Monday, June 30, 2014

Highway

Heard a lot of good things about this film (some even before it was released). I couldn't get past the first 10 minutes. Had to switch it off.

Not sure if it was Alia Bhatt or the character being played by Alia Bhatt … but one of those cunts proved to be way too annoying for me to even give the rest of the film a quick scan through.

Khulli hawaa… thoda aur… please please… bla bla bla. Chup saali!

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.

- Albert Einstein

Sunday, June 29, 2014

America Exits Iraq

Broke Hillary

Game Of Thrones - Season 4

Done with Season 4.

I liked this a lot better - Unlike Season 2 and 3 this didn't have as much reference to the God of Light and the White-Walkers nonsense. It was there, but relatively toned down. I believe to compensate for that, they put in shit loads of Brandon Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) (cripple boy with 'special' powers). Tolerable. Not much of an issue here.

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) showing some promise towards the end of the season. Would be refreshing to see her drop her cry-baby look.

Not nearly enough of Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) - I was expecting to see a lot more of this character. Sigh…

Dragon Babe (Emilia Clarke) - Confused and indecisive. Lacked the fire in this season (in my opinion).

Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) - Wasted… but good to look at.

Shae (Sibel Kekilli) - Never really liked her. There have been times that I wanted to strangle the bitch myself. Clapped so hard when Tyrion strangles her (well done!).

Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) - *Claps. Excellent performance. Right up to the very end!

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen), Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) - Well done. Well played. Brilliant. All of them!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Idiotic Conversation Starters

Just happened.

A co-worker just walked up to me and says (after G'morning) - 'Do you know how many kilo from my house to office?' (exact words).

I slowly sipped my tea and turned to face her 'You mean Kilometres, right? No. I don't know how many kilo from your house to office and I don't see any reason why anyone would give a damn'.

She walks away, and now I can hear her screeching voice in conversation with another co-worker about the psychology of men in the middle east (*rolls eyes).

Sigh… people are sad.

Watch!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Uth kar tou aa gaye hain teri bazm se magar
Kuchch dil hi jaanta hai ke kis dil se aaye hain

Monday, June 23, 2014

Jackie Dada – Polio Vaccination Campaign Bloopers

Lol!

Now that's funny.

Endless Night - Agatha Christie

A good enough mystery… but the 'mystery' started off a bit too late (for my liking). By then, I was simply annoyed by the 'nothing is happening' voice in my head. The book is just 270 odd pages, but reading through the earlier chapters seemed like a drag. As I said - nothing was happening.

Once things started to happen (way too late in the story) - the book picked up pace (or perhaps I started reading it properly).

I can confidently say that Sunday Times got it wrong in their review - 'ONE OF THE BEST THINGS CHRISTIE HAS EVER DONE'. I have definitely read better books by this author.

Arvind Kejriwal Makes Another Promise

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"I know we shouldn't have resigned and I apologize for it. But this time, I promise I will not resign," said the leader during his 25-minute speech.

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I always found it difficult to take this joker seriously. Didn't matter what he was saying, I just found it laughable. But for those intellectually challenged morons who DO take this clown seriously - Here is a statement he made in 2013 (just before 'forming the government' in Delhi).

We all know what happened after that.

Now coming back to 'this time, I promise I will not resign' -Well… your party first needs to get majority votes in the elections. Aur agar itni nautanki ke baad bhi logon ko akal nahin aayi… tou iss desh ka kuchch nahin ho sakta.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kick Trailer

The trailer looks cool. Although most of the action sequences (if not all) seem to be ripped off from Hollywood films. The 'costume' for the devil could have been better. Although, I am extremely glad that it doesn't have a flashy 'D' embroidered on the T-Shirt or crystals glued on to the pants, but I still feel it could have been better. Perhaps a hoodie may be… This just looks like an ill-fitting wetsuit.

It's the one liners (some) that have me wanting to watch the film.

Monday, June 16, 2014

TYPOS!

There are just WAYYY too many typos to even attempt to read the complete article without getting ticked off.

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Fucking illiterate incompetent cunts!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Da Vinci's Demons - Season 2

It's still watchable BUT… the entire Book Of Leaves nonsense is getting annoying.

Having that as a central plot is taking away from the show which would have been a lot more entertaining without the visions and the mumbo-jumbo.

Leonardo figuring out stuff with his calculations and analysis is fun to watch. The process of understanding and deduction is entertaining and maintains interest. Him getting answers in his visions / dreams or with the help of Al Rahim's (Alexander Siddig) blabberings is just stupid.

Lorenzo (Elliot Cowan) seemed pretty useless in this season. It got worse when he decided to make his trip to Naples but the character did get a bit better towards the end of the season. Hopefully Season 3 will be more entertaining.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Aaj Phir Tum Pe…

Arjit Singh and Samira Koppikar (not sure if I have heard any other track with her giving the playback) may have delivered a lot of hit songs and in all likelihood will deliver even more hits in the future. Perhaps they are even considered as very talented / capable playback singers… but they were definitely the wrong choice for this song. A terrible choice.

Arjit sounds too plain / dead in this track. The girl sounds even worse! This is probably how a zombie would sing a duet. And what makes it worse is that they have ruined an absolutely beautiful track. Even if it's just borrowing a bit here and there.

Here is the non-bastardised version of this song. The voices of Pankaj Udhas (brilliant) and Anuradha Paudwal:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Last Dickens - Matthew Pearl

Fact and fiction weaved [almost] brilliantly. This was… a good read.

Interestingly enough, the mixed up timelines didn't bother me at all while reading this book. That said… I still don't see how the Indian connection was relevant to the plot, and feel that it SHOULD'VE been left out. Also the over the top 'villains' and the 'action sequences' significantly diminish the pleasure of reading.

Ye ehd e tark e mohobbat hai kis liye aakhir
Sukoon e qalb idhar bhi nahin udhar bhi nahin

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

You can't shake hands with a clenched fist.

- Gandhi

Well… Boxers seem to do it all the time before the first round. It isn't exactly a handshake but is the equivalent of one.

Another Pointless Study / Survey

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The longer a person has been out of work, the greater the chances that he or she will develop a clinical case of depression, according to data from a new Gallup poll.

Link

That 'conclusion' could be arrived at by simple logical analysis. Sure, it wouldn't have shit loads of statistics and percentages but it would still be the same conclusion. That people who are unemployed are more likely to suffer from depression and that likelihood is directly proportional to the period of unemployment.

Why would there be a need to conduct a survey or study to validate a basic logical fact?

Evidently the people at Gallup are pretty jobless themselves. Otherwise why would they be wasting their time doing this survey?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

- Oscar Wilde

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Humshakals – Soundtrack

The lyrics are horrible (Khol de dil ki khidki… khol de dil ka door - Ye kya kachra likhte rehate hain?). The music is shit. Nothing extraordinary about the vocals either.

One song does deserve a mention - Barbaad Raat. In a completely rubbish album, it takes a superhuman level of incompetence to make just one song stand out as the shittiest of them all.

Very average vocals. Below average music. Horrid lyrics (Masti sar pe chadhdh rahi hai, sunn le dil ki baat. I am so crazy for you baby don't you break my heart. Ho na jaaye barbaad teri meri raat) … and then… for some reason there is a group of human voices trying to howl like stray dogs! WHY??? Wasn't the song bad enough already that you had to put in the cartoony bhoompu and the idiotic stray dog howling?!

THU!

Californication – Season 2

Done with Season 2. Still watchable. I do think it would have been better without Daisy (Carla Gallo) taking up so much screen time. Just something about her that I find annoying.

Lew Ashby (Callum Keith Rennie) – Too cool! Hated the way the character gets killed off towards the end of the season (snorting heroin)… that's a really shitty way to go (especially for someone THAT cool). Ah well, shit happens.

On to Season 3 (next weekend).

Bol Fakira…

Excellent…

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Here Is A Sensible Explanation To That Idiotic Study Of Hurricane Names

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But Lazo thinks that neither the archival analysis nor the psychological experiments support the team’s conclusions. For a start, they analysed hurricane data from 1950, but hurricanes all had female names at first. They only started getting male names on alternate years in 1979. This matters because hurricanes have also, on average, been getting less deadly over time. “It could be that more people die in female-named hurricanes, simply because more people died in hurricanes on average before they started getting male names,” says Lazo.

Link

Simple… sensible… logical.

Dikhaawon pe mat jaao. Apni akal ladaao.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What's In The Name?

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People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study.

Female-named storms have historically killed more because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes.

Link

Err… ok.

I am pretty confident that when a hurricane warning is broadcasted, people in the danger zones wouldn't really be judging the threat based on the name being used to refer to the hurricane. That would be extremely idiotic. And if they are in fact doing that, then the world is definitely better off without these idiots.

