Gallifreyan Ramblings has regenerated!

Welp. I was just trying to figure out how to make my header image fit the whole header section rather than 73% of it (it’s been annoying me for 2 years but I never figured out how to fix it), and one thing led to another and now I’ve got a whole new theme.

It’s about time I think, anyway. This blog has looked substantially the same since I started it in… *looks back through posts because I can’t actually remember* November 2014. I changed the background colour sometime last year to a nice creamy colour, but after 2 years I think a more radical rejuvenation was warranted.

I tried out half a dozen different themes, but I settled on the Nucleare theme with a nice Tardis blue and white colour scheme. Some of the themes I tried out were really interesting, but I think I prefer the traditional blog format of a scrolling column of text with a sidebar. It’s classic, it’s clean, it’s appealing, and, for my blog at least, it works. My old theme (Suits) was in that format, and my new theme does actually look quite similar to the old, apart from the colour scheme.

The most significant difference is that Nucleare makes more prominent use of featured images—bold and striking images on the head of each post. I like that, and I went back and changed a number of my recent posts to display a featured image (but I’m not going back and changing them all, ain’t nobody got time for that).

One thing I’m not sure about and might play around with is the header image. In my old theme, the blog title was superimposed on top of the header image (a starry night sky), which I liked, apart from the annoying bug that made the header image fill up only part of the whole header. But on Nucleare, the header image is above the title, and at the moment I think that jars somewhat with the whole aesthetic of the blog.

Anyway, what do you think?

Unique Blogger Award

Hey y’all,

Okay, so just to catch you all up on what’s been happening with me, once again I’ve been neglecting this blog. I have literally no excuse this time. I’ve been on my break from university for the last three weeks and have had literally nothing to do. Work has been minimal, and I found myself with four beautiful, glorious responsibility-free weeks to do whatever the hell I wanted. I promised myself I was going to dedicate more time to this blog and my other hobbies over the break, but… something happened. I started playing Runescape again, because I found out that an IRL friend played it, and once I got back into it, after having stopped playing three years ago, I kind of couldn’t stop. So yeah, I’ve just spent most of my holidays farming and fishing and going on quests in 2004-grade graphics. It sort of just happened.

But I logged back into WordPress today for the first time in a few weeks and found out I had been nominated for another blogger award, the Unique Blogger Award, by wanderlust77! It’s so flattering to know that, down to about one post a month, people still want to engage with me, so thanks fam!

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Answer their 3 questions.
  • Include one meme and one quote you really like.
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers to receive this award.
  • Ask your nominees 3 UNIQUE questions.
  • Add a link to the awards creator: Kate Gold – teengirlmeetsworld.wordpress.com

Questions:

1. What would you do if you became president of your country?

So much power… I wouldn’t even know where to start. But I think the first thing I would do would be to get my country’s military the hell out of the Middle East and other foreign war zones, because drone bombing a whole region of the world to hell is a Bad Thing. There would be a whole host of other things I would do which would almost certainly be controversial, but I think I’ll leave it there because I don’t like to go into politics on this blog. The only controversy you’ll find in this here blog is my opinion on The Day of the Doctor.

2. What is the best joke you know/remember/can find

I don’t have a great memory for jokes… my humour is more about witty banter than “So an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a bar…” kind of jokes. But my favourite comedian, whom I’m seeing live in November, is Michael McIntyre. He’s just fabulous. He has me in stitches every time I watch him. Here’s a sample:

3. Do you have any famous lookalikes?

Uhh, not really that I know of. However, I have to mention that my dad is an absolute dead ringer for Griff Rhys Jones, the Welsh TV personality:

I’m not even kidding, that’s my dad. It’s actually creepy how alike they look.

My meme

I have more memes saved onto my computer and my phone than I’m comfortable admitting.

Here’s a goat meme. Goat memes are Cool.

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My quote

A quote from Doctor Who which I’ve found a very inspiring motto to live by, spoken by the Eleventh Doctor:

Nominees

Hitting up some of my faves this time:

Don’t feel obligated to do the post, of course 🙂 I know some of you get inundated with these, it’s just a bit of fun.

