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Bought Another 1TB Hard Drive

So I was running outta space for my files – movies, photos, television shows, music – and hence I just bought another 1TB Western Digital hard disk from an online shopping site called Snapdeal. So that makes it my 3rd 1TB drive; I also have a 160 GB drive that serves as a back up for my mp3 files and a 350 GB drive that has mostly movie files.

All the music that I listen to is on my laptop and also saved onto 2 of my disks – one a backup and the other is the backup for the backup. I currently have a little over 60GB worth of music on around 11,000 mp3 files. I have something like 850 movies (most of which I have only watched once) shared on two hard drives and my laptop’s drive. I’m not sure as to how much GB that is (or TB). I have several tv show seasons also on the two 1 TB hard drives, some of which, just like the movies, I also have on dvds (don’t have a Bluray player as of yet). I also have roughly 70GB of my own videos, shot on my phone, which I upload to Youtube, as well. That will certainly increase as the months go by.

I thought of getting a 2TB drive but I thought I’d wait as I also plan on getting a new laptop in a month or so. I will save up some cash for it, though I plan to by it on EMI off my credit card.

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Arsenal Win 12th FA Cup

Arsenal became the most successful club in FA Cup history as they outclassed Aston Villa at Wembley to earn Arsene Wenger a record-equalling sixth triumph. The Gunners retained the trophy they won against Hull City a year ago to put Wenger’s total of wins alongside George Ramsay – who previously stood alone with the record for his victories with Villa between 1887 and 1920. Arsenal’s 12th final victory was never in doubt as they dominated with a magnificent display, the only surprise being that it took until five minutes before half-time for their control to be rewarded with Theo Walcott’s goal.

Alexis Sanchez confirmed that superiority with one of the great FA Cup final goals shortly after the restart – a swerving, dipping 25-yard thunderbolt that flew high past startled Villa keeper Shay Given. Villa were a shadow of the side that performed so impressively to beat Liverpool at Wembley in the semi-final, their flaws exposed ruthlessly as Per Mertesacker took advantage of an embarrassing lack of marking to head the third. Substitute Olivier Giroud’s fourth in the final moments only completed what was a harrowing day for Tim Sherwood’s side, who had travelled to Wembley high on optimism and expectation after an impressive run to the final.

It was a day of triumph for Wenger, as he added another FA Cup to his three Premier League titles in a game that was a sharp contrast to the tension of last year’s final, when the Gunners had to recover from two goals down. And Wenger recorded a tactical victory over Villa counterpart Sherwood, with his decision to use the pace of Walcott to take on Villa’s defence rather than the power of Giroud reaping rich rewards. Arsenal’s season can now be judged as a success, with the trophy adding to a third-placed finish in the Premier League that assured Champions League football again. Goalkeeper Given showed great athleticism to save from Laurent Koscielny, and Kieran Richardson blocked crucially from Walcott as he looked certain to score.

Just as it looked as if Villa would somehow survive until half-time, Arsenal got the breakthrough they deserved, Walcott thumping a finish past Given at his near post after Sanchez headed down Nacho Monreal’s cross. Before Villa could regroup after half-time, Sanchez effectively settled the contest with a magical FA Cup final moment, sending a bullet finish high past Given with the keeper barely having time to react. Villa, pretty much as they had looked from the first whistle, were shell-shocked and Mertesacker was allowed by Christian Benteke to rise unmarked and head in the third. The formalities were completed with virtually the last kick of the game when Giroud turned in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross in front of a rapidly-emptying Villa end, with their supporters having had little more than a couple of half-hearted penalty appeals to sustain them.

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The Quiet Ones

The Quiet Ones is a 2014 British horror film & Hammer production directed by John Pogue. The film stars Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards & Rory Fleck-Byrne. The film is set in the 70s and is loosely based on the Philip experiment, a 1972 parapsychology experiment conducted in Toronto.

Oxford professor Joseph Coupland aims to prove that supernatural does not exist and in his class shows footage of a boy from several years ago who appears to be possessed and states that his research will cure for psychological diseases like this. One of his students, Brian McNeil, is invited to film the experiment process and joins Coupland, his two assistants Krissi and Harry, and their subject Jane Harper, a young woman who generates strange phenomena and has been abandoned. Jane is generally kept locked in a room with loud rock music playing during the daytime to prevent her from sleeping in the hopes that the psychological agitation will result in increased activity. When his funding is taken away, the professor packs up Jane and invites Krissi, Harry & Brian to an isolated house in the countryside to keep experimenting on Jane.

The first proof that things aren’t quite safe is that the door to their van opens and closes on it’s own after the 5 of them have gone in. Soon Jane’s negative energy takes the form of “Evey” a baby doll like creature only she can see. Coupland instructs Jane to transfer her negative energy into a physical doll so they can destroy it. As the experiments drive Jane to the brink of insanity, strange things keep happening in the house. Brian meanwhile is upset at the unethical treatment of Jane and has begun to have feelings for her. Evey’s apparitions become more violent as anything that the people do to harm Evey ends up causing harm to Jane. Coupland, however, refuses to stop the inhumane experimentation as he is irreversibly convinced that “Evey” is merely a conventionally treatable, parapsychological disorder in Jane’s head, but the others become convinced over time that Evey is a true malevolent, supernatural force.

After another attack on the group by “Evey” Brian goes back to Oxford and conducts research on a symbol that was carved on Jane and he finds out that is from a cult who worshiped a Sumerian demon. They performed experiments on a young girl a few years ago; their leader believed that Evey Dwyer, a girl with clairvoyant abilities, was the one to bring their “idol” into the physical world. Everybody in the cult died in a house fire that Evey set, including Evey herself. Brian returns and tells them about the cult, certain that Evey is a demonic presence who is possessing Jane. He convinces Harry and Krissi, but Coupland denies his theory and responds that Evey must be a figment from Jane’s past rather than a demonic force. The 4 of them are soon painfully marked with the same symbol and later it is revealed that the boy in the experiment was Coupland’s own son and he is driven by his desire to cure his son, which upsets Jane who feels used.

After an attack on Krissi in a bathtub, Krissi & Harry are killed brutally by an unseen force. Jane realizes that she was the little girl that supposedly died in the house fire; she was born with clairvoyant powers and had set the house on fire to kill everyone. The authorities changed her name to Jane to give her a normal life, and that’s why all her negative energy is manifesting; Evey is not a demon, she is Jane’s real identity (one who can’t escape the trauma of her past life). Evey attacks Brian but Coupland knocks her out and then Brian too, typing him to a chair owever, before Coupland can prove his theory, Brian saves Jane and subdues Coupland. Once revived, Jane locks him out of the room and commits suicide by setting herself on fire. The movie ends with a now institutionalized Brian who is now clearly mad, asked questions by someone off camera about the 4 deaths and he is told that everything in the house, including the films, were destroyed by the fire. Brian laughs manically and his hand starts to smoke, just as Jane’s did.

Interesting story but a very dully and almost boring movie. Vry little to scare you but I do feel sad for the Jane character. Helps that she is played brilliantly by the rather sweet & pretty actress Olivia Cooke. Though the rest is drawn out and the movie is tedious to sit through as nothing exciting happens. 6 outta 10!

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Food Review # 37

My cousin Sujith & I visited Lil’ America, a new fast food place in Panampilly Nagar. They have awesome hot dogs, waffles and other stuff. We had a New York & Chicago style hot dogs with some fruit slushies. The food & drinks were great. I don’t think they are the authentic styles of New York & Chicago hot dogs – but man were they delicious!

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Your Favourite Talk Show Host

If You Had Your Own Talk Show, Whom Would You Want to Interview?

I would interview all the babes in the world, bikini models, Playboy Playmates, Hooters girls, female porn stars and all sorts of chicks. C’mon man, will my ratings not be high?

Just kidding. Well…..yeah there would be a lot of interesting people. I’d do like a talk show that you see on the tv, but only one guest a night. 60 minutes in which 15 is for funny banter and jokes and then 45 minutes of interviewing the person of the day. Actors, actresses, football / hockey / tennis and other sports players and coaches, writers, directors, musicians, singers, etc etc etc. Similar to what is done now but I’d make it look real good.

Just a hint of what might be!

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Who Are You?

Have You Ever Tried To Hide Your Racial or Ethnic Identity?

No. Except maybe during my initial few MiRC chats when the internet was all new and shiny to me back when I was 20-21. Then it seemed fun to have a secret (fake) identity and being anyone you wanted to be was exciting and a little daring. I could create a whole new life and person and by gosh, his life sounded a whole lot more exciting to me. Infact he was from Canada was only 1/4 Indian and 1/4s Swedish, Finnish & Dutch! Don’t ask me, I just came up with it at that time. Those sounded like all good countries that I wanted to visit.

But I haven’t done that since. I can’t change my race or ethnicity nor would I ever want to. Why would I? There’s a lot to be proud of being an Indian – just like more other ethnicity. Sure there’s a bunch of shitty things too – who doesn’t have that? No nation or culture is perfect and they all have glaring flaws. Some less than the others but still far from 100% guilt free. It’s up to you to make personal changes in your life – you don’t like something change it!

