Black Ice – AC/DC

After a gap of 8 years (mighty long even for battled hardened veterans like themselves), AC/DC returns with a bloack of hard rocking anthemns titled Black Ice. It’s the 15th studio album put out by Australia’s finest & most beloved exports, produced by Brendan O’Brien and released in October. AC/DC were working on the album as early as January 2006, but it got delayed because of an injury to bassist Cliff Williams and a change of record labels to Sony Music, and in turn Columbia Records. Recorded in Vancouver, Canada, Black Ice is a great success, having sold around 1,762,000 units in its first week, shipping 5,000,000 copies worldwide. The album went #1in 29 different countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and United States. In its first week, it sold 784,000 copies in the US alone, with it receiving a three times platinum certification in Australia and selling upwards of 110,000 in the UK.

There’s something to be said for sticking to your guns and never changing. Right from the start Rock n’Roll Train fills the speakers with fat guitar riffs from brothers & guitarists Angus & Malcolm Young while drummer Phil Rudd pounds swinging drum fills one after the other with consummate ease. Skies On Fire, Stormy May Day & Black Ice have some kind of meteorological connection in their lyrics. Big Jack is about a tough guy who liked to party with pretty girls, fight and play poll.

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is all out what the 5 Aussies love best – rock n’roll their style and the dream of playing across the globe in front of thousands in areanas every night. Whew! That’s 15 songs with great guitar riffs and drums. Brian Johnson sings a little more restraint than usual, as expected as they years catch up with him, but the effect is still the same.

This is probably one of their best albums ever and certainly their best since 1990’s The Razor’s Edge. They have made a solid comeback, won a few more thousands of new fans, will make a lot of dough with the world tour that supports this album. And they have shone the kids what it means to have staying power. So sticking to your guns and having an instantly recognizable sound is not too bad at all.

Here’s the video of the first single Black Ice. For those about to rock, I salute you.

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Seriously, at times Arsenal can be boring when they pass & pass and try to find the way in and don’t score even a single goal and the other team then goes on to win. It’s pathetic. But then our squad is not as strong a line-up as a couple of years ago. Wenger thinks he can win trophies with players that aren’t that good enough to win games against teams like Hull or Stoke. And Villa is actually a good team.

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Feeling even more better today except for this really bad cough and wheezing. Spent the morning checking on my mail and some blogs. Did that until 1 pm when I went in for the bath. And oh was it liberating! I washed and washed and washed. I oiled and shampooed my hair. I dripped in the water, taking it all in and then I would bathe some more. A good rub down later, I was feeling quite good.

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While waiting for the doc, I sat on a wooden bench which was right next to the stairs leading to the first floor. There was a spill of water & I’m not sure but what looked like some medical oil as well. A guy walked by and slipped and was able to just catch himself. I helped him to the bench and he kept muttering about the inefficiency of the place while rubbing his ankle. Funny this – and I found this out much later – he was an attendant at the hospital. Well, my dad and I asked someone to get the thing cleaned up as it was health hazard. We got my meds and then he went on his way to get his hair trimmed and I walked back home.

Guess I’ll go back to work tomorrow. It hadn’t seemed likely that I would be able to get back until Monday or Tuesday but I’m bored now. And I’m ok, just as long as my wheezing doesn’t act up.

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Soon I Was Seeing Visions And Cracks Along The Walls

When you consider the last few days, shut out from the outside world, not seeing anyone else outside of your household (well except the brief visit to the hospital) and all the time I spent in my bed just sleeping or dozing or half-asleep (most of the time) it’s easy to not notice the time passing by. The only indication for me as to what exact time it was, during these last 4 days, would be at 6 pm and 6:30 pm – cause the scheduled power cut is at 6 pm and it comes back at 6.30!

Thinking about this, and as always, a song will come to my mind about this time spent recuperating from my little bout with viral fever. It’s one of my favourites from Pearl Jam. It’s off their Yield album and it’s called In Hiding. Check out the lyrics!

To tell you the truth, I was beginning to see visions and there is a slender crack on the paint on my bedroom wall

Getting On The Road To Recovery

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I’m feeling more like myself, atleast I don’t feel like sleeping all the time from today. Or more precisely from this afternoon. I did nap in the afternoon but by by around 4 pm, I was beginning to get a semblance of the old self once again. It is now 7:43 pm and aside from a cough that won’t quit, lungs that hurt when I cough or try to breath too deeply and a nagging tiredness all over…I’m almost as good as new!

