Our Robot Friends

Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

What else? Cooking and cleaning and the hard work stuff. Going to pay the bills, buy the grocery, fix the car, clean the yard and manual labour. Make the robots do all the hard work and stuff that could potential be harmful for you but is easy to do for a mighty robot made of iron and other metals and cannot be hurt.

Make the robots or rather program them for these things and for easy & quick construction of buildings and making food that can be easily distributed to everyone. Well just to be fair with the help of these robots we could automate everything and make life easier for us. Program the robots to also be good nannies for our children and help in animal care. Make them gentle and nice.

I see robots in our future. Might not be in my lifetime but it’s coming soon.

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Notes For 27th August 2014

Here are some notes for today:

  • As I got into the bus this morning I dropped a couple of coins on the floor of the bus. I picked them up but the rain water on my hands and the mud on the floor made my hands sticky with dirty. I gave the bus conductor the money for my ticket and he gave me some water from a bottle to wash the mud off my hands. After all the experiences with a lot of the idiots who work in the city buses in Cochin, this nice guy was a refreshing change.
  • I reached South Kalamassery just before 12 pm and stopped for a lemonade and a snack. 15 minutes later I was at the SBT bank branch in the Cochin University campus.
  • I was there to cancel a PPF account (Public Provident Fund account) and transfer the amount to my savings accounts. I had to wait just a little bit until it was done but then there was a large group of people ahead of me at the tellers counter and so I had a long wait before I could withdraw some money.
  • The ticket or token machine was out of paper and so we had to wait until a lady came and replaced it. I was #40!
  • Once I took the money and placed it safely in an envelope and tucked it away in my pocket, I left to go find a return auto to take me to the South Kalamassery bus stop.
  • While I was waiting for a bus, a man in his late 4os heading towards me from the left waved and started talking to me. As he finally reached close enough he realized that he had made a mistake and that I was a total stranger to him. He suddenly took his phone from his pocket and yelled “Hello!” into it, pretending to have a phone call. A minute or so later, the guy he was looking for, and who he thought was me, turned up. The guy was wearing a similar shirt as mine and black pants, was about my height and size. No wonder he mistook me for him.
  • I reached back into the city and went to KFC for lunch as it was well past 2 pm. After that I bought some medicines for mom and an Asthalin inhaler for myself and went to the corner store to buy some stuff before I came back home.
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Social Clubs In Kerala Face A Harsh Future

So as you might know by now, we have this rather idiotic & unnecessary decision of the Kerala government to ban all liquor in the state buy closing down all the bars and then reducing the number of BevCo each year until total shutdown in 10 years to make the state a dry state! Other than bars in Kerala the other main victim will be the 30 or so social clubs in the state that have bar licenses. There are about a dozen blue-blooded clubs in Kerala that comprise the cream of about 30 clubs with bar licences where the snob-value of membership comes at a cost of around Rs 5 lakh (or $8,333 plus change). About 40,000 members of these exclusive clubs are waiting with bated breath to see what the state government proposes to do with the FL 4 A licence clause under which these clubs also double up as watering holes, arguably the single-largest draw for members.

Gaming facility _ two each in indoor and  outdoor _ rooms, food and parking are some of the mandatory items in the list for affiliation to the the Association of Registered Social Clubs of Kerala (ARSCK). Gaming facility _ two each in indoor and  outdoor _ rooms, food and parking are some of the mandatory items in the list for affiliation. According to the office-bearers, each club used to cough up Rs 15 lakh per year for the FL 4 A licence . There are nearly 30 clubs in the state with bar licence and 25 of them are members in ARSCK. The total number of members would come to around 40,000. The clubs fear that their earnings will suffer drastically with the alcohol ban as members will not come as frequently as they used to.

My personal memories are mostly with the Cochin Suburban club, Lotus Club and just a little bit for the Rama Varma club. Suburban club in Thrikkakara was the one that was a firm family favourite as it was just minutes away from my former home. My dad took a lifelong membership with them in the 80s when they had just started and it was so much cheaper than what they charge now. As a result my folks, sister and I plus my cousins, uncles & aunts all had many dinners there, a few functions and for my sister’s wedding we even had to book a couple of rooms for relatives to stay in back in 1995. The club has a play area for smaller kids, a library, table tennis area and later added a swimming pool, badminton courts. For special evening like Onam, Christmas, New Year’s and a club annual day function, they would have games as well as live bands performing. The food was mostly really good and we all enjoyed going there. Heck when I was 14-15 I even volunteered to work at the token counter for drinks (I didn’t handle any alcohol, I just told the members how much and collected the money and gave out drink tokens) for one function. I’ve hosted a couple of my birthdays there and invited friends.

Since our move to the city and that of most of my relatives in Cochin also to the city area the Lotus club became to de facto gathering place. Since 2006 this is the closest place to a lot of us and hence has seen family gathering, a couple of parties for pre weddings and reunion style functions for us. They have tennis courts, badminton courts, a large library, tv area for sports events, outdoor, balcony and indoor dining as well as a couple of halls that you can hire for special event if you want to. I’m not so crazy about their food but hey it’s fun when you have a lot of your cousins around for an evening. I prefer their alcohol selection and their snacks which are really good. By my reckoning we’ve had around 20 or so functions there in the last 3 years.

The Rama Varma club is one I’ve only been to a few times because only 2 of my cousins have membership there or affiliated membership which got cancelled and haven’t been there since 2007. But it is a nice place and I’ve enjoyed the few times I’ve been there drinking with my cousins. The drinking is ofcourse the main attraction for members in these clubs and now it could well be all gone in the next few days. Screw the government’s backward thinking. You paid good money for club memberships so you and your relatives/friends could meet and relax in a happy, homely atmosphere with a lot of space and the kids could play around and the men & ladies who don’t drink can still enjoy. You can’t meet your friends and drink at the BevCo lineup!

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Godzilla (2014)

Having seen the 1998 version – which I wasn’t so happy with – I wasn’t expecting much of this new and most recent tackle at Godzilla. The 2014 film is directed by Gareth Edwards and tars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston. Richard T Jones, Jared Keeso (19.2), Ty Olsson & Gary Chalk have minor roles.

In this reboot the existence of Godzilla and other large creatures have been known since 1954 but have been kept away from the public. In a mine in the Phillippines a colossal skeleton is found in 1999 and two pods are discovered near it; one lying dormant and the other has been hatched. Whatever was in the hatched pod, has crawled it’s way into the ocean and made it’s way to a Nuclear Power Plant in Janjira, Japan and causes a massive radiation breech causing an emergency shutdown. For 15 years the giant winged creature, a MUTO, eats the radioactivity and grows in size until it matures and breaks out. Meanwhile, at a Nevada nuclear waste facility, a second, larger and wingless MUTO, emerges and devastates Las Vegas. The scientists conclude that the second MUTO is female, the two were communicating and will meet to breed. Now, I know what you are thinking but shucks they did not show any giant creature sex – darn it!

Another larger creature, Godzilla an ancient alpha predator, was awakened accidentally in 1954 and initially the US military used nuclear weapons to kill it; it was in vein. As predicted by the scientists who lead Monarch, a project setup to study Godzilla, the large creature will hunt and kill the two MUTO as it in in it’s nature. Much devastation occurs as the MUTO’s destroy parts of Japan, Hawaii and California as San Francisco is where the two MUTO’s meet to form a nest and breed (ofcourse, eventually all extra-ordinary creatures and aliens will converge in the USA) and military forces are deployed with nuclear warheads to stop these creatures. Godzilla battles both creatures and is losing when one of the soldiers destroys the nest, causing the female to rush towards it. This gives Godzilla the edge and it kills the male and rests. The female kills a few soldiers and is about to kill the lead male character when Godzilla grans it and rips it’s head off after spewing radioactive energy inside of it. He then collapses, seemingly dead. The next day, as people rummage through the rubble to find loved ones and get medical aid to the injured, Godzilla suddenly awakens and returns to the ocean, as survivors cheer. He didn’t even stay for a photo op, what a hero!

Now for the human characters: the hero’s mom was killed in the reactor in Japan and his father kept on searching for the truth about the nuclear explosion leading father and son to sneak back into Janjira. They are caught and taken to the test sight where the male creature was kept and as it broke free, the dad died in the melee. The son, a military solider and bomb expert (the coincidences just keep on rolling) joins the military back (he was on leave) and heads back to Hawaii and then San Francisco and is in the team that carried the nuclear devices. He, ofcourse, is the one who burns the nest causing the female MUTO to rush back to it and giving Godzilla the gap he needs to kill the male MUTO. He is also the one at the with the nuclear device on the boat and about to be female MUTO’s dinner when Godzilla attacks again. Son soldier is reunited with his nurse wide and son in the end! Not much to know about the characters other than that!

I found the first half mostly tedious and nothing memorable. We are all hereto watch the giant creatures battle it out. The second half of the film is much better and the special effects are awesome. But that’s all there is to this film. 7 outta 10!

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Weekend Planning

The upcoming weekend is going to be an exciting one for us – with that comes movies to watch, catching up on the week’s tv show episodes and ofcourse – football! There is nothing like watching the English Premier League matches at home on the telly with you friends or relatives and rooting for your favourite team. Somehow the English league is the one to watch and especially here in India, more football fans follow the English teams than the ones in Italy, Germany, Spain or other nations. Why? I’d say that it boils down to our connection with the British Isles, having once been under their rule, the charm of the English clubs, cities and town and perhaps the timings of the games as well (perfect for late evening watching in India) could also be a big factor! I plan to watch a few games over the next two days.

And ofcourse no game is complete without some good food. Just like our Western counterparts, we enjoy some good food and snacks as we watch the games on tv. And what food goes best with sports? Why pizza ofcourse. We plan to go get 4-5 large pepperoni & cheese pizzas from Dominos or perhaps barbeque chicken pizza and bring it to my place before the weekend. If we are running late and the match is about to start, we just order online and also look for e-coupon deals that we can use for buying the pizza. Just look at a couple of the pics below – man my mouth is watering just thinking of the pizza!

And I’m always on the lookout for discounts that Dominos or other places can offer you; especially when they post them on Facebook or Twitter. And check this out, I also found a place that gives you a general discount for outlets that includes. Domino’s. Any one who wants to avail of these offers from CupoNation can do so by clicking on the link. It comes in handy, especially when like us if you are planning on buying a few pizza pies at a time. We are a hungry bunch of guys, so we will surely finish the food by the first half of game one but then – hey, we can always order more, right?

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RIP Richard Attenborough

English actor, film director, producer and entrepreneur Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. Attenborough was one of England’s leading actors and was also a director and producer. He’s probably best known for bringing Jurassic Park to life. He also starred as Santa Claus in the remake of Miracle On 34th Street. His 70-year career also included The Great Escape with Steve McQueen as well as directing the film Gandhi which won 8 Oscars. Attenborough’s son told the BBC his father died Sunday at lunchtime — he’d been living in a nursing home with his wife for the past few years.

He was the older brother of Sir David Attenborough, a naturalist and broadcaster, and John Attenborough, who was an executive at Alfa Romeo. During the Second World War, Attenborough served in the Royal Air Force. After initial pilot training he was seconded to the newly formed RAF Film Unit at Pinewood Studios, under the command of Flight Lieutenant John Boulting. Attenborough worked prolifically in British films such as Private’s Progress (1956) and I’m All Right Jack (1959). In 1963, he appeared in the ensemble cast of The Great Escape as RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett. During the 1960s, he played character roles in films such as Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) and Guns at Batasi (1964), for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. In 1965 he played Lew Moran opposite James Stewart in The Flight of the Phoenix and in 1967 and 1968, he won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards in the category of Best Supporting Actor, the first time for The Sand Pebbles, again co-starring Steve McQueen, and the second time for Doctor Dolittle starring Rex Harrison.

He took no acting roles following his appearance in Otto Preminger’s version of The Human Factor (1979) until his appearance as the eccentric developer John Hammond in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993) and the film’s sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). He starred in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street (1994) as Kris Kringle. In the late 1950s, Attenborough formed a production company, Beaver Films, with Bryan Forbes and began to build a profile as a producer on projects including The League of Gentlemen (1959), The Angry Silence (1960) and Whistle Down the Wind (1961), appearing in the cast of the first two films. He also directed Cry Freedom (1987) & Chaplin (1992) among others. Attenborough had been married to the English actress Sheila Sim since 1945.

Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE ( 29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014)

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Arsenal 2 Everton 2

Last night’s game at Everton should be an eye-opener for Arsenal management. The squad is not yet complete. We need to make more changes before we can compete for the League on a regular basis and have a realistic chance of winning the EPL. Some players lack heart and at times it looks like they aren’t trying. Jack Wilshire, Nacho Monreal aren’t getting the job done. We need 1 or if possibly 2 solid defenders. Callum Chambers looks set to be a top defender in the league. Alexis Sanchez isn’t the great remedy….yet (2 games in so we’ll give him more time). Arsenal need another striker – badly. Aaron Ramsey is the heart of this team.

Two goals in the last seven minutes by Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud denied Everton as Arsenal fought back to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. It appeared that the Toffees were to give the Gunners’ title aspirations an early-season reality check as they took charge of the game with first half goals from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith. Just as on their last visit to Goodison Park, a 3-0 defeat in April, Arsenal were being out-fought and out-thought by Roberto Martinez’s side and looked set to suffer the consequences. However the second goal by Naismith was clearly offside and it was a error by the linesman to let that go. It looked like Arsenal were on their way to another defeat against a top 5 club.

But that changed when Olivier Giroud came off the bench at half-time, and gave Wenger’s side a platform up front to haul themselves back into the game and, eventually, salvage a draw. Ramsey gave them hope when he converted Santi Cazorla’s low cross and the much-criticised Giroud capped a fine display when he headed home Nacho Monreal’s cross in the final minute. With Everton dropping deeper Arsenal pushed more men forward and, after Ramsey pulled their first goal back after 83 minutes, got their reward right at the end of the 90 minutes. Monreal salvaged an over-hit cross and turned the ball back into the area where Giroud beat Distin and nodded home.

Now waiting for any deals to come through.

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Drink Of Choice :_(

Captain Picard was into Earl Grey tea; mention the Dude and we think: White Russians. What’s your signature beverage — and how did it achieve that status?

Funny that this should be the prompt for today, funny and ironic (read the previous post about the impending liquor band in my home state) but I am hit with a great deal of sadness and anger as I type this.

Not counting beer, I used to be a rum + coke guy. From the age of 19 when I first tried it out till probably the age of 27. That’s what I drank when I was at a bar either by myself or with friends. For 3.5 years I used to go to this bar in Edapally called Kairali and have a beer, some peanuts, some beef and porottas  and 3 rum + Coke with plenty of ice. I really liked rum and my favourite brands was Old Monk.

By the time I turned 27 I had already tried a few vodkas and I loved the taste of vodka on ice with a liberal splash of Sprite. That soon became my drink of choice and other than beer and the occasional brandy + coke or whiskey + coke, I would mostly drink vodka + sprite. The only other thing that I really liked was the odd Long Island Ice Tea which is kinda expensive and so I would rarely drink them.

So that’s my drink. No idea for how long I will be able to drink this anymore because of this stupid fucking ban. I may have to move states or even countries to drink now!

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

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Kerala Moves Towards Total Alcohol Ban

It’s official. Kerala just became a shitty state to live in! In a big “fuck you” to nearly half the male population, this happened:

From newspapers: In a swift action, a day after Congress-led ruling UDF recommended shutting down over 700 liquor bars attached to hotels below the five-star categories, the Kerala Government on Friday approved the new liquor policy and also imposed a five per cent cess on liquor. Announcing the decision at a press conference on Friday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the Cabinet would formally ratify the decision in its next meeting. On another UDF proposal to declare all Sundays as dry days apart from the existing dry days, which include the first day of every month, he said.The Sunday Dry day would commence from October 2 next year. The five per cent cess on liquor sold through Beverages Corporation outlets would be used to set up a Fund for rehabilitation of employees who lose jobs due to closing down of the bars and for creating awareness against liquor among the people, Chandy said.

