January 20th, 2014

Appointment at the Eye Clinic

Up bright and early this morning, as I have an appointment at the Eye Clinic at the Ottawa General this morning at 9:50 am.

As part of the diabetes regimen, I have my eyes checked out once every year, usually the beginning of the new year, and today is the day.

The only problem with this, of course, is that due to the anaesthtic and the pupil dilation drops that they put in my eyes, vision will be somewhat blurry for the rest of the day and everything will be too bright. And it's even worse because on days like today when there's lots of snow on the ground, the whiteout effect is there for the eyes and vision as well.

While I have to drive to the appointment, I've got a pair of neat, wrap-around sunglasses that will help, and the tinted glass on the car windows will aid in this respect as well.

Anyway,time to get the morning stuff done and get ready to head out. Hopefully the car will start.

Happy Birthday, lukadreaming!

Happy Birthday, lukadreaming!

Here's wishing you a very Happy, safe, and healthy Birthday. May the Goddess bless you with good health, good fortune, prosperity, and all the Primeval tv episodes and fan fiction that you desire, and may a warm wind blow at your back all year long.

Happy Birthday, Tom Baker!

For those who might be interested, or who are just plain Doctor Who fans...

Tom Baker, the actor who portrayed the Fourth Doctor in the Doctor Who series celebrates his birthday today.

While I will always remember William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton as the Doctor in the series (I grew up with the series, after all), Tom Baker was, for many, the definitive Doctor in the series, due to the length of time that he played the role.

And now, here's some Trivia about Tom Baker on the occasion of his birthday:

1. An image of him appeared on the episode of The Simpsons (1989) shown on 26 November 1995.

2. He is the longest-serving actor to have portrayed the Doctor in Doctor Who, having played the role for seven seasons from 1974 to 1981. In second place is his immediate predecessor, Jon Pertwee, who played the Third Doctor for five seasons from 1970 to 1974.

3. With the death of Jon Pertwee on May 20, 1996, he is both the oldest and earliest surviving Doctor from Doctor Who.

4. Tom was a largely unknown, unemployed actor who had actually written to the BBC seeking work shortly before he was cast in his most famous role, as the star of Doctor Who. His appointment as Jon Pertwee's successor came after series producer Barry Letts had already considered for the role more famous actors Jim Dale, Richard Hearne, Michael Bentine, Graham Crowden and Fulton Mackay, all of whom had been discounted for various reasons.

5. He has performed with the National Theatre, the Bristol Old Vic, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

6. He has two children with his wife, Anna Wheatcroft, Daniel and Piers.

7. He is a voice-over artist for television commercials in the UK.

8. He has been mistaken by members of the public for Jon Pertwee.

9. Trained at Rose Bruford Drama School, Sidcup, Kent, UK alongside Freddie Jones. Later members include actors Ray Fearon, Gary Oldman and Stephen Armourae.

10. His mother, Mary Jane Fleming Baker, was Irish.

11. He was a monk for six years before becoming an actor.

12. After Jon Pertwee, he is the second longest-lived actor to have played the Doctor in Doctor Who.

13. At 6'3" tall, he is the tallest actor, along with Jon Pertwee, to have played the Doctor in the series.

14. Documented in books about the Doors rock group, Tom Baker was a friend of and used to "hang out" with Jim Morrison prior to his career as the Doctor.

15. In the most recent Christmas special of Doctor Who, "The Time of the Doctor", he played the role of the librarian and archive keeper, and hints that this may the Doctor's final incarnation as well.

16. He is a voracious reader of books.

Eye Appointment, Sort Of...

Got to the hospital this morning for my annual eye check-up at the Eye Institute, and found there had been a cock-up.

My mother had booked herself an appointment in my time slot, so they changed me to February 18th! When I showed them my appointment card and explained about the concussion earlier this month, the doctor was kind enough to say that he would see me. But I'll have to wait at least half an hour.

So I'm sitting here waiting to see the eye specialist.

Oh, they've just called me in. Have to go get blinded for the rest of the day with the anaesthetic and the pupillary dilator.

Later, folks.

Home From the Eye Clinic

I have just returned home from the eye appointment by way of Tim Horton's. :)

The eye exam was the routine eye exam, but the doctor checked a couple of things related to the concussion as well, and there's bad news. The retina in my left eye is slightly "loose", and that's what been accounting for the blurriness in the eye. He told me that it's one of the possible side effects from the concussion, but that it should correct itself given time. He just warned me about certain things to do and not do to make this happen by itself, so time is a matter of patience and all that.

In the good news department, my eyes have not changed during the course of the year, so there's no need for a new prescription, and there is no sign of retinopathy in my eyes. Yay!

On the way home, I stopped off at the Conroy and Walkley Road Tim Horton's and had myself a bowl of hot beef noodle soup, just to warm up a bit, and sat and rested there for a moment or two. Lovely snackage, and it will do for lunch mostly today I think, as the blurriness and fuzziness in the eyes right now makes me just want to rest and relax somewhat.

I'm going to take a second shower now, I think.

Happy Birthday, Crystal Lowe!

Happy Birthday, Crystal Lowe!

Today is Crystal Lowe's birthday.

A somewhat gifted actress and attractive young woman, Crystal made a name for herself as Toby Nance, the geek to whom Evan Cross turns for all things technology-related in the Primeval: New World tv series.

Here's wishing Crystal Lowe a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead! And, a new series that will hopefully have a long run!

Sunday Afternoon Game Report - Yggdrasill RPG Session 8 (Solo)

Here's the solo session, the eighth of the campaign (as it takes place after the end of the scenario to find the herb that's currently underway) report on the Sunday afternoon Yggdrasill game campaign. This game session is out of sequence, as it occurs after the current adventure that the players find themselves involved in (see this journal entry for the latest session), though I'm not sure when. About a week to a fortnight after the events of the current stuff. This session dates back to January 12th, 2014. This post is somewhat long, so I've put it behind a cut so that folks who don't want to read any detailed rpg posts don't have to.

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This was a pretty good gaming session. I don't really have anything to add that I didn't already say in this journal entry, so go read that! :)

Sunday Afternoon Game Report - Yggdrasill RPG Session 6

Here's the sixth, and most recent game session report on the Sunday afternoon Yggdrasill game campaign. You can read about the previous session of the campaign in this journal entry. This post is somewhat long, so I've put it behind a cut so that folks who don't want to read any detailed rpg posts don't have to.

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Nothing really to add about this session of gaming, though I have to say that I'm still having a blast running the Yggdrasill system. Tammy and spross both seem to have had a good time playing the game this afternoon, and I think that the scenario is on the right path at the moment, though there are a few surprises (I hope) to come for the players and their characters.