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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Doctor Who news

D.W.Q.M.: "That'll never work out-he's gay and she's an alien." -the 9th Doctor

Ahhh, my first quote by the 9th Doctor. :-D

Welcome back.

As always, most, if not all, of my info is from the fabulous site, Outpost Gallifrey.

First of all, Doctor Who premiered on BBC 1 on Saturday at 7pm, with a peak of 10.6 million viewers!!! Huzzah!! It had an average audience share of 43.2%. :) :) :) Doctor Who is also gracing the cover of Canada's TV Guide (It premieres on CBC next week-April 5th-lucky Canadian Whovians!!)

More good news: BBC has commisioned a second series!!! And a Christmas special! Woo!

Unfortunately, there is some sad news: Christopher Eccleston will not be returning as the Doctor for the second series. :( There's alot of specualation why-he has a fear of being typecast, he has other projects lined up. Whatever the reason, it's disappointing (from what i can tell, he makes an awesome Doctor), but that's the way it is. The editor of Outpost Gallifrey talks about it in his blog. (March 31st entry) He says we need to keep things in perspective, and I totally agree with what he has to say.

On a brighter note-apparently the BBC is already in talks with another actor to replace him- David Tennant. I'll post more when I know more.

Apparently the BBC is already planning on releasing dvds (with no extras) of the new series as early as May and June. Unfortunately I think these will be Region 2 dvds. (dang!)

Hey, will someone in the USA please, please pick up the new series? 0:-) I'm going to start writing to BBC America-even though I don't get that channel. At least it would be airing in the States, and I do have friends who have BBC America-so there'd be a chance I would be able to see it. (at least a better chance than I do now!) LOL ;)

Marcon is having a Doctor Who guest this year!! John Levene, who played Sgt. Benton from U.N.I.T. Benton was my favorite member of U.N.I.T., so I am very excited!!! He'll be the first Doctor Who person that I get to meet! Woo-hoo! :) :)

That is all for now. :)
posted by Romana1 on 12:43 PM | *

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Hey...more randomness...

D.W.Q.M.: The Brigadier: "Believe me, Doctor, the place is impregnable."
The 4th Doctor: "Never cared much for the word impregnable. Sounds a bit too much like unsinkable."
Harry: "What's wrong with unsinkable?"
4th Doctor: "Nothing, as the iceberg said to the Titanic."

Hope everyone had a Happy Easter!! Mine was very good. I was pretty busy this past weekend, so I didn't have time to post. I really, really wanted to post on the 26th, when Doctor Who returned to tv on BBC1, but just didn't have the time. That's ok, though-I have more to post about it later. ;)

I started another knitting project awhile ago-I'm currently working on a prayer shawl-I'm about a third of the way done. I took a picture of it, but I haven't gotten around to posting it yet. I swear that I have 'work in progress' pictures of all of my projects-I just never got around to posting them. My goal for this weekend is to post a 'work in progress' picture of my prayer shawl. :)

So how many of you use the 'self-checkout' isles at the store? Personally, I'm not a huge fan of them, and I only use them when I'm with someone else.
Briggsy tells of her first experience of using them in England. I love her theory of what is actually going on in those little machines... ;)

I finally got a copy of the latest issue of Non-Sport Update. ...unfortunately it's the second issue of the year, not the first. I had been looking for the first issue since January, but my local Borders store never seemed to have recieved it. I think I know why-when I checked 2 weeks ago, there was nothing there-when I went there last Saturday, there was only 2 copies left of the latest issue! *sigh* When I looked into ordering a back issue, I found out that the first issue of this year was already sold out. Dang it! It would have been cool-it's the 15th anniversary of the magazine. At least there were only 3 promos with that issue-and I only really cared about one of them (the promo for Stargate Season 7 cards). I can probably fine that on eBay, or perhaps at the Collector's Warehouse on the west side. :)

Oh, and yes, I now realize that I mispelled 'recipe' in my last post-over and over again. 'c', 'e','i', and I do not get along very well. ;) That's what I get for not using the spell check button before publishing. BTW, I'm still looking for the recipe, so if anyone finds it...

Hope everyone has a great week-it actually feels like spring here in Cleveland!! :-D
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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Looking for a recipe...

D.W.Q.M.: "That's a most good-natured wine. A touch sardonic, perhaps, but not cynical. A most civilized wine, one after my own heart." -the Third Doctor

Okay, so there's this recipe I am looking for-a pasta dish that I had when I was in Minnesota-I thought it was called 'Fireworks pasta' but when I tried looking it up, I came up with a dish that had Cilantro (yuk. :p) and chicken in it.

I've tried looking it up several different ways: fireworks pasta dish, fireworks pasta, fireworks pasta casserole. Wait, I don't think I've tried 'hotdish' yet-hang on...

