"There's no point in being grownup if you can't be childish sometimes." -the 4th Doctor.
My name is Romanadvoratrelundar, but the Doctor says it's too long, so you can just call me Romana.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Happy 50th Doctor Who!!!!!!
It's here!! It's here!!!! The 50th Anniversary of my most favorite television program on Earth! Happy 50th Doctor Who!!!
I've been watching Doctor Who since I've been a tiny little thing. My first episode was The Time Warrior. Since I was so young, I didn't remember much of the story until almost two decades later when I finally got my hands on a VHS copy. (Yes you youngin's, BEFORE dvd/blu-ray players!) ;) The thing I remembered most from the episode was when the Third Doctor first met Sarah Jane. She had just walked into the room she was sharing with the Doctor and Prof. Rubish and tried to pull off pretending to be her Aunt Lavinia. (of course the Doctor saw right through that!) ;)
Doctor Who was a family affair in our household. Our local PBS station in Minneapolis, KTCA (now TPT, I think...) aired Doctor Who on Friday and Saturday nights-although they did try a little bit of everything, it seemed. Friday and Saturday were "newer" episodes-starting with Tom Baker's first episode, Robot. (before Doctor Who was syndicated by PBS and Lionheart Entertainment, different networks attempted to air Doctor Who at different times-in Minneapolis, Jon Pertwee's last season was shown on ABC (channel 5.)) We'd gather around the television at 10 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Sometimes my Dad would bring home A&W Rootbeer and Tostinos pizza as a special treat during Doctor Who. When Trial of a Timelord aired during pledge season, I remember we had several family friends over to watch, and I think we made tacos!
By the mid-eighties, KTCA started airing William Hartnell's episodes Saturday mornings. While most children were watching Saturday morning cartoons, I was watching Doctor Who!
I missed Doctor Who when it went off the air, and was excited about the 1996 tv movie (even though I was disappointed in it, I did grow to love Paul McGann's Doctor through his Big Finish audios.) When it was announced that Doctor Who would be returning to television in 2005, I was really excited (even though it took over a year to come back to the U.S.). And, I have to admit it, I was more excited that Elisabeth Sladen was returning as Sarah Jane Smith in School Reunion than I was that it was coming back to television. (can you blame me? I had a huge grin on my face for days after I saw her episode.) :-D
I laugh at newbies who swear up and down that they'll never watch the show again when they learn the Doctor will be regenerating into someone new. They'll get over it. I was sad when Three became Four, and cried like a baby when Four became Five, but I eventually recovered each time. :) I've enjoyed all the Doctors-I have my favorites, like some more than others-but I love 'em all-quirkiness and all!
Doctor Who's been around for 50 years-and I've been watching for well over half that time-I hope to be watching it for many more!! Allons-y!
There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish, sometimes.
Labels: Doctor Who
posted by Romana1 on 3:01 AM |
Friday, November 22, 2013
Celebrating 50 years!
Thursday I was sitting at work, when my coworker Nora, herself a Whovian, came up to me and asked me if I knew about the Art Bites tour at the Cleveland Museum of Art (Art Bites are 30 minute gallery tours during the lunch hour) This week's topic? Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who by taking a tour of galleries of places that the Doctor and his companions visited. Well, duh! Of course I was in! Fellow Whovian Elanor joined us, too! The woman giving the tour was obviously a big Whovian herself (well, of course she was-she came up with the idea for this Art Bite. ;) ).
The stories represented were The Romans, The Wedding of River Song, A Good Man Goes to War, The Girl in the Fireplace (the museum has the most beautiful rug on display-hard to believe it's from Louis XV's dining room!), and Vincent and the Doctor. It was a really awesome tour that went by really fast (and reminded me that I really should take advantage of the fact that I work right next to one of the few art museums in the country that offer free admission!) At the end of the tour they had a drawing for two tickets to the 3D showing of The Day of the Doctor on Monday in Valley View-and Nora won them! Congrats, Nora!
Art Bites: Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey
Check out celeb Whovians wishing Doctor Who a Happy 50th! Love that Edward James Olmos was one of the celebs! ;)
Happy 50th from Celeb Whovians
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society ran a favorites poll, and Tom Baker was voted favorite Doctor, and Elisabeth Sladen favorite companion. (Something I agree with wholeheartedly!) It's awesome to see that Sarah Jane Smith is still topping the favorite companion polls, and it's all due to the awesomeness that was Elisabeth Sladen. Check out the other favorites:
Faves from DWAS
A new prequel mini-sode was released! Check out The Last Day:
Less than 24 hours until The Day of the Doctor!!!!!!! :-D
Labels: Doctor Who, vids
posted by Romana1 on 11:19 PM |
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Top 10 Favorite Doctor Who Companions
Three days until the 50th Anniversary!!!! Fun fact-Three was my first Doctor! The first episode I remember watching as a child was The Time Warrior with Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen's first appearance as Sarah Jane Smith. They say your first companion is always your favorite-not sure how true it is, but in my case, it certainly is!!!! She was like the older sister I never had.
