Monday, December 28, 2009

The other side

A Torchwood story by Monika Lewis
Takes place after the episode 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' (spoilers!)
& this scene is about Gwen and Rhys.
Torchwood belongs to the BBC- I don't own it!

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Friday, December 25, 2009

A Merry Christmas to All!

A Merry Christmas to All!
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Listening to: Tim Hockenberry, Christmas by the Bay

Location: San Francisco

Originally posted to LiveJournal here.

The Return

The Return: a Torchwood story
by Monika Lewis

Featuring Captain Jack Harkness
Based on and set between the end of Doctor Who 'Last of the Time Lords' and the beginning of Torchwood 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' (spoilers for Doctor Who series 3, Torchwood series 2)

Rating: PG-13

Originally posted on LiveJournal here.

About Me

I'm Monika Lewis, I'm a fan of science fiction and fantasy especially Torchwood, Doctor Who and Star Trek. I'm often writing, listening to music, or reading. I live in San Francisco, CA. After graduating from college I went back to school to take classes in library information technology. Other sites where I post include Twitter, Flickr, and Blogger.

Originally posted on LiveJournal here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Doctor Who: David Tennant Cross Stitch Picture

Doctor Who: David Tennant Cross Stitch Picture
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A picture I cross-stitched of David Tennant from the pattern made by the Cross Stitcher magazine. #DoctorWho

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Local Radio

Along with reading and writing on the internet I often listen to music on the radio and find inspiration. I grew up in the 1990s, but listening to my parents' records of the 1960s and 1970s like the Beatles and Rolling Stones catalog. Now I like to discover new music and artists through the radio, both locally on the FM frequency and searching for songs on free internet sites like and I just got an (RL) account to play some of my favorite songs. These local stations can also be heard free of charge online at their websites, and many also have a presence on Twitter. San Francisco has some great stations with a diversity of music and these are some of the stations I enjoy the most:

Movin' 99.7 plays rap, hip-hop, and pop, probably the closest to a Top 40 station. Music heard includes Lady Gaga (Poker Face, Just Dance), Kanye West (Heartless, Gold Digger), Soulja Boy (Kiss me through the Phone), Britney (If you seek Amy) and Black Eyed Peas (I Gotta Feeling, Boom Boom Pow).

Star 101.3 includes more pop and rock hits like Katy Perry (Waking up in Vegas), David Cook (Come Back to Me), and Kings of Leon (Use Somebody), and has a tie-in with American Idol including the broadcast of Ryan Seacrest's show in the afternoons at 4:00. During the spring season they often have interviews with American Idol judges and singers.

At 103.7 there's the new station the Band, which plays a similar selection to the old 99.7 KFRC of rock band hits from the 1960s through the 1980s. Some songs I hadn't heard on the radio for a while include Led Zeppelin (Stairway to Heaven), the Eagles (Hotel California), Journey (Don't Stop Believin') and Paul McCartney (Live and Let Die).

KFOG 104.5 plays classic and modern rock hits ranging from the Rolling Stones to the Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen. They also bring out more rare tunes for the 10 @ 10 show which features ten songs from one year or decade. I was interested to see that they incorporated the Doctor Who theme and TARDIS sound effects to the new show introduction, as part of the time travel theme. Other times they play songs alphabetically or by theme. I'm currently listening to Kashmir by Led Zeppelin on this station which seems like a very Doctor Who type song with mentions of Time and Space.

Over at Live 105, I've heard new alternative rock such as Green Day (21 Guns), the Fray (Kanye West cover Heartless), Death Cab for Cutie (Grapevine Fires), Weezer (Pork and Beans) and MGMT (Kids). On Sundays they have the Soundcheck program of new music with band interviews such as Green Day.

On the AM dial, for local news, 740 KCBS is a very comprehensive station with frequent updates from correspondents like sports commentator John Madden, film reviewer Jan Wahl and food expert Narsai David. Music expert and Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong-Torres, who has a column in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle about local radio called Radio Waves, was interviewed about Michael Jackson on the station. On the day the news broke about Michael Jackson, I heard about him first on Twitter, then on KCBS, then listened to 102.9 KBLX which was playing a maraton of his music. KNBR 680 is the station for the San Francisco Giants baseball team, with commentary team Jon Miller, Dave Fleming, Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper. The commentators also appear at the AT&T Park games and on NBC 11 TV.