No, it feels a lot better and I’m thinking of going back to work on Saturday as I know I will have a ton of mail and some other things to sort through. Lucky for me, my team has taken care of the major things and it will be only the things that need my sole intervension that is left. So the plan is to rest and hope the cough and the wheezing gets better by Friday night! If it isn’t then Monday will be the day that I go back to work.

But I still stink! Here’s looking forward to that hot shower and shampoo tomorrow!

Roshan Down…But Not Out

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No my friends, I’m just raising my weary head & body after a couple of sick days. Sunday evening I felt a little sick and thought that I was getting a fever. So I took Monday off, hoping that an extra day’s rest would cure me, but I just kept getting sicker & sicker. Even some delicious & hot chicken curry from Lotus Club that my folks & sister’s family brought me didn’t do much for me.

Tuesday I couldn’t lift my head. I was sure that it was either jaundice or viral fever. I just lay in bed unable to eat, drink or do anything. To go to the loo, it would take me 30 minutes just to get up and then 20 to tie a cloth around me and then 5 to get to the loo. I had a temperature of 103! So by evening, I was taken to the hospital, where the doctor informed me that it was infact viral fever and not jaundice. Or, like the doc put it, not jontsey! I had to check three times before I could confirm that jaundice and jontsey were one and the same. He wasn’t a Malayalee and his accent while speaking both English & Malayalam was a bit difficult to understand.

So I ended up getting a few pills and an injection on my bum. I came back home and the fever was quite rampant. I ended up sleeping for the most part of yesterday evening, night and most of today. I had my mother apply a cold, wet cloth to try and bring the fever down as well.

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I stink to hell and back because I haven’t taken a shower since Sunday (I had a body wash before going to the hospital but it just isn’t enough). I’ve sweated so much and I’ve kept the ceiling fan at a bare minimum due to my fever. My hair is sticky and dirty. My mouth feels so dry due to drinking so little water but lots of medicine in the last 4 days. I hope I feel much better tomorrow so I can take a long hot shower. And a shave! My stubble is outgrowing me.

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The past couple of days I had noticed that there was a lack of comments. And even with the very few regular readers that my blog has, it was rare that I don’t get atleast a comment on two on one of my blog posts or the other. So, was it just a feeling or was there actually a problem?

About an hour back I tested a few comments and they weren’t getting published. Something was blocking them and I was getting a database error on the wp-comments.php file. This was frustrating. I was quite proud of upgrading to WordPress 2.6.2 and altering my current theme to look more like what I want it to, rather than what it originally is. I deactivated the spam plugin (the one that makes you enter a word from a random image) and the Gravatars plugin, thinking one or the other was responsible. But to no avail.

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You see I had joined this company called Aysha Infotech, based on the recommendation of my mom’s brother who had a friend working there. They company was setting up a call center in Calicut and I went for the interview, aced it and got selected to join up in the next 6 days. They had a client in the US who wanted us to do tele-marketing & collect leads for their electronic security systems. It seemed wonderful and all of us who joined were quite eager for work to start.

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Anyway, we didn’t get paid from the 4th month onwards. The company made quite a few bad choices and went bankcrupt even before they could get the show on the road. Banks rejected their high business loan proposals and would offer much smaller amounts. 7 months after joining, the employees (including me) protested outside and they finally agreed to pay us a month’s salary and then another half. That was the extent of my pay there. They had us doing research & trial runs in a dusty, open floor with noisy building construction happening right next to us. It was a miracle that none of us died to inhaling broken brick granuels!

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Within 2 weeks of me coming back home, I got laid up for a week with a high fever and no sooner was I back on my feet when I got the job at Aspin Wall. The dirt on that place is a blog post for another day but suffice to say, I think I was lucky that it wasn’t too bad for me at all.

Although a couple of us came this close (imagine your thumb & forefinger a couple of inches apart) to running away to Goa and working at the beach! That would have been an experience.

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Gunners manager Wenger admitted dressing room morale was low after their 4-4 draw with London rivals Tottenham and the defeat at Stoke – but this win at the Emirates Stadium breathes life into their campaign and lifts them above United in the Barclays Premier League. Wenger had Emmanuel Adebayor injured and Robin van Persie suspended but Nasri provided the attacking threat, taking advantage of slack marking in each half to grab his fourth and fifth goals of the season.

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