Friday, December 20, 2013

Hibernation and the holidays.

It's been a while since i posted here, you could say i took a real long hibernation. There are indeed lots and lots of stuff to cover which have been fairly eventful.

Before i lost track of everything let me just jump into the fray. I had a chance to play what might possibly have been the greatest game ever made. that's right I am talking about GTA 5.


If i were a poet I would be waxing lyrical about this game, it was unbelievably awesome and sometimes it's the attention to detail by the developers in Rockstar made this game simply amazing. The first grand theft auto with multiple characters and fun part is when all characters are unlocked you can switch between the characters anytime unless you're in a mission with them or on a cop chase. 

Hands down  my favorite character is Michael, The character on the left on the trailer he is a rational psychopath in the game, Franklin is someone who is probably the closest to sane character among the three and although the game entirely revolves around the other two. As for Trevor he is absolutely irrational, horrific bloody psychopath and his special power is the best among the three. He is epitome of all GTA games past and present. The story line takes an amazing faster pace when trevor comes into the picture.

Here's what you can do in Los santos in GTA 5, other than doing amazing heists and insane rampages.

  • You can play tennis.
  • You can run triathlon.
  • You can do yoga.
  • You can play golf.
  • You can play darts.
  • You can go drinking with your buddies.
  • You can invest in stock market. 
  • You can go on a ballon ride.
  • You can fly through Helicopter/Airplane.
  • You can enter street/ATV/Sea race.
  • You can take your dog out for a walk. (Yes you've a dog and he is amazing)
  • You can go skydiving.

I might have missed lots of things other than what i have listed. I can list more awesome jaw dropping features in the game but i think only way to find that for yourself is pick this game and play it yourself. 
I paid 60 dollars for this game and prices have gone down significantly now but its a full value for every penny paid.


As for other stuff. Liverpool are having a fantastic season possibly the second best i have seen them had in all these years of supporting them. When the season started if you had told me liverpool would be second at this time of the season i probably would've given a sarcastic laugh at you. I don't want to jinx our run by saying we are title contenders yet (although i am pretty sure its at the back of everyone's mind right now). I would be very happy with a CL spot come end of this season. Next 3 games are the key. Lets see how it winds out.

Anyone who might have missed the rout of tottenham last week, check this out. It was bloody brilliant football by the lads.

I am enjoying my time off and top it off even put up my first christmas decoration and looking forward to the enjoying the most wonderful time of the year.







Monday, September 2, 2013

Anguish & Euphoria

If you're wondering what's the significance of the picture above, it's the actual view of the Footballing brain possessed by Florentino Perez - The President of Real Madrid. Selling Ozil to fund Bale this is the day world has gone really bonkers!! (To be honest it's actually much smaller than that of this peanut).

On a positive note felt exuberant after seeing the bloody mancs lose. Daniel san is on an unbelievable Juggernaut run. To add the icing on the cake We're top of the table. Honestly didn't see that coming I have to praise One Mr.Rodgers for that.

I hope our euphoria continues little longer, Just 2 more games to see our El pistolero back in the squad. Good times ahead.

Until next time!!!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Best Scare of the year yet

Just came back from conjuring, It's quite refreshing to see a movie with old school haunted house scary effects. As a proponent and lover of this franchise I give this movie my big thumbs up.

Must watch for the horror movie lovers and definitely not for the faint hearted shriekers!!




Saturday, July 6, 2013

License to kill and all that good stuff!!!

I have been meaning to write about Skyfall for quite sometime now as one of the movies which inspired me to the point of me writing about on this space.

Question given to one Mr.Martin Campbell was how would he reboot a franchise which was reaching the pinnacle of its gimmicky nature and becoming a feast for showing those gadgets and blowing up most of them in a rather clumsy manner in other words make another Golden Eye which started the Pierce Brosnan saga in an awesome way and Mr.Campbell had an answer for that and it was Casino Royale.

As much as everyone says that Dr.No is the best bond movie I would have to disagree on that notion I would pick Casino Royale as the greatest bond movie ever, although we don't have a great villain like the doctor in Casino Royale, Le chiffre with his blood teary eyes hardly makes the cut I agree on that aspect but the movie had its soul driven by Daniel Craig and Eva Green's characters as Bond and Vesper, for instance this scene stands out as my favorite from the Casino Royale.


Vesper: I am the money
Bond : Every penny of it!!

I would say this totally tops the scene where Sean Connery meets Ursula Andress singing "Underneath the mango tree!!!" in Dr.No.

As much as i praise the awesome nature of the first movie but the follow up to Casino Royale namely Quantum of solace sucked so much, I was perplexed because the movie finished before it even started I wouldn't mind listing it as the worst ever.

I had very little anticipation when i was about to watch Skyfall. As for how I approach a movie I try to shun away from looking at those reviews from the so called critics. I really hate their perspective on something I want to watch my first and only rule of watching movie is if I want to watch a movie or a movie instills my curiosity I will just watch it, thats how I watched the awesomeness of movies like V for Vendetta, Matrix, Pi and most recently Dredd 3D. Before i lost track of the perspective i was trying to paint here I would add something on Skyfall. When i was watching Skyfall I was blown away by the opening sequence and Adele's number.



The attention to detail focussed by Sam mendes on the opening sequence was stunning, if you aren't sure as to what i am trying to convey if you have already watched the movie go over the opening sequence again, you will know what i mean. I have posted on this blog about 7 years ago that Casino Royale's  opening number was the best opening sequence ever but I have to agree that it was knocked out of the park by Adele's number.

Well it's not just the opening song which was a homage to all the old bond movies but the entire movie in itself. I loved the introduction of Q, and loved the personality Ralph fiennes brings to his role and also finally Moneypenny. After the movie i heard that Daniel Craig was slated for 2 movies and no surprise because Skyfall is all about his character. Although i would call this movie a James Bond meets Home Alone story line but the relationship bond has with M is clearly laid out in this movie and how much M trusts him with every single mission even though she wouldn't agree herself.

The series indeed has come back a full circle after all, I have to add in the point that usually Sean Connery movies feature a strong Bond girl character which was seen in Casino Royale as well but the last 2 movies were really bad in that aspect and Bond girl's role in that movie was for show, although i found the soundtracks in Skyfall were intriguing, i mean it was awesome.


For instance that soundtrack the ambience of it was intense, I am really glad that Daniel Craig has signed up for 2 more movies even though he looked so much older in this movie but i think like Skyfall his character would still evolve the old age and continue to enthrall us.

I got so hooked into the movie I got myself my own cup like Q had.


I can't believe they asked me if its related to Samsung S4. I took it with a pinch of salt that most people in the world haven't played scrabble. To be clear as per the letter distribution the points are allotted to the word formed there are just two V tiles which can be used in the game so for a triple letter score V will give 12 points.




Until Next time!!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Scribe who took a long hibernation and ascended

I have been meaning to write something for quite sometime. As i was traversing through my bunch of unfinished drafts i was kinda exhausted not only at the sheer volume of posts but also on the lazy aspect which has taken over me when i am writing something on a hot streak.

I have been meaning to post something monumental since i finished playing Assassins creed 3 last year or as soon as i finished watching Dredd 3D and also when Manchester united got KOed of the champions league in an awesome match which was like a slap to Fergie's red nose but alas i have missed all the chances to scribble something. I didn't even follow my usual routine of youtube videos as well.

The trademark which marked this year has been my persistent attention to detail at work and my complete transformation to out and out workaholic and as i roll back the years gone by and ponder how i used to be and how much i have come back on this aspect of my life. It really feels exalting to the extent of giving me goosebumps. From the guy who was looking for proxy links to post about college, life at cognizant and all the random stuff which pissed me off it really feels amazing not to take that downtrodden path i visit every once in a while on this blog so far this year. So far Venki 1 Bitching 0.

Life is awesome and i am kind of looking for a new pen name to signify the ascension. Being an avid fan of DBZ and Naruto manga can't help but follow that pattern to some extent on my posting. Also on the aspect of reading I did manage to wrap my head around the new Dan brown's Inferno as much as a good page turner it turned out to be. The ending of the book was such a downer and also it was too obvious to know what the twist was which made me ponder if this really is the aspect of being old and all knowing kicking in, although i don't complain on the aspect it was a good half day read after a long time of reading Hadoop definitive guides, Java Server Faces , Node.js and Ajax. Either ways i refuse to accept the fact that I am aging and still hold true to my theory that life as a kid was so simple!!!

To sum up things concisely i could say i am kicking ass this year and can certainly say Ascension complete!!

As usual i will leave you with this.



We've a second video because i think Dredd was the best movie i saw in the entire last year. Sure enough people say its a B movie but it was awesome. If you have nothing going on a friday evening rent it out. I can say you will not regret it.


PS: On the topic of the pseudonym I think I got the name i was looking for.

I am the Judge...Jury and the executioner... I am Dredd so long Mclovin!!!!!!


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Missouri Diaries - 8 years and running





I just realized it's been that long of an ordeal since i started scribbling on this page, this page started out for one reason and turned out to be for another reason and its miraculously making itself onto the eighth year somehow. 

I miss the blogging circle i started with, but after a while trying to read too many blogs became little too much and as a matter of fact life had some other priorities as well and also from the time i started grad school this page has been the vent out for the introspective personality change which happened to me, til this day it beats me how i totally became an ultimate ambivert type of a person its like flipping a switch i can go from the extroverted to introverted attribute just like that.

As for the year in retrospect like i usually ponder in retrospect, its been an fantastic year for me personally, its very hard for this year to match up the excitement with which 2011 ended, i thought 2011 was the best year in the past decade or so but 2012 came out like the Dark knight to Batman begins can't help but pull out the batman reference if you're bored of that you can correlate it to Terminator 2, Godfather 2, Brian Lara's 400 it became the sequel which surpassed the successful prequel to it. (I can't believe i made a cricket reference after such a long time)

There were surprises, there were milestones, there was thoughtfulness and most importantly the inspiration which turned me something else towards the end of the year. Everyone needs inspiration and i certainly found mine from a coffee shop and i certainly have to thank my RockNRoll Queen for that, writing this post made me nostalgic in so many ways and also admiring how fast the web evolved and how much less work i have to do to get this blog up and running compared to what it used to be previously.

I feel disgusted reading the short hand type fashion i used in my earlier posts 8 years ago which looked very hippy during that point of time and so i realized definition of being a hipster evolves constantly and I realize surely am one even though i deny on some aspects of not being one. Well the biggest highlight last year being my quick silver (From Germany with Love) my car of course and how i realized that good things do happen to the most persevering (kind of sucks with the long wait but it sure feels ecstatic trust me!)

I have a feeling this year is going to be, wait for it, wait for it. Legnedarrrryyyyyy!!!! surely it can be third time lucky right?

As of now i leave you with this.




PS: If you have 5.1 you should listen to this in the surround sound if not amp it out to the max and listen to it trust me,  Next up a very detailed AC3 review and in case i haven't exclaimed here It was Amazing!!



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Part time scribe.

Desperately trying to pen down a couple of lines, Can't keep my eyes open. Just wanted to write something before I go chase after sheep in dreams

Hans Zimmer music blaring. Until next time!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Rise.....

That's how a trilogy really should end.

 It was 7 hours of marathon of Dark Knight trilogy. I got home at 3.30 AM and eventually ended up sleeping at 5.30 and then I had an entire day of work and still didn't have a wink of sleep with huge rush of adrenaline from watching the finale which is still driving me. Is it worth the trouble? Hells Yeah.

As per my rough estimate I watched Batman Begins for the 10th time and the Dark Knight for the 12th time (which equates to 2 full days of  watching it)  the thing which amazed me when i was watching them again every dialogue in the first 2 movies stil sends that tingle up the spine.




This scene still blows my mind away.



This well and truly shows what the caped crusader really stands for.

When the 3rd movie started in the theatre and Bane was running riot for the first 30 minutes in the movie I could really feel the tension in the theatre so much you could really put a knife through it because everyone was anticipating when Batman would enter the fray. The movie went hyper drive when we least expected it.

It was truly a spectacular scene when he comes out guns blazing, the scene which bought a shed of tear in my eyes when the police officer remarks to his deputy. Oh Boy! You're in for a show son!

