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Rain

Rain over me you sweet clouds of coolness. We are experiencing that dreaded summer yet again. When the coolness of December and January dies out and February is still plesant, March more than makes up for the lack of heat and humidity. I wish for some rain, some beautiful cool rain to wash all over us. Wash away the sweat and the grime and the dust from our bodies and buildings.

It’s become really hot and humid in the city lately. I guess it’s all over Kerala. I bet if you check statistics, March-April-June are the months of the year when there is the least amount of baby making happening in Kerala. Because who wants all that heat and humidity sticking to you! I dunno though, sometimes heat can drive people horny too!

I think the heat and humidity is getting to me. I am delirious and not thinking straight. Fall down on us rain, you sweet nectar of the clouds.

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Speeds Up Or Slows Down

When you’re giddy with excitement, does time speed up? Slow down? Tell us about the experience of anticipation.

Time does speed up when you are having fun or just relaxing and enjoying the down time. A 9 hour work period can go so slowly while a 9 hour fun time can go by so quickly. I dunno why that is so. It just seems to go like that. Ask anyone and they will tell you the same.

When I am giddy with excitement, I think it depends on what I am excited about. Sometimes it can go by slowly and sometimes it speeds up. I think it depends on what it is that is making you happy and excitement. Most times I think I would say that it does speed up. And it is gone all too soon.

But then you get to recall it and enjoy the memory of it. Sometimes that is sweet too. Only wish that I could have so much more excitement than the boring times.

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The Full Moon

When the full moon happens, you turn into a person who’s the opposite of who you normally are. Describe this new you.

Have you seen the original Nutty Professor with Jerry Lewis and how he turns from this goofy, nerdy, buck toothed and socially awkward university professor who finally succeed in one of his experiments and invents a serum that turns him into the handsome, suave, charming and cheeky girl-chasing hipster, Buddy Love? I want to turn into that kind of guy when the full moon appears.

Why? Because he is cool and smooth and he gets the girls and he is confident. I want all that! I want to be like that. Why not? So yeah, I would want to turn into Mr. Cool Roshan who is a hearthrob and gets all the chicks he wants fall at him and sweep them off their feet. And not ever sleep alone at all. So let’s get this chemical explosion happening and make me suave!

Ole!

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It’s My Spot!

Whenever I go to Cinepolis irrespective of which screen I have my usual seat. Row N seat 2. It’s mine all mine. Almost every time since I started to go to theatres again back in February of last year. That first two times I didn’t get this seat but from the third time onwards, I selected this seat as I liked the vantage point. I would like to chose from the central sections but there are usually lots of families in that section and I’d feel uncomfortable if I had to sit among them. Or large groups of friends who come together to make a lot of noise.

But N 2 is fine. Infact it has become almost perfect. When I go with my cousin Sujith we always get N1 & N2 and he sits in N1. It’s become like Sheldon Cooper and his “It’s my spot” joke. But yeah I have come to like N2. When I go to the PVR in Lulu I have a different seat as it’s not the same layout as Cinepolis. And their screens have various layouts themselves so it differs. Sometimes it’s M2 or it’s Q2 depending on the size of each theatre in the PVR. But Cinepolis is always N2.

One time I had to get M1 & M2 because a couple had booked N1 & N2 before Sujith and I could. And as we saw them sitting in our seats both of us gave them death stares that could have boiled blood. How dare they take our seats!

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Life (2017)

Life is a 2017 American science fiction horror film directed by Daniel Espinosa, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds. The film follows a six-member crew of the International Space Station that uncovers what initially seems to be the first evidence of life on Mars; however, the crew finds their discovery might not be what it seems.

