The Eleventh Doctor

Saturday, 8 May, 2010

I am a fairly new Doctor Who fan, in the scheme of things.  I only started watching with the Ninth Doctor, who I enjoyed.  Having seen of the episodes that featured the Ninth Doctor, and all the episodes that featured the Tenth doctor, I was a bit skeptical of the Eleventh Doctor.

I began to enjoy the Eleventh Doctor, while mourning the loss of the Tenth when he regenerated.  I missed the first episode of the new series, but managed to catch the second and third when they aired on BBC America.

I immediately enjoyed the series, and it was just like the new Doctor was the Doctor I was watching all along.  The second episode, “The Beast Below” was amazing to me.  It featured the creepy-looking Smilers, and the newest in a long line of English monarchs.  The next episode hearkened back to older, titles, showing the Doctor’s arch-nemeses, the Daleks.

Tonight’s new episode, “The Time of the Angels”, set the bar for me though!  This episode included some interesting characters from the earlier series: River Song, a woman who knows a lot about the Doctor’s future, and some of the scariest creatures that the Doctor has ever had to face: the Weeping Angels.

For anyone who has seen the original episode feature the Weeping Angels, known as “Blink”, you know how creepy these damned things are.  In the new episodes (and the following, it seems) these Angels just get creepier and creepier.

The episode was great, terrifying, and has ended in a cliffhanger.  I am ready for the story to continue, but will have to wait until next week.  I am sure this is going to be just as creepy, and just as well done.

I am going to try to sleep now, but I may have nightmares.


Brain Chef

Monday, 8 June, 2009

While I was doing my morning perusing of certain websites, I came across this awesome game!  BoingBoing had a small article about Brain Chef, which is a browser game.  You choose a side–either a human, or a zombie.  You are given a number of turns to “wander the streets”.

Each time you click “move here”, it constitutes as a turn.  When you encounter an enemy, be it a zombie or game show host, you enter a clicking turn-based battle.  You do battle until you, or your enemy drops.  You can collect items, gold and experience from any enemy you fell this way.

Eventually, you enter an arena where you can enter these turn-based with actual online characters.  It takes four turns to begin a battle with an actual person, and you can only attack enemies from the other camp.  No human-on-human, or zombie-on-zombie battles here.

It’s highly addictive fun, but, I do see a downside.  You only gain 3 turns every half-hour.  I want to keep going!!  Granted, when you confirm your e-mail address, you get 50 turns, but, I breezed through those–and made 2 more kills (what happens when you battle an actual person), bringing my total to four.

I had a small widget that links to the site, but, for some reason I cannot get it to post.  So if this interests you, head on over to Brain Chef, and give it a go!!

Back in business–more or less

Wednesday, 3 June, 2009

I finally got my new monitor, yesterday. All is, sort of, well in my world now. I say "sort of", because of some foolishness on my own part.

When I ordered my new monitor, I neglected to notice/remember one thing about the old one. I had built-in speakers! This one has no speakers, whatsoever.

I guess I just took the sound for granted. Meanwhile, though, I have an interim solution involving my speakers that go to my mp3 player. My sister’s friend is going to give me her old set, when she finds them.

It’s good to be using my own computer again, though. Being on the downstairs PC, I felt like everyone was reading over my shoulder. Now, I can do all my typing in the privacy of my own room!

Now, I have tried to post this a number of different times to no avail. I don’t know if it’s just a problem WordPress is having, right now, or not. So I am trying it this last time, using the post from e-mail feature through the My Blogs menu. *crosses fingers*


Tuesday, 26 May, 2009

As I always seem to run into one setback, or another, this post shouldn’t be all that surprising.

Last night, after nearly 6 years of faithful service, my monitor decided it was going to die. It didn’t just wink out, though. I can turn it back on, but only get a few seconds of picture. Then? Sudden blackness!

I am using the downstairs computer to write this, but, I don’t want to use this PC for everything. I don’t have money for another monitor, and don’t know when I will.

For now, my posts will be even fewer…

PS22 Chorus Sings!

Monday, 25 May, 2009

I wanted to share this. Firstly, I love the song–the original and this one, not that horrible Dixie Chicks version–and it’s grea to hear it done by a school chorus.

They are the PS22 Elementary School Chorus out of New York City. Their teacher is the awesome–I’d have love to have a music teacher like this guy–Gregg Breinberg. Enjoy this touching rendition of “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac.

(Oh! And enjoy it. The RIAA might just have YouTube yank it. Bunch of jerks! Even Stevie Nicks likes it!)

Florida–a northerner’s view

Tuesday, 10 March, 2009
A little blue heron

A little blue heron

I have been here in Port Richey, Florida for about four days now.  Yes, I know I left on the fifth, but, I never actually arrived in Port Richey until after 2 AM.  Let me say that the differences are…amazing.

Right now, in Plattsburgh, it’s still Winter.  It snowed yesterday, and I am sure it was cold.  Sure, it’s Winter here in Florida, too.  That word doesn’t have the same meaning, though.

Each day has been absolutely beautiful, weather-wise.  Even now it’s sunny outdoors and 73 degrees.  I have been told that they experienced a pretty cold number of days–somewhere in the high 30s–before I came.

It’s a bit of a shock.  When I left Plattsburgh it was 27 out, and cloudy.  When I landed, it was near 60 here, and–though it was nighttime–there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

The weather isn’t only the big change.  I mean, obviously the weather is bound to be different, being in the souther US.  The wildlife, though, is a change I have happily accepted.

I love birds, and may have mentioned so.  The wild birds here are quite the difference from the chickadees, and cardinals that I am used to seeing.  Yes, I have seen a couple cardinals, but the local birds are…well…bigger.

Just outside my Dad’s apartment is a sizable pond.  It attracts some of the most beautiful–and a couple of the most ugly–birds I have ever seen.  Since I have been here I have seen the following, and this is just in the pond.

This is very unlike anything I have seen at home, and with the local flora, has made this visit particularly rich.  It’s amazing to see animals like those, basically in one’s back yard!

Leaving this afternoon

Thursday, 5 March, 2009

I am heading out this afternoon. Going to visit my Dad and brother in Port Richey, Florida. I will post vacation blogs with some photos. I will be gone for just under two weeks, but, there should be a lot to see!