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Rude, Loud & Idiotic!

I am a bit concerned about the current generation of young boys and girls. I was at a small internet cafe that is located about less than a minute’s walk away from my building. The cafe owner also has digital scanning, photo copying and DTP in the shop plus he also has a few new connections for mobile companies like Airtel and Reliance as well as recharge options for their prepaid customers. As I had a requirement for getting some documents scanned I walked over this morning at around 10 am.

While I was there I waited in line for the scanning as there was a young lady in front of me as well as an older gentleman who had handed over some files to be photocopied and left for a while. After the girl left it was my turn and just then 4 lads of about 17-18 walked in. They must be 17-18 in my opinion though they looked kinda immature for that age as well but one of them had a full scruffy beard so I am guessing they were around 18. And they were loud and obnoxious and talked way too much for anyone’s liking. From their loud talk I got the idea that they were in town to right some exams (perhaps an entrance exam or something) and they wanted to check something online.

These guys have no sense of personal space or any decency or manners! Fucking hell parents in Kerala, what the fuck are you teaching your kids these days? I was never the “perfect gentleman” and neither were my friends but at that age and younger or even older, we knew how to behave in public. I would never be so rude enough to stand at the table and bend over to check what the owner of the cafe was typing. The rudeness is shocking! They can’t stand at a respectful distance from someone else. They won’t know how! They can’t wait their turn and start loudly asking for what they want even if there are people in front of them. And no one else wants to hear your conversation so speak at a lower level you assholes!

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RIP George R. Romero

American-Canadian filmmaker, writer and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about an imagined zombie apocalypse, beginning in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, which is often considered a progenitor of the fictional zombie of modern culture. Other notable films in the series include Dawn of the Dead (1978 ) and Day of the Dead (1985). Aside from the Dead series, his works include The Crazies (1973), Martin(1978 ), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988 ) and The Dark Half (1993).

Romero is often noted as an influential pioneer of the horror film genre, and has been called an “icon” and the “Father of the Zombie Film.” His zombie films were remade in the 2000s starting with Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Day of the Dead & a 6th zombie movie in Survival Of The Dead in 2009. Romero died Sunday in his sleep after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to a family statement to The Times provided by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. He was 77. Romero died while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952’s “The Quiet Man,” with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, the family said.

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Interrogation (2016)

Interrogation is a 2016 American action film directed by Stephen Reynolds from a screenplay by Adam Rodin and Michael Finch. The film, from WWE productions stars former wrestler Adam “Edge” Copeland and C.J. “Lana” Perry, Patrick Sabongui, Julia Benson and Peter McNulty. The film is the 3rd installment in the Action Six Pack series of films. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on September 20, 2016.

This movie, shot in Vancouver, Canada with almost all Canadian cast would be of particular interest to WWE and wrestling fans due to the WWE connection. An action thriller, starring former wrestling superstar Edge as an FBI agent Lucas Nolan specialized in interrogation. We see him go in to the middle of a shootout where a terrorist is pumping out bullets from a machine gun. He counts down the number of rounds the gun can shoot and the time interval in seconds that the shooter needs to reload and he bursts in and takes him down, alive. After Vasti, a Middle Easter sounding man walks into an FBI building in Minneapolis and admits to a bomb that explodes nearby, he is arrested and held for questioning.

Mark Law brings in his friend Nolan who he has worked with before which doesn’t sit well with agent Sara Ward. Assisting the team is IT specialist Becky. As Nolan questions Vasti, the criminal mastermind riddles him with clues in his rhetoric. While the others think Vasti is just saying cocky speeches about hating the western world, Nolan is able to pinpoint clues to the whereabouts of further bomb sites and drags Vasti along as they get to the first place. The team is able to avoid loss of human life as the bomb explodes and then move on to Vasti’s apartment where they find more clues. There are fights and shooting and all that which comes in a typical action packed thriller. But the twist comes at the end, when Nolan and Vasti are thought to have died while the former is trying to defuse a bomb at the Federal Reserve building.

