Written By: Gary on November 6, 2012
Here’s an interesting musical. The Doctor regenerates and needs a new companion. A “must see” if you are a Doctor Who fan.
Here’s a direct link to the video.
This is starring Travis Slavin as Doctor Who and Elizabeth Oldak as his companion. I don’t know who they are but they deserve [...]
Written By: Gary on September 8, 2012
So it’s Saturday and I was biking Hines Drive (again). It was extra windy so it was ext a difficult biking, but I’d got the 25-mile Tour de Troit next week so I thought maybe I should do the whole 15-miles today.
It was extra green today, so that was nice, summer [...]
Written By: Gary on April 2, 2012
The penny costs to much to make and it uses too much time to spend them. Plus, what can you buy with a penny? I’m not even sure what you can buy for five pennies theses days, so occasionally I’ll take a jab at the nickel too (maybe).
I’m going to mention this every [...]
Written By: Gary on November 2, 2011
Having a phone that works internationally is great in case of an emergency. The problem is that when you’re in another country calls are $2.29 to and from the United States, even if you don’t answer the phone, you’re billed for as long as it rings. I found this out a few trips [...]
Written By: Gary on August 23, 2011
Yes, I know it’s not an iPad but it’s a Kindle, a video Skype Phone, a clock(!) or a variety of other things. Once they crack it and put android on it, I’ll probably wish I’d bought the bigger one. These were actually nice tablets at $500, but they weren’t an iPad, but [...]
Written By: Gary on August 13, 2011
I can’t wait…
Written By: Gary on August 12, 2011
There are many episodes that’s brought a tear or two while watching, I say “are” because re-watching the episode gives the same response. The biggest was probably Vincent and the Doctor, a very emotional episode with The Doctor and Amy dealing with Vincent Van Gogh and some of his issues and fears. Just [...]
Written By: Gary on August 11, 2011
So I have a confession: I LOVE The Big Blue Bridge! It’s the bridge that crosses Telegraph and I-94, I’m not sure why I like it, it’s kind of a bright blue and other than that, I just like it. If you’re in the car with me when I’m crossing it, if I [...]
Written By: Gary on August 10, 2011
I liked Christopher Echelson, he was cocky but also caring at the same time. He was more of a fighter then the Doctor’s since and he tried not to take any crap. But part of why I liked him was that while he was tough he also had a soft side.
Written By: Gary on May 29, 2011
Lots of little things to do.
I’ve gotten two 8+ hours of sleep this weekend! Usually I get 11-14 on Friday and then nothing good on Saturday. If I can do this again, I’ll be up early for the sunny day tomorrow and maybe be on track for the rest of the week!
Go out [...]
Written By: Gary on March 18, 2011
So as part of the Red Nose Day fundraiser The Doctor had a short appearance on the show Comic Relief.
The big bonus is he left two short 3-minute episodes behind! One called “Space” and one called “Time
They’re incorrectly both labeled “time”.
It also tells up that the next [...]
Written By: Gary on February 13, 2011
So the my blog host was acting up a few days ago, but it made me look around a little bit. Tried (again) to speed things up and make the pages load a little faster; I tried some stuff a month ago, but it might have slowed it down (but then I’ve been posting [...]
Written By: Gary on February 4, 2011
This week’s Friday Question is Which household chores do you like and which do you try to avoid?
Hmmm… Laundry is easy for me, I’ve got my own washer and dryer right off the living room and dining room. So I’m always doing laundry and it’s not much of a nuisance at [...]
Written By: Gary on December 25, 2010
Here’s a little Doctor Who present to keep you busy until today’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, a free eBook titled Snowfall.
I think it’s several short stories, but you’ll have to read it to see how it all ends.
And here’s the preview for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas [...]
Written By: Gary on December 18, 2010
Why don’t we connect with our friends enough? I had a close friend who lived in Europe for three years, when did I finally go visit him? One week before he moved (duh!). Why wait?
I’ve got friends that live close that I haven’t talked to in ages. Why [...]
Written By: Gary on December 14, 2010
I got a new book and it’s hysterical. But you’ve got to love books end enjoy technology to get all the jokes. If you’ve provided some technical support you’ll find it extra funny too. But it’s really for everyone who’s got a digital device but still reads…
There is a few pages from [...]
