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Time of the Doctor

What better time to get back to blogging than Christmas and the regeneration?

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Yes, this is your SPOILER ALERT of sorts.  I won’t go into a lot of details, I promise, but I am unable to not share my thoughts on the seige of Trenzalore, the regeneration, and what I loved and didn’t, about #Time of the Doctor.

The loves:

Like Eleven, Clara has grown on me. Jenna Louise Coleman has morphed fantastically into a companion for the ages.  I loved how she never took a “no” from the Doctor, even when it may have meant the end of her too.

How Moffat wrapped up the multi-season arc of Eleven and his nemeses.

Wrapping it up with Amy getting the chance to say goodbye to her Raggedy Man.

The regeneration.  “Twelve” (or do we call him Thirteen) was a bit bewildered, as was Clara, but Clara knew to expect something completely different.

More hints as to the return of Gallifrey – which is made all the funnier by this news story (http://guardianlv.com/2013/12/planet-has-been-discovered-that-should-not-be-there/) and meme running around the internet, (which I stumbled upon here https://www.facebook.com/AlsoICanKillYouWithMyBrain):

The not so much loves:

I wish River Song had been back, just one more time.  She was such a fit with eleven, like Rose was for ten.

The storyline – seemed to me a little disjointed from where Day of the Doctor ended.  You saw all of eleven’s favorites come together to save him in the fields of Trenzalore but when Time of the Doctor picked up, it just didn’t quite click.  It’s as if all the continuity was scrapped from the anniversary special and they just used Trenzalore as a backdrop to tie everything together, with some lumpy awkward knots.

The plot line with Clara’s family.  I get her grandmother and father – but was that woman supposed to be an aunt or stepmom?

Which leads me to a thought I had, as a relatively new Whovian who binged the past year to get all caught up, in the modern era, is it canon to be orphaned or abandoned by at least one parent to be a companion?

Rose’s dad was dead, as were Mickey’s folks.  Donna’s dad.  Martha’s parents were both alive, but her father had abandoned the family for a younger wife.  Young Amelia was orphaned by both parents, and Rory’s mom seemed to be missing.  River was kidnapped by parents who believed her to be dead, and raised by a psychopath.  Part of Clara’s story was that her dad raised her by himself.

An observation that’s likely been noted before, but struck me last night when I was trying to figure out who the woman was with Clara’s pop at the Christmas table.

And now that the DVR just auto-changed the channel to Daleks in Manhatten:  if the Statue of Liberty is a Weeping Angel – wouldn’t Ten have noticed?

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And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Allow me to start with the obvious:

Moving sucks.  I’ve done it most of my life, every two to three years as a child (thank you USAF and DoD.)  I did it twice a year (to and from school) in college.  And on average every three years since then.  This move, by far, was the hardest, for many reasons.

First, although difficult, it is not impossible to move the equivalent of a family of four, and a 3br house, across 40 miles in a metro area on a shoestring budget and in a station wagon. Excuse me, “crossover vehicle.”  Harder still when you’ve turned off the power at the old place to save money, and it’s Florida. It’s still averaging above 70 here in the day time. 

Second, doing it around work and school schedules is ridic. 

Third – it’s good to have friends with trucks for the few big things you need (couches, beds.)

I’m finally close to the end, maybe two or three more loads, but it’s nice to get rid of the stress that comes with the bad juju of the house.  My new town is an awesome community.  Whilst moving the first weekend most all of the neighbors came out to introduce themselves and/or lend a hand.  Sunshine loves her new school and is doing well, and Punk – now one – is not just walking, but RUNNING.  

I’ll try and be back Thursday, albeit on Thanksgiving, with a nerdsday post about the recent Doctor Who anniversary special.  Fun things are coming up in 2014 as well.  But as River Song says … “spoilers.”

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Geek Goddesses

Ah to hell with the normal folks, geeks have their own gods and goddesses.  There are a million memes running around the interwebs, but one of my favorites (with three girls and a niece) is the one about geek girls.  Keep your super models and superfluous ditzes, we want the smart, strong women who not only “hold their own” against male counterparts, but are the backbones of the story.  Keep your Bella Swans, Kardashians and Snookies.  Give me more ladies like these:

ImageCarrie Fisher.  Ladies of a “certain age” will remember her as one of the first female role models.  She didn’t necessarily need to be “rescued” by Luke and Han, because when it came down to it, she went toe to toe with the Darth one.  A princess with a pistol – she didn’t just sit back and let the guys do all the work.  And one of the first lines of sarcasm I can remember from a movie as a kid was “a little short for a stormtrooper, aren’t you?”

 

 

 

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Lynda Carter: The original Wonder Woman.  From the era as the ERA and women’s lib, Wonder Woman was a super hero with class and style.  And for me it was that her “day job” was being in the USAF.  She set the bar high for all super heroines to follow.  An amazonian princess who put it all on the line for the good of humankind.  What’s not to love.

 

 

 

 

 

ImageSarah Michelle Gellar & Eliza Dushku.  The muses of the amazing Joss Whedon.  Some dingbat asked Whedon why he continued writing strong female characters at the center of his series, and he replied “because you’re still asking me that question.”  Buffy and Faith were slayers of evil – vampires, demons, you name it. The light and dark side of a profession where nobody really lived to see their early 20s.

ImageDushku went on to star in Dollhouse and other shows involving Whedon.  It was only well after she was in Buffy, that I recognized Dushku as Arnold & Jamie Lee Curtis’ daughter in my favorite spy spoof – True Lies.

Speaking of the Whedonverse. Firefly. Yeah. You knew I’d get to that.

 

 

 

ImageGina Torres.  As Zoe Washburn she played the straight-woman to Nathan Fillion’s comedic and chaotic Capt. Mal.   Zoe took no shit, and kicked ass. Period.  I don’t know that anyone could’ve done that role better than Torres.

 

 

 

 

ImageSummer Glau.  As River Tam, Summer Glau burst onto the scene a quiet, disturbed young lady.  By the end of the series of Firefly and the Serenity film, you knew exactly why the government wanted to get their hands on her.  And also, she can kill you with her brain.  She went on to star in the Terminator: Sara Connor Chronicles.

 

 

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Kate Mulgrew.  Another classic of an older time, she was the first female captain to head a Star Trek series in Voyager.  Lost in the middle of nowhere with no certain way of getting home, she went well beyond “where no man has gone before” and took no prisoners on her way back.

 

 

 

ImageEmma Watson.  Who taught my step-daughter’s generation it was more than ok to be smart first, then pretty.  As Hermione Granger in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Emma epitomizes the average teenage girl.  Smart, funny, insecure, growing into a brilliant leader.

 

 

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Felicia Day.  She’s not as well known yet outside of the realm of geeks, but somehow I get the feeling a) that doesn’t bother her and b) that’s going to change.  As part of Dr. Horrible’s cast and creator of the World of Warcraft/MMORPG spoof “The Guild” web series, Day infuses wit and wisdom into her performances shedding light on what makes the geek world turn.

 

 

 

ImageNatalie Portman.  An apprentice assassin. Darth Vader’s wife.  Luke & Leia’s mother.  V’s poster girl.  Thor’s love interest.  So many facets of nerddom for one gal to portray.

 

 

 

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Karen Gillan.  Donna, Rose, and Martha may have been companions for the modern Doctor, but none did it with as much sass as Amy Pond.  Not only did she give as good as she got from Eleven, she gave birth to his wife, River Song.  Who else could get away with calling the Doctor “you moron.”

 

 

 

Last but not least …

ImageJennifer Lawrence. When they remake Wonder Woman, I want Jennifer Lawrence to step into Lynda Carter’s red butt-kicking boots.  She started her film acting career with an Oscar nod in Winter’s Bone.  From there stepped into the blue skin of Rebecca Romain as an early Mystique.  Most fans know her best as Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games series.  I just can’t wait to see what she does next.  She has no love for the paparazzi or the Hollywood game, and talks about being a real woman in real words.

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Early Nerdsday – Book Series Review – The Callahan Chronicles

Yeah, I know. I know.

I’ve been slacking.

A lot. 

Life getting in the way, computer down, reasons and excuses and you’ve heard them all before so, to hell with it.

I’m back, with a vengeance.

A former boss of me shared a list of the 100 Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy books of all time today.  I’ve read 70+.  But what appalled me is a series of my favorites were NOT on the list.

The Callahan Chronicles.  

ImageBear in mind, this is a collection of short stories, which all started as works in Analog Science Fiction & Fact in the 80s.  The cast of characters included a time-traveling Irishman, references to his brothel-running wife, a doctor afflicted with puns, an ex-hippie guitarist, alcoholic vampire, and more, all set in a Long Island, NY bar.

