Got a soul-mate and/or a best friend? What is it about that person that you love best? Describe them in great detail — leave no important quality out.
No I do not have one. I wish I did. At times I thought I had found her. I never have any luck in this department. Not that I have the best of luck in other areas either. But I guess I am destine to be alone and never find the one that will be with me. I have been in love before and I have had love given to me. I have been in a relationship or two but it has been a very long time since. And it is lonely.
I’ve recently fallen for a young lady, a girl really. She is quite younger than me. I never meant for it to happen but over several months I met her and got to know her and become really close and I feel like I shouldn’t have fallen for her especially with the age difference but it happened. And I have been even more lonely because of that. Knowing that I can not do anything about it was tough; telling her how I felt about it has been even tougher. I wasn’t expecting anything from it but I just felt that I had to, to explain some of my actions. I adore her and I feel bad about it.
I guess it means that I will never learn. Another heartache comes and I know it will eventually go away. But the hurt will still remain and so will the loneliness. Of wishing that it would happen for me someday. I guess it won’t and that hurts a lot. I hope that someday I can find myself not caring anymore- it would make things so much more easier.
The Romulan drone ship was an advanced experimental attack starship described as a marauder and developed by the Romulans in the 2150s. At least two prototypes of the vessel were built. The starship itself was a modified Romulan Warbird, with its propulsion systems and command circuitry largely identical to the typical Romulan warship of that era. The bridge consoles were still present when Trip Tucker and Malcolm Reed were able to gain access to the bridge. It was quite small in comparison to Enterprise NX-01. The vessel was designed to be remotely controlled from Romulus by an Aenar pilot as chief among its many modifications. The drone ship was controlled from an operations tower in the Romulan capital by the Aenar pilot, who was forced to pilot the warship against his will. Two Romulan officers oversaw its operation, as it was of special interest to the Romulan Senate.
The ship’s bridge was dominated by a large subspace transceiver to receive its remote orders from Romulus. The interior was confining and cramped, with bulkheads exposing data cables at various points throughout the ship. Because of its lack of crew, much of the ship was devoid of a life support system. In addition, the drone ship featured an auto-repair system that allowed it to correct damage sustained during combat.
The vessel was a formidable adversary in combat. Its weapons were very powerful for its time, inflicting major damage on its targets. Its ability to self-repair proved an asset during battle, where damage could begin to be corrected almost immediately. Without the need for inertial dampeners to protect a crew, the drone was much more maneuverable than the average manned vessel, capable of dodging photonic torpedoes with deft barrel rolls.
In 2154, the Romulan drone ship was given the task of destabilizing potential political alliances between Earth, the Andorians, and the Tellarites. It was equipped with an advanced multispectral emitter system which, when activated, allowed the ship to assume the appearance of nearly any other vessel. The drone ship’s disruptors used tri-phasic emitters, which could mimic the weapon signature of a wide range of other ships, from Andorian particle cannons and Tellarite disruptors to Starfleet phase cannons.
Using these unique abilities, the drone ship threatened to provoke a war between the Andorians and Tellarites, first by destroying Andorian commander Shran’s warship Kumari in the guise of a Tellarite vessel, then by attacking the vessel carrying the Tellarite ambassador, this time posing as an Andorian warship. The Romulans later threatened to draw the Humans, and potentially their allies the Vulcans, into the conflict, when the drone destroyed a Rigellian scoutship while mimicking the appearance of the starship Enterprise.
Ultimately, the drone ship’s presence may have caused what the Romulans had hoped to avoid: an alliance against them. The appearance of a common enemy united the Andorians, Tellarites, Humans, and Vulcans, who attacked the drone and eventually forced it to withdraw to Romulan space. The Romulans subsequently launched a second drone ship, which was used in combination with the first to attack Enterprise. Both drone ships were destroyed when Jhamel, an Aenar, used Enterprise’s telepresence unit to interfere, asking the pilot – her brother, Gareb – to stop his attack. Realizing his sister was on board the ship he was attacking, Gareb was strong enough to overcome the Romulans’ control, and had the two drone ships attack each other, destroying one and enabling the Enterprise to destroy the other, thwarting the Romulans’ attempt to destabilize the region.