Written By: Gary on November 7, 2010
So “What do you think of holiday wish lists – tacky or useful? Do you make one for anyone? For whom if so? What is on your wish list this year?” is this week’s Friday Question.
I’ve always been hard to buy for, so I like the Amazon wish lists. [...]
Written By: Gary on October 9, 2010
So I saw Aimee Mann in concert last week in Ann Arbor at The Ark. If you don’t know who she is, you might remember her from the 1980s when she was part of ‘Til Tuesday and did the popular song Voices Carry; that video is a little bit old, here’s the [...]
Written By: Gary on September 26, 2010
When I purchased my home I thought I’d stay in it around four or five years, give or take a year, next month will make eleven years! I’d never owned a home before, but interest rates were good, I had a condo that I liked and when the rent on my Southgate apartment jumped [...]
Written By: Gary on March 1, 2010
I’m not one for much fan fiction but this is a pretty good Torchwood story. It’s titled “Countdown” and I’d estimate that it takes place shortly before Children of Earth (season 3).
It’s listed as Torchwood Virtual Series (Season) three, episode two so I guess I should look around for [...]
Written By: Gary on January 22, 2010
While I’ll sorely miss David Tennant, it’s time for the newest Doctor to take over the show. Matt Smith will star as The Doctor on Doctor Who this spring (April or May?) and I’m ready to see where they take the show.
While at first glance it appears that it’ll be a younger doctor than [...]
Written By: Gary on December 18, 2009
Only seven more days until the Christmas Doctor Who special The End of Time. This is the first of a two-part episode which would be the last episodes starring David Tennant. I’m assuming since that part two will be on New Year’s day (they keep saying he’ll be The Doctor until 2010). [...]
Written By: Gary on December 12, 2009
So it’s been six years since I started blogging.
Written By: Gary on November 30, 2009
It’s reported that there will be a season four of Torchwood.
It’ll star John Barrowman. There will be thirteen episodes. Found at SFX.
This was said by John Barrowman on Steve Wright’s radio show (on BBC Radio 2) today. You can actually listen here (for the next 7 [...]
Written By: Gary on November 15, 2009
I can’t really say much about the episode without giving too much away. So while I’ll try to be discreet, you might want to stop reading. If you’ve seen the preview, I’ll be giving away a little more than that and also my opinions on the episode…
One of the things I noticed in [...]
Written By: Gary on October 25, 2009
Great day outside on Hines Drive today. Lots of great colors as fall approaches. Here’s a panorama I took with my iPhone (and stitched it on my iPhone with AutoStitch on the phone too!).
I think it took eight or nine images to build the whole thing and it [...]
Written By: Gary on August 10, 2009
If you’re a Doctor Who or Torchwood fan I found a great piece of The Face of Boe fan-fiction. I’m normally not a fan, but this is so well done I wanted to share it.
From The Book of the Face of Boe:
Chapter 12, verse 19:
Written By: Gary on July 21, 2009
Torchwood: Children of Earth started in the US on BBC America last night and runs for the next four nights, kind of a mini-series of a season. You can already get Torchwood: Children of Earth at iTunes for $2.99 per episode in HD (or $1.99 for standard). Not bad if you don’t [...]
Written By: Gary on July 6, 2009
Don’t forget Torchwood is on the the next five days starting today on BBC one. That’s it, the whole season three is only these next five days (more info on Torchwood here).
The mini-series only starts today in the UK, Austrailia and maybe a few others. Each episode is [...]
Written By: Gary on July 4, 2009
So this isn’t a chronology timeline, but more of a viewing guide on when to watch the TV episodes as they tie together with Torchwood. This is the order I believed they originally aired the episodes and watching them in that order works well.
Doctor Who S1 Rose
Doctor Who Christmas Special 2005 [...]
Written By: Gary on July 1, 2009
So I’ve mentioned Torchwood a few times in the past. But it’s the start of Torchwood month, so it’s time to talk about it some more.
For the next few days Wednesday-Friday they are doing audio plays on BBC radio 4, you can listen to these live at 2:15 London time or [...]
