Archive | July 8, 2014

Sri Lankan Sinhalese Weekly Newspaper Used Citronella Infused Ink To Help Repel Mosquitos.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
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Click to access original on “Market Watch”.

Sri Lankans, when they put their mind to something (and don’t have a bee in their bonnet like some of them currently do with this crazy Buddhist hatred nonsense), can be very creative. When I saw this, around 1 am this morning, when I checked “Market Watch” (as I am wont to do around that time) to see if there was anything of interest in the Asian markets, it made me smile.

Good for YOU Sri Lanka.

Given the tropical conditions mosquitos have always been a problem. When I was growing up the city, i.e., Colombo, had city-workers that went door-to-door spraying open rain drains and other places where water would gather with DDT! Yes, that DDT. You could even buy your DDT. I have sprayed DDT. I am sure that explains about 30% of my apparent craziness. Too much exposure to DDT. The sad thing. Two of my uncles, adopted as I may have been, would have been responsible for this well-intentioned, “we knew no better and the Americans said it was fine”, DDT spraying campaign which I think went on, non-stop, for years. One of my uncles was the Municipal Commissioner for Colombo (a permanent, appointed ‘mayor’ as such with a beautiful, fancy official house right in the middle of Colombo to befit his stature) and the other, a doctor, was the Director of Health for Ceylon. So between the two they must have had a hand in the DDT. The ‘Director of Health’ uncle, my fire-walking, load of fun uncle was definitely responsible for us being used as guinea pigs for the new polio vaccines. That was a gamble, THOUGH we didn’t know that! We thought we were special. They tested the vaccine, especially the oral, sugar-cube, vaccine on us. I took it. Remember it well. BIG DEAL. We were told to wear our ‘Sunday best’ — though I wore Sunday best, everyday. We stood in line — at school. There were speeches. We were told we were special. WE WERE. I never really encountered people with polio UNTIL I came to the U.S. I was shocked. The first person I met with a polio ravaged leg was the mother of a friend’s wife. They were hugely rich. I was shocked. I didn’t think polio was a disease in my lifetime because we got the vaccine. 


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Click to access the Web portal for the clever newspaper.

This is the newspaper. It is in Sinhalese. I don’t think I am familiar with it. I don’t think it was one of the 12 newspapers, English, Sinhalese & Tamil, we had in Ceylon when my “Baby Lactogen” picture used to appear in every newspaper, every day. I am a bit bummed that I can no longer read Sinhalese. Seems strange. I read Sinhalese like fish. It was my mother tongue. In 1970 I took the British ‘Advanced-level’ [A-level] exam, from the University of London, in Sinhalese and got an ‘A’! I can’t even recognize all the letters! That is like saying that you can no longer tell your ‘A … B … Cs’. I recognize some letters and the ‘accents’. Not sure HOW I would go about trying to relearn Sinhalese. I know there is a ‘Learn Sinhalese’ book somewhere in this house. I am sure I can get some books. Not sure how long it will take. Time is very scarce and precious. Just a few minutes ago, got from Amazon, through USPS, two things: the famous Elsa doll from ‘Frozen‘ for Teischan for learning her ‘times tables’ and the original, Burton translation of the ‘Kama Sutra‘ for me. We have the ‘commercial’ versions of it, including an hilarious one called “Office Kama Sutra”, but this is the scholarly, original version. I plan to study it for what it is, first and foremost, a scholarly treatise supposedly written by a celibate monk. So … what is more important and interesting (for I) … re-learning Sinhalese or masting the Kama Sutra. These are the dilemmas that plague my life.


The Shaving Foam In The Highly Popular Google Doodle For Brazil v. Germany World Cup Semi-Final.

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brazilwcgdtmb Last Google Doodles:
>> Brazil drumming & dancing — June 12, 2014.
>> 2014 World Cup — June 12, 2014.

∋∋ Painted streets of Brazil — June 11, 2014.
∋∋ “Proud to Play” Google Footnote  — June 3, 2014.

>> The shaving foam July 8, 2014 Google Doodle <<

≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts —>>>


Those that not that au fait with ‘footie’ (as we call it) have been slightly puzzled,
for good reason, as to the ‘shaving cream’ in the deservedly highly-popular
July 8, 2014, Brazil v. Germany Google Doodle.

Well, I told YOU in my title for that Doodle.
It has to do with the taking of penalty kicks.
Now, to avoid transgressions, the referee marks
a ‘no go’ line behind where the players must stand.

They use a foam, not shaving cream per se, for that.
OK?

Click to access "Tech Void" if you want more details of the 9:15 spray foam used in the 2014 World Cup.

Click to access “Tech Void” if you want more details of the 9:15 spray foam used in the 2014 World Cup.


Today Is The 125th Anniversary Of The Birth Of The Still Venerable “Wall Street Journal” (WSJ).

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Click to access WSJ 125th anniversary archives.

Click to access WSJ 125th anniversary archives.


I, like so many, owe so much to the ‘Wall Street Journal’. Thank YOU, WSJ. Happy Birthday.

When I first came to the U.S. (on my 2nd time around and this time as an adult as opposed to a 14 year old) in February 1985 I started reading the WSJ, assiduously, without fail and without missing a single edition. Though I had some stocks by then, all thanks to Mrs. Margaret Thatcher’s British corporate ‘nationalization’ program (BT, BA, BP etc.), I was totally oblivious to the workings of the U.S. markets and U.S. investment products. i was still into British ‘Unit Trusts’! I had come to the U.S. as a part of a 16-person Executive Team sent over by the U.K. “Case Communications” to take over and run the Silver Spring, MD based RIXON company they had just acquired. As such I was on an E-2 Treaty Investor visa. [‘Funny’ story about E-2 visas. I think I was told this either by an immigration official or somebody who worked for the State Department. How did the deposed Shah of Iran manage to come to the U.S. so easily. He too had an E-2 visa.]

