Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers is a 1997 American satirical military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier, based on Robert A. Heinlein’s 1959 novel of the same name. The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry, a futuristic military unit. Rico’s military career progresses from recruit, to non-commissioned officer, and finally to officer, against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an insectoid species known as Arachnids. The film has spawned several sequels – two live-action films, Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008), and two computer-animated films, Starship Troopers: Invasion (2012) and Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars (2017).

6 Stringless Samurai

What would you love to learn how to do?

I have said this before but I have to say it again for this prompt. For such a big music lover and guitar music lover, I never learned how to play the instrument. Or any instrument for that matter. I did pick up some lessons when I was 12 years old for a while but I had a very bad and hot-headed teacher who put me off learning guitar or any musical instruments for a long while.

I still loved music ofcourse. Every weekend growing up I would play my music albums for the vast majority of the day until late evening when I could watch tv before and after dinner. During the school days I would listen to music after my home work was over. But I never picked up the guitar again. Many, many years later I do regret that I did not persevere and learn the guitar or ask my parents to cut classes here and find another academy or teacher who could teach me chords and licks. I didn’t do that. When I was 16 I thought of going to get classes again but didn’t.

Since the age of 13 I have been a maestro of air guitar techniques. I have strummed, picked, shredded, soloed, doing pinch harmonics, two finger tapping, dive bombs and all other stuff – in the air! But I really regret never going to continue taking guitar lessons. I am 44 and I could still buy a guitar and learn online I guess.

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Travel Bag Necesities

What 5 items do you ALWAYS pack in your travel bag?

  1. Well other than clothes (shirts, pants, underwear) I will have to have my Athalin inhaler backup. That’s right not the one I will have in my pant pocket but this will be the backup for emergencies in case the one I have in my pocket runs out or is lost.
  2. Laptop, USB mouse and charger. Yeah I prefer using a USB mouse instead of the mouse track that is built in on the laptop. It works fine but I prefer a proper mouse.
  3. Phone charger. Ofcourse you need that.
  4. Deodrants, comb, talcum powder, razor, shaving cream and after shave. Necessary things for me.
  5. A book. Some novel or the other to read while I have some down time or when I don’t have anything else to do or I am waiting.

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What Every Dog Should Have

Share a list of things that every dog should have.

As part of pet appreciation month, here is my take on what every dog should have. And I wish I could give it to a dog or two. Or 5.

Every dog should have a home to stay in with a human or a couple or a family to love them and feed them. Nice comfortable home, with a small bed – but big enough for doggie – for them to sleep on. Cozy blanket for cold rainy or winter nights. Maybe next to a fireplace if you have one.

Toys! Every dog has a puppy in them until they pass away so give them plenty of toys to play with. Good food and plenty of water or whatever liquid is good for dogs to drink. Treats a plenty. Playing, running, going for walks and the occasional zoomies takes a lot of energy. Hence we need to give them treats that they will love and go crazy for. A nice backyard for them to hang out in and play in the grass is also essential. Medicine to help them battle health concerns.

But mostly what they want and need is lots of love and attention. That we should give as much as we can. Long rides, beach games, dog parks and picnics in the country side is all great. But what the dogs really want is love from their human(s).

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Grilled Cheese Month Recipe

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ideas for Dinner (National Grilled Cheese Month)

INGREDIENTS : 2 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/4″ thick, sea salt, 12 oz. bacon, 8 slices Pullman bread, cut 1/2″ thick, 1/2 c. mayonnaise, 1/2 lb. sliced Gruyère cheese & 1/2 lb. sliced provolone
 
DIRECTIONS :

Season tomatoes with sea salt and set aside. In a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, place bacon in an even layer and cook until crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Spread each piece of bread with a thin layer of mayonnaise. Reduce heat to medium. Place bread in cast iron skillet mayonnaise-side down. Top with layers of gruyère on one half of the bread and provolone on other side. Place sliced tomatoes and bacon on one side of the bread and cover skillet.

When cheese has begun to melt, top the tomatoes and bacon with another bread slice, mayonnaise-side up. Flip occasionally until both sides are golden brown. Serve immediately.

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Sheffield United 0 Arsenal 3

Gabriel Martinelli scored in his first start since January as Arsenal ended a run of four games without a win with victory over the Premier League’s bottom club Sheffield United. The Brazilian has endured an injury-plagued season, but was on hand to net his side’s second with a finish into an unguarded goal after Aaron Ramsdale had pushed out Nicolas Pepe’s shot. It was the 19-year-old’s first goal since January 2020. It came between two Alexandre Lacazette goals – the first a neat first-half finish after Dani Ceballos’ back-heel and the second a clinical effort in the closing stages after he was put clear by Thomas Partey.

Sheffield United have won only four games this season and none since Paul Heckingbottom took caretaker charge a month ago and they had little answer to their opponents’ increased efficiency. At 1-0 there was always a chance that this generous Arsenal side may provide the Blades with a way back in, but Martinelli’s strike ended such home hopes, with Lacazette adding the final flourish. The win – complete with a first clean sheet in 15 games – lifts Arsenal above Leeds and Aston Villa and up to ninth in the table, with 45 points. It did come at a potential cost, though, with Bukayo Saka limping off in the second half with a thigh injury, making him a possible doubt for the second leg of the Europa League last-eight tie with Slavia Prague on Thursday.

Sheffield United remain rooted to the bottom, 18 points from safety with just 21 left to play for. With their woeful goal difference, a loss at Wolves next Saturday will all but confirm their relegation. Arsenal endured a chastening eight days in the lead up to this fixture, suffering a humbling 3-0 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League before drawing the home leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie with Slavia Prague. Their hopes of attaining a Champions League spot via a top-four finish are long gone, leaving success in Europe’s secondary competition as their last remaining route back into its more lucrative big brother. This game, then, was as much about getting Slavia’s late equaliser at the Emirates out of their system with a more composed, confidence-boosting win.

What’s In Your Wallet?

Women have their What’s In Your Purse blog posts, I saw we dudes have our own What’s In Your Wallet posts. Well we men won’t have that much interesting things in our wallets, as limited as they are in size but here I go with mine.

I have Rs.1000 in cash split into two Rs.500 notes. In a small pocket I have Rs. 10 in coins, a Rs. 5 coin and 5 Re. 1 coins. I have both my credit cards and both my debit cards. I also have my now expired credit card tucked in there as well. I don’t know why I have that but it actually looks nice. I have three id cards – my Pan Card, Voter’s id card & my Aadhar card. I also have my DC Books rewards card that gets me discounts when I buy from them. I haven’t visited them in ages and perhaps I should.

I also have a small thingy with a couple of passport photos in it – never know when you may need one. And that’s it. Nothing else. I now like it this way without putting a lot of things in it.

Unexpected Day @Work

So I wasn’t expected to be at the office yesterday but I was. Another colleague had a function that he couldn’t get out off and I had to fill in. So I went to bed earlier on Friday night – still couldn’t go to sleep immediately and had to watch 2 episode of tv shows to get me to sleep. But that also meant that I feel asleep after 3:30 and waking up at 9 am was a no-no. I ended up snoozing the alarm till 9:30 am and then getting up reluctantly to brush my teeth and get coffee.

I reached the office at 12:30 pm and went to collect a laptop from the tech support team and went to the large open floor area where we have been given to conduct new hire trainings. I wasn’t scheduled to conduct any trainings that day but was just there to oversea things. I went and got a seat at a desk and plugged in and tried to complete things that I wanted to. It didn’t quite work out that way as the new format I was using had issues and it actually created a mess of things. Which I then ofcourse had to sort out manually and took up a lot of my time.

Lunch was at 3pm – Maggie noodles with a bit of egg scrambled along with it and a mango drink from a box. At 7 pm I went to get coffee but instead settled for another mango drink and some snacks. At 7:30 pm I had abandoned all hope of completing the task at the office and decided that I would do some work on Sunday evening. Another colleague who was scheduled for the 9:30 pm slot came in and we talked till 9:30 pm when I said bye and booked my Uber to come home. Dinner was burgers and Sprite.

Scream 2

Scream 2 is a 1997 American meta slasher film directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. It stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Metcalf, Jerry O’Connell, Elise Neal, Timothy Olyphant, Jada Pinkett and Liev Schreiber. The film was released on December 12, 1997, less than a year after the first, by Dimension Films, as the second installment in the Scream film series. It was followed by three sequels, Scream 3 (2000), Scream 4 (2011), and a fifth film, which began filming in September 2020. Scream 2 takes place one year after the first film and again follows the character of Sidney Prescott (Campbell), and other Woodsboro survivors, at the fictional Windsor College in Ohio, who becomes the target of a copycat killer using the guise of Ghostface.

