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Is Doctor Who A Proper Kid’s Show?

We have been having a debate whether or not Doctor Who is is still a kids show. In TWTT EP 6,  Yomar Lopez & Stan Faryna talk about whether or not Doctor Who is appropriate for kids. Yomar & myself think Stan is over-thinking things. I wouldn’t say its a show just for kids, rather than a family-oriented show where you can watch with your family or your children can learn something from it as well. I know what you are thinking, ” So KiNg, You are telling me my kids can learn something from TV other than rotting their brain cells?”, YES! Yes they can. I will touch on that subject in a sec, but first a brief introduction:

I am a father, blogger, Browncoat, gamer, geek, graphic designer, techie, vaping enthusiast, and Whovian. I have a <3 for ampersands, & just plain out of my mind.  Now that that’s over, thanks Yomar, on with the show!

Do you think Doctor Who is just a revisited & reimagined show from the 60’s with a silly man in a blue box?

If you said yes, then you are correct, but it is more than bow ties, fezzes, fish fingers & custard.  If we know where to look the Doctor can teach our children some very important lessons.

You Are Fantastic

If it is the only lesson your children ever take from this Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey series, then that is enough. They are fantastic. The Doctor teaches us to be the best that we can be & sees that in everyone, but he also values himself & that is such an important understanding to have. In the words of the Ninth Doctor
You were fantastic, & you know what? So was I!

You Were Fantastic - The Ninth Doctor Played By Christopher Eccleston

Friends Are Important

Rose Tyler’s painful goodbye,  the first companion ever to die, The Doctor shows how significant it is to have friends & to trust them. The 10th Doctor would never take pity on anyone when he is alone, he is Fire & Rage but when with a companion he is passionate, & caring. It shows us why we need our friends to help us stay on track & to give us a slap (or a gentle nudge) when we’re out of line

Change Is Good

Children experience change throughout their young, delicate lives – from growing to finding their feet to being taken around the world by their parents. The Doctor regenerates, he becomes someone new & he faces each change with eagerness & joy. Change means success & evolution & the Doctor makes this light.

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SATURDAY: Deconstructing #DoctorWho: The Caretaker, a Shrew and Mouth Garbage

Tune in Saturday, October 4th at noon ET for a friendly, live chat experience of TWTT Episode 7 on http://www.twitch.tv/geekyantics or http://www.allgames.com.

October 4th. Noon. That’s 9am for the U.S. West Coast, 4pm for Madrid, 5pm for London and 7pm, Bucharest.

Don’t press play.

Not all is wrong with The Caretaker. The Doctor is working on being heroic despite the pressing need for him to tame the mouth garbage. Spoiler: He saves the Earth again and he doesn’t even break a sweat.

Not all is wrong with Doctor Who. We can return to the 11th Doctor…

It does not escape Stan’s lack of sense of humor that Danny Pink saves the day as a “PE teacher” might and not by the force of his maths or brains. However, Samuel Andersen did shine for a moment (at last!) when “Sergeant” Pink called the Doctor out as an elitist, manipulative and authoritative one percenter. Go Danny!

The Guardian writes about Danny:

Danny’s inability [to] understand the “different” way that Clara might love the Doctor has become my only real problem with him. So much that I almost get the Doctor’s antipathy toward him.

Which makes Stan think that racism is so deeply entrenched in British culture that the BBC and company are completely unaware of what would and would not suggest racism. Nevermind the recent Liverpool incident in which anti-semitism came off like an old Hitler rally. Contrary to all present representations, however, TWTT is not a voice for social justice or social change. Our own humanity is challenge enough.

Equally problematic is the suggestion that if your romantic interest is spending a lot of time with another person (more time than with you), you shouldn’t be concerned. This is misdirection spoken only as a cheater would speak.

Moving on. It does not escape our sense of irony that Forbes (the publication for one percenters) now has things to say about Doctor Who. And it loves the Doctor. This should worry us! The fact that he does not confess his one percenter allegiances makes him innocent. Or so says the collective Forbes’ consciousness.

No Humans Allowed

Can a tongue be tamed?

Did you ever say or write things that you later regret?

Did you ever feel rejected, humiliated, diminished, or angered because of what someone said about you (or yours)?



Call in and tell us: 1.206.415.4987 (add 00 if calling from outside the US). Or send text, mp3 or other communication protocol to stan.faryna@gmail.com

Tell us in the live chat during the show: http://www.allgames.com/live

Or email us: mail@geekyantics.net

Listen to TWTT Episode 6 and ponder the Doctor like you never pondered him before.

