So, here I am, a little refreshed after having the week off for Fall Break (though it still feels weird to have a break now) and somewhat ready to go back to work. For the next few days, I’ll be readjusting my mindset to “school-mode,” which honestly, isn’t all that different from “non-school mode.” Just less swearing.
Anyway, I have continued with my 365 Photo-A-Day Challenge and yes, I feel I’m a better photographer than when I first started. It also helps that I upgraded my equipment midway through! Honestly, it just reinforces the idea that working hard at something will yield some positive results.
So here are a few more favorites from the past few weeks.
If you’d like, I’m also on Instagram if you’d like to follow me there. I’m at photo #283 right now and yes, I’m pretty proud of myself for staying consistent with this idea. If you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll see a progression from the beginning of the year to now, in terms of the photographs I’ve taken. It’s been fun!
Other Favorites from the week:
1) Agents of Shield is definitely picking up well during the second season. May have to write more on this later.
2) I’m also liking Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. Very alien and also a very good foil to the human companion(s) on the show, especially Clara. Also, apparently Clara is one of THE most important companions in the Who-Mythology. Her run as the companion has seen her influence a number of critical events in the mythology of the show. More on that later as well! We’ll see how it goes with a possible “Clara-less” show this Saturday.
3) Great Basin Sweet Potato Waffle Fries. Holy smokes I can’t get enough of those things. I’ll see if I can’t get a picture of em’ the next time around.
4) NBA basketball. Huge basketball fan (Lakers fan) and any fan should appreciate seeing Kobe Bryant back in action. Yes, he’s older and performing off two very extensive and devastating injuries, but the guy keeps hustling.
That’s it for now. I’ll be back Monday 🙂
I’m right in the middle of Season 4 of Dr. Who (watching on Netflix . . . thank you internet) and I’m a definite Dr. Who fan (at least for the reboot) without any doubt.
Of course, the problem I’ve had is trying to explain Dr. Who to my friends.
As I’ve tried to explain Dr. Who to a few people, it’s been interesting with the comparisons I’ve come up with, and frankly, every comparison works at this point. You see, instead of describing the premise of the show, I like going with the “comparison show” route when I’m convincing my friends to check out a show. So now, I’m going to list a few ways I’ve tried to explain Dr, Who to my friends . . .
1) Samurai Jack – I’m not sure why this came to mind, but some of the adventures the Doctor gets into reminds me of some of the situations Jack would find himself in. Both characters dealt with a variety of aliens and both definitely felt alone in a vast and terrifyingly beautiful universe.
Both characters also felt an inevitable pull to help those around them, despite the destruction they would bring. Both would save civilizations from evil and darkness.
2) Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I think this one works because of the pulse of mythology that surrounds the show, whether its a reference from history or building up their own unique legends and stories. Again, you have a lone hero(ine), but this time, the character no longer fights alone. Buffy definitely had her “companions” as she battled the creatures of the dark , as the Doctor had built up his.
And yes, the destruction that followed Buffy is somewhat similar to what the Doctor had to deal with. And yes, Buffy also felt that “pull” to help those around her.
3) Inspector Spacetime – Just kidding 🙂 We all know why this show exists in the first place (and Community is definitely an underrated show as well!)
Anyway, any help on comparison shows to tell my friends about? Any shows you might compare Dr. Who to?
You could also tell what type of shows my friends watch as well 😉
I’m currently watching the “Forest of the Dead” episode, and sooner or later, I’m definitely going to write out a favorites list for episodes of Dr. Who. At this point, David Tennant is definitely my favorite Doctor of the two I’ve seen (though I thought Eccleston’s was pretty good as well). Question is how I’m going to catch up to the rest of the series before that huge 50th Anniversary show that’s coming up?
I took last week to get myself back into the flow of running a classroom again. I’m still in the process of doing so, even with the second week in full swing. Every day, the class gets closer and closer to where I think they should be, at least in terms of management and I can’t wait until it does. This year has been a little “rough around the edges” as I’ve told a few people, but I think they can get there and be the classroom I think they can be. They’re just taking a little longer than other classes I’ve had in the past. Some classes get there within a week, others within a few hours (those are the classes you remember fondly). Anyway, I think I’ll write more about this on Friday.
Since school is in session, I thought I’d hop back onto a train I once started.
A few months back, I decided to start watching Dr. Who, at least the rebooted version that started in 2005 on the BBC. I was gathering up steam, but then the CRTs came around and I got rather busy. I didn’t think I’d pick it up again, until I saw this video below:
The video above was a part of a list about 20 Science Fiction moments that would make you cry. I definitely recommend checking out that link as well. Unless, of course, you have no heart which means I can’t help you.
Anyway, after watching that video, I’ve started binge watching Dr. Who episodes starting from Saturday night (yes, I wild party animal I am). I got through the first season with Eccleston as the Doctor and I’m just about done with Season Two, with Tennant at the helm. I think I may have to reserve judgment about a favorite Doctor until I’ve caught up. However, I did sneak a peak at the actual “Vincent and the Doctor” episode so I do have a little exposure to Matt Smith as the Doctor.
Anyway, like a few other “cult” shows out there, the mythology behind show absolutely fascinates me, especially when more of the characters are flushed out and left exposed (in a good way). What’s even better (at least in my opinion) is that some of the villains, and there are some incredible ones within the Dr. Who universe, get time to develop their character. It’s subtle how the writing builds these “antagonists” then completely gives them another facet to their personality.
It just makes me smile.
I also think a small part of me is infatuated with Rose Tyler, but I think that should be given, correct?
Anyway, the Doctor has already climbed the charts in terms of favorite characters in television or film. Unfortunately, I’ve stopped watching for tonight (possibly) but I can’t wait until “school is in session” with the Doctor.
And yes, I also just saw the episode where the Doctor was a teacher . . . and apparently Giles from Buffy the Vampire slayer was the “Headmaster.” It was nice seeing Anthony Stewart Head as a bad guy!
Tomorrow marks the official “end” of summer, at least for most of the teachers in my district. Yes, I’m included in that number and at this point, I think I’m ready to head back. Going into my seventh year of teaching, I’m glad that I still love my job. I didn’t think I’d last this long after the first few months of teaching as a newbie, but here I am (I’m going to write more about this on Friday).
So now let’s talk about “Geek Week” on YouTube. Two of the channels I subscribe to, Nerdist and Geek and Sundry, are a part of this presentation for all things “geek” on YouTube. If you haven’t subscribed to either of those channels, I definitely recommend it. Honestly, there’s so much content being uploaded on both of those channels, it’s getting to be a difficult to catch up, especially with our official “report back day” happening tomorrow. There are a few other channels presenting on Geek Week as well so I’m sure I’ll check those out too.
Anyway, I do want to show two of the videos I saw which have something of an educational component to it.
First, we have this video talking about the “issues” of building a fully functional Death Star.
Honestly, TIE fighters would be easier to get to, since they’ve already developed Ion Engines.
Then there’s this video, which is self-explanatory.
Okay, honestly, there is a very small educational component to both of these videos . . . I just want to show them because they’re pretty rad.
Yes, I used the word “rad.” Deal with it.