This is always out of date
My name is Indrajit Samarajiva. My Montreal friends call me Indi. My parents and people in Ohio call me Jit. People in Sri Lanka call me both, but I think I prefer Indi.
I was born in Vancouver in 1982, while my parents were in Grad School there. My family is Sri Lankan. My dad Rohan (who I call Tha Tha) and mom, Sujata (Amma), grew up in Sri Lanka. They worked really hard and got into University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser, and I got born with a Canadian passport.
We moved to Sri Lanka when I was 3. We lived with my Achi for a while, I forgot English and learned Sinhalese, ate some fruit, stepped on the dog’s tail. When I was 5 me (and me two new sisters, one in Amma’s tummy) moved to the USA – Columbus, Ohio. Thatha taught Communications at Ohio State University and Amma worked in the Chemistry Department for a while, then for the Ohio Board of Regents. I forgot Sinhalese and learned English again.
I grew up in a typical US suburb. Rich, white, and boring. but good schools and safe. As soon as I got the hell out of high school I came to McGill University in Montreal, Quebec – which is my favorite city ever. I still love America, especially the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. And the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Boston Red Sox (for Merit).
I graduated from McGill with a degree in Cognitive Science. I’ve studied Psych, Linguistics, Education, Philosophy, and Computer Science. In my last year I learned about DNA and Brains. I also worked full-time for the McGill Faculty of Education (and took breaks for class). I guess I’d describe that job as Office Geek.
I met my best friends at McGill. I’m writing their names down cause I miss them. This is just the two houses. Ron Calixto, Jeremy Pass, Justin LaRose, Miya Kondo, and Tanya Vishnevsky know who they are.
Cherrier: Noah Bernamoff, Merit Buckley, Matt Carey, Tracy Higgens, and Jana Shih
St. Hubert: Lucy Blumenfeld, Shannon Cusick, Katie Larkin, Taylor Wallick, and Dave Weir
I live in Colombo, Sri Lanka – Battaramulla specifically. If you’re in town you can take the 177 from Kollupitiya. I live with my parents and sisters Anu and Subu. My family is actually really cool to be around. I also have an extended family which involves a lot of kids and people I like. For the record, Colombo is not underwater and Sri Lanka is a nice, vibrant place to live, work, and visit.
In Sri Lanka I’ve been doing websites. This does not pay the bills, but my parents are giving me a year to do what I enjoy, and I enjoy this. When the Tsunami hit I redid the website for Sarvodaya, the biggest local NGO, to enable them to collect donations online, look presentable, and upload news and photos as the relief effort was (and is) happening. Check out www.sarvodaya.org for the excellent organization I was working with. Lately I worked on Kottu.org which uses RSS to syndicate 50+ Sri Lankan bloggers and photographers. I’m working on an Education thing for my mom, and other stuff.
Most of the images link to a gallery I set up. There is also a category on this blog (http://indi.ca/category/art/) which has more stuff, though that also contains stuff I like. I sample heavily, and I’m recently trying to cite my sources better. Please alert me if you recognize any elements, cause I would also like to know.
|Computer Networks||ComputerNetworks.pdf (90k)|
|Social Grouping / Deindividuation||Deindividuation.pdf (174k)|
|Web Design and the Brain||WebDesignAndBrain.pdf (1.1M)|
|Fuck Linguistics||fuckLinguistics.pdf (578k)|
|Phantom Limbs||PhantomLimbs.pdf (957k)|
|Videogame Education||videogameEd.pdf (307k)|
|I’ve set this up to process Credit Card payments for Web Design clients, but anyone could theoretically donate. Visa and Mastercard are also a crucial part of my being and I want them on my About page.|
I have a lot of work for personal contacts, but if you’d like a website I charge about $25 per month for standard hosting and support, and $1,000+ for design, depending on the complexity of the site. If you’re doing it professionally you should really get specific quotes from multiple designers, every job is different.
To do it yourself you can get a domain name at GoDaddy, which is a filthy filthy place but cheap. Then you need hosting, which goes for about $10 from Lunarpages or Dreamhost, but that doesn’t include actually setting up a website. What I offer is a package so clients can focus on their content. As for other designers, I recommend Story By Numbers, 1976 Design, or Jon Hicks. I never thought I’d say this, but Vesess is a kick-ass Sri Lankan design firm. TypePad and Squarespace are pretty easy hosted solutions. If you need a website now and free go for Blogger, or learn WordPress. I am not selling myself very hard cause I have too much work, but I do take pride in what I do.