Doctor Who – Christmas Special 2017

Twice Upon a Time

Twice Upon a Time marks a huge sea-change for the series as it waves goodbye to the Steven Moffat showrunning era of Doctor Who as well as Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, while simultaneously welcoming the series’ most significant incarnation of the Doctor since the first time he changed his face at all – Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor, the first female version of the character. — radiotimes

The First Doctor Enters The Twelfth Doctor’s TARDIS – Christmas Special Preview

The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley – Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure.
Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story.
An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity’s darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning… — denofgeek

The Man Who Stops the Monsters

Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time will be shown on ABC iView immediately after the UK broadcast. It will also air on the ABC at 7.30pm AEST 26th December, followed by a special regeneration episode of Whovians at 8.30pm AEST on ABC Comedy.

This year’s Christmas Special, Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time, is hitting (some) Australian cinemas on Boxing Day.
The cinema event will also feature two special bonus pieces, taking you behind the scenes to the filming of this very special Christmas Special and celebrating the tenures of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Steven Moffat as showrunner and lead writer.

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[Notes] Augmented Object Based Learning

❝This is the office of the future, where Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) change our working lives. AR overlays digital information on the real world, while VR creates an immersive, simulated environment that replaces the real world.❞
The new hyper-reality of work (2017-Oct-09) [Pursuit|Unimelb]

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This weeks links (2017-12-11)

International Mountain Day 2017

In brief:

* The Future of Coding in Schools (2017-Dec-07)[Edutopia]
Mitch Resnick, one of the creators of Scratch, on why he thinks coding should be taught in all schools—it’s not the reason you’d expect.

* Inside the 6 Hypotheses that Doubled Patreon’s Activation Success (2017-Jun-20) [Brian Balfour]


* Run Larapinta Stage Race 2018
Run Larapinta is a 4 day, 4 stage trail running race along the most spectacular sections of the iconic Larapinta Trail in Australia’s Northern Territory. Boundless beauty, breathless exuberance, day-old friendships that will last for years and the unspoilt grandeur of a landscape that transcends time… this is an extraordinary run that should be on every bucket list.



Some reading/listening:

* Briggs – The Children Came Back feat. Gurrumul & Dewayne Everettsmith

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Worldwide Companion Run (2017)

run Event: Worldwide Companion Run (2017)
Date: Tuesday the 28th November 2017 – 4am Tuesday morning!
Location: Virtual
Distance: 5km
Organised by: Ash Walker
Simple concept…….with heartwarming global results 🙂
A Worldwide Companion 5k run (or walk).
Choose a scenic local 5k route, grab some friends or do it alone, and run 5k exactly 5pm Greenwich Mean Time on the 27th of November 2017.
(Find out what the time in your area will be here:
Take video and/or still pictures while running and upload onto this facebook page. Then watch as others from across the planet share their running experiences.
Participate in something GLOBAL!
(and FREE, did we mention it was free?)
And healthy!

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Afterglow Trailrun 2017

Date: Saturday the 25th November 2017
Location: Torquay
Distance: 12km / 21km
Organised by: Tour de Trails
Runners will start by running up the road for 300m before taking a right hand turn to take them into the bush onto the Koorie Nature Trail, which climbs to the top of the Addiscot Beach cliffs – you’ll still get a glimpse of awesome views in the fading light. Then it’s a steady climb into the Ironbark forest (awesome night running here!) to a ridgeline that is pancacke flat for a while before dropping down to Southside headland and further to iconic Bells Beach. Briefly on the sand there is a short stair climb to the car park. Stay to the right, following the gravel pathway. This is your golden laneway all the way back to Torquay.

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Running/Riding – what’s next? (Part 5)

Remember the “Where did I leave that monkey wrench?” gag that I have been using in previous calendar posts?

It seems that I found it at Afterglow when I damaged my Achillies on my left leg in the sand section at Jan Juc. Luckily, I spotted it early enough and pulled out before the final sand section so all is no lost – although it does mean prioritizing the first quarter of 2018 as I repair the damage (Achilles tendinopathy) and then rebuild strength in the tendons (hello eccentric heel drops).

This also means cutting back on running up hills, and running at a slower cadence to avoid strain. Straight up this means a slower Two Bays and dropping back to the half for Roller Coaster. This plan is now looking into 2018, the previous plan was for September 2017 to the end of November 2017.

The adventure continues, the target race(s) for 2018 is Run Larapinta in August 2018 … onto Run Larapinta!

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Flash battery // need to be looking at AA with minimum 2000-2700mAh

Canon EOS 700D using a shoe mounted flash, the flash wouldn’t fire with every shot.
Some initial testing found that the flash unit was not charging quickly enough to keep up with the required photography rate, and this was due to the batteries being used in the flash not being up to the flash rate being requested.

📸 The Best AA Battery for Flash – The Ultimate Practical Review of AA Batteries for Photography – Part I (2012-Sep-04)

For professional use or for enthusiasts that can swallow the price, we definitely recommend the Eneloop XX battery as it was the best performing battery among the entire lot. Generally, in each of our gear bags are 32 Eneloop XX AA batteries which will take us through a single full day shoot.

📸 Best Rechargeable AA Batteries for Flash and Photography – The Ultimate Guide Part II (2013-Nov-27)

In first place, we have the Eneloop XX rated at 2500mAH. This battery performed 2-3% quicker than our 2nd and 3rd place batteries with a final time of 692 seconds, and 3-5% quicker than the 4th and 5th place batteries. Within our top 5, this was the only clear winner as all of the other batteries posted times with such small variations that they are negligible. The Eneloop XX was the only battery at the 75th flash still posting times under 11 seconds, and its total time of 692.6 seconds bested the rest of the group.

📸 The Best Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers Of 2017 (2017-Feb-01)

If you want the best energy capacity (2500 mAh) — get the Eneloop Pro


Duracell Ultra AA
A cheaper option was using Duracell Ultra AA (MX1500), these did not provide the performance we were looking for.
Technical specification [PDF]

Eneloop Pro (Eneloop XX)
Panasonic Eneloop Pro rechargeable 2500mAh AA batteries (HR-3UWX). The Eneloop Pro rechargeable 2500mAh AA batteries are designed for high-drain devices, and are among the best possible batteries for use in flash units.
Technical specification [PDF]

Catalogue 2017-2018

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