Twitter and Fanfiction

I've been on Twitter a lot recently, in both the fictional and real life worlds represented there. Though I joined Twitter at first to follow writers and celebrities that are found on the site, I was soon interested in the role-playing communities. I was especially interested in the ones based on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Harry Potter, and Star Trek, and indeed writing for the world of Doctor Who and its spin-offs. The Dresden Files and Twilight RPers sometimes cross over into the other universes, as well as the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street and Tigger. This is an opportunity to act and write stories with other fans and is a great experience overall. I started out as a Doctor Who fan in 1997 watching on PBS- first watched the Patrick Troughton serial "The Mind Robber." I watched most of the classic Who episodes and this month's Doctor Who Magazine cover subject Tom Baker was my favorite Doctor. But I'm even more of a fan of new Who and David Tennant, as well as the whole Torchwood team, who I've gotten to know very well ;) . I did enjoy the five part Torchwood "Children of Earth" 5-part miniseries. My favorite group on Twitter is the #torchwoodRP.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rose and the Doctor

Rose and the Doctor
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

Rose Tyler and the Ninth Doctor action figures outside the Doctor Who TARDIS interior set. I got the tea-towel of the London Underground subway map on a visit to England in 2000.

I've been doing a lot of Twittering and Blipping lately, as well as watching, reading and writing about Doctor Who and Torchwood.  :)  I just started a new account to listen to music and am also listening to the local radio stations in San Francisco.  I'm now on summer vacation from City College, and will resume library classes there this fall.

Friday, June 5, 2009

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

From Twitter 05-27-2009

  • 00:00:29: I also have the Safari Emperor Penguin who plays Frobisher with the 6th Doctor action figure (from Doctor Who).

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

From Twitter 05-26-2009

  • 23:43:07: visited the Emeryville shopping center on my birthday today, got Star Trek, Torchwood and Doctor Who magazines, cards and presents!
  • 23:48:14: shopped at the Michaels craft store- was reminded of this Daisy Owl comic strip
  • 23:54:12: because the owl is also working at a craft store and is cute. I got a dragon at the store (green dragon by Safari Ltd doesn't breathe fire).
  • 23:54:41: ...but is otherwise very realistic.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

From Twitter 05-25-2009

  • 20:06:04: spent Memorial Day watching the San Francisco Giants win at home- had the usual ballpark fish and chips- thanks AT&T Park for the free wifi!
  • 20:13:42: is listening to Live 105 radio & enjoying their music especially Memorial Day 500 top rock song countdown last wknd-
  • 21:02:50: @squirrelyTONKS Not much today in #torchwoodRP
  • 22:36:46: Pictures I took at the San Francisco Giants game today- John O'Hurley, AT&T Park

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Friday, May 22, 2009

From Twitter 05-21-2009

  • 15:24:52: Adam Lambert was amazing on American Idol last night- I wanted him to win!
  • 15:57:48: Favorite performance Mad World on 5/19 wearing the coat reminiscent of Captain Jack on Torchwood (pic via ai site)
  • 16:03:44: Lots of spectacular performances on American Idol finale- there's Queen and Kiss! Glee was great too w/ Journey cover Don't stop believing!
  • 16:12:14: wants to read and has ordered the Torchwood novel Trace Memory because it has scenes with Gwen and Andy. PC Andy is awesome.
  • 16:21:44: is reading the Doctor Who magazine special of 200 moments one from each story. Yes, I also love all Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Sarah Jane...
  • 16:22:18: ... past, present, and future.
  • 16:35:31: some Doctor Who stories are so good they warrant two golden moments!
  • 16:42:48: It is now summer vacation because college classes are finished!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Doctor at Mount Vernon

The Doctor at Mount Vernon
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

The Doctor visits George and Martha Washington's house in Virginia.

The Doctor on Amtrak

The Doctor travels from Philadelphia to Washington DC on the train.

