5 Aug 2018 Painting (Metatron’s Cube)

Hi there.   It’s hot this afternoon and there has been harvesting going on in the field next to us – good day to stay in and paint!  There is something about the process of creating a Metatron’s Cube that flexes my brain muscles and is very relaxing for me.   I’m not great at it but I enjoy it.

For my first try at painting such a complicated design, it doesn’t look too bad – suitable for me anyways lol.  I need lots more practice!  In watching a few step by step videos, I suspect I am missing a few lines!  You really have to measure this thing out and admittedly I didn’t.  The gold and silver glitter fabric paint helped to offset the imperfections!

This one of a couple of the tutorials I watched.  I don’t do the complicated start this one does.   I usually start with 5 circles and do the Fruit of Life design when I start drawing mine.

See the source image

How to draw METATRON

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20 July 2018 – Found, drawings, they opened the box and a hungry star caught pigging out on a planet

Hello to you.  How are you?  I’m doing pretty well.  Still waking up.  Some very interesting non-political headlines this morning for me – sharing them with you.  We’ve been asked to conserve energy today between 2 and 6 pm by our electric company.  I think it’s to try an avert a brown-out or more long-term outages.  Heat waves like this take a heavy toll on these companies and the grid.  We are going to put off the laundry doing until next week….twist my arm right?!  As long as we’ve got undies and socks – good to go lol!

Yesterday afternoon I found another discovery I wasn’t too happy about with regards to what’s going on with our house and the powder/clay called soil supporting it.  There was a huge gap right next the house.  So I took drastic measures and empty all the pots we had available with soil in them to try and get some dirt into the gaping hole.  When I picked up one of the pots I found a surprise.  It was a silver heart pendant that had belonged to my mom Jeanne!  I guess during my last episode it got placed there.  I don’t know how else to explain how it got there.  I was very moved to find it.  It felt like a comforting visit from her somehow:

I’ve been getting some time to draw.  Some spiritual and kind of fun results from yesterday:

A couple interesting articles in the news today.

WHAT WAS IN THE BOX??!!!  A goopy, stinky mess of bones!  We were hoping for scrolls or something but I guess human remains like this are a sort of book or scroll to read.  My guess is that this very old organic material can be tested and “read” for some interesting details about who the bones belong to and their story.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/mystery-black-sarcophagus-opened-in-egypt/ar-AAAkhaq?li=BBnb7Kz&OCID=ansmsnnews11

Mystery black sarcophagus opened in Egypt

© Reuters The huge sarcophagus is the largest of its kind ever found intact – see article for pictures

Two weeks ago, archaeologists in Egypt found a massive black granite sarcophagus in Alexandria, untouched for 2,000 years – and fleet-footed rumour quickly got to work.

Could it contain the remains of ancient Greek leader Alexander the Great, or (less appealingly) a deadly curse?

According to experts who have now unsealed it, it’s a no to both.

Instead, it revealed three skeletons and red-brown sewage water, which gave off an unbearable stench.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities had appointed a committee of archaeologists to open the relic, which was unearthed at a construction site.

According to Egyptian news outlet El-Watan, they initially lifted the lid of the tomb by just 5cm (2 inches) before the pungent odour forced them from the inspection scene entirely. They later prised it open with help from Egyptian military engineers.

“We found the bones of three people, in what looks like a family burial… Unfortunately the mummies inside were not in the best condition and only the bones remain,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

© AFP/Getty Images The tomb was found to contain three skeletons, believed to be those of ancient Egyptian army officers – see article for pictures

Addressing media fears that disturbing the tomb could trigger an implacable Pharaoh’s curse, Mr Waziri declared: “We’ve opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness.

“I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus… and here I stand before you … I am fine.”

Despite that, the site has now been cleared of people amid fears the sarcophagus could release lethal toxic fumes, Egypt’s state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram says.

Experts have said the three individuals in the tomb may have been soldiers in the time of the Pharaohs.

The skull of one is said to show cracks which point to an arrow injury.

© EPA Experts wore face masks to open the sarcophagus, which released a terrible smell – see article for pictures

An alabaster bust, its features weathered beyond recognition, was also found with the sarcophagus.

The structure is almost two metres (6.5ft) high and three metres long, and is the largest of its kind ever found intact.

It weighs in at 27 tonnes (59,500lb), and is believed to date from the early Ptolemaic period, which began in 323 BC after the death of Alexander the Great.