4 Ways To Get Arrested In Russia

1. Writing Letters To Putin

On May 9, 23-year-old Darya Kulakova finished a 10-day jail sentence for organizing a letter-writing campaign urging Putin not to seek a fourth term as president. She was charged with resisting a police order when she tried to hand in the letters at Putin’s representative office in Tatarstan’s capital, Kazan.

2. Combating Child Abuse

Kindergarten teacher Yevgenia Chudnovets was sentenced in the Kurgan region in November 2016 to five months in jail for reposting a child-abuse video aimed at raising awareness of what she argued was a serious social issue. The Russian Supreme Court ordered the case reviewed and, on March 6, the court overturned its conviction and ordered Chudnovets released with just weeks left in her sentence. The reposting of the video in question helped the authorities to catch two adults who were themselves convicted of child abuse and sentenced to three and six years in prison.

3. Posting Cool Photos

In February 2015, armed police came to the apartment of Polina Petruseva in Smolensk and arrested her. Her crime was reposting a historical photograph showing the building where she lived as it looked during the two years that the city was occupied by Nazi Germans during World War II. Petruseva was fined 1,000 rubles ($18) because the photo showed a Nazi flag and several Nazis officers in uniform. Her crime was “disseminating Nazi insignias.

4. Posting About Your Previous Cases

In March, a court in Cheboksary, Chuvashia, convicted opposition activist Dmitry Semyonov of the “mass distribution of extremist materials” for reposting a news report about his earlier conviction for reposting “extremist” content. He was fined 150,000 rubles ($250), but the court immediately amnestied him, clearing the conviction from his record. In March, a court in Novocheboksarsk, also in Chuvashia, convicted Dmitry Pankov of “extremism” for posting an article about how a previous accusation of distributing extremist material against him had been dismissed.

Both the Semyonov and Pankov cases involved the posting of a 2013 photograph showing then-St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, who is now a State Duma deputy, wearing a shirt bearing an Orthodox slogan that has been ruled extremist.

Ideal Vacation

Write about your ideal vacation. Where would you go? Why would you go there? Describe the scene, the weather, and the activities you would do during your vacation in detail.

Ok, I want to go to a place that is near the water, like a pond or a river, but I don’t want a sandy beach. I want green grass all around me, tall grass nearby and butterflies in the 100s. I want a cold wind blowing at all time but the sun to still be shining bright but it should never get hot and sweaty.

I want to see a snow capped mountain range nearby. It should be peaceful and serene. A nice cabin separate from the rest but installed with a really nice bathroom, a small kitchen, a living room and a bedroom. The main wing of the resort should be nearby so I can order room service and they can get me the food and drinks within 20-30 minutes. Oh yes I would want high speed internet/wifi and a big tv so I can watch my movies and tv shows on it.

Why a separate cabin? Well that’s because I don’t want to be near other people. I am here to relax and chill and recharge my batteries. I want to sleep as much as I can or watch tv when I want to and at other times I want to enjoy the nature & surroundings while sipping on a cold beer and chill.

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Arsenal 1 Slavia Prague 1

Slavia Prague scored a dramatic stoppage time equaliser to leave Arsenal’s Europa League ambitions hanging in the balance. Substitute Nicolas Pepe thought he had earned the Gunners a slender quarter-final first-leg advantage when he broke the deadlock in the 86th minute. But Tomas Holes headed home in the dying moments of the game from close range to give Slavia Prague a precious away goal. The second leg in Prague takes place next Thursday (20:00 BST) and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, despite his side conceding so late, still believes they will progress to the semi-finals.

Arteta stated he was in “shock” after his side’s tame 3-0 surrender to Liverpool last weekend, a performance which brought stinging criticism from both fans and pundits. He reacted by making six changes – three of which were forced because of injuries – to his starting line-up, with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the most high-profile casualty. Aubameyang, who has 13 league and cup goals for his club this season but none since 6 March, cut a frustrated figure as he watched Willian, from a free-kick, clip the outside of the post before Alexandre Lacazette raced through, only to hit the bar.Aubameyang was finally sent on after 78 minutes and made an impact as his pass allowed club-record ÂŁ72m signing Pepe to race into the box and produce a composed finish past keeper Ondrej Kolar.

