A book I do recommend to read: 1995 The Year The Future Began

The title might sound like 1984 by George Orwell. 

It has been a month since I did not publish an article in my blog. Sometimes, you have to understand me. I’m a flight attendant, and I do spend much of time on the airplane. Back in 2012, I was active on my tumblr weblog simply because I had to keep the trend when scribbling about one of my favorite TV Show, The Mentalist.

Things have changed since then. Now, I’m 32 years old and still writing but the cadence has slowed considerably as compared to my former calling as prolific writer on Tumblr.

But anyway, as the slogan of my blog says : “I keep blogging about everything and nothing”

Anyway, let’s start 2018 with a book I do recommend reading. It’s called 1995: The Year The Future Began. It chronicles the events it occurred that year, which according to the writer, Joseph Campbell, it 1995 ushered the world to the new millennium.

The title might sound like 1984 by George Orwell. (but on steroid)

The book digs dipper into major events that shaped American history for the better and the for the worst. Campbell starts with the emergence of the World Wide Web and the infamous, almost bloody war between Microsoft and Netscape. Then, he jumps into Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon with its humble beginning. And the emergence of the Wiki, which allowed the web to be a more collaborative hub for everyone.

1995 was also a tragic year for America, as the world witnessed the pre-September 11 attack on the American soil. The infamous Oklaoma Bombing that claimed life of 168 lives, which many people will certainly remember the photography of the firefighter holding a moribund newborn. It was by far the deadliest attack ever occurred back then.

On the legal side, 1995 was marked by the trial of O.J. Simpson charged for double homicide while on the politics side, The infamous affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky that send a reverberation accorss America and impeached the U.S President.

As Campbell demonstrates in this absorbing chronicle, 1995 was a year of extraordinary events, a watershed at the turn of the millennium. The effects of that pivotal year reverberate still, marking the close of one century and the dawning of another.

A good book that I would recommend to read.


Book collector software Collectorz.com no longer offers the standard version. Opt for Premium instead.

I have to tell you something, I’m an ardent reader of movie tie-ins. I got them shipped directly at home and start reading until the end. Right now, I got a collection of more than two hundred books that need to be classified.


To proceed, a year ago, I stumbled upon Collectorz.com, a website that offers you to downloaded a trialware version of Book Collector which let you classify your books. However, it appears that recently the company no longer offers a standard version of the software which was priced $ 30. As a result, you need to pony up a premium version of with addotional $ 19, bringing the figure to $ 50

The policy change on removing standard version applies to all Collectorz.com products.

You can order your copy right here.

Nevertheless, the software is a must for book aficionados



Harlan Coben’ Six Years Later

It has been a while since I did not publish an article on my blog. But because I’m busy during my off-days doing some courses in photography while resuming my work as a flight attendant, and by fear that my blog would go on moribund state, I thought it is time to get some refresh.


A trip to France last week. Well, I just spent just a day due my super busy schedule, I picked up a book at the Relay called Six Years Later, written by the master of suspense Harlan Coben.

Again, Coben, a renowned writer for Myrion Bolytar novels  of thriller bring us another story of love and nightmare. I won’t go through spoiler, but I will provide a short summery of the story :

Jake Fisher moves heaven and earth to find out what happens to his one true love. The story starts with Jake’s love Natalie marrying another man named Todd Sanderson. Right at the end of the wedding ceremony Natalie finds Jake and makes him promise that he will leave them alone forever. For six years Jake was able to keep his promise until by chance he saw the obituary for Natalie’s husband on his laptop while talking counseling students at the college he taught at. After a lot of deliberation, Jake decides to attend the funeral and hopefully have a chance to see Natalie again. However, he is in for the shock of his life, the widow who attends the funeral is not Natalie. When he begins to ask questions, everyone denies Natalie’s existence, including the priest who married them.

Just like the french adaptation of Tell No One, released in 2006, a movie based on the novel Six Years is on the way, starring Huge Jackman.



Hit Refresh, a cultural revolution at Microsoft as seen by its CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella just released today his brand new book called “Hit Refresh” where he talks about the radical transformation that happening at Microsoft. As the technology is dancing forward, Satya Nadella explores the advance in artificial intelligence, Mixed Reality , quantum computing that Microsoft embarked since his tenure at Redmond.


Nadella, who has been promoted as CEO back in 2014, talks about his decision back then on Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, which ended up as with negative consequences. As a result, Microsoft ended the production Lumia phones, which is seen by the critics and users alike, as a greatest debacle since Windows Vista.

In his book, Nadella also traces his journey, with his humble beginning in India before immigrating to the United States.

“Ideas excite me,” Nadella explains. “Empathy grounds and centers me.” Hit Refresh is a set of reflections, meditations, and recommendations presented as algorithms from a principled, deliberative leader searching for improvement—for himself, for a storied company, and for society.
Hit Refresh is right now available at Amazon, Kobo.


