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Yeah, but there's a huge difference between authors going all "what the hell??!" or "you're interrogating the text from the wrong perspective" and flat-out stalking their reviewers the way Hale did. And there's a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

Bairn is the word for child in Scottish English and Northern English dialects - it's related to the Swedish word for child Barn (there's one narrative of the development of English, which Languagehat will probably slap me about for… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago


I wonder if Gus is short for Sarcophagus: 'The word "sarcophagus" comes from the Greek σάρξ sarx meaning "flesh", and φαγεῖν phagein meaning "to eat", hence sarcophagus means… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Since Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love remains unclaimed, may I claim it? [more]
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Music comment - 10 months ago

Gus's symbol is a monocle, by the way - a graphic of one appears on computer screens when he's speaking. Not that that helps at all, but it's obviously deliberate, if only because stylised graphics of eyewear don't just happen. [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Clara has been lying to Danny since she met him. Why would she stop now? Because she finally came clean to Danny and now she'd like to continue having an honest relationship with a guy who loves her and who deserves to be treated with respect?… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Don't the Skrulls belong to the studio that bought Fantastic Four? Metafilter: You get negative points for a 'Metafilter: something something' comment. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 10 months ago

That's basically the job description of a writer, though, isn't it? Inventing drama. [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Yes, I forgot that one, for some reason. I thought this was the point at which this Doctor seemed most himself this season, possibly because they contrived to keep him and Clara apart for so much of the episode. Despite all the ways he's not like… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

D. [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

So I went to instra.com and typed in jessamyn.dentist to see if it was a legitimate domain you could buy. And here's a screendump of what came up So, Jessamyn.club is something that really should happen, though I've no idea exactly what it… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 10 months ago

I will need to watch it again, but I thought it was wholly coherent, but didn't necessarily cohere around the factors that people expect to be at the core of a narrative: this moon is a mythic entity, like the Scarab that pushes the Sun in Egyptian… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Doctor Who: Kill The Moon
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FanFare post - 10 months ago

Just to reiterate: I don't think it was intended that the science make sense - it's not a failure of imagination, or ingenuity, or will; I believe it was a deliberate decision to do it in a way such that the science couldn't make sense. It's… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

suddenly[Drax's] characterisation-- his firmly-established literalism and his regard for "honorable" conduct-- is subsumed by the writer/director's desire to call a woman a whore for a cheap laugh I thought it worked like this:… [more]
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FanFare comment - 10 months ago

Is There a Dog in This Book?
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Projects post - 10 months ago

Doctor Who: The Caretaker
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FanFare post - 10 months ago

Just wanted to say that a) Dark Mode is default mode for me; b) In Dark Mode, yellow seems to work a bit better. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 10 months ago

I've been wondering whether The Doctor's antipathy to Danny might not be a kind of shadow-projection thing, as they are actually very similar in a lot of ways. Also, the Time Lords, and their Academy were depicted in the 70s as a sort of cosmic… [more]
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FanFare comment - 9 months ago

I love The Music Man. I first saw it on TV at Christmas at least 45 years ago, and listened to the Broadway OCR a lot when I was a child, so it's burned into my brain. One of the most extraordinary things about The Music Man,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

As far as I can tell from the (very, very occasional) difficulties my Japanese wife has with the r/l thing, it's like the problem native English speakers have with noun gender in other European languages - where one is used to a single option, there… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

It was all right. It filled in the space between episodes 4 and 6 far less embarrassingly than it could have. I suspect that its primary purpose was to reassure viewers that they weren't all going to be like last week's. It's actually quite difficult… [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

Hex is a strategy board game played on a hexagonal grid ... [t]he goal of [which] is to form a connected path with one’s pieces from one side of the board ... to the opposite side before one’s opponent does the same. The first player to complete his… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

I had concerns before this series started about, "ugh, of course the moment they take the Doctor off the table as Clara's love interest they give her another one, because she's a lady," Oddly, I was thinking about something like… [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

