July 22nd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] dbskyler at 04:21pm on 21/07/2017 under
I'm still working on my French, and while it's definitely improved, I still have a very long ways to go. As a lark, I thought I would try to translate one of my old drabbles into French. "How hard could it be?" I thought. But wow, it was so hard! I wore out Google Translate checking translations and back-translations, and I think the result might possibly make sense, but I'm not sure. Anyway, if any of you speak French and want to check it out, it's here:


I have also been seeking out French videos to watch / listen to, and I came across this slightly terrifying one:


I kind of wish I had a video of my face as I slowly managed the translation and figured out what it's about.
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July 21st, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] elsewhence at 11:12pm on 21/07/2017
aaalso i turned 31 today
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posted by [personal profile] elsewhence at 10:54pm on 21/07/2017 under
also man do i dislike this idea that regeneration could result in absolutely everything - if the process was essentually down to random mutations you'd expect a ton of nonviable outcomes, there must be some constraints on what's possible, and it would be very weird for those constraits to be "every single viable trait from the entire gene pool of the gallifreyan species", what would be the point of that as either an evolved trait or an engineered one...
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posted by [personal profile] elsewhence at 10:33pm on 21/07/2017
i don't know which random edwardian tailor decided to put a hot pink lining into a navy jacket, but i really fucking admire them.

also admire the person who made this page for providing a pattern.
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 06:54pm on 21/07/2017 under
I am well known for the fact that Colin Baker is my favourite Doctor when it comes to Doctor Who; possibly I am well-known for it because it is somewhat unusual*. The Other Baker has the biggest cohort of fans from classic era, I suspect at least partly because he is the longest serving, and my least favourite of the new era Doctors remains inexplicably popular among youngsters, perhaps because he's conventionally pretty. Us Colin fans are a small yet hardy bunch, and quite a lot of the time the rest of fandom treats us like we are A Bit Strange.

However, I cleave to my belief that Colin Is Best, and I would like to present to you two very different little bits of evidence that have been added to my Colin Is Awesome pile:
  1. My friend Andrew has been doing reviews and analysis of Colin's first season on the show, and in this piece he explains, in quite some detail, why one of the worst Who stories ever showcases exactly how brilliant Colin is in the role.

  2. Colin's incredibly robust reactions to the casting of Jodie Whittaker, even to the extent of retooling his own iconic regeneration line and becoming mildly impolite to a fellow former Doctor, has been a joy for me to behold. Colin has always been a Who fanboy, as well as a Doctor, and this response from him was just magnificent.
I don't expect to convert many - any - of you here. I know you've all got your views, and some of them are quite fixed, just as mine are on this matter. Nevertheless, it would be nice if fandom in general could have a bit less casual disrespect for Colin, and his fans. He's a good actor, and a fab Doctor, and we should all cherish him.

* for various demographic reasons, the cohort for whom Colin is Our Doctor is smaller than that for almost any other Doctor. If you want more on the maths of this, Andrew goes into it here.
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posted by [personal profile] calliopes_pen at 12:09pm on 21/07/2017 under ,
Deborah Watling has passed away, at the age of 69, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. She played the role of Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor, on Doctor Who. Unfortunately, most of her episodes were destroyed.

The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World managed to survive from her tenure on the series, along with the second episode of the serial The Evil of the Daleks.
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I wasn't really sure what to expect from The Myth Makers going into it. I have a fairly low tolerance threshold for so-so comedy and, while it has a good reputation, it is also Doctor Who attempting comedy in the 1960s and I had not been overly impressed by The Romans.

Actually it is surprisingly good )

I would genuinely love to see what The Myth Makers actually looked like. Doctor Who so rarely whole-heartedly tries to do comedy and this has some great dialogue and comic moments. I would have liked to see the actors faces as the lines were delivered. Watching telesnap reconstructions of old Doctor Who is definitely a fans-only past time, but if you feel up to the effort then I would say that The Myth Makers is more rewarding than many.
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So many questions I'm still wondering about. And I'm hoping that because of the new Doctor we'll finally get some answers.

Are Time Lords & Ladies are always cisgender? Because so far we've only seen the Time Ls who've changed sex behave the way it's socially expected of that sex. They accept the associated pronouns and looks. Could that be described as genderfluid from incarnation to incarnation (though not within an incarnation)?

Missy seemed only half aware of her new sex, yet she called herself Missy and was conforming to it in others ways too. It certainly didn't seem to bother her. What's that? Does that still count as cis? Or is that in a way "gender neutral", that Time Ls will conform to whatever body they find themselves in?

Does gender dysphoria not exist for Time Ls? We've heard complaints from the General, but was that just because being male was an annoyance some way or did she actually feel properly unhappy in a male body?

Do Time L's mostly get the sex that corresponds with their gender idenity? Like if a Time Lady feels female, she'll only occasionally - if ever - regenerate into a man? So if a Time L felt comfortable with either sex, could they be expected to change sex several times?
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posted by [personal profile] tree_and_leaf at 03:19pm on 21/07/2017
Happy birthday, [personal profile] coughingbear!
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 02:15pm on 21/07/2017
Second course of antibiotics seems to have done the trick, so it appears the infection she had was a resistant strain, or at least resistant to the most common doggie antibiotic.

Now we have to sort out her teeth...

Daughter has been really excellent recently, alternately cajoling me into doing self care ("come on mummy, lets go to the gym, it's good for both of us" "Lets take the doggies for a walk, clear our heads") and baking cakes for me to eat. She's getting REALLY good at baking.

Pretty much everything else is still stressful or infuriating or depressing, but I'm not dead. And tomorrow we go to That London for a couple of days to see the wimmins krikkit world cup final, so hopefully running away for a bit will help.
Mood:: 'stressed' stressed
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posted by [personal profile] lost_spook at 09:46am on 21/07/2017 under
... to [personal profile] grondfic and [personal profile] kerkevik_2014! I hope you both have an excellent day!
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posted by [personal profile] elsewhence at 07:16am on 21/07/2017 under
man, i got the german translation of the revelation of the daleks novelisation yesterday and it has seven and ace referring to each other with formal pronouns. at the same time that seven still calls her ace and ace calls him professor. who did this? it's so incredibly jarring to read! i mean, the combination of first name and formal pronoun isn't completely unheard of, but it's something you might do in a professional context, with your co-workers! or possibly between teachers and students, but in the real world most people in that situation who decide to be on a first name basis also agree to switch to informal pronouns...

seriously where'd this come from? shada, city of death and the pirate planet don't have four and romana doing this. not even in situations where you might actually expect it. i mean, you could argue that four is the kind of person who would just straight out not give a fuck about that kind of distinction, but i can absolutely see early romana I stubbornly sticking to formal ones. i mean, wanting to call her romana instead of her full name was even kind of the equivalent of putting her on a first name basis, and she clearly didn't like that at first

also haha, haha there's actually people pretending that there's been references to the doctor having been female before. how desperate can you get? not like we've seen every incarnation so far on screen and they were all male and there's no room for others to have existed, amirite. he's clearly very comfortable with being male if nothing else, certainly seems like he'd just continue to stick with it if he had the choice. (though granted, regeneration's never involved much of a choice for him. maybe he just fucked up by once again refusing to go through with it. because it'd totally make for good representation to depict being female as an accident...)
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July 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] goonies at 09:12pm on 20/07/2017 under

So sad about this right now The Originals to End After Season 5

Julie Plec announced on Twitter on Thursday, The Originals is set to end after season five. Season five is set to air in 2018.

It's bad enough that The Vampire Diaries sucked the last few seasons and ended. Supernatural has not been the best, well for me the least for a couple of seasons. And that will be ending next year. Teen Wolf will be completely over soon. Also sucks my favorite host is not on America's Got Talent anymore, and can't stand the new one. Now all I will have left to watch is America's Got Talent, The Flash and WWE. Guess I'll have to try and get back into Arrow and try another hand at Supergirl for things to watching now.
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