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Fic what I wrote (DW spoilers)
Sunday 2nd July 2017 3:17 pm

(I haven't posted a Never Seen Star Wars post for July yet because everything stops for Wimbledon. I'll post one in a fortnight.)

I wrote some fic! I started a Librarians fic a while ago because I realised that I wanted to write more Flynn and Cassandra friendship. And because I have post-ep fics for two other season 3 episodes, I clearly needed another one. And then last night's Doctor Who prompted me to write a fic related to it.

There are spoilers for The Librarians 308 And the Eternal Question, and last night's Doctor who below. Read more...

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Science geeks in media
Sunday 31st July 2016 6:08 pm

This is sort of the opposite to my last post. I've been listening to Big Finish's UNIT box set and it just annoyed me as the episodes went on. I know lots of people like Osgood, but I've never been that much of a fan. One of my problems is her asthma, which is never that well portrayed in TV anyway. The other problem is her glasses. It's as if there's a rule that says that any scientist must wear glasses. The asthma's a bonus. It's like being a scientist must mean there's something wrong with you.

The other reason it's been grating recently is I had a sudden urge to rewatching some Wizards vs Aliens. Benny is a scientist, which means he wears glasses (the actor does not). And when there's an episode with one of the alien scientist appearing human, he wears glasses.

Stop it with the glasses. It doesn't automatically mean they're clever. It means they can't see very well. The two things are not linked. Well, as far as I know. But unless someone's done some counting and worked out the percentage of glasses wearers is much higher among clever people, I'd expect to see the same number of clever glasses wearers and less-clever glasses wearers. And there's not many non-scientists wearing glasses on TV...

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Tennis (and a bit of Doctor Who)
Sunday 20th September 2015 10:33 am

I say things, it's going to be mostly tennis, let's be fair. This weekend is the sort of time we're used to seeing Davis Cup matches. What usually happens is we lose in the first round of the World Group in March, then play in September to try and get back in the World Group. Except that somehow (James Ward unexpectedly beat John Isner in the first round) this is our third match this year and it's the semi-finals. The team that wins the world group wins the Davis Cup proper.

Getting this far has meant that all the media are basically assuming we're going to win. Which is a bit counting chickens/crossing bridges/too many eggs. At both press conferences so far they've asked Andy Murray how he'll feel at getting into the final and not unreasonably he's replied that he'll answer that if and when we do.

(To any Australians reading this, ignore the above paragraph: we're going to thrash you this afternoon and there's never been any doubt about it)

Yesterday was the doubles. I like doubles - it tends to have more exciting points where players are volleying on reflex and rallies are shorter. This was one of those matches where you couldn't tell who was going to win until someone did. Which is exciting in a grand slam final where you don't care too much who wins. It's agonising when the players are representing their country. Good tennis, though. Lleyton Hewitt might have been around for a while and past his best, but he still knew his doubles. And it once again confirmed that Jamie is my favourite of the Murray brothers.

Doctor Who was back yesterday, but frankly, after four hours of exciting, agonising tennis, 45 minutes of half a story can't compete. I don't like two parters - I'd have saved it until next week if I could, but then I'd have had to avoid the whole internet and whole world and that's just not possible.

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Doctor Who anniversary aka Australia
Thursday 26th March 2015 6:12 pm

Today is the 10th anniversary of New Who. Or for me, it tells me it was ten years ago that I went to Australia (where did the time go?). The fact that there's been no way I could get on a plane for the past six years that makes it more poignant.

I left on Maundy Thursday and arrived early on Easter Saturday, after travelling for about 24 hours. I spent Saturday trying to stay awake, playing with my aunt's dog and marvelling at how quiet the city centre was on a Saturday (Adelaide is a small city). So I was asleep (just about - the unfamiliar dawn chorus was hard to sleep through) on Sunday morning when Doctor Who was on, on the other side of the world. When I spoke to my parents in the evening they told me it was funny and they'd keep watching.

I was in Australia for three weeks, so I had four episodes to watch by the time I got home.

I want to go back one day, but I get travel sick on planes at the best of times, so I don't know. However, some investigation of the Eurostar website tells me that I can get to most of Western Europe in the same time I can get to Scotland by train. From here, Paris and Brussels are only about three hours away, and Munich (where I have two friends living) involves changing twice (not including London) and only takes about seven hours. Which ok, is a long time to be travelling, but if you have to change trains, you might as well stop off.

The Eurostar website gives you train times to France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. They included non-Eurostar trains, so even from there you could change and go somewhere else. Plus being able to get on a train and get off in another country is a novelty when you live on an island.

My passport runs out this year, having not been used for nearly six and a half years. But it turns out there are reasons to renew it.

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Long weekend
Monday 25th August 2014 5:02 pm

I was just going to do a catch-up on the past couple of weeks (summary: really busy at work, plus Worldcon, but I am feeling better at least) but couldn't muster up the energy, so I won't. I'll summarise this weekend instead:

Gardening. I have filled up the garden waste bin and another six bin bags. Given that the bin takes about three bin bags worth, it'll take six weeks to get rid of all of it, unless I go down the tip. But I have mostly pruned everything that grew over the spring and summer, I just have the things that are currently flowering to go, once they stop flowering.

Doctor Who. Still mumbling. I tried without subtitles, but kept turning the volume up, until I was deafened by the music during an action scene, and I was still having to rewind bits because I was missing entire conversations. I didn't get used to Peter Capaldi being the Doctor. Time will tell if I will, but I have never got used to Peