The Silence Falls Tonight.

1 06 2011

The newest series of Doctor Who just recently started. And it started off strong. I wasn’t surprised though considering the last series completely left me wanting more. I must admit, I was not a Matt Smith fan until many episodes into his run as the Doctor. When everything came together at the end of series 5, I was hooked.

As you can probably tell, I’m quite the Doctor Who fan. So, it should come as no surprise that it didn’t take long at all for my Doctor Who nerdiness to come out in front of my new-ish boyfriend, Andrew. Originally, he thought the show was stupid. As did I before I actually sat and watched it (early on when David Tennant was still the Doctor). Naturally, I brought him home with me to sit as my parents, my brother and I watched the first episode of the new season.

I’m not really blogging to talk about the episode so much, because, frankly I’m still very confused. I’m sure at the end of the series all will become clear, though. I am here, however, to talk about the aliens in the first two episodes. The Silence. As Doctor Who badies go, these are probably up there with Weeping Angels and the Daleks. Basically, if you see one of The Silence, you know that they are there. But, the moment you look away, you’ve forgotten.

Andrew told me that he was home alone one night and got to thinking about The Silence. He was thinking that they could be in his room right now, and he’d never even know. He freaked himself out a little.

The other day, I was sitting in my room. Alone. I thought I had seen something out of the corner of my eye. It was quick, though. My first though? The Silence.

They are the perfect badie. Logically, they can’t exist. They’re aliens in suits that you forget about immediately. But, psychologically, they could be anywhere. Think about it. As I’m typing this, one could be standing in the dark. And I would never know unless I looked over and there was, in fact, one standing there. -shudders- It’s a frightening thought, but a thought nonetheless.





Lego, the Toy Building Brick.

17 05 2011

I am stealing this idea from my best friend Sumr.  She posted a blog about her top five favorite things made of Lego’s. She was a bit more in depth and I’m sure most of the ones she mentioned, she’s seen in real life. I, however, just did a Google image search. Oh well.

I am such an avid Lego user. I’ve made movies using them. I spent countless hours of my childhood making things out of them. I have experienced the strange, “Ka-chunk ka-chunk” noise that a very small Lego piece makes when sucked through a vacuum cleaner. And, no, Megabloks are NOT the same thing. But, I digress. Here is the list of my top five favorite things made out of Lego’s (that I found on Google image search…):

5. LEGO MARIO. Let’s start out with something slightly on the lamer side. Most of us know and love Mario. I have to say that seeing him in Lego form makes me love him a little bit more. This cannot have been easy, either. Sumr and I have tried to make 3D Lego people, and it is definitely difficult.

4. SLEEPING LEGO MAN. I just came across this and thought it was fantastic. It is definitely something I could see myself making and putting out to get reactions from people. And, I have to say, it is much less creepy than the Colonel Sanders or Ronald McDonald’s you see in their respective food chains.

3. LEGO ENGINE. I feel a little like I’m cheating on this one because, honestly, it’s only on the list because I am currently slightly crazy about a boy who is slightly crazy about cars. If not for him, I don’t think this would make the countdown even though it is pretty ridiculously cool.

2. LEGO PRINTER. I actually saw this one on the news not too long ago. A guy designed a working printer out of Lego’s and felt tip markers. Genius.

1. EVERYTHING MADE BY THIS MAN. Now, this may be cheating just a little, but just from skimming this guy’s website for less than five minutes, I’ve decided that I might be in love with him. His name is Nathan Sawaya and he makes the most amazing Lego art I have ever seen in my life. He is brilliant and must have A LOT of time on his hands. And quite the Lego collection. His website is http://www.brickartist.com/ if anyone is interested. Gotta admire that level of talent.





Creative Research Project

25 04 2011

I chose to do my project on how overwhelming social media is.

Ironically, a lot of social media related things happened during the course of this project. In class, someone brought up the topic of the Grey’s Anatomy episode where Doctor Bailey Tweets during surgeries. That way, people can ask her questions and people can give their input and opinions on the surgery that’s going on.

Another thing that I saw is that hospitals are beginning to use iPads. They can use them now to show a patient his or her X-rays, check to see if drugs they have prescribed you have any interactions with other drugs you might be taking and check your medical history.

