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29 June 2007
Doctor Who News

So as posted earlier, Rich Johnston reveals that Martha Jones will be returning to Doctor Who next season. However, according to The Mirror Martha will no longer be the Doctor's full-time companion. A brand new cast member will be brought on, but Martha will still continue to make appearances.

But the new arrival prompts Martha, played by Freema Agyeman, to take a bit of a back-seat. She is expected to flit in and out of the show, also popping up in spin-off series Torchwood.


Freema will definitely not be appearing in the Christmas special, which starts filming next week - Kylie Minogue will be helping out the Doctor instead.


Wow. I think I may have to slit my wrists after watching the Christmas Special, because I doubt my life is going to get any better than that. Still, I'd like to see more of Martha's development in season 4, and see who the next full-time companion will be.


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26 June 2007
The End of the Speculation

Surprised I missed this...

According to Rich Johnston, Martha Jones will continue as the Doctor's companion well into the Fourth season. Beyond that, I'm not sure...

I like Martha. A lot. And no, liking her does not include wishing that 'Human Nature/The Family Blood' had been sent in France instead of England, just so we had an excuse to see Freema Agyeman in a French Maid outfit.

I know that when season 3 first started, I was hesitant to accept her as a replacement for Rose Tyler, but that was simply because I had just begun to like Rose Tyler. In spite of a few missteps here & there ('Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks'), and a general lack of enough good Martha moments beyond "It's like he hardly knows I exist...", the producers of Doctor Who have been able to get Martha's character to essentially the same emotional territory as Rose was in towards the end of season two, in a single season.

Of course it took Steven Moffat a single episode to get Sally Sparrow to that same emotional territory, but you take what you can get.

Here's to you Martha Jones.

You've come a long way in a short period of time.

We look forward to seeing more adventures with you. (Although I could deal with seeing a little less of your sister, and your mom totally turned out to be a back-stabber.)

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25 June 2007
YouTube Dreams

So I had a dream last night that I made a bunch of YouTube videos, where it was just me chain smoking and talking about how the stagnation of fan culture is going to be the inevitable death of genre fiction. I find this ironic, mostly because, while I don't cosplay and I generally have never enjoyed any of my experiences attending cons, I for the most part consider myself a "fan" like any other, whatever that means. Just yesterday afternoon I got into a heated phone argument with one of my dearest friends while walking down the street, about how I strongly feel that while not based on any "real" science, Star Trek, and essentially any space opera, can be considered "hard" sci-fi.

The videos, in my dream, were pretty straight-forward fare, but it was similar to this documentary I watched last year of Charles Bukowski in Paris, where he just chain smokes for two discs while drinking wine out of a honey jar. It was also similar, in many ways, to the Billy Wilder Speaks documentary, where he just complains and complains about absolutely everything.

So, I guess in my subconscious that's who I am: the Charles Bukowski meets Billy Wilder, of genre fiction.

Somebody please shoot the pompous ass who writes this blog.

Also, since when is it reasonable to dream about being on YouTube?

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24 June 2007
Nerd Addendum

So, I sat around most of today, pretending to clean while re-watching The Empire Strikes Back and looking at potential graduate schools, when I stumbled upon this.

I often wonder if it's only geeks & nerds who understand how fun these tests really are. Like, if you don't know what "E=MC^2" actually stands for, are you going to think it's funny that an internet quiz asks you if you do know what it stands for? Also, how can you not know? Haven't you seen Young Einstein?

Also, how do you not know who The Bakula is?

Anyway, all of this internet activity reminded me of one other recent occurrence that should probably have made the list.

31. You actively discuss the variations in different schools' MLS Programs.

32. You know what "MLS" stands for.

33. You are really really excited to get an MLS.

34. Immediately after this conversation, you discuss that MySpace sucks, not because it is destroying art and culture, but because the interface is an eyesore.

35. Everyday, you consider re-joining MySpace because you are lonely.

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23 June 2007

The European Space Agency is apparently looking to volunteer people for a space mission to Mars. (via inferior 4+1)

WFMU has a lengthy post (with lots of nice pictures) about David T. Sims, who constructs elaborate costumes.

Celestial Intervention Agency Podcast has an episode discussing their favorite SF television shows, and why some of the better ones inevitably get canceled too early.

J.G. Ballard Quote:

I do think that novelists should be like scientists, dissecting the cadaver...

Borges Quote:

We drew our heavy revolvers (suddenly in the dream there were revolvers) and exultantly killed the gods.

Chan Wook Park's new film I'm A Cyborg But That's OK debuts in New York tomorrow.

Joss Whedon Quote:

Remember that they tried to kill us. They did kill us. And here we are. We have done the Impossible, and that makes us mighty.

The Flash died, and the old one came back.

Oh yeah. And this.

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Saturday Doctor Who

In case you didn't know, the MoCCA Art Festival is going on right now here in NYC. I'd really like to go, but for reasons I leave unspecified, I doubt I'll be able to. Also, Subway Cinema is holding this year's Asian Film Festival which includes the New York premiere of I'm A Cyborg But That's OK. Again, we'll see if I can make it.

In any event, the third Season of the Doctor Who revival continues it's three-part finale tonight. For all of you DW fans eagerly anticipating tonight's episode, here's something to tide you over:

I'll try to continue posting images like this each Saturday, in attempt to ensure everyone's weekend goes well.

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18 June 2007
This Week's Doctor Who
I would love to talk to you about this week's episode of Doctor Who, but I think my brain might still be in shambles from it. I'll get back to you after I spend the rest of the day looking up continuity questions on Wikipedia and re watch the episode. I'm glad to see that the next two episodes are dedicated to this story line. Wow. Go watch it for yourself.

UPDATE: I'm very confused by all of this. According to Wikipedia, I was correct in assuming that the Master should not have Time Lord physiology, following the events of the 1996 Television Movie. Also, issues with the Doctor's TARDIS being the last one... I just hope all these loose threads are either tied up neatly by the end of the season, or are at least dealt with in some fashion (I don't need resolution; I need acknowledgment). I'm still trying to place where all the pieces are coming from, seeing as to how adeptly all of these elements were spread across the season. Like I said, my brain is still in shambles.

Also, Vote Saxon

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17 June 2007
F Day

There's something ironic about drinking until 2 AM with your father, and then immediately using a subscription card from his most recent issue of AARP magazine to roll yourself a spliff after he goes to bed. I suppose it's only ironic because, at my age, he was probably doing the exact same thing.

To all the fathers out there, happy Father's Day.

Currently Listening: Eric Dolphy - "Bee Vamp"


15 June 2007
I'm Going

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14 June 2007
Old Skool Jamz

This video came up in a recent conversation with some dudes...

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12 June 2007
This Is Weird

For anyone reading either of these blogs...

I used to have a personal blog entitled ResonTence. It was pretty stupid, but I got a bit of traffic due to my exorbitant amount comic book related posts. Good times. Good times.

Anyway, in case you haven't noticed, I no longer maintain that blog. That's essentially what I've created these two separate blogs for - one for discussing comics, and the other for discussing...well, mostly science fiction I guess, but in theory I get to discuss other things (like this, which might as well be science fiction, but it's not...)

What does any of this have to do with anything?

Well someone re-registered the blogger URL that I was using before, as well as the blog's title/name. All of this is pretty amusing to me since, as far as I know, it's a word I made up when I was drunk.

When you visit the URL in your browser, nothing pops up though (except that wretched pistachio background thing), but in my RSS reader a post entitled Prescription drug purchasing pool when an employer..., written by "Steve" pops up.

For anyone occasionally bothering to visit the old URL, this is not me. I wish I had this man's access to the bevy of prescription medication, but no, this is not me. I don't review drugs. My name is also not "Steve".

Call me paranoid, but all of this is a bit hard to believe. Why on earth would anyone register the URL for a blogger account that includes a word I made up on a whim? Is it possible that that person thought they were making up the same word? Were they drinking the same thing I was when I made it up?

It's a bit odd to say the least. I'm going to refrain from making any assumptions that don't include coincidence, but it still creeps me the fuck out.

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07 June 2007
Blegrh (A Working War)
It's too late in the day to be "too early in the day".

I may be going through fiction withdrawal.
It's still days before the next episode of Doctor Who.
I had to stop reading my non-fiction book.
She kept talking about all this great fiction.
It kept making me feel as if I were missing out on something.
Been trying to not ingest too much video as well.
I think film is a totalitarian medium in its nature.
Video, its bastard cousin, isn't that much better.
So check the links on the left to see what
music I've been bumping.


Please send me alcoholic energy beverages and loose disease infested hussies.
Otherwise I will continue to go outside to smoke more cigarettes.


sent via mobile device...

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02 June 2007

Waiting around today. I have stuff that needs to be done, but the heat always makes that hard. Maybe I'll install my air-con. Maybe I'll just watch this over & over again:

On a side note, Forbidden Planet International's Blog linked to my post about about Nerds. It's interesting that I seem to be getting more traffic on this blog, than my comic book blog. Can someone explain why that is? Is it because I'm still complaining about how klunky BSG is? Is it because I mentioned Doctor Who?

P.S. I don't believe the rumors that Doctor Who will be ending with the exit of Russell Davies. How many producers/writing teams do you think the original series went through during it's 26 yeas? The prospect of their being a new guard on the show is exciting to me, as long as Davies is allowed to execute whatever grand plan he has in store for us humble viewers. Basically, don't fuck with Davies's story, but don't be scared to bring on somebody else to tell a wholly new story. Whatever. I'm hung over.

I need coffee.

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