A total of 418 bars already remained closed, and the other 312 bars also would be closed this financial year, he said. Stating that the new liquor policy was a final phase to achieve UDF’s goal of taking the state to total prohibition in ten years, he said government had received legal advise that the now functioning 312 bars also could be closed during the financial year itself after completing certain financial formalities on licence fees. The new liquor policy makes it clear that only five-star hotels will have bars to sell Indian Made Foreign Liquor. The decision, taken by the UDF leadership meeting Presided by Chandy, ended a long-drawn feud in the state unit of the Congress and the coalition as a whole over the question of renewing licences of 418 bars which were found to be lacking in quality.

On UDF recommendation of phasing out Beverages Corporation outlets, Chandy said ten per cent outlets would be closed down every year to wipe out them in 10 years and this would come to around 39 shops per year. Chandy also said new liquor policy was a unanimous decision of the UDF and has the support of all sections in the society. Meanwhile, KPCC President V M Sudheeran, who had stood firmly against renewing licences to 418 bars, gave full support to the government in its new policy. After the ban on arrack by the then A K Antony Ministry two decades ago, this move has been seen as of a major initiative to make Kerala ‘a total liquor free state.

Meanwhile, State Finance Minister K M Mani put the total revenue loss on various counts due to the new liquor restrictions at Rs.1,813 crores. In coming years, the revenue loss would be much more than this, he added. The government was expected to earn Rs.250 crore on the five per cent cess on liquor for setting up the Fund for rehabilitation of workers in bars and anti-liquor campaign. To close down the now functioning 312 bars, an amount of Rs.39 crore was required to repay their licence fees, he said.

If I could get outta this place, I would and never come back!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

After the success of the reboot in 2012 a sequel was surely in the works. So earlier this year the sequel, simply titled The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was released directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. Once again Andrew Garfield reprises his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man and Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field also star. The film was made on a budget of $200 million and made over $700 million at the box office.

So before we catch up with Petey we see a flashback to the night that his dad Richard Parker and mom Mary leave young Peter with his uncle Ben and aunt May and then leave in a private jet. Wile Richard is uploading data to a remote server, an assassin attacks them and Mary is knocked out in the tussle. The plane crashes as the pilot had been killed, presumably killing everyone on board. Peter, having just saved Oscorp employee Max Dillon from a truck, and apprehends Aleksei Sytsevich, who attempted to steal a truck containing plutonium vials, graduates from high school and breaks up with Gwen as he is unable to get the image of her father, police captain George Stacy, reminding him to leave Gwen out of his affairs as Spider-Man. Gwen gets upset with him and storms off. Meanwhile Harry Osborn returns to New York just as his father Norman is dying and takes over Oscorp, laying down the law on the board a trying to wrest control of the company from the Osborn family and promoting his father’s secretary as his second in command. Harry has the same disease as his father and will not live long himself. Peter goes to see Harry and they reconnect.

Thinking they have become “best friends”, Max idolizes Spider-Man. While tending to maintenance in an OsCorp laboratory, he gets electrocuted and falls into a tank of genetically modified electric eels. As a result he mutates into a living electricity generator. As Peter tries to be friends with Gwen, she tells him that she has an interview to get a scholarship for Oxford and is looking forward to moving to England. As Peter tries to digest this information Max wanders into Times Square and causes a blackout as he draws in a whole lotta power from the city. Peter saves a few people from being crushes by cars and tries to calm Max down but the later feels that Spider-Man has betrayed his “friendship” and is shot by a cop when he makes an aggressive move. Spidey is able to stop him and Max is taken to the Ravencroft Institute after he has been shackled. Harry meanwhile has found that Richard & Norman’s work on the spiders could be the cure to his illness and asks Peter to get Spider-Man to give him some of his blood as he knows that Spider-Man must have gotten his powers from the spiders in the lab at Oscorp. Harry thinks Peter must know how to contact the masked super hero, having taken Spidey’s photos for the paper. Peter reluctantly agrees although he does come to Harry as Spider-Man, he still refuses; Harry begins to hate Spider-Man.

