Archives / July 2008

  • July 28, 2008 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    100% height model css?

    I had been looking around for a way to accomplish fixed header and footer on a website when scrolling, and somehow i haven’t got it right with background attachment: fixed, neither i got it with absolute position… I have a main Div called wrapper, inside there are three main Divs: header, content and footer, and […]

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  • July 17, 2008 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    Surya Namaskar | Salutations to the Sun

    Practicing sun salutations regularly can produce longevity, efficiency, strength and improve overall health. You can make your waist and spine flexible through sun salutations. You can tone up and beautify your arms and broaden your chest. If your spirit has started sagging lately, practice sun salutations to revive and rekindle your lost and drooping spirit. […]

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  • July 7, 2008 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    The Complete CSS-2 Specification

    You can get a complete Specification of CS 2 from here. Just Click on the following Link.Cascading Style Sheets, level 2

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  • The Web Standards What are Web Standards about? A mindset change Semantically correct markup What is valid code? What is accessible code? Why use CSS to separate content from presentation? A CSS based site in action How do your VISITORS benefit from Web Standards? How do your CLIENTS benefit from Web Standards? How do YOU […]

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  • ഇന്നു രാവിലെ:ഒരു ഇടിയപ്പത്തിന്‌(നൂല്‍‌പ്പുട്ട്) എട്ടു രൂപ; മൂന്നെണ്ണത്തിന്‌ 24 രൂപ!ഇടിയപ്പത്തിന്റെ default കറി കടലക്കറിയത്രേ!! അതുകൊണ്ട് ചോദിക്കാതെ തന്നെ അതു കൂടെ കിട്ടും; അതിനു 15 രൂപ!!ഒരു കുഞ്ഞു ഗ്ലാസില്‍ മുക്കാല്‍ ഭാഗം ചായ (കുറ്റം പറയരുതല്ലോ നല്ല രുചിയുള്ള പായസം പോലുള്ള ചായ), അതിന്‌ 7 രൂപ…ആകെ 24 + 15 + 7 = 46 രൂപ…50 രൂപ കൊടുത്തപ്പോള്‍ ഹോട്ടലുടമ പറഞ്ഞു ബാക്കി 4 രൂപ ഉച്ചക്കു തരാമെന്ന്… ഇനി ഉച്ചയ്ക്ക്:ചോറ്, എന്തൊക്കെയോ […]

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August 19, 1909: First race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Posted on Saturday August 19, 2017 - This Day in World History

On this day in 1909, the first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, now the home of the world’s most famous motor racing competition, the Indianapolis 500.

Built on 328 acres of farmland five miles northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana, the speedway was started by local businessmen as a testing facility for Indiana’s growing automobile industry. The idea was that occasional races at the track would pit cars from different manufacturers against each other. After seeing what these cars could do, spectators would presumably head down to the showroom of their choice to get a closer look.

The rectangular two-and-a-half-mile track linked four turns, each exactly 440 yards from start to finish, by two long and two short straight sections. In that first five-mile race on August 19, 1909, 12,000 spectators watched Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer win with an average speed of 57.4 miles per hour. The track’s surface of crushed rock and tar proved a disaster, breaking up in a number of places and causing the deaths of two drivers, two mechanics and two spectators.

The surface was soon replaced with 3.2 million paving bricks, laid in a bed of sand and fixed with mortar. Dubbed “The Brickyard,” the speedway reopened in December 1909. In 1911, low attendance led the track’s owners to make a crucial decision: Instead of shorter races, they resolved to focus on a single, longer event each year, for a much larger prize. That May 30 marked the debut of the Indy 500–a grueling 500-mile race that was an immediate hit with audiences and drew press attention from all over the country. Driver Ray Haroun won the purse of $14,250, with an average speed of 74.59 mph and a total time of 6 hours and 42 minutes.

Since 1911, the Indianapolis 500 has been held every year, with the exception of 1917-18 and 1942-45, when the United States was involved in the two world wars. With an average crowd of 400,000, the Indy 500 is the best-attended event in U.S. sports. In 1936, asphalt was used for the first time to cover the rougher parts of the track, and by 1941 most of the track was paved. The last of the speedway’s original bricks were covered in 1961, except for a three-foot line of bricks left exposed at the start-finish line as a nostalgic reminder of the track’s history.