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වොඩ්කා වනාහි, මෙලොව තිබෙන ජනප්‍රියත්වයෙන් සුලභ (මත්) පානයකි 😛

සදෘශ්‍ය අධි සාන්ද්‍රිත ද්‍රවයකි. සාමාන්‍යයෙන් ජලය සහ එතනොල් මගින් පෙරෙනු ලබන මෙය, පලතුරු, ධාන්‍ය, සීනි සහ සහල් මගින්ද පෙරනු ලැබේ. මද්‍යසාර සාන්ද්‍රනය 35% – 50% තෙක් පරාසයක පවතී.

“Vodka” is a diminutive of the Slavic word voda/woda for water, also it is the romanized form of the Russian Cyrillic “Водка”, literally pronounced “vodka”. The word is a diminutive of the Russian word for water

රුසියාවේ, පොලන්තයේ, සහ යුක්‍රේනයේ සුප්‍රසිද්ධ බීමකි. (ඒ වගේම මගෙත් 😛 )

“If with wine you are drunk be happy,

If seated with a moon-faced (beautiful), be happy,

Since the end purpose of the universe is nothing-ness;

Hence picture your nothing-ness, then while you are, be happy!”

– ඕමාර් ඛයියාම් ගේ කවියකිනි.

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වෙබ් 2.0 සංකල්ප වන ෆෝරම්, බ්ලොග්ස් හිදී සිදුවන (හරේශ්ගේ) ‘ප්‍රකාශන හරහා පොර වීම’ සමගම දක්නට ලබෙන අනෙක් කාලකන්නි ක්‍රියාව වන්නෙ, නිර්මාන කොල්ලයයි. මෙහිදී වරදකාර පාර්ශ්යවය ලෙස ඇඟිල්ල දික් කල යුත්තේ කාටදැයි යන්න තවමත් ගැටලුවකි.

බ්ලොග් අඩවියකදි නම් එලිපිටම වරදකරුවා වන්නේ එහි අයිතිකරුවායි.

එනමුදු, social network (ෆෝරම්) හෙවත් සමාජ සාමාජිකත්ව ජාලයකදී නිර්මාන කොල්ලය (plagiarism) ක වරද පැටවිය යුතු වන්නේ එහි අයිතිකරුටද නැතහොත් එහි සාමාජිකයින් හටද? මන්දයත්, එහිදී අන්තර්ගතය (content) පබ්ලිශ් කරන්නේ සාමාජිකයින් විසිනි. ඔව්… ඒත් අයිතිකරුවා හට එය පාලනය කිරීමේ යුතුකම සහ වගකීම සතුවෙයි.

මාගේ පෞද්ගලීක මතය වන්නේ, යම් කිසිවෙක්, යමක්, එක් ස්ථානයකින් ගෙන, තවත් ස්ථානයක පළ කරන්නේ නම්, එහි පූර්ණ ගෞරවය අදාල නිසි පුද්ගලයාට දිය යුතු බවයි. – සුදුස්සාට සුදුසු තැන දීමයි!

කෙසේ හෝ වේවා, තාක්ෂණික ලෝකය තුළ තවමත් මෙම මාතෘකාව සජීවී සංවාදයක් පමණි.

Posted by: quantumx | September 5, 2008

Ernesto Che Guevara

Ernesto ‘Che’ Rafael Guevara de la Serna was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist, and guerrilla leader. After his death, his stylized image became an ubiquitous countercultural symbol worldwide.

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As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout Latin America and was transformed by the endemic poverty he witnessed. His experiences and observations during these trips led him to conclude that the region’s ingrained economic inequalities were an intrinsic result of monopoly capitalism, neo-colonialism, and imperialism, with the only remedy being world revolution. This belief prompted his involvement in Guatemala’s social reforms under President Jacobo Arbenz, whose eventual CIA-assisted overthrow solidified Guevara’s radical ideology.

Later, in Mexico, he met Fidel Castro and joined his 26th of July Movement. In December 1956, he was among the revolutionaries who invaded Cuba under Castro’s leadership with the intention of overthrowing U.S.-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Guevara soon rose to prominence among the insurgents, was promoted to Comandante, and played a pivotal role in the successful guerrilla campaign that deposed Batista. Following the Cuban revolution, Guevara reviewed the appeals of those convicted as war criminals during the revolutionary tribunals. Later he served as minister of industry and president of the national bank, before traversing the globe as a diplomat to meet an array of world leaders on behalf of Cuban socialism. He was also a prolific writer and diarist, composing a seminal manual on the theory and practice of guerrilla warfare, along with an acclaimed memoir about his motorcycle journey across South America. Guevara left Cuba in 1965 to incite revolutions first in an unsuccessful attempt in Congo-Kinshasa and then in Bolivia, where he was captured with the help of the CIA and executed.