Unfortunately I lost the unboxing video, a common issue with me these days now that I am shooting a lot more videos than normal. Anyways, I hope u like the pics and the closer look video.
Theo Walcott struck a hat-trick and Danny Welbeck marked his first start since May 2016 with two goals and an outstanding individual performance as Arsenal thrashed Southampton to reach the FA Cup fifth round. In a tie played out between two much-changed line-ups, Arsenal ruthlessly outclassed Southampton as Claude Puel’s side came crashing down to earth after reaching the EFL Cup final with victory at Liverpool on Wednesday. Welback, back in the starting line-up after that lengthy absence following knee surgery, put Arsenal in control with two cool finishes inside the first 22 minutes then set up Arsenal’s third for Walcott before half-time. The Gunners, with manager Arsene Wenger watching from the stands as he starts a four-match touchline ban, heaped further misery on Southampton after the break, sending on Alexis Sanchez as substitute to create two comfortable finishes for Saints product Walcott.
This was Welbeck’s first start since May 2016 but there was not the slightest sign of rustiness as he settled to his task as if he had never been away. Welbeck’s end product has occasionally drawn criticism but it was as smooth as silk here, taking Lucas Perez’s pass to loft a clever finish over Southampton’s stand-in keeper Harry Lewis for his first, drawing Wenger out of his seat in the stand in delight. He was at it again seven minutes later, bringing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s floated pass under his spell before showing composure once more to beat Lewis. Welbeck then showed his awareness and value as a team player to cross for Walcott to react before any Southampton defender for a simple close-range strike for Arsenal’s third. Welbeck is due a run of good fortune with injuries and he demonstrated here that he brings tireless effort and work-rate to Arsenal’s team as well as a goal threat. If he can finally put a run of games together after his long absence, he will be a key asset for Wenger. Wenger wisely withdrew him after 64 minutes with the game safe, to a fully deserved standing ovation from the travelling fans. There was a mood of celebration around St Mary’s as supporters arrived for this FA Cup fourth-round tie – and rightly so after the outstanding victory over two legs against Liverpool sent them into the EFL Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley on 26 February.
Saints’ boss Puel pointed clearly to his priorities with 10 changes from the team that won at Anfield, only defender Jack Stephens keeping his place in the starting line-up. And how it showed as Southampton played like strangers to be ripped apart by Arsenal. The party mood was deflated but Saints fans were in forgiving mood, with even the smattering of boos at half-time and at the end sounding very half-hearted, as if this team selection and Anfield hangover was to be expected. Wenger watched this emphatic Arsenal display from the comfort of a seat in the stand at St Mary’s. He was serving the first game in a four-match touchline suspension after accepting a Football Association charge of misconduct for verbally abusing and pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor in the win against Burnley at Emirates Stadium.
Wenger, who was also fined £25,000, barely had a moment of discomfort as his right-hand man Steve Bould took charge on the touchline. There is no doubt the Gunners’ boss would have preferred to be in his usual position on the touchline – but he was able to sit back and relax as Arsenal cruised into the FA Cup Fifth round. Theo Walcott scored his fifth Arsenal hat-trick and was the first Arsenal player since Nicklas Bendtner against Leyton Orient in March 2011 to score an FA Cup hat-trick. Welbeck scored and assisted in the same game for the first time since September 2014 against Aston Villa. Arsenal won an away game by five clear goals for the first time since August 2009 against Everton (6-1). The Saints recorded their heaviest home FA Cup defeat since February 1910, when they lost 5-0 to Manchester City. This was Southampton’s joint-heaviest defeat at the St Mary’s Stadium, equalling their 6-1 loss to Liverpool in the League Cup last season. Lucas Perez has been involved in eight goals in eight starts for Arsenal in all competitions (five goals, three assists) and assisted Welbeck’s first goal in this game. Southampton have conceded twice or more in eight of their past nine FA Cup matches against top-flight opponents, doing so in each of their past five. Walcott has scored seven goals in his past four away FA Cup matches. Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in 11 goals in 10 FA Cup games for Arsenal (five goals, six assists). Walcott was the first player to score an FA Cup hat-trick against the Saints since Paul Rideout did so for Tranmere in February 2001, in their famous 4-3 victory.
