Another Inconvenient Harthal

So now we have another harthal that will be inflicted on the state. The people of this state have got their priorities so ass backwards. We do not need or want and certainly could avoid more of these kind of strikes and disturbances in the daily life. It’s not certain yet but if what I am hearing is true, then this is going to be a 24 hour harthal.

If it starts at midnight then I will have to leave early from the office as I may not get cabs beyond 11 pm and it will be very difficult for me to get back home. This will also mean that we won’t be able to work on Thursday and will have to compensate for it during the weekend. With Friday being a holiday we will have to work on either Saturday or Sunday. Now, since I have people in the batch that live in towns or cities away from Cochin, it will be best to make them work on Sunday instead of Saturday so that they can get 3 days off continuously.

If I have to make them work on Saturday instead, then they will have 2 days off and then work on Saturday and then take Sunday off. That will be inconvenient but it’s not the end of the world. I guess I will find out later today.

Pet Or Companion?

You’re going to adopt a pet other than the species you currently own – what would you adopt and why?

I add this to the category “Family” in my blog as pets are family. If you have a pet, they are part of your family. Currently I don’t have any pets, well except for the fish that my dad keeps in the home. Mom or he feed the fish and sit for a little while staring at them going around in the little tank. Oh yeah at the crows and pigeons that come to our balcony and whom we feed rice too. And in the case of the two crows, we give them bits of breakfast too.

If I could keep a pet, it will definetely be a dog. If I had more space, 2 dogs. If I had a wife, I’d get 2 dogs and 2 cats. Perfect, hum do hamare do do! I’m not too keen on kids or being a father but I like furkids. Ah to be the loving human to a loving dog or dogs again. Cats too. Cause I had two cats when I was a kid and they share a lot of love too. And both are entertaining.

A dog will do. Loyal companion who I can shower a lot of love on and be loved unconditionally back.

Prompt from November Blog Prompts at Blog Paws.com

Dealing In The Dark Arts

Although I am aware that such perceptions exists, whenever I hear stuff like this I am in awe of the stupidity. Yet another Christian, specifically Roman Catholic, was under the assumption that atheism means worshiping the devil and being involved in the black arts and stuff like that. Take a moment to soak in the level of the stupidity.

I know this is what several Christians believe. I am sure that Hindus and Muslims have similar beliefs no doubt taught to them by their so called learned wise men of the cloth and perpetuated by them. Though, I have yet to be called doing the work of Satan or similar such things by Hindus or Muslims. It is usually Christians who claim or say or ask that.

Though I must say that my sympathies lie with Lucifer in the stories of Christian mythology. Always! Hail Satan!

2018 Star Trek Movie Rewatch

Since 2014 I have decided to do my Star Trek movie marathon every two years. So in November of that year I started watching all 12 movies that were released until that point. Remember this is only the movies since the series will take a much longer, longer time to get through all the shows and episodes.

I did the same thing in 2016 but this time I had the 2016 release Star Trek Beyond to add to the list. So this year as well we will have the 13 movie Star Trek movie rewatching that is due every two years. I guess I will start in November but since I have a 3 day weekend coming up this week due to Friday being a holiday, I could actually start it earlier. Nah, I guess I will wait for the new tv to arrive and start then. Which could be next weekend!

Question is should I start with The Motion Picture (1979) which is the first ever movie or start with Star Trek (2009) the reboot/alternative timelime/Kelvinverse? I usually start with TMP but this year I guess I could start with the 2009 movie. Oh well, I will decide once I start it off.

Another 3 Day Weekend Coming This Way

Whaaat? I love this. We get another 3 day weekend and it’s next week. That is so awesome. This Friday is Durga Puja which is a Hindu holiday/festival. It isn’t celebrated much in Kerala but schools, colleges and most offices have a day off on the final day of the festival.

So once again, I will make plans and I will say that I will do this, this, this and also some of that. In the end….I will probably do none of them, which is like always, but I still plan and scheme for the long weekend plans. I think this time I am not going to say or plan anything. I will just let it flow and let things happen as they may.

But I am sure that there will beer and there will be pizza in those 3 days. And there will be watching of a few movies. Oh damn, did I just make a plan? I only wish I could have my tv delivered before this weekend.

Nightman

I am so tired. I have just completed a week at work doing the 1:30 am to 9:30 am shift. Yes, you read that correctly! The dreaded shifts of all dreaded shifts.

