Saturday, October 31, 2015

It was 40 years ago today...

Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody was released 40 years ago today. I was a DJ at a small radio station in a small town in southeast Georgia. When the record came in, I listened to it. Queen wasn't new. They had been around a few years, and had played some of their stuff. But, when I listened to Bohemian Rhapsody I thought "What the heck?..." Or something along that line. But, it wasn't my call about adding it to the rotation. When it started making its way up the national charts, it was added to our rotation.

The general reaction was "What the heck?..." Or something along that line. Still, it kinda grew on everyone. After all, this was the mid 1970s.

If you like the song, you'll like this old video, because it's a funny tribute. If you hate the song, you'll like this video, because, well... muppets.

[The YouTube]

Okay, if you'd rather watch the original version, click here.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Force Awakens Trailer featuring Luke Skywalker

I keep reading that Star Wars fans are getting their panties in a wad over Luke Skywalker not being in any of the trailers for The Force Awakens. Well, a whole bunch of somebodies have not been paying attention. Because, right there on The YouTube is a trailer, and I sure enough spotted Luke in it. You gotta look careful, though.

[The YouTube]

Maybe I will go see the movie after all. The current season of Doctor Who will be over by then, anyway.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Force Awakens or Batman v Superman

So, which are you most excited about? The Force Awakens or Batman v Superman? Well, why not both?

Here's the trailer for Batman v Superman with the audio for The Force Awakens

[The YouTube]

Me? I don't know. Might see them both. Might see neither one. Might wait for them to come to home video and just watch them on the big screen color TV. For now, I'm going to keep watching stuff on the small screen like Doctor Who.

Which reminds me. Check out the Doctor Who LaB podcast at where romance author Larynn Ford and I review both new and classic episodes. You can subscribe to it on iTunes and listen to it while waiting in line to watch The Force Awakens. Or Batman v Superman. Or both.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Future is Now

Embedding the video is hit and miss. Oh, well. Click it, watch it, come back here and comment.

Back To The Future Vs. Reality

Hey future, why are we still tying our own shoes?

Posted by HuffPost Australia on Thursday, October 15, 2015

[From The Facebook]

Neither future is how I imagined today would be. But how did you imagine it would be?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Coming soon to a DVD near you. But not me.

One of the biggest money-making films of all time is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. And I was wondering if I wanted to get it.

Jurassic World hits stores -- and Amazon Instant Video -- today. I haven't seen the film. Apparently, from the box office numbers, I'm one of about a dozen people who haven't seen it. So, before I shell out $20 for it, I wanted to find out if it's any good. There's a trailer out. An Honest one.

[The YouTube]

Still not sure they're going to get my money. I could own Jurassic World or get four KFC Lunch Meals. I'm leaning toward the Colonel.

Monday, October 19, 2015

It's no Bohemian Rhapsody, but...

A small clip of the Swedish Chef performing "Rapper's Delight." Yes, you read that right.

[The YouTube]

You're welcome.


I know. You thought I was going to somehow find a way to plug the latest episode of Doctor Who LaB podcast, didn't you? Well, there's no connection. So I won't.

Friday, October 16, 2015


You've nearly made it through the work week. Perhaps this will help you finish the week. Perhaps not.

[The YouTube]

If you're in the mood for more Doctor Who, there's the Doctor Who LaB podcast that I keep nagging you about. Larynn and I have a new episode up. We talk about a really really old serial from the early days of the show: An Unearthly Child (conclusion, episodes 2, 3, & 4). Find out why the TARDIS looks like it does, and learn how time travel can be like playing with fire.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


240 years ago today, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution, establishing what is today, the United States Navy:
"Resolved, That a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for a cruise of three months, and that the commander be instructed to cruize eastward, for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike stores and other supplies for our enemies, and for such other purposes as the Congress shall direct.

That a Committee of three be appointed to prepare an estimate of the expence, and lay the same before the Congress, and to contract with proper persons to fit out the vessel.

Resolved, that another vessel be fitted out for the same purposes, and that the said committee report their opinion of a proper vessel, and also an estimate of the expence."

Happy birthday, Navy.

We have some old Navy personnel around the blogosphere. (Thinking of you, Harvey.) And, I've got a next door neighbor that flies the Navy flag every day, just under his U.S. flag.

Do me a favor, will you? Go find a sailor and buy him lunch. Or a drink. Or shake his hand and thank him for his service.

Monday, October 12, 2015

One more self-serving plug

Yes, one more self-serving plug for the Doctor Who LaB podcast. Got its own domain name now:

If you have any feedback, good or bad, let us know. It all helps.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Questions for Doctor Who LaB?

A quick note about Doctor Who LaB podcast. Larynn and I have received feedback indicating some might have questions about Doctor Who. We certainly don't claim to be experts. (Well, maybe we do, but we'll never admit that.) But, we'd love to hear any feedback, and if we can answer any questions, we will. Or make something up if we don't know the answer. Kinda like everything else, to be truthful about it.

If you have questions or other feedback for Doctor Who LaB, you can leave that here.

Although the show airs on BBC America on Saturday nights, we don't actually do our watching of the show and recording of the podcast until Sunday afternoon. That means that if you have any thoughts on the episode we're going to be discussing, we'll be able to include that, too.

You know what? If you want to send us an audio comment, we'll play along. Record it and email it (.mp3 preferred) to Doctor Who Lab, and we'll include it. Probably.

Link: Doctor Who LaB | Doctor Who LaB Feedback

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Geek alert: Doctor Who LaB

I'm going to briefly hijack the Website to promote a little project I'm currently involved with. Or, with which I'm currently involved. Whichever is gooder English.

It's a podcast called "Doctor Who LaB" and, yes, that capitalization is correct. (Maybe you'll figure out why by the time you're done reading this post.)

As you may know, I spent some time watching Doctor Who from the beginning. As in, from 1963 to the present. Sure, you remember.

Anyway, after that, I introduced Larynn Ford (an author in my local area) to Doctor Who. She was intrigued enough with the show after meeting Colin Baker last year at DragonCon that she decided she wanted to watch it. But, she started with Christopher Eccleston, and watched all the shows up to the new season. (She still hasn't seen any Colin Baker episodes.) She liked the show a lot, so we decided to start a podcast. Which is just what the world needs: another Doctor Who podcast.

What do we have to offer that's different? Well, we plan to watch all the episodes and talk about them. All the episodes. All 800+ episodes. Every last one of 'em.

But, about us, well, there's a classic Who fan (me) and a New Who fan (her). She's a romance author, and I'm a computer geek. She likes Country and I like Classic Rock. I'm from Georgia and she's from Alabama. Okay, that last one isn't much of a contrast. (Unless you are actually from either Georgia or Alabama, then it's like night and day.)

Anyway, we have two different perspectives looking at the same thing. Maybe it'll work, maybe it won't. If you want to hear this train wreck, you can find them at It's also on iTunes (links are at

Now, back to teh funneh.