From Twitter 05-06-2009

  • 12:54:58: Some people in my college class about the Internet really don't get Twitter. Web 2.0 is still a controversial topic for the mainstream.
  • 12:56:29: More Twitter for the rest of us, then. jsyk, it's my favorite site. :)
  • 13:03:42: Liked the morse code conversations in #torchwoodrp last night, that was quite good.
  • 15:12:54: Retweeting @WinStarTrek: Courtesy of Star Trek, you can win a new netbook simply by reposting this tweet and follwoing @WinStarTrek

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

From Twitter 05-05-2009

  • 19:23:28: @emmaketurah Oh, it's very mysterious, yes. #torchwoodrp
  • 19:25:19: watches #torchwoodrp closely for clues...
  • 19:32:51: very clever, John :) #torchwoodrp
  • 20:14:51: -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . / .- -. -.. / -... .. -. .- .-. -.-- / .. -. / .-. .--. / ..-. - .--

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

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Monday, April 27, 2009

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mount Vernon, Virginia

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

Pictures of my trip to Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington in Virginia.

Washington, DC

Lincoln Memorial

On my spring break trip visiting family on the East Coast, my parents and I visited Philadelphia, Virginia and Washington, DC. These are my pictures of the trip. On April 9, after seeing George and Martha Washington's house at Mount Vernon, Virginia, we arrived in Washington just outside the Lincoln Memorial.

Lincoln Memorial
There were a lot of people at the Lincoln Memorial. We walked up the stairs and saw the impressive statue of Abraham Lincoln inside.

Washington Monument
At the top of the stairs, I took a picture of the Washington Monument and the National Mall. We then walked all the way from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building.

Capitol Building
The Capitol at the end of our walk, just before we got on the Amtrak train back to Philadelphia.

Friday, April 24, 2009

From Twitter 04-23-2009

  • 00:28:35: is reading Torchwood scripts and fiction.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

From Twitter 04-22-2009

  • 07:59:41: Retweeting @fpinternational: Its International Earth Day. Just remember: Earth - Mostly Harmless
  • 21:14:52: @ramblelite He's so evil! lying in wait... #torturewood

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

From Twitter 04-10-2009

  • 20:09:39: is spending time with Grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and friends. :)

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

From Twitter 04-07-2009

  • 13:19:23: visited the McDonald's restaurant where my cousin is the manager today.
  • 13:20:36: is now looking at family photos @ Grandma's house.
  • 21:48:30: Philadelphia Inquirer: schools on Twitter:

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

From Twitter 04-06-2009

  • 20:30:52: watched House, now viewing NCAA basketball final (UNC leads) (on mobile, Eastern time zone).
  • 20:49:44: North Carolina wins! #NCAA

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Monday, April 6, 2009

From Twitter 04-05-2009

  • 20:11:22: met up with the family @ Italian restaurant for cousin's birthday- had a great time!

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

From Twitter 04-03-2009

  • 08:11:02: Retweeting @scalzi: I'm expounding at longer-than-Twitter-allows length about why people like Twitter so damn much:

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

From Twitter 03-27-2009

  • 11:50:46: viewed American Idol results, The Office and 30 Rock on Thursday, then listened to @KFOG1045 10 @ 10 music from 1980; 1969 songs today!
  • 12:04:45: 10 @ 10 radio show on @KFOG1045 is like time travel to a year in the past, playing rock songs, ads and news reports, hosted by Dave Morey!
  • 12:09:03: show also includes announcements from Saturday Night Live voiceover personality Don Pardo. I enjoy SNL- Tracy Morgan episode was very funny.
  • 15:08:06: is reading The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook: A Guide ... by Randolph Hock -

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Friday, March 27, 2009

From Twitter 03-26-2009

  • 15:02:15: watched American Idol and Life on Mars on television last night- next week is Life on Mars series finale.
  • 15:18:08: is reading The Oxford Guide to Library Research by Thomas Mann -
  • 15:30:52: is learning a lot about libraries in this college class. Today was about magazines and journals.
  • 15:34:08: last week we watched a BBC program from 1985 about the invention of printing, part of a series called "The Day the Universe Changed."
  • 15:44:45: A Matter of Fact: Printing Transforms Knowledge hosted by James Burke very interesting show w/ 1985 portable computer.
  • 16:11:07: @KFOG1045 just mentioned Twitter on the radio!
  • 16:12:46: is listening to @KFOG1045 radio while twittering, reading @scalzi's blog.
  • 16:34:09: Retweeting @RickySantos: @BarackObama Updates His Twitter!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

From Twitter 03-22-2009

  • 11:44:43: New blog post: Doctor Who action figure photo based on Twitter fanfiction story of TARDIS trip with the Doctor Gwen & Jack

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Sunday, March 22, 2009


Originally uploaded by monikalel42

Gwen Cooper calls the Doctor to help find Jack who had been stranded on an alien planet. (based on the Twitter fanfiction story).

