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

Amazon Women vs Chumbleys

Amazon Women vs Chumbleys

Today I started Galaxy 4, the first of a long run of reconstruction. By my count, the next twelve days will be nothing but reconstructions. Fortunately, the Loose Canon recons are really well done and very enjoyable. Also worth mentioning, today mister "I'm a natural leader" was back playing basketball. I chose to work out far, far away from the court. I did notice as I was leaving, however, that the entire row of machines near the court was completely abandoned. Them's some serious leadership skills ya got there, champ!

Anyway, let's talk about those Amazon Women.

Vikings in Northumbria

Vikings in Northumbria

I am going to start by saying: I really miss my own treadmill, and the repair parts can't get here fast enough. This morning during my workout, there was a heated basketball game going on directly in front of me. That's usually no big deal, except there were also two Alpha Jocks arguing over something, which culminated in one of them screaming about how he was a natural leader, and people follow him because (again) he is a natural leader. Just as a quick tip, if you have to loudly insist multiple times that you are a natural leader, you are by definition not a natural leader. You are just a loud jerk making my workout miserable. Grr.

Regarding today's episode, it is Steven Taylor's first trip on the TARDIS. He doesn't believe it is really a time machine. He is proven wrong.

Let's talk about that.

Goodbye, Barbara, You'll Always Be a Goddess

Goodbye, Barbara, You'll Always Be a Goddess

I knew today was coming, I was prepared, and it doesn't make me any less bummed. Today was the last episode with Barbara Wright, who is a goddess. Oh, Sir Ian Chesterton, Knight of Jaffa and King of Pratfalls also left, but he is instantly replaced with Ian 2.0 (also known as Steven Taylor). Also -- and this is important -- Ian is not a goddess. But before we get to the parting, we have to struggle through walking fungus, a Life Model Decoy of the Doctor, and an epic battle between the Daleks and the Mechonoids.

Quick Technical Update

Apr 01 2017
Quick Technical Update

When I started this blog, everything in the "Progress" area was completely manual. Each day I would have to do a bunch of math to calculate percentages and degrees of radius and cumulative numbers and such, and then directly edit the HTML on the page to reflect the current status. It was a right pain in the arse, but it was more important to me to get it live and moving. 

I spent a few weeks working on data structures and designs in my free time (ha!), then spent a few more weeks working on coding it all up to render the "Progress" area based on data instead of having to do it all manually. For my second release, I created a Quick Date Entry screen for myself that let me enter my workout info through friendly screen, and to also enter new stories and episodes. But I still had to do some direct database updates each day regarding which episodes I had watched and which story was current. 

The Chase Continues - A.K.A. "Terry Nation Needs to Pay the Mortgage"

The Chase Continues - A.K.A.

Oh, my, today's episodes. I watched them. I finished 90 minutes ago.  Mercifully, I have already forgotten most of it. This is the third bite at the apple for the Daleks, and we have now entered the territory of "How can I miss you if you won't go away?" Fun fact: I hit that wall in the modern series a few years ago with The Daleks Take Manhattan. You want to take a guess where the setting is for the first half of today's snooze-fest?

Disgruntled Teenagers with Ray Guns

Disgruntled Teenagers with Ray Guns

Oy, such a day. I barely made the treadmill today. Even the support of you, my imaginary readers, almost wasn't enough. What pushed me there was the fact that I am two days away from a complete month of walks/viewings/posts every single day. So I dragged my sorry butt on down to the YMCA and watched the end of The Space Museum. Turns out William Hartnell pretty much had the same issue, and didn't bother to come to work for the first week. But he showed up for the finale, and so did Boba Fett. For reals.

Let's talk about that.

A Big Ball of Timey Wimey, Wibbly Wobbly Cardigan Wool

A Big Ball of Timey Wimey, Wibbly Wobbly Cardigan Wool

First of all: Woo Hoo! Today I weighed in at a record low since I started this project. Not in-and-of-itself a remarkable thing, but I was really frustrated during most of last week as I seemed to be steadily losing ground and gaining back weight. With this morning's weigh-in I feel like I have solidified the trend back in the right direction. It has been a bit of a challenge getting used to the treadmills at the YMCA. I mean, they are lovely high-tech machines, but they aren't mine so they feel like driving a rental car. It just takes a bit to figure out how to get all the mirrors and seats positioned correctly, such as it is.

Anyway, today's episode: I am finding The Space Museum surprisingly interesting. The story represents the first time that the writers have really played around with the concept of Time as a separate dimension, and gone a bit wibbly wobbly with it. There are also several moments of humor which, although a little out of place, were still lots of fun.

Let's talk about that.

The Sexual Politics of Twelfth Century Saracens and Britons

The Sexual Politics of Twelfth Century Saracens and Britons

Wow, what a lot of women's issues came up in today's viewing. I mean, it's not like Doctor Who is any great bastion of pro-feminist cheerleading (especially in the Classic era), but today it was just all over the place. It's not all bad, by any stretch. Certainly it is well-reflective of twelfth century mores and standards. Frankly, it's pretty well-reflective of many twentieth century mores as well. But holy cow it was a lot to take in.

Let's talk about that.

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