February 2010

31/01/2010 at 7:40 pm (Uncategorized)

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Origami Rose

29/01/2010 at 8:12 pm (Paper Crafts)

Here’s what I’m planning to do next ๐Ÿ™‚

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Origami Swan

29/01/2010 at 7:17 pm (Paper Crafts) (, , , )

I finally did it ๐Ÿ™‚ Here it is….

to make this I followed the instructions from

But made several changes to the tail part and head. I also had some trouble in the first attempt at this. The parts were very loose, and big chunks were forever coming undone. So I disassembled the whole thing and assembled again. It only took about 1 hour for this second attempt and after that it was firm.

This is a very easy one to assemble. Even folding each triangle is easy. The only hard part is folding so many triangles. It took me days. Assembling process takes just less than an hour.

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Presidential Election 2010

26/01/2010 at 10:19 pm (Uncategorized)

I finally voted! Here’s proof…

My Left Hand after Voting

When we go to vote, the little finger on the left hand is painted… There were 22 candidates this time… and the ballot was 18.5 inches long!

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Origami Swan

16/01/2010 at 11:02 pm (Paper Crafts) (, , , , )

This was on youtube for such a long time…. and it’s only now I got around to actually making it…

Hopefully my next post will include a picture of the one I make ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have to fold around 380 tiny origami triangles…

…and just the other day someone pointed out that a major candidate for presidential election uses swan as his symbol! Wish I’d some sense of what’s going on around me ๐Ÿ˜›

…by the way, I’m not supporting any of the candidates, swan or not…

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Annular Solar Eclipse

15/01/2010 at 3:49 pm (Astronomy) (, , , )

I may never get to see a total solar eclipse in my lifetime — but I saw the next best thing: annular solar eclipse ๐Ÿ™‚

Wait… that is wrong… I happen to live in an area where it was possible to witness a partial annular solar eclipse. Here it is… I managed to photograph it without damaging my camera or eyes (hopefully)

The annular solar eclipse, in all its glory, was seen by people in Northern parts of Sri Lanka — cities like Jaffna. We only got a partial view…

1.15 PM, 15th January 2010

1.25 PM, 15th January 2010

1.35 PM, 15th January 2010

1.45 PM, 15th January 2010

1.55 PM, 15th January 2010

2.05 PM, 15th January 2010

A Total eclipse in the umbra. B Annular eclipse in the ant-umbra. C Partial eclipse in the penumbra

Today the sky was very clear without clouds and the sun was shining very bright and hot. Then gradually it got a bit cool and less bright but the sunlight was still there. The other partial eclipses I have seen didn’t cause any change to temperature or light.

Well we have our beautiful sun bright and shining again ๐Ÿ™‚ life goes on and I still have my dream of witnessing a total eclipse ๐Ÿ™‚

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Grotesque

05/01/2010 at 9:25 pm (Words) (, )

“I suppose, Watson, we must look upon you as a man of letters,” said he. “How do you define the word ‘grotesque’?”

“Strange–remarkable,” I suggested.

He shook his head at my definition.

“There is surely something more than that,” said he; “some underlying suggestion of the tragic and the terrible. If you cast your mind back to some of those narratives with which you have afflicted a long-suffering public, you will recognize how often the grotesque has deepened into the criminal. Think of that little affair of the red-headed men. That was grotesque enough in the outset, and yet it ended in a desperate attempt at robbery. Or, again, there was that most grotesque affair of the five orange pips, which let straight to a murderous conspiracy. The word puts me on the alert.”

– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle –

What is the word stands out the most in above excerpt? It was the first time I came across it. The reason it fascinates me is, it sounds exactly like it’s meaning. But it’s only today I really searched for it’s meaning.

It was interesting to learn that grotesque is from ancient Rome – an ornamental style. The word has the Latin root grotto, which means cave. But it was actually used to refer to rooms and corridors ofย  Domus Aurea, Nero‘s unfinished palace.

So in the end grotesques became intertwined with all forms of arts. Have you seen those weird statues on gothic (and also some not-so-gothic) buildings? I thought those were called gargoyles. Apparently, they’re called gargoyles only when they act as water sprouts. If not they’re grotesques or chimeras.

Like in Sherlock Holmes’s adventure, grotesque characters appear in literature too. According to Wikipedia, a grotesque character invokes in a reader both disgust and empathy, the given examples include Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and Beast form Beauty and the Beast.

Ok, I can’t bear to call Quasi a grotesque, but it explains things perfectly.

Added to these there’s also movies, music groups, an X Files episode, a chess problem and also a sans-serif typeface named grotesque.

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Welcome 2010

01/01/2010 at 5:25 pm (Uncategorized)

HAPPY NEW YEAR
Add Glitter to your Photos

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