Tuesday, January 01, 2019

The New Year, Chiricahua National Monument, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site

Balanced rock in Chiricahua National Monument
Photo by Pretzelpaws, August 11, 2003
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Apache Pass, Arizona, as viewed from Fort Bowie facing north
Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona
Photo by Wilson44691, March 11, 2009
Public Domain

National Parks and Monuments in Distress

In some ways it is hard to believe that it has been 15 months since my last public lands project post (National Parks & Monuments in Distress still feels like a working title to me), but in most ways, it almost feels like it has been much longer.

Life has been crazy and chaotic through all of those long months, but two things, in particular, took me away from this project.  A little over a year ago, I went through some painful health issues which were resolved by surgery, but until the surgery, I wasn't able to focus on much of anything for awhile.  Then, once I recovered from the surgery, new day jobs took over my life and I fell into a work, eat, sleep, repeat tunnel for most of the year.

Over the last couple months, there's been a lot of change in my life.  Some good and some bad, but the result is that the pace of my life has slowed down a bit, my living situation has become more secure and stable, and suddenly I find myself ready to get back to work on this project, beyond the occasional Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/NationalMonumentsInDanger), for the first time in a long time.

Unfortunately, there were some set backs in my life the last few months, and because of those, I lost my website containing my photos from the parks that I've taken over the last decade, I still don't have access to my hard drives with those images, and it might be a couple months before I can get my good work computer up and running to rebuild.  So, moving ahead, for a couple months, at least, I will be using other folk's images instead of my own, other folk's videos, instead of my own, and there are some dead links on the project's website.  Luckily, this project was not as affected by these data losses as my project on Oregon's Columbia River Highway was...  That website was almost completely destroyed.

However, the set backs led to some positive changes, too.  Not only has my living and work environment improved, but I also picked up a job editing a novel set, largely, in the Apache Wars.  Fact checking the novel led me to the discovery of Chiricahua National Monument and Fort Bowie National Historic Site, which contain locations, like Apache Pass, that appear in the book.  I needed a place to stash some links, and of course, I have a place for National Park Service links all set up and ready to go!

This, coupled with the negative impacts of the government shutdown, fired me up on this project again.  This hasn't necessarily benefited my work editing, but it has been nice ramping back up to speed here, and I think, in the long term, it will serve both the editing and my work here well...

For now, this must remain a side project of mine.  I still need to work day jobs to make ends meet, and I will need to pick up a new, full time day job soon.  But I would like to do some writing once or twice a week, clean up and rebuild the website, and start adding more photos and videos from my own travels as soon as I can. Plus, I should be updating daily on Facebook and Twitter.

The real goal, however, is to aim towards shifting over to making this more of a full time project by the end of 2019 and hitting the road, traveling the country and reporting first hand from these magnificent and fascinating places.

There is a lot of hard work to be done between now and then, and that will limit my time writing and researching more than I would like, but the end result will be worth it, and I hope a heck of a lot of fun to follow!

As for these two parks, obviously I have not visited them in person, and I really haven't had that much time to research them outside of setting up their pages on the site and learning what I needed to learn for my editing job.  They are east of Tuscon, Arizona and I am regretting not visiting them on my trips there in 2016.

Fortunately for them, they fell under my radar because, outside of system wide issues, there have been no specific threats to these units that I've learned of.

But the more we learn about the parks, the more we care about them.  That is a huge motivation for me with this project.  So here are some photos, and click through the links to the website where there is more information.

Happy New Years, everyone!  Let's make it a better one!  #RESIST

51 Geronimo's camp with a sentinel standing guard. -1886

Pinnacle Balanced Rock
Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona
Photo by 
Brian W. Schaller, 2004
Creative Commons ‘Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0’

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Doctor Who: Sontaran Episodes

  • The Time Warrior (Season 11)
  • The Sontaran Experiment (Season 12)
  • The Invasion of Time (Season 15)
  • The Two Doctors (Season 22)
  • "The Sontaran Stratagem" / "The Poison Sky" (Series 4)
  • The Last Sontaran 
    • The Last Sontaran is the first story of Series 2 of The Sarah Jane Adventures and is a continuation of events from Doctor Who two-part story "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky". 
  • Enemy of the Bane
    • Enemy of the Bane is a two-part story from the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. It was broadcast on CBBC on 1 and 8 December 2008, and is the final serial of the second series. This episode was originally intended to be a crossover with the modern Doctor Who series; Davies reveals in his non-fiction book Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale that former companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) was intended to appear in the two-parter, but had to be replaced with classic series character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) "at the last minute" due to Agyeman's role in the ITV series Law & Order: UK, making this the last episode to have Courtney as the Brigadier prior to his death in 2011.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Doctor Who: Autons / The Nestene Consciousness Episodes