Questions

  1. Which historical figure would you like to meet and why?
  2. If you could choose to live in a fictional world, which would it be?
  3. What music do you listen to?

Have fun!

Blogger Recognition Award

Thanks to wanderlust77 for nominating me for this award!

The rules to this award are:

1. Write a post to show your award.
2. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you.
3. Give a brief story about how you got started blogging.
4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Nominate 10 bloggers for the award.

My blogging story

Well this isn’t actually my first blog. I’ve had a number of blogs before this on a variety of subjects, and I started blogging (on Blogspot *cringes*) around 2009, when I was 14-ish. I think my first blog was about Runescape, an online game I played a lot back then—I was inspired to make that blog because I read another Runescape player’s blog, and it looked really fun. I never got very far with that one, though.

But I had another blog which I ran for quite a long time and only ended up deleting a few years ago which was just a repository for my thoughts and ideas about all manner of things. I started that blog because I had so many ideas that I wanted to share, and I needed somewhere to put them all, to get them out of my head. It never really became very successful (no one is very interested in some teenager’s incoherent ramblings), but I formed a few connections with other bloggers over the years through that blog.

I started this blog in 2014 because… I had become obsessed with Doctor Who and didn’t have any other obsessive Whovians in real life to talk about Doctor Who with! Sort of like my previous blog, I had so many thoughts I wanted to share about this show and no one to share them with! So I took it to the blogosphere, and I’ve found plenty of people like me to share my ideas with and who are interested in sharing their ideas with me. This has by far been my most successful blog, even if I’ve been a bit neglectful of it in recent months (apologies btw).

My advice

  1. Write for yourself, not for others. Write about what you’re passionate about, what you enjoy writing about, whether that’s some topic you’re interested in, or your own life and personal things, or whatever. Write the things you would want to read, and there should be no end to ideas for interesting, exciting content. Blogging should be leisure, never a chore, and if it ever gets to the point where it becomes a chore that you feel obligated to do for others, you’re doing it wrong.
  2. Just some tips about writing in general: I’m not saying I’m the best writer in the world, but my writing has improved enormously since I’ve started this blog (just go back and read my early posts and see for yourself!), and I think I can give some helpful tips for those who want to improve their writing. First of all, read. When you read, especially (good) material that’s similar to the things you want to write, you naturally, subconsciously pick up on patterns and nuances that, with practice, you can naturally incorporate into your own writing. But you have to read a lot. Secondly, write, extensively, because, as miserable as the thought is, practice, and only practice, makes perfect. Thirdly, Thesaurus.com is your friend. The right word, with just the right nuance, can make a sentence so much more eloquent and effective. I always have Thesaurus.com open when I write literally anything because I’m a perfectionist about using the best choice of vocabulary. Doing this has also expanded my working vocabulary enormously over the years as well, which is a huge boon to my writing.

Nominations

I always end up nominating the same people when I do these, so this time I’m going to nominate my 10 most recent followers (I want to know more about y’all).

  1. Aakash
  2. adorablekittycats
  3. Hammy Reviews
  4. pendragonslibrary
  5. Quixie
  6. talkingtardis
  7. thecoolkat1995
  8. Jaden C. Kilmer
  9. Ramona Crisstea
  10. allonsyclara
  11. Anyone else who wants to do this. Like, literally anyone. Tell me you’ve done it and I’ll come to your blog and read it!

My 1st Anniversary, and thank you

Hello, hello, dear readers,

This is just a short post to say, first, that my review of Sleep No More will be delayed at least until Wednesday as my time at the moment is consumed by studying for the two exams I have this week.

Secondly, I want to announce, belatedly, that this blog celebrated its first anniversary on 11th November, one year to the day my first post on this blog went up. Yes, I have been rambling for one whole year now! Goodness knows how you all still put up with me. In that time this blog has become my absolute pride. It’s done wonders for my writing skills and allows me to indulge my geeky love of Doctor Who to my heart’s content without annoying my friends and family. When someone asks me “Have you reviewed every episode of New Who?” I can now say “Yes,” and give them the link to this blog to prove it.

