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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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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.

Projects Update, No Tardis Today

Posted in Art, Entertainment, Hobby, Holiday, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2012 by urbannight

I haven’t been working on my Tardis project because I’ve been doing a couple other things.  Here is a sampling of them.

One of the stitching magazines came out with a great Halloween pattern issue. This one shouldn’t take to long.

I’m changing the colors.

Here is a teaser of what it will look like.

This is a rather huge design. This shows about 4 pages of the pattern stitched. The pattern was made by Heaven and Earth and they specialize in turning paintings and artwork into stitch patterns. This is about 200 hours of work and it just a fraction of the pattern.

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Elegant Pumpkins. After I took the picture, I finished the purple swirls and have started filling in the spaces. They are filled with a silver braid.

Teresa Wentzler’s Futurecast is almost done. Just the last of the black border and then the back stitching, and last of all, the beading. I wanted to get a feel for the dragon so I started the back stitching already. It sure made the clawed back foot pop.

The fabric name is something kind of ordinary like “pretty in purple” or “princess purple”. I can’t really remember. I was thinking about doing two matching Halloween patterns in reverse colors. You will see why I picked that green fiber in a moment.

The green fabric was called “Tortured Toad”. I had to buy it for the name alone. I got some purple fiber to go with it. A friend said that instead of doing anything like a couple of pumpkins or cat shapes, I should do two more Tardi in the reverse colors and have a matched set of ‘Halloween’ Tardi.

After taking a ton of photo’s, I’ve decided my cubicle is not a good location for taking pictures of stitchery. I had a TERRIBLE time of getting good photos without glare or blurring. My chair isn’t flat but it had the nice black background. But spots that didn’t lay flat tended to blur. I’m going to have to lay things on the table with a black cloth if I want to get good stitched photos. And in a place with enough light to turn my flash off. Some of the fibers and fabrics get a little shiny and reflect the flash.

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.

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.

 

This is a Test of the Tardis Broadcasting System.

Posted in Entertainment with tags , , , , on June 20, 2012 by urbannight

Testing.  Another Test Post has been Recommended by the Powers that Be.

The current doctor is well past the number of regenerations a Time Lord is supposed to have.  But the writers are not even bothering to think up a way to account for it.

This has been a test of your Tardis Broadcasting System.

The Site Stats Page Makes Me Crave More Information

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2012 by urbannight

Today is a strange day at work. It is an even stranger day on Word Press. I’ve had very few views. But they come from Russian Federation and Australia with one view from the UK and the USA.

The search terms are even stranger.

Game of Thrones Forehead. Since I don’t have cable, I don’t know why there is a forehead reference in conjunction with Game of Thrones. I do understand how I might have popped up in a search and I think I have three blogs that have dealt with the title and the book and why I wasn’t watching the show.

Mary Kate Daddy Issues. Yep, I wrote a blog on this last week. I am just surprised my humble little blog would pop up in a search.

Something Old Something New Something Borrowed Something Blue. Hmmm, this one is harder to figure out. I’ve not used the saying before. I’ve not had many blogs about weddings. I HAVE had a fair number of blogs about the Tardis and Doctor Who in which I have mentioned blue any number of times and may have used it as a tag. Most often this happens in the blogs where I discuss the Tardis Project.

In fact, when I go to my all time summary of search terms, “Tardis” is the search that has most often brought people to me. To be completely accurate, out of all the Tardis searches it is Tardis Graph Paper that pulls people in.

Variations on twilight anesthesia are also common. I guess I’m not the only one who had an unpleasant experience when I was coming off the anesthesia.

My views have drastically dropped since WordPress isn’t sharing with Facebook in the manner it should. This has been more than a little disturbing for me. I didn’t think I cared about that until the numbers started dropping so terribly low.

When I see some of the odder countries, at least odd in relation to what I’m posting about, I wish they could tell me what was viewed. What did that person in Kenya read? How did that person in Singapore get routed to me? What have I talked about that Albanians find interesting?

I think stat’s page gives me just enough info to actually make me more curious and crave more information than it is capable of detailing.