The International Comic Convention took place this past weekend in San Diego and featured a number of different panels but one of the most important ones happened to be the “Game of Thrones” panel in which we were introduced to a “Meet the new cast” YouTube video that highlights the newest cast members for Season 3. Not to mention the announcement of when the next season will premiere.
The new additions to the cast included:
- Dianna Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell “The Queen of Thorns” [Margaery Tyrell’s Grandmother]
- Mackenzie Crook as the Wildling Raider Orell [Skin Changer]
- Clive Russell as Bryndon “The Blackfish” Tully [Lady Catelyn Stark’s Uncle]
- Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei [A slave freed by Daenerys (Khaleesi)]
- Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon [Stannis’ daughter]
- Thomas Brodie – Sangster as Jojen Reed [Both Jojen and his sister help Bran in his journey]
- Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed [Along with her brother Jojen they help Bran in his journey]
- Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion [Leader of the Brotherhood without Banners]
- Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr [Red Lord Priest and Member of the Brotherhood, Beric’s friend]
- Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane [Wildling warrior and chief lieutenant of Mance Rayder]
- Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon [Wife of Stannis Baratheon]
- Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully [Younger brother of Catelyn Stark]
- Anton Lesser as Qyburn [Former maester of the Citadel]
The creme de la creme of the panel was the announcement that next year March 31st 2013 will be the premiere date of season 3 for “Game of Thrones”. I personally can’t wait and I’m on the edge of my seat already, but I do hope that it does an insanely better job than this year as there were some misses in episodes that aired this year.
Ever since I put up last year’s “Ramadan TV Show List” I have been bombarded with questions regarding this year’s list. I even had a colleague of mine at work tell me that many people are depending on my list, people whom I don’t even know hehe it appears to be that the list has gotten so popular I felt an insane amount of pressure on my head to produce a great one. So this year I am planning on preparing one (don’t worry won’t leave you hanging) the only problem is that the networks have not released their timings yet.
The basis of the list is prepared and all I need to do is revise the names of the shows if there were any last minute changes and add the timings. The worst thing is when networks change their timings all of a sudden so I’m guessing that on Day 1 there will be at least 2 versions of the list.
So tell me, are you one of the people who is anxiously waiting for the list? If so, winter is coming, oops I mean the list is coming! :P
P.S. Due to the hard work and insane effort I am putting into this, I really do hope that you guys would give me credit if you were to use the list on your respective blogs.
This week’s edition of Technology Sunday from Al Watan Daily features a lot of stories about breaches of security and malfunctions to PCs (if you had a Mac you wouldn’t be experiencing those :P Hahaha) Anyways, one of the major stories happened when a Symantec (otherwise known as the company that produces Norton Anti-virus) released an anti-virus that basically sent Windows machines crashing. Symantec disclosed the problem on their website stating that an “update to their widely used Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 and Norton anti-virus software for businesses caused some PCs running Windows XP software to crash repeatedly, showing what is known as the ‘blue screen of death.'” The problem right now happens to be that so far 300 corporate customers have been affected and 60 consumer customers, and the fact that the removal process was time consuming customers requested compensation for the time wasted. All in all, it wasn’t a good week for Norton’s people.
The chaos does not stop here, in fact it goes on with the Yahoo breach, in which more than 400,000 Yahoo usernames and passwords were stolen and published online putting everyones websites and emails at risk. This happened after hackers exploited a vulnerability in Yahoo’s computer systems. In short it was not a good week for Yahoo as well. And the fun fact in this story is that the five most popular passwords in leaked list were: “123456”, “password”, “welcome”, and “ninja”, according to an analysis made. Seriously when are you going to learn at least make the password more complicated like “P@ssw0rd”. Wait click here to read more
There seems to be an insane amount of technology news today that I felt needed to share with you and so I have compiled the best of the best in this little humble post.
I. Dropbox Expands Available Pro Plans
A few days ago Dropbox has decided to reward their faithful Pro subscribers by doubling their storage. Those of you who have purchased the 50GB Yearly package for 99$ a year now have 100GB and those who purchased 100GB for 199$ a year get 200GB!
