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about 13 hours ago

Swift Code is a standard format of Bank Identifier Codes (BIC) and it is unique identification code for a particular bank. These codes are used when transferring money between banks, particularly for international wire transfers. Banks also used the codes for exchanging other messages between them.

  • International Bank Account Number (IBAN)


      
     

    Certain part of the world, especially in the Europe, Middle East & Caribbean countries adopted to use International Bank Account Number (IBAN) for international fund transfer. Remember to use IBAN if you are doing fund transfer to these countries.

     

  • IBAN format is very long, and it can be up to 34 characters. In order to avoid a mistake, it is wise to validate IBAN number prior making international fund transfer.
  • It is possible to calculate IBAN from an existing bank account number by using online IBAN Calculator. The required informations are depending on the specific countries, but normally, account number, bank code and branch codes are needed.
about 18 hours ago

31 Aug 2015: Explanation: Pluto is more colorful than we can see. Color data and images of our Solar System's most famous dwarf planet, taken by the robotic New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby in July, have been digitally combined to give an enhanced view of this ancient world sporting an unexpectedly young surface. The featured enhanced color image is not only esthetically pretty but scientifically useful, making surface regions of differing chemical composition visually distinct. For example, the light-colored heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio on the lower right is clearly shown here to be divisible into two regions that are geologically different, with the leftmost lobe Sputnik Planum also appearing unusually smooth. New Horizons now continues on beyond Pluto, will continue to beam back more images and data, and will soon be directed to change course so that it can fly past asteroid 2014 MU69 in 2019 January.

about 19 hours ago

20 Aug 2015: Precious Metal is a staple of the air racing community. The highly modified P-51’s striking yellow and polished paint job and its contra-rotating propellers are features that make it stand out, but the sights and especially sounds of its supped Merlin engine during a test run equates to a visceral crescendo of delight and amazement for anyone who loves mechanics and things that go really, really fast.

  • Unlimited Air Racing teams that fly Mustangs take Rolls Royce Merlin V-12 Engines (or the up-sized Griffon evolution of the Merlin in the case of Precious Metal), considered holy by many and priced accordingly, and pump their horsepower up by almost twice that of stock. This, along with fine-tuning the perfect propeller, and constantly clipping and streamlining the Mustang’s already sleek airframe and adapting its flight controls accordingly, is all in an attempt to make it around an 8.2 mile course a little faster.
  • Unlimited air racing remains the fastest racing sport in the world, and Precious Metal along with a gaggle of racing icons are about to go to war over Stead Field just outside of Reno on September 16th. Make it if you can; it is one of the most amazing spectacles you will ever see and hear.
about 19 hours ago

28 Aug 2015: A fascinating history of how Singer sewing machines emerged from a pack of companies starting from roughly the same place. In fact, all the companies had joined together to create the first patent pool so that they could shift from litigating the bejesus out of each other to growing the market.

  • So, this crowdsourced sewing machine could be sold and distributed widely. But why did Singer's prove to be the one with staying power? It was not due to Isaac Singer himself, who Liebhold describes as more of a “scalawag” than a businessman. Rather, it was the smart businessmen who took charge of the company, particularly lawyer Edward Clark, who co-founded I.M. Singer & Co. He created the company’s early advertising campaigns and devised the “hire-purchase plan” for customers who could not afford the machine’s high price—the first installment-payment plan in the United States.
  • The company expanded the practice of door-to-door sales, in part because the hire-purchase plan required canvassers to collect weekly payments, but which also allowed salesmen to bring the product into prospective customers’ homes, and show them how such a novel machine could simplify their lives. The company opened up flashy showrooms where it could demonstrate how the machines work (a scale model of an original Singer showroom will be included in the exhibit), and took machine demonstrations to county and state fairs.
  • Singer Co. also became active in buying up used sewing machines and tamping down secondary markets of used sewing machines. Like the latest iPhone today, Singer would roll out a new sewing machine model and encourage consumers to replace their old one.

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about 20 hours ago

Aug 2015: We had a large round table with eight diners and managed to order enough to fill and clear that table twice, nearly every dish pitch-perfect. Chengdu taste is far and away the best Sichuan restaurant I've been to outside of Sichuan province itself. In fact, it's a good deal better than some of the Sichuan food I had in China. For anyone who's ever wondered what the big deal is with Sichuan food, for anyone who's just never got it, this should be the first and last stop on your spicy and numbing journey of Sichuan discovery.

  • I wasn't a born skeptic when it comes to Sichuan food in the U.S., but I've been trained as one.
  • So it was with more than a bit of skepticism that I found myself sitting at a table at the Rosemead location of Chengdu Taste, a mini-chain of Sichuan restaurants in LA's San Gabriel Valley. I'd heard Jonathan Gold wax poetic about it. Our friend Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch vouched for it (and joined us), and our host, Phil Rosenthal (of Everybody Loves Raymond and soon-to-be I'll Have What Phil's Having fame) swore up and down that it's the best Sichuan restaurant in the country.
  • I'm not a purist in terms of "traditional" Sichuan cooking, by any means, but even modernized Sichuan dishes need to capture some of the essence of the region. The funky bite of pickles and long-fermented sauces. The sharp tang of vinegar. The careful use of chilies not just for their heat, but for their aroma and the way in which they can excite the palate and liven up other flavors. The careful attention to texture that range from slippery and oily to fresh and crunchy. And of course, when appropriate, the use of Sichuan peppercorns, again not just for their mouth-numbing qualities, but for their citrusy, piney aroma. Chengdu Taste has its share of the classics—mapo tofu, double cooked pork, kung pao chicken, and the like—but the menu is not slavishly dogmatic with its representation of the region. What is never in question is the chef's understanding of the soul of Sichuan cooking, even when creating new riffs on it.

      

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about 20 hours ago

18 June 2014: By now it is difficult to imagine that once there was a time when the utility, and even the possibility, of recursion in programming was in doubt. Yet that was true of the programming community around 1960. Even the committee that was to create Algol 60 was divided on the issue. How recursion got into the language is a story of intrigue and misunderstandings. I came across this story for the first time when reading Gauthier van den Hove’s excellent MSc thesis [11]. It is also the subject of Chapter 3 in [12].


  • McCarthy, fresh from the success of his Lisp project, was enthusiastic about recursion as an elegant way to get computers to do what they are best at: repeat execution of the same code with suitable modification each time around. In fact, the first Lisp had no iteration, so that the only way to add all elements of a linear list was to write a recursively defined function. As a member of the Algol committee he proposed making the possibility of recursion a feature of the new language. The proposal was crowded out by more pressing concerns. The result was that in the early months of 1960, when the report was to be finalized, there was no consensus on recursion.

     

  • There were plenty of reasons to be opposed. It was not clear whether it could be implemented: a flaky academic experiment like the Lisp interpreter was not an authoritative example for the solid, efficient compiler that the German faction of the committee had in mind. But committee members Naur and van Wijngaarden agreed with McCarthy that recursion was too tempting an opportunity to be missed. Van Wijngaarden had been egged on by his sidekick Edsger W. Dijkstra, who was in favour of recursion and who may well have supplied van Wijngaarden with his new, as yet unpublished, ideas about implementing recursion.
  • Naur was the committee member editing the final version of the Algol report. Two decades later Naur remembered it as follows [1]:

     

    The last substantial change of language concepts was the admission of recursive procedure activations. This took place as follows. […] [O]n about February 10, […] I had a telephone call from A. van Wijngaarden, speaking also for E.W. Dijkstra. They pointed to an important lack of definition in the draft report, namely the meaning, if any, of an occurrence of a procedure identifier inside the body of the declaration other than in the left part of an assignment. They also made it clear that preventing recursive activations through rules of the description would be complicated because of the possibilities of indirect activation through procedures and their parameters. They proposed to clarify the matter by adding a sentence to section 5.4.4.: “Any other occurrence of the procedure identifier within the procedure body denotes activation of the procedure.” I got charmed with the boldness and simplicity of this suggestion and decided to follow it in spite of the risk of subsequent trouble over the question.

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Aug 30, 15

10 Aug 1986: ''What you want is a well-lit room where the reading area is illuminated by a generous, focused pool of light, and the surrounding area by comfortable ambient lighting,'' says Jo Anne Lindsley, the lighting consultant at Synergy Consultants Inc. in Manhattan. ''What you don't want is high contrast between the area where you're reading and the far end of the room,'' says Carroll Cline of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design in Manhattan. ''The eye always wanders away from the printed page and then comes back. As the eye drifts from a brightly lit area to a dark, shadowy one, it dilates in the darkness. In a high-contrast situation, the eye becomes fatigued.'' While there are many ways to light a room, experts believe that specific kinds of shaded lamps are best for reading.

