Devil is the first first in a series of movies called the Night Chronicles. M. Night Shyamalan is the brains behind this endeavor which will have both its loyal friendlies and hostiles. Devil is directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Brian Nelson. The story comes from The Mind of M. Night Shyamalan who, according to recent reports, is being laughed at during the showing of the Devil trailers on the appearance of that statement. I assume this laughing is an attempt to ridicule Shyamalan for reasons that might be trendy. Maybe people are laughing because they feel his film making abilities has declined steadily since Sixth Sense. I don’t know about that but Shyamalan’s movies have be making millions ever since and his recent “failure,” The Last Airbender which has grossed US$290,000,000 worldwide so far (DVD sales not added). Airbender cost US$150,000,000 to make plus US$130,000,000 to market which is hefty by any standards. On the other hand, Nicholas Cage’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice cost Disney US$160,000,000 to make and and maybe more than half of that to market but has only managed US$200,000,000 worldwide. I am not sure how accurate budget figures are for movies as the public pronouncements about movie budgets are used as a clever marketing tool to woo dollar-centered audiences. What it seems is that Shyamalan is also able to generate large revenues from a loyal negative following and in the world of celebrities, a good negative makes as much money or even more than the typical, boring positives alone.
Red Ferrari - Hot Girl
As if the world didn’t have enough car worries with the recent massive screw up from Toyota and finding legal parking in Port of Spain, it now has the Ferrari spontaneous combustion fiasco to deal with. Apparently Ferrari is now recalling all the US$265,000 ($TT3, 000,000 after taxes in TnT) model 458 cars that were made this year (2010) because of a “thermal incident” as the picture (on the l-e-f-t) shows. Because of Ferrari’s exclusive nature due to price, Ferraris have been used for years by male millionaires and ponzi schemers to attract young, willing but well-shaped females into a world of luxury, chocolates, and rocking yacht-sex.
Hot Bikini Girl Willingly Washes Ferrari
The Ferrari is one of the best known symbols of the filthy-rich male suffering from a midlife crisis or the spoilt son of a mega millionaire. There is an old wives’ tale that says the roar of a V12, 6-liter Ferrari engine can cause most well-proportioned, young females to want to strip down to their bikinis and wash and polish a red Ferrari in the hot sun while the owner lounges in the cool looking on, sipping champagne, eating cold caviar, munching on hot aloo pies and typing his blog.
Except for the occasional tendency to catch fire, Ferraris are beautifully engineered cars that were designed by brilliant male engineers with the female supermodel in mind. So, if a sexy supermodel type woman tells you she will wash your car in her underwear in the blistering hot midday tropical sun if only it was a Ferrari, sell your SUV and house to raise part of the down-payment for a used one. The thrill will be more than worth it.
Hot Ferrari Girl
I am sure people in the Government are aware that some studies have already been done at UWI relating to wind turbines and other forms of alternative and renewable energy and its feasibility, or lack off feasibility in Trinidad and Tobago. I was told that even BPTT is/was doing some of its own research into wind energy in Trinidad, or maybe it was just Tobago – BP is an energy company that needs to avoid another oil spill, you see.
I don’t know if large-scale electricity generation using wind turbines will be feasible in Trinidad and Tobago as large amounts of land will be needed, vexing local farmers, mall builders and squatters. The idea of wind turbines sounds good, clean and renewable but wind turbines are not maintenance free as they need the occasional bug-cleaning and cobeux removal. As the power needs for the country grows the land for wind farm expansion may have to eventually be a man-made island off Otaheti.
I doubt there will be many residents in Trinidad and Tobago who will take up the wind turbine tax break proposed in the 2011 budget because of the cost of installing an 80-foot plus pole in their backyard, a pole similar in stature to the flagpole in the National Stadium. Besides the exorbitant cost of hiring a crane to hoist the tall pole and a 5 kW wind turbine, getting Town and Country approval isn’t cheap and not likely. Noise from the wind turbine might not be a big issue in any Trinidad and Tobago neighbourhood since the noise from those Peak and Katashi air conditioning units will drown out anything. I wonder what size battery bank will be needed for a 5 kW wind turbine? I can see wind turbine battery bank sizing will be the next project for some budding engineer.
I suppose this Government proposal was aimed at anybody (entrepreneur, smart man etc) who wants to get into the wind farm business and sell electricity to the nation. Sorry for sounding so negative but my experiences tell me that in Trinidad and Tobago where big money is concerned, nothing is what it appears to be. I am not sure if producing electricity from wind turbines will be economic today as the country now has to find use for the excess energy that was supposed to go to the infamous Alutrint.
The mini-series, Bollywood Hero was not bad and I will probably look at it again a few months. However, I came across this YouTube which was obviously a promotion for the series in the US. Not a bad idea. Planned spontaneity can be an excellent marketing tool. Bollywood Hero, a three-part mini-series, premiered last year in the United States on a channel called IFC but I only saw it this year on something called ten-dollar DVD. Bollywood Hero was entertaining with some good laughs and songs. The mini-series was aimed at US or Western audiences and was filmed almost entirely in India. The goofy looking but likable American comedian Chris Kattan is an unlikely Bollywood Hero and starred as himself in the mini-series which is also filled with the expected Bollywood drama and two uncommonly beautiful beauties, former Miss India-Universe, Neha Dhupia, and former Miss India-USA, Pooja Kumar (पूजा कुमार). Bollywood Hero is obviously pleasant on the male eyes.
Chris Kattan, Pooja Kumar and Neha Dhupia at event of Bollywood Hero
A Rainy Morning at Store Bay, Tobago
The picture above doesn’t even come close to telling the full story as to what was going on around as the photo was being taken. Just minutes after the shot there was an extremely heavy downpour with lightening and thunder that became the norm in Tobago the weekend – sorry nothing more dramatic was happening. It was cat and mouse with the rain and I can’t recall ever experiencing so much bad weather in the island. Anyway, this was my first outing with the Pentax K-7 and while most people were reading one of the late Stieg Larsson’s popular, sexy, summer-reads, I battled with the K-7 user manual and Magic Lantern Guide. I am not complaining since getting to know your new camera is one reason people buy new cameras they may or may not need.
I like the K-7 as the learning curve is nice and steep. The best photos I took so far with the K-7 are portrait shots of people who will never permit me to post their photos, so I have to post landscapes with blown out highlights that would make a tolerant histogram cringe. The photos were shot in Adobe DNG RAW and processed with Adobe Lightroom 2.5 which I am learning to use with one of Scott Kelby‘s many books.
Here are my first public post with Pentax K-7 shots, which supplies proof that a new camera does not mean better photographs – it’s almost always the photographer’s fault.