The Walking Dead: Merle Turns Into A Walker


There is only one more episode to go before Season 3 of The Walking Dead comes to an end. I am sure we have all come to hate and love Merle Dixon in the series. I remember him in the first season where I am certain the audience did not like who he was, American guy who was just racist and thought of himself superior to everyone else.

Well Season 3 has been kind of funny but we have seen that he cares a lot about his brother and it effects Merle how Daryl perceives him. In the episode that aired on the 24th-25th we see that Merle does have emotions and cares what others think of him, he states to his brother that the whole group see him as some sort of devil because he is someone in the World who has to do the dirty work that others won’t.

That is the last scene between the brothers where they are both emotional and trying to patch up. After Daryl says he just wants his brother back and walks out the room we see Merle pack a bag with a rifle and a telephone. There is a lot that happens afterwards with Merle in the centre of it but I won’t go into detail, watch it yourself it’s a good episode of The Walking Dead.


I loved Merle in this episode sitting in the car outside some booze store drinking away with the music on which suited his bad ass attitude. Was just amazing. The car is surrounded by ‘walkers’ while he is drinking and you can see he doesn’t care and isn’t worried. You can see he has a final stage of redemption planned. I loved the idea of him turning up the music and slowly driving and stopping to make sure the ‘walkers’ kept up with the car. Merle then leads the pack of ‘walkers’ to the Governor’s town and jumps out the car to hide in a building. Merle picks off men one by one without the Governor’s people knowing they are being shot at, they all just assume it’s the ‘walkers’ that came close bit them. Merle has a clear shot at the Governor but a ‘walker’ approaches Merle just after he shoots one of the Governor’s man who was blocking the shot. I wish he had caused total destruction and killed the Governor.

Merle is exposed into the open when he kills the ‘walker’ and falls out of the building door. I felt really sad when I saw the Governor beat up Merle and shoot him. The screen when black after it and Rick and the prison were the next segment. What was heartbreaking was Daryl seeing his brother turned into a ‘walker’ when he died from the shot.


Daryl sees Merle eating some dead bodies meat and you see Daryl burst out in tears. There is something different to the other ‘walkers’ before, Merle’s eyes are shown in a realistic way and seeing his whole face makes you feel a lot of emotions because you see what he has turned into.


I think he had good in him and he proved it with what he did in this episode because he was trying to be the good guy for once and take out the threat. Daryl pushes Merle away many times while crying but finally in anger of what his brother has become he stabs him many times in the face and it becomes disfigured. I don’t think anyone would wish that on their worst enemy.

Now I know it’s just a show but it makes you think like no other show ever has on TV that “What would you do in them circumstances”. What I mean is what would you do if the world had become like The Walking Dead and it was hard to trust survivors because they want to survive and could kill the people you are protecting or steal your supplies. There are many emotional effects you would have to suffer when deciding who to save and basically where to stay and survive. Making these choices is the worst thing ever when I thought about it. Some of us are good people but in events even we could be forced to not care about others except the people we trying to protect, might ignore others and let them die for instance.

I like how even in a World like that there are a group of people who are good people. Rick Grimes and his group of people believe in good.

I realised what someone would go through and what Rick Grimes goes through in The Walking Dead when I played the 5 episodes of The Walking Dead game from Telltale Games. Decision you make in that game directly affect your feelings because you see the aftermath.


Just think though what you would do to survive!


Web Week: The hottest stories from the world of tech and beyond

Addidas adiPure: Easy on the feet, hard on the ground
If you’re a pavement-pounding addict you may want to check out adiPure, Addidas’ contribution to the world of barefoot running kit.

According to the sports giant, these base covers do wonders in building up your foot’s musculoskeletal system, helping you to become a faster and stronger runner.

The lowest-to-the-ground shoes Adidas has ever crafted, they work to improve the soft tissue in the foot and strengthen the lower legs. The fact they look decent is an added bonus.

Maxi-Milk: It’s like cow juice but does a hell of a lot more
While we’re on the subject of fitness, there’s another product in the fitness-sphere we’d like to bring to your attention – Maxi-Milk.

This shake has special powers, by which we mean it helps to support muscle growth, performance and recovery, according to Maximuscle. Stuffed with high protein nutrition, it’s the perfect get-me-up after a hardcore gym session.

