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Don’t Dream, Its Over!

May 19, 2009

Yes, project Elam died a terrible death last night.

Exhilarating happiness I feel today, couldn’t find words to express. And then I found this.
Thank you, Mr President – you showed us what we are capable of. Hail mother Lanka!

අපටද රජෙකු ඉන්නෙ.. (we too have a king)

May 17, 2009

Pictures speak a thousand words. This one certainly does.

That was then.
And since, we’ve defeated terrorism without the support of a coalition. And without invading someone else’s country. And did they really think we will starve without their money?

The US government and everyone who supported them should be ashamed for what they did to us. You cannot set fire to the rest of the world and think you’ll be safe in there. How they weep when they are touched for a moment, go behind and destroy shadow of it, yet ignore us when it happened to us for generations. How they are so indifferent to us, it beats us. Just remember.. like its written in the stones, that ‘Those Who Cannot Remember the Past Will Be Condemned to Repeat It’.

Sometimes – all you need – is one great man.
Lest we forget.

Wanna Write In Sinhala?

May 8, 2009

සිංහලෙන් ලියමු.

    Install a sinhala font. On MacOS X, just drop the font in ~/library/font folder.
    Install FireFox Plugin Sinhala Transliteration
    Use F8 to toggle language
    As you type, browser will display text in Sinhala. Off you go!

The World Really is Full of Bull Shit

April 30, 2009

Heard it this morning that the Obama administration has decided to delay funds coming to SL through the IMF. Why, don’t even ask! Couldn’t care less though. Read the comment in the linked post, and I’m thinking, they are not white – they are all bloody pale!

Moved Blog to New Home

April 30, 2009

Back in the days when I first considered a blog, I was here and had put a post or two. Somehow I had not stayed, and looking back, its hard to say why. Well, I’m back again, and this time, I’m not the teenager I used to be. Instead, am quite an experienced blogger (eh!). This is also why I like growing old. You’ve made your share of mistakes, and learned your lessons – are better prepared to face challenges a new day brings. Know who you are and what you want.
You know it better as to when to say no. You know that everything has a price and you know the price to pay!

The price to pay for domain mapping in WordPress is $10 (do this being in WordPress itself). Considering usability, flexibility and simply good looks, I’d say it’s well worth the price. Nobody said its easy being this good looking!

On the other hand, importing posts from Blogger to WordPress is only a click away.
Go Tools > Import > Blogger and allow WordPress access Blogger, and you are done. Next, go visit your domain registrar and specify new name servers and let name server changes propagate through. Optionally, you could also go Settings > Domain in WordPress, to select which of the multiple domains listed there (* or * or *) should act as primary domain here on. Requests to all secondary domains will still work as re-directions.

First Ever YouTube

April 26, 2009

Inspired by Jonathan’s new site and all of its multimedia, I decided to put out my first ever YouTube performance this weekend 🙂 It is The Entertainer, a composition from Scott Joplin.

Its amazing the extent to which you recognize your own flaws, when you are looking at yourself from a distance. When you are in your own skin, they are hardly visible, and all departures are easily justifiable. I redid the recording a couple of times when I realized the negative effects of all additional staccatos I was playing. Years ago when my music teacher told me not to, I always wondered what the big deal was. Well, the big deal is (as I see it now), when you are in the audience, and short notes are played instead of long ones, the gap in perception, is huge.

Of course its no where close to perfection – its only a alpha;) But am excited to know what you think 🙂 (I also did Fur Elise the night before but its pretty dark. Ok its all black!)

Having Fun with the Podcast Mike

April 25, 2009

Regular readers of the blog should probably remember the new podcast mike that was to visit us in April. Well, it did, and what’s more? It also decided to stay back – for good! (kinda fell in love with us Sri Lankans;) Here’s it is making a guest appearance on the blog.With the completion of evaluations, together with a week long marketing meetings – I had plenty fun with the new gadget and didn’t forget to re-record my performance of “Sacrifice by Elton John” at Colombo university alumni that I did back in the late ’90s. Who said Blogger can’t publish audio!

Smiley Award

April 25, 2009

I proudly display the award on my work station I received back in November from our Marketing Director for “positive attitude and great work ethic”. The actual gift was a foot message from FootRub although I am yet to go for it! One of these days I will.

Those Who Cannot Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It

April 24, 2009

Wanted to record a frequent few encounters with security personnel in the heart of Colombo, while transporting a foreigner on a business trip.

During this trip and her last one, there were quite a few less-than-pleasant incidents, where security personnel at check points while attending to identity checks cracked unnecessary jokes (in an attempt to look friendly?), that resulted in both myself and the passenger being made to feel uncomfortable.

Let’s not get this wrong. There are hundreds of extremely polite and very well mannered armed security personnel on the streets of Colombo, doing a terrific job considering their circumstances and the situation that’s been in the country decades over. However, it must also be noted, that there is the significant rest, who’ve clearly not understood their role and are creating huge discomfort unnecessarily, trying to make victims of us innocent drivers on the roads.
At the entrance to the high security zone in Colombo, it is more important to realize the caliber of commutes that travel down the path and respond by adding in responsible and well behaved professionals that uplifts the credibility of Sri Lanka and its armed forces, than it is to have a bunch of so called English speaking junkies, who consider it their primary job role to crack a joke at every encounter with a female driver.

These would also be very important first steps towards winning the human war that sourced the the wide spread adoption of terrorist agendas among the minority groups. As excited as I am, (and relieved) as millions of other Sri Lankans, that we have finally come to the end of a war that we as a generation grew up with – let’s also remember to learn from our own past. Know where to stop cracking jokes and to draw the line. Treat each other with respect, so we won’t repeat those same mistakes that ended up costing us so much.

Lady GaGa – Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)

April 24, 2009