I thought I’d do a refreshing change of pace and post something fun and exciting–namely that there’s going to be an American tour of Phantom of the Opera starting in November! There’s not much else we know about it at the moment, but still…Phantom! In the US!
Now all I have to do is see a production of Les Miserables, and I can die happy. Speaking of which, keep your eyes open for a few fun Les Mis-themed posts–I found I missed doing the fun posts.
Never mess with a man who has a pipe organ and a gondola.
Quite a few twists and turns have popped up during the first part of Doctor Who‘s seventh season, so I’ve decided to briefly hightlight the first five episodes:
- Asylum of the Daleks: This was a strong story to kick off another season of the world’s longest-running science fiction show, memorable for introducing the Parliment of the Daleks, the lovely Oswin Oswald (whose real identity is something of a shock), and a startling twist that will undoubtedly influence future Doctor-Dalek relations in memorable ways.
- Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: I was initially leery of this episode since I had heard it was not one of Doctor Who‘s strongest outings, but you know what? It was fun. It’s good for Doctor Who to take a step back from the death and destruction that seem to follow in the Doctor’s wake and just be silly. Plus, it was entertaining to see the Doctor have a “gang” in the form of the Ponds, big game hunger John Riddell, Queen Nefertiti (yes, that Queen Nefertiti), and Rory’s dad Brian. If had just one complaint about the episode, it would be with Queen Nefertiti’s characterization–she tells Amy and Riddell that she finds her husband boring (that’s why she went with the Doctor, to have a bit of excitement in her life), yet according to history, Nefertiti was devoted to her husband (I only know this because Egypt was my favorite ancient culture to study in school).
- A Town Called Mercy: This episode introduced us to the intriguing Kahler-Jex, a scientist who fled his home planet to escape punishment for his war crimes and was trying to make amends for his past evils by caring for the inhabitants of the small Western town of Mercy. Kahler-Jex was an emotionally complex character, and I would have liked to see him in future episodes–too bad they killed him off.
- The Power of Three: We finally get to see what Amy and Rory’s lives are like when they’re not with the Doctor…and their lives are not easy since they never know when their friend will careen into their lives and whisk them off to a distant corner of the universe. They find they’re always waiting for him, and Rory observes that someday they’ll have to choose between normal life and life with the Doctor. On another note, this episode also introduced Kate Stewart, daughter of classic Who companion Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and we got to see Brian again.
- The Angels Take Manhattan: Easily the eeriest Angel episode since Blink. We were treated to more of the Doctor’s timey-wimey relationship with River (was it just me, or did a pained look cross his face when River said she was now Professor Song?), and Rory got to die and come back to life…again. It was also one of the saddest farewells since Donna’s departure in Journey’s End.
Yes, yes, I know, Lent started on Wednesday, but somehow I managed to forget to post about it. I also didn’t post for St. Valentine’s Day, but that’s just because I honestly didn’t have anything to say about it (although I did get ideas for next year. Be afraid. Be very afraid).
Anywho, with Lent upon us, it’s one of the best times of year to honestly assess your lifelong journey towards Heaven. By taking a step back and examing what you really do, sometimes you surprise yourself. And sometimes you make the right changes to get yourself back on track. Sometimes we fail, but we get right back up. That’s life for us humans for you; we fail miserably, but we get right back up and try to get it right the next time.
Also, as you prepare yourselves for Our Lord’s Passion, Death, and triumphant Resurrection, don’t forget to pray for our current and future Pope.
February 11, 2013 will forever live in history as the day Pope Benedict XVI announced that at the end of the month he would abdicate the Chair of St. Peter, the first pope in over 600 years to do so. Like countless other Catholics, I was surprised and dismayed to learn of it this morning; Benedict XVI has been an awesome pope, and I will be sorry to see him leave. He has done much for the good of the Church.
Supposedly the conclave will begin shortly after Benedict’s abdication on February 28, and if all goes well, we should have a new pope by Easter–hopefully well before then. But no one is sure what this new pope will be like or how much of Benedict’s reign he will keep; a few people are already beginning to wonder what will happen to the Year of Faith now that Benedict will not be presiding over it. Change is coming quickly, and we must pray very hard for the Holy Ghost to guide the cardinals in the arduous process of electing yet another successor to St. Peter. We should also pray for Benedict XVI; it took great courage to do what he did.
Update (2/12/13): According to Church Law, the earliest the conclave can convene is three weeks after the death (or, in this case, abdication) of the previous Pope, which means the cardinals can’t meet until March 15. However, the initial goal was to have a new pontiff elected and installed by Palm Sunday, which falls on March 24 this year. So the cardinals are only going to have nine days to decide who among them will succeed Benedict XVI. This should be nothing short of interesting.
Wow, I haven’t posted here in a very long time. I feel badly about that. But I am back now, and one of the tales I shall share with you today involves my brief experiments with Linux Ubuntu. For those of you who don’t know, Linux is an operating system platform that is primarily based on open-source software, unlike Windows or Mac machines that run expensive operating systems. Ubuntu is simply a variation on Linux.
The good news: open-source software means Ubuntu and other Linux operating systems are free. Yes, free.
The bad news: a program you use every day on your Windows computer probably won’t work in Linux, and the substitutes are not always of as high a caliber. This was one of my frustrations when I experimented with Linux Ubuntu by installing it as a dual-boot operating system on my computer a few weeks ago. Yes, the substitutes often work very well, but usually they just don’t have the same useful features as their Windows (or Mac) counterparts.
Something else that frustrated me was how difficult basic maintenance tasks were. Most of them had to be run from the command terminal–not that I am complaining about that part; my very first computer was pretty much solely command-line interface, but it was at least easy to find out which commands did what. With Ubuntu, I had to dig through support forum posts to find answers to what should have been easy questions. What’s laughable about this is that a lot of people brag about how user-friendly Ubuntu is! Personally I think the techie people rave about Ubuntu so they can feel smug and superior to Windows and Mac users.
I have removed Ubuntu now and am back to just plain ol’ Windows 7. And I must say that Windows 7 is the best operating system that fits my needs.