Here’s my first fractal slide show video. I own the copyrights to the images, and the music is my own, created via GarageBand. Video editing and composition is via iMovie. No Maine Coon cats or fractal dust mastodons were harmed in the making of this video.
Hey, guys! I’m busy this weekend composing musical tracks by using GarageBand, mostly for podcasts and YouTube videos among other purposes. I’ve already created one track this evening, lasting a minute and a half, and I’m really having fun with this. I’ll be creating a bunch more tomorrow, some of which I’ll release online, others to distribute to friends and family, still more to experiment with. One objective is to create a musical track lasting anywhere from 5 to 7 minutes that sounds good when played on continuous loop, for my reading and writing periods. I hate reading or writing in silence, and creating music to help me do that will be hugely fun.
Tf. Tk. Tts.
xkcd: The End of the Rainbow
This evening at 10:00 p.m. EDT airs the annual Doctor Madblood’s Halloween Scream at whro.org/madblood. This year’s movie will be the director’s cut of the original Night of the Living Dead.
Zombies! The Shambling Dead! How cool is that??
To me, the skits involving the Madblood gang are the best part, but the movie is okay as well if you like the quintessential film by George Romero! The skits take place at Madblood Manor, the home of retired mad scientist Doctor Maximillian Madblood and his monsters.
Pungo Virginia’s resident vampire, Count Lacudra (Dracula spelled sideways 🙂 ) makes an appearance, as Madblood characters lighten the movie segments with humor.
A certain Ninth Doctor impersonator does not appear in the skits, only during the costume party scenes, which are very brief. There are Daleks though, thankfully not encountered by said Ninth Doctor impersonator, as being exterminated by an angry Dalek with only the Sonic as a defense would have been unpleasant. They were made of wood, and the Sonic doesn’t work on wood!
The other cosplayers, though, were brilliant, funny, and very nice people who made the early evening of September 25 enormously fun and memorable.
Enjoy the movie!
Zoom into The Center of Our Galaxy:
G’day! I had the cosplay session at the studio on the 25th of last month, but I neglected to take pics! Here is one that the parental unit took before filming began (I look old, just short of 900 years, I think!):
But the filming went well, and the episode should air on the 29th of this month, the Saturday before Halloween. I’ll post links to it on social media, including the next Astrophenia for this blog before regular posting ends. Stay cool, or warm, depending on your hemisphere of residence, and as always…
Tf. Tk. Tts.
Welp, I’m a week off for this, as life issues and events prevented posting over the weekend, and the diabolical Mister Eccles is not happy with me! I had a game last Caturday, while this last Sunday, the cosplay event happened. There, I discovered that I’m not camera-shy even with nigh-crippling stage-fright. There’s something about not seeing the audience directly that allays the terror. I had an awesome time, and both the set crew and other cosplayers were “…fantasic, absolutely fantastic…”* Recording lasted only about 90 minutes, and the Ninth Doctor’s duster I wore was just right for the room temperature, adjusted downward to protect the equipment from overheating. The camera crew was stellar, and all on set got exactly the right instructions to minimize the number of retakes. I’ll post links to the show on this blog and other social media when it airs later this month. So now, I’m back to study, and there is much catching up to do. Please have a glorious October. I have something special planned for the 31st of this month, with posts in between, and I’ll see you between now and then.
Tf. Tk. Tts.
*a partial quote from Chris Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor near the end of the 2005 season finale episode, “The Parting of the Ways,” as Nine says his goodbyes to Billie Piper’s character Rose Tyler just before regenerating into Dave Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. Time Lords do that.
The Moving Stars of the Southern Hemisphere
xkcd: Earth Temperature Timeline
Another week gone by so soon? Meh! From Monday onward, it’s been a productive time, with much getting done. The Ninth Doctor duster has come in, with pics to follow once I assemble all parts of the outfit and draft a family member or friend to take photos. So the jacket and Sonic are here, and what remains to be added are the other components of the Ninth Doctor’s garb. Here’s the jacket at its temporary home on my bedroom door’s coat hanger:
As you can see, it’s a bit less well-worn than Eccleston’s jacket in Doctor Who…but it’s authentic, and real leather. I tried taking selfies with it on using my laptop through the Photo Booth app, but the shirt I wore under it didn’t want to cooperate, and neither did the effects or the lighting conditions.
I’m currently listening to a series of Great Courses lectures on the history and ideas of Anglo-American conservatism, and finding it quite interesting, though hardly life-changing. Understanding the ‘other side’s’ political ideas of the present through the context of history is illuminating on a number of levels, and a good cure for political polarization, even with much remaining to disagree on however successfully following the arguments involved.
Starting with the Glorious Revolution of the 17th century and leading up to about the year 2001, the course discusses a number of different ideas more or less, often much less, sometimes closely, unified by the objective of maintaining social stability and order, sometimes over personal freedoms or individual justice, but this varies considerably. I’m on the last lecture of the fifth disc out of a set of six, and will probably post a full review on this blog once I work out a suitable draft.
Tf. Tk. Tts.
Wide Field 30 Doradus UVIS
Welcome to the first installment not retroposted from an earlier date of Caturday’s Astrophenia on this blog. Here are links to the site Astronomy Picture of the Day, plus space science news items from a variety of sites, and often something else as well, so click away, enjoy the content of this fortnightly roundup, and thanks much for visiting this blog as I move ever closer to semi-regular posting here in that middle ground between one day and five each week!
Tf. Tk. Tts.