Painted Apples Do you remember those email forwards that used to make the rounds ‘those days’? You know the ones that showed you how apples were actually painted red and then waxed to maintain freshness? And also that bananas were the advance force in an alien invasion aiming to take over the world in succulent fleshy goodness? No? Well, me neither until ...

A Buddhist Monk, Ven. Bowatte Indraratna Thera, set himself on fire a few days ago allegedly because of cattle slaughter and forced conversion. It kind of confused me.  Sri Lanka pretty much lives on a steady diet of meat. It’s not that Sri Lankans are huge consumers of meat, but there is pretty much something in every meal. Enough that it ...

Ok, while I might not be the most metro of metrosexuals I do try to at least nick (if not cut) a dashing figure, but recently I feel like an entire fashion generation has passed me by while my head was turned. I am now seeing buzz cuts and some strange tapered cuts and mohawks and faux mohawks (which are ...

I had thought that the problems with traffic police in Colombo had eased over the years, what with stricter laws and better enforcement practices. Things used to get pretty nasty a few years ago. Police would stop you randomly, threaten to write you up, and then shake you down for a bribe. But now that the government is earning major ...

The Debater’s Disappointing Final Yesterday, I watched MTV’s The Debater finals. I was pretty impressed watching it. When I was back in school, debating tournaments were relegated to libraries or small auditoriums. It was the rugby matches and cricket matches that drew the crowds. Debating was for those small groups of intellectuals who could string a few words together coherently (mostly at least). ...

Are annoying little things. They seem completely arbitrary and if you haven to get one of them wrong people look at you as if you are socially maladjusted, mad at them, or just some crazy foreigner. Crazy foreigners can get away with a lot of things by the way. It’s not like I have Aspergers or anything, (at least I ...

I came across this amazing story today while going through my feeds, it was about how a guy called Leo Traynor was targeted by a troll for 3 years and how he finally tracked the troll down and confronted him. Trolls are the bane of anyone who spends significant amounts of time online, or has a fairly visible online presence. Sometimes they ...

I have been a bit lax with my writing so I am going to have to combine two days worth of thoughts in this one post. So far the biggest problems I have had are in selecting and preparing food. You have to constantly avoid the processed stuff, the starch, the wheat and the fats. Finding ingredients is another headache. ...

Probably the hardest thing about a really good diet is finding and preparing your food. I believe it is even harder for a vegetarian. I mean how much salad can one eat (unless you are a rabbit, then it is quite a lot)? If you eat meat, then a lightly grilled piece of chicken or fish will flesh out your ...

Ok, its only day 2 and I am already having a hard time. Ha ha. I miss my spices and chilli. It’s like going off a drug, you suffer from withdrawal. It’s also hard to find food that is not heavy in starch and processed stuff, and I am not interested in eating raw carrots all day. I ain’t a ...

Kottu Being Weird? Kottu is being weird this morning. There are a couple of similar posts from different blogs scolding Sanjana, also giving him a lesson in anatomy. Either there is something wrong with the Kottu feed, or there is an angry person with multiple blogs or there is someone mucking around. Clicking on any of these links lead you to nothing ...

This Diet Thing – Day 1 So I have decided to eat healthy for a week. And I mean real healthy. Now I am not obese and I don’t gorge on pizza and cake on a regular basis, but even a slight lapse into the delightful realm of junk food gets me wondering why my pants don’t fit anymore, and why my face keeps getting ...

Mediated Gallery After reading about Mediated on Groundviews, I simply had to go to the Sasika Fernando Gallery and see it for myself, even though all of the information was available on their site. The exhibition is brilliant. I have been a fan of visualizing data for the past few years, and while I have experimented a bit, this exhibition reaches new levels ...

MP Pulling Goats Again Our Minister of Public Relations (Disasters) has done it again. He is holding a protest at Muneswaram Kali Kovil on September 1 to prevent the animal sacrifices that are part of the religious festivities that happen there. Hundreds of Buddhist monks and layman are also joining to protest to save those poor goats. Now I understand that Buddhism is ...

Religious Double Standards Three French tourists on holiday in Sri Lanka took photos of themselves posing with Buddha statues at the Embekka Devale. Now the photos were not very respectful, but what do you expect? They are French. The French are known for cutting heads off royalty, disrespecting religions, food, sex and running away. The studio responsible for developing the photos patriotically ...

I cannot think of a worse job for a serious introvert than sales. Except maybe a ringmaster for a circus. Or a TV anchor. Or an anchor-ringmaster in the middle of a newscast about the circus. But definitely sales; sales sucks. It goes against your grain. It goes against your friggin genetic code. It goes against the grain of ...

Poop vs. Manure The Pessimist: “What a load of shit on my lawn. I think I want to die.” The Optimist: “What a lot of lovely manure. I think I will grow me some strawberries.” Ultimately everything boils down to a matter of perspective. Life is never going to be easy, or to settle. I love that word: ‘settle’. We are always ...

This May Day Fuss Do not go out on May Day, seriously. Unless you like to watch large crowds of dehydrated, sweating, yelling people, or like to catch up on your reading in your car, in the sun, on the street. I do not remember May Days being this crowded in the past. Bus loads of people came into Colombo just to take part ...

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