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Doctor Who Plus Dominoes

I cannon imagine how long this took to set up. But we are glad someone had the patience to do it. Enjoy this impressive domino display dedicated to Doctor Who and specifically the adventures of the 10th Doctor, but be carefully don’t blink.

She’s Back – Original Trex to Appear in Jurassic World

According to Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow the original tyrannosaurus that terrorized children twenty years ago is back. In an interview he said, “The T. rex that’s in the film is the T. rex from the original Jurassic Park. She is 22 years older.”

And how did she hold up after twenty plus years? Trevorrow said, “… she’s not limping around.” He went on, “… it’s going to move a little bit differently, but it’ll move differently because it’s older. And we’re giving her some scars and we’re tightening her skin. So, she has that feeling of, like, an older Burt Lancaster. And this movie is her Unforgiven.”

Jurassic World Trex Robot PlungerIn the same interview, he also mentioned the original Visitor Center will make an appearance in the new film.

While it is great they are giving nods to the original film it seems a bit unlikely either the visitor center or the t-rex would still be around. After the incident on the original island it was said that Isla Nublar was completely destroyed probably by a napalm attack. Which would have no doubt killed all the animals on the island and incinerated any structures.

Although, the bombing event certainly occurs in the novels and in the Jurassic Park games, the event is not explicitly mentioned or seen in the films. However, in a deleted scene from the Lost World: Jurassic Park the character Peter Ludlow says, “… demolition, de-construction, and disposal of Isla Nublar facilities, organic and inorganic, 126 million dollars.”

So, if they did call off the air strike and the island went on untouched then why is no one talking about the other island full of dinosaurs in the Lost World or Jurassic Park III?

Even if somehow the island escaped being incinerated, is it possible the dinosaurs would have been able to survive? As explained in the Lost World they can over come the lysine problem, but what about other issues, such as food and breeding. As for carnivores we know for sure there is only one tyrannosaurus, a handful of dilophosaurus and three adult velociraptors, although those raptors were probably all dead by the end of the film. Of course, we saw at least the raptors had managed the breed in the wild. Though, one does question how, given there were no raptors “unsupervised” on the island. (Perhaps, they had originally let the raptors roam free in a paddock similar to the ones they kept the other animals in before putting them in their own enclosure.)

Jurassic Park Trex eating RaptorIn any case, there are very few carnivores on the island, which is good because there are very few herbivores on the island.  We know that Isla Nublar was only the “showroom” and would have only been home to a small number of dinosaurs at any given time. Hopefully, that small amount of herbivores, that didn’t get sick from whatever was ailing that triceratops, figured out how to change their sex and get busy before the hungry carnivores ate them all.

Does it really matter if the island was destroyed or not destroyed? Or, if the animals could have survived on their own or not? Probably not, because at the end of the day it’s only a movie.

 

Victoria Memorial, London UK (a TARDIS abroad)

TARDI Victoria Memorial  London UK England Doctor WhoThe TARDIS hanging out with the Queen at her Memorial in London just outside Buckingham Palace.

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Stargate Atlantis Home Theater

I for one am certainly missing the lack of Stargate in my life since the cancellation of Universe, but clearly not as much as some people.stargate-home-theater-1

Jacob Yarmuth, the homeowner,  spent $ 70,000 to make his custom Stargate Atlantis Home theater.

When you wave a hand at the Atlantis logo at the entrance of the theater, the air pockets doors automatically slide open to welcome you in. No word if you need the Ancient gene to access the room or not.

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Originally posted here.

Jurassic World – First Official Trailer

We have been teased by Jurassic World teasers for several months now. But now we are treated to a full length trailer. With some more major plot points revealed and some more Starlord, I mean Andy, I mean Chris’ humor. We also get to see the new dino baddy, some awesome raptors and  a sad veggiesaurus massacre.

“You got to be able to relate to at least one of those things.”

Whats gonna happen to the goat - Jurassic World

Big Ben, London UK (a TARDIS abroad)

A TARDIS Abroad London Big BenThe TARDIS taking in the sites on the back of the Thames looking back at Big Ben in the heart of London.

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Limited Time: Geeky Biased T-Shirts for $14

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Check out some of our very own “Geeky Biased” designs. For more designs check out our store.

Keep Calm and Allons-Y Doctor Who
Keep Calm and Allons-y! – Doctor Who
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I Heart Robots – Various
Clever Girl - Jurassic Park
Clever Girl – Jurassic Park
Ignorance is Bliss - The Matrix
Ignorance is Bliss – The Matrix
 Stargate Earth Address
Stargate Earth Address – SG-1
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I Heart NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNY – Doctor Who

Dark Matter (SyFy) – Trailer

SyFy released the first look at the new series “Dark Matter.” Adapted from the graphic novel by the same name the show follows six individuals who wake up in a spacecraft with no memory of their past. It is also the return of several Stargate SG-1, Atlantis and Universe alumnus. Including writers and executive producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie. As well as actors such as David Hewlett and the behind the camera talent of Amanda Tapping.

