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Jessquirrel needed cheering up, so here are some pictures of Oliver.
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Current Mood:
happy happy
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Tonight I watched Stephen Colbert interview the astronauts from the space shuttle Atlantis aboard the International Space Station, and I was struck again by the wonder of the fact that this was a live feed from men who left the face of the Earth and were living in a manmade vehicle orbiting the planet. And what really is a bit sad or scary is how mundane that's become. Shuttles are launching, carrying people INTO SPACE, and it barely makes the news. People no longer tune in in fascination. It's old news, even though it's a feat so staggering in the ingenuity, courage, and imagination that it took to pull this off for the last few decades, that I still can barely take in that we really do that.

For all that I watch sci-fi, for all that I've seen the documentaries and movies, just looking up at the night sky still humbles me and mesmerizes me in a way that all the glitzy Hollywood SFX of nebulae and wormholes can't. Years ago, in Virginia, my father took us out into the driveway on lawn chairs to watch a shuttle launch. All we could see of it was a light like a shooting star, but far more consistant, moving across the sky, but to take in the fact that that was humans in a high-tech ship launching out of Earth's atmosphere was very stirring. Last fall my class camped in Big Bend National Park where there were no artificial lights at night, and we watched a meteor shower, and in that darkness, you could make out the Milky Way and see satellites moving across the heavens. SATELLITES are so common to us now we bounce frickkin' text messages off them to tell people we're going out for coffee! But laying there in the mountains, it silenced an entire class of 18-to-30-year-olds. One professor had brought his telescope and we looked at the moon (turning it from a crescent to a cratered orb with a shadow across it), Jupiter with it's three moons spread out in a line around it, and a gray shadow, almost visible only out of the corner of your eye, that was a nearby galaxy. A galaxy. Somehow that phantom mist that contained immeasurable amounts of worlds, possibly even the chance of other lifeforms, was so much more mind-blowing than the colorful manipulated Hubble photographs.

I will probably never go into space. I know this. I hope I'm wrong. I have an image in my head of, when I'm 70 or 80, buying tickets and boarding some touristy space cruiseship of some sort with my children and grandchildren, or even just making a daytrip to an orbital restaurant/gift shop, but it also wouldn't surprise me if we don't get that far within my lifetime. I'm writing a novel set in space, and I suspect that creating that world, trying to put myself in my characters' places, will be as close as I get to cruising among the stars. If you think about all the restrictions physics and the vast size of the universe puts on us, perhaps that's for the best. Real space travel will not be as exciting as in the movies and shows, but the simple image of astronauts working in the cramped quarters of our existing spaceships is enough to capture my imagination and interest.

I'd be content with a space scenic overlook point. It just saddens me that as a nation, we've lost the wonder of exploring the universe. It's no longer mysterious and magical, waiting to be discovered. We know most of it is vacuum with dead rocks between them, and not enough people are interested in science to see what value those rocks and empty spaces really hold. (It's hard enough getting the kids I teach interested in the mind-blowing wonders on our own planet.)

So, I know the funding for manned missions is coming to an end for now, but I hope in generations to come the spirit of endeavor (pun not entirely unintended) will be born anew and we'll start pushing ourselves as a species again to seek out what we thought couldn't be done and keep stretching to expand our comprehension of the universe we call home. I weep for those who care only about the world they see immediately in front of them and look no deeper than at what concerns them personally.

I'm going to go stargaze.
Current Mood:
pensive pensive
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A couple friends directed me to a group, similar to the Sweet Charity auctions I've participated in previously, that's auctioning fans' skills to raise money for the people of Haiti.

That said, I've joined in offering a fanfic (DW, TW, SGA, FS) for the highest bidder. If anyone wants to join the group or bid, it tells how at the LJ group.

http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/3155.html?thread=1030483#t1030483

If my fandom and skills can be of some help, I'm more than glad to contribute. Always great to see fans putting their energy to a common good. :)

Current Mood:
creative
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While playing around online, I stumbled across this gem. A vidder, having watched Doctor Who's "Waters of Mars", was inspired to do a video showing the Doctor's mindset in light of recent events via a reading of T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock". The poem is a bizarrely striking fit for The Story So Far, and the video is one of the more creative and powerful I've yet seen spring from fandom. (Though I wish she'd just let it fade to silence at the end for a more powerful moment, but that's small potatoes.)

