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Doctor Who Liveblog: S06E01 – The Impossible Astronaut, by Steven Moffat

I am liveblogging each episode of Doctor Who as I watch it. This is more or less a raw stream of consciousness list of things I am considering and wondering about as I watch. (Sometimes I add links later for reference, but otherwise it’s all exactly what I typed at the time.) In the interest of not spoiling anything for anyone I am putting all of it behind the jump.

This episode is the first episode of Season Six (or Thirty-Two depending who you ask), called The Impossible Astronaut. BBC Page
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Flashback: Johnny and Ed

(I don’t know why this never got posted. Blast from the past!)

I meant to write this when Johnny Carson passed away, but I never did. Now that Ed’s gone too I feel like I have another sad opportunity to talk about this.

When I was very small, I had earaches very badly. In fact, one of my eardrums still bears scar tissue from this rough patch near the beginning. It was very hard for me because I wasn’t able to understand what was happening, or why, or that it would eventually go away. Mostly it was scary and I was miserable because I was in pain, sometimes up till all hours of the night. I spent a lot of my early nights sleeping with my hurty ear on a heating pad laying on the couch, one parent (or sometimes both) up with me: My mom would sit at the end of the couch by my feet, my dad in his chair. I’m sure it wasn’t as bad as I remember it, but they are some of my earliest memories and I think the painful part is why they are still in my brain. Anyway.

With an earache I could be up until midnight or even later, laying on the couch, tired, achy, cried out, just being still and trying to sleep (which I wasn’t good at even without an earache). Like any reasonable adult in the late 70’s, if you were up after the 11:00 news you’d watch Johnny Carson. So I saw a fair amount of Johnny and Ed and Doc and guests. It was total nonsense at the age of four, but I didn’t care. It was something I could do with my parents that my (recently acquired) brother was no part of. Even though I didn’t understand, I laughed when my dad laughed and I saw Art Fern and Carnac and others. This was also one of the few times I can remember my parents doing something together that it appeared they both enjoyed.

My parents split up when I was 6 so I don’t have a lot of those memories. When I wanted to remember a nice time in my life during some of the less pleasant times, (I think some people call them “high school”) I could sit down and watch Johnny and feel a little better. Then Johnny retired right about the time I graduated from high school, and basically dropped off the planet. I was sad to see him go, he was a real class act. When he passed away, I hadn’t realized how much I would miss him. With Ed McMahon passing too, it really feels like the end of an era for television. There’s not an Ed or Johnny out there now to look to, showing how it’s done without making a big deal of it. I think the biggest difference between them and current television is that for the most part, they weren’t mean. Sure they made jokes, and sure people laughed, but it wasn’t always at the expense of a person in a mean way. They liked people, and loved what they did, and it showed every night.

Like I said on Twitter initially: RIP Ed. There’s a spot on the couch for you. Now that Johnny can get a proper introduction he can finally start his big show in the sky.

testing, testing, 1 2 3…

I am testing on an iPad. This is super duper fun. I like this a lot more than I thought I would. This pleases me greatly. I really didn’t think I would be excited about an iPad. No really! I just thought it would be fun to play with. But the more time I spend with it the harder it will be to let go.

When I first saw the iPad presentation my first thought was “OMG WordCamp” and every other place I have been that was an all day thing, or even just enough of the day that it took longer than my laptop battery. I am really excited about this, I can see where this is something that could really make a huge difference in computing. I don’t want to be all hyperbolic about it, but really. This is such a big deal. I just don’t know how I can wait for my own. Argh!!

And yes, I typed this entire thing on an iPad. It was a pretty nice experience actually. I am trying SO hard right now not to be excited and everything but I am having a very hard time with that. I have itty bitty girl hands, I know, but this is still really fun. I like this a lot. Seriously I ADORE technology and I see a lot of it and even still this is exciting to me. I have to keep reminding myself there is a whole computer in here. It really is amazing.

Dust and Digging

Hey kids! Didja miss me? I know, I’m working on it. But because I know PRECISELY enough about WordPress backend mucking about to get it really wrong, but then stop before I make it much much worse, I’m slowly restoring. So instead of the little digging guy or something about pardoning my dust, I’ll just say if you are a WP backend ninja, catch me on the Twitters, will you? Or better yet, if you’re local, catch me at Beer and Blog tomorrow and see if you can hook a girl up. Thanks.

