Gratuitous Nerdity: Day of the Doctor

I get a lot of e-mails and texts from friends and family asking me questions about nerdy stuff. Even my friend Darcy, who I do the HNG Podcast with, asks me stuff. Here’s an e-mail convo we had today, where he asks asking about the new Dr. Who online minisode. You’ll see why I posted it near the bottom.

Darcy: whaaaaa is going on in this clip?

Tracy: Be more specific? lol

Darcy: Uh, what is happening? So John Hurt is really the 9th Doctor, not the 12th?

Tracy: John Hurt is the “War Doctor” – like 8.5. Except he’s not calling himself “The Doctor” but “The Warrior.” It’s against his anti-war personality-type but when the Sisterhood of Karn tell him they can help regenerate into anyone he wants, he chooses Warrior so that he can end the Time War..something The Doctor could never bring himself to do. The Sisterhood of Karn are from the “The Brain of Morbius” a storyline from the Tom Baker Fourth Doctor years that’s kind of like a retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. There’s a Frankenstein-like plot but then there’s also the Sisterhood, sort of like a coven of witches who have an elixir of life that allows them to live forever and they think the Doctor is there to steal the last of it. This is a great tie-in because in “Brain of Morbius” you get to see alternate timeline Doctors. This minisode is way awesome because we finally get to see the Eighth Doctor regenerate. He also references Companions he had from a series of spin-off books written about his Doctor. Any other questions?

Darcy: uhhhh no? But, I feel like you should post the contents of this e-mail exchange on the blog, along with the video….

Tracy: Ha! Really? This is post worthy?

Darcy: You’re nerding pretty hard here, Trace. I say let the Internet decide…

So what do you guys think? Nerdy enough?

Dr. Who John Hurt The Warrior

Thor Photo Shoot and Contest

HNG Thor teaser

It’s photo shoot time! It’s been a while since I’ve posted one. Hmmmm….looking back, I think the last one was in February, yikes! Consider my wrist officially slapped for the length of time between shoots. I’ve had these Thor pictures under my belt for a year now, just waiting for Thor: The Dark World to come out. So, in honor of the film being released, I’m finally posting them today 🙂

Some back story…I’m Norwegian and Danish. I grew up reading about Norse mythology while making lefse and sandbakkels with my Aunts and Great Aunts. Many of you have noticed the Thor pendant I often wear. It’s my nod to a heritage that I’m quite proud of. In short, I’m a life-long lover of all things Thor. Sometime around 5th grade (while searching for the latest X-Men comic book), I discovered that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had transformed the Thor I’d grown up with into a Superhero. I freaked the frak out. Ever since then, Thor has been my favorite comic book character (I even had Stan Lee sign a Thor comic when I met him at Las Vegas Comic Con), followed closely by the X-Men.

I usually write a little story line to go along with the pictures. It’s fun and folks seem to like it so I’ll just keep on doing it 😉

What’s that? You want to win a signed copy of one of these pictures? Ok, fine. There’s a contest after the pics.

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I am Thor Odinsdatter!

HNG Lady Thor 1

I am the Goddess of Thunder.

HNG Lady Thor 2

I wield the mighty hammer, Mjolnir.

HNG Lady Thor 3

Forged by Sindri and Brokkr, Mjolnir can crush mountains…

HNG Lady Thor 4

…and will always return to my hand no matter how far it is thrown.

HNG Lady Thor 5

I have no fear as my enemies approach the battlefield.

HNG Lady Thor 6

With Mjolnir, I can invoke the power of lightning and destroy the foes of Asgard.

HNG Lady Thor 7

I welcome the thrill of battle!

HNG Thor 8

But I am learning to be a wise and peaceful ruler like my father, Odin Allfather.

HNG Thor 9

At times I travel to Midgard by way of the Bifröst.

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It is my favorite of the Nine Realms.

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I do not like it when my brother Loki threatens my favorite Realm of Midgard.

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But, fear not humans, Midgard is under my protection and I will defend it always.

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As always, a raucous round of applause goes to my friend and photographer extraordinaire, Jon Upson (or, as I’ve been good-naturedly calling him these past few days, Jon Son of Up). Jon, I really appreciate your patience while I held on to these for the past year! To Mama Jedi for her fabulous photographer assisting skills. She had to brave some boulders to hold the lighting equipment on this one. To Reba for the awesome watermarking (she’s doing amazing things for the 2014 calendar as we speak). And to Darcy for being the raddest podcast co-host and partner in crime ever. Even though he refuses to take credit for it most of the time.

On to the contest part!

Since the contests have been such a big success in the past, let’s keep it going. If you want a chance to win a signed print from this photo shoot, leave a comment below by Monday, November 11th at midnight PST. I’ll pull five names out of a hat and contact you directly if you’re a winner!

Thanks to everyone who participates!