with an organization mentor who guides and evaluates the work. Wiki - XorgEVoC
Functions versus Scripts Anatomy of a MATLAB function Creating function m-files with a plain text editor Function Defintion Input and Output parameters Comment statements Some simple examples Calling MATLAB Functions Local Variables Flow Control if constructs Logical comparisons while constructs for constructs Functions versus Scripts See Scripts versus Functions. Anatomy of a MATLAB function MATLAB functions are similar to C functions or Fortran subroutines. MATLAB programs are stored as plain text in files having names that end with the extension ``.m''. MATLAB Functions -- Basic Features MATLAB Functions -- Basic Features
April 23, 2011 04:14pm EST Remember watching those time-lapse videos of growing plants in science class? They look pretty dated once you've checked out the same sequence through Google's new "GigaPan Time Machine" application, which lets you zoom in and out of a time-lapse video without losing resolution. "With Time Machine, the cameras capture these image mosaics at regular intervals to create a video with hundreds of millions or even billions of pixels in each frame. The result is a video that viewers have the ability to zoom in on while it's playing and see incredible detail," Google wrote in a blog post (see video demo below). Google Launches the Closest Thing to a Real Time Machine Google Launches the Closest Thing to a Real Time Machine
My Android/mbed powered home control system My share in the forum. mbed + android home control system. This was supposed to be my submission for the recently held contest but I wasn't able to finish the wireless part of the project. Anyway, the idea is having an Android based application capable of controlling parts of your house (lights, AC, locks, fridge temperature, garage doors, etc). My Android/mbed powered home control system
Parikshit (Sanskrit: परिक्षित्, IAST: Parikṣit, with the alternative form: परीक्षित्, IAST: Parīkṣit) was a Kuru king, who succeeded Yudhisthira to the throne of Hastinapur, according to the Mahabharata and the Puranas. Family[edit] His bodily existence ended due to the curse of a Brahmana, which used the Nāga king, Takshaka, the ruler of Taxila as the instrument of death.[2] Parikshit was a husband of Queen Madravati and was succeeded by his son Janamejaya.[3] According to the Mahabharata, he ruled for 24 years and died at the age of sixty.[4] A thesis based upon Ugrasravas’ narration suggests an alternate interpretation regarding Parikshit’s lineage. In this interpretation, Parikshit fathered a firstborn son with an unnamed putrika wife. Parikshit Parikshit
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As a software engineer, programming is not the only skill you need to develop. But it’s not a skill you should neglect, either; part of how you build your skill set is to become familiar with the widest possible variety of tools and approaches, including not only well-known, commercially-popular ones, but also ones that you almost never see included in job listings, that may lack the ancillary tooling (e.g., debuggers, libraries) that you might normally expect, and that rarely get used in anger, yet offer a perspective that’s different in some fundamental way from the others. If your goal is to broaden your mind about programming languages, for example, you’ll likely find, as I have, that the mainstream offers fewer opportunities than the fringes, and that you can future-proof your understanding of the mainstream by being aware of what’s happening at the fringes. You should therefore consider spending some time experimenting with “weird” programming languages. Why You Should Learn "Weird" Languages - Blog - Alex Thornton Why You Should Learn "Weird" Languages - Blog - Alex Thornton
When MATLAB 5 was released, some users noticed that the default image had changed. image colormap(gray(32)) axis ij A few users also noticed that the pixel values in the new default image were not integers. h = findobj(gcf,'type','image'); cdata = get(h,'CData'); cdata(1:3,1:3) ans = 11.2307 12.4251 10.4251 14.4251 15.7483 13.7483 12.3938 13.7483 12.7483 Is there something interesting about the fractional part? work - The Story Behind the MATLAB Default Image | Steve on Image Processing work - The Story Behind the MATLAB Default Image | Steve on Image Processing
Cottingley Fairies Cottingley Fairies The first of the five photographs, taken by Elsie Wright in 1917, shows Frances Griffiths with the alleged fairies. Interest in the Cottingley Fairies gradually declined after 1921. Both girls married and lived abroad for a time after they grew up, yet the photographs continued to hold the public imagination; in 1966 a reporter from the Daily Express newspaper traced Elsie, who had by then returned to the UK.
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A Pirate Hard Drive that provides Infinite Capacity !!! It happens allot and not just Play Stations. I ALWAYS OPEN THE BOX IN THE STORE BEFORE LEAVING.. I pay for it first though then at the register open it.