March 31, 2011

WCC theme songs

this year all the theme songs are fast tracks and accidently i came across,this theme song of 2007 and i don't know why, its very touchy than this times  songs and it made me cry and made me feel very proud. too bad v don't have a nice track as this this time.

රන් හිරු නැගෙනා මේ ලෝ තලේ
හෙළ රජවරු වේ අප මව් බිමේ
නෙත් සිත් පිනා යයි, මේ අප ශක්තියයි,
ජය ඝෝෂාවයි, මේ අනුනාදයයි..

සැම අභිමානයෙන් ජය ටැම් කරා
නිති එඩිතරයයි - නෑ කිසි බාධා
රන් බර කිරුළමයි, ඒ අප සිහිනයයි
ලොව ජයගන්නයි ඒ අපගේ නිති පැතුමයි..

අප ජාතියේ නාමයෙන්
දිදුලන ක්‍රීඩා තරුවක් සේ
ආ මඟ දුරයි, ආ මඟ රළුයි
ගම් පියසෙන් තණ නිල්ල කරා
අප සොයුරන් සේ එක් වෙලා
සිත් එඩිතරයි අප ශක්තියයි..

ජය මං මාවත් දැන් ලං වෙලා
ඔල්වර හඬින් කුල්මත් වෙලා
නෙක වාරයක්, අප නැඟ එන්නම් සදා..

අප ජාතියේ නාමයෙන්....

Mid point..Lessons learnt

This post will keep on updating as and when I find new stuff and I realize something that I should have done.., etc

  1. Read as many as research papers possible..i have gone through 125+ so far..:(

  2. Don't try to group the research papers and put them in separate folders, because one paper may have to be put into several folders then. (If you try you will end up getting a headache ;) )

  3. Rename the research papers to the name of the research.(windows might not let you have long names, but linux does.., so go for linux :P)

  4. Use Linux (to name the papers really long and help with dolphin, specifically tabs is amazing..or you could install KDE on windows)

  5. As told above put all research papers in one folder and number them. I used to number as "01_RP (name)" where RP means research paper, BK for book and AR for articles

  6. Maintain an excel sheet with the paper number, name of paper, authors(useful when referencing) and tag the papers according to its content(example i used TOK for tokenization, ENC for encoding.., etc). it is important that you save these data because incase you loose the files you can get help of google easily. and  i assure that time spent on this will not go wasted.

  7. Another tip for skimming through the papers is to, first read the abstract and see how relevant it is to your project, you can even colour code the excel sheet depending on their importance. for example, for me papers on Sinhala were the most important so I colour coded it. But don't use more than 2-3, because then it looks highly unprofessional and complex.

  8. Also check the references for the papers you skim and search for them and keeps going..that's how I ended up with 125 ;)

  9. So when u want to write about tokenization check the papers with TOK tag and read them.

  10. You don't have to read the whole paper to tag them. just skim through the headings, and highlight important stuff as you go through them. Okular would be a good option for reviews on pdf.

  11. Maintain only a single document. Don't try to break the doc to the modules or cores of your research, it will create inconsistencies. Make sure you keep the navigator window open when you are writing.

  12. Remember to keep back up always. Keep online back up as well. I have uploaded all my research papers to Google docs. All 125 of them ;)

  13. Finish doc as soon as you can. Leave at least 4-5 days to go through all the research papers again. Trust me, you will find loads more facts you have missed. It makes the doc complete because you will be thorough with the subject by then and will be able to grasp facts more quickly.

  14. Don't get worried if you feel like it takes too long (given that you have enough time for deadline), because that means you are getting it into your nerves.

  15. Always think how you actually do something, think "programming". Don't just put something on doc, put exactly what you will be doing, and in detail. If you feel like programming something is too much work, go for an API. It is very important that you think in programming level and will help you a lot later on. And I suppose anyone would have knowledge and experience to think deep. Think of the trouble you had earlier. Think of where you got stuck earlier. Think of where you could get into trouble. After all it's FYP, you should be able to do this ;)

  16. And finally your output should be professional. And here's where you should head back to windows, because Microsoft office is the best office package and to my knowledge no one has beaten it yet. This is where you must polish(format) your doc.

  17. When you do citations don't try to apply the Harvard guidelines at once. Now that you have numbered your research papers use numbered citations (e.g. [12]..). It is easy when documenting. If you have filled out the excel sheet I mentioned, then citing with Harvard is not difficult afterwards.

Mind you, that this is what worked for me. It might not work for most, but have a go if you think it will be helpful.. :D

March 30, 2011

Lions to Mumbai !!

..and back to Sri Lanka with the cup..

dream come true for all Sri Lankan. Our boys got qualified to the finals and that's second time in a row. 1996 aussie were runner up and champs for 3 consecutive wcc tournaments, last time we were runner up and isn't it obvious that we are gonna win it this time :D and hopefully forever after, sri lanka will dominate..
wishing good luck to the most amazing cricket team at the tournament to bring the cup to SL as sanga said.
I want to especially mention some key players I love in our team. First, without no doubt its Sanga. The best personality, outstanding captaincy (as mentioned at the presentation yesterday) and brilliant performance. and next I like Malinga and Mathews, who are equally brilliant and both of them being life saviors at any critical moment our team faces. Mahela too, though am not sure where to put him on 2nd place after sanga or at joint with Malinga and Mathews. And Dilshan who is turning out to be the hope of the team, but i don't like his attitude but he is amazing. and murali who is the legend of our time. I've heard of Aravinda and other players who are legends, but i have not seen them play. and to think what a luck Murali has. A wicket in last test match ball and a wicket in last ODI ball at SL. And I believe that how difficult it would be for us at finals, Murali's luck will bring us the cup. And above all players, I dont like murali as Sanga, Mathews or Malinga, but I respect him above all others. for making us proud as a nation.

And I salute, all our heroes.., we are always with you.. and now......

go get the cup guys....!!

March 29, 2011

mid point

a big milestone in my life is yet to come, that's the day I mark my official closure of the degree. This is only a sub milestone. The mid point submission is on next Tuesday. (same day we are starting the 2nd sem :( ) I was supposed to write about my FYP, actually update it because, I am not doing what I mentioned previously I was doing ;) I am doing the POS tagger I had mentioned before. It is very interesting and better than all my previous ideas. I love it. :D

I'll blog on all my experience as soon as I finish my submission. Kind of busy now. Consider this as a preface till then. .

World Cup 2011

With whole of Sri Lanka wishing whole heartedly for us to win the World Cup , it would be bad for the reputation of my blog to not to mention about it. :P

So here goes.., in very few words and with all my heart,

"I truly wish our cricket team all the luck in the universe to show there real talent to beat the Kiwis in the coming semis and bring the cup from to our mother land again !!! we are waiting anxiously..and Sanga you are one hell of personality and talent.Best captain I have ever seen..lead the team to the best they can achieve.We are always with you.."

P.S. India or Pakistan.., who ever you meet in finals, no one is better than you guys..we believe in it..