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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Also, An Adventure in Space and Time!

Fantastic. Full review to follow when it's not 1 AM-- right now, I just want to say that I caught that uncredited shot of spoilersCollapse ) in the going-away party. And flailed, because *flail*.

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Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Day of the Doctor

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013

"You mean I have to die to discuss your views on death?"

I have just told the co-worker who is watching Doctor Who several seasons behind that I am still too angry about the season 4 finale to find the mental or emotional resources necessary to explain the critical apparatus that we would need to have in common to discuss it productively.

I'm going to call this "practicing good self-care," also "maintaining collegiality."

Short work week; I took Monday and Tuesday off, and I am taking next Monday and Tuesday off, so as to get in at least a mini-vacation or two before the work hell that is going to be July. Saw a lot of the Vegan Knitter, and went with him to the Time and Navigation exhibit at the Air and Space museum-- highly recommended; they cover the history of navigational timekeeping from the development of the marine chronometer through GPS.

I bought a National Symphony Orchestra three-concert pass earlier this season, and of course have waited until the very end of the season to use it. Two weeks ago, I went to see John Adams conducting his own "City Noir," plus Resphigi and the Ravel piano concerto. Fantastic concert; the Ravel has never been my favorite, but Adams took it exactly right-- perfectly metrically even and at a near-constant dynamic, to let all the tone color variation come through. And "City Noir" is just fantastic.

And now I'm down to two concerts in the season, so I will be going this weekend (possibly even tonight, though given how heavily it will probably be raining when I get off work that seems unlikely) and next. The program is more Ravel, Vaughan Williams, and a cello concerto by a twentieth-century French composer who is completely unfamiliar to me (Henri Dutilleux's "Tout un monde lointain"); I am looking forward to it. Next weekend, Jean-Yves Thibaudet!

And now I go to the meeting where, possibly, I will find out just how overworked I am going to be next month.

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Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Doctor Who 7.7, "The Bells of St. John"

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

In other Doctor Who news--

It is advent, and I have just built this year's action figure nativity.

This year, I have an actual nuclear family for the Holy Family! Amy. Rory, and River Song, reclining in a peppermint-box manger with a Playmobil-scale gold laurel wreath tilted rakishly across her brow for a halo, is the baby Jesus. ETA: And now Arthur Darvill's "I am the only sane person here" face is going to be my mental image of Joseph forever. Not that this is a bad thing.

Naturally the angel, dangling from the roof of the three-ring-binder stable and clutching a Playmobil scroll, is Idris. Doctors One through Three are magi, offering a Playmobil gold goblet, a Time Lord beacon cube, and a Nestene energy sphere. All of the other companions are duckherds, accompanied by a flock of sheep-sized (on their scale) rubber duckies and K-9 as a duckdog. Torchwood, bringing up the rear, are either more duckherds or have just taken the duckherds prisoner; I don't know if they even know what they're doing.

And there are Star Trek science-insignia Christmas lights across the bottom of the shelf; and Omega, a Drashig, an Auton, and Simm!Master are pointing and staring from the next-lower shelf of the adjacent bookcase, perhaps being the Adoration of the Villains; and from the shelf above the nativity, all the remaining Doctors-- a sort of Temporal Host-- are gazing and pointing down and talking amongst themselves. (Five seated demurely, Nine sprawling with one leg over the edge and the other stretched out, Eight bending over to talk to him, Eleven lying on his stomach with his feet in the air peering down over the edge, Seven standing in the front row, and Four, Six, and Ten standing in the back pointing over the others' heads and bitching about how being tall means they always have to be in the back and they're going to do something about that next time around.)

There will be no pictures, my workplace being my workplace. But it is pretty awesome.

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...I do not think we are watching the same show.

I just spent half an hour talking to my co-worker who is making his way through Nu Who, just finished Season Two, and is confused about Rose's relationship with the Doctor. Which, fair enough; Rose was confused.

But in the course of our conversation, it turned out that he had not noticed Jack ever flirting with the Doctor.

Ever.

He was startled to hear that such a thing had happened.

"Maybe I should rewatch those episodes. Can you suggest some scenes where you think he's flirting, so I can look for it?"

"The ones where he's onscreen?"

I. Just. I could almost buy not noticing Jack flirting with anyone, because (at least at that point in his arc) he treats everyone the same so it really is just his baseline. Except my co-worker did pick up on Jack's flirtation with Rose.

That's... that is beyond anti-slash goggles. Those are some Joo Janta 500 Homoeroticism Sensitive Sunglasses, are what those are.

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Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Some things make a post

- I am having my second round of gum surgery tomorrow morning. It's just a tissue graft, this time, not a bone, graft, and is supposed to be much less of a big deal. I will probably take both Monday and Tuesday off anyway, since I've got sick leave to burn and no actual work to do, on account of


- At least as of Friday afternoon, my workplace still did not have a contract. It will get signed eventually, but in the meantime no one's supposed to be working on unfunded projects.

If there's still no contract when I go back, I may just bring in a pile of knitting and stop even pretending to work.


+ Or I may just play quietly with my Doctor Who action figures all day. I managed to find an Enemies of the Third Doctor set for cheap from a seller on Amazon. It arrived today and is making me very happy-- it's a boxed set with an Auton, Omega (in a sparkly robe!) and a Drashig hand puppet (probably better made than the actual Drashig hand puppet).

I tracked down the set because this is coming out in January, and I will definitely be acquiring it (through whatever chain of resellers I can, grumble mutter UK exclusives grumble grumble), and what use is one of Omega's gel guards unless I have Omega himself?

There will also be a Rory figure arriving on my desk in another couple of weeks. He can look exasperated at the Auton.

Doctor Who is the first fandom I've been in where I've had any desire to own action figures. I kind of hope it's the last one, because they are expensive and they are taking over my desk. But-- TINY PLASTIC PEOPLE! Dolls, for grownups! I have menaced the cat with the Drashig puppet more times today than the cat feels is strictly necessary.


+ We had a Captain Awkward meetup Thursday night, which I didn't even have to organize! About 8-10 people showed up, the Dover fashion history coloring books I brought were a big hit, and I seem to be on the hook for organizing the next one-- which is just as well, since I can make sure we have it someplace quieter. I'm thinking late November or early December, in the atrium of the Portrait Gallery.


+ I am registered for MJ!


+ Yuletide signups are open!


- I still don't know if I want to make a fourth request. I think I may end up signing up pretty late this year while I dither. And read things. Book III of Laurie Marks's Elemental Logic series is sitting here looking winsomely Yuletidish at me. (Unfortunately, Book II is still in transit, and I can't read them out of order.)


+ I've got my offer list pared down to 22. I think that's as low as it's going to go.


+ I am making chicken stock and roasted vegetables in preparation for tomorrow's gum surgery. With a vat of stock, assorted roasted vegetables, a carton of heavy cream, and a blender, I should be able to get through most of the next week on pureed soups.

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Sunday, September 30th, 2012

More on DW 7.5

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Doctor Who 7.5, "The Angels Take Manhattan"

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