Friday, August 22, 2014

Eleventh Doctor: The Fez Look.

11th Wax Doctor

To Fez or not to Fez. When it comes to Doctor Who cosplay the 11th Doctor Fez look is one of the most easily recognized looks to shoot for. I'm sure that there are some people out there like me that are detail oriented and the doctor is always running about here or there so it can be hard to get a good look at his outfit. So I've put together a bunch of pictures so you can get you can get your Fez look as close to authentic as possible.

Doctor Who 11th Doctor in a fez

Lets start with the Fez. I've seen on a lot of fan art and comics The Doctor using a fez with a tassel, but it is pretty plain to see that the one in the show that he is wearing does not have a tassel. Also it is more of a maroon then a bright red like a lot of people wear. I've looked at a lot places, the closest to an affordable replica I have seen was on ebay and it was a maroon wool shriners fez. 
You can also get a Fez and bow tie set at ThinkGeek. You can also find a lot of other cool fan stuff there. I got a build your own sonic screwdriver set from them, I freakin' love it. They use to have a replica 11th Doctor Jacket, but it was really expensive.

Build Your own Sonic Screwdriver Set

Bow tie and Suspenders

The shirt is a light pink with slightly darker pink stripes. His bow tie and suspenders are the same color. It is hard to tell from the show and from most of the pictures, but the pants he is wearing are a dark gray. You can see the color best in the very top picture in this blog. 

All Saints Cropped Layer Boot
The Doctors Boots 
All Saints Layer Boots
Getting the right boots is one of the hard parts. Especially if you don't know what you are looking for. If you are looking for the same ones as The Doctor search for All Saints Cropped Layer Boots. They aren't available on the All Saints website anymore, but sometimes you can find them for sale used on ebay or other websites. If you want to go with the All Saints brand you can go to their website. As of right now they have a similar boot, it isn't layered though. Just search Brisk Boot on their site. They are pretty price though. 

11th Doctor Tweed Jacket
When you are looking for a tweed Jacket try and find one with the brown elbow patches. I did a lot of shopping around when I was looking for a jacket. Men's Warehouse said they could custom make me a similar one, but it would have cost $600. ThinkGeek use to have one for about three hundred dollars, but they don't carry it anymore. I ended up finding a perfect tweed jacket with the patches and everything at a local thrift shop for $12. 

Amy Pond in a Fez
Young Amelia Pond in a Fez
The Doctor and Young Kazran Sardick in a Fez
He can't help, but admiring a nice fez.
He really really likes them. 
10th Doctor, David Tennant in a Fez

The last bunch of these pictures are just some that I really liked to much to leave out.  I am so glad that the Fez made an appearance in The Night of the Doctor, because now not only can 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) fans wear a fez, but 10th Doctor (David Tennant) fans can sport one too if they so wish. 

Matt Smith Kissing Arthur Darvill.
May the Fez be With You.

Kitty 11th Doctor!!! The Cuteness Might Kill Me.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Utah Teen Steals Car

I know this was a few weeks ago, but at least the video is worth a watch.

A 14 year old boy in Syracuse, Utah (about 30 miles outside of Salt Lake City) stole his grandfathers car. When the police tried to stop him the boy sped off leading the cops on a high speed chase. 
The car sped through Founders Park where there were more then a dozen children playing in the grass. 

The police called off the chase over concerns of pedestrians. The police saw the vehicle again and attempted to pull it over. The boy driving the vehicle led them on the chase again, but a guy named Byron Rowley, who's son was almost struck by the driver hoped in his vehicle and helped stop the chase, with the front of his truck!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dollywood, Willow Osborne and the BBQ and Bluegrass Festival.

We went to Dollywood for the BBQ and Bluegrass Festival. They had a lot of fun bands and musicians and of course BBQ. The entertainment part I liked the best was a duet. Willow Osbourne, age 13 and Andy Stinett, age 15, were awesome. We stopped and watched at least a bit of each of the shows, but I do believe that these two deserved a bigger stage then the one they got. Every single person that passed by stopped for at least a minute to listen. I can't say the same for all of the other performers. The second video is my favorite.

Willow Osborne has been preforming at Dollywood since she was 8 1/2. She started in shows like Babes in Toyland before she started playing music. She plays at Dollywood every year during the BBQ and Bluegrass. I hope by next year she gets a bigger stage.
I was told that she works at Country Tonite in Pigeon Forge, so if you'd like to see her then that is where you can find her.
Dippin' Dots at Dollywood

It was really hot the day we went. So we stopped in some shade and got ourselves a bowl of dippin' dots. We decided to go with the souvenir bowl because you get a discount on refills and I'm sure we are going to use it again. 

Bag of Gem Stones
After that we went on a few more rides, then stopped into Lucky 7 Mine Shop and look around. We ended up buying a few gifts for friends and decided to buy a bag of dirt with gemstones in it. I was mostly just stopping because my girlfriend wanted to, but it ended up being fun. I'd suggest it as an activity to do if you have kids or are on a date. You can choose from a few different things, gem stones, emeralds, arrow heads or fossils. We got the smallest bag of gemstones and ended up with a lot more then I was expecting. 

 After all that fun we were hungry so we wondered down to where the main food places are and got a bite to eat and drooled over the deserts.

cooking up sausages

the biggest pie I've ever seen.

Even if you are a vegetarian I would suggest taking a day off from your diet to try pork that is cooked like this. I don't know exactly what it is that makes it taste so different, but it is a sinful delight. This isn't something they always have as a food option, so I'm going to make sure I make it to the BBQ and Bluegrass Festival next year if I can.

best way to cook a pig

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dollywood Theme Park, Tennessee


I love Dollywood, it is a decent sized park. They have a good amount of shows and rides for people of all ages. Whether you are looking for thrill rides or say, you want your toddler to be able to ride a bumble bee. I've been going there for nearly 5 years now so I've gotten to know the park pretty well.
If you are looking to be able to see a lot of fun free shows you should either go around Christmas or during Festival of Nations. One of the things I like best about Dollywood is that if you don't go opening weekend, the middle of summer or right before Christmas you can get on pretty much any ride in less than 15 minutes and during slow days, like mondays before schools out you can just walk on to a bunch of the rides with no wait.
Christmas photo from Wild Eagle Roller Coaster
 There are a good number of roller coasters: Tennessee Tornado, The Firechaser Express (just opened 2014), Thunderhead, Mystery Mine and Blazing Fury (small). Those are all great. The best coaster in the park though is the Wild Eagle. It is one of only two in the world like it. I could try to explain it more, but I'm sure the video below will give you a better idea of what it's like.

Walking around the park all day is going to make you hungry. There are a lot of different choices at the park, but the best places to eat are: Miss Lillian's Chicken House, Lumber Jack's Pizza or Sausage Works.
Miss Lillian's Chicken House is a buffet. The fried chicken there is amazing. So are the chicken fried steaks and gravy and pretty much everything else. The only thing I'm not too hot on there is the dessert items. They are kind of...meh. The best part of the Chicken House is Miss Lillian. If you cluck like a chicken at her she will toss a biscuit at you. She also sings and dances and is a lot of fun.
I think I like Lumber Jack's Pizza mostly because it is pizza and it is hard to go wrong with that, but the crust is also really good. I think they also put a Normandy blend of veggies on the vegetarian because when I ordered a veggie pizza it came with carrots, broccoli and cauliflower instead of the usual bell peppers, and tomatos.
All I can say about Sausage Works is that the sausage is delicious. The cooking area is open and you can watch them cook and chop up the sausage. It is one of the rare cases where the food you smell tastes as good as you imagine it to.
If you are going to get dessert I would highly suggest going to the bakery in the flour mill. They have the most amazing cinnamon bread I have ever tasted; it's better than my grandma's (sorry gran.) It is made from flour that they grind there in this really old flour mill.

A lot of people like to go to Red's Drive-In, which looks like a 50's diner. It is cute and nostalgic, but the burgers are burgers and the shakes are shakes. They aren't bad or anything, they are just burgers and shakes.

Miss Lillian's Chicken House

The shows change throughout the year, different singers and performers. The performances are scattered throughout the park. When you are tired of walking they are pretty fun to sit down to. One of the shows that is there for most of the year is Wings of America Birds of Prey. I honestly only stopped because I was tired of walking, but it was actually really interesting and they walked the birds in the audience so you could get a good picture of them. They also had a vulture come and land on an audience member they called to stage. 

Eagles at Dollywood.
 My smallish friend asked me to put in her two favorite bits. Her favorite part of Festival of Nations was the Swedish dancers and her favorite part at Christmas time was talking to the elves about Santa before the Christmas Parade. She also likes to walk around in the Sweets Shop and watch them make the salt water taffy if they are making it.

Here are the Swedish dancers on stilts.

Santa's Elves writing with chalk.

If you are planning a trip to the area, you will be amazed at how much there is to do. There is a huge discount shopping mall, a bunch of Ripley's attractions (including the Aquarium), a few water park hotels, arcades, and more multi-level go-kart tracks then I have ever seen anywhere else. There are also multiple places to zip line, hike, kayak, and camp. There are plenty of places to eat and all of this stuff is within a half an hour of each other. There are attractions side by side by side. You could take a dozen trips there and not get to do it all. It is seriously like a family friendly Las Vegas. 
If you stop at a gas station before you decide what you want to do you can get some discount books. Most of the gas stations have coupons sometimes, as nice as buy one get one free on some attractions. 

Mad Dog's Creamery
 One place that isn't too far from Dollywood is Mad Dog's Creamery. They have a lot of normal flavors, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and what not. I like to go there for the Banana Pudding ice cream. Either in a sundae or in a hot fudge covered banana split. If you bring in a picture of your dog they will put it on the wall.

Banana Pudding Banana Split.
If you have any questions about the area just leave me a comment and I'll get back to you. Also let me know if you would like to see pictures of any particular place in this area. I go to the Pigeon Forge/Sevierville/Gatlinburg area several times a year and I'm always willing to check out one of the attractions if I haven't already. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Waffle Taco: The Stoner's Dream Food.

Taco Bells Breakfast Menu
I was so excited when Taco Bell said they were going to have breakfast. When I heard they were going to make a waffle taco I was so happy I could have farted sparkles. The A.M. Crunchwrap's are awesome. The waffle taco is pretty good, I think it might be better if they put maple chunks inside the waffle like the McGriddle. 

Sausage Waffle Taco 
This is what you can expect to see when you order the waffle taco. I know a lot of people are complaining because it doesn't look just like the picture, but really when do any fast food items look just like they did in the picture? If you are expecting that then you are expecting way too much for your measly couple of bucks.
The egg chunks do fall out and if you use the syrup it does drip, but you would expect that from any other type of taco. It isn't really shaped to hold things in well. If you want something that is contained while you eat it on your drive to work go with the A.M. Crunchwrap.

Very Berry Waffle and Chicken and Waffle Taco!  
The Very Berry Waffle Taco isn't available in all areas, but when it is give it a whirl. I want to try the Chicken and Waffle Taco. I'm sure it won't be as good as one of the Chicken & Waffle places you can find in the south, but I am hoping it at least satisfies my hunger for the price I'm willing to pay.
I hope Taco Bell does two things:
1. I hope they start serving breakfast all day like Sonic and some other places do. It would be perfect for 4th meal, when you get off work really late or you have been out drinking with your friends. Or of course all the stoners out there that decide they need to go get food at 11pm.
2. I hope they expand on their dessert type tacos. I would like a chocolate, peanut butter, and banana waffle taco with a little whip cream.

Banana Chocolate Waffle
Here is a banana chocolate waffle like you can get at some county fairs. If you want to make your own at home version of the chocolate, peanut butter and banana waffles I was talking about here is how I like to make them.

1 or 2 Eggo Wafflers (depending on how hungry you are)
2 spoon fulls of nutella or drizzles of chocolate sauce
2 spoon fulls of peanut butter, I personally like creamy 
and one sliced up banana

I like to break the wafflers in half and make little sandwiches. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Quality Inn: Cedar Bluff Road In Knoxville, TN.

If you are going to stay in a Hotel in the Knoxville area that is price friendly and nice I would suggest the Quality Inn on Cedar Bluff Road. There is lots of free parking, it is close to a lot of different places to eat, some of the places near by include: McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, Waffle House, Little Cesars, Papa Johns, Taco Bell, Arby's and Starbucks. Those are just the places that are within walking distance. 
The free breakfast is awesome. They have stuff you can find at pretty much any free breakfast. Bagels, cereal, toast, coffee, crappy watered down orange juice, but they also have belgian waffles. If you don't like hotel coffee the Starbucks is right next to the hotel. 
Easy access to the Freeway is one other great reason to stay here and it is only about 10 minutes from downtown Knoxville. Pretty much anything you could need or want access to is not to far of a drive. A post office, UPS Store, Staples, Grocery stores, Walmart, shopping mall. All those things are no more then 5 to 10 minutes away.
The only thing I can really think of that sucks about this place is that during rush hour it is hard to get to the hotel from the opposite side of the road, but I imagine that is a problem pretty much anywhere. 

