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What Doctor Who Can Teach Us About Unemployment May 3, 2010

Posted by rainegendron in David Tennant, Doctor Who, Jobless, Unemployment.
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1. It’s O.K. not to have a job
The Doctor roams all around the Universe yet he doesn’t seem to have a real job; unless of course you count saving that Universe.

2. Be your own boss
Embrace the joys of being self-employed. You have no one to answer to but yourself.

3. Our actions have consequences
Really think about your choices in life. Don’t take a job simply because someone else thinks you should: if it isn’t right, it isn’t right. The ripple effect could be disastrous and you don’t need a time machine to tell you that.

Donna Noble took the wrong job.

4. Money isn’t everything
The Doctor never carries cash, and seems to do just fine. It’s amazing what you can do without and still be happy.

5. You’re never too old to learn
New experiences, methods, and technologies are fantastic; embrace them.

6. Ordinary is Wonderful
One ordinary person can do extraordinary things and one person really can change the world.

7. Never give up
No matter how desperate things may seem, there is always a way out. Never let someone tell you that you can’t do something but always believe that you can. You will find a way.

Maybe a career in medicine would be better?

8. Take your time
Our clocks are always ticking; enjoy the best moments life has to offer.

9. Chase your dream
It’s who you were really meant to be.

10. Love
Humans have short lives. Have love and friends in your life; it’s what makes us so human.

And perhaps the most important lesson of all:

The Doctor and Captain Picard Take On The Bard April 29, 2010

Posted by rainegendron in Doctor Who, Hamlet, Science Fiction, Shakespeare.
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I love science fiction, but I am also a sucker for anything Shakespeare. Therefore I was happy to view the film version of the recent RSC production of Hamlet starring sci-fi giants David Tennant and Sir Patrick Stewart on PBS Great Performances last night.

And it is indeed a great performance. Tennant gives a masterful and sensitive performance of the famous melancholy Dane, deftly balancing Hamlet’s sadness and madness with a fierce repressed anger. Stewart is powerful as the conniving Claudius and also gives a sad and frightful turn as the Ghost of Hamlet’s father. A fine cast rounds out the remaining familiar characters in what is perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous work.

There’s the respect/That make calamity of so long life./
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,/
The opressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,/

Check your local PBS station for viewing times, or watch the film online at PBS Online/Great Performances.