Archive for December 26, 2009

The BBC decided to wise up concerning the Dr. Who special The end of Time.

Instead of a 3-6 month delay causing fans to play with proxy servers and or post copy after copy on youtube etc just so people outside of England could watch it, they scheduled it on BBC America with only an 18 hour delay from the base broadcast.

Incidentally as this will be the last story of the 10th doctor played by David Tennant and the introduction of the 11th doctor played by Matt Smith, this is a good choice for an entry point to the series.

If you read this blog at all you know I’m a big doctor who fan but being a graybeard I had no problem waiting till tonight to see the show, my 18 year old son being 18 thought otherwise so of course he watched using a proxy server and of course I watched it with him and of course my wife watched it when he offered to replay it.

I like it a lot more than The Nerd Blog did but from reading his review that wasn’t hard. (I disagree with him on the specials, I enjoyed them all even though Waters of Mars had a huge hole in it.) He had some points concerning the plot and the Masters “powers” but I very much liked the ending and am willing to withhold judgment until I see part two next week.

There was one thing however that annoyed me:

I presume it was meant as a plot device but the climatic moment of the show comes during a worldwide broadcast where president Obama is about to release his plan to end the worldwide recession. It’s a theme throughout the show.

I don’t know how long ago this was written, but the idea of a bunch of brits waiting for Barack Obama to save them strikes me as condescending to them. If I was a British subject I’d be insulted.

There is every probability that this was written just after his election and that Russell T. Davies was and/or is a member of the hopey-changey Obamacult. I suspect British actors are even farther left than Hollywood so it would be no surprise. It is also possible that he is making fun of said cult but I doubt it.

Alas the shooting schedule and the filming didn’t account for the crash and burn of international opinion of the president, it gives the episode an anachronistic quality will make many conservatives laugh at the reminder of those foolish messianic days.

My personal reaction was to think of this:

If you want to watch it to see what I mean, tune into BBC America tonight at 9 p.m. The two previous Doctor Who Specials: Planet of the Dead and Waters of Mars will be showed immediately before starting at 6:30 EST.

Rambo: Amazon Review

Posted: December 26, 2009 by datechguy in amazon reviews
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My review of Sylvester Stallone’s return as Rambo, is available at Amazon.com here.

One interesting note from the special features. They submitted their first cut of this movie for a rating fulling expecting to get an “NC-17” rating due to the military style violence. They were shocked to get the “R” so this is in theory the directors cut.

There is quite a bit of plot in here, you will enjoy it.

That must be embarrassing…

Posted: December 26, 2009 by datechguy in catholic, oddities
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I was going to confession on day at St. Leo’s in Leominster when I noticed a poster next to the doors of the church with a complete list of the popes up to John Paul II. When you look at the popes one name jumped out at me. Pope Liberius, the 36th pope.

He was Pope from 352-366 and is unique compared to all the popes that preceded him. He was the first pope on that list who is NOT a Canonized saint.

Today that is not so odd. Of the popes who have lived in the last 500 years only two have been canonized St. Pius X (1903-14) and St. Pius V 1566-72. To find a saint before them you have to go all the way back to St. Gregory VII in the 11th century.

But Every pope before Liberius is canonized and quite a few after him, you have to go to Pope Anastasius II (#50) 130 years later before you find another that isn’t.

I don’t know about you but I’d be very embarrassed by that. The first one not to make the official cut? It’s like being Ronald Dionne only worse.

Now if you know your Catholic theology you know that may not matter, he certainly may be in heaven but the Church has no official position on that one way or the other.

But Come on! Maybe some ancient papal scholar can do some research and decide if it’s worth starting a cause for him.