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This journal just went Friends only due to some unfortunate circumstances...

Comment here and I'll think about friending back.

The non-theatening, superficial types of posts will still be open to all - but nothing more...

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I knew I'd been gone for a while but hadn't realized my last post was in February. Probably the worst case of Cabin Fever/SAD I've had in my life.

Still unemployed. Many resumes have gone out and I've had a couple of interviews. But none of them got past the first round. But I keep trying.

Recently a friends at the newspaper suggested I send an email to whom she refers to "the Gatekeeper", the person that handles initial contacts. I put together an email and links to three of my pieces, the types I thought might be of interest to a newspaper. Two days later I got an email back telling me there wer no openings but he'd keep me in mind for the future.

Okay, nothing happening but I still felt like it was a success.

The next day I get an email from the multimedia director telling me he got sent my email and examples. That's good news. It was too late in the day to response but I also wanted to talk to my friend and get some info on the director before I responded. He said he liked my designs but was interested in whether I did any interactive web stuff. So finally the d3 comes into play. I'm not an expert at it but I can get some standard pages up. And this is incentive to get moving faster.

Seems I made it past the Gatekeeper afterall.

So with spring finally here I'm feeling good enough to actually write a post and talk to people.

With that, here's my latest visualization, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of The Wrath of Khan. Click it, you know you wanna...

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Video: The Five Doctors
Audio: The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer
Summary: One of the most difficult things in vidding is taking an explosive, action movie trailer and inserting scenes from a story which frankly, didn't have a whole lot of action. That was The Five Doctors. But the thought of using the five characters (Doctors 1,2,3, and 5 + the Master) was too funny to pass up. Although I wanted to use nothing but The Five Doctors clips I was forced to pull out a few scenes from other episodes.

I altered the voiceover in a few places to make the new trailer a little more seamless.

The Five Doctors (Almost) from greenpear on Vimeo.

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If I asked you to name me an odd Doctor Who story that doesn't feel like a Doctor Who story I'd bet you'd tell me "Black Orchid". It plays out more like an Agatha Christie story rather than anything sci-fi. Another oddity is there's no monster in it. It also shows why three companions were two companions too many. The only thing Adric did was eat and, and, and... And Tegan got to dance in a Flapper's outfit.

But the one thing it had was lots of party scenes and that's exactly what I needed for this mashup. I used Black Orchid to recreate the Joss Whedon "Much Ado About Nothing" trailer.

I did this vid as I realized one evening that I had not, in quite a while, created anything artistically and I needed to let off some steam. I blame it on the lack of progress in my job search.

Much Ado About Orchids from greenpear on Vimeo.

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I really lose track of time when I'm attempting to deal with problems. But it appears that all is turning around and I hope to have good news soon.

Met with Joe a second time and we settled on some goals for the project. He laid out what he considers items we should shoot for to begin generating some sort of revenue stream. First we need to get the web site up with our beginning web content then begin searching for our first sponsor. Since he already has the server set up in his business we don't have to worry about uploading it anywhere. I will have to secure the domain name shortly though. Forgot to ask him where he thinks the best place for that would be.

My job is to settle on that beginning content, the New Year's most likely to be in place as tourist attraction. We figure that the ancient ones, and the lesser known ones, can come later.

What struck me was Joe talking about that at some point when the project grows to a decent size, that's when we have to start looking for other people to fill in the blanks like developers, writers, video people, salespeople, and a whole bunch more. I understood he wanted to grow this in order to make it appealing for a content hungry corporation but seriously, that sound like an awful lot of people. But what he said makes sense that when you're working at growing a project like this you can't take it upon yourself to try to do all the work. You have to pass it on to others, that's the only way to allow it to grow.

So I'm following his lead in hopes this pays off. I kinda think we're on the right track...

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Well, I found another reason why I need to keep my computer on OS X 10.6.8, Snow Leopard. When updating the New Year's project files I have to sift through tons of old PDF files I made in the early 2000s and aldo the 1990s. ANd if you remember, the format wasn't the most stable thing in the world. It was prone to crashing and not display properly.

So I begin opening up these PDFs in the new PDF Editor I picked up. Most of them work fine. But others make the Editor crash instantly. I've been finding that many of the PDFs are from sites which don't exist anymore and I really need to see what's in those files.

So I trudge out my old copy of Acrobat 6. Yes, Acrobat 6 which was originally installed in the 90s as Acrobat 5. My version is from 2003 and it opens 99% of those old files the PDF Editor crashes on.

So what does that have to do with Snow Leopard? Well Acrobat 6 is a PowerPC coded program and needs the Rosetta translator. That translator exists in Snow Leopard but they removed it in the next upgrade, Lion.

My machine works the way it is. I understand that sooner or later I will need to upgrade but not until I'm certain I don't need any of those old programs anymore.

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Had my meeting with the agency on Monday about actually doing something with the New Year's project. In short, it went very well.

I can't give too many details about where we're going but I can say Joe was enthusiastic about getting something started and came up with so many ideas for promoting it and finding advertisers and sponsors. He said he can certainly see it creating an ancillary stream of income at the least. But in the right situation, the right person/company might see it as something they want to own and that's when the offer gets made. And it the offer is good then let them have it.

He also has a functioning server on site on which we will be able to setup the web site. He's also able to put together a MySQL system in place to move the data onto the server to be used more effectively with the web site. In addition, he knows video, audio, and graphics people. But mostly, he's already done the type of work necessary to find advertisers looking to back things.

So I'm probably going into a partnership, rather than just hiring him for two reasons. First, I don't have the money to just hire someone to do that type of work. Second, as a partner he will be more adamant about seeing this project get off the ground.

To top it off, he said I had a very good PowerPoint demonstration. Yea, I learned you never put bullet points on your slides and use a lot of interesting pictures while you're delivering your patter. Seven years of bad slide presentations at CMU taught me quite a bit. Who thinks that people want to hear a presenter read their slides — all 50 to 100 of them...

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Well the New Year's project is taking shape. I've got the PowerPoint presentation done and I'm working on the patter. I know it could be better but really, it's my first one. And work on the dataset is going better than I thought. The data was in miserable shape seeing that it started like as a text file on my Dos machine, moved to Word 5 on my first Mac, moved back to the PC with dBaseIII+, moved back over to the Mac in Word 6, got put into a database with FileMaker 5, got converted to Excel [I think it was a pre-2000 version on the Mac], moved back to FileMaker cause I hated the Mac version of Excel, ported into Excel 2003 on the Mac [which still sucked], and finally into Excel 2010 on y Windows partition.

All in all that data has been through way too many conversions and it's more than just a little messy. So I decided the best thing would be to just take those insanely large chunks which came out of the FileMaker conversion and split them into small, bite-sized chunks in Excel which could be manage easier. I'm about half way through pulling out the bits and pieces. Adter which I will go in and begin the tagging system in order to find things easier.

The one thing I've learned from all this was I really sucked at keeping data sorted correctly when the project started. And every conversion only made things worse. At this poitn in time the only solution is to redo nearly all the data and type it in exactly the way I need it. Ohh, grunt work at it's most boring...

But since there's only me, I've been elected.

I've also started working with Evernote. It's a nice note keeper which allows you to clip web pages, articles or even just individual paragraphs of any web page. You can create a note and put up to ten pictures in it with notations. And it will even hold most video formats and place them.

The technology certainly has changed since I started this 20 years ago. And considering that I finally have a graphics format which wil allow me to visualize the entire dataset the way I want it's a win/win.

Now if only I had someone else to do all this damn typeing...

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When life starts to slip by, it just goes so swiftly. Then before I know it, it's been a month or two since I updated anything.

