The Fourth Wall

You get to spend a day inside your favorite movie. Tell us which one it is — and what happens to you while you’re there.

Oooh that is a difficult one. I can’t just pick one! Impossible, I tell ya! Ok, which porn film do I want me to be the main lead where it’s me and a bunch of sexy busty women? :P

Alright, alright! You know I just asked a similar question in a Star Trek group : if I could make a choice, which Star Trek show would I want to be made a character in? I find that a hard one to answer but in the end I may have to pick Star Trek : The Next Generation. Unless I could be Captain Kirk – always be Captain Kirk if you can!

Movies? Wayne’s World? Galaxy Quest? Weekend At Bernie’s? I dunno I can’t choose a single movie that I’d want to be inside. There’s way too many movies that I could pick. All I know is it should include rock n roll music, some hockey and football (that’s soccer for you in NA) and flying through space in a luxurious spaceship! Lots of booze & food! And plenty of babes in bikinis. Make that alien babes in bikinis too! whoo hoo! A rock n roll & sports fueled bachelor party while traveling through outer space.

Lol yeah, I know!

Prompt from the Daily Post at

Three Blonde Jokes

One: A Blonde was down on her luck. In order to raise some money, she decided to kidnap a kid and hold him for ransom. She went to the playground, grabbed a kid, took him behind a tree, and told him, “I`ve kidnapped you.” She then wrote a note saying, “I`ve kidnapped your kid. Tomorrow morning, put $10,000 in a paper bag and put it under the pecan tree next to the slide on the north side of the playground. Signed, Blonde.”

The Blonde then taped the note to the kid`s shirt and sent him home to show it to his parents. The next morning the blonde checked, and sure enough, a paper bag was sitting beneath the pecan tree. The blonde opened the bag and found the $10,000 with a note that said, “How could you do this to a fellow Blonde?”

Two: A blonde calls her boyfriend and says, “Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to get it started.” Her boyfriend asks, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?” The blonde says, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a tiger.” Her boyfriend decides to go over and help with the puzzle.

She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table. He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says, “First of all, no matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a tiger. Second, I’d advise you to relax. Let’s have a cup of coffee, then ………..

“Let’s put all these Frosties back in the box.”

Three: A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, so she goes out and buys a gun. She goes to his apartment unexpectedly, opens the door and, sure enough, finds him in the arms of a redhead. The blond is furious. She opens her purse to take out the gun but as she does so, she is overcome with grief. She takes the gun and aims it at her head. The boyfriend yells “No, honey, don’t do it.”

The blond replies “Shut up. You’re next, you bastard.”

Finite Beings In An Infinite (Perhaps!) Universe

At what age did you realize you were not immortal? How did you react to that discovery?

I can’t remember at what age I started thinking that I know I am a mortal being and that I won’t live forever. As a small child most of us here in our family are bombarded with shouts of “be careful”, “you will hurt yourself” or “that’s dangerous” by our mothers, aunts and elderly women especially. Hence I think the concept of getting badly hurt is drilled into our minds at a very young age. Understanding that nothing lasts for ever and you or your loved ones could die at any point of time is a different matter. When I was 12 years old my dad brought home a puppy – a Pomeranian & Alsatian mix-that stole our hearts from the moment we saw her. My older sister and I loved the pup, who we named Lassie, so much that we didn’t want to go school (college for her) the next couple of days. The pup however was doomed as it was later discovered that she had an infection of worms that she got from the breeders.

4 days after she came to our home my heart would break as she passed away ill from the worm infection and the fact that she drank some petrol from a can she overturned (she was in our garage during the day until a doghouse for her could be built) according to the vet. That was perhaps the first time I realized that people and beings I loved and were close to me would die someday or the other. I cried for 2 days and that lesson was learned. I’ve been aware of mortality, both my own and that of my near and dear ones in a very precises manner yet I am never prepared for it. I tend to be sad and withdrawn and shake my fists at the absurdity of life and this disgusting arrangement of time and the end. Why does one have to die?