Autons in Spearhead from Space 

  • Spearhead from Space 
  • Terror of the Autons 
  • "Rose" 
  • "The Pandorica Opens" / "The Big Bang"

Monday, December 25, 2017

Doctor Who: The Master Episodes

The Master, the 12th Doctor, and some Cybermen

Third Doctor

  • Terror of the Autons 
  • The Mind of Evil 
  • The Claws of Axos 
  • Colony in Space 
  • The Dæmons 
  • The Sea Devils 
  • The Time Monster 
  • Frontier in Space

Fourth Doctor

  • The Deadly Assassin 
  • The Keeper of Traken 
  • Logopolis

Fifth Doctor

  • Castrovalva 
  • Time-Flight 
  • The King's Demons 
  • The Five Doctors 
  • Planet of Fire 
  • The Caves of Androzani

Sixth Doctor

  • The Mark of the Rani 
  • The Ultimate Foe

Seventh Doctor

  • Survival

Eighth Doctor

  • Doctor Who

Tenth Doctor

  • "Utopia" / "The Sound of Drums" / "Last of the Time Lords" 
  • The End of Time

Twelfth Doctor

  • "Deep Breath" 
  • "Into the Dalek" 
  • "The Caretaker" 
  • "Flatline" 
  • "In the Forest of the Night" 
  • "Dark Water" / "Death in Heaven" 
  • "The Magician's Apprentice" / "The Witch's Familiar" 
  • "Extremis" 
  • "The Lie of the Land" 
  • "Empress of Mars" 
  • "The Eaters of Light" 
  • "World Enough and Time" / "The Doctor Falls"

See also

  • Destiny of the Doctors 
  • Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death 
  • Scream of the Shalka

Doctor Who: Cybermen Episodes

  • The First Doctor and his companion with a Cyberman in The Tenth Planet

First Doctor

  • The Tenth Planet

Second Doctor

  • The Moonbase 
  • The Tomb of the Cybermen 
  • The Wheel in Space 
  • The Invasion

Fourth Doctor

  • Revenge of the Cybermen

Fifth Doctor

  • Earthshock 
  • The Five Doctors

Sixth Doctor

  • Attack of the Cybermen

Seventh Doctor

  • Silver Nemesis

Tenth Doctor

  • "Rise of the Cybermen" / "The Age of Steel" 
  • "Army of Ghosts" / "Doomsday" 
  • "The Next Doctor"

Eleventh Doctor

  • "The Pandorica Opens" 
  • "Closing Time" 
  • "Nightmare in Silver"

Twelfth Doctor

  • "Dark Water" / "Death in Heaven" 
  • "World Enough and Time" / "The Doctor Falls"


  • "Cyberwoman"

Minor appearances

  • The War Games 
  • The Mind of Evil 
  • Carnival of Monsters 
  • Logopolis 
  • Mawdryn Undead 
  • Dimensions in Time 
  • "Dalek" 
  • "A Good Man Goes to War" 
  • "The Day of the Doctor" 
  • "The Time of the Doctor" 
  • "Face the Raven" 
  • "Hell Bent"

Doctor Who: The Dalek Episodes

The First Doctor and his companions with the Daleks

First Doctor
  • The Daleks
  • The Dalek Invasion of Earth
  • The Chase (Season 2)
  • "Mission to the Unknown"
  • The Daleks' Master Plan

Second Doctor
  • The Power of the Daleks 
  • The Evil of the Daleks

Third Doctor
  • Day of the Daleks 
  • Frontier in Space 
  • Planet of the Daleks 
  • Death to the Daleks

Fourth Doctor
  • Genesis of the Daleks 
  • Destiny of the Daleks

Fifth Doctor
  • Resurrection of the Daleks

Sixth Doctor
  • Revelation of the Daleks

Seventh Doctor
  • Remembrance of the Daleks

Ninth Doctor
  • "Dalek" 
  • "Bad Wolf" / "The Parting of the Ways"

Tenth Doctor
  • "Doomsday" 
  • "Daleks in Manhattan" / "Evolution of the Daleks" 
  • "The Stolen Earth" / "Journey's End"