Job Search
I'm pretty much consigned that full-time employment has become a non-issue. They say there's no such thing as age discrimination but could someone please tell me why I get tossed out as soon as they realize what my age really is? I've been told that companies are looking for older workers now because of the attitude of some of the younger workers they've dealt with. Ah, I'm not really seeing that...

Coding
So in 2014 it looks like I'm going to be taking the route of taking my skills on the road and seeing where I might be able to peddle them. Attempting to find a graphic design position is roadblocked mostly due to managers wanting the designer to also be a fully competent web guru on the back-end... which I am not. All my effort is not concerned with creating a good front end with the d3.js where I can take someone's data and make it pretty on the screen. I see there's more and more call for that, just not in a full-time job. Maybe someday, but not right now.

I'm working with someone from a reality company to see if this is a possibility and create a system for them to put all their listing on an interactive page. I haven't come across anything like that yet so I'm hoping. I've also heard that CraigsList changed their listing format and now they can't post with html but instead have to use some sort of special code. They're not happy...

Calendars
I've found someone interested in talking to me about the calendar project. Considering that the project is actually 20 years old means it's something I just can't let go of. I feel there's so much potential. And if this goes well I'm hoping this might help stabilize my situation and allow me to look at other projects that have been in my head. If it goes 'really' well then, well - we'll see.

Unemployment Benefits
The company that blocked my benefits didn't bother to show up at the hearing in November. I was felling good until the referee told me they could appeal the decision. Appeal the decision to a hearing you didn't bother to attend? That just sounded crazy. But I figured I just needed to wait it out and go attend yet another hearing.

But things actually turned out good and they didn't appeal the decision and I got the full amount for those past weeks. That helped out quite a bit. It will help me to get this programming and projects moving and hopefully get out of this sad state of affairs I'm in.

2014
I think this new year will be much better than the last. I'm leaving behind a lot of baggage about what I thought I needed to do. Better to concentrate on what I want to do and make sure I put in the proper amount of work to make it happen.

So Happy New Year's to everyone...

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Some things change and others stay the same. Still looking for a job but not as hard as before. I believe that I will end up doing a freelance work as it appears that people really don't want someone my age working for them. If I do find something I will view it as a miracle.

On the front, that is the reason I have been working so hard on getting a handle on this d3 programming. I see a lot of postings for front-end and back-end web programmers but nothing for interactive web programmers. And considering how much I see written about it on the web, I'm very surprised about the lack of anything here. So that means I'm going to have to dig around to find people who want it. The two Doctor Who d3 charts I did are a good start. More will follow as the dataset is large and growing. My next step, however, will be in the mapping area as I need to plot some real world data and that's not really the fortè of Doctor Who.

I've also decided to see what possible avenues there are to work with my faux alphabets. I've been told I have a knack for designing them and as with most things, there should be a market for it somewhere. I just have to find it. I have some ideas and have started perusing those.

I can't see myself going back into doing standard office work cause frankly, it bores me to tears and I know that I would get restless quickly and need to move on. I need some sort of creative work to do. Something that ends up producing a unique result. In the majority of jobs I've had over the past 20 years, I can say that has been achieved. Do like most of my life I will probably end up finding yet another unique position to fulfill my need.

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The 50th Anniversary is done which has allowed me to finish off the sonic usage chart. Since this is an interactive graphic, and I haven't gotten scripts to work on LiveJournal, I am posting a static image of the chart. To view the interactive version, click the chart and go to my blog.

This is every device used by any character on any of the three shows, Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures. And this is only the beginning of the charting. As I delve more into the d3.js I will be producing more charts based on the datasets I've accumulated. The characters are on my right side and the uses are on the left. It just happened to work out that the circle was split in two. The larger the outside bar segment, the more uses for that character/function.

In addition to the charts, Jürgen and I are preparing to write an analysis paper on how the Doctor Who network has changed over the years. It will either be a classic network compared to the 50th year network or possibly a pre-Moffat/post-Moffat comparison. We're not sure until we actually review the data itself.

But have some fun with the sonic chart...

Click image to go to interactive page.



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I click those occasion random links if something looks like it might be interesting. So I wanted to see what 6 films they thought were the worst. I was surprised when I saw Hookwinked at the top of the list. I was flabbergasted when I read the commentary. Obviously, the author has not bothered to see any classic movies or else he would have realized that Hookwinked was a excellent rendition of Roshomon.



1. Hoodwinked


This film barely blipped on my radar as I watched it. Everything in it felt so tepid and taken off the shelves of better movies. At the end of it, I found myself asking “what was so unique about this movie?”



The reviewer needs to actually watch more quality movies rather than wasting his (and my) time reviewing things he has no clue about...

No author is given so I have no background information.

Six Worst Animated Films

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One thing I've discovered about Doctor Who fans is their ability to rationalize the most insane set of circumstances (probably no different than other fandoms though). This is mostly about one particular article but it's a general truth as stated by the Eight Doctor in the TV Movie. "I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren't there.". It's also the reason that Moffat can get away with as much unfathomable loose plot threads as he understands that no one will really call him on it. The fans will create a set of circumstances to explain away the problems.

I will be taking things out of context as the article I'm taking them from is long. If you're interested, you can read the article in its entirety at The Day of the Doctor: Sorting Out The Time Differentials. Remember, this is from one article but it's a pandemic through most of Who fandom.


Read the entire article at The Doctor and Me: Mystical Rationalizations

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People know by now I'm not in the I Love Moffat camp. So instead of going on and on about how I felt about the 50th anniversary episode, I figured one cartoon should suffice...



ETA: I just got defriended by someone who said people are too stupid to understand Who and they should stop hating on an educated writer. Sounds like we're agreeing to disagree..

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A little something that came to mind when I saw a book cover...

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And now for a little Doctor Parody. Don't have to be serious about the 50th all the time...

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I've been tweaking the network clearing away what characters I consider more wallpaper than close friends. That brings me to a total of 321 in the final network. Not a large number if you look at the total number of people that have appeared in the show over the years, but still an impressive network.

Here is the preliminary network [shrunk for space] of how each character was connected to the 50 years of stories. A larger version can be seen at The Doctor and Me blog.

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With the help of a real life data scientist, we will be taking a look at the connections to the stories as well as how they are connected to one another.

And if you're wondering what those large circles are in the middle? Take a guess then click HERE for the answer.

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It's one week away from the Doctor Who 50th anniversary. That means that the dataset I've been working on for the past two years will be set in stone after Saturday. Jürgen says that after all the last tweaking is finished we will name the dataset and use it in all future analysis about the series. This is done for various reasons but the most important is to be able to have reproducible results when metrics are run.

Jürgen has said that he would like to submit the paper to a serious journal, not just a Doctor Who magazine. I'm taking that to mean he doesn't want to just do a fluff piece but a real analysis paper. That means that Jürgen will be the main writer cause he is, after all, the data scientist of the collaboration. And that's okay. I'd love to see this work go somewhere besides a fan publication. That said, the information gleaned from this analysis will be taken from the paper and reworked in a more palatable form for ordinary Doctor Who fans. That is what I did for seven years at the university.

This article will be an analysis of the Doctor's network of Companions, Companions-Lite, Associates, and Best Enemies. Even eliminating most of the one-offs, unimportant people, and the wallpaper, there are still 321 characters in the network. These are the people we deemed to be important enough to include. And of course, it will be accompanied with the usual pretty pictures.

It has been difficult watching blog after blog post articles about this anniversary knowing that we can't even start until the 50th was over. And even then, it may take quite a while before the article is finished. Editing a paper for Whotopia was difficult but that will pale in comparison.

So wish me luck in both the writing and Jürgen finding a journal to submit this to. I believe this will happen as I have seen Doctor Who papers more frequently in the scholarly arena.

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