I came across langpop.com earlier and it makes for rather curious reading. It contains a series of graphs that purport to show the popularity of different programming languages. Admittedly, the data is not at all scientific but based on relevant matches from various websites and search engines. Nevertheless it’s worth a passing glance, if for nothing more than seeing how your current favourites fare in the different categories.
Here is the top 10 based on the normalised results of all sites searched:
Monday, 26th May 2008 saw the launch of a new book called For Focal Sake: A 32 County Guide to Irish Slang. I had the privilege to review an advanced copy of this publication and have to say, it’s both hilarious and brilliantly put together.
It features a collection of the most popular slang terms from each of the 32 counties of Ireland, based on submissions to the popular slang.ie website. In addition, there is a brief (but informative) outline of each county including its colloquial name, names of some of the funnier townlands from that county and so on. My favourite part of the entire book has to be the collection of Irish words for being drunk – it’s absolutely priceless.
The front cover (below) is also great and would make a great T-Shirt!
Congratulations to Paul Hughes who has emerged victorious in the 2007/2008 edition of my Fantasy Soccer league. Paul’s team Ruckus FC held their nerve in the final few games of the season to score a narrow 8 point victory over Karl Spratt, a former winner. The winning points tally was 1,872 and beats the previous record by an impressivea 90 points.
The lack of clean sheets as well as the Didier Drogba sending off in the Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea (in which both contenders had two players from each team) killed any chances of a shock victory for second-placed Ian Brady.
What was interesting about this years competition was that, not unlike the real thing, there was only one point separating the top two teams going into the last Premiership game of the season (and a mere 5 points between them prior to the Champions League final). Also, with the exception of one Chris Gallgher, every one of the top ten teams this year were managed by former colleagues of mine from Eurologic and every one the winners from the other divisions are current colleagues of mine at TSSG.
Given that I’ve spent the better part of the last month preparing for summer examinations for my Masters, I found myself in need of regular enlightenment and succumbed to severe bouts of distraction in the form of YouTube and other such sites. Here is my final installment:
I defy you not to laugh along, especially to this little fella who sounds like he smokes a couple of twenty-packs per day!
With the long awaited release of the fourth movie in the Indiana Jones series, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, hitting Irish big screens next week, the creators of LEGO have pulled off another master stroke in the form of a new series of video games called Indian Jones: The Original Adventures. Here’s one of the trailers for the new game (and the new movie) that’s currently doing the rounds. If like me, you grew up on a diet of LEGO and Indie, you will love it!
What’s amazing to me about this is that it’s basically computer-generated animation that’s been made to look like LEGO. It’s normally the other way around. In any case, it is quite brilliant and an extremely clever move from a commercial sense.
Dan Haspert also has a short review of this same topic and you can see more trailers of LEGO computer games here.
Check out this priceless episode of Pingu where he attempts to go fishing but is outsmarted by a very clever sea lion. It’s not only another brilliant piece of animation by the creators of this adorable Antarctic penguin but is also extremely clever and very, very funny. All this and not a word of any language spoken other than his own expressive (and transcontinental) utterances.
Whether you have children or not, this is well worth watching and will bring a smile to your face.
The grep utility that is included with Solaris 10 does not appear to support recursive behaviour, unlike many flavours of Linux which do so using the -r switch. Until recently I had been using something like:
$ grep 'somestring' `find . -name '*'`
in an attempt to emulate a recursive grep but this doesn’t work too well when you run it from a high-level directory on your system (the size of the output from the find becomes too large for grep to handle).
However, I recently found a much better alternative:
$ find . | xargs grep 'somestring'
This is shorter and much easier to remember, although from initial observations, it seems to take a little longer to run but I can live with that since it works.
Yet another proud day for the TSSG as one of our spin-offs ZolkC, took home the UK Museums and Heritage Award for “Best use of Technology” at a gala ceremony in London last night.
The award was presented to ZolkC and the National Trust for Scotland for their Culloden Battlefield Guide, an innovative new service that provides an interactive tour of the site of the Battle of Culloden in Inverness, Scotland. The guide was launched recently to coincide with the opening of the new visitor centre at Culloden.
Well done to everyone who has been involved with this project at the TSSG and ZolkC.