[Personal] Been AWOL and also boring

Apr. 25th, 2017 11:58 pm
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What I have been up to since last I posted:

* Seen Gifted twice (I enjoyed it the second time more than the first, where I was just sort of bemused by the whole thing. Brenna Clarke Gray had a short Twitter thread about it (she liked it and, as a bright academic, felt it touched on things that academia fails to adequately handle/discuss), which in turn spurred a lot of discussion on my Twitter timeline about the ways in which gifted kids are failed in general. My therapist, were I still seeing her, would be so proud. Not sarcasm. She would. It's very earnest, the movie, and really reminded me of a particular 1970s style of intimate drama.

* Tweeting my rage against the machine. Still. A lot. @mohmlet

* Reading non-fiction again. (Horror before that.)

* Hanging on Discord.

* Looking for work. It's been almost five months now.

* Parenting.

* Failing to catch up anywhere and feeling guilty and avoiding things as a result.

Writing, I notice, has failed to make the list again.

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Apr. 26th, 2017 12:35 am
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This time with shaming fandom tattoos-- and not only that but calling fandom tattoos 'trash'--

Wow-- just wow.



Apr. 25th, 2017 08:43 pm
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Apr. 25th, 2017 11:39 pm
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Points to icon--

Seriously-- I generally suck at making RL icons so hey.. I HAVE GAINED A LEVEL!

It's about time I made some icons for myself! Also I made one for myself of Shirley from Tales of Legendia-- but this icon is so much better!

I love Mike Rowe!

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:49 pm
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And his parents too!  

His mom really should write a book. She's hilarious!

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I can't speak directly to his books because I haven't read them. But this article is fantastic!

Why I Write Scary Stories for Children

Ridiculous, ridiculous idea

Apr. 25th, 2017 02:35 pm
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I was idly reminiscing about the old seagoth shopping trips, where everyone would meet up at one spot, and then we would carpool to various thrift stores.

And then my brain went "Wait, didn't one of the recent net.goth Convergences have an event where they chartered a bus and did the same sort of thing?"

So now I am pondering the logistics of organizing a gothy shopping trip where we charter a bus and hit four or five thrift stores. Everyone pay a certain amount toward the cost of the bus, and off we go.


- No worrying about ratio of drivers to non-drivers.

- I could promote this on FB as a "shopping with Auntie Jilli" event, and I'm pretty sure the babygoths would come out in droves.


- Cost, obviously.

- Would there be enough interest that translated to people actually paying the money to do this?

- Do I really want to / have time to organize an event?

In other words, my brain is ridiculous and perhaps not to be trusted.

The Pilot

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:08 pm
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Season openers and companion introductions are always a little insubstantial. They generally have a lot of ground to cover, in introducing (or re-introducing) characters while at the same time wanting to keep things fairly fast-paced and not too serious. In general I would say that Doctor Who has erred on the side of "light and fast-paced" with a focus on the companion's reaction to adventure. The Pilot clearly chose to go a little slower than usual in its introduction of Bill. It spends a lot of time establishing her relationship to the Doctor in the absence of any peril or adventure and only then brings the sci-fi plot of the episode forward.

On the whole I thought it did a good job of introducing Bill. I'm not as super-excited about her as a lot of people are, I got a sense of the script trying a little too hard to be funny in places. An "Educating Rita" relationship between Doctor and companion is an excellent idea but there is a fine line between portraying someone as bright, but uneducated, and being a little condescending towards your character and I'm not sure the script always got this right. That said I thought it was interesting that, while the show made much of how like the Doctor Clara was, in manner Bill is much more like the Doctor - in particular her tendency to gabble when either she is trying to deflect a line of questioning or she is simply nervous. She also has some of Capaldi's awkwardness of manner. I thought the monologue about serving her crush chips was great and very Doctorish in a lot of ways*.

A big deal was made in the pre-publicity for The Pilot that Bill would be a lesbian and, paradoxically, that big deal would not be made of this in the show. I was a little bemused in advance about how this could be achieved. Let's face it, Doctor Who is not the kind of show in which people discuss their sexuality a great deal (albeit this has been more common in NuWho than in Classic Who). How, I wondered, does one casually throw a mention of sexuality into a Doctor Who story? The answer, in retrospect, was obvious. I liked that the plot was driven by Bill's romantic interest.

That said the plot itself felt like it had some glaring holes in it. It is always difficult with a science fantastical show like Doctor Who to discuss what is, and isn't, realistic within the world of the show. However Heather, as the Pilot's, ability to cross time and space in sequence with the order of events as experienced by Bill and not in strict temporal order seemed... unlikely. The plot was also, as "Deb from Philadelphia" in the Verity podcast pointed out, something of a "greatest hits" of a number of things we have seen several times before in NuWho - all the more so when you throw "Educating Rita" into the mix. There were some lovely moments but on a story level, I wasn't particularly excited by this.

The set up shown, of the Doctor semi-fixed in a contemporary university is, hopefully, a chance for the show to be a little different this season. This is certainly a very different Doctor in lots of ways from the one we saw in seasons 8 and 9. One of my favourite moments in the story was the realisation that he had gone back in time to provide Bill with missing photos of her mother. This is a very different person from the one who had to read out cue cards, supplied by Clara, in order to interact appropriately with distressed humans. Nardole may have commented on his obliviousness to Bill's distress at the end, but this still seemed like a Doctor who had come a long way in his understanding of, or at least his willingness to deal with (I was never entirely convinced that the Doctor was oblivious to the feelings of those around him) the emotions of everyone else.

I've no strong feelings about Nardole. I like his dynamic with the Doctor which is so different to the typical Doctor Companion dynamic, but he was very much in the background here.

Overall I liked this. I thought it was a little slow at the start, but the new Tardis team and the university setting (albeit, as Tame Layman pointed out, university's don't work like that - though universities remain quixotic enough that it's not beyond the realms of possibility) have promise. As a long time fan, I'm rarely particularly excited by season openers, especially when they are designed (as this one clearly was) as a jumping on point, I'm too keen to get on with the story, but this one did its job.

*and yes there was a fat joke, but surely Bill as a character is allowed to be awkward about her attitude to weight - it's not like most people don't have an awkward relationship to weight.

Fic: Treasure Hunt

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:39 pm
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I actually wrote this at the same time as Meet Me At Midnight, but it's a little odd, and I forgot about it. However, it finishes off my last prompt for my Fourth Doctor table at [livejournal.com profile] dw_allsorts, so yay.

Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Title: Treasure Hunt
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1842 words
Notes/Warnings: For the prompt "steal the gold." Fourth Doctor, Leela, Original Characters, K9. Outsider POV, implied death.
Summary It’s been a frightening day, and now there are some very odd burglars in Miya’s house...

Treasure Hunt on AO3 | also at the Teaspoon.


Apr. 25th, 2017 12:37 pm
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I made two non-spoilery icons for Doctor Who 10x02. Feel free to take and alter as you like.

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I do disagree with his point around 2:15, that there's no point in seeking to do something bigger in the world than yourself, because "there's nothing bigger than yourself." There is God. But I do love that he brings joy to the world! We could always do with more of that!

What I have been watching

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:28 pm
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This week i decided to make peace Versailles, and consequently enjoyed it immensely. And really, most of the things which has irked me, are really only something that (may) annoy you if you know the history, and the real characters of the people. Because let me tell you, the only characters who isn’t wildly out of character at this point are Liselotte and Madame de Montespan. But I buy it, because I love the actors are great, and their acting sell it all to me, even if I know it’s wrong.

I also realise I have expected too much of the show vis a vis the Affair of Poisons. You see, it was HUGE. As in going on for almost a decade and involving hundreds of people. It started out when a woman called Brinvilliers poisoned several members of her family, shocking France because she was both beautiful and upper class. The belief that your outer circumstances like looks and social class, said something about your character, was something widely held back then. And eventually, more and more people were implicated, and as time went, more and more people at court were dragged into it. Louis XIV, who initially was very much for finding all the guilty ones, got a bit of cold feet then. And when the accusations reached Madame de Montespan, he put the lid on it. Parts of the evidence was destroyed, though what was left were enough to executed. And a whole bunch of people who were innocent, but friends and family to the executed, were sent to prison for life, and forbidden to ever speak again. Madame de Montespan was never convicted of anything, but she was sent to a convent. It seems fairly certain there were some burning hot things the king really didn’t want the public to know about. And all this is beyond the scope of Versailles, and I should have realised that- it was just that I would have loved to see the whole, intricate affair being made into TV. But it was so complicated it would need a different kind of show altogether. Versalles focus on Louis XIV, and but necessity the whole thing must be made smaller and more intimate.

Spoilers for Versailles )

Spoilers for The Blacklist )

Rocky Horror Picture Show, remake & original )

As the kid is with his father, we can’t watch Doctor Who<7i> until next Wednesday. We also can’t start with American Gods, which starts on Sunday, until then. I’m very excited over that show!

Just because I love it

Apr. 25th, 2017 01:19 pm
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This makes me crack up!



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