The other FBI agents are forced to step out of the vault that Vasti & Nolan are in as the terrorist holds Nolan hostage, having stolen the gun from Sara. Nolan steps in the exchange himself with Sara and triggers the alarm by pushing some money off a table. When it becomes 6pm, the power comes back on in the area which will detonate the bomb in the vault, which Vasti meant to damage the American economy. A virus that Vasti planted erases a lot of data in the FBI systems including records of him. At a eulogy for Nolan, while the FBI pays homage to him, we see Vasti & Nolan incognito outside the building! The two were in on the plan together having grown up as friends since they were kids. Vasti has no middle eastern accent and they spent 5 years giving him an alias hard to track. Before the bomb explodes they transfer money out to a secret account and escape through a shaft. As the two friends leave the vicinity of the FBI building, they then go and meet Nolan’s father, an ex-criminal who was arrested and in prison for many years. With fake passports and a private plane waiting for them, the three of them are set to leave for a new life in parts unknown.

Cheap effects but the movie is watchable. Acting isn’t that great but it’s ok for a dull afternoon. If you like wrestling you might be a fan of Edge and hence give this low budget film a watch. 5.5 outta 10!

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Buyers Beware!

The year is 2243, and your computer’s dusty hard drive has just resurfaced at an antique store. Write a note to the curious buyer explaining what he or she will find there.

23rd century and we are in 21 years before the Star Trek TOS era. So, it’s very close to the upcoming Star Trek Discovery era and 91 years after Enterprise launches. See, this is the way the mind of a hard core Trekkie works!

Anyways, back to the prompt – so in 2243 my dusty hard drive has been found and is being kept for sale at an antique store. Wow, Dell you really are good if the hard drive can last that long! But anyway some unsuspecting souls come into the antique store and they look around and find my hard drive. “What’s this?” they ask the owner of the store. The old man who runs the place smiles and tells them that it is a hard drive used for storing data on a computer back from the 20th & 21st century. This one was made in the year 2015!

“Wow!” says the people who want to buy it. “That is ancient! We’ll take it” and then they exchange money, credits, latinum or whatever the heck passes on for currency in 2243. Then the young folks take it to their home and they inter-phase it with they large computer and try to access the files hidden in my hard drive. And they see naked pics of beautiful women, rock music, music pics, Star Trek stuff, movies, pics from movies, pics from tv shows and all other goodies. “Wow, what are Minions? What is Grumpy Cat?” They wonder and they gaze in awe at the stuff in my hard drive.

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New Back Cover For My Phone

Although I was kinda disappointed when I got my phone that the store didn’t have the black version and I had to opt for the white colour, I knew ofcourse that I would soon get a back cover for my phone and hence it would not be an issue at all. I initially bought an almost plain, black rubberised grip semi-soft case which came cheap but knew I would look for a better design soon.

After going through multiple choices on Amazon India I narrowed my choices down to a few. Parallel Universe, a company in Bombay that makes cases and a lot of other stuff have some really good one among which I found 3 that were really awesome. Of those three I knew I had to get atleast one of two that were very similar in design but had different colour schemes.

I chose this one that you see here on the post. It’s the Parallel Universe Stitched Puzzle PU Leather Back cover for Moto G4 Plus – Brown Maroon colour scheme with a dark blue patch. The outside that you see is faux leather thought it looks like the cover for an expensive and classy large book. Or even leatheface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (LOL)! The inside of the back case is hard matte for protection. The other colour scheme is here. and it is blue, black and a brown patch. I think they look awesome and at first I couldn’t decide which one I would get as they are both great. I picked this one as I think it will look better with a white phone.

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Food Review #174

McDonald’s Chicken Maharaja Mac (with the changed flamed grilled patties) – I’ve done the Maharaja Mac before but this one is with flamed grileld chicken patties. I must say that I like these ones better.

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Shape Of You

Which quirky habit annoys you the most, and what quirky habit do you love — in yourself, or others.

Where do I start? One of my biggest pet peeves or something annoys me is guys who start singing as soon as they enter the public bathroom. Like at the office. I don’t start singing as soon as I get into my bathroom forget about a public bathroom at work. Why the fuck do these guys do it?

I will be in a stall in the loo and trying to take a leak or a dump and want some peace and quiet while I do my business quickly and leave having relieved myself and in come some random moron into the washroom and starts singing the latest Malayalam / Hindi / Tamil or English song that’s a hit! I mean for heaven’s sake you startle me as I am peeing and my aim is not on target!

Also “Shape of You” is not appropriate music to poop to!

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Ugh, Graveyard Shifts!

