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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Stupid Soaps : No respect for viewers?

Does any one know how many soaps are run on Lankan TV these days? And its not just TV, they're on radio as well...The thing is most of them are really stupid! Granted, soaps do not have to be based on 'Booker prize' scripts, but PUH LEEEEZE the plots these people come up with!!
Just tune in to Swarnavahini's Gauthami or Sirasa's Kavya to get my point *rolls eyes*
Why do these ppl have to copy-cat indian soaps?? Its not just the plots either! Why on earth is Vasuda (in Vasuda at Sirasa) wearing a mangala sutra ??? Hellooo Sirasa ! Get a reality check NOW! Since when did Sinhalese women weart those? And the garish make up plus the gaudy makeup these women seem to be smearing themselves with...!
I personally have never met anyone who waers saris at home...My mother tells me that her mother, my grandmother wore saris at home ages ago... But the women in these soaps are wearing all these heavy gaudy saris at home all the time???

The recipe for a Lankan Soap:
  1. A heroine who will be the main character : She is
      • Very pretty - but only in a good-girl kind of way
      • Very innocent
      • Very brave
      • Very rich - or will get rich soon
      • A guy magnet - not that she is remotely interested in anyone but her 'true love'
  2. Some guy to play the heroine's true love : He is
      • Also rich
      • Gullible (so that will misunderstand the heroine alot)
      • a girl magnet so that the heroine will always have to 'fight for love'
  3. Some deep dark family secret : for example,
      • Heroine's mom is actually her step mom but no one knows this except an estranged uncle
      • Heroine's dad/mom has illegitimate offspring
      • Heroine's dad/mom has secretly morgaged/sold their entire fortune and the heroine finds this out on the day of her wedding
      • The guy to whom their property was morgaged/sold lusts for the heroine and now she has to marry HIM to save her family
Arghhh!!! i could go on and on but that about sums it up...Actually there ARE a few good soaps, but thats about 2% of the whole soap percentage. Swarnavahini's 'Jeevithaya Lassanay' is one - hats off to that one!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Meme : Booked by 3


From Booked by 3
  1. Name up to 3 books you think everyone should read.
    • To kill a mocking bird
    • The God of Small things
    • Captain Corelli's mandolin
  2. Name up to 3 authors you think everyone should read.
    • Terry Pratchett
    • Dostovsky
    • Issac Asimov
  3. Name up to 3 books no one should read.
    • Anything by Jackie Collins - i've only read ONE book by her and i cant even remeber its name...It put me off her for good!
    • Timeline by Micheal Crichton - Normally I love this guy, and normally i LOVE anything to do with quantum physics (because i love qubits) but this one was just too implausible...It started off well, but halfway through the book it lost its magic.
    • Children of the Lion by Carl Muller - I'm a sucker for fantasy, but this had too much! It was like drinking sherbet that had waaaaaaay too much sugar

Blog fantasy

I just had this crazy idea about blogs. as in where blogs would be in 1000 yrs?
hmm maybe some researcher of socialogy or whatever will scavenge through the long-lost blogs of the present day to understand how ppl (we) lived, ...you know like a modern day historian digging up stone slabs...!
blah i think i have way too much imagination !! :(

Re-design finished!

Jubilation!
I finally finished the restructuring of my research project... So now all i have to do is train to on a few more data and finish the GUI..Ahh coding!! After ages and ages of error analysis and wrting xfst code and tons of regular expressions and after being submerged in finite state automatas it seems such fun to do some java :) maybe i should put some graph thingies in it.. although i dont rally think im going to get extra credit for adding fancy cutesy gui stuff. lol! but its sooo much fun to play around innit? thank god for netbeans!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Jinxed

It just occurred to me the strange way that things come up when we're hoping they wont...Like, you have a big assignment due the next day, so you stay up all night typing, and think - Gosh I hope the printer wont run out of ink and the next day -> WHAM! Your cartridge's empty!! Or you're out of paper. (Cringes)
Why do these things happen?!! Nobody knows...

