“This One Goes Out To All Of You” \m/

If your life were a movie, what would its soundtrack be like? What songs, instrumental pieces, and other sound effects would be featured on the official soundtrack album?

A bit of all the genres I like. Mostly rock, hard rock and metal t be exact but there will be some Flamenco or rumba and maybe some classical for creating a certain atmosphere. Beethoven or Paganini or Bach. Some jazz for a little mood changer here and there. And some acoustic folksy stuff for a tear jerker of a scene.

I’d also have like a piano melody with a spoken word section for some deep personal stuff. Whiskey soaked voice narrating the spoken word part as the ivories are being tickled in the background. What else? No poppy stuff or hip hop, rnb or dance music of any kind at all.

Lots of lead guitar instrumentals, a crescendo of crashing guitars, thumbing bass, soaring keyboards and boombastic drums! Power ballad – cigarette lighters, er excuse me, smartphone lights in the air type arena rock ballads. It will be awesome.

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Still & Sparkling

What’s your idea of a perfect day off: one during which you can quietly relax, doing nothing, or one with one fun activity lined up after the other? Tell us how you’d spend your time.

I could do with a mix of both. I’d like a quite morning, sleep in a bit late, leisurely breakfast, big cups of coffee, internet browsing and some music in the background. Very casual and laid back. By 12 pm I would take a shower and shave and get dressed and would want to go out. Maybe some coffee but a few drinks and a long, long lunch and with some friends. That would go on till say 4 or 5pm.

Then it’s home for a small nap and by 7pm it’s back to hanging out with friends or cousins, eating pizza and watching football on tv. Or spending it with them at a social clubhouse, drinking a few and kicking back. Playing some games until late in the night and then having a late dinner with them and then going home.

I’ve had a few days like that and it’s awesome but it’s hell when it’s over and the next morning you cry as it’s all over.

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Obvious Child

Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre (based on her 2009 short film) Obvious Child is an American romantic comedy film stars Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann and David Cross with Richard Kind and Polly Draper. The film is Robespierre’s directorial debut and focuses on abortion.

Donna Stern is a young 28 year old woman who works at a struggling book store and does regular gigs as stand up comedian at a small bar. On her birthday her boyfriend breaks up with her as he often gets embarrassed when she talks about their sex life on stage for laughs. He also has been cheating on her with a close friend and proceeds to move in with her right after. Heartbroken she drinks a lot and gets sympathy from her best friend and roommate Nelli as well as Joey, their gay friend who is also a comedian. She is about to get another bit of unpleasant news when her boss says that the book store is closing as they don’t make enough profit and have 6 weeks to sell as much of their stock as possible. As Donna visits her divorced parents separately and drowns in pity.

One evening at the bar she meets a preppy & studious Max with whom she hits it off as they spend the rest of the night drinking and end up in bed. To her chagrin she discovers that she is pregnant. Nelli, who went through an abortion in her teens offers her support and says that although she often thinks of her unborn child, she never regretted the decision. Although she keeps running into Max she doesn’t tell him about the pregnancy. She invites him to see her set after one such chance meeting but leaves to go hang out with a friend & fellow comedian Sam, which upsets Max who then avoids her. After rejecting Sam’s awkward advances, Donna takes a taxi to her mom’s place and weepily tells her about the baby. Her mom is surprisingly supportive and tells her about her own unplanned pregnancy and abortion while she was a college student, before she met Donna’s father. Donna makes an appointment to get an abortion and finally, decides to tell Max after finding out that he is her mom’s student. She does this by blurting it out while on stage while he stands in the crowd. Max is upset and leaves but decides to forgive her and joins her as she goes to the clinic for the procedure.

It is at times sweet and funny and even thoughtful. My only issue with the film is the lead actress, who I did not like. Well it is more correct to say that I didn’t like the lead character because I do think Jenny Slate is at times funny but I couldn’t stand the constant repetitive and stalling way that Donna delivers some of her jokes while on stage. And her laugh, at her own jokes or even before the punchlines, is so annoying. The character actually ruined some of the film for me. It’s a low budget, indie type film set in New York and I like the locales and the places. 7 outta 10!

