Naming My Stuff

Have you ever named an inanimate object? (Your car? Your laptop? The volleyball that kept you company while you were stranded in the ocean?) Share the story of at least one object with which you’re on a first-name basis.

Subtle Castaway reference in the prompt eh? I guess a lot of us do that you know, name inanimate objects. Reminds me of Chandler Bing & Joey calling the recliner “Rosita” and “Stevie” the tv! Hahaha, well I do that too at times.

Starting with ofcourse as a small child I had Teddy my teddy bear. That is a common name I know! But then I stopped referring to inanimate things until I was 12 and got a tennis racket who I secretly called “Mac” (like John McEnroe?) when I played some wall tennis for a couple of years.

Fast forward to age 19 and I got my first pc a computer I named “Sabrina”. I dunno why but electronic goods like computers and phones are female to me! My next computer was a desktop in 2006 who I named “Sandrine”. My BlackBerry Curve was named “Cindy”. This laptop that I bought back in 2010 is named “Samantha”! My BlackBerry Bold that I currently have is named “Melissa”.

If I do get more stuff you can be sure that I will give them names.

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Over Hyped & Over Talked

When was the last time a movie, a book, or a television show left you cold despite all your friends (and/or all the critics) raving about it? What was it that made you go against the critical consensus?

It’s not the opposite of what most people or friends or critics say but yeah there are several books / movies / tv shows that I am “meh” about. Some I don’t even care to watch beyond an episode or clips that I have seen. I’m usually like this – if people keep telling me “This is awesome, you must watch it” and if critics kiss that book/movie/tv show’s asses all the time; chances are I won’t watch it for a long time and will wait for all the hoopla to die down to check it out. But these are just a few of the big name stuff that I haven’t yet watched as I feel they are over exposed and “pushed” and hence I have no interest in watching them at the moment.

  • Lost
  • Harry Potter movie & books series
  • Twilight (I will never watch them)
  • The Wire
  • Dr. Who
  • Breaking Bad
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Hunger Games

Of these I have the first Hunger Games movies but haven’t watch it yet as I got a bad copy. I’ll eventually watch it. And I got a copy of the first Twilight movie when it came out and before the hype & the hate started over that movie but 20 minutes into it I hated it and stopped watching. After a few months I gave it to a friend and haven’t asked for it back. I was meh about The Hangover movie for a long time and when I finally watched it I was like “Is this what people here are so fixated about?” The 3 movies were ok, I liked the 22nd one better.

I tried to watch Lost when it first was shown here but I didn’t enjoy the first couple of episodes and “lost” interest. Of the rest I might check out Breaking Bad sometime soon, it’s just that I don’t really know what I’m going to get as value from it. I know it’s really good acting and cast and it’s great black comedy – I’ll probably get to it sooner rather than later. The rest, I don’t know if I ever will.

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That Pretty Little Blue Ball In Space

It’s a gorgeous image of the earth – our beautiful planet – as seen from a Japanese geostationary satellite. Science fiction & special effects cannot match the great natural beauty of our mother earth – and we humans are destroying her and pretty soon if we are not careful, we will blow her up while arguing over who made her and what rules we want to bestow upon the inhabitants of this beauty.

Mr. Bus Conductor!!

Hey guys, I wanted to share this dream I had last night. In this dream it was late evening I was travelling back home from a somewhere far and in the pouring rain I was trying to hail a bus. Unfortunately I got into the wrong bus and got down 2 stops later and was told to wait for the bus that will go on the route towards my home. I waited for an hour and finally the bus came and I got in after confirming that it does go to my home town. As I took a seat I took out money for my ticket and waited for the bus conductor to collect it (we have conductors for all buses here) and I heard a voice saying “Tickets please” as he was coming towards the back where I was sitting. I looked up and my jaw hit the floor because the conductor was………

ROBERT PICARDO!!! More famous as the Doctor in Star Trek Voyager I swear that this is truth! I was shocked and could barely say anything except the name of my stop and he took the money gave me a ticket and the change. I said out loud “No way that it’s him!” and I used my phone to google his name and lo! & behold on his Wikipedia page it said “While not shooting for any roles, Picardo spends a few months in India working for the local bus services as he likes to travel and get to see the sights.”