It’s no wonder that this elaborate futuristic science fiction fueled world that I have created (I’ve tried to put it on paper more than a dozen times but I failed to put the words to the fantastic images in my brain and day dreams) mankind and all of earth’s creature lived in a very safe and advanced world, free from pain, sorrow, hunger & strife and also, due to an alien virus that has mixed in with our own organic shields that protect us, made us immortal i.e stopped the aging process so that unless we are forcefully killed we will live on forever. Sounds good to me. I want to live forever.

Prompt from the Daily Post at

Space Station 76

A movie that flew under the radar, well atleast for me since I hadn’t heard of it & only found about it by clicking on a link in wikipedia, is Space Station 76. Directed by Jack Plotnick, and co-written by Plotnick, Jennifer Elise Cox, Sam Pancake, Kali Rocha, and Michael Stoyanov it is a science fiction black comedy created as both a tribute to and in the form of the 1970s vision of what the future will look like. The movie stars Matt Bomer, Marisa Coughlan, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Kylie Rogers, Kali Rocha and Jerry O’Connell. Rather than a crew on a mission or fighting danger it’s more a 1970s time period drama and focuses on the issues that were big back then. The clothing, sets, technology and even the wardrobe & hairstyles reflect that era.

Lt. Jessica Marlow is the new officer on board Space Station 76 (although they call it a spaceship most of the time) which is a deep space station somewhere far in the future. Most of humanity has left earth, some humans haven’t even seen earth. Jessica meets the station’s captain, a dour and alcoholic Glenn who just wants to be left alone and avoids much contact. Jessica takes over the job previous held by Daniel who has left the station but no one knows the real reason he decides to take a transfer – Glenn tells some people it was due to a family emergency and to others, like Jessica he said it was a promotion. Among the other residents are Ted, the mechanic and his catty wife Misty and their adorable young daughter Sunshine. Also on board are Steve, the playboy doctor & his snooty socialite wife Donna who has no idea that he is cheating on her with Valium popping Misty.

Jessica finds her welcome a bit strained especially by Misty who resents the fact that her daughter seems to be bonding with the new officer. Jessica and Sunshine spend a lot of their spare time together, especially in the arboretum where Ted is also growing some plants. There is also a deep attraction between Ted & Jessica but they seem to be keeping it control. Sunshine is an adorable & precocious girl who enjoys spending time in zero gravity with her father, as long as Misty doesn’t find out. Misty has secret sex meetings with Steve in between being catty to Jessica and participating in sessions with the stations councellor  – an old toy robot is programmed to recite certain phrases & sentences in a fake cheerful voice based on the last word that the patient says. Misty lies to Sunshine as she finds Jessica’s adoration on the girl growing in order to create a distance between them. Captain Glenn meanwhile tries to contact Daniel and we find out the real reason he left; the two were in a homosexual affair one that Glenn couldn’t be open about and was emotionally inept to live with. This drove away Daniel who took transfer as soon as he got promoted. Ted who is sexually frustrated has visions of a nude woman floating out in space and her face is soon replaced by that of Jessica as the two grow closer. Misty is also upset at the fact that Steve is leaving for a bigger station along with Donna, who seemingly rubs everyone else nose in that fact that they are moving “up”, and their baby.

Things come to a head at the Christmas party where Misty, jealous of Ted & Jessica’s growing closeness, basically lets out that she & Steve are sleeping together and that she never had an orgasm before. She then turns her ire on Jessica who shouts at her and Glenn comes to the former’s defence and calls doubts on Jessica’s gender. Jessica in turn blurts out Glenn’s secret that he is a homosexual which stuns the rest of the crowd. Suddenly the station is hit by a passing asteroid which does little damage to the station but destroys the docked shuttle in which all of Steve’s & Donna’s belongings were. As people get about recovering from the shoutfest, Jessica joins Ted in the arboretum where they both lie down next to each other & Sunshine, upset at the death of a frozen dog that Jessica has got for her but which Misty claimed as her own gift to Sunshine, goes to her quarters and floats in zero gravity. Steve and Donna will have to mend their marriage while Glenn goes for a drink with the shuttle’s pilot, who we assume is also gay. We are left to assume that Ted & Jessica will get together and live with Sunshine.

