Review: Premium Rush

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is becoming the actor that everyone wants, he is alot of blockbuster movies this year and it seems he might have another role to play in Batman which I won’t spoil. In this one he is a Harvard Graduate who can’t seem to stop riding his bike fast, as a bike courier in New York its the perfect job for him, until he picks up a package that the wrong people want. Its a fast paced action movie with a very different perspective to New York. Very fun and easy to watch, with a few nice twists.

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My Emirates A380 Experience

You always hear about the A380 and the double decker plane from Airbus and how many Emirates Airlines ordered from them. Recently I had a chance to fly on one from New York City to Dubai. I heard some conflicting reviews about it so I wasn’t sure what to expect but my expectations were not high. Usually I like flying on the Boeing 777 LR as they are comfortable planes with a very good configuration and long range for for those DXB to US trips.

Now for the first time on the plane I was impressed, it felt like I was going into a building, the thing is huge, no joke, it fits a lot of people. The Average plane fits between 180 to 250 passengers on long haul flights but the Emirates A380 can handle 644 Passengers which is an insane amount 143 of those passengers were in business class which I was a part of. You walk in you can feel that it was a bit cramped but also cozy at the same time, the seats were comfortable and go completely flat. It was a 13 hour flight that got a bit interesting because of a technical delay but the staff managed to keep people happy and we made our connection at the end. Overall there were a lot of short comings that would make me not want to get on an A380 again, it was an experience that I would not like to repeat.

My Overall Opinion:

  • You are handling over 644 passengers and business class which is usually 40 seats increased to more then threefold to 143 passengers, and they didn’t increase the staff in the same capacity.
  • You don’t get that personal touch that you expect in business class, its still there in first but it feels like you are just part of the cargo in business.
  • Asking for a glass of water took 25 to 40 mins when usually it takes them 5 to 10 mins max.
  • Overall the experience wasn’t that good, the price for A380 is even a bit more expensive then a normal plane yet you don’t get that extra service.
  • Basically you are paying for Business Class seats with economy service, you really get lost with the crowd.
  • The Entertainment system in Emirates is excellent as usual, that isn’t even under question and I hope they keep it up.
  • The bathroom was another design disaster, usual business class is 2 to 3 bathrooms for 40 to 50 passengers, and in this case it was 4 bathrooms with two that the air staff closed so basically two bathrooms for 143 so initially it was 35 to 1 bathroom but in this case it ended up to be 71 to bathroom which you can imagine was a nightmare.
  • All of this was just one thing to take into consideration, when you land into any country with 643 passengers the lines at passport control and customs is a huge disaster, even when passengers from First & Business Disembark from the different walkway then Economy we all end up together outside which is a huge amount of people and the number of bags is a also humungous. Basically its as if you are dealing with three planes landing at the same time.

The A380 may have been a success for Airbus with Airlines but it isn’t an experience I would want to repeat to anyone or one that I think is a success for individuals. As a business case its fantastic for airlines, basically packing more people in and the whole plane was full so they will be making more money, for now I’m going to stay away from any flights on that plane and I will try my luck with the Boeing Dreamliner. Boeing may have been very late with the 787 Dreamliner but that is one plane that I am looking forward to flying on. They designed it so it would be more spacious for the person riding and bigger room, more headspace, overall more spacious and more effecient way of flying. So they improved the flight experience of the travel unlike the A380.


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White Collar Season 3

Neal Caffrey and Agent Burke are at it again, the show picks up from last season and does not disappoint at all. If you haven’t seen this show then you are missing one of the great ones. This time around Agent Burke suspects Neal of stealing the Nazi Art stash, he doesn’t believe it to be destroyed. Each episode is thrilling with bits of Neal and Burke dancing around each other, and Neal in personal dilema, he doesn’t know what he wants, his current life or the one last great steal. The last episode sums up with an epic ending leaving you wanting season 4 to start right away, what a great season.

Roof Top Duplex in New York

If you had $22 Million Dollars to spare then this is the Penthouse in New York City that you should get. There is something that I really like about Duplexes, they feel really spacious, especially on top of buildings such as these. This property has taken everything into account from a spacious library above the living room to the large pool in the terrace area. I’m a fan of the all steel Kitchen but the couch area is a nice break from the normal kitchen and its refreshing to see such a large Dining Room Table, means you can entertain more people at home. My favorite part is the library above the living room, it seems like you can do a lot with it. And this building has a beautiful view from every corner.

Comprised of 5 corner Bedrooms with 5½ ensuite bathrooms, this duplex located in the Dietz Lantern Building in Tribeca, New York City is nothing less but spectacular. The apartment occupies the building’s top two floors and features plenty of terraces, 50 windows and an amazing roof-top pool with plenty of space for entertainment.

Link: Freshhome


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Comic Art from Pedro in New York

He is an Artist in SoHo selling in front of shops from his Van and he had some amazing Marvel and DC work done. I love Comic Art and I saw an Amazing Batman that I wanted but I said I would pick up after we were done getting a few things but by the time I got back it was gone.

Talked to him about getting some personal ones done after finding the images I had in mind. Back and forth with the guy and we agreed to 450 for 4 paintings and he came up with some really cool stuff.

The guy didn’t have a cell phone but he had an email which was something new to me. He bought a new phone and topped off the minutes and got back to me on the progress of the paintings. I ended up giving him $20 to top off his phone so he could talk to me when he is done with the work.

Asked him to work on a Superman, Batman, and two Optimus Primes and came below are the amazing the results. I love New York for this reason you get to meet some very interesting people and it is a city which attracts artist and creative people.


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Gumball 3000 – 2010

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Gumball 3000 begun a few days ago starting in London and ending in New York, and one hell of a drive it was. Over 100 cars participated with a range of vehicles but mostly sports cars. The price to participate ranges from year to year from 10’000 KD all the way to 40’000 KD which is insane, I would like to one day to participate but the amounts are insane for this adventure. I spoke about Sheikh Moe previously and its good that he is participating in Gumball but I didn’t like the look of the RollsRoyce Drophead. I think the best vehicles for this adventure would have been the Nissan GTR, some of the other supercars would have been crap and wouldn’t last. There are a couple of people who take these things very seriously and outfit their vehicles with Radar Detectors, Police Scanners, and Radar Jammers of all sorts. The Batmobile was the coolest car there period!

Jack’c Time Is Up

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This very sad moment has been officially announced, season 8 is the last season of 24, no longer will we have the moments of Jack Bauer sacrificing himself to save everyone else, doing what others can not do. At least they are ending 24 on a high note, and I honestly wouldn’t want it picked up by another studio unless its the same people and crew working on it.

I watched the first few episodes of 24 at the season premiere and it was so good that I decided to wait and watch the rest of them one shot. Waiting week to week for this amazing show kills because I can’t wait to know what is going to happen next or what Jack is going to do.

This will bring 24 the feature film on track based on their previous comments, now lets see how long that’s going to take, its rumored to be taking place in Europe.

Link: TV Squad

The New Dork – Entrepreneur State of Mind

Loved this video, very descriptive of geeks and geek smart. I really think this guy did a fantastic job with the lyrics, I loved it all, I think Jay-Z and Alicia Keys would love this remix. Thanks to Ananyah for posting this up. For those who don’t know Ananyah is back up and running now, she is back to blogging.

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Review: The International

There is a lot more going on with this IBBC then you can see on the surface, the IBBC is a major International Bank providing financial services and brokering deals for countries and organizations. Clive Owen is Louis Salinger and he has been after the IBBC for years but he has faced obstacle after obstacle with witnesses being killed and the case being stonewalled. It’s an action passed movie with so many conspiracies tied together, a great movie with Clive Owen doing a superb job.

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