The Dark Knight Rises: Turns your handset into a batphone. Well, kinda
Gameloft has unveiled a second teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, the virtual version of the Christopher Nolan movie of the same name.

Expect the usual lark, from henchmen with bad attitudes to one crazed nut wreaking havoc across Gotham City.

The game will be made available on Friday 20 July for iPhone, iPad and Android users. Trailer below. Enjoy.

Tivizen: Turns your handset/tablet into a TV. That’s what’s called cool
Whether you own an Android tablet or smartphone, this clever add-on will turn it into a TV without the need of an internet or 3G connection.

Simply add the kit on to your device’s 30-pin dock connector and Bob’s your uncle.

It also has recording capabilities, so you won’t ever miss your favourite show again, whether that’s Corrie, Big Brother or Eastenders. Jamie? Jamieeeeeee….


Google TV: Need to Know

Vital information that you need to know before it is released in the UK in July. I previously created a video and blog post about Google TV, many months ago. Now there is new information and feedback from users who have tried this piece of new technology.

Google TV will launch in the UK this month, when Sony debuts a set-top box that makes it possible to access the interactive service from any television.

The service is Google’s crack at ‘smart TV‘, enabling users to browse the internet on their televisions, as well as accessing additional content using smartphone-style apps.

Here’s what you need to know about the Google TV service.

What is Google TV?
It’s an internet TV platform. Google TV turns your telly into an internet-enabled computer – so you can browse the web, read emails, watch YouTube videos and use smartphone-style apps. Up until now, Google TV has only been available in the US but now it’s coming to the UK.

How will I access Google TV?
Sony is going to launch a new set-top box in July. This set-top box will plug into your existing TV set-up and make it possible to access Google TV. For the time being, that’s going to be the only way to access Google TV in the UK – although don’t be too surprised to see other manufacturers getting involved soon.

So what’s this Sony product?
Sony is offering an ‘Internet Player’ set-top box (NSZ-GS7), which plugs into your existing TV set-up. It will also be launching a Blu-ray player (NSZ-GP9) with built-in Google TV, which will go on sale in the UK some time after October next year.

Does this replace my existing set-top box?
Probably not. Sony’s product is likely to be most useful as an additonal part of your home entertainment set-up, rather than a replacement for anything. Google TV does offer some content – but it’s ‘on-demand’ content accessed via partners such as Netflix and TV channels’ ‘watch again’ services, as well as additional content from the Sony Entertainment Network.

What will it cost?
The NSZ-GS7 Internet Player box will cost around £200. The NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player with Google TV is expected to cost around £300.

When can I buy it?
The NSZ-GS7 Internet Player goes on sale on 16 July. The NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player with Google TV support will go on sale in the UK some time after its initial October launch in the US.

Can I buy a TV with Google TV built in?
Not yet – right now the set-top box option is the only way to get Google TV.

How does the set-top box work?
It’s operated using a dual-sided remote. On one side you have a trackpad, which you can use to navigate web pages in the pre-installed Google Chrome browser. On the other is a full QWERTY keyboard, to make inputting text easier. It’s a universal remote that controls your entire entertainment system and it has a motion sensor for playing games.

As well as offering web browsing, the Sony box includes access to the Google Play store – so you can access apps such as YouTube or Twitter. Google expects app developers to come up with more programs specfically optimised for TV.

Do I have to use the supplied remote?
No – there is a free app called Media Remote that makes it possible to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control instead.

Is Google TV any good?
It has met with a fairly lukewarm reception in the US over the past couple of years and some manufacturers have found sales of their set-top boxes to be sluggish. However, if you want to be able to access a full web browser from your TV (as well as a host of additional features), it makes a useful addition to your front room set-up – especially if you’ve not yet invested in a smart TV.


Dancing is Non-Permissible in Islam

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There are two type of dances which are held at the time of marriage or other ceremonies or for mere pleasure without any occasion. One type is in which professional singing and dancing girls are engaged and they dance usually in gatherings of males only. The other type is in which a women of house-hold or professional dancer dances among the females with movements of different parts of the body. Now-a-days another type has developed due to cinema and TV in which boys and girls dance together on the tunes of film songs. All such dances are irreligious and forbidden.

