Monthly Archives: June 2014

My 10 Memorable Moments from World Cup 2014 Gameweek 2

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#1: Defending Champions Spain sent crashing out by brilliant Chile 2-0

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#2: The Holland vs Australia thriller which ended in a 3-2 victory for Holland. Breathless.

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#3: Tim Cahill’s stunning volley vs Holland

#4: Suarez scores a brace that sends England to crushing defeat! Second goal even came off a Steven Gerrard ‘assist’!

 

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#5: Swiss Dzemaili’s В 35-yard low-rocket vs France

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#6: Messi injury time brilliant winner for Argentina vs Iran

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#7: Cabaye’s unbelievable miss from close range after Benzema’s missed penalty (France vs Switzerland)

#8: Last minute goal by Portugal’s Varela snatches 2-2 draw vs USA that saves Portugal from early elimination

 

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#9: Two wins out of Two! Costa Rica qualifies for the Round of 16 from a group comprising 3 former champions – Italy, England and Uruguay!

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#10: Possibly the most BORING match to-date: Belgium vs Russia…В 

My 10 Memorable Moments from World Cup 2014 Gameweek 1

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#1: Free-Kick Spray Paint!

Wonder where the ref keeps it throughout the match? :-p

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#2: Creative Hublot Time/Substitute Board

#3: Van Persie’s “Flying Dutchman” goal vs Spain

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#4: Defending Champs Spain getting a trashing from Holland

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#5: Goal-Line Technology successfully used for first time in World Cup @ France vs Honduras match

Watch the technology in action here:

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/06/goal-line-technology-france-honduras

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#6: Swiss’ Seferovic’s dramatic injury time winner over Ecuador

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#7: Thomas Mueller bags the tournament’s first hat-trick vs Portugal

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#8: Colombia’s well-rehearsed group dance celebrations.

Wonder if we’ll get to see a selfie celebration next?

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#9: First goal of World Cup 2014 was….an OWN GOAL. Poor Marcelo…

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#10: Pepe’s ‘red-carded’ headbutt on Mueller

Fantasy Premier League: 2014 Recap

Two Words: Champion Again!

Woo Hoo! Well…in my mini league of 26 friends, at least. Heh. On a personal note, I was really pleased with this achievement of (still) defending my mini-league title four times already ( 3 times in the Citizen Sports FB League and 1 time in the FPL) since I started to mange fantasy teams! Yeah!

Of the four past seasons, the recent one is probably one of the closest I’ve ever been ran before. I t wasn’t until probably GW37 that I was quite sure none of my friends could catch me. Check out the tussle for the top in my mini-league from GW 25 onwards:

GW25 Leader: Friend P

GW 26: P

GW 27: P

GW 28: P

GW 29: Me

GW 30: Me

GW 31: P

GW 32: P

GW 33: Me

GW 34: Me

GW 35: P

GW 36: Me

GW 37: Me

GW 38: Me!

It was quite an exciting FPL mini league overall. I was consistently in the top three early on in the season. Towards the end of GW10, I briefly took the lead, only to lose it about 3-4 GWs later. My form would stumble badly in the early part of Q2 of the season, falling behind to as badly as 7th place. I then started to pick up pace again after GW20 and played catch up week in, week out, till eventually catching up with the leaders by GW 29. It was really head-to-head from this point on. Exciting stuff. After the final GW38, I finished ahead of my second placed friend by a close 14 points. Phew! Definitely a FPL season to savour. :-)

In summary I amassed a total of 2,254 points, averaging 59.3 points/GW in the process. My overall global rank is at 158,420, out of 3,218,989 total players, just making the top 5% cut. :-) Biggest disappointment was the poor investment of players, making my yield only a measely $5.7M over the entire season, making my team value at $105.7M

Key Plays Down the Stretch:

1. Consistent Scoring: From GW31 till GW38, I had managed to score 60+ points in all but one GW, averaging 70.4 points in that span.

2. Edin Dzeko: Supposedly my third striker, Dzeko was one of my more consistent performers down the stretch, where it was littered with many coaches benching players and injuries, etc.

3. Depth of Bench: With so many double and even triple GWs, coupled with the fact that towards the end many teams were not fighting for much anymore, this led to many leading players being benched. Somehow this helped me because of my bench depth comprising of regular starters too.

4. Wildcard Playing: I thought I played both my wildcards at very timely moments in the season. The first one was played early on, around GW7/8 I think, due to the numerous injuries plaguing my team. I dealt my second WC before the international break, not only to offset the second round of injuries, but also to position a team ready for the final stretch.

5. Suarez Non Performing: With Suarez not firing on all cylinders down the stretch, it was a huge relief to me, whom I didn’t have him on my squad till late on.

Can’t wait for the new FPL season to begin again! 😀

Remembering Almost Human

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It was really a sad, sad day for sci-fi fans around the world…okok, for me, at least..:-P, when FOX decided to pull the plug off sci-fi TV series Almost Human after its first season. Premiering in late November 2013, Almost Human ran its course till around march this year.

Briefly, it was a buddy-cop series set in 2048, where advanced crime has resulted in every human cop pairing up with an android cop. In Almost Human, Det. John Kennex (Karl Urban) was paired up with an older DRN android model named Dorian (Michael Ealy). Personally, I felt the show was very refreshing and owed a lot to the infectious chemistry of the bromance, or ‘ro-bromance’, rather, of the two leads. Week in, week out the show delivered well-scripted procedural shows. Unfortunately, I suppose other factors also crept in which eventually got the show cancelled.

Anyway, I thought one good way of remembering Almost Human was to recall some of the more memorable technology gadgets shown during the series’ run. What’s cooler is that since the show was set in 2048, which isn’t too far off, MOST of these gadgets can easily be a reality in the not too distant future!

Here’s my pick of 15 of ’em:

1. Virtual Post-Its: Forget those yellow pieces of paper cluttering your office cubicle. Get the idea typed out and simply ‘fling’ it as a virtual post-it on your own house wall! Cool, eh?

2. Sphere Bomb Containment Unit: This round little gadget creates a ball of sphere around the bomb threat so that the explosion is contained within the sphere and saves more lives to those outside the sphere.

3. DNA Bomb: Committed В a crime with evidences, DNA, etc. littered all over the crime scene? Set off one of these gizmos and it will ‘purify’ the crime scene of any DNA.

4. Flash Spray Mask: Spraying this substance on your face will make your face unrecognizable by video cameras.

5. Holographic Face Mask: Gone are the rubber or latex face masks. These holographic face masks can even mask your voices!

6. Hologram Usage: Need a quick medical advice? Make a holographic house call! How do we get a trial witness under protective custody to come to court? Beam the hologram into court!

7. Personalised Ads: Imagine billboards scanning the viewer and automatically displays personalised ads just for you!

8. Meal Dispenser Machines: Vending machines that dispenses meals and food tablets after personalisation

9. Animatric Toys: Being a kid would be great! You’d have toys that could animate themselves with a touch of the finger!

10. Electronic Paper: Reports, presentations, documents, etc…all packaged in a handy e-paper tablet like thingy.

11. Virtual Golf: Transform your home into the ultimate golfing gaming course with a virtual and immersive interface

12. Efficient Cremation: Machines will be built where it can process the entire cremation of a body within seconds!

13. Palm Phone: Virtualization of your mobile phone on the palm of your hands

14. Smarthome Security System: Voice activated, artificial intelligent home security system

15. Robotic Cockroaches: Surveillance Robotic bugs with chips and cameras used in police operations

 

Did you have personal favourite tech on Almost Human? :-)