That’s not a spelling mistake, that’s intentional. This week, I talk about a wonderful individual who’s seen a big turnaround on her end of youtube in the past number of months. I first encountered Emily through the events of Internet Prom that was set up by Amanda. Emily was one of the hosts before Alex Carpenter took control and it was quite a wild fun night. I more or less subbed to all the hosts as they have to be fantastic to have been the hosts, that statement has held true for certain. Now I haven’t had a chance to watch all of Emily’s videos but I know I’ve seen all the ones she puts out since I subbed to her and there’s a good reason; Emily provides something unique to an old formula.
Emily, like many of us, is a vlogger on youtube, but the thing that makes Emily unique is that she takes careful risks and is able to talk about subjects that we may have not considered, might be afraid to discuss or even add new views and values to a perspective that has been forgotten about. But furthermore, Emily is a person of the people; she thoroughly thinks about her audience and is very selfless among the selfish out there. She has grown up with a very engaging generation of youtubers, but she doesn’t just represent the generation she has been part of, she has been bridging a gap that has been apparent since the first/second generation of youtubers were considered famous and beyond mortality.
These are just the fundamentals of Emily as a youtuber, but what makes her brave is that she isn’t afraid to speak about something that needs discussion. She was one of two videos (Savannah was the other) that made some serious comments in the wake of Vidcon of how divided the youtube community has been and has been working to bring that community back together, so it’s not a divide between two groups but that we are one group of unique individuals making history as we speak. She’s even had the guts to carry out a dare to discuss Existentialism in a bikini! But she also has stated that she’s not brave, so why am I saying she is? Because she’s baring herself out there. She’s trying to show that there’s more behind the fourth wall of youtube and that everyone is entitled to be imperfect and be someone on youtube. She promotes a level of honesty and values that we have forgotten in the rise of youtube, that we make a mask for ourselves online which can disconnect us from others, and she is showing the example that we can be ourselves without fear.
I think one comment I said to her on a recent video was that "You are a thinker and a doer. You think great thoughts and share trends on youtube. You take action where others may not" and that is a strong indication of how brave she is (in my opinion). Because many people can think great ideas and not carry them through or many people do things without great thought. Emily represents a person who does both, she shares herself while adding reason for us to be watching her. She sparks ideas and discussions; I even remember discussing about her and her videos at Summer in the City which shows her bravery is known worldwide. It takes a strong and brave person to put themselves on the internet, without a gimmick or an act to hide behind. Emily represents a new wave of honesty that is coming through the ranks of youtube that is shared with Amanda, Kym and Lauren. And that is the bravest thing we have seen in a good while.
Emily, I want to say thank you and give my applause to you. You have been one of the strongest and bravest individuals to spark something new within an old formula and you did that by being just yourself. Never stop being your fantastic self because that’s where the bravery would end, which is something I doubt we’re going to see for a very long time.
The world needs more bravery; something that has been has been lost in the realm of online through fear and shame. Emily has shown us that the bravest people are the ones who are the most honest. We need to continue seeing more people be brave like her.
It’s all exciting times for those in the know of the Whoniverse with the second half of Series 6/Season 32 kicking off last week. Now we know that the 1st October is the finale of the current season, but the question remains, what to do with the time we have until the next series returns?
If I can find time, I may just try this. Probably do the one-episode-per-day, rather than one-serial-per-day…
I’ve now posted an Doctober update, which you can find here.
Wow! The reception to Doctober has been off the charts. Thank you so much for all the support behind this and willingness to participate or even just acknowledge this idea.
I also released a youtube video just yesterday covering this event, so far the reception has been well received like on here.
So an idea came up that I should have a page for people to report to, that people can send in the episodes/serials they plan to watch during Doctober and give their feedback, etc. So this is what the page is about in particular. I just spent the past thirty minute deciding my serials to watch and I’m going to announce them now. You may wish to copy me as you please, but I will put reasons behind my selections.
Before I post my serials, you can find the entire episode/serial listing here. It’s worth looking at as it will provide the order of release, but also which have been affected by the elements that have led to the missing 108.
With that, here are the serials I will be watching:
Hartnell Day = Sunday
2nd: An Unearthly Child
9th: The Daleks
16th: The Edge of Destruction
23rd: Marco Polo*
30th: The Keys of Marinus
* Marco Polo is one of the serials (all four parts) that is part of the missing 108. However, Crossing the Whoinverse has the Loose Cannon restored production which consists of still images and audio from live recordings fans made. I wish to watch this episode but I understand if people don’t wish to sit to still images and audio only. Again, this is my choice as these are the first five serials.
