Thursday, September 12, 2013

Just finished reading "Under the Dome" by Stephen King

As I expected the idea as grand as the one we have in Under the Dome never ceased to amaze me until the end. The fact that people can bring their own end when they're trapped and power hungry mongers want everything for themselves has been proven so beautifuly in this novel that no one can deny it.

The idea that the dome can't be destroyed by humans also resolutely proclaims the fact that we can't always control every situation so thus have to make the best of the situation at hand instead of making things worse for us.

It's nice to believe that there are beings out there much more powerful and we might actually be a small play pen in their world or like a toy but I wouldn't just want to go in that direction unless I saw something to change the way I think.

Either way, a very good book to read, certainly opens up your mind about the world and the possibilities and the imagination of the author never ceases to amaze me.

I loved the character of Big Jim, even though he was a villian, but seemed to be a man of a soft heart for the Lord as well, at times. I liked the way he used to pray even though it felt sometimes he was blurting out simple orders to God. Nevertheless a man who kept the Lord in his heart, even till the last moments of his life.

All the characters were pictured with huge clarity. Although I would have hoped the main hero of the novel, "Barbie" had a bigger role to play other than having been locked up in a cell for most of the time.

Again goes on to prove that one person alone cannot change the fate of everyone, it was the whole town or the combined efforts of many indivuals that saw them through.

Fire came from the propane tanks up on the Radio Station, which was a nice addition to the  climax of the story. A way for Stephen King telling us that I don't have to write out a whole scene in order for you to understand the background story. Which was good in its own way.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Life, Death, Life and Zombies!

I've always wondered why people make movies based on concepts regarding Zombies and why then people as spectators like to watch and are intrigued by watching the same movies.

It's not a new concept, it has been there for many years. Older than you and me I believe. But why on earth would it be of any good?

Funny thing is that its the same concept that has carried forward over the years and no matter what you do movies and video games based on such concepts generally do well or average at least. (Exceptions are always there, but that's not the point).

Coming to the point, I believe that there is a deeper connection with the life as we live it and zombies, otherwise, I don't think people would even give it a second thought.

You live a good or bad life, but you're alive and then suddenly you die and  remain dead for a while, rotting away, dead as you are then suddenly a part of you wakes up. Maybe without a soul or recognition of what you are or were before in your past life. Even if you do remember the part of you that controls you doesn't want to control you anymore. Lets you go free and then you do what the situation requires you to do, either be killed or kill to survive.

The concept of zombies in a way is based around human existence. When humans live their lives the first time, they live as normal people, trying to cope with the social order of the society, living out their lives as much as they can to the fullest. They die and rot beneath the earth, souls go somewhere else and left behind is a void that needs to be filled.

According to many beliefs there will be a resurrection one day for all humans. It reminds me of the same concept again, humans get up and walk as zombies over the face of the earth. Having no souls they don't know what to do or whom to kill or eat.

Losing one's soul seems to me like a gradual process not done in a moment or so. Effects start showing early on in our lives. Feelings of greed, doing better than others, not liking others winning, wanting to show them off, desire to beat others, kill too in some situations. Some people control these emotions, others can't even in their lives. So the transition to the state of a zombie is gradual but it's happening.

I suppose this is the reason why humans are attracted towards this concept even though sounds very grotesque and dirty even. But again, it's much more close to reality that you'd think.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Nasa's Predicament

During the heat of the space race in the 1960's, NASA quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in the zero gravity confines of its space capsules. After considerable research and development, the Astronaut Pen was developed at a cost of $1 million. The pen worked in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and also enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on earth.

The Soviet Union, when faced with the same problem, used a pencil.

The Pope's Surprise

Many years ago, a beloved Pope died and went to heaven. Saint Peter greeted him in a firm embrace. "Welcome your holiness, your dedication and unselfishness in serving your fellow man during your life has earned you great stature in heaven. You may pass through the gates without delay and are granted free access to all parts of heaven."
St. Peter continued: "You are also granted an open-door policy and may, at your own discretion, meet with any heavenly leader including the Father, without prior appointment. Is there anything which your holiness desires?"
"Well, yes," the Pope replied. "I have often pondered some of the mysteries which have puzzled and confounded theologians through the ages. Are there perhaps any transcripts which recorded the actual conversations between God and the prophets of old? I would love to see what was actually said, without the dimming of memories over time."
St. Peter immediately ushered the Pope to the heavenly library and explained how to retrieve the various documents. The Pope was thrilled and settled down to review the history of humanity's relationship with God.
Two years later, a scream of anguish pierced the quiet of the library. Immediately several of the saints and angels came running.
They found the Pope pointing to a single word on a parchment, repeating over and over: "There's an 'R'. There's an 'R.' There's an 'R'... It's CELIBRATE, not celibate!"

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Read Dan Brown - Inferno!

Quite easily one of the best books he's written yet. This time Robert Langdon finds himself lost in a labirynth of lies and truths and has to figure out the reality from the illusion. Struck with amnesia he doesn't really know whom to trust anymore.

Only following his instinct and the clues presented in front of him he uncovers a new truth that is going to change the shape of this world in a way never thought possible before!

It's  a must read!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How to control too many thoughts running through your head

Sometimes it so happens that you are alone or at work, could be both, and thinking about relatively something else not directly related to your work or to yourself. Any problem that has been the cause of some concern or any past occurrences that were not at all pleasant for you.

In these type of situations its not easy to concentrate on anything else and you start losing control over yourself. Its not easy to get control back over your mind and thoughts keep on running deep and deep in your mind.

Some solutions to counter this situation could be to take some time off. Go to a relaxing place where you feel comfortable. Call a friend who can help you counter these thoughts. Just start thinking about positive things. Believe in yourself that you can handle all your problems even though they look really hard. Just stop worrying.

Because the reality is, that life isn't perfect. We keep on hoping that there will be a time when all the worries will be gone and everything is going to be alright, it's just a myth. That is not the reality. There are always going to be some challenges, which is what makes our lives more interesting, but, trust me, you will always find ways to conquer all challenges, don't give up. Hang in there and keep trying.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Looking forward to read "Inferno" by Dan Brown

Fourth in the Robert Langdon series this one has got to be as exciting as all the others. Brown released the book's title on his website on January 15, 2013, after prompting readers to help reveal a digital mosaic using social media posts, and revealed the cover in late February of 2013. The cover depicts the famous Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiorelocated in Florence, Italy.