A day of the Doctor.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. I’ve only recently, as in the last year or so, become a giant fan of Doctor Who. I remember as a kid watching reruns of the 4th Doctor and, while fascinating, I always felt I started in┬áthe middle of the story.

Some friends of mine have been fans for a while of the new series. I watched a few christmas specials with them over the last few years. After the last special, I started watching the Classic Doctor Who on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

The monsters were cheesy. The jokes were dry. I loved it. Amy wouldn’t watch much of these, but when I got caught up with the new series, she got hooked too. Something about Eccleston’s Doctor really drew me in even further.

Today, I’ve decided to start off things right with “An Adventure in Space and Time.” A history of the beginning of Doctor Who. Next up will be the last episode of the new Season 7, followed by the brand new 50th Anniversary, “Day of the Doctors.”

Why Doctor Who? The laughs. The Science Fiction. The monsters. The drama. This is great story telling. Thank you, BBC, for taking a chance in the ’60s. And again in the ’00. And thank you, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Richard Hurndall, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and all the other Doctors, actors, writers, producers, and everyone else who helped bring this to life. It’s a great reflection of our times as each series is made.

I’m looking forward to listening to the radio shows next!

Extra-Life! BUST!

Apparently, the universe had other plans for me. About 2 hours into the Extra-Life 25 hour game marathon (a little after 10 am), the power went out and didn’t come back on till about 11 pm last night. I played a bit on my iPad, but it wasn’t fully charged. I also replaced my phone (it had a cracked screen due to getting a little to up close and personal with some tile flooring) and I couldn’t play on it because I needed wi-fi to sync from its last backup. That’s a little hard to do without power.

So I’ve decided to due a rain check on they marathon. I’m going to try to do it again sometime in November.



Today I’m going to participate in 24… excuse me, 25! hours of playing games. Why? To raise money for children’s hospitals! Specifically, Seattle Children’s Hospital. It’s a great cause, and I get to convince my wife to let me game for a full 25 hours!

Click on this pic for a link to my donation page.


So, why 25 instead of 24? Well, it’s time to roll the clocks back an hour, so 8 am today to 8 am tomorrow is 25 hours :)

Also, I’d like to thank Platform Biased, a podcast from Microsoft Games. They have a great podcast that’s always fun to listen to. ┬áLinky: Platform Biased

I’m off! Think I’ll start with some Fallout 3. I think I may have waited too long to actually play it.


Running again.

After meeting up with some old friends at an Ironman party, I got in the mood and went for my first run in several months yesterday. In the rain. During a wind storm warning…

I created a route on google maps that came out to almost exactly 5k. Since it had been awhile since I ran, I decided to do a 1 minute, 3 minute intervals. I think my training watch and google maps were conspiring against me. I had to run up almost every hill I came to.

I also realized during the run that I need new running shoes, so Amy and I headed over to the east side and picked some up at Every Day Athlete.

Now, I need to find the next bit of motivation!

It’s not paranoia if they are really out to get you.

With all the crazy security issues and government snooping going on lately, I’ve been seriously considering changing my email provider. I just heard of mykolab.com, a Swiss company that is not under the thumb of any foreign government. The Swiss also have some intriguing laws on the books. If you find out something illegal, like wiretapping without a warrant is going on, if you don’t report it you go to jail. If you authorized it, you go to jail for a long time. I wonder how hard it is to move to Switzerland?

They are a little pricey, but they talk about that on the site under the FAQ. I also like the group tools they use and that they are open source, very similar to wordpress. If you want, you can set up your own kolab server using their source. I’m going to do a little more digging. Then, if I like what I see, I’ll just need to convince Amy ;)