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Monday, July 31, 2006

Life: CSE AGM 2006

Work on the AGM of the Computer Science and Engineering Society of the University of Moratuwa and the annual get-together of the CSE department is in full swing. It will be held on the 5th of August at HNB Towers (we could have gone for Taj but I messed up and we couldn't get it for the 5th or the 9th). Designed a t-shirt and a poster so far.

Design for the T-shirt. The gray area's supposed to be black.

The poster started off pretty well but ended up being close to a mess (not actually a mess but very close). I did the design for a 5'x7' poster and later found out it was going to be 6'x10' which has totally different proportions. So I adjusted everything manually, working at full size and 300 dpi. Later found out that I couldn't save the file because all my scratch disks were full and the only formats available were .raw and .tiff. Finally (after deleting alot of my files) saved it in both formats. The .tiff o/p came out well but the .raw file was corrupted which meant that I couldn't do any editing of the original.
Shakila's doing the DJ. Had a meeting with the principal of R.M.V. and Management Committee. Should get the approval to print the sticker pretty soon.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Life: Sri Lanka Local Governance Leading Practices Symposium; A Success

The ladies of the group...Biyanka, Rasini, Erangika, Iresha, Ayomi, Gayathri, Dinelka and Dinu

The registration team

The presentation team

The whole team

Mr. Haththotuwa(Haththa) Mota,Fonsa, Daham, Kamal, me, Demith and Lasiya

The guys of the team...once more

The guys of the team...again

The guys of the team

Awards Presentation

Leo Fonseka presentation

Behind the scenes...translations and preparation of presentations...Surani madam, Ira, Demith, Samanmalee, Iresha

Premjit, Ayomi, Biyanka

Day 2 Morning before registrations


Lasiya, Ayomi, Dinu and Erangika

Me and Kota

Lasiya, Rasini

The BMICH main hall

The Registration Team

Fonsa being funny

The SLLGLPS 2006 was a huge success. Apart from the problems we had in registrations on the first day, the rest of the proceedings went smoothly. Me, Atula, Lasiya, Rasini, Ayomi, Fathi, Erangika, Jumma, Demith, Dinu and Balla handled registrations while Kaputa, Kamal, Kota, Daham, Sameera, Muffaz, Mufthaz and a few others handled presentations. Chaminda was the one who designed the registration software. On the first day we got really late. We slept late because we stayed up till 3.30 in the morning and it was impossible to get up by 5.30. It was alost 9 o'clock when we got to the BMICH and most of the registration work was finished by then. We planned to put up cues for the next day so that people couldn't come up to us in groups. This worked well and there weren't as many registrants (on the first day there were close to 600 but the next day it was down to about 300). We also made a CD with all the presentations but couldn't distribute it among the participants. They said tehy were going to mail it later on. We have to collect our payments today. But event without any pay, it was a great experience and that's what counts at the end.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


RMV OSA stands for "Ranpokunagama Maha Vidyalaya Old Students' Association". RMV was my first school. It was called Ranpokunagama Primary School back then and we were the first batch to study there. So, it holds a special place in my life.

The school has expanded and now has Advanced Level Classes. But it doesn't have nearly enough resources. We formed the OSA in hope of doing our best to support the school but the administrative system of Sri Lanka gets in the way of this. We weren't able to notify the Divisional Education Office about our formation because the Director wasn't there when we went there yesterday. Once we hand over the documents, they will be processed and the organization will be approved (or rejected...I don't know).

We were planning on printing a sticker in order to raise funds for our future projects but it has been halted because the principal insisted that we had to have the consent of the OSA granted at a general meeting. But to hold a general meeting we have to get together 100 members. We only have 13 at the moment.
Hence, we have resorted to holding a raffel. The students would not get anything out of it initially (unlike in the sticker project).

We'll be having a meeting on Sunday and hopefully things will be resolved there.
Thilini has sent letters to all. Romesh and Anushka want to have a function where teachers and Old Students meet but I don't know how practical this is. Have to get Thilini to draft a sponsorship letter as well.

Have loads of translations to do and have to check whether I have a copy of the client monitoring proect that we did at Ramedian.