Posts Tagged ‘Arts’

30DWC: Your Favorite Doctor

When I was first watching, I loved every Doctor equally. All three of the ones I was able to watch on TV were great and it didn’t matter to me which one showed up on my screen. Then the series got revamped and I became infatuated with the leather jacket wearing 9th.

Now after careful consideration. I totally dig the new guy. 11 has qualities of some of the older incarnations and he is still good for the new fanbase. I also like that he challenges his companion to think instead of just letting them be stupid people he needs to save with his screwdriver. I was worried he would be overly reliant like a few other Doctors, but so far so good.

Behold the awesome of #11.

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*8/5/11 – After 1.5 seasons of Moffat. My allegiances are back with #9. So much of what I like about #11 I was having to create on my own to fill in the narrative gaps. I can mostly see what is trying to be portrayed, but I have to do too much in my own head. I still respect Matt, but he isn’t getting much to work with.

30DWC: Your Favorite New Series Episode

I have two.

1. Blink

Steven Moffat took an episode that had very little Doctor in it and still made it a classic. Creepy statues. I think it helped the story that the statues were not real, but people in makeup.

2. Partners in Crime

When the character of Donna Noble was introduced and basically loathed by a large number of the fanbase, this episode made her brilliant and showcased the chemistry between her and The Doctor. Hell, it is one of my favorites simply for making me like Catherine Tate.

 

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Doctor Who Challenge

There is a meme on Tumblr at the moment called the Doctor Who 30 Day Challenge. Being a bit of a fan, I feel compelled to do this.

I just don’t feel like doing it on Tumblr. So it will go here.

Here is the list of demands.

After

Unlike some of my much more focused and dedicated friends,  I did not finish a novel for NaNoWriMo.(Congrats Jon) It was not just because I was an idiot and decided to tack on NaBloPoMo and NoJoMo at the same time. I actually finished the latter and was very close to finishing NaBloPoMo, at least I tried. It just was not the right time for me to try to complete the NaNoWriMo project.

My mind wanted to write something else after the first few days, and I just was not ready to do that yet. I did not stop writing entirely, so the project will be completed sooner than if I had not endeavored to dust off the idea and pursue it, but it happens to the best of us.

Minus the bits where I was clearly writing an entirely different story, I enjoyed getting back into the swing of producing something everyday. The NoJoMo entries were the part I actually looked forward to, simply because they were more personal. It was perfect timing for that, which may be the reason I did finish it.

While all this was happening, I was privileged enough to help gut a commercial building. Even though that endeavor had been behind schedule for some time, with the quick demo we have it back on track. Now we just have to wait on certain professionals to bring the building up to code.

November was packed with me trying to write as if my life depended on it and breaking things with power tools.  Fun times indeed.

Sanctuary (2.06): Fragments

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Other people were in this episode, but it was really all about Henry.

Henry is dilligently working to get the Sanctuary network back together when he receives a call from a colleague who is working on the rehabilitation of a otherwise wild abnormal. Something bad happens to her while they are on the phone and Henry rushes out to the scene with the rest of the team. Obviously driven by very strong feelings, Henry collects evidence and wipes the area of traces of the work completed their to shield the information from police. Then the race is on to save his friend.

For the most part, this episode was about a love triangle Henry was caught up in. Sure, there was some business with an abnormal that shot spores out of its body, but Henry was the center of the show.

There were a bunch of cool tech shots when Henry brought out a 3-D imager which was pretty awesome, but most of it was just heavy conversation, even in the case of the sign language chat Henry had with the abnormal.

I have stated blatantly before that Henry is the main reason I watch this show. Ryan Robbins does a terrific job with this episode. Now if only he can pull some of his coworkers aside and give them a few pointers, everything would be fantastic.

Sanctuary (2.05) Pavor Nocturnus

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So the first thing Will is going to do in a time of crisis, is grow a mullet. Duly noted.

As the scene fades in we see Magnus confused and on the floor in the Sanctuary. She wanders around for a bit and we get to see some decent CG of the decimated area around her. She arms herself and sets out to find out what is going on in an opening which made me whine to my friend, “But I have already seen the second Resident Evil movie.” Next we are shown a non-zombie abnormal with that Alien-esque second mouth thing going.

We do get treated with a horribly awkward forced shower scene with Amanda Tapping. Not what the fanboys were envisioning at all.  We are also treated with Will’s mullet.

Mullets irk me.

It was almost as distracting as Will trying to look badass but instead portraying constipated. The whole episode, I just wanted someone to lead him to a bathroom and hand him a laxative and a book. I didn’t even notice the dead eye contacts because of that horrible mullet. My friend tried to discount it as lack of salons and product, but mullets don’t just happen. It might have been some Metal Gear Solid homage or something, but it was PAINFUL.

Mullet rant aside, I enjoyed the episode even though very little happened in relation to the main story. I was annoyed at the line about Will and Kate having a kid, because they have absolutely NO chemistry. Well, that and his take on badass is a dude with a mullet that looks constipated. I did miss the lack of Henry in this episode, but I understand the folks in charge trying to focus an episode on the leads. It did give Amanda Tapping time to do her thing and remind us why we like her. Unfortunately it also reminded us that/why Robin Dunne was in that crappy Cruel Intentions sequel/prequel/jacked-up-the-storyline mess.

 

Sanctuary (2.04) : Hero

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The comic book geek in me was excited to see this episode, finally an abnormal who wanted to go out and be a superhero.

The episode kicks off with a sort of lame motorcycle chase which is brightened up by the hero saving a fleeing abnormal from the “bad guys”. As it turns out it was Will and Declan [the British dude we will probably not see again for some time considering I couldn’t remember his name until I looked it up.] Will and Magnus track the guy down and ask him a few questions, all the while him saying they are supervillians.

