Archive | November, 2012

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Sunsets

20 Nov

I am participating in this challenge, thanks to adventure nick.

 

 

 

 

And so…

19 Nov

Yesterday, I saw this guy and flipped out. He reminded me of a guy I used to know. He looked like a deteriorated aged version of the guy I used to know. Now the shock came a little later when I realised he wasn’t a deteriorated aged look-alike, it was him. There couldn’t be another human being who could speak the way he did [the way he was]. A little later I heard another guy call his name – confirmed.

I buried my face in a book and prayed and prayed for him to leave. I don’t know [now] why I was hiding…

  • Maybe just the way I was shocked seeing the uglier version of him, he would have been too. But I haven’t become ugly, have I?
  • We weren’t friends but we did have common friends. He was fun but it’s been almost 3 years and he looks horrible. He used to be hot. Was I saving him the embarrassment?
  • Back in the days, I was proud to know this guy. He was hawt, he was in this local band and he was the drummer… He had this shoulder-length curly drummer-hair. Some days when his band was doing a gig, I used to make a point to see them play and he used to acknowledge me. He even used to come say hello when the band took a break. Wow! I was the envy for a while. Was I embarrassed that I was proud to have known this him?
  • Now, his hair’s cropped short. I even saw a pot belly-in-progress. Eww. Was I saving myself from embarrassment?

Lesson learned: I’m not going to take my life for granted, no matter what. I am going to look after myself, I am going to quit smoking starting NOW. I am going to eat healthy stuff. I am going to have lots of fruits and veggies. I am going to work out. I am going to see my optician. I am going to see my dentist. I am going to my GP. I am going to use anti-aging lotions. I am going to drink my green-tea regularly. I am going to get a hair-cut. I am going to make sure no one hides their face behind a book 10 years later.

The above lesson is more or less for the outside. Inside, I am a bad person so I’m going to try to be a better one. I shalt never ever do what I did yesterday. 

Green Weekly Photo Challenge

18 Nov

My second entry only because it’s irresistible. For more greens, click here.

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Some words

17 Nov

Sometimes you hear some lines or read them somewhere and they stick with you. Here are 5 lines that I read on t-shirts and have stuck with me ever since…

Romeo’s T

  1. Don’t take LIFE too seriously, you won’t come out of it alive. 😀
  2. All my life, I wanted to be someone. I guess I should’ve been more SPECIFIC.
  3. I was born INTELLIGENT, education ruined me.
  4. Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my MIND the most.
  5. Down to earth but still ABOVE YOU ALL.

Also, I overhead some boys talking… one friend to another.

“Even if you f*** up, I’ll be here, maybe the things we talk will be different. But we will be… I’ll be around for you and I know you’ll do the same for me. So if you want to split with your gal, go ahead do it. Just get on with your life…!”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

16 Nov

Grins for green. This week’s photo challenge is GREEN.

My green photo [for now]

just GREEN and a touch of blue…

 

Three Letter words

16 Nov

What would I do without three letter words in this writing world? What could I possibly write about… I wonder. Here I stopped to read what I have just written because I don’t want three letter words anywhere. I stop again here, only this time it is because I don’t know what more to write.

I think I will write about bright stars, stars that twinkle or twinkling starts. Here, I am beginning to find it quite difficult to avoid those three letter words. Reverse therapy is once again working full swing – tempting me to slip. I wish I could type my favourite conjunction or rather conjunctions. It feels like I have fallen into an abysmal trap working up this particular prompt.

However, it is quite interesting. I have nothing to write except to write a post without three letter words. I think I am doing fine up until here, which brings me back to thinking what is it that I am writing about – basically nothing.

This is really interesting. I can’t stop typing. I am actually typing my thoughts which is quite unbelievable because… errr “Is this what I think like? Is this my thinking pattern?” :sigh: I have to find a topic or something to write about – my thoughts have begun to sound just pathetic. Here I stop to think about a topic – there’s no topic, period.

Perhaps, I will write about last night. Well, I slept late last night just to wake up around 3 am with cold feet – literally. My feet felt as if they were frozen. I grabbed another blanket lying somewhere around in my bedroom. Then I wrapped it around my feet. Only after my feet became warm, I managed to fall asleep. It is really getting chilly already, wonder what winter’s going to be like. Besides, I have this habit of forgetting winter in summer, summer in winter. I can’t remember things. Ergo my worst fear is – Alzheimer’s.

Once upon a time, I used to play Sudoku everyday hoping it would help me keep that disease away. [Phew, Instead of “away” I typed a three letter word. However, it is carefully replaced. Darn, where there is “carefully”, there I’d written another three letter word as well. Goodness, this is quite a challenge. Nevertheless, I am enjoying it.] Whenever I find articles on “Prevent Alzheimer’s” or anything in that line, I read them seriously.

I want to have full control of what I feel, what I notice, what must have happened… I hate losing consciousness unless it is related to medical procedures or when I am fast asleep. Which could be another of many reasons I don’t drink. My friends tell me about what happens when they drink – I mean when they wake up next morning. They tell me, everything comes in bits/ pieces like snapshots – like in that movie “Hangover”. There’s no complete picture. They tell me they’re able to remember things in parts, nothing in full. There, right there, is where my Alzheimer’s fear seeps back in.

I think I will stop writing here because it is getting rather risky. This could be my most-backspace-used post. My consolation – at least I wrote [whatever it is that I wrote]. I don’t know what I’d have done without these Daily Prompts. Today, I came here without a clue. I still have no clue.

Whatever! I still have added a post, haven’t I? Well, that should be enough if I ain’t asking rather much. I don’t know if what I wanted to write is actually what I have written. I mean without three letter words, I doubt if I have made sense! Nonetheless, as long as I have followed today’s rule, I am happy.

I’ve done it…. finally!!!

IMHO-

15 Nov

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/15/world/meast/gaza-israel-strike/index.html?hpt=wo_c1

I’m not a highly opinionated person but the news linked is kind of sad. I have a friend from Israel and only recently she was telling me about her country – the landscape, the festivals, the culture, the fear, the unrest… and it’s all over the news. 

In my opinion, I just hope everyone comes to their senses before it’s too late. Every war is a war is a war. Killing innocent life is unpardonable  be it in the name of retaliation, vengeance or whatever. Every bomb that explodes on either side of the strip/ border doesn’t see who it was meant to kill – the little children or the innocent victims or some terrorists. It just explodes. The air-strike doesn’t just kill one “terrorist”/ one “leader”, a lot of innocent become victims for no reason, whatsoever.

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11 months old… Did the infant or the parents deserve this?

An eye for an eye, is this it??

 

Sky Blue

14 Nov

Who says the sky’s blue?

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I often see red sky,

pink sky,

purple sky,

orange sky,

white sky,

grey sky….

So really,

Is the sky really blue???

Home Lone

13 Nov

I’m single but I had a roommate until day before. She’s gone and I’m actually alone. I didn’t quite want to let her know how excited I was to have the whole house for myself but excited I definitely was.

When she was around, I had to be careful not to wake her up as part of my forced insomnia programme. I love to be a night-owl, I love it and I especially love to smoke around 1 am, sitting outside in the chill with the moon. If you haven’t tried it, I’d highly recommend it – the moon watch minus the smoke, if you can.

So the day she left I couldn’t wait to be back home and celebrate my solitude. I was in the kitchen banging the pots and pans without an iota of worry. Then I came to my room with tea – I didn’t walk from the kitchen to my room, I stomped all the way :D. I just had to do it. I’m an opportunist and I’m the kind who loves to make hay when the sun shines.

It was 9 when I stomped to my room with this tea. I got my smoke ready for post-midnight chore. So excited I was, I decided to hit the bed to calm  myself down lest I die of happy excitement and….

sigh

….and I fell asleep :sigh:

ps- Reverse therapy always works on me – ALWAYS. 😦 [I guess]

FAVORITE DIRECTOR’S QUOTES RELAY RACE

12 Nov

November 9, 2012

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I hope I’m not too late for this one. Thank you http://isaacspictureconclusions.com/ for passing the baton [I’m sorry I took so long to finally work on it]. This relay was created originally by David at Taste Of Cinema who provided the following as a description and the aim of the relay…

“People love wisdom words from great minds. As a cinephile, I prefer director quotes than words from any other group of people in the world.Their thoughts on cinema not only provide insights into deep understanding of cinema, but also open the window to their own films, their genres, their filmmaking methods, thus they need to receive more exposure as their films did.”

The rules of the relay are quite simple really. There will be a list of 10 directors and direct quotes from them that explain their motivations and reasons in how they see their craft. Every time the relay is received by a blogger they will have to choose which director to omit and replace him/her with a choice of their own and then choose another blogger to continue the race.

I was kindly invited into this by my good friend Tyson who runs the site HEAD IN A VICE. Tyson is a sporting chap who likes to yell at me frequently but I still do everything I can to make him successful.

Other bloggers involved in this so far have been – Movie and Song 365And So It Begins…The Cinematic SpectacleOn Page and ScreenFlixChatterKeith & The Movies and Marked MoviesSo without further ado, here is the list of director’s that have made the cut…

Quentin Tarantino
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“I steal from every single movie ever made. I love it – if my work has anything it’s that I’m taking this from this and that from that and mixing them together. If people don’t like that, then tough titty, don’t go and see it, all right? I steal from everything. Great artists steal; they don’t do homages.” – Quentin Tarantino

Seijun Suzuki

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“Why make a movie about something one understands completely? I make movies about things I do not understand, but wish to.” – Seijun Suzuki

Pedro Almodovar

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“When I make a film, I never stop uncovering mysteries, making discoveries. When I’m writing, filming, editing, even doing promotional work, I discover new things about the film, about myself, and about others. That is what I’m subconsciously looking for when shooting a film: to glimpse the enigmas of life, even if I don’t resolve them, but at least to uncover them. Cinema is curiosity in the most intense meaning of the word.” – Pedro Almodovar

Krzysztof Kieslowski

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“You make films to give people something, to transport them somewhere else, and it doesn’t matter if you transport them to a world of intuition or a world of intellect…The realm of superstitions, fortune-telling, presentiments, intuition, dreams, all this is the inner life of a human being, and all this is the hardest thing to film… I’ve been trying to get there from the beginning. I’m somebody who doesn’t know, somebody who’s searching.” – Krzysztof Kieslowski

Christopher Nolan

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“Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing.” – Christopher Nolan

Kathryn Bigelow

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“If there is resistance to women making movies, I choose to ignore it. That is because I cannot change my gender and I refuse to stop making movies.” – Katheryn Bigelow

Paul Thomas Anderson

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“I really subscribe to that old adage that you should never let the audience get ahead of you for a second. So if the film’s abrasive and wrongfoots people then, y’know, that’s great. But I hope it involves an audience. If not, that’s my fuck-up.” – Paul Thomas Anderson

Martin Scorsese

I think when you’re young and have that first burst of energy and make five or six pictures in a row that tell the stories of all the things in life you want to say . . . well, maybe those are the films that should have won me the Oscar. When Taxi Driver (1976) was up for Best Picture, it got three other nominations: Best Actor [Robert De Niro], Best Supporting Actress [Jodie Foster] and Best Music. But the director and writer were overlooked. I was so disappointed, I said, “You know what? That’s the way it’s going to be”. What was I going to do, go home and cry?

I’m a horror movie type of dude so I went with one of my favorite horror movie directors of them all:

John Carpenter (and it’s a collection of quotes):

“I made a decision back in 1978 that, in a trade off for money when I directed Halloween, I would have my name above the title in order to basically brand these movies my own.”

“In England, I’m a horror movie director. In Germany, I’m a filmmaker. In the US, I’m a bum. “

“One could make money and get a career going with a low-budget horror film about killers attacking on holidays. It is always flattering to have somebody copy you.”

Alejandro González Iñárritu

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“(On why did he not record an audio commentary for 21 Grams (2003)) I don’t like them. I feel that if you have to explain something, it loses strength. It’s like a magician trying to explain his magic, in a way. Those kind of things make me feel like I’ve lost something special about the film. The film should explain itself”

one more…

“I think that in order to be a film director, one has to be a warrior who shouldn’t be defeated by the daily onslaught of problems. We are all hanging by threads and are the mercy of various elements, if one fails the whole flight could come crashing down, and like a good warrior I’m not going to break down”

I’m sorry I’ve deleted 2 “quotes” to make it 10 directorsThe deleted quotes were from Directors Jean-Luc Goddard and Federico Fellini for no apparent reasons but to comply with the “rules”.

Choosing just one director’s quote was an arduous task because apparently I have so many favourite directors 😦 Well, I’ve picked Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu not only for some of the amazing movies I’ve watched of his but also because thanks to him Gael Garcia Bernal [sigh] made it to the movies. He’s also revived the latino film industry if I’m not wrong.

Thank you once again http://isaacspictureconclusions.com/2012/11/09/10-favorite-directors-quotes-relay-race/ for this honour 😀 Now’s the tough part – passing the baton. to Mr. better than IMDB.

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