Rajiv Abraham is a Christian, audiophile, foodie, gamer, shutterbug, geek, and occasional blogger, though he’s trying to change that last bit.

IKEA Comes to Hyderabad

On August 9th, 2018 IKEA will officially open its doors to the public in the city of Hyderabad, India. Being an IKEA Family Member I received an invitation for a housewarming party on the 4th of August. Personally, IKEA is not into the things I do, but the wife and sister certainly loved it to bits, and I certainly got some ideas to incorporate into my man cave/gaming room. Finally, the food certainly lived up to the hype, while I may not visit for the furniture, I will certainly be visiting IKEA for the meatballs curry. [Read More]

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Tom Cruise Is the Storm

The latest iteration in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Fallout is a blast. It is one non-stop action joyride that one wishes wouldn’t ever end. At an age when most folks are busy being grandparents, Tom Cruise continues to push the envelope when it comes to action. Just like Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Mission: Impossible - Fallout raises the bar for the action genre all over again. [Read More]

Scandal Is a Wrap, Ends on a High Note

Back when I started the final season of Season, I had pretty much assumed that it would be one continuous binge watch as the final season started off on a high with a very ominous Olivia Pope. However, life happens and something always comes up and so I got very busy with learning Git and Hugo, and spent a very hectic couple of weeks learning Hugo and moving my websites from WordPress to Hugo. [Read More]

Luke Cage Season 2 Is a Blast

Luke Cage got off to a very good start in season one, but even better for us, ups the ante in season 2. I had a blast watching it, and for very many reasons, but the killer soundtrack is reason enough alone. Have to hand it to whoever is in charge of the soundtrack and the background music, the Luke Cage soundtrack is something I’m looking forward to adding to my music collection. [Read More]

Designated Survivor Season 2/Series Wrap Up

I have been somewhat of a reluctant watcher of Designated Survivor, and only because I’m a huge fan of Kiefer Sutherland and the Jack Bauer persona from 24. But I will be honest, Designated Survivor never clicked with me, not even from the first episode of the series, which was lackluster IMHO. And this despite having several recognizable names like Adan Canto, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, and Natascha McElhone as regular/supporting cast members. [Read More]

The Best Blu-rays & UHD Blu-rays

Though a bit dated (from April 2017) this is an excellent primer and introduction to Blu-rays with the best quality in terms of picture and audio, what the home theater geeks would term reference quality. It does not go into the quality of the movies themselves, and as such is not reviewing the movies, but the reviews and the selection are entirely limited to the video and audio quality of the Blu-ray discs, both in Full HD and Ultra HD. [Read More]

Pour Some Sugar on Me

Started with Def Leppard as the musical artist for this week (check my Listening page), June 23, 2018 to June 29, 2018 and the very first track was the timeless classic Pour Some Sugar on Me. What followed (and expectedly) was a couple of hours of foot tapping rock music and me going down memory lane into the 80s, the time I was introduced to Def Leppard. I have always been a huge Def Leppard fan, and have collected most of their albums, though to be honest I have not kept up with them this past decade, and I’m totally in the dark about their latest album releases. [Read More]

Networking, Plex, and Gladys Knight

The week was spent mostly in shopping for a smart refrigerator and a 4K OLED TV, so I did not get much time for blogging. Usually I will do my research on the Internet before deciding on the purchase, but this time we decided to have a shopping mall experience and decide based on what we saw and liked. Anyways, despite the lack of time, I did manage to spend most of my time away from the shopping in getting into networking with the goal of upgrading my network to a complete gigabit network that is also 10GbE ready. [Read More]

Updates to Listening and Now

Updated my Listening page and cleaned up my Now page. Started with ABBA for this week, and the very first song The Winner Takes It All gets to you. ABBA could sing and make great music. Made quite a few changes over the past few weeks, especially with learning Hugo and moving my blogs to it, as well as killing off a few blogs that I wasn’t updating and letting go of the domains. [Read More]

An Excellent HDR Photography Primer

An excellent and highly recommended watch, this is more of a primer towards HDR in photography, and how it can be used as an aid to improve the quality of the photographs. It is not a full-blown tutorial, like I said more of a primer that will introduce you to HDR photography. Also, not really needed for 99% of us. Getting the latest Google Pixel 2 will absolutely kill it for 99% of our needs and for the 99% of us including all amateur photographers and shutterbugs. [Read More]