Book Report: Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

I have a friend who has a daughter. I adore them both. We were discussing books we’d read recently and I mentioned that I hadn’t spent a lot of time reading for fun lately, it’s all been the MySQL book I’m working through and researching this or that and what it comes down to is not a lot of “fun” reading. I like to read, and I have been known to devour books from time to time (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire took one day), and I like to read all kinds of stuff. So my friend’s daughter K said she had a great book for me to read. (It should surprise precisely no one that K and I have quite a bit in common. She is seven.) She brings me Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville. Then her mom says they read it every night before bed and even she was excited to see what happened next. It got rave reviews from the whole house so after I promised to take very good care of this book, K let me borrow it.

It was great! I remembered a lot of being a sixth grader while I was reading (my sixth grade year had, sadly, 100% less dragons than this book did though) and only a couple of times did I think “Wow, how’s that going to turn out?” and every time I thought that, whatever it was got neatly tied up at before the end.

I read the note from the author at the end, and he said he wanted to write a series of books about the magic shop he wished he had stumbled across when he was a kid. So far this is the only one of this series I’ve read, and I can easily see a book about at least two other characters in this book alone. Sadly, it was reported to me the other Magic Shop books aren’t as interesting, but since it didn’t take me very long to read this one, I think I’ll try my hand at one or two more and see how they are.

Now I have to return this book to K. I see why she was nervous about loaning it out, she was probably worried she wouldn’t get it back! So thank you very much K, and thank you to your mom for convincing me this was a book I would enjoy. I should have guessed you would be totally correct. (:

Lost Liveblog S03E16 – The Incident, Parts 1 & 2

I watch Lost and this season as one of the Delta Park Project’s research interns I figured it would be helpful to liveblog my thoughts. First of all, the episode description from Lostpedia: Jack’s decision to put a plan in action in order to set things right on the island is met with some strong resistance by those close to him, and Locke assigns Ben a difficult task.

So here goes! I scribble these as I watch so I claim no coherency. It wouldn’t even make sense to anyone who doesn’t watch the show already and yeah, if you haven’t seen this episode, Thar Be Spoilers Ahead. Yarr.
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Lost Liveblog S05E15 – Follow The Leader

I watch Lost and this season as one of the Delta Park Project’s research interns I figured it would be helpful to liveblog my thoughts. First of all, the episode description from Lostpedia DESCRIPTION

So here goes! I scribble these as I watch so I claim no coherency. It wouldn’t even make sense to anyone who doesn’t watch the show already and yeah, if you haven’t seen this episode, Thar Be Spoilers Ahead. Yarr.
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Lost Liveblog S05E12 – Dead Is Dead

I watch Lost and this season as one of the Delta Park Project’s research interns I figured it would be helpful to liveblog my thoughts. First of all, the episode description from Lostpedia: Ben, Locke, and Sun travel to the Temple so that Ben may be judged by the monster. In flashbacks, the origins of Ben and Widmore’s troubled relationship is revealed. It was originally broadcast on April 8, 2009.

So here goes! I scribble these as I watch so I claim no coherency. It wouldn’t even make sense to anyone who doesn’t watch the show already and yeah, if you haven’t seen this episode, Thar Be Spoilers Ahead. Yarr.
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O Bacon! My Bacon!

I hope this doesn’t come as a shock to anyone, but I’m not vegan. I’m not a vegetarian either. And this is because I adore a good steak, but also, Bacon. SERIOUSLY.

And since I not only know the guys behind Bacn.com but as it happens I named their launch party, I feel it only fair to up my greasy salty devotion a notch or two.

From their site: Write a short blog post about this contest linking to bacn.com and leave a link to your site in our comments (so we don’t miss it).

And since I love bacon and this is the good stuff, I’m going to write haiku:

Delicious Bacon
Middle finger to “health food”
I will have seconds.

Bacon is the key
Unlocks inner meat eater
Please pass steak tartare.

Met a child who said:
I wanted to be veggie,
But Bacon…Smart girl!