Kramer In Kozhikode (Calicut)

I can’t believe I never posted about this before. Well, this post is courtesy of my current tv series watching schedule. I am currently watching or I should say rewatching, the entire Seinfeld series starting from season 1. I have watched Seinfeld on cable tv before but it was a few episodes here and a few episodes there so I haven’t seen more than….let’s say 50% of the episodes. Now in the beginning I didn’t think much of Seinfeld as a show but it was being shown, 5 nights a week, on Indian cable tv just before FRIENDS and I loved FRIENDS. I have learned to have a much better appreciation of Seinfeld since then and hence the watching of the series.

So now to the actual post, back in 2002-03 I live in Calicut (the city has officially changed it’s name to Kozhikode but I still prefer & use the old name of Calicut) for a total of 8 months while I was under the employment of a now defunct company based in that city. While there I stayed in a single room in a lodge and I had two of my colleagues also living in the same lodge. Most mornings we’d meet outside the gate and go to a small mess right opposite our lodge for breakfast and then take a bus or share an auto to the office. In the evening we’d either go to the mess or one of 3 small restaurants within walking distance from the lodge. At one of these restaurants, which we preferred because the food, though more expensive, was the best we’d meet Kramer.

Not the actual Kramer ofcourse but the waiter who usually served us bore a striking resemblance in looks, height but mainly in hairstyle to Cosmo Kramer (played by the actor Michael Richards). And this waiter was weird, looked like he had slept in the clothes he was dressed in, hadn’t combed his hair since the mid 90s and was a bit rude and obnoxious not just to us but to other customers as well. When I first saw the guy, I did a commendable job of not shouting “Hey, look it’s Kramer” and later explained to my two companions as to who Kramer was (they hadn’t seen the show) and hence we always referred to the waiter as Kramer. Towards the end of my stay in Calicut and me and another colleague had gone to the restaurant and at the end of our meal, I explained to the waiter about who Kramer was and that he bore a striking resemblance to the funny character.

He seemed to like that a lot and he actually smiled for us – first time we had ever seen him smiling!

Undesirable Element

We all have that one eccentric relative who always says and does the strangest things. In your family, who’s that person, and what is it that earned him/her that reputation?

Well I’m glad to say that he is not a blood relative. He is married to a relative of mine. He is a weird fucking idiot bastard son of a bitch. And I am being kind and reserved when I say that. That is the kindest way I can describe this motherfucker. He is an evil incarnate, incredibly shrewd and crooked and cunning.

He has sexually abused one of his own daughters. He was caught by his wife being naked in front of another one of his daughters. He has physically and mentally tormented his wife but in the end he brainwashed her against her family members and she is now on her side. Well that was over 25 years ago but she is firmly on his side, even though he still abuses her. He made her go through 7 Caesarean sections because he wanted a large family. Because his own family can’t stand him and aside from one brother or cousin, they have nothing to do with him. No wonder, he is a horrible person so why would you want to associate with him if you had the choice not to?

Wanna know how crazy he is? In a fit of rage, while coming back home in their car from grocery shopping he would throw things out of the car, drive some more and then stop the car. Then he’d make his wife go and retrieve those things. Again and again. And he is very religious, does poojas in his own home. I remember when his kids were on on summer holidays and he sees them sitting at home in the late afternoons, he would force them to take a bath and go to the temple nearby. For no reason, just because he says so. And some of these kids were past the age of 18 & 20 by then. By order of the jack ass king!

I hope he dies a horrible, long and drawn out painful death!

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ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Hurricane Hits, What Do You Grab?

If I had 15 minutes to evacuate my home before it was to be destroyed by a hurricane, what 10 things would I grab (not including people or pets)

  • My laptop, speakers, modem & mouse (obviously)
  • My external hard drives that have a bunch of my tv series, movies & mp3s
  • My BlackBerry
  • My clothes
  • My inhaler
  • A file with my documents
  • A bag to keep stuff in
  • A little box of emergency cash
  • Box of medicines
  • And…oh the dark chocolate flavoured coffee I got!

I know the prompt said 10 but I do things Roshan’s Eeven style.

Salad Days

Is there a period in your own personal life that you think of as the good old days? Tell us a story about those innocent and/or exciting times (or lack thereof).

I think the age of 11-17 were like the best and most memorable times for me. I had a lot of things happening in those years and it was fun, exciting and innocent (for the most part). I have lots of golden memories about these years, the golden years, the wonder years that it makes me sad that I can never experience them again.

