Home Made Tardis

This is too cool not to share. This German schoolteacher created this Tardis replica (I don’t think it travels in time, but she doesn’t say for sure) from scratch, basically. She even created her own lamp when she couldn’t find a good affordable one to buy. Enough from me. Just watch this video. Oh how I wish I could build things.

(via boing boing)

Timey Wimey


“Intellect and romance triumph over brute force and cynicism”
Would-be opening from Doctor Who episode of Craig Ferguson Show

From time to time I like to share with you all stuff I find cool that I think you would enjoy. This is one of those times.

Let me preface this by saying that yes indeed, this is a Doctor Who story. I don’t think you have to be a Doctor Who fan to like this story, though. If you like time travel stories, you will like this one. Give it a try!

What am I talking about? Well, the other day I came across this short story, Continuity Errors, written by current show runner and writer Steven Moffat. And it’s a good one. It’s a timey wimey one (some of you know what I mean). It’s a story that stuck with me, in fact.

And it made me think. Would this be how it is, if time travel was real? Would people be able to go back and tweak things such that they eventually match the desired outcome of events of the traveler? Would the rest of us even know? Has this already happened?

Anyhow, give it a read and let me know. The structure of the story may be a bit confusing at first (it was to me), but stick with it. I think it pays off in the end.

The Doctor Is Not Cheap


Doctor Who – Parry Gripp

I’m cheap. Not “you’re not getting a birthday or Christmas gift” cheap, but I don’t like to spend more than I have to cheap. This has evolved slowly, pretty much since my daughter was born and we went from two incomes to one and yet added mouths to feed to the household. I just try not to spend more than I need to on things, particularly ongoing or monthly fees. This is why I don’t have a smartphone and also why I don’t have the most robust cable subscription.

This is why up until last Sunday I had not seen any of the new Doctor Who even though it has been playing on BBC America since early April. You see, I don’t get BBC America. I would have to spend $20+ a month just to get the cable package that includes that channel. I considered it, don’t get me wrong. In the end though, it was just too much.

Well sometimes lady fortune, she doth smile on me. A few weeks back, Comcast sent out letters stating they were upgrading everybody to digital and basically you could go along with it or only get 5 channels. They were sending everybody free converter boxes and the monthly feel was not changing so I went along with it. I was pleasantly surprised when I started to get a few extra channels including Versus (which allowed me to watch the abbreviated playoff run of the Penguins). I also got a magical button on my new remote labeled On Demand. Curious.

I find out right away I could use On Demand and get some kids shows for free. The daughter liked that. Well, surfing around last Sunday I discovered something even better. BBC America. On Demand. The new Doctor Who. Sweet!

I don’t know how many of you are Doctor Who fans. I know Diane is for sure. The rest of you should really give it a try too. It’s the one show my wife and I always make a point to watch together, although she’s usually the one curled up in a ball in crawling up the couch at the suspense of it. πŸ™‚

The video at the top of this post is about Doctor Who and is by a musician by the name of Parry Gripp. He used to/is in a band named Nerf Herder who by the way did the theme song for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I like Parry Gripp a lot.

Exterminate!

Let’s lead with something fun today. This one is via Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing. It’s a family made Doctor Who video featuring sound effects and Daleks. It’s pretty cute. Stick around for the “regeneration”.

On to other things. I’ve been editing the chapter with the suggestions from my critique group. Reading over that has been interesting. I’ve come across some pretty brutal, hacky stuff. I’m going to work hard on these edits and send it out to the group again, just to redeem myself. *sigh*

On the exercise front, I have my first ice hockey game of the season Sunday. I’m looking forward to playing again. I hope to build on my success from the end of last season. I’m not looking forward to being sore Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, though. I haven’t skated in three months, so it’s going to be brutal.

Any plans for you this weekend?

Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead

***Spoilers***

This post is going to be about Doctor Who, so those of you who don’t watch are probably going to be lost. Also, I’m going to be talking about the episodes, so there may be spoilers.

I just got finished watching ”Silence In The Library” and β€œThe Forest of The Dead”, two episodes in Series 4 of the Doctor Who television show. My first reaction is wow! These were by far my favorite of this Series. They were probably my favorite since the last one done by Steven Moffat.

There’s really so much to say, but I don’t know what to say. I think I need to go back and watch this a few more times, because I’m still not sure what happened. Have we seen The Doctor’s future wife? How does he meet her in the future?

Also, I like Donna Noble more each week. Donna has come so far since “The Runaway Bride”. Which brings me to: poor Donna!

This was by far the scariest, and best written episode of the season for me.Β  How can they top this?

New Doctor Who Tonight!

After much anticipation, we are finally getting to see new Doctor Who episodes in the United States on the SciFi channel. I’m so excited. This will be the first time I’ve watched a new episode on television, rather on DVD, so that will be weird.

Also, I take it we aren’t seeing Series 4 Episode 1 tonight. Rather, we’re getting the Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned, the one with Kylie Minogue. It’s Christmas in April!

To make me ever more excited, I did a Doctor Who search in WordPress yesterday and came across a cool blog, Irregular Bones, which had posted a youtube interview of David Tennant and Catherine Tate had on Jonathan Ross‘s Show. I thought I’d post them here as well.

Part 1:

Part 2:

I’ll be taping tonight’s episode for my wife, who has to work tonight.Β  I’ll probably watch it with her when she gets home.Β  Anyone else pumped?

Some “Research”

Cover of en:The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1900 Wizard

We visited my parents yesterday and had a great time. It’s always nice to eat a nice Sunday dinner cooked by Mom. My daughter was also able to get her fix of chasing around the cats. Actually, she does really well with them. We were also able to spend time with my Grandfather, which is nice. I think he really enjoys seeing all of us, and loves my daughter.

While I was visiting, I decided to borrow the first Harry Potter book from my Dad. I haven’t read that one in a long time. My plan is to read it, in the name of research. Really, what I’m trying to get at is what made that book so appealing to kids, in the hope of putting a little of that into my novel. I’m not saying I’m going to copy it, but it doesn’t hurt to learn from the best (most successful).

I haven’t shaved since Wednesday, and am getting a little “scruffy” as my wife would say. Yes, the playoff beard is still there, but not pretty.

BBC America has released a commentary track for the Doctor Who Series 3 finale on their web site. This commentary wasn’t on the DVDs. The commentary features David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, and John Barrowman. Episode 1 of Series 4 airs on the SciFi channel this Friday. I can’t wait!

Free Doctor Who Novel and Acknowledgements

So, ever since I got my Sony Reader (eBook reader) I have been lurking on the MobileRead Forums. For anyone who has an interest in electronic books, that’s a good place to hang out. Anyhow, the other day someone posted a link for a free Doctor Who novel titled Who Killed Kennedy, which according to the site is a much sought after book originally published in 1996. The author of the book has agreed to allow readers to download it.

In addition to that, the BBC has several Doctor Who books available for download as well.
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I have received a few awards in the past couple days that I thought warranted mention and acknowledgment. I would just like to say these type of things really do mean a great deal to me, partly because it means you enjoy what I’m doing here and partly because you like me, you really like me πŸ™‚Taffiny awarded me with the Colors of Friendship award.Vesper gave me the Mwah! award.

Neil gave me the A Roar for Powerful Words Award.

Thank you three for thinking of me. Everyone else, if you have the chance check out their sites. All three are writing some great stuff. While you’re there, tell them I said hello πŸ™‚