I just watched the first episode of Season 3 of the Classic Doctor Who.

The First Doctor caught my attention when he pulled out a screw driver.

A perfectly ordinary screwdriver.

This event is so noteworthy, that it is in fact noted in the Wikipedia on the sonic (second bullet point down.)

The sonic screwdriver does not appear in the series for another three years.


Watching the First Doctor (William Hartnell) is a lot of fun. It’s quite different than the modern series, but you can see all the contours of the Doctor Who Universe already taking shape. :)

University College, Durham -- Middle Common Room

Fun reminder that my picture used to be on the Durham University website!

(hint: second row down, right side, looking down at my notes)

I’ve just started a project to watch the entire Original Doctor Who Canon, from William Hartnell to Paul McGann. All 680 episodes! It’s gonna take a loooong time! I’m averaging one serial (story, or set of 7 episodes on average) per day.

Fortunately the set that I have has reconstructions of the missing episodes. They have all the audio. But video is more like a slide show. At first I groaned because I thought it would be tedious, but once I got into the story line it wasn’t a problem at all!

I’m already seeing a lot of things that the new Doctor Who series makes references to. The Daleks were introduced in the second serial right after Unearthly Child.

But the moment that really caught my attention was when Susan (the Doctor’s granddaughter) described the planet they were from. It’s virtually identical to the way the tenth Doctor (David Tennant) describes it. I’ve attached a video to this post from youtube above that shows both Susan and Ten describing Gallifrey side-by-side. Susan’s description is from the serial “The Sensorites” which I watched just yesterday.

I’ve just finished the first season! Just 25 seasons left to go!

I grew up with Doctor Who sense I was about 8 years old watching it on PBS after school at my Grandmother’s house. There’s something about it that I really connect to. And it can always bring tears to my eyes.

This is my nephew Austin saying “I love you!”

It’s absolutely adorable :)

ps that’s my voice you hear in the background

I’ve got some happy BOINC related news!

My long-standing goal has been to get into the top 10,000 contributors (out of 2.7 million). It took two years, and quite a bit of investment and experimentation and fun… but I’ve finally made it!

From here, well I keep on going and see how far I can push it! :D

You can see which projects I participate in in the second graph. There’s a heavy emphasis on medical research (GPUGrid, Docking, Rosetta, Poem, WCG, MalariaControl), climate science (BBC Climate, SAP, climateprediction), astrophysics (Einstein, Milkyway, Cosmology, Skynet), and high energy physics (test4theory.) Test4theory specifically runs simulations for the Large Hadron Collider. SO COOL!

I have a total of about 20 CPU slots and 4 GPU slots for research projects to be run simultaneously. I’m very proud of the system I’ve built. :)


A little more on BOINC

The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is an open source middleware system for volunteer and grid computing. It was originally developed to support the SETI@home project before it became useful as a platform for other distributed applications in areas as diverse as mathematics, medicine, molecular biology, climatology, environmental science, and astrophysics. The intent of BOINC is to make it possible for researchers to tap into the enormous processing power of personal computers around the world.

BOINC has been developed by a team based at the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley led by David Anderson, who also leads SETI@home. As a high performance distributed computing platform, BOINC has about 596,224 active computers (hosts) worldwide processing on average 9.2 petaFLOPS as of March 2013. BOINC is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through awards SCI/0221529, SCI/0438443 and SCI/0721124.

If you’re interested in getting involved, you can contact me or just go to https://boinc.berkeley.edu/. I definitely recommend it!

A few days ago I discovered I had a severe visual phobia that was triggered by an art posting here on Tumblr. The art was lovely and I thought the concept was wonderful. It was the medium that was used that triggered my reaction.

I did a little research, and apparently this phobia is very common but most people don’t realize they have it until confronted by it. I certainly didn’t know it! So i’m not going to say what it is. That way you won’t be tempted to google image search it and find out what I’m talking about. If you have the phobia, the google image search will scar you for life. I’m looking out for all of you! ;)

Three fucking days later my skin is still crawling from seeing just a few images though. I never would have thought…

I just ordered a new nVidia GTX 780 for my BOINC Computer!

I’ve been saving up for it for a while.

This card will be able to contribute more to scientific research than everything else I currently have combined!

It will primarily work on medical research, in particular Cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Neural Disorders.

WOOHOO! I’m excited!

Honestly I think I’m now the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. And it’s been sustained for months now so it’s not just a fluke. This pleases me. 

I just want to say I really love you people!

Happy Christmas everyone!


I seem to be having an existential crisis at the moment.

Tumblr, please show me gifs of cute animals doing adorable things to alleviate said crisis. :)

My mind is too active for me to sleep right now. This is not a good thing at the moment.

Man I got thrown way off balance the last couple of weeks. I hope everything pulls back together soon.

Argh I miss someone really bad and it’s making me really sad.