The Jacuzzi was our favorite part.

The pool has a heated waterfall and it feels kind of romantic when it gets dark out.

There is a small "waterpark" with a couple slides and other things.

This is a picture from the opposite side of the play area.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Best Whovian Geek Stuff

I recently ordered a bunch of stuff from Thinkgeek. This is a company that I love! Everything that I've ordered from them has been really good quality. If you are going to order anything from them I would highly recommend signing up for their geek points program.
When you just look at the geek points program it seems like you need a whole lot of points to get anything, but they really do add up fast. I've already racked up enough and gotten a few different things for free, including a Tardis Apron and a Screaming Monkey Sling shot.

The monkey's hands have little slots for your fingers to go into and his arms stretch. If you make him go fast enough then he screams while flying through the air, if you shoot him to slow he still screams, but when he hits whatever you shoot him at. It is really funny to watch the dogs freak out over him.

Anywho, I wanted to write this blog partially to let someone else use my coupon codes. I'm not 100% sure if you get a coupon in your order every time you order something from them, but I have gotten codes every time I order. Right now they have Mystery Coupons. When you order $75+ and you enter one of these codes you will either get $10, $20 or $30 off your order.

here are the codes I have:


The codes expire at 11:59 PM ET of 4/30/14.
I think they might be single use codes seeing as they are all different, so if you try one of them and it doesn't work that means someone else has used it. So just go down to the next one on the list and try it.

Thinkgeek  has a variety of things for a bunch of different fandoms: T.V., movies, gaming, and lots of fun tech toys. They not only have things for guys, they have cool stuff for people of all ages. They have been getting cooler stuff for women.

Here is some of the stuff that I got that I love.

Doctor Who TARDIS waste bin. 

The waste bin was a little smaller then I was initially expecting it to be, but if I had taken a closer look at the pictures I would have realized it was small. It is still good for right next to my desk, it would probably work well as a trash bin for your bedroom or bathroom. Or you can just use it as a container for other things, like trinkets or cookies if you can't find it in your heart to fill it with rubbish.
this is the video they have on ThinkGeek

TARDIS door cling

This is pretty cool. You can take it off and reapply it somewhere else if you want. It looks cartoony, but I don't think that takes much away from how awesome it is to have a TARDIS door in your house. It is the size of a standard front door, so if the door you want to put it on isn't your front door and the other doors in your house aren't that big you will have to cut it. 
The cling isn't that hard to cut, but I would suggest using an exacto knife. If you are going to cut it with scissors make sure they are really good. If they are a little dull they will deform the edges while it cuts. If you get this I'd also suggest having someone help you so you can make sure to smooth out the bubbles and make sure it doesn't wrinkle. 

Doctor Who Yahtzee

If you have a Whovian get together with your friends this is really fun. The box is really sturdy too. I thought it was going to be really cheap plastic, but it is thick. The score cards are a little on the small side, but the dice have numbers on them so if you want to just get a regular Yahtzee score card pad you can do that. If you are looking for a gift to give someone that likes Doctor Who I'd suggest this. 

I've ordered a few more things from them, but I still need to use them a little more before I give my two cents. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Justin Bieber, Happily Arrested

Early this morning Justin Bieber was pulled over and arrested for drunk driving, he blew a .04, which based on Florida law should result in an automatic licence suspension. He was going 50 in a 30 zone. 

He reported left SET nightclub with Chantel Jeffries, roped off a residential street to drag race and then failed a field sobriety test after cursing the police.

Justin was also booked with one count of resisting arrest for refusing to put his hands on his car when ordered to. 

According to officials JB "made statements he had consumed some alcohol, been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication."

here is Justin Bieber's mug shot.

Justin Bieber in court.

Justin Bieber also still has the possibility of felony charges for reportedly egging his neighbors house a few weeks ago. 

Here is a video of Justin's bail hearing.

Chantel Jeffries with Justin Bieber when he got arrested.

without makeup, with makeup

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