Written By: Gary on June 21, 2009
I’ve had a few people just happy that the iPhone phone dropped to $99 (for 8GB) and are tempted to get that instead of the $199 model with more features (and 16 GB). They want to know if it’s really worth the $100 more.
Here’s why it’s worth it (and I’m not even going [...]
Written By: Gary on April 22, 2009
It just started to rain out. It’s really been looking like it’s wanted to for a few hours now, the waves have been pretty rough all day (I didn’t go into the ocean, even though I planned to) and there’s been cloud cover and extra humidity all day. I dashed into the Pizza Parlor in [...]
Written By: Gary on April 13, 2009
So I get an e-mail from iTunes today stating that an episode for my new season pass for “Sophie” has arrived. The first thing I thought was that I accidentally clicked “buy season” when I downloaded the free pilot last week. But when I check the receipt I see six other items (in [...]
Written By: Gary on April 6, 2009
Overall, I really love my iPod iTouch. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s an iPhone without the phone, GPS or camera, but without the monthly prices! And while I love it I’ve got a few complaints:
1) Why isn’t it called an iTouch? It’s the obvious [...]
Written By: Gary on March 24, 2009
Admiral Grace hopper lived from December 9, 1907 to January 1, 1992 and had a lot more to do with computing than most names you know today.
“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. ”
She graduated from Vassar in Mathematics and Physics and got her Ph.D. [...]
Written By: Gary on January 21, 2009
Here’s a list of sites (feeds) that I often read (and when I say often it’s generally daily). This is straght from my Google Reader, the trick is that I need to remember to add them to a shared category tag to have them display here.
Some of these sites [...]
Written By: Gary on January 16, 2009
It’s been a week since the 6.2 earthquake in Costa Rica (Jan. 8, 2009) and while I’ve been updating my original post with info I thought I’d post another entry.
The death toll is at 23 people with 11 missing. Over 2000 people living in shelters and abut $100 million in estimated damages. [...]
Written By: Gary on January 5, 2009
I love Indexed! It took me a second to get this one…
Yesterday’s was good too, she drew the graph and had the readers label the data points!
Jessica has a whole book of these called indexed (of course).
Written By: Gary on January 3, 2009
I can’t believe I’m still doing this with 2,000 posts all over the last 5 years! Never would have thought it grow on me so much!
I was trying to come up with something monumental to blog about for this post, but that didn’t happen so I’ll give you a quick update on some [...]
Written By: Gary on December 28, 2008
So I really like playing dominoes and I don’t mean standing them all up on end and knocking them all down. Playing dominoes is like playing card games: you’ve got a bunch of “bones” instead of “cards” and an infinite number of games that can be played with the cards bones. Dominoes [...]
Written By: Gary on December 17, 2008
Until the Doctor Who christmas special!!! And I bet you thought I was going to say “Christmas”?
The Christmas Special is traditionally a pretty great episode and takes place on Christmas (or the eve of). I didn’t think I was going to like it because I’m not a big CyberMen [...]
Written By: Gary on December 17, 2008
It seems to be going very well so far. I think I’ve got everything imported. Feel free to try a test comment (please).
Most entries and categories and dates should be redirecting. Date based pages are not redirecting (need a .htaccess rule or need to rewrite all those pages in MT with a [...]
Written By: Gary on November 13, 2008
So I scheduled a shuttle bus (a large van) from San Jose to Montezuma. Last night I confirmed all the details:
8:20 pickup at my hotel. I guess they don’t pickup at all, but they pick up at mine.
I’m going to Montezuma
Approximate arrival time. She said 3 PM, which seemed really late, so I asked [...]
Written By: Gary on November 12, 2008
This is trickier than it sounds. Imagine trying to open an account in the US without a Social Security card and without a mailing address…
I got all my paperwork in order:
They normally two letters of reference from banks that I normally do business with (seemed very old fashioned to me). I ended [...]
Written By: Gary on November 5, 2008
Random results thoughts – (these are based on my observations not statistical calculations)
Across the nation, most proposal results seemed lean towards pro-choice.
Also across the nation, most proposal results seemed to be against any gay/lesbian/non-traditional family units. Even at the cost of allowing children to not be adopted.
The medical marijuana use proposals seems to have [...]
