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For my formerly McGanned pals who now are David Tennant fans :) [27 Aug 2007|10:26pm]
In a recent article in SyFy Portal (http://www.syfyportal.com/pagetogether.php?id=4092&page=1), Paul McGann talked abut the popularity of the current Doctor Who series and said the following about the fab David Tennant:

"It’s come back because of that handsome floppy-haired bastard," McGann later joked. "I really really like him. I think he’s brilliant. And what’s more, he is a huge ‘Doctor Who’ fan and so he’s really passionate about it. I should be honest with you; I was never a huge fan. I watched a few things and ‘Doctor Who’ was one of them but I wasn’t completely passionate about it. But for David Tennant, it’s like the job of jobs to him.

"You know, if they never gave him another job, just that one, he’d be perfectly happy for all his life. You know it’s in good hands with him and he’s a wonderful actor."

Despite his high opinion of Tennant, McGann admitted that his original impression of him as an actor was slightly different, but when he was cast as The Doctor that opinion changed completely.

“I’ve only met him once," McGann said. "I met him backstage at national theater and I was introduced to him. This was about four years ago, before he was doing 'Doctor Who.'

"After about two or three minutes since he’d been introduced to me I thought he was actually quite rude because he just stood in front of me and said nothing. I was beginning to feel quite uncomfortable actually. And do you know what it was? He wasn’t being rude, he was completely in awe because I was Doctor Who.

"So anyway later, six months later when he gets the gig it makes complete sense to me," McGann said with a laugh.
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Which Doctor Are You? [19 Aug 2007|11:58am]
I took a little quiz to find out which Doctor I was, and the answer was the Eighth Doctor. The result is oddly appealing. :)

You scored as The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann), The Eighth Doctor struck a chord with you after only one adventure. Maybe you are a fan of his audio adventures, or you just came to Dr Who quite late. Hope it wasn't just the special effects that impressed you.


The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)


The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann)


The Ninth Doctor (Christoper Eccleston)


The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)


The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)


The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)


The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davidson)


The First Doctor (William Hartnell)


The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)


Which Doctor Who are you?
created with QuizFarm.com
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My lonely little journal [11 Aug 2007|02:09am]
Hmm, I've neglected this place for quite a while. However, I do occasionally blog at myspace (see http://www.myspace.com/estellemay). I'll have to make amends sometime.
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Website blues [05 Nov 2006|05:49am]
[ mood | frustrated ]

Last December I took over the McGann Library from Em Friedman who'd tired of the enterprise. I switched the site to a yahoo server since hers was periodically limiting access. I was able to get the new forum going on January 29 after a start-up glitch due to my ineptitude. Things appeared to be going ok with new folks joining and information about Paul McGann's works steadily being added. There was a hosting problem in May that was taken care of by yahoo, and the site continued. A few days ago another access problem arose, which a service person at yahoo decided to rectify tonight by deleting the files that powered the forum and blithefully telling me that I'd be good to go if I just reinstalled the phpBB program. And when I did so, I was back at square one with a rudimentary forum containing no data.

At this juncture, I think I'll give the place a rest (unless someone at yahoo or maybe my computer guru son Patrick can tell me how to access the MYSQL database so that the old site will reappear). Folks who want to chitchat about Paul can check out the Eight_Love community at LiveJournal or the McGann Utopia. And Michelle Harris has a cool McGann Brothers website with input from all the brothers. I might give the Library another go sometime in the future but not for the next couple of months.

I feel like Ripley signing off in cyberspace.

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[03 Nov 2006|07:26pm]
The McGann Library has a bit of a tradition (if you can call doing something twice a tradition) of presenting Paul with birthday card and gifts (his birthday is November 14, and he'll be 47). Back in 2004 Em Friedman (the originator and then administrator of the Library) sent an around-the-world birthday card to Paul, and at ChicagoTARDIS 2004 some of us Library patrons gave him pressies. Last year Suzanne Macey made another purty card to give him at the Ascension convention in Cardiff.

When I took over the Library last January, I didn't feel all inspired to coordinate another gift-giving session for Paul (especially since I wasn't sure where we in the US would be meeting up with him--he really needs to return to these shores!). However, I think sending him online greetings would be cool.

