Second Anniversary and Icons Giveaway

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As of right now, DryIcons’ 2nd Anniversary Giveaway is over! The comments will be temporary disables and the winners will be announced at our Blog tomorrow!
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Dear friends of DryIcons,

We are very happy to share with you that DryIcons has turned 2 years! This joyous occasion is to be celebrated with some cake, so please have some.


A simple algorithm for generating Sudoku puzzles

I first came in contact with Sudoku a few years ago, back when I was a student. I traveled a lot, about three hours one-way at least twice a month, and it was a real pleasure “not” to waste my time just staring in the moving environment, although even that can be fun sometimes, but it gets a bit dull after the first couple of trips and then it simply makes you asleep :)
Few months ago I got obsessed with it, again, I’ve started solving Sudoku puzzles in a specialized Sudoku magazines (daily newspapers puzzles weren’t enough anymore), and it’s become a real office mind-stimulating treatment… Try making a short Sudoku-solving break every time you’re coding something, in a short time you’ll find algorithms leaking out of your brains, and coding faster than you’ve ever had :)… No, seriously, it has some strange positive influence on your (or mine at least) logic, maybe because there is so much logic in it… even though it’s so simple game.
I wanted to go deeper this time… you know “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”, find out more about it, reach for its “essence”, build an algorithm or two and then do a bit of coding.
It sounds like a story so far ain’t it :), yet this post is intended to be a showcase of some approaches and algorithms for creating a Sudoku puzzles and games. So let’s get technical…


Creativity at it’s best

A music video from the premiere mini album “Water Flavor EP”, from the Japanese band “Sour”, for the song “Hibi no Neiro” (Tone of everyday). The video was shot with webcams only, and the main protagonists are Sour fans from around the world.

“Hibi no Neiro” (Tone of everyday) Video


Great use of pop music in great films

The selection of popular music in films is one of the most important parts of the film-making project. The importance of music consists of that special, unique way music connects a certain scene from the film with the audience, much different from the narrative.
This connection goes far beyond, it connects you, the audience, with the film- on another, more personal level. Suddenly we find ourselves building relationships with the film’s characters because of their taste in music, we’re fancying the director/music supervisor for their selection of music, or we simply relate to the film better with the help of music.
This list is a personal selection of great use of pop music in great films.

“Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai in Napoleon Dynamite

“Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai in Napoleon Dynamite Video