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Top Searches – The Current Trend is MUCUS.

Posted in Entertainment, Health, History, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by urbannight

In the past, my top searches had to do with Doctor Who, or more specifically, the Tardis.  This was because of a stitching project where I am doing the Tardis in several different stitching methods.

Then it became Epidermal Suffocation because I did a Bond post and was mentioning the gold-painted girl.  That brought so many people to my page trying to find out if certain things could cause you to suffocate and die by putting them on your skin so I did a post about the fact that medical science has proven there is no such thing as epidermal suffocation (or at least anything fatal).  It is bad for the skin to be covered with gunk that fills the pores on a regular basis but it won’t kill you.  It then lead to a post on the fact that overuse of lotions can be bad for the skin while covering your skin with olive oil is not only NOT fatal, it is probably very good for the skin.   The ancient Romans used olive oil as soap.  I still think they must have had amazing skin.  I put a few drops in my bath water in the winter to keep my skin from drying out.

Searches of Crow Indians and Indians also brings a lot of traffic to my page.  This is because I researched Johnny Depp’s costume for Tonto and found it to be a copy of a stylized painting of a Crow warrior. Researching the Crow Indian images lead me to a photo series done a long time ago that seemed to give valid justification for elements of that particular look.

But now that winter is here and flu season has hit, the searches bring me the most traffic are searches on Mucus, Phlegm, and Clearing the Throat or variations thereof.

I guess I ought not have been surprised. One day, when I had been sick, I wrote a post on all the methods I was using to clear my sinuses and my throat.  So at least the people searching are going to get some information on what actually helped and what didn’t.  But I don’t really care for it being a high search item.  I don’t want to be the Mucus Girl.

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Angels

Posted in Television with tags , , , , , , on December 15, 2012 by urbannight

I keep seeing Facebook posts of photos of angel statuary.  They are doing it for the people involved with the school shooting that happened yesterday.  Now, I know it is wrong.  It is probably in bad taste.  I know what they are really getting at.

But I keep feeling this overwhelming urge to comment and say, “Don’t Blink.”

 

Hidden Goodness in Canceled Plans:

Posted in Entertainment, Gaming, Health, Life, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2012 by urbannight

This has NOTHING to do with the post. It is just a great fantasy, day dream, fantasy concept floating around Facebook. I may turn it into a stitch pattern.

What today looked like:
1. Get up 1.5 hours early to go to work early.
2. Forget to take all medicine before leaving.
3. Lose phone so you can’t call roommate and ask him to bring them to work.
4. Dental appointment and get the first half of a root canal done.
5. Find the missing phone.
6. Be hungry but have no desire to eat once the dentist stuff wears off.
7. Spend rest of the work day in pain w/ headache.
8. Game night gets canceled.
This is hidden goodness disguised as much sadness. It means I could get home, take blood pressure meds, take pain meds, and I can go to bed early so I can have a better day tomorrow.

My First Doctor

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by urbannight

Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor by S Dawg.

My introduction to Doctor Who was in grade school, between 5th and 7th grades. It would have been somewhere between 1980 and 1982. Tom Baker had started playing the part. As the longest running Doctor, he was still playing the part. But PBS was importing the episodes from early on in his run. I watched it on a small black and white t.v. in the basement. I was instantly fascinated.

They say everyone’s favorite doctor is the first one they ever see. With all the people I’ve talked to over the years, I’ve found this to be true. Those of us who discovered the Doctor back in the day will often agree that David Tennant most accurately captured and portrayed the quintessential Doctor, the absolute soul and core personality of the Doctor, we will still say our first Doctor was our favorite. Tennant’s performance was simply outside the realm of favorites and disliked versions. It was to flawless, to superb, to be labeled.

David Tennant as the Doctor

There is a two panel cartoon floating around facebook where a young guy is sitting down to his computer to find out what all this Doctor Who hullabaloo is about. The first pane showed an average guy in a dark shirt with an average coffee cup. The second pane showed him in a light shirt, bow tie, and old style 3D glasses with a Tardis shaped mug thinking about what’s going to happen this week. The little details made it clear he was watching Matt Smith.

I’ve talked with people who were initiated into the Who-universe with Tom Baker. We all have a fondness for long scarves, robot dogs, and occasionally fedoras. I quite like Matt Smith. But then I realized he had a lot of subtle similarities to Tom Baker’s Doctor and the writers put in some subtle to not so subtle references to the Fourth Doctor in the entire Sixth Season.  Or is it Season Five?  I can’t remember how they counted Tennant’s last ‘season’ which was a series of Doctor who ‘movies’ rather than a full season. 