The 6 member team on the ISS are able to successfully capture of a space probe returning from Mars with a soil sample. The crew is tasked with studying the sample, which contains the first proof of extraterrestrial life. After extracting a single-cell from the sample, Biologist Hugh Derry is able to revive the dormant organism with atmospheric adjustments and glucose. It grows into a multi-celled organism quickly evolving at a decent rate and getting named as “Calvin” by children who won a contest back on earth. After an atmospheric accident in the lab, Calvin becomes dormant and a concerned Hugh tried to revive it using a mild electric shock. Calvin reanimated and becomes aggressive, grabbing hold of Hugh’s right hand, ultimately crushing it as Hugh struggles to get free. It shows signs of advanced intelligence escapes the containment cube into the room with Hugh. While it devours a lab rat and immediately grows in size, engineer Rory Adams enters the room and rescues Hugh.

Calvin however attaches itself to Rory’s leg and crew captain, Dr. Miranda North, locks Rory inside the room to keep Calvin in containment. Rory manages to remove Calvin from his leg and begins to attack it with a handheld incinerator. Calvin shows remarkable resilience to fire and evades Rory’s attacks until the incinerator runs out of fuel. Calvin then attacks Rory and forces its way into his mouth, killing him from the inside. Emerging from Rory’s mouth, evolved and even larger, Calvin then manages to escape from the room through an emergency fire suppression vent. Hugh theorizes that the lack of breathable air on Mars is probably what kept the organism dormant until that point. Katarina goes out on a spacewalk to fix the antenna when they discover that communications to earth is down and she too is attacked by Calvin who consumes coolant as a source of nutrition and ruptures Katerina’s EVA suit’s coolant system, effectively drowning her inside her suit. Calvin attempts to enter the station through the thrusters. An attempt to stop Calvin results in the ISS entering a decaying orbit. Engineer and pilot Sho Murikami informs the crew that they need to use the remaining fuel to get back into a standard orbit, but that it would allow Calvin back into the station.

The crew try to suffocate Calvin by sealing themselves into one module and venting the atmosphere from the rest of the station. When Hugh suddenly enters cardiac arrest, the crew resuscitate only to realize that Calvin had attached itself to Hugh’s leg and was feeding off of him. Now having grown into a much larger tentacled creature, Calvin attacks the remainder of the crew. Sho hides in a sleeping pod while Miranda and David lure Calvin away using blood from Hugh’s body and trap it in the module to deprive it of oxygen. Earth Control send a Soyuz capsule as a fail-safe plan to push the station out towards deep space and prevent any chance of the organism entering Earth. The capsule docks imperfectly against the module where Calvin was contained. Presuming it to be a rescue attempt, Sho leaves his pod and rushes to board the arriving ship. He enters the module and attempts to manually open the hatch to enter the capsule. As soon as he opens the hatch, Calvin attacks him. The imperfect docking results in a breach and the resulting explosion sends the capsule spiralling and damages the ISS, as Calvin kills Sho.

Temperature and oxygen levels drop in the station & David and Miranda realize that the incident has also caused them to re-enter the decaying orbit that will culminate in re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. Since they cannot allow Calvin to reach Earth, David plans to lure Calvin into one of the pods before manually overriding the system to fly deep space, thus letting Miranda escape in the other pod to return to Earth. This works initially as Calvin is inside the pod with David and Miranda leaves in her pod Her pod however hits space debris from the ISS and is knocked off course. Calvin attacks David as he struggles to send his pod into deep space. The earthbound pod lands in a body of water near two Vietnamese fishermen. As they approach the pod, it is revealed to be David’s, with David encased and trapped in a black substance. Meanwhile Miranda screams helplessly as her navigation system fails and her pod is hurled into deep space. David, still alive, tries to warn the fishermen to not attempt a rescue. As the fishermen open the pod door, more fishing boats arrive. The screen then cuts to black.

We are left to assume that Miranda dies alone in space, drifting along alone in the dark while Calvin escapes and creates havoc on earth. We don’t know what is the fate of the alien or the humans on earth. It’s a story that has been done before and the film offers nothing new but I still found it a good enough film and entertaining enough. Though my main complaint is that Reynolds is only in the film for 25 minutes, his character Rory having been the first to die. I’d give this film a 7.5 outta 10!

