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5 Awesome Sci-Fi Short Movies

I’m a big fan of Science Fiction. I mean, who ain’t? I go to great lengths to enjoy a good sci-fi action movie. Here I have a list of Sci-Fi Short movies that you can watch during breaks. And believe me when I say that these movies WILL take your breath away. So here goes! Happy watching.

5. Memorize

Ever seen Total Recall? Both movies? Loved it? I bet you did. There is fun in playing with memory related stuff, ain’t there? Well this amazing sci-fi action movie is set in the year 2027. People are planted with computer chips in their brains to record whatever they see, hear. Apparently this seems to solve the problem of deniability of crime. But as the protagonist says in the end, “We have a problem”. A problem it is.

4. Rosa

You know, this is one of those movies where the plot is not clear but you don’t bother because you like the VFX. Although you can interpret some key plot lines from the movie, much of the background setting still ain’t clear(For me, that is. Takes a better mind I guess). But having said that, Rosa is an awesome movie. It’s an understatement when I say that this movie is Hollywood material in Visual Effects. I can see you agree with me on that, but believe me when I say, that this movie is the work of a single young animator from Spain. This movie has won the Best 3D Short Movie award in 2012. I’d say a year’s effort is well deserved.

3. Ruin

I love this short movie for three reasons. Firstly, this short movie has got stunning visual effects of a post-apocalyptic city. Secondly, in Sci-Fi genre, I love post-apocalyptic settings where the human race is royally screwed in these stories. Exactly why I love games like Crysis, Half-Life, Gears of War and Resident Evil. The settings in these games offer some of the stunning VFX in video games. Finally, the chase in this movie that gets your adrenaline pumping. Back to the story, I should probably tell you, there ain’t much of it. Okay I’m lying. There ain’t any story at all. Or you can say that this movie leaves the story to the viewer’s imagination. But whatever it is, this short movie is just one cool action packed chase. But you just get so engrossed that you are not bothered about the lack of a story.

2. Plurality

It is the year 2023. DNA ID is everywhere. From banking to traveling in the bus, people are ID-ed everywhere they go. To make this possible, they have a grid that gives access to person’s information instantly. This database access was given to the NYPD and crime rates starts to drop rapidly. But that’s not the end of the troubles. Plurality occurs. This phenomenon is where two identical people show up on the grid. One such Plurality occurs and the chase begins. This sci-fi short movie scores in its story and its visual effects. The story is simply amazing and I personally would love to see a Hollywood movie out of it.

1. Bad Motherf@#ker

Well the title is a little foul! But this is easily one of the most awesome edge-of-the-seat thrilling action Sci-Fi short movie/music video you can see. Really! If you have seen one better than this, do tell me and I’ll take back my word. The storyline is quite simple. Two sides are fighting over for a piece of tech that can apparently transport to you to a different place every time the needle of the device comes in contact with water. The story starts with two captives being held by the villain(Duh!). Hero’s friend gets killed and the villain leaves the hero to die(duh again). And that’s when the fighting and chasing starts. Seems like an old story? Well that’s where this story is different. The entire movie is filmed from a first person perspective. Watching this movie feels like you are playing a First Person Shooter. This movie has got some of the best action sequences(for a short movie, that is). Watch this movie first and then come back here and tell me this movie ain’t awesome.

Fear is a Hurdle

In this lifetime , I do not think I will ever meet a person devoid of fear . This premise is probably the reason the record-breaking television show , Fear Factor , has catapulted to stardom and still enjoys the accolade as being one of the most successful reality shows that has graced the small screen . The producers have made millions of dollars by making people’s fears real and tangible.

Various fears have been featured in the media , from the most common of fears like fear heights or altophobia and fear of spiders arachnophobia to the most bizarre of fears like fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth or Arachibutyrophobia and the fear of people or society or what is called Anthropophobia . But the most important questions remain . What is fear ? Are our fears real ? Are they rational Or are they mere tricks our minds are playing on us like the shadows at night that take on the form of hideous looking monsters based on our imagination.

From the physiological point of view , fear is the brain ‘s response to an impending or anticipated danger . When fear rises , blood gathers in the large skeletal muscles , such as those in the arms and legs , preparing your body to flee . Blood leaves the face , making a person appear paler The body freezes for a moment to gauge possible reactions. Physical reactions to fear include quickening of breathing , a tightening of the throat and chest , perspiration difficulty breathing , quickened heart rate and a feeling of wanting to flee. It is not uncommon for people , when confronted by their fears , to exhibit irrational behavior like uncontrollable crying , running around like they are being pursued by the devil , or stuttering unintelligible phrases . Sometimes the basis of our fear is real or understandable . For example , there is rhyme and reason for being afraid of a person pointing a gun or being terrified when confronted by a cobra ready to strike at the slightest movement.

But more often than not , the source of our fear exists only in our minds . For example , there are people who are afraid of the color purple . Purple , per se , does not pose any threat . It is not unlikely though , that by association , a person becomes afraid of certain things It is possible , for instance , that as a child , a person had a traumatic experience where his or her memory latched on to certain thing as the dominant representation of such even in his /her life . That specific thing translates to fear.

Fear is not altogether unhealthy , in fact , it is quite useful for self-preservation. A researcher even stated that fear is a basic primal emotion that is key to evolutionary survival Throughout the years of man ‘s existence , some fears have become innate in us because there human history has counseled us that to survive , we must flee when confronted by certain situations.
Fear has always been part of living . Even animals do experience fear . It has played an important role in preserving the existence of the species through time . We become aware of fear as it manifests as anxiety phobia , insecurity or apprehensiveness. With it balanced our existence is preserved.

But , fear has not always been helpful . If it is unintegrated , then , we are experiencing unhealthy fear due to incohesive reaction to certain stimuli . This is because we fear fear itself . With it , projection of things that might happen becomes negatively impressed on an individual Instances in which we fear are fear of getting old , fear of death , fear of pain , and even fear of dying ugly.

According to psychologists , fear is an innate human behavior which allows as an advantage for human survival . On the other hand , Buddhists believe that fear mainly arises from delusions which must be overcome to be able to eradicate fears.

These opposing views on fear gives the two sides of fear in which one benefits the individual while the other stress that to achieve inner peace it must be eradicated.

Fear will lie to you and tell you that you can’t do something. Fear will make you question if you’re good enough. Fear will make you worry about failing. But failure isn’t something you should worry about. Failure will happen. And when it does, take comfort in knowing that failure will make you better. “Failure forces you to say- how do I get better and make sure this never happens again?” Fear is something you learned, which means you can take control of it, and unlearn it. Fear will paralyze you, but “Action trumps fear”.

When it comes to fear as a hurdle, there is a famous quote by Paulo Coelho that goes like this.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure .”

Re-Blog: A Place of Dreams

Original Poem by Just After Words: http://justafterwords.com/2013/03/31/a-place-of-dreams/

As evening comes
I close my eyes,
then I drift away
to another place and time.
A place of dreams,
a time for love.
It’s where we meet,
where you are mine

On miles of clouds
we walk the skies,
your hand in mine
as we soak in the moonlight.
Two hearts in love,
two bodies touch.
The heavens shake
a new star is born tonight.

As the dawn arrives
I kiss my love,
and vow again
I shall return once more.
To this place of dreams,
to this time for love.
Where hope never dies,
where true love only soars.

A place of dreams
a time for love,
a chance to embrace
my beautiful dove.
To have and to hold,
my heart to you
is forever sold.

ReBlog: A Case of the Blog Jitters

I came across this blog post while searching for articles about writing.

It’s what I usually do, not just in writing, but in everything I do. I know I have to do it, but hesitate because of some lame (as I would find out later) reason. The work is definitely not mine. I just re-posted this because it relates to me.

Original Post: http://ginacatherine.com/2013/03/23/a-case-of-the-blog-jitters/

Every now and then I pull myself aside for a one on one conversation…. my most recent ones have gone something like this;

“Hey you, we need to talk….you aren’t a 100% happy… you know that?” I nod to myself “yeah, I know”.

“So what are you going to do about it?” I take a deep breath and sigh…

“I don’t know what I’m going to do about… ignoring it doesn’t seem to help me much”

Well, lets sort this out… what do you want to do?”

“I want to do a lot of things… so, so, so many things….. I want to paint my dreams, make furniture, walk on a million beaches, explore other countries, help people feel good about themselves, build houses for people, learn other languages, write,  be super healthy, read every day and make all the crazy ideas that pop into my head… happen.”

“That sounds great! So what’s stopping you?

“Well, I’m just so overwhelmed. I don’t know where to start… plus I owe 6 figures worth of student loans, I made a lot of financial mistakes that I need to take care of. I have to make responsible decisions. Like my job, I don’t really love it, but it pays me enough to pay my bills and I do learn a lot there… it’s not so bad”

I hear you, but is that really how you want to live?

“…actually, no…”

“You have to start somewhere. What is something from your list that you can do today, something you really love

“Well, I love to write”….. “but I hear writing is so hard to get into, how would I pay my loans? I went to art school, I don’t even know any writers… where would I start?”

“Why not write in a blog?”

“Well….you see, everyone has blogs and I feel a bit late to the game, sure I’ve started one here or there but it never stuck. I am just too worried about writing and wasting my time, what if nobody likes it… even worse… what if nobody reads it? I don’t always care about what other people have to say, isn’t it rude and vain to assume that anybody would care about what I have to say?”

ummm…. excuse me? What does this have to do with writing?”

“Well, you see… I am worried I will become one of those people. One of those people who go on and on about what they ate or how they were mistreated in traffic and then expect other people to care.”

You sound a bit crazy you know…you are over thinking it… just write….

“well…. okay”

Fifteen Assumptions That Might Be Useful To Make

This is simply one of the most awesome list I’ve ever com across. “Fifteen Assumptions you ought to make” would be a better title (At least for me it is).

Credits: The Belle Jar

The original post by The Belle Jar is here.

1. Assume that you are loved.

2. Assume that those who love you find some kind of value in you and the things you do.

3. Assume, however, that you don’t need to be valuable in order to be worthy of love.

4. Assume that there is no one out there keeping a tally of all of your failings, ready to throw it in your face when you’re either feeling too good or too awful about yourself.

5. Assume that if anyone actually is keeping a tally of all your failings, that act says more about them than it does about you.

6. Assume that you can’t make all of the people happy all of the time; maybe not even some of the people some of the time.

7. Assume that you will, over the course of your life, sometimes anger or disappoint the people you love.

8. Assume that when this happens, it isn’t the end of the world, even if that’s what it feels like.

9. Assume that there is never an end to learning, or growing, or discovering.

10. Assume that you will always find a way out, even when all the doors slam shut and everything feels impossible.

11. Assume that sometimes earnestness and optimism can trump irony and cynicism.

12. Assume that it’s possible to recapture the way you felt when you were young, how the perfect clockwork mechanism of the universe used to leave you breathless and giddy with wonder.

13. Assume that there will always be more stories to tell, or at the very least new ways of reinterpreting old fables.

14. Assume that nothing is permanent, that someday even the sun will disappear; remember that everything we see and touch and taste is made of stars that grew and pulsed and died long before this planet ever existed.

15. Assume that you are under some kind of obligation to make the world a better place.

The awesome journey with The Shiva Trilogy

Warning: I’m a passionate reader and I’ve just finished one of my favorite series, The Shiva Trilogy. If you haven’t read it yet, first do that and then come back here because there are spoilers of important plot lines.

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Right from the first book, The Immortals of Meluha, the story enticed me. I’ve been gripped by the amazing story of the Legendary Lord Shiva and his legacy. The author, Amish Tripati, a banker by profession did the right thing taking up writing as his full time job. He adds subtle mysteries inside the story and leaves the reader smiling or even shocked at times. The characters he adds to the story reminds me of my grandparents while I was a kid. They used to tell me and my brother stories about the Gods that we worship. Lord Ram, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, several tales from Mahabharatham and The Ramayanam. We used to listen to it so intently and we loved those stories. Maybe that’s why Amish’s books gripped my attention, quite tightly so. Whenever I see a character, I used to think back to my grandfather’s stories, because all characters had relevance to my memories and I’ve heard stories about them. So when I got hold of the first book I could relate to all the characters and I loved it. Pure and simple, as the Neelkanth says. So that’s how I started reading The Shiva Trilogy. And I couldn’t stop. I was amazed how such a book missed my attention for quite a while but atleast I happened to hear about it. The Immortals of Meluha, starts with Lord Shiva, being a Tibetian Tribal Chief. Then Amish goes on to introduce the ever favorite Nandi, the favorite disciple of Shiva. As the plot unveils itself, we come to know that Shiva is the prophesied Mahadev, the successor of Lord Rudra, the God famous for his rage and justice. Although Shiva is skeptical at first, he realizes that he is willing to help the Meluhans. This is where love happens for the Lord. Shiva sees Sati, Goddess Parvathi, wife of Lord Shiva and falls in love at first sight!! I mean, who would have thought!!!

The plot moves on and we become clear of the task Shiva has to accomplish. There are some very interesting characters introduced by the author. First and foremost, the readers’ favorite, Parvateshwar. He is the Meluhan general and at first he is portrayed as a rough and tough guy, which he is. He is the equivalent of Itachi Uchiha(for Naruto fans), silent, deadly and hyper awesome. No wonder he’s my favorite character and I’m definitely naming my son Parvatesh. Second comes Bhadra, later Veerbhadra, the best friend and Second-in-Command of Shiva. The friendship the two characters portray is silent and untold nevertheless strong and we feel the amazing bond which we share with our friends.

The romance is amazing. The way Sati has feelings for Shiva but can’t express it as she is a Vikarma, but even when she does accept the fact that she loves him, she subtly says that Shiva has a higher purpose, with reference to the Sun and the Earth is nice. The plot unveils and we find that the couple get married(Ofcourse they do) and life is good for a while. The frequent conversations with the Vasudev Pandits are interesting. The part where the awesome Parvateshwar starts respecting Shiva is touching. Since the story is about Good vs Evil, ofcourse there is going to be a war scene. But this too is being unveiled brilliantly. The part where Shiva addresses his army and says Har Har Mahadev I actually got goosebumps. The story ends with Shiva being wrong in deciding who is evil and the unveiling of some more important characters.

The second book, The Secret of the Nagas, is equally brilliant. It takes Shiva on the search for Evil and more and more mysteries are unveiled. The book also adds some important characters and some important plot lines, all of which are told brilliantly. My favorite part is where Parvateshwar, who took an oath of lifelong celibacy, falls in love with Princess Anandmayi. The part where he expresses his love is told beautifully. Then they get married and Shiva and Sati have their first child, Kartik, who later becomes Lord Murugan. His elder brother, Lord Ganesh, is also unveiled in what seems to be a twisted yet amazing plot. Several journies and disciples later the book finally ends with the Neelkanth and the readers wondering about one thing. What is the Evil which Shiva is supposed to fight?

The third and final episode, The Oath of the Vayuputras, is almost double the size of each of its prequels. And a good read all the same. I had preordered the book and had been eagerly waiting its release. After its release it took me just three days to finish it off and ramble it all here. The plot continues and Shiva is confronted with an unexpected answer. The Somras, the drink of the Gods, is the Evil Shiva is supposed to fight and we get the first bomb. Then it is being proved to Shiva that the Somras is in fact Evil and the Main antogonist, Lord Bhrigu is also revealed. India splits into two, the supporters of the Neelkanth and the primary Somras users, the Meluhans. In an unexpected twist of fate, the loyal disciple of Shiva, Parvateshwar, decides to fight for Meluha and we get the second, more destructive bomb. I mean, why does it have to be him? But I do understand it because Itachi Uchiha already did it. He killed his own clan for the safety of his village and his beloved brother. Both are not the same but my point is, it is one of the drastic plot shifts that an avid reader and a Naruto fan had to endure.

A war is imminent and the people of India are taking sides. This book too takes Shiva on several journies and several mysteries are unveiled. For example, the Chief of the Vasudevs, Gopal is finally introduced face to face with Shiva. After several minor wars and victories later it is shown that Shiva had to meet the mysterious Vayuputras, the secret tribe left behind by Lord Rudra, the previous Mahadev. We find that the prophecy of the appearance of both the next Vishnu and the next Mahadev is actually an election!? Nevertheless, Amish keeps you on the edge of your seat. We come to know that Shiva’s uncle, overriding protocol, made preparations for Shiva to become the next Mahadev. The leader of the Vayuputras, the man called only as the Mithra, is also an uncle of Shiva. After a nice family reunion and some revelations later Shiva finally accomplished his mission – getting a powerful daivi astra, or divine weapon.

In another, even more brutal twist of fate, Sati is being killed. When I was reading this, it was 12.30 AM and I let out a quite loud gasp. I just couldn’t believe my eyes. I know Amish said in a press conference that important characters will die but never ever did I think that it would be Sati. Too bad. The readers would have loved her and I personally did. The romance between Shiva and Sati was phenomenal and its too bad that it had to go. But the death of Sati actually stopped the war, with Lord Bhrigu and the other elite Meluhans openly declaring that the Somras is indeed evil. A grieving Shiva is blinded by revenge and wants to destroy Devagiri, the capital of Meluha, the place where the Somras manufacturing facility is located. He, forgetting the promise made to the Mithra, wants to launch the daivi astra on Devagiri and actually does it. This is where I got a little disappointed. The Neelkanth is the Mahadev and is he supposed to act like this? Destroy an entire city in blind hatred? But given the circumstances it is exactly anyone would have done. Moreover, Shiva is portrayed as a mortal, a human in this story. And the decision he made is fitting. One more thing that I was disappointed for was, Parvateshwar and Anandmayi decided to stay back in Devagiri and die. And they did die. Then the story is about to end and the author is setting the story for what we know now. Like how Lord Ganesh is the God of Auspicious Beginnings etc. Leaving on a high note, Amish sets the stage for what might be his next work. The real story behind the Mahabharatham.

All in all, The Shiva Trilogy, talks about the amazing story of Shiva and his karma. But that is not all. The books explain, through Shiva and others, how life should be lived. You answer to your karma and that it is important to know it. It teaches us the importance of friendship, the amazing feeling of love, the importance of being compassionate and humble and above all courage, being true to once self and several other values you don’t normally get in one story. For all these things and many more untold emotional rides the author took me on, I sincerely congratulate him and thank him for the wonderful effort.

Har Har Mahadev!!

An Incredible Series and A (Little) Disappointing Finale!

You all know Assassin’s Creed. It’s a series of open world action adventure stealth video game, based on two arch-enemy societies – The Assassins and The Templars. As of 2013, this series has five games and has been developed for various platforms. I am a great fan of Assassins Creed. I mean, I just love the game and the characters. I’ve played every single one in the series.

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The universe of Assassin’s Creed is just plain simple awesome. You get to explore ancient cities at your leisure, you can pick a fight with guards if you’re bored, finish missions when you want, and you have an array of side missions. The five games in the series portray three different assassins from different periods. First we have Altair ibn-La’Ahad, the protagonist of the first game, from the Third Crusade. The next three games feature a single protagonist, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, from the Renaissance during the late 15th and the early 16th century. Assassins Creed 2, Brotherhood and Revelations featured Ezio through a timespan of thirty-four years (1476 – 1510).

The first four parts had incredible stories woven into the gameplay. The first part had the third crusade, and the fight between the Templars and the Assassins. The next three parts had similar stories which are much more incredible. I thought, “This is great. The story is becoming progressively awesome.” Of all the five parts, nothing came close to Revelations. Incredible storyline, amazing locations and the sheer unlimited-ness of the world was breathtaking.

But I simply don’t know what happened when it came to the grand finale. I mean, a finale is supposed to take you the zenith of excitement and end it on a high note so that the player craves for more. That’s how i felt when I completed Modern Warfare 3. I know both are unique games and each one is awesome in its own way but still that’s how you make a finale. The story was definitely great. I liked Connor Kenway( the protagonist in the final episode) a lot. His outfit was cool, and damn he’s got style. Lots of different moves and fighting with Connor Kenway was a much better experience than with Ezio or Altair. The setting(American Civil War) could never be better and the developers at Ubisoft did well to choose Connor’s ancestory(Half-Mohawk Indian and Half-English). But when I was playing the game, I was expecting a better storyline, with more emphasis to templars, more cool fights we had in Revelations, more gadgets like in Assassin’s Creed 2, and definitely need more chases.

But that being said, I definitely liked the ending. How Desmond gives up his life to save the entire human race, knowing that their safety is only temporary but still wanting to save them from the ensuing catastrophe. That is the mark of a hero. He’s definitely cooler than the other Assassins whose memories he relived. He died a valiant death, while the others died a natural one (Of course, excluding Connor, since his death is unknown).

One other thing that was missing in the final episode was romance. All the other parts had romance (expect the first, but Altair sure had a spouse – a Templar woman, Maria). But considering the storyline, i guess it was the right thing to do. A spouse or a lover would have slowed down a fast paced game. So the final verdict: Assassin’s Creed 3 is a great game which could have been an incredible one. This is my personal view and I will wait for the next episode, if there’s gonna be one.

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“Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted.”

P.S: The creed is just so cool to not mention it. Cheers.

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