Matt Smith as the Doctor

Our first doctor shapes our perception of the show and how we interact with it.  We can still watch and love or hate other Doctors.   For example, I started watching at a time when there were a lot of episodes with The Master.  As a result, I was very disappointed in the only storyline involving The Master in the reboot.  People who stared watching under a different Doctor may have responded differently because they didn’t have the same emotional context for that villain. 

Another example are the Daleks.  The creation of the daleks was also one of the earlest episodes I saw.  So the modern Daleks seem to be lacking something.  As the Kaled’s were fighing a civil war of sorts and Davros was trying to create a superior race that would never be born this the condition that left him trapped in an unmoving body.  Davros was like an evil Steven Hawkings.  The most brilliant mind on the planet in a body that had almost no ability to move or control.  So a mobility unit had been created to let him get around and communicate.

Davros

Davros’ side won, hence the spread of the Dalek race.  I seem to remember a line indication the transition could be seen as a form of evolution.  Daleks actually have biological brains in them.  Or, more correctly, small amounts of brain matter.  They are twisted, stunted things as any area controlling or involving emotions, independent thinking, morality, compassion, ethics, were all eradicated.  Davros wanted a perfect race and his idea of perfection was total rationality and no emotion.  But he also tried to make them totally obedient to his control.  This is rather ironic because Davros himself was very emotion, quick to anger and losing his temper.

Of course, Tom Baker had a lot of villains and evil races with which to contend.  He was the longest running Doctor ever.  He could have gone longer if it wasn’t for his drinking problem. (or so I always heard, further info ahead)  It reached a point that it was interfering with his ability to do his job and he was asked to leave.  He played the part for 7 seasons and looked like he aged twice that in years.  He looked much younger than his actual age when he started older than his actual age when he finished.  It was a sad thing to lose him as the Doctor.  While I really liked his replacement, I have always missed Baker’s version of the part. 

This is the version I’ve always heard, that he was let go for alcoholism.  But if you look at Baker’s writing, he indicates he started drinking AFTER he was no longer the doctor.  The back story on his life would make an excellent movie itself.  Being the Doctor saved his life, in many ways.  But the new producer wanted to take the show in a different direction.  Tom didn’t get along with the man at all and hate the new vision so he decided to leave the show.  The aging in his last  years could have been entirely due to stress.  I know my own father started aging more quickly during a particularly stressful year at work when management had changed after the company was sold. 

Clearly, rumors can become canon and not have anything to do with the truth of the matter.  I think I want to get a copy of this book.   The more I research Tom Baker the more I want know.

I did like his replacement an awful lot.  He was a young Doctor for a change.  With the looks that would appeal to girls.  But he was never Tom Baker. 

Peter Davisdon as the Doctor with the Master.

When Doctor Who meets The Big Bang Theory and collides with The Guild.

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2012 by urbannight

Last night I had a dream in which I was taking college courses again, mostly lit classes.  The characters from Big Bang Theory were also taking lit classes and I had a few classes with a few of them. 

 

I’m in one class and I’ve been sick and I missed a week.  So I ask Howard what time and day the British Lit class was.  For some reason, being out sick for a week made me forget my entire schedule; I was only at that class because my roommate also had that class. 

 

My roommate decided she has the perfect girl for Howard and I tell her that might not work out so well.  The girl is interested in someone else and he is seeing someone who likes to hurt him when she gets mad.  (Think Zaboo and Riley, who lives next to Codex after the first season).

 

At this point my roommate, who never had a name in my dream, suddenly asks the obvious question.  “Why are a bunch of geniuses with PhD’s in maths and sciences taking a bunch of undergrad lit courses?”

 

“I don’t know, probably because they are being taught by Tom Baker.”  And then I wake up.

 

Tom Baker, of course, is famous for being the longest running Doctor (the Fourth) in the entire Doctor Who franchise.

A Tribute to Peter Cushing

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2012 by urbannight

Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin

 

I still have Peter Cushing on the brain. 

If you claim to be a fan of horror movies in general, or a fan of vampire movies, and you do not know who Peter Cushing is, I may have to call you a Poser.

This British actor, born in 1913, should rank up there with Bela Lugosi in name recognition.  Horror and Vampires owe as much to him and Christopher Lee as they to do Bela. 

Having an aunt who was an actress inspired his own acting dreams and he did amateur theater while also going to drama school. 

