My TV Guide

Sunday, December 28, 2008 Posted by j0e



A while ago my friend, Dibu, posted the TV shows which he watches. Here is my list:


24
24
24 is presented in real time, with each season depicting a 24-hour period in the life of Jack Bauer, who works with the U.S. government as it fights domestic threats. Bauer is often in the field for the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit as they try to safeguard the nation from terrorist threats. The show also follows the actions of other CTU agents, government officials and terrorists associated with the plot.
Bottomline : Intense and action packed. Leading actor Kiefer Sutherland won a Golden Globe for his role in the first 10 episodes and turned Jack Bauer into a cult figure.
Current Season :7
Link : FOX

BOSTON LEGAL
Boston Legal
This is legal drama-comedy and a spin-off of the 8 seasons series The Practice. This series is all about the attorneys working at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. James Spader as Alan Shore is absolutely brilliant.
Bottomline : Currently in its fifth season this series is slowly loosing its charm, maybe because of many senior actors and lack of any eye candy in the main cast, not to mention the ridiculous cases the firm gets to defend. The best episode to me is 'Season2 Episode 2 - Schadenfreude'. So if you haven't started watching it, i wouldn't recommend it.
Current Season : 5
Link : ABC

BURN NOTICE
Burn Notice
Michael Westen is a covert operative who has been burned (identified as an unreliable or dangerous agent) who now finds himself in his hometown of Miami, unable to leave. With his assets frozen, Michael is forced to live off his wits and any small investigative jobs he can find while he pursues the reason and person or persons who burned him. He is helped by his ex-girlfriend, Fiona and another former operative, Sam.
Bottomline : If you like spy action movies, you will like this one too. You can't help notice how the resourceful Micheal defuses the situation. The main plot is going at a very slow pace with Micheal's investigation meeting one dead end after another, but the side stories provide enough entertainment.
Current Season : 2
Link : USA Network

CALIFORNICATION
Californication
The series revolves around David Duchovny as Hank Moody, a charming writer and novelist plagued with personal demons. He blames his years-long case of writer's block on a variety of reasons, ranging from the hedonism of Los Angeles, to his on-again, off-again relationship with his girlfriend Karen. Hank constantly deals with the fallout of his drug and sex addictions, while trying to show his family that he can be a good, caring person.
Bottomline : There is David Duchovny and lots of hot women. Need no more reason than that. Also David Duchovny won the Golden Globe for his performance while the show got nominated.
Current Season : 2
Link : Showtime

ENTOURAGE
Entourage
Entourage revolves around Vincent Chase, a young, up-and-coming actor who eventually becomes an A-list star. His experiences are loosely based on those of Mark Wahlberg, who is also executive producer on the show. Other characters include his best friend Eric 'E' Murphy, older his brother Johnny "Drama" Chase, Sal "Turtle" who is another of Vince's old friends from childhood and the lovable filthy-mouthed Ari Gold, his manager.
Bottomline : This multi-award winning show is my favorite and Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold is hilarious. Definitely one to add to your list.
Current Season : 5
Link : HBO

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
Everybody Loves Raymond
The show revolves around the life of Italian-American Ray Barone, newspaper sportswriter from Long Island. Very flippant, Ray doesn't take many things seriously, making corny jokes in nearly every situation, no matter how troubling or problematic. Ray lives with his wife, Debra Barone, their daughter, Ally, and their identical twin sons, Michael and Geoffrey. Ray's parents and brother Robert, who live across the street, frequently make their presence known to the frustration of Ray and Debra.
Bottomline : The funniest family sitcom ever. I just watched till season 4 and waiting to get the rest. Beware, you might find a lot of similarities to your dysfunctional family.
Current Season :9 Show ended
Link : CBS

GREY'S ANATOMY
Grey's Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy is a medical drama and revolves around Dr. Meredith Grey who began the show as a surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospitall in Seattle, Washington. The characters of the series include a group of surgical interns and the various physicians who serve as mentors to the interns in their professional and personal lives.
Bottomline : Lots of good looking doctors which makes this very unbelievable. But as a storyline with many twist and turns in relationship between the characters. A series for girls actually, i still don't know what i like about it.
Current Season : 5
Link : ABC

HEROES
Heroes
Heroes is an science fiction drama series. The series tells the stories of ordinary individuals from around the world who develop superhuman abilities, and their roles in preventing disasters. The series was nominated in eight categories at the 2007 Primetime Emmy awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, and was also nominated for Best Television Series-Drama at the 2007 Golden Globes.
Bottomline : For the Comic Book fan. This has lots of resemblance to the X-Men comics where mutants have different powers. It drags a bit in season 3 but is totally unpredictable.
Current Season : 3
Link : NBC

HOUSE M.D.
House M.D.
Gregory House M.D., is an antisocial medical genius who heads a team of diagnosticians at the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. House's world-renowned department typically only sees patients who have failed to receive a correct diagnosis, making the patient cases complex. Furthermore, House resists cases that he does not find interesting.
Bottomline : This is a great character played brilliantly by Hugh Laurie. He's the type of guy you want curing you. He will call you an idiot to your face and you'll love him for it. Definitely should be on your list.
Current Season : 5
Link : FOX

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
How I Met Your Mother
In this show the main character, Ted Mosby, in the year 2030 recounts to his son and daughter the events that led to his meeting their mother. The other main characters are Marshall Eriksen, Robin Scherbatsky, Barney Stinson, and Lily Aldrin.
Bottomline : I started watching this after i finished with F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Certain episodes are really funny while the others seem like they are trying too hard. But i still give it the benefit of the doubt hoping it will be consistent later on.
Current Season :4
Link : CBS

LOST
LOST
Lost follows the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island, after a commercial passenger jet flying between Sydney and Los Angeles crashes somewhere in the South Pacific forcing the group of survivors to work together to stay alive. Their survival is threatened by mysterious entities including polar bears, an unseen creature that roams the jungle, and the island's malevolent inhabitants known as the "Others". It also has the 2nd largest cast in current television shows.
Bottomline : I like this one because of the new concept and certainly a break from all the medical/legal dramas. Also here in each episode they introduce each of the characters, show his/her dark past and how they end up on the island. The second season is a bit tame and feels repeatative, but the action picks up again in season 3. Anyway it will set to conclude in its sixth season
Current Season : 4
Link : ABC

PRISON BREAK
Prison Break
The series revolves around two brothers; Lincoln Burrows who has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and the other, Michael Scofield a genius, who devises an elaborate plan to help him escape prison.
Bottomline : The first season is brilliant and addictive. But then it goes downhill but picks up in the 4th season. I hope the dont drag this out too long and finish it by the 5th season. You get hooked to this after the first episode itself.
Current Season : 4
Link : FOX

SEINFELD
Seinfeld
Seinfeld is an situation comedy lasting nine seasons. The show features Jerry Seinfeld, as himself, and a host of Jerry's friends and acquaintances, who include George Costanza, Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer.
Bottomline : This is know as the 'show about nothing' and the best sitcom ever. I'll be finishing this show in few weeks and will do a detail review then. But definitely funny.
Current Season : 9 - Show ended
Link : Sony Pictures

THE OFFICE (US)
The Office
The Office is an Emmy-Award winning American adaptation of the BBC series with the same name and depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Michael Scott, the head of the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, feels he is the life of the office; his employees feel otherwise.
Bottomline : This is a different type of sitcom, a mockumetary and wont be liked by all and probably takes some time getting used to. Steve Carell is probably the world's dumbest boss and the pranks Jim pulls on Dwight is hilarious.
Current Season : 5
Link : NBC

WEEDS
Weeds
Weeds revolves around a widowed housewife (played by Mary-Louise Parker) from an affluent California suburb who becomes her neighborhood's marijuana dealer to make ends meet.
Bottomline : The above poster is reason enough to watch it.
Current Season : 4
Link : Showtime

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Getting into the Spirit of Christmas!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008 Posted by j0e

Merry Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, its time for some holiday cheer. Check out these funny Christmas animations. I liked the first two the best.
Link : Webupon

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Bush and the Shoe

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 Posted by j0e




After 8 years of being the President of USA, this is what he'll be remembered for. Not a great way to say good-bye.

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Movie Memorabilia fetch high price in auction

Monday, December 15, 2008 Posted by j0e


Movie props fetch high prices even during recession :

The lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars sold for more than £133,000 at an auction of Hollywood props and memorabilia. Actor Mark Hamill used the lightsaber, which was made from an old photography flashgun, in both the original Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

An original section of the Death Star from the first 1977 movie also fetched £13,300 and C-3PO's helmet and robotic hands worn by British actor Anthony Daniels in the 1983 hit Star Wars: Return of the Jedi sold for £66,444 and £20,000 respectively.

An original set of the three Lord of the Rings books, all first editions printed in 1954 and signed by JRR Tolkien sold for £60,000.Bound in original red cloth, each volume included a fold out map of Middle Earth at the back and used to belong to a student of Tolkien's.


Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature T-800 Terminator costume from the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, described by the auction house as an 'incredible and iconic costume ensemble', fetched £13,310.

The first British edition of Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice in which Fleming wrote:
'To the real James Bond from the thief of his identity' fetched £46,530. The book was given as a present to American Ornithologist James Bond, who died shortly after he met Fleming in 1964.




Jim Carrey's Riddler costume from the 1995 film Batman Forever sold for £21,655 while his cane sold for £6,663.

Christian Bale's Batman cowl from the 2005 film Batman Begins, with two metal rings sewn into the lining in front for attachment to the Batsuit, fetched £11,325.



And from X-men, Wolverine's black leather battle suit sold for £50,000.

Link : Daily Mail

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My new weapon!!

Monday, December 15, 2008 Posted by j0e

Chinese Mosquito Bat

No matter how long you stay in Kochi you will never get used to the mosquitoes. I hate using mosquito coils and the electric adapters which uses the liquid repellent doesn't help either. The best investment I made was getting this electric mosquito bat. It is very gratifying to hear the loud snap with a bright spark every time i get one of them. Cost just Rs150 to be a Jedi. No more getting blood on your hands(literally!!)

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Google Local stickers spotted

Monday, December 15, 2008 Posted by j0e

Google Local Sticker KochiToday I went to a local vegetarian restaurant for breakfast and found this Google sticker behind the cashier counter. The cashier told me it is to promote the restaurant through Google Local. This could be very helpful if all the restaurants are part of this.

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Track Gandhi

Monday, December 15, 2008 Posted by j0e

Track Gandhi Homepage

Ever wondered where your money travels after you spend it?? This site has the potential to do just that. This is an Indian currency tracking site inspired by the US based Where's George? You have to enter the serial number of your rupee note and you get to see where it has been so far. I like the concept, something to do in my spare time. I have registered 171 notes so far.
Link: Track Gandhi

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Grand Kerala Shopping Festival

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 Posted by j0e

Grand Kerala Shopping Festival

Kochi is going to very busy with the Vovlo Race, Navy week and now the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival(GKSF). The festival, which is into its second year was officially inaugurated in Thrissur district which had highest sales last year. The Shopping Festival will be on from December 1, 2008 till January 15, 2009.
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Navy Ball 2008, Kochi

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 Posted by j0e

Navy Queen Pageant 2008, Kochi

Navy week celebrations have begun in the run up to Navy Day which falls on December 4th and culminates with the Navy Ball scheduled to take place on December 6th, the day when the new Navy queen will be crowned. This year too, as the in the years past the Navy Queen will be chosen with lot of fanfare. There is a whole line-up of celebrities who are expected to attend the event. The judges and the performers who are expected to participate are of national and international caliber.

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Batman R.I.P

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 Posted by j0e

Batman R.I.P #676After 70 years of tackling Gotham's worst villains, Batman's alter ego Bruce Wayne is going to die.

For those of you who don't know about Batman(..ignorant fools..), here is a brief introduction:
The Batman is a character of DC Comics created by Bob Kane in 1939. After witnessing his parent's death as a child, wealthy industrialist Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and dons a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. His policy of not using guns nor killing his opponents doesn't make it any easier. The vigilante has been protecting the city of Gotham from the likes of super villains like the Joker, the Penguin, Two-Face, the Riddler etc. He is supported by the 'Batman Family' which includes Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, The Huntress, Oracle and his bulter Alfred. Batman is also part of the Justice League of America.
Batman has spawned various TV and animated series, and a slew of blockbuster films, including this year's The Dark Knight, the second highest-grossing film on record.

Batman R.I.P #676 cover
Scottish writer Grant Morrison revealed earlier this year that Wayne would either retire or be killed. Morrison told there would be "a lot more twists and turns to come" before the story was finally resolved. 'Batman R.I.P' which shows the death of Bruce Wayne concluded in issue #681 of Batman. Batman appears to have died in a fiery helicopter explosion. Front-runners to take over as Batman include Tim Drake, who has been Robin since 1991, and Dick Grayson 'the original Boy Wonder' who now protects Gotham City as Nightwing.

Hardcore fans are upset by the turn of events. Personally, I would like to know how this is going to play out. Maybe it is time for some young blood to don the cowl.

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The Dark Knight Returns Movie Poster (Batman 3)

In other Batman related news, The mayor, Hüseyin Kalkan, of a Turkish town called Batman said he will explore legal options to sue Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, for using the town's name. "The royalty of the name ‘Batman’ belongs to us,” the mayor told a Turkish news agency. “There is only one Batman in the world. The American producers used the name of our city without informing us.”


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Metro coming to Kuwait

Monday, December 01, 2008 Posted by Santo


Kuwait has come up with a new public transport system for the future - A rapid Transit System. After ten years in the planning, the government will finalize its specification for the proposed four-line metro network in the next month. The lines will be tendered as separate projects under a public-private partnership model. Construction will begin in 2009, and is anticipated to take 5-8 years. Around 65% of the network will be elevated with the remainder underground. The total cost is estimated at US$11·3bn.

The new system is said to bring much relief to congested road system and to the ones using public transport. The East-West routes would link the airport and the port, and a North-South line would connect the Iraqi and Saudi Arabian borders. This would eventually form part of the proposed 2000km Gulf rail network linking Iran and the Arabian peninsular.

Kuwait metro proposals
Line Length, km Stations

Line 1

23·7

19

Line 2

21.0

27

Line 3

24.0

15

Line 4

22·7

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Later phases would see Line 1 extended by 57·3 km and Line 2 at 16·4 km.

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