Starship Troopers 3: Marauder

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder is a 2008 American military science fiction film written and directed by Edward Neumeier and starring Casper Van Dien, who returned as Johnny Rico from the original film, along with Jolene Blalock and Boris Kodjoe. It is a sequel to Starship Troopers (1997) and Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) (which were both written by Neumeier) and the third installment of the Starship Troopers film series. The film was released directly to DVD in the U.S. on August 5, 2008.

Painting House Interiors

Painting an average home between 500 and 1,500 square feet can cost between $1,000 and $3,000. However, factors such as number of stories and ease of access can also affect the overall price. Homeowners report that the average cost for a house painter to paint a house nationally is $2,578 and most pay between $1,716 and $3,679. An example would be for a 2000 square foot home, the average cost to paint the interior of your home is around $2115, with the majority of contractors charging about $1 to $3 per square foot of your home on average to paint.

Latex paint is the most commonly and preferred paint type to use because of its ease of clean up and long lasting durability. It also tends to be more fade resistant and breathes better than oil, resulting in less blistering of the paint. I recommend using a latex paint for most of your walls and household uses. An average-size house will take an average of three to four days to paint with a team of two to three people. In this case, we’ll define “average” as a home with one to two stories and four or fewer bedrooms. A large house, such as a three-story or five-plus-bedroom home, will take five to six days.

A soft, soothing blue-green colour a soft, soothing blue-green could be the most in style colour for the year 2021. For 2021 (and 2020) you might be surprised to hear that gray is out and white walls are in! Buyers’ color preferences are stronger than ever, especially this year. Cleanliness tops the list of must-haves for Buyers so the trend is going in the direction of a clean look.

The Black & The Red

Is Coke slowly replacing Pepsi as my choice of soft drink? Since Covid hit, even though I have been getting the odd Pepsi bottle or can, I seem to be buying more & more Coke instead.

During the work week, when it is hot, there is nothing more that I enjoy than a cold drink with a bit of ice added to the glass to sip and enjoy as I work. Especially in the late evenings. During the weekend, Saturday I will add my Old Monk rum or Smirnoff Espresso to it and enjoy the combo while I eat some good food. Sunday I will drink a large glass of Coke as I watch Youtube and enjoy listening/watching music videos throughout the evening.

I still prefer Sprite overall and 7up is a close second but I like a cola since my current alcoholic beverages at home are the Espresso vodka and black rum. They go so well with a Coke or Pepsi. So for the time being it is a cola that I buy and Coke seems to be winning. Beside there is something really special about a rum & Coke.

Lockdown Blues

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Well we’ve survived the weekend & Monday of lockdown. Now it’s the rest of the week that I need to get through. Food is the main issue. I am buying food from restaurants and cafes. I am trying to buy one big meal with a couple of items so I can have it for lunch as well as dinner. During the weekend for Saturday night I did have a pizza but other meals have been pre-purchased, refrigerated and saving the left overs for another meal.

One of the easiest things to do is buy some food from Lulu Hypermart – some of the items are cheaper than in most restaurants and cafes and it’s decent in taste. I’m also getting some juices and cold coffee from them, again much cheaper than in most other places. Plus they have a really good selection of different items from Arabian food like shawarma, hummus and kuboos, Indian, Indo-Chinese plus sandwiches, salads, burgers & pizza.

Other than that I am usually working, eating or sleeping. A few hours I try to watch some tv and relax but I am sick and tired of this shift and working extra hours as well as a few hours on the weekend. I feel like I can’t relax properly. I hope things calm down a little bit.

Arsenal 3 West Brom 1

West Bromwich Albion have been relegated from the Premier League for a fifth time after a defeat at Arsenal that keeps alive the Gunners’ slim hopes of qualifying for Europe. Sam Allardyce’s side were already virtually down but their return to the Championship is now confirmed, with the Baggies sitting 10 points from safety with three games remaining. Emile Smith Rowe volleyed a smart opener from Bukayo Saka’s cross in the 29th minute after Arsenal had stemmed the visitors’ promising start. Nicolas Pepe made West Brom’s task even more difficult six minutes later when he cut in from the right and curled into the top corner to double Arsenal’s lead.

Matheus Pereira gave the visitors hope, running from his own half to score a superb individual goal with 23 minutes remaining. But it was not enough to stop West Brom suffering a joint-record fifth Premier League relegation, with Willian adding a late third for Arsenal from a free-kick. Victory means the Gunners, who were knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday, do at least still have a mathematical chance of playing European football next term. The fixture pitted two managers at contrasting ends of their coaching careers against each another but who are enduring similar periods of relative struggle. For Allardyce, defeat at the Emirates confirms his first relegation from the Premier League as a manager, although the experienced 66-year-old had all but accepted their fate before the match.

The division’s great escape artist replaced Slaven Bilic in December when the Baggies were 19th in the table and accepted the task of trying to guide them to survival. Seventeen months into his managerial career and the 39-year-old’s tenure in north London has come under the spotlight after a meek Europa League semi-final exit to Villarreal left the Gunners facing the prospect of no European football next season for the first time in 25 years. A place in the Europa League does remain an outside possibility with Arsenal sitting ninth, six points behind West Ham United in fifth and five behind Liverpool in sixth.

Either way, Arteta insists big changes must be made to his squad for next season and expects the club’s owners to back him in the transfer market. He may well look to build his future side around two homegrown stars in Saka and Smith Rowe, who have been excellent this season and combined superbly for the latter to score the opening goal. The influential Saka, 19, has made more assists than any Arsenal player since his debut in November 2018 and got his 19th for the club when he picked out Smith Rowe for the 20-year-old to guide a volley beyond Sam Johnstone.

That was Smith Rowe’s first Premier League goal and Arteta said afterwards the playmaker is “making the right steps” but must now continue to score more. Arteta will also be hoping club-record signing Pepe can produce more moments like the one that doubled the Gunners’ lead soon after, while 19-year-old Gabriel Martinelli was trusted to lead the attack with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left on the bench.

Driveway Sealing

An asphalt driveway can last almost 30 years. But you can’t achieve that long life span unless the driveway was installed properly and you perform regular maintenance, like filling cracks annually and driveway sealing when needed.

Driveway sealing preparation can take a full day (including drying time), and it’s tedious. The driveway sealer application phase is much faster, taking only a few hours per coat for a typical driveway. Most driveway sealer manufacturers recommend two coats with a minimum drying time of eight hours between coats, so this driveway sealing project will fill an entire weekend.

The best asphalt driveway sealer materials cost about $100, but you’ll save about $200 in labor over a professional job. A power washer speeds the cleaning process, but you can do the job without it. In addition to a squeegee or application brush, you’ll need a broom, drill, mixing paddle, duct tape, dashing brush and poly sheeting to protect painted surfaces.

Make sure to fill in cracks properly before applying sealer. f you don’t want to spend time cleaning the driveway, you may as well skip the sealer too, because it won’t stick to a dirty driveway. Using a brush when the manufacturer specifies a squeegee (or vice versa) will cause premature sealer failure. Stir properly – don’t depend on a stir stick. It simply won’t blend the water and solids enough to get a consistent mixture.

Do You Want Teeth Aligners?

Clear teeth aligners are transparent trays made of special material which are used to straighten teeth just like braces. They use gentle and constant force to move the teeth in the required position without going through the hassles of metal wires and brackets. They are custom made for each patient through a digital scan.

They are designed to move teeth in the desired direction very very slowly. This is achieved by digitally capturing impression and processing the information using specialized software, where the future projections for better results and straighter teeth are computed and then the milling machine automatically custom fabricates the set of trays for you. On average, a person needs approximately 25-40 sets for complete alignment. The aligners come with an advantage i.e. they are very snugly fitting which over a period becomes virtually a part of the body and hence causes no speech problems. There are no restrictions on eating and drinking any foods as you will be removing them before every meal.

If you are looking for a discreet, quick, and convenient way to straighten your teeth, clear aligners are the ideal option. Clear aligners cost anywhere between $1200 and $8000. They tend to be faster than braces because the trays are customized during the course of treatment. Every few weeks, you will come back into the office to have new aligners made just for you. These aligners change during treatment so that they are always working to improve the look of your teeth.

RIP Tawny Kitaen

Julie E. “Tawny” Kitaen, who famously appeared in several music videos for the rock group Whitesnake in the ‘80s, has died. The Orange County, Calif. coroner’s office, which listed her as Tawny Finley, stated that she died at her home in Newport Beach on Friday morning, but a cause of death has not been revealed. She was 59. Born in San Diego. California, Kitaen’s first introduction to the rock world came in 1983 when she appeared on the cover of back-to-back albums by heavy metal band RATT, including the band’s self-titled 1983 debut and the triple-platinum Out of the Cellar, in 1984. Kitaen was dating RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby at the time.

Kitaen appeared in RATT’s “Back for More” music video and later became the video vixen best known for her appearance in Whitesnake’s 1987 smash “Here I Go Again,” where she displayed her talent for auto acrobatics. “Still of the Night,” “Is This Love” and “The Deeper the Love” also featured Kitaen, who was briefly married to Whitesnake’s lead singer, David Coverdale, from 1989 to 1991. Acting roles followed, most notably portraying Tom Hanks’ girlfriend in the 1984 comedy romp “Bachelor Party.” She had additional roles in and “Witchboard,” “White Hot” and  “Dead Tides” and also appeared in a Seinfeld episode, “The Nose Job.” Kitaen was also in 19 episodes of the TV series The New WKRP in Cincinnati from 1991 to 1993 as a night-time DJ named Mona Loveland; in the show, her night-time program was called Mona Til Midnight.

In more recent years, Kitaen participated in several reality shows, including “The Surreal Life,” “Botched” and a season of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” the latter of which filmed in 2008. Kitaen had long struggled with substance abuse, as she revealed on “Celebrity Rehab,” and had several run-ins with the law, including a charge for cocaine possession in 2006 and driving under the influence in 2009. Kitaen was married to baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002. They had two daughters together. Kitaen died at her Newport Beach, California, home at the age of 59. A cause of death was not announced.

Day Of The Jackal

Write about a book you read that stayed with you after you closed the last page.

The Day of the Jackal (1971) is a thriller novel by English author Frederick Forsyth about a professional assassin who is contracted by the OAS, a French dissident paramilitary organisation, to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. The OAS, as described in the novel, did exist and the book opens with an accurate depiction of the attempt to assassinate de Gaulle led by Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry on 22 August 1962; the subsequent plot is fiction.

I was so fascinated by this novel that even if I was already familiar with the story (having watched bits of the the 1973 film with the same title that is based on the novel) and it being a very popular one among my cousins and uncles, I was still engrossed when I first read the novel back in 1994. I couldn’t put the book down as it was so fascinating and well written. I was so into it that I got and made black coffee when the lead detectives drank black coffee and at age 18 I had picked up occasional smoking and lit one whenever the detectives smokes.

Ofcourse I was even more fascinated by the life of an assassin who was a bit of a playboy and carefree socialist in his lifestyle but a cold-blooded killer when hired to do a job. I always thought, what it would be like to get jobs to do that you are hired for, maybe a few times in a year, make a lot of money so you can live off it for the rest of the days. Like say each job paid you $500k or more so you only had to do it 3 maybe 4 times a year and enjoy the rest of the time pretending to be an heir who was left a good sum of money so you can drink, enjoy the beach and date models and live in exquisite hotels all over the world.

And the mind of an assassin. How he gets ready, steals passports, forges documents, smuggles in weapons to get ready for the kill. And how no one can stand in his way. Except ofcourse the detective who won in the end. But it almost too late and luck had a big part to play in it. I love this novel and have read it several times since.

Prompt from 31 Days of Writing Prompts for May at the SitsGirls

Arsenal 0 Villarreal 0

Arsenal’s Europa League hopes were dashed as Villarreal sealed a semi-final victory that will almost certainly end the Gunners’ unbroken 25-season run of appearing in European competition. Trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Spain and knowing that victory in this tournament represented their only realistic route back into the Champions League, Mikel Arteta’s side could not find a way past the visitors’ stubborn defence. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck the post with a volley but it was a rare moment of threat in a display strangely passive for large parts.

Nicolas Pepe and Emile Smith Rowe both fired efforts wide early in the second half and Aubameyang hit the post again with a downward header later in the game, but such moments were few and far between. That the defeat came at the hands of former boss Unai Emery will be especially galling for the Gunners. Emery was sacked in November 2019 after 18 months in charge, ultimately leading to the appointment of Arteta. With Manchester United seeing off Roma in the other semi-final and Chelsea and Manchester City into the Champions League final, Arsenal’s loss ruins hopes of a Premier League clean sweep of European competitions this season.

More importantly for the Gunners, though, the result effectively ends their season and their European chances – a big blow to a club that, a little over two weeks ago, was one of 12 prepared to walk away from the Champions League in order to join the proposed European Super League. Arsenal have been a mainstay in European competition since the 1996-97 season, much of that time spent in the Champions League under Arsene Wenger, with the last four campaigns in the Europa League. But that run is now over, serving warning that the Gunners are arguably at their lowest point in terms of on-field performance since George Graham was sacked in February 1995.

10 Day Lockdown

With Kerala reporting nearly 42,000 cases on Wednesday, the highest-ever single day spike, the state government announced a nine-day complete lockdown in the state from 8 May morning to curb the spread of the virus. The lockdown will come into force on 8 May morning and extend up to 16 May, according to official sources. Strict lockdown-like restrictions are already in place in the southern state and the Pinarayi Vijayan government decided to clamp the complete shutdown in the wake of a severe spike in the positive cases.