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Friday, March 20, 2009

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Master and the Doctor

The Master and the Doctor
The Master and the Doctor
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

Action figures by Dapol, TARDIS by Action Figure Theatre.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

From Twitter 03-17-2009

  • 13:49:19: @jackyan I know about their plays, I haven't listened to them though. I'd like to hear or read an adaptation of the unfilmed stories.
  • 13:50:26: Happy St. Patrick's Day!
  • 13:56:07: wants to read Runaways Vol. 6: Parental Guidance (v. 6) by Brian K. Vaughan -

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Monday, March 16, 2009

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

From Twitter 03-14-2009

  • 14:31:58: Hello @stephenfry! I'm a fan of yours! #followmestephen
  • 14:35:41: I went on a wildflower walk with San Francisco's Friends of Glen Canyon Park & set up the group's official website-

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Action Figure

Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Action Figure
Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Action Figure
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

An action figure of the Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee in Doctor Who.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Torchwood Gwen Cooper Action Figure

Torchwood Gwen Cooper Action Figure
Torchwood Gwen Cooper Action Figure
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

Torchwood Gwen Cooper Action Figure Reverse Side

The Torchwood figures pictured on the back of the box:
from Wave One: Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Cyberwoman and Weevil, and from Wave Two: Blowfish, Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato, and Captain John Hart.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Doctor Who: The Sixth Doctor Action Figure

Doctor Who: The Sixth Doctor Action Figure
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

Colin Baker played the Sixth Doctor from 1984-1986 on Doctor Who. This action figure, which is the Sixth Doctor as he appeared in the 1985 story "Attack of the Cybermen," comes with a Sonic Lance.   Each of the Doctor Who classic wave one figures from Character Options in 2008 includes a different part of the Giant Robot "Build A Figure." This site has pictures of all the Doctor Who action figures from this set and the Giant Robot:

Monday, February 23, 2009

Doctor Who: Mel and other Dapol Action Figures

Doctor Who: Mel Action Figure
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

Doctor Who: Mel Action Figure Reverse Side

The Sixth and Seventh Doctor's companion Mel (Melanie Bush, played by Bonnie Langford in the 1980s)

An action figure made by Dapol, dated 1987.

Her name is similar to mine (my initials are MEL!) and I liked her adventures with the Doctor. I have only seen three companions from the classic series Dapol figures, Ace, K9 and Mel. They also produced the Third, Fourth and Seventh Doctors (with statues of the First and Second Doctors), The Master, Davros, lots of Daleks, Cybermen, monsters and aliens, Time Lords, a TARDIS, and TARDIS interior set. This site has a list of the Doctor Who Dapol releases:

These are some other Doctor Who Dapol action figures in my collection:

The Seventh Doctor, Ace, and Daleks

The Master and the Doctor

The Master and the Fourth Doctor


K9 (in the new series TARDIS set by Character Options)

Ace and the Doctor go Back to Work

Ace, K9, and the Seventh Doctor (in the classic series TARDIS set by Action Figure Theatre)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Martha Jones Action Figure

Martha Jones
Martha Jones
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

A lovely figure of a great character from Doctor Who.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Reunion: A Doctor Who action figure story

An ongoing photoplay featuring the Doctor, Ace and K-9, and many more characters from Doctor Who, with action figures from Dapol and Character Options.

A selection of things from the set


Happy 45th Anniversary, Doctor Who!Ace and the Doctor go Back to WorkArrivalLost K-9
Three Doctors  

Dematerialization (1)

Dematerialization (1)  
Jack: Everyone's fading away! 
What's happening? 

The Doctor: It looks like they're being taken back to their proper places in time and space- except for us.

Martha: Jack! Doctor! Over here!