Written By: Gary on October 18, 2008
So it’s nice and sunny today so I decided to go for a bike ride and go get lunch at Einstein Bagels. It’s sunny but it’s chilly so I bundled up; but the cold still made my eyes start to water a bit. I used to ride my bike in the winter when I [...]
Written By: Gary on October 11, 2008
These are my new rules for campaigning:
You can’t talk about your opponent.
That’s it. I’m tired of them answering a question by talking about their opponent. It doesn’t tell me what they are thinking. It’s a waste of time if I want to hear what a politician is thinking and planning if they [...]
Written By: Gary on October 7, 2008
These words, “To Be Continued”, make my top list phrases that I don’t enjoy. It’s usually a good episode of the show that ends with these words, why make a cliff-hanger of a bad episode(?). This week I was watching “The Sarah Jane Adventures”, it’s a children’s show offshoot of the new
Written By: Gary on September 25, 2008
I got my International Driving Permit today. It’s a boring slightly-larger-than passport sized booklet. It’s $15 at AAA (no membership required) bring 2 passport-type photos if you have them, they’ll charge more if they need to take your photo. If you go in they make it [...]
Written By: Gary on September 5, 2008
So I left Tamarindo with more than enough time to spare to get to the airport. That’s it. The rest of the story pretty much writes itself doesn’t it? It’s clear I don’t make my plane but why? There’s the obvious like car problems and the not so obvious like I was abducted [...]
Written By: Gary on August 29, 2008
One of the things I’m doing this trip is attending a seminar by the Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR). They offer this the last Thursday/Friday of every month (but December) for only $65. I’ve had this on my to do list for a while but it just [...]
Written By: Gary on August 25, 2008
So Chico’s Bar and Resturant has the best Penne Pasta with Tomato Sauce and it come with a small bowl of parmesan cheese. They were too busy saturday night and the restaurant wasn’t open when I came by yesterday so I wanted to get a chance to eat this again.
Again? Yes, [...]
Written By: Gary on August 25, 2008
So I tried to open a bank account today. Why? Because bank access in the southern Nicoya peninsula is very limited and the one bank they do have never lets me use my ATM so I thought an account might be useful. I was just thinking a few hundred dollars for emergencies and [...]
Written By: Gary on August 23, 2008
So my Mom got me an early birthday present, it’s a portable Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS. This has been on my Costa Rica to do list so she asked me what I wanted at just the right time. Obviously, it’s a specific model [...]
Written By: Gary on August 14, 2008
So I specifically wanted to mention The Velvet Hour it’s this odd bar with these velvet curtains and candlelight. No baseball hats or cell phones allowed! I was nervous for a minute since I had sandles on, but it was so dark inside I don’t think anyone [...]
Written By: Gary on August 14, 2008
So we had a whole crew at Piece Pizza again (we were there two years ago), thirteen people I’m thinking. Mostly people I’d met and a few wonderful new people! Our first photo is a little blurry (but that’s because we were drinking) but it’s got the most [...]
Written By: Gary on August 8, 2008
So a bunch of bloggers are getting together tomorrow and I’m going. It’s officially DaveCago 3 which means Dave from Blogography is in town and organizes a get together. So tomorrow evening we’re getting together to have drinks and dinner and drinks and just generally have a great time. [...]
Written By: Gary on June 29, 2008
I use tech to complicate my life and make it better. Not simpler. I’ve never felt that it simplifies my life. Tech gives me information, organizes me and entertains me.
If I used just a few tech tools, it could simplify my life. An answering machine simplified it. And a fax machine. But [...]
Written By: Gary on May 4, 2008
So I’ve really been liking the BBC’s SciFi shows the last few years and this weekend was a Doctor Who related weekend. I’ve never liked Doctor Who until the last few years (I’ll lean more towards I disliked it).
Here’s my Doctor Who related activities this weekend:
Written By: Gary on March 15, 2008
I’m a huge fan of SpamArrest, a mail program that uses challenge/response CAPTCHAs to only allow mail from humans, instead of from spammers. It works great but the price has gone up from $60 for two years to $90, so I’m checking for other options. It’s only an additional $30 [...]
