Thursday, December 31, 2009
I guess people are out celebrating the end of the year. I sit hear, staring at my screen, as I have been throughout 2009. I was here when the war ended, I was here when our cricket team was shot at, when Obama was inaugurated and just hours after MJ had died... 2009 is the year that unlimited broadband changed my life, for better or for worse! :D
Like Kaiser said in his beautiful post, life has been good to me... 2009 will definitely look like a good year in the long run. I left school, almost couldn't finish my A/Ls. I started blogging, and got addicted to twitter. I visited the Eastern coast after half a dozen years, and felt for the first time that all of this country was going to be MY country from now on. I made the most important decision I've made so far in my life, and if the past 5 weeks are anything to go by, I've made a wise choice (I hope I didn't just jinx it! lol). I saw love in the most impossible places, and saw beauty (and Sri Pada) in the middle of a concrete jungle. I learned more staying home, than I had at school in the year before! All in all, a year that went well...
There are only 2 resolutions I have for 2010. The first is to appear to be less of a know-it-all. Coz I do know-it-all, but that doesn't mean other people need to know, yeah? ;P
The second, far more important, is to somehow help elect a government that would actually get rid of import duty on Chocolates, so that I could afford to eat some more Cadbury 'creamy cappuccino flavoured milk chocolate with coffee crisps'! lol ;)
So, that's it for now. I wish you all a Peaceful and Prosperous Happy New Year! May all your endeavours be fruitful! :)
the kid who knows too much
no, really! :P
Monday, December 21, 2009
...that the Pannipitiya flyover would get finished during our lifetime? And now, thanks to the election, looks like it finally will! :/
...that politicians would be so good at shooting themselves in the foot? WE ALL DID!!! :D Some golden quotes:
- "Gota ordered them to be shot" - Gen. S. F.
- "The President's Fund has paid for Sarath's daughters' education in the US, and still does" - Gota (Awesome!!! People are dying without medicine and you'd much rather spend OUR money on your little puppy?!)
- "The biggest threat to our nation's environment, which is terrorism, has been successfully eradicated" - King M. (O RLY??! I thought your own ministers cut down more acres of rainforest a month than the LTTE managed to down in 30 years!)
- "The General called us and asked what to do when Homeland Security wanted to interview him" - JVP (okaaaay, so you're saying that he would've told them everything had you told him to go ahead with it?)
But in the midst of it all, I'm happier than I let show... isstrange! Must be my friends, I really don't appreciate them as much as I should! :)
Merry Christmas everyone!
Friday, December 4, 2009
P.S. Thankfully this post has nothing to do with me, but it's rather something that I heard and wanted to share...
Sunday, November 29, 2009
So, Meg wrote this post about growing older but not making a huge life-changing contribution to the world, and PseudoRandom (as always) made a very very good point, about making small changes everyday instead of wanting to make a giant change. This reminded me of something that I had heard, oh, just this Friday. Something I wanted to blog about but couldn't fit into that useless last post of mine, so hear goes nothing...
We had a lecture Friday, by Mr. Niranjan De Silva, the CEO of Metropolitan Computers, not the MEP. I learned more in that 1½ hour lecture than I had learned in a whole while. He started off by giving us the bad news. Although Sri Lanka had the highest per capita degree, diploma and other certification holders in Asia, we were also the least productive country in this continent. Raman Roy, the father of BPO had come here and said that he could get anything that the Sri Lankan do done better and faster by the Indians. Anyway, he laid out 5S as a way that we could improve productivity. He also made the very valid point that not enough Sri Lankans have a vision, a dream of where they would be in 10-15 years time. And he said "If you don't know where you're going, then any road will take you there", and told us about stories of interviews in which highly qualified people didn't get the job because they were lacking a clear vision for themselves.
He mentioned that Japanese don't believe in depreciation (not to be confused with wear and tear). He had visited a Toyota factory that had brand new machines. Or so they looked, until he asked the manager. He was told that all the machines were about 20 years old! See, apparently the Japs clean the machines and do any necessary repairs before they leave at the end of their shift. And the machines have remained as good as new for 20-odd years.
Ok, now to the point. He talked about Kaizen, or continued improvement. See, making big changes with your life can be disruptive and too drastic. He talked about how making gradual, small, but continuous improvements can make a bigger development. Apparently when the Japanese engineers came here to build the Southern Expressway (yeah the one with all the collapsing bridges) our bigwigs asked them straight away for 'The Biggest Highway in Asia'. The Japanese were taken aback, and thought how could one of the poorest countries in Asia maintain such a mammoth facility. But they then laid out a plan with a small number of continuous improvements, for example filling up the pot-holes in the current Galle Road, which would decrease travel time to Galle by 15 minutes, creating a 2 lane highway first and then gradually expanding that to a 4 lane one, etc., and at the end of 6 years, Sri Lanka would have the biggest highway in this part of the world. Obviously, those plans were scrapped... ;)
Ok, in conclusion, make small, but continuous improvements. Remember the story of the little kid who was walking on the seashore, throwing starfish that had washed up and were dying back into the sea? And the man asked him why he was doing it, what kinda change would it make, that he wouldn't possibly be able to save more than a couple of them? Remember his answer?
P.S. He also mentioned that reading material relating to the industry you're in for an hour every single day, was equal to getting a degree every 7 years. So Meg, if you want to improve your Sinhala I'd recommend talking with someone exclusively in that language for an hour, or in the spirit of Kaizen start at about 15 minutes and gradually increase the duration... :) You can call me if you want someone to talk to... ;) There. See. Shady! lol :D
P.P.S. This post doesn't even remotely do justice to the amazing, captivating speaker that Mr. De Silva is... if any of you get the chance to see him live, I recommend that you take it! :)
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Uni's been good, it's good to be around books and laptops and seniors who seem to have nothing but their presentations on their mind. Yikes, I'd be having to do those in an year too!!! But seriously, it feels good to be doing something productive again... :D
Ok, I'm going to end this by apologising to you peeps for this completely boring and pointless 'journal entry'...hopefully I have better stuff to write about *wink* next time! :)
Friday, November 20, 2009
Love your friends, you know how lucky you are to have people like that. They've stuck with you through thick and thin and you could certainly appreciate them a bit more. And FFS, be good to your little cousin bro! You haven't got much time. In 2 years he'll leave for Ingerlaand and you won't get to see him for 2 more years. You know what a pain he can be at times, but remember that he loves you, that you're his one and only Aiya, and that he'd be the closest thing you'd ever have to a brother. So drop the attitude, stop ignoring him, and give him a big hug for me, kay?
Don't worry too much about your studies, you're going to ace all the exams. But please, please, PLEASE FFS, don't do Applied ICT! You can throw away this letter and not take a word of advice I give, but please if you love your parents and don't want them to go through all kinds of crap because of you, do chemistry or something instead. You'll thank me for it!
You're going to be a lot less religious in the years to come, but that doesn't mean you'll turn into a immoral bastard. But try not to stop observing Sil with Ammi, sitting on the ground all day might not be fun, but atleast try?
Music, I know you aren't into it right now, but by next year you won't be able to live without it! Don't listen to stuff just because your friends like it. Delete the hip hop off your HD, you're never going to like that stuff and there's no point listening to stuff that you don't like. Music for you would be about happiness, so listen to songs that make you feel warm inside. A tip if I may: Next time you go to Kandy, rip 'I Feel Fine' off your uncle's Beatles' CD, put it on your phone (yeah you're gonna get one of those soon, and use it for the next 3 years and counting!), listen to it 3 times in a row. You shall be hooked for life! :)
OK, computers! You'll get rid of that old Compaq dinosaur next year. Be sure to get atleast 1 gig of RAM on the new machine, or you won't be able to play CoD4 properly! And PLEASE get a router when you get your ADSL, you'll avoid countless nights trying to compile your modem driver on Ubuntu to no avail! Oh, and webcomics. Start reading xkcd and Questionable Content, you'll love them! What? URLs? Google can find you stuff OTHER than porn you know, so start using it!
Right then, go and get back to whatever you were doing while pretending to study for your O's... and no, you'll never learn to study, sorry! :)
Older (only by a couple of years) you.
Thanks Cadence for the tag! I tag Kirigalpoththa and Black... :)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
My sources deep within the political establishment have sent me a detailed report showing the reaction of the incumbent on hearing this news... I shall, at great personal peril, share this report with you! *gulp*
If you're one of those people who have no idea what internet memes are all about, consider yourself lucky! lol ;D
P.S. If my body turns up in the middle of some rubber estate in Avissawella, you'll know who to blame! ;)
Monday, November 9, 2009
I remember the day I first installed you,
I remember carrying you around on a flash drive, spreading you like a virus,
I remember going to insane lengths to find out the admin password at school, just so I could install you!
and I DON'T remember how I survived before you, before tabbed browsing! :O
Happy Birthday Mr. Fox! :D
Friday, November 6, 2009
Anyway, I've been using ciphers for a long time... this one is particularly easy to crack for anyone with basic knowledge of the Greek alphabet... except moi! I can't decipher most of the stuff I write down in this, and recently burned a diary that was entirely written in this code because I was convinced that anyone but the intended reader (me) could read it... :/ funny noh?
Friday, October 30, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
And in the house is no longer a receptive place for life, all the junk that had accumulated during the last 16 years are being thrown out by the boatload, and yours truly feels like he might be the next to go! ;) The fact that I spilled half a bottle of Elephant House milk (yummy btw) in the car doesn't really help my fate either... My mom gave me the look after I started laughing at myself! :/
OK, my torrent's done downloading! I'm off to play some Sims 2 then... ;D (You see how I play the latest games na! Kinda like the dude here... lol)
Right then, going to finish this off by linking to this song I've been falling in love with... enjoy! :)
Shut the doorP.S. Imagine the smell in the car in a coupla days! "you won't see our Davy again" indeed! lol ;)
Cut the light
Davy won't be home tonight
You can wait till the dawn rolls in
You won't see our Davy... again!
Monday, October 19, 2009
But the highlight of the whole night was seeing a Lifehacker article which said that Firefox 3.6 Beta would startup in under 3 seconds... but this was proven to be a dream when I woke up this morning and Firefox was PMSing on me again, and took like 5 minutes to start up! -_- Oh Mozilla! Do you not want me to use your amazing browser? :/
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Also noteworthy is Papare Boy taking the "Which Tolkien character are you?" quiz and getting "Arwen"! pure hotness! ;D
So, in celebration of this glorious quiz result, I'm going to skip over Macca's good songs and post the most disturbing and distasteful song of them all... enjoy! :P
Monday, October 12, 2009
St. Fallen shared a cool and lightweight application called Screamer Radio that enables you to listen to a wide range of webcasts from radio stations around the world... what I like most about it is the ability to save the tracks onto your hard drive, something that I used to do by manually going through my Firefox cache, but is now only one click away! so we're basically using legal radio webcasts to illegally download music... niiiiice! lol ;)
My favourite station on it at the moment is Radio Luxembourg, which is the descendant of a famous station situated in Luxembourg that used to broadcast rock music to the UK back in the day... something like the offshore pirate stations in the movie 'The Boat That Rocked' I watched sometime back. That movie was good! The soundtrack was awesome! I'd definitely recommend it for lovers of '60s music! :)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Oh, and I stumbled upon this while on Facebook... :D
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Demarchy or lottocracy is a political system run by randomly selected decision makers who have been selected by lot.Sounds absurd and untried right?
Wrong! Life and death decisions are made by randomly selected people every single day, and this has been going on for quite a long period of time without major glitches.
An example of demarchy in most democracies is the use of a jury of peers in criminal cases. The jury is normally a body of randomly selected citizens who decide the guilty or not guilty verdict, which is a prime example of demarchy.One of the things I found really interesting is that Demarchy effectively ends partisan politics, the single most despised thing about democracies (and also end the enormous wastage of funds that goes into election campaigns as well as the process of holding elections and counting votes).
I'm not going to go on about Demarchy, because it has never been implemented as a system of government, but what would your reaction be if there was a proposal to make your elected representative, well, not 'elected' anymore? :)
Friday, October 9, 2009
But today, all of that seems to be forgiven (but maybe not forgotten) and Vietnam and the U.S. have become close trading partners. The level of development reached in this short period is telling of the resilience of the Vietnamese people and how they overcame the immense adversity that the Vietnam war caused.
I just love documentaries! :P (and I've noticed that Channel News Asia is making better and better documentaries with each passing year!)
anyways, the reason I thought I'd sharing this whole thing is because it gives me hope that maybe someday Sri Lanka would be able to leave all of those bitter memories behind and become a better place to live in... :)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I Need You is a song off The Beatles' fifth album, 'Help!'. Written by George Harrison it was prolly meant for Pattie Boyd, his (and Eric Clapton's! what was it with her and guitarists? lol) future wife whom he was trying to date (apparently unsuccessfully) at the time... good song I must say, they all look like they're freezing in that video though! ;) I can't also figure out what all the tanks/army dudes are sitting there doing! are they gonna bomb the fab four or something? O.o
So, one of my best friends knows about the blog now... wazzup Sai! :P :D
anyways, posting this coz I've kinda gone AWOL from the twittersphere and stuff... not to worry, I'm still alive and well... ;) *cue groans*
I was reading some of my older posts, and it occurred to me that this is not the first time I've found it hard to update my blog because I think too much, so I'm just gonna take my 'fukitol' pill and be normal again! :D
by the way, where have Harumi and MTC disappeared to? :S I totally miss you guys and your writing!
p.s. this better not get posted on the thread Sai! :P ;)
Friday, October 2, 2009
Getting Feedback: like you want to ask what the best phone in the 15-25k price range is, and someone (I'm willing to bet on Jerry) would instantly send a tweet your way giving you some info on the matter...
Direct traffic: using your twitter account to get more people to visit your latest blogpost or something... overdoing this is usually frowned upon (that doesn't stop *SOME* people though). Sharing links can also be listed under this category, so if you see a funny article or listen to a good song, you'd tweet the link and send peeps that way. Can also be used to rickroll someone! lol ;)
Read News: when a natural disaster happens, twitter knows first! when an important government announcement happens, twitter knows first! twitter users tweet from the ends of the world, so you know everything that's going on first hand...
Make New Friends: yeah, I can testify to the fact that your twitter buddies will prolly end up as real-world friends! :)
also something they haven't mentioned: twitter relieves stress! trust me on this, you get stuff like this sent at you, bam in the middle of a depressing day at work, and you just look at it and ROFL! instant stress reliever! :D
So, how do I get started?
First, follow people: Most bloggers and websites display the link to their twitter account prominently. Follow the likes of @cracked for ROFL tweets, @mashable for news on social networks and the internet, @cnnbrk for breaking news stories, @kottufeed for the latest posts from Kottu, and also follow our blogging community! Click on the reply button to send replies to any of their tweets that you find interesting, start a conversation! Retweet (which is basically repeat a tweet) any tweets that you feel you want to share! twitter is all about interaction, you have to actively tweet for it to be fun...
What Client Should I use?
Well, when I first started tweeting, I used their website mostly... and stuck with for ages, till I moved to my ever-faithful twitterfox (now called Echofon). I chose it over the other contender (TweetDeck) because it was lightweight and it sits neatly in the bottom corner of your Firefox window:
The only major complain you'd hear from a Firefox user is the fact that it only updates every 3 minutes (which is waaay too slow in the twitter world) and that when you close your browser, twitter is gone too (minor concern since most people never close their browsers these days), and the most common complain you'd hear from users of other browsers is that they can't use it 'coz they don't use Firefox!
Now we come to the stand-alone twitter applications: DestroyTwitter, TweetDeck (which I personally used and disliked) and Spaz are 3 that seem to be popular among our bloggers... Seesmic (which also has a desktop app) and Brizzly (still invitation only, but those aren't hard to come by) are 2 popular and easy-to-use web based clients, which means you can access them from anywhere and everywhere! I'd recomend Brizzly if you're already used to the twitter web interface and only looking for more functionality... You may also like to check out the recent Lifehacker poll on the most popular twitter clients.
Caution: Twitter is extremely addictive! Use with care! ;) :D
If you need any assistance feel free to send a tweet my way to @darthchavie! :)
(and no I didn't type this out at 2 in the morning, just trying out scheduled posts to see if it works! lol)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I complained sometime back that I hadn't written anything properly for quite some time... it's just that I've never been a natural writer, writing always seems to stress me out and take waaaay too much effort (unless I have exams, coz then posts seem to flow into my mind fully formed and ready to be published! lol)
But I'm tired of seeing the same old posts on the top of the blog so here I am, clicking on that 'New Post' button! Very little blogworthy stuff have been happening on this end of the line, unless you want to read a boring post on washing the car or spraying hormones onto bananas... (ok that sounds a biiit wrong! lol)
I'm talking about boring stuff that I can blog about, but this post is turning out to be even more boring! :S I'll stop now, and leave you with my excuse for not blogging:
Saturday, September 26, 2009
and using a small trick that I feared he might use, he's gone and created a fake 'Chavie' profile (http://www.blogger.com/profile/17930627408300739804)... Here's my real profile for comparison... he's been leaving comments under Indi's, Gadgetgirl's (under the name 'Purple Jangi') and David Blacker's names too...
so, if you get offensive comments under my name/DP on your blog, it's prolly him... forgive the fellow, he's just mentally unstable! :)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
we left Rathnapura at around 8.30, and took the upper route that would take us across Balangoda and a portion of the Haputhale climb, the majestic southern slopes of the central mountains...
The view below was simply amazing!
(stitched two images together for this one so excuse the rather crappy blending! click for larger image)
Passed Diyaluma, which was pretty dried up because it's not raining on the eastern slopes these days...
...and a few dusty elephants at Lahugala, which was quite extraordinary given the drought in the area!
and by sundown, we had arrived at the eastern coastline! After months of dreaming about the it after reading Kirigalpothta's and The Unsilent's posts, finally made it there! :D
On the following two days, we were treated to the wondrous sunrise on the eastern coast!
We did make a small excursion to Panama and Kumana, but nothing much came out of that except a pretty long journey time. I later regretted not visiting Komari instead...
The waves at A-Bay were pretty amazing! I had never experienced such powerful waves before, we all had a whale of a time getting struck down by waves and getting dragged back to sea! :D (it sounds pretty un-fun and dangerous, but seriously, it was the most fun I've ever had at a beach! lol) :D
On our way back we passed through Udawalawe, where we spotted about a dozen Elephants on the fence living off what the tourists were feeding them...
Monday, September 7, 2009
opening the door to find that friend you've been missing so much standing there, grinning from ear to ear...
putting every bit of effort in you into something and getting it to work like it should...
spending time with the family, when very little is spoken, but the silence conveys so much more... :)
coming back from a break to discover that you're tagged, re-tagged and tagged again! Thank you Su, Sig and GG! :D
ok, now I'm in Kottucatchupy mode, so will write about what I was upto later! ;)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
1. A – Available/Single? are they both the same? :S I am 'single and loving it!'... ;)
2. B – Best friend? that Fascist/Communist/Monarchist buddy of mine that I talked about on twitter... lol ;)
3. C – Cake or Pie? Chocolate Cake! :D
4. D – Drink of choice? I guess right now, It'd be Pineapple Juice! ;)
5. E – Essential item you use every day? haha need I answer this? the PC by far man! :D
6. F – Favorite color? Dark Blue and Sea Green
7. G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? haven't eaten either, I think! :D
8. H – Hometown? Colombo
9. I – Indulgence? Gaming? :D
10. J – January or February? hahaha August man! Kite season!!! :D
11. K – Kids & their names? it sure as hell ain't gonna be 'Albus Severus'! lol ;)
12. L – Life is incomplete without? my parents! :)
13. M – Marriage date? the day I give up my freedom! NOOOOOOOOO!!! :(
14. N – Number of siblings? nada! only child... :)
15. O – Oranges or Apples? (pine)apples? :D Avocados!!!
16. P – Phobias/Fears? heights and snakes... :|
17. Q – Quote for today? "Live and Let Live!" :)
18. R – Reason to smile? I dunno, I like smiling! I smile a lot! :S
19. S – Season? Rainy season? KITE SEASON!!! YAY! :D
29. T – Tag 3 People? open tag, as always! :)
21. U – Unknown fact about me? I was a monarchist too when I was 13! :O
22. V – Vegetable you don't like? Broccoli! *pukes*
23. W – Worst habit? my (slight?) evilness! :(
24. X – X-rays you've had? once... :|
25. Y – Your favorite food? Gotukola and Wattakka? :D
26. Z – Zodiac sign? Aquarius (and according to mom it justifies my laziness! lol) ;)
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share the ABCs of you.
4. Tag 3 people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let the 3 tagged people know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so that there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
random post #58 can be found here
I didn't have much to write about recently, well I did, but I chose not to on the blog, since the whole thing is kinda a fluid situation. Once it resolves itself (peacefully I hope! lol) I'd be really happy about it and then forget about it really fast as well! :D
Ok, I know that paragraph didn't make any sense but I'll keep it anyways for future reference... ;)
since this is a random post, it doesn't really have any topic, but looking at the last random post, I dunno, I feel like it's gotta have one, so here goes:
Blogger is finally growing up!
My favorite blogging service turned 10 just 3 days ago, and it's rolling out some impressive stuff to celebrate its birthday. Already we've seen hubbub (an impressive new feature that will turn your RSS feeds into real time streams! or in non-geek language: deliver your blogposts to your blog's readers lightning fast!), one click sharing of your favorite posts on Google Reader via blogger or twitter, and a new label cloud feature, but non of them have been as impressive as I anticipated. Plus, my flash based moving tag cloud (does anyone over at Wordpress.com have this? no? hoo hoo! :D lol) makes the label cloud redundant...
So here are my bets on what they're going to roll out in the next few weeks (or rather what I want to see them roll out!) -
- static pages (w00t! w00t!)
- better (ok ok Wordpress-style then) comment moderation (not that I'm going to use it! I don't delete comments... EVER! - unless they're spam)
- nested comments
- aand greater Google Analytics incorporation (something like a traffic info gadget...)
A complete list of suggested improvements can be seen here.
This was a useless post, but I'm going to publish it anyway! ;)
Footnote: just found out that the people who first created Blogger at Pyra Labs, went on to create Twitter... interesting! :)
Saturday, August 15, 2009
dude let's overthrow the government!
OK, now I know that your either laughing, closing this tab (DOOOOON'T!!!) or calling the Army HQ to tell them about a possible Coup attempt or something... :S ok I really don't wanna be dragged away in a white van so I'd keep this short and in-(or un-?)subversive as possible...
So I assume everybody's watched at least one movie about America's "War of Independence" right? It was one of those grassroots movements where people of all castes and creeds and professions (from the fancypants New York lawyer to the farmer from Virginia) got together, took their muskets along and overthrew the colonial government. After they did that, they wrote the most perfect constitution in recorded history... how perfect you ask? it has been amended only 27 times in the USA's 233 year existence. (in comparison ours, which is only 32 years old, has been amended 17 times already!)
Now let me get to the point. The people who wrote that document were the same that had fought in the war. And they were basically everyday people, who understood the problems that everyday people go through. That's why the constitution was begun with a "We the people" not "We the Barons" or "We the Noblemen" or stuff like that... And that's why the constitution itself provides Americans with freedom from government and basic rights that nobody can take away from them. It emphasizes "Individual Freedom" over "Government Intervention" and that instills that "I don't want the government messing with me!" attitude that ordinary Americans have, and makes America the "Land of the free", the world's most Libertarian country...
Now compare the situation here. We were basically a feudal society till 1505 (1815 in the Kandyan Provinces) and when the colonial powers took over they continued with that excising framework of control... basically why fix something that's been working for like 2000 years right? And when they gave us Independence in 1948, they gave it to a bunch of Elitist Noblemen. Who's the biggest savior of the peasants? Bandaranaike? oh didn't you know, he was like the richest and most powerful of them all! and the man who wrote (or should I say enacted?) our present constitution (which gives downright dictatorial powers to the Executive President I should add) was a part of that government that got us independence in 1948... man! like how cool is that??!
Now that you've got the background, here's what we're missing out on: citizens who give a damn about their rights, and who'd take it up with the government if they thought that their freedoms and way of life were at threat. And what have we got in this country? peasants who just go "Keep your head down son and the government will fix everything someday"! I hate it! I want a proactive citizenry who'd have tea parties and demonstrations, who'd ask tough questions from their Senators at their local town halls! I want a freaking government that UNDERSTANDS that it's only in power as long as the people consent to it and is hence kept in check. Is this all too much to ask for?
Yeah, you may go ahead and dial the Army now... :P
Friday, August 14, 2009
this made me ROFLMA(?)O :D
also: 50th post! a big thank you out to everyone who kept me blogging by taking time to leave a comment! THAAAAAAAAAANKKKKK YOUUUUUUU!!!! :D
I also noticed that I haven't written a proper post (like about what's going on around here... not that anything interesting ever happens! lol) in almost a month... should do that again sometime... :)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wordle of my tweets via http://wordle.net
- I have 26 twooshes (tweets where all 140-characters have been used)
- My top five words are: lol, rt, good, hehe, haha. (I'm a happy fellow no?)
- My top five hashtags: #pakcricket, #t20, #xkcd, #internetbeatles, #stupidthingsido.
- I have tweeted exactly 2222 times in the month of July! :D
So I'm going to take a leaf from 'Ze Book of Dili' and not tag anyone... coz it's way too much work to do the whole thing (tweetstats, then wordle, then screenshot, then upload) but if you think your up to the challenge, then consider it an open tag... ;)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
If you prefer the live video:
I will never love you more than the drummer of flaming lips
I will never love you more than Woody Allan movies
I will never love you more than the White album of the Beatles
I will never love you more than God only knows
I will never love you more than DVD's night with my girlfriend
And we talk about stupid things like feelings and men
I will never love you more than my boyfriend when I was 14
Even if he's now an asshole, I will never love you more
And you say, you love me more than everything
And compared to me everything is nothing...
I will never love you more than meeting Paul McCartney
And we asked him to play a song on my Ukulele
I will never love you more than Scandinavian Tour
Which was more than paradise we shall remember it too
I will never love you more than dancing to Phil Spector
I will never love you more than my Casiotone keyboard
I will never love you more than Daniel Johnston himself
For me he's more than God, I will never love you more
And you say, you love me more than everything
And compared to me everything is nothing
Ohh this is sweet, I just wonder what it means
You say you love me more, than all the girls you have before
Even more than music, even more than yourself
Even more than everything, but it's just a lie
So I will never love you more, than anything
I will never love you more than singing in the shower
I will never love you more than my Mac computer
I will never love you more than having a daughter
I will never love you more than peanut butter
I will never love you more than kisses all day
I will never love you more than cuddles all night
I will never love you more than kissing girls lips when they're really pretty
I will never love you more
I will never love you more
p.s. twitter should stop going down like this! curse the idiot behind these attacks! :@
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
there, taken with my trusty Sony point-and-click held at the end of a refracting telescope... really sorry for the crappy image quality, the cam didn't focus properly... :(
p.s: I don't think I'll be able to comment for a while, hopefully my old machine is repaired by Friday... :/
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Today, anyone with an average computer and an internet connection can go to the Moon or even Mars thorough Google Earth...
What happened to the manned space program in the last 40 years? We visited the Moon a couple of more times, docked a Russian space craft with an American one and put up Skylab, Mir, the ISS and various other space stations, and were generally stuck in lower-Earth orbit for 4 decades. Tsk Tsk Humans!
All this while the human race achieved immense leaps in the fields of computing, robotics and other sciences needed to make a journey possible... We created the shuttle, a spacecraft with unmatched capabilities, but never really used it to it's full potential. We sent dozens of very successful unmanned missions around the solar system (and in the case of Voyager, beyond the solar system as well!) and as I mentioned before, even a bored teenager sitting in front of a computer has more knowledge about Mars than NASA ever had of the Moon before the start of the Apollo program...
So what has kept our feet grounded on this matter? Is it Environmental concerns? I don't think so, coz every day millions of people start their day by polluting the environment with their car engines... Is it safety concerns? not really! (although there's a possibility that a solar flare can fry the astronauts like omelets inside the spacecraft... hik hik) Is it a lack of technology? Most certainly not!
So what's basically keeping us from Mars is the lack of political will, and a president who's willing to put his money where his mouth is... Our generation certainly needs a bold Kennedy, and till that day comes, we'll all have to do with Google Earth!
note: any comments suggesting that the Moon landing was a hoax will be given the Patented Buzz Aldrin Conspiracy Theorist Treatment! lol ;)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I finished reading like 50% of Questionable Content (from 600-something to the latest) and I love it!!! You really don't know who's gonna grab Faye's boobs next do ya? ROFL! xD So, I've been kinda glued to the PC for the last 3 days and mum called me an addict and made a big fuss about it. And she leaves today and tells me to go get a haircut. In the rain! Now you get why I'm whining ya? :)
Watched the Star Trek movie yesterday and I think I'm gonna be a trekkie... Woohoo! :)
aaaaaaaaand Firefox 3.5 (the greatest browser ever btw) apparently has a big security hole so don't panic, just follow the instructions here to patch up for now... DO NOT UNINSTALL FIREFOX AS IT MAY BLOW UP YOUR COMPUTER!!!
bad joke? :S
Friday, July 10, 2009
A big tree, a few buildings, clustered around a dusty pitch. He walks, soaking in the salty breeze, under the hot Colombo sun. Deserted, utterly deserted, is the scene in front of him. He walks in, through the doorway of the furthest building. Takes some time to look at the plaques and the pictures, note the familiar salty grime on the tables. Take the stairs, their look out post, the warning centre. Things haven’t changed one bit, even the garbage can is exactly where it used to be, all those years ago. Garbage can! He remembers that failed recycling drive… Does anyone talk about recycling anymore? Do they really talk about the environment like they used to? Or are we all just worried about something that they say is going to come, and abusing that fear for their own gain? His moment of thought brings him up another flight of stairs, he now looks at a deserted hall, rows and rows of chairs, neatly arranged. “Hasn’t changed one bit” he thinks, looking at the stage that he was scared to climb back then… He walks out the double-doors, into the dirty balcony, and stares out at the ocean, gleaming like silver in the midday sun, and breathes in a lungful of wet, salty air…
P.S: just testing out Windows Live Writer… pretty cool shiz! :)
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
- attributed to Albert Einstein
I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to write this down... but here goes nothing!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
- Driving exams are all good and well, but getting your license doesn't mean your parents are going to let you drive... Sad but true, I spent more time at Werahera that day getting my license than I've spent driving since. It's pathetic, so pathetic that I think I've forgotten how to do the clutch-balance properly now... ARRRGH!!! :(
- You may grumble what a bunch of idiots the school administration is, but at the end of the day they do their job... You have to apply for exams yourself and go to a gazillion places and rasti-fy to understand what a load of work they save you from!
- Blogging is amazing!!! maybe even better than Facebook?! :D
- Wars are long and bloody affairs... At the end of the day there are no winners, everybody just loses! People lose their lives, their limbs, their belongings and their freedom, sorta like that line from Won't Get Fooled Again: "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!" We need to let those people go!!! (and if you haven't listened to that song: DO IT! one of the best songs ever IMHO!)
- In a classroom, it's always better to pretend that you're below average! The people you befriend in that situation don't like you because you're smart and they can copy off you, but because they genuinely like you. *feels all lovey dovey* :) plus, you'll never get blasted by the teacher for doing better than him, right? ;)
- The British Council will NEVER call you back. You should always call them and find out whatever you want. Simple fact, talking from experience! This applies to government departments as well, although calling one of those will be a waste of your money, time and good health, unless of course you use Upahara! hahaha ;D
- Never say never, there's always a way, but it might be wise to ask for help! (That is, unless you're at an exam! haha) :D
- The most docile and innocent looking creatures (no I'm not talking about squirrels here!) can turn on you, with such force that you wouldn't know what hit you! Never underestimate the power of words...
- Never forget your true friends, they help you out when everything seems lost!
- Twitter is addictive! stay off it... ;(
- There's good music out there, hidden away by the sands of time...
- The internet is just awesome, you can uncover all these said heaps of good music, hidden away by the sands of time™ :P :D
- Never pay for music, we're poor enough already! (Viva la Pirate Bay!) ;)
- Learn to play an instrument, it's an investment you're never going to regret. (That being said, I haven't learned anything yet! hahaha)
- January exams are always easier than June exams! Trust me on this one... :)
- Depend on xkcd for all your life's decisions! :P
- NEVER EVER DO EDEXCEL APPLIED ICT!!! YOUR TIME IS BETTER SPENT LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE EVEN THOUGH YOUR PARENTS DON'T LET YOU DRIVE ANYWAY! It's just the most pointless subject ever, you don't even get enough marks for the time and effort you put into it... If you're doing London exams, do Cambridge, which is much more recognized. If you're forced to do Edexcel do something worthwhile like Further Pure maths or Chemistry (even if you're planning to do something computer-related at Uni), at least you'll get some good marks... :)
- Oh, and don't listen to rock music before an exam, it keeps playing over and over in your head when you're in the hall doing the exam... and you feel like singing along! :S (happened yesterday! The Rolling Stones were playing a concert in Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium! lol) ;)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2 : racial prejudice or discrimination
Now my question is this: If someone belonging to a certain race (let's say a Frenchman) says that his own race is somehow inferior and that all the ill traits and problems of his society are due to his race, does that make him a racist? I'm not pointing fingers or hinting or anything, the kiddo just wants to know, there's only so much that a Wikipedia article has and this just wasn't there... :)
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
will be 4 in another 15 minutes or so
I've been taking midday naps for the last couple of days
Mom reckons I've become lazy and the keyboard has become almost a bodypart
I've been tweeting like there's no tomorrow and have generally been making an arse of myself on facebook...
remember facebook of yore? with the neat news feed and neat everything, before the attack of the apps?
man it's like anarchy down there now...
I miss old facebook
I miss going to school, having homework to do...
I miss getting up at 5 in the morning, I miss watching the rising sun illuminate the garden.
I miss my friends, I miss being told to get a haircut! :D
I feel useless...
Might deact my Twitter for a while... :(
watched an episode from season 1 of 7th heaven today
Jessica Biel... nuff said! lol
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
- You write five words to describe how you feel about recent events in Sri Lanka.
- You tag five bloggers.
- You sit back and relax.
So my thoughts are:
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
- It tasted god-awful (well actually worse than I thought it'd be... lol)
- It didn't give me the desired effect, won't ever BUY it! (just like dragonfruit, so!)
- Mom would've been furious if she knew I drank that... *shivers in fear*
- Made me go all hyperactive (think insanely throwing paperballs right in front of sir's face) and made me say the f-word out loud (in the middle of a class mind you!) four times after I drank it! :S
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
So it was with very low expectations that I joined twitter, and that too only to follow 'famous' people... Now, one month and 1057 updates later (mostly @ replies though), I have gone through making new friends, finding out stuff (did anyone else know about fingermonkeys?? I sure didn't!), analyzing Kottu bitchfights (that was fun!), sharing hugs and other 'moments', debating television shows, movies and music, being at the receiving end of quite a number of old 'Thomian jokes', and of course that one instance of getting caught twittering at a class! The sheer number of updates show how addictive twitter is, and it doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon! :D
So, all-in-all, If you were a guy who should be studying for his final exams happening in less than 5 weeks (!!!), I wouldn't never never never ever never ever never (even if I hated you!) suggest you join twitter! Don't!!! Seriously! :P