A goofy, humourous oddball movie which has it’s own charm. It’s funny to see the 70s style look of the space station and it’s technology – toy robots, VHS tapes, small box tv monitors, 60s Trek & 70s Star Wars style buttons and gizmos and the outfits – in a 2014 movie. I would say that whether you are a scifi fan or not, you will enjoy this film. I give it a 7.5 outta 10.

Arsenal 2 Hull City 2

A stoppage-time Danny Welbeck goal denied Hull victory and ensured Arsenal avoided equalling their worst start to a league season under Arsene Wenger. Alexis Sanchez’s fierce low shot gave the hosts an early lead. But a disputed Mohamed Diame strike – the midfielder seemed to foul Mathieu Flamini – and an Abel Hernandez header secured the win for Steve Bruce’s side. However, Welbeck guided in a clever Sanchez pass in the first minute of stoppage time to rescue a point.

Until then, Wenger’s side looked as if they would equal their tally of 10 points from their opening eight league matches in 2011-12. But England striker Welbeck’s fifth goal in seven appearances since signing from Manchester United averted the ignominious loss of Arsenal’s 21-game unbeaten home league record. Still, the draw means Arsenal have won just one of their past seven league matches and lose more ground on leaders Chelsea. The bad news did not end there, either, with another injury to midfielder Jack Wilshere – this time to a knee – cancelling out Aaron Ramsey’s return.

Granted that Arsenal were fielding a makeshift defense with left back Nacho Monreal in central defence partnering Per Metzersacker and Hector Bellerin on right full back spot making his league debut as Debuchy is out injured and Chambers is suspended for a game, but Arsenal were wasting chances having dominated possession. Santi Carzola was especially wasteful and the groans could be heard all around the stadium. If things go like this, a 3rd or 4th place finish could well be out of our reach. Currently Arsenal are in 6th place but could well be in 9th or 10 spot once the other games are done by this weekend.

Circuitous Paths

A stranger knocks on your door, asking for directions from your home to the closest gas station (or café, or library. Your pick!). Instead of the fastest and shortest route, give him/her the one involving the most fun detours.

So you want to go the nearest coffee shop eh? Well (it’s actually a 20-25 minute walk) here’s what you gotta do partner. First you gotta cross my palm with a silver coin. And while you’re at it make it 1,000,000 silver coins. Then you gotta run down the stairs from this 7th floor – don’t take the elevator, it’s a trap – taking 2 steps at a time. Make sure you don’t fall and break your bones. Then once you reach the ground floor you will find a troll. He will ask you three questions – get them all right (the answer is always “Yes” no matter what he asks) and he will point you to the direction you need to take. Pay no attention to him and follow my directions.

Walk straight for 10 paces and then turn to the left and then skip, hop and run for exactly 10 minutes. Once 10 minutes are up – stop! You will find a small shop where you have to get a bottle of water and drink from it – only 2 mouthfulls! That done, you turn back and skip, hop and run for another 10 minutes. Then turn to your right and walk 10 paces. Then jog on the spot for an additional 15 minutes. Working up a sweat? Good! Now walk forwards for 2 minutes and then turn left and walk another 10 minutes.

You will have reached a junction. Turn left, grab your crotch and scream “Everytime I think about you I touch myself” and run like a mad dog for 20 minutes. Stop! Let go of your crotch and wipe your hands on a handkerchief. You have reached the coffeeshop. But wait- you have to sit on the bottom stairs and using your bum lift yourself and climb the 10 steps. You have reached the coffeeshop door. Congratulations and you can walk right in. Order a cold one and a sandwich. You have earned it!