Archaeologists will now study the tomb in depth to pinpoint when its occupants lived, and how they died.

https://www.space.com/41220-chandra-star-devours-planet.html

Young Star May Be Devouring a Planet

By Chelsea Gohd, Space.com Staff Writer | July 19, 2018 05:25pm ET

For decades, scientists have observed irregular dimming of RW Aur A, a young star in the Taurus-Auriga constellation. Questions about this star grew as it began to dim more frequently and for longer periods of time, according to Hans Moritz Guenther, a research scientist in MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and lead author on the study. Physicists looking into the phenomenon have observed RW Aur A using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the researchers believe that they may have found the reason for this dimming: This young star is “eating” a planet, Guenther told Space.com.

18 July 2018 – The second. (My drawing 18 July 2018 – Looking at this now it looks like a variation of what they were describing with the star RW Aur A eating a planet. The blue circles going around are like the plumes of iron powder the star was eating!)

 

Hugs and positive vibes from me to you today!

16 July 2018 Cycles of Spirit (painting), Glitter and Jane Goodall Joins Wyoming Protestors in Buying Up Grizzly Hunt Tickets

Hello!  I finished my painting, Kyle is still working on his and taking his time – so proud of him!  After I finished mine, complete with lots of glitter paint, I saw my friend had posted a video about how bad glitter is for the environment….ugh.  Cue pin popping balloon!  I am trying to finish up all the stuff I have and not buy any more of it until I can find an alternative for adding sparkle to my paintings.  It’s important to be a responsible makers/creators in this world.  If we don’t buy it, there is no profit in them making it and eventually they will stop.  In the case of like micro-beads, some responsible governments have put themselves behind banning the products from being made at all.  I would be bummed if glitter disappeared but I’d definitely get over it.

https://www.ktvz.com/health/glitter-is-not-just-annoying-it-could-be-bad-for-environment/664090741

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/42038411/the-eco-friendly-guide-to-glitter

Apparently mica powder, eucalyptus leaves and even lentils treated with aluminum could be alternatives to traditional glitter.   I’ll have to look into these options when I prepare to purchase more art materials like paint etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mica

Mica

The mica group of sheet silicate (phyllosilicate) minerals includes several closely related materials having nearly perfect basal cleavage. All are monoclinic, with a tendency towards pseudohexagonal crystals, and are similar in chemical composition. The nearly perfect cleavage, which is the most prominent characteristic of mica, is explained by the hexagonal sheet-like arrangement of its atoms.

The word mica is derived from the Latin word mica, meaning a crumb, and probably influenced by micare, to glitter.[5]

Mica powder[edit]

Throughout the ages, fine powders of mica have been used for various purposes, including decorations. Powdered mica glitter is used to decorate traditional water clay pots in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; it is also used on traditional Pueblo pottery, though not restricted to use on water pots in this case. The gulal and abir (colored powders) used by North Indian Hindus during the festive season of Holi contain fine crystals of mica to create a sparkling effect. The majestic Padmanabhapuram Palace, 65 km (40 mi) from Trivandrum in India, has colored mica windows. Mica powder is also used as a decoration in traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking, as when applied to wet ink and allowed to dry it sparkles and reflects light.

Changing gears –

I saw this today and am so proud of the concerned citizens and folks like Jane Goodall who are doing what they can to try and stop the Grizzly Bear hunt in Wyoming.  I can’t do much, I’ve tried phone calls and letters before and that didn’t do much for stuff like this.   What I can do is use this blog and pass it on.  I don’t understand why people like to kill sentient beings for trophies and call it sport.  I could understand if the people of Wyoming were starving to death and had to do whatever they had to do to survive.  I could understand if Wyoming was being completely overrun by bears and they had to defend themselves from them.

Trophy/Sport hunting feels like a waste of life and a waste of God’s gifts to this planet.

I think shooting a majestic animal like a bear through the lense of a camera is the way to go.  I would love to see eco-tourism a boom for the people of Wyoming and all states like it that are supposed to be good stewards for wild beings.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/jane-goodall-joins-wyoming-protestors-in-buying-up-grizzly-hunt-tickets/ar-AAA9OOA?OCID=ansmsnnews11

Jane Goodall Joins Wyoming Protestors in Buying Up Grizzly Hunt Tickets

Todd Wilkinson
Within the last few days, Goodall, 84, and Moss, 78, entered a lottery hoping to win a coveted hunting license in Wyoming allowing them to sport shoot a grizzly bear in the Yellowstone region. They have no aspirations to actually kill a bruin. Their maneuver is part of a mass act of civil disobedience to protest Wyoming’s controversial hunt of up to 22 grizzlies—the first in 44 years—slated to commence only weeks from now.