Morgan is a 2016 British-American slasher science fiction film directed by Luke Scott in his directorial debut and written by Seth Owen. The film features an ensemble cast, including Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Mara, Toby Jones, Brian Cox, Paul Giamatti, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Morgan is an artificial human grown in a secret lab out in a remote secluded area. A small group of scientists have raised her for the past 5 years (she is however around 16-18 in appearance as she has accelerated growth) and she seems to be making good strides until two incidents – one she kills an impaled deer out in the woods seemingly with some compassion but with brutal strength and in a fit of rage after throwing a tantrum she attacks and stabs the eye of one of her handler, Dr. Kathy Grieff. The company that sponsored the scientists work sends out Lee Weathers a risk-assessment specialist. She meets with the scientists Grieff, Dr. Lui Cheng, Dr. Simon Ziegler, Dr. Amy Menser, Dr. Darren Finch & Dr. Brenda Finch. Along with the group is the cook and caretaker Skip Vronsky. Lee meets Morgan and to assess her further she brings a psychologist, Dr. Alan Shapiro to assess her.
After he taunts and goads her Morgans kills Shapiro during the interview and Lee concludes that she must be terminated, given her enhanced intelligence and strength and unpredictable nature. However the scientists who have raised her for 5 years have grown attached to her and cannot bear to kill her so they drug Lee and leave her in the locked lab and try to escape with Morgan. Instead an enraged Morgan kills them and kidnaps her favorite handler, Dr. Amy Menser. In the scientists’ house, Cheng is recording an apology for the failure of the experiment, in which she hints that they were attempting to develop a creation with more human emotions, only to find that the result was harder to control. It is also revealed that Morgan had “weaponized design parameters”. After she has finished, Morgan enters the room and suffocates her. Lee escaped and confronts Morgan but as they struggle they two fall from the top floor to the ground. Morgan leaves with Amy in a car, chased by Lee. Lee crashes into a tree after Morgan pushes her off the road and is picked up by Skip.
Deep in the woods Morgan goes to the lake that Amy had told her about and is moved by the beauty. Lee locates the vehicle they were using and instructs Skip to wait for her by their car, continuing alone. Morgan and Lee have a final showdown, seemingly matched in strength and speed. Finally, Morgan overpowers Lee and impales her on the branch of a fallen tree, seriously injuring her. Morgan leaves her to bleed out, only for Lee to miraculously survive, catch up to Morgan, and drown her in a nearby lake. Lee shoots the surviving handlers, Menser and Vronsky, getting rid of any witnesses to what happened. The final scene shows the businessmen at the company’s headquarters discussing what happened. It’s then revealed that Lee is actually an earlier prototype of the human hybrid, and has been the “perfect” artificial human all this time. Lee is shown making the same gesture with her hands, the same way that Morgan had when Dr. Shapiro asked her how she felt about injuring Dr. Grieff.
Slowly building and plodding along at times, the last 30 minutes is a lot more intense. However the film, despite an excellent cast, fails to ignite any real excitement. It’s a theme done before many times. I give it a 6.5 outta 10!
Hollywood legend John Hurt has passed away aged 77 after battling cancer and suffering intestinal complaint. The two-time Oscar nominee had a career that spanned more than six decades. He beat pancreatic cancer in 2015, but continued to suffer from health problems. Hurt is survived by wife Anwen Rees-Myers and his two sons Sasha and Nick. He was two-time Oscar nominee; he won a Golden Globe and four Bafta awards. He was known for his portrayals of the famously misunderstood and roles ranged from a mad Roman emperor to a pimp on the road to stardom. Hurt was infamous for his wild lifestyle in earlier years and married four times.
