March 19th, 2008

alphabet of sound

9200 - Wednesday

Egg-dying tonight! Tina, Adam, possibly in-laws and BHK for coloring chicken ovals! Pictures to follow tomorrow, no doubt. Chris is a bit late picking me up, so I can keyboard away at this for a little bit.

Haiku in my brain -

that piece of paper
covered in doodles and such
where did I put it?

50 things I've done meme continues with item 37. I...

37.'was the data librarian for the Atari computer club, back when Atari actually made a home computer or twelve that were actually useful as office-type gizmo as well as game machines. I had an 800XL with a bank of happy chip modded 1050 floppy drives that I used for a BBS, but I also had an Atari ST, that I learned the bulk of my first usable programming knowledge on. (LOGO on the TI-99/4a notwithstanding - come to think of it, I did some Spirograph stuff on the ST, too.) When the club dissolved, I was left with a huge crate of free software... including some nifty CAD stuff, and a pile of MIDI music software. I dabbled for a while with both, but the programming was more interesting to me at the time. I suspect if you asked me now, I'd be fooling with a keyboard and midi cables. I built my first homebrew sound digitizer on the ST, and used it mostly to do startup, shutdown noises.. not to mention the occasional silly soundboard program.

Chewbacca is quite the dapper Victorian don't you think?

Via sci-fi scanner - Doctor Who Originally Conceived As an Insane, Malevolent LSD Junkie


Everyone knows Doctor Who: He's the malignant alien time-traveler hopping around the galaxy in an invisible UFO, right? With eyes filled with madness and a heart dripping with hate, he constantly pops tabs of LSD to relive the horrors of his immortal past. When he's not under the throes of a hallucinogen-induced bender, he is using his time-traveling UFO to pop into the past and stop the caveman from inventing the wheel, Isaac Newton from discovering gravity and Gutenberg from inventing the printing press... all to consolidate a horrific vision of the future that is entirely of his insane devising. Right? Right?

Well, no, of course not: The good Doctor is a benevolent force who hops around the universe in his TARDIS, trying to do good deeds and help the people he loves whenever possible. But bizarrely, this was not the original idea for Doctor Who, as the notes coming out of the BBC's archives make clear. Rather, he was originally brainstormed to be an insane, malevolent LSD junkie.

"A feature of the new Doctor will be the humour along the lines of the sardonic humour of Sherlock Holmes. The metaphysical change which takes place over 500 years or so is a horrifying experience... in which he relives some of the unendurable moments of his long life..." the archives read. "It's as if he has had the LSD drug and instead of experiencing the kicks, he has the hell and dank horror which can be its effect."

Needless to say, the producer shot this idea down, giving us the good Doctor we've all grown to love. But, my god. I would kill for this vision of the Doctor: an insane, time-traveling Dr. Gregory House.

A reactionary on a bad LSD trip - Doctor Who?

Say what you want about Obama, but that's a heck of a speech right there. No doubt I'm the 1,795,403,543rd news source to mention it this morning.

1 year ago - newt and pye on cam, first day at county, Ze:The Show is over, squid vs yellow submarine,

2 years ago - condo area pic with duck, i don't like cricket

3 years ago - Lunsford, Atlantis, car crash test, voice post

4 years ago - club 977, Wine & Food, itunes, lj spam, Fri-5, nearby donations,First hint of New Dr Who, Newt big-head pic, color associations

5 years ago - heat, bad job recruiter, UT

6 years ago - city relic quiz, got into an argument with Astley, work nonsense, happy ending

7 years ago - awake but paralysed for surgery, com ideas, animal eyesGeotarget