News for the Week of September 1, 2014

Sherlock Takes Home 3 More Emmys

Last week during the 66th Primetime Emmys, Sherlock managed to take home some well deserved wins. Co-creator and writer Steven Moffat won for his writing of His Last Vow. Martin Freeman won for supporting actor in a miniseries/movie for his portrayal as John Watson. Benedict Cumberbatch won for lead actor in a miniseries/movie for his portrayal as Sherlock Holmes. This marks the first time Sherlock has won throughout the course of its Emmy nominations history. A full list of nominees and winners can be found here. The 3 Emmys add to the 4 already won during the Creative Arts Emmys making the total 7, the most of any show for 2014.

Sherlock Convention Delayed

At a much earlier date in the year arose the talk of a official Sherlock convention occurring. The 3 day convention was planned for 2014 but has been hit with delays and will not be happening anytime soon. The reason being that the convention would like for most of the stars of the show to all be able to attend and scheduling has been an issue. The convention will still be taking place, just at a later date.

Series 4 Update

After his Emmy win last week, Moffat remained hush on series 4 except for saying the following:

“We have a plan to top it. Actually, I do think our plan is devastating. We practically reduced our cast to tears by telling them the plan. Honestly, Mark [Gatiss] and myself are so excited with what we’ve got coming up, probably more excited than we’ve ever been about Sherlock… honestly, I think we can [top the last season].”

The words “devastating” and “practically reduced our cast to tears” are probably not good signs for us. Also the fact that Moffat is this excited means come series 4, the tears will flow.

A Christmas special is expected to film in January 2015 and air December 2015. It’s been rumored that the special may focus on “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” but that’s still very much speculation at this point. Series 4 will film sometime in 2015 and will air after the special, likely at the start of 2016.


Build 221B Baker Street Flat in Minecraft

The flat area with desk and all

The flat area with desk and all

As a person with countless hobbies and pursuits, one of them includes the strangely addictive game Minecraft. Minecraft is a sandbox game meaning there is no “real” objective of the game except to do whatever you want whether that be fight monsters, mine ore or build to your heart’s content. With the use of creative mode, materials are limitless and your imagination the only thing stopping you. One day back in March after a day unceremoniously named Database Hell/Whiskey Appreciation Day, a stress relief was in order. Thus arose the creation of 221B Baker Street in Minecraft (complete with Mrs. Hudson’s flat and Speedy’s cafe). Here’s a basic guide if you’d like to try building one yourself.



The outline is ironically the hardest part because everything else has to fit inside. These are the basic measurements used to get a good sized Baker Street. For the most part the fun, relaxing part of this was figuring out how to make the flat fit inside this shell (some of which is still empty while in the process of filling up with other flats). Specifics as far as block choices and HxWxL of things are more of your own preference (if you want the ones I used though, just ask me). Here is what became of Baker Street.

Exterior of Baker Street

Exterior of Baker Street

The exterior has a two width stone slab to give the appearance of a sidewalk. Use another slab to give a step up into the flat. Use nether fence to give a fence near the flat doors. A sign on the right side of the building names the street.

Front of Baker Street and 221B

Front of Baker Street and 221B

The front of Baker Street and the entrances of 221B and Speedy’s cafe. The two windows above the cafe house the flat.

Speedy's (currently under construction)

Speedy’s (currently under construction)

The inside of Speedy’s cafe is under construction and currently only has a few tables and chairs with some glowstone lights in the ceiling.

Entrance to 221B

Entrance to 221B

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Foyer Area with Entrance to Mrs. Hudson’s flat

The foyer of the flat is pretty barren for now but contains the stairs up to the flat and the entrance to Mrs. Hudon’s flat. The window even lets in light during the day.

Inside Mrs. Hudson's unfurnished flat

Inside Mrs. Hudson’s unfurnished flat

The someday kitchen area of Mrs. Hudon’s flat complete with windows and a backdoor in the alcove to the right. The green hallway leads to a small bedroom for Mrs. Hudson.

The flat area with desk and all

The flat area with desk and all

The flat living area is full of goodies and is really fun to make with the tools at hand. The desk takes center stage in this shot with some of the kitchen experiments visible.

The chairs, skull on mantle, red wallpaper, it's got it all

The chairs, skull on mantle, red wallpaper, it’s got it all

Both John and Sherlock’s chairs are found here along with the skull and bookcases. Unfortunately no mirrors in Minecraft yet.

The living area complete with skull pairing and wallpaper

The living area complete with skull pairing and wallpaper

The other side of the flat complete with coffee table, skull painting, gray couch and all the other furnishings that are subtle in appearance.

View from the kitchen

View from the kitchen

A view of the living area from the kitchen showcasing the large windows and improvised horn skull above the work area.

Long shot of the living area

Long shot of the living area

A long shot of the living area showing a view into the kitchen.

Into the kitchen

Into the kitchen

The kitchen complete with test tubes and body parts

The kitchen complete with test tubes and body parts

A view into the kitchen from the hall door showing some experiments such as a human head, a patch of blood, the oven, and some test tubes in the corner.

