A.I.D.S.

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A son once calls his mother and says “MOM I got A.I.D.S.”. She was silent for a moment and said “Son it’s good if you do not come back”. The son who was shocked to hear this asked “Why Not?”

To which after another moment the mother replied. “Well, if you come here your wife will get it, then from her to your brother, from him to the servant in the house, then from her to your father, from him to my sister and from her to her husband, from him to your Sister… and by then OMG… if your sister got it, it will be as if the whole town got it. So please my loving child never come back”

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What happened to the girl I got married to?

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First off let’s just see what this is all about. You remember how romantic you guys were when you were just boy and girl friend. Remember how free it was. Going out on the sly and enjoying every moment. Getting caught in the “act”. Romantic messages and all that.

Then you guys decide to marry and the wedding goes well and stuff. After the marriage things turn slowly. You seem to understand the person who you were with is so different. Sometime they don’t even understand what’s happening.

How can this be? have they had a different idea? anyone else is trying to put the moves on my guy/girl?

I bet a lot of people have this problem. Let me just put it in a simple way.

You have opened your laptop and you got SONGS. You friend was generous to give you 90% of his collection. We are talking about 40 hours of songs. So you browse through the songs. You select the songs you like and omit the songs you don’t want. This is the girlfriend/boyfriend stage. Either person will accept what they like and reject what they don’t.

Then you go to the synching part. The day you get married. So you hook up the laptop to your potable device and starts synching.

Now you got the same songs from the laptop to the device. What you don’t know is the the songs you may have synched could be a version you don’t like. The best song you love maybe corrupt and you cannot play it. Maybe the song format is not compatible with the player. etc. This is when after the first night with your wife you see she is different. She has her own things to do. She seems to not understand things sometimes. etc.

So when we talk in terms of Songs what would a person do?

He will first see the situation and Understand the problem. If the song is corrupt was there a working one on the laptop? Where can he re-download it from? Is the downloading site TRUSTABLE? What converter can I use? Can I install a compatible player on the device? etc.So after a time he finds the solutions and works them out and comes on top of it all.

With relevance to life what would a person do?

He will UNDERSTAND the situation and with TRUST he will work things out.

So let me give a small scenario on what I mean.

After marriage my wife is like my mom. She tells me to keep the floor clean and not to scatter the clothes on the ground. That I should wash my clothes, WTF is happening.

If you have an awesome wife she will be understanding and help you change to a better person. I understood that if I mess the place it will look bad on both of us. Why wait till the last moment to clear the mess? Why wail till someone comes into the room and you are shifting clothes here and there? Also it is a fact that this will probably go to your children. If you are messy the children will be messy too. By then if you try to fix them they will look you in the face and say “PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH”. Then you have to look elsewhere.

So the wife may not always be right if you see that it is not right. learn to accept what she told then when she’s calm correct her. Also one main thing, never keep thing to tell later. Always if there is something tell her and give all the information. She needs to know what happens because you both are a part of each other. If there is a fight end it. You give in and give her a hug. Come to a conclusion. LEARN TO ACCEPT YOUR MISTAKES. 🙂 I am not shouting just highlighting.

Now what most people do is “Let’s change the device” and buys a different one. Which is where you go in for a divorce and marry again. Never do that.

Remember that if your marriage is getting stale/Lame you lack intimacy. So just for a moment think a bit. This women who I am going out with now and having fun is because we are intimate. Once I marry her it will be the same so I need to change. From then you stop cheating and go to your wife. Take time to gaze at her and look at how she has changed. Understand what she has been going through to keep you happy. Do small things like lifting her. Dancing to no music. gentle pecks of kisses. etc.

If you run out of ideas just google. Google has so many things that can help make your life sparkle again.

So basically this is one sided. From a guy PoV. So girls are also like that learn to accept your mistakes and work with hubby for a better life.

Budusaranai!

Positive thinking and Attitude

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Hey all! Been a while since i wrote something. Today just want to talk about positive thinking. What does this really mean? If we think positive do we get anything in return? How do we know.

So first off let me shed some light on this. This is only my own experience and you be the judge of it. (Please note that during my childhood I never knew anything about this.)

During my childhood I always loved to play console games. My neighbor had a NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) and I always thought how awesome it will be to have one. When i did school work I always thought about games I played and if I died in a place how I can try something different etc. After two years my grand mother told me “I have collected some money and I want to buy it for you.” I was like “WHAT?” and was happy.

Then I wanted a computer badly and was thinking “if I had one how it would be”. So during my O/L’s my dad said I need to get through the exam and he shall see. So my goal had a sub goal to getting through O/L’s. i got through it and I got the computer.

About my dream girl. I always had a thought how my dream girl would be. Like me crazy and weird at times. Wanted someone happy and understanding. I know in Sri Lanka what type of women are there and I thought the one I dreamed existed. I had bad times asking girl out and getting rejected. My idea was strong and I kept thinking to my self seeing the couples on the roads “If that guy can get a girl like that why can’t I” I always thought in the end I will find someone who I can spend the rest of my life with. I had been thinking for it from 22 onwards. When I was 29 I found her. I had no reason to be someone else. I can be myself and she accepted me for who I am. She had studied in Russia so she is not like the typical women we see in Sri lanka. She also had the same thought of finding the right guy because she had issues with her love life too. (So ofc I married her :P)

Next was my carrier. When I had finished my school and started to go to the University I always thought again ”I will work in a good organization” and to make it short I am currently employed at Intel EM, Sri Lanka.

So my words of wisdom to you is never give up hope when everyone is against you. If you fail learn from the mistakes and be ready to accept your mistakes. Learn from them and build a better mental state. Never give up fast. Try and think positive. This doesn’t mean it happens quickly like “I have been thinking about this for a week but no results” If you actually look at what happened to you during the week you might actually find small things that had build up to make a pathway to where you need to go.

Good example I read was about two guys going to an interview.

First guy was very negative. He was thinking “WHAT IF….” and always lacked positive attitude. So in the end he woke up late, went for the interview with crumpled shirt for the electricity was out and looked like a mess. Had no idea what he was answering and showed nervousness, This lead him to not get the job.

To this same interview the positive guy was thinking “I will…”and always thought what it would be like to work in that company. Things about how he can impress the boss. This lead him to go to their website to understand the organization. He had ironed the shirts and trousers that night and kept the alarm on the clock. Next day woke a few minutes earlier than the alarm. Had lots time to go for the interview. During the interview he showed a positive attitude and got the job.

So always be positive and visualize what you want the out come to be. The saying I always go with “Aim for the stars and you might hit a coconut tree”.

Share your similar stories as well. 🙂

How to properly boil grain that was not soaked

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So this is a quick thing I learned from my mother-in-law. We know how to boil (cook) grain by soaking it over night and boiling it in the morning. Have you tried to boil it when it was not soaked and they came out pretty bad.

Well here is a quick tip to boil your grains and get them just right.

Things you need.

  1. Pressure cooker
  2. Grains
  3. water

So what you do is put the water in the pressure cooker and grains and put it to boil. When the pressure builds up the steam will escape from the nozzle leaving a big *SHHHHHHH*

Let it do that for like three times then you switch it off for like 10 mins. leave it like that and DO NOT remove the lid. Ater 10 mins just switch it back on and let it rip for another 6 hoots.

Let it be on for another minute or two and release the steam by lifting the weight on the nozzle with a knife. Check the grain and it should be done properly.

MOBA aka Massive Online Battle Arena

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First off anyone would want to know what MOBA games mean? As the title reads Massive Online Battle Arena. This genre is quite new and was discovered during the era of Aeon of Strife map in Starcraft I. Once the all-round best RTS at that time, Warcraft III came out a map called DOTA (Defense of the Ancients) was developed. This took online gaming to the next level. After this a huge number of games came in such as Heroes of Newerth, Leagues of Legend and Bloodline Champions

So let’s have a fast run through some of the most popular MOBA games here.

Idea of a MOBA game

The idea behind a MOBA game is very simple, to annihilate the enemy and take over control. Each side will consist of a base and base defense (towers, minions). Once the game starts the automated minions will clash from either side in an epic battle. The goal is to help the team you are on push to the enemy base and destroy it. Each MOBA game has its own mechanics of achieving Victory. Main aspects of any MOBA game would be compromised of the following.

1. Map Awareness and Map Control. (Knowing who is missing and when your team needs you)
2. Positioning. (Be there when and where you are needed)
3. Knowing your limits and timing. (knowing the heroes play style and builds)
4. Team Composition and Team Work. (how to achieve the ultimate goal and how you should contribute)

Defense of the Ancients

This map was created by Eul, Pendragon and Icefrog as a custom map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. As any developer, they saw the limitations of what AoS had offered and incorporated more variety to DOTA. As WCIII had already hit the gamers, it was easy to incorporate this free map to the public. This was when MOBA was taken by storm. Since then e-sports was taken a step further. The downside of DOTA was limited to the WCIII:TFT engine there was loads of issues. Some were

1. No reconnect.
2. No Matchmaking.
3. Games were limited to a region or within friends.
4. Unable to balance heroes properly due to limitations of the engine.

Leagues of Legend

After DOTA came Guinsoo with the help of Pendragon who were developers under Eul helped create RIOT games and made this standalone game named Leagues of Legend aka LOL. This was more versatile from DOTA and scaled well with the DOTA concept just like Heroes of Newerth. It was a total makeover and was totally different than DOTA. The cartoonish look towards LOL gave gamers a unique in-game experience. Some of the main features are

1. Automated matchmaking
2. Reconnect tool
3. New Champions (also known as heroes
4. Stat Tracking
5. Built-in Surrender functionality
6. improved in-game GUI
7. Account level progression (summoner system)
8. Improved Mini-Map
9. Multiple Game Maps
10. An In-game tutorial.

Heroes of Newerth

If you talk about a DOTA port the first MOBA game that comes to anyone’s mind is HoN aka Heroes of Newerth. After permission was granted from IceFrog, Newerth was born. They have some of the most wanted heroes from DOTA plus an array of new heroes made from scratch for up to 90+ heroes to select from. They have taken DOTA to the next level and some call it DOTA 2. HoN is also the most fast paced game in comparison with other MOBA’s (not counting vehicle MOBA :P). You will need an adequate knowledge of in-game mechanics and other methodologies to overcome your opponents and take over Newerth. Some of the main features include

1. Player Reconnection Tool
2. Leaver Protection
3. In-Game VOIP
4. Match-Making
5. Stat Tracking
6. Ladder Rankings
7. Re-Bindable Hotkeys and many other great features to improve the users gaming experience! These features really distinguish Heroes of Newerth from DotA!

Bloodline Champions

Now we come to a different aspect of the MOBA Game genre. This is Bloodline Champions. Built by a Swedish company called Stunlock Studios and published by Funcom this game is much different. Actually to me it seems like a port of Unreal Tournament. There are no minions or tower defenses. Just as you spawn you need to eliminate the enemies and stay alive. A game may go up to a maximum of two to three minutes. Depending on how long the enemies survive.

DOTA 2

This is the game we are all been waiting for and it seems that the last of the BETA stage for this game is almost over. They will be sending out invites in the near future. As for what I have seen online lately they have seemed to make the game more realistic. They have not gone completely out of the DOTAish look however the landscape and heroes have been rescaled to proper heights. All heroes have new skins and look very dashing.

Blizzard DOTA

I never thought Blizzard will make a DOTA port however eventually they came up with this. In Blizzard DOTA all your favorite heroes will be there. Arthus, Lichking, Zeratul and others who we have been with us in WC and SC will be here to fight the battle of the century. Some of the unique features of Blizzard DOTA are as follows.

1. Power ups are team based. So if someone captures control nodes the minions will be buffed to make it easier to push towers etc.
2. Towers are totally different in Blizzard DOTA as a solo hero is unable to take it down. The effort of team work should be there to exhaust the tower of power and destroy it.
3. Types of hero categories are Tank, Damage Dealer, Support and Siege.

a. Tanks will be in the front line absorbing damage for the squishy heroes.
b. Damage Dealers – they will have immense damage output however lack in basic life skills.
c. Support – is as the name says they are healer or buffers who will help the others win.
d. Siege – This is a new kind of category where they will have long range damage which will assist the team kill towers fast.

Overall each game is unique on its own nature which brings out the flavor for each game created. I see that MOBA games will have a good future and there will be more to come.

Sri Lankans ftw

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I went yesterday to the Dialog office to reactivate my wife’s old sim. As I was been entertained by a service rep another guy pops in and asks for some leaflets for a mobile broadband connection. She hands over the leaflets with the rates and tariffs and he leaves.

Minutes later he comes back and they have an animated conversation.

Customer :- All the rates here include the dongle + sim or just the dongle.

Rep : – Just the dongle sir.

Customer : – oh I see. Is this locked or unlocked?

Rep :- it is locked sir.

Customer :- Can I use it with another sim? like airtel or something.

Rep:- No sir, it’s locked.

Customer :- Can you unlock it for me?’

Rep :- No sir we cannot unlock it.

Customer goes. Rep looks at me and says “What am I to say? Sri Lankans” and she sighs.

SQL Server Setup has encountered the following error:

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TITLE: SQL Server Setup failure.
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SQL Server Setup has encountered the following error:

Invoke or BeginInvoke cannot be called on a control until the window handle has been created..

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OK
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I got this error while installing SQL server 2008. Drove me nuts to find out how to resolve it. Just close all instances of anything to do with Microsoft. Even if you have a windows explorer close it. On the task bar you need to see only the installer. If you have Outlook opened close that as well. Then start the installer and it should work.

Source – googled it.

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