I'm using Dr Who to distract^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hprovide background noise while I'm studying for my BioInformatics class. I enjoy the series, but I am *very* tired of the endless screaming of some of the Doctor's (mostly female) companions. I suspect that I would not react well to people freaking out around me, and that it would lead to my being unlikely to respect them as much afterwards. Every time Mel screams, I feel a strong urge to kick her in the knee or yell continually at her until she STFU. For the last fully canonical Doctor, it's amazing that the 7th has both the most irritating (Mel) and the coolest companion (Ace).
Oy, tired. Back to studying.
And back from that for now. I'm beginning to think that it might be a lot of fun to do a longish bus tour of the United States sometime. I'd particularly like to see some of the cities in the midwest that are out in the middle of nowhere. It would be potentially very cool to go with just a single (largeish) backpack and spend a good three or four weeks using Amtrak and Greyhound to tour the Dakotas, Idaho, and similarly unpopulated states. It might be interesting to then dip down south through the non-Pacific west, perhaps ending the trip with renting a car in Texas, driving around there a bit, and flying back to Pittsburgh. While in the Dakotas, it may be interesting to pop up into midwestern Canada too (perhaps catch a Plaid Tongued Devils concert?) to look at cultural and government organisational differences between roughly clime-equiv remote areas of the US and Canada. Sometime..