Having you first crush, your first love, your first kiss. Discovering new things, new music, your favourite genre of movies & tv shows. Being able to go out with just you and your friends for the first time. That’s a lot of adventurous times at that age. Getting lost in reading a book for the first time. Creating your own dreams. Writing your first journal or diary. Writing poems and or songs.

Sneaking your first smoke, your first beer or other alcohol drink. And eh…other assorted stuff. Good times!

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Golden Key

You’ve been given a key that can open one building, room, locker, or box to which you don’t normally have access. How do you use it, and why?

Hmmm I’m given a key that can open only one building, room, locker or box which I normally do not have access to. Which one would I choose and why?

Building would be the Payboy Mansion. Why? Do you even need to ask me that? Or the place where all the Penhouse babes are located. It would be a dream come true. Or I guess maybe this golden key could open up a bank vault for me or Fort Knox or something like that. Where lots of money is stored. So I can take as much as I want and over and over again. Mybe a key to where all my favourite food is stored. And beer and liquor too ofcourse.

I wouldn’t care about a locker or a box unless it had lots of money or gold or some other kind of treasure. Rubies, emeralds or other gems perhaps. Sigh, I want money. I want it all. And I want it now! Gimme the god damned key!

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Is It Really Worth The Wait?

“Good things come to those who wait.” Do you agree? How long is it reasonable to wait for something you really want?

I don’t agree with it 100%. That seems the way for a lot of us. How about people who get money, fame, fortune and acclaim at a very young age and it stays that way for things that you and I would deem to be not worthy of having such good fortune? Haven’t you gone through your Twitter or Facebook feed and seen images and or links to articles about these same people and wondered, how come they get all the glory and they aren’t even talented? Or they haven’t really worked for it? Or even – is this what famous is all about these days?

And there we are, plugging away day after day, year after year and having so much ideas and dreams and thoughts and it’s all in vain as no one really knows what you are about. And your job stinks, your pay is less and your bank balance is nothing to yell about. And you have a small home and you don’t really get to go anywhere nice for a holiday – not even once every 5 years or so – and you wonder as another years passes you by “is this all really worth it?”

And still you try again and again. When is it coming? Will it ever come? What if it never comes? I hope it comes soon. What if it comes but I don’t have long to enjoy it? It could happen!

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

From director Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, comes the 8th movie from the Planet of the Apes franchise and 2nd in the reimagination of this science fiction series. The movie stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It is the sequel to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Ok so after the events of the previous film, the virus spreads across the globe and a lot of humans die as martial law takes over in some places and the economy crumbles. The surviving humanity is made up of people who are immune to the virus and who live in ruins of once proud cities. Caasar remains as leader of a new generation of apes in the Muir Woods where they have created a community of their own. 10 years pass by and a small group of humans are making their way through the woods when they come across two apes Caesar’s son Blue Eyes and Rocket’s son Ash; one of group, carver, panics and shoots Ash wounding him. Blue Eyes calls for the other apes who surround the humans but Caesar lets them go. As the humans reach the guarded tower where they live in San Francisco, Koba a bonobo still scarred by his previous mistreatment at the hands of humans, prompts Caesar to warn the remaining humans. So Caesar and his apes head to the tower and hands over a bag that a boy in the group had dropped and conveys the message that while the apes do not want war, they will fight to defend their home. He then demands that the humans stay in their territory and states the apes will stay in theirs, too. The apes then leave.

The humans want to attack the apes with the weapons found in an armoury as they need to fix a hydro-electric dam that lies in the woods to fix their power needs. Malcolm, one of the human leaders, convinces his fellow leader Dreyfuss to wait for 3 days and takes a small group, including his son Alexander and his second wife Ellie, and heads back to the forest where he pleads to Caesar to let his people work on the dam. The humans bond with Caesar and some of the apes as they work to fix the dam but Carver almost ruins it when he threatens Caesar’s baby son with a shotgun he had concealed. Malcolm & Ellie manages to calm things down, especially as Ellie treats Caesar’s ill wife with some antibiotics she has in her bag, and has Carver banished to the vehicles where he is to wait until the work is finished. Koba however wanders into the city and discovers the armoury and humans testing the guns and heads back to confront Caesar taunting him over his ‘love for humans’. In response Caesar beats him up but doesn’t kill him as he believes that “Ape shall not kill ape” and forgives Koba, who however eturns to the armory, steals an assault rifle and murders two human guards. He then secretly kills Carver, stealing his lighter and cap.