That said, I really want to know what the hell triggered this 'research/study'?! Honestly, this is a rather pointless topic to be researching in the first place. There MUST BE a better way to utilise the time of these 'professors' and resources of the universities.

I would have bothered to read the entire article, but I came across this:

Sharon Shavitt, study co-author and professor of marketing at the University of Illinois, says the results imply an “implicit sexism”; that is, we make decisions about storms based on the gender of their name without even knowing it.

*Chuckles.

Sharon Shavitt… seriously woman, just HOW STUPID are you? Perhaps you should do a research on that before you co-author anything else.

Aag Poori Kahaan Bujhi Hai Abhi

Midahtul Akhtar…

Aag poori kahaan bujhi hai abhi
Didaa-e-tar mein tishnagi hai abhi

Doston se chukaa rahaa hoon hisaab
Dushmanon se kahaan thani hai abhi

Dost kah kar mujhe na de gaali
Dil pe ik zakhm-e-dosti hai abhi

Kaat de ye bhi khudparasti mein
Aur thodi si zindagi hai abhi

Jaane kyon kund ho gayaa nashtar
Zakhm ki dhaar to vahi hai abhi

Monday, June 2, 2014

Californication - Season 1

While waiting for Da Vinci's Demons and Game Of Thrones to complete their running season, I decided to download this.

Californication is actually pretty good. At least the first season was pretty good. Well paced. Witty. Insightful. Funny. All packed up nicely with sufficient eye-candy.

Will be watching the next season over the weekend.

There is always time for failure.

- John Mortimer

Happen to know a bunch of idiots who believe that charity is a cure for poverty (*rolls eyes). Using fancy terms like equitable distribution of wealth etc. might help you score some debating points and perhaps even make you sound intelligent… but it doesn't solve the problem.

There will be a gap between rich and poor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. People who work hard or take calculated risks (that pay off) or are smarter (not necessarily in terms of academic qualifications) will succeed and prosper. Some might take longer than others, but eventually they will prosper.

People who are lazy, incompetent, unimaginative, unwilling to work hard and/or smart - will NOT. Please note - This doesn't necessarily imply that a labourer doesn't put in any effort when lugging heavy bags of cement at a construction site. That is termed as putting in effort. One could be exerting a lot of effort but if it doesn't pay off, it isn't worth it. How much effort one puts in is just as important as WHERE the effort is put in.

That said, it also doesn't necessarily imply that the labourer in question MUST BE poor. He may be or he may not be. Poverty is not defined by the job being performed. Poverty is not defined by the income / return one gets from one's efforts. Poverty is determined by how that income/return is utilised. Nature of job and income are definitely factors that contribute to the definition of poverty - BUT they do NOT define poverty by themselves.

Poverty is not a disease that needs to be cured. It is a state that can be corrected if proper efforts are put in (by the person in question himself). If they are going to be waiting for handouts… or expecting handouts, then they will remain poor.

Just to point out - Charity is rarely done to 'help' someone. It is usually done to make yourself feel better. That's it and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this either. But expecting this to cure poverty… that's just stupid.

Something Like This

Link

That's where I would like to be. Well, something along those lines.

The actual house could be smaller. Could be just 2 or 3 rooms for all I care. It isn't the structure of the house that impresses me, but the location. Something like this would be amazing. Inaccessible. Ahhh… peace.

Given the option and money (not to mention - Some way of getting a regular supply of food / toiletries with absolute minimal human contact - perhaps something like the Drone Delivery model)… I would like to take a place similar to the one pictured above and just get away from people.

I find nothing 'civilised' about the human civilisation anymore. People can't stand me (or understand me) and I can't tolerate people. Best then to keep (a significant) distance.

Putting up with incompetent co-workers… arrrgggghhh. So annoying… and can't do anything about it… grrrrrr.

Lazy, incompetent, irresponsible, careless. What makes one's blood boil is when these morons sit around discussing not receiving a bonus/increment and how they feel things aren't fair! Arrey maadarchod pehle kaam tou kar lo!

The arguments are ridiculous - 'I didn't receive any bonus/increment. Why should I work?'. Abbey paagal ke bachche… bonus and increment is awarded in recognition of work done… not in the HOPE that you will do some work if you are given a bonus / increment.

Jaahil log.

Maazi mein jo maza meri shaam o sahar mein tha
Ab wo faqat tasavur e shaam o sahar mein hai

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