Eleventh Doctor
  • "Victory of the Daleks" 
  • "The Big Bang" 
  • "Asylum of the Daleks" 
  • "The Time of the Doctor"

Twelfth Doctor
  • "Into the Dalek" 
  • "The Magician's Apprentice" / "The Witch's Familiar"

Minor appearances
  • The Space Museum 
  • The Wheel in Space 
  • The War Games 
  • The Mind of Evil Logopolis 
  • Mawdryn Undead 
  • The Five Doctors 
  • Doctor Who 
  • "Army of Ghosts" 
  • "The Waters of Mars" 
  • "The Beast Below" 
  • "The Pandorica Opens" 
  • "The Wedding of River Song" 
  • "The Day of the Doctor" 
  • "Hell Bent" 
  • "Friend from the Future" 
  • "The Pilot"

  • Dr. Who and the Daleks 
  • Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. 
  • Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death 
  • "The Last Day"

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Doctor Who Episodes Online

The First Doctor

On my birthday, I decided to dive into Doctor Who for the first time...

A confession:  Doctor Who has always been a blank spot in my nerd knowledge.  Sure, I knew of the TARDIS and the Daleks, that the Doctor was something called a Time Lord and could regenerate into new bodies, but (cough) I'd never watched a full episode all the way through before, of either the old, classic series or the "new" one.

It was never really a rejection or a dislike of the show, at least not since the "new" series launched.  I first discovered Doctor Who back in the 1980s when PBS was running the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.  I loved that show (and the books even more).  When I first stumbled on Doctor Who on PBS back then, it looked a lot like Hitchhiker's, but of course it was very different in tone and light years away from being as funny.  So, regrettably, I ignored it.  But do cut me some slack, I was a kid.  Also, I did not know that Douglas Adams was a writer and editor on the show for a while in 1978 and 1979.  If I did, I probably would have been all in back then.  There is more on Adam's involvement with the show below...

At first, I was too intimidated by the 26 seasons of the original run to dive in, and then as the new incarnation piled up series after series over the last decade (a period where I, for the most part, had very little time to watch anything), I began to fear the commitment of even just diving into the new ones...

For a while now I've been meaning to fix this decades long oversight, and I decided that the upcoming Christmas special and the introduction of the 13th Doctor would be a good place to leap in.

I was just going to start with the 2005 series, but I was curious about the old episodes.  Especially the earliest, black and white ones...  Plus, I wanted to watch some of the origin stories, since the "new" series is not technically treated as a reboot, but as a continuation of the old one.

So I started picking around and seeing what I could find, and learning a bit about the development of the show and the plotline over the years.

Fortunately / unfortunately, the classic episodes have been pulled from all of the main American streaming services, but apparently the BBC has all of them up on BritBox, a new paid streaming service focusing on British television content.  I'd love to subscribe and really dive into the 26 seasons of the classic series, but the budget is non-existent right now and I just can't justify the expense right now, though it is rather reasonably priced if you like the BBC stuff, and they have all 12 seasons of Red Dwarf!

The "new" episodes and specials are all on Amazon Prime Video, for now, though I assume that the BBC will probably pull them pretty soon, so binge up if you have a subscription there!  Eventually, I will sign on to BritBox, but until then, I've been scouring the web for the episodes that catch my attention.  Of course this list is far from comprehensive...  As I pick and choose old serials to watch, I'll continue to add more videos and links below.

Let me know if the links die, I'll try to replace them, to free sites if possible, to BritBox, if not.

Essentially, this post is becoming something of a beginner's guide to the essential episodes of the "Classic" Doctor Who, but it's being compiled by a novice.  If anyone has any suggestions for episodes or serials to add to this collection, please let me know!  Essential serials, favorite serials, so bad they're good serials...  What's on your must watch list?