Speaking of favorite companions, the folks at BBC America's Anglophenia blog have come up with top favorite lists to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. Check out their companion list!
10 Favorite Companions
...obviously, I totally agree with No. 1 on their list. ;)
I also have to agree with No. 2-I love Donna Noble-I felt as though she was the Sarah Jane Smith of the "New Who" era. :)
I pretty much agree with the entire list- (yes, even though Rose is on the list-I had no problem with her during her tenure with 9-I just felt that with 10 she got to whiny and needed. However, she was the perfect companion to bring in the new era) I might rearrange the order a bit (the Brig certainly would be higher up on my list!) and I would try to find a way to squeeze in Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Barbara Wright, and Rory Williams. But then it would no longer be a top 10 list would it? ;)
Labels: Doctor Who
posted by Romana1 on 2:26 PM |
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
4 Days and counting!!!!
4 days until the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!!!!! Here is a great post from BBC America's Anglophenia blog filled with all sorts of video clips and information about the 50th anniversary, including the pre-show before The Day of the Doctor!!! :-D
Countdown to the Day of the Doctor
Labels: Doctor Who
posted by Romana1 on 1:26 PM |
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Doctor Who 50th!
The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who is only a week away!!!!! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am! I've been watching the show since I was 2 and a half-years old!
There is so much I could say, but for now, I'll let these videos do the talking. :-D
Trailer for The Day of the Doctor
I see some serious 'sonic' envy happening in this trailer-do you? LOL.
Prequel Mini-sode, Night of the Doctor
Just a link to it, for those who don't want to be completely spoiled. ;)
Doctor Who Children in Need special, the Day of the Doctor:
Preview for the Doctor Who biopic, An Adventure in Space and Time
Are you as excited as I am?!?!?!?!?!?!?! :-D
Labels: Doctor Who, vids
posted by Romana1 on 2:52 PM |
Friday, October 18, 2013
It's October!!! HALLOWEEN!!! Here's hoping the weather holds out for my godson's first hayride tomorrow night. :)
If you're in the mood for something spooky, then check out this list of Cleveland's most haunted places!
(Special thanks to http://blog.rightturn.com for the graphic!)
Labels: Halloween, holidays
posted by Romana1 on 5:15 PM |
Monday, August 05, 2013
Book review-Vader's Little Princess
Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I found this book on display in the graphic novels section of our library’s CPL leisure collection. Although I had basically given up reading any Star Wars alternate universe books long ago, I still have a soft spot for comics and this was just too cute to pass up. I mean seriously-the cover has Darth Vader having a tea party with a tiny Princess Leia and her stuffed Ewok. I couldn’t help but giggle. I soon found out that this is a sequel of sorts to another book, Darth Vader and Son. Although I haven’t read the first one yet, I really don’t think you need to, unless you’re really anal about it…
If you are looking for a ‘what might have been’ type comic, then move on. This is by no means that-and it’s not supposed to be. It’s a humorous, fun little read. I mean, do you really think someone as big and mean as Darth Vader would take time out of his very busy day of taking over the universe to have a tea party with his daughter, or allow her to cut heart shapes out of his cape without punishing her?
There are some familiar lines and scenes from the original trilogy mixed in with original ideas to weave a story that shows that even big ‘ole mean Darth Vader can’t figure out how to wrangle a little girl. Despite the trials and tribulations of raising a girl into a grown woman, he’ll always have a soft spot for his ‘Little Princess’.
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Labels: goodreads, reviews
posted by Romana1 on 1:07 PM |
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
what to do w/this blog!!! (another attempt at a re-do?)
So once again I've been thinking about what to do w/this blog. I keep saying I'm going to update and post more, but I never get around to it...
One thing I finally did was update my sidebar...sort of. I got rid of a few sites that no longer update or are completely defunct (yes, there are a couple that are still listed...I'll eventually delete those. And boo! Yahoo Avatars no longer exist) I moved a few things around (not sure why there is such a large gap between my twitter feed and my get glue stickers...) I may eventually move more things around, but that will come later. And even though The Peacekeeper Wars aired several years ago, I'm keeping the banner up because I love Farscape! (same goes for the Doctor Who banner announcing it's return to America on SciFi-even though SciFi is now SyFy and Doctor Who is now exclusively on BBCA, it's still history...) ;)
One of the main reasons why I haven't "upgraded" my blog template is simply because I really like my current blog template-and if I upgrade my blogger template to get all the fancy settings/widgets and what-not, my current template is incompatible. I really like this template-I think it suits me perfectly. However, I am open to ideas, so if folks have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments.
