"A meek endeavor to the triumph" by Sampath Jayarathna

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Do you see the difference CANADA? We DON'T - Sri Lankans against LTTE Terrorism

"Brother" greets "Brother" in London... (Black Barack with Black Cop)

TV reporters are too busy focusing on the Queen receiving the VIP guests at Buckingham Palace. This was a "touching" Kodak moment outside Downing Street that won't be forgotten by this London cop.

Remember the cops on duty are not supposed to shake hands, but the two brothers couldn't resist the historic moment. The black cop never imagined in his wildest dream that he would usher a black American President (Barack Obama) into the British corridors of power. Nice!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Genius Beatboxers……..Nathen “Flutebox” Lee & Beardyman

OK…..here’s another genius musician….. When I heard this duo for the first time, I thought what??? Are they from another world???.............Yeah…..So awesome. Can’t believe how talented these fellows. Nathan “Flutebox” Lee, and Beardyman @ Google, London. These guys blow me away…….a blast………..yeah.
These particular types of musicians are called “Beatboxers”. Here’s what Wiki says about Beatboxing.

Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion which primarily involves the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue, voice, and more. It may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntablism, the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments. Beatboxing is connected with hip hop culture although it is not limited to hip hop music

Saturday, April 18, 2009

PERRYS - Great deals on new & used cars, and vans (Site Review)

When I looked at the Perrys Motor sales dealership site for the first time, I thought that something missing on the index image. May be its too small? Just a tiny image of "PERRYS" and text "Great deals on new & used cars, and vans". I guess, a larger index image with some eye catching bright color match and a custom quote will work well with the site Perrys Motor sales. A quote something like "Great deals, low rates, with trusted resource", probably animated text in the index?

Secondly, the static random image in the center of the page. I liked the way it's designed and the placement, but a flash image or animated image with all those random images into one movie like animation will really suited for this place. And also may be the image corners with some circular shape like in the search for vehicle or the find dealership options? Same thing would be better for the More hot deals option. Instead of having static deals, probably an animated pictures and information galary for deals will be a pretty good addition to the Perrys site. Also I would like to see the prices with different options, I guess may be with dollars and euros?

I liked the color match in the "Search for a vehicle" box with shaded light blue. If this can be extend to the entire page? or maybe to the other two search boxes in the Perrys main site?
I searched the site with Vauxhall dealer and Vauxhall corsa, and loved the way how the other two search options changed accordingly. This is the first time I saw a cool feature like this, great job.
I like to see following options in the index page of the PERRYS dealership site.
  • An option to get a free dealer price quote. A small option box with make, model and postcode with a Get Quotes button?
  • A viewer box with "Most Researched" or "Most Searched" vehicles. This could shows a list of vehicles both cars and vans with ranking 1-10
  • A tool, research and Explore, probably to do a search by a price range or by category, or by features, and an option to do comparisons with different makes and models.

Another missing item in the PERRYS motor dealership site is a custom search option. Say I want to search for a "Vauxhall dealer" instead of getting into the "Search for a Vehicle" option. I guess its good to have a separate custom search box to do other types of searches within the site. May be placing a custom search in the top right corner with the banner ad?

Overall, PERRYS motor sales dealership site is a pretty good tool for consumers. But I would like to see some animated site, when comes to vehicles, rather a static site like the current one.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Eastern Inspired Living (Site Review)

With the first look at the Eastern Inspired Living, I wondered what this term “LOMBOK” is. It is in the URL, in the main LOGO and even as a link to LOMBOK news? I feel bit misleading with it, and how this term going be related with the term "Eastern Inspired Living"? If it is an abbreviated term related to the web site, I guess better to expand it somewhere so that the consumers feel it close to what the site trying to provides.

When it comes to amenities for a luxuries living, one will feel more comfortable with surrounds, with more soft and smoother background. As a consumer, I feel the index page design is more edgee , with the square faces and rectangular menu selections. Color selection is more like neutral than a vivid feeling when thinking about Eastern Living.

With the use of search term “log basket”, I tried to see how a general consumer looks up items from the web “Eastern Inspired Living”. Thumbnails are pretty much with details, but feel the size is bit larger compared to other consumer product supplier web sites. May be a reduced thumbnail size and a link to get all the results into a single page, will make the search feature a proper tool for the Eastern Inspired Living site.

Is there any option to view the search items price in other popular currency values, like American Dollars, or Euros? If the Eastern Inspired Living site is targeting international consumers, this will give kind of a feeling that the site is closer to consumers living style. As a consumer from the US market, I felt the site is far away and this will certainly affect the actual consumers who want to buy products. May be an option to convert currency values with the viewing option will certainly increase the consumer popularity of the site.

With search keyword lamp shades and laundry baskets, I found that the index showing the different lighting options bit confusing. Whenever particular sub category under the term Lighting is selected, the keyword background is highlighted with a grey color bar, which I felt more like a separation title than a selection among other sub titles.

Overall, “Eastern Inspired Living” web site provides an interesting consumer appliance sales portal and, with a bit of vivid touch on the interface and some developments based on the stated options, it will be a great place for people who looks for things out of ordinary.