A Closer Look At The Klingon K’t’inga Battlecruiser Model

Ok, so we’re back with another model. I bought both two ships from one seller in the UK and was quite happy with them. First in that box was the Klingon K’t’inga Battlecruiser model from Eaglemoss’s The Official Star Trek Starship collection.

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The K’t’inga-class battle cruiser was a primary class of warship in service with the Klingon Imperial Fleet in the late 23rd century and with the Klingon Defense Force in the mid-to-late 24th century. Introduced in the early 2270s, the K’t’inga-class cruiser was considered one of the most powerful warships in the Klingon Defense Forces, even serving as a flagship of the Imperial Fleet for a time during the 2290s. K’t’inga-class cruisers were in service as early as the 2270s, when the Epsilon IX station recorded the destruction of three K’t’inga-class vessels by the V’ger entity.

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For nearly a century, the K’t’inga-class cruiser proved to be a rugged, sturdy design that saw continuous use. In that aspect they were much like their Federation counterparts the Excelsior-class and Miranda-class starships, whose usefulness outlived contemporaries such as the Constitution-class cruiser.

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With marked improvements, these warships saw continuous use as front-line and border patrol ships throughout the Second Klingon-Federation War and the Dominion War of the early-2370s. (DS9: “The Way of the Warrior”, “Soldiers of the Empire”, “Call to Arms”) They were not always the ship of choice for all missions, however, as more agile craft like the Klingon Bird-of-Prey were better suited for some tasks.

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he K’t’inga-cruiser was a direct offshoot in design-lineage from the venerable D7 class battle cruiser introduced sometime prior to 2267. I really like the look of this battlecruiser and it’s something all Trekkies should have in their collection. Here is the close up video.

The Great Pretender

Are you full of confidence or have you ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome? Tell us all about it.

I think I have a wee bit of confidence or I can fake it from time to time. But usually I think a lot of my issues can be aggravated because I lack that little bit more confidence that some people seem to have in loads. I mean, some people are all about the confidence, even if they are not capable of doing the job or whatever they are confident and therefore get by. They can convince but not get the job done.

So at times I wish I could blow my own horn for people. Not too much though but enough so that people do get impressed and will be willing to provide me with the necessary requirements and resources. I am not very confident in front of a huge crowd though. At times it feels like I can do a good job but if I know my stuff then I can evoke a good, solid confident man. I sound more relaxed and sure of myself and I won’t fumble on words and I even crack a joke or two.

It is important that you don’t suffer from Imposter Syndrome too much and that you aren’t over confident either. Both are not a good situation to find yourself in.

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Redoing

If you were able to relive one day from the last 12 months, which day would it be — and why?

Hmm I dunno about one single day to relive and it is kinda hard. I can’t think of a single day that lived up to expectations but I guess if you asked me if I could redo a day or more, I would like to redo the last 3 days. Or any 3 day weekend that I have had in the last year. It’s just that I always feel like I can do more after every 3 day weekend. This year I  have had 3 or 4 long weekends and each time I have come out at the end of it thinking that I could have spent it a lot better and done more with the free time I had.

I keep thinking that I will go to this place and that place, that I will watch 4-5 movies and sleep in extra hours and so and so and usually I only end up doing the sleeping part. I do watch a bunch of stuff but never the 4-5 movies that I think I will watch. And I have planned trips to Edapally, Thripunithura, Fort Kochi & Mattancherry (all areas in Cochin but on other ends of the city) that I never get to do. Heck, Lulu mall (the biggest mall in India) opened 2-3 years ago and I have yet to go because it’s in Edapally and I rarely go to that area anymore and also I need company to go there.

So give me another 3 day weekend and if I don’t fall ill in between I will rock it and do all the things that I want to do and spending it the way I want with the things I had planned.