 
Part One: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Six (#TWTT EP 6.0)
Part Two: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Six (#TWTT EP 6.5)
 
Part Three: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Six Extra (#TWTT EP 6.X)

 

#FlashFiction: I Have by @NatalieCone [Must Read, RT and FAV]

I Have by Natalie Cone

FlasFiction

by Natalie Cone
@NatalieCone

Natalie Cone

 

The grass was soft beneath her knees. Shafts of sunlight blinked kaleidoscope patterns onto her skirt and glinted off the knife nestled in her lap. Today, her last thread snapped.

Looking away, she prayed desperately for God’s forgiveness as she pressed the blade to her wrists.
Her eyes fell on a carving in the trunk of a tree. It was a single word.
Purpose.
In that moment, something inside her shifted.
She pulled herself to her feet. Using the blade that was intended to end her life, she carved two more words above the one already there.
I have.

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More awesome by mad geniuses here on the GANG!

Elfblood Tastes Like Honey by @StartYourNovel
How I made a Million Streaming on Twitch by @Faryna
Fisher Price: My First Spaceship by @Yogizilla
Say Something by @Faryna

More from the wonderful world of Natalie Cone:

God’s Creatures
First Day of School
As Good as I am
Mommy Survival Guide

About Natalie Cone

Wife. Mother. Writer. Avid Coffee Drinker. Christian. Fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal.

Natalie’s flash fiction work, I Have, won best 99 word fiction at 99fiction.

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Twitter: @NatalieCone

Website: nataliecone.com

99fiction: NatalieCone

A Superlative #DoctorWho RECAP: Timey-Wimey Tea Time E6 #Kids and #Sherlock @Faryna @Yogizilla [Please RT]

#DoctorWho RECAP: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode 6: Is Doctor Who a proper kid’s show?

Doctor, who?!

In Episode TWTT 6, we point out the elephant in the room and ponder if Doctor Who is still a kids show. The absence of strong language, graphic violence and sexually charged content, does not make it kid safe per se. But if you hear us out first, you’ll have big take aways when you watch (or rewatch) Doctor Who Episode 5, Time HeistThat’s what our community is saying.

As always, we gladly shared some of the comments you left on YouTube for TWTT Episode 4 and we played new submissions for the #SoftKitty song contest. Oh, heck yes, Yomar has fixed the sound problems.

We talked about ABC’s new romantic comedy, Selfie. Both Yomar and Stan like it. It’s not just a Karen Gillan thing – formerly Amy Pond of Doctor Who. There’s more than a few interesting characters. Keep your eye out for Charmonique.

Tune in Saturday, October 4th at 12 noon ET for an interactive, live chat experience of TWTT Episode 7 on http://www.twitch.tv/geekyantics or http://www.allgames.com.

October 4th. 12 noon for New York City, Washington, D.C. and Miami, 9am for the U.S. West Coast, 4pm in Madrid, 5pm for London and 7pm, Bucharest.

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Poking Holes in Your Lovely Little Tank by @StartYourNovel

Poking Holes in Your Lovely Little Tank

FlasFiction

by John Magnet Bell
@startyournovel

John Magnet Bell

 

Marcellina had a man living in the cellar, a man running from the Germans in black. Half the village concealed the fact from the other half, and especially from the curate’s governess, with her fear of the old religion. For the man dealt in curses and philters. 

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Chameleon Collector

More awesome by mad geniuses here on the GANG!

The Revelator by @deathofnation
How I made a Million Streaming on Twitch by @Faryna
What can Robert de Niro teach you about writing?
Say Something by @Faryna

More flash fiction by John Magnet Bell:

The Second Coming of Gweed
The Chomping Mouth at the End of June
The Angels of Provenance
Have You Seen my Wife’s Mustache?

About John Magnet Bell

John is a professional translator, writer and photographer. He writes about writing and he writes unconventional flashes of fiction at his website, Start Your Novel. Why? John explains his passion here.

Twitter: @StartYourNovel
Google+: JMBell
Tumblr: http://johnmagnetbell.tumblr.com/
Website: Start Your Novel

Please support John so that he can keep writing epic prompts! You can buy his shocking art at society6: http://society6.com/johnmagnetbell A Constellation of Hexagons  

Bloo Needs Your Help! #AnimalRescue #Crowdfunding #RealTalk

Geeks, gamers, friends, family, wholehearted GANG supporters..  It’s time for some #RealTalk.  I have an urgent message:  I need you (and I do not say that lightly)!

I am not one to ask for hand-outs or “sell out”. I try to avoid excessive monetization of content because it can detract from the message and overall experience… But I realize things do not happen unless you ask.  Here I am asking humbly and wholeheartedly:

I need your help. Bloo needs your help.  If you’re ready to donate right away to help a precious little life, here is the widget.  You can also use the ImRaising donation page.

…This Is Bloo:

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Bloo is the GANG mascot but that makes light of our relationship.  She is one of my dearest friends and family members. Some may find this weird but I feel a strong bond towards this creature of God. Of course, I love my family but Bloo is a helpless creature.. And she is not doing well.

Bloo is one of the many animal rescues we have nursed back to health.  She was left to fend for herself inside a mailbox in our community.  Every month I encounter two or three stories like this.  It angers me that people can be so careless, heartless, and just plain EVIL.  Usually, we help abandoned pets recover and find them loving homes with responsible families. I have grown particularly attached to this lil gal. That is why it hurts me to know that the rough patch we have hit prevents me from taking her to the vet now that she could really use a good check-up, just to be safe.

 

What’s Wrong With Bloo?

 

Well, it seems like it is just a sprained leg or, at worst, a dislocated hip. The pet community has been reassuring but most pet lovers have told me what I already know: “Take her to a vet already!”   It seems others have encountered similar symptoms with no complications but seeing Bloo hobble along and struggle with basic functions.. It hurts me deeply.

I am choking back tears as I write this.  Those that know me on a very personal level know that, when I let someone in, I love you fully.. without hesitation.

I am not a proud person but I feel like such a scrub for not being able to provide for my family fully right now. Between unexpected car repairs, increases in utility costs, and other bills, money is being spent faster than I can make it right now. Many of you have donated in countless ways without my asking. I truly appreciate that.. but now I must ask for more..  Just a bit more.

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SATURDAY NOON ET: A #DoctorWho Podcast: A Problematic Doctor?

SATURDAY NOON ET: GANG’s #DoctorWho Podcast: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode 6

Tune in Saturday, September 27th at noon ET for a friendly, live chat experience of TWTT Episode 6 on http://www.twitch.tv/geekyantics or http://www.allgames.com.

September 27th. Noon. That’s 9am for the U.S. West Coast, 5pm for London and 7pm, Bucharest.



Writes The Telegraph’s Ben Lawrence:

… the revelation at the end of Time Heist that the Doctor had masterminded the whole affair in order to rescue the Teller and save the species confirmed that he is still the same Time Lord, dedicated to peace and survival throughout the Whoniverse. Capaldi’s Doctor is not an obvious hero, but he is all the more interesting for that.

Obviously, the Telegraph can’t afford to pay for an intelligent and clever review of the Doctor. Lawrence fails to contemplate the problematic that the Teller is a heartless murderer – regardless of the price. And the 12th Doctor remains an anti-hero. The Series 8 Doctor is no hero – not even by the loose and easy standards of the former and mythic Joseph Campbell.

Asks The Daily Mirror’s Richard Beech:

 

This is a very simple Doctor Who-based question, with very simple rules.

Answer “yes” if you think Doctor Who HAS become unsuitable for children, answer “no” if you think it IS still suitable for children.

Right Question. But missing the substantive problematic entirely! Or are the Brits being a bit dodgey?


Is no one safe from the morally bankrupt Moffat?

Time Heist

Source

Is Doctor Who appropriate for kids? Really?

Doctor, who?

Where have all the good men gone?



Call in and tell us: 1.206.415.4987 (add 00 if calling from outside the US). Or send text, mp3 or other communication protocol to stan.faryna@gmail.com

Tell us in the live chat during the show: http://www.allgames.com/live

Or email us: mail@geekyantics.net

Yomar Lopez

Yogi got the Beats by Dre

Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Listen to TWTT Episode 6 and ponder the Doctor like you never pondered him before.

 
Part One: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Five (#TWTT EP 5.0)
Part Two: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Five (#TWTT EP 5.5)
 
Part Three: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Five Extra (#TWTT EP 5.X)

Elfblood Tastes Like Honey by @StartYourNovel

 

Elfblood Tastes Like Honey

FlasFiction

by John Magnet Bell
@startyournovel

 

John Magnet Bell

 

 

Ko’s father returned to the village with a string of mouthwater glimmering on his beard and a mad glee in his eyes.


“Little people,” he told Ko. “In the forest.” He rubbed his belly, bit his underlip and nodded.
Ko went ahhh.

“They build houses now,” said father. “We wait.”

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Honosuke

Source

More awesome by mad geniuses here on the GANG!