Called “Shoot ‘em With A Camera, Not A Gun,” the impromptu campaign, spearheaded mainly by women, has caught hunting officials in Wyoming off guard. It has also created a groundswell among those who condemn the state’s recommencement of a trophy season on grizzlies just a year after they were removed from federal protection. In May, Wyoming’s wildlife commission approved the hunt unanimously 7-0.

“People felt desperate, wanting to do something positive that could help keep these bears alive. I think we surprised ourselves at how much public support this has gotten in so little time,” says Jackson Hole conservationist Lisa Robertson.

Targeted Plan

The strategy of “Shoot ‘em With A Camera” is to swamp Wyoming’s random system for allocating bear licenses with applications from non-hunters. Should they be awarded a coveted tag, they’ll head into the mountains this fall to take pictures of grizzlies rather than stalking them with rifles.

Begun less than a week ago, “Shoot ‘em” has gone viral on social media. A final push is being made to enlist thousands of bear advocates to apply for a hunting license (https://wgfd.wyo.gov/apply-or-buy) before Monday’s deadline (July 16) at midnight mountain time.

The campaign grew out of a meeting of 19 concerned citizens (16 of them women) and then a group of five who floated the unconventional concept in an ad in the local Jackson Hole newspaper. Ann Smith provided her phone number to answer any questions and she braced for the worse.

“What stunned me is the number of positive calls I’ve received and 85 to 90 percent have come from women,” Smith says. Driving around Jackson Hole in a replica antique pick-up truck, the bed of Smith’s vehicle has a near life-sized stuffed teddy bear in it with a sign that reads “Grizzly Lives Matter.” “No one has called me up on the phone and yelled at me,” she said. I’ve received lots of affirmative horn honks and people giving me thumbs up.”

Brian Nesvik, chief game warden with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, is not so enamored. He acknowledged he was surprised at how fast the campaign mobilized, heightening a level of drama that was already unprecedented given that it involves the wildlife symbol of the Yellowstone region.

Thousands of hunters nationwide and plenty in his state, he said, are excited by the prospect of being able to take a grizzly, with the odds of securing a license still astronomically low. Now, with perhaps thousands of additional applications pouring in, it makes those chances even slimmer.

“This is more about taking away hunting opportunity than having an impact on our population management objective,” Nesvik said, noting that with 700 grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone region, Wyoming’s quota will not jeopardize the population.

In Wyoming, population 580,000, citizens are divided over whether bears should be killed for sport. During a nationwide public comment session, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was readying to turn management of grizzlies over to Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, more than 650,000 people weighed in, the vast majority expressing opposition to trophy hunting.

The discussion about wildlife management in America has long been dominated by hunters, but with their numbers declining nationwide, non-consumptive admirers of nature are refusing to stand passively on the sidelines, says attorney Deidre Bainbridge.

Concern over grizzlies has created a force to be reckoned with, she says. “Now we, many strong women, are speaking out for wildlife management based on science, fact and respect for life, not money and politics.” (Learn more about Yellowstone, America’s wild idea.)

Impacting the Lottery?

The lottery selects license recipients at random based on a computer program, the same kind used to award permits to kill other big game species. Three quarters of the licenses are reserved for Wyomingites and the rest for out-of-staters. Nesvik acknowledges the campaign could mean fewer bears die.

While it costs less than $20 to enter Wyoming’s grizzly hunt sweepstakes, those few individuals who get licenses then have to shell out for the tag—$602 for Wyoming residents and $6,002 for out-of-staters (who also must then enlist a guide).

American wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen, who stands firmly opposed to the hunt, has signed up for the lottery and if a non-Wyoming resident secures a tag he said he’ll pay half of their $6,000 fee. To help others who do get a tag cover their costs, there’s also a fundraising campaign at GoFundMe.

The tactic of using licenses not to kill bears is legal. “I just feel it’s wrong to kill animals for fun,” Moss told National Geographic as she was visiting Wyoming this week. “Tourism brings in millions upon millions more than any amount generated through the killing of grizzlies. The economic rationale being made by people who simply want to shoot bears doesn’t hold water.”