So there’s three haiku in the name of Bacon. Enjoy.

Layout issues

Real quick-

Something is going on with the individual entry pages, so if you are reading me via RSS then hooray, and if not you might want to for the next little while until I can determine my layout issue. I’m going to work on it but not tonight. Please be patient and I’ll have it sorted soon I promise. (:

Happy Moment Of Happiness

Friday had two notable lovely moments. Here they are. (I did have two separate posts but it didn’t make sense to have two about one thing, so now they are together. Enjoy.)

On Twitter, Liz Grover asked if anyone downtown could give her a ride to Beer and Blog. I told her I could, about 3ish if that worked, and she said that would be awesome. We finalized details and I met her and we drove off to the Green Dragon. We had a nice conversation on the way there and when we go there she reached in her pocket and handed me a small Buddha which I think is carved from stone. It is maybe the size of my thumb and she just handed it to me and said she really appreciated the ride. I was touched. I wondered for a moment about a world where things like this happen more and what a nice place that would be at any time of year. Even now on Monday I still can’t get over it. Out of nowhere! It was wonderful to get a token of appreciation like that, and it now has a permanent home in a particular pocket of my purse with my TARDIS key. Somehow to me that seems oddly appropriate.

Ever spend time with a little kid? I’m talking about 5 to about 9 years old, they know what they are telling you and aren’t beat down by society yet.

Well I know one such small person. She’s almost 7 and her mom and I are good friends. Friday night I was at Beer And Blog as I do, and as it happened, ma and pa were going to come and bring her with them.

She was very excited to see me, and I was happy too, because she’s always entertaining. So we sat down at a table in a restaurant full of people and got to talking as she was drawing a beautiful beach scene on the table (it’s cool, the tables are all chalkboard painted and artwork is encouraged). She said she was glad to get to show up and I asked if it was because she got to see a bunch of people she knew or if it was french fries (the ones at the Green Dragon are REALLY good). She pointed at me. I asked her if she meant everybody and she shook her head and pointed at me again. Just to be sure I asked her if she was SURE it wasn’t the fries, because I’ve had them and they are really really good, and she shook her head a third time and held out her hand, little finger up, in the customary Pinky Swear Position. So we pinky swore that she was happy to see me and me alone, everybody else was bonus. Then we colored some more on the table.

That was a great way to kick off the weekend. And I didn’t even tell you about Strange Love Live! There is a TON of positive energy around, you just gotta know where to look.

Upgrades Ahoy!

Well I know I went to the upgrade party last night to help people, and I actually DID help people. I helped some play Rock Band with a full band, and I helped some upgrade blogs and answer questions about upgrading and themes and such. It was a really good time but I didn’t get a chance to upgrade mine until right now. And it’s done! My favorite thing so far is that the dashboard has a spot for a quick little post and I am writing this from there! I have many things to say about the dashboard and such, but those are for another post. Every time there’s a “big” jump in updates I am more convinced that jumping to WP was the right decision. If you need or want help then PLEASE ask in the comments.

Real Quick Like

I’m not dead, and I’m (mostly) not neglecting this blog. I swear! I have been MONUMENTALLY busy lately, and currently I’m on vacation (till Monday, visiting Liplash and Rargirl in California) so I haven’t had a ton of time (or any time, really) to get my blog updated. I do spend time on Twitter and you can usually find me there if you’re looking.

Speaking of Twitter, it turns out local (KGW) news anchor Stephanie Stricklen is on Twitter too, and her and I have chatted a few times. She asked us for explanations of Twitter she could use on The Square (her news show at 7) and one of the explanations she put up was mine. Mine! I know! See for yourself! I guess she made it to the most recent Beer and Blog (yesterday) and after all the times we’ve just missed her and such she actually made it! And of course now I’m in another state. Anyway. She said she wants to talk knitting too so I’m sure we’ll hang when I get back. And now you have an update from a borrowed computer on borowed time (since it was naptime till a minute ago, and now the bulk of us are awake).