I don't know how it would play in the U.S., but I've always liked Private Eye's stock reply for things like this: "We refer you to the reply given in the case of Arkell v. Pressdram". [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 11 months ago

Doctor Who: Listen
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FanFare post - 11 months ago

A theoretical version of that cover is playing in my head right now, and the world is poorer for it not having been realised. Perhaps a whole album, with rockabilly versions of Rebel Rebel and Young Americans to boot. Ah, what… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

Bit of a belated reply, Bettafish, but I've been thinking about it. Yes, you're right, I shouldn't have been so dismissive of RTD. I do have huge respect for his energy and passion, and what he did (especially with Rose) was a huge breath of… [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

Yes... There are so many tiny things in it that I'll need to digest properly, and I think there will be a lot of callbacks to this episode later in the series. Perhaps a lot of the episode takes place in later episodes - I don't mind that, really, as… [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

uh. So, Flash himself is now 56 years old.... Which is why we must now refer to him as Grampaster Flash. [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

Pro tip: Elementary is completely different, and you like it more. That's not actually the same thing as "better". [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

I must admit I'm sceptical of Scotland's ability to resist the very powerful influences that will come to bear on them to fall into line and go for the same small state, lower-top-rate-taxes, austerity and privatisation agenda as everyone else. It's… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

Transport For London tribute. [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

Whoa, I just saw a clip of Klaus Nomi doing The Cold Song today! It's actually very hard to watch, as he looks unwell. Odd, I've always found it luminous. Apart from the fact that it's lovely to have one clip of a stadium audience cheering… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

I mean, I'm absent-mindedly watching a Maroon 5 video on the TV, and wondering whether I ought not switch to YouTube and look for Nomi's Cold Song, because I'm old enough that the amount of time I have left on the planet is non-negligable,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 months ago

For reasons best known to TV schedulers, this episode alone was repeated as part of a themed evening on Channel 4 in about 1982, which allowed me to videotape it. So, although I know I'd seen episodes of the original run from various angles, and I'd… [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago


I thought it was interesting that the Dalek was referred to as "becoming good", when in fact its genocidal urges were essentially untouched, just redirected in a way that was more convenient to the humans. The Doctor did notice this (his… [more]
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FanFare comment - 11 months ago

Instead of programming in that last little bit of reliability, the final 1 or 0.1 or 0.01 percent, they can deploy a bit of cheap human brainpower. So their robot slaves are actually human beings, like in Lem's The Futurological… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

Will, just because your prissy coworker rejects you, it doesn't mean you're damaged goods and undateable. Really. He could have been a victim of rumour and Chinese Whispers - "the unstable guy who failed the psych eval" by a… [more]
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FanFare comment - Last year

No, sorry, I wasn't clear - he didn't know he was on the Pompadour during The Girl in the Fireplace - the reveal at the end was just for the viewer's benefit - so it wouldn't ring a bell per se, although he'd remember Mme de P, the person,… [more]
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FanFare comment - Last year

I used to play a cat, but I couldn't keep up with the practise and these days I don't take it out of its case. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

So this idea that the Doctor gets to choose his new face -- that seems new, no? Romana II. [more]
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FanFare comment - Last year

I remember from when I was young that even though we were completely au-fair with the whole regeneration thing, and we knew what was going to happen there was always a time when the new Doctor was just ... wrong. Jon Pertwee was just wrong… [more]
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FanFare comment - Last year

Apart from Tomb of the Cybermen, this episode is my earliest television memory (I remember a bit with wheels seeming to go backwards). I watched most of it upside down, because I was three. [more]
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FanFare comment - Last year

“Want to read about people with psychological problems from a guy who’s obsessed with bears and prostitutes? John Irving is your man.” That's not an unfair point, it has to be said. Bears, prostitutes and wrestling. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

Quay Brothers? Street of Crocodiles, In Absentia, Anamorphosis, Instituta Benjamenta. Many many more. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

"He was going for my gun" is the "The dog ate my homework" of police shootings. He ran into my bullets. He ran into my bullets six times. The next thing we'll hear is that they've charged him with theft of the… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year


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