Weblog of Nazly Ahmed

Nazly Ahmed

Nazly Ahmed

Web Developer. PHP Addict. Wordpress Hacker. FOSS Enthusiast. (Micro)Blogger. Photo Hobbyist. Cricket Fanatic. Husband. Dad.

Freefall – Behind the scenes

Last year during my short visit to the down South of Sri Lanka, I took a photo of a random guy jumping off a cliff near the Galle Fort. I submitted this photo to Mashable’s “10 Risky Photos That Will Inspire and Terrify You” and it was short listed in “Our 15 Favorite Photos of the 2012 Mashable Photo Challenge“. Getting featured on was truly motivating for what I do as a hobby in my spare time. While I was browsing through some of my old backups I found a series of photos I haven’t selected to upload which tells more about the story behind this shot and ended up compiling this blog post. Read More >>

Posted 5 years ago

What’s up with October 1st?

If you didn’t notice or really didn’t care, October 1st 2011, tomorrow, seems to be a day that has been marked to bring quite a few changes in to effect. At least the changes that I have some interest over..

  • Facebook announced to it’s developers that starting from October 1st, all apps must migrate to OAuth 2.0 for authentication and obtain a SSL certificate for use. Or else the apps would get disabled. Read more detailed explanation in the Facebook Developer Roadmap.
  • Now this applies to Sri Lanka only. I got this SMS from Ada Derana today morning which has been the buzz for sometime. “Fastening of seat belts in front seats of all cars & dual purpose vehicles with English number plates is compulsory from tomorrow”. It’s a good move to make it compulsory, but I doubt for how long this will be enforced.
  • Now into Cricket. As has always been the practice, changes to the playing conditions for Tests, One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) take effect from Saturday 1 October, the ICC has confirmed. Read More..

So what’s the deal with October 1st. Any other changes I might have missed?

Posted 6 years ago

Photography as a hobby

Photography is an art that you have to be born with. If your eyes doesn’t capture the beauty of what you are about to click, its hard to imagine that your camera will. Some may argue it’s the quality of the camera that makes the difference. If you have the passion for photography, it really doesn’t matter what camera you have in your hand. But you need both skill and tools to be producing top quality images which would live up to expectations.


Posted 7 years ago

Colombo Traffic Updates via Twitter

Traffic. It’s one of the craziest things we come across more often than not in any given day. It can be due to peak hours, accidents, road blocks, rain, flood, fallen tree, cat crossing the road or what ever reason it may be, it will always be annoying as ever. Don’t we feel that we could have avoided the traffic if we knew the situation before hand. But its a problem that never gets solved. Coz you find random and awkward traffic every now and then.

The idea of using Twitter to share Traffic updates just spurred when @induNan posted this on Twitter:
“So.. Does anyone know? Is there a traffic update/alert #Twitter a/c or hashtag for Colombo or Srilanka??”.


do yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid?

When I open my mailbox 50% of them are forwarded emails. My junks are filtered with 99.9% accuracy so I don't worry about them. Most of forwarders I ignore and don't fall into the trap of being asked to forward it to more and more people. There are times I read them for the fun of it, some are useless where some I find it interesting. This email I got today has been circulating for a while now I mean for a good 2-3 years if I remember correctly but I felt that I have a strange mind too after reading it :D[BigGrin]

Finally as usual it asks you to forward the email. But what did I do? I posted in on my blog instead. How stupid am I? [Wink]

This is weird, but interesting!

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it

Posted 10 years ago

Cheaper than pumping fuel

I got this from a friend of mine via email. It will be the case for most of us in the near future considering the recent fuel hikes here in Sri Lanka.

The cartoon reads, "I don't have a problem in my car. It's cheaper for me to pay these two than pumping fuel"

Posted 10 years ago

apt-get install wife

Geeky way of getting married [Wink]

Posted 10 years ago

Some true facts..

This is one of the forward emails I got and it was really interesting. Thought of sharing… [Wink]


1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the Screen.

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60 years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

AND NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.

Posted 12 years ago


Today I dragged my collegue Rehan AKA IceBerg to New Malar Cafe in Town Hall for lunch. Seriously no one has to teach Rehan to eat. But I felt that he was curious why I took him there for Lunch. Saturday is normally a day off for us but we dropped by at office to complete a small mission. Town Hall is not a place normally we would hit for lunch but I have eaten occasionally at Hotel Rahumanya which is next to NMC. Why did I want to eat at a place where I haven't eaten before? I said Rehan that it all relies in a URL and he was like [eek]

I was so curious to tryout the Paper Thosai 0.91 rc1 which Mahangu had a go at it and was kind enough to post it on his blog. That post really made me salivate. Infact I opted for the Paper Masala Thosai which is one of the great dishes of its kind considering the rest of the eateries in Colombo. The Ulundu Vadai too was by far the best. Big thanks to Mahangu. So by now Rehan would have got the URL of the referer :)[Smile]. For South Indian food I used to visit Hotel Abhirami in Bamba (next to ABS) which serves some great dishes but now I guess NMC is top in my list. Infact I visited the North Indian Spot (upstairs of NMC) For take away once which Mahangu mentioned in his post. I took Naan that day and it was OK…

But my favourite spot is Raheemas(infront of Thurstan), where Charith and myself used to hit very often. I have my lunch atleast 3-4 times a week there. But Charith and myself visit for a pre-dinner meal between 18:00-19:00. Parata is by far the best and I also don't miss out on the egg hoppers.

Its amazing how these blogs impact in our day to day lives. Infact I wonder how many will visit these eateries after reading these posts. On the other hand these eateries get free promotion. So much to offer them for their great dishes. BTW is there any way to track these visitors? Just to keep in track..

Posted 12 years ago

How is my driving?

I normally snoop in through those small gaps in heavy traffic while riding on my bike. Today evening I managed to get through a car on my left and a van on my right. This car was right next to me and the van was bit behind waiting for the green light to flash. As usual as it turned to orange everyone started the race while this van guy on my right passed me by knocking a bit on my side mirrors and the handle which I felt was intentional and I really got pissed for a second as I didn't have much room on my left coz of the car was really close to me but I started laughing in the midst after reading the sticker on the back of the van which was a cab. It said "How is my Driving? Call <some number>". This guys didn't stop and I didn't worry about it too much either as there was no damage at all. I couldn't remember the phone number othewise..

Posted 12 years ago

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