Dark Matter is one of several new series ordered by the SyFy channel that seem to harken back to the networks roots. Hopefully, the new lineup will not disappoint. The series begins Friday June 12.

Game of Thrones – 80s and 90s

French artist and graphic designer Mike Wrobel has given some of favorite and not so favorite Game of Thrones characters a 80s and 90s style makeover. It is amazing how well he captures the personalities of the characters bore out only in common style of the two decades. The Stark children are especially well done.

GOT Makeove - Ramsay Snow
Ramsay Snow
GOT Makeove - Robb Stark
Robb Stark
GOT Makeove - Sansa Stark
Sansa Stark
GOT Makeove - Ser Jorah Mormont
Ser Jorah Mormont
GOT Makeove - Stannis Baratheon
Stannis Baratheon
GOT Makeove - Theon Greyjoy
Theon Greyjoy
GOT Makeove - Ygritte
Ygritte
GOT Makeove - Brann Stark
Brann Stark
GOT Makeove - Daenerys Targaryen
Daenerys Targaryen
GOT Makeove - Gendry
Gendry
GOT Makeove - Jaime Lannister
Jaime Lannister
GOT Makeove - Joffrey Baratheon
Joffrey Baratheon
GOT Makeove - Jon Snow
Jon Snow
GOT Makeover - Tyrion Lannister
Tyrion Lannister

The Twelth Doctor – Some Thoughts on the New Doctor and his Companion

We are now several episodes into the freshman season of the twelfth (or thirteenth) Doctor. Peter Capaldi certainly has some big shoes to fill. Although, much is new, such as the furnishings in the TARDIS and a sometimes bewildering accent, yet some things remain the same. His companion is still Clara Oswald and the sonic is still green.

Like so many times before it seems crucial to a smooth transition for a new Doctor to keep around the previous companion. It tends to soften the blow and if the new companion is on board, then the audience is “allowed” to be also. There has usually been some initial reluctance on shocked companions to accept a new face, but by the end of episode one usually they are totally on board. Rose’s transition from Nine to Ten is especially well done.

Clara OswaldClara’s transition was anything but smooth. She seemed utterly destroyed by the new face and personality. Which on the surface seems reasonable, she did have a deep connection with Eleven and his death was quite traumatic. However, given she has apparently been saving the Doctor all through history a Doctor with a different face should not seem all that shocking. Yet, it takes a call from the “grave” to convince her the new guy is legit.

While Clara is dealing or not dealing with a new Doctor, that new Doctor is trying out his new personality. He seems much more arrogant, sardonic and cold than any Doctor in recent years. Certainly, some similarities to the first Doctor there. Nine through Eleven were infatuated with humanity, and although they recognized our faults they also saw us as a great sense of hope. The First Doctor seemed reluctant to see humanity as much more than an annoying distraction. Twelve does not seem to have that extreme viewpoint, but falls somewhere in the middle leaning toward the First.

Twelfth_Doctor_Post-RegenerationOther major differences seem to be his calculating nature as opposed to a rush in and ask questions later recipe for life. The first three Doctors of the new series were generally so caught up in curiosity, they would blindly walk into situations without even the hint of a plan. This gave the former Doctors almost a childlike sense of wonder. In that way, it made them selfless and easily caught up in the plight of strangers. The new Doctor would seem to be much more selfish. He certainly is up to the task of helping strangers, but he is far more hesitant than his predecessors were.

Twelve’s relationship with his companion also seems outside the norm we have been accustomed. He seems to leave Clara alone more often than not. Only to show up at inopportune times and lead her off to life endangering romps. Given how visceral and intimate Clara’s relationship with Eleven was, she is downright chilly toward the new Doctor. So far, we have seen her much of the time away from the Doctor. Either attempting to live her “normal” life or even being left behind to fend for herself.

TARDISThis tendency to let the companions live “normal” lives is not new. Amy and Rory also had visits from the Doctor rather than being constant cohorts. Although prior to that, the Doctor’s companions lived solely on the TARDIS. Many of which would never see their own planet or time again. I believe that makes a much stronger link between Doctor and companion. It makes them like family, rather than just some acquaintance they hang out with from time to time.

It seems unlikely much will change between the Doctor and Clara, other than the fact Clara will move on. Most of the time the Doctor is forced to painfully leave companions behind, but I believe in Clara’s case she’ll be the one doing the leaving. Perhaps Clara’s replacement will fall into more classic companion routines.

It remains to be seen whether these differences will help or hurt Capaldi’s tenure as the Doctor, but I imagine we will be in for more un-Doctorly surprises.