If you're a Whovian and have seen "Waters of Mars" and the Children in Need teaser, dig in and see what you think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juqu1zLU8M4&feature=player_embedded

(I also have a link to a version you can download with no background music that I find more fitting if anyone wants it.)

*Just found out the vidder is only 21. Yay for young people liking poetry and thinking deeply about the TV they watch!
Current Mood:
impressed impressed
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Recently I got back in touch with an old friend and writing partner who very kindly offered to beta for me. I took her up on it and want to thank her for her help and encouragement writing this fic. Thanks, Midge! Great working together again!

Old Acquaintance

 

Setting: “Last of the Timelords”

Rating: G

Characters: Donna

Spoilers: through the end of season 3

Disclaimer: Doctor Who belongs to the BBC.

Summary: Where was Donna during ‘the year that never was’?

 

 

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Took a break from stats and mapping to write up a story that's been rolling around my head since this ep re-aired on BBC America. Hope you enjoy! Off to go dig toad traps tomorrow. The life of a wildlife ecologist is ever so glamorous. :)

Moment of Silence

 

Setting: Forest of the Dead

Rating: G-PG

Characters: Donna, Doctor, Lux, River (sort of)

Spoilers: Through Forest of the Dead

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Summary: Someone has to find and free the Doctor.

 

 

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Current Mood:
sleepy sleepy
Current Music:
Locking up the Sun - Poets of the Fall
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So, I was surfing the BBC website checking out the Doctor Who "Attack of the Graske" game after reading about it (how did I not hear about it sooner?) and I discovered something I am going to enjoy WAY too much: A Doctor Who comic maker. You pick backgrounds, put in characters, props, monsters, talk bubbles, the whole nine, and you can honestly make a comic book to print out. :D Oh, fanfic just went to a whole other level. There are limits (no 9th Doctor, no Rose, it's geared a bit around seasons 3 and 4), but seriously, I can have a disgusting amount of fun with this.

I'll try to post my first attempt to work with it, inspired by just what backgrounds were available. Sorry, I had an issue where if you erased one talk bubble, they all disappeared, right up until you printed it and both showed up, so I guess...assume there's an echo or something. If it's not readable or anything, let me know. I can't up the size too much without major distortion, but I can try or translate.
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Okay, I seriously planned to be in bed at a decent hour tonight. Guess that's not happening. lol I'm never going to get back into a normal school routine at this rate. I'm semi-nocturnal these days. (Which is nice if you have friends in vastly different time zones, but not helpful in much else.)

ETA: Ooh, that's not pretty. On my computer, I can click on the picture and it comes up bigger in another window. Does that happen for anyone else? I may have to break down and get a Photobucket account someday after all. I'll be happy to write up the dialogue if anyone wants it.
Current Mood:
giddy giddy
Current Music:
Sleepthief
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Getting another little ficlet out of my head. I hadn't planned to write an 11th Doctor fic so early because we haven't met him yet, but he fit into an idea I'd had some time ago, so I finally wrote it out, using the Confidential interview with Matt Smith (though still winding up with a lot of David Tennant's voice I fear). Anyway, similar idea to my last one. Hope you like!

Small Things

 

Setting: Sometime in season 5

Rating: G

Characters: 11th Doctor, younger River Song, Donna, Sylvia

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Summary: The Doctor saves a life yet again.

 

 

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I've been watching a bunch of people write 11th Doctor stories lately. So, of course, my muse did...something else. :) This story isn't quite what I started out writing, but it's where the characters took me, so there you go. Not sure if it works or not, but I'll let you, the readers be the judge. I've got better stuff in the pipeline.

With that optimistic start, on with the show! ;)

Collision

 

Setting: very early on

Rating: G

Disclaimer: Russell T. Davies claims in “Doctor Who: The Inside Story” that they just make the show and we, the fans, own it. Hm… ;)

Characters: Donna, Nerys, Veena, Doctor

Summary: Donna and her friends go on a normal shopping trip.

 

 

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Ah, my annual, somewhat corny but fun Christmas fic for whichever show is occupying my mind and muse most at the moment. This year, it's Doctor Who, so here's my short little story to occupy myself, especially since we in the States likely won't get the Christmas special till sometime around July. :P

So! On with the show!

Setting: post-Journey’s End

Rating: G

Characters: Donna, Wilf, Sylvia, a Christmas visitor

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Summary: The first Christmas after Donna lost her memory.

 

 

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Current Music:
Merry Christmas Darling - The Carpenters (beautiful voice)
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