St. Patrick’s Day is near, when the world unites in all things Irish. Sure, the story of St. Patrick is littered with miraculous imagery to possibly cover over a gruesome part of old Ireland’s earthen history. BUT, the way people today share, cook, and toast to one another’s health, wealth, and happiness has added a new spirit to the day.
Here are some Geeky Irish Blessings created for you. Enjoy! Hopefully, there will be time to come up with some more.
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This Charity Spotlight segment is to get funds raised by a runner in the LA Marathon on March 17. The chap raising the money…? Yep, he’s into Star Trek, comics, and other geeky stuff.
Meet Darnell Davis, a towering man with an even bigger heart. He’s literally heads above the rest. He’s going to be putting himself through one heck of a day in order to raise money for the Lets Foundation. Below is Davis’ pitch for donating, along with the Lets Foundation’s cornerstone story to what they try to provide.
Being a youngster today is hard enough. This cause is something that can tug at almost everyone’s heartstrings. Due to various influences in school, life, and among their peers, kids have started turning to the dark, isolated places of their mind that can lead to self-destructive actions, and people in their lives might not have noticed or not know how to confront it. There is always hope. Please consider donating.
Darnell Davis’ pitch:
So I am going to be running in the Los Angeles Marathon next month. No I take that back my knees don’t really allow me to run so I’m going to be walking in the Los Angeles Marathon. Well by mile 26 I’m sure I’ll be crawling in the Los Angeles marathon. What ever the mode of transportation I will be participating in this years race.
So since I am going to be in so much pain I decided that I might as well do some good at the same time… Also I will be able to to tell strangers I meet on the street, “Did I mention I’m raising money for charity by walking the LA Marathon? Yea cause that’s how I roll”
The charity I am walking for is “Lets”
An organization that wants to help remove the stigma of mental illness from our children and teens. So that can feel comfortable reaching out for help. And hopefully bring to a halt the horror of teen suicide.
So that’s my pitch. I can’t tell you how much I would appreciate you guys donating a few dollars to this cause. Just a little will help a lot.
Thanks for your consideration
Peace & Love “
You can donate by clicking here!
Lets Foundation, The Story:
Everyday youth run for their lives, trying to keep a steady pace with a world that often overlooks them from the start. Without the proper tools of communication, these kids may be lost in the cracks, saddled with fractured mental health. The lack of attention that youth are given to discuss their own personal mental health, to forcibly break the stigma created around issues that they deal with on a daily basis, can cause them to walk towards places that are dark, confining, and permanently destructive.
Without proper alternatives, our world is forcing our youth to run towards suicide as the only solution. For every 100,000 youth – 20.5 of those ages 10 to 24 will die by suicide in just 1 year, including another 11 attempts. Sadly most are not reported. Suicide is not the solution.
We should be teaching kids to run towards the health they want, the health they deserve, the health they can talk about openly with adults, without judgement and fear. We should be teaching youth to race to live their lives to the fullest, not ending them before they have even begun.
At the LETS Foundation, we believe so strongly in this race, to deliver the message of a peer to peer organization that teaches viable communication tools to youth and erases the stigma of mental health, that we are willing to actually run the race ourselves. Physically, we run in marathons to promote the healthy spread of racing for a life worth living, a life that exists without stigma.
We are asking you to race with us. Race for us. LETS race together to bring light that suicide is not the solution.
LETS race for a change. LETS race for the youth. LETS race for you and for me.
Please support our exciting race for kids by running with LETSRunLA in the Marathon or making a donation.
There are a multitude of theories running around regarding who Clara Oswin Osward is. Everything from the “granddaughter” Susan to the Time Lord Romana, and Jenny as the Doctor’s test-tube daughter to an early regeneration of River Song. They are each plausible in the Doctor Who fairytale, and it’s amazing what that team of writers can do.
The River Song regeneration could be plausible as she mentioned being an “impressionable young girl” when she first meets the Doctor. Depending on a definition of “young”, that could have been Mel in Let’s Kill Hitler, but at that time, Mel was far from “impressionable” in the traditional sense. There’s also the issue that River’s regenerations bring around a new body, while Clara has been the same character twice. In a Steven Moffat-esque twist, this might still work. In the same episode, Amy mentions to River “Apparently you used all your remaining regenerations in one go. You shouldn’t have done that.” Perhaps as the normal regeneration process was interrupted, but she still retains some of the attributes. Maybe she’s now getting multiple 1UP’s. Same body, but having to continually take the slow route.
Amongst the guesswork, the hat should be thrown in that Clara Oswin Osward might be the legitimate daughter of the Doctor and River Song. To put it bluntly, they had to have had a few adventures together alone after they had been married. *nudge*nudge*wink*wink*
What’s the thrill and excitement in being predictable, anyways?
The TARDIS always takes the Doctor where he’s needed. Perhaps the TARDIS recognizes Clara, knows that the Doctor needs someone with him, and takes the initiative to bring the two of them together. With a mix of Time Lord DNA and human DNA with TARDIS blessings, the outcome could be a person that lives and dies, but retaining the same genetic codes. Almost like a reincarnation, complete with a simple mind wipe of the previous life (she obviously doesn’t recognize the Doctor in Asylum of the Daleks). Born on November 23, which is the date when the first Doctor Who episode was broadcast. A new life created on the birthday of the show?
Regarding the flirt and fascination with each other, it’s obvious that something’s pulling the Doctor and Clara together. It seems possible for an oddball twist reminiscent of the Star Wars Luke & Leia flirt-and-kiss before they knew that they were related.
Depending on how long Clara is planned to be a companion, the show could have lots of play time to build up the suspense of who Clara is. Sure, it would be a corny ending to the hype, but it also holds a much more emotional tie that could only be compared to the moment when we discovered that River Song was Amy and Rory’s daughter.
Besides, with Clara’s wit and feisty spirit, a “Hello Dad” could be delivered with the same enthusiasm as “Hello Sweetie”.
The name itself, Clara Oswin Oswald, seems like a brilliant search for anagrams. It’d be a shame if there wasn’t some kind of hint in there somewhere. Aside from some interesting words, “snow” does appear in it.
We inch closer day by day to the season premier of Doctor Who on March 30. I’m sure that the writers aren’t going to be letting us down. It’s going to be an intense roller coaster ride of adventure and emotion, and we can’t wait.
Nothing gets something hyped up like sneak peaks into the inner workings of production.
The following press release was released in August:
AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME TO MARK THE DOCTOR’S 50th BIRTHDAY
The BBC today announces that a special BBC TWO drama has been commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who since its first broadcast on 23 November 1963. Exploring all aspects of the longest running science fiction series to date, the special one off 90 minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.
Written by Mark Gatiss, it is Executive Produced by current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner. The single drama was commissioned by Ben Stephenson Controller, Drama and Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC TWO.
Mark Gatiss, Writer, said:
“This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true Television original. And how an actor – William Hartnell – stereotyped in hard-man roles became a hero to millions of children. I’ve wanted to tell this story this for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for ‘Doctor Who’s 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true”.
Steven Moffat, Executive Producer, said:
“The story of Doctor Who is the story of television – so it’s fitting in the anniversary year that we make our most important journey back in time to see how the TARDIS was launched.”
***UPDATE! FEBRUARY 2013***
It’s a bit reassuring for up-and-coming filmmakers that even an established production company still tries to do a guerrilla style sequence.
Doctor Who actors
David Bradley as William Hartnell
Jamie Glover as William Russell
Jemma Powell as Jacqueline Hill
Claudia Grant as Carole Ann Ford
Reece Shearsmith as Patrick Troughton
Nicholas Briggs as Peter Hawkins
Brian Cox as Sydney Newman
Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert
Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein
Sarah Winter as Delia Derbyshire
Jeff Rawle as Mervyn Pinfield
Andrew Woodall as Rex Tucker
Ian Hallard as Richard Martin
David Annen as Peter Brachacki
Shenanigans: Silly or high-spirited behavior; mischief.
Geekery: The collective goings on of geeks/the qualities that make a geek
Together combined, their power is known as shenanigeekery! If you’re a geek, and you enjoy creating geekish mischief or being geekily silly, you get into the realm of shenanigeekery. Do not use the term lightly, for there are many forms of geek and different levels of shenanigans. Shenanigeekery is only to be used in the most utmost of high-spirited, good-mojo, and thrilling of instances. It is not a derogatory term, nor does it have any negative connotations. Treat it as such.