Two older guys next to me asked “Is he a singer or someone famous like that? We heard a rumour that this American is a singer?” And I said no he is an actor!” I couldn’t speak to him as the bus got too crowded and when my stop came I got down and went home.

And then I had to walk a bit as due to the heavy rains, there was a landslide that carried over to some of the roads and the one that leads to my home was blocked so I had to walk in the muddy rain water for 25 minutes to get home and change into dry clothes. And then I woke up!! What an odd dream. There’s a bit more in my dream but nothing that features a trek actor! How crazy is that! I actually saw Robert Picardo & a wikipedia page in my dreams!

RIP Robin Williams

Comedic actor and stand up comedian Robin Williams was found dead today (11th August in the US)  of an apparent suicide. He was 63 years old. Celebrated in Hollywood for his zany comic persona and more subtle dramatic performances, Williams was found dead at his home in Tiburon, Calif., just north of San Francisco, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. The apparent cause of death was suicide by asphyxiation, although an investigation is continuing. Emergency personnel found Mr. Williams inside the home he shared with his wife, Susan Schneider, after a 911 call reported a man unconscious and not breathing. The sheriff’s office said Mr. Williams was last seen alive at 10 p.m. on Sunday.

His film career included such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). “This might be the one time I’m speechless,” he said upon accepting the award. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.

Despite being famous for his zany sense of humour and making people laugh he was often troubled by depression and masked a personal struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. He’s been married 3 times and has 3 children from his first two marriages. We will never know another like him.

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

Tree Of Life Giving

You’ve got a magic tree: what does it grow?

Bacon! Bacon! Bacon!

Hamburgers and hotdogs! Pizzas – all kind of pizzas and lasagnas and pasta dishes. And beer, vodka, rum, gin, brandy and all kinds of soft drinks and milkshakes. All kinds of food, biscuits, pies, chocolate and candy! Chinese food, Italian food, Greek, Arab, Indian, Thai, Lebanese, etc etc food. All available on the branches of this magic tree! And I want a tree for everyone, each family should have a magic tree in their garden / home!

I am ofcourse equating this magic tree with replicators as shown in Star Trek from the tv shows / movies. What I would love is for everyone, every human, every man, woman & child, every teen, every cat, dog & other animal on this planet to have safe, secure lives and to have easy access to tasty food at the push of a button. Ofcourse the animals can’t really push buttons so we might have to do that for our animal friends and we will. No need to hunt or go spend lots of money and time buying the food or spend hours cooking in a hot kitchen. Food of any kind that your belly and heart desires at your finger tips. Whenever you want it! Zing – it’s there.

From a replicator or other device or a tree – I don’t care. Just get food to everyone cause I hate seeing beings suffer in thirst or hunger!

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Captain America : The Winter Soldier

Captain America : The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American science fiction / action / superhero blockbuster directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. It stars Chris Evans as Captain America, with Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie serves as a sequel to the events of Captain America : The First Avenger & the first Avengers movie. In this film we are introduced to both the Winter Soldier (who was only seen as his normal avatar of Bucky Barnes, a close friend and fellow soldier to Steve Rogers and the debut of the Falcon.

Steve Rogers leads a team that includes Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow about two years since the events in New York, on a mission to rescue hostages onboard a SHIELD vessel in the ocean that was taken by Algerian terrorist Georges Batroc (retired UFC champion Georges St-Pierre) and his mercenaries. As Rogers fights the Algerian he finds out that Natasha has an additional mission, that of retracting vital data from the ship’s computers. After securing the vessel and the hostages they return to headquarters where Rogers confronts Fury and is briefed about Project Insight: three Helicarriers linked to spy satellites, designed to preemptively eliminate threats. Unable to decrypt Romanoff’s recovered data, Fury becomes suspicious about Insight and asks senior S.H.I.E.L.D. official Alexander Pierce to delay the project. Fury is ambushed while in his car by a team of assailants led by a mysterious masked figure, who we will come to know as The Winter Soldier, and barely manages to escape. He ends up in Rogers apartment where he passes on the data on a USB drive to Rogers before he is shot in the back by the masked man.