Written By: Gary on March 12, 2008
I’ve had a lot of jobs in my life, even since I was little. Not that Mom didn’t buy me stuff, but I always had some hobby that needed ca$h so I often had jobs. Beside maybe shoveling show or leaves and stuff like that I’ve started pretty early. I was thinking [...]
Written By: Gary on March 10, 2008
A Fine Frenzy is playing in Detroit at the Shelter this weekend. It’s a really small venue so it should be a great show! I saw A Fine Frenzy in the fall (upstairs at St. Andrews)and it was an incredible [...]
Written By: Gary on March 1, 2008
First of all, I love Medco for so many reasons, but the fact that all the annoying things they do basically annoy me sometimes makes me wonder if it’s worth it. I’ll list what I like:
I’ve been very fortunate and pay virtually nothing for my prescriptions, at a local store I pay $5 a [...]
Written By: Gary on February 22, 2008
So I saw a pilot (or maybe it was a preview) of a new BBC show called Being Human. It’s written by Toby Whithouse who’s written episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood and I’ve been liking those writers (like Stephen Moffet with Jekyll) so I tuned in. [...]
Written By: Gary on February 15, 2008
For much not being on television I’ve been highly entertained by the tube this week…
Deal or No Deal – I haven’t been watching the show lately but they’ve added a new twist so I’ve been catching it this week. Every time someone does not win a million dollars they’re removing one of the other “cases” [...]
Written By: Gary on February 12, 2008
So I just downloaded the AppleTV update called Take 2 (or is it Take2?). I wasn’t thrilled with the changes that I saw in the preview because I thought the interface was pretty great. But I’ll agree that some changes for the new interface was necessary.
Since you now can shop the whole [...]
Written By: Gary on January 27, 2008
So I was Burger King today and once in a while I’ll see one of the local homeless people in there (usually it’s when it’s really cold out), I think there’s 3 in particular that I recognize. Today, all three were in there (actually one was on the was out as one came in) [...]
Written By: Gary on January 26, 2008
My Apple TV has been one of my favorite technology purchases and I never expected that I’d like it that much. Actually, I’d been interested in it but it took a visit to Best Buy, after happy hour, for me to finally commit to the 40 GB version. I took [...]
Written By: Gary on January 12, 2008
So my back and shoulder has been killing me all this week (stayed home two days). I really haven’t even been on-line much since sitting at a keyboard has been uncomfortable. You know if I haven’t been on-line it’s gotta be bugging me…
I went to the OMT (kind of the opposite of [...]
Written By: Gary on December 29, 2007
Visacalc, I think it’s one of those products that changed the world. I’m certain that it changed mine…
For those that don’t remember it – Visacalc was the first really popular spreadsheet program (maybe the first), it was before Lotus 123 and Microsoft Excel (it was probably be fore the was a Microsoft). It [...]
Written By: Gary on December 25, 2007
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday today! I’d like a little more snow outside but other than that, it’s perfect. Lots of fun gifts and I think Mom liked everything I got her. More on some of the gifts later…
On a side note: One of my favorite things about [...]
Written By: Gary on December 20, 2007
Have a great a happy holiday and / or vacation!
Be nice to everyone!
It’s easier to smile than to frown (it’s a scientific fact) and the results are always better (another fact).
If you’re a few minutes late everyone will still be there. (I promise).
Don’t fight with your parents! Or your kids!
It really doesn’t [...]
Written By: Gary on November 4, 2007
It’s just been a bit of a cRaZy week: car troubles, busy at work, being sick, an out of town guest and few other things I can’t remember. It’s just kept me from blogging and even reading the blogs I read.
I’m back at work at 110% time while I’ve previously I’ve only been there [...]
Written By: Gary on October 9, 2007
So there is a new iTunes Originals album out featuring Jewel and aptly titled Jewel – iTunes Originals . I always like the iTunes Original album since it’s got some interview tracks and usually has some odd music tracks on it too. The Jewel edition has 23 tracks about [...]
Written By: Gary on October 6, 2007
So I’m looking for a practical and cheap and semi-direct way to get from London, England to Cardiff, Wales. I figure my choices are train, bus or rent a car (I have no problem driving on the left). When I go to London in the spring I was thinking of spending a day [...]