Monday, May 7, 2007

Brain Lateralization Test Results

Brain Lateralization Test Results
Right Brain (64%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain.
Left Brain (40%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain
Are You Right or Left Brained?
personality tests by similarminds.com

Re-design

Having finished reviewing the paper on Quantum Computing I started on my research project. Well its supposed to be all finished (since i handed down the thesis a week ago) but i have a couple of weeks to add some finishing touches before the defence... Actually it IS finished and working, but something about the design bothers me. So im sort of re-designing the lexicon structure, in a way that wont affect the thesis!! :)
i need to work on the GUI as well..Re-designing is boooring, since all i need to do is shuffle the contents of the lexicons so that i get ONE core lexicon and no redundencies. So the cerebral effort needed is zilch.
i was going to start coding the GUI when i realized my working code is in the uni lab computer. bummer! so i have to start it tomo, as uni is opening tomo after the Vesak holidays.
so meantime im stuck with shuffling the lexicons, trying to remove the redundant verb roots...
For those of you who are wondering what the heck Im talking about, my research is a parser for Sinhala language. Well, Sinhala Verbs to be exact...Currently it shows 61% precision (or is it accaracy? whatever...If i give it 100 verbs it can identify and parse 61 of them correctly) which would increase as I train it on more data. Im hoping to train it on at least 1000 words (currently its 500) so I might get it up to about 70%.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Meme : Booked by 3

From Booked by 3 at Shelly's Bookshelf.

Name up to 3 characters:
  • You wish were real so you could meet them. :
    • Carrot in Discworld series - this guy is so charming- and honest and straight as an arrow : why dont i meet guys like this ??
    • Bridgett from Bridget Jones diary - she's so real and reflects all those 'girly' stuff that we go through
    • Ted Brautigan from Hearts in Atlantis - i found his character fascinating, more so because this book only vaugely hints at what he is and what he does
  • You would like to be. :
    • Elizabeth from P&P - wow who wouldnt?! this is one tough gal! Go jane austen!!
    • Arwen from LOTR - huh wishful thinking! Arwen is this elven princess...
    • Angua from Discword - she's part warewolf but really shes not evil (...AND she's Carrot's sort of girl friend)
  • That scare you. :
    • Milady from The Three Musketeers...Yikes what a scheming witch! Read this about a decade ago, but she still gives me goosebumps
    • The Mule from The Second Foundation : Ew this guy can read your mind AND control it...need i say more?
    • The vampire Lestat from Interview with a Vampire : Pure evil this one. Maybe he wasnt so bad in the other two books : The vampire Lestat & The Queen of damned, but in the first book he's evil evil evil...

Rain Rain, Go Away



Whoa the past two days have been pouring!!!
Who said 'its always calmest before a storm'? It sould be 'its always HOTTEST before a storm'. Today was a little better. Yesterday we had torrential rain the whole day. Its pretty normal to have hot, humid, rainy weather in May so when it started raining yesterday morning, that was just typical May weather. But then just as I was measuring coconut milk to make watalappan Ammi started shouting that the lobby is flooded! It turned out that the balcony was being bombarded with the pouring rain, and water was coming inside!!! And i found that my room was getting wet too. The reason being out roof was leaking!!! Arghh!!! That has never happened before! Anyway, it meant that i have a personal indoor swimming pool. Cool huh?

I think it was 'coz the rain was coming down almost horizontally. The roof was leaky in several places and we had to move furniture to avoid them getting wet. Damn it! There went my leasurely holiday :( And not to mention hours of mopping...It was so windy that we could hear the roof going Thud Thud Thud.
After the rain stopped, the Vesak lanterns on the balcony we found in a pathetic state( See the pic)...The buddhist flag was some 50-odd meters down the road in a ditch.!
And all this and NO ELECTRICITY!! The whole freaking day!!!
Which meant of course that i had to beat the eggs using a stone-age egg-beater thingy. Ouch.
At least we had a Candle-lit dinner.

Fun fact: After the rain, our street resembled a muddy lake. Probably thats why a herd of buffaloes moved in in the afternoon. Yes! im not kidding!! lol! Their owner came looking for them and took them away though..humph spoil sport! not letting the poor animals have some fun in the mud.

Jokes aside, the TV said today that 8 people have been killed because of the rain since yesterday. Some because of landslides. Some because of flooding. A girl died in Colombo by falling into a drain. I have no idea what the hell the urban councils are doing...This is what happens when cities are built without planning i guess...

Thursday, May 3, 2007

my first post

Owing to some random cerebral process, i suddenly decided that i should have a BLOG! It came out of the blue really...hmm weird how the mind works init? i mean, here i am with tons of work to do and im writing this...
i probably should be finishing my project..:(
Arghhh only two more months to go! And the end of free education...Should i be feeling so happy that im finishing uni? i thought i would be bummed out. It'd mean the end of 'undergrad' status for one thing, and i'd be expected to be a resposible person with common sense!!!
Well whatever...its too hot to get philosophical. Maybe its global warming- or is it? its always hot in May.
I have to review a paper as well. Quantum Computing by Shor. hmm... maybe i should log off and do some work.