I had this weird dream two nights ago. Odd one. In it I was finally fed up of life and living all alone and agreed to marry this chick, who said that she wanted to marry me. And get this – the girl (and I will have to call her a girl) is almost 19 years younger than me!!!) Apparently when she was in college a guy in her class liked her a lot and she ended up saying no to him because he was very aggressive. She was quite hurt by that whole episode is what she said and I wanted to make things better for her.
So, I ended up telling this young girl that I wanted to marry her as well and started making preparations. I went everywhere with this girl, hand in hand, as I let her choose the wedding invitation cards, hall, flowers etc etc. I invited all of my friends and family. All the time, she clung to me. I would kiss her when we had some downtime and decided that I would really do everything I could to make her happy. And then….a night before the wedding something happened. I can’t remember exactly what the details were because this dream was on Saturday and it’s Tuesday now. All I remember is that things went sour and I was trapped and being blackmailed by her and her friends and I had no way out. So I had decided to kill her and her friends and then kill myself or something like that. All I remember is fire in the end.
Weird. I know this girl in real life and I have no feelings towards her at all. Oh well! It was just a dream.
Do you like being scared by books, films, and surprises? Describe the sensation of being scared, and why you love it — or don’t.
Yes oh yes. Gets the heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing and it makes you feel alive. In a small way it’s exciting to watch a horror film almost like a thrill ride. I guess it depends on the kind of horror film that you watch; I prefer less gory but more horror filled as it dark lit, tension filled and enough nail biting or jump scares to make me sit on the edge of my seat or way back in anticipation of upcoming horror.
I like books too and find that I can get lost in a good horror book very easily and not realize that I have been reading since just after breakfast, non-stop without a break and that it is now almost midnight. It has happened to me more than once, especially when I am alone at home and then I look around to find myself all alone and perhaps even that the house or apartment is now very dark except for the room that I am in and I might have to battle a few scary creatures on my way to the other room to switch on the lights.
Central Intelligence is a 2016 American action comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and written by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The film stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson with Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet and Aaron Paul.
The movie is about Calvin Joyner, a former high school star athlete and academic student, who finds himself stuck in a job he isn’t enjoying and getting passed over for promotion. One afternoon he gets a Facebook invite from Bob Stone aka Robbie Wierdicht, an old friend from school, a chubby guy who was picked on and made fun off and who was tossed into a full sports hall buck naked by the school bullies. On that night in 1996, only Calvin and his then girlfriend now his wife Maggie felt bad for Robbie and Calvin gave him his jacket to cover himself up. Not wanting to go to therapy with his wife, Calvin agrees to meet Bob for drinks and is shocked to see that Bob is now a muscle bound tall guy who beats up some bullies at the bar.
After a night of catching up Bob asks review a few accounting records. Calvin deciphers the records as multi-million dollar transactions from an auction, with the final payment set to be made the following day. Bob avoids Calvin’s questions and spends the night on his couch. The next morning CIA agents shows up at the house and demand to see Bob, who has escaped, and say he is a dangerous rogue agent who intends to sell satellite codes to the highest bidder. Calvin finds himself in the middle as a thrilling adventure takes place and he reluctantly is in the middle of a shootout, fights with tough agents and car chases. Bob is blamed for the death of his partner but is really a killer and a rougue or is he being framed? Will the two sort out the mess and get back in time to attend their 20th year class reunion?
There’s a lot of laughs, some slick action, cool moves and stuff flying or jumping around. Although Kevin Hart is funny at times his shouting, yelling and screaming can get on one’s nerves. Johnson is actually more cool and calm in his role and shows his funny side. It was a fun film though the story is wonky. 7.5 outta 10 for a lazy afternoon’s watch.
Arsenal produced a devastating first-half display to dismantle Chelsea and secure a fourth successive Premier League win. Alexis Sanchez took advantage of Gary Cahill’s error to race clear and lift a composed finish over Thibaut Courtois after 11 minutes, and Theo Walcott completed a brilliant move to steer in Hector Bellerin’s pass three minutes later. Mesut Ozil then left N’Golo Kante trailing to expose Chelsea on the counter-attack and steer home Arsenal’s third five minutes before the break, after an exchange with Sanchez. It was little more than damage limitation for Chelsea after that as they fell to their second league loss in a row as rampant Arsenal moved third in the table.
