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The last couple of days I have been getting lots & lots of spam comments in my blog. They seem to be targeting one entry in particular – The one on the old & new BSG series. Why that one in particular I do not know. I have a comment moderation in place – if you put a comment in any of my blog entries, it will not display until I approve it. I get a mail sent to my Gmail account as well, so I check from time to time.

Well these spammers have been after me like crazy. When I saw the number of comments awaiting moderation I was so happy. But one look at what these morons or automated comment spammers had entered (invitation to medical website & to test some meds) got me furious. There is not much I can do about it, I guess, other than to continue doing what I have been doing.

Song for the day – “Cinnamon Girl” – NEIL YOUNG

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Bon Cop, Bad Cop

Been waiting to see this movie for a few months now and it was worth the wait. Bon Cop, Bad Cop is a cop buddy movie that is funny & cool in turns where it should be either funny or cool. It also pokes fun at stereotypical views that French-Canadians have on English speaking Canadians and vice versa. The movie was released last year and enjoys the post of being the first true Bilingual movie to come out of Canada. The film moves from Montreal to Toronto and then back to Montreal, as the two cops, Martin Ward & David Bouchard (played by Colm Feore & Patrick Huard) try and track down a killer. The reason why an Ontario detective and his Quebec counterpart are forced to become reluctant partners is because they are investigating a crime spree in which insiders of a fictional North American Hockey league (based on the NHL) are being murdered. The first body ends up on the Quebec-Ontario border; half in each province. Their respective chiefs decide that the cops can join forces to find out the killer. There is a funny scene in which Ward finally admits that he can speak French very well & understood all the jokes that Bouchard had aimed at him & Anglos.

The fun doesn’t stop there – a fight scene in a bar, the cops watching Bouchard’s daughter at her school ballet recital (with the tough Bouchard directing the dance moves from his seat). Even the tension filled scene where they go to the suspect’s house & find a dead body and then inexplicably trip a laser alarm that sets of explosions, is followed by Bouchard crawling on his knees and hands, covered by a bathtub and shooting at the door through a hole in the tub. That was really funny when his ears started ringing cause of the noise of the gun shot reverberating in the metallic tub, :). Then the explosion cause all the rows & rows of marijuana in the house to burn and the cops inhaling it become high. That is probably the funniest & best scene in the whole movie; two stoned cops trying to explain to the chief of police as to what happened.

The killer is a hockey fan who is livid at the fact that a Quebec based team was sold and moved south to Colorado (inspired by the move that the Quebec city based Nordiques made to Denver, Colorado) and that his beloved Montreal Patriots about to be sold to a Houston businessman (shades of NHL’s Montreal Canadiens being bought by an American). Hence he is killing off the chief individuals involved in that trade and his final target is the character of Harry Buttman who is charge of the hockey league. Rick Mercer, plays a wonderfully obnoxious sports caster who gets in a fight with Bouchard live in the studio.

Bouchard also sleeps with Ward’s sister. His daughter gets kidnapped by the killer, who is willing to exchange her for Buttman. The cops take Buttman in their car and bring him to the killer. Much fighting & a couple of explosions later, they prevail.

Watch this fun movie and laugh yourself silly at the banter between the Bon Cop & the Bad Cop!

The title is a translation word play on the phrase “Good cop/Bad cop”, and the film’s tagline is “Shoot First, Translate Later.” 9 outta 10!

The Trainer’s Leave

I am on a small leave from the company, a compensation for working in tough environments and basically sweating it out for a month. The three trainers at the temp facilities in Kacheripady – namely Sajith, Akhil & myself – had asked for and received permission to take a few days off and relax until the operations start. I only asked for a couple of days and that is what I am getting, while my two buddies, being from Bangalore, are going away for 4 days each. We can afford to do so at this time.

I hope you like the office pics that I had uploaded to my flickr site and which you can see on the flickr link towards the bottom of the sidebar on the right. I really like the look of the inside of the office and it is always kept very cool inside at all times. What I don’t like is the security checks being done on you – they open our bags & briefcases & check our pockets and stuff. What the fuck am I gonna take with me!!

Speaking of flickr, my limit is up on the number of files that I can upload in the free site so I am going to have to get a new one. The link for that will be added to the sidebar once I have a few more photos to upload.

I decided not to go out today and to instead just watch tv shows on a movie on my computer. It is a hot day although it is quite windy here as well. Still the hot sun is baking us as we sit in our homes or apartments. Last night it was terrible to sleep as it was so hot and I drank a whole bottle of club soda that was freezing cold, at 1 am.

 

Song for the day – “Little People” – JARAH JANE

Familiar Yet Different

On the way to the new office, I have to pass by Kaloor, Palarivattom, Edapally & Kalamassery. Ever since I moved to Kacheripady, I have not been through this way at all. And the last three working days I have been looking for familiar places.

