Friday, April 16, 2010

I'm On A Camel!

Old Spice, endorsed by Ali Rameez.

For those of you who haven't seen the Original Old Spice Commercial...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Spin On Old Logos

There are so many stuff in Maldives I want to change design wise. Art, architecture, ads, logos, etc. I have focused on some of the popular companies in Male' and took their branding logo and jazzed it up a little.

(Note that the following designs are a little self project I have been working on and you can use these images with proper crediting)

The current VTV logo is a form derived from its parent company logo. Although it has its appeal I find that it lacks the upfront link or connection between the viewer and the company. So below is my version of how we can better the current logo instead of just being a break down of its company logo. (I made a 3D visualization of the Logo so it would be easier to imagine an animation for the logo.)

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I find DhiTV's logo not fit to be used by one of the leading media company in the Maldives. It uses a very simple concept of portraying the TV in the form of a box. My argument is, although it is such a simple concept you can always portray it in a more professional form.

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Haveeru Online

This website has been in beta stages since I dont know for how long. There are some places you really need a redesign. But this time I am focusing on the header. It has been written in simple Arial font in red and grey. The haveeru dhivehi logo has been used since a long time so I thought why not use the dhivehi logo style and create the english version for the website.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Two Weeks

To sum up the two weeks I was out of Male' the capital of the the paradise of Maldives. Here's what has happened.

(all links are taken from Haveeru News and is in Dhivehi)

11 March 2010 - Grandmother and Mother sentenced to jail for killing infant.

13 March 2010 - There is no law protecting Woman's right in Maldives.

14 March 2010 - MMA warns about Counterfeit Dollars

15 March 2010 - Maldivian Journalists getting death threats.

16 March 2010 - Dreams of Internet Banking.

17 March 2010 - Women realize they like muscular guys but cannot trust them

18 March 2010 - Dreams of Building a Wind Farm.

20 March 2010 - Ran out of Water

21 March 2010 - 100 Prisoners Released form Prison???

22 March 2010 - Convicts are not properly punished (that was not sarcasm)

23 March 2010 - Fight at Parliament

24 March 2010 - Thilafushi to Lease out Land without Announcing

25 March 2010 - 30 Gangs in Male' alone

26 March 2010 - DRP and MDP supporters make unrest

28 March 2010 - 15 Men Rape 20 year old Girl


Monday, March 01, 2010

My research for a video project lead me to this article on Wikipedia. "List of Sultans of the Maldives"

This list shows different dynasties of the Maldivian Sultans, starting from Theemugé Dynasty. This information is gathered from the earliest historical text of the Maldives, The Lōmāfānu Copper Plates. These copper plates are written in ancient Evey-la akuru (ancient Dhivehi text derived from early Sanskrit) and holds a detailed history starting from King Koimala. He was the first king to rule whole of Maldives including the Island Maliku. Before King Koimala, most of the Northern regions of Maldives were under Indian Rule. Only six Kings before King Koimala were recorded in the Lōmāfānu plates. These kings belonged 'Adhitta Dynasty' and 'Homa Dynasty'.
'Adhitta' and 'Homa' means 'Sun' and 'Moon' respectively also referred as 'Solar god' and 'Lunar god' of early Buddhism in the Maldives. These two names are used the modern Dhivehi calendar as 'Sunday' and 'Monday'.

[caption id="attachment_305" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="A Plate of the Loamaafaanu Copper Plates"]Loamaafaanu Copper Plate[/caption]

The Lost History

The Lōmāfānu Copper Plates also tells us about another set of even older copper plates called The Maapanansa. These copper plates is said to hold the information of previous ancient dynasties of Maldives, dating earlier than the "Adhitta Dynasty". It is also said to contain the cultural understanding of how ancient Buddhist worked in the Maldives. and different legends and stories of the time.

Princess Kamanhaar of the Lunar Dynasty was banished to the Island 'Is-Midu' (Modern; Meedho, Addu) with her she took the The Maapanansa Copper plates. Later it was buried and destroyed by a man named Al- Muhadhith Hassan. It is believed that the Maapanansa Copper plates were destroyed because it contained details of Buddhist rituals and ceremonies and the Islamic wise men of that time didn't want people to be lead astray by the ancient writings.

Imagine if the Maapanansa Copper plates wasn't destroyed. the Maldivian history would have been very rich and not left with so many questions unanswered. Like where our actual ancestors came from. our culture though from another religion how it was back then.

I dont agree or support on destroying culture in the name of religion. It is a crime against who we are and our ancestry. It denies the future generation of the truth. If you are scared of the world around you changing in to a belief you don't want you or your family to be subjected to, do not erase it from our history. Keep it as a reminder of how better you are now, and teach the future to be more tolerant and understanding of other people, cultures, races and religions. Hope in the future we wont loose any more cultural icons because of reasons like this.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Habee and a Hippie Walks in to a Bar...

"The Government is trying to control our freedom. We are a humble community who loves peace and prosperity. The Government officials make laws to deny us of our rights and invent different types of insurance to keep control over us. Our hard earned money shall not be subjected to the government as tax laws to fund for their evil crimes against humanity. They watch our every move and judge us like animals. The public must be aware of their Criminal intentions. We shall march a protest against the Government and if the Government doesn't change, we will TAKE OVER!!" Said the Haabee.

"Yeah!! What He Said!!!... but with weed!!!" said the Hippie.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

List of Alibis/Reasons the Island Aviation Pilot could have “Accidentally” sent the Hijack Code

So Island Aviation is in a bit of a blunder. One of the planes sent a hijack code while trying to depressurize the cabin, in SriLankan air space. So heres a list of alibis/reasons the pilot could have "accidentally" done it.

  • "OK which one of you goons switched the labels of  "HIJACK CODE" with "DE-PRESSURE"??? "

  • "What does this button do?"

  • Co-Pilot - " I  DARE you!!"

  • Pilot "This button lets you say "Hi" to Jack over at Srilankan Air Traffic Control".
    Co-Pilot "Who's Jack? and why do we need to say "Hi" to him?"...

  • "The New Flight attendant was so HOTT, and I got a boner... yea its that long!!"

  • It was my Co-Pilot's birthday and we all were playing twister...

  • The voices in my head told me to do it!!

  • Shanmoon Beybes video was horrible and I panicked and I was trying to switch it off.... gawd!! the horror!!! soo small!!

  • HIJACK.. or AUTOPILOT... I got confused!!!

  • Co-Pilot - " I  DOUBLE DARE YOU!!"

Link to Actual Story on Haveeru (Dhivehi)