Wyoming has spent tens of millions of dollars to manage grizzlies since 1975. But that’s actually a small number when extrapolated over four decades and compared to the $1 billion annually generated for the regional economy based on nature-related tourism in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks alone. Wildlife watching ranks among the most desired activities by travelers and interest in it continues to grow.

Judy Hofflund has been coming to Wyoming for 50 years and remembers the era when grizzlies were virtually eliminated and few thought they would return. Hofflund has a vacation home in Jackson Hole and recently retired from a long career as an agent in Hollywood for actors such as Kenneth Branagh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sally Field, and Kevin Kline.

Yet it’s been a different star in recent years that caught her eye—famed Jackson Hole grizzly mother 399, arguably the most famous bear in the world, beloved to millions. 399, often viewed along the roadsides of Grand Teton National Park, is 22 years old and, with two cubs at her side, has again been attracting large crowds.

“When the Greater Yellowstone grizzly population was delisted [removed from federal protection] and it became apparent states like Wyoming wanted to offer bears as trophies to hunters, it broke my heart,” she said. “Grizzly 399 is such a beautiful mother, intelligent and caring. This effort is our attempt to give bears like her a voice.” (How the world’s most famous wolf lived hard.)

A Wider Debate

Where Wyoming is leading the Lower 48 back into a new era of grizzly hunting, citing human intolerance toward bears as a reason for targeting them in areas where they aren’t wanted, the Canadian province of British Columbia serves as a counterpoint. It recently ended grizzly hunting, citing declining social tolerance for trophy hunting. British Columbia has roughly 20 times the number of grizzlies that Wyoming does and they roam across a much larger area.

Hunting grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is an anachronism, says endangered animal advocate Heather Lang Mycoskie, who spends summers in Jackson Hole and sits on the national council of the Humane Society of the U.S. Not only has she applied for a grizzly tag herself but she’s recruited family and friends to do the same, including people who hunt birds and big game for the table.

“The debate now isn’t one of hunters vs. non-hunters,” she said. “There’s a divide in the hunting community that has opened up whether grizzlies should be shot as trophies.” Mycoskie has received a helping hand in spreading the word about “Shoot ‘em With A Camera” from her entrepreneur-philanthropist husband, Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes.

Nesvik says Wyoming is actually being conservative with the number of bears it is allowing hunters to take. “I really, truly respect those people who have a philosophical disagreement with grizzly hunting. And I respect people expressing their opinions that engaging in trophy hunting is an unethical activity. But some opponents are being disingenuous in skewing the science,” Nesvik said. “The science supports what we are are doing and it is not refutable. It’s as solid as we have for any species.”

Goodall is an ardent fan of grizzly 399. She also has accompanied her close friend Mangelsen, who lives in Jackson Hole and has chronicled the bruin’s life, on bear-viewing trips to Yellowstone and Alaska. Goodall made her opposition to grizzly hunting known to members of Congress, arguing it’s a travesty to turn bears beloved by millions into stuffed heads on the wall or floor rug that benefit only a few people.

The hunt itself may be endangered. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen is expected to issue a ruling in August on legal challenges to removing the bears from federal protection. If animal advocates prevail in the case, Wyoming’s hunt could be suspended.

“This is the start of a movement,” Robertson said. “We want to show that the worth of an animal is not measured by how much you can collect from killing it.”

Related: Dr. Jane Goodall On a Lifetime of Studying Animals [Provided by NBC News]

11 July 2018 Picture like a painting

Kyle and I have been talking about pulling out a couple of blank canvas’s and painting together this weekend.  I’m excited to see what he comes up with!  Sometimes I am intimidated about adding color to my drawings and sketches.  I’ve screwed so many of them up doing that lool.  Anymore when I’m in the midst of “arting” I just say quietly, “God, guide my hands” and hope for the best!

8 5 1 18 20

H E A R T = 52/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

30 June 2018 Island of the Moon (Painting)

Hello fellow travelers.  I decided to tap into my inner Bob Ross (happy little trees painter) today and try to put to canvas my Island of the Moon dream:

https://saymber.com/2018/05/31/31-may-2018-dads-birthday-and-bela-lugosi-in-my-dreams/

In this dream I was with another person and we were waiting to see someone.  Then there was this beautiful scene of an island with trees and a glowing bright full moon behind it (what is cool is our actual moon is full right now, saw it this morning!).  Then all the sudden there was Bela in theater makeup!  He examined my wrists and the bracelets I was wearing as a sort of payment for this visit.  After examining them, he could see I was attached to the bracelets and didn’t take them.  He then let me talk to him about all the stuff that had been going on the past couple of months.  He just smiled at me and was so kind.  I woke up shortly after this.  I didn’t want to leave!