Arsenal, for all Chelsea’s obvious frailties, were simply untouchable from back to front in a magnificent first 45 minutes that revived memories of their finest days. The Gunners showed pace, skill, pressed Chelsea into submission and probed weaknesses ruthlessly in the manner of a team at the top of its game. Arsenal’s fans, so often frustrated and having already expressed their discontent at home this season, left Emirates Stadium with a spring in their step and sharing the optimism expressed by manager Arsene Wenger. He wrote in his programme notes: “We feel as though we are on the way up.” This was a performance that spoke eloquently on behalf of Wenger’s theory – with the proviso Gunners fans have heard this talk before only to be disappointed. This, however, was a magnificent exhibition of power, pace and end product, from the skills of Sanchez and Ozil in attack to the lightning speed and tackling of Bellerin at the back.
When Sanchez and Ozil are in this mood, Arsenal are a threat to anyone. The pair are world class when at the peak of their powers – and they certainly were here. Sanchez hurried Cahill into a panic before a gloriously composed chip for Arsenal’s first, and he and Ozil combined to leave Chelsea’s defence embarrassed as the latter scored the third. Arsenal were outstanding in all areas – but Sanchez and Ozil provided the final flourishes with the sort of class that makes them central figures in all Wenger is trying to achieve this season. Arsene Wenger inflicted Antonio Conte’s heaviest league defeat since October 2010, when he was manager of Siena (3-0 loss to Empoli). Chelsea found themselves three goals down at half-time in a Premier League game for the first time since May 2012 (v Liverpool, 4-1 FT). This was the first time since October 2012 v Manchester United the Blues had conceded twice in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League game. This is Arsene Wenger’s first win over Chelsea in the league since October 2011 (drew three, lost six). Chelsea’s first shot on target came in the 82nd minute. Hector Bellerin has provided more assists than any other Premier League defender since the start of last season (six). Theo Walcott scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since May 2013 (three in a row for the Gunners).
Your local electronics store has just started selling time machines, anywhere doors, and invisibility helmets. You can only afford one. Which of these do you buy, and why?
A time machine, a time machine for my entire fortune. For that matter an anywhere door is also great. But traveling back in time or forwards into the future would be just awesome. I wanna see what it was like 2000 years ago. Or go even further and see what the dinosaurs were upto. Maybe even kill and eat a brontosaurus and make some brontosaurus burgers.
Check out the evolution of man from ape like creatures to modern man. See what it was like during the middle ages and maybe kill a few religious figures and dictators or tyrants before they can come into power and influence. Romance a few beauties of the past, check out Marilyn Monroe. Do a lot of debauchery and revelry with the Romans at the height of their powerful empire.
And the future, well that would be interesting. What will the world be like in a 100 years, a 1000 years? 5000 years from now, will we still be living on this planet? Or do we just have some off world colonies and stations? Will space travel be as easy as taking your car and going for a ride? Things could be exciting.
Urgh, I hate this but it has to be done. I will be changing my work shift again and from Monday I will be working from 8:30 pm to 5:30 am. I don’t know how this will affect my sleep patterns and my health (hope it doesn’t) even though it’s just a two hour difference from my current shift. But I need some darkness to properly fall asleep and that is what worries me.
So if my shift finishes at 5:30 am I will reach home by around 6:15 am or so. If I go to sleep right away I am hoping that I will be able to get 5 to 6 hours of decent sleep. I hope so. Because otherwise I just know that I will end up all tired and miserable. Maybe 3 to 4 hours in the morning and a nap after lunch might do the trick. But I just can’t control my sleep like that. I hate working night shifts and the 4:30 pm – 1:30 am or 6:30 pm to 3:30 am shift were fine for me.
Anyways this is for the next 2 weeks after which I can switch back to either of the two shifts I am used to. Or even a 3:30 pm to 12:30 am shift. Which is fine. I am not looking forward to the next two weeks. Let’s see and hope for the best.
Sandwich – it’s food. It’s good food. It’s also one of the most varied thing in the world. Because you can put anything and everything between two slices of bread and it will become a sandwich. Any food item or items between two slices is automatically a sandwich. That’s the rule and it is an awesome rule.
You can have just butter and jam in between. Or cheese – and then grill it or put it in a sandwich maker. Put some grilled veggies inside. Or just cucumbers and cheese or carrots along with it. Or meat – chicken, pork, beef, lamb, fish anything. Anything goes well inside a sandwich. Even thick gravy and meat or veggies. As long as you don’t mind your sandwich becoming soggy.
And ofcourse from the sandwich you also got burgers and perhaps even hotdogs in a bun. They are offshoots of the sandwich. What a humble and giving creation this sandwich is.
You just inherited a dilapidated, crumbling-down grand mansion in the countryside. Assuming money is no issue, what do you do with it?
Well get me all the money I need to make that into a swanky, posh hotel or a b&b and I will get it done. Fix the exteriors, rip up all the flooring and put new ones in. Whole new paint, tears some walls down if needed and put up new ones. Make sure that the building is solid.
Add a few extensions as well – place for tennis court, basketball or something like that. Swimming pool, bbq area with a lawn at the back. Like a big lawn. Hire the best interior decorates for paints, wall hangings, chandeliers, sofas, cushions, beds and mattresses, cupboards, shelves etc etc. Hire good chefs for the food and servers serving the food as well as the drinks. A good bartender. Maids and butlers. Musical performances in the evenings. The works.
Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect).
I don’t. I am usually very careful about such stuff. Also since 2003 I have worked with computers at my jobs, which ever place it was, and your computers have things like Word processors and email client software like Outlook and they have thesaurus and antonyms and synonyms. Also they usually come with google access so you can check up words if you do not know the meaning or want to use a more suitable word.
But I do remember something silly that happened at my work place a few years ago. Several idiots in the office used the word “livid” when they actually meant “delighted or happy” for reports on customer care interactions. That was because one moron used the word “livid” by accident – when trying to find a synonym he must have selected an antonym – and every other dumbo, about 15 or so, started using it as a template. So when we were sending out reports to our clients instead of a customer delight it was customers were livid!
Luckily me and another colleague caught them before they were sent out!
I’m feeling sad while looking at some of my cds. I am a big music fan and I love my music collection but everything I have is on mp3 format. I either get them online in mp3 format or buy cds and rip them onto my hard disks in mp3 format. I think the last time I bought and played a music cd was back in 2009! 2009, that’s 7 years ago!
I currently have about 57GB worth of music in about 10,500 mp3 files on my laptop and I have a copy of them on an external hard disk. That’s a lot of music and a lot of songs. I barely listen to them anymore now though. I blame Youtube for that. Youtube had gotten me fixated on live versions of the songs that I like hence I listen to song mostly on Youtube. I have come to prefer the different live versions of rock songs by bands and musicians that I like. With some exceptions ofcourse. Also Youtube has a much larger access to musicians that you may never have heard of but are super talented and do either awesome covers or originals that you’ll like.
So I look at the cds that I have and will probably sell off at a local store here. Most of them at least in prime condition. Blame it on the times, cds are done for the most part.
The Cylon model is finally here. The NWOB Vintage Battlestar Galactica Cylon Centurian Action Figure that I purchased online 15 days ago reached me via post this afternoon. I opened it up and here are some pics of the model.
In honour of that great Galactica 1980 episode and an awesome friendship that still inspires, I shall call him Cy.
What kind of sleeper are you? Do you drop off like a stone and awaken refreshed, or do you need pitch black and silence to drift off to dream?
I think it kinda depends on the day I have had and how tired I am. Mostly I do need to feel really tired and sleepy to just lie in bed with the lights off and close my eyes and I will be off to la la land. There are nights that I have had those. All I need to do is take off my clothes (I like to sleep naked in my bed) and switch off the lights and slip in between the sheets and I go zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Other nights I take a while. I am a thinker and I dream of a lot of stuff too but mostly its the fantasies that I create in my head. Of a better, more exciting and super awesome life. In science fiction glory. With spaceships and lazers and fighting evil aliens on alien planets. You know? And sometimes I even drift off while thinking of a nice cozy log cabin in the mountains with just a couple of pets and a hot woman by my side. Cozy up by the fire with some hot cocoa and some marshmellows and deciding what movie to watch that lazy afternoon.
Good dreams. So if I am not too tired, I tend to like to lie in the silence and the dark and think about nice things and let sleep take it’s natural course. And if I am lucky those thoughts replicate it-selves in my dreams too. Which means for a really good night.
Charmaine Carr who played the oldest daughter in Sound Of Music has died. She was 73. The Chicago, Illinois, second child of vaudeville actress Rita Oehmen and musician Brian Farnon, was best American actress and singer best known for her role as Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter in the film. While a student at San Fernando High School, Carr was a cheerleader and played basketball and volleyball. Carr was attending San Fernando Valley State College, studying speech therapy and philosophy, and working for a doctor, when her mother arranged for her to audition for a role in The Sound of Music.
She won the role of Liesl over Geraldine Chaplin, Patty Duke, Mia Farrow, Lesley Ann Warren and Sharon Tate. Carr appeared in Evening Primrose, a one-hour musical written by Stephen Sondheim, which aired on ABC Stage 67 in 1966. The male lead was Anthony Perkins. Carr worked with Van Johnson on a pilot for a television program, Take Her, She’s Mine. She wrote two books, Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl. She reunited with many of her co-stars from The Sound of Music on The Oprah Winfrey Show in October 2010 to celebrate the film’s 45th anniversary. In 2014, Carr recorded “Edelweiss” with the great-grandchildren of the von Trapps on the album “Dream a Little Dream” by the Von Trapps and Pink Martini.
he owned and operated an interior design firm, Charmian Carr Designs, in Encino, California. Her clients included Ernest Lehman, screenwriter for The Sound of Music; Michael Jackson, who hired her because he was a fan of the film; and other cast members from the film. Carr married a dentist, Jay Brent, and left show business. She and Jay had two daughters, Jennifer and Emily. Later on she became the grandmother of two grandchildren: Emma and Derek. Carr died in Los Angeles on September 17, 2016, from complications related to dementia.
Alexis Sanchez scored twice and missed a penalty as Arsenal comfortably beat 10-man Hull City in the Premier League. Sanchez put Arsenal ahead when he got a touch on Alex Iwobi’s shot, but failed from the spot after Jake Livermore handled and was sent off. Theo Walcott added a second after the break before Robert Snodgrass pulled one back for the hosts with a penalty. Sanchez stroked a third into an empty net before Granit Xhaka’s spectacular shot rounded off the scoring.
Sanchez’s first goal owed much to fortune rather than brilliance as Iwobi arrived at the back post and saw his effort deflect in off the Chile international. Livermore was shown a straight red card five minutes before half-time when he blocked Iwobi’s goal-bound effort with his hands. Sanchez took responsibility for the penalty ahead of recent regular taker Santi Cazorla only to see his low effort saved by Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. It was a decision which also mystified Wenger who revealed it was “not planned for Sanchez to take it” and that he wants “to know what happened and for it not to happen again”. Walcott notched a second goal shortly before the hour mark when he got on the end of Iwobi’s clever flick with Hull defender Harry Maguire helping the ball into the net with his head. Snodgrass gave Hull a glimmer of hope when he converted from the spot after Petr Cech had brought down Dieumerci Mbokani, but Arsenal’s response was emphatic.
Sanchez struck after Jakupovic had blocked Walcott’s initial shot, before substitute Switzerland international Xhaka – a £35m summer signing from Borussia Monchengladbach – applied the gloss with the pick of the goals from distance. After three consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since last Christmas, Arsenal’s season now feels properly up and running. Hull made Arsenal work for this victory but the quality in Arsene Wenger’s side shone through. Even when he has an off day Sanchez can be a match-winner. These were not particularly classy strikes from the Chilean, but he got the job done. Wenger, in a season when the pressure is on him to deliver silverware, will likely feel there is plenty to build on from this performance.
Both teams have away trips in the third round of the EFL Cup during the week. Arsenal face Championship Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Tuesday while Hull benefit from a extra day of rest before they travel to the Potteries to play Stoke. Arsenal have won six games at the KCOM Stadium in all competitions – more than any other away side. Hull have lost back-to-back home league games for the first time since May 2015. Sanchez has been involved in eight goals in his five games against Hull in all competitions (six goals, two assists). Sanchez’s penalty miss means he is the only Arsenal player to take more than one Premier League penalty and fail to score with any of them. Arsene Wenger’s side have not lost any of their past 26 Premier League games against newly promoted sides (W22 D4).