Surprising to me the church in Palarivattom which had been demolished to be rebuilt is now completed and in commission right now. I hadn’t noticed the work going on there although I knew that it was being demolished and rebuilt. But it has been completed and people are now worshiping there. It will now join the mosque in Janata junction as two buildings which are too pretty to be places of worship! What a waste of space and energy! These two buildings could have been used for something more constructive and efficient!

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Edapally looks mostly the same and I looked out for all the usual landmarks. I did feel a bit sad that I do not live in that area anymore. I noticed some new shops – showrooms for cell phone service providers mainly. A hotel I knew has closed down and a person I know has bought that space to open his supermarket there.

Song for the day – “Silent All These Years” – TORI AMOS

User Your Illusions 1 & 2

Guns n’Roses have been off the production of albums for over 13 years now. The bickering and egos & abuses hurled at each other & mainly the demons that wage a war in the mind of frontman Axl Rose, have ensured that the band is Guns n’Roses in name only. Axl remains the only original Gunner left in the band. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed is the next longest serving band member, having joined them in 1990 (but not an original member). No Slash, no Izzy Stradlin’, no Duff McKagan, no Steven Adler, no Matt Sorum & no Gilby Clarke. After Axl won the rights to the GnR name, he can play with anyone he choses and it seems like he has. Next he could chose members of the Backstreet Boys, Air Supply, Duran Duran, some rappers & polka musicians, record and album of crap and still put it out as Guns n’Roses. That is the way of the world of GnR these days. Remember their 5th Studio album proper (The Spaghetti Incident was a covers only fling), The Chinese Democrazy has been a work in progress from 1994! Bands evolve or devolve a couple of times in that long a time. The members of the band are aging and not getting any younger.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to compare & review their simultaneously released double album Use Your Illusion I & II; albums which propelled Guns from just a hugely successful & cult band to mega superstars, whose legacy is never going to die.

Use Your Illusion 1 : This album’s line up has the original Don’t Cry & November Rain. Each song is still played heavily on radio in classic rock stations and by numerous bar & cover bands across the globe. The two ballads feature truly legendary status in the music video categories as well. Next hit song will be the cover of Paul McCartney cover Live & Let Die. Next would be the rocking Dust n’Bones, The Garden & Don’t Damn Me – the latter being one of my favourite GnR song lyrics! The “in your face short song with the video that has only one camera angle but still rocks” song of the album is Garden Of Eden that is best played loud in an open space. Coma & Dead Horsecomplement the album well as does the acoustic tongue-in-cheek You Ain’t The First; a song about how a former lover isn’t as special as she thinks she is!

Use Your Illusion 2 : This one starts off with a classic Civil War, an introspective look at American issues within the country. Axl signs the song off with the brilliant line : What’s so Civil about War anyway?. 14 Years features great piano playing by Dizzy Reed. Yesterdays, You Could Be Mine are other big hits of this album, as is the second version, with alternative lyrics, of Don’t Cry. But the jewel in this album is Estranged, a staggering 9 minute ballad of epic proportions. Get In The Ring is a big “fuck you” to the detractors of the band and filled with expletives. Pretty Tied Up & Locomotive give the album some foot tappin’ numbers, while the album ends with an explosive My World.

So which is the better of the two? You decide. Let me know which is your favourite of the two cds.

Song for the day – “Dead Horse” – GUNS N’ROSES

Iron Maiden in India!! And I can’t see them :(

Iron Maiden is in India at the moment. They will be performing at the Palace Grounds in Bangalore to, oh I would guess, round about 40,000 lucky motherfuckers in attendance. There will be local Bangaloreans and people from all over Karnataka. There will be Tamilians. There will be Malayalees. There will be Telugus, Maharashtrians, Punjabis, Rajasthanis, Goans. There will be people from Mizoram, Manipur & Assam. There will be people from all the different states & cultures that make up India.

But I will not be there! I will not fucking be there! I really want to be there! I will kill to be there! I almost got free tickets! Yes, free fan-fucking-tastic tickets to go and see the legends of rock! But it didn’t work out in the end since we have to work and just couldn’t get the required leave. The guy who was trying to get me & him tickets also has to work. So, we are stuck here and a lifetime chance will go by us since there is practically no chance of Maiden coming down to play in Cochin or anywhere in Kerala. I played Iron Maiden songs all morning to try and cheer myself up. :(

Song for the day – “Only The Good Die Young” – IRON MAIDEN

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Going To The New Office

So today I get to see the company’s brand new two three storied offices in Cochin. About high time too as we were supposed to move into it by March 3rd. Then they said the 8th, then 13th & finally they said that it would be the 18th. But we are going there today for a meeting and will spend about 7 hours there after that, breaking in the new call floor by having the agents take a few calls. I have been looking forward to this for a while now. Cause once the first call comes in, we can take a collective sigh of relief.

