Tuesday, March 31, 2009

on mobile-life...

I use mobile services heavily, and have come to depend on them quite a lot. I can remember, that it was a luxury only a few could afford only a few years ago..

Its amazing to think about how far it has changed each one of ours life style becoming a necessity from a luxury!

I personally depend on the mobile and the mobile services that i use over it so much, it has come to the point where without it, it would simply be crippling to most everything i do. While having all the tools of choice at our finger tips simplifies our overly complex life-style, we are adding another 'thing' to our list of necessities, without which we can't survive..that is a sort of a problem now, i feel.

Could it be possible, that this whole mobile life thing getting the best of me? I'm just thinking aloud..

Just received a poke on FB via sms, time to get online on messenger.. :D perhaps the answer will come to me in that.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

President Barck Obama on Jay Leno Show

This is pretty cool. Not just that he's funny and all, even the idea of U.S president coming to a TV Talk show is just awesome. President Obama is the 1st U.S president ever to appear on a U.S TV Talk show.

Contains Three Parts, and these were the best & complete ones i was able to find on YouTube so far. Please leave a link if there is a better version of this. I'm not sure if the complete Talk is available to download, should give that a look too.

There you have it.

Some time back current Iranian President came on Larry King Live which was again quite cool to watch, a post with embedded videos of that interview is here.

better odds with social media...

always wanted to get a photo like this, it just isn't happening

Caught an interesting piece on the radio today. They were on about -Where to meet women 2009- a list formed out with 10 best ways of meeting women for guys. I wrote it down as it went on, they were good enough to give a moment to find a pen and a paper, which is quite hard because i keep losing my black pens!

It goes like this,
10. Dance Classes
09. Wine Tasting Events
08. Dog Parks
07. Meetup.com Groups
06. Art Walks
05. Acting Classes
04. Fitness Classes
03. Community Service or Volunteering
02. Organized Trips
01. Social Media Web-sites

I wrote it down the other way as the radio said it, with few hearing errors. This is pretty cool for anyone who is on the look out. Some of the items in the list doesn't really apply to a majority of us in SL, but many of them does. The top of the list says it all, how far the Social Media has become a part of most of ours day-to-day life.

While i leave everyone to decide how good or bad this is, if you are interested in meeting someone, looking at the list i would suggest to get on the Social Media Wave, because it seems to have worked for most of the people and there is a good chance that its going to work for you too.

I think I'm more in to the conventional ways, but hey.., maybe i will take part in a blood drive or something, purely for the pleasure of experimentation, not that I'm on the lookout. ;)

The list and the details are on AskMen.com.

Monday, March 23, 2009

the heat and the bus ride...

YesFM hoarding in Colombo 08

Colombo is damn hot these days! If I'm in my room watching a movie or something, it feels like I'm just going to melt with this fucking heat! It's still the morning, yet it feels like its like mid-day. Putting on the fan doesn't help, at best what it does is sending a wave of hot-air my way.

I get on a A/C bus so i can get to work fast, not because it offers any luxury that are expected from them on other "normal" routes.., and 10 minutes inside, I'm sweating my ass off! inside a A/C! I mean, it's bad enough with most of the women making their way inside the bus with their 'wedge maneuver', and now its uber suckery!

Any guy who take the bus on daily basis, like me, would probably know what I'm talking about..Women in this country have mastered this technique where they simply put their hand through the people standing in the sides of the bus, grabbing hold of a seat, and 'maneuver' their way into the side, instead of having to go to the behind ( or front for that matter ) of the bus like any other normal person would. Just not that I'm not complaining too much, but sooner or later someone would probably break one of those maneuvering arms in two..and perhaps its the right time now..just thinking aloud. :D

Still, looking at the bright side of things, this ain't the worst route! not even close. Yes it gets closed for VIP movements like everyday, and if the parliament shit flinging is in session, then its worse, but at least the route is OK, I'm thinking..

I get to see the paddy and the green at the beginning( hehe, i practically live in one, but still..good is good ), around Kaduwela and Malabe, and then after making your way through some warm-up traffic before Koswatta, you hit the mother load right after Battaramulla..still not complaining! I like to look at the "Diyawanna Oya" while having my daily dose of morning show on the radio.

You get to Rajagiriya, and on the Castle Road you give way to all the pregnant ladies to get off the bus, and from there onwards its pretty ok i think. :D

I get off with nothing short of a struggle for my sack -where i keep my wallet and my camera and some other junk that I've gotten used to bring to office, and check if i have most of my body parts intact and walk my way to office passing Borella Cemetery..It looks quite calm and peaceful in there, specially when there is no VIP funeral happening, which is not very often.

