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Late to the party

Categories: Games, General | February 27th, 2013 | by Assi | 2 comments

I must be very late to this particular party but I had to share this with whom ever reads this blog (Thank you, Both of you).
In the night before the Razzies I was looking at the nominations for both the Razzies and the Oscars and looking at upcoming Trailers for movies on YouTubewhen I hit a trailer for the Skyrim V :The Elder Scrolls and the Song stuck with me.
The imagery and the vocals that came along with it just captured me completely and I found myself chanting the song over and over again and replaying it in my head and on my mp3 play lists.

As I am so entranced by this song and the performer I feel obliged to “plug” her Malukah , I believe she is an artist to follow as her career will take off .

Now if you know me,you know that I do not like computer games, and there is no way I will play the Skyrim games just cause of the song, but if some one can tell me in all honesty that the game can capture you and entice the spirit in the game play and soundtrack as that short trailer does in those 2:01 minutes then I will admit that the production company did a wonderful work.

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Astute observations

Categories: General | November 16th, 2012 | by Assi | one comments

Some times you can be utterly bewildered by the astute observation of a child, and i was caught completely off guard this morning by my daughter.

As we were playing in the morning before I had to leave for work I told her I need to get ready to leave for work she told say,with a blink or hesitation, ” Aba, no Work, Enough” I was stunned for a second and when replied with” True, but I need to go” to which she replied ” Aba, Sleep , Feel better” .

Short, to the point and 100% accurate, if only I could have followed that Zen advise I would have been a very happy man, Sadly I had to disengage myself from the play time and leave for work, with a song that has been popping in to my head every time I think of my kids , Twilight Time by The Platters :

Heavenly shades of night are falling
It’s twilight time
Out of the mist your voice is calling
It’s twilight time
When purple colored curtains
Mark the end of the day
I hear you my dear at twilight time

Deepening shadows gather splendor
As day is done
Fingers of night will soon surrender
The setting sun
I count the moments darling
Till you’re here with me
Together at last at twilight time

Here in the after-glow of day
We keep our rendez-vous beneath the blue
Here in the sweet and same old way
I fall in love again as I did then

Deep in the dark your kiss will thrill me
Like days of old
Lighting the spark of love that fills me
With dreams untold
Each day I pray for evening just
To be with you
Together at last at twilight time

Together at last at twilight time

I know that the song is meant for adult lovers, but I understand the yearning expressed and I feel it also expresses how i feel about the chance to see my kids.

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Skyfall – a return of classfull Bond

Categories: General | November 8th, 2012 | by Assi | no comments

I went to see “SkyFall” last night, expecting to be entertained mildly and have a nice time, and i got more then I was hoping for.
This movie combines the grit that the previous two Daniel Craig movies introduced to Bond with a charm and class that you got from some of the original Connery Bond.
I will not give spoilers, this function at our household is reserved to the Mrs, but I will say that they did a very good job in meshing the old style bond with the new style of action that is dominant in this age’s action movies.

The last 4 Bond movie’s were fluff that once the movie ended you didn’t think of it too much, yet with this movie i found myself thinking about during the 2 hours drive I had the morning after,Time usually spent in replaying “A New hope” in my head while stuck in dead traffic,and for those of you that know me that should tell something if it manage to “knock out” a Star Wars movie …

So it you have a chance to go see it and have not done so yet, and if you are a Bond fan, this one is a must see.
two thumbs up and a “Hell, yes”

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Missing Gaelcon

Categories: Games, General | October 27th, 2012 | by Assi | no comments

First time in 16 years that I am missing Gaelcon and it feel like something is wrong, I have been going through withdrawal symptoms: been sick, headaches and all that jazz.

And to top it all today we had the first snow of winter falling on us in my part of the UK.

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General thought and reflections

Categories: General | July 23rd, 2012 | by Assi | no comments

It has been a hectic time since I last had the time to sit down and write an entry here , and so much has happened , I had my second child born, A boy this time , he was circumcised , I started my guiding as a Sky Ride Leader, Passed my motorcycle test , bought my motor bike , got a Nagios certification , and passed the most annoying and useless test ever !

To elaborate a bit on the last one , last weekend I took my “life in the UK ” test , which is basically a test to show that you are familiar with many trivial things regarding living in the UK.