Porn Legend Sasha Grey debuts her first novel : “The Juliette Society”

Her name is a trademark in the porn industry. Sasha Grey one of those rare gems who turns anything into gold. After a stint in the adult indusrty, Sasha Grey  moved into film and TV roles, including the lead role in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience and a long guest arc on HBO’s Entourage.  She stared in Open Windows oppisite Elijah Wood. And now she turns into a novelist. Her latest endeavor is an erotic novel called The Juliette Society, about a young, sexually unfulfilled woman named Catherine who spends her days indulging in sexual fantasies. Her thirst is finally quenched when she gains entrée into a secret society where the rich and powerful bump uglies.


You can order the book at Amazon.com


Movie tie-in : My name’s Bond. James Bond. The World is Not Enough

I’ve been collecting movie tie-in since 2013. I’m lucky to have a friend living in the United States who ships me a lot of movie tie-in periodically. Right now, I own + 100 movie tie-ins. And here is one of my favorites.

My name’s Bond. James Bond. The World is Not Enough is by far one of my favorite James Bond’s movie. Released in 1999, the movie was followed by a movie tie-in. Written by Raymond Benson, the World is Not Enough is the fifth in the James Bond’ saga.


The World Is Not Enough was adapted by then-current Bond novelist Raymond Benson from the screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein. It was Benson’s fourth James Bond novel and followed the story closely, except in some details. For example, Elektra does not die immediately after Bond shoots her; instead, she begins quietly to sing. The novel also gave the Cigar Girl a name: Giulietta da Vinci, and retained a scene between her and Renard that was cut from theatrical release. Also, Bond is still carrying his Walther PPK instead of the newer P99.

The movie tie-in is also available as an audiobook at audible.com


Stephen King’s The Langoliers

Let me be straight here. I consider myself as a casual Stephen King’s fan. Not a big fan but a casual one. Some friends of mine from the states have a huge collection of King’s books. I do have myself an incredible collection of books, but some of them are written by Stephen King. Actually, the first book I stumbled upon was Christine, which was adapted into  motion picture by Halloween’s legend John Carpenter. I’ve also read The Running Man which was also adapted into a motion picture in 1987 and written by Steven E. DeSouza. And of course, The Lawnmower Man, another movie adaption from King that starred the then the relatively unknown Pierce Brosnan (before the James Bond’s Fame and Forture).

I almost forgot IT by Tommy Wallace that starred Stage legend Tim Curry. That poor little George getting his hand ripped off at the beginning of the novel.

the langoliers

All the movies adapted I cited above were well received by the critics, especially The Running Man.

However, this article focuses on one particular TV movie I used to watch back in the 90s. It’s called The Langoliers. Released in 1995 and it was adapted from King’s Four Past Midnight. A collection of horror novellas.

On a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Boston, a commercial Boeing 767 goes through a time rift. Minutes later, ten passengers discover that the crew and the fellow passengers have disappeared, leaving the Seven Sixty Seven cruising on autopilot. Brian Engle, an off-duty pilot who is heading to his ex-wife funeral, takes control of the plane and lands it on an airport in Bangor, Maine. Engle and the remaining survivors will soon discover that the something strange waiting around the corner. The airport is empty.  There is no radio. No way to call the emergency. The beverages are tasteless and the gun has not explosive force to induce damage. Beside that they hears some strange noise from the distance.

The group theorizes that when they was asleep, the plane goes through a time rift and the only to way to get back to present is to go back through that time rift. In the novella, the rift appears an a Aurora Borealis.

It is revealed later that the strange noise that the group heard comes from what one of the novella’s character describes it as “The Langoliers”, floating spheres with Chainsaw-like teeth, which leave trails of black nothingness in their wake.  Engle manage to escape the monsters in the tick of time as the group watches the rest of the land below falling into a formless, black void.

Later one the characters proposes the idea that the Langoliers’ purpose is to clean up what’s left of the past by eating it.  The other characters realize that the trip through the rip has allowed them to come to terms with their regrets. Because they need to be asleep to survive the rip again, another passenger, Nick Hopewell, volunteers to fly the plane through, knowing that this will cost him his life. The cabin pressure is decreased and all but Nick, breathing through an emergency oxygen mask, fall into a deep sleep.

The survivors awaken, unharmed except for nosebleeds caused by the drop in air pressure. Seemingly, nothing has changed. The plane lands in a deserted Los Angeles. Concluding that now the time rift has brought them a short distance into the future, the group takes shelter against a wall to avoid the airport’s human traffic. A flash hits them and they find themselves in the present again.

As a viewer and a not-big-fan of Stephen King, I liked the movie a lot. It was quite enjoyable to watch. I wished if it was turned into a major motion picture with high caliber actors but it was all fine.  However many people out there would agree that the movie was by far the worst in King’s adaptation.