Reader’s book recommendations to a writer – part 1


Yudhanjaya Wijeratne wants book recommendations. Or so my spies, terrified informants, and omnipresent digital surveillance AIs tell me. So here's the first of the recommendations. Written using time I don't have. Why I'll explain in the next post. Suffice it to say that Yudhanjaya is an important enough author. Important enough for the voices in … Continue reading Reader’s book recommendations to a writer – part 1

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Truck Art – Traditional Sri Lankan Vehicle Graphics 2017


It’s been a while since my last post on Sri Lankan vehicle graphics. As with any element of Sri Lankan public culture, tradition demands that change happens an imperceptible pace. Giving the reassuring effect that nothing changes. Before the next storm kicks us in the face. The floral swirls of traditional Sri Lankan truck art … Continue reading Truck Art – Traditional Sri Lankan Vehicle Graphics 2017

Time: a true measure of space


I measure distance with travel time. Not by fixed the impersonality of metres and kilometres. My perception of distance is fluid. Stretching and shrinking based on where I am, where I am going, how I’m going, when I travel, the parking or available transport, . So my idea of the “distance” from Colombo Fort to … Continue reading Time: a true measure of space

Original Sri Lankan Hackers


They built Sri Lanka’s bridges, roads, power grid, dams and other infrastructure we take for granted. You may have heard a few names - Wimalasurendra, Kularathne - in passing. The rest never got the recognition required to be forgotten. Yet their work still stands. Despite a decaying state bureaucracy poisoned by Sri Lanka’s feudal politics. This … Continue reading Original Sri Lankan Hackers

Watch Meethotamulla rubbish mountain grow: aerial view time lapse


This aerial view lapse video shows how the Meethotamulla rubbish mountain grew over time. It looks like the spread of a malignant growth. Here's the video for the impatient.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmDvIGA0MkI It went from this in 2004: to this in February 2017: I put this video together using screen grabs from Google Earth. Which has a … Continue reading Watch Meethotamulla rubbish mountain grow: aerial view time lapse

Interesting Sri Lanka Air Force combat aircraft line up on Google Maps


There is an interesting line of Sri Lanka Air Force combat aircraft and helicopters (possibly helicopter gunships) on Google Maps (satellite view). In the tradition of my old Google Earth Posts I have included included a screen shot. For the nosy types, here's the Google Maps satellite view link. Both show a tight line up … Continue reading Interesting Sri Lanka Air Force combat aircraft line up on Google Maps

Don’t just like it: like button alternative


Social media like buttons are conversation killers. They reduce engagement to a lazy gesture. Just grunt your approval and shuffle on. Each passing month reinforces that "feeling". It is satisfying to see a few stars pop up after a post. Yet it indicates a barrier to conversation. These days it seems to take more effort … Continue reading Don’t just like it: like button alternative