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Is Doctor Who a Religion?

Something fun for Doctor Who Day 🙂

Is Doctor Who a Religion?

Personally I think the guy is over thinking things. But, if Doctor Who is a religion, could Harry Potter or Star Trek also be seen as a religion?

The 12th Doctor. Some Doctor Who Highlights…

If you’re a Doctor Who fan you should already know this.

If you’re a scifi fan, you more than likely already know this. (No actually you should already know this.)

Either way. There is new Doctor Who happening!

If you’re needing to catch up on some of the previous Doctor – you could do far worse then spend 12 minutes on watching this.

THAT Doctor Who trailer!

I know that every other blog who even mutters about scifi has already posted the new Doctor Who trailer, but Birthdays have happened which meant less time on a  computer. (On the subject of birthdays, check out instagram for some pics from it).

But anyway… that Doctor Who trailer…

Yeap. It looks different. That’s what Doctor Who does. (Compare Tom Bakers first series with Jon Pertwee’s last).

Personally, I think it looks fun. There’s enough depressing stuff around the world, can we have some fun?

Besides if it turns out to be rubbish, at least it will be all change in a year or two.

Nintendo Switch Online

Looks like Nintendo are getting their online started, and I’ve found a new source of retro games…

Ohhh……

And a “proper” mario game…

(Every now and then I just get a longing for a 2d mario platformer… its very odd I know)

Rewatching “Why Don’t You”

Perhaps its the summer holidays starting, but seeing a couple of posts on social media about the old kids show “Why Don’t You”, reminded me of a fairly random early TV memory.

All I could really remember was an inventor called Ben, and a really big computer.

A little bit of googling found the below, be warned, this was not a typical “Why Don’t You” episode, but it left an impression…

Apparently. It was written by Russell T Davies. A long time before his Doctor Who days.

Yes. I was a Doctor Who fan back then as well.

Daddy, can I have your phone?

Daddy, can I have your phone?, she asked.
“I’d like to play my games”, she went onto explain.

We were sat there in the car, within Sainsburys carpark, and I decided just to pass over my phone.

I could have said no. But I wanted a quieter life.

As I repositioned myself in the car, I realised what this meant.

Nothing.
No music.
No Facebook.
No Kindle access.

And I stopped.

I did nothing but think.

I managed to think about thoughts that I decided to think. Not what my little black mirror told me to think about.

I heard someone talk awhile back how “doing nothing” was once scheduled into our lives…. waiting for public transport… walking to work… standing around waiting for people… This time naturally gave people a chance to think and process what was happening in their lives. This was argued as a reason for an increase in people having problems with stress… anxiety… sleeping…

Maybe we just don’t like being bored.

But we’re surprised when our kids complain about being bored.

Perhaps, it would help us all out if we were all a little bit bored at times?


Mission Mindfulness

I Like Facebook.

I have a confession to make. I like Facebook.
Well, I think I like the marketed idea behind Facebook. You know the one: The nice utopian idea of bringing people together in an online community.
The thing is, in order for people to come together, to share photos, update statuses, play games, and what ever else. Data is collected.
And that data, that’s worth something, which seems to be something that we took for granted.
Maybe we all thought our data was so general that it would have no real world impact?

Perhaps we didn’t care enough to read the fine print?
Perhaps it’s not just the data harvesting for the Donald Trump campaign?
It could also be that it was done through the use of an innocent looking quiz?
Maybe it’s that Facebook tried to sue to stop the story from getting out?
But now could be a good time to re-evaluate, and learn about our relationship with social networks? It’s not just the data we willingly give, but with the revelation that Facebook has been keeping track of calls and text messages from our phones, it’s also clear we need to seriously think about the phone apps we install.

Why I’m I going on about Facebook here? Two things; Parenting blogs seem to discuss social networks and smart phones on a regular basis. These conversations normally focus on the amount of time spent on electronic devices / social media, and if that time is healthy and safe? Should we also be discussing the information we willingly give up to large companies such as Facebook?

Secondly, parenting bloggers in general also seem to include a lot of time on Facebook, and Instagram. Perhaps this is a reminder for us all to check what we put on social networks about our families and ourselves?

I like Facebook.

But right now. I don’t trust Facebook.

Mudpie Fridays

2018 Media and Technology Trends

Love this from The Church and Media Network, looking at Media and Technology Trends to look out for in 2018.

Is there any tech on the horizon that you’re looking forward to trying out?