I stumbled on the series out of order (that’s a shock if you know me) with a side-project called “Lady Slings the Booze” – how Lady Sally Callahan and her staff, Nikola Tesla, a PI and a mutant dog save the world from nuclear annihilation in the mid 1980s, and cause Dan Rather to get beat up, and an REM classic to be written (What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?).

The humor, wit, and “well hell, maybe that coulda happened” had me hooked. It was my dad’s book.  Totally his fault I’m a geek. And I’m totally ok with that.

My dad and I both read that one, then quickly acquired the previous short stories about Callahan and his crew.  The Crosstime Saloon is the first anthology – and “The Guy With The Eyes” is the first story.  Over time the stories and anthologies have combined and evolved. Every one as hysterical and well-written as the last.  Most of them revolve around humanity – and simply being a decent human being, with the plot inclusions of nuking New York, aliens, mobsters, and music thrown in for good measure.

The longer stories, including Callahan’s Touch, Callahan’s Con, Callahan’s Lady, and Callahan’s Key, all involve some element of saving the world, whether from “local” terrors or alien forces and AI.  

Yes, the issues have been covered a million times over in sci-fi/fantasy, but it’s the humanity of the characters and frankly the balls out humor that makes Robinson’s tales special.

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Of course, while researching the book, I discovered that sometime in the 1990s, a computer game was made.

And the gamer geek in me, who helped her dad code Hitchhiker’s Guild to the Galaxy for his TI99 on cassette tape as a kid, just screamed “OMG OMG GET IT GET IT GET IT NOW.”

There may be a review of that to come.  

 

 

Until then – I’m going to revisit the bar, and have a God’s Blessing or three.  

If you’re looking for something new and good, even if it’s old, to read.  Pick up or download Callahan’s tales.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

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If it’s not midnight yet, it’s still Nerdsday. Right?

Yeah I know. I’m late on the funny today.  It’s amazing how much brain power paperwork for an almost-kindergartner takes.  (Case in point, I had to check that last sentence three times for grammar. Dafuq?)

Digression aside- all in one now, your nerdsday memes.

The Whovian Heart-Attack:

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A cute hat for Whedonverse fans – found this on pinterest and the creator is a store on Etsy called GeekAByeBaby.  For a man (or woman) named Jayne.

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And last but not least – Feline Fans of the Force.  (Alliteration – gotta love it!)

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Nerdsday Fun Foto

Nerdsday Fun Foto

Because frankly this is indeed funnier than planking or owling or even Harlem shaking.

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Amazing artistry

Amazing artistry

I’ve been a fan of Tim Holtz and his designs, and distress line, since it debuted nearly a decade ago.  And I will own this sheet of stamps.  I often, in my creative life, use my distress markers in this manner, but nowhere near with the skill & talent as Mr. Holtz or Mr. Weldele.

If you’re of a creative or steampunk bent, this is worth the read.

 

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Doctor, Doctor ….

I’d originally had a couple other, more serious topics in mind for the A to Z challenge – domestic violence and divorce.  Since the serious stuff is still pending in the courts, and it’s nerdsday, I’ll fall back on option C – Doctor Who.

I discovered the Doctor relatively recently.  Whilst trawling the “geek” section of pinterest, I kept finding all these funny quotes and memes about Nine, Ten, and Eleven.  It piqued my interest, because I remember as a kid, watching an episode or two with my dad of Doctor Who, in the era of Five.

I set about getting the series recorded on the DVR, and wouldn’t you know “Rose” was not scheduled until halfway through the recording run.  So that’s where I started, with Nine & Rose.  First episode, I didn’t quite get it.  But I hung in there, and watched a couple more.  The next thing I knew, I was introduced to Capt. Jack Harkness (Torchwood is my next series to catch up from the begninning) and within two days voila, I’d watched the entire series.

And had to wait for BBCA to catch up on the recordings again.  I started to stall out with Eleven.  I love Tennant, and Eccleston’s sardonic take on the role was perfect.  I think the Shakespeare episode was my favorite.

I caught up (finally) with the last three episodes, last weekend,  Just before the Bells of St. John.  And then the punk had a meltdown and I didn’t get to watch all of it uninterrupted.  What I did see, I enjoy. I miss the Ponds.  I really love the character of River.  There are all sorts of blogs and sites speculating who Clara may or may  not be, but frankly I think I’m going to sit back and enjoy the ride, wherever it takes us.  To overthink it, would simply be “spoilers.”

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PS – Due to unforeseen circumstances yesterday, C will be out of order and posted by Sunday.

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