He continued to perform and decided to give Hollywood a try in 1939 when he landed a part in Man in the Iron Mask (good film, haven’t seen it in years) that same year.   But Hollywood wasn’t his style and he did a bit of acting  in Canada and on Broadway and returned to England to entertain the troops during WWII. 

He had the opportunity to perform Hamlet with Laurence Olivier and Christopher Lee was there in a bit part.  He and Lee also had the opportunity to do Moulin Rouge together as well. 

He is a perfect example of the British entertainment industry, where actors perform in film, on stage, and for television and he became a very familiar face on British television sets.  In fact, he was so well-known on t.v. that a comedian once called a television set “Peter Cushing with Knobs”.  (IMDB)

Near the end of the 1950’s, Hammer Film’s started to remake all the old horror films from the 30’s.  People saying we are in the decade of the Remake/Reboot are failing to notice that every decade does this.  They usually draw on material from 20 to 30 years prior.  What is unusual now is that they are currently drawing on material that isn’t actually all that old.

The Cushing and Lee names eventually became synonymous with Van Helsing and Dracula, at least to American viewers and apparently became best friends for life.  Cushing thought it odd that people would look at him and see a monster, he never actually played a monster.  He was occasionally the creator or a monster, Such as Baron Frankenstein, but often the man who killed the monsters, such as Van Helsing and Sherlock Holmes, who proved monsters were just humans with a bit of unusual knowledge.   It was Lee who often played the monster. 

For 20 years, Cushing performed in primarily horror programs.  During this time, although he did two films as The Doctor, he was actually the first choice for the original doctor.  I have not yet found out why that didn’t happen.  Of course, his most notable exception was Star Wars, as Grand Moff Tarkin. It is interesting to note that as many people working on Star Wars expected it to fail, Cushing actually thought kids would really like it. 

After his wife died, he seemed to have lost a lot of his will and didn’t perform as much.  His Star Wars performance was one of the few things he really did after her death.  He did do a few other bits and peices, but nothing as well know.

One of my favorite quotes by him is “You have to have a sense humor to be alive. Or a bit mad.  It helps to be mad.”  Of course, I’ve discovered that this isn’t the accurate quote.  It should be “You have to have a sense of humor, darling, to be alive.  Even a bit mad.  It helps to be mad”. (1991)

I found information on a variety of sites, I think I want to pick up either one of his autobiographies.  Most of the information seemed identical to IMDB or Wiki.  I’m not sure if wiki was based on the others or the other’s were just regurgitating Wiki.  So I primarily used IMDB for the timeline to organize the information I knew and filled in a few bits from Wiki.  Since most of what I know came from various t.v interviews and overviews over a lot of years, I couldn’t even begin to remember which programs my knowledge originally came from.  It probably came from PBS, A & E, and random stations running themed marathons where they talk about the people in the movies between showing the movies.

Doctor Who and River Song

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , on June 24, 2012 by urbannight

I fully admit that I am behind on Doctor Who since I got rid of cable and I’m just catching up on Netflix.  People all caught up will know if this idea is true or not.  I’ve tried to keep from peeking ahead.

I’m having issues with the fact that he and River keep running into each other in the wrong direction. If at each meeting, the Doctor is younger than he was the last time they met, she would have to keep reintroducing herself.  But these past few episodes I’ve seen w/ River seem to be in a forward moving linear fastion from the point of view of all the characters.

In addition, the Tardis is having trouble determining if Amy is pregnant or not.  And I’ve seen the episode w/ the Silence (althought I fail to understand that name for them) where there is the little girl and pictures of Amy.  As well as the little girl regenerating at the start of another episode.

As I was sleeping last night, my mind put it all together.  River seems to be like a Time Lord but not one.  We know that the gold glowy stuff can merge with a human from the whole Doctor Dona thing.  So I’m thinking that the Tardis is having trouble determing if Amy is pregnant is actually because it is looking for a human but is finding something that may be far more than that.  I suspect that River Song is actually Amy’s daughter.

I’m still having trouble with the two timelines going in different directions and the way it is being filmed isn’t fitting in with that so well.  I would probably be interested in reading it in a book form from the linear point of view of River Song.  Of course, if she is meeting him at differeing ages as a child, and then she later meets the older version, which whom she travels and seems to marry, yet at some point kills, and then as she gets older, she keeps meeting younger and younger versions who remember less and less of her, …..

Well, it makes my brain hurt slightly.  It’s some strange, Benjamin Buttons style,  tale.