And I notice sometimes certain people of certain places tend to point out the negative things (or what they term to be negative) about my culture or nation or people – they seem to forget the shit that their countries or people do. It’s a racist thing at times or pure ignorance and a lot of West looking down on the developing nations / 3rd World Nations. You can’t help that but point out their bullshit.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

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Baggage Check

We all have complicated histories. When was the last time your past experiences informed a major decision you’ve made?

I hate to admit this but my past experiences have made me bitter and cynical. I also do not trust most people and have a disdain for people who push authority on others. I say this because I was known to be a rather trusting and believing that people are always genuine and always blindly believing that bad things would not happen to me when dealing with others as I wouldn’t purposely do any harm to them either. Rather naive I guess!

In the past few years I have changed. Let’s say post 2007 onwards and I moved from a “trust everything blindly” to a “trust no one, let them prove themselves to be worthy first and then wait some more before easing up” am more of a “trust no one, let them prove themselves to be worthy first and then wait some more before easing up”. And that’s what life’s experiences have shown me. Because there is always another asshole just waiting for a chump like you to take advantage of and use you as a stepping stone to further their agenda and success and who do not care if you get hurt in the process. So be aware and beware!

Some of you may read this and go “how bleak and cynical” but walk a mile in my shoes and say the same!

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

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What Would Your Dream Home Be Like?

What Would Your Dream Home Be Like?

It has changed a bit over the years but currently what I would like in a dream home is a nice, big spacious 2 storey home, double car attached garage, that starts off with a living / dining room in the front off the foyer / entrance. It is very important that the living / dining room for guests is away from the kitchen and family room. That is for guests and entertaining, the latter is for you and your family. One half bathroom / powder room for guests and for emergencies when you are at home too. At the back of the house I would like a large kitchen with center island, large freezer /fridge, beer fridge, double wall ovens.

One nice room as a den / office where I have my computer, dvd/bluray collections and various Star Trek and other Scifi models on display. A pantry area and a butler’s pantry too. A nice deck out back with a large green yard confined by picket fences on the left and right sides and a grill at the back – which overlooks a small lake. 2 dogs and 2 kitties that play in that yard. One smoking hot wife who is totally in love & lust with me and vice versa. Above a master bedroom with 5 piece attached bathroom and 2 large walk in closets. 2 additional bedrooms with bath attached and a single room which will be converted into a library.

The basement will have a large tv room, pool table, Foosball table, a small wine cellar, one half bathroom, an additional bedroom with batch attached and a storage room next to the facilities room. And it has to be a walkout basement leading to the backyard. That’s all I ask for!

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

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Heading To A Resort Wedding In A Spaceship

Even if it’s only a dream, and a day or night thought i’ve indulged in on many, many occasions it’s a very, very dear dream for me. This is set in the futuristic science fiction universe (in which I and all of us are still alive somehow). It’s a Friday evening and I have just reached home via my futuristic car along with my humanoid robot. At home are my mom, our female humanoid robot who helps to maintain the house and ofcourse my faithful dog Shawny. I tell my mom to get ready in an hour as we are heading to a spaceship and taking a trip to a resort on a distance moon where my cousin is getting married.

So an hour later my mom, the two robots and Shawny are in my car and we pick up my aunt and uncle 2 houses next to us and head to the field where the large house style spaceship is waiting for us. My dad, along with his personal humanoid robot was at a seminar and my cousin sister has gone to pick him up in her car after her classes. We reach first and while mom goes to her room in the ship along with the female robot, my uncle and aunt go to their quarters, I go to the consol to prep the ship for takeoff aided by my robot and Shawny in tow. A few minutes later my dad arrives with his robot and my cousin. As we talk, my sister arrives with her husband, 2 boys and baby girl and their robot helps. We all settle in our respective rooms for a few minutes and then head to the living room cum dining hall for a grand feast of a dinner. As my mom and aunt set the table with a host of delicious food and drink from the food replicator, I take the ship into orbit and plot the route to the resort moon.

As the ship heads into warp speed (we are expected to reach there by lunch time the next day) I head back to the dining room where at the large table my family members are about to sit and lots of small talk and jokes are happening. I take my seat at one end of the table next to mu cousin sister and with Shawny near my feet, the robots help serve us the food and we all eat and enjoy a long meal as our ship takes us to our destination. 2 hours later most of them have settled in their quarters for sleep but I am still near the controls, checking our flight path and the robots are with me with Shawny half asleep on a sofa near me. As I sip some beer before going to bed myself, I look out into space, see the stars and smile to myself. I love going out into space.

