Archive for June, 2009

The Cartoon Project

June 29, 2009

My latest project has everything to do with cartoons. I’ve seen some crazy stuff only for today. Here’s one that I found quite amusing.
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.. and here’s another:
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5 day week

June 29, 2009

What a week it was! I started it listening to James Clerk speak on M. The day ended with a business get together at Barefoot Cafe’ celebrating the official launch of WSO2 Inc. locally. With the rest of the day spent at marketing meetings, Tuesday night was team dinner. I skipped that, as I was worried that I wouldn’t make it for Gayani’s wedding, the day after. And, I couldn’t risk that.

This beautiful girl got married on a beautiful Wednesday morning, and we were all there to witness the ceremony. I’ve been to quite a few weddings, but this one was very special. Apart from having worked with her for the last 3+ months, in which she proved herself as a very talented and a committed person, I also found her to be a good friend and a lovely person. Amidst a pile of work at office, and lots happening at home, she together with her fiance’, pulled off a fairly tale wedding that we enjoyed heaps.

Despite all great things that were taking place, there were also a couple of baffling incidents as well.

First and the most disturbing was the death of a girl from College, who was shot killed together with her mom and dad by her very own husband. Lakmali Perera aged 26, leaves behind her 2 young children, who will not only have to fend for themselves but will have to bear the shame of this shocking tale. Newspapers also reported that, at the time she was killed Lakmali was 2 month pregnant with the couple’s 3rd child.
On hindsight, I remember how hard growing up was. Without parents around, and such a huge tragedy to shoulder – the fate of these 2 young children are looking very wicked indeed. Sadly such is life.

Michael Jackson
As if things weren’t bad enough, there was also the terrible news of Michael Jackson passing away that we were woken up to on Friday morning. We grew up with listening to him perform those breathtaking performances. There were quite a few in school who mimicked his exact moves and to date I have not forgotten their performances in school talent shows. Whatever the world said about Michael Jackson, it must not have been easy being in his shoes. We loved him and will always cherish him for who he was. Long live the legend.

With all that’s happening around me, I remembered an old poem by Rudyard Kipling.

IF

If you can keep your head when all about you, are losing theirs and blaming it on you.
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too. If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, or being lied about – don’t deal in lies.
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating. And yet don’t look too good – nor talk too wise.

If you can dream, and not make dreams your master. If you can think, and not make thoughts your aim. If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same. If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken, twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, and stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools.

If you can make one heap of all your winnings, and risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss
And lose, and start again at your beginnings. And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew, to serve your turn long after they are gone. And so hold on when there is nothing in you, except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings nor lose the common touch,If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you. If all men count with you, but none too much. If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.

And, which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

OxygenTank New Library and SD TIMES 100: 2009

June 16, 2009

Returning to blogging after weeks of silence…!

Both myself and Eve suffered the viral fever and cough, and it was pretty bad. The flue and cough was basically everywhere, in schools and offices. As a nation, we seriously need to improve on health care – starting from garbage cleaning up and dumping – to clearing up mosquito breeding sites and controlling spreading diseases. If we could win a war against one of the world’s most deadly terrorist organizations, I guess none of this is impossible!

So sickness aside, there are 2 things that I wanted to report on, and both related to WSO2:

[1] For the last several weeks, the Oxygen Tank team worked hard deploying a new library solution that is now available at wso2.org/library. This cool new library deployment captures the essence of the last library deployment and the one before, to offer a composite solution. New library solution offers the ability to search by WSO2 product for library content, plus, search by category and tag cloud – all the while maintaining a list of the most fresh content on top. Do drop by and let us know what you think – we are always open for comments, so go ahead raise a JIRA requesting feature improvements or bug corrections in true open source development style!

[2] WSO2 recently won an award in the SOA and Middleware category, awarded by SD Times 100: 2009. We are proud and honored to be listed in this category as “leaders and innovators”, back to back in the last year and this. Thank you SD Times for the appreciation!