Adultery is of different kinds-actual, of eyes, ears, tounge, heart, hand etc and in such dances men are prone to commit and they do commit one or other type of adultery. The evils and sins of dances are self-evident. Men look and gaze at naked or semi-naked parts of an alien women, it is an adultery of the eyes. They listen to her voice, it is an adultery of the ears. They talk and make jokes with her, it is an adultery of the tongue. Their hearts are attracted towards her, it is an adultery of the heart. Some are so shameless who even touch her, this is an adultery of the hand. They sometimes advance towards her and even dance with her, this is an adultery of the feet. Some even indulge in sexual intercourse with her, which is actual adultery and fornication.

Same is the case of dancing by family girls and boys. It is not permitted even without instruments and drums. Such dances are also accompanied by all the evils already mentioned. Household women and girls memorise film and love songs and they sing and dance on their tunes. Their voice is heard by na-mehram and sometimes they are also seen by men. Such young girls and women are often lead astray and they become corrupt. Hence dances are sinful and irreligious.

It has been clearly stated in the Holy Traditions that just as adultery is a major sin, in the same way the actions of gazing and hearing, touching etc are all sins. The committing of a sin publicly is a major and worst sin according to religion code.

It has been reported in a Tradition that when obscenity, immodesty and shamelessness become so common in any community that people begin to commit them publicly, then be sure that epidemics will spread in that community to such an extent as would have not occured before. Now imagine, when it is such an evil then how great sinners are those, who arrange or take part in such things. (Reason why I don’t go to any Pakistani weddings anymore because many try to follow what others are doing in Newcastle or UK in general)

The sin also becomes an epidemic, if one arranged such a function and some others followed his/her example. So long as the sinful activity started by one continues, its sins also will be continued to be recorded against him/her even after his death. The use of musical instruments is also a sin in itself.

The Holy Prophet Sallam has said that Allah has ordered him to break all these musical instruments. Then judge the greatness of the sin of the person spreads this evil for which the Holy Prophet Sallam has been ordered by Allah to break and abolish them.

Some people regard it as a mark of respect and dignity. Boasting on sin and to think its avoidence as insulting, strikes at the very root of faith and losing of faith is a major sin. So it is the duty of every Muslim to refrain from things forbidden by Shariat just  as they hate anything offensive to their nature. May Allah protect us all from evil. Aameen

Comparing Netflix and Lovefilm

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With the arrival of Netflix in the UK, Lovefilm has a serious subscription TV rival. We put the two head to head.

Lovefilm has had the ‘rent a film without leaving your couch’ market to itself for so long now that it’s almost become a national institution. Sure, there are other subscription or pay-per-view ways of watching films at home – Sky, AceTrax, Zune, Blinkbox and iTunes, for instance. But none has offered so many films across so many potential delivery mediums as Lovefilm.

At long last, though, Lovefilm finally has some serious, subscription-based competition. The US Netflix platform has arrived in the UK with an aggressive advertising campaign that’s forced Lovefilm to respond with pretty much equal ‘airwave saturation’.

All of which means it’s high time for us to put both services through their paces, to see which comes out on top.

Comparing the prices of Lovefilm with Netflix is a bit complicated. At least, it is where Lovefilm is concerned. Though Lovefilm’s pricing starts at just £4.99 a month if you’re signing up for only its streaming service, this price isn’t actually an ‘all-in’ price. Some of the most recent and popular movies are contained within the Lovefilm Box Office service – where you’ll have to pay extra per-view fees.

Although Lovefilm advertises its entry-level £4.99 deal as a ‘special launch price’, it has told MSN Tech & Gadgets that tariff will remain in place “indefinitely”.

Netflix is dearer up front, costing £5.99 a month for its streaming platform. However, its pricing structure is much simpler, since it turns out that this is a flat fee that (currently, anyway) gets you everything the platform has to offer.

Film content
If you’re a film lover, this one is no contest. Lovefilm has tens of thousands of titles available on DVD and Blu-ray (though the number available for streaming is around 7,000). Netflix doesn’t list how many films it has available for streaming, but it’s currently nowhere near as many as Lovefilm has.

This might seem odd, given that Netflix in the US has a vast catalogue of titles. But the annoying fact is that rights to movies are negotiated on a territory-by-territory basis.