The board of members uses Max’s accident as an excuse and frame Harry for it and has him removed as CEO. The secretary informs Harry that some of the venom from the spiders was stored away in the building before the spiders were destroyed and Harry sneaks his way into Ravencroft and has Max, who calls himself Electro (yeah very original) freed. He works with Max to get him back inside the OsCorp building and, there, finds a suit of armor made by Norman, and venom from genetically altered spiders. The venom accelerates his illness and transforms him into a goblin-like creature, but its built-in emergency protocol restores his health. By now Peter has found a secret message left by his dad and finds a lab hidden in a deserted section of the subway and finds out that Richard had to leave because he refused to cooperate with Norman’s biogenetic weaponization plans. Peter then goes to see Gwen before she can leave for England and professes his love for her and says that he will join her in England and fight crime there. However this is when Electro attacks the city and with Gwen’s help Peter is able to overload Max’s body, destroying him. Harry comes to confront Peter and seeing Gwen with him, deduces that Peter is Spider-Man. They fight at the top of the clock tower with Gwen caught by Harry; in the tussle Gwen falls down to her death after Spidey overpowers Harry.

A distraught Peter attends Gwen’s funeral with aunt May and spends several months mourning her death. In those months without Spider-Man, NYC has seen rampant crime overtake the city with Harry having healed plots to breaks Sytsevich out of prison and in turn the villain, using a giant mechanical robotic suit and calling him the Rhino attacks NYC. His spirit renewed by watching a video of Gwen’s speech at graduation, Peter dons on the suit and goes to battle the Rhino, after thanking a small boy who stepped up to face the villain as the city cheers his return.

Nothing new in terms of story or characterization (which makes me wonder why the reboot) but I found the movie fun to watch. Garfield is better here and funny too than in the first movie but watching Jamie Foxx is painful as he attempts a human rendition of Ugly Duckling (watch the cartoon and you will understand what I mean) and his performance is painful. Nothing really stands out and in some of the fight scenes with Electro, the CGI makes it look like I’m watching something from Cartoon Network! I found only Garfield’s & Stone’s performances to be good. I’ll give it an 8 outta 10!

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The Night Shift – Season 1

A fast paced and eventful series, The Night Shift is an American medical drama that debuted in the end of May and just completed their first season of 8 episodes. The series was created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, and follows the lives of the staff who work the late night shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center. The cast consists of Eoin Macken as TC Callahan, Jill Flint as Jordan Alexander, Ken Leung as Topher Zia, Brendan Fehr as Drew Alister, Daniella Alonso as Landry de la Cruz, Robert Bailey Jr. as Paul Cummings, Jeananne Goossen as Krista Bell-Hart, J.R. Lemon as Kenny & Freddy Rodriguez as Michael Ragosa. Supporting roles go to Scott Wolf as Scott Clemmens, Esodie Geiger as Nurse Ramos, Catharine Pilafas as Nurse Bardocz & Alma Sisneros as Nurse Diaz.

TC is a war vetaran who suffers from PTSD and is especially shaken as he had accidentally caused the death of his own brother while in Iraq.Topher is his best friend who was also with the same unit and witnessed the accident and does his best to help TC. Jordan who at the start of the first episode is handed over the reins as team leader for the night shift is TC’s ex who still is very close with TC and shares concerns about his well being and his tendency to clash heads with superiors, including hospital’s head of administration Michael Ragosa. Jordan usually sides with TC but tries to get compromises done so that Michael doesn’t fire the best surgeon they have at the hospital. Landry de la Cruz, the night shift psychologist, is shown to now be in a romantic relationship with TC, which they are hiding from Jordan. Meanwhile, Drew Alister, another surgeon who is ex-Army, is hiding a secret of his own – he is gay and in love with a military captain. He hides it but pretending to be a playboy but when beautiful new doctor Krista makes a move on him, he confesses to her. She keeps his secret and they become close friends.

TC struggles with the idea of losing Nick, a close friend whose life was saved because TC gave permission for his dying brother’s heart to be transplanted to him. He believes he could persuade a brain-dead junkie’s family to donate the heart directly, but that violates hospital protocol and Jordan’s authority. Jordan counsels him, understands his pain, but says steps must be taken. TC still meets with the parents, who agree to take their son off life support. During preparation for transplant, the junkie begins breathing on his own. His recovery means that his cranial swelling must now be dealt with, and TC and Topher will be the surgeons to take care of it. The surgery is successful, so TC must tell Nick’s wife they cannot save him.

