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 ...

Damian Poosa (2000-2014) Achchi putting flowers on the little fellow’s grave. Our family cat Damian passed away last night. He was an American cat and it was fitting that he passed on the Fourth Of July. Damian was an ornery cat made happy by the love and care of my sister and parents. I brought him home on the day of my ...

How The BBS Attacks (A Tale Of Two Cities) This seems to be the basic BBS gameplan (for fucking up everything we’ve worked so hard to build after the war). It’s a cycle of outrage, riot, fear, repeat. It’s like the eightfold path to not being a Buddhist: 1) Find or manufacture an outrage 2) Distort 3) Bring a mob 4) Riot 5) Hope for a counter-reaction 6) ...

Buddhism And Racism Pirith string at a Sarvodaya ceremony. Buddhism is not racist. The ideas and practice of Buddhism involve meditation, perception of impermanence and ultimately what we would call a renunciation of self. Being a Buddhist, however, is not just that. Being a Buddhist fundamentally involves taking refuge in three things – the Buddha, the Dhamma (his teachings) and the Sangha ...

The Tragedy In Aluthgama Picture from the BBC, via Republic Square (RSQ). I haven’t written here in a while because, well, I guess I haven’t had much to say. I’m been writing about food and leisure at YAMU but, well, somethings gotten in the way of that now. In a way we could sense it because of the constant halal debate on YAMU, ...

What A Colombo Revolution Might Look Like (Thailand) Protestors in Bangkok. Photo by Thomas Galvez There’s a section of Sri Lanka – call them UNPers, elites, ESE, Ceylonese, whatever – that really really dislike Mahinda Rajapaksa and everything he represents. They’d like to see him thrown out of power at the least and tried as a war criminal at the most. This amorphous population, however, cannot beat ...

Ali Baba And The NSA Banksy stencil photo by nolifebeforecoffee There’s been a lot of talk about Edward Snowden and the NSA, specifically whether he should be hanged by his neck till dead or treated as a whistleblower. I lean towards the whistleblower side, largely because it’s really hard to take the side of a monolith like the NSA over one human being. There ...

Anti Christian Christmas A Christian shop in Negombo. Shamefully, places of worship were attacked over the holidays – both Christian and Muslim. In this case the attacks seem to have been Muslims attacking Sufis (a sect) and claimed Buddhists attacking evangelical Christians. Both of these acts go under the radar because they’re on what my friend Dinidu calls ‘minorities within minorities’. The ...

The Cantaloupe Crash Scene of the collapse from Nathashi Wijesundera’s FB Cantaloupe is an events management team that grew out of the old Colombo Nightlife crew, AFAIK. I’ve met a few of the directors and they’re nice enough, though those sort of events and nightclubs (Amuseum) are not my scene at all. They are, however, a scene which a lot of people ...

Action On The LLRC The LLRC The LLRC, which initially looked like a kangaroo court, actually turned out to be pretty good. After their recommendations looked like they’d be turned to mulch, however, it looks like they’re actually implementing them. If you’re unfamiliar, the LLRC is the Lessons Learnt And Reconciliation Commission. They documented the collapse of the cease-fire and final war and ...

The Hula Baloo Hulugalle (center) at the MCNS in 2010. Every now and then you get a soap opera without turning on the TV. In this case, what seems to be an affair between a government catcher and the wife of a businessman has blown up into 23 transferred police officers, public letters to the papers and the dissolution of the Media ...

Cop Killers Policeman at Lasantha Wickremetunge’s funeral. There’s a been a lot in the news about the cops executing people or, as the media generously puts it, drowning or getting shot while trying to escape. Recently a police constable and his wife were killed in Kamburupitiya by a brutal armed gang. That was a terrible event, taking place in front of ...

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