Rogers is unable to get to the assailant and at the hospital Fury is declared dead much to the dismay of Romanoff & Rogers. Agent Maria Hill recovers the body as Rogers is called back to the headquarters to meet Pierce. As Fury told him moments before he died to trust no one, and seeing a team of SHIELD soldiers arriving to escort him, Rogers hides the USB drive in a vending machine at the hospital. When Rogers witholds the information from Pierce, he is branded a fugitive and is ambushed by several agents who he manages to defeat and escapes. Using the data from the drive, Rogers & Romanoff discover an underground bunker in New Jersey where an old SHIELD lab was built and housing a supercomputer with the preserved consciousness of Arnim Zola. Zola reveals that Hydra is still alive, hidden within the ranks of SHIELD and responsible for creating chaos on a global scale with the agenda for the world to give up freedom in favour of security. The bunker is hit by a SHIELD missile  and the duo narrowly escape and make their way to the home of Sam Wilson, a former USAF man who Rogers had befriended for recuperating. With the help of Sam’s “Falcon” wingpack they approach SHIELD agent Jasper Sitwell and force him to reveal Hydra’s plans to divulge that Zola developed a data-mining algorithm that can identify individuals who might become future threats to Hydra’s plans.

Once the hellicarriers are launched they will target these individuals and use satellite guided guns to eliminate them from above. Just then the Winter Soldier and his men attack the trio and kill Sitwell. During a fight Rogers unmasks the mysterious figure and recognizes as Bucky Barnes, his best friend and fellow soldier who was captured during WW3 and experimented upon by Hydra and is more powerful and hasn’t aged a bit. The trio are captured but enroute to the SHIELD headquarters they are extracted by Maria who brings them to a hideout where they find a still alive Fury! Fury gives Rogers, Natasha and a newly recruited Sam controller chips which need to be placed in the 3 hellicarriers to foil Hydra’s plans. At the headquarters Rogers reveals Hydra’s existence and their plans to the entire SHIELD staff via a broadcast while Romanoff, disguised as one of the Council members, disarms Pierce. Fury arrives and forces Pierce to unlock S.H.I.E.L.D’s database so that Romanoff can leak classified information, exposing Hydra’s actions. After a struggle Fury shoots Pierce dead while Rogers & Sam storm the hellicarriers to replace the chips. At the 3rd carrier the Winter Soldier destroys Sam’s wingpack so Rogers arrives to a showdown with his old friend.

Rogers fends him off and replaces the final chip, allowing Hill to take control and have the vessels destroy each other. Rogers refuses to fight the Winter Soldier in an attempt to reach his friend, but as the ship collides with the Triskelion, Rogers is thrown out into the Potomac River. Barnes, having recovered some memory of his former life, rescues Rogers and leaves him on the banks and leaves. With SHIELD in disarray & Fury still “dead” Natasha speaks before a Senate committee while Fury heads for Europe, Sam joins Rogers to find Barnes. Post credits we see scientists examining an energy specter while two mutant twins are revealed inside glass cages; one with super speed and the other with kinetic abilities while the Winter Soldier goes to see a Bucky Barnes exhibit at a museum.

Exhilerating, entertaining and a fantastic action packed thrill a minute ride, this is an extremely worthy successor to the original movie and probably one of the better Marvel movies to date. On a budget of $150 million the movie has grossed $715 million before home media sales. I give it a 8.5 outta 10!