But Arsenal failed to see the game out and Holes’ back-post header means Arteta’s side have it all to do against the 2019-20 Czech champions in a week’s time. With the Gunners lying 10th in the Premier League table, 10 points off a top four spot, winning the Europa League represents their most realistic chance of securing a Champions League spot next season. They have not graced the Champions League stage since 2016-17 and they face a big test next week if they are to make it through to the semi-finals of Europe’s second-tier club knockout competition. While this was an improvement on their previous outing, Arsenal rarely looked convincing against opponents who have beaten Leicester City and Rangers this season.

Rob Holding had a header tipped over the bar when the game was goalless, but at the other end Bernd Leno saved Jan Boril’s deflected shot while Lukas Provod hit the post before Holes got to a rebound inside the six-yard area to head his side level in the 93rd minute.

Dating Tips For 2021

2021 is shaping up to be an odd year, isn’t it? While 2020 was tragic, overwhelming and draining for most citizens around the world, 2021 has shown us that the world is healing, and that eventually we can go back to our normal lives. Most people are in limbo right now – some are vaccinated, others are waiting for the opportunity, while some are refusing the vaccination – and when you find yourself in limbo, the most natural reaction is to plan for the future.

One thing that has been greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic is our romantic lives. Some people entered the pandemic while in relationships that either became stronger in the face of adversity, or broke down altogether. Others entered COVID-19 totally single, and have been unable to find matches or dates due to the restrictions we have all faced.

Now that the world is reopening once and for all, all you singles out there are likely to be excited about dating again. But how has dating changed, for better or worse, in 2021? It’s time to find out.

In this blog we will explore post-coronavirus dating etiquette, meeting someone new in 2021, and standing out from the crowd during this wild time. Let’s get started, shall we?

Post-Coronavirus Dating Etiquette

First, let’s discuss the dating etiquette of the modern era. With the emergence of online dating in recent years, it is now possible to date, and even be in relationships with, people who you don’t see in real life. Many people have overseas relationships that are forged through Tinder, forums, gaming or social media. This might sound a little wacky to some people, but for others this works pretty well.

In the age of coronavirus, online dating took on a whole new life of its own. Unable to meet for dinner, drinks, movies or hookups, people took to dating apps and websites to meet new people, chat, and even engage in sexual activity online. So now that we’re able to meet face to face again, have the rules changed? What is the new dating etiquette?

Masks while dating: to wear or not to wear?

Some people are pickier than others about wearing masks, so the crucial thing here is to communicate. If you are meeting up with someone for a first date, ask the question outright. What’s your view on masks? Should we wear face coverings? Are you vaccinated?

Putting these questions out in the open seems like it’d create an awkward tension, but it actually has the opposite effect. You know where you stand, there’s no confusion, and you’re enabling the two of you to set boundaries straight away.

Physical intimacy: yay or nay?

Once again, this is a question of attitude, safety and many other factors. If you are both vaccinated, you can go about your lives as you please, no worries. However, if you haven’t yet been vaccinated, being physically intimate could be a more contentious subject.

You should do what you both feel comfortable with, just don’t expect the other person to instantly jump into bed with you. Things might have to be old-school for a little while longer than normal!

How To Meet Someone In 2021 Without Succumbing To Online Dating

Now there’s the question of how to meet someone. We’ve discussed the fact that online dating is more and more prevalent nowadays, but what other options are available for single people who don’t enjoy online dating?

Let’s take a look at some of the best options for meeting someone new in 2021, without resorting to Tinder, Grindr or any other online forum.

Reach out to friends and get set up

Remember in the 90s, when you’d get set up on dates by mutual friends? It’s time to bring this trend back into 2021!  If you have a close friend who has acted as your wingman in the past, why not let them know you’re looking to meet someone? You could find a true match by getting your friends to play Cupid.

Have the confidence to approach people

Have you met a barista in your local coffee shop who you think is cute? Did you catch eyes with someone across the bar, causing your heart to beat a little faster? It’s time to buck up your confidence and ask somebody out in person.

This can be about as daunting as it gets, especially if you’ve been shot down before. But meeting someone new outside of online dating means having more confidence than the average person – and often, this is a very attractive trait to bring across.

Have Things Really Changed?

Although COVID-19 has changed our world in so many ways, some things really don’t change when it comes to dating. So far we’ve talked about how things in the dating game will be different in 2021, so now let’s cover some aspects of dating that will remain the same no matter what’s going on in the world.