There are a couple of issues that muddy Lovefilm’s victory here a little. First, of those 7,000 or so streaming films on Lovefilm, not all are free with your subscription. Just over 1,000 of them are part of the Lovefilm Box Office service, where you’ll need to spend up to £3.50 more to watch them.

You can access all of the Netflix movies without spending any more than the basic subscription.

Perhaps the most annoying thing is that each service has exclusive deals with some film studios. So neither platform will likely ever be able to provide a truly comprehensive film selection. But such is the way of the commercial world in such matters, we guess.

TV content
While Lovefilm currently boasts the biggest film selection, Netflix is ahead on TV shows.

That’s pretty impressive considering how new Netflix is to the UK and that Lovefilm has around 2000 TV episodes to its name.

But Netflix appears to have seen where it could grasp an early advantage over its much more established rival and gone for it.

Particularly notable is the way Netflix has secured access to a huge catalogue of BBC archive shows. But there’s also a decent selection of new US series, including such juggernauts as Prison Break and cult favourites like South Park and Dexter.

As with its films, it’s hard not to make a negative comparison with the number of TV shows on the UK Netflix platform and the far higher number available in the US. But let’s not get too miserable about this when Netflix is still ahead of Lovefilm in this increasingly important area of on-demand viewing.

It should be noted that Lovefilm is in the process of adding more content from the BBC, but all we can talk about here is what’s actually available.

When it comes to navigating movie content, both platforms do a respectable job on all their compatible devices, with sensible genre groupings and effective search/browse interfaces.

But Netflix enjoys a distinct advantage where TV shows are concerned. While Lovefilm treats episodes of a series as an individual entity, with no real ‘cataloguing’ information, Netflix organises them into series and into episodes within each series, making it much easier to track down a particular episode.

The fact that Netflix’s charging approach is more straightforward than Lovefilm’s also makes its user environment feel more seamless and ‘complete’.

Still, Lovefilm has an advantage of its own here. While both platforms are much of a muchness when it comes to PC and console use, Lovefilm’s tablet/smartphone app is slicker and better optimised for touchscreen devices.

AV quality
So long as you have a decent broadband connection (at least 5Mbps by our reckoning), Netflix wins this crucial part of the ‘battle’ hands down.

For starters, Netflix supports HD streaming while Lovefilm does not. This alone could be enough to persuade many film and TV enthusiasts to pick Netflix over Lovefilm.

Netflix also supports 5.1-channel surround sound audio tracks while Lovefilm only delivers stereo – another huge benefit of the Netflix system so far as technically aware movie fans are concerned.

It should be said that Netflix’s HD images aren’t as crisp or detailed as those you would get from a Blu-ray player. But they’re certainly much cleaner and sharper than those of a typical standard definition broadcast.

With Lovefilm, on the other hand, we experienced quality levels that actually sometimes dipped below what we’d expect to see from a merely average standard definition digital broadcast.

Overall, there’s a yawning gulf between the two in video and audio terms and it’s surely something Lovefilm needs to work on right away (it currently limits its streaming to just 2Mbps).

Not everything on Netflix is available in HD. But there’s enough to ensure that you could probably get by watching only HD if you so desire.

Both Lovefilm and Netflix are available on home games consoles: Netflix on the Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo Wii, Lovefilm on X360 and PS3. They’re also available on PCs and Macs, plus most portable smart devices, be they tablets or phones.

There is one area, though, where Lovefilm currently enjoys a significant distribution advantage: smart TVs. Samsung, LG, Sony and Cello TVs now sport Lovefilm apps, so that you can sync your Lovefilm account with your smart TV and stream video from its servers directly onto your main living room screen. Netflix apps for TVs, on the other hand, are still relatively rare.

However, this Lovefilm advantage will be short-lived. It seems likely that most, if not all, of the main TV brands will be bagging Netflix apps for their Smart TVs at some point in the next few months.

Both Lovefilm and Netflix have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Lovefilm’s main strengths are the size of its movie library and the fact that one account can give you so many different ways of getting hold of stuff to watch (DVDs, Blu-rays, internet streaming and smart TV streaming).

Netflix, while restricting you to streaming only, has a larger and better-organised TV library and, crucially, is capable of streaming HD pictures and 5.1-channel audio whereas Lovefilm is currently stuck with standard definition and stereo sound.