The Revelator by @deathofnation
How I made a Million Streaming on Twitch by @Faryna
What can Robert de Niro teach you about writing?
Say Something by @Faryna



More flash fiction by John Magnet Bell:

The Second Coming of Gweed
The Chomping Mouth at the End of June
The Angels of Provenance
Have You Seen my Wife’s Mustache?

About John Magnet Bell

John is a professional translator, writer and photographer. He writes about writing and he writes unconventional flashes of fiction at his website, Start Your Novel. Why? John explains his passion here.

Twitter: @StartYourNovel
Google+: JMBell
Tumblr: http://johnmagnetbell.tumblr.com/
Website: Start Your Novel

Please support John so that he can keep writing epic prompts! You can buy his shocking art at society6: http://society6.com/johnmagnetbell

The Challenge

 

A Superlative #DoctorWho RECAP: Timey-Wimey Tea Time E5 #Love and #Fear @Faryna @Yogizilla [Please RT]

A Superlative #DoctorWho Recap: Timey-Wimey Tea Time E5 #Love and #Fear with @Faryna @Yogizilla

Doctor, who?!

In Episode TWTT 5, we carry Moffat’s limping darlings into glorious day break. If you hear us out first, you’ll have big take aways when you watch (or rewatch) Doctor Who Episode 4, Listen. That’s what our community is saying.

As always, we gladly shared some of the comments you left on YouTube for TWTT Episode 3, then played awesome submissions for the #SoftKitty song contest. Oh, heck yes, we got a buggy stream going on at allgames.com. But the Twitch feed was fine, sweetie.

Tune in Saturday, September 27th at 12 noon ET for an interactive, live chat experience of TWTT Ep. 6 on http://www.twitch.tv/geekyantics or http://www.allgames.com.

September 27th. 12 noon for New York City, Washington, D.C., 9am for the U.S. West Coast, 4pm in Madrid, 5pm for London and 7pm, Bucharest.

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Why #GamerGate Doesn’t Really Matter – Let’s Just Enjoy Games!

In recent months, you could not even peek at a social media stream without catching talk about feminism, offensive video game tropes, journalists selling out, and inauthentic game reviews. That was just the tip of the iceberg. All these things culminated in what is affectionately (not really) called GamerGate.

Do not confuse #GamerGate with #GamersGate – they are two VERY different things!

 

DISCLAIMER: Though this always applies to myself and our independent contributors here on the network, let me reiterate that the opinions expressed here are not those of our partners, affiliates, team members, and the network as a whole.

GamerGate went beyond the issues of feminism, alleged “sex scandals”, and the need for reformation in the gaming industry as a whole. It is culmination of the desperate outcry of gamers, consumers, and even industry professionals who are tired of the BS. We feel cheated, used, underappreciated, and deceived. Those feelings were sadly focused into fear of change, finger-pointing, dirt-slinging, and other petty drama.

Many attribute the GamerGate fallout to the Zoe Quinn debacle.  I won’t re-hash the whole thing but it sure got ugly.  Certainly, there are double standards when it comes to adult relationships but people sure LOVE jumping to extreme conclusions.  The trolling was real.  Heck, the whole thing went beyond trolling..  Hacking, Total Biscuit, Phil Fish, and more craziness got thrown into the mix!

I would say the breaking point really came thanks to Anita Sarkeesian.  Her web series, Feminist Frequency, may have served as a catalyst to the turmoil and resentment.  Opponents felt she was merely playing the self-righteous role (i.e. #SJW, Social Justice Warrior) to draw attention to herself.  The reality is that all the debate and angst came from tension long in the making, through no fault of her own or any specific parties.

I do not wish to downplay the personal attacks Anita got for speaking to issues she feels are important. Discrimination and objectification are very real things in any medium or industry, not just video games. That said, there are deeper issues here that the PC (political correctness) police are tucking away in favor of their own agendas. Right or wrong, it feels like the outspoken few are holding on to their own biases and skewed worldviews.

Let me be clear: it is wonderful and worthwhile for folks like Anita Sarkeesian to encourage perspectives that focus on the artistry and social issues driving or driven by video games. It’s equally important to remember to have fun and not assume every creative work is ridden with offensive material or tropes. It’s easy to find issues when you dig deep but is that really what we should be expending our energy on? More importantly, women should not aim to be the equals of men.. That is setting your sights too low. I kid, I kid.

The core issue here is one of trust, not social hierarchy or constructs. Even for more casual gamers, there is a substantial investment of time and money which we all feel justifies our serving as keepers or critics of our gaming hobby or lifestyle. The dissatisfaction and distrust with gaming journalism is a reflection of the course corrections we are seeing in social media, communication, and business [ethics] as a whole.

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