Michael meanwhile has a disease which is slowly taking away his eye sight and he confides in Landry who advices him in both a friendly & professional basis. Michael finds himself slowly falling for the pretty lady but does not want to make the working situation any less comfortable. Also complicating things for them is that TC kisses Jordan telling her that he still loves her despite the both of them being in other relationships. Scott, Jordan’s boyfriend and experienced surgeon joins the hospital on the advice and luring of Michael and takes over the ER and clashes with TC on protocol. He also finds out that TC kissed Jordan which further aggravates him. Drew meanwhile is in two minds when his boyfriend is injured and brought to their hospital for treatment but cannot acknowledge him in front of the soldiers or staff until Krista calls him out on being a coward. As his boyfriend is led to surgery Drew comes to him and kisses him, stunning the soldiers and some of the staff.

With such less episodes the show does not have much room to breathe but it does well in the episodic storyline until the last two episodes in which a corrupt government official holds Topher & TC at gunpoint in order to get information from a drug smuggler. Later he pulls Jordan in as well and in a struggle Topher is shot and lies bleeding profusely from the abdomen. Despite TC doing his best, Topher’s life is hanging by a thread as the season ends on this dramatic cliff hanger. Also Michael finds out that he has a tumour which is causing his eyesight to deteriorate. What will happen in season 2? The show has been renewed for a 14 episode run for season 2 which I believe will start in May of next year. I hope they go on for several more seasons as it is a good, fun show.

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If Money Was Not A Problem

If money were out of the equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time?

It would depend. If there are alternate sources of working and bettering yourself by gaining knowledge I would rather go for that. Or indulge in an activity that gives me and others pleasure and satisfaction. If the two can be combined that would be really awesome.

So imagine if you had a sudden inflow of cash – you win the lottery or you are bequeathed a fortune when a filthy rich relative or someone you happen to have had a great impression on left you their large estate – and you can live in luxury and travel the world in style and never have to work another day of your life and/or worry about money again. Go do all the things that you have wanted to do and never worry or feel guilty about spending so much of your time on your hobbies.

We could also spend more time on social awareness and charity stuff. That kinda thing needs more time. So yes, bring it on!

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Breaking The Ice

The internet has recently been swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Is there a cause — social, political, cultural, or other — you passionately believe in? Tell us how you got involved — or why you don’t get involved.

I am actually trying to catch up with the videos of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I have seen about 10-15 so far and there are like 20 coming out each day from just the musicians, sportspeople and actors that I like. This thing is massive. I like the fact that this internet trend is for such a good cause and that it has been raising a lot of money for the ALS awareness stuff and I hope there will be a cure some day out there.

The first time I heard about ALS is through an RSJ article on guitarist Jason Becker who suffers from it. Becker was a prominent neo-classical metal guitarist who made his mark in the later 80s and was famous for his band Cacaphony which he has started with fellow guitarist Marty Friedman. After a solo album, he later joined David Lee Roth’s band and recorded one album with him. However, Becker’s success was hampered by his then-diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and he was given three to five years to live. In 1996, Becker eventually lost the ability to speak and now communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Despite his disability, he continues composing by using a computer and has since released Collection, a “best of” album of his favorite songs and three new songs.

ALS is a crippling disease and seeing someone suffer from  it is difficult but nothing compared to the person going through the effects of it. I believe in this awareness drive and I hope scientists will find a cure and even a prevention for it. I haven’t gotten involved in this or anything like this, but might be tempted to do so.

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Magic Tunnel

You’ve been given the ability to build a magical tunnel that will quickly and secretly connect your home with the location of your choice — anywhere on Earth. Where’s the other end of your tunnel?

Wow, like in space so I can travel to a place that I like? Anywhere on earth? And it can be more than one place? I hope!

Well let’s see off the top of my head I’d pick the following : the Playboy Mansion, Victoria’s Secret’s model girl’s dressing room, several other hot models dressing rooms, a few choice female porn stars homes and dressing rooms! The inside of the alcoholic beverages stores, the inside of my favourite cafes & restaurants. The inside of a bank vault!

I dunno where else do I want to go? Canada, the UK? Anyplace in the world wherever I choose for whatever reason and purpose? That would be awesome. Like having your own portal or Stargate.

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