I love the references Nolan brings about in the movie which makes the comic book reader really happy and Hans Zimmer's track initially wasn't so much attractive at first until it started to grow on me to the current point my head is buzzing with this chant.


I noticed that movie drew strong inspiration from Arkham City ( The Final war was epic sequence in itself) and also felt it was line by line adaptation of Dark Knight rises by Frank miller barring the villains and the other minor plot elements. Nolan did a fantastic job of completing the story real amazingly putting all the pieces together to complete this masterpiece.

I am pretty sure I am going to watch the movie again at-least two more times. I wonder if another movie on Batman can be again be made on this caliber again. I hardly doubt it,  I have to go on a Batman hiatus for now until the sequel to Arkham city comes out again.

As usual I leave you with my favorite track of them all.



PS: I wanted to make quick draw mcgraw stylish post but I didn't think it was going to delve onto a rather serious note.



Monday, June 25, 2012

Workaholic

Probably the most intriguing title i had until today. I know it doesn't sound quite like me sadly it's true. Been working my socks off these past 2 weeks and eventually getting to the phase where I call it settling nicely on my groove. I find it hard to believe i didn't touch either of my consoles for a span of 2 weeks (to play games i mean I do use it to watch Netflix and Amazon Instant video on it). 

 I am writing this on the backdrop of the disappointing end to the campaign for the English Football team. I was hoping for another miraculous semifinal appearance. I feel gutted but I won't delve into more Football in this posting. I SWEAR. I Won't. 

 In a surprising turn of events I paid a visit to a Comic Book store. I was very impressed with the collection they had. For once I was totally clueless as to which comic book I ought to buy. I came about after finding that I cannot buy Tintin again. Tintin collection seems to be as dead as a DODO with respect to US book stores which startled me quite a bit. 

 Coming back to the decision which made me confuse. The second reason of my confusion happened to be the choice of finding the starting point to collect my Batman comic collection. Finally after a confusing trance which lasted for a mere 40 minutes (My entire grocery shopping hardly takes 20 minutes) I got these. 


Dark Knight Returns

Killing Joke

The Court of Owls

Ever since I finished reading The Long Halloween. I wanted to read the Killing Joke because of the critical acclaim generated by the comic. I was traversing through the preface it had the excerpts from the interviews by Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan. With Tim Burton going to say that if he ever wanted to start a Batman comic collection he would start from there. Plus the story is written by Alan Moore. I had no qualms about picking that one.

The Dark Knight returns was no surprise as the the movie is slated to be released in a span of 3 weeks. I have  a hunch that there could be the plot elements from this book which could be the core for Nolan's finale. Check.

As I was checking out the books at the counter. The store person pointed me to the Court of Owls stating that this is the latest reboot and after playing Arkham City inside out and judging from the plot clues of the Arkham city I think these elements from this comics could be a vital element for the next Arkham game.  Plus that was a hard cover with a very nifty discount on it. Almost pried it from the shop keeper's hands.

As i was talking to him. The owner of the store was rather sad and told me that people buying comics books have dwindled significantly and we always look at the bright side of technology. Ebooks and Comic book readers etc but there is always the concept of two sides to the coin. I wish everyone could make their own luck like Two Face does. I felt rather guilty because my lingering feeling that I could be one of those guys who inadvertently causes that effect. I ended up leaving the shop with lower spirits compared to the gust of energy with which i entered on.

Life always has two sides to every coin doesn't it?

Image Courtesy:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page



PS: Can anyone tell me why they play this at the Euro? Oh well can't resist adding this. 


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hello Nathan Drake!!

Finally got my hands on the PS3 and delving into the Uncharted territory right away.

First thoughts. I think rendering of the game by PS3 is astoundingly brilliant and the transition of the controls is very smooth because the layout is the same way as my 360 controller but kind of icky about the controller because 360 controller is much bigger on size and more comfy to use. but I was left gasping when i played the initial levels of Uncharted 2.

Heck I have a long weekend ahead to analyze it even more. Kratos has to go in waiting list for now until I am done with Drake.

As usual I leave you with this.