What is “Dropbox”? It is an online storage system sort of like iCloud, Google Drive, Box.net, and more. You can store your photos, documents, and videos. Actually any kind of file and be able to share some with friends and family. It’s literally like having a USB flash drive on the cloud. Accessible from any browser or device with the app installed.
I was one of the lucky ones who got the extra 50GB and because I test drove the HTC One X a while back I got 23GB for free (for 2 years) and when I got the Samsung Galaxy SIII I got another 48GB for free (for 2 years) as well in total right now I have a whole shitload of Dropbox space (175GB) and I am happy! [Source]
II. “Tweetbot” Arrives on Your Mac in Alpha Mode
For those of you who are familiar with the “Tweetbot” app on your iPhone and iPad then you will definitely feel at home with the new “Tweetbot” app available for Mac. You can now experience additional power which you don’t get from the “Twitter for Mac” app such as being Retina-ready for the MacBook Pro, not to mention being able to check retweets of your content, mute chatty poeple or hashtags (works for Ramadan when the Dewaniya starts again), and seriously just get more control. If you are still interested then be sure to download the alpha (it’s not even in beta mode) which has a few features missing (iCloud collaboration, Mountain Lion’s Notification Center,etc) and will probably be buggy a bit. [Download here] [Read Quick Hands On by Engadget Here]
III. “Amazing Alex” Debuts on iTunes App Store
Brought to you by Rovio Mobile, the creators of “Angry Birds” and more this new app will be as addictive as the Birds were. You basically have to solve puzzles and gather points. I personally tried it and fell in love with it. Trying to make the ball fall in the basket is quite a hard task makes you think. I guess managers, supervisors, parents, spouses and literally anyone all over the world will lose loved ones to this new app. [Source]
IV. Nexus 7 Pre-orders Start Shipping
Google celebrated the fact that they started shipping the Nexus 7 pre-orders with a rhyme a la Dr. Suess style on twitter. So for the Marzouq’s, Frankom’s, and Qortuba’s of the world I think you can now rest assured that your new toys will be arriving soon! [Source]
I’ve been recently informed that the Dasman Diabetes Institute is holding a “Youth Health & Ramadan Open Day” this Sunday, July 15 2012 from 9 AM – 2 PM at the Institute itself. It’s such a cool event and a change of scenary from all those Food/Clothes exhibitions.
The event is open to the public and helps spread awareness on the silent killer which is in fact Diabetes (not really sure if it is that silent though). All of you readers can go there on Sunday and benefit from a complimentary blood glucose monitoring, BMI calculation, blood pressure monitoring, presentations and workshops, cooking demos, and other interest segments such as physical training tips and more.
I for one will definitely try to make an appearance and gain a bit more knowledge about my health. If you don’t take care of yourself and health then really you’re not doing a great job living!
Dasman Diabetes Institute is located on the Arabian Gulf Road close to Souk Sharq I believe. You can’t miss it really it’s right off the Dasman Roundabout.
Thanks for the heads up Dasman Diabetes Team!
I mentioned in my previous post about how I wanted to create something special for my good friend Danderma who wrote the series “The Chronicles of Dathra: a dowdy girl from Kuwait” and the thing that came to mind is immortalizing her “Dathra” into a doll. But the task was not as easy as one would think. Well actually it kind of is for me!
You see my aunt enjoys crafting (my only aunt from my father’s side that is) and she has embarked on numerous projects one of which was rag dolls. I was standing there in her craft room where I saw a couple of rag dolls which she made earlier I was enticed and thought she would be the best person for the job. At first I wanted to learn how to make a doll but receiving the invitation and having only a few days to prepare everything I left her in charge. I picked up the phone and called in the order “Hi Auntie, I want one ‘Dathra’ doll please! Hold the fries :P” (I’m kidding I didn’t say “hold the fries!”).
Late last evening (July 11) I was invited by the amazing Danderma to attend a special gathering geared towards the launch of Book II of the ‘Dathra’ series also known as “The Chronicles of Dathra – a dowdy girl from Kuwait” (Yawmeyat Wa7da Q8eya Dathra). Now that the book is out from the printers edited and beautifully designed by the amazing Fatima Al Othman from F20 Designs some of ‘Dathra’s’ fans and close friends gathered to celebrate. It also was a mini-early birthday celebration for Danderma as her birthday will take place next week.