Vishal Sonthalia

50 Flips | 4 Magazines | 3 Likes | 1 Following | 1 Follower | @vishalsonthalia | Keep up with Vishal Sonthalia on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Vishal Sonthalia”

Benchmarks: Teach Yourself Python in Less than Four Months, Part II

In the first post of this series, I developed a self-study time table for beginner Python programmers, using MIT's free online Introduction to …

Discover the best its-bird-its-plane-its-table-turns-loveseat on Dwell - Dwell

Get a Daily Dose of Design<p>Sign up for the Dwell Daily Newsletter and never miss our new features, photos, home tours, stories, and more.

Jet stream blasts BA plane across Atlantic in record time

Boeing 777 reported at speeds of up to 745mph as it flies from New York to Heathrow in just 5 hours 16 minutes<p>Concorde may have been retired but a British Airways passenger jet approached supersonic speed this week as it rode a surging jet stream from New York to London.<p>The Boeing 777-200 jet …

Road Testing the 600 Horsepower 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO

Refrigerator white never struck me as a sinister color until catching sight of the GT-R NISMO approaching in the drop-off lanes of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, its black carbon-fiber mouth with red aero whiskers and carbon-fiber rear spoiler lending it an unsettling monster of the deep presence, a …

Straight outta Texas: The Apex Teton headphone amplifier

The Apex Teton was designed and built by Pete Millett, a man with a long history of making awesome-sounding headphone amplifiers. His Web site is chock full of DIY audio projects and experiments for folks handy with a soldering iron. Millett sees himself as "a lifetime electronics geek, I got a ham …

Audiophile

Watch GE Test Its Jet Engines by Putting Them Through Hell

Despite a highly-publicized series of accidents this year, air travel is one of the safest ways to move large numbers of people over long …

Somewhere on the Indian Railways

With 7,172 stations and 71,000 miles of track, India has one of the largest rail networks in the world. Roughly 23 million Indians ride these rails …

Planes Get Too Close For Comfort On St. Maarten Beach

It's a scene you don't normally see on the beach -- airplanes coming towards land almost directly on top of sunbathers, with tourists and locals alike occasionally diving out of the way of the jumbo jets.<p>But at Maho Beach on St. Maarten, close encounters with planes and people are almost an <i>hourly</i> …

5 Destinations Worth Escaping to for the Winter Holidays

It's almost that time of year again - the holidays are quickly approaching and I'm getting the itch to take a quick trip for the winter -- still deciding whether to escape the cold weather or surround myself in the beauty of it. Maybe you guys can help me decide. Here are the five destinations that …

International Relocation Success in 6 Steps

I often get asked the question: "What makes an expat relocation successful?" or "How can people to settle into their new home quickly?"<p>Part of the answer is quite simple -- regardless of where you're moving to or from. The secret is mostly in the planning and preparation -- getting organized. …

Adobe Creative Cloud Comes To Chromebooks With Photoshop

Google is quickly trying to flesh out additional functionality and features for their Chrome OS, beyond just basic apps that run in a browser window. The company recently announced the growing capability to run Android apps on Chrome as well, which opens up a world of opportunity for users that …

India's Mars Orbiter Does Good Tweets Too

Tweeting from space has been done before, but that doesn’t mean that it gets any less fun, cool, or exciting.<p>India is celebrating after successfully sending its first satellite into orbit around Mars. The country managed to pull off the impressive feat with its first attempt — unlike other missions …

Climbing Legend Reinhold Messner: "Like Kindergarten, They Go On Everest Now"

<i>Photo: Steffen Kugler/Newscom</i><p>Reinhold Messner, the world’s greatest mountaineer, turned 70 this week. To mark the occasion, I visited him at the Firmian Messner Mountain Museum in Bolzano, Italy. The castle there is one part of a six-museum complex Messner has built to link humans with nature, …

The world's strangest-looking airplane turns 20 | CNN Travel

Top 10 Elevator Rides

Top 10 Elevator Rides from National Geographic.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Journeys of a Lifetime</i><p><b>CN Tower, Toronto, Canada</b><br>The world’s tallest tower is a sheer stiletto that defines the Toronto skyline. A glass-fronted elevator whisks you up to the outdoor observation platform in 58 seconds. …

America's Snowiest Ski Resorts Must Be On Your Winter Bucket List

If you're sick of summer's heat and are itching for some snow, don't fret: Ski season is just a few months away.<p>That means you should start planning your winter jaunts now. In order to know which American slopes you should head to this year, it might be helpful to know which ones had the best …

Toronto

TravelPlaces of a Lifetime<p>Toronto hides its charms under a practical façade. "If it were a wine, it would not be fruit forward," says Canadian author Andrew Pyper. "You need to pour it into a decanter and let it sit for an hour." Indeed, this "wine" is reaching its peak now. The capital of <b>Ontario</b> …

Toronto

Here's Why Madeira Was Just Named The Best Island In Europe

Madeira, which is part of Portugal, is an archipelago of small islands located in the Atlantic Ocean about 350 miles from Morocco. It is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Desertas.<p>With incredible natural pools carved out of lava rocks, gorgeous cliffs overlooking the ocean, …

Expat Life: The Difference Between Traveling and Moving Abroad

An Original TRAVELBREAK Post by Stephanie Be.<p><b>Traveling is like a whimsical romance; exciting unpredictable, and passionate. But moving abroad, you strip the city an it's local culture revealing its demons and angels. You become vulnerable, dependent, and invested. The lust of wander is compromised</b> …

The World in a Cuppa (Tea)

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Andrew McCarthy journeyed all the way to India in search of the perfect Darjeeling, and wrote about the experience for <i>Traveler</i> magazinewrote about the experience for <i>Traveler</i> magazinewrote about the experience for <i>Traveler</i> magazine, but you don’t have to go around the globe to …

Raspberry Pi B+ marks first major upgrade to microcomputer

Gallery: Raspberry Pi B+ marks first major upgrade to microcomputer<p>Gallery: Raspberry Pi B+ marks first major upgrade to microcomputer<p>+ 2<p>+ 1<p>The …

Jacob's Well Is The Coolest Place To Swim In Texas

Think diving off the deep end is scary? Try jumping into Jacob's Well, which looks like the perfect -- if not terrifying -- way to spend a summer day.<p>Called "The Gem of Texas Hill Country," Jacob's Well is in Wimberley -- a short, 45-minute drive from Austin. The well was discovered in 1850 and is …

48 hours in Hiroshima

Friendly, picturesque and a paradise for foodies. This description might not spring to mind when you hear the word 'Hiroshima', but word is starting to spread about this most surprising of Japanese cities. As the first city in history to suffer a nuclear attack, Hiroshima has a dark legacy but it …

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

Hiking

Make your Android Device Smarter with these Handy Apps

The leap from feature phones to smartphones didn’t happen overnight. Slowly but steadily, our phones grew smarter and smarter until they’d become capable enough that we could fulfil most of our computing needs on these pocket-sized devices. The onset of powerful third-party apps spurred that …

Behind the Shot: Tommy Caldwell Climbs Above the Clouds in Switzerland

<b>Climber Tommy Caldwell tells us about this climb, the benefits of thick clouds, his decade-long Yosemite Dawn Wall obsession, and his favorite recovery food.</b><p>“I think most climbers will drool over this photo,” says top climber Tommy Caldwell, who has made several significant first free ascents in …