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

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009

    A New Day, A New President

    A New Day, A New President, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

    my window with American flag and Barack Obama button on January 20, 2009, Inauguration Day. Congratulations, President Barack Obama!

    Star Trek Cross Stitch on Geek Crafts

    My Star Trek Cross-Stitch picture is the featured item on Geek Crafts today! Visit to see the photo. Thanks, Shayne!

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    Now on Twitter!

    See my new Twitter page and updates at

    I enjoyed David Pogue's Twitter column yesterday: at the New York Times and joined the site to receive updates from my favorite writers like @Paul_Cornell, @DavidPogue and @wilw (Wil Wheaton) and meet lots of other people there!  

    I also got a message on Flickr that Schmap online Seattle guide published 2 of my photos! Check it out at & Thanks, Schmap!

    Wednesday, January 14, 2009

    Patrick McGoohan 1928-2009

    London, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

    Patrick McGoohan, star of 1960s British TV shows The Prisoner and Danger Man, has died at 80. The shows are fascinating and influential to this day, and The Prisoner, which McGoohan co-created, inspired a remake in production now.

    Surreal and thought-provoking, The Prisoner inspires debate and analysis about the true meaning of the Number Six character. Danger Man is a good spy series capturing the time and place of 1960s Britain. One episode, "Not-So-Jolly Roger," includes the setting of an unregulated pirate radio station on a fort at sea These British pirate radio broadcasts from international waters were prevalent at the time. The show is mysterious and engaging, with action and adventure.

    This picture which I took in London in 2000 includes Big Ben, included in the Prisoner episode title "The Chimes of Big Ben."

    Khan 1

    Khan 1, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

    These pages are part of a presentation I wrote about Ricardo Montalban in 2005 for a college Spanish class- en espaƱol!

    Click on the photos to see my translations in English at Flickr.

    Part 2

    Part 3

    RIP Ricardo Montalban 1920-2009.

    Tuesday, January 13, 2009

    Vote for David Tennant as Most Attractive Man!

    David Tennant
    David Tennant (Doctor Who, "The Next Doctor"), originally uploaded by monikalel42

    Hello! Magazine has an online poll to name the Most Attractive Man of 2008 right now! Vote for David Tennant because he is the best!

    Friday, January 9, 2009

    The Doctor at Macworld

    The Doctor at Macworld, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

    The Doctor at Macworld II

    The Doctor (from Doctor Who) enjoys looking at the technology displays at Macworld 2009 in San Francisco.

    Macworld Expo 2009 

    About the set
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    Pictures I took at the Apple show in San Francisco, CA from January 6-9, 2009.

    A selection of things from the set

    Macworld ExpoMacworld ExpoMacworld EscalatorsView of Macworld from AboveiPhone and iPod Touch Apps Banner

    Wednesday, January 7, 2009

    Macworld Expo 2009

    Iron ManMacworld Expo 2009 

    Macworld at Moscone Center

    Pictures I took at the Apple show in San Francisco, CA from January 6-9, 2009.

    A selection of things from the set

    David Pogue at MacworldDavid Pogue at MacworldIron ManO'Reilly Media Booth at MacworldMacworld at Moscone Center
    David Pogue at Macworld

    David Pogue at Macworld

    I took these pictures at Macworld 2009, the expo of Apple products at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. David Pogue, a technology writer at the New York Times, talked about Apple's iPhone at the O'Reilly Media booth.

    Saturday, January 3, 2009

    Matt Smith is the Doctor!

    Matt Smith is the Doctor!
    Matt Smith is the Doctor!, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

    The actor who will play the Eleventh Doctor on Doctor Who in 2010 was revealed today. Matt Smith previously co-starred with Billie Piper (Doctor Who's Rose Tyler) in "The Ruby in the Smoke" and "The Shadow in the North", as well as "Secret Diary of a Call Girl." He played Sally Lockhart's friend Jim Taylor in the TV adaptations of Philip Pullman's books and Tim in "Secret Diary of a Call Girl." Mr. Smith has also appeared in the play "The History Boys," and on TV and film, "Moses Jones," "The Street," "Party Animals," and "Gotham, IL." The youngest ever Doctor, he is 26 years old and from Northampton, England.

    I'm looking forward to learning more about Mr. Smith, and wish him the best of luck in taking on the role of the Doctor!

    Friday, January 2, 2009

    The Eleventh Doctor will be revealed tomorrow

    Doctor Who logo
    Doctor Who logo, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

    The BBC will announce tomorrow, January 3, the actor who will play the Eleventh Doctor on Doctor Who in 2010, succeeding David Tennant. Look out for the announcement during the special Doctor Who Confidential episode about the past and future of Doctor Who! The show will revisit the first ten Doctors' adventures and the Eleventh Doctor actor will give his or her reactions to being cast!

    The Doctor in San Francisco

    The Doctor in San Francisco
    The Doctor in San Francisco, originally uploaded by monikalel42.

    The Doctor (from Doctor Who) stands on Treasure Island and views the San Francisco skyline.

    The Doctor in San Francisco

    The Doctor finds a giant spaceship on Treasure Island!

    Thursday, January 1, 2009