Prompt from the Daily Post at

Edge Of Tomorrow

From director Doug Liman and based of the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, comes the 2014 science fiction action film Edge of Tomorrow. The movie is set in the near future in the midst of a war between humans and a superior alien race who has invaded earth. The film stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt with Bill Paxton & Brendan Gleeson in major supporting roles.

Earth has been invade by a race of technologically highly advanced aliens called the Mimics who have taken over much of continental Europe. The aliens are winning the war although the rest of the world’s military forces unite to battle them. Major William Cage, a former advertising man who enlisted to become the public relations officer of the United Defence Forces is stunned when he arrived in London only to be told by General Brigham that he will be sent to the front lines the next day in France. Cage has no combat experience and objects to the assignment but he is told that his US Army CO had transferred him to be under the General’s command and hence he has no choice. Cage tries to blackmail the General by threatening to use his public affairs skills to use and create a hostile atmosphere for him to which Brigham has him handcuffed and knocked out as Cage tries to escape. When he comes to Cage is in Heathrow airport, labelled a deserted & demoted in ranks and put on combat duty for the invasion under the command of Master Sergeant Farell.

Cage is rebuked and mocked by the Sergeant and the other soldiers and at the invasion things go badly as the human soldiers are getting massacarred in quick succession. Cage manages to kill a large Mimic with a blue glare but is coated with it’s acid like blood and dies…..only to awaken back at the Heathrow airport! It’s a day earlier and the events repeats itself and Cage tries to warn the others but no one believes him and he is killed again at the battle, only to be revived again at the same point in time back at Heathrow! This happens a couple of minutes until he saves the life of Sergeant Rita Vrataski – she knows what is happening to him and she tells him to find her when he waked up again. Cage is killed again and wakes up and finds Rita who takes him to meet Dr. Carter a former government scientist and expert in Mimic biology. Together they explain what is happening to Cage; the alien he killed in an “alpha” Mimic which resets time when it is killed to give the Mimics an advantage in battle. Since he ingested some of it’s blood, Cage has got the same ability, although he is doing it involuntarily. Rita had the same ability when she too killed an “alpha” and was covered in it’s blood but she got hurt and had to have an blood transfusion which stopped it.

Rita trains Cage to battle the Mimics as they plan to hunt & kill the Mimics’ hive mind, the Omega. Dr. Carter had discovered that the aliens behave like a common entity, killing the Omega will kill the aliens under it. However Cage keeps getting killed and has to go through the same situation again and again, which begins to jade the man. He and Vrataski spend several loops learning how to survive the battle on the beach and get inland based on his vision of the Omega hiding within a Bavarian Alps dam. After numerous loops end in Vrataski’s death, Cage decides to hunt the Omega alone, abandoning her and the rest of the invasion to doom on the beach. When he arrives at the dam, he discovers that the Omega is not there. He manages to kill himself before an Alpha can steal his blood and prevent him from resetting the day. Realizing that the visions was a trick, he and Rita approach General Brigham and confront him with what they have learned so far. Brigham has a prototype device that Carter designed which can hunt the Omega (the military didn’t believe him at the time and he was discredited) and the two of them take it from him after several time loops but they crash their getaway car and both are injured. Cage’s life is saved by a blood transfusion, but it removes his ability to reset the day.

Rita frees Cage from his hospital room and they head back to Heathrow where using prior information he has about his squad Cage is able to convince the soldiers to help him & Rita get to Paris where the Omega is hidden under the Luvre. The soldiers sacrifice themselves and Rota distracts a waiting Alpha while Cage advances on the Omega. The Alpha kills them both, but not before Cage primes and drops a grenade belt into the Omega’s core, destroying it and neutralizing the other Mimics. However the Omega’s blood covers Cage and he awakens….in the helicopter he was headed to London in. This time however the humans seem to be winning the war as Brigham says that there is less activity from the Mimics after a power surge went off in Paris the previous night. Cage is not confronted by the General and he goes to see the squad, who are alive and well and salute the major. He then goes to see Rita who does not recognize him and asks what he wants to which he just laughs.