Arsenal Win Community Shield After Beating Man City 3-0

Arsenal hammered Manchester City in the season’s traditional curtain-raiser, the Community Shield, scoring 3 goals to collect their first silverware of the new season. Santi Cazorla netted the opener before Aaron Ramsey doubled their lead before half-time. Substitute Olivier Giroud scored a stunner from distance to put the game beyond a weakened Manchester City side, who were missing the likes of Vincent Kompany, Bacary Sagna, Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta. You can’t read too much into this game as both sides aren’t at full strength and will possibly have one or two more signings each before the premier league starts.

But Arsenal were missing their trio of Germans in Mezut Ozil, Per Metzersacker & Lukas Podolski. But Calum Chambers could prove to be one of the buys of the year at just £16million, with the Saints academy product set to play in three different positions for the Gunners for many years to come. The Englishman featured at centre-back once again for this game, mainly due to a lack of cover, but acquitted himself well against two players you’d have to consider as top-level strikers.

Frankly Arsenal should have had a 4th goal but Alexis Sanchez delayed in going for the ball and that left City’s goalkeeper enough time for a tackle. Still good start for the new season Arsenal. Also Joel Campbell made his debut for Arsenal after spending all his career on loan till now.

A Second Opinion?

What are some (or one) of the things about which you usually don’t trust your own judgment, and need someone’s else’s confirmation?

It depends. I usually ask a second opinion about things I am not so sure about which are usually like when it’s time to buy a new computer/laptop or a new phone. I always ask around, get opinions of friends, colleagues, techie guys and websites that do a lot of reviews on these things. Medical situations too. Especially before you have to make a big decision that will affect your life and/or the life of a loved one.

Infact anything that is scientific or technical based I usually do ask around for 2nd, 3rd, 4th ….nth opinions. Anything too complicated like politics is also good to discuss and debate at length with all the facts around you. And it’s not that I don’t trust my own judgement or that you shouldn’t either but it’s always good to know as much as you can about a subject and to get as many varied views on the topic at hand before coming to a final conclusion.

There are many other things which I usually trust to my own judgement. But I find that it is always good to have a renewed look at them ever so often just to see if your judgement has withstood the passage of time. It it has, pat yourself on the back for deciding wisely and if it hasn’t, time to change it.

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A Sacrifice Too Much To Bear

Some of the best Star Trek TNG episodes leave a long lasting impression on you. One such is The Defector which has actor James Sloyan guest starring as Romulan Admiral Alidar Jarok. In this episode we see what a concerned man, a father, is willing to do as a sacrifice to see that his child and children everywhere get a chance to grow up without a war that could be avoided. And he pays the price for it.

Jarok decides to defect to the Federation and crosses into the Neutral Zone on a scout vessel and hails the USS Enterprise asking to be beamed aboard. He was being chased by a clocked Romulan Warbird who demands that he return with them. He claims to be a low-ranking logistics officer with vital information. In the observation lounge he tells them that the humiliating defeat suffered by the Romulans at the Battle of Cheron has not been forgotten and their new leaders have vowed to disregard the Treaty of Algeron – Nelvana III is just the first step. The Romulans have already established a base there, and it will be operational within forty-eight hours. Commander Riker is suspicious wondering how the Federation sensors that monitor the Neutral Zone just missed this new base, despite the Romuluan’s insistence that within two days a fleet of warbirds will be within striking distance of fifteen Federation sectors. Captain Picard has to make a decision on the defector; whether he is legitimate or not, this could be a ploy by the Romulans to make the Federation look like the aggressors.

