Kara Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

2 Articles from November 2013

  1. Thoughts on The Day of the Doctor

    Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, marked by an anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. This special was simulcast in 94 countries and 15 languages, setting a new Guinness world record in the process. In many countries, including the UK, it was also shown in theatres in 3D. My roommate, her daughter, and I bought our tickets as soon as they went on sale. Last night we queued up to get into the theatre, which was packed full of fans waiting to see the three Doctors and learn the truth about John Hurt’s incarnation of the renegade Time Lord.

    Spoilers, of course.

    When Steven Moffat took over as the showrunner of Doctor Who, I was happy and optimistic. The episodes of the show that he had written were among the best of the new show. And, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed Moffat’s era of Doctor Who. Yet of late I’ve been disappointed with some of the story arcs, and in general I’ve found Moffat too keen on creating fascinating but inexplicable paradoxes, to the point where the resolutions of some of the stories seem trite and a little contrived.

    So when…

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  2. Desert Bus for Hope 7 is on

    It has been suggested I need to write another blog post this weekend. Fortunately, I have an appropriate subject, because LoadingReadyRun’s seventh annual charity marathon for Child’s Play starts today.

    Desert Bus for Hope is a livestream of the LoadingReadyRun members, family, friends, and various other dedicated individuals. One of them—the driver—plays the most pointless real-time video game in existence, the eponymous Desert Bus. In this game, you drive a bus from Las Vegas, Nevada to Tuscon, Arizona. It takes 8 hours, during which you cannot pause or stop the bus, and at the end you get 1 point. Yes, 1 point. While the driver plays this game, everyone else basically entertains the voracious audience that is the Internet, taking questions from anyone in the chat, performing challenges, giving away and auctioning off various donated items and crafted goodies, etc. All of this is done with the aim of raising money for Child’s Play, a charity that helps put video games and other toys into children’s hospitals.

    For more information, refer to this video on the Desert Bus website.

    Suffice it to say, it’s a hilarious event that keeps going as long as people donate enough money…

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