Tag Archive | Doctor Who

Advice from the Doctor, experiences of isolation and recovery, the CDC in the past vs. the present

The Doctor Who crew have been releasing some heartwarming bonus content for your quarantine entertainment. Thirteen weighs in: “Listen to doctors. They’ve got your back.” And the sequel, “I just WhatsApped a Cyberman.” And a newly-released short about Sarah Jane’s funeral brings together a bunch of DW/SJA actors filming their lines from home — including a reference to Tegan and Nyssa as “a couple”, and the reveal that Luke married his college roommate Sanjay. Good job, canon.

March 28: “Thorn’s 12-week isolation was not at home but in a London hospital in 1995, a different time and a different infectious disease — tuberculosis — but a situation similar to what many are just entering. He wants to describe his experiences now to help people in isolation and to offer practical and psychological advice gleaned from the hardest lessons of his life: how to cope when human connection is siphoned off.

March 31: “When we talked, I was still so confident that this response was gonna look like the 2009 [H1N1] pandemic response, which was a good response. Initially, it had some problems… but once they realized what was going on, they kicked into gear and everything went pretty well. One thing that’s super different is that the CDC in 2009 provided central leadership. They were proactively reaching out to state, regional, and local Health officials saying, ‘Here’s what you need to be doing. Here’s what this should look like.’ And people did it. I am scared and enraged because there’s no central authority here. I don’t understand what’s going on.”

April 8: “The institutions that have their shipments disrupted get no clear information what happened, on what legal authority it was done or whether they can expect to get any of the goods back or be made whole from a federal stockpile. […] Many of the hospital systems and executives insisted that the Times allow them to remain anonymous because they feared retaliation from the federal government.” So, hey, if you were wondering what new lows this administration could find to sink to: they’re stealing shipments of personal protective equipment that were purchased by US citizens.

April 9: “All right, but apart from the pandemic response team, the pandemic playbook, the CDC expert in China, and the transition training scenario literally involving a mock pandemic, what did Obama ever do to stop this?”

Asterix vs. Pandemix

April 11 (NYT): “Health care workers who have fallen ill and bounced back fill the hospital shifts of colleagues who are still at risk. Many who have overcome the infection, including some of America’s newly unemployed, donate blood to biotech companies and researchers seeking to manufacture treatments from their antibodies.”

April 11 (NYT): “The remaining employees at Greek Peak decided to transform one of their restaurants, Trax, into a takeout and delivery operation, using the hotel kitchen to cook. After seeing pictures of empty grocery store shelves, they pivoted their business strategy again, transforming the lobby space of the hotel into a grocery store with low-cost items for the community.” Businesses adapt, in good ways.

April 13 (Borowitz Report): “In order to better coördinate their efforts to combat the coronavirus, the nation’s governors are considering the extraordinary step of forming a country.

Monday works roundup, 3/9

But I’m A Cat Person
Masters of Marriage (art | Bianca/Emma, Cohen/Bennett, human & Being ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
AU Valentines (valentine puns | Leif/Thorn in various versions | worksafe)
Heartfelt hoist (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Watching from the Bushes (sketch | Ludolf, Sigrún, Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Ace Attorney
Beachwood for Men (art | Klavier | NSFW-ish)

Doctor Who/Muppets
Muppet Masters – Dhawan (art | Lew Zealand | worksafe)
Muppet Doctor Ruth (art | Clifford | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Don’t Break This One (comic | Pearl/Rose | G)

General/Miscellaneous
Exchange – Aki (original exchange character, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn finally gets his sister’s in-laws off their lawn.

Tuesday Works Roundup, 4/16 (Doctor Who, The Muppets, Glee, Sailor Moon, Warrior Cats, more)

But I’m A Cat Person
Forget regret, or life is yours to miss (cover art | Bianca/Emma, Bennett/Cohen, Sparrow, Miranda, Timothy, Jany | worksafe)
Sweater pets (sketch | Kara Lynn, Patrick, Reseda | worksafe)
Revolutionary Being Patrick (cover art | Patrick, Ilsa, Blake | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Laurel with her hair down (art | Laurel | worksafe)
Magical Lineup (draft | all the mages | worksafe)
Fancy waltzing (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Culture Shock
Comfortable Sunny (art | Sunny | worksafe)

Doctor Who/The Muppets
The Muppet Solitract (art | Robin | worksafe)

Glee
The Blaine-Sebastian Wedding (art | Blaine/Sebastian | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Mars and Eureka (art | Rei, Baba Nanako | worksafe)

Warrior Cats
FireSpotted (art | Firestar/Spottedleaf | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 28 – Canon responsibilities (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Henriette’s part of the Great Being Rescue may be a little harder than anticipated.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Surprisingly tender frenemy bonding with the Agents D.

Monday Fanworks Roundup: Doctor Who, Steven Universe, Houseki no Kuni, and more

But I’m A Cat Person
Eight Amazing Years (art | ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Chibi Ensemble, stage 3 (chibis | a whole mess of characters | worksafe)
Character Height Chart V (art | Artie, D10, Pania, Juniper, Alruna | worksafe)
Remodeling (short comic | Hyacinth, Hazel, Vine | PG)
Starlit Trio (art | Cedar, Holly, Ivy | worksafe)

Doctor Who/Muppet Show
Muppet Doctors – Thirteen (art | Janice!Thirteen | worksafe)

Steven Universe/Houseki no Kuni
Diamonds versus Diamonds (art | White, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Dia, Bortz, Yellow | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Chibi Max and Herald (reward chibis, worksafe)
Agender Pride Stamp (stamp)
Nonbinary Pride Stamp (stamp)
Rainbow Frame (art nouveau frame)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Holly finally meets the famous Cedar, and schools him in…very legitimate magical traditions.

Vintage subways, eclipses on other planets, and music on X-rays

Photos of the Boston construction of America’s first subway system.

“On Jupiter, which has 69 moons, it’s possible for there to be multiple eclipses occurring at the same time. On Pluto, whose moon appears much larger in its sky than the Sun, total eclipses can happen every day for years on end.” [Video]

The only music that was allowed were classic composers, or simple folk tunes, whose words were all about how great socialism was.” So Soviet Russia got an underground cottage industry in illegal music…recorded on discarded X-ray film.

Doctor Who co-creator Sydney Newman advocated a female Doctor in 1986. (As well as some very ’70s companions.)

People tend to lose track of actual facts about the Bible, including how Lovecraftian it is: There are twelve pearly gates, they’re carved from a single pearl each, and they are never, ever closed.

Akemi Homura wields the Shield of Rassilon

Madoka Magica features a ton of references and/or obvious influences from other magical-girl series. This bit, I would lay good odds, is a Doctor Who reference.

Here’s some production art of the Seal of Rassilon:

Seal of Rassilon

Here’s Homura with her shield:

Homura and shield

And here they are side-by-side. Either someone on the Madoka design team was a Who fan, or that’s a heck of a coincidence. (The Coincidence of Rassilon, perhaps.)

Seal and shield

Tuesday Works Roundup, 7/4/17

But I’m A Cat Person
Character Sketches 17 (art | Emma, Naresh, Henriette, tiny!Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Embassy Ponies (art | pony!Leif, Katya, Thorn, team | worksafe)
Forehead Kiss -AI ver.- (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Doctor Who/Muppets
Muppet Masters – Ainley (art | Master!Jill Frog | worksafe)
Muppet Masters – Jacobi (art | Yana!Honeydew | worksafe)
Muppet Masters – Simm (art | Master!Walter | worksafe)
Muppet Masters – Gomez (art | Missy!Crazy Harry | worksafe)

Rick and Morty
Tiny Rick (sketch | Rick x Morty | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figures, hands, and feet 7-2-17 (life drawing, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Sparrow and Miranda build a magic sigil. Patrick and Bianca build a new couch.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif reveals the secrets to crafting a Thorn-pleasing karaoke session.