Intro To Other British SF TV Series

September 19, 2007

If you are a “newbie” to British television and want to something other than Doctor Who, here are a few examples to begin your exploration.
Highlander Series: Best Of The Best Box Set
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Color, Closed Captioned, Box Set, English Soundtrack, Unrated, Adrian Paul

Highlander DVD

Complete Patrick Macnee Avengers Saga
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Watch Patrick Macnee and his dynamic partners fight evil masterminds in this complete set of Avengers epsiodes on DVD, including lost episodes and the New Avenger series.

The Avengers DVD

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New To Dr Who?

September 19, 2007

Below are items to help get you started:

Doctor Who Megaset DVD
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Kickstart your travels in time and space with a megaset of over 64 hours from the world’s longest running science-fiction TV series! See all seven Doctors from the original series in 33 top stories, including two by Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and nine by Robert Holmes. Doctor… Click for more information

Doctor Who: The Complete First & Second Series DVD
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Ready for an all-new Who? The BBC-produced Sci-Fi Channel hit is reborn for a new generation! This isn’t your father’s Doctor Who – it’s packed with new characters and amazing storylines created by some of Britain’s best television writers, including Steven Moffat (Coupling), Paul Abbot ( State of… Click for more information

Doctor Who Action Figure 12 Pc Season 3 Assortment
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Imported from the UK! Experience all the excitement of Doctor Who’s third season with these action figures taken from the tenth Doctor’s adventures in time and space! The angels may have the phone box, but you can have these cool action figures and choose from The Doctor, Martha Jones, the Judoon…Click for more information

Doctor Who Pocket Essential Book
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by Mark Campbell Who is Who? In this pocket-sized, introductory essay, each Doctor’s era is put under the microscope with facts and informed opinion on all their stories. Included is an in-depth reference section detailing further reading, fascinating and bizarre Doctor Who websites, and a short…Click for more information

Come back for more interesting Doctor Who product highlights!


Iapetus mosaic

September 16, 2007

Take a look at this huge mosaic of Iapetus the Saturn moon with the “Death Star” like appearance.  That one crater you’ve seen before in Voyager images shows TWO craters.  Here are two blog posts of this image taken September 10th, 2007 by Cassini.

The Planetary Society

Bad Astronomy

Arm-chair geologists and space explorers have fun with this one!


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.”

Article 

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?


Science and Technology Intro

September 16, 2007

This category is for anything related to science or technology.  This includes space science news.  How close are we getting to what we see depicted in our science fiction shows?


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?