The English actor was born in Derbyshire and became a critical and commercial success in films like Midnight Express, Alien and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Hurt first rose to fame in A Man For All Seasons in 1966 and later clinched a BAFTA for best supporting actor, along with an Oscar nomination, for playing a drug addict in Midnight Express. Hurt picked up yet another BAFTA just two years later in 1980 – this time as a leading actor in David Lynch’s Elephant Man. He also received his second Oscar nomination for his performance, which many extolled as Hurt’s best. The actor also enjoyed immense commercial success, playing Kane in the 1979 blockbuster Alien. The iconic scene in which an alien bursts from his chest won the actor a place in film history. He later reprised the role in Mel Brooks’ parody Spaceballs.
The star later found a new generation of fans by taking on the role of Garrick Ollivander in the Harry Potter franchise. Hurt was also known for his work as a voice actor and took his talents to the small screen, where he played a prominent role in Doctor Who, The Naked Civil Servant, and I, Claudius. Hurt most recently starred in the Oscar-nominated biopic of President John F. Kennedy’s widow, Jackie, which is currently showing in cinemas. He was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama.
People are afraid of all kinds of things: spiders, the dark, or being enclosed in small spaces. Tell us about your greatest fear — rational or irrational.
Fear of failure. I have had two terrible periods of time in my life where that came true and I was miserable and lost and it felt like I was a burden to the world and family and society and that it would have been better if I had never existed. That is a terrible thing to go through.
I have this fear, which I feel is rooted in reality and that it will come true, that once my parents pass away I am going to be all alone. I will live the rest of my life alone as a lonely old bachelor who has no one to come home to. That I will spend my weekends and holidays alone at home hoping for some friend or relative who will be free to have lunch / dinner or a few drinks. I will retire from work and live a lonely secluded life with just the internet, music and movies/tv shows to keep me company.
Ofcourse those things are important but at the end of the day I will be alone. All alone and I will die alone.
What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?
Currently I just have two things up – I have a painting of a ship on the ocean given to me at one of my previous places of work and a larger 3d picture of two birds sitting on a tree given to me on my 34th birthday by my team at another previous place of work. We have a few other artwork in the living room.
Growing up in my bedroom back in our family’s home in Thrikkakara for the longest time I had rock band and musician posters up on my wall. Some football and tennis posters too. My room at a time was the source of envy for many because I took great care in arranging them and even adults at the time would say that they couldn’t have done a better job.
Now I prefer it bare and anyways I have a bookshelf of my favourite starships on display in my room. And that is more than enough for me.
Go down the rabbit hole with Alice; play quidditch with Harry Potter; float down the river with Huck Finn… If you could choose three fictional events or adventures to experience yourself, what would they be?
Star Trek. The 24th century. If I could see what would the later centuries be like I might go and pick one further on down the years but the 24th century looks good enough for me. Be a young ensign assigned to a big starship and fly to alien worlds and moons and visit the various alien cultures across the galaxy. Neato!
If not that world then I would pick ……. Babylon 5. For much of the same reasons. Flights of fancy. And for a 3rd science fiction event or universe I would pick Stargate. Mainly Stargate Atlantis because I think it was more exciting!
A nice big juicy burger with two beef patties, cheese, bacon, onions, jalapenos and mushrooms sauce. I dubbed the burger the Kate Upton of burgers!! A 10/10! I washed it down with a cappuccino shake. Both were amazing. Shake was light and refreshing. The Burger Junction is the place to go to for good burgers in Kochi. Did I say good? I meant great!!
Alexis Sanchez scored a 98th-minute penalty as 10-man Arsenal recovered from conceding in injury time to claim a thrilling win over Burnley at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners’ title chances appeared to have been derailed as substitute Francis Coquelin fouled Ashley Barnes in the 93rd minute and Andre Gray converted from the spot to level after Shkodran Mustafi’s header had finally broken Burnley’s resistance. But, after Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was sent to the stands for protesting referee Jon Moss’ decision, Ben Mee was then penalised for a high foot on Laurent Koscielny in the Burnley area, and Sanchez deceived Clarets keeper Tom Heaton with a Panenka-style penalty.