I used to go all the way to Kolpetty before, passing Horton Place, and The Green Path. HP is ok, but it sucks thanks to the genius of the drainage system when it rains..but no rain is anywhere near, and if I'm lucky enough (kidding), i get a peek of cool kids at St. Bridget's & Otara's place for beautiful things to wear. I think i'm in love with that woman, in a totally fan to celebrity way.., love what she's done with the place. I find it refreshing there, and pop-rocks is fun to chew.

Green Path is nice, but i like in on weekends and at nights mostly. They have a lot of paintings on the side and i get to stare at the people who play tennis, and renew my plans for tennis. At late night its even funner, and i take photos if the coppers aren't near by.

Thats pretty much where the road ends and you get to Kolpetty, and you go about your way. This is just a look back on tiny good things on my route, because let's face it, bus travel sucks! and i need a reminding of these tiny good things.

They have changed the hoarding at D.S junction with a better one, still i so wish something on the same shelf with the YesFM Red Vs. Black party Hoarding, which is by far the best one this place have seen as i see.

I think the heat is getting to me, I'm just blabbering.!

Friday, March 13, 2009

head kandy...

Outside view of the Temple, Sri Dalada Maligawa.

So a relative got me hooked with this pass for the ceremony at the Kandy Temple. Its been a while since i was there last time, always liked being there. They don't have expositions every year, so its a kind of a big deal. Ah, they have this huge water fountain thing on the lake which i don't remember seeing before..must be a cool thing if you can get close to it.

Too long and slow bus, nearly 4hrs. and a massive queue to wait in line before getting in to the temple. If we thought the pass would get us in, we couldn't have been more wrong. That particular queue was insanely long..think its at least 2-3 kilometers. At least it didn't go all the way around the lake and further away like the other queues, so guess that's at least a good thing. Somehow managed to get in, and got to see the tooth relic on display, finally after many hours on queue.

Felt sorry for all the people who were on the queue for so many hours, and still who didn't get a chance to get inside. At least the exposition goes on for couple more days, today is only the 7th day in to it.

Old people, young people, sick people, people carrying elder people, people who can't walk, all of them squeezed on to a couple of queues. People pushing each other and jumping ahead of the queue and exchanging words, the whole works..think you can deal with that, probably should check it out..they give cold Lukspray for free.

A five month old was left out somewhere, and they were calling the mother ( they had the name somehow ) on the loudspeaker thing for hours, someone who was at the temple breastfed the little one as he/she was not doing too good without any food. What sort of a bitch brings a five month old to this sort of a thing and manage to lose it is something i don't get!

Met some people at the bus stop on the way back, who's been on the queue since the morning but still didn't get a chance to go in. :(

I get to Colombo late and have no buses on my route! Caught good old -literally CTB from pettah on a boring route, get off and have a kottu at a night kade. Damn..i was hungry..trishaw guy was alright, he didn't over-charge $$$ me to drop me home.

It's late, and i missed my badminton today, but for a worthy cause. People should choose what they want most, and not worry too much about the rest, is what i feel.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

on self immolation...

"he did this for the country", a one that looks like this perhaps...

Just came across this news article of a self immolation. I had actually heard of this sort of thing before. Details are a bit hazy as i heard it from my father or someone a long time ago, it was about these Vietnamese monks who burned them selves up in protest to the Vietnam war. Too hard to imagine, but true! Felt like a bloody heroic act, and still i do about that situation.

But now I'm thinking, this total fucking lunatic's name is going to go in history books as along with them.
I decided to sacrifice my life ... The flames over my body will be a torch to guide you through the liberation path
This is the suicide note speaking on behalf of him. I mean WTF! What fucking path of liberation is he talking about? Surely can't be one involving more dead Sri Lankans, -Tamil or Sinhalese!

The family goes on to say how proud they are of their son's 'sacrifice'. This is totally fucking retarded, I'm thinking. Then it hits me, this is just another that is going to add weight to the whole misinterpreted genocide drama. It used to be a confused singer who talks trash -a lot, now we have a fucking dead guy. dead weight!

What a waste.!

What's sad is that a lot of people, specially the tamils living outside of the country going to look at this as an act of heroism, just like the way i used to look at those monks protesting against the U.S brought war in Vietnam. And there is abso-fucking-lutely nothing i can do about it, I'm too afraid of fire!

This is seriously messed up, it's late and i still haven't got my lunch yet even.