Mahinda On The Backfoot This is Mahinda’s election to lose. However, he seems so confused by the defection of My3 that he’s just reacting, and reacting badly. Mahinda’s campaign thus far has been plastering his face on every pole and deploying one idiotic Minister after another. He’s got all the money, he’s got all the muscle and, honestly, he’s accomplished a lot, but in ...

So, that happened. It must be tough for Mahinda. No matter how he tries to hold this political bag of cats together, someone always pops out. Last time it was Sarath Fonseka, from the Army. Now it’s Maithripala Sirisena, from the SLFP. These are both important bases of power for him. The Army and his own party. Mahinda is a wily old ...

Ranil Wickremesinghe is in a tough spot. He can’t win the Presidential election himself, and if his party wins then he’s basically out of a job as party leader. If only there was some way he could get power without winning an election. According to  Udaya Gammanpila (of the JHU), there is. In House Of Cards, Senator Frank Underwood angles for ...

The Yarl Geek Challenge concluded last week. This was an event conducted by the Yarl IT Hub along with Lanka Angel Networks to get geeks on the peninsula (Jaffna) connected with venture capital. As an event I think it went really well and they got some fundable ideas out of it. Above is an idea from Team Strikers, A.P.Yasindhu and ...

Pusswedilla is the closest thing to a politically agnostic satire that I’ve seen. For this Gehan Gunatilleke calls it a Trojan Horse, not sufficiently rebellious enough and ‘damaging [to] our political culture’. I’d venture that not rebelling to Gehan’s satisfaction is not the point. I say agnostic because I think Puss, as a piece of theatre, manages to send up ...

Man, I’m really not looking forward to this election. Elections suck in a normal year, what with the the faces of unattractive people plastered everywhere and the loudspeakers and occasional violence. Elections where the opposition has effectively conceded a decade ago are just depressing. The sad fact is and remains that the most viable opposition candidate – Ranil Wickremesinghe – has no ...

Christopher Columbus was a pretty awful dude. Besides not discovering that the world was round (people knew that) he enslaved natives, cut off their arms and hands when they didn’t bring him enough gold, raped and sold their women (including girls as young as nine or ten), and basically started the genocide of the original Americans. He should probably ...

Advertising is a weird business model. It’s not killing the golden goose, but it’s right on that edge. The proper metaphor might be goose-based autoerotic asphyxiation. You’re trying to balance money and fun without killing the whole thing. In order to sustain content, you need to stuff it as much as possible with distractions, but not so much that people ...

We’re so used to it that it ceases to be surprising, but it is actually quite weird that there are no scandals that can unseat a Sri Lankan politician. Being implicated in traffic violations or extra-marital affairs is enough to unseat many western politicians, but in Sri Lanka not even murder or rape will force you to resign. Think about, ...

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK may or may not have been beaten up by a government catcher at an official function in New York. He may or may not have resigned. I don’t know because the mainstream media reports nothing to really clarify. There’s basically a media blackout. And it’s not just this. When the police execute prisoners, ...

Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, has actually been jailed for corruption, 18 years after charges were filed. What a wonderful thing, that someone so powerful could actually be accountable under law. In her case, she was convicted of amassing wealth well above her sources of income ($10 million worth, including acres of land and 12,000 sarees). She’s actually in jail now ...

IKEA has a wonderful new ad poking fun at Apple by marketing their print catalog in the same breathless style. It’s a charming take on the merits of a book (no charging required, high resolution photos, instant loading) and really quite smart advertising. That said, it’s also a bit ironic. Don’t you think? 75% of the product images in this ...

The Apple Watch actually looks pretty nice. I don’t know how I feel about smart watches in general, but as one of them, it’s pretty cool. Some randomly cool features Remote Camera: You can leave your iPhone somewhere and see what the iPhone sees from your wrist. Creepy Sexy Cool. Heartbeat: like a personalized poke, you can send your heartbeat to another ...

Surfing The Space Winds The Problem: Exploring space is hard because you need a lot of fuel, which is heavy, which means you need more fuel, etc. Bad loop. The Solution: Surf the gravity around planets, moving slower but at little to no energy cost. In the 1400s the oceans were as huge and seemingly impassable as space is to us today. And early ...

At YAMU we develop apps but they’re nowhere near as popular as our website or print productions. They are however A) cool B) necessary and C) part of our customer lifecycle. We do, however, face some unique issues developing apps in the developing world. 1. Payments Don’t Work We can’t process in-app payments, at all. None of the app stores ...

The Power Of And Terror Of Awareness Right now everyone is aware of ALS because people are dumping ice on their heads. Not everyone is aware what ALS is (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). It’s what Stephen Hawking has and you can see what it does to the body. He’s lived much longer than most people with ALS can expect to, and it is a ...

Unlike prolapsing, hyperlapsing is awesome. Above is an hours tour through Colombo compressed into a few minutes (and edited in iMovie). We shot it on an iPhone running the app Hyperlapse, from Instagram. The tech itself is amazing. I really think that personal video is on the cusp of becoming as ubiquitous and high quality as personal photography has ...

The Daily Mirror – How Not To Do Web Ads The Daily Mirror (don’t click that) is the english newspaper of record in Sri Lanka. They have the most successful news website in the country which is also, simultaneously, quite possibly the worst website on earth. For reference I include something calling itself the worst website ever: I would venture that this intentionally bad website is actually more readable than ...

I was watching the VICE videos from inside ISIS controlled territory and struck by one thing. Well, among other things. I was struck by the complete lack of women. Anytime men are allowed to control anything – religion, power or the remote – they do terrible, inane or plain dumb stuff with it. Same goes for women having complete control ...

#84266194 / gettyimages.com In both Gaza and Mullativu, militants embedded within civilian populations were bombed at great human cost. What makes these cases different? In short, I’d say the difference is proportionality. Many civilians died in Sri Lanka, but a decades long war was ended. They died for a proportional military objective. In Palestine, however, many civilians died for ...

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