  • ''THE problem with lighting today is that lights are so specific,'' says Paul Marantz, a lighting consultant at Jules Fisher & Paul Marantz Inc. in Manhattan. ''The glowing light that Grandma's silk-shaded floor and table lamps provided made good reading light. But this kind of lamp is no longer in fashion.''

     

  • ''Eyes vary with age,'' says Dr. Alan Jay Friedman, clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at New York University Medical Center. ''The older you get, the more light you need to read by.'' Dr. Eleanor Faye, the ophthalmological director of the Lighthouse for the Blind Low Vision Service, says: ''The eye's need for more light to read by increases 1 percent a year. When you're 10, you can read by 40 watts or hardly any light. By the time you're 60, you need around 100 watts.''
  • But the doctors warn that too much light or glare is just as bad as too little light. ''When light glares from highly reflective surfaces, it's fatiguing and especially disturbing for older people with cataracts and retina problems,'' Dr. Faye says. Shaded lamps cut the glare and focus and modulate the light.

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Aug 30, 15

Some DVD and Blu-ray titles feature iTunes Digital Copy. With iTunes Digital Copy, you get a digital version of your movie in addition to the DVD or Blu-ray version. *Works with Digital Copy code provided by Universal and Sony - although they make iTunes redemption very hard to discover 30 Aug 2015.

Aug 29, 15

24 Aug 2015: Scientists have turned cancerous cells back to normal by switching back on the process which stops normal cells from replicating too quickly

  • The scientists discovered that the glue which holds cells together is regulated by biological microprocessors called microRNAs. When everything is working normally the microRNAs instruct the cells to stop dividing when they have replicated sufficiently. They do this by triggering production of a protein called PLEKHA7 which breaks the cell bonds. But in cancer that process does not work.
  • Scientists discovered they could switch on cancer in cells by removing the microRNAs from cells and preventing them from producing the protein.
  • And, crucially they found that they could reverse the process switching the brakes back on and stopping cancer. MicroRNAs are small molecules which can be delivered directly to cells or tumours so an injection to increase levels could switch off disease.

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Aug 29, 15

29 Aug 2015: While the meals listed below may not be the greatest, or fanciest meals of all time, they all are a part of Rhode Island. Eating them makes you a cool Rhode Islander

Aug 29, 15

27 Aug 2015: The social network once aspired to be a “global town square.” Is that goal still attainable

  • Using Twitter’s Streaming API, a live feed of approximately 1 percent of all public messages sent on the social network, I was able to chart the volume of tweets posted from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2014. Between January 2012 and March 2013, the volume of monthly tweets in the Streaming feed doubled. However, from April 2013 through December 2014, monthly tweets remained roughly constant, suggesting that Twitter’s growth, as measured by total tweets, has stalled at an estimated 440 to 480 million tweets per day. (While it is unclear whether the Streaming API offers a representative sample of the entirety of Twitter, the timeline below does appear to align with several known data points about the growth in total tweets per day over time.)

      

  • The visualization suggests that rather than growing outwardly and spreading to new regions, Twitter is largely growing inwardly and intensifying its coverage of locations where it was already popular, including the United States, Indonesia, and Japan. Twitter does seem to have expanded considerably in Latin America between 2012 to 2014, though the majority of the region outside major population centers remains unrepresented in geotagged tweets. Most of Africa and Central Asia is similarly blank, as is India, though the service appears to have gained some traction in northwestern India and northern Pakistan. Central and Eastern Europe have far fewer geotagged tweets than Western Europe does. And China—because of its ban on Twitter and domestic competitor, Weibois a void save for a few scattered clusters. In the Middle East, Twitter is making the most inroads in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
  • There is another potential explanation for Twitter’s stagnation, and it has to do with the way information is shared on the platform. Twitter has been unique among major social networks in that the majority of tweets are publicly accessible. In contrast, Facebook, and other surging players in this space like Snapchat, utilize a model more akin to email in which much of the content posted to the platform is private, available only to a given user’s network of friends. People currently seem to be gravitating toward social networks that emphasize control over message distribution, with a bias toward circumscribed communication rather than broadcasting to the entire world. Gary Vaynerchuk, an early Twitter investor, described this challenge in particularly blunt terms in March, suggesting that Twitter’s town-square model could be its undoing. Twitter has “become a massive firehose,” he said, and if it doesn’t “stop showing you everything, Twitter will die.”