I would reach home by 10:30 or maybe just before and go straight to bed. I would wake up either by 3:30pm or 4 pm and have coffee and whatever little food is there. Nothing too heavy. Maybe a sandwich with just mayo and lettuce. During these past days I watched a movie on some days and a few tv show episodes on others. I would sit at the computer and try to relax.

I would try and get a couple more hours of sleep like at around 9:30pm and wake up at 11:30 pm so I can be a bit more refreshed. I would brush my teeth, get a coffee and by midnight I would shave and shower and get ready to go to work. I hail an Uber and go to work. I can’t do that for a long time but once in a while this shift is ok, even if it is tiring.

Headline News!!

Write a headline you’d love to read in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Aliens exist and they are friendly and want to share their technology with us in reducing pollution, cleaning the air and waters, reducing heat and too much cold weather, obliterating poverty, hunger, famine, homeless and diseases and making everyone’s life a luxurious one! They want to do this and also share space travel with us so we can go out and explore the galaxies around us.

Religion is declared as false and people throw away their holy books and shun all gods!

Arsenal win the Champions League! The Ottawa Senators win the Stanley Cup! India wins the FIFA World Cup after Roshan scores 5 goals in the final!

Prompt from Cheryl Strayed’s writing prompts

Bought A Smart TV Online

I finally bought my first ever tv! Yay! Now when I say that, this is the first ever tv I have personally bought. I haven’t watched anything on a tv for over 10 years but there is a tv in this apartment in the living room but only my parents watch that.

I watch everything on my computer, my current 15.6 in Dell. That is gonna change. I placed an order for the Mi LED Smart TV 4A 80 cm (32)

Highlights
  • 20 loans quick cash W Speaker Output
  • 1366 x 768 HD Ready – Great picture quality
  • 60 Hz : Standard refresh rate for blur-free picture quality
  • 3 x HDMI : For set top box, consoles and Blu-ray players
  • 2 x USB : Easily connect your digital camera, camcorder or USB device
  • Ultra-bright LED display
  • Powerful 20W stereo speakers
  • 700,000+ hours of content on PatchWall
  • 64-bit quad-core processor, 1GB RAM + 8GB Storage
  • One remote: Control TV, set-top box and more

The Good Ole Days

Write about the things you loved doing when you were a child.

When I was a child, I certainly loved to watch Cartoon Network and watch cartoon after cartoon. I loved watching them (though very selective) even in my 20s. I loved playing football, badminton and occasionally cricket with my cousins or friends.

I also loved playing board games like Monopoly or Hind Trade (basically an Indian version of Monopoly) and we have spent hours & hours during lazy afternoons and evenings and even late nights playing that. Listening to music too – my cousins and I spent many afternoons and evenings playing our favourite 80s & 90s pop and rock songs.

And ofcourse a group of us would go to one or two of the local video lending libraries and pick a couple of movies for us to watch that evening or night. Those were the days.

Prompt from Cheryl Strayed’s writing prompts

Phantasm

Phantasm is a 1979 American horror film directed, written, photographed, and edited by Don Coscarelli. The first film in the Phantasm franchise, it introduces the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), a supernatural and malevolent undertaker who turns the dead of earth into dwarf zombies to be sent to his planet and used as slaves. He is opposed by a young boy, Mike (Michael Baldwin), who tries to convince his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) and family friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) of the threat.

Phantasm  cialis 5 was a locally financed independent film; the cast and crew were mostly amateurs and aspiring professionals. And it shows; in some places the acting is down right terrible and artificial but most of it is from cast members who are there in just one scene and have only a line or two of dialogue. What I was surprise by was the quality of the transfer to bluray; this does not look like a movie released in 1979 but more like a few years later. If only the acting and the storyline as well as the direction was as good.

There are way too many scenes that are like too sudden and at times seem ridiculous. The way that Mike keeps following his brother Jody on foot, the sudden change of scenery, the overall ridiculousness of the reasonings and decision making makes no sense. Anyways, the Tall Man turns out to be an alien who is getting people killed – by morphing into a chick and banging guys and then stabbing them right after orgasm – abducting the corpses, then somehow shrinking them to dwarfs, reanimating them and making them work for him on his planet. In the end I don’t know if these events actually happened or did Mikey dream it all? His brother is dead in a car accident and Reggie is taking care of him.