We are treated with a sideplot of Kate dealing with a mess her brother made. Sans Henry she is just not as interesting, it is sad to say, but at least she still cute to pad the blow. Henry is caught up with “The Adjuster” for good reason, he is also a bit of a comic book geek. I totally called the origins of the suit 10 minutes into the show, but I still enjoyed the reveal, and the effects it entailed weren’t all that bad. This show did way better justice to the symbiote than the Sam Raimi did in the-movie-that-must-not-be-named.

Will doesn’t wear glasses anymore, is it because of the Daniel Jackson jokes last season?

Will has a chat with the hero, and comes out to talk to Henry. As Will was relaying the backstory he was given, I thought it was hilarious that it was the juggernaut origin and that Henry thought it was funny too. The geek in me was pleased. More comic book goodness was displayed in other places in the episode, but it is best left watched and not just read.

Piles

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I have been staring at a blank page for several days, disappointed that nothing interesting has come to me.  Almost halfway through the month and the things posted in this blog could just be relocated twitter posts. It shames me a bit to admit that I seem to be able to produce little more than a few choppy sentences here and there, while I can ramble on for days elsewhere.

The biggest hurdle I can think of is one of the reasons I wanted to have this blog in the first place.  I wanted to share opinions on things without it having to have a niche blog spin to it.  I have been blogging off and on for years, but having it be available under my name and not some pseudonym is still a bit new and quite intimidating to me. After attempting to instead embrace that, I realize I either want to just rant about something or just bullet point out what I have been doing.  Unfortunately, this is mostly due to timing.

Even though I knew better,  I still made the decision to do the November writing challenges while we have been gutting the freshly acquired commercial building.  Placing these things on top of already occupied time slots was an impulsive idea that only serves as an exhausting distraction.  But sometimes stupid ideas are still good for something. The challenges helped me figure out what I was struggling with for so long on the-writing-project-that-will-probably-never-be-completed and I am trying a different approach to solving the blank page problem.

It is either that or delirium. Whatever works.

Personality Profile

Aesthetic

You appreciate art, beauty, and design; you know that they are not superficial but absolutely crucial to living the good life. You have good taste, and you’re proud of it. Those with a high score on the “aesthetic” trait are often employed in literary or artistic professions, enjoy domestic activities — doing things around the house — and are enthusiastic about the arts, reading, and travel.

You don’t think it’s pretentious to be moved by art and beauty. You’re not one of those who believe it doesn’t matter what something looks like as long as it does its job.

Creative

You are good at solving problems, coming up with original ideas, and seeing connections between things, connections that most other people miss. People with a high score on the “creative” trait often are employed in such fields as finance and scientific research, and enjoy avant garde and classical music as well as literary fiction and scholarly non-fiction.

You do not shun abstractions and concepts in favor of the concrete and tangible.

Intellectual

You are thoughtful, rational, and comfortable in the world of ideas. People find you interesting to talk to. You’re the living embodiment of the saying “You learn something new every day.” In general, those with a high score on the “intellectual” trait are employed in such fields as teaching and research, and are enthusiastic about reading, foreign films, and classical music.

You do not avoid abstract conversation, experimenting with new ideas, or studying new things. It bores you to stick to the straight and narrow of what you already know.

Sympathetic

You have a knack for knowing what’s going on in the hearts and minds of those around you, without their having to tell you explicitly. People tend to turn to you with their problems because they know you care, and that you will likely offer good advice and a helping hand.

You do not feel that people with sad stories are just looking for attention, or have brought their problems upon themselves.

Original

You are constantly coming up with new ideas. For you, the world as it exists is just a jumping-off place; what’s going on inside your mind is often more interesting than what’s going on outside.

You don’t feel that the road to success is to be a realist and stick to the program; you never stop yourself from coming up with new ideas or telling the world what you’re thinking about.

Curious

You like to get to the bottom of things. You’re not content knowing what someone did; you want to know why they did it.

You don’t simply take things as they are and move on; you’re not content skimming along on the surface; you don’t feel you’re wasting time by digging for the meaning of things.

Solitary

You are a private person, not very comfortable in a big group, and view excessive socializing as a waste of time.

You not prefer hanging out with others to spending time alone; you do not tend to feel at home in a crowded room, club, stadium, or auditorium.

Understanding

You are willing to take the time to find out what’s going on with other people, especially if they’re in distress. You’re a good listener, you don’t criticize, and you offer unbiased, respectful, honest advice when it’s requested. With a high score on the “understanding” trait, it is likely that you are enthusiastic about charitable work, helping others, and making the world a better place.

You don’t feel the need to impose your standards on others or say things that, even though true, cause pain.

Empathetic

You are in touch with your own feelings, which helps put you in touch with the feelings of others.

You don’t buy the logic that your happiness comes ahead of everyone else’s because unless you’re happy you’re incapable of making anyone else happy.

Impulsive

You trust your your instincts. What others may see as rash behavior is, for you, simply going with your gut. Individuals with a high score on the “impulsive” trait tend to try new, sometimes outrageous, things.

You are not timid. For you, spending time microscopically examining the pros and cons of every decision means never getting anything accomplished.

Lite Day

If someone asks you to rip up a really old floor, say no.

Working on getting a serious schedule for the show. Seems folks dig it live, but we have been doing the episodes on the best night for the guests. If anything there will at least be some kind of posted schedule soon.

In an unrelated development, I am annoyed that I have to make my Fable character good for a bit just to get the laugh expression, that goes against my gaming principles.

Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday.