Mezentian: Since March 2012 Paul Hayes from Doctor Who News has been publishing a series of articles on a little show that refuses to die: Doctor Who, from the earliest speculations that lead the BBC Survey Group (first part) to investigate the literary genre of science-fiction to just before the first broadcast (most recent), swinging via the very first pitch.
Is there an easy way to read this whole series? The navigation on that site is positively... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:47 AM on November 14, 2013
Thorzdad: I'm really excited that they're finally going to dive into the Time War. It's been hanging over the rebooted series like an Albatross since day-1.
Mezentian: I'm not.
I think I get your hesitation -- it's better to leave some things to the viewers' imagination than to spell them out on screen -- but I think there is so much fertile ground there that we can get lots of really interesting, really... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:07 AM on November 14, 2013
Oh, this is fun. From the "An Unearthly Series" articles, the first description of the Doctor's "machine" (emphasis mine):DR. WHO'S "MACHINE"
When we consider what this looks like, we are in danger of either Science Fiction or Fairytale labelling. If it is a transparent plastic bubble we are with all the lowgrade spacefiction of cartoon strip and soap-opera. If we scotch this by positing something humdrum, say, passing through some... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:35 AM on November 14, 2013
Since it is canon that all the time lords hailed from Gallifrey this would imply that all their titles would be Lord XXXX of Gallifrey, which clearly makes no sense.
Well, on a universal scale it makes sense to be identified by planet. When the Time Lords get together with the Space Lords and the Thought Lords and the Smell Lords you want to know what planet each noble comes from, no?... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:04 AM on November 14, 2013
I refer your attention to a letter of the 14th November published in the most recent issue of your Inter-Net Log "Meta Filter". In it, Lt Commander T. Q. Kid suggests that we should call the protagonist of a popular Tele-Vision serial "Lord Whom of Gallifrey" instead of his proper name, "Doctor Who". Surely the Lieutenant Commander knows that neither Family names nor Christian Names follow the rules of grammar in altering their... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:15 AM on November 14, 2013
MetaFilter: I trust I shall not have to say "bottom" to you again on this matter. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:39 AM on November 14, 2013
jason_steakums: I've actually gone and pumped myself up to the point of some disappointment if it turns out that An Adventure In Space and Time isn't pulling double-duty to get new actors for 1 and 2 into the 50th, along with other returning Doctors, especially now that McGann's denials turned out to be probably NDA-mandated.
Not only that, but I kind of hope Matt Smith has a cameo as a bowtie-wearing junior assistant who provides some surprisingly... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:41 AM on November 14, 2013
Has anyone written an epistolary novel entirely in the form of priggish letters to Victorian periodicals? I do love them so. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:27 PM on November 14, 2013
MCMikeNamara: It is hilarious to read all the previously-sad-making 'gutted not to be asked back for the 50th' Paul McGann stories now.
Is it possible they just made this mini ep because of those stories? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:34 PM on November 14, 2013
George_Spiggott: While I'm looking forward to Capaldi, if they were to do something outrageous like make one or more episodes of the next series be McGann/Eight flashback episodes instead, I would feel the exact opposite of cheated. The guy just didn't get a fair innings.
They could be each other's companion for a while. Aww. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:53 PM on November 14, 2013
Moff: "It’s not a matter of counting the regenerations, but of counting the faces of the Time Lord that calls himself the Doctor."
I'm sorry, but that's dumb. I understand why he is being dogmatic about letting Eccleston, Tennant and Smith keep their numbers, but absolutely no one is going to count that way. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:06 PM on November 14, 2013
angrycat: Does anybody think that the reflection of the young Hurt doctor is from an Alien still? Because, damn, he sure does look like he did in the spaghetti scene in Alien when his character is still um, intact.
I love it when they do this in TV shows. The best was in 30 Rock when they were testing the High Def camera and discovered that everyone looked elderly, except for Jack, who looked like a 20-year-old Alex Baldwin.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:17 AM on November 20, 2013
Rock Steady: who looked like a 20-year-old Alex Baldwin.
I don't usually comment on my own typos, but "Alex Baldwin"? Really, me? I'm turning into my father, who once called Bell Biv DeVoe, the R&B singing group, "Bing Bang DeBoom". posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:29 AM on November 20, 2013
jason_steakums: the absolute craziness of the war tactics
There is so much potential, isn't there? Even from a "shooting war" standpoint, a simple skirmish where your reinforcements can come from the future becomes really complicated, really quickly. I kind of hope that the "war" itself is just depicted as a chaotic maelstrom of wibbly wobbly timey wimey... warfare, with close focus on whatever the Doctors' parts in it may be.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:33 PM on November 20, 2013
Depending on what sedative they used, it might have caused a paradoxical reaction. It's not uncommon in cats. That certainly would have made getting a catheter in very difficult for the vet and tech, especially with the cat on someone else's lap, which is not the usual way techs are trained to restrain cats. It's understandable that your vet-hating cat would hate getting handled and poked whether at home or at the clinic, and I can assure you that the medications they likely used to perform the... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:51 PM on November 20, 2013
Rihanna -- Farewell has the theme of "I know you have to go because it is what is best for you, but I don't have to like it." May be a bit too final for you, though? There isn't much of a sense of reconnection in there. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:46 AM on November 20, 2013
You spend an hour searching for a stripey-shirted man in his newest book. He's nowhere to be found. Not on the first page, not on the second, nowhere. You are beginning to think that your book was misprinted, or perhaps a prank. Exasperated, you stand up and turn around. Waldo was behind you the whole time, waiting. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:17 AM on November 20, 2013
Some of these are really fantastic. The Panthers' one, for example, should replace their current cartoon immediately. You know they wouldn't get any interference from league officials if they did so.