The hall to Sherlock's room and the bathroom

The hall to Sherlock’s room and the bathroom

It’s a hallway!

The bathroom (complete guess work. Clean white floors and tub area)

The bathroom (complete guess work. Clean white floors and tub area)

The bathroom of the flat has never been shown so a simple and clean white tub/shower area was chosen along with white tile floors.

Sherlock's room

Sherlock’s room

A fairly intelligent looking room with a calming effect on those who enter. A few paintings adorn the walls as well as two windows (one visible, one blocked by the right most painting).

John's bedroom (another complete guess. Simple and a nice shade of blue)

John’s bedroom (another complete guess. Simple and a nice shade of blue)

Since we’ve never seen John’s bedroom, it’s all a bit of a guess. Up another flight of stairs we find this sole room at the front of the building lightly furnished with a nice blue color in typical John fashion.

So there you go! There’s still more to play with and you can see the building across the street has been constructed and Mrs. Hudson’s flat still has more to be done but if you’re in need for mind numbing stress relief, this was a nice way of doing so.


The Walking Dead: Pilot

The Walking Dead episode 1 spoilers within.

The Walking Dead is a critically acclaimed show with a massive following. The show starts it’s 5th season this fall with more and more people watching the show before it’s return. After having just finished the fourth season myself (after a month long binge fest), it’s time for a review of the first episode.

Anyone who has seen a zombie movie or show, you know they all follow a certain pattern when they first start. Namely, our main character has to figure out that they are now in a zombie apocalypse and learn some of the “rules” that go along with them (what are they called, how do you kill them, how do you turn, what caused this to happen, etc.). Sometimes all of the questions are answered but often they aren’t. In the pilot episode, we are introduced to Officer Rick Grimes, our protagonist who has no idea what is going on. Rick wakes up alone in the hospital, finding traces of zombies and dead bodies around. During the episode through the use of flashbacks, we see that Rick was injured in the line of duty and at present is still recovering from his gunshot wound.

Unaware of what is going on, Rick makes it to his neighborhood only to be captured by a father and son who later release him after realizing he hasn’t been bitten. The father and son tell Rick about the zombies or as they are affectionately called “Walkers”. The next day, Rick and the pair make their way to Rick’s house where they see that some of their personal things are gone, leading Rick to believe his wife, Lori, and son, Carl, are still alive. We can see in another area, that Lori and Carl are indeed alive and are at a makeshift camp along with Rick’s partner, Shane, and a few others who have managed to escape (and Shane and Lori have started hooking up so that’ll be interesting down the road). The father and son tell Rick to try for the refugee camp in the city of Atlanta after the 3 commandeer the last of the guns form the police station. Rick makes his way there, leaving the others behind for personal reasons, but we learn at Lori and Shane’s camp that Atalanta is a bust and overrun with zombies. Unfortunately, Rick doesn’t know and makes a wrong turn in the city, becoming trapped and nearly dying many times. Eventually he makes his way into a tank left by the army and while inside, hears someone call him an idiot over the radio as the episode ends.


This show did not hook me right away. Honestly, it took me until about the 4th or 5th episode to get into it and even then it was slow. Not until the second season did it really grab me for reasons I’m not quite sure of even now.

The Walking Dead is a bit like a soap opera with zombies thrown in. That’s the best way to describe the start of the show. As it goes on, things work out into a more complex dynamic that makes for better viewing. The zombies on this show aren’t scary (to me at least) but they could be to some. The zombies are more gross, some scenes being, well quite horrifyingly gross. You get over that though for the most part. There’s some mud that has to be trudged through to get to the good stuff but nevertheless, there most certainly is good stuff waiting on the other side.

Worth a Watch?: Make your way through the first season, it gets better from there. If you can handle some scary moments, gross stuff and a lot of drama, then yes.

3/5 Stars (for the pilot) 4.8/5 Stars (for the show)


Gif/Pic of the Week #29 The Blind Banker X/ Sherlock Emmys (August 27, 2014)

This week’s theme is a revisit of probably the least liked episode of Sherlock, The Blind Banker. Maybe I can find something funny this time. AND some bonus Sherlock Emmy stuff as well. Enjoy.

As a person who primarily speaks in sarcasm, this is a real fear.

If you ever wondered whose hair is the priority on the show. Meanwhile…

The face says it all.

The semester started this week. Probably should have tried to go to bed earlier so this didn’t happen in my early morning class. It did anyways.

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Smooth John, very smooth. The look from Sherlock is also quite extraordinary. (source)

Somehow I was able to find some stuff this time. Even Sherlock is surprised.



“Actually, I do think our plan is devastating. We practically reduced our cast to tears by telling them the plan.” -Steven Moffat on series 4

Prepare yourselves for when Moffat is this happy, we will all suffer in  great pain.

“Haha Sherlock, very funny. We all know this is a co-lead part, thank you very much Mr. Lead Actor.”

I knew there was a reason I thought His Last Vow was the best episode. 7 shiny Emmys galore.

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