...nope, that came up empty, too. Although I found several links to sites in Minneosta (heh, go figure! LOL. ;)) including one with the line, "...learn the ultimate in terrorizing force when you face my Lutefisk Hotdish!" LOL, ROFL. :-D
Oooh, there's a recipe here for wild rice hotdish...


*ahem* Okay. Here are some of the ingredients I *think* are in it: 5 different kinds of pasta, 3 different kinds of cheese, ground beef, and pasta sauce. I believe the receipe may have originated in a magazine, but I'm not 100% sure.

If anyone has any ideas, or may know the recipe, please let me know!

Tack! (thanks!) :)
posted by Romana1 on 1:11 PM | *

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

random thoughts

D.W.Q.M.: The Brigadier: "Do you know what you're doing?"
the Third Doctor: "My dear chap, I can't wait to find out."

Ahh, so much to say, so little time, so I thought I would do a random thoughts post:

Happy Spring, everybody! (a few days late, I know) Although it doesn't seem like spring here today-rainy and cold. ick. (I like the cold-I don't like rain and cold) ;)

There was a little trouble with the server that hosts my comments yesterday, but they are back up and running. I also turned on the smileys option-so you'll get an actual image when you type one in. :) Unfortuantely I don't have a list of all the possible codes for the smileys-oh, well. They still look neat on my comments! ;)

Three days until Doctor Who returns!! 2 more weeks and it hits Canada... Now if only a network in the U.S. of A. would pick it up, too...

Outpost Gallifrey has, among other cool things, an episode guide to the new series-listing titles, airdates, guest stars, etc. Check it out! :)

Last week while listening to a couple of programs on BBC 7, I heard an advertizment for the new Doctor Who-a snippet of the new theme music, with a voice over whispering 'Coming soon to BBC1.' Totally cool. I am so excited about this series!

Yeah! I eat ham and jam and spam alot!
You are a silly English Knnnnnniggit! Brave, loyal, and (somewhat) chaste, you follow your leader without question...even though you're not really that smart.
You are a silly English Knnnnnniggit! Brave, loyal,
and (somewhat) chaste, you follow your leader
without question...even though you're not
really that smart.

Which Monty Python & the Holy Grail Character are you REALLY?
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A bunch of us want to see Spamalot so bad. With the original cast. *sigh* Too bad we don't live in Chicago or New York City! ;)

My Aunt Pat recently sent me a picture of my great grandmother in North Dakota, circa 1927. She and a couple of friends were holding these huge rifles, they were almost bigger than they were. I love looking at old photographs, especially ones found in family albums-because of they stories they tell-you can see how people lived: what they did for a living, what the did for fun. Some of my favorite books that come across my desk here at the library are photography books. Oooh, it's hard for me to explain, so I'll just leave it at that. :)
posted by Romana1 on 12:52 PM | *

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Happy Birthday....

D.W.Q.M.: "I'm only 749. Used to be even younger." -the Fourth Doctor

Happy Birthday, Mom!! Hope you have fun up north with Al and the kiddies-wish I was there, too!

Love ya!
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Thursday, March 17, 2005

may the luck of the Irish be with you...

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everybody!!

in an unrelated announcement: Go Gophers!! :)
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Hippo, birdie, two ewes...

D.W.Q.M.: "Well, if we count in Earth terms I suppose I must be about four hundred...yes, about 450 years old! ... Yes. Well. Quite." -the Second Doctor

Happy Birthday,

"You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older,
And now you're even older,
And now you're even older.
You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older,
And now you're older still."
-Older, by TMBG.

Nah, you 're quite a youngin'! Check it out:

The Doctor-see quote above. That was then. Now he's between 700-900 (depending on which incarnation you talk to...) ;)

Mr. Humphries: "She [my mother] always says, 'I'm older than me nose, and I little bit older than me teeth."
Mr. Granger: "I'm a great deal older than my teeth."

Bra'tac: "Not bad, for a man of a hundred and thrity-five."

Yoda: "When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not. Hmmm?"

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Exploding cds...

D.W.Q.M.: "Computers are really just sophisticated idiots." -the Fourth Doctor

This is actually something I meant to post last month. I was sort of waiting to see how everything would play out, (*hehe* play) *ahem* sorry. ...before posting the story.

Okay, so, several weeks ago, I was working on pre-order searches, listening to a cd that I had borrowed from the Cuyahoga County Library in my cd rom drive on my computer. The cd was on the second to the last track, when I heard what appeared to sound like a loud snap, then a pop. (hey, if there had been a crackle, we could've had rice crispies.) *ahem* sorry ;) Well, I wasn't the only one who had heard the noise-several of my coworkers around me heard it as well. It sounded like something had fallen. I paused my cd (which was still playing), then stood up, looked around, saw nothing was amiss, then sat back down and unpaused my music. The cd happily played along to the end of the track...