But I want to take the opportunity to thank all my dear readers and followers. You’re all wonderful, and there’s nothing that pleases me more than knowing that people enjoy my work and think it worth reading. You’re all very kind. I love chatting with you as well as reading your work as well. It was you lot that made writing upwards of 4,000 words a week for four months worth it, to be honest, so thanks awfully!

Until next time, my dears.

The “Creative Blogger” Award

Hello possums,

I’m flattered to be nominated for the Creative Blogger award by Morgan at The Secret Diary of a Computer Science Student. She and her partner Matt have the coolest life, which she writes all about in her blog, so you should defs check it out.

Rules: 

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Share 5 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
  • Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

My five facts:

  • I hate to say it, but I’m a huge snob. About everything. I just can’t help myself. Share your taste in music, television, clothes or stationary with me at your peril, because you can be sure I’m judging you in my head (although you never know, I might be esteeming you). And don’t you dare say the word “bro” in my presence. Don’t you even think about it.
  • My favourite film is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’m still a huge Potterhead, and the Dementors still scare me.
  • Apparently I look young for my age. I’m 20, and I’m often mistaken for a 15-16 year-old, including by 15 and 16 year-olds. Never fails to amuse me when people ask why I’m not at school…
  • I’m very impulsive. I do a lot of things on a total whim, including deciding on my career choice, which I did at the age of 15 literally overnight when my school’s careers advisor suggested I consider studying law. I hadn’t given it as much as a thought before, but I decided then with a suddenness that disconcerted my parents that I wanted to become a lawyer. Never looked back since.
  • Gooey Hollywood movies are my secret pleasure. You know, the ones with the totally unrealistic plotlines and the sickly sweet happy endings? I love them. If could had to choose three cultural works to take with me to a desert island, along with Doctor Who and the complete works of Shakespeare, I would take The Parent Trap. Legit.

Nominations

I’m finding it really hard to find people to nominate I haven’t nominated for other awards before and whom I know well enough, so I’m going to say that if I’ve nominated you before for the Liebster or One Lovely Blog Award and you’re reading this, consider yourself nominated again! (Only if you want to, of course).

That said, I do want to expressly nominate Ojaswani at glitter2rain, who nominated me for the Liebster Award and whom I missed last time round. She has a cool pop culture blog and is currently in the course of reviewing Doctor Who!

“One Lovely Blog” Award

Sup homies,

Well, my ego has never been so smug — I’ve been nominated for another blogging award! Thanks very much to the lovely Morgan at The Secret Diary of a Computer Science Student for nominating me. I’m genuinely flattered. The “One Lovely Blog” award is a way for fellow bloggers to get to know you by telling a bit about yourself.

Rules:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

Facts about me:

  • I guess I haven’t really divulged much general info about myself to any extent on this blog before (I might add it to my currently very unhelpful “About” section sometime), so here goes: I’m a 20 years old male human from Brisbane, Australia. I’m in my third year of a law degree and want to make a career of legal practice after I graduate/qualify. Law can be interesting, but it’s just as often mind-numbingly dry, which is why I need my fandoms, this blog, and my other creative and leisurely interests as a constant outlet. Among my varied hobbies are writing, music (I play the clarinet yo, clarinets are cool), cricket, language learning and, of course, devouring quality film and television (read: Doctor Who).
  • I’m an impulse language-learner. More than once I’ve decided to start learning a new language on a whim. I have, to my embarrassment, dropped a few shortly after picking them up, but a few I’ve kept up. I’m currently learning Chinese, Latin and (for some reason) Welsh. Latin I’ve picked up recently, and I’m tentatively confident I’ll keep it up long-term, given it’s a nice, hobbyish language that doesn’t demand an inordinate amount of commitment (to be honest, every language is easy after Chinese). But I’m focussing on honing my Chinese at the moment.
  • My claim to fame: I once used a 29-letter word on the QCS Exam, which is the rigorous external, standardised exam taken by all Queensland 12th year students (that’s Sixth Form to you Brits, and senior to Americans) at the same time over two days. Floccinaucinihilipilification. It means the estimation of something as worthless. I was trying to get into the papers. “Brisbane student uses 29-letter word on QCS test, examiners baffled.” Sounds good to me. Unfortunately no journalists ever came knocking to interview me, nor did any official examiners, baffled or otherwise, ever summon me to answer for my smart-arsery.
  • I actually don’t read that much. I read a lot when I was an adolescent (I’m still a HUGE Potterhead), but less so now. Well, okay, when I say I don’t read much, I mean I don’t read much fiction. I spend an obscene amount of time wading my way through heavy legal textbooks and dry court judgments, but even when I read for leisure, I prefer to read non-fiction texts on topics that interest me: history, philosophy, politics, economics, a bit of science, a bit of social science. But I’ve recently instituted a new rule for myself to alternate between reading fiction and non-fiction. The fiction texts I’ve chosen to read under my new rule have tended to be classics: Agatha Christie, Brideshead Revisited, Paradise Lost, Picnic at Hanging Rock and Shakespeare are some of my recent picks. If anyone’s got any recommendations, though, old or new, please go ahead and shoot 🙂
  • Somewhat ironically, in light of the above, I actually quite enjoy writing fiction. I don’t do it very often, but on occasion the desire seizes me to turn my pen to story-writing, and they’ve generally been enjoyable and rewarding experiences (regardless of the quality of the actual writing). I’ve got this idea that’s been bubbling around my head for a semi-fanfiction based in (you guessed it) the Doctor Who universe which I want to get round to penning one day.
  • I’m an INTP in the Myers-Briggs personality type thingy. From what I’ve read, INTPs are kind of like the evil geniuses of the Myers-Briggs spectrum. We’re the Moriartys of the world (and, I suppose, the Sherlocks, too…) Mwahaha.
  • I think I’ve mentioned in one of my reviews that I’m hopeless with technology. Just hopeless. I should never be allowed to live alone, because I’m not confident I wouldn’t accidentally delete the internet (can the internet be deleted? I have no idea…) if left to take care of a computer on my own. Whenever I need help with my computer/phone/television/alarm clock, I go running to my brother, who, in contrast to me, is very tech-savvy.

I’m going to have a difficult time finding fifteen people to nominate whom I didn’t nominate in my Liebster Award post, so if I nominated you for the Liebster Award and you’re reading this, I nominate you again for this award!

In addition, I’d also like to nominate these wonderful bloggers:

Report from the End of the Universe

Corleones & Lannisters

Trolling from the Tardis

ilanalydia

Liebster Award

Greetings humans,

I was nominated for the Liebster award!

Thanks so much to Ojaswani for the nomination!

The Liebster award is meant for blogs that don’t have hundreds of followers and need to get discovered.

Here are the rules:

Thank the nominator.

Display the award.

Nominate 10 more bloggers with 10 new questions.

Answer the questions

Notify the Nominees

Here are my answers:

What’s your favorite color?

Orange. Fun, vibrant, plus Hufflepuff pride.

Where do you live?

Brisbane, Australia.

What’s your favorite tv show?

Doctor Who

Favorite genre of books?

Probably fantasy, but I also love history books if non-fiction counts.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs 4 lyf.

A famous person you’d like to switch places with for one day.

Since this is a Doctor Who blog, how could I not say Peter Capaldi?

A country you’ve always wanted to visit.

Greece

What made you start blogging?

I started this blog because I was (am) obsessed with Doctor Who, and needed somewhere to vent my endless thoughts and musings about the show. I started my first ever blog in 2009 (which I deleted) because I did a lot of thinking and, much like this blog, needed an outlet for it all.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Cookies and cream ❤

Name one singer/band/group etc you can’t help but love.

The Cat Empire. They have a song for every mood.

Here are my questions:

Favourite genre of music?

Dream job?

What’s your perfect day?

First fandom?

Latest fandom?

Which historical figure would you like to meet?

Which language would you like to be able to speak?

Favourite fictional work? (novel, poem, film, TV story, etc.)

An actor you fancy?

What countries have you been to?

I nominate:

The Secret Diary of a Computer Science Student

wavemotionfist

Chenise’s Blog

michelledaviest

Doctor Who for You

Graham on Television

the fangirl has the phone box

EYE OF HARMONY

WhovianPlus

TV Quixote