Sometimes I wish there was a way to push a button when your dreaming and capture an image so you could see it when you wake up lol.  The “island of the moon” I’ll call it was so beautiful.  The image is still stuck in my head as I write this!

Island of the Moon – (Jackie)

There is a place we shall meet where the moon is always glowing

Where the old ones take familiar forms

For how long there is no knowing.

Reality slipping slowly on the tides of the Island of the Moon

There sits the charming Bela Lugosi

Bathing in moonbeams in it’s glowing lagoon.

https://saymber.com/2018/05/31/31-may-2018-island-of-the-moon-drawings-and-traveler-paul-horn/

I messed up the background and there is A LOT OF BLUE in this but I love it.  Kyle approved of it and it’s now hanging in our bedroom.   We both really like the many different shades of blue so it’s perfect for us lol.  The vision changed a bit from the original one of just having Bela alone on the island.  To fix the mistake that happened between the trees, it was like a portal opened from the moon to that spot and I put my astral self there lol.   I need a lot more practice doing this painting thing.  Paint isn’t as forgiving as when I do my chalk drawings but it sure is fun to try.  I use my fingers a lot LOL!  Blasphemy right?!

 

12 June 2018 Surrealism – A Feeling Too

Hello to you.  How are you doing in your here and now?  I’m feeling like a word that isn’t normally attributed to a state of being, surrealism.   Surrealist art is a lot like my dreams…my life lately.  A vast canvas covered with unrelated images that when strung together somehow make sense.  The world we are sharing right now is very surreal to me most of the time.  So many things that make sense and so many more that don’t all going on at once.  Such a mess!

On the one hand we have President Trump and Kim Jong Un shaking hands – which like Dennis Rodman I’m very pleased about and hope it was genuine (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/trump-kim-summit-trump-says-us-will-end-its-%E2%80%98war-games%E2%80%99-with-south-korea/ar-AAyx0hn?OCID=ansmsnnews11)  and on the other we have ancient trees dying in Africa possibly because of climate change (https://www.popsci.com/baobab-tree-climate-change).  So many extremes all vying for time on the world stage.  No wonder so many people are bipolar and have ADD nowadays!  Up!  Down!  Look here!  Now there!  Forget you saw or heard that!  Now for something completely different!

19 21 18 18 5 1 12 9 19 13

S U R R E A L I S M = 135/9 divided by 2 = 4.5 = 9 cycle – makes sense this sort of thing would be a cycle sort of word!

http://www.theartstory.org/movement-surrealism.htm – good article about this art movement actually is if your curious

Exploring Surrealism with Peter Capaldi | Unlock Art – I found this and had to share.  Peter explaining this art form makes it a little more wonderful to learn about.

 

My chalk drawings from the past couple of days are fading and nothing has come to me to put to the slab or paper.  My thoughts have been murky.  My dreams have been fluid and very little to hold on to and write down in my dream journal.   I am not worried.  I need this rest period.  The veil will open.  The curtains will part and show me things to share.  For now it’s sleep, words, numbers, concepts and may a random picture or two.

Surreal – by Jackie

“Surreal is the distance between the grass and the dew

The random points of light when assembled

That make me and you

Am I walking or am I gliding

In the stitches of space

Or am I just a particle hiding…..”

 

I painted this back in April of this year. Yes, that sparkle is fabric paint I included lol. The purple wisps were inspired by the movie The Arrival. One of the weird images to come out of my “long walk” recently. I’m almost ready to bust out one of the blank canvas we bought and see what comes.

Hugs and positive vibes through the wires!