...that's when the trouble started.

It refused to move on to the next track-in fact, the program I was using seemed to freeze. I stopped the program, and it took several seconds to close.

...then I opened the cd drawer.

Out came the cd, the Library's cd, in pieces. In pieces!

I stood there with my mouth hanging open...all I could say was, "OMG." I immediately went over to the tech team area, and found Tony sitting at his desk. Not really knowing how to explain it, I said "Umm, Tony, I was sitting at my desk, listening to a cd...and I heard this 'pop'...and well, my cd exploded in the drive." Needless to say, the look on his face was a bit incredulous. He came down to my desk and took out the few pieces we could see. Then he took my computer over to the Approvals table, took the drive out, then walked over to the wastebasket and started to shake the drive-you could hear the pieces rattling around inside. It was quite sad. He said he was going to try to clean out the drive as much as possible, and that he'd be right back. About 20 minutes later he came back and said he had a souvineir for me. He handed me one little piece of the cd-with a partial branch name on it. It was all he could salvage-told me to bring it back to the library to help explain the situation. Then he put the drive back into my computer and tried to run some tests.

The drive started to make this humming sound, like a warning siren. Yeah, we figured the drive was shot.

Skip ahead, skip ahaed, skip ahead So, it's about a week after the incident before I finally had a chance to go to the South Euclid branch of the library, with the poor little cd in tow. I calmly walked up to the desk and explained to the librarian what had happened. I then opened the cd case to show her the remenants of the cd. She was trying so hard not to laugh that all she could get out was "Th..that's just gross." She then called her manager and another librarian who was working at the info desk and explained to them what happened. They both laughed, and one said, 'I'm so sorry, I know it's not funny, but we've never heard of this happening before.' I told them not to worry about it-everyone at work also had a good chuckle, and if you think about it, it was kind of funny. The manager said that they should just take the cd off my record and send it back to the branch it was borrowed from, along with an explanation. The librarian at the info desk then asked if I'd like another copy sent. I said sure, then aksed the question that had been nagging at me since the cd had been destroyed. Was I going to be charged for it? She looked at me reassuredly and said 'No. We only charge people for gross negligence, or repeated offenders-people who come in every week and say the dog ate my cd or something.' *WHEW!* That was a relief! That Saturday morning I left three very amused Librarians at the South Euclid branch. They're pretty cool over there. :)

So, what happened to my drive? Well, Tony said he had ordered a replacement, but it turns out that the person from Dell that he called should have walked him through a series of tests to see if my drive was really shot. Apparently it wasn't, so he told me that if I had any problems to let him know, and they'd get me a new one. Well, Carolyn lent me a cd to test the drive-one that she didn't care whether or not it survived the test. It did, but I'm still a little hesitant to play cds in my drive. (Hey, wouldn't you be?) ;) LOL.
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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Doctor Who news

D.W.Q.M.: "...[the Time Lords] delight in devious." -the Fifth Doctor

18 days, 6 hours, and 12 minutes! (according to the countdown on Outpost Gallifrey)

Now, I thought I read about this on Outpost Gallifrey, but I can no longer find the link to it... The Breakfast programme on BBC Radio FiveLive had a short bit about the new series. They played part of the old theme which then transitioned into the new theme (which is totally sweet, I might add) Unfortunately, since it is a daily program, and they are only 6 hours ahead of us, it will only be available in their Listen Again schedule until about midnight tonight. (sorry guys-i only found out about this myself this morning.) I showed it to a couple of my coworkers who are Doctor Who fans-since they haven't watched the show in a while, they didn't catch when it changed from the old to the new. Since I have been watching old episodes on a regular basis for who knows how long, I noticed the change. I used to be able to tell which Doctor it was by listening to the theme music (it varies slightly with every Doctor-including the movie version), but I don't think I can anymore. (boy, how sad is that?) ;) I love theme music! Anyhoo, I think they did a fantastic job of blending the old and new together. ;)

They also talked about the leak-over the weekend, someone leaked a copy of the entire first episode over the internet. According to one reporter, the official press launch date was today, and the copy that's out on the internet was what they were sending out to be reviewed. Apparently this copy is not much different from the one that will be broadcasted on BBC1 on March 26th, but the BBC is encouraging people not to watch it. the reporter then said, 'but with all the die-hard Doctor Who fans out there, that's not likely to happend'

Although none of the fansites and blogs I have read show where you can find the episode, they are allowing people who have seen it to post reviews about it. From what I've read, it sounds like it's really good!!! One commenter even mentioned that perhaps the reason why SciFi didn't like it was because it was too British for them. LOL-I'd have to agree!!