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Alberto Korda’s famous photograph of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara entitled: Guerrillero Heroico (translates to: “Heroic Guerrilla), was taken on March 5, 1960, in Havana, Cuba, at a memorial service for victims of the La Coubre explosion. The photo was not published internationally until seven years later.

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Hasta la Victoria siempre’!

References: Again had to use Wiki; Wiki article 2; Hero File;

Posted by: quantumx | September 5, 2008

Charlie Chaplin

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London, England on 16 April 1889.

His parents were Charles Chaplin Senior and Hannah Hill. They were music hall entertainers but separated shortly after Charlie was born, leaving Hannah to provide for her children.

In 1896 when Hannah was no longer able to care for her children, Charlie and his brother Sydney were admitted to Lambeth Workhouse and later, Hanwell School for Orphans and Destitute Children.

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Chaplin became one of the most famous actors as well as a notable film-maker, composer and musician in the early to mid Hollywood cinema era. He is considered one of the finest mimes and clowns ever captured on film. He greatly influenced other performers.

Chaplin acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films as one of the most creative and influential personalities of the silent-film era. His working life in entertainment spanned over 65 years, from the Victorian stage and the Music Hall in the United Kingdom as a child performer almost until his death at the age of 88. His high-profile public and private life encompassed both adulation and controversy. With Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith Chaplin co-founded United Artists in 1919.

Chaplin’s principal character was “The Tramp” (known as “Charlot” in France, and the French-speaking world, Italy, Spain, Andorra, Portugal, Greece, Romania, and Turkey, “Carlitos” in Brazil and Argentina, and “Vagabund” in Germany). “The Tramp” is a vagrant with the refined manners and dignity of a gentleman. The character wears a tight coat, oversized trousers and shoes, and a derby; carries a bamboo cane; and has a signature toothbrush moustache.

Chaplin was named in the New Year’s Honours List in 1975. On March 4, was knighted at age eighty-five as a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. The honour was first proposed in 1931, and again in 1956, when it was vetoed by the then Conservative government for fears of damage to relations with the United States at the height of the Cold War and planned invasion of Suez of that year.

By 1977 Charlie Chaplin could no longer communicate and was confined to a wheelchair. He died in his sleep on Christmas Day, 1977, in Vevey, Switzerland, at the age of 88.

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*NOTE* Personally I don’t like to re-produce wikipedia entries. But this was well written with some good sources. So I had no choice 🙂

References:

Monash University

Wikipedia

Some videos of this great artist

Modern Times:

Posted by: quantumx | September 1, 2008

Humanity? අපේ මනුස්සකම…

This is an old song which tells about the era which, Sri Lanka was a British Colony.

(Well.. I editted it a bit though.)

Even though this song tells about the British/ Holand/ Dutch invasions and consequences, now again it’s the time where this song is applicable to Sri Lanka.

Last week one of my friends met with an accident. Actually he just came to visit me, and some stupid bastard had crashed on to the parked car and fled. Didn’t even see the colour of that particular car.

Anyway… now this friend of mine is relatively new to the country. So there are huge financial difficulties for him since he is here with his wife and 1 year old kid. His car needed to be repaired and was estimated for $4,000. Surely he cannot afford this much of money!

He even haven’t got any food left at home because they were hoping to go on shopping after seeing me.

OK. Now.. no money to repair his car. No food at home. No any other way to go shopping. No way to go for work – hence no money to survive the week even. (Well.. This is the normal situation when you’re new to this country. You don’t have much savings in the account. You just live week by week.)

Then suddenly came another Sri Lanka – who is again new to the country (just 2 weeks). Offered a big amount of cash from what he had brought from Sri Lanka. Another Sri Lankan family has gone shopping for my friend and bought a whole lot of stuff for his family. Another Sri Lankan mechanic and came finally ad repaired the vehicle for just $500! (Whereas the initial estimate was $4000.)

I was wondering what happened…. I just couldn’t believe my self.. Sri Lankans willing to help an unknown guy. (Financially, human strength, goods, expertise etc.)

So I thought for myself…. If all the Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka behave like this, we will definitely see a great SRI LANKA. But what’s the matter? I mean why don’t these people behave like this in Sri Lanka when they behave like this in Australia?

Finally I thought… That song is applicable here as well…

“Sri Lankans do have humanity in a greater depth. But they cannot show it due to surrounding factors. Hence the people who has real Humanity in them, tend to leave Sri Lanka”

So:

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