Not bad. Quite well produced and shot. The special effects is great and the aliens are menacing. The explanations of the time loops take a major leap but still it’s a good movie. Lots of humour involved as well. 8 outta 10!

Free Car Parking & Get Paid While Doing So

Let’s take a look at a free car parking service at airports that also give you a choice to make money off your car while you are away. RelayRides offers you this great opportunity.

Imagine you are a frequent flyer who needs to jet out to other cities on a regular basis for work & business related reasons. It certainly helps if you have a regular airline that you are used to and comfortable with so that your mind is set at easy when you have to fly to these destination. What about hotels – isn’t it a relief when you have that one hotel chain of comfortable & affordable hotels in all the cities that you have to visit so that you know that no matter the destination, it’s like being in a second home when you enter the premises and then the welcoming room for the duration of your stay? What about those same comfort & reliability when it comes to car parking?

What if you could find a service that lets you sign up and choose among their selection of various car brands and models so you can pick the one that you like / are used to the best in every city that you visit, well in advance of you reaching your destination, rent the car and pick it up at your convenience to use for your travel purposes in that city or town? If you have that option in each place you have to travel to everytime, it would certainly be a lot of help to you, wouldn’t it?

So what if you could park your own car at an airport while you are out of town at the airport for free? And what if you could make some money out it by making that car of yours work for you? Sounds good! Parking your vehicle at the airport for free & making money by renting out your car to travelers who are visiting your hometown while you are away is a great way to help you pay off the cost of buying that expensive car. It’s like a concept that people who have played the board game Monopoly would be familiar with. Imagine it’s like, well, spending money to put up a hotel on a spot on the board and then collecting ‘rent when your fellow players when they land on your ‘property’. That’s a good way to put it. For a list of the airport that currently offer this service click here.

Go To Relay Rides website for more details.

“Where Are My Grandbabies?”

I find it strange that a couple who raised their daughter under close watch & scrutinized her every move and never let her be friends with guys, let alone allow her to have a boyfriend, and ensuring that she went from home to school/college and straight back home and have almost a nil social life, is now upset that almost a year has passed since the daughter got married but she hasn’t become pregnant yet!

Maybe if you just let her have some practice she might know what to do :P

Some Indian parents treat their daughters mostly like “garba pathrams” (wombs) for their grand children to be conceived in! LIke her only purpose in life is to get married to the guy that they find for her, a perfect stranger, then get into bed with said perfect stranger and start making babies for her parents to play with.

“Hey, I just met you and call me crazy / but here’s my daughter / fuck her and start making babies” – ditty of those Indian parents!

Unequal Terms

Did you know today is Blog Action Day? Join bloggers from around the world and write a post about what inequality means to you. Have you ever encountered it in your daily life?

Inequality is being pushed to the side while someone else passes because you are deemed to be of lesser value. It’s being seen as inferior or different because you have different ideas or do not follow the norm. Or that you do not have the same set of beliefs as the majority does. It’s having to defend personal & private things to total strangers who flaunt their authority, even if you are doing no harm to anyone or anything – except perhaps their ego and bursting their bubble.

Inequality is also having to do more than someone else just to prove that you are as good, even if your work is as good or even better than others, because you look, dress, talk differently. Or having to constantly be compared and criticized for being different on things that you have no control over or have made a particular choice / stance about. Especially when it is none of their business but they happen to have an opposing view and also happen to be your superior in the office or institute or have more influence than you.

Inequality is when you always end up in the loser’s column and it’s because the odds are stacked up against you.

