Just a kiss You’re joking With half a straight face Peering into my eyes Holding on to my hand And I’m shaking my head So that’s your joke??? Laaaaame dude, I say But I can’t stop smiling You’re pointing at my face Hah!!!!! Seeee that was funny Noooo!!!!! Yeahhhhh!!!! I can hardly hear you now, and my cheeks are hurting I’m hanging ...

Drawing realistic portraits that stun you -  Interview with Shamen Walker From a distance, these images may look like black and white photographs and only a very close look will reveal that these are not photographs, but portraits neatly sketched using pencil. Using no colors, Shamen Walker’s steady hands are capable of preserving the liveliness of the portrait depicting the facial emotions giving priority to the finest details. Shamen, speaking to ...

Messaging made was never easy like this. This is first Oreilly video tutorial I followed. And I should mention that I am really happy about this tutorial. Before I watch this tutorial I had no idea about JMS. But in this tutorial Mark Richards explains Messaging concepts as well as JMS implementations. Most of the developer tutorials don't explain important ...

The GSMA Asia team had come to Colombo for their annual staff retreat. Amid all the team building activities, they also thought they should replenish the knowledge conduits and asked LIRNEasia to put together a few sessions. Many ideas were presented, but I thought it surprising that a collective organization of users of international backhaul capacity had paid so little ...

The launch of the Myanmar version of Information lives of the poor, a book featuring LIRNEasia research among others, is featured in the latest issue of the IDRC Asia Office newsletter. The Burmese edition of Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting Poverty With Technology was launched in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, Burma, in July 2014. Part of IDRC’s in_focus ...

The sound of folk song grows soft Recently, Visharad Wasantha Madurangani successfully staged her folk music concert at Viharamahadevi Open Theater celebrating 25 years in the field of music“Now I can die in peace. I have the feeling that I have done something for my country. That’s the most important achievement of Sanda Saawi Maa - Folk Song Concert,” Visharad Wasantha Madurangani said. She is a student ...

Most of my predictions for the 12 playoff contestants are spot on. I'm happy that most agree with these are the best right now. See my previous post "The Voice Winner Predictions before live playoffs"OK. Here's my predictions for the final 4 from each team and "The Voice" 2014 Season 7 ultimate winner. This may be too early for the ...

We put small white flowers into the coffin. I feel the room darken. Stoic aunties start sobbing. Two men in sarongs and high collared shirts appear and lift up the side flaps. The lid is shuffled out from near the toilet. Its ornamental screws are quickly tightened to soft crying in the background. Final punctuations […]

We put small white flowers into the coffin. I feel the room darken. Stoic aunties start sobbing. Two men in sarongs and high collared shirts appear and lift up the side flaps. The lid is shuffled out from near the toilet. Its ornamental screws are quickly tightened to soft crying in the background. Final punctuations […]

House Elf — For Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), Lord of The Rings, and World of Warcraft fans Last night I had a SSC moment. You don’t know what a “SSC moment” is? Well, that means a “Sudden Clarity Clarence” moment. It suddenly came to me that the species name “House Elf” mentioned in Harry Potter sounds like the name of a noble house in the Seven Kingdoms in A Song of Ice and Fire series. “Dobby” the “House Elf” ...

1 2 3 BPM – Let the beats roll! A very fun shoot I did recently, courtesy of the AgenZ with some supercool DJs who will be on the decks at 1 2 3 BPM on Saturday 8th November at ON14 Rooftop Bar & Lounge at OZO in Colombo. Featuring: TypeB – 3.00pm – 4.30pm Divatronic – 4.30 – 6.00 Muku – 6.00pm – 7.30pm Atom & Evil – 7.30pm ...

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of Centre for Policy Alternatives, overviews the political history, electoral system and political culture of Sri Lanka and how tendencies for violence surrounding elections has emerged. He discusses Sri Lanka’s political path since independence in 1948 and what is at stake each presidential election. Filed under: Video

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of Centre for Policy Alternatives, overviews the political history, electoral system and political culture of Sri Lanka and how tendencies for violence surrounding elections has emerged. He discusses Sri Lanka’s political path since independence in 1948 and what is at stake each presidential election. Filed under: Video

A renaissance cannot happen at any point in time, just because a few individuals think it is necessary. It has a slow buildup, one that requires time, energy and knowledge, and when all these factors are in the right place at the right time, then a renaissance can happen. It is a revival, a renewed interest in something. The phoenix ...

WHAT’S ARTIST’S TABLE? ARTRA Magazine is proud to be the Official Art Magazine for the Artist Table, organized by Trekurious together with the Saskia Fernando Gallery . This is a series of quarterly private dinners, which will provide art enthusiasts and collectors an opportunity to dine inside the intimacy of the Gallery in the company of a leading Artist. These dinners are aimed ...

KALAI VIZHA – THE CONVIVIAL FESTIVITY OF HINDU SOCIETY OF UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO! (First I would like to thank Geeth Hettiarachchi who inspired me to write this account and Charuni Pathmeswaran, who made my terrible English to Magnificent one! ) “Kalai Vizha” of Hindu Society of University of Colombo was held on the 19th of October 2014 at the Ramakrishna Mission Hall, Wellawatte. The Kalai Vizha (literally means “festival of fine arts”) ...

Let There Be Light on Good Old Grunge As a child I have vivid memories of visiting construction sites. Uninvited I would tag along with my dad, loving to see things freshly built but unfinished. Today my growing fondness of places that are deliberately unfinished can be linked to those days when visiting new building sites felt close to a crazy countryside trip. And am happy to see ...

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