Doctor Who Season 9: A Primer

The Doctor and Clara

The good news is that there is a new season of Doctor Who coming. It has some great guest stars, familiar faces and a core of writers and directors who have never worked on the show before. Maybe an injection of new blood can tighten things up a bit this year. The bad news is that there will be no new Who for 2016, as Steven Moffat will be erstwhile-detained working on Sherlock. There has been no word of any specials or one of episodes for the coming year.

Some things that are different from last season include continued development of The Doctor by Peter Capaldi. His Doctor will still be mysterious and reckless but he'll have more whimsy built in this year. He's also going to have some fancy new jackets and pants as the season goes on. As with the Matt Smith Doctor before, we see a changing fashion style percolating into the lead character.

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By |September 15th, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

Lack of Sleep is Killing Us All. Wait, No, Hold On...

Edward Norton, sleepless in Fight Club

Normally the back and forth of "It's going to kill us all!" and "No, it's fantastic for us!" usually stays in the realm of caffeine, red meat and the films of Nicolas Cage. If there's one thing that the consensus has seemed to be: well, you need more of it, otherwise you have no clue how screwed you are--it's sleep.

Lack of sleep has been blamed for everything from diabetes to reality television, and that's some finger-pointing that does make sense. If you're tired, then you're probably stressed. And if you're stressed, then your body releases all those lovely "We Could Be Eaten By Something" chemicals...and too much of that can be quite bad. Especially if you're not actually being Eaten By Something.

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By |September 9th, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

The Need Coffee Dot Com 2015 Fun Fest

Friendly Fun Fest Monster

In case you missed it from the overall schedule, the Need Coffee Dot Com 2015 Fun Fest is taking place Saturday, September 5th starting at 8:30pm in Regency V in the Hyatt.

Please accept with our compliments this flyer. Consider it your invitation. You don't need an invitation, but consider it one if it makes you feel all posh and stuff.

By |August 31st, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

DragonCon 2015: We May Not Remember Who We Are, But At Least We'll Know When and Where...

Whoopee Johns Band

Behold. The time is upon you once more. The Prophecy Has Come True Once Again. And here is the result: the places and times where you can (in theory) find the Need Coffee Crew. Assemble with us, our awesome Caffiends. For the party shall commence.

Follow our Needcoffee feed for last minute updates. Where available, everyone's first mention has their Twitter ID linked up--so feel free to follow folks for their latest weirdness. (Except in cases where they've been added to an earlier panel than I first had them--so they're Twitter-linked on here somewhere. I'm old and lazy.) As always, this list is subject to change without notice or reason or rhyme.

As always, inevitably, there will be formatting and other stupid errors on this schedule. If you find something wrong, just ping me and we'll get it fixed. DON'T PANIC. Trust me, I'll tell you when to panic.

v.1.01 - 8/28/15 - Rob's massive array of panels added

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By |August 25th, 2015|Stimuli|1 Comment

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Pixar seemed to get its groove back with Inside Out, a look into the mind of an eleven year old girl. Her anthropomorphic emotional states that formed the committee running her brain are: yellow Joy, blue Sadness, red Anger, green Disgust, and purple Fear. Obviously for a family movie, you need to simplify the complex emotions everybody has. But people are made up of many more than the simple primary emotions.

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By |July 31st, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

The Lion King: An Alternate Reality

Zazu and Mufasa from The Lion King
'Do they suspect anything?' 'Not a thing, sire.'

Came up with this idea and posted it on my Facebook. I found it disturbing enough to share here as well. This is proof that the meds still aren't working.

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By |July 19th, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

My Head Hurts: When Graham Norton Floated With Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton and Graham Norton

I first learned of this when I was listening to Graham Norton's episode of Desert Island Discs. A TV special from 2001 featured Norton going to Dollywood at the invite of the grand lady herself. One of the things that resulted was the following, which, in a fit of madness and hilarity, Norton picked as one of his discs to take to the desert island with him.

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By |July 14th, 2015|Stimuli|1 Comment

True Detective, She Wrote

Angela Lansbury in True Detective, She Wrote

This came about as a result of the most recently posted episode of Weekend Justice. And for this, all I can say is...I'm sorry. But I had to get it out of my head somehow.

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By |July 11th, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

Dear Big Finish: Five Properties On Our Wish List

big finish new doctor who

Big Finish Productions has, since 1999, had the license from the BBC to make Doctor Who audio plays. Big Finish has turned this into a gold mine. They have created new stories for the five remaining classic Doctor Who actors (Tom Baker, Peter Davidson, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann) and for many of the remaining companions as well. New companions for the Doctor have been created, old characters have been given new spinoff series, and the Whoniverse has been explored and expanded unbound by visual effects. The BBC seems to be quite pleased by Big Finish. Not only were the Eight Doctor's Big Finish companions named-checked in "The Night of the Doctor," their license has been extended til 2020.

However, one area has been verboten. The BBC has made any reference to the new Doctor Who series off limits. So no Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, or Twelve Doctors or any of the new companions, monsters, or events can be used in any Big Finish production.

Until now.
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By |July 10th, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

Birthday Free Stuff: An After-Action Debrief

Birthday freebies

I've been meaning to post this for sometime, but things have just been conspiring to take away my time to type things. But it's important that I share what I've learned. In a vain attempt to distract myself from my increasing decrepitude for my birthday last year, I tried an experiment. I attempted to see how much free stuff I could get just because various businesses take pity on those who are advancing, albeit slowly, closer to the grave. Here is what I learned so you too can have a similar, though hopefully improved, experience.

DO: Sign up for various birthday clubs and whatnot early. I would advise a week out, minimum. This because some setups apparently still need time to process, which is weird and also one of the biggest First World Problems ever.

DO: Sign up for a variety of things. Even if you don't plan on using them. Because you never know. I am still a bit peeved I never made it to Sephora for my free gift there.

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By |June 23rd, 2015|Stimuli|1 Comment