Prompt from the Daily Post at

They Promised Us A Shower & Gave Us A Trickle

Well I’m glad it rained a bit this afternoon but it didn’t live up to the expectation. It was quite dark by 3pm as the sky was overcast with clouds pregnant with rain but it only trickled a little bit when it promised a big rain shower. Quite disappointing as it has been a hot couple of days and with me having traveled to Thrikkakara and then to Palarivattom, where I walked quite a bit in the hot afternoon sun, I could have used some heavy & cool showers and would have welcomed them.

So I was off to the SBT bank in Thrikkakara which has become a monthly ritual for me. The journey takes almost an hour with the heavy traffic. Once I reached Kalamaserry I stoped at this tea shop for a glass of cold lemonade to quench my thirst that has built up in the humidity & heat. Then I take an auto towards the Cochin University Campus and head to the SBT branch there and sign the register for debiting money and then fill the form and took a token. In half an hour they called my token number and I handed in the form and waited until I got my cash. While there I enquired about exchanged an ink stained & soiled Rs.1000 note (that I’ve had with me for almost 3 years and which I cannot use) and they looked at it and gave me a fresh Rs.1000 note back! Ka-ching –  more money than I expected in my wallet.

From them I went to Palarivattom and had to walk a bit because the stupid bus authorities have changed the bus stop! When did this happen? So I had to walk double the distance – first to the Asianet’s Broadband office to pay my bill for 3 months (2 months in advance) and then I walked over to Dominos for lunch. I had a Coke and a bbq chicken & cheese pizza – yum! Oh and at the Asianet office I saw this really gorgeous and hot foreigner lady. Wow, she looks so fine!

Anyway that was it and then by 2:30pm I reached back home, tired and sweaty.

Bedroom Or PC Desktop : Which Is Messier?

What’s messier right now — your bedroom or you computer’s desktop (or your favorite device’s home screen)? Tell us how and why it got to that state.

My bedroom has never been very clean. Any of them ever in my life. I just too many things and not enough space or the energy to clean things up. Right now my room is a mess in one small corner – too much dust covered on a bag and an old chair that it is resting upon. I had a large steel cupboard and it may look ok but inside it is a big, big mess. I rarely open it but still it is a mess. My bed – I rarely make it. Everytime I change the sheets it will look nice and tidy but after that I never bother to fold my sheet and arrange it nicely at the foot of the bed as my mom has tried to instill in me. Why bother? Oh and my room could use a nicely cleaning up, especially under the bed as it tends to get very dusty over here.

I think my computer’s desktop is mostly well organized. I have a lot of icons on it – four rows and one additional icon. Some of these are for applications & programs that I rarely use, if ever, but they are there for a reason. And I used to like only 2 or 3 row but the 4th one was needed and that’s the way it has always been. Take a look for yourself; this is what it looks like at this moment.

Prompt from the Daily Post at

A Kid-Friendly & Tastefully Designed Home

A beautifully & thoughtfully designed Vancouver home that is so comfy looking at the same time. I wanna live here! Tour the spacious main floor, including a colourful family room, dining room with folding doors to the backyard, kitchen with floor-to-ceiling storage and entryway with a warm bamboo staircase. Plus, tour the private office and blue-tiled principal bathroom.

Half A Life

This particular episode of Star Trek The Next Generation is one that can keep me talking for days on end. What a rich supply of thoughts & ideas this show is! Star Trek has had some of the best stories in all of science fiction nay fiction in general yet ones like this that can be discussed in present day era terms as well are so much more fulfilling & thought provoking.

In Half A Life, Dr Timichin (played admirably well by David Ogden Stiers) a leading scientist of the planet Kaelon II is beamed on board the USS Enterprise to conduct an experiment of the utmost urgency. His planet’s sun is dying and the closed off society of Kaelon II doesn’t seem to want to migrate elsewhere to save their species. The Kaelon society is also highly xenophobic and has so far restrict almost all contact with the Federation and other alien factions. It is the crisis which they face that has brought the Federation starship to assist them in any way that they can. The Kaelon people wish to remain on their planet and find a way to prevent their home from being destroyed when their sun goes supernova which is why Timichin is on board. He works with the science & engineering team on board the Enterprise and experiment with trying to revive another sun, similar to his planet’s own, in hopes that that will be the solution to their problem. It fails.