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RIP Saeed Jaffrey

Actor Saeed Jaffrey, a veteran of dozens of Bollywood and international films, has died at the age of 86. Tributes have poured in since Jaffrey suffered a brain hemorrhage in London. Jaffrey starred in such acclaimed Indian films as Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj ke Khiladi (The Chess Players) and more than 100 Bollywood productions. He also appeared in A Passage To India, Gandhi and The Man Who Would Be King, and earned a Bafta nomination for his role in 1985’s My Beautiful Laundrette. The news of his death was announced on Sunday by his niece Shaheen Aggarwal on Facebook.

He was born in Malerkotla, Punjab in a Punjabi Muslim family. His film credits include The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Far Pavilions (1984), and also appeared in many Bollywood films in the 1980s and 1990s. For television he starred in Gangsters (1975–1978 ), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tandoori Nights (1985–1987) and Little Napoleons (1994). He also appeared as Ravi Desai on Coronation Street and in Minder as Mr Mukerjee in Series 1 episode The Bengal Tiger.

He also worked with actors including Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan. He starred in popular cinema directed by Satyajit Ray, James Ivory and Richard Attenborough. He was the first Indian to take Shakespearean plays on a tour to the United States. He was also the first Asian to receive British and Canadian Academy Awards nominations, and also the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama. He also served as the Radio Director (1951–1956) for All India Radio and Director of Publicity and Advertising at the Government of India Tourist Office, U.S (1958–1960).

The actor was married to actress-author Madhur Jaffrey with whom he had three children, including actress Sakina Jaffery. They divorced in 1966.He is survived by his wife Jennifer. His funeral is expected to take place in London two weeks’ time.

Saeed Jaffrey, OBE (8 January 1929 – 15 November 2015)

Limelight Shunned

What do you find more unbearable: watching a video of yourself, or listening to a recording of your voice? Why?

I’d think I’d prefer to listen to myself speaking rather than watching myself. Funny since I like making videos and reviews on video but I usually focus on the camera just on the item – be it food, drink or something like a starship model or an electronic gadget – and let only my voice do the talking. It’s not needed for me to be on the screen as the review is on an object. So yeah I prefer listening to my voice and if it is a video as well, I won’t be on screen but you will hear my voice.

It’s just my view of things; I’m not very happy with my voice. I find it to get high pitched too much and it is really evident on recordings or on video. Although at times I can find myself with a nice deeper voice. But mostly I don’t really like my voice on recordings. Same goes for my image, I am not happy with the way I look and hence do not want to see myself or show myself on film or video and hence I stand behind the camera for the most part and prefer to do the filming or shooting the pics. Make sense?

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Terminator : Genisys

The 5th movie installment in the Terminator franchise Terminator Genesys is a 2015 science fiction action film directed by Alan Taylor and written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, reprising his role as the eponymous character, along with Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney. Will a much older Arnie work out as a Terminator? In my opinion, yes!

So this is the story for this movie. It starts off in the future where Human Resistance leader John Connor launches a massive final offensive against Skynet, an artificial general intelligence system seeking to eliminate the human race. Just before the humans can get the upper hand, Skynet activates a T-800 cyborg and sends him back in time using the time machine all the back to 1984 to kill John’s mother Sarah Connor, effectively erasing him from existence. John decides to send someone back to protect her and his right hand man Kyle Reese, who John had rescued as a young boy, volunteers. As Kyle floats in the machine’s magnetic field, he witnesses John being attacked by another Resistance soldier (Matt Smith). He then has visions from his childhood about events in 2017. A little bit after he arrives in 1984, is immediately attacked by a T-1000 (Lee Byung-hun). The T-800 is disabled by Sarah and the Guardian, a reprogrammed T-800 sent back in time to protect Sarah.

Sarah & the Guardian come to Kyle’s aid, though he does not trust the T-800, and eventually kill the T-100 using acid. Sarah and the Guardian reveal they have constructed a makeshift time machine similar to Skynet’s, and that Sarah plans to travel to 1997 – the year Skynet becomes self-aware. Realizing the timeline has been altered, Kyle is convinced that the future has changed due to the warning he received in his childhood vision. He persuades Sarah to travel to 2017 instead to stop Skynet, while The Guardian stays behind and wait out the 33 years. The naked duo arrive in 2017 on a busy San Francisco bridge traffic and are apprehended by the cops. While being treated for injuries, Sarah and Kyle learn that Skynet is called “Genisys”, a soon-to-be-unveiled global operating system that is being embraced by the public. They argue about the decision to come to 2017 and are surprised when John arrives, impersonating Homeland security, and brings them out of the hospital. Kyle is astonished to learn that he fathered John in the other timeline. However in the parking lot the Guardian shows up and shoots immediately shoots John, revealing that John is an advanced T-3000 Terminator.

Apparently as Kyle was being sent back to 1984, a T-5000 (Smith), the physical embodiment of Skynet disguised as a member of the Resistance, attacked John and transformed him into a Terminator. John was tasked with ensuring Cyberdyne Systems’ survival and traveled back in time to assist them with the development of Genisys. The three of them escape from John, who’s abilities are astronomically more advanced that previous models, regroup and resupply with weapons that the Guardian had stocked up. They head toward Cyberdyne’s headquarters to destroy the Cyberdyne’s Genisys mainframe with the T-3000 in close pursuit. A helicopter chase and crash later, Sarah & Kyle run into the large complex and along with the Guardian plant bombs at key points in the facility while holding off the T-3000. In a final battle, the Guardian traps the T-3000 in the magnetic field of a prototype time machine. Both are destroyed, but just prior to the explosion, the T-3000 throws the remains of the Guardian into an experimental vat of mimetic polyalloy located nearby.

Kyle and Sarah reach a bunker beneath the facility, and the explosion sets off the bombs, successfully preventing Genisys from coming online. The Guardian appears, upgraded with mimetic polyalloy components similar to that of the T-1000, and helps them find a way out of the debris. They then go to Kyle’s childhood home, where Kyle tells his younger self about Genisys and instructs him to repeat the warning in a mirror – critical insurance that the events lead to their arrival in 2017. Sarah, Kyle and the Guardian drive off into the country. A mid-credits scene reveals that the system core of Genisys was located in a protected subterranean chamber and has survived the explosion.

Although the film didn’t do as well as the producers expected and didn’t sit that well with critics, I liked this film, a lot more than Rise Of The Machines. I felt it did have a quality, though I hated the two much time travel element, to it so I’m gonna rate it a…..8.5 outta 10!

Family Party @ Lotus Club

So last night we had a family get together at the Lotus Club on Warriam road. This party was planned 2 weeks back and finalized for the 14th as everyone who attended were free on this particular day. Initially it was supposed to be on the 10th (which most of us had off due to it being a holiday) but Saturday was preferred as a bunch of us were bound to have hangovers.

So my parents and some of my aunts and uncles had reached the club by 6pm but me and most of my cousins reached there only by 7:30 pm and gathered in the large room that the club rents out for functions like this and which my family usually books for our family parties. I met my relatives and my cousin Raju poured me a white rum and mango juice cocktail. Which wasn’t that good by the way and I switched to rum + Spirite & then two rum and Cokes.

There were a few snacks available including egg bajji (which was so hot and I burned my throat), beef fry, French fries and veggi pakodas. Dinner was chappathis, vellaappams, fried rice, beef roast and chicken curry followed by caramel custard. We spent a lot of time talking and drinking and laughing and it was fun. We all left by 11:30 pm, back to our homes with promises of another family party sometime in the next coming month or so.

Food Review #56

Golden Fork is a well established restaurant & catering service. It took me ages to try our their food but it was certainly worth the wait. Here is their Grilled Chicken sandwich and I think we have a contender for my fav sandwich! It’s a 10 outta 10!

Funny thing : it’s Rs.120 for their plate of really good French Fries and Rs.125 for this sandwich plus the same amount of fries!!! I cannot understand that logic! :D

In Transit

Train stations, airport terminals, subway stops: soulless spaces full of distracted, stressed zombies, or magical sets for fleeting, interlocking human stories?