Well hello, how are you? Me, I am so tired and I don’t even know what day it is. I just went to the loo and for a second I wasn’t sure which day’s shift I was about to work. So after working 9:30 am to 6:30 pm on Monday and then 6:30 pm to 3:30 am on Tuesday, I changed shifts again. However Wednesday technically I only worked 2.5 hours as I was in the office at 11pm and my Thursday shift started at 1:30 am. My current training batch starts working at 1:30 am till 10:30 am hence this mess of a shift.

I am so confused – am I coming or going? LOL, I was so tired at 3:30 am that I needed a coffee badly. But after that till about 9 am I was ok but then I was almost nodding off. I left the office at 10 am, a half hour early as another training batch needs the room at that time. No problem, I just got my bag and bottle and booked an Uber and got in. I told the driver the location of my home and nodded off in spurts of fighting to stay awake. Before I knew it I was almost home. As soon as I came in, I undressed and got in between the sheets which have never looked more inviting or comfortable till date.

But then I found it hard to fall asleep ofcourse. The noises outside and the lighting streaming in from the gaps in the curtains did not help either but I managed a 5.5 hour sleep. I woke up a little after 4pm and not having had lunch (I had breakfast at the office cafeteria) I got coffee and some snacks. I have had another coffee but I am still tired as hell. Another two more days or rather nights of this shift.

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Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon is a 2016 American biopic disaster film. It was directed by Peter Berg, written by Matthew Sand and Matthew Michael Carnahan, and starring an ensemble cast including Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson. It is based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon  explosion  and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

On April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon, an oil drilling rig operated by private contractor Transocean, is set to begin drilling off the southern coast of Louisiana on behalf of BP. We see shots of the family life of some of the main characters as they leave their homes for a 3 week work schedule. Chief Electronics Technician Michael “Mike” Williams and rig supervisor James “Mr. Jimmy” Harrell are surprised to learn that the workers assigned to pump the cement intended to keep the well stable are being sent home early, without conducting a pressure test, at the insistence of BP managers Donald Vidrine and Robert Kaluza. Harrell meets with Vidrine and persuades him to conduct a test, which only serves to weaken the already poorly placed cement further. His patience thinning, and without waiting for Harrell to confirm the results, Vidrine orders the well to be flowed.

All is well for a little while but the cement job fails completely triggering a massive blowout that overpowers and kills Keith Manuel, Shane Roshto, Roy Kemp, Karl Kleppigner, Adam Weise and Gordon Jones. Several systems start to fail and as they crew is unable to seal the well, the leaked oil causes a fire killing Dewey Revette, Stephen Curtis, Jason Anderson and Donald Clark. The rig’s navigation officer, Andrea, tries to alert the Coast Guard, only to be overruled by her superior, Captain Curt Kuchta, on the grounds that the rig is not in any imminent danger. With oil now spewing into the ocean, a frightened, oil covered pelican flies into the bridge of a nearby vessel, which heads towards the rig just as the workers begin a frantic evacuation. Harrell, who is seriously injured in the explosion, is rescued by Mike and assumes control of the situation, only to discover that the rig could not be saved. Dale Burkeen, a close friend of Mike’s, sacrifices himself to keep a burning crane from collapsing onto the surviving crew, while Mike and Caleb are able to rescue Vidrine and Kaluza and get them to safety.

The Coast Guard sees the fire and sends a ship to rescue survivors With all the lifeboats full, Mike locates the emergency life raft, but it becomes separated from the rig before he and Andrea can board, causing the latter to suffer a panic attack. Just as the oil in the well itself ignites and destroys the rig, the two jump into the water and are picked up by rescuers, who then ferry them to the Damon Bankston. Mike in particular has a panic attack when accosted with the parent of a dead crew member and he collapses in a sobbing heap in his hotel room. However he is reunited with his wife & young daughter and testifies in court.  It is revealed that not a single employee of either Transocean or BP was prosecuted for their actions. Pictures appear of the 11 men who lost their lives before the credits.

The movie received generally positive reviews but grossed only over $121 million worldwide on a budget of $156 million. The film was nominated for two Oscars at the 89th Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects, and a BAFTA Award for Best Sound at the 70th British Academy Film Awards. However it doesn’t really work as a movie as most viewers will fail to connect with the characters, even though the real life event causes much anger in the public and especially environmental groups and even other oil rig workers. I give it a 7 outta 10!

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The Glass

Is the glass half-full, or half-empty?

The glass is definitely and most certainly half empty! Half fucking empty. I don’t get it why I can’t have even what I deserve. This is ridiculous. I just want to move on and not be bothered with shit all the time. I just want some peace and quiet and to be let alone and do what it is that I am to do and what I have to do. Why piss me off?