Jarok, stating that he is not a traitor, refuses to give any tactical information and his ship blows up as he has set the auto destruct. Analysis shows that the Warbird could have overtaken the scout vessel that Jarok was piloting but that it intentionally slowed down. While it looks suspicious Picard provides Starfleet with all the info but they cannot take a call on the situation. After a talk with Data, Jarok reveals his true identity to the Enterprise crew, knowing that such a high ranking Admiral’s info would carry more weight. Picard’s dilemma: Jarok wants them to act, yet stubbornly refuses to tell them any of what he certainly knows of the Romulans’ military capabilities, which means his credibility is less than nothing. Jarok insists that he cannot betray his people, and Picard snaps that Jarok already has, and he had better get used to it. Jarok then tells Picard that he is doing it for his daughter and for all children aying that when a man becomes a father, he realizes it is his duty to make the whole world a better place for his child. After Jarok’s daughter was born, he pleaded with the Romulan High Command for months, telling them that another war would destroy the Empire but they would not listen. They censured him and sent him off to command some distant sector. He had no choice but to defect.

His daughter will now grow up believing her father is a traitor, but at least she will grow up, if Picard acts. Picard, unmoved, says he will only act unless Jarok cooperates, completely and unequivocally. Picard then decides to move on the info and enters the Neutral Zone and heads to Nelvana III; however they find no activity there on the surface. Jarok is dumbfounded and claims to have seen the tactical communiqués, the timetables describing this base but Picard stops him saying that this whole incident could have been a ploy to test Jarok’s loyalty to the Empire. Two Romulan Warbirds decloak and demand the surrender of the Enterprise but Picard has an ace up his sleeve. He had had Worf contact the Klingons and they has sent 3 cloaked Bird of Preys to support the Enterprise. Outnumbered the Romlulans withdraw without Jarok who laments his decision, which he says was for nothing. The thought of being branded a traitor and never seeing his family again for no reason was too much for him and he commits suicide by swallowing a pill he has sneaked aboard on his person.

Data, picks up a letter that Jarok left for his family and remarks that Jarok must have realized that they could not deliver it, given current relations with the Romulan Empire. Picard replies that if others show the courage of Admiral Jarok then, perhaps they will see a day of peace when they can take his letter home. What an episode! The casualties of a cold war and one person who braved his own life & freedom, risking everything to prevent a large war!

One Fictional Character To Bring To Life?

If you could bring one fictional character to life for a day…

That’s easy. <— Her!

Yes Jessica Rabbit! And why not? Despite being a fictional character and a cartoon, she is so hot, sexy and voluptuously hot. Yes outta my league I know but I would so like to meet her! Look at those curves and that hot red hair and all the bumps and lady lumps to die for.

So for my wish of bringing one fictional character to life, even if it is only for a day, will be her. And she will fall in love & lust with me at first sight. And we’d spend the entire day together. I’d give her all she could ever want and we’d spend the day drinking and eating and ofcourse…..banging!

I wonder if I could make her cartoon eyes pop outta her sockets? Hahahah

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Arsenal – Outgoing Players 2014

While the transfer talks & rumours still go on, let’s talk about the players who have left Arsenal this off season.

Bacary Sagna – Free to Manchester City

This one hurt a bit while it was going down and during the closing games of the last season. Despite being wanted at Arsenal, Sagna felt that he had to leave. However in the wake of the 4 new players who have come in and exciting times for Arsenal, Sagna has all been forgotten by the fans. He made his name in Arsenal and left on a free transfer for Manchester City where, as he says, he will have more of a chance to win the league and cups. Funny that he did this just after Arsenal won the FA Cup for the first time in 9 years. When he faces off against Arsenal it will be just another game!

Lukasz Fabianski – Free to Swansea

This one could have been avoided as Fabianski is a good goalie and was our FA Cup hero. He just wasn’t good enough to be our #1. He left for first team action at Swansea which he felt he needed to do at this stage of his career. He too left on a free transfer as he did not wish to extend his contract. Arsenal replaced him with Ospina who could challenge for the #1 spot.

Nicklas Bendtner has been released from his contract after failing to establish his place in the squad. At time it felt that he wasn’t even trying and then he’d go and score an important goal! Since then he has been in the news having tweeted an audacious nude pic of him with his genitals covered by a cap. He had been thought to be close to a move to Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany, but the Bundesliga side ended negotiations due to the demands Bendtner’s camp were making when it came to his wages.