Have I mentioned that I really, really want to see the new Doctor Who?

I really, really, really want to see the new Doctor Who!!!

Hey, bring it to the U.S. of A.!!!
posted by Romana1 on 12:46 PM | *

Saturday, March 05, 2005

new updates...

D.W.Q.M.: "I can see you've been doing the TARDIS up a bit..." -the Second Doctor

Well, actually, only one update so far-I've updated my index page with new graphics! :) There are three buttons that don't actually link to anything yet, but I'm working on those pages and they'll be my next updates to my main site. I want to add a few more side bar links to my blog, but I haven't quite gotten around to those yet. ;)

Feel free to check out my new index page!
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March Night Sky

D.W.Q.M.: "If you could touch the alien sand, and hear the cry of strange birds, and watch them wheel in another sky, would that satify you?" -the First Doctor

Hello everyone! It's the beginning of a new month!

Today's Astronomy post is brought to you by Sky & Telescope.

Spring begins at the vernal equinox, March 21st, 7:33 a.m. (EST)
Happy spring!!

Planets during the night
Mercury is very low in the horizon this month-setting about an hour after the sun. Between March 5th and March 15th, it will be fairly easy to see low in the west. Since there are no bright stars near the planet, any point of light you see at dusk is likely to be Mercury. :)

Saturn is high in the sky at dusk, and will be perfect for observing all evening. Since it's only two months past opposition, it is still quite bright.

Jupiter will be rising earlier and earlier each evening during March. It should peek above the horizon about 8:30pm.

Mars doesn't rise until around 4 a.m. at the beginning of the month, and 3 a.m. towards the end. Hey, did you know that the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have been exploring Mars for more than 10 months now? Cool! ;)

Comet Machholz
Even though the comet is only at 6th magnitude by now, it's still visible through a good pair of binoculars. It should be passing Polaris. Click here for the sky chart. No, I haven't seen it yet. :(

Constellations in the sky
This month, the Big Dipper and Orion stand opposite each other in the southwest and northeast. As spring and summer arrive, Orion slowly slips out of view until the autumn months, and the Big Dipper will begin to dominate the evening sky. Here are a couple of interesting facts about the two constellations:
-both are dominated by seven stars, most of which are of 2nd magnitude, and both have attention grabbing patterns in the sky.
-Orion is near the heavily star-populated Milky Way band and the galactic equator. The Big Dipper, on the other hand, is near the star-poor region of the north galactic pole. :)

Clear skies and happy viewing!!
posted by Romana1 on 11:06 PM | *

Friday, March 04, 2005

Doctor Who news

D.W.Q.M.: "Yes. Well, I'll tell you something that should be of vital intrest to you. That you sir, ARE A NITWIT!" -the Third Doctor

Sad news for us US fans from Outpost Gallifrey The SciFi network is not in negotiations with the BBC to air the new Doctor Who series. Grrr... Yes, it was only a rumor, but that's not why I am so upset. It's about the article I read on IGN that has me so upset.

According to IGNFF sources, the network execs have already had the opportunity to bring the series to the US, but passed after viewing a couple of episodes. They claimed that the series was "somewhat lacking" and didn't think it would fit into the networks schedule. Somewhat lacking?!?!?! This, coming from the network that proudly airs such crap as Tripping the Rift, Scare Tactics, and the 'reality series' Mad, Mad House. (just to name a few) This, from the network which barely had any advertizing for the frellin' awesome Farscape Mini, but had advertizing for the 'somewhat lacking' (according to most i know who actually sat through it) Earthsea ad naseum. Sheesh, I can see why SciFi Daily constantly reffers to it as the 'suck-fi' channel. Boy, if it wasn't for their kick-a$$ Friday night line up, i'd say they have no hope at all. Put some people who actually like SciFi in charge. NITWITS.

On a brighter note, Canada is set to air the new series on CBC starting April 5th. Anyone in the US close enough to the border to tune into CBC wanna do some recording for me? I'll provide the tapes. ;) LOL. *sigh* well, I can always hope that they'll bring 'em to Region 1 dvds. Today's news from Outpost Gallifrey says they've been hearing rumors that the new series will be on dvd as early as October. If it's true, and if region 1 discs are included in that rumor, I guess I can wait.
Pssst! (but I really don't want to!) ;)

To read more about todays post, click here and scroll down to March 2nd for the US and Canada airings report, and March 4th for the dvd report. There was alot of stuff posted for the 4th! :)

Ooooh! New Dalek pics!! Click here for the gallery. Check out the golden Dalek!!
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