iCal: disable page flip animation, stitched leather look

There are two ways to disable iCal’s agonizingly slow page flip animation:
  • Hold the ⌥ (option/alt) key while swiping/scrolling left or right. Holding ⇧ (shift) slows down the animation (as it does elsewhere in OS X).
  • Install “iCal Classic Page Flip” by Lukas Pitschl. It adds a preference to switch off the animation.
If you don’t like iCal’s or Address Book’s new looks there are two tools that let you change them: