Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Memories’ Category

I was just hit by an idea to have a list of games that I played since I first got a PC. While I was making this list, it was so obvious to put it in the blog, as I haven’t updated it for long time.

It was the year 1993 (17 years ago), when my uncle was kind enough to give me a PC which only had DOS installed. My cousin who was a computer genius to me at that time, managed to install some games on it and showed me how to run them. I just had to start the PC and type;

C:\>cd games
C:\>cd prince
C:\>prince

This started “Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame“, my very first PC gaming experience.

 

Some of the other games that I played in that period (from 1993 to early 2000) were;

Gods


 

Doom


 

Need for Speed


Need For Speed History (1995 – 2007)

 

The Need for Speed 2 Intro that rocked in those days

 

Duke Nukem


 

WWF Wrestlemania – The Arcade Game


 

Populous: The Beginning


 

There are more to be added. I will add more when I remember and find more info about them.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Date: Saturday 8th December, 2007

Time: Around 5 PM

Venue: Speed Drome – Palawatta – Battaramulla – Sri Lanka

Event: Pro-Kart knock-out competition

Laps: 3

From Wikipedia

Have you raced before?” one of the organizers asked just before the race’s about to start. “No!” I said with a little fear. I have never seen a ProKart in close proximity, before today. Though I can drive a car carefully, I’m not a pro-driver. But I think, when it comes to ProKart racing, general vehicle driving skills doesn’t matter.

My opponent is a Girl. Oh, Wait, no! Competing with her is NOT a piece of cake. You know why? Because, she already is an experienced ProKart driver and she has come to win. Well yes, I came to win too. But there’re always differences in objectives, in between an experienced racer and a novice. There is a team participating from SriLankan Air Lines. Yeah! Your guess is correct! She’s the only female racer from the 4 member team.

I saw how one of them raced with one of my friends’ just minutes ago. Oh. No comments needed! So I was a little nervous. “What the heck! I should just go and hit the damn peddle! There’s nothing to worry! I just came to have fun. Not to be fear of losing!” Thinking like that was a good relief to me, seconds before the race.

Right pedal is the Accelerate Pedal. Left is the Brake Pedal. Ok? Accelerate from Right! Brake from Left! Clear?” asked the same man who asked me the first question. I gave a small nod to him as it’s one of the most obvious things in the world and I didn’t want to be that novice.

The green Flag waved and I just hit my right Pedal with a spit of a second. 1 2 3 and 4 seconds gone, my opponents Kart on to the right hand side is speeding constantly and it has overtaken me. I was amazed how it happened. I thought both Kart should perform the same way. But it isn’t. For a second I thought could it be because she’s experienced than me? But it can’t happen. By then, we’ve got the first slight turn to right. The next right turn is just about to come which is the sharpest and riskiest as I looked at the left pedal. I’m touching it a bit. Then I realized the cause of the performance flaw. The brake pedal is such sensitive that it only needs a small touch to slow down the Kart . The next second, I got my foot off it completely and whoosh… for a second, I remembered how my Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution drags when I inject some N2O (Nitrous Oxide) in EA’s latest PC game NFS Pro Street. And not a moment later, I realized if I continue in this speed, either I hit the front Kart or I hit the tire wall (Many people hit there as a result of unnecessary speeding).

The ideal thing you do is apply some brakes as you turn. That was the first and final wrong thing I did to lose the race. In these Karts, It completely locks the wheels as you brake. You should never hit the brake as you turn. Of course, it’s very helpful when you need a 180 degrees turn just to show-off as you win a race. Well, I can’t complain brakes either, as just minutes before a friend told me never to touch the brake. He said it’s not needed, you can drive only using accelerator. But I just did what a normal driver do, forgetting a golden tip from a person who raced before me.

2 seconds passed, I was facing the opposite way as a result of the brake. I was frustrated. I take the next 5-6 seconds to get the Kart to correct way (180 degrees turn again). It was just enough for her to give me half a lap lead. The only thing I did after that was try shorten the lead as much as possible. I think the lead never got shorter or longer. Maybe she mastered the lap and speeded up and my speeding wasn’t enough to get close. In my lap timing, I think there was a major improvement in every lap. Eventually, the race ended. All in all, congrats to my opponent, nice racing! But beware, next time, I will try my best to stay in track and give a good competition.

Technically she won and clearly I lost. But it’s no big deal. I did learn many things about ProKart / Gokarts , racing and its techniques. That’s un-measurable. Anyway, it’s so bad that people like us do not have any place to go and race. The only facility that I heard in Millennium Park (currently Excel World) had been stopped due to unknown reason. I suggest the people who are able to run a ProKart racing facility, to open up a place and provide opportunities for enthusiast like us.

To conclude, I convey my heartfelt gratitude to all the members of D. S. Senanayake College OBA (Old Boys Association) and all who made such a successful and great event in very bad weather conditions. Guys! The way you dried up the track and organized everything in crisis situations is promising! Keep up the spirit and we always look forward to help and participate to similar future events.

One thing for sure, “It is always a pleasure and proud of being a DS Boy!”

Read Full Post »

[#1] Music is my Life

As my parents are and ancestors were in music industry, my ideal profession and my never changing will is in Music. I find answer to every question and cure for every problem in Music than any other. It drives me, it cures me and it improves me.

[#2] Country and people that I admire

I have heard some people saying India is an ugly place to live, this and that. I have never been to India, but all I know is that, it has a great Culture, great People, Worlds Greatest Arts (Music, Dancing, Cinema and etc) and the list will go on and on.

[#3] Keep things Clear and Simple

I do like to keep every problem and question clear and simple, though some are more complex and dangerous. I think it’s one of my good attitude even some may say it’s not.

[#4] Bad Temper

I tend to loose my temper, in most cases Unnoticeable to people. Because I pretend to be normal in situations and trying to keep things cool.

[#5] I’m Not a Blind Believer

It is my unintended behavior that I don’t believe in things just because they are believed by others. I think that’s why I’m spontaneously a Buddhist rather than becoming a good old worshiper calling oneself a Buddhist.

[#6] Long time No Dreams and Short Term Dream Memory Loss

I hardly dream when sleeping though thousands of day dreams are there. Do not know why, but even if I see one, I surely forget that when I wake up.

[#7] All-Rounder

I’ve got inter-school all island awards for Kandiyan Dancing representing my school dancing group. Even though I devoted most of my time on that, I did Western Music as the Arts subject for GCE O/Ls and I’ve got awards for Singing. well, not in national awards ceremonies. Even though my family background drives toward Music, I’m an IT graduate working in a successful IT company. After all, this post sounds that I’m an Asian classical person who loves Indian music and very calm, groups like SOAD (System Of A Down) are there in my personal top 100 hit list.

Read Full Post »

It wasn’t a thing that got my mind this much, before I’ve got the new camera 2 weeks back. Now I’ve realized it’s a new world to explore. A new career. Photography is a great way to capture anything in a different way/view. Photos speak, making stories and creates a whole new sense. One can understand that by just visiting a popular photo sharing site and seeing how many images and photographers you see.

The revolution came with Digital Cameras. Now anybody can shoot anywhere, in any moment. Any person can be a great photographer or in my words, a moment capturer. An image shot by a 14 year old girl can win over a matured photographer’s image. All because of this Digital Camera Era.

You don’t need to visit Kandy or Down South to capture moments. It’s all your imagination. I know still I’m not that imaginative with photographic eye. But one can just understand that by looking at some great pictures on internet.

I’m looking forward cheerfully to capture many many great moments through my camera.

Because moments go away with a flick of an eye
and never come back…

Check out these sites if you would like to explore this Marvelous World of Photography

Read Full Post »

Personally


Yesterday was a very special day. Many good and best friends of mine got B. Sc Degree. It was the convocation held at BMICH Colombo as it is normally schedules twice a year.

It’s an unexplainable feeling that you get when you wear that gorgeous Cloak in black and red and when you step on with your fellow batch mates who also are in cloaks. I know the feeling very well as I felt the same when I got the degree last year. It’s a perfect day that one can achieve in his/her life time. It’s just what you need after 3-4 years of hard work. Oh… boy what a day!

I have attended to more than 3 convocations and none of them were as good as the one which I got the degree. I surely know that it’s the same to everyone else. In IDM we (Me, Pradeep, Prasa, Ranukz, Shehan, Oshi, Ravisha, Kanch and Hosh) were/are a small but powerful gang. When we get-together, the largest army in the universe will be the smallest clique in front of us. It’s Friendship. Just the Rock hard Friendship! Anyway, we celebrate every event that we go together. Even none of us are actually participating, we just enjoy it. I don’t know why the hell is that? But it was our thing.

From our Gang; Shehan, Ravisha, Me, Pradeep, Prasa, Ranukz, Oshi and Hosh completed the degree and the one remaining chose degree of marriage life before ICT and went abroad nearly 2 years ago. She was one of the strongest members we had.

Anyway, I think it’s almost the last convocation which I should attend for a non-official matter. Because of all of our gang members have completed the degree now. Of course I will attend as a guest or as a member lecturer’s panel for IDM if any invitation would arise.

Technically (Industrial aspects)


Fine! If I look at the technical/industrial aspects of completing a degree, it’s almost the commencement of ones life. One should start looking for a job. Getting a job is not so easy these days as the competence is so high that most candidates are having degrees. So you must show your skills and abilities more to influence the company to hire you. You must be on top of all others.

People ask “what should be the university or institute to do the Degree or Masters Degree? After I get a degree, I can go to a good position in a company. Isn’t it?” What I always tell them is “don’t rely only on academic aspects! Please do update/ upgrade yourselves with the latest technologies and trends of the industry.”

Identiying the demand/trend and mastering an area of interest is a wise thing to do in this commercialized and ever challenging industry. Because this is the most dynamic industry of the world. You can’t service if you only do your degree and wait for a company to hire you. Of course there are companies who take fresh bachelors into there companies, but it’s a very low percentage that get the change. So be a star in the industry. Be unique by building a good knowledge base in you which heading for a good charisma. One’s personality can influence 50% (+-) in an interview. Being an all-rounder will take you to higher levels in the industry involuntarily.

Keep those on your mind. I think they will help you for at least one decision that your will take in your career.

“Anything is only hard to the extent, which you think it is. Not beyond that!”
Harshadewa

Read Full Post »