One fat geek's attempt to regenerate into a not-so-fat geek by watching the entirety of Doctor Who while walking on a treadmill

A vortex manipulator, fresh off the wrist of a handsome Time Agent. I said *off* the wrist...

A vortex manipulator, fresh off the wrist of a handsome Time Agent. I said *off* the wrist...

This is not at all treadmill or Doctor Who related, I just have to say: Last night I had easily the best stage performance of my life at the Orlando Fringe Festival. Sure, it wasn't a massive audience, but who cares? The small crowd who attended all had a great time, and I felt absolutely in the groove for the entire performance. A dozen songs, lots of stories, and a direct connection with everyone in attendance -- it was just sublime. I am about to leave for my final performance of this show, and I couldn't be more proud of what I have achieved in the last year or so. And this ridiculous project? It's a huge part of what has gotten me here. So thank you, my dear Imaginary Readers, for keeping me motivated and moving. I treasure each and every one of you (especially the ones who aren't actually imaginary).

Speaking of imaginary people, let's talk about today's episode of Doctor Who.

Hello Catherine Tate!

May 26 2018
Hello Catherine Tate!

This morning I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Catherine Tate, a.k.a. Donna Noble, at MegaCon Orlando. As one would expect, she was absolutely lovely. I got her autograph on my Time Treadmill inspiration poster, and then got this photo with her:

Prior to that, however, I watched the Craig & Sophie episode of Doctor Who, so let's talk about that.

Starry Starry Night

May 25 2018
Starry Starry Night

As I might have mentioned once or twice recently, I am currently doing a show at the Orlando Fringe Festival. The other day as I was walking around the festival grounds I had the pleasure of meeting Walter Michel DeForest, who performs a one-man show about the life of Vincent Van Gogh called Van Gogh Find Yourself. I have to say, the man was born to play Van Gogh (almost literally so, as he points out "Walter DeForest was born with a hole in his heart on July 30th. On July 30th, Vincent was buried. He died from a gunshot wound to the chest.")

Oh the sweet synchronicity, then, that today of all days I got to watch the Vincent episode. Let's talk about that.

Oh My God, They Killed Rory! Again.

Oh My God, They Killed Rory! Again.

I'm definitely not sick anymore. This morning I finally weighed back in at under 250, which was a huge relief. I know, I know, weight is not what this ridiculous project is about, it's about feeling good about myself physically and mentally, and I keep reminding myself about that fact. But my brain fixates on charts and numbers, and I haven't liked the chart, so here we are. I know it's irrational. That's ok, though, this whole project is crazy. 

Speaking of this ridiculous project, Rory died today (spoilers!). It's ok, though. He's died before and he will die again. It's just kind of what he does. So let's talk about that.

There's something here that doesn't make sense. Let's go and poke it with a stick.

There's something here that doesn't make sense. Let's go and poke it with a stick.

As of this morning I have done more than four thousand pushups cumulatively since I added them to this ridiculous project. Also, remember a few days ago when I complained about being as big as a whale? Well, the last of my illness-related bloating has fallen off and I have lost more than seven pounds in the last five days. Trust me, it ain't because I was doing anything different. It's just the vagaries of illness combined with normal daily fluctuations. This stuff gets into your head and messes with it, though, so I'm not going to pretend I wasn't thrilled when I saw the number this morning. Good stuff.

As for Doctor Who (and speaking of being as big as a whale), Amy was suddenly nine months pregnant at the start of the episode. Oh, and Rory had a pony tail. So let's talk about that.

The LobsterFish of Venice

The LobsterFish of Venice

Today is going to be a really short post. It's the week of the Orlando Fringe Festival, I've got a show in it, and I need to go flog it like crazy to get butts in seats. But I did put in my treadmill time this morning, so let's talk about Amy getting all freaky up in the TARDIS.

Logical Consistency? What's That?

Logical Consistency? What's That?

Most of the time, the five day moving average is my friend. Today, however, it is working against me. The good news is that after a week of being sick with a flu or virus or something, I am finally feeling mostly back to normal. The bad news is that while I was sick I also bloated up like a German sausage. Although I have lost more than five pounds in the last two days (purely from losing all the fluids my body was stockpiling), that won't show up in the moving average for a few more days. I just keep reminding myself that this has never been about weight per-se, it is about feeling better and more healthy. Temporary illness aside, I feel fantastic and my clothes have never fit better than they do right now. So, it's all good. It's just galling to see it mapped out on a graph. I'll get over it.

I also watched the second half of the army of Angels story today, and I liked it far less this time around then when it originally aired. Let's talk about that.

R.I.P. Graham Strong

R.I.P. Graham Strong

Graham Strong is not a name that would be familiar to any but the most die-hard Doctor Who fans. Although he never worked on the show in any capacity, he is directly responsible for my being able to include all 97 missing episodes in this ridiculous project. You see, back in 1963 Mr. Strong was a fourteen-year-old electronics geek, as well as being a science fiction fan. Back then there was no such things as reruns, home video recording, or any other kind of repeat market. With no way to revisit a show, a few fans like Mr. Strong would record the audio from each episode as it was broadcast. Strong, though, went one step further -- he directly wired the audio output from the family television into a reel-to-reel recorder, and starting with episode 7 of The Daleks' Master Plan he gathered pristine audio recordings.These were in fact so clean that, back in the mid-90's, he loaned his recordings to the BBC including more than 100 early episodes of Doctor Who. Because his recordings were superior to anything the BBC had in their archives, many of the DVD's of early episodes from the show use his audio. As it relates to this project, it is his audio recordings that allowed for the reconstructions of lost episodes that I watched. That's almost fifty days' worth of treadmill time that I put in listening to Mr. Strong's recordings while watching corresponding photos from the missing episodes.

Sadly, Graham Strong passed away yesterday at the age of 69. He was my kind of geek, and I applaud his ingenuity. My condolences to his family, he was a remarkable man and he will surely be missed.

Also: today I watched the return of both River Song and the Weeping Angels. So let's talk about that.

Now Available in Five Candy Colors - Collect the Whole Set!!

May 18 2018
Now Available in Five Candy Colors - Collect the Whole Set!!

Good news: I am on the upswing, health-wise. I actually did fifty pushups this morning, although I still took an easy pace on the treadmill. I am at the point where I feel substantially better than I sound. That "sounding" part could be an issue, though, in that I have my debut performance at the Orlando Fringe Festival tomorrow in which I need to sing and talk non-stop for a full hour. Oh, and play guitar. Still, two consecutive nights of solid sleep have done me a world of good, and hopefully I'll get another tonight.

As for Doctor Who, well... you can probably already guess how I feel about this one. So let's get it over with.

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