Define Dialect

I came across the book F this Test: Even More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers in Butler University’s bookstore yesterday. It includes this gem:   [Read more...]

Tone And Resonant Depth In Sound

One of the things we accomplished while in Romania was a visit to Reghin, the violin-making capitol of the country. We ended up buying my son a lovely handmade instrument from Simon József, whose family are into their fifth generation as luthiers (his grandfather was the first, and his grandson now helps with the work). Since [Read More...]

From Doctor Who to Star Wars

“Today I Learned” is one of the fascinating elements on Reddit. And today I learned that the costume worn by the bounty hunter Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back was the same sort that appeared in the Doctor Who episode The Tenth Planet: Apparently Doctor Who was using a real-life High-Altitude Windak Pressure Suit made for [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs from the Doctor Who episode “Invasion of the Dinosaurs“, although not terrible by the standards of the time, look really awful to some modern viewers spoiled by more advanced CGI special effects. When I rewatched the episode recently, perhaps I had duly lowered expectations, but I didn’t find that the special effects detracted [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Monster of Peladon

The episode “The Monster of Peladon“sees the Doctor return to Peladon. The daughter of king Peladon (whom the Doctor met in the earlier episode “The Curse of Peladon“) is now reigning. Superstition is a major focus in the episode, the plot of which revolves around a rebellion by miners and political machinations that are instigating [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Time Warrior

If the last episode saw the departure of Jo Grant, the episode The Time Warrior witnesses new opening credits (some elements of which carried over into the more famous Tom Baker credits) and the arrival of a new companion who would remain one of the most popular of all time, Sarah Jane Smith, eventually reappearing [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Green Death

The Doctor Who episode from the Jon Pertwee era, “The Green Death,” witnesses the departure of Jo Grant. It explores matters of environmentalism and big business in a way that will be a theme again in “Invasion of the Dinosaurs” in the subsequent season. The episode highlights early on the challenge of bringing about social [Read More...]

Exciting New Footage From Doctor Who

Just kidding. The above video, as IO9 points out, is nothing but a silhouette of Peter Capaldi. A teaser trailer needs to be a trailer and not just a teaser. What are you expecting from the new Doctor, when Doctor Who starts up again in August? [Read more...]

The Meaning of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Laura Brekke blogged about Doctor Who as a “third space” for interreligious dialogue. Here is a sample: I am a Doctor Who advocate. This is my bias. I have found many wonderfully rich conversations about meaning-making, ethics in practice, and theological conundrums elegantly drawn from the last seven seasons (not to mention the Classic series [Read More...]

There Will Never Be Another

I like this quote from the Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten.” It illustrates many things – that one can find meaning in telling the story of the universe in a scientifically-informed way, that discussion of natural processes does not have to lead to the conclusion that life is meaningless rather than incredibly precious. [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Planet of the Daleks

Sometimes a Facebook comment can make your day. I had someone tell me that they started reading my blog posts for two reasons. One was Daleks. The other is that they are the grandchild of Clarence L. Goodwin, who endowed the chair to which I was appointed in 2010! I responded with delight at the [Read More...]


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