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( Nov. 24th, 2013 09:24 pm)
For some reason I've put a great deal of thought into what happens when a timelord regenerates. Here's my take on it:

Time is wibbly-wobbly timey wimey. What that means to me is that as humans we see it as linear but timelords see it differently. But since we're humans I'll try and explain it in a framework we can understand. It's an old framework that others have used but seems to suffice.

Let us for the moment make the assumption that time is in at least one way linear. Like old celluloid film it moves from one instant to the next ever advancing.

Now, let's suppose that there are no reels to collect it and that it tends to ball up and bend and twist all around itself. So much so that it becomes incredibly tangled to the point of some moments touching other moments. If you had the ability to see it you could see moments that were completely unrelated to where you are and what was happening at your particular moment.

Let’s assume timelords have that ability. It’s been more than hinted at and I’m willing to leave that as a given.

So what happens when a timelord regenerates?

Well we know that there’s an incredible release of energy. We also know that the timelord becomes someone different. I think that during this process two things happen.

One of the classical views of time is that moment to moment the timestream splits from itself to create new streams as events happen in the universe.

Now as timelords are tied to the universe through the time vortex what I believe happens is that when a timelord regenerates he splits off into a new timeline within the larger whole of the time vortex.

If we go back to our film analogy this means that the previous incarnation of the timelord in question goes off on his own personal timeline creating another ribbon of film that continues to make it’s own tangled ball.

The fresh regeneration starts a fresh timeline but two things happen. First the energy spent to regenerate pushes them rapidly along the new timeline. This is one reason why timelords don’t cross their own timelines immediately after a regeneration - because the universe is pushing them apart.

Second the energy spent during their regeneration kind of obscures their past view. A sort of burnt spot on the film so to speak. Kind of like being able to remember past events from years ago but not remembering what you had for lunch.

(This could also be the reason for only 13 regenerations. Maybe massive dementia sets in after that or something. Pure speculation on my part though.)

Then as the timelords move down their own personal timelines the film bundle/ball/whatnot gets larger and more tangled. Once all that happens there certainly will be random contacts between old regeneration timelines and new.

This also explains why past regenerations often look older than when they originally split off. They have not only lost a certain part of their energy creating the new regeneration but they have aged along their own personal timeline as well.

As for previous regenerations not recalling information when meeting newer ones I don’t have a full explanation. Perhaps though when they contact their own timelines there is a push akin to the same magnetic polarity keeping itself away from each other. The universe never seems to want two things occupying the exact same place in time and space. That’s been clearly said in the show in both older episodes and newer ones.

Perhaps as a self defense mechanism the universe prevents something (or in this case someone) from becoming more like another object that it’s already very close to. The fields repel and the information between them during their brief contact is wiped out but not evenly.

Remember that a past regeneration has spent some of his energy and is thus weaker than the newer one. That certainly would make me believe that more of the stronger one remains after a meeting than the weaker one.

Thus newer regenerations remember new data after crossing their own timestreams while older ones do not.

Timey Wimey for me to get some Sleepy Weepy. ;-)
So as expected father's day has come and gone. This year was good for me as I got to rest. (Well I worked on my mother's computer since she brought it down but that was to be expected.)

I got many things done including reading more Game of Thrones but this afternoon I was relaxing and for a lark I searched for Doctor Who things on Pinterest.

That comes up with like a billion awesome things. :-)

But it brought back something that I told my wife once. If the Tardis and The Doctor show up on my doorstep and those blue doors open for me I will be gone in a heartbeat. Amd my wife understands this. (I'm fairly certain if a blue box showed up for her she'd be gone as well but I digress.)

It wasn't until today though that I understood something I hadn't before. I understand why I would go now even though I have a wife and child.

As a father you couldn't help but go. Not if you're any responsible persona that is.

It would be a great adventure. It would show me things I've never seen in my life and fill me with wonder beyond imagining. But something else would happen.

The Doctor helps people. He helps people all across the universe. He helps make the universe a better place. A safer place. A more fantastic and wondrous place. A place that a child should grow up in and experience.

And that right there is the reason that would make all the difference. I would go because it's the one chance in my lifetime to help make the universe safer and more stable on a larger scale than just my two hands and my tiny life. And that's something that I can't pass up. The opportunity to make the universe a safer place for my family.

Yes I know I can and am working to make the universe a stable place for my wife and child right here and now. But one thing that I learned a long time ago is that even though it doesn't seem like it when you help others you get that help back in return.

So by helping stablize some part of the universe on a grander scale I would be helping to stabilize my own piece of the universe.

And even if I never returned I'd know that I'd done more than most fathers and husbands could ever do to help keep their family safe.

I realize how crazy this all sounds but in the end I couldn't choose any other path if it came to me.
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( May. 4th, 2013 08:06 pm)
We missed last week's Doctor Who so we watched both that one and the current one this evening so you get my take on Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS and The Crimson Horror.

Spoilers Sweetie! )

Spoilers sweetie! )
21:15 PM 09/29/2012

That was an episode of Doctor Who.

But also
10:41 AM 09/03/2012

So on Saturday my wife and I watched the Doctor Who season opener. And in case you aren't paying attention or are uninformed the actress who played the girl in that episode is the next companion after Amy Pond leaves.

There was one sequence (spoilers) in the episode where Amy Pond's perception gets distorted and she sees the daleks as people. And I have to wonder if that's how the daleks see themselves deep down.

I mean yeah they're all kill everything but daleks but every society has to have something beyond that. Perhaps...just perhaps...we saw a glimpse there of what's happening on the back-end of things.

And no I'm not saying go hug a dalek but it's an interesting idea isn't it?

In other news I'm reading more manga on my iPad. Currently through book 20 of Fruits Basket. Borrowed my wife's kindle after she went to bed and downloaded and then deleted a sample of some manga from Amazon just to see what reading it on the Kindle would be like. The answer is as long as you have either the backlit kindle or a strong light source it wouldn't be too bad. Otherwise manga shows up as far too dark on the e-paper screen. I wonder if it looks any different on the Nook or other readers. That and the manga available from the Amazon store - sucktastic. Very little choice at all and nothing seriously popular.

That said I'm reading manga through an app on the iPad but honestly I really want the ability to download them into epub format or whatever and use Calibre to put them on the device. Just hooked my wife's Kindle to this Linux laptop (Mint 11) and was able to not only backup her Kindle but put a book on it without issue. So maybe if I can find manga in whatever Calibre can convert then I can just get a Kindle.

Why do I want to move away from my iPad as an e-reader? Three reasons. 1) Size. It's just heavy and bulky to read on. 2) Concerned about breaking it. A Kindle is $80 or so while an iPad is $500. Nuff said. 3) Battery life. Reading several chapters of Manga yesterday dropped my battery life on my iPad to 34% over several hours. While that's actually not bad it doesn't compare to several _weeks_ of battery life on an e-paper reader.

Didn't sleep all that well last night. The first started my two weeks of on-call. I didn't sleep well the last time and I suspect I won't this time either. Likely it's anticipation that the phone will ring and fear that I'll be half awake and tell someone to format their hard drive or something. (I'm better than that but it's still a fear.) And I can't really take anything to fall asleep during these times because then I might not hear the phone when it rings. Such is the life of an on-call tech. I'm sure I'll normalize on it over time.

So...waiting for other shows to start back up. The Legend of Korra is high on my list to watch and I hope it's as good this coming season as it was last season. Also Ponies of course but there's enough fan made material to keep that fresh currently. Not too many other shows I watch. Pert of it is time because I always have things I really _should_ be doing and partly because a lot of the shows just don't interest me. I mean seriously I don't see a lot I want to watch and frankly I just don't want commercial television to occupy my time.

The exception to this is likely going to be my USB digital receiver I have plugged into my Linux machine out in the workshop. If I put up a decent antenna on the roof I should be able to get a number of digital stations that should satisfy those times when I need my regular TV fix. And one of the stations I can get now seems to have old black and white movies on it so that's very cool as I like those.

Need to finish up my dad's new system. Moving him to Windows 7 and it's not easy because of some of the stuff he had. Things like a Hauppage capture card that I need the original disk for so I can install the Windows 7 version of the software. His Magic Jack software, Office 2000, printer drivers, etc. I can get it all done but it's really a pain. Thankfully it's only 32 bit Windows 7 so most of his stuff should run without a hitch.

Off to get dressed and get something to eat...
16:36 PM 10/03/2011

So I've been running on about 2 hours of sleep today because I woke up in the middle of the early morning (about 2 am or so) after having a nasty nightmare. (Fell asleep at midnight.)

I was walking through a hospital complex, the ginormous kind with the large glass windows and clear glass catwalks and such, and for whatever reason I decide to take a shortcut through this section off to my left.

Now who in their right mind puts auto-open doors on a section for contageous diseases? I realized to my horror after walking through the doors that it was something of a treatment wing and sanitarium for a contageous disease that slowly drives you insane complete with hallucinations. The primary hallucination being evil clowns.

So I'm wandering through the place and several doctor's shake their heads because now that I'm here I can't leave. I come to a well lighted corridor and there's The 11th Doctor complete with sonic screwdriver and a man restrained in a chair with The Doctor scanning him and then asking the entire room "Now! Has anybody seen any clowns?".

The rest of the dream became one of dark corridors and evil clowns. Complete with flickering light bulbs.

Not sure what happened after that because I didn't stick around. I kind of forced myself to wake up.

I don't know who came up with evil clowns but damn they're scary sometimes...
16:23 PM 08/13/2011

So my wife and I were watching reruns of The Impossible Astronaut/Day of The Moon and in explaining some things to my wife I happened upon a thought...
Spoilers darling... ;-) )
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( Jun. 4th, 2011 03:20 pm)
15:22 PM 06/04/2011 - and 100 degrees according to my weather server. And humid. Ugh.

In between basting myself with butter so I taste good when I die of the heat I was perusing IMDB's forums concerning The Sarah Jane Adventures. The predominate posts being about if the series could be continued or spun off or something as the BBC has said they aren't going to produce any more episodes out of respect for Elisabeth Sladen's passing.

Well several ideas were bandied about - regeneration among them - but something occurred to me. There _is_ a character out there that could take over the show. And quite easily. She's young. Energetic. And completely related to the story.

Yes I'm talking about the Doctor's daughter from...The Doctor's Daughter. Georgia Moffett is certainly up to the role and as a I hesitate to call her a Time Lord...her character certainly looks at the world with the same bright eyes as the existing children from SJA. I think it's a seriously good opportunity.

Liz may have carried SJA and made it shine but I think the concept would work as a new show. Not sure what the hell I'd name it though.

*goes back to melting into a puddle*

Where's Odo's bucket when you need it?
So I'm awake...yeah...*zzzzzzz*

*gets poked by a stick*

Huh? Wha? Oh...right...posting...

All-in-all it has turned out to be an okay holiday season. We survived it anyway. ;-)

We have a ton of cleaning to do. (Why is it there's always a ton more cleaning during the holidays than most other times?) Mostly dishes at the moment but we definitely have to vacuum and dust. I also have to clean out the hearth because it's chok full of ashes that can be used on the sidewalk ice outside.

Wondering why the blossoms on my bean plant look a little withered today. I wonder if mom accidentally watered them when she watered the tomato plants. That would explain it because you can't over-water in these pots or they quickly become waterlogged.
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