Clear communication and respect is key

Like all romantic relationships since the dawn of time, the way to navigate them is to be clear in your communication and respectful at every turn. Especially when you meet somebody new, there is much time and energy spent on testing each other’s boundaries, learning what the other person enjoys or doesn’t enjoy, and figuring them out. This can take years, lifetimes even, but when you first begin dating it’s important to start as you mean to go on.

Taking the usual precautions

Just like you normally would, it’s crucial to take the regular precautions, particularly when it comes to sex and physical intimacy. Getting yourself regularly tested for STIs is good practice, even when you use appropriate contraception. If you do think you have an STI, you can access treatments such as genital herpes treatment online in an easy way.

Manage your expectations

After coronavirus, many people’s self esteem levels, body confidence and general social confidence are pretty low. We are all out of practice when it comes to chatting in person, socialising and meeting people we aren’t used to. If you feel this way, make sure to manage your expectations.

There may not be a love-at-first-sight moment when you meet the person you’re dating; it may even be a bit awkward and stilted at first. Just be patient and be kind to the other person if they’re feeling nervous too!

Stand Out From The Crowd On The Dating Scene

How does one stand out from the crowd in the dating scene nowadays? There is likely to be a rush of single people all searching for a match now that the world is opening up, so what makes you stand apart from the rest and get noticed?

Being a unique individual

One of the most attractive traits a person can have is to be unapologetically themselves. Don’t sell yourself short for a sanitised version of you – just be you!

Putting yourself out there

Like we mentioned before, having the confidence to make the first move is a very appealing characteristic for any potential partner. You know what you want, and you go for it, and that attitude will get you a long way when it comes to meeting somebody new on the dating scene.

Final Thoughts

Dating in 2021 might be a new kind of challenge, but ultimately it is an exciting opportunity for you to get a new lease of life, jump into something fun, and live life to the fullest after a difficult year.

Organizing Books & Music CDS

So how does one arrange and organize their books and music cds on their shelves? Well I don’t buy cds anymore and I sold off all the ones that I had since I went digital many, many years ago but until 2008 I had a very large collection of both. My book collection is now nowhere near the size I had from the age of of say 12 to 32 but I atleast have a few that I keep on a built in shelf.

How I arrange my books? Well I used to arrange them in alphabetic order based on the title. Because that’s how my sister and I usually picked them up to read and re-read. We both loved to read novels and the odd non-fiction as well and we read our books many, many times. Books was one thing that I did not have much of a problem in sharing. It was meant for me, my sister and any of our relatives who spent time in our home. We shared the titles back & forth quite a lot.

Cds for music were mostly my thing. Because by the time I was 20 is when I started buying cds, until then it was cassettes. Yes I am 44, old as time! Now here I have my own system and since my family usually didn’t listen to the variety of bands & artists that I do (my cousins have some bands in common with me), my cds were mine and mine alone. I would arrange them alphabetically artist wise – so A to Z. And if the band or singer/instrumentalist had multiple albums that I had then I would arrange those cds in the order of the year of release.

That was my arrangement! Now all my music is in mp3 format and in my hard drives.

Coffee Cake Recipe

It’s National Coffee Cake Day. Share your favorite Coffee Cake Recipe.

Ingredients

  • 170g butter or margarine, plus extra for the tins
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 170g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp cooled instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water (add more if you like it stronger)

For the icing

  • 225g icing sugar
  • 100g butter or margarine
  • 1½ tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water
  • strawberry jam (optional)
  • walnuts or cherries, to decorate (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1 : Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Line and butter two 18cm sandwich tins. Add the sugar and butter to a bowl and whisk until very fluffy and pale.
  • STEP 2 : Whisk the eggs in a mug with a fork, then add them gradually to the mixture with 1 tbsp of flour each time. (Make sure you don’t use all the flour.) When the eggs have been fully combined into the mix, add the rest of the flour and fold it in gently.
  • STEP 3 : Add the dissolved coffee to the mixture, still folding. Divide into the sandwich tins and cook for 25-30 min until risen and firm and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Can be frozen at this stage.
  • STEP 4 : Meanwhile, make the icing by beating the icing sugar with the butter until light and fluffy, then add the dissolved coffee. Whisk, then cover and set aside until ready to ice the cake.
  • STEP 5 : Spread half the icing on the bottom of one sponge and spread the strawberry jam on the bottom of the other, if using. Sandwich together, then spread the remaining icing on top. Decorate with walnuts or cherries, if you like.

Recipe from BBC Good Food