Pirate Day and Doctor Who

September 20, 2007

Avast me Time Lords!
Today we celebrate Pirate’s Day

Pirate’s Day Official Site

Here are Doctor Who episodes themed in the pirate spirit:

The Space Pirates – Patrick Troughton – Season 6
The Pirate Planet – Tom Baker – Season 16
Enlightenment – Peter Davison – Season 20
Delta and the Bannermen – Sylvester McCoy – Season 24

You can find more detailed Doctor Who episode information at Outpost Gallifrey.

Give us your best Pirate Day cheer!


Google offers $30 million for moon race

September 16, 2007

“Google seems to be dipping their fingers everywhere these days, with the latest news confirming the Internet giant’s sponsorship of a cool $30 million in a robotic race to the moon, in conjunction with a competition organized by the X PRIZE Foundation.”


Blog article at Reuters describes this web search engine service’s interest in grabbing an interest in space exploration.   Private space enterprise opens the door to anyone with engineering and mechanical skills.  You don’t have to work for NASA or its contractors anymore to get into the space industry.

Let’s expand this idea here.  Any moon robot ideas out there?  It would be cool if schools could get involved.  I’m sure there are talented, imaginative kids who could design and build robots to explore the moon.  Let’s hope we continue to support science and technical education and improve it where it is lacking.

Any kids up to the challenge in your area?

Jury Duty Tales

September 16, 2007

We are looking for true stories about your jury duty experiences.  First, please summarize with your location details and type of trial (criminal or civil).  Then provide most interesting details in a paragraph or two.

Nepal airline sacrifices goats to appease sky god

September 16, 2007

“KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Officials at Nepal’s state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said on Tuesday.”

Reuters Article

The Milwaukee Time Lords membership largely consists of highly educated, “geeky” folks. Most of our members also are into gaming of some form. You really can’t play games well if you are not skilled in logical thinking.

We are also in professions and hobbies that demand logical thinking skills for success. We have a banker who must watch out for fraud. We have a geological society member with personal, first-hand knowledge about our planet’s history. We have computer programmers who can solve many business problems. We have those who are educated in law and meeting procedures. And so our members have highly tuned critical thinking skills. We are also able to suspend disbelief when we encounter science errors in Doctor Who and other shows we watch, but it’s also neat when they get it right.

A news item like this would be just the sort of thing that would make the Doctor wonder about his allegiance with the human race. Here we have the juxtaposition between the high-tech product of over 100 years of aviation science and the ancient practice of killing animals to appease a “sky god”. (If you love animals, you’ll no doubt find this appalling.) Can you name Doctor Who episodes with that theme?

Did anyone check to see if this act changed the mechanical problems? Does this point to a larger problem for this country? Do you feel safer flying or on the ground now knowing that there are other airlines that practice superstition instead of science?

Hello world!

March 11, 2006

Welcome to the launch of the Milwaukee Time Lords blog. I am Julie K. Frey, website administrator for the Milwaukee Time Lords Online website.

If you are new to our club, we founded August 26, 1989 from a local college Doctor Who club. We found greater flexbility and sustainability in a private organization, especially when publishing our newsletter, The Relative Times. Although Doctor Who remains our primary support mission, we support other creative works on television and motion pictures.
For our first image, I have our first group photo. Can you identify a familiar person in the crowd? You should know if you are a fan of Doctor Who.

Don’t forget to bookmark our site and visit regularly to check up on our blog. Your commentaries are welcome. If any members wish to post a blog, please submit your name, email address and blog text. The best blogs are those that are brief and invite commentary.

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Julie K. Frey
Milwaukee Time Lords Website Administrator