Another New Theme Update

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I loved my ultra minimal Edin wordpress.com theme while I used it. Now it’s time for a change. So I’m shifting the focus from showing the full text of the post on the front page. Instead a “magazine”. After 700+ post I feel I should give the old stuff an airing. The new theme is the […]

Free Traditional Sinhala Motifs and Designs

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I added digitised drawings of traditional Sinhala designs and motifs to my Flickr account. They are licensed as public domain works. You can use them for any purpose without needing permission from me. Due to time constraints I haven’t been able to name them yet. That will be another project. So is cleaning these up…

Handwritten blog post about writing

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I scrawled some thoughts on writing on paper. Don’t know when or why. It took some scratching around. But here it is. I think it sums up what I feel about “writing” after banging out a blog since 2007. It also epitomises what I feel about Nibble Writing.

No time to write ? Practical writing tips for the time starved

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Nibble Writing is a life hack for people without time to write. This post covers the essential practical how to’s. I kept them loose to fit the diverse chaos most people call life. My earlier post introducing Nibble Writing gives context to the tips in this post. Reading it will help you make better use…

My Flickr photos are now public domain

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I am not a photographer. Just another slob who takes the occasional photo. For centuries I have had a neglected Flickr account.  I used it to hold photos illustrating blog posts. Now I have decided to put the photos I’ve taken into the public domain.  What that means, to quote the Creative Commons description is…

No time to write? Try this life hack.

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I don’t have time to write. So I jot words on the phone in the spare seconds scattered across the day. I call it Nibble Writing. It’s a life hack typical of the time starved. Not a saviour of writing dreams squeezed off the clock by the practical demands of staying alive. Nibble Writing can…

Immaculate old Mercedes Benz

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I’m not a car buff. Yet I’m quick to drool at old cars in fine condition. This mid 20th century Mercedes Benz is a classic example. Saw if cruising through the madness of Colombo traffic. It’s dignity got my attention before I realised how well maintained it was. Worlds away from the condition of another…

Aerial Photos: Sri Lanka Floods

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The Sri Lanka Airforce website has powerful photos of the current flooding. All taken from SLAF relief flights. The photos make words useless. Even the mundane ones hace a strangeness about them. The expressways standing neat and clean against the brown water. Rivers and the roads merged in the same flat colour. Each roof sticking…

Say cool in Sri Lanka’s heat – radical how to

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I have a simple radical solution for staying cool in Sri Lanka’s “hot season”. You don’t have to flee to your summer palace. Or seek the false refuge of air conditioning. All it takes is a simple change of perspective. Conditioning if you want a one word answer. Up for it? The solution has two…

Death threat downgraded

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This warning against dumping rubbish is a downgraded death threat. Version 1 had far dire warnings in 3 languages. I blogged about it long time ago. The current version seems tame. Yet it harks of technology (CCTV monitoring). The threat this time is to vehicles. Which hints that the culprits are not pedestrians. I don’t…

Portrait of an Immoral : Sri Lanka’s eternal elite

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His cologne takes your attention before you see him. Forcing your instincts to turn and notice. That his Versace, Patek Phillipe and the rest are real. That you are in the presence of a higher power. A power that does business with men who toy with the fate of nations. Over food, wine and single…

Tragic tales of Sri Lankan organisations

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You must have heard the story countless times. A Sri Lankan builds an institution from nothing. It could be a company, government department, an organisation or a movement. Success makes it significant in its field. Then the vultures descend. Ending in a tragic collapse/demise before its time. What survives is the rubble of forgotten achievements.…

Rural Sri Lanka’s Bondage Dominance and Sadomasochism Kings

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Rural Sri Lanka prospers from global high end Bondage Dominance and Sadomasochism (BDSM) culture. The link is not obvious. Yet it has gone on quietly for decades. As with anything to do with BDSM, the relationship is bound in hidden complexities. It began years before “50 Shades of Grey” mainstreamed a closeted world. When a…

Sri Lankan rules of power – as taught to me by its school system

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Seniority is power Unaccountable brutality is the true measure of “real” power Power must be demonstrated often – by sudden acts of physical and mental cruelty The prospect of random cruelty is an essential ingredient of fear Fear is the only true form of respect Servility and obedience are the only possible expressions of respect…

Manual typewriter in the blogging workflow

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This is my second typewritten blog post in six years. I think I did a better job than the first time I used a typewriter to blog. This time I got the old Lettera 22 “calibrated”. That means understanding it’s personality (quirks). I was extra nice to it. Dusted. Cleaned. Gave it a fresh ribbon.…

Kataragama photos late 20th century

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Pilgrimage to Kataragama is a long tradition in my family. Goes back to my grandparents’ time. Perhaps beyond that (one of them is said to have origins in the area). I was taken there countless times during my childhood. The photos in this post are from that era. A Kataragama weekend somewhere in the late…

Have you spoken to your cousins lately?

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Three kids meant a small family in my parents’ generation. That vast cast of aunts and uncles is unthinkable now. In my generation, that crowd of siblings is replaced by cousins. Looking back, not being siblings made friendships easier. Our relationships escaped the inevitable frictions between siblings. In its place a sense of kinship through…

Asterix in Ceylon (Taprobane) – vi things to note

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Don’t get hot under the collar by its disregard for the historical. It’s hilarious. Sri Lankan Asterix fans, will love this. Here are a 6 points to keep in mind about this impossible to find book: Image credit: Graphic by Marcos Piccin – CC Licence Oblix looks quite dignified in a Kandiyan Nilame kit. It doesn’t…

About page updated after 6 years

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After nearly nine years of blogging I updated the “about” page of this blog. There never was a hurry. The updated page is about this blog and the experience of writing. Not about me. Or may be it is. You decide and let me know.