One last thing, I went and got my cyborg name and listed it below:

Versatile Electronic Replicant Skilled in Observation Get Your Cyborg Name

Liveblog Doctor Who S04E12 The Stolen Earth By Russell T Davies

I am liveblogging each episode of Doctor Who as I watch it. I am publishing a raw stream of consciousness list of things I am considering and wondering about as I watch. In the interest of not spoiling anything for anyone I am putting all of it behind the jump.

This episode is the twelfth episode of Season Four (or Thirty depending who you ask), called The Stolen Earth. From the site: Earth’s greatest heroes assemble, to fight the New Dalek Empire. But a fearsome old enemy waits in the shadows…
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Kasugai Politic (and you)

I like Japanese nonsense, and this is one of my favorites. All Kasugai snacks say something on them that ends with “And You”. Now on to the actual post:

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve rejiggered the sidebar over there. I did it to add two cool things to my sidebar: One is the Google gadget I titled “get your vote on” that gives you voter registration information no matter where you are (just feed it your city and state), and one is the bit underneath it titled “call your congressman” where you enter your zip code* and it tells you who your Congressional representatives are so you can get ahold of them and give them the what-for. It’s what they’re for, so don’t be shy!

If you want even MORE information about Congressional goings-on you can sign up for the newsletter offered by Congress.org called MegaVote and this one I like because it’s low traffic (once a week or so) and packed full of info. You tell it where you are and when bills are voted on it tells you how your representatives voted. I like this because I have every one of my reps in my phone and I call them and tell them how I feel about this or that, and then I check that against how MegaVote says they actually voted and then I follow up and either thank them for voting how I wanted or tell them I’m disappointed they didn’t vote how I wanted. For me that’s the good bit, the followup. It lets them know someone is paying attention, whether you agreed with them or not. I am not as good at this as I want to be, but I do a lot more of it than most people do (according to my informal statistics).

So check it out! Get involved! We need you more than ever. If you aren’t sure about some of the voting basics (hey, it happens, I’m sure there are a LOT of Americans whose only voting experience is calling in to American Idol) you can check out the FAQ at Declare Yourself. If you already know and you’re political to begin with you might want to take that act on the road. The Great Schlep is trying to get everyone to visit their retired Jewish grandparents in Florida so they know the issues and know how important the whole voting thing is for you. If the facts don’t seem so factual and you want to see if what one guy said about the other guy was true, your best bet is probably FactCheck dot org since they are nonprofit and nonpartisan (no really they are, not like the airquote fair and balanced of some news organizations), so they gain nothing by being honest. They come down on the side of facts, not the side of corporations or moral outrage or whatever else.

If I am missing a political resource that you find particularly handy, add it in the comments. I don’t want to leave anyone out!

*I want to make the results on call your congressman appear in a box below it like the Google gadget does. If you have any insight into this process and can help me make it work I will buy you a beer at the next Beer and Blog or a bacony treat of your choice.

It won’t leave me alone….

…so I have to get this out of my head. Ever since I heard it I can NOT get it to frakking leave (I know that looks wrong but I checked) so I gotta post this and get it out of my brain.

In the season premiere for Battlestar Galactica (and it’s been like a month so this is not a spoiler) there’s a ship that gets blown up in the big battle at the start of the episode. Right out of the gate, wham! Roslin is on the bridge and when the sitrep comes in for the Pyxis the President (Roslin) looks physically affected, she holds on to something almost for support, and she says (something like), “My Gods, there were 600 souls on that ship…”

It continues to echo in my head, every time I hear about Iraq and how the number of casualties continues to increase. Because nobody says souls or people or young people or kids or any of that. I used to hear Americans a lot too, but even that not so much anymore. It’s usually “casualties” or “soldiers”. That’s crap. Here are some better words to use when reporting this:

souls
spouses
children
parents
friends
brave _____
volunteers

I’ve been known to toss up a political post or two in my time (ahem), but I’ve given up on most of it quite honestly because I got frustrated and I got worn down. I can blog about injustice till the cows come home, but let’s be honest here, I have a LIVEJOURNAL for gord’s sake and really I’m just not going to get the kind of attention others get who do this all the time and are all professional about it. But I can’t tell you how hard it has been the last couple of weeks to keep hearing Mary McDonnell in my head. I knew nobody else was hearing it but me, and we all know how THAT story ends…