Troughton Day = Monday
3rd: Power of the Daleks
10th: The Moonbase
17th: The Tomb of the Cybermen
24th: The Ice Warriors
31st: The Dominators
Troughton’s episodes were heavily affected by the mass wipings that occurred back in the day so he’s the one Doctor that’s the most spaced out for choice. I wanted to enjoy his performances, which is why out of the full Loose Cannon/fan made restorations, I went with his first serial. The Moonbase and The Ice Warriors have some episodes missing but not all. Troughton might be the hardest for you to choose from if you’re wishing to keep continuity, his third season (6) is the least affected. But again, this is your own choosing.
Pertwee Day = Tuesday
4th: Spearhead from Space
11th: Doctor Who and the Silurians
18th: The Ambassadors of Death
Jon Pertwee’s debut season (7) gets covered in the space of four days. Should be a good Tuesday for certain. His Doctor was the one that introduced The Master, but he made his debut in Season 8, as an FYI.
T. Baker Day = Wednesday
12th: The Ark in Space
19th: The Sontaran Experiment
26th: The Attack of the Cybermen*
What a debut season that awaits here, Jelly Babies and all! But wait, what’s missing here? Well for the keen eyes here, this is the season which features the highly popular Genesis of the Daleks, so why is it missing? Because I’ve seen it already and loved it to pieces. So I’ll be skipping that serial onto the final serial of Season 12, which is Attack of the Cybermen. New watchers, if you’re going in order for Tom Baker, Genesis of the Daleks is a MUST WATCH serial. I am only skipping it because I’ve seen it and trust me, it’s one brilliant serial.
Davison Day = Thursday
13th: Four to Doomsday
29th: The Visitation
Much like with Hartnell, Pertwee and Baker, first serials for Davison. However, one thing to note about his debut serial Castrovalva, it’s part of a loose trilogy that is formed with Tom Baker’s final two serials (The Keeper of Traken & Logopolis). I personally will be watching those two serials before Doctober starts so it all makes sense upon watching. I wouldn’t say it’s compulsory but it’s recommended according to info.
C. Baker Day = Friday
7th: The Twin Dilemma
14th: Attack of the Cybermen
21st: Vengeance on Varos
28th: The Two Doctors*
You get two seasons for one with Colin Baker as The Twin Dilemma is the only serial of Season 21. Much like his namesake, Colin Baker has an serial skipped which is The Mark of the Rani, much like with Genesis of the Daleks, a serial I’ve seen before and features one of my favourite villains, The Rani. So much like before, if you’re going for continuity, go for The Rani first, but multiple Doctors episodes/serials are worth the watch.
McCoy Day = Saturday
(1st: The Wedding of River Song - Current Series Finale)
8th: Paradise Towers*
15th: Delta and the Bannermen
29th: The Happiness Patrol*
McCoy is a bit spaced out for me as I’ve seen his debut episode Time and the Rani and the first serial of his second series Remembrance of the Daleks (both very good episodes). If people are going by continuity order of McCoy’s episodes, you won’t be seeing Remembrance or The Happiness Patrol during this as your first episode/serial will be Time and the Rani. But the plus side is that much like with Pertwee, you get his full debut season in one go.
So those are my chosen serials for Doctober. Now as mentioned in the original post, this is purely open to anyone’s interpretation. Some wish to go in full continuity, but the concept is to introduce all aspects of Classic Who with the different Doctors during that run. Some even prefer to go by episode than serial. I know many fans caught onto the series after Eccleston left the current run, but if the new series has shown is that a number of the classic villains and characters have already been introduced to you during the new series and not many will have realised how far back some of them go.
Is it important to by continuity order? It will make the experience easier but it’s not vital. I have seen a number of serials already before this and each serial does stand on their own. So if you wish to watch the most popular episodes, you can. But naturally, best to watch them in some order so events make sense (as like with the current series).
So as said, this is the home base for reporting your Doctober progress, your selected episodes/serials, your views. Everyone can go as they please, you can give feedback on episodes, share experiences, the decision is yours! Any question or queries, just ask.
That being said, do people want to see a Doctober Tumblr page itself so it’s not on my own tumblr page or is this easier for you?
Where I’ve covered Amanda and Kym before, I thought I’d cover someone I see as a big inspiration about life and being a youtuber. When John Green asked most recently, “Who are your most beloved youtubers?” Lauren was one of the first people to spring to mind because the truth is; there is much to love about her.
I first encountered Lauren through Youtube’s Truth or Fail, where she covered Star Trek (she’s already a win there and my first 5/5 on that game show), shortly after I subscribed to her and got to see how much more there is to this winning nerdfighter. Now I think many of my friends know Wheezywaiter was the inspiration for me to get into youtube, but Lauren was the inspiration for me to GET youtube; to understand how it functions, what works and how to be a better youtuber. She taught me how to be someone by interacting with others and to be involved with the community, which plays a big role in how youtubers should function, not necessarily for popularity, but how to appreciate those around you that share the same interests. I think the key thing that Lauren showed me more than anything though is how being yourself is the most important thing in life (and on youtube), let me explain further.
When you see Lauren’s videos, you see someone who’s passionate about the videos that come out of her channel; whether it’s discussing an event that’s happened to her; a worldwide event; a cause or her Reaction Reviews; Lauren puts her energy into it. She is a person who loves life, she gets enjoyment out of anything she does and isn’t afraid to be laughed at just for the enjoyment of others. She’s a person who shares an interest in the beauty of life, whether it’s things people enjoy like Harry Potter or Doctor Who; to treating everyone from any backgrounds equals, even if “normal” eyes see them as different. She’s a person who loves honesty; that it’s perfectly natural to be yourself and that shows through her videos and live shows. She doesn’t put on a front, it’s all Lauren.
If by now, you’re starting to say “Yeah, I get the point David, but why is she beautiful?” Then you’ve missed the point. As Kym rightly pointed out that beauty isn’t about the looks but what we represent, Lauren fits the bill. While I do feel she has a natural beauty about her, that’s because she has a perfect balance with herself inside and outside, with her personality and passion shining through, making her more beautiful than Scarlett Johansson or some other generic person the media says we should love. Lauren, I’ve said to you once before you’re the bravest person for your honesty, I want to correct myself to saying you’re the most beautiful person for that same honesty. John and Hank Green brought the phrase “Don’t Forget To Be Awesome” into modern pop-culture, Lauren never does forget because she lives in awesome.
Next month she gets to see a show she wrote come to life on stage (and filmed for youtube) called Trek. If you’re in the Florida area, go and see it when it’s out. I know it’s being filmed for youtube, but enjoy the chance of seeing the live work of a passionate nerdfighter in person because if Lauren’s taught me anything, it is that the beauty of life is better appreciated while it’s still available to cherish because it will never come again once the moment has passed. To see more of the passion and beauty of Lauren, go check out her youtube channel. Sundays see her Doctor Who Reaction Reviews go up, one of the highlights of a Doctor Who weekend, amongst her other videos.
The world needs more beauty, Lauren is part of that beauty as she sees it everywhere she goes and shares it with us. We need to be beautiful like her.
Hi! I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was around 5. That was in 1995/1996. A full decade before it was rebooted with Christopher Ecclestone.
Is it bad that I feel a little angry at the people who declare Tennant or Smith the best Doctors ever… without ever having seen anyone else? It feels a…
Glad you say this. I’m doing a Doctober Challenge to watch the Classic Seven Doctors, everyday, in the month of October to encourage more people to watch Classic Who when the current series ends. There is much to Doctor Who and that’s what the current fans who aren’t in touch with the whole experience need to do. It’s like those who haven’t seen Star Trek: TOS or Classic Battlestar Galactica.
You. You are pretty much the nicest person I've ever met. And I love you. <3
I really don’t know what to say. I feel overwhelmed by the kind words, I’m just…me. If you wanted a nicer person, there’s my mother, I carry half of those nice genes while she has the full set.
I am lost for words. One of the things you find is that I just do things and rather see smiles than a thanks. It’s like I said one time, the one thing that makes me happy is that knowing you can make someone’s day better within 30 seconds.
And I love you too. I just might be hiding in the corner for a bit from such nice words. :)
Much like my post not too long ago about Amanda Sternklar, there are other people who fit the bill of dedication to the cause through their strengths and means. Today is where I focus on another good friend from the youtube community; Kym Couch aka TheMunchKym. Now I’ve known Kym for about the same time as Amanda and she’s definitely someone I would consider a good friend, we have similar interests, get all the in-jokes within the circles we’re in and heck, I’m her PA, ironically making this promise only 3 hours before she became a youtube partner. Let’s just say she’s definitely among the top of the friendship pile in the youtube community for me.
I’ve spent today catching up on watching all of her youtube videos before she reaches her Vlogoversary (one year since her first video upload) and there was something that made me sad when I watched some of her earlier stuff. This is one of those elements where it would be under a wibblely wobblely timey wimey thing of knowing the present situation to the past that the video lies in. The thing that made me most sad was that I saw her aspirations about college, this was more present when watching her Thoughts From Places video about Boston when she went to visit a University. How so you ask? Well simply put, she currently can’t go. Now Kym is a person who is dedicated to the cause, she doesn’t give up on her friends or her goals but she has been heavily backed into the corner where her dreams of being at college currently hang by a thread and I want to give some further insight into this amazing person before saying how we can turn this thread into a rope and make something happen.
Kym has been uploading onto youtube for nearly a year, and in that time, she’s won tickets to Playlist Live; got voted into team known as Vlogadelic; got featured on Buck Factor; won an advanced copy of Jackson Pearce’s Sweetly; gained over 3,000 subscribers; became a Youtube Partner. There are quite a number of people who have made this achievement in their first year, but Kym is a person who earned her place through hard work and dedication to the community itself. Kym’s primary strength lies in her thinking and delivery which makes her one of the best vloggers known to date. She knows how to keep your interest, engage in conversation and also respond to those around her, she even spends time to thank EVERYONE of her 3,000+ subs for making the time to watch and listen to her. How many people actually do that? She’s told us we’re Beautiful; provides respect to the Thespians Who Get None; she even paints her nails for many occasions like seeing the Harry Potter 7.2 Premiere. There’s so much to Kym that some words can’t describe her enough and I don’t want to go into so much detail because you should discover her for yourself, but this is where I need to raise a point.
Over a year ago, a girl named Tessa Violet, better known as Meekakitty, won a contest to win $10,000 thanks to the YouTube community and she put most of that money to charity, but also gave her an opportunity to go to college where she lacked the funds. Much like Tessa back then, Kym is one of those people who has earned her stripes and deserves to be at college, and this is the chance to make it happen. There’s a monthly competition called King of the Web, in short it’s a voting competition where the winner of the month received $5,000. Now, while there are many youtubers who have their rightful means to go for this cause, I am appealing to those in the community to consider the situation. This is an opportunity for someone to have a future, someone who deserves a future and all she has had is no because of circumstances beyond her own control. Many people have an opportunities handed to them only to be thrown away or just abuse that power they have because they can. Kym is not someone who would waste an opportunity and this is why we need to help her.
If could please sign up to King of the Web, and give your daily ten votes to her page found here, then it would mean so much. I normally don’t like online contests but this one is one that means a lot because a friend can have something she needs and deserves more than anything. Is it wrong to spend little less than a minute a day to give a chance for someone to continue to chase their dream? Heck, if Kym wins, I’ll do something like shave my head, wax my legs or something. But it would mean a lot to see her get to a point that the current situation won’t allow her to, so let’s help her there.
The world needs more awesome, Kym is part of that awesome. Let’s be awesome and give a future to the Queen without a crown!
It’s all exciting times for those in the know of the Whoniverse with the second half of Series 6/Season 32 kicking off last week. Now we know that the 1st October is the finale of the current season, but the question remains, what to do with the time we have until the next series returns?
I have the answer, in the form of DOCTOBER.
What is Doctober? It’s a challenge a bit like BEDA (Blog Every Day (in April), VEDA (Vlog Every Day (in) August), etc. But the only task required is to watch Doctor Who each day, more specifically CLASSIC DOCTOR WHO. Now I’m a person who knew of Doctor Who from the age of five, but I never truly got into the show until it was revived, much like the majority of the fans today. I have been making time to watch the older episodes as best possible, but this is something other fans don’t do, and I truly don’t know why. This is now the time to rectify that in October!
Here is the setup for how this challenge will work.
I’m personally going to use Crossing the Whoniverse to do this task, it’s the best site I’ve found for finding Classic Who Episodes (minus the missing 108), but feel free to use your own resources as you please.
Aside from the Saturday 1st, the finale of the current series. Each day will be dedicated to each of the Seven Doctors that spanned across the 26 years of the original series run.
Sunday will be Hartnell Day.
Monday will be Troughton Day.
Tuesday is Pertwee Day.
Wednesday is T. Baker Day.
Thursday is Davison Day.
Friday is C. Baker Day.
Saturday is McCoy Day.
Now the key thing to note is that Classic Who doesn’t follow the 50 minute episode format that the current series does, but rather runs in Serials where 20 minute episodes form about 4-6 parts (on average). My personal plan is to do a Serial per day, but you are more than welcome to dedicate each day to a single part and watch the next the following week. In the end, this is to encourage more fans into watching Classic Who and get a more complete experience of how Doctor Who functions, adding to your experiences with the current series and future episodes in waiting.
Doctor Who doesn’t end when the current series does, so let’s start with DOCTOBER to recognise how great this television show has been before it became the product of today. Reblog and like if you wish to take part in the challenge, I encourage all Doctor Who fans to do!
Let’s give a quick backstory in regards to this wonderful human being:
One day, a rabbit, a kitten and a puppy were sitting around the place where people are made and they decided that they needed someone who’s like Paige, but more. The rabbit said “This person’s got to be cool” and threw his sunglasses (he wears them), into the mixer; the puppy decided to give his bark, stating that she will have a bark that’s just as great as her bite; the kitten dropped a clawful of fur because she needs to be sweet and adorable. They were about to finish off the mixture but suddenly John Green came out of nowhere and stated “THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE AWESOME!” and threw some of his books in there (he has a time machine and do these things, he’s fricking John Green), and his brother Hank showed up going “There needs to be more of the crazy!!!” and threw his guitar in there. The mixture was completed and thus Amanda was created.
These events may or may not have actually happened, but for the sake of sanity, accept them as real. I first came across Amanda just before the turn of the year thanks to Project For Awesome 2010. She has such a high level of enthusiasm, energy, positive energy, she is dedicated to her cause. Roll a few months on, she creates this event called ‘The Internet Prom’, this was sparked from one amazing song that Amanda wrote called ‘The Princess Next Door’. Now let me tell you about this song, it’s beautiful and sad at the same time, it truly provokes the emotion out of any human being. This is down to the secret behind Amanda’s music, she puts her heart and soul into every song and lyric she creates to the point that the emotion she wants you to feel takes control. I refer to her songs as her Patronus (if you are not familiar with Harry Potter, then look it up) because that’s how powerful a musician she is.
I’m someone who’s proud and honoured to know this fantastic individual because she was destined to spread happiness and positive energy wherever she goes, that is a fact. But today, I wanted to tell the world of how brilliant she is and to share the news that she released a new EP today called ‘Everything out of Context’. Being an admirer of her music, this was an instant download for me, and Amanda’s proved once again why I love her music; it’s beautiful, amazing, wonderful and just simply positive, if you have a cloud over your head, this would be your silver lining that’s further lined with gold. You too can share this wonderful individual’s music by simply going to http://amandasternklar.bandcamp.com and download it for $3 (or for more if you wish to).
The world needs more positivity, and positivity is personified in the form of Amanda Sternklar, let’s spread her positivity today and onwards. Amanda, be proud of this EP, because the world is a better place now that it is available.
What's the oddest compliment you've ever received?
Can’t remember a specific odd compliment, but I know the oddest time I received a compliment. I went to a house viewing a few years back and I would meet the landlord. I get introduced by his daughter and instead of ‘Hello’, he simply goes ‘You have nice eyes’. They do get complimented every now and then, but for a first time introduction, was an odd time to receive a compliment.
If one odd compliment springs to mind, I shall let you know.
This is something I wanted to quickly discuss prior to a new video that’s in the works. While I had a fantastic time at Summer in the City, it showed me one major flaw that I have as a youtuber. While I’ve had some fantastic support and advice from so many youtubers from the top to the bottom, there was one thing that kept coming up which made me realise that I must make one drastic change in order to make a better progression in terms of content creation. It’s a mistake I made when I started being an active content maker since August last year and I now realise that I have to remove it to go to the stage of progression.
I will be discussing it in thorough detail in the new video which I should hopefully have up between Tuesday and Friday. To be clear, I’m not quitting, but it’s a change that will not necessarily affect the content of my channel, but change an approach I’ve had to making and with this change, I can see something positive coming out of this. Only a couple of my closest youtube friends know what I will discuss and it’s something that will be for the better in the long term. There’s only positive things going to happen with how I work as a video maker, it’s all about moving forward, no less effort will be given and there is more to come from me. But first, change must take place.
There is also some photography work that I will be making efforts on this week so I’m having a balance, it’s unrelated to the above, but so people are aware, I haven’t forgotten that I do photography as well as video making.
the girl (presumably named Katie) who was going around putting handwritten stickers on everybody - literally everybody - with “Katie’s [X]” on them. Katie’s slave, Katie’s baby, that sort of thing. When she put one on my chest and I politely declined, peeling it off and returning it to her, she…
you guys. this.
i know not everyone has spent their lives moving around and having to become really good at interacting with people so they can make friends quickly…but how do you not understand that these things are not socially appropriate. i know that at gatherings like this people really want to stand out and be remembered. you know the best way to do that? be a genuinely lovely person. be aware of how much of someone’s time you are taking up. understand that not everyone will have the time or capacity or interest in being your friend.
there is a big difference between being a fangirl and appreciating what someone does. i chatted with many people at summer in the city and the ones that i made an effort to find online later were the ones that sincerely and politely told me how much they liked my videos/my videos meant to them/they appreciate me and then let the conversation naturally turn to normal topics of conversation for a bit before they politely excused themselves.
i get so. many. emails and comments asking how i made friends with…/can i have …’s phone number/will you make me friends with…
to the first question:
be appropriate. be nice to people. be relatively interesting to chat with. tell people why and how much you care about them. appropriately.
to the rest:
no. i can’t. that is a really weird question to ask someone. just fyi.
