16" Dobsonian telescope assembled!

We just spent a few hours assembling the new ‪‎16" Dobsonian telescope we got for Science Emmenah‬ public awareness and education events. It is a beast and we sweated a pool putting it together in the current heat of Male'. We have to sort out a few things before we can have first light with it. We are all so psyched!

Hopefully, we will be able to share with you all the delight of the views through this new telescope soon enough!

Moment.js Dhivehi locale merged

The ever so useful and powerful Javascript Date library moment.js merged my Dhivehi locale pull request in the 2.11.0 release. Sure to be handy when developing Dhivehi websites!

moment.js 2.11.0 release changelog

Hope for a united human race

For all we've come to understand, of us and the universe, we've not come to understand empathy and compassion. For all we've been able to achieve, of curing disease and going to distant Moons, we've not been able to achieve peace and a healthy life for all. Of all the delusions we entertain, mine is the hope for a united human race.

Dhist launched!

During the Kickstart Hackathon 2015, Musannif and I spent a little while making a simple tool, which Musannif named "Dhist", to let you write, store and share Dhivehi text in Thaana using the web browser on the majority of the varieties of devices. It was written mostly to scratch our own itch but we welcome feedback and feature addition requests. Please share and use!

Check out Dhist

Science Emmenah is 1!

"Science Emmenah" turned 1 today! It has been a year of hard work - writing posts in Dhivehi, writing for the "Science Dhaskuramaa" radio show, holding a few public events and finishing drafts of a few science books. I can't be thankful enough for the wonderful people - especially Aadhu, Hisham and Adam - who joined Musannif and I in our quest and eagerly spent countless hours getting various things done.

I hope our candle burns brighter and lights more candles in the year ahead. And thank you all for the support and encouragement!

9 years with magnetic implant!

Today marks 9th anniversary of me getting a tiny magnet implanted into my middle finger. I had it implanted as part of a new type of human-machine interface concept and prototype I developed during my Master's Degree at the University of Reading (UK). I originally had a second one in my ring finger too, but had it removed a few years ago due to an impact injury to the implant site swelling up my finger. The current implant is entirely useless for the task I originally had it implanted for, as the magnet has lost its magnetism and is additionally covered by a layer of fibrous tissue due to another impact injury.

I dearly miss the unique sensations and sensory awareness the magnetic implant once gave me. :-(

Integrating JTK with tinyMCE 4.x

Integrating my Javascript Thaana Keyboard library to handle Thaana entry within tinyMCE for a full-featured rich-text Thaana editor is very straightforward. You just need the following config in the tinyMCE initialization.

setup: function (editor) {
      editor.on('keypress', function (e) {
          thaanaKeyboard.value = '';