"Classic" Doctor Who

All existing classic episodes on BritBox (Paid):

First three seasons of existing episodes from the classic series (Free):


Season One, Serial One: An Unearthly Child (1963):

1. 11.23.1963 Season 1, Episode 1 An Unearthly Child
2. 11.30.1963 Season 1, Episode 2 The Cave of Skulls
3. 12.07.1963 Season 1, Episode 3 The Forest of Fear
4. 12.14.1963 Season 1, Episode 4 The Firemaker

Season One, Serial Two: The Daleks (1963 - 1964):

5. 12.21.1963 Season 1, Episode 5 The Dead Planet
6. 12.28.1963 Season 1, Episode 6 The Survivors
7. 01.04.1964 Season 1, Episode 7 The Escape
8. 01.11.1964 Season 1, Episode 8 The Ambush
9. 01.18.1964 Season 1, Episode 9 The Expedition
10. 01.25.1964 Season 1, Episode 10 The Ordeal
11. 02.01.1964 Season 1, Episode 11 The Rescue

Season One, Serial Three: The Edge of Destruction (1964):

12. 02.08.1964 Season 1, Episode 12 The Edge of Destruction 

13. 02.15.1964 Season 1, Episode 13 The Brink of Disaster

Season Two, Serial Two: The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964):

4. 11.21.1964 Season 2, Episode 4 World's End
5. 11.28.1964 Season 2, Episode 5 The Daleks
6. 12.05.1964 Season 2, Episode 6 Day of Reckoning
7. 12.12.1964 Season 2, Episode 7 The End of Tomorrow
8. 12.19.1964 Season 2, Episode 8 The Waking Ally
9. 12.26.1964 Season 2, Episode 9 Flashpoint

Season Three, Serial Three: The Daleks' Master Plan (1965 - 1966):

10. "The Nightmare Begins"† 22:55 13 November 1965 Only stills and/or fragments exist
11. "Day of Armageddon" 24:25 20 November 1965
12. "Devil's Planet"† 24:30 27 November 1965 Only stills and/or fragments exist
13. "The Traitors"† 24:42 4 December 1965 Only stills and/or fragments exist
14. "Counter Plot" 24:03 11 December 1965
15. "Coronas of the Sun"† 24:45 18 December 1965 Only stills and/or fragments exist
16. "The Feast of Steven"† 24:36 25 December 1965 Only stills and/or fragments exist
17. "Volcano"† 24:42 1 January 1966 Only stills and/or fragments exist
18. "Golden Death"† 24:38 8 January 1966 Only stills and/or fragments exist
19. "Escape Switch" 23:37 15 January 1966
20. "The Abandoned Planet"† 24:34 22 January 1966 Only stills and/or fragments exist
21. "Destruction of Time"† 23:31 29 January 1966 Only stills and/or fragments exist

Season Four, Serial Two: The Tenth Planet (1966):

5. "Episode 1" 23:08 8 October 1966

6. "Episode 2" 23:15 15 October 1966

7. "Episode 3" 23:31 22 October 1966

8. "Episode 4" 24:02 29 October 1966   - Only audio with stills and/or fragments exist

Season Four, Serial Three: The Power of the Daleks (1966):

9. "Episode One"† 25:43 5 November 1966 - Only stills and/or fragments exist

10. "Episode Two"† 24:29 12 November 1966 - Only stills and/or fragments exist

11.  "Episode Three"† 23:31 19 November 1966 7.5 - Only stills and/or fragments exist
12.  "Episode Four"† 24:23 26 November 1966 - Only stills and/or fragments exist
13.  "Episode Five"† 23:38 3 December 1966 - Only stills and/or fragments exist
14.  "Episode Six"† 23:46 10 December 1966 - Only stills and/or fragments exist

Season Five, Serial One: The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967):

1. "Episode 1" 2 September 1967 

2. "Episode 2" 9 September 1967

3. "Episode 3" 16 September 1967

4. "Episode 4" 23 September 1967

Season 10, Serial One: The Three Doctors - 10th anniversary story (1973):

1. "Episode One" 24:39 30 December 1972

2. "Episode Two" 24:18 6 January 1973

3. "Episode Three" 24:22 13 January 1973

 4. "Episode Four" 25:07 20 January 1973

Season 12, Serial Four: Genesis of the Daleks (1975):

11. "Part One" 24:30 8 March 1975
12. "Part Two" 24:51 15 March 1975
13. "Part Three" 22:38 22 March 1975
14. "Part Four" 23:38 29 March 1975
15. "Part Five" 23:27 5 April 1975
16. "Part Six" 23:30 12 April 1975

Douglas Adams spends some time with the Doctor... (from Wikipedia)

