The 2 Cent King

The Next Bond!!

                                                                                                                                   Thursday, July 29, 2004
Recently came across this news on the web.
"Bond is another lifetime behind me," Pierce Brosnan said.
If true, England-based Eon Productions, which produces the Bond flicks, must find another star to carry 007's Walther PPK in the 21st Bond movie, scheduled for release next year.
Speculation surrounds Brits Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gerard Butler, Jude Law and Ewan McGregor, as well as Aussies Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger and Eric Bana.

Hugh Grant!!! Are you kidding me?...Just imagine him nervously stutter "I ..I .Iam Bond...James Bond...do you care for some Tea and Biscuits"in a English royal accent, flicking his hair back and barely managing to lock eyes with person he is talking to.

Let's do SWAT analysis on his candidature for this role.

Strengths: A male. hmmm(can't think of more). Could also be a ladies man with a "cho chweeet" tag.
Weakness: Will need a whole new blog.
Tactics:    Make the movie "Women only" and release it only in Britain.

by gvenum @  9:46 AM                                                                                                                                                                 9 comments

Relationships Re-Revisited

                                                                                                                                   Saturday, July 24, 2004
Looks like relationships is such a topic than can easily keep "us" bloggers not look for new topics  to blog about for a while.  Taking a cue from Megha's blogs on relationships, I thought I would also jump in with this article on the web which came from one of the emails  from eDiets I got registered to(don't know how) . These are the views from  Rhode Island psychiatrist Scott Haltzman, M.D.

"The largest percentage of adult men? Married men. And until now they've had no voice contends Haltzman. It could be argued that men don't need another voice; their voice in the culture is loud enough for most women. But Haltzman argues that married men are different and need a voice because they are at a distinct disadvantage in relationships, verbally and emotionally.
The average woman uses 7,000 words a day and five tones of speech, he points out. The average man uses 2,000 words and three tones. "Men are talk-impaired, relatively speaking," he says.
Men are also impaired at experiencing emotion. They need help figuring out what to do. Some things are not intuitive. Talking about feelings, for example, increases men's stress levels.
Sometimes marriage is flawless. But most often it is not. Men who stay married have somehow learned techniques to preserve their relationships. He notes that "most men have learned these techniques on their own and don't do it in obvious ways." Haltzman contends that marriage is as much a health issue as a quality of life issue. Married men make more money, have more peace of mind and have more and better sex. Marriage also lowers men's health risk, while divorce raises the risk of death by 200 percent for men.
So Haltzman is busy researching ways to help understand the relationship patterns of husbands and wives.

Here are tidbits of his own wisdom:
Working on a relationship is a man's job as much as a woman's. Often it is the man's behavior that predicts whether a couple stays together. Men need to accept the influence of their wives.
Once men decide to marry, they are more committed to the relationship than women are.
Guys look at relationships differently from women, but the most commonly discussed ways of fixing relationships are geared to feminine styles.
"Men really do feel incredible passion for their wives, but they don't recognize it sometimes."
"Most affairs don't happen by chance meetings. Infidelity occurs in up to 40 percent of marriages. By age 45, two out of every five men and one out of every five women has had at least one affair.

"For an overwhelming majority of spouses who cheat -- 80 percent -- the reason is not sexual. Most simply seek validation, warmth, understanding or love."

And here's his single wisest piece of advice: "Marriages improve when a spouse learns to shift away from his or her own personal desires and listen to the needs of the husband or wife. "

I don't know how much of this is true. But thought this would bring more hits to my blog.:-)

by gvenum @  11:55 AM                                                                                                                                                                 5 comments

Planes, Motels and Hippos

                                                                                                                                   Wednesday, July 21, 2004
First Class flight and Hippos are some key words in this blog and surprised, excited, bored, aghast, nonchalance are some of the moods that I went through.

Well I boarded this plane with a seat number as 1A and went walking straight in, expecting based on my wretched luck, my seat to be somewhere right in the middle of 300lbs mamoths but I kept walking in. In short moment of despair of not finding my seat, with a feeling my luck has touched a new base lower than that of all the film producers luck with Tushaar in their movies, I thought my seat was either taken away or boarded a wrong flight. But to my delight and surprise ,just like how Tushar hit gold with Ram Gopal Verma's movie Gayab, 1A turned out to be a first class seat. I had absolutely no interest to find out why I was sitting in a first class with a economy class ticket.

I felt very uncomfortable and uneasy with so much attention from the Cabin crew sometimes its unfair, I guess it takes some skill to enjoy getting attention too. But I am working real fast on it. Well carrying on, did a over-night stay at this motel and the only channels I could browse around are National Geographic Channel (NGC), Discovery, Food, Travel and one "blurred" channel which might get interesting as the evening passes by. Being a nature lover(when? Well at least for this blog) I got hooked on to Geographic and Discovery switching in between them and of course an occasional visit to the blurred channel.

Well there was these documentaries on Hippos on NGC and Desert Dragon(a half foot Lizard) on Discovery. Being cousins of elephants, whom I am a big fan of, I got stuck with Hippos rather than the creepy dragons. Do you know that the Hippos eat 80lbs of food and let 40lbs of pooh out in the same water bed they live in. Aghast by the visual facts on TV, I never switched back to NGC and desert dragons never looked so beautiful. Well I had it for the day practically killing whatever excitement I had for the blurred channel, before I could realize I was asleep.( don't ask me about my dreams that night).

by gvenum @  1:40 PM                                                                                                                                                                 2 comments

Daily Tit Bits

                                                                                                                                   Tuesday, July 13, 2004
I didn't have anything particular to blog about so have some tit bits instead. I have decided to do this everytime I coudn't think of any topic.

*Unsafe Safola
This goes mainly for people living in India, Safola is a very unhealthy oil to eat. Four major ingredients very much required by the body, phospho lipids, tochopherol, vitamin E and poly cosanol have been removed from the oil to make it transparent and fluid. The cost has been doubled. This is a product to be condemned. This version is endorsed by my beloved Prof at UICT (formerly UDCT). Being myself part of the same "teli" specialization, I couldn't agree more.

So "Junta" stay off of Safola!

* Carter to Dallas
After losing all hopes of getting Shaqueel O'Neal to Dallas, The Mavericks are in 3 way talks with Toronto and NY Knicks to get Vince Carter home. What a deal. But not having Steve Nash still sucks.

*The debate goes on....
Wisden came out with its Rest of the World-11 cricket team to face off Australia next year. As expected they were wide spread and brutal comments on the selection criteria. How can they leave out Stephen Fleming I will never understand and having Dravid in the one day team is ridiculous let alone his wicket keeping position. Well in cricket, there is a fan following of 1.5 Billion and can have as many opinions too.

by gvenum @  10:20 AM                                                                                                                                                                 1 comments

Women are like H2O

                                                                                                                                   Sunday, July 11, 2004
Last Sunday I was watching the movie "Blue Sky" starring My fav,Tommy Lee Jones,Jessica Lange. (She won an Oscar as Best Actress for her performance). In one of the scenes, Tommy while talking to his daughters defends his wife's unruly behavior,

"Women are like H2O.
It is water,
It is Ice ,
It is vapor,
It is Steam,
Whatever form it takes, its finally H2O, its just showing its properties. You don't do away with H2O, would you?"

Nice funda......
Try my friend's take on Men who also happens to hate Eggplants.

"Men are like Egg Plant
You fry them,
You boil them,
You cook them,
You make chutney out of them,
They still taste the same, awful. The only bright spot is they come in different shapes and sizes but tasteless.

Now I know , why we have so many comparisons about Women starting from mythologies till now and none for men.

by gvenum @  12:44 PM                                                                                                                                                                 1 comments


                                                                                                                                   Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Have you ever wondered that the only time you are forced to think is when you are on the "Pot". Infact your most creative and brightest ideas start from there.(I hear some one saying "speak for yourself" already). To support my statement is the episode from last fall's "Scrubs" on NBC. Where do you think the idea for this blog started from :). Looks like I am not alone having "Pot"ideas. Check this one out!!

Here's a picture of a public toilet in Switzerland that's made entirely out of one-way glass. No one can see you in there, but when you are inside, it looks like you're sitting in a clear glass box.
Would you use it?

by gvenum @  9:25 PM                                                                                                                                                                 1 comments