NaBloPoMo 29.2: Doctor Who and Harry Potter trivia realizations

Today my friend and I had a lazy day on the couch as we watched Harry Potter on TV. While doing so, I realized a few things:

The bridge that collapses at the beginning of Half-Blood Prince, the Millennium Bridge, is the bridge that has never been very sturdy. Before last January, when I was in London, I didn’t really know which bridge that was, but now that I’ve seen it, I made the connection and I remembered how it was closed while I was there. Clearly the bridge doesn’t need Death Eaters to render it unusable—although it hasn’t actually fallen to the bottom of the Thames as far as I know.

The voice of the Ministry of Magic lift, Daisy Haggard, was also Sophie in Doctor Who. There is a long list of Harry Potter/Doctor Who actors, but I don’t think I’ve seen her on that list before. In fact, I have just found this list that has a lot of Classic Doctor Who actors that I had no idea were also in Harry Potter.

When seeing Ollivander in Harry Potter, I realized there is yet another prominent actor to be added to this list, now that John Hurt has been in Doctor Who for the fiftieth anniversary.

I know about a lot of Harry Potter trivia, but sometimes I am surprised by new things. When watching the movies on ABC Family, like today, trivia pops up on the screen but I have known these facts for years. But it’s always great when I surprise myself with new trivia.



NaBloPoMo 23.2: Doctor Who Day

I will never deny that I am a Whovian. Of course, today is the greatest day of late in the Doctor Who fandom: it is the Fiftieth Anniversary of Doctor Who.

Gettin' ready. #DoctorWho50th

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On my campus we had a Doctor Who screening which basically meant that we discovered many other Whovians on campus and then watched BBC America in one of the theatres on campus. We had some Who-themed food:

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A great slideshow explaining Doctor Who 101:


And of course there were lots of people dressed up for the occasion. Here’s my black Converses with two others’ Converses:




We also had an in depth discussion about the episode which was really great, and hopefully in the near future a Doctor Who club will be formed. We need at least 12 students for a club, and we certainly had that many—we even had more than 13.


NaBloPoMo 14.2: Country Music’s Northern Redemption

Last year I uploaded to this blog one of my essays from my music history course and it centered on the music of Doctor Who. As timely as it is to bring this up again, what with the 50th anniversary special almost a week away, I just received my most recent music essay back from my professor today.

For this paper we were to choose any topic that pertained to popular music in the 1920s through the 1960s. Since we were studying country music and I have been listening to The Abrams Brothers for the past few years, I decided to write about the history of country music and how its origins have survived until this time.


My Instagrams through the months: Part 1

Like a lot of people, I use Instagram. I still like the rectangular photos better than square photos, as I find rectangles to be more closely related to the rule of thirds. But of course that doesn’t stop me from using the square photographic medium, it just means I have to work around it and do things differently, making sure the square versions don’t crop out important parts of my photos. I also don’t Instagram like a lot of people do, uploading (not photographing) viral photos or screenshots, or just photographing everything that happens to them. Sure, I photograph my food sometimes or silly little things that I see, but I do my best to do everything artistically. I center or off-center my subject, keep the rule of thirds in mind, and (possibly too often) photograph with my DSLR, edit in Photoshop, upload to Dropbox, save to my iPhone’s photos, and then upload to Instagram. It’s a long, arduous process for the design-inclined.

That being said, and because I haven’t written in this blog for a few months now, I thought I’d give a bit of a recap of my life through my Instagram photos. I won’t post all of my photos, just my favorites, ones that are significant to my life or are just particularly pretty. Because I have 232 photos as of right now, I think it’s a good idea to make more than one post for this. So here goes…

Time for #piano

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This photo was one of my first Instagram photos, taken in one of the practice rooms at school. It’s certainly not an innovative photo, but I clearly wanted to use up some time.

Yum, avocado grilled cheese. #food

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And so the food photos start. This was back when I first realized I should try cooking but I mostly only knew how to make grilled cheese so I made one with avocado. I’m pretty sure this was taken with my camera at the time, not my phone.

If you know Doctor Who, you might enjoy this. I was playing around with my Adipose toy and realized my TARDIS mug top could be a hat.

The next three photos all go together; they are of my neighbor’s cat.

Just too cute.

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We took care of this cat after my neighbor passed away and I felt bad, but we’re all allergic and I’m also just not too good with animals anyway.

Playing Rummikub with @BG__14

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This is the game Rummikub, or Rummy-O as we say, or Rummy-K. I really like the placement of the little red car.

Cupcake day! Merited a photograph.

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Back at school for September, the dining hall had cupcakes, even though it looks like it should be for Halloween. It may look like I’m outside, but I’m actually at a window.

My favorite shot from yesterday's photography outing.

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With my school’s photography club, I went to the local orchard. Again, this was photographed with my camera first, edited, and then I posted it on Instagram.

Look, sauce on my pasta! (Ooh so daring!)

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This pasta just looked really pretty.

I love my new stylus, which happens to look like a quill.

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I was pleased when I bought a stylus and it looked like a quill. So of course I had to photograph it when the inkwell was on my Kindle.

Tiny little book.

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My cousin had a really tiny book so of course I photographed this too.

And that is the end of my 2012 photographs. Next are my 2013 photographs which seem to be more numerous than my 2012 photographs, probably helped by the fact that I switched from a Droid to an iPhone in December for my trip to Europe in January.

Next stop, 2013.


The Music of Doctor Who: An Essay

Back at the end of April, I was required to write an essay about anything that had to do with music from the 1700s to the present day. I knew this was my only opportunity: I could write about Doctor Who. This may sound like the easiest thing in the world, but in fact it became 8 pages long. I’ve been meaning to post this online for a while, and I have finally been able to do so.

What do you think of my essay? Let me know in the comments!