Those of you on myspace can pm him your wishes or, if you're on his flist, add them to his comment section. If you'd like, you can e-mail me messages to pass on to him (my e-mail addy is esem@comcast.net) by next Wednesday the 8th. I'll print the messages out and put them in a card to hand to him at Poppies or Dimensions and also post them in his myspace comment section. A third alternative is to leave messages in the guestbook of http://www.mcgannbrothers.org.uk/ for Michelle Harris to forward to Paul. She runs the new official McGann Brothers site and is a longtime McGann fan (going back to the 80s and predating the Paul McGann Estrogen Brigade, which also has/had official status).
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Fun with a CD and a microwave [22 Jul 2006|01:03am]
My kiddies are such pyros (and their dad was one, too, back in the day). Mark almost set fire to his sister's room when he decided one day (when he was five) to light matches in there and blow them out. Evidently, one match didn't go out and so he nonchalantly dropped it on the carpet and scarpered out. Silvia came up to her room a short time later and ran out screaming, "My room's on fire!" All ended happily though with no burned kids, and the only casualties were the rug and Silvia's stuffed unicorn. After all the hoopla had died down, Mark's twin brothers Stephen and Brian solemnly told me that when they had lit matches in their room, they made sure they were put out.

When the twins were two and a half, they put an eraser, a pencil, a can of cinnamon, and a plastic vial of red food coloring into the microwave, punched a few buttons, and then walked away. I was perplexed about the pervasive scent of burning rubber in the house until I discovered the contents of the microwave. And the vial of food coloring had exploded and bloodied the innards of the microwave. Ugh!! I guess the little partners in crime missed quite a light show.

Well, the guys are older now but not so much wiser when it comes to playing around with microwaves. Stephen wanted to show me what a CD looks like when it's briefly exposed to microwaves. The thingy sparks a lot, and the surfaces of the disk are fragmented (but in an aesthetically pleasing way):

Mark had to get in on the act by putting a dreidel thingy made out of aluminum foil into the microwave. He generated a big blue flame, which was quite spectacular.
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Weird transplantation stuff [21 Jul 2006|08:55pm]
Usually organs for transplantation are harvested from patients who are declared brain-dead. And pathologists are sometimes called in to do frozen sections on liver and kidney in order to assess the degree of disease in these organs. F'rinstance, if a liver shows changes of hepatitis or cirrhosis, it won't be used. Similarly if a kidney contains too few glomeruli (the parts of the kidney that filter waste products from the blood), then it won't be transplanted.

Anyway, late last night one of my colleagues was called in to do such frozen sections. However, the patient wasn't brain-dead but rather in extremis and expected to die once removed from the mechanical ventilator. But the person started breathing on their own and didn't succumb as expected within an hour. The transplant team gave up and went home.

I found this whole scenario rather creepy and reminiscent of something out of a Robin Cook medical mystery novel (except his characters would make sure the intended donor was dead).
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The men in black [17 Jul 2006|02:10am]
My return flight to Nashville from New York today included several clergymen dressed in black suits and sporting religious collars (coming to Nashville for some sort of conference). I was just wondering how much of a comfort they would have been to the passengers if the plane had developed difficulties. [Yes, I realize my thought processes are occasionally scrambled.]

Anyway, my kiddo Mark sat all the way in the back of the plane with me in a windowless area across from the galley and the lavatory. From this vantage point, we both thought the plane's descent seemed steeper for some reason (compared to the flight to NYC when we sat in the middle of plane just forward of the wing). The stewardess said that oh yeah, the back of the plane can feel like a roller coaster and that one just got used to it.
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It's all in the name? [17 Jul 2006|01:06am]
I recently came across the name Philander for a kid on one of my surgical pathology reports. I wonder if this person will be marked for life. Anyway, the name does come trippingly off the tongue.

My husband and I spent hours coming up with names for the kiddies and tried to consider all possible weird permutations that might elicit derision from peers. And when he was doing his med school rotation on pediatrics, he wanted to avoid names beginning with B, since BM on the peds service meant bowel movement. By the time I was expecting the twins, he wasn't so worried about B names (I guess he was in shock over the sudden doubling of family size).
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