As my work profile & grade changed, it should bring about a well earned (trust me) & eagerly awaited (trust me again) increase in my pay check. I am not sure about the final amount but I was told to expect atleast 10k more than what I am currently earning.
If that is true, I should also get arrears for last month (my promotion is effective from April 1st although I was informed only on May 12th) and that should bring me a nice tidy little sum of cash. What will I do with it?
My notebook dreams may finally come true. But which one to purchase? I really like this one here – The HP Pavilion dv2800t Artist Edition series. It’s got
- Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
- Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB)
- 14.1″ WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)
- 2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
- NVIDIA 128MB 8400M GS Video Card
- HP Imprint (Artist Edition) Finish + Webcam + Microphone
- Integrated Altec Lansing stereo speakers
- Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection and Bluetooth
- 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
- Weight: 5lb 7.4oz
- 65W AC adapter
Cool design eh? But no, it’s really out of my budget! Still, a boy can dream, can’t he?
Released 2 years after Casino Royale , Quantum Of Solace is a direct sequel of the former. The film also continues directly from where Casino Royale left off. This is Daniel Craig’s second innings as the legendary James Bond and his performance has won him lots of critical & popular acclaim.
However, I liked the previous movie a whole lot better. Craig’s performance non-withstanding, the movie isn’t as strong as it’s predecessor and I felt it lacked any real excitement. Olga Kurylenko is a convincing Bolivian (although the actress is Russian) but she is probably the first Bond girl that I felt hasn’t lit up the screen with her sexuality. I dunno, maybe it’s only in this movie that she hasn’t looked at her best.
At times Dame Judy Dench’s, as M, approach towards Bond is almost motherly. Atleast I felt so and I wonder if this was intentional. But I loved the fact that the tough as nails lady seems a bit shaken up as her trusted bodyguard turns out to be a betrayer. She soon shakes it off and returns back to her steel nerves.
Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene is not the most memorable Bond villain that has been created but he probably is the most human. And his death is certainly memorable – after interrogating him, Bond leaves Greene stranded in the middle of the desert with only a can of motor oil. At the film’s conclusion, M informs Bond that Greene was found in the middle of the Bolivian desert with two bullets in the back of his head (presumably executed by Quantum), and motor oil in his stomach.