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Three Guys Walk Into A Bar

Three people walk into a bar . . .

and order their drinks from the bartender. The first one sees that the bartender is kinda absentminded and so after a while, he gets up and is about to leave without paying when the bartender stops him. The guy says that he already paid him for the drink, and the confused bartender says ok and the first guy leaves.

About 20 minutes later the second guy, who noticed this, also gets up to leave and the bartender stops him and asks him about the payment for the drink he just had. The second guy also says that he just paid it to the bartender to which the confused but suspicious bartender says ok and the second guys leaves.

The 3rd guy has been drinking all this time but watching things closely. As he is about to finish and puts on his jacket, the bartender comes up to him and says “You know those two guys who were sitting next to you, I think they might have tricked me. I think they didn’t pay…” At this point the 3rd guy yells, “Hey, I am not interested in any story my friend. Just give me the change from the money I just paid for the drinks!”

And the bartender gives him some money and the 3rd guy leaves!

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

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Life At Warp Speed

Weekends aren’t what they used to be. Is it just me or do the hours seem to go by much faster on Saturdays and Sundays? I started noticing this from this year. Although, after a very long time, I finally am enjoying a 2 day weekend and only a 5 day work week, the weekend seems to be going at Warp speed, leaving me feeling cheated and depressed as Monday rolls on.

It seems weird. All I did this Saturday was watch a movie, spend a few hours online and perhaps watch 4-5 episodes of Star Trek. Oh I did sleep in on Saturday till 11 am so I guess there’s that. Sunday I went out from 11:45am till 3pm – got an early lunch at a cafe, then got a haircut, went to get a beer at Couchyn and take money out of the ATM and go give it to my mother who is currently at my sister’s place. I was home by 3:15 pm, a couple of hours of Star Trek, then coffee and by 7:30pm I was watching football on tv.

Once that match was over it was 9:20 pm and time for dinner and more internet till 10:30ppm and back to watching more Star Trek! Then sleep and lo and behold the weekend is over. I used to do so much more on the weekends. But it’s over so quickly nowadays.

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Arsenal 4 West Bromich Albion 1

Theo Walcott scored a first-half hat-trick as FA Cup finalists Arsenal made certain of a Champions League group stage place by demolishing West Brom. Theo, in his first Gunners start since 14 March, cemented the club’s 3rd place position in the League as well as ending West Brom’s five-game unbeaten run. Walcott, making his first club start for more than two months, fired an early shot into the top corner, before poking in a second from close range. Jack Wilshere thumped in a third from 20 yards, and Walcott tapped in a fourth before half-time. Gareth McAuley headed a second-half goal for Albion.

Walcott is starting to regain his best form after almost a year out with a knee injury, while Wilshere has only recently returned to action after being plagued by ankle problems. Both made a point, after scoring, of going over to the bench to celebrate with Arsenal physio Declan Lynch, who has done much to help them get back to fitness – but who is about to leave for a new role at Premiership rugby union side Bath. Manager Arsene Wenger will be pleased that both players look ready to play a part in next Saturday’s FA Cup final against Aston Villa. And he will also be happy that his side have found their goalscoring touch after three successive home games without finding the net. Walcott struck early, thumping an unstoppable shot across keeper Boaz Myhill. The forward then side-stepped Jonas Olsson to prod in a second from eight yards after Wilshere and Mesut Ozil combined to set him up.

His England colleague Wilshere struck a spectacular third with only 17 minutes gone, finding the top corner as Albion struggled to clear a set-piece. Walcott, though, made sure of headline status by completing his hat-trick, tapping in after Santi Cazorla rolled the ball across the goal. McAuley’s consolation goal, his first in the league since December 2013, was headed in from a corner, with Arsenal keeper David Ospina at fault. Arsenal eased off with victory secure, yet still could have had further goals, with substitute Aaron Ramsey striking the post before having a chip turned on to the bar by Myhill. But they showed enough to strengthen their position as favourites to win the FA Cup next Saturday. Arsenal finish the league with 75 points and 35 goal difference.

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Unboxing The USS Defiant

A bit upset about the overall paint job, there’s a gap in the front part and I wish the model was slightly bigger (like maybe an inch or so) but still a very good looking model of the USS Defiant. Wonderful work by Eaglemoss and perhaps a fan favourite of us Trekkies, the Defiant is here.

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Here is the unboxing video of the USS Defiant model.

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Other Worldy Encounters

The friendly, English-speaking extraterrestrial you run into outside your house is asking you to recommend the one book, movie, or song that explains what humans are all about. What do you pick?

  • One book – It by Stephen King
  • One movie – oh this is a hard one. Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan perhaps?
  • One song – Rock N Roll All Night by Kiss

I dunno this is hard to pick. I can never just pick one out of each category. I just can’t do it!