I definitely agree with this 100%. Though I am now paranoid that I fell into this trap at SitC, if this is true I apologise immediately. But one of the main highlights I had was having natural conversations with different people with different backgrounds, talking about their interests and whatnot. Personally, I felt scared and sorry for some of the people that felt the setbacks of this but this is where SitC and Vidcon does split, the former is more formed of watchers, the latter the makers.
There was many things that Summer in the City taught me in terms of youtube and inspire how to do things online, but it also showed me a lot about how to behave socially and some people did push the boundaries. This is where people are forgetting that all youtubers are people, they may have thousands of subs, but nothing changes that they are the same as anyone else there.
The one thing I truly have to ask the fangirls/boys, would you like to have it done to yourself? I can’t imagine anyone will answer this as yes.
Excluding the HP series, what was your favorite book (or series) as a child? And I mean like LITTLE KID books. Like... The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Captain Underpants.
I did love The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
My favourite books up to the age of 5 would include: There’s An Alligator Under My Bed, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Where Wild Things Are, the Biff, Chip and Kipper series and The Jolly Postman.
Between ages 5 and pre-teens my favourite books would be The Demon Headmaster series, Animorphs, anything by Roald Dahl and Dick King Smith, The Hobbit & The Phoenix and the Carpet.
These are from what I can remember reading but I’m sure there was more I loved. I always enjoyed reading as a child, my biggest regret was not reading as much during my teen years and only slowly picking up reading again towards the end of University. I have been trying to amend this.
Sonic Screwdriver Fail Saga (Synopsis and Comments)
If you’re a sub on my youtube channel, you will have more than likely seen the ‘Sonic Screwdriver Fail’ video, a video which was a sketch episode where Doctor Who’s famous screwdriver just failed at all the things it was supposed to do. To watch, see the link below:
In a turn of events, the way the video ended gave some good options to expand the ending storyline, seeing what happened since the leap over the wall. This lead to ‘Exile’, which showed the events and picked up on an in-joke going across some youtubers. See below:
Truth be told, after finishing ‘Exile’, I always had a third part planned, but wasn’t sure on when to make it. The perfect time came as I was moving house and effectively, I wanted to tie up the videos I made at my old house, so I wanted a in-story type of ending. Originally this was going to be called ‘The Truth’ but the ‘The Bluff’ worked best for the context of the arc in regards to the events of ‘Exile’. To watch, see below:
If I had to make comments about the series itself, I would say that I thoroughly enjoyed making them and how a simple story arc was formed out of one sketch ending and using an in-joke to create a slightly dramatic storyline. As a content creator, I felt it gave a nice idea of building something up and having continuity within the videos. You don’t gain experience without trying to make something happen. It was fun trying out new things from comedy sketches to drama angles and even having a further play with After Effects for the Special Effects, so it was a definite chance to try things out.
To give some closing comments regarding how ‘The Bluff’ ended and if there will be a fourth part. Truth be told, I don’t see another chapter of the saga being made, the ending is very open ended and certainly keeps within the continuity of the other videos. But that’s the magic of how not giving anything more works, you allow the chance for a viewer to make up things for themselves, it’s the same way of how these videos came about and this will continue across the board. However, with this conclusion of the saga and moving house, I can certainly see new things happening and there’s going to be a new approach to the channel itself with a couple of ideas and projects itself, one of them using inspiration from the first video to spark something new.
So I leave this to you. What did you think of the Sonic Screwdriver Fail Saga? Anything you liked or didn’t like? Is there any questions you wanted to ask about the videos that I could answer?
Just a friendly reminder that you are wonderful and beautiful.
I’ve just seen this (not sure when this was sent) but thank you. Even though I don’t know who you are (or might do), you too are a wonderful and beautiful person. Keep being awesome and do what you do, never forget to be yourself because that is what a true element of what beauty is.