But Reggie was shown to be killed in the events earlier or the dream. What was going on? In the end the Tall Man appears in Mike’s bedroom and abducts him through the mirror. To…I suppose his home planet. How? I dunno! It’s all so strange. I don’t get why this film has so much praise piled on it going by reviews. I give it a ….6.5 outta 10! I am not sure about checking the remaining 4 films in the franchise now.

Bloodied Knee Memory

Write about a memory of a physical injury.

I was about 16 or maybe 17. Probably 16 I think. I had bought my spanking new bicycle when I was 15 back in 1990, something called a Street Cat. I loved that cycle a lot. I mostly used it to go around the little suburban town my family lived in from 1987 onwards. I also rode it to my tuition classes that I attended for Math, Physics and Chemistry.

My childhood friend Renjish, who lived less than a kilometer away, attended the same tuition classes as me and we rode together in the mornings on the weekends and evenings on other days. We rode on the bad roads up and down and we had some slopes on the way. For two years I had no incidents. But one evening, I tripped and feel on my left knee which was bloodied and bruised.

I had to go to the doctor and I was limping. He advised me to stay off my feet for 5 days and rest at home. I also remember my sister and my cousin sister, who lived with us for 3 years while she was in an engineering college close to my home, fussed over me and got me soft drinks and snacks and pillows. Which was weird as they never did that any other time I got sick and was laid up. Oh well!

Prompt from CHERYL STRAYED’S WRITING PROMPTS

TAG

Tag is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Jeff Tomsic (in his directorial debut) and written by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen. The film is based on a true story that was published in The Wall Street Journal about a group of grown men, played by Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner, who spend one month a year playing the game of tag. Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, and Leslie Bibb also star.

So that’s the basis of this film, grown men – in their what seems like 40s atleast judging the ages of the actors – still playing the children’s game of tag. Hogan “Hoagie” Malloy, Bob Callahan, Randy “Chilli” Cilliano, Kevin Sable and Jerry Pierce have been playing tag since they were nine years old, starting in 1983, during the month of May. Since then, the group’s main rule of the game is that the last one tagged is “it,” until next season.  Hogan tags his CEO friend  Bob and then get their stoner friend, divorced loser Chilli and then they go get Kevin (the token black guy). Hogan reveals that their friend Jerry is planning to retire after this May as he is getting married in a few days and since Jerry has never been tagged in his life, this is the last year they can attempt it.

Rebecca Crosby, a Wall Street Journal reporter doing a piece on Bob, joins them and decides to write an article on the friends. They are also accompanied by Hoagie’s wife Anna. What follows next is hilarious attempts to tag Jerry, who is always one step or several steps away from his friends. He is athletic and agile and very clever, being the owner of his own fitness business. His wife to be, Susan, is cautiously enthusiastic but pleads to the other four that they won’t do anything at the rehearsal dinner or the actual wedding. During the rehearsal dinner, Susan reveals to the guys that she is pregnant. Also in the mix is fellow classmate  Cheryl Deakins who used to be the love interest for both Bob & Chillli at one point and both of them now try to date her as she is recently widowed.

Well in the end, after an inappropriate way to get outta of being tagged, Jerry gets married but Hoagie charges at Jerry, but narrowly misses and ends up tackling the pastor to the ground. Hoagie then loses consciousness, which Jerry thinks is a ruse, but Anna confirms that Hoagie’s condition is serious and calls for an ambulance. At the hospital it turns out that Hogan tells them the truth: he had lied about Jerry quitting after the season because he wanted to reunite with his friends after he recently discovered a tumor on his liver and has advanced liver cancer; he may not be alive for the following year. Jerry chooses to swallow his pride and allows Hoagie to tag him. The group starts the game again, running around the hospital as they did as children, and change their rules so Anna, Rebecca, and Susan can play as well.

Before the credits roll, multiple photographs and video clips are displayed, showing the real group of ten men that inspired the film, who continue to play to this day. Which I find fascinating and endearing. The film, though it started out very well lost a lot of steam later on. I found some of the humour forced and boy does Hannibal Buress look out of place in this film. It just seems like they wanted a black guy to fill out the group and found him. He was the dud in the film and is quite a bit younger than the other 4. Talk about miscasting! 7 outta 10!