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Oct 242014
 



It’s not what you did, son. It’s who you did it to.
– Russian mob chief Viggo Tarasov to son Joseph in John Wick.

What’s common to Bollywood and Hollywood garbage?

Ha ha ha, elementary my dear kiddo.

Both have a strong Indian connection.

While the details of Indian connections to Bollywood garbage are no secret, few know of the Indian links to Hollywood junk.

Hollywood’s latest piece of garbage John Wick is co-produced by Raj Singh, a Silicon Valley millionaire of Indian origin who’s lately been pouring money into several English films.

I don’t know about you but it warms the cockles of my heart to learn that be it Hollywood, Bollywood or Kollywood the desi connection to junk is ever close at hand. ;)

John Wick is directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, and ‘written’ by Derek Kolstad.

Delightful Garbage

Unalloyed garbage though it is largely on account of its simplistic plot, John Wick has a certain endearing appeal to it.

The charm of this piece of shit owes to an amalgam of four things – Lead star Keanu Reeves cast as our eponymous hero John Wick, Swedish actor Mikael Nyquist who plays the Russian mobster Viggo, pleasing photography and a hard-hitting revenge drama that has the blood and action going non-stop.

For me, the adrenalin rush started when the Russian mobster’s son Joseph (Alfie Allen) lusts for John Wick’s sleek and powerful 1969 Mustang at the gas station.

A stupid fuck who lacks the focus, commitment and will of his father Viggo or John, the young punk Joseph refuses to take no for an answer. Continue reading »

Oct 172014
 

Of the countless movie opening scenes I’ve watched (nay endured), nothing comes remotely near the thrill of Dom Hemingway.

The audacity of the lines, the expressions on Jude Law’s face and the volcanic eruption at the end, oh, believe me, it’s a timeless, peerless moment.

Yeah, the ‘unluckiest son of a bitch in the world’ grabs you by the cojones and just won’t let go. ;)

Opening’ Treat

Is my cock exquisite?
Oh, cos I think it’s
fucking exquisite.
I think it’s a fucking work of art.
Like a Renoir.
Or a Picasso.
The painting of my cock
should hang at the Louvre.
They should study my
cock in art classes,
spend whole courses
studying the splendid contours of
its exquisiteness, don’t you think?
They should also study
my cock in science class
cos it defies nature.
My cock is hard.
It’s metal, it’s steel,
it’s titanium.
It does not break.
It does not weaken.
My cock can stand all day
like a good soldier trying
to impress his superiors.
If my cock could win
a medal, it would.
If they could name a school
after it, it should.
If it could save small Somali
children from starving,
it would and should, and it’ll have
a Nobel fucking Peace Prize for it,
the first such prize
ever given to a cock.
My Nobel Prize-winning
cock’s like a cheetah,
all sleek and dangerous and deadly.
Sonnets should be written about
how dangerous my cheetah cock is.
Poems, plays.
Wars should be won over it,
kingdoms fallen because of it.
My cock is lightning. It is fire.
It is a volcano brewing with
the sacred semen, lava,
Sugar and spice and all things nice.
Sorry for the lack of warning, dearie.
Things happen.
Sometimes you expect ‘em,
sometimes you don’t.

I stumbled upon Dom Hemingway (written and directed by Richard Shepard) while stalking Netflix’ new film aisles on a sleepless night recently.

Lucky me!

Dark Treat

Dom Hemingway falls under what those in the business refer to as the dark comedy genre. Continue reading »

Oct 172014
 

Your infinite fascination for all things Apple matches mine.

Alas, your time is finite.

So which Apple blog should you spend more time on for the latest news, reviews and how-tos of Macs, iPhones and iPads.

To gauge the popularity of the major Apple blogs, I took a dekko at Alexa rankings (not perfect but all we have) and then added my own observations.

BTW, did you know most tech blogs including dedicated Apple news sites get a good chunk of visitors from my two favorites – U.S. and India. This is not surprising considering Apple and most startups are based in the U.S.

When it comes to India, the huge number of visitors to tech blogs owes to the strong IT outsourcing industry and relentless breeding that has produced a litter of several hundred million restless youngsters with too much time on their hands.

Popularity of Apple News Sites

Apple Blog Winners

If you go by Alexa ranking and the voluminous number and quality of user comments on the site, Macrumors is hands down the must-visit blog for your daily Apple fix.

Macrumors has a superb comments/forum section and when they’re behind on exclusive news the site atones for it by rehashing stories from other sources.

For How-Tos, OSXDaily is the clear winner. They just can’t be beat on all kinds of how-tos for Macs as well as mobile devices like iPad tablets and iPhones.

If you’re hankering for exclusive news, 9to5Mac is the blog to bookmark and read. These guys are cited in Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other tech blogs.

But my major complaint against all Apple blogs is that coverage of Steve Jobs, Apple and its products is for the most part uncritical and bordering on hagiography.

Except for rare instances like antennagate or bendgate where every media site piles on, Apple tends to get adulatory coverage in hushed tones.

Every Apple story has the breathless air of a vaccine discovery for Ebola or AIDS being reported for the first time. :(

I refuse to believe that Apple is run by saints who do nothing wrong. The problem is that both bloggers and mainstream media reporters have failed to cultivate strong sources at Apple who are dumb enough to leak critical stories.

Now for a quick look at the pros and cons of the major Apple blogs and news sites:

Winners

Macrumors

Pros
Covers all things small & large at Apple. Includes pictures of planes leaving China with iPhones with weight of cargo. No kidding.
Excellent forum/comments covering all facets of Apple
Cons
Few exclusive stories
Generally uncritical coverage
http://www.macrumors.com

9to5Mac

Pros
Exclusive stories, breadth of coverage
Cons
Weak on forums/comments and analysis. Pitiful on how-tos Continue reading »

Oct 152014
 
Anonabox - Tor for Dummies a Huge Hit on Kickstarter

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Oct 152014
 
Venkata Venna - A Step Closer to Millions?

Now that Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri has been convicted and given the death penalty, baby Saanvi Venna’s father Venkata Venna has a better chance of winning his civil lawsuit against property management firms, a security company and Raghunandan Yandamuri over the murders of his daughter and mother. Venkata Venna filed the civil complaint on November 7, [...]

Oct 142014
 
Telugu Creates History - Yandamuri gets Death

Ask not for whom the bell tolls: it tolls for thee. – John Donne Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri’s Ultimate Fate A Pennsylvania Execution Chamber (Source: PA Department of Prisons) Never let it be said that Telugus are not pioneers. Be it in (re)discovering America, releasing Oscar-worthy Tollywood gems, littering Dum Biryani restaurants across the landscape [...]