I’m a person who’s open to coincidences occurring, everything happening for a reason and the fact that weird things that can happen, but I think this falls into the latter. As I just explained in my last blog, I finally obtained a copy of John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, this now finally completes the set of ‘main four’ John Green books currently available to purchase. But since the journey started when purchasing Looking for Alaska back in December, things have been very strange and weird since that very day, especially when it comes to John Green and his books.
The very day I purchased Alaska was the day I wanted to take up reading more often than normal, my average of two books a year was abysmal to say the least, this had to be amended, so it seemed like a good place to start. Apparently John Green got the message as later that evening it was the prize draw for Project 4 Awesome raffles. I entered a couple of them to donate to charities, that was my main intention but raffles are always worth the time. So up comes one of the draws ‘Signed First Editions of John Green’s books’, sitting there in excitement for people winning, I never expected Mr. Green to utter the name ‘David Cater’ (he pronounced it right too, go John!), so I just finished the day purchasing one of his novels and winning a First Edition on top of that, there’s more to this to come. For a coincidence, this was just, awesome!
Fast forward to February, after having enjoyed Alaska thoroughly that I finished it in three days, I felt that I would try to get the rest of the books for my birthday. Naturally, the contributions came and Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson were in my possession, t’was quite a task finding them that day as the usual place that had them were out stock, (Nerdfighters are local!) Eventually after finishing other books that I was going through at the time, it was time to pick up Paper Towns at the end of May. Things seem normal here, the weekend rolls by, my friend Anouk (a friend I met during the P4A prize draw back in December) gets to meet Mr. Green in Bruges, what could possibly happen here? Well would you expect that that same weekend I get a call from my mother saying the First Edition that I won had arrived? Further surprises include that instead of one, I received two of them, fancy a guess which ones? Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson; John Green sent me signed First Editions of the books I got for my birthday, this was just, awesome! But it’s not over yet, what do I discover later that evening? A NERDFIGHTER NOTE from a Nerdfighter named Bianca, that’s all in the same weekend. This has got to be beyond coincidence surely?
Move swiftly on to the weekend that had just passed and this week, I finish off Paper Towns (sorry I took long John, I was rather busy during this month) and I’m in good spirits, that’s two for two of John Green books I’ve read and both get 5 stars out of me. Today, I walk into Waterstones (as previously mentioned) and the awesome of Looking For Alaska getting top recommendations and finding An Abundance of Katherines, this just occurred just days after I finished Paper Towns, which had the rocking events happen at the start of reading the same book.
Ok, let’s summarise:
Bought Looking for Alaska in December; win signed First Editions same day, check.
Got Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson for my birthday, check.
Start reading Paper Towns in May; same weekend a friend meets John Green; Signed First Editions of Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayon arrived; Nerdfighter note found in reading version of PT, check.
Finish Paper Towns, same week the rare sight of An Abundance of Katherines in the UK is discovered (& purchased) and Looking for Alaska gets top recommendations in Waterstones, check.
Right, that’s four events, all linked together over the space of 6-7 months and all of them involve John Green and his books in some form. Call it coincidence, but that is just beyond weird that all these occurred within good timing of each other, even my friend Adam concurred on this one. I have never seen this happen before ever, you get coincidences and you get John Green. Seriously, I’m just trying to contemplate how the timing of this works together, is he a Time Lord? Is he secretly hiding in the bushes outside my house? Whatever it is, I must say that coincidences may get another look from now on, especially when the new book comes out in 2012. But one thing I will say is: John Green, you certainly know how to make a journey of reading your books a magical one. Whether it is weird, coincidental or not, I thank you nonetheless. All of this was just, awesome!
These aren’t even the First Editions (my mother still has them at the moment), but they’re magical nonetheless.
To get a short explanation here; out of the ‘main four’ John Green books, An Abundance of Katherines (his second novel) is unavailable in the UK due to the publishers not putting it out. The reason why is beyond me, but the only way to obtain it is through Amazon at best.
Right, that’s out of the way. Today I thought I’d go to my local Waterstones, it’s becoming quite a regular thing for me this year, especially given I’ve been reading a lot more regularly than I have recently, and I actually have John Green to thank for that as his Looking for Alaska sparked me to read more than my annual two books per year (this year, I’m already starting my 6th book). The reason for going was because I was recommended reading Scott Westerfield’s Uglies by my friend Kym, she never re-reads books but this was an exception to her methods, so this gives me good faith that this is a must read.