6 Feb 2018 Messy – final phase of painting #3

Hello to you.  How are you where and when you are?  It’s cold and gray here today….an inside day.  I decided to finish the painting I’ve been working on.  To some, it may look unappealing, “Messy” and “Unpolished”, like the title I gave it….my name…Jackie.  “Beauty” is definitely in the eye of the beholder!  I will be seeing my friend soon who gave me the financial support to be able to afford paints and canvas to do these.  She will be given an opportunity to choose a painting – my gratitude to her for helping me with this endeavor.  I am not sure if after the paints are gone if I will buy more.  There is a guilt I feel about this – not an eco-friendly hobby painting.  If I were to continue, Kyle and I talked about this, I would need a village lol.  Someone(s) to make canvas from scratch and Someone(s) to make paint like they used to.  There is so much that is involved for the things we use each day without even thinking about the origin of them…”where things come from” and “how they are made.”  What is the ultimate “cost” of our works, hobbies and crafts to the environment?   Are our shared activities “sustainable?”   I guess I needed a reminder.  It’s all very complicated and “Messy.” 

6 Feb 2018 – final phase of the painting and it’s messy and unpolished just like me…the title of this painting is “Jackie.”

23 Jan 2018 Flatline (Doctor Who and Dream) my first two paintings Emergence and Apart

Hello to you.  Just stopping in to share what I’ve been up to the past couple of days – painting.

23 Jan 2018 – The one on the left I’m called Emergence. I’ve shared a chalk drawing of it before. The one on the right I did today. I’m calling it Apart. The reason is when I did this, I was thinking of an origin story of the sun. How the sun just wanting to be alive so it set part of itself free and creation began. They say the earth was purple once.

I  had an interesting dream image last night.  It was of beings drawn in like a white outline on a wall.  They had big heads and big eyes and looked like stereotypical aliens.  The dream was like on “repeat.”  I kept seeing them going from the wall to being solid over and over again.  The wall was like a doorway.  There was something like this in Dr. Who in the episode called Flatline:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatline_(Doctor_Who)

Flatline (Doctor Who)

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250 – “Flatline”
Doctor Who episode
Flatline - Doctor Who.jpg

Promotional image showing the trapped Doctor in the shrunken TARDIS
Cast
Others
Production
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Script editor David P Davis
Richard Cookson
Produced by Nikki Wilson
Executive producer(s) Steven Moffat
Brian Minchin
Incidental music composer Murray Gold
Series Series 8
Length 45 minutes
Originally broadcast 18 October 2014 (2014-10-18)
Chronology
← Preceded by Followed by →
Mummy on the Orient Express In the Forest of the Night
Doctor Who episodes (1963–1989)
Doctor Who episodes (2005–present)

Flatline” is the ninth episode of the eighth series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who, written by Jamie Mathieson, and directed by Douglas Mackinnon. The episode stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, with Joivan Wade and Christopher Fairbank guest starring. The episode received critical acclaim, with particular praise directed at Coleman’s performance.

Plot[edit]

The Doctor discovers something draining energy from the TARDIS and materialises in Bristol. While Clara steps out to look around, by the time the Doctor tries to leave, the exterior dimensions of the TARDIS have shrunk too small to leave. The Doctor passes Clara his sonic screwdriver, psychic paper, and an earpiece to let him see, hear, and communicate with her, and she carries the TARDIS in her bag, acting as “Doctor” Clara.

Clara befriends Rigsy, a graffiti artist assigned community duty with a crew to paint over graffiti in a pedestrian tunnel. Rigsy explains the art appears to be of people that have gone missing over the last several days. The Doctor directs Clara and Rigsy to search the flat of the latest disappearance, and Clara convinces PC Forrest to let them in. Outside of a strange mural in one room, nothing seems amiss, but they hear Forrest scream from the next room. When they get there, there is no sign of Forrest, but there is another strange mural on the floor. The Doctor recognises it as a human nervous system, and suspects it is Forrest’s. He warns Clara and Rigsy that there are two-dimensional creatures, the Boneless, that appear to be trying to understand the third dimension and have been the cause of the missing persons, flatting them into two dimensions. Clara and Rigsy escape before they are attacked.

The 2dis, the device that restores dimensions, as shown at the Doctor Who Experience.

They race back to the crew to warn them, the Doctor suspecting the paintings in the tunnel are additional Boneless. Some crewmen are killed while Clara leads the rest through a train yard into underground tunnels, followed by shambling forms of the paintings, which the Doctor surmises is the Boneless learning how to use the third dimension. The Boneless surround them, blocking their escape by flattening the doors into two dimensions. The Doctor jury-rigs a device and passes it to Clara to let them undo this flattening to give them time to escape. Clara and Rigsy try to run down the Boneless with an out-of-service train, but the creatures simply flatten it to two dimensions. In their haste, Clara drops the TARDIS into the path of an oncoming train, and the Doctor activates its Siege Mode, preventing any physical damage but leaving him unable to communicate with Clara or return it to normal with the Boneless’s power drain.