Meanwhile Timichin has caught the eye of Lwaxana Troi, Deanna’s boisterous and vibrant mother, who takes it upon herself to make sure the alien scientist is entertained and shows him around the ship. Apparently the widowed Timichin soon falls for her, as different as she is from his shy & reserved self. Once the experiment fails the Kaleon authorities asks captain Picard to Timichin back to his planet. As Timichin bonds with Lwaxana he informs that this will be his last attempt at the experiment; he is turning 60 years old and as per the custom of his people he is to undergo the “Resolution”, ritual suicide, Lwaxana becomes livid with protest. She immediately goes to Picard and demands he intervene to spare Timicin’s life, but Picard refuses to do so, as he is bound by the Prime Directive not to interfere. Furious, Lwaxana storms out of the Ready Room. Lwaxana considers the practice barbaric, while Timicin attempts to explain that in his culture it is an accepted practice for all to undergo the ritual on their 60th birthday to avoid old age, infirmity, indignity, dependence on others, and the cruel uncertainty about when the end would come. Each ends up finding the other’s point of view cruel: Lwaxana because she sees it as arbitrary murder in an uncertain universe when death can come both well before and well after the designated age, Timicin because she is denying people control of their fate and the opportunity to end life with dignity.

However just before he is to leave, Timichin discovers that he is not far off from finding the solution to solve the crisis and needs more time. He asks the authorities permission to not undergo the “resolution” so that he may continue working on the project but they refuse to let him continue. They say that it doesn’t matter if Timichin is the best qualified to finish the project, others will take over. Timichin asks Picard for asylum which does not sit well with the Kaleon government and they sent two warships to intercept the Enterprise. They also send Timicin’s daughter Dara on board the Enterprise to attempt to convince her father to return to the planet. Timicin finds his daughter’s arguments very convincing, and ultimately decides to return to his planet and carry out the tradition, thus concluding the diplomatic incident. Lwaxana, though she still disagrees with the tradition, packs her bags and sets out to accompany Timicin to the planet to be with him at his ritual. She promises Picard not to cause trouble on the planet. Picard gives her permission to go, and Timicin and Lwaxana beam down hand in hand to the planet.

How can one society who seem evolved enough allow such a barbaric tradition to continue? And yet who are we to condone such a tradition as barbaric and interfere just because we do not see eye to eye with them? This is what is discussed within this episode. As a human, we might find the ritualistic suicide a tragic situation and practice and will find nothing good about it. Yet they find it comforting and honourable and they cherish the tradition. They find that it suits their way of life and have not questioned it for centuries. Now the real world – do certain practices in other nations and cultures not seem barbaric to some of us? And yet they value those practices. Similarly they might find your traditions and values barbaric in return and despise you for continuing on with them. Who are we to judge? And yet do we stay diplomatic and neutral and let things continue as they may, no matter what we feel inside?

The 25th Hour

Good news — another hour has just been added to every 24-hour day (don’t ask us how. We have powers). How do you use those extra sixty minutes?

It’s funny but as I have grown older I actually feel that the days have gotten shorter. Surely you jest, we don’t actually have 24 horus in a day do we?

Morning especially flies by. Whether I wake up at 7 or a bit later, it seems like morning lasts all of a few minutes before it’s 1pm and I start to think about what’s for lunch. Does anyone else feel that way? Morning especially for me is a fleeting affair. And then comes afternoon which is almost as equally short. Except for that time between 3pm and 5pm which seems to last a long time.

Evening is long enough and so is night. With an extra hour I’d probably use it to watch more Youtube or an episode of Star Trek. As usual, nothing more exciting than that.

Prompt from the Daily Post at