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Terminal Time

You’re at the airport, your flight is delayed for six more hours, and none of your electronic devices is working. How do you pass the time?

It wasn’t that many years ago that I had to stay for long waits at the train station without the aid of electronic devices like my laptop, ipad or my smartphone. I don’t travel much, infact I haven’t been on a train in several years. I have been on only 4 flights in the last decade!

But if I were stuck for six hours or more at an airport I would do what I would have normally done a while back. I’d find a book store and buy me a novel or I would have already bought me a novel with me from home that I’d love to read and pass the time. I’d also look for the concession stands and buy me a juice or a soft drink and a sandwich or some snack that I can munch on as I read the book.

Seriously, though I love the internet and playing on apps on my phone, I do not need it all the time to pass my time. I also can do without watching a movie or two or several episodes of a tv show or Youtube to keep me entertained. Although that is what I would prefer.

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Tattoo Me

I have just the one tattoo on me. The tribal Japanese style dragon that I got done in August, 2015. That too at the age of 39. I had just turned 39 a few days before I got inked and that remains my one and only tattoo. I want more.

I have so many ideas to get some tattoos. I was thinking of what would mean a lot to me than just a cool dark grey dragon tattoo. I would like something musical or like a guitar engulfed in flames. I once thought that I’d like to get the cover of Guns n’ Roses Appetite for Destruction album on my arm. That is a cool looking cover. Or maybe the Queensryche logo.

What else could I get? The Star Trek logo would be so appropriate and mean a lot to me. I have seen some awesome pics of people’s tattoos but I would avoid something that someone else has on them. I would want my own design. How about the Count Roshculla logo? That is so bad ass even if the skull was copied from a GnR logo we made enough changes to it to make it stand out as unique.

That would be cool.

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Barter System

If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?

I dunno, barter system in current day. What if someday all the currency in the world is destroyed or made useless because of something stupid that humans did and we had to resort to going back to a barter system for food, essentials and other goods?

What can I give? A winning smile, a joke and a sarcastic comment! My charm and wit. My sweet personality? My endless supply of dirty jokes. Or could I get good for sex? No? Ok then, I will have to rely on my charm and dirty jokes!

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The Decline Of A Coffeeshop Chain

Before I start, I should say that this is solely based on what I have experienced in my hometown of Cochin. Cafe Coffee Day is an Indian coffeehouse chain. They have outlets in all major cities and towns. They are the Starbucks or Tim Hortons of India. A few years ago CCD was the only coffee shop option we had in most cities and I frequented them on a weekly basis. Every Sunday or Saturday out since 2006 started at CCD with a nice thick frappe and maybe a muffin or a sandwich to go along with it.

Until a couple of years ago we had maybe one or two other options for a quick bite to eat like a sandwich or muffins,  maybe a pasty or cake and some delicious cold or hot coffee. Now – there are lots of various options with the slew of independent outlets that have come up. Some have 2 or 3 outlets in the city/state as well and foodies are flocking to them. CCD has 6 outlets in Kochi, 2 of which I have been to. They have 1 in Lulu Mall and 1 near Center Mall and one on MG Road a couple of kilometers from Center Mall (the one that I have been going to the last 3 times). Once a retreat for me, a place where I could go with a book and relax for a couple of hours, have a sub and big frappe it is now the least favourite option.

The last couple of times I have been inside a CCD I found that their sub sandwich have not only increased in price but decreased in taste and quantity of what’s inside. Miserly little things and they have the audacity to serve way beyond mediocre sliders and call then international burger fest! American classic burger – two sliders with chicken cutlets (the Indian kind) and hardly anything else. The two cafes I have been to look old and badly in need of sprucing up. I haven’t been to any of the other outlets though I had seen the CCD in Lulu Mall and it being the newer on, looks more inviting. I will stick to my choices of other outlets most of the time but once in a while I guess I will visit a CCD for old time’s sake.