Take an average person Born in UK to take the test and 9 out of 10 will fail it , but for anyone wanting to migrate to the UK , it is not enough that you work here and pay your taxes for a long number of years , you also have to pass this ridiculous test that proves you can become a parrot and memorise and reaped , so I spend 3 weeks commuting on the train so I’ll have time to memorise the book and all the trivial information in it .
Thankfully I passed this test and now can forget all the crap .

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Movie prequels – making a mess

Categories: General | May 25th, 2012 | by Assi | no comments

Can anyone tell me why movie prequels can’t seem to keep to the “time line” established in the originals ?
I just saw the Trailer for Prometheus , the new Ridley Scott movie , and Lo and behold , in a story held many years before Ripley went on the Nostromo , the Technology presented makes Star Trek Tech look out of date by 200 years .
How is it possible that they have holograms , touch screens , engines that look like Iron Man repulse thrusters , while the Sulaco , that was build and used nearly 80 years after that didn’t have any of those ?

I know the CGI and FX has improved in leaps and bounds in the last 20 years , but even with the suspension of disbelieve that you take in to a movie theatre , I still find it unacceptable that they can not keep the established look and feel .
This has plagued many prequels either TV or Movie: The Crap new Star wars, Enterprise TV show, Terminator Salvation , and worse offender of them ALL , The Highlander!!

There are many more but I can’t remember all of them of the top of my head.

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New Life – Boxmoor trust

Categories: General, Project 365 | May 1st, 2012 | by Assi | no comments

yesterday on my ride to work I noticed that the horses have been moved back to the Boxmoor trust , the mares and Foals in one area while the stallions are across the road from them , so I grabbed my camera and the pooch and went to give them a visit .
There were 3 mares with 3 foals and they seemed rather protective of the little ones , and I also think they found my Camera noise annoying as they followed me through the whole field while I kept trying to keep the pooch being trampled by the mothers as he was hoping to chase the foals.
It did provide me with some nice pics:

Day 30 – Mare and Foal

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Pleasent Surprise

Categories: General | April 29th, 2012 | by Assi | no comments

After a long while that I had no time to make a stew , I finally managed to “steal” a couple of hours and enjoy some cooking freedom in the kitchen.

I used all the usual ingredients some purchased on the normal super market (even the meat) and put them on a low flame for a slow cooking , added the spices and covered with water.
Then I looked at the kitchen to see if there is any thing that can add more flavour to the dish, and my eyes fell on the assortment of Cured meats I purchased in the French Market that was in Hemel about 6 weeks ago, I bought 6 pieces of differing fillings : Hazelnut, Chestnut, Duck , Calvados and other two, all the names are in French so since the time passed I did not remember which is which and did the “inny Meeny ” and selected one.

When we came to eat out dinner we were very pleasantly surprised – even the Little one was willing to eat form the sauce of the stew , and the mystery added meat – Chestnut .
I was already formally informed by the Mrs that what ever I do not eat today , I will not eat any more as she will finish it all !!!

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Project 365 – Day 24

Categories: General, Project 365 | April 14th, 2012 | by Assi | no comments

Yesterday I went to one of the shops that gives my wife nightmares, and me the despair for not having the money to spend in it like a mad man .
The shop is Calumet in Drummond St near Euston London , I resisted the urge to buy the thing i want but not need at moment , and just got some Filters and a Potra-cube for later use for Maltgeeks among other things.

When I got home I took my Pooch for the evening Walk and shoot – Usually when I do my daily photographing and in one garden I saw this flowers :
I took the photo as i was amazed how the light from the sunset mixed with the street lamp above made the Yellow of the petal stand out so much.

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Day 20 – out at Knebworth House

Categories: General, Project 365 | April 8th, 2012 | by Assi | no comments

Today , being the Easter Sunday we went to see a Jousting event in the Knebworth House (you can google it, if you want to know more about it ), it was a “classic” British weather , Cold , slight Drizzling and overcast all day long, in short Perfect for the sort of Middle ages atmosphere they were trying to create at the Jousting Arena.

We had a a nice time and while there I also made sure to take pictures ( both for fun and for my P365), So Day 20’s picture is from the Jousting :

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