I really should write more about “Case Communications” — at that time, in the mid-1980s, the most profitable European networking company. It was an amazing company with some beyond extraordinarily gifted executives, my mentor (and friend) Mike Hafferty in the lead. The entire U.S. company, all the way to the secretaries, were on monthly performance-based commissions. Genius. Case tried to be a rapacious money-making machine. The neverending mantra, in the U.S., during our first 2 years, by Mike Hafferty was: “Book and Bill”, i.e., sell and invoice. I came over as one of the two Marketing Directors for the U.S. company — the other was a grizzled, very canny and highly experienced modem-salesman hired in the U.S. At Case the title ‘Marketing Director’ was a misnomer. That was just for public consumption. The two marketing directors, plus Mike and 7 others, for a total of 10, were ‘Super Salesman’. Our job was to bring in sales whatever it took. Mike, a delightful, delightful character, had a litany of colorful expressions. One of them when it came to getting a sale was “Don’t leave that place until you have a P.O. in your hand or there is blood on the carpet”! No. No. We were never vicious. Case was renowned for its generosity, parties and girls. During those first two years we had another secondary mantra: ” We will NOT be outspent”. And I don’t think we were. We, as a company, to get market share, make a name (and, of course, have fun at the same time) spent money like there was no tomorrow — and alas when Mike and others, including I, left in 1986 the company went into a tail spin from which it never recovered. It was a magical company. I was blessed to have worked for them. It was even more fun than working for ITT UK and that is saying something.

oag1985675Anyway, as soon as I got to Maryland, and my office was in the ‘new building’ in Columbia the very motivated and helpful secretaries immediately got two subscriptions for me: WSJ and the lifesaving OAG Flight Pocket Guide. For the next 2 years I always had at least one copy of WSJ and the latest (monthly) OAG in my briefcase. As one of the ‘crazy Brits’ one of the old Rixon hands had to show me how to use the OAG. Took me a few months to master it. But after that … There was no stopping me. I could flip through that thing and find obscure flights like nobodies business. Come into O’Hare, late, with an announcement that some of us had missed our connecting flights … by the time I got out of my 1st class seat and made it to the AA or UA desk … I already had 4 alternative flights picked out. Remember this was BEFORE there was a viable Web. Got stuck in Heathrow one Friday on a December because of snow on the East Coast. I still remember telling my wife “I have 14 reservations in the morning on 4 airlines to three airports, New York and Boston, I will take whichever leaves first and cancel the others”. I had learned to read OAG. So when I think back at 1985 and 1986, WSJ and OAG are imprinted in my mind. I just realized and I will go ahead and do so (since I already found some on eBay). I need to get an OAG, from the 1980s, for nostalgia.


Click to ENLARGE. Quintessential OAG Flight Schedule page. Once you mastered how to read this thing and you knew your airports you could get from A-to-B' via C, D or E in so, so many wonderful permutations. You just needed to know where and how to look.

Click to ENLARGE. Quintessential OAG Flight Schedule page. Once you mastered how to read this thing and you knew your airports you could get from A-to-B’ via C, D or E in so, so many wonderful permutations. You just needed to know where and how to look.


Out Of Control Extremist Buddhist In Sri Lanka Now Going After the Pope.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts (click to access):
Θ Extremist Buddhist violence …                    Θ Appeal to all Buddhists
Θ Pope Francis should pray …                       Θ Curbing the Extremists


+ Buddhism & prayer
                                         
+ 2nd largest religion
+ ‘Poson’ in June                                               + 2014 Vesak greeting
+ Happy Vesak 2014                                         + Vesak 2014 Pandols

∅ Reincarnation  Question I

∀ Buddha’s descendants

++++ See Category ‘Sri Lanka‘ or search on ‘Sri Lanka‘ & ‘Buddhism‘  for other related posts >>>>

†††† Search ‘pope‘ for a TON of posts about Pope Francis and other popes >>>>


Click to access ABC coverage.

Click to access ABC coverage.

When I said just 2 days ago that these buggers are dangerous and need to be curbed, ASAP, I was not joking.

They are totally out of control. On a dangerous ‘sugar high’. The 7 steps I outlined will work. Trust me. 

A heads up.

Do not take this lightly. These folks are fanatics.

P.S., The name of the reporter ‘MALLAWARACHI’ caught my eye. I have two cousins who have that name — or had that name given that one was female and now has a married name. This is not from either of them. But this could be one of their relatives from their father’s side. 


Malaysian Airlines MH370: Today Is The 4-Month Anniversary, 122 Days To Be Precise And STILL NOTHING. Not One Bit Of Debris.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Just SOME of the Related post:
>> Maldives & Sri Lanka — Mar. 15, 2014.
>> 4 hours in air, Sri Lanka, Cell
>> phones
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Mar. 13, 2014.
>> Malaysia flight 370: My Thoughts
>>Mar. 10, 2014.
>> Could have landed … — Mar. 11, 2014.

>> 3 month anniversary post <<

++++ Search on ‘MH370‘ for other related posts >>>>


4 months!

122 days!

Nothing. Nada.

No leads. No clues.
Not one shred of debris on water or land.

This is a travesty.

This is a tragedy.

That the U.S. is keeping a remarkably low-profile,
despite it being a U.S.-built Boeing.

I haven’t seen anything on CNN for a month?

Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ Ξ

My thoughts. Click to ENLARGE.

My thoughts. Click to ENLARGE.


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