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Aug 28, 15

Jan 2013: The Time Machine Buddy organises and displays the systems logs generated by Apple’s Time Machine Backup feature found in Mac OS X Leopard.   With this widget you will be able to quickly tell what is happening behind the scenes for the backup in progress or any previous backups.

Aug 28, 15

Aug 2015: This topic provides some troubleshooting tips for common Time Machine errors and problems.

Aug 28, 15

25 Nov 2014: The Vancouver-based author joins guest host Tom Power to discuss the "unthinkable present", how cyberspace (a term he coined) has colonized the real world, and why he thinks his reputation for prescience is undeserved. 

Aug 28, 15

28 Aug 2015: The oft-overlooked Gamay grape is making a comeback.

At Philadelphia’s a.kitchen, wine director Mariel Wega calls lighter-bodied red wine made from the Gamay grape "a sommelier’s secret weapon." And thanks to its versatility and food-friendly nature, Gamay—a long-maligned grape varietal grown predominantly in the Beaujolais region of France—is finally getting the respect it deserves.

  • Gamay’s substandard reputation dates back to the late 14th century, when the Duke of Burgundy decreed the grape’s exile from that region in France (he didn’t like the grape’s flavor), declaring it "despicable and disloyal," thus paving the way for Pinot Noir’s reign. But in the southern part of Burgundy, in the area known as Beaujolais, the Duke’s edict was largely ignored and winemakers continued planting Gamay. There, in the 1930s, the French appellation governing board Institut National des Appellations d’Origine created 10 "Crus" (wine areas) of highly-prized terroir (land), located on the appellation's best slopes. Regardless, Gamay in Beaujolais continued to suffer as winemakers adopted modern techniques in the 1950s like chaptalization (adding sugar to wine to boost its alcohol content), and began using artificial yeast to create both a signature bubblegum flavor and to speed up fermentation to ensure their "Beaujolais Nouveau" wines would be ready for the traditional spring release. Even now, many winemakers throughout the world still manipulate juice, though the practice peaked in France in the 1980s. (Today there are regulations in place against excessive chaptalization.)
  • In response to the excessive wine manipulation happening in the 1980s, a group of Beaujolais winemakers known as the "Gang of Four" took it upon themselves to reclaim their ancestral, pre-technological winemaking approach. Influenced by chemist and fourth-generation winemaker Jules Chauvet, these four menMarcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, Jean Foillard and Jean-Paul Thénevetpushed back against shoddy practices in the region. They stopped chaptalizing and added less sulfur (a preservative) to their wines. At that time, the men were deemed heretics for embracing a more natural approach to wine production, but over the years, and with the support of American wine importer Kermit Lynch, they proved that Gamay can yield beautiful, terroir-expressive juice.
  • Gamay is now grown widely across France and in some parts of the U.S., and is increasingly well-known for making highly quaffable, affordable wine. The ten Crus of Beaujolais display distinct flavor profiles and characteristics, with Morgon, Fleurie, and Moulin-à-Vent generally the most revered. Per France's wine classification system, following the Cru designation, the next most desired title is "Beaujolais-Villages," which encompasses the land surrounding the Crus. Finally, the most common and general appellation is simply referred to as "Beaujolais." Outside Beaujolais, there is plenty of Gamay in the Loire Valley, as well as in cooler U.S. climates on the West Coast like Oregon and higher altitudes in California. As well, one will find Italian Gamay in the Valle d’Aosta, a mountainous region bordering France.

     

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Aug 28, 15

2015: The architecture of radio app is a realtime, location based visualization of cell towers, wifi routers, communication, navigation and observation satellites and their signals. A site specific version of the app includes wired communication infrastructure embedded in the exhibition space. It's aim is to provide a comprehensive window into the infosphere.

Aug 28, 15

6 Aug 2015: That’s what makes EverBlock so dang cool. A modular block system with pieces as wide as a foot, Everblocks can quickly make life-sized, practical furniture solutions with some clever stacking. And they put your LEGO logic (and creativity) on display.

  • The plastic bricks come in 12 standard colors, including clear, as well a “premium” colors gold and silver. The full-size bricks also include two cable channels, allowing you to hide cables or thread the blocks with LEDs. Water and chemical-resistant, the blocks also accommodate reinforcement rods for more complex and load-bearing projects.
  • Everblocks start at $3.95 per block (for the quarter size). The company also provides a combo pack of 26 single-color blocks for $150. If the prices seem too steep, there’s a rental program available on request.
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