It is half empty and maybe….no it is infact less than than half empty. It is not anywhere near to being half full. Not in the slightest. This life stinks. I see no possible way that it gets better and that it gets towards being half full. I have had enough with being optimistic.

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Disappointment at KFC

Yesterday I went to Gold Souk after work (one of my rare day shifts) to do shopping for groceries at Big Bazaar and post that felt famished. Ordered the Chicken Longer – a smallish bun that’s long rather than round and has chicken tenders and a bit of mayo and a bit of lettuce. Cheap and tasted the same. Too much bun not enough filler of chicken. It came with a small fries and a small Pepsi and I also ordered two chicken pieces. The fries were the blandest I have tasted yet and it was cold and tasted like your bargain bakery and cold storage place’s frozen fries. The two piece chicken – the first one was cold and dry but in one spot when I bit into it, a vat of grease squirted out.

The second piece, which they had obviously just made was a lot better and it was hot and fresh. Service was not too good either. I had to remind them of what was missing on my order (they forgot one chicken) and even after I asked for tissue paper the servers couldn’t be bothered. I finally had to quietly use some water from the bottle I take to the office. No other choice because I was not getting into an Uber with greasy hands.

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No Excess

“Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.” – Edna Ferber. Do you agree with this statement on excess?

I am not too sure of that. Too much of peace, love, happiness and prosperity is as bad as too little? Hmmm I don’t buy it. I could use more happiness and joy in my life and I would like everyone to be able to get a lot more of it to. I know Queen sang “Too much love will kill you / Just as sure as none at all” but really?

I guess an overdose of anything can cause you to take things for granted and not appreciate it as much. Or it can dilute the things that matter the most for you. And you can forget just what it is you actually sacrificed to get the things that you wanted. I dunno but I feel that if everyone had as much as they wanted, wouldn’t the world be a better place? I mean, if all that you want is achieved in terms of food, luxury, clothing and other stuff, can we not dig down deep and work towards a better future because money and gaining things we want is not really a priority anymore?

Maybe I’m just a dreamer and I dream my life away but this doesn’t seem too bad to me.

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Tough Week Up Ahead

I fully expect this coming week to be tough with very long hours and little rest. This week is a really busy one at the office and hence I may have to work 6 days a week – I was told 7 days initially but then since I can’t afford to take a leave during Monday-Friday the next week, then I would infact be working 12 days at a stretch. That is crazy and I see no need for it. So I may get next Sunday off and perhaps even Wednesday off. That wouldn’t be so bad.

The timings are also crazy. I am currently training new hire batches and because of a lack of free training rooms I find that I will have to work 1:30 am to 10:30 am. This is one of the worst timings for training possible. And I hate it but it apparently cannot be changed due to the logistical constraints. Struggling for several days and the graveyard shift would be even worse. But I think it will only be for 3 days at the most. That will be murder on me as I can’t get enough sleep during the day at home and I will be glad once it is over.

I have to go grocery shopping tomorrow after work and also perhaps go to an opticians store as the screw on one of nose rests on my spectacles is loose and I’m afraid it will roll off and get lost. It’s hard to wear glasses without a proper nose rest.

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RIP Nelson Ellis

True Blood, has died at the age of 39 after complications from heart failure. “Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure,” the actor’s manager Emily Gerson Saines, told the Hollywood Reporter. “He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.” A graduate of Julliard, Ellis’ first major role was as Lafayette Reynolds, a short order cook and vampire blood dealer on the hit HBO series. Ellis’ portrayal of the character was so beloved by True Blood fans of the series that even though Lafayette was killed off early in the Sookie Stackhouse book series, the character lasted the entirety of the show.

In addition to True Blood, Ellis appeared Lee Daniels’ The Butler (as Martin Luther King, Jr.), Secretariat, The Help, The Stanford Prison Experiment and as singer Bobby Byrd in the James Brown biopic Get On Up. Most recently, Ellis had a reoccurring role in the CBS detective series Elementary. Ellis was born in Harvey, Illinois, near Chicago. When Ellis and his siblings were younger, their mother, a single parent after her divorce from her husband, broke down over the death of her brother. Ellis and his siblings became wards of the state as a result. They were then raised in Bessemer, Alabama, by their grandmother. In Alabama, Ellis attended Jess Lanier High School for a year, then transferred to McAdory High School. He moved back to Illinois at age 15, where he lived with his maternal aunt, and in 1997 he graduated from Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. He joined the United States Marines at the age of 17, but quit not long afterwards. Following this, Ellis attended Illinois State University.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the second reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise and the sixteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts, with a screenplay by the writing teams of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, Watts and Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.

