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Happy Birthday, My Turn to Talk!

We’re celebrating the 5th birthday of My Turn to Talk today! Woo-hoo! I never expected to last this long! And what an exciting year it’s been, from the premiere of Star Trek Beyond to overanalzying Dracula to the 50th anniversary of Star Trek to discovering “Scream of the Shalka” to celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera (even if the Facebook page decided to remove the videos) to surviving National Blog Post Writing Month to the awesome French Beauty and the Beast adaptation to saying farewell to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine to the premiere of Doctor Who‘s tenth season to tracing the parallels between Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings to the introduction of the Thirteenth Doctor.

Whew, I never realized how busy I was last year until I typed all that out! I can’t wait to see what else I’ll accomplish in this coming year! And it is you, dear readers, that inspire me to come back and keep typing away–even it’s something I think is a little silly, I do take pleasure in thinking that somewhere out there, these crazy ramblings of mine are making someone smile.

And now for the obligatory posting of “One Day More”:

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Happy Birthday, My Turn to Talk!

It’s that time of year again–time to celebrate the fact that my blog has survived yet another year without my running out of things to write about! And plenty of stuff happened this last year–there was the stage version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame; there were the online versions of The Phantom of the Opera and Nosferatu I posted for Halloween; there was Clara’s heartbreaking farewell and the Doctor’s heartwarming reunion with River; there was an analysis on the roles of fear and free will in Return of the Jedi and the long-awaited review of The Force Awakens. And let’s not forget the Sherlock New Year’s special, the news of Moffat’s departure from Doctor Who, and the teaser trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast!

But, as always, it is you, noble readers, who make this blog a worthwhile effort. Knowing that there is a strong, loyal gathering of you who continue to read my blog even when I’m not sure if anyone else is interested in what I have to say is a powerful motivator, and I am beyond grateful for all of you. Thank you for sticking it out this far.

And now for the obligatory posting of “One Day More”:

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Happy Birthday, My Turn to Talk!

Three years of My Turn to Talk! Three years! And I thought I would run out of things to write about after three weeks!

Just as always, a lot has happened over here in the last year. We said hello to the Twelfth Doctor and bade a fond farewell to Middle-Earth; we discovered that the TV show Resurrection was based on a book; we learned that the Incarnation was totally going to happen in Middle-Earth; we talked about different musical versions of The Phantom of the Opera apart from the well-known Andrew Lloyd-Webber version; we’ve started geeking out about The Force Awakens and the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast–heck, we even found a song that celebrates books!

As always, you, my fine readers, are the best part of this endeavor. There are 1,647 of you according to my site stats, and that is way, way more than I ever thought I would get. Okay, I’ll be honest; I was pretty sure that number would be 0. Just knowing that you’re out there and (hopefully) enjoying what you’re reading brings an extra bit of enjoyment to something I already enjoy doing–writing.

Happy Birthday, My Turn to Talk! Here’s to the next year!

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Happy Birthday, My Turn to Talk!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the two year mark on My Turn to Talk! Can you believe we actually made it this far? Honestly, I never thought I would make it this long; I thought I would run out of ideas. Seems kind of silly now, huh?

A lot happened this year, same as last–National Blog Post Writing Month was another rousing success (complete with loads of posts for Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary), my review for The Desolation of Smaug, and getting to see the touring production of The Phantom of the Opera! But the biggest part of last year was you, my faithful and loyal readers. I can’t believe there are over a thousand of you now (where did you all come from?). I may not always respond to your comments, but seeing them appear on my posts and getting new emails whenever I get a new subscriber bring me more satisfaction than I know how to accurately express. Just…thank you.

And now for the traditional posting of “One Day More”:

Here’s to the next year!

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There are Still Good People out There

I had several different topics I considered posting today, the last day of November’s National Blog Post Month, but when I heard about this, I knew I had to make my post about this.

It seems there was a police officer in New York City who saw a barefoot homeless man sitting out in the cold one night. He then went into a nearby shoe store, bought a pair of boots, and gave them to this man. This kind act may have gone appreciated but unnoticed had it not been for a woman who happened to be walking by, saw what was happening, and took a picture. She sent the picture to the New York Police Department to commend the officer for his actions (you can read this article about it from Yahoo).

I must say that although my faith in humanity sometimes gets a little shaken and disgusted and drives me to want to live in one of those nice furnished caves in Arizona, I was so glad to see that there are people out there who remember to be kind and considerate, who want to make the lives of those around them better instead of seeing what they can do to help themselves. This man is a hero.

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Followup: A Brief Windows 8 Review

I managed to preview Windows 8 some time back, and my verdict is…no. Heck no.

Although the layout is great for smartphones and tablets, it looks terrible on a regular computer. Microsoft should have figured out a way to have it render differently on desktops/laptops or at least include an option to automatically boot into the desktop mode rather than going through the Metro layout.

Also…whose bright idea was it to get rid of the Start button!?

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A Brief Internet Explorer 10 Review

I got fed up with my glitchy version of Internet Explorer 9 and decided to download the release preview of Internet Explorer 10 shortly after Microsoft made it available. My verdict: it is much easier to use than version 9 ever was. It better supports the newer HTML5 features, which makes my work as a web designer less stressful. Of course, it still has a few of those trademark Internet Explorer glitches (like how it still goes slower than my Chrome or Firefox browsers), but things look brighter for Internet Explorer’s future than it has in past releases.

Windows 8 on the other hand…well, that’s a subject for another post.

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