The Rescue (2)
The Rescue (2)
Doctor: What? Where did you come from?
Mickey: We were teleported into the TARDIS with Martha's Project Indigo gadget.
Martha: Come into the TARDIS before it dematerializes!
Jack: We'd better do as she says. Come on, Doctor!

The TARDIS dematerializes with the Doctor, Mickey, Martha and Jack on board.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Action Figure

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Action Figure
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

San Diego Comic Con 2008 Exclusive limited edition #2659/3000

The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) as he appeared in the series 1 episode "Father's Day" in which he travels back in time with Rose Tyler to the day her father died.

A summary and spoilers for this episode is on the back of the box, here.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Doctors and Companions

The Doctors and Companions
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

The Doctors' companions arrive to help them defend the TARDIS against the Master. However, the Master has also invited some associates.

Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln!

Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln!
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

Darwin and Lincoln were born on February 12, 1809.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Three Doctors

Three Doctors
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

The Tenth, Fifth and Fourth Doctors with the Master.

Doctor Who Action Figures by Character Options.

The Bay Bridge

The Bay Bridge
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

Viewed from the Embarcadero in San Francisco, CA.

42 at AT&T Park

42 at AT&T Park
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

The number of Jackie Robinson at the San Francisco Giants baseball stadium, with commemorations for broadcasters Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons, and 1951, the year the New York Giants won the National League pennant.

View from the AT&T Park Press Box

I visited the San Francisco Giants Baseball FanFest last week, where the park was opened for free so that people could see different areas of the park.

This is the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper desk in the press box, where there is a great view of the field. The KNBR radio booth is at home plate while fans walk on the field.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Vote for the Doctor

The Doctor, Rose and K-9
The Doctor, Rose and K-9, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

Vote for Doctor Who in @paulandstorm's Geek Madness poll- who will be the “Secretary of Geek Affairs?"

Friday, January 30, 2009

Cross-Stitching Photos and other science fiction crafts

From my Twitter updates

For those who want a realistic cross stitch of a photo, there is a program sold at
enter any photo and it is converted into a cross stitch grid.
2:43 PM Jan 30th from web

The Cross Stitcher website also has free patterns of celebrities-
2:44 PM Jan 30th from web

I am working on the pattern of David Tennant, The Doctor in Doctor Who-
2:45 PM Jan 30th from web

This month the site has provided a pattern of Barack Obama to celebrate his presidential inauguration-
2:53 PM Jan 30th from web
    On eBay some vendors have made photo cross-stitch charts of David Tennant and a Dalek.  Characters from other series are also available, like Star Wars' Boba Fett, Jedi and Sith.  For knitters, there is the free Dalek pattern called EXTERMIKNIT! and the sites Crafty TARDIS and Geek Crafts also have various projects on display.  These sites show that anything in time and space can be depicted with a variety of crafting methods.

    Doctor Who: The Forgotten #6 and Vortex Loop

    Doctor Who: The Forgotten #6
    Doctor Who: The Forgotten #6, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

    IDW comic book from January 2009, a great final issue to this six-part story. The cover is by Ben Templesmith, and the story is written by Tony Lee.

    This comic book mentions the TARDIS component Vortex Loop, also my blog title!

    Vortex Loop Timeline:
    25 December 2005: interactive Doctor Who episode "Attack of the Graske" premieres, in which the Doctor names several TARDIS console components including the Vortex Loop. This episode is available for viewing at the BBC Doctor Who website.

    2007: The term is defined in the Doctor Who Encyclopedia by Gary Russell

    May 2008: I started writing my blog and named it the Vortex Loop

    January 2009: Doctor Who The Forgotten #6 uses the term, the second time I've seen it in Doctor Who and the first time since I used it as a title.

    I previously wrote about the first issue of the series here.

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    View of Downtown San Francisco

    Downtown San Francisco, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

    Diamond Heights provides a great view of the city including the Bay Bridge, Transamerica Pyramid and buildings in the downtown area.  

    Thursday, January 22, 2009

    Apple Store in San Francisco

    Apple Store
    Apple Store, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

    Union Square, San Francisco, CA

    Apple ComputerApple 

    About the set
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    Apple products, events and advertising pictures I took in San Francisco, California.

    A selection of things from the set

    Bob Weir at MacworldMacBook AiriPhoneAcura LoungeYerba Buena Center