Pond Life is the new 5 part mini-adventure, with a new part every day, featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory and some surprise familiar faces! En route to visit the Ponds the TARDIS’ Helmic Regulator malfunctions, leaving the Doctor popping up everywhere in time and space. Will he ever make it back to them?
Watch Asylum of the Daleks, the new Doctor Who adventure, on BBC One on Saturday 01 September at 7.20pm, and on:
BBC America on Saturday 01 September at 9pm ET
Space (Canada) on Saturday 01 September at 9pm ET
ABC1 (Australia) — Coming Soon
Prime (New Zealand) — Coming Soon
***Be sure to check back here for a list of all the adventures as they are released!***
It’s hypnotic. 50 minutes of 56 episodes of Star Trek TOS played at the same time, tiled next to each other. If you get through the whole thing, it will make the 49:15 mark, and following, that much more enjoyable.
56 Episodes of Star Trek At The Same Time
Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy! Wishing you the best and brightest year to come for you yet!
Nimoy has established himself as a legacy within so many genres and franchises; from the voice in the game “Civilization” to other voice-over acting, from his directing gigs to his photography passions.
What would Kirk have been without the green-blooded Spock? Ah, to be there that fateful day when Nimoy and Shatner first worked together in 1964 on “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
Here’s some fun quotes and ideas to toss around today:
- Strike up a conversation using no emotion, as well as excluding any comments regarding emotional feelings/attachments/etc.
- Sing the entire “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”.
- “I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.” Brainy Quotes
- “I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful – collecting these shards of spirituality – that we may be helping to bring about a healing.” Brainy Quotes
- “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” Brainy Quotes
- “That is the exploration that awaits you! Not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.” Brainy Quotes
- “You know, for a long time I have been of the opinion that artists don’t necessarily know what they’re doing. You don’t necessarily know what kind of universal concept you’re tapping into.” Brainy Quotes
- “You proceed from a false assumption: I have no ego to bruise.” EQuotes
- “Fascinating!” Spock – IMDB Quotes
- “I have been and always shall be your friend.” Spock – IMDB Quotes
- “I believe we are required to engage in a ritual known as the “singalong.” Spock – IMDB Quotes
- “There is an old Vulcan proverb: only Nixon could go to China.” Spock – IMDB Quotes
- “Merely my quite logical relief that Starfleet had not lost a highly proficient captain.” Spock – IMDB Quotes
- “I owe you one, Hooker” TJ Hooker – IMDB
Little Amelia Pond, not scared of anything. Box falls out of the sky, man falls out of the box, man eats fish custard. Brave Amelia Pond, with one hell of a scary crack in her wall. Amelia hated apples, until her mum carved a face into one. With her mum and dad gone, little more than a memory, Amelia Pond is pretty much on her own.
When those apples started to turn, what did Amelia or her aunt do with them? Seems a shame to waste a perfectly friendly apple.
Here’s a recipe that both adults and kids can enjoy. Don’t worry, the alcohol in the rum burns off when making the glaze, leaving a delicious sweetness.
The Saucey Glaze:
• 1 cup dark brown sugar
• 1 cup Vanilla Rum (used Whaler’s brand)
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground cloves
• Small pinch of ground ginger
• 12 small to medium apples, washed, cored, and carved with smiley faces (used Honeycrisp because of the sweetness)
• 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
• 1 ½ cups unsweetened apple cider
For the glaze: In a medium saucepan, combine the dark brown sugar, rum, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and that small pinch of ginger. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes to allow the sugar and other ingredients to blend together (sugar dissolved) and thicken slightly.
For the apples: Preheat the oven to 375F.
Line, with foil, a baking dish that is large enough to hold all of the apples. Arrange the apples in a single layer. Pour the glaze over the apples and top each with pieces of butter. Add the cider to the bottom of the dish and place it in the center of the oven.
Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes until desires tenderness. Remove and let cool.
Delicious with ice cream, whipped cream, or even custard.