I, for one, think that technology, if used correctly, could do wonders for our society. Whereas before we were only limited to knowing things that we might have read before or heard from someone, now we have everything we need to know at the tips of our fingers.

However, if not done right, social media could get out of hand in certain situations.

Picture this: You’re at the hospital. A loved one is having a major surgery. All of a sudden, your phone vibrates. You look down and see a text that reads, “We lost him.”

Initially, you would think that would be a horrible way to find out something like that. However, the more you think about it, the more realistic something like that seems. Just think of how interpersonal things are now with the use of Facebook, Twitter and text messaging.

I drew a comic to express the above scenario better:

Caption: “Doc: We R losing him…” “Nurse: I will inform the family…”Caption: sigh

Caption: “Nurse: @family: We lost him…”Caption: “Family: Nurse @family We lost him…”





Pardon me, Your Majesty, you’ll have to leg it out of a window.

14 04 2011

Isn’t it a bit arrogant to think that we are totally alone in the universe? Isn’t it also a bit arrogant to believe that the only other living creatures among us are little green men?

Consider for a moment the episode of Doctor Who entitled “The Stolen Earth”. Now, pretty much every episode contains some sort of creature that has been living on Earth and the human race has had no knowledge of them. However, this episode contains one single line that really stuck with me. In the episode, 27 planets have gone missing (including Earth). The Doctor and Donna Noble go to the Shadow Proclamation (basically, the Galactic police) to try and figure out what has happened to all the planets. At one point, the Doctor asks Donna if anything strange has been going on on Earth that would be a sort of sign that something was amiss. She says something along the lines of, “Well, the bees are disappearing.” At first glance, it’s a daft statement, and even the Doctor seems to just shove it off. But then, he remembers. Some, not all, of the bees on Earth are from the planet Melissa Majoria. When they noticed the disturbance in the Tandocca Scale caused by the Dalek invasion, they fled back to Melissa Majoria causing the Earth bee population to decrease.

It really makes you wonder if there are things on Earth that we’ve had our entire lives that are actually so totally alien in every sense. What if some of the bees are actually from a distant planet. It is something to think about.





GCHQ (Government Communication Headquarters) Intercepted Dialogue.

14 04 2011

I’m reading this book called This Mitchell and Webb Book. They’re a comedy duo and they do a few different shows together. They’re really funny, and this just one of the many funny things in this book:

(It’s four different conversations that’ve been “intercepted” by the government. Funny stuff.)

1) “I hate to say it but I think Brenda uses her condition as a weapon, you know.” “I do, yes, of course she does. She was at mass last Sunday and it was like we were all supposed to be praying for her.” “Yeah, with all the death, disease and destruction in the world, the main thing we’ve got to focus on is her in-growing toe-nail!” “We shouldn’t be airing grievances like this though. Change the subject – how’s your new kitchen coming on?” “Not great. Steve was putting the first cupboard up when he drilled through a water pipe. Now I’m looking for the name of a good plumber!” “I’ve got the number of someone good. He’s new to the area and I invited him along to Church but he said he was Muslim.” “That just means he thinks you’re a nutter.”

2) “It’s a lovely plot on the edge of the cemetery, with a view down the hill to the sea.” “But why did he have to kill himself!?” “Gordon was a very unhappy man in so many ways, Mary. His favourite colour was brown, for God’s sake.” “I can’t stop being struck by what a waste it is, that’s all.” “His wasn’t a good life. Injecting methadone to try and kick the heroin…” “I thought he was coming through that – he was really getting into his music.” ” I hadn’t the heart to tell him I thought it was shit. I think that guy Geoff was just using him really.” “Well he borrowed money off him. Made him pay for a specially adapted left-handed guitar.” “When did you hear that?” “It came out on holiday, when we were all sitting round the pool.” “Cue a whingeing diatribe of self-justification from Geoff, I shouldn’t wonder.”