According to a report in Mathurbhoomi, the govt announced the complete lockdown after the state police department reported that restrictions which came to effect on Tuesday, was not as effective as expected. Earlier on Wednesday, after Kerala reported the highest-ever single day spurt in positive cases adding 41,953 infections, Vijayan had described the situation as serious and said stringent measures will have to be taken to curb the surge. The government  also announced several other decisions to strengthen the anti-COVID measures by deploying medical students and government officials to tackle the situation on the ground.

He also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the state should be allotted 50 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and 25 lakh doses of Covaxin. The Centre should take into account the number of people waiting for the second dose and those who have registered for the first dose while allocating vaccines to the states.

Weird Laws In Norway

Leaving infants outside in below-freezing temperatures: legal
If you’re not from the Nordic countries, chances are you’ll be shocked to see that leaving sleeping babies in their strollers on streets, alongside cafes, and without a parent, is normal, legal, and even encouraged at times. Some parents claim the practice builds character and immunity against diseases.

Not having beer during your Christmas feast: (technically) illegal
When Norway was Christianized in the early Middle Ages century, many rulers led with the intent to honor God through their laws. For King Hakon the Good, this was done by brewing beer at Christmastime. If no beer was brewed, culprits were forced to pay a steep fine.

Norwegians were purportedly ordered to brew beer in preparation for All Saints’ Day, in addition to the Christmas beer, some centuries later. Punishments for refusal to comply were much stringent than the Christmas beer, demanding an initial fine, and eventual exile if the “criminal” activity persisted.

Mandatorily carrying a firearm: legal (in some places)
On the Arctic island archipelago of Svalbard – located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole – residents share their home turf with wild polar bears. Polar bears pose a danger to humans who get too close or endanger the bears themselves. Because of this, it is illegal to leave a human settlement in Svalbard unless you’re carrying a firearm, or are accompanied by an expert carrying a firearm.

Being buried in Longyearbyen: illegal
Another strange law out of Svalbard. Some people (mistakenly) think that it’s illegal to die in Svalbard. Laws regarding morbidity in a certain place, formally known as the prohibition of death, date back to the 5th century when Greek inhabitants on the island of Delos considered the island too sacred for someone to die there.

Though dying isn’t outlawed on Longyearbyen explicitly
 It’s discouraged. Temperatures on the world’s most northern settlement can reach less than 30 degrees Celsius. The extreme cold forces the ground into a permanent state of permafrost: nothing thaws and nothing decomposes – including dead bodies. Not only do they take up space, but they also pose a health hazard as well, as viruses or diseases are perfectly preserved too.

What I Learned Blogging

What have you learned since you first started blogging?

What have I learned? Well one thing, which was almost obvious to me, is that I love blogging. I used to keep a daily journal for a while as a teenager. Ages 15 to 19 I maintained the journals and I wish I could have saved them. Then I picked it up at age 21 but it became mostly just a few notes on the page. Doing it online made a lot more sense.

I also noted that a lot of people start blogs but then they stop after a while. I maintained it because I love the process. I also want to keep a record of things that happen in my life, as boring and bland as it may be. But it is interesting to me. When I am old and retired, I will spend many hours going through the old posts over a coffee or a beer and smile.

I also learned that you can make money online using your blog. That was an eye opener for me. Back in 2008 it was once a year and by 2011 it became a few times a year. I started getting quite a lot towards the end of 2018 and in 2020 it was quite a lot. I still make a few thousand here and there and it gives me so much pleasure when I get paid for doing what I love.

Prompt from 31 MAY BLOG POST IDEAS AT BLOGGING HER WAY

The First Thing

What is the first thing you see in the morning?

It kind of depends on how I wake up. Which position I wake up in from sleep. If I wake up on my back, I usually see the wall in front of me on which my tv is mounted. On top of that is a small teddy bear which was given to me as a gift many years ago. I will also be able to see the work desktop given to me from the office as it is right next to the tv and the end of my bed.

I usually tend to sleep on one of my sides. If I wake up on my right side, I will see the curtain and my window on the right. Which is ok but usually it gets a bit too sunny so I don’t usually like waking up on that side of my bed. On the left is the chair I keep a bottle of water and my phones and my inhaler. After that is a little space and then the dvd shelves that houses my collections. I like waking up to seeing that.

That’s what I get to see. I am curious as to what you guys see the first thing in the morning. If you read this, leave a comment below.

Prompt from 31 Days of Writing Prompts for May at the SitsGirls