The hosts had dominated for most of the game until Granit Xhaka’s second dismissal of the season for a reckless two-footed lunge on Steven Defour, from which Burnley profited, only for Sanchez to claim all three points in impudent fashion. Arsenal’s fifth consecutive league victory at home lifts them above Liverpool and Tottenham, who both dropped points on Saturday, but they remain eight points behind leaders Chelsea, who beat Hull 2-0 on Sunday. The result also means Burnley’s dismal away record this season continues, with Sean Dyche’s side having collected only one point from a possible 30 on the road. Heading into the seven minutes of added time, it appeared Arsenal had done enough to repel Burnley despite going down to 10 men, only for Coquelin to make a rash tackle on Barnes, with Moss showing no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Wenger protested and was sent to the stands but it was a clear trip and Gray converted, despite Petr Cech getting a firm hand on his shot.
Burnley boss Dyche was similarly aggrieved moments later as Moss penalised Mee for a high foot on Koscielny, who appeared to be offside when the free-kick was flighted in to the back post, but once that was missed, a penalty was a fair result for the challenge. Sanchez, who had earlier curled two efforts narrowly over either side of the interval, had one last moment of panache left, coolly chipping his effort straight down the middle as Heaton dived to his right, securing a vital win. An entertaining, if slightly routine, game had its complexion changed on 65 minutes when Xhaka’s needless challenge on Defour saw him sent off by referee Moss after consultation with the linesman. The 24-year-old’s dismissal was his fifth in the league since the start of last season – more than any other player in Europe’s top five divisions – and his second of this campaign, having also been sent off by Moss against Swansea in October. His ninth red card in three seasons could have an adverse effect on Arsenal’s title hopes with the midfielder now banned for the next four matches, including a crucial Premier League match at Chelsea on 4 February. Prior to his reckless tackle, Xhaka displayed his impressive range of passing, releasing the likes of Mesut Ozil and Sanchez from deep and showing why he will be missed.
Xhaka’s red also sparked an ill-disciplined end to the game for Arsenal, with Mustafi booked for dissent and Wenger also sent off for a futile protest against Burnley’s penalty, for which he later apologised. “I didn’t see any penalty from outside but I should have shut up and I apologise, even if I was frustrated,” said the Arsenal boss once tensions had cooled. Sanchez’s late winner provided a sickening end note for Dyche – who was taking charge of his 200th Burnley game – after he had appeared to get his tactics just right for long periods of the game. Despite not electing to use a five-man midfield to try and match Arsenal, his side were disciplined in staying behind the ball to force the hosts into attempting increasingly elaborate ways of opening them up, while the pace of Gray kept Mustafi and Koscielny honest on the break. The nature of Arsenal’s opener will therefore irk Dyche, as Mustafi was easily able to free himself of the Burnley defence’s attention to apply a simple finish to Ozil’s corner, with no-one stationed on the back post. With Arsenal down to 10 men, Dyche sent on Joey Barton and Sam Vokes and though Cech was rarely called into action, they applied enough pressure to induce a mistake as Gray scored the equaliser Burnley perhaps deserved.
The Purge: Election Year is a 2016 American dystopian action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco and starring Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell and Mykelti Williamson. A sequel to the 2014 film The Purge: Anarchy, it is the third installment of the The Purge series.
In 2022, we see a young family tied up by a man in a mask who then tells them they are going to play one final Purge game, called “Mommy’s Choice.” When the mother, Charlie Roan, refuses the man moves slowly towards the family as they struggle. We then flash forward to 18 years and two days before the purge riots have broken out in Washington DC claiming that the New Founding Fathers are using the Purge to help their economic agenda. Charlie, a Senator, is now a contended for President and is standing the election gaining ground over the NFFA’s candidate, Minister Edwidge Owens.
After Roan gets a standing ovation after she declares the Purge only serves to eliminate the poor and benefit the rich and powerful, the FFAA decided to kill her on the day of the Purge to make it look like a purge event but enlist a Neo-Nazi paramilitary solider unit. On March 20, the day before the Purge, the NFFA revokes the Purge rule that protects ranking 10 government officials, appearing to attempt to regain public favor, but is actually a front to kill Roan. On the night of the Purge the unit kills of the secret service and snipers protecting Roan and enter her house. Her head of security, former police sergeant Leo Barnes brings her out and they travel the city looking for a place to hide the night out. A convenience store, owner and proprietor Joe Dixon (Mykelti Williamson), assistant Marcos (Joseph Julian Soria), and their friend, EMT Laney Rucker (Betty Gabriel), help them out as they fight out purge crowds, a group of South African tourists and the NFAA as well as teenagers looking to attack Joe’s store.