Sometimes it seems to be like bustops and train stations are like society’s way of herding us like cattle and sheep. Truly we behave much like that. Faceless, nameless people doing their routine without any difference day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. If you do stop to observe things you will see that there is still individuality and life in these places.

The people who rush into a bus as soon it stop and push and shove their way into the doors, even before the people who are getting down can alight – what the fuck is wrong with you? What the full did your parents do when raising you? Ignore everything about your upbringing? Not raise you with any manners? Fuck your mom and pay money for your food, clothing and studies but not bother to see if you are growing up as a decent human being? What the mother fucking shit did you learn in your life?

Soulless? Devoid of common courtesy and decency, lack of manners, unaware of being considerate of other people. This is what should be focused on. Wake up at these terminals and bus stops and make sure you are not a bother to other people.

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Ensign On Voyager

So I usually am thinking about a futuristic science fiction fueled universe in which people travel the galaxy much like people drive around or take the bus or take a train or flight to their destination. In a Star Trek kinda universe of the future but with some differences. I often think up of various scenarios and even dream about them too. But yesterday night I actually dreamed I was in a Star Trek Voyager situation. With some of the cast in it too!

It was on a dark and volatile planet with thunder and lightning and there was some of the Voyager crew on the planet surface along with a small camp of the indigenous people of that planet. The planet was in danger of being destroyed due to the extreme weather conditions and some other stuff; the planet would probably be ripped apart by the fast moving plates under the surface. It is on this planet that I, a young ensign, am on with my superiors and other officers. Captain Janeway is giving orders to Tuvok and I am in the group that he is in charge off to deliver a group of some of the natives to a large ship in orbit. So Tuvok and the rest of us gather the natives and take them to this large gleaming shuttle, make them seated and then I & Tuvok head to the front section and take off into orbit.

That’s all I can remember. There is this bit about Lt. Paris & Neelix going to get supplies for the natives and some other stuff happening in the background. That’s the sad part of dreams – you usually forget a whole lot of details a few minutes after you wake up. Shit, I should have switched on the laptop immediately after I woke up but I was tired and lay in bed for another snooze of about 45 minutes or so.

Secret Admirer

You return home to discover a huge flower bouquet waiting for you, no card attached. Who is it from — and why did they send it to you?

Personally if I come home and see a huge flower bouquet waiting for me, I’d think that I am dying and someone is concerned and is offering their sympathies for me. Or that the flower delivery place had the wrong address. Why would anyone be sending me flowers?

Well if I were to let my fantasy and imagination run wild I would say that the bouquet is from this gorgeous woman in her late 30s I keep seeing and staring at and have spoken to one just a couple of occasions. She smiles and I smile back but we have exchanged only a few words of mainly greetings and “how are yous”. But I wish for more. I wish she would stop by for coffee or let me take her out for some. And maybe dinner or a movie or both. And I wish for that smile to be just for me.

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No Apologies

What’s the one guilty pleasure you have that’s so good, you no longer feel guilty about it?

Cold coffee or iced coffees or frappes – take your pick. I am a coffee fanatic and I drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day but they are usually the plain hot variety and 1 or 2 of them will be plain black coffee. I need two cups of coffee in the morning before I can consider myself living and then I will have usually 2 but some days just one in the evening. As the majority and vast majority at that are all plain hot coffee (either black or with just milk) I long for frappes and in a tropical climate such as where I live, the cold ones are a boon.

I get my coffee fix with it’s cooler and refreshing and can have dollops of chocolate syrup or whipped cream or both. Man, I just love those. Even if it is a hot coffee I will opt for a moccachino or an Irish coffee or something like that. Life needs that extra flavour here and there. Live a little. As I only have frappes once a week I demand that I need that indulgence. Otherwise what the fuck are we living for. So that is my guilty pleasure.

Yes a plain hot coffee with or without milk (we don’t usually use cream here) is good and gets the job done. But that is the norm. I need an occasional cold one.

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