My semester exams are finally over. Here are a few things that helped me prepare for them and not lose my mind in the process! One important lesson I learnt last year is that none of the extra reading you do is of any use if you don’t know what’s in your lecture notes to begin with. So I paid close attention to my lecture ...

Social Media Workshop at the American Center Prasad Perera doing the workshop Last Monday I attended a social media workshop at the American Center. The instructor was a guy called Prasad Perera. He covered Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and digital storytelling. It was a very effective workshop. I learnt a lot there. Usually majority of the social media users use only the very basic features of the ...

Social Media Workshop at the American Center Prasad Perera doing the workshop Last Monday I attended a social media workshop at the American Center. The instructor was a guy called Prasad Perera. He covered Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and digital storytelling. It was a very effective workshop. I learnt a lot there. Usually majority of the social media users use only the very basic features of the ...

Dear Pop … I’m fed up, disgusted, and totally out of sorts with Duke University and formal education in general, for that matter, and I hardly see why I’m taking a crack at this Rhodes scholarship when I’m such an execrable student. Only the fact that this is my last semester keeps me from packing up and leaving. I’ve come ...

Danish microfinancing company CodersTrust is taking an interesting step towards helping third world citizens: teaching freelancers to code. Coders Trust identifies freelancers on oDesk with a penchant for good work and approaches them with a loan offer for $2,000 (a sizeable chunk of money when converted to our terms). The loan is shelled out gradually as coders pass designated classes ...

“The Walking Dead” in Real Life Have you ever thought that a zombie apocalypse is a possibility? Maybe you didn’t. But I’m afraid that, IT IS. I know, even the idea of it might freak you out.  But before anything, watch the following video. That’s right. Zombies ARE real. Cordyceps is a genus of Ascomycota (sac fungi) that includes about 400 identified species and many yet ...

More than just a mascot – Armadillo ball With the 2014 FIFA World Cup kick off just hours away there’s much speculation as to how well this year’s hosts (Brazil) are going to pull it off.  I’m not a huge fan of football but I do enjoy watching grand scale international events of this caliber for the simple fact that I get to witness a variety of cultures. Being ...

a) While abolishing the concurrent list is desirable, there are areas in which joint action is required, for instance – Rivers and Waterways, Continental Shelf, Mineral Resources of certain kinds, National Examinations and Quality Assurance, Energy, Tourism, Price Control, Epidemics. Some sort of mechanism must be devised for this. b) There are fields in which the national government must be ...

Increasingly, we are beginning to hit the wall with respect to Internet use because of constraints that involve people. We lack users with the skills necessary to use full potential of the Internet. We lack the innovative entrepreneurs who could develop the content and apps that would attract more of our people to the Internet. The problem is illustrated by ...

The controversial ingredient The world’s largest beverage-maker, Coca-Cola, announced today that it would remove a controversial ingredient from some of its US drinks brands by the end of this year. The ingredient, called Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO), had been the target of online petitions by a teenager from Mississipi who wanted it out of PepsiCo’s Gatorade and Coca-Cola’s Powerade. Rival company PepsiCo removed ...

In the name of talent Image from ‘Kolavari Sri lankan tuition song-By Risinu Gamlath’ video, courtesy Sirasa TV For a very long time now I have watched little children performing at children’s reality shows in Sri Lanka, which are marketed as children’s ‘talent shows’ in our country. Little children come on stage wearing costumes and makeup in the manner of adults and perform to ...

The woman in the mountains One of the names that came up during last year’s Animal Behaviour lectures was Dian Fossey, whose research work was related to mountain gorillas. Our lecturer recommended the movie ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ and it took me a good six months to find it! Source – www.imdb.com ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ is based on the book (of the same name) written by Dian ...

Popular Schools Phenomenon in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has one of the highest literacy rates in the world on a par with most of the developed nations. Primary and secondary education is Sri Lanka is entirely delivered by the school system which pushes the child along a race track for 13 years. School years define the future of the child. Although our country has a good ...

Globaltutor.org: A local attempt at E-learning gone wrong The internet was born with a single purpose: to ease the process of sharing information. As the internet has grown, the information we share has slightly changed, we have gone from text to pictures and in the future it’s likely it’ll be videos. One thing that hasn’t changed though is that with all this information, the internet is the biggest ...

 No, this is not an advertorial for Nokia. This project, appropriately titled Connect a School, Connect a Community, is founded on the basic premise of bridging the rural-urban digital gap and providing opportunities for rural communities. The goal is to connect even the furthest schools in Sri Lanka to the ICT infrastructure of the country by setting up ICT centers ...

A year ago on a day like this the Students’ Blog was launched by the ITSC, of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo. Although it started off with a handful of bloggers, today there are over 20 contributors. A year has gone by without us even realizing it, reminding us how fast time flies. The Students’ Blog provides a ...

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