I'm thinking I'm going to steer my blog into the direction of writing up my thoughts on geeky/nerdy/sports/hobbies type stuff. Movie/tv/book reviews (even though I am terrible at writing up reviews, so they'll be more like whatever pops into my head.) I may post some personal stuff here, but I won't be airing any dirty laundry (not that I did before). I don't want this to become a daily log of my life...I have a written journal for that (one that I happen to update infrequently-just like this blog!)
So there you have it! The reboot is officially starting! Wish me luck! :-D
posted by Romana1 on 11:52 PM |
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Been a while since I posted a review, so here's one!! :-)
Windhaven by Lisa Tuttle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Decided to read one of GMMR's earlier novels-and was not disappointed! Since I am terrible at writing reviews, I'll just make this simple-I enjoyed reading about Maris and the flyers, the landsmen, and the singers.
Windhaven is a collection of previously published short stories following the life of Maris, the daughter of a fisherman who becomes a flyer. Because a flyer's wings are inherited, Maris must challenge this tradition, and leads the way to changing the law so that a person is given wings based on merit, rather than heritage. Of course, young Maris is quite naive and doesn't fully understand the implications of challenging and changing the status quo, and we see her face and deal with the consequences as her story goes on.
For those who are only familiar with GMMR's A Song of Ice and Fire saga, this story (co-authored with Lisa Tuttle) is no where near as violent. A nice "light" read. :)
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posted by Romana1 on 12:24 PM |
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The Jammed Lens Saga
Last night I was working on a craft project, waiting for the
paint to dry when I decided I’d run outside and take a picture of the Harvest
Moon. I went out to my back porch, saw
the moon and the clouds heading my way, then ran back in to collect my Pentax
camera, tripod, and my telephoto lens, figuring I had enough time to get at
least a couple of shots before the clouds took over. I took
off my 55mm lens and attached the telephoto lens when I realized something was
really wrong: Normally when you attached a lens, you turn it about 90 degrees
before it locks into place…I had already turned it about 270 and it had not
locked into place…
I tried to remove the lens and my worst fears were realized:
the lens had jammed.
I tried wiggling the lens, but to no avail. The little button you press to release the
lens was stuck as well-I could move it about 90 degrees and it would pop back
up, but no matter how hard I tried, the lens would not come off.
After some more wiggling[struggling], I managed to unscrew
the lens from the mount. *whew* That was
my father’s lens-quite possibly as old as me…damage to the lens would have been
devastating to me. After removing the
lens, I struggled a bit more, then decided to remove the inner ring on the
mount. It didn’t really help so I turned
Ever try Googling ‘stuck Pentax lens?’ 100% of your results will be about someone
attempting to attach an older Ricoh lens to a Pentax body. Yes, my lens is older-but it has a K-mount
and has successfully been attached to my K2000-I’ve got dozens of Moon (and
Sun!) pictures to prove it.
After combing through various accounts and scaring myself
with stories involving wrenches, hammers and hacksaws (yes, HACKSAWS
), I found
a link to the Pentax forums.
particular thread I found did involve a Ricoh lens, but I decided to run a
search in the forums for jammed lenses.
The results were more diverse and I discovered someone who had a jammed
400mm Ashanti Pentax lens.
Turns out I wasn’t
the only one who had this problem… You know the little orange dots that help
you align your lens to remove them?
Normally that should be pointing at the top of the camera-for him it was
I did a quick check on my
lens mount…yep-there was the orange dot-180 degrees from where it should be.
He had done the same things I had done-removed the lens from
the mount and the inner ring-but none of those actions helped the
situation. He ended up putting the lens
back on the mount for a little extra leverage, and after 10 hours of turning
and wiggling the lens, it finally popped out.
Since it was already late, I decided I would work on it
after church in the morning. While I was
waiting for Perseph and Stormy to pick me up for church I decided to try
working on the mount before reattaching the lens. Nope-didn’t happen. After church I reattached the inner ring of
the mount and the lens and began to turn and wiggle the lens like the poster in
the forum had.
After struggling for about 20 minutes, it finally popped
I just about cried-I was so relieved!!!
A quick check of the lens and a few test shots with my 55mm
on my camera revealed that there was no major damage-yay!!!!
Then five hours later I nearly cried again-the Pack won by
Come on, it’s Sunday during football season-you didn’t think
I’d do an entire post without mentioning football at least once did you? ;)
Labels: football, photography
posted by Romana1 on 10:49 PM |
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