Park Chu-Young, Chuks Aneke, Daniel Boateng were also released by the club and wished the best for their future. I’ve only seen Park play and hadn’t even heard about the other two. Also Thomas Eisfeld was sold to Fulham – never seen him play either. Also captain Tomas Vermalen may soon be leaving to Barcelona.

Unfair & Ridiculous Comparisons To Hitler

There is a stupid trend for people to compare a strict authoritarian figure to Hitler. Like a cop or a politician/minister or a teacher, parent or adult in their life or even your boss.  That’s not even close! Like someone I was discussing this with on Twitter said “Spreading memes that ANYONE is “Hitler” insults those that lived thru the Hell Hitler created”.

I just find it idiotic to call a college professor Hitler because he is a hard task master. There’s even an Indian movie that starts off with a tough college professor doing that in his first class when his rowdy class of young teens introduce themselves to him as famous people throughout history. So in the end he says, “Ok, I haven’t introduced myself – I am Hitler!” and the beginning credits roll as the audience is left to assume that the kids in the class will have a tough time with this characters taking their class. Similarly another movie from the mid 90s is actually called Hitler – so named because the lead actor’s character, the older brother and head of a family is a strict disciplinarian and rules the household which consists of his 5 younger sisters. The nickname “Hitler” was given to him by young men in the neighbourhood who want to woo the sisters but have faced the wrath of the older brother. What the fuck? And to my chagrin there was even a “Hitler” brand of shirt for a while!

Ofcourse this is not something unique to India, it’s the habit of a lot of people to tag a famous name to someone or something to show the qualities of that person or something but calling someone Hitler if you haven’t seen or gone through the atrocities committed by the Nazis is just plain stupid. Another one is “9/11”- as in “this was my/our 9/11!” I am aghast! And usually the comparison pales so much that it is just ridiculous. So the next time you see or hear someone calling a person “Hitler” ask “Really? So many millions of Jews did he torture, imprison and kill?”

Really people!

RoboCop (2014)

Although not a huge fan of the RoboCop franchise, I still like the original movie enough to consider rebooting it an unnecessary deed. Based on what I just saw, I stick by that decision. The new & rebooted RoboCop is a 2014 science fiction action film directed by José Padilha. The film stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson. Supporting roles are provided by Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish, Michael K Williams, KC Collins Jackie Earl Haley, Aimee Garcia & Jennife Ehle.

So much like the original plot, Alex Murphy is a Detroit cop who is critically injured when a car bomb goes off at his residence, burning most of his body and leaving him invalid. OmniCorp is a leading company that manufacture robots for the American Military that has successfully deployed their models in various situations overseas in keeping the peace. However their entry into civilian law enforcement has been blocked by Senator Dreyfus, whose Dreyfus Act prevents non-humans to act as police officers. CEO Raymond Sellers has his marketing team join forces with leading scientist Dr. Dennett Norton in finding a suitable candidate, i.e a permanent injured cop to be fitted with their latest product that will combine man & machine. After much persuasion Murphy’s wife Clara consents to letting Alex be that candidate.

Alex is outfitted with a cybernetic body and software and wakes up once the procedure is done. He reacts violently to his situation and escapes the complex in China but is deactivated and brought back. Slowly he comes to terms with the fact that only his head, brain, lungs, heart, throat and right hand have survived and that the rest is robotic and agrees to be their man. Mattox, a military technician who is hired by OmniCorp, is skeptical of a man being to best robots in the field and in their first test Murphy responds more slowly than a drone due to his natural hesitation when making judgments in the field. In order to improve his performance, Norton tampers with his brain, putting the software fully in control in the field but making Murphy believe the decisions are his own. With these changes, Murphy defeats Mattox and his drones in a live test.