Upon arrival, I do my usual routine of checking out the ‘John Green Corner’, the place where his books will always be, just to see how they’re faring out as a supporter of his books and vlogging. Paperback version of Will Grayson, Will Grayson is new to the mix, all is good here. I turn around and find a usually familiar sight of the recommendations section, usually done by the staff of Waterstones, this also had the mix of books that were imported from America. What’s the two most awesome things that occur? First, Looking for Alaska is on the recommended list, being named as a ‘Brilliant debut book’, damn right it was! Second, right in front of my eyes, there she is An Abundance of Katherines standing right before me! Without hesitation I grabbed it and hoped the Zelda item sound would occur as I try to make the book hover above my hands and look to the sky with a text box saying ‘YOU GOT AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES’, it didn’t happen in reality but I got an excellent recording of it in my mind.
The best part about it is, the awesome doesn’t end here. When I go and buy AAoK with Uglies (I know Kym is happy dancing right now), I talk to the clerk that serves me about it and how I longed for this book and how John Green is awesome, she informs me that they actually LOVE the book so much that they’re importing MORE copies from the US. If the publishers are listening, An Abundance of Katherines is getting love in the UK, certainly in Canterbury, now is the time to make a push on it because it’s getting love, John Green is getting love here, make it happen! As a thanks for the service and being a John Green lover, I told her that he has a new book due in 2012 and synopsis from what he’s revealed so far, on top of that, I gave her the URL for the Vlogbrothers, so there’s another Nerdfighter in waiting.
If there’s one thing that’s for certain, in the UK, John Green and Nerdfighteria got a great victory today, the absence of Katherines appears to be changing.
PS - I have more to say regarding John Green which needs saying, expect another post in a moment…
This is a segment from the Doctor Who episode ‘Blink’ by Steven Moffat. This is The Doctor’s lines from when he’s stuck in 1969 and speaking to Sally Sparrow from a DVD Easter Egg, I didn’t have the full sequence so I did the significant parts.
The Doctor: People don’t understand time; it’s not what you think it is. Sally: Then what is it? The Doctor: Complicated. Sally: Tell me. The Doctor: Very complicated. Sally: I’m clever, and I’m listening, now don’t patronise me ‘cause people have died, and I’m not happy. Tell me. The Doctor: People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear non-subjective view point, it’s more like a big ball of wibley-wobbley … timey-wimey … stuff. Sally: Yeah, I’ve seen this bit before, you said that sentence got away from you. The Doctor: It got away from me, yeah…
The Doctor: They have taken the blue box, haven’t they? The angels have the phonebox. Laurence: “The angels have the phonebox”, that’s my favourite, I’ve got that on a T-shirt. Sally: What do you mean angels? You mean those statue things? The Doctor: Creatures from another world. Sally: But they’re just statues. The Doctor: Only when you see them. Sally: What does that mean? The Doctor: Lonely Assassins they used to be called. No one quite knows where they came from but they’re as old as the Universe, or very nearly, and they have survived this long because they have the most perfect defense system ever evolved. They’re quantum-locked. They don’t exist when they’re being observed. The moment they are seen by any other living creature they freeze into rock, no choice, it’s a fact of their biology, in the sight of any living thing they literally turn to stone. And you can’t kill a stone. ‘Course a stone can’t kill you either but then you turn your head away, then you blink, and oh yes it can. Sally: (to Laurence, referring to the statue) Don’t take your eyes off that. The Doctor: That’s why they cover their eyes. They’re not weeping, they can’t risk looking at each other. Their greatest asset is their greatest curse. They can never be seen. Loneliest creatures in the Universe. And I’m sorry. I am very, very sorry. It’s up to you now. Sally: What am I supposed to do? The Doctor: The blue box, it’s my time machine. There is a world of time energy in there that they could feast on forever, but the damage they would do could switch off the sun. You have got to send it back to me. Sally: How? How!?! The Doctor: And that’s it, I’m afraid, there’s no more from you on the transcript, that’s the last I’ve got. I don’t know what stopped you talking but I can guess: they’re coming. The angels are coming for you but listen: your life could depend on this. Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. They are fast, faster than you could believe, don’t turn your back, don’t look away, and don’t blink. Good luck.
I’ve received a number of request through youtube and live shows to do some narrations and voice-overs. I thought I’d start sharing the ones I have done on here. If you have requests to hear a poem, book section, phrase done, just ask.
Bright Star by John Keats
Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art— Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores, Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask Of snow upon the mountains and the moors— No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable, Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever—or else swoon to death.
Who is your favorite Character from Doctor Who that isn't a companion or the Doctor?
The TARDIS. I did love her when she was in Idris’ body. The main two I would say are The Master and Wilfred Mott, I’m excluding the fact that Wilfred did a couple of rides with The Doctor, but he was a great character, a granddad anyone could have.