3) “Ooh, there’s nothing like a nice cup of tea.” “Warm the pot, that’s the secret.” “And Yorkshire tea from my stash.” “Of course. Aaah, that’s nice. Let’s see these photos then.” “Okay. That’s us at Disney World – standing between Mickey and Pluto. And here’s one we took when we were in Hollywood. Tim’s convinced that’s Nium Leeson.” “I think you mean Liam Neeson, who’s in Schindler’s List.” “And that’s the hire car – it’s a Volvo which surprised me!” “Tt! That’s not a sort of car I was given to understand was common in America.” “This is the lady in customs who Tim said was full of sanctimonious cant but she misheard.” “Er…awkward.” “But they agreed to bury the hatchet in the end.” “And that’s Canterbury Cathedral which Tim reckons there’s a secret stash of plutonium underneath. No idea where he got that idea from.”

4) “So you’ve got the guns?” “Yeah, and the ammo!” “We owe Big Girl Steve big time!” “Buy him a bunch of roses!” “Now there’s no need to be homophobic just cos you’re a mercenary doing a tour of duty for Al-Qaeda.” “To be fair, I was being ironic.” “Now the United Nations has been targeted before – so they’ll be on their guard.” “We should be expecting that by now. Preparation, that’s the ticket.” “Anyone who says otherwise – they’re fraudsters, if you ask me.”





“Y’Mean, like Jason Vorhees?”

14 04 2011

I am such a sucker for horror movies. Especially those extremely gore-y movies which seem to cast only the most B-rated of all the actors and actresses. Recently, a friend of mine suggested I watch a movie called “Hatchet II”. Naturally, my reaction was, “But, I haven’t seen ‘Hatchet 1’.” Upon seeing “Hatchet II”, I realized that seeing them in order would not matter whatsoever.

The plot for this movie is wonderfully generic. You can really just turn your brain off and enjoy the antics that ensue for this one. Basically, the plot is this: Marybeth (the actress from the “Halloween” movies) is seeking vengeance on Victor Crowley (the actor who played Jason Vorhees) because he killed her family. She get’s a group together including Reverend Zombie (the actor who played The Candyman in “Candyman”), a very big and angry man named Trent (the actor who played Leatherface in the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) and Marybeth’s unlce, Bob (the actor who played Michael Myers in “Halloween”).

Genius casting, right? I thought so, too. Now, this movie isn’t quite for the faint of heart. The movie isn’t long. Victor Crowley takes no time at all when it comes to killing people. And, it isn’t one of those movies that is just psychologically horrifying and you never see any of the killing. You see it. And you see it ALL. After the first person was killed, I was hooked. I can tell you about it, too because it isn’t giving anything away (not that there is anything to give away…):

There is a big “mountain man” looking guy sitting in a cabin alone and he starts  hearing these noises. I’m pretty sure he knows that it’s Victor Crowley hunting him down. Out of nowhere, you see this horribly deformed guy reach through the mans stomach and yank out his intestines. Here’s where it gets funny. The man thinks he can run away even though Crowley has a hold of his intestines. So, the guy tries running but is abruptly stopped. Crowley begins to pull the guy back close to him (using his intestines, of course). Crowley has the guy sitting in front of him and begins wrapping the guys own intestines around his neck. He starts strangling him with his own intestines. Amazing, right? It get’s better. It pans away and all you can see is the shadow of what’s going on WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THE GUYS HEAD EXPLODES.

My eyes got wide and my mouth hung open when this happened. I know it sounds awful, but sometimes, the gorier, the better.

I don’t always like turning my brain off when I’m watching a movie, but sometimes you just want to see a guys head explode as a result of being choked with his own intestines.





Patience is a Virtue?

12 04 2011

You turn your laptop on. It boots up, and you can finally see your desktop. You skim for the internet icon. Quickly, you double click. The “loading” circle starts, but just as soon as it started, it stops. Nothing happens. So, you double click again. Nothing happens. You do it a third time. All at once, you have three web pages open.

Ever happen to you? Of course it has.

The other day I was on my computer. I don’t remember exactly what website I was trying to get to, but I do know that it was taking forever to load. So what did I do? I clicked refresh. A lot. Now, was the site actually loading slow or have I just become too impatient? I have fast internet. Every web page I go to loads almost immediately 99% of the time. But when that 1% occurs, we lose our minds.

I think sometimes we forget that the big thing used to be dial up internet connections. Is this a case of not realizing what we have while we still have it?