SilhouetteWho ReviewsHead

RSS Subscribe

Sorry for the ads guys! I have serious medical problems and showing these helps me pay for them.. Take a look at them if you want to support me and find them interesting. If you really hate them, feel free to use adblock, but it'll make me sad =(.

Do you like what you see? Donate to help me cover my medical expenses! There's a chance I won't survive without my medication and visits to the doctor and it's all stupidly expensive (American medical insurance covers almost none of it) - it currently eats about half my salary! If you donate today, you can help with that!

Big spenders get preferential treatment in requesting reviews or historical write-ups!

Man I just had a thought. For April fools this year I should have made my blog a Ten/Rose fanblog for a day.

Why does morning have to happen so damn early?!

zagreus-taking-time-apart:

doctorthefourth:

zagreus-taking-time-apart:

Fun facts about classic whovians you never knew!

  • Classic whovians can perceive roughly 38 more colours than the human eye
  • Classic whovians can go without drinking for 2+ weeks at a time
  • Classic whovians cannot die of natural causes; if not killed, they will continue growing forever
  • Classic whovians can survive in the vacuum of space
  • When threatened, the classic whovian will display it’s large, colourful frills in an attempt to ward off the attacker; if this fails, it will spray venom into the eyes
  • It is said that to see four classic whovians together foretells an oncoming death

image

Apparently, Classic Whovians are all Dilophosauruses.

Dilophosaurus didn’t actually have a frill or spit poison as far as we know; the creature pictured is, in fact, a classic whovian of the subspecies Medicus Octavo Fanaticus, likely taking on it’s threatening pose in response to google docs crashing or one of it’s larger cousins suggesting the EDAs aren’t canon.

No, that’d be a picture of me during my watchthrough of Davies Who.

(finalowenから)

How did you study for the GRE? What did you read?! Since you did so well, I am curious indeed! Any recommendations?
dimensionsintime dimensionsintime Said:

Umm, this is going to sound terrible, but I didn’t study really.

Basically, what I did was I went online beforehand and I looked at what the various parts are like. I don’t know how much this helped, but it really saved me some time reading the instructions because I knew what each part was going to be like beforehand.

In total I put in about 10 minutes. But I wouldn’t worry too much about your GRE scores.

Here’s a general idea of what selection committees are interested in, in order of importance (top to bottom):

  1. The focus and passion of your personal statement.
    • You want to be extremely specific about your research interests. For example, mine was as specific as “I want to research the influence of this particular Japanese playwright on the way the society of this era saw the exemplary feminine model.” That is how specific you need to be.
    • You want to show you’re extremely passionate about it and explain how and why you got into it in the first place.
    • You want to say why you’re applying to THIS school. Who do you want to work with there?
    • Grad school wants obsessives. Come off as one.
  2. Your letters of recommendation
    • Who they’re from
    • Where they’re from (reputation of school)
    • what they say about you as a scholar and a researcher (You want fellow researchers in relevant fields writing your letters. Not employers or people not engaged in active research. So not language teachers/art instructors, etc)
  3. IF you have research experience or papers published in a respectable journal in your field, your CV goes here. If you don’t, it’s below your GRE scores.
  4. Your grades
    • Both in-major and out-of-major grades matter. But in-major is more important.
    • They only really care about the last two years
  5. Your academic writing sample is about as important as your grades
  6. What your story is
    • Will you bring diversity into the school? Diversity is relative - applying to an Ivy League as a poor person makes you diverse there, but not other places. So mention it where applicable, particularly if the school supplies room for a diversity statement.
    • Did you overcome extreme circumstances in order to pursue your scholastic goals? If so, this will show your dedication.
    • Can you explain ‘blips’ in your grades?
  7. And allllll the way down here is your GRE scores.
    • If you’re applying for a science program, don’t worry about verbal.
    • If you’re applying for a humanities program, math doesn’t matter.
    • Analytical writing always matters to any program
    • If you have a subject exam, your score matters more.
    • Some schools and programs have a ‘minimum total score’ (Yale, for example), so in those cases you may need to also do well on irrelevant sections. This is the only time you need to concern yourself with math as a humanities focus or verbal as a math/science focus.

There’s a little bit of fluidity here - for example if you overcame homelessness like I did to pursue academia, then your story is more important than your grades. And if your grades are incredible, they can overcome some lacklustre letters of recommendation. A good GRE can help if you don’t have a particularly compelling background. Likewise, extremely bad results can tarnish others. A really bad GRE can hurt how they take your grades, etc.

I think the only thing that CANNOT be overcome is a poor, or even a mediocre, personal statement. So make sure that’s great.

So yeah… Feel free to reblog as I feel this might help other people with their research interests.

boomslovingthealien:

dimensionsintime replied to your post: I’m not watching SPN until they bring …

I refuse to watch SPN until they bring Colin Baker back as Castiel.

I can see that we both won’t be watching SPN ever again.

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary is coming soon and we at Who-Reviews recently had the ending spoiled for us.

In the ending, we learn who Clara really is and what connection she has to The Doctor and the Time War. And who is John Hurt’s Doctor?

Also, will a Classic Doctor make a return after-all? Spoilers below…

続きを読む…

New blog incoming in the next week or so…

It’ll be in addition to this one, don’t worry.