At his first pubic appearance Murphy becomes emotionally unstable as he downloads the Detroit PD’s database and sees CCTV footage of his own accident and has to be deactivated again. Pressed by Sellers, Norton has Alex’s dopamine levels dropped altering his brain chemistry to the point where Alex does not show emotion. He is revealed to the public where he ignores his wife & son and immediately apprehends a criminal that he scanned in the crowd. Over the next few weeks he drastically lowers the crime rate in Detroit as fear of RoboCop hinders the plans of criminals & thugs and the ones that dare are apprehended. The public’s opinion of the experiment soars and it looks like the Dreyfus Act could be repealed. Sellers has his team ensure that Alex is denied access to his wife & son but when Clara confronts him, it begins to affect his brain chemistry and he starts to investigate his own case and goes to his house. As his scans & investigation shows that his son was traumatized by the accident, his dopamine levels return to normal and he blasts into the hideout of the mob man Vallon, who had ordered the bomb on him and kills them in a firefight. Back at the PD he confronts two corrupt cops who were protecting Vallon and feed him info and shots one while making the other confess. However as he confronts the police chief, his program is shut down by Mattox.

Sellars spins this latest news to his advantage stating that drone will be incorruptible and hence make better law officers. An effort to repeal the Dreyfus Act is initiated, with overwhelming support. Meanwhile, Clara goes to the press and lashes out at OmniCorp, demanding to know why she and her child are being kept away from her husband. He and his team decide that Alex must not be revived and that his body is to be dismantled as he would likely go after corrupt officials, making things tough for OmniCorp. Clara is told that Alex died but Norton revives him and removes the control chip and tells him what happened. Feeling betrayed Alex heads to OmniCorp headquarters and battles the drones and with some help from his former partner, who kills Mattox when the latter is about to get the better of Alex using a software code written in, is able to get to Sellers and shoots him dead but is injured in the process as well. He is reunited with Clara and his son and his much damaged body is rebuilt back at the lab by Norton and his team. The President vetoes the repeal of the Dreyfus Act based on the testimony of Norton, who confesses everything OmniCorp has done while news reports show Murphy secretly returning to work.

Great special effects, nice showing of futuristic gadgets and gizmos, good action sequences and fun stuff blowing apart. The movie does nothing to really improve upon the franchise story or charm and is devoid of much emotion even if it is a healthy update to the franchise. Samuel L Jackson’s role as a much biased news/talk show host ends with his typical boisterous rantings. Kinnaman as an action star/ Not fully convinced and he really is one dimensional. All his roles are pretty much the same character in slightly different shades. There’s a kitchen scene in this film that is so similar to the latest season of The Killing (in which he does excel though)! I’ll give it a 7 outta 10!

Food Review Video #15

For my 15th food review video it’s a KFC product – the KFC Spicy Zinger Chicken burger. However it turned out to be a fail as the burger I got does not look like the one on the box or as advertised. Plus it wasn’t spicy at all. I think they packed the wrong burger for me. The burger itself gets a 7 outta 10!

The Final Hour

If you only had an hour to live, what what you do with those 60 minutes? (You’d get an extra 5 minutes to post about the 60 minutes on your blog of course).

I know some of you don’t like writing about topics like this but I have no such problem. I rarely shy away from such stuff and have no issues with expressing myself in those matters.

If I had only an hour left to live, I would try and let everyone I know about it via Social Media. If it were possible everyone will get to know about it through my Facebook and Twitter posts, although I won’t spend too much time on the details and rather just get my final messages across. I’ll let them know and pass along some words of wisdom, what I hope will happen after the death and such and such. I’ll also type up a few lines for my nearest & dearest, simple little messages.

Then I’ll grab a bottle and a glass and some ice and drink a few, toasting some of the most important things in my life. I’ll even try and capture it all on film by recording myself and uploading it to Youtube (although I doubt that there will be enough time  to do so, so someone will have to do the uploading part for me),  and take a final photo or two. Then I will change into some nice clean clothes, make sure I have shaved and look presentable. All this time my favourite rock songs will be playing, a final playlist to end my life.

Then as the minutes tick on down I’ll lie down on my bed, I’ll fold my arms and go out with a smile on my face.

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.