Been reading John Grisham’s The King of Torts for a few days now and I am reaching the end. It is a good read and probably one of his best.

I downloaded & installed Veoh’s video software, through which you can download numerous videos, movies and television series of your choice (they have a huge library). I downloaded a few episodes of Battlestar Galactica (the original series) and throughly enjoyed the dvd like quality that Veoh’s software provides, far far better clarity than when you stream them online and twice the pleasure since you can watch them whenever you want them since they are now stored to your own hard disk.

Anyone like Tang? I have been drinking loads of that orangy sweet goodness which when served cold is so heavenly. It does a lot to take away some of the fatigue that spending hours at the stupid temp office has bestowed upon me. I need to go buy a new pack tomorrow.

Song for the day – “Speed Of Light” – JOE SATRIANI

Me in Weeworld

I made this WeeWorld image and am happy because :

  • The hair is just like mine after a couple of hours outside (except I have a high, balding forehead)
  • Glasses are almost exactly like mine
  • It looks cool
  • Coffees are important to me and I am having a cold, orange frappe coffee in this image – which would go down really well at the moment of typing this
  • Music is important to me and just like in the image, I carry some of my fav songs as mp3s in my cell phone
  • The WeeMee is located in a city area where I wish I could live – an apartment near a river

Hitler’s German Citizenship

62 years after his death, Adolf Hitler could have no country to speak of! Hitler had given up his Austrian citizenship in 1925 and became German in 1932. Now politicians want his German citizenship to be stripped in what is being said as a “symbolic step” against the horrors of the Nazis. Isolde Saalmann, a deputy in the State Legislature of Lower Saxony, has convinced her fellow Social Democrats to file motion to review whether Hitler’s citizenship can be revoked.

That ought to teach him! How dare he kill all those poor Jews! How dare he become the most hated man in history! When his dead body become’s stateless, he will regret his evil ways!

Is this a “symbolic gesture” to distance them away from the hated Dictator as they state or just another political scam for publicity? I mean the bugger has been dead for more than 6 decades and NOW someone wants to declare him not German and hence stateless. Will that change anything in history? Will people stop associating Hitler with Germany?

Germany is such a wonderful country. We love her tennis players, her football clubs & players, her cities & towns, her cars, her music (primarily the Scorpions for me) and most importantly – the beer! Are we still thinking about Hitler when we think of Germany or purchase anything German or listen to anything German? NO!

This is all so unnecessary and stupid. What will it achieve in the end? Will suddenly any of the atrocities the Nazi leader committed vanish? Does it bring back the dead? Is a politician(s) trying to further his/her career?

Mornings & Afternoons

I like sitting at home during the mornings and afternoons. It is so calm and peaceful here in the apartment. With the balcony door and as many windows open, there is a lot of cool breeze flowing through and I love it when there is a wind blowing at me. Although there are other people in the building, it feels like I am the only one. The noise of the elevator going up and down is one indication of activities happening here. But still there is almost nothing else to let me know that other people do live here. Even on Sundays! No tv noise and no music blaring during this time. Except for me!

The evenings are another matter all together. There are people running about, bringing stuff from work, grocery & shopping items being tossed and dropped by some, children playing on the stairs. But to tell you the truth, it is still kinda quite over here. I rarely get that living among many families feeling. I could walk up and down naked and no one would know that I was there.

I have had the pleasure of enjoying all day at home yesterday as I had taken a sick leave due to my sinuses flaring up and a bad cold. But it was pretty much ok after a while and hence I got to spend time just drinking in the glorious breeze from the balcony. I enjoyed my morning & afternoon coffees sitting there and watching people down on the streets. I went to the shop near us and bought a couple of snacks to much on as I put some music on and relaxed with my eyes closed.

The evening was so fucking hot by comparison.

Song for the day – “Animals” – NICKELBACK

Battlestar Galactica : Old vs New

I have been a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica ever since I can remember. This is my most happiest childhood memory – watching & discussing the series, which I consider to be the very best to have been shown on television. The show started in the late 1970s as a feature film (Battlestar Galactica : Saga Of A Lost World) and then a short lived series. In 1980 a spinoff of the show was again short lived but still enjoys a huge cult following across the globe. The show(s) is still held dearly by the many fans who pushed for the series to be revived by holding petitions online (me included).

Richard Hatch aka Apollo, one of the main characters of BSG was foremost among them. And it was heard! A new series was made, with the same mystical & mythical name – Battlestar Galactica. A few years ago, I had found some sites that featured the series and felt very nostalgic as I read through the episode stories and downloaded wallpapers, images & the majestic theme song (which I must say is the world’s best theme song ever). I hoped that the series would be revived and that I would be able to see it. Then three years or more ago, I found a dvd of the movie which I bought immediately and I have seen it over 10 times since. But I wanted more. Let me tell you of http://www.alluc.org a website which lets us either download or stream movies & television series for free. And I watched many BSG episodes in the last couple of days. But now to the matter at hand.

The re-imaging of Battlestar Galactica as they call it produced a new series, which is very popular, that is quite different from the original. And as grateful as I am for keeping the dream alive and well, I don’t like it much. I mean I will probably start watching it if they show it from the beginning. I tried watching an episode online but let me tell you that it put me off. There is just too many changes. Starbuck is a girl!!! Boomer is a girl!!! Ok she is a very sexy girl but still! And Cylons are former international models in evening gowns, sun tanning their bodies in beaches! And every picture has them pose in what is termed as sexy poses, with their bosoms all thrusted out! What the fuck! Adama is James Olmos who is a turd! How can you compare him with the late great actor Lorne Greene? Baltar, who was so ominously portrayed as a scheming & un-trustworthy villain by another late actor, John Colicos is now some overacted & second rate British loser. Will Apollo & Starbuck make out?

The scenario for the original series is Humans of the 12, much scientifically advanced, colonies seeking Earth for survival. But the new series shows them much like Earth Humans! I don’t like the changes! Ok, so had I not seen the original, I might have loved this show. And like I stated earlier, I probably will watch it if I can start from the first episode of the first season. But really! The one thing which I think is better is the Colonial Viper. Look below.

Eddie, Eddie, Eddie

Guitar hero to millions, member of a legendary rock band, adored by his numerous fans. He was always known for his boyish looks & ever ready smile for the cameras. Take a look at him now! It looks like Eddie Van Halen wants to audition for the position of Iron Maiden’s mascot who is also known as Eddie! From being known as a visionary in the field of rock guitar & music to being made fun of across numerous websites & tv & radio channels around the globe! Years & years of chain smoking (and cancer) and alcohol abuse can do wonders for your looks. I wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley!

It was announced recently that Eddie was entering himself into rehab, for unknown reasons. It is not known if the guitar legend will be able to attend his band’s induction into the Rock n’Roll Hall of Fame.

Song for the day – “Dreams” – VAN HALEN

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Sony Ericsson W300i

I don’t know when but I am looking for a phone to replace my current Motorola V3i and one of the options I am looking at is the above photographed Sony Ericsson W300i. Sony Ericsson has been the front runner in the market for mp3 walkman style cellphones. This one has a built in 20 mb space and memory card support of 256 MB. They are an attractive looking prospect with stylish clamshell designs. The handset will fit into your palm smoothly and you can open it with just one hand. The external display is monochrome with orange backlight colour. Ofcourse you have an mp3 player and radio capability as well (can keep upto 20 Radio Stations in memory). I don’t care much for their camera and I think it is low on quality. So I am not sure but by next month I will be changing my handset.

Sid The Kid Reaches 100

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Sidney Crosby became the youngest player in NHL history to reach the 100 point mark twice, when he scored a goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers. Crosby, who only turns 20 in August, has 28 goals and 72 assists in 65 games this season after posting 39 goals and 63 assists for 102 points last year as a rookie. The Coal Harbour, Nova Scotia native surely needs more goals at the moment, although he is leading the NHL in points. He has scored only 2 goals in the last 19 games, which is his worst scoring in his brief professional career. Although he isn’t scoring as many goals as we thought he would this year, I feel he is doing much better than the guy to whom he finished as runner-up to in the Calder Cup as NHL rookie of the year in 2006 – Alexander Ovechkin. Here are some more of Sid’s achievements :

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On January 27, 2007, Crosby recorded a 4 point game (1 goal, 3 assists) against the Wayne Gretzky-coached Phoenix Coyotes, including a highlight-reel goal in which he scored whilst falling backwards.

On March 2, 2007, Crosby became the youngest player in NHL history to reach the 200 point career plateau by scoring a goal against Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Song for the day – “Where Am I Going” – MATT MAYS & EL TORPEDO

Let’s Gel

I normally hate the chore of shaving. Sometimes I think that I should just grow a beard and occasionally get it trimmed at the local barber’s. But I often get scolded by many people when I grow my beard, at times by people who have no right to be talking to me about things like this! But once a year I do let my beard grow out and for a month or so, no razor will touch my face. Then when I visit the barber’s, it’s like spring cleaning or deforestation. I feel wonderful for a few days after that happens. But I hate shaving myself. Why can’t the bring out a product that stops facial hair for, I dunno, a period of 5 years or so?

But this shaving gel thing is just the thing to make me wanna shave. Gillette Shaving Gel, for sensitive skin I may add, is the only shaving cream / gel that I look forward to lather on my face and actually get excited about shaving. It feels nice and smooth and invigorating to my senses. I absolutely love it! I can’t wait to shave again!