Adams sent the script for the HHGG pilot radio programme to the Doctor Who production office in 1978, and was commissioned to write The Pirate Planet (see below). He had also previously attempted to submit a potential movie script, called "Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen", which later became his novel Life, the Universe and Everything(which in turn became the third Hitchhiker's Guide radio series). Adams then went on to serve as script editor on the show for its seventeenth season in 1979. Altogether, he wrote three Doctor Who serials starring Tom Baker as the Doctor:
  • "The Pirate Planet" (the second serial in the "Key to Time" arc, in season 16)
  • "City of Death" (with producer Graham Williams, from an original storyline by writer David Fisher. It was transmitted under the pseudonym "David Agnew")
  • "Shada" (only partially filmed; not televised due to industry disputes)
The episodes authored by Adams are some of the few that were not novelised as Adams would not allow anyone else to write them, and asked for a higher price than the publishers were willing to pay. "Shada" was later adapted as a novel by Gareth Roberts in 2012 and "City of Death" and "The Pirate Planet" by James Goss in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Elements of Shada and City of Death were reused in Adams's later novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, in particular the character of Professor Chronotis. Big Finish Productions eventually remade Shada as an audio play starring Paul McGann as the Doctor. Accompanied by partially animated illustrations, it was webcast on the BBC website in 2003, and subsequently released as a two-CD set later that year. An omnibus edition of this version was broadcast on the digital radio station BBC7 on 10 December 2005.
In the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas episode The Snowmen, writer Steven Moffat was inspired by a storyline that Adams pitched called The Doctor Retires.

20th Anniversary Special: The Five Doctors (1983):

1 of 2: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxgtj9
2 of 2: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxgvix

Season 22, Serial Four: The Two Doctors (1985):

1. "Part One" 44:22 16 February 1985

2. "Part Two" 44:49 23 February 1985

3. "Part Three" 44:45 2 March 1985

Season 25, Serial One: Remembrance of the Daleks (1988):

1. "Part One" 24:33 5 October 1988
2. "Part Two" 24:31 12 October 1988
3. "Part Three" 24:30 19 October 1988
4. "Part Four" 24:36 26 October 1988

"Modern" Doctor Who 

Doctor Who Movie (1996):




The first nine seasons of the modern series on Amazon Prime Video:


Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials (2010):


Christmas Specials on Amazon Prime Video:


Mini Episodes and Episode Prequels:


Mini Episode: Born Again / 2005 Children in Need Special:

Mini Episode: Time Crash (2007):

Other Links:

Series 5 Bonus: Meanwhile in the TARDIS... (Part One):

From Wikipedia:

Two additional scenes were specially filmed for "The Complete Fifth Series" boxset which reveal what occurred between selected regular episodes. The first installment is set between "The Eleventh Hour" and "The Beast Below"

Series 5 Bonus: Meanwhile in the TARDIS... (Part Two):

From Wikipedia:

Two additional scenes were specially filmed for "The Complete Fifth Series" boxset which reveal what occurred between selected regular episodes. The second installment is set between "Flesh and Stone" and "The Vampires of Venice".

Mini Episode: Night of the Doctor (2013):

Mini Episode: The Last Day (2013):

50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor (2013):


Series 9 Mini Episode: The Doctor's Meditation:


I won't speak to the quality of the best / worst lists below, for me they were just useful as an entry point into the vast volume of episodes and serials and gave me a couple of starting points in the Doctor's universe.  My selections above tend to come from finding the titles and synopsis on wiki lists while searching for notable or interesting moments from the long run of the show.

Friday, December 01, 2017

The Properties of Dust: Love Poems

Crepuscular Rays. Eleven Mile Overlook. Deschutes National Forest. Oregon. August 18, 2012.

All my poems are love poems
scribbled on damp,
whiskey stained paper
in one dive bar or another

On cocktail napkins
or coasters, pulled
from underneath my third glass,

Floating in a lost hour
found somewhere on
the long drive towards
my empty home.

And I should be there
or there or there
again, but I stop again
on the way home,

Climbing slippery stone steps to
the top of the castle-like tower,
smelling the rain, feeling
the cold winter kiss

Blown by the constant freezing wind
to my skin.

Under the tower, a dead volcano
thrusts us up, exposed, into the storm
but I pull that soggy napkin
from my pocket anyway

And I try to write another verse
before my paper is ruined
by the weather.

Rocky Butte.  Portland, Oregon. c.2008

The Properties of Dust

The Properties of Dust was a small book I put together in 2005 for a desktop publishing class at Portland State University. Many of these pieces were written specifically for the book project, and the rest date back to as early as 1990.  The pieces were accompanied by a photo or two in the original book, but, in most cases, I am using different, more recent, photos with this series of posts.





Love Poems

Paulina Peak & Camper. Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Oregon. August 17, 2012.

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