After recovering the TARDIS, Clara, Rigsy, and the other crew take shelter in a disused office. Clara gets a plan, and has Rigsy paint a realistic door on a large poster. They hang the poster over an access tunnel, and lure the Boneless to it. The Boneless, thinking it is a flattened door, funnel their energy into it to restore it, but instead this is helping to power the TARDIS that Clara placed right behind the poster. The TARDIS reverts to its normal size and form, and the Doctor erects a barrier to hold the Boneless in place. Realising the Boneless have no peaceful intentions, he returns them to their normal dimension. After saying their goodbyes, the Doctor asks Clara how she enjoyed being the Doctor for the day. Elsewhere, Missy watches Clara’s adventure, muttering to herself that she has “chosen well”.

Continuity[edit]

The TARDIS exterior was also shrunk to dolls house size in the serial Logopolis, with the Fourth Doctor trapped inside.[1]

The further-miniaturised TARDIS in “siege mode” resembles the Pandorica, the inescapable prison first mentioned in “The Eleventh Hour” and shown fully in “The Pandorica Opens“.[2]

Production[edit]

The read through for “Flatline” took place on 19 May 2014. Filming began soon afterwards, on 28 May, and concluded on 18 June 2014.[1]

Reception[edit]

Overnight viewing figures were estimated at 4.6 million, the lowest overnight rating for the show since “The Hungry Earth” in 2010 and the second lowest rating since the show returned in 2005.[3] The episode was watched by a total of 6.71 million viewers.[4] In the US, this episode was seen by 0.75 million viewers, being also the lowest rating for the series.[5]

The episode received critical acclaim, with many praising Mathieson’s script, Coleman’s performance and the uniquely designed monsters. The episode also received an AI of 85, considered excellent.[6] Neela Debnath of The Independent praised Capaldi and Coleman’s performances and believed this episode to be the stronger of Mathieson’s two episodes, although she was critical of the CGI effects.[7] Matt Risley of IGN gave the episode 8.3 out of 10, praising the concept of the episode and the performance of Coleman, but criticising the guest cast.[8] Morgan Jeffery of Digital Spy gave a mixed review of the episode, calling it “a bumpy ride.” He too was critical of the supporting cast, citing lack of depth to their personalities. He was however, positive of the CGI, calling it “the most impressive and distinctive this show has featured in recent memory.” Overall he gave the episode 3 stars out of five.[9]

Reviewing the episode for The Daily Telegraph, Michael Hogan noted that Christopher Fairbank was billed as the guest star but Joivan Wade outshone him. He stated that the episode had “outlandishly original ideas, smartly executed. It was thrillingly unsettling and ultimately satisfying.”[10] Dan Martin, for The Guardian, wrote that Jamie Mathieson’s script “is one of the more effective demonstrations of how to do the ‘cheap one’.” Martin also stated that Clara is “becoming more and more like the Doctor”.[11] Alasdair Wilkins of The A.V. Club awarded the episode a B+, stating that “the show is on a hot streak we haven’t seen in a long, long time”. Wilkins closed his review by saying “‘Flatline’ isn’t perfect, but it underlines just how great the 12th Doctor and Clara have been for each other, and how great their pairing has been for the show, if for no other reason than their complex relationship has forced the show to be thoughtful in a way it hasn’t in quite some time”.[12]

Anyhew….time to get dinner prepared.  I hope this finds you loved and loving.

Fun song I found recently.  Depeche Mode is one of my all-time favorite bands and VNV Nation is quite a favorite for me too.  Bought the closest version I could get on Itunes, the Cicada mix:

Depeche Mode versus VNV Nation – Epicentre In Your Eyes

*I realized that in the context of how I have come to view the human body, as a car, many of us are “driving” distracted.  It doesn’t just apply to moving vehicles external.   The dream I had the other night, I realize wasn’t necessarily about cars.  Sometimes I think, from what I’ve seen and experienced,  distracted/vacant human beings  can be like a used car lot for disembodied energy looking for a new ride to hop in.  Sentient energy needs a body is what keeps coming to me.  It’s a foreign way to think I guess, but just how I think.  I don’t think about life, death, rebirth and the “in between” that the Catholics call purgatory like most people do.

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