23 March 2010

Muammar Ghadafi's in New York : Rants,Tents & Girls with Guns


When Muammar Ghadafi first arrived in New York for the UN assembly, the media reaction was blindly predictable. With news outlets repeatedly reiterating the Libyan sponsorship of the Lockerbee bombing, saying he was looked at contemptuously is putting it mildly. He almost set up a tent on Donald Trump's estate, turning eyebrows. However, calling it the height of his eccentricity is plain quibble. Any hotel Ghadafi could have visited while in the Big Apple would have probably been wired to the core with surveillance. The feds would have the pleasure of seeing Mr.Ghadafi in clothes besides the desert attire he dons everywhere if he had stayed at a proper N.Y hotel.

But what probably bought most attention besides his 96 minute speech (when he was allocated 15 mins) in which he denounced the Security Council as a 'terror council' will have to be the traveling mini-army of of 40 to 50 heavily armed all-women bodyguards sometimes called his "Amazon Guard" after the legendary Amazon women. Some of them are quite pretty and they wear lipstick, jewelry, polished nails and even high heels. In fact, a female graduate of New York University of Lebanese origin has even made a documentary on them titled ''Qaddafi's Female Bodyguards: Shadows of a Leader.''
In 2003, the women smartly outfitted in form-fitting desert camouflage uniforms and blue berets -- caused a pushing-and-shoving ruckus when Khadafy got in a shouting match with Saudi Arabians at an Arab summit. The bodyguards also formed a menacing circle around Khadafi in Rome last June after 900 Italian women unleashed a chorus of boos in response to his admonition not to drive without their husbands' permission.

However, not anybody can become his bodyguard. Ghadafi, who calls himself a pioneer of 'Islamic socialism',prides on their virginity and insist them remain so. Gaddafi says they are a symbol of his belief in female emancipation. "Women should be trained for combat, so that they do not become easy prey for their enemies," he is reported to have said.

This is the not the first time Ghadafi has been in the news for the wrong reasons. After the bombing of Libya by the U.S Air Force in 1986, Ghadafi, who has fathered 9 children allowed only female journalists to interview him. He reportedly became "amorous" during those interviews. He also called then US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice "his darling black African woman." Unbeilable, but true.

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Prince of Persia : Warrior Within Fix II : Skip Boat Intro Scene

Note : This is part of a series of posts detailing how I got around certain glitches and problems in the 2004 game Prince of Persia : Warrior Within while playing it on my PC. I suspect other gamers (especially the recent ones, like me) might have come across these problems.

Prince of Persia : Warrior Within Fix I : Skip the Boat Fight Intro

The second half of the opening cut-scene shows the prince on his boat. After he tells a sailor to "bring them closer to the wind",the prince turns around to see another ship. At this point, the game screen fizzles up and turns green. Sounds familiar ? Well, it happened to me too. And I have a solution.

In some cases the screen remains stuck for some time while the audio plays on, eventually the game begins. But if the game closes and a dialog box says it "ended unexpectedly", you might want to read the solution below.

1. Locate the Prince of Persia Warrior Within folder in your computer.
Example : [C:\Program Files\Ubisoft\Prince of Persia Warrior Within]

Go to the program files of the drive in which the game is installed, proceed to Ubisoft and then you will find the Prince of Persia Warrior Within folder.

2. Go to the Video folder > Cine

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You will see something like below.

3. Remove the first 7 Video files

The files to be moved/removed start from CINE0001.BIK to CINE0101.BIK and all the files in between. Rather than deleting the first 7 files directly, I suggest they be moved to the desktop or wherever from which you can move them back.

One way of moving the files is to highlight all the files by clicking CINE0001.BIK once and highlighting the seven files to its left by holding down shift. Once they are highlighted in blue, click on it and hold, as you move the cursor down to the taskbar. You would have minimized all other windows and would be at the desktop. Now just move the files to some folder here. After getting to the island (and saving the game), you can move these files back to the 'Cine' folder.

The game now skips the first cutscenes and takes you directly to the battle with the pirates on the ship. Enjoy !
Note : Doing this hack might mean that you will not be able to see the cutscene that appears at the end of the current mission (before arriving at the island). However, a simple Youtube search for "Warrior Within cutscene" would let you watch them. If you run into any trouble, leave a comment below and I'll get back to you

20 March 2010

Sequel to Cena's '12 Rounds' ?

Is a sequel to 12 Rounds on the way? According to Variety, there is. WWE Studios, which spends about $20m for theatrical releases had their last theatrical release with the under-promoted flick 12 Rounds. Directed by Renny Harlin (of Die Hard 2 fame) and starring the wrestling organization's most bankable star John Cena, the film was most surprisingly good (Read my review). Sadly, it failed at the box office, grossing just $17m worldwide.

Though it's not named "13 Rounds"; the few reports on the sequel possibilities were all published prior to the film's release. Moviehole reports that it depends on the financial performance of the flick. Given that at least half of the box office revenue goes to the cinema owners (it's budget is around $20m) and with the DVD reception not being great either, the onlt thing that's clear is that WWE Studios would be lucky if they break even with 12 Rounds, meaning it's unlikely that the sequel would be made.

While it looks like we won't be seeing a "13 Rounds" any time soon, Cena has plenty of film-work up his sleeve. Besides starring in an emotional WWE Studios-produced film called Brother's Keeper, Cena is also trying to land a role in the cast of a remake of the 1987 Schwarzengger flick Predator. Keeping my fingers crossed.

15 March 2010

Infidelity taints ex-TNA Traci Brooks' marriage; Kaz cheats


He represented the new,younger face of TNA Wrestling : fresh,good looks, young, you name it. She was a veteran of TNA with her personality and a huge fan following. So when Tracy Brookshaw and Frank "Kaz" Kazarian began to appear together outside the wrestling arena, they made for an enviable couple.

In January 2010, the couple married in a ceremony attended by Gail Kim, Socal Val, Christy Hemme, Aj Styles, Samoa Joe and many other wrestlers of the TNA roster. Unfortunately, while the highly eligible Traci Brooks seems to have kept her herself out of extramarital affairs (she did have a fling with Robert Rode "years ago" but that was when she was dating Kaz), her husband's infidelity was exposed within weeks of their marriage.

There are conflicting reports of what Kaz did. But what is certain is that he did cheat; at least once. Nude photos of Kaz, taken by himself (he holds the camera) were leaked by "someone close" to Brooks and Kazarian. According to Wrestling Inc, Kaz's alleged mistresses include adult movie star Lela Star,a stripper from Tampa and a former WWE Diva several years ago. One of them probably sent the nude photos of Kaz.

Brooks changed her profile pic to one of the two from the wedding and also uploaded some of them on her profile. Since then, she has changed her profile pic and removed all the content. Suspiciously, Kazarian deleted his MySpace and Facebook pages , though the Facebook page was later reactivated. He wrote on Tuesday :

"Tired, pretty banged up, but had a great tour. Most importantly home with my beautiful wife." - Kaz
A month after the revelations, Tracy Brooks was released from TNA in March. Notice a coincidence ? I don't. Thankfully, however, it appears they are moving on.

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10 March 2010

Prince of Persia : W.W Fix I : Skip Intro

Note : This is part of a series of posts detailing how I got around certain glitches and problems in the 2004 game Prince of Persia : Warrior Within while playing it on my PC. I suspect other gamers (especially the recent ones, like me) might have come across these problems.

Prince of Persia : Warrior Within Fix I : Skip Intro
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This is a very useful hack to save time, letting you skip the 2 Ubisoft and P.O.P introduction screens that appear before the menu loads up. I first found it here, but my version is much more simpler. (Talk about modesty :)

1. Locate the Prince of Persia Warrior Within folder in your computer.
Example : [C:\Program Files\Ubisoft\Prince of Persia Warrior Within]

Go to the program files of the drive in which the game is installed, proceed to Ubisoft and then you will find the Prince of Persia Warrior Within folder.

2. Go to the "Video" subfolder. You will see something like the screenshot below.
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3. Locate and rename the following files : 
  • LOGOCRED.BIK 
  • LOGORP.BIK
  • UBIMTL.BIK 
  • UBISOFT.BK

It's best if you can rename it without changing the file name drastically. This can be done by adding a common prefix/suffix (preferable consisting of very few letters) to all the 4 files you are going to change so that it will be easier to edit again, should you wish so any time later.

4. Enjoy Warrior Within sans the unsolicited title sequences !

The face of a puppy killer



Source - NY DailyNews

5-month-old puppy Junior was "insubordinate" during a bath. Guess what his owner Dudley Ramsay did ? Ramsay broke six of Junior's delicate ribs and damaged his heart and lungs by smashing him against the side of the bathtub. The man, who is an ironworker then waited for hours before taking calico-coloured Junior to a hospital. The puppy later died of his injuries.

Ramsay could go to prison for up to 2 years. NY Daily News obtained this photograph of him via Facebook. There's also a heart-wrenching pic of Junior being treated at an animal hospital. Previously, he had another dachshund puppy, named Viola, which had died at his hands and was buried in a neighbor's yard, court papers show. He was acquitted of killing Viola but convicted of felony animal cruelty after a bench trial by Justice Michael Gary.

"The severity of the injuries he inflicted, the number of blows, the amount of force it took to cause these injuries combined with his admitted brutality and rage speak volumes about his intent," prosecutor Lisa Berk told the judge.

Defense lawyer Douglas Rankin said his client insists he's innocent. "If he intended to kill or seriously injure it he would not be bathing it, or giving it medicine, then disciplining it or taking it to the vet," he said. "He has no criminal record, he's an acolyte in St. Mary's Episcopal Church. He's an all-around good dude."

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