By this time the dam is fixed restoring power to the city. In the woods the humans are saying goodbye to Koba lights fire to some of the apes’ homes and unseen by everyone except Caesar, he shoots Caesar with the rifle. With their leader presumed dead and “finding” Carver’s cap and rifle, Koba assumes command and leads the apes towards the city to battle the humans. They raid the armoury and head towards the tower. Despite heavy casualties, the apes breach the gates using a hijacked tank, overrun the tower and imprison all the humans as Dreyfus flees underground. When Ash refuses Koba’s orders to kill unarmed humans, citing Caesar’s teachings, Koba kills Ash and imprisons all those known to be loyal to Caesar. Malcolm’s group, who had hid in the bushes when they saw the apes on a rampage, head back and find a barely alive Caesar and take him to the city prompted by Caesar to the house where he lived. Caesar reveals to Malcolm that Koba shot him, realizing his notion that all apes were better than humans was naive. Malcolm sneaks into the tower, hiding from the apes, to get medical supplies for Caesar’s treatment. Blue Eyes sees him but does not alert the others and Malcolm takes the young ape to see his wounded father.

As Caesar recovers he finds an old camcorder & grows nostalgic watching video clips from his childhood on his former owner Will Rodman’s. Telling Malcolm of his past he tells his son to go back to the tower to free the humans who have been captured as well as the apes loyal to Caesar and his teaching who were locked up by Koba. Caesar then battles Koba as the other apes watch at the summit of the tower. Malcolm is unable to stop Dreyfuss from blowing up the tower with C-4 and also learns that his men have alerted a military base and they are sending soldiers to the tower’s location. As the C-4 detonates, part of the tower collapses & Caesar overpowers Koba, knocking him to the edge of the tower. Koba reminds Caesar that apes do not kill apes, but Caesar proclaims that Koba is no longer an ape, and lets him fall to his death. As Malcolm informs him of the troops who are headed their way Caesar tells him that the humans will never forgive the apes for the war they started and tells him to leave with his family for safety and the two of them acknowledge their friendship. As Malcolm leaves to find his family, Caesar readies his apes for the coming war with the humans.

Awesome movie and brilliantly shot though the CGI kinda let me down for parts of this movie, especially the beginning where it looked like I was watching a good animated film. But overall I think it is a worthy sequel and I’m happy with the story and the battle scenes. I’ll give it an 8.5 outta 10!

RIP Glen A Larson

Wildly successful tv producer and creator of some of the most beloved tv shows like Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Quincy M.E., Magnum, P.I., and The Fall Guy has died at the age of 77. Larson died in California from esophageal cancer. He was born an only child on Jan. 3, 1937, in Long Beach, Calif. He and his parents moved to Los Angeles when he was young, and he became enthralled with the art of storytelling while listening to hour after hour of radio shows.

Larson began his career in the entertainment industry in 1956 as a member of the vocal group The Four Preps, with whom he appeared in one of the Gidget films. After working for Quinn Martin Sr. on productions including The Fugitive, Larson signed a production deal with Universal Studios. His first hit series was Alias Smith and Jones, a Western which described the activities of Hannibal Heyes and Jedediah “Kid” Curry, concentrating on their efforts to go straight. Larson was involved in the development for television of The Six Million Dollar Man, based on Martin Caidin’s novel Cyborg, into the successful series, and was one of the program’s early executive producers. Larson later secured a then-unprecedented $1 million per episode budget for Battlestar Galactica. After the series was canceled, Larson went on to create a relatively low-budget sequel to the series, titled Galactica 1980, which was set many years later, when the Galactica had reached Earth. This series was less successful than the original and was canceled after 10 episodes.

Larson re-used some of the sets, props, costumes, and effects work from Galactica for the light-hearted sci-fi series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century in 1979. Based on the famous comic-book character created in 1928 by Philip Francis Nowlan, Larson co-developed the series with Leslie Stevens. In the 1980s, Larson garnered further success as one of the creators of Magnum, P.I., which ran from 1980-88. Additionally, Larson created The Fall Guy, which ran from 1981-86. Larson’s next prominent series was Knight Rider, which featured science-fiction elements with a light-hearted action-adventure scenario and limited violence. These basic elements characterized much of Larson’s output throughout the 1980s with Automan, Manimal and The Highwayman, though all of these series were unsuccessful and none lasted more than a single season. Larson’s popularity declined, though he made a brief comeback in the 1990s with an adaptation of the Ultraverse comic Night Man, which lasted two seasons. Ofcourse BSG was remade into a extremely popular series in 2003. Larson also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the television industry.

Glen Albert Larson (January 3, 1937 – November 14, 2014)

Theistic Satanism VS LaVeyan or Atheistic Satanism

THEISTIC SATANISM (also known as traditional Satanism or spiritual Satanism) is the belief that Satan—as prefigured in (most prevalent) Christian and/or Islamic (less often) contexts—is a supernatural being or force that individuals may contact and supplicate to, and represents loosely affiliated or independent groups and cabals which hold such a belief. Another characteristic of Theistic Satanism include the use of ceremonial magic. Unlike LaVeyan Satanism, as founded by Anton LaVey in the 1960s, theistic Satanism is theistic as opposed to atheistic, believing that Satan is a real entity rather than an archetype.

LAVEYAN SATANISM (also known as ATHEISTIC SATANISM or Modern Satanism), referred to simply as Satanism among adherents, is a religious philosophy founded in 1966 by Anton LaVey and codified in The Satanic Bible in 1969. Its core beliefs and philosophies are based on individualism, epicureanism, secularism, egoism, and self-deification, and propagates a worldview of naturalism, Social Darwinism, and Lex Talionis.

Contrary to popular belief, LaVeyan Satanism does not involve “devil worship” or worship of any deities. It is an atheistic philosophy that uses the character of Satan as a symbol of pride, carnality, liberty, enlightenment, undefiled wisdom, and of a cosmos which Satanists perceive to be permeated and motivated by a force that has been given many names by humans over the course of time.

10 Years Ago Me

Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to.

Ok listen up 28 year old me. You are going to get screwed a couple of times at work. One will be a little more than a year from now. You will think at that time that this is the worst thing to have ever happened to you and you will be sad, there will be some tears and a lot of “Why me?” and the feelings of having done a lot for nothing and having been taken advantage off will meander through your brain. And it gets worse for a year or so. And then it will get better.

Infact it will get better for a while. For 4 years to be exact or rather 3.5 years and then shit happens again. You will fall in love once and have another woman be interested in you. Ignore both situations and do not speak of them or think much of it. It doesn’t matter in the long run. More trouble lies ahead that will need your full attention. You need to be careful and look out for something better before these 4 years are over. Take actions to avoid the pitfalls in your path.

You will be miserable and you will lonely, hopeless, useless and you will be broke and you will feel like nothing is worth this life. I’m sorry but life is miserable at this point in time, 10 years from now. Unless you can change it. Be on your guard and make wise decisions to counter act these issues.

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Is The Music Industry Dying A Slow Death?

The music industry is in such a terrible state right now. Just look at the popular artists that sell and make money now – women who bare a lot or wear next to nothing and sing pathetic lyrics that wouldn’t tax the brain of 4 year old and rap / hip-hop nonsense that is downright insulting. Lots of singers – where are the musicians? The few actual artists and bands that are making money by selling their new records right now are just a handful. A lot of the bands & artists are still touring and selling out stadiums, arenas and or theatres and still making money that way.

Today I watched an interview with a famous rocker who has been in this business for decades, having first recorded albums back in the late 70s. He has since been part of a big world arena-rocking band and then as a solo artist and has recently been with a supergroup. He stated in the interview that making new records, with the quality that the band wants, and selling so few records isn’t worth it anymore. The amount of money they spend for the studio work and then making the cds and marketing them is just about the same as what they make on sales and that is not beneficial. They may make some money off ticket sales and that is enough for a touring band but what about new music? If you check the discography of most rock bands, the ones that are successful are making a new record once every 3-4 years and maybe even 5 years. In that 4 or 5 year period they will tour probably 2 or 3 times. A lot of fans are satisfied listening to the old songs because who is buying new music anymore anyways?

I remember a time when I bought so many records – first cassette  tapes and then cds. Nowadays the options are so few and ofcourse there is online music so I haven’t bought a cd in ages. I kinda miss those days though. The two big music stores have closed down in my city long back and only a few small outlets remain for international music.  Is the record industry dying a slow & painful death?