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Friday, April 15, 2016

Opportunity to Discover

I recently started downloading podcast and listening to them on the way to and from my office. Podcast works great since I can download it at home and listen to it (without mobile data) in my car. I tried listening to Audiobooks in the past but takes too much time to download and also to listen.

I discovered a podcast series that was just started this year called “The Way I Heard It”. Each episode only last about six minutes and so far the few episodes introduces me to interesting stories of things and people I did not know about.

Some of the stories include:

  1. The person who came up with the technology used in modern wifi.
  2. How a teacher managed to help a shy boy realize his gift and became one of the greatest voice of our time.

Only 12 episodes (with the first episode explaining why the podcast was started) have been created so far and it looks like a new episode is made available each week.

I just thought of sharing this great discovery.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Movie Review: Mr. Right

This is an R rated movie and not a movie for children, so this is not one of those movies that I want my children to watch.

The movie beginning was refreshing, Martha’s classmates shared what they wanted to be when they grow up - policeman, lawyer etc, but she came out and said that she is a T-Rex. Years later, she was having problem finding the right man and her best friend was trying to help her after her last boyfriend cheated on her.

Mr Right is a reverse hitman, instead of killing people he is assigned to kill, he kills the ones who hired him. He noticed her in a convenience store and immediately took a liking to her and asked her out. Even though he told her that he is a hitman, she thought it was a joke until much later in the movie. After finding out that he is a real killer, she tried to break up with him but could not. Instead, he promised not to kill, even though there were many people out to kill him.

Great jokes throughout the movie and love how the way he kills - giving the other person a chance to change their mind. As the movie developed, we find that she has hidden talents making her equal to him and why he was attracted to him in the first place.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Removing Skin Tags

I do not remember when I skin tag first appeared on my neck. Skin tags may appear cosmetic, but I have some tags that feel sore, the kind of soreness that seem to come from the nerves.

At first, I did not know what to do with the tags, but luckily for me, my wife came up with a way to remove the tags. She pulled a strand of her hair and tied the tag. The tag will turn black and fall off together with the hair. This approach was effective until my wife decided to shorten her hair and her eyesight started to deteriorate.

Since then I tried looking for alternative ways of removing the skin tags. One of the approaches is to apply apple vinegar on the tags. I tried it, but it did not work for me, either because of the way I applied or because I had not applied it frequently enough (I applied it only at night because of the strong smell of the vinegar).

I considered freezing the tag using hydrogen peroxide - treatment used to remove benign warts. The pharmacist recommended an alternative solution - Treatmorz, an ointment to apply on the skin tag. It claims to be a harmless and painless way to remove the tag within two weeks. 

When I first applied it, since there were so many tags close to each other, I applied it on the whole area around on my neck twice. The ointment has a nice scent to it. The area where I applied the ointment turn red and became a painful (it was not at the beginning). I applied the ointment on a smaller area (or try to apply it on the tag only, but was difficult with the roller on the bottle). Just as I was about the give up, some of tags started falling off.  One of the tags went into the bottle via the roller and I used water to wash and roll before getting it out. I continued to apply to one remaining tag, but the smell was as nice as when I first applied the ointment.

Based on my experience, the bottle of ointment cannot be shared (since doing so will be sanitary). It works well for larger skin tags, but not for tiny ones. I am just glad to have an inexpensive way of removing my skin tags.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this article.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Movie Review: Zootopia

Initially I was not interested in watching Zootopia in the cinema, but my son expressed interest in the movie. However, he was too busy with a lot of other activities and was unable to go with us. Instead I took my daughter with me to the movie. We loved it, the storytelling was great, it has mystery, plot twist and humor.

We are first introduced to Judy Hopps, a bunny who wanted to the first rabbit to join the police force, but both her parents did not support the idea. They preferred that she continued the family tradition and remain a carrot farmer. Most would have succumbed to the pressure and give up the dream but not Judy. Her partner is Nick Wilde a fox; Judy fell for one of his scams during their first encounter, but managed to blackmail him to help her later in the movie. The movie makes good use of stereotypes in the story, showing how societies prejudice pressures makes some of these stereotypes, self fulfilling (as in the case of Nick).

Judy and Nick reminds me of 48 hours, the movie by Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. Many other movies have used a similar formula of reluctant and incompatible partners who learned to appreciate each other and become friends in the end. Ironically, she was also given 48 hours to solve a case. Judy managed to get herself assigned to a case of missing “people” which then turned into a case of coverup and subsequently turned into a case of conspiracy.

The movie is still on in our local cinemas and this allowed by wife to watch the movie with my son.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.