Later they are rescued by a group of anti-purge rebels who are well armed and have supplies and medicine to treat any wounded. Roan discovers the rebels are planning to assassinate the NFAA candidate and tries to dissuade them, as she wants to win the election fairly. As the facility is attacked everyone has to leave and Roan is captured by the soldiers. At a midnite mass in a cathedral Roan is to be killed by the NFAA but the rebels along with Leo, Joe, Marcos and Laney infiltrate the event and kill off most of the NFAA goons while Leo kills the lead soldier. Joe is however killed when a priest who shoots at Roan and he steps in the way. Before succumbing to his injuries, Joe urges Roan to win the election and tells Marcos and Laney to take care of his store. On May 26, two months after the Purge, Roan defeats Owens in the presidency by a landslide while Barnes is promoted to her head of Secret Service while continuing his service as her chief of security. Marcos and Laney renovate the store and continue to run it in Joe’s honor while they watch the news of Roan’s victory and another report indicating that outlawing the Purge has become Roan’s top priority. Further reports state that many NFFA supporters have reacted to the election results with violent protests in the streets as the film ends with Marcos looking at an American flag hanging outside his store.
Hmmm, very interesting that this movie came out in the year of the American election in which Trump won. It’s an improvement on the last two films but not horror in anyway. More like an action film. The film was released on July 1, 2016 and grossed over $118 million, becoming the highest-grossing film of the series. I give it a 7 outta 10!
The last couple of days have been a pain in the ass……both literally and figuratively! I hurt my butt (well more like lower back) by falling asleep on a hard object most likely my inhaler because that has happened before. Thursday was fine but since Friday my ass has been hurting!
Thursday I was on leave and in the evening I was attending an impromptu birthday party for my cousin who was turning 50. We went to the rooftop restaurant in Mercy Estate and the 16 of us were eating and drinking. In the cold evening air and two large cold beers must have contributed and I woke up on Friday morning with a nasty cold. I went to work but was still feeling ill on Saturday morning. I slept most of the day or lay in bed watching some tv and also slept quite a bit.
I feel a bit more better today though the pain in my ass is still there. Today will be more movies and sleep and watching a football match in the evening. Early bed time too.
Textures are everywhere: The rough edges of a stone wall. The smooth innocence of a baby’s cheek. The sense of touch brings back memories for us. What texture is particularly evocative to you?
Lots of things. The touch of cool, clean sheets on my naked body, the feel of a soft but firm pillow. Nice clean clothes on you. The feel of a woman’s body next to yours, the touch of her smooth hand on your skin. That human touch is the most evocative and the most natural, nurturing and joyful.
The scent, the smell, the touch of skin on skin just cannot be beat. There is no greater feeling in the world when two loving humans are together and as bare as the day they were born. No dirty stuff intended but that naked touch is part of our nature. It is in our basic dna that we crave that touch.
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 is a 2009 British/Canadian documentary film featuring the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The film follows the band on the first leg of their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour between February and March 2008.
Congrats! You’re the owner of a new time machine. The catch? It comes in two models, each traveling one way only: the past OR the future. Which do you choose, and why?
Oh this is so hard. Go back in time and see the secrets of this world, find out what really happened and watch things unfold through history or go to the future? Maybe even stop a few things from happening, see some kingdoms change shape and maybe even interfere and change parts of the events.
On the other hand going to the future and see what humankind will be upto is kinda more exciting. See what technology brings us and what strides in advancement we make. Will we evolve beyond what the human form we currently have? Do we improve and advance and make life much better for us or do we mess things up? Do we colonize alien worlds and visit other star systems and make contact with other life forms in space or do we get ourselves annihilated by bitter wars?
All in all I guess the future would be more appealing. Onwards and forward in time.