But just wait till you see the title…..

circular-time:

vigilforgallifrey:

dimensionsintime:

paragonofinternet:

confessionsofacompanion:

:3

“The Time Lords were the Type 4 civilization. We had no equals. We controlled the fundamental forces of the entire universe. Nothing could communicate with us on our level. Most races pray to lesser beings than the Time Lords.”Actually, he is a god. And an alien. I think that’s important to remember…

umm… No equals, huh?








And umm, then there’s this
But you know. He’s a god and has no equal. And all that.

This is why I’ve been liking classic Who for some time now.

That “we had no equals” post simply repeats and doubles down on what the initial post is criticizing: the trend in recent Who to distort the Doctor and Time Lords by equating them with gods.
The classic Doctor was rebelling against the Time Lords for being full of themselves. The fifth Doctor once told his companions that he didn’t use the “Time Lord” moniker for some time after he left Gallifrey because it was overly pompous, and he didn’t want to be associated with what he was rebelling against.
If he thought the “Time Lords” were too full of their own grandiosity, what do you think the classic Doctor would make of that “people pray to us” quote? “Oh, wonderful, as if we weren’t already offending the universe by swanning around as ‘Lords of Time,’ now we’ve promoted ourselves to godhead. I suppose our next step is to join Monarch of the Urbankans in his gross insanity, traveling back to the Big Bang to meet ourselves as The Creator(s). Pardon me if I abstain from this farce.” 
Remember The Face of Evil? The so-named evil in that story was exactly this: treating the Doctor as a god. The Doctor was appalled to find out that he had once screwed up, so that a Cargo Cult type religion grew up in his wake with him being worshipped as a savior-god by one faction and treated as the antichrist by the other. He befriended the one outspoken atheist in that society, and did everything in his power to fix his awful mistake, make amends, and demolish that false religion. He wound up shooting the image of himself in the face to destroy the offensive representation of himself as a god.

Just great! A+ commentary and one of the major reasons I find it so hard to take New Who as being in the same canonical universe as Classic. The characters are totally off!
This improved a lot in Moffat’s Who, but… This is still definitely there.

circular-time:

vigilforgallifrey:

dimensionsintime:

paragonofinternet:

confessionsofacompanion:

:3

The Time Lords were the Type 4 civilization. We had no equals. We controlled the fundamental forces of the entire universe. Nothing could communicate with us on our level. Most races pray to lesser beings than the Time Lords.
Actually, he is a god. And an alien. I think that’s important to remember…

umm… No equals, huh?

And umm, then there’s this

But you know. He’s a god and has no equal. And all that.

This is why I’ve been liking classic Who for some time now.

That “we had no equals” post simply repeats and doubles down on what the initial post is criticizing: the trend in recent Who to distort the Doctor and Time Lords by equating them with gods.

The classic Doctor was rebelling against the Time Lords for being full of themselves. The fifth Doctor once told his companions that he didn’t use the “Time Lord” moniker for some time after he left Gallifrey because it was overly pompous, and he didn’t want to be associated with what he was rebelling against.

If he thought the “Time Lords” were too full of their own grandiosity, what do you think the classic Doctor would make of that “people pray to us” quote? “Oh, wonderful, as if we weren’t already offending the universe by swanning around as ‘Lords of Time,’ now we’ve promoted ourselves to godhead. I suppose our next step is to join Monarch of the Urbankans in his gross insanity, traveling back to the Big Bang to meet ourselves as The Creator(s). Pardon me if I abstain from this farce.” 

Remember The Face of Evil? The so-named evil in that story was exactly this: treating the Doctor as a god. The Doctor was appalled to find out that he had once screwed up, so that a Cargo Cult type religion grew up in his wake with him being worshipped as a savior-god by one faction and treated as the antichrist by the other. He befriended the one outspoken atheist in that society, and did everything in his power to fix his awful mistake, make amends, and demolish that false religion. He wound up shooting the image of himself in the face to destroy the offensive representation of himself as a god.

Just great! A+ commentary and one of the major reasons I find it so hard to take New Who as being in the same canonical universe as Classic. The characters are totally off!

This improved a lot in Moffat’s Who, but… This is still definitely there.

paragonofinternet:

confessionsofacompanion:

:3

“The Time Lords were the Type 4 civilization. We had no equals. We controlled the fundamental forces of the entire universe. Nothing could communicate with us on our level. Most races pray to lesser beings than the Time Lords.”Actually, he is a god. And an alien. I think that’s important to remember…

umm… No equals, huh?








And umm, then there’s this
But you know. He’s a god and has no equal. And all that.

paragonofinternet:

confessionsofacompanion:

:3

The Time Lords were the Type 4 civilization. We had no equals. We controlled the fundamental forces of the entire universe. Nothing could communicate with us on our level. Most races pray to lesser beings than the Time Lords.
Actually, he is a god. And an alien. I think that’s important to remember…

umm… No equals, huh?

And umm, then there’s this

But you know. He’s a god and has no equal. And all that.

I'd agree that New Who isn't very experimental. I'd say the closest we've had to experimentation are Midnight and Blink (Turn Left is also different to the standard formula, but I don't feel it's too experimental). Comparing with Buffy (I'm only up to Season 5 though on that), Hush (a silent episode) and The Body (which experiments with extended camera shots) are far more experimental than the Doctor Who examples.
dimensionsintime dimensionsintime Said:

Buffy episodes costed less to produce.

These facts are not unrelated.