With the British General Elections coming up in May this year, the two major parties there have been releasing posters to throw mud at each other, and occasionally at themselves. Bloggers have taken a great deal of interest in doctoring these photos, and now even the computer illiterate can doctor posters on their own, using online applications such as this one. You can view several such doctored posters on this website.
The IPL is the pride and joy of the BCCI and Lalit Modi. And also of SET Max, DLF, Karbonn Mobile and hundreds of other sponsors. It’s the ultimate money making scheme, utilizing cricket and harnessing the viewership of one billion Indians (at the very minimum) to attract sponsors.
I too have been partially pulled into this scheme. Or scam, depending on how you look at it. I regularly tune in and watch the matches after I finish studying at around 10.00 pm. This year I have abandoned my usual system of supporting the team that is batting when I tune in. Now I am a fixed supporter of Kolkata Knight Riders, regardless of the fact that they are the one step from being at the bottom of the points table.
Looks like Akon (real name: Allianz Bandaralage Acorn Thiam**) is not coming to Sri Lanka. But the show will go on without him, since there are other performers whose names I am not aware of. Akon will surely be missed, but at least the organizers don’t have to refund the tickets. I’m not sure if people will actually come for the show without Akon. Not that I’m too worried, because I didn’t even know about the show until the stone fight at Capital Maharaja.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
This is a quote from the poem Invictus, by British poet William Ernest Henley. I am usually not a fan of poems, but I came across this one when watching the recently released film, Invictus.
I’m getting a new camera and a new laptop next week. Double bonanza! The laptop is going to be a MacBook Pro 13-inch, which I’ve been awaiting for months. The camera is a Canon EOS Rebel XS, which will be my first dSLR camera.
I did have a SLR camera before (belonged to my father). Then, as a young kid, I got tired of the old bulky thing and begged my parents to get a point and shoot cam. Of course my slightly old fashioned parents kept trying to convince me that an SLR produces much better quality, but I was too stubborn to understand. And also my father did need a smaller camera to carry about.
Once again it’s that time of the year. It’s time for the Indian Premier League, which is surely the largest money making scheme in the world. Two keywords lead to the huge profits of this venture: India, Cricket. There are a potential 1 billion Indian viewers of the IPL, so there is a great advertising potential on television and at the matches. IPL also happens to be a twenty-20 cricket tournament involving top cricketers from around the world, so that gives a gigantic viewership from other countries. The perfect money making formula. I guess I’m glad to be a tiny part of this formula.
Sri Lanka’s oldest and arguably most popular big match, the Battle of the Blues between Royal College and St. Thomas’s College, is currently under way. Tomorrow will be the third and final day of the famed test encounter. Whilst this is a very joyous event for the Royalists and Thoras, the same cannot always be said for others, especially other students.
Jay Leno is back on The Tonight Show. For those of you who don’t know, Jay Leno was the host of the most popular late night comedy show, ‘The Tonight Show’, from 1992 to 2009. He then handed over the position to fellow comedian Conan O’Brien, who previously hosted an even later night show named ‘The Late Show’. Meanwhile Jay Leno moved on to his own show during the primetime hours.
How many Sri Lankan websites are impartial and unbiased? Very few I believe. I know of only one such website at the moment (ignoring my blog), so if you find any other such website please inform me. Crazylanka is a website which summarises Sri Lanka in one word: crazy. It’s about current affairs, history and everything else related to Sri Lanka. It was launched in 2001 and was probably the first satirical website about Sri Lanka.
Here’s one of two* topics that strike fear in the majority of maths A Level students. Trigonometry. According to Wikipedia, trigonometry is a “branch of mathematics that studies triangles”. Now, how many A/L students can define trigonometry this way? Very few. Most students would just mutter “triangles and formulas and stuff” (note the incorrect spelling of formulae). They know the subject matter given in the syllabus, and that’s it. It’s OK if you don’t have the slightest idea of what you are learning, as long as you can vomit it all out during the exam. I’m sure some students don’t even know what “trigonometry” is, but can readily identify “sin x/cos x = tan x”.