I'm looking forward to the alternate styles for each team. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:07 AM on November 19, 2013
Bulgaroktonos: Also good times, these literal interpretations of Premier League logos.
Damn you. Fred Perry's Lighthouse made me laugh out loud at work, and I had to explain that I was laughing at a funny soccer logo, and now I seem weirder than usual. :( posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:54 AM on November 19, 2013
There are plenty of baseball teams. The Boston Red Sox, the Fucking Yankees, and the Everybody Else. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:46 AM on November 19, 2013
Just reading the title of the post, I was expecting to see a game being played by soccer rules, but using an American football. That would be interesting.
It would be great! Can we get the Japanese (?) game show that did "11 men vs. 100 kids" and "wrong way binocular goggles" on it? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:48 AM on November 19, 2013
grubi: It appaers to be based on my beloved Fulham. (Although Fulham had a better-looking one back in the day.)
Yeah, but even the Fulham logo has some visual interest and individuality in the outlined, interlocked letters. The Packers one here (worst of the lot, by a long shot) is just "Insert Text... Rotate... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:27 AM on November 19, 2013
An inch long is too big to be a tick, and if you are sure it is on the fur and not in it, I agree with Flashman -- not a parasite at all. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:19 AM on November 19, 2013 marked best answer
I have a cousin of approximately my age with the exact same name as me (first middle and last). We have never been super close, but our families were together for at least a few hours at just about all the big holidays. It was never particularly confusing (even when you add in the fact that my father had the same name as well). My Dad was "Big David," I was "David's David" and my cousin was "Bob's David." posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:16 PM on November 18, 2013
I love literally everything about this, and I desperately want someone to track down everyone at the punk table and find out what they are like today. TIA. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:59 AM on November 16, 2013
I mean, even if you honestly think there are no women deserving of the title (you are probably an idiot if you think that, but whatever), even if you think that, you've got to look at your final list and think, "Oh shit, dude, we've got to put some women on this list or we are going to get raked over the coals on the Internet." Right? How did you not foresee this backlash? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:13 AM on November 15, 2013
valkyryn: So yes. This absolutely does happen. Sometimes in so many words. I'd say it is very likely that doctors are saying one thing and patients hearing another, but this isn't because patients are paraphrasing or just hearing what they want to hear. They're probably taking a statement which the doctor meant as a simplification of an expression of un-quantified probabilities and just reading it like it reads on its face.
Some years ago someone posted a link on MeFi to a site that featured super-short, super-pessimistic reviews of movies -- the least charitable one sentence take away from the film. I've never been able to track it down again. Anyone remember it? But anyway, my point is, it's review of Harry Potter was something like "Jock thinks he's better than everyone else, is right." Basically ruined Harry Potter for me.
I might create it as a PDF to be attached, but then also copy-paste it into the body of the email as well. You could add a line to the body of the email after your signature that says something like "The above message is also available as an attached PDF for your convenience" or something. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:14 AM on November 14, 2013
Buy a Wii and get the games Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort (one or both may come pre-packed with the console when you buy it. Also buy Mario Kart Wii. Buy at least one extra Wiimote and Nunchuk, and buy a steering wheel type adapter for each Wiimote. This alone will give you months and months of gaming fun, and will be a pretty shallow learning curve for both of you. All three of those games involve competitive play and require following cues and instructions ("Press A to Start" type... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:18 PM on November 13, 2013
This seems to be the only system they have on the site, and I wouldn't recommend it, both because it comes with a bunch of games you may not need and it doesn't seem to have a Motion Plus Wiimote. I'd walk into your local branch (or your local independent video game store, if one exists) and tell them you need the following:
1x Wii console
1x AC adapter
1x Sensor bar
1x whatever cable you need to connect to your TV
1x Wii... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:03 PM on November 13, 2013
brundlefly: This is great! I actually own that T. rex toy that's being interviewed in the first shot. It was one of my earliest toys and it's sitting on my book case as we speak.
You need to send them some photos of your T. rex in front of your local landmarks so they can set up a "Coming Back from Vacation" scene. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:00 PM on November 13, 2013
As deanc mentions, in menswear, the term for the distance between the crotch and the waist is called the "rise". Using that term instead of "high-waisted" may get you better results online and when talking to tailors. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:44 PM on November 13, 2013
houseofdanie: TPS posted less than two hours ago and about 20% of the list's items have been spoken for. MeFi, you make me so happy.
We usually clear it out in less than 24 hours, if I remember correctly. Usually we end up with MeFites who miss the boat because they don't check MeTa at least one a day. Blasphemers! posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 11:00 AM on November 13, 2013
PhoBWanKenobi: See, I see this differently. In that, it's okay for you to not be okay with him hanging out solo with a much younger ex-girlfriend who he was incredibly devoted to, whose initials are tattooed on him, and whose sexual relationship with him you know way, way, way too much about.
Exactly. Leave her profession out of it and have a discussion with your husband about what you both can agree is appropriate levels of interaction with exes. You... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:44 AM on November 13, 2013
Oh. That's a really interesting clarification, and actually a much harder question to answer. Would you feel OK with him just sort of leaving you out of their interactions, so you don't have to come in contact with this behavior you feel is embarrassing? You should still have the discussion with him, but focus on how his actions make you feel. "I feel embarrassed and sad when you drop whatever you are doing to see her, as I don't feel she is as good a friend to you as you are to her."... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:29 AM on November 13, 2013