Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten NEXT TIME

Here is the clip of this week’s new episode, “The Cold War”, as seen in the episode premiering on 4.6.13, The Rings of Akhaten.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c6ooJYrhrsA#!

What are your thoughts on how this episode could turn out? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and expect to see a full episode review in a couple of days.

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~Jacob Montgomery

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Poem Anthology 2: Fire Part 1

The first part in my poetry series focusing on Fire.

All consuming Fire

What it has in store . . . unknown

Good or Bad, It’s here

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~Jacob Montgomery

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Quirky Little Things I Find Amusing #6

I’m really tired right now and I thought that this would be funny. Sorry that the picture’s so big. I really want this shirt as well.

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~Jacob Montgomery

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Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten REVIEW

NOTE: FULL EPISODE SPOILERS

If I were to describe this episode in word, this episode would be epic. Note because of any great fight scene, or a proverbial bomb that the Doctor Who team dropped on us, but because of the message, the back story, and the mood this episode gives.

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When I first began watching this episode, it was off to a slow start. some back story about Clara’s parents, and learning that her mother had been died about 8 years ago. Then, before you know it, the Doctor and Clara are on an alien planet, observing their sun. And, in the distance they can see a gold pyramid, the Pyramid of Akhaten. Clara is curious to see more, so they go into a market.

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The episode continues, going through the usual market-goers procedures, until Clara meets the Queen of Years, Mary. She says she is afraid of getting a song wrong. Clara doesn’t realize the importance of this, and encourages her to try it anyways, one of this episode’s many themes – never run away, a theme that resurfaces when Mary sings the song in front of a massive stadium. Suddenly, she is pulled away towards the pyramid, where the “grandfather” is sleeping, to awake rarely to feast on the queen’s soul.

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Definitely not running away, the Doctor and Clara follow Mary to the pyramid, where they get trapped in the grandfather’s chambers and protect Mary. After both Mary refuses to sacrifice herself and the Doctor refuses to let her sacrifice herself, the Vigil come. They are a group of cyborg-looking beings that deliver the queen’s soul to the Grandfather.

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Once the Grandfather is fully awake, however  it sends a signal to the real Grandfather, and it is revealed that the being the inhabitants of the Seven Planet system have been fearing is just an “alarm-clock”. The real grandfather is the sun, and it desires memories and treasured items. After giving the grandfather all of his memories, the Doctor is shocked to discover that it still wants more.

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In a daze, Clara offers to the Grandfather “the most important leaf in human history”. Contained in that leaf are an infinite number of “what-ifs”. That leaf led to Clara existing. Revealed in a flashback in the beginning of the episode, if that leaf had not grown that way, on that branch, on that tree, and if the wind had not blown that way, at that time, on his face (Clara’s father) then nothing would have been the same. Because of that leaf, he met her mom, and possibly because of that, she died.

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This leads to another one of this episode’s themes, “what-if”. If a strict progression of events had not been followed meticulously, if one thing had been out of place, the world would be different. This is known as “the butterfly effect”, coined after Ray Bradbury’s story “A Sound of Thunder” (can be found here: http://www.lasalle.edu/~didio/courses/hon462/hon462_assets/sound_of_thunder.htm).

No episode of any TV show I have ever seen has not really made me smile as much as this one did. Not because of the aweesome special effects, but because of the message it conveyed. A message so sacred and time-tested, I know it’s true. The universe is a miracle, every life is a miracle, and we need to be grateful for it and not waste it.

 

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~Jacob Montgomery

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Quirky Little Things I Find Amusing #5

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Again, although it’s not little, I thought this was too awesome to pass up. It’s basically a mosaic, created by UK artist Ed Chapman, made entirely out of 5000 guitar picks. This piece auctioned for more than 23,000 euros.

http://www.recyclart.org/2011/03/hendrix-portrait-with-5000-guitar-picks/

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~Jacob Montgomery

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Poem Anthology 1: Fog Part 4

Here’s the final part of my Fog Poem Anthology, titled Too Good for The World to See

Approaching, Drifting, Scared

Afraid what will happen if I go in there

Whatever lurks there

Whatever creeps

Must be bad enough

To be hidden by The Fog

 

Although Maybe I’m wrong

Maybe it’s good

Too good for the world to see

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~Jacob Montgomery

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OPINION: Why I don’t want to “Just Deal With” an Only-Online System

Yesterday, Microsoft Studio’s Creative Director, Adam Orth, was tweeting about an “On-All-The-Time” future, and how people aren’t with the times of the Internet. He got in an argument with a BioWare employee, Manheer Heir, and told him to just “deal-with” the online future. However, I don’t think Heir is alone here. I along with many other people find reasons why there should be an offline option for games. The following is a string of Tweets from Orth, about what he expects from electronics and electronics consumers, before his “deal with it” tweet.

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Although the beginning might be exaggerated, the end tweets are surprising. Every system always-on? I don’t think so. In 2012, Microsoft announced that they had sold 76 million units, and that only 46 million subscribed to XBOX Live. A little more than half. That still leaves 30 million users who are not connected to the Internet, and therefore, by an always-on system, couldn’t even operate it. But don’t worry, they can just “deal with it”.

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However, there are other problems that could arise from online systems. Internet connection problems are commonplace, and if any console wants to sell well as an online system, the WiFi infrastructure has to be greatly improved first. If I can’t rely on something to work at least 90% of the time, I’m not going to spend my time OR money on it.

Microsoft has not officially commented about their system being always-on, but since these tweets, an unspecified source said to Kotaku that “If the connection is interrupted then after a period of time — currently three minutes, if I remember correctly — the game/app is suspended and the network troubleshooter started,” referring to the next XBOX.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment with feedback or your thoughts in the comments below!
~Jacob Montgomery

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All pictures are from IGN http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/05/microsoft-creative-director-on-always-online-deal-with-it