I was quite looking forward to this film as I felt that Tom Holland & Spider-Man kinda stole a lot of the thunder in Captain America : Civil War, playing a likeable kid who is very green and is being mentored by Tony Stark. So it was with quite a bit of eager anticipation and excitement that I went in for this movie. And the verdict? We get an expansion of the same in that Spidey is being mentored by Stark but is not getting into the high stakes action that he wants to. Two months after the events of Civil War, Peter Parker is going to school and is still waiting for a call to join the good fight. Stark ignores his calls and Happy Hogan is acting as a liaison between them, fielding some of the calls that Peter makes to Stark. So we find Spidey fighting small time crime like robberies and car jackings.

The fear we all had was this, a movie about a very young Spider-Man, would be overshadowed by the large & rather dominating figure of Iron Man – it doesn’t. I felt they kept Tony for exactly as much was needed. Peter is played like an ordinary teenager who is awkward and has a crush on a girl, Liz, who he is afraid of speaking to about his feelings. He keeps his secret from his aunt and his schoolmates until best friend Ned accidentally finds out. He is also shown to have vlogged his trip to join Iron Man against his battle with Captain. His adventures don’t still well with Stark who isn’t sure he is ready yet to be a superhero without supervision so, as Spidey finds out, the suit that he is given has a tracking system in place as well as an AI interface with awesome Stark features that Peter later unlocks.

The villain works; Spidey is shown to be an average ordinary boy who suddenly gets superpowers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Why not an ordinary man who becomes a supervillain? Keaton is almost perfect as Toomes/The Vulture, a middleaged contractor who loses his contract and livelihood 8 years ago after his salvage company were contracted to clean up the city, but their operation was quickly taken over by Tony Stark’s U.S. Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.). Enraged at being driven out of business, Toomes persuades his employees to keep the  Chitauri technology they already scavenged and use it to create advanced weapons to sell on the black market. Toomes doesn’t have grand visions of taking over the world or even a city – he just wants to maintain a good life and income for his family.

But Toomes causes a lot of destruction and his methods are flawed and worse he is also the father of the girl that Peter is in love with, a fact which is cleverly revealed as Peter goes to meet up with his date at her house before they go for the homecoming party. For a while it looked like Peter was in over his head when facing against an experienced Vulture because, despite his powers, he was still just a 15 year old kid. But Tony’s words, while criticizing Peter, gives Spidey the motivation to overcome defeat and he is able to get the better of his villain and also rescue him from death. Vulture is apprehended and sent to prison which also means that Liz and her mother leave town to move across the country. Aunt May also finds out that Peter is Spider-man!

I also liked the fact that there are so many different skin tones shown in the film, with actors of various ethnicities seen throughout. That is very refreshing. I like the humour and lighter tone in the film, the special effects is just great and it’s a fun to watch. But Spidey using technical wizardry in the film (even though when he faces off and wins against Vulture he is just in a regular suit) ? That is not what Spidey is all about. Still that was the only major flaw for me anyways. I give it a solid 8 outta 10!

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Lost Art?

What’s the most important (or interesting, or unexpected) thing about blogging you know today that you didn’t know a month ago?

I think I have come to the conclusion that blogging is mostly dead. It’s a dead art now with some exceptions. The reason I say that is that for the most part 90% of the people / bloggers I used to read have either stopped blogging altogether or do the infrequent post every few weeks or so. A bunch of them have migrated to doing posts on Facebook but somehow it just doesn’t seem to be the same.

Now, ofcourse there quite a few blogs out there and professional blogs a plenty and all that but the kind of blogs I liked the most are personal blogs. Just like I like vlogs. It gets me an indepth understanding of the person and I like to read about what people think and all that. Blogs were perfect with a nice cup of hot coffee or even a beer. I think I have replaced blogs with vlogs for the most part. But I miss the people who I used to read a lot of.

Facebook has contributed a lot to that I guess. It’s easy and you don’t have to maintain it and it is easily accessible for your friends. Your thoughts pops into the screens (or timelines) of everyone who has friended you. So everyone is a blogger. Hmmm, maybe if you look at it that way, blogging is thriving!

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