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

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Jupiter Ascending

An American-Australian science fiction / fantasy flick, Jupiter Ascending is a 2015 movie written, produced, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski. The film stars Channing Tattum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Terry Gilliam & Maria Doyle Kennedy.

The movie has this premise that over a billion years ago a race of humans first evolved in another solar system (or is it another galaxy?) and as they advanced technologically they became transhumans and established colonies around the galaxy. They seeded humans on earth and other planets for the purpose of later “harvesting” the resulting organisms to produce a type of youth serum for the elites on still other planets. Hence these transhumans live for many, many thousands of years. After the death of the matriarch of the House of Abrasax, the most powerful of the alien dynasties, her children, Balem, Kalique, and Titus, quarrel over the inheritance, with Balem inheriting an enormous refinery on Jupiter and Titus declaring his intention to dismantle the youth serum trade, of which Earth is the next intended source.

Meanwhile on Earth, a young woman named Jupiter (named by her Russian immigrant mother after her husband’s wish and to honour him after he was killed by thieves) Jones, is living out a dull life cleaning people’s houses with her mother and aunts in Chicago, staying in a house with her mother’s relatives. To buy a telescope (a passion she shared with the father she never knew), Jupiter agrees to sell her eggs with the help of her cousin Vladie (Kick Gurry), under the name of her friend Katharine Dunlevy. One night at Katharine’s house, the girls are attacked by extraterrestrial ‘Keepers’; and when Jupiter photographs these, they erase her memory of the incident. Later at the clinic for donating the eggs, the doctors and nurses are identified as Balem’s agents, sent to kill her, and she is saved by Caine Wise, a former soldier sent by Titus. Caine takes her to Stinge Apini, a veteran soldier and former comrade of his, who was banished and has been now living on earth with his young daughter. While at the latter’s house, we learn that Jupiter is part of this alien royalty and Stinger explains to her about the origins of humanity on earth.

A group of hunters attack the house and take Jupiter to Kalique’s palace on a distant planet, where Kalique explains that Jupiter is genetically identical to the dead matriarch, and therefore the Earth’s rightful owner. Supported by Captain Diomika Tsing , part of an intergalactic police force, Caine retrieves her from Kalique, and brings her to the planet Ores (the intergalactic capital city) to claim her inheritance. On the way back to Earth, Titus detains Jupiter and Caine, to whom he reveals his plan to marry and then kill Jupiter and claim Earth before throwing Caine into the void; but Caine survives and saves Jupiter at the altar. Jupiter asks to return home, but learns that her family has been taken hostage by Balem.

At Balem’s refinery, hidden behind the Red Spot on the plant Jupiter, he demands earth in exchange for Jupiter’s family. Jupiter decides not to hand over earth for her family as Balem would need her permission to harvest the humans on her planet. Balem tries to kill Jupiter; but she defeats him in a fight, and is rescued by Caine, Stinger, and Tsing. Jupiter’s family is returned home with no memory of their disappearance, while Jupiter secretly retains ownership of the Earth. Her family buys her the telescope she wanted and Caine receives a pair of wings earlier removed from his body.

Ok, visually – stunning. Conceptually – maybe somewhat original. The finished product – a mess. You don’t really feel connected to the characters or the lazy story and the writing. Humanoids that are part dinosaur, deer and canine? Ok! A couple of hairstyles that made me laugh out loud. Spaceships are awesome, effects are great, sound awesome etc etc. But still just barely ok. I was actually bored in between because Tattum and Mila Kunis seem like a dull couple. 7 outta 10!

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Linger

Tell us about times in which you linger — when you don’t want an event, or a day to end. What is it you love about these times? Why do you wish you could linger forever?

Everytime I have good food and booze or an awesome orgasm! Hehehehe, ok wait. Well yes, everytime I am having a good day and a good time with friends and family. Having a getogether, a party, a visit. I personally loved the last family getogether we all had on February 14th of this year. It was a blast.

I remember fondly me and my team from one of my previous jobs going out for a day trip to Alappuzha back in March of 2011. That was a nice and wonderful time. We spent the day together, had breakfast, lunch and evening tea on the road and had a few laughs and reminisced about the 4 years I spent in that office with them. We also had one of the best, yet pretty simple compared to most standards, lunches I can ever remember having. We were pretty famished by then too, so that might have helped. I will never forget that trip.

Several others come to mind. The close intimate kind of day I spent with an ex-girlfriend, the lonely and introspective birthday I had at 29 (which for some reason stands out as a memorable day) and many many more of them.

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