Hapuarachchi Math Sir Passed Away

Teachers are the reason why you are, where you are. One of my bellowed teachers Mr. H. A. S. Hapuarachchi passed away yesterday.

He was the teacher in charge of my class Grade 13 M1 (for Maths). He was a good teacher, but I wasn’t the best of students. He would always say “Ziyan…” in a very unique way when he catches me not concentrating. I would give him math question in return just to inconvenience him…

I wish I had a chance to meet him after leaving school.

This is the second funeral notice I am receiving today.

I wish he attains nibbana.

Aunty Bandare Passed Away

It is with sorrow that I announce, Mrs. Bandara Manike (aunt Bandare) - from Vilgoda Kurunegala passed away last night. She was admitted to the General Hospital Kurunegala the day before.

I know her as sweet aunt. She is always cheerful and greets every one with a smile. She has bravely fought a battle with cancer for 16 years.

She would not miss the opportunity to visit some one. That is specially true if they are ill and they could use company. She visited my aunt Kitty when she was bed ridden and uncle Azzam when he was in the Kurunegala General Hospital.

Mum and my self planning to be there Friday early morning.

We hope her attain nibbana.

The Must Haves - Drivers Edition

Even if you are the most obedient driver, you will one day get stopped in the road, that guy today was my self. This is a list of what you must have when you drive in Sri Lanka.

  • License
  • Insurance
  • Original or the certified copy of the book (registration)
  • Original of the revenue license (photocopy not sufficient)

I have had a drivers license for 12 years but have been driving for much longer. I drive great distances and am capable of maintaining discipline in the road. With all that… Today 2 cops stopped me about a 3rd of the distance from Kurunegala to Colombo, for no apparent reason.

I had all but not the original revenue license. I actually keep it in the car, but this morning I took it out to make a photocopy as the one I had pasted in the windshield had fallen. While I stuck the new photocopy in the windshield I had forgot my original on the photocopy machine.

They were like “We are going to write a ticket, because we can”. After appealing to their humane nature I was able to walk away.

Make sure, you keep your originals in the car, to avoid the embarrassment.

CodeIgniter ColdFusion Mixup

I have had my fare share of embarrassing mix-ups in my life. The best one would be the day I applied to a ColdFusion job thinking that it was a CodeIgniter job in my early days at oDesk/UpWork. I went through the interview process and got selected. Unknown language and an urgent fix for a live e-commerce website, how more fun can life get?

I knew I was in trouble the moment I opened the project in the editor. I was just starting been a full time freelancer and a bad rating would have been catastrophic at that stage, so I improvised.

I was perfect with HTML, CSS, JavaScript so I started on those issues first while every 30 minutes I would take a break and do some reading on ColdFusion. By the second day I had enough to challenge the CF code base, and that is what I did.

Bugs were resolved and the website was fine again. We also worked on some features.

Surviving an unknown language, which they clearly knew, probably landed me on Ruby with the same client. I worked for the next 2 years with Ruby based technology. Among one of the projects is the transition of the CF e-commerce website I worked on to Ruby on Rails using Spree E Commerce platform.

That website is Buttercup Cake Shop.

Student Unions - Throttle Down

I was on the line with a friend who said “I am stuck on the road for hours, this mother f—–s are blocking the road again”. I had to remind him his past, when he told how protests were fun, but it is not so now, he agreed with a heavy sigh!

Violence is the problem

I am in the grounds, every problem should be solved with a gentle fashion. We talk, we compromise, we vote and then we make legislation. I also believe students should not be ragged physically and mentally but rather be involved in our research and development. Carrying these views was what put me in hot waters once and had to join the minority Anti Ragging groups and be Ala (the ignored).

Protests are a bigger problem than SAITM

Students in public universities led by the Anthare (Inter University Students Federation) are hitting the roads very often. I doubt a single day goes by without them showing up in the news. They have no respect for the countries law, nor for the police who keeps the society safe :sweat:.

The demonstrations make damage to public infrastructure, damage private property, makes congestion so bad, hundreds of thousands of man hours lost every protest :sob:.

They are just adrenaline junkies demonstrating the strength and stupidity of the youth. I guess it is a mating ritual which seems to be working :smile:.

Right for Education

Students in SAITM have a right for education. They pay money and they get educated. It is not some thing you should worry about. Your parents and my mother didn’t have money to get us private education, but we shouldn’t be jealous of their parents achievements. Your worry should be how your parents can be better, not cause worry for the parents who are!

For the record, I personally don’t like SAITM. But I strongly believe we need good Private Universities. I stand strong we should help them correct them selves and if they fail to absorb the university to the government and maintain it as a paid university.

Substandard? No problem!

Our public universities are well established, recognized internationally, better equipped, has the best of teachers and the sharpest (may not be the finest or smart - :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: - given their collective behavior) students the country has to offer. Why are we worried about them?

I can’t emphasize enough. Every one has a right to learn from who ever they want. Let them learn. But there are points where as responsible professionals we should be involved to defend.

  • I believe, for at least some time, they should be bared from training in government hospitals. They have their “teaching hospital”. They can surly use that. Or partner with any private hospital for the task. The helpless poor people should not be the lab rats, in my opinion.
  • They should have UGC approval and should meet with SL Medical Council Standards and until then their degrees will not be recognized.
  • There should be a common exam for every (government and private) medical student who seeks join SLMC to face.

Even not meeting this facts, I don’t think any one should intervene with their education.

Abolishing SAITM is not at all a solution. We need private universities to be better and we need more of them!