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Movie Going Rant

Dear parents, stop bringing your babies to the movies.Here’s a fact, stupid : loud noises startle and make them cry!I too pay good money to come to the luxury or vip section of the cinema multiplex and I expect to relax and enjoy a movie. Not to be constantly interrupted by a crying infant whose parents are too dumb to know the fact I mentioned above. I know that couple with young kids also want to go and enjoy a good movie but here is the thing – the rest of us do not have to suffer just because of that! Get a babysitter or the baby’s grandparents to keep it at home. If not, don’t come to the theatre. Or better yet buy all the tickets so you and your baby can watch and cry in it to your heart’s content.

I wish I could enjoy this movie. Two stupid kids haven’t shut up since the movie started. They kept on talking about this and that and their parents are such idiots that they don’t think of other people and tell their kids to shut the fuck up. How rude is that? Is the entire theatre your domain? Teach your kids some manners, make them respect other people’s needs to watch a movie in peace. Or stay at home and watch the movie at home where only you are bothered by the incessant chatter that goes on.

Here is another pet peeve of mine. People standing at the escalator and not moving but just blocking your path. A family of 6 were just standing there having a discussion and not bothered that 3 of us were trying to get through. Now I am not saying that they should be shot or stabbed or anything as drastic like that. Maybe….imprisonment with hard labour, lashes and some hefty fines?

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Far From Normal

Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself.

  1. That I sleep in the nude. Yes, I need to let Junior Roshan and the boys breathe at night. I cannot sleep with clothes on or even just an underwear on.
  2. That everyday I day dream, and sometimes dream in my sleep, of this exciting futuristic world I have created that is set out in space and set in the years 7000! It’s really exciting!
  3. I have a pet crow! Not really, but there’s this crow that comes to my balcony for breakfast and we feed him bits of whatever we have. Usually dosa and he likes the crispy ones. If he is late and our breakfast is already over he will come to my window and make a racket!
  4. I once spend the night on the streets of Bangalore. Well, on a steps of a store in a small residential area of Bangalore. Sat on the steps with a couple of friends who fell asleep but I stayed up waiting for dawn and the hostel doors to open. A friendly German Sheppard kept me company for an hour when his owner let him out for a walk at around 4 am.

I could only think of 4 and it’s late. If I do think of a couple more I will update this post later.

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Kong : Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, from a story by John Gatins. The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and serves as the second film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. It stars an ensemble cast consisting of Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly.

Set mainly in 1973, U.S. government agent Bill Randa to guide an expedition to map out an island known as “Skull Island”. He gets funding from a senator to piggy back onto a scientific expedition by Monarch and hires former British Special Air Service Captain James Conrad, a skilled tracker and his assistants San Lin, a young biologist working for Monarch & Houston Brooks, a young geologist and graduate of Yale University, recruited for the expedition by Monarch for his groundbreaking theories on seismology. Randa also recruits the Sky Devils, a Vietnam War veteran helicopter squadron led by Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard and prominently made up of his right-hand, Major Jack Chapman and Captain Earl Cole to escort them to the island. The group is soon joined by pacifist photojournalist Mason Weaver, who plans to expose it, believing it’s a secret military operation with dark purposes.

The soldiers begin dropping explosives developed by seismologist Houston Brooks to determine if the ground is hollow, despite Conrad’s objections. The noise alerts and angers a 100 foot monster gorilla, named – you guessed it – Kong. He destroys many of the choppers killing many of the members of the expedition. The survivors must make their way on a three day trek to the north of the island which is the rendezvous site for them to be picked up in case of an emergency and avoid being killed by giant spiders and lizards the size of a bus. The soldiers and ciRanda reveals his affiliation to the secret government organization Monarch to Packard and the expedition’s real purpose: to acquire proof of the existence of forgotten monsters, fearing that they may soon return to take back the world from humanity. Randa also explains that he himself once served on a U.S. Navy ship that was destroyed by one of those monsters.

Meanwhile, Conrad, Weaver, Brooks, biologist San Lin, soldier Reg Slivko and Landsat employee Victor Nieves, among others, encounter the local Iwi natives and meet Hank Marlow, the American pilot who crashed on the island all those years ago. Marlow reveals that Kong is the island’s guardian and is worshipped as a god by the natives for protecting them from Skullcrawlers, reptilian underground monsters who have slaughtered Kong’s ancestors, leaving him as the last of his kind. He also mentions that a Skullcrawler killed the Japanese pilot he landed on the island with and became friends with. Marlow reveals Kong only attacked the helicopters to prevent the bombs from awakening the “Big One”, thus protecting the locals from it.

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West Brom 3 Arsenal 1

Arsenal suffered a fourth defeat in five league games as Craig Dawson’s double helped West Brom inflict a major blow to the Gunners’ hopes of a top-four finish. Dawson capitalised on some awful defending from the Gunners to head both of his goals from corners – the first to give the Baggies the lead, the second to seal their win. Arsenal had initially rallied after falling behind, levelling through Alexis Sanchez’s close-range finish – the Chilean forward’s 18th league goal of the season. However, they fell behind again 10 minutes into the second half when substitute Hal Robson-Kanu rolled the ball home with only his second touch after coming on. Arsenal, who lost goalkeeper Petr Cech to injury, were outfought and unable to rally a second time, their challenge wilting soon after Danny Welbeck’s header from a corner struck the crossbar.

It was an eventful encounter, both on the pitch and above it as two planes pulling banners – one pro-Arsene Wenger and the other against the Arsenal boss – made circles around The Hawthorns. It was the anti-Wenger camp who were most present and vocal by the end, though, holding aloft banners declaring ‘Enough is enough’ and booing their beleaguered manager’s decision to substitute Sanchez, who had picked up a knock. After the game, Wenger said that he would announce “very soon” whether he will remain at the club after reaching a decision on his future. The current facts are these – Arsenal trail fourth place by five points (albeit with a game in hand). They must arrest a run that has seen them win just one of their last five league games if they are to continue their proud record of finishing in the top four in each of Wenger’s 20 seasons at the club so far. After claiming a top-two finish in every season between 1997-98 and 2004-05, Arsenal have often flirted with fifth or worse since, but this is looking increasingly likely to be the campaign when they drop below the division’s premier quartet.

There is also a growing feeling this is likely to be Wenger’s last as manager. A two-year contract extension remains on the table but with fan protests growing in size and volume, rumours of players wanting away from the club and form deteriorating, there may be no appetite for it to be signed, by either manager or club. This result felt like a new low. Wenger is used to seeing his side outfought and beaten at the home of teams managed by Tony Pulis – he has only managed one win in eight such encounters – but the lack of chances they created from almost 77% possession and the speed with which they fell apart after Robson-Kanu’s goal, lays bare a side with dwindling belief and backbone. They rallied efficiently after falling behind, but this also speaks to their over-reliance on Sanchez, whose movement made the goal and who remained their only real creative spark, despite the heavy-handed treatment dealt out to him by the home side. Their vulnerability at the back is alarming. They knew about West Brom’s threat from corners – the Baggies have now scored 14 from them this season – but yet they were unable to prevent Dawson twice getting his head to the ball first in the box to score.

Robson-Kanu’s goal was equally damning as Ospina proved an inadequate replacement for Cech, sliding out to meet a chipped ball over the top and gifting the striker his finish. West Brom have never managed more than 49 top-flight points. Prior to Saturday they had not managed to beat a top-seven team this season. Having rectified the latter, they now look on course to better the former. They came into this game having lost their last two games and from the off it was clear they were not prepared to entertain the prospect of suffering three successive defeats for the first time this campaign. But for Cech, they could have been ahead before Dawson broke the deadlock, with the Gunners keeper tipping away Darren Fletcher’s goalbound drive. When they were pegged back by Sanchez, their belief held, as did their faith in Pulis’ game plan, which also stretched to superbly-timed substitutions. It helps, of course, when you are so lethal from set-pieces and your opponent so incapable of defending them.