Could dragons have existed?

Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Answer by Patrick Crosset:

Dragons are real and they come from South Africa

You believe that dragons exist only in movies or series like "Game of Thrones". Theses Dragons are real. The first one comes from Africa, South Africa more precisely. You can find the second one in Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and even India.

Smaug Giganteus  or Sungazer

First described in 1844 by the Scottish naturalist, Dr. Sir Alan Smith, this species is known by many different names such as; Sungazer, Giant Girdled Lizard, Zonure, Lord Derby’s Lizard or Ouvolk. Sungazers are endemic to South Africa and are synonymous with the gently sloping Themeda sp. grassland of the Highveld plateau. 

Draco Volans or Flying Dragon

The flying lizard is found mainly in rain forests and tropical areas that can provide adequate number of trees for the lizard to jump from, in southern India and Southeast Asia. This includes the Philippine Islands as well as Borneo.

Smaug Giganteus (Sungazer)

Sungazers are heavily armoured lizards hence one of their common names, the Girdled Lizard.  This is derived from the rows of ossified, bony scales along their body.  These scales or osteoderms are heavily keeled and are arranged in uniform rings or girdles around the body. The name Ouvolk is from the ancient Afrikaans language spoken by early Dutch settlers and roughly translates into “Old Folk”, supposedly referring to its tendency of sitting at the entrance of the burrow facing the sun for many hours on end.  Universally, the most commonly used name, Sungazer is also derived from this posturing.  The name Zonure and Lord Derby’s Lizard have all but vanished from use.


The name ‘giant’ suggests that these animals are large in stature.  This is true when compared to the other forty plus species of the Cordylidae family. Adults reach a size of about 38 centimetres (14.6 inches) from snout to tail tip, are dark brown in colour on their upper body becoming a yellow-straw colour on their flanks and underside.  Younger animals are more colourful with yellow and black bars or stripes on their body, which fades as they mature.

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Finding Beauty in the Beasts

Draco Volans (Flying dragon)

The flying lizard is characterized by a large set of "wings" along the sides of the body, which are used for gliding. These are supported by elongated ribs. They also have a gular flap called a dewlap, which is located under the head. This tissue is used during displays. The body is very depressed and elongate.

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Draco volans (Common Flying Dragon)

And what do you think of these dragons ?????

First edit in Dragons are real and they come from South Africa by Patrick Crosset on Africa is Back

Could dragons have existed?


Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Personal

Was busy last few months. So couldn’t update my blog. On 2015-02-19  Kanishka delivered Second our lovely baby girl Kiyara Jinudi Premaratne So busy with a 1.5 year old toddler and a baby….

Answer by Islam Ragab:

My cousin taught me this survival technique:-

How to get water?

  • Choose a plant with large, green leaves.
  • Select a plant that receives a good amount of sun. The heat from the sun will speed the transpiration process.
  • Choose a branch that has a large number of healthy leaves; give it a shake to dislodge any insects or debris that might be on the branch.
  • Place your plastic bag over it. Tie it very tightly; you don't want any water vapor to escape during the process.
  • Make sure that part of the bag hangs lower than the point where you tied the bag to the branch. Water will run collect there.
  • You will want to have several bags up at once, since one branch doesn't provide enough water to live on.


Use the Siphon phenomena to purify water; place the unclean water at higher place, then connect them with piece of cloths. 

More water;

SOS; & . . . – – – . . .  in different ways [light].
Plantain has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; Apply on cuts or bee stings to prevent bacterial growth,

Find Food;

Squirrel trap; & [How to Cook Squirrel]

Find your way in darkness;

Make orange candle with cooking oil; [How to Make a Candle out of an Orange]

Find warm place;

Find a cave and go to the highest place inside; the warm air goes up thus the heat your body generates won't be wasted, this technique can take the temperature several degrees up and keep you alive,


rub a needle to your cloth/hair and pace it on a leaf on the water surface,


Only water venomous snakes swim with their entire body visible ; that's how you identify them.

While camping in the woods; spread some sulfur powder around or use the "Wormwood" plant to keep snakes out.

2nd Edit:-

How to Escape from a Sinking Car; the most important thing is breaking the car glass ,, women can use a ring jewel, or anything small, sharp, and strong.

Survive a plane fall;

Take the arch position to maximize friction; it will slow you down and you'll have 1-3 minutes; then pick a landing spot; you can travel horizontally 3 kilometers while falling, so you can direct your flight to more safe places;

  • Forward by pulling your arms slightly back at the shoulders (so that they are not extended forward as much) and straightening (extending) your legs.
  • Backward by extending your arms and bending your knees as though you are trying to touch the back of your head with your heels.
  • Right turns may be accomplished while staying in the arch position by twisting your upper body slightly to the right (dipping your right shoulder), and left turns are performed by dipping the left shoulder.

If you fall through ice; Find the hole!

When speed skating, momentum can make you end up far away from the original break in the ice; Remember this:

  • When the ice is covered with snow: the hole will be darker.
  • Ice without snow: the hole will be lighter.
  • Always look for the contrasting color.

How To Survive When Your Elevator Plunges; Just lay on your back with your hand under your head, ,, Never stand ,, Never jump.

Thunder storm;

Stay in the car;

If you SURE you can't make it out of the water; just dive deep as you can; the water acts as a conductor so 90% of the charge will spread on surface, that't how fish do it.

Plug out the Phone cable; DON'T call any one by the home phone, use cell phone. "this caused several deaths" [Lightning Safety – HowStuffWorks]

Policemen & soldiers;

Kill with a single bullet and cut off all the possible convulsions; the ONLY spot it the brain stem, aim;

Wear a condom while crossing the rivers; some parasites "small fishes" make it through the urethra; "Candiru parasite"


Thanks for your upvotes ^_^

What useful trick/hack could save my life if I am in danger?

today i came across this issue once i enabled ‘Enable 32-bit Applications‘ to true on IIS

full error is

“The Module DLL ‘C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\isapi\spnativerequestmodule.dll’ could not be loaded due to a configuration problem. The current configuration only supports loading images built for a x86 processor architecture. The data field contains the error number. To learn more about this issue, including how to troubleshooting this kind of processor architecture mismatch error”

and then you browse the page it give’s HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable since the app pool is stopped due to that error

Reason for the error
this because SharePoint’s  “spnativerequestmodule.dll ” only supports the 64 bit and when it tried to load on 32 bit environment it crashes


run this command on command prompt

“%systemroot%\system32\inetsrv\AppCmd.exe” set config section:system.webServer/globalModules /[name=‘SPNativeRequestModule’].preCondition:integratedMode,bitness64″

This will direct the SPNativeRequestModule to only be loaded when the application pool is running in Integrated Mode and 64-bit application mode.


Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in Personal

Was busy last few months. So couldn’t update my blog.
On 2013-10-12 Kanishka delivered our lovely baby girl Jinara Chenudi Premaratne
Getting used to fatherhood  And ksnishka always taking care of the baby very well.

Hope to update my blog frequently

Answer by Raj Rai:

How to speed-read. Following along with your finger is excellent if you want to read a little faster, but speed-reading is a different ball game.

Brief background: I learned how to speed-read after some googling. I did this search because I had AP Bio and AP Econ summer reading due in about 12 hours, I hadn't even begun, and I did not want to spend 12 hours reading. I tried to find the page, and I'll add it in as an edit if I can find it. I learned to speed read because of my own laziness, but on a bad day I read at least 5 or 6 times as fast as I used to.

Let's start with basics.
Most people read word by word, and often say the words to themselves using the voices in their heads. Why do we do this? I fully blame kindergarten reading programs, which force children to read out loud both in class and at home. Who thought of this? Anyway, that is not at all the most effective way to read, in terms of both speed and comprehension. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is eliminate the voice inside your head. This took me at least 1 hour to do. Read with your eyes. ONLY. Whatever you do don't use the voice inside your head. As you learn to do this part go ahead and read word by word and go over the lines with your finger. Just work on eliminating the voice. Why? You cannot say words nearly as fast as you can comprehend them, believe it or not. Don't limit your reading speed to your speaking speed. This process really sucks, by the way. If you really believe that the voice in your mind is your enemy, you will probably be extremely frustrated for the first half hour of your journey. You may get better, then get a snack, then come back to continue your training and realize you are back where you started. Feelings of hopelessness will arise. Be a man/woman, and push on.

A tip for those who are having trouble not subvocalizing is to hold your breath as you read. As Sean O'Connor pointed out, we breathe out as we read, even when we do so silently, since we're used to speaking the words aloud. A lot of the time, you even notice yourself making movements with your mouth, though it's closed. Hold your breath as you begin trying to eliminate subvocalization. Breathe in when you need to. (Don't force discomfort or anything) Once you feel that you've effectively eliminated that voice, try to return to normal breathing. Remember to use breath-holding as a crutch whenever you are having trouble. It has no noticeable effect on your speed or comprehension, and it helps immensely when you are having a rough time.

Once you are able to pretty much eliminate the voice inside your head, you have unlocked a huge amount of potential in terms of how fast you can now read. Since you're reading with your eyes, try reading two or three words at a time, and then move up once you get comfortable. Trust me, if you don't skip the voice elimination step, you will make progress fast. After a couple days I was reading pages out of an assigned novel within 15-20 seconds, the book was The Guide, and with full comprehension. I am not exaggerating. This is when I got really in the zone of course. Not having the initial tunnel vision can be frustrating but after about 10 minutes you get it down and you fly through pages. I was reading about a line at a time. One tip I have that helped me read more words at a time is to think about opening your eyes REALLY WIDE. Actively try to take in as many words at a time as you can and try to move along the lines as fast as you can while doing this. You'll build your own rhythm eventually.

Hopefully this helps someone. It really helped me. I was able to crush estimated hour-long reading assignments in 10 minutes or less. I'm out practice right now, but I want to get back into it this summer so I can complete the books listed on the answer wiki for Books: What are some potentially life-changing books?

P.S. Here's a link (thanks Mike Stenhouse) that teaches you a lot of about speed-reading technique. The explanation it gives encompasses a lot of what I've said, and I found it pretty useful in cleaning up how I read and in increasing my reading ability generally: Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes

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ASP.NET Web Forms versus MVC

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 in .NET,

I found this blog post which talks about ASP.NET Web Forms versus MVC