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June 2010

No. No. No. No Depp Doctor.

I can’t even begin to imagine how bad an idea this is.

Johnny Depp playing the Doctor in a big-screen Doctor Who movie?
(Charlie Anders, io9, 2010 Jun 29)

It sounds like a ridiculous internet rumor. But Tor.Com claims to have confirmed the casting, and a release date of 2012, with “movie studio sources.” (They don’t say which studio.) And Russell T. Davies may be the writer.

They say take it with a few pounds of salt, so I will.

Photog Amy

Taken 2010 May 29 20:10 UTC

Alex and Lucy Lumphead

Lucy Lumphead has been circulating in my family for many decades. She started off as something between my Grandmother and her sister Norma Louise. Lucy arrived here last Christmas and will stay until we pass her along to another member of the extended family, most likely a family member with young children. As tradition has it, she will get a new outfit first.

Picture taken 2010 May 28 22:06 UTC

Go Alex! Go Alex!

Playing Peekaboo Barn

Taken 2010 May 29 04:29 UTC by Ruth Brandon (if I am reading her timestamps correctly).

LIGO Today

Irreversible Retinal Damage

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Blue Lasers
  • iPhone 4 Orders
  • Vuvuzelas
  • Watson

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You Got My Glasses!

Taken 2010 May 28 22:07 UTC by Ruth Brandon (If I am interpreting her time stamp correctly.)

Peekaboo Sequence

Series taken from 2010 May 28 05:13:48 UTC to 05:14:14 UTC. Shown 2x Actual Speed.

Rosetta Stone

The picture above cracks the code on the time stamps on Amy’s camera. The camera says 2010 May 26 01:54. The clock, plus the fact I know she was in the Pacific time zone, indicate it is 21:54 UTC. I think it is safe to assume that she initially set the time on her clock in the PM part of the day so the day is probably correct rather than being one day off as it would be if she had done an AM/PM error in the morning. If that is the case, then I can infer that the date on the camera will be correct (Pacific) in the time before 12:00. The additional hour off is due to daylight savings time. In any case, it means that (at least until Amy updates the time on her camera) to get UTC you add 20 hours. (If she originally done an AM/PM error in the AM instead of PM, then it would indicate the date would be correct in the times when the timestamp was after 12 hours, rather than the ones before, which would mean the real date was one day earlier during those hours…. so if that was the case then instead of adding 20 hours to get UTC, you would subtract 4 hours to get UTC, but I think it highly likely that she set her clock during PM hours, not AM.) All of the above though does mean that the guesses I made for the timestamps were one hour off, specifically 1 hour later, because I didn’t account for her setting her clock when we were in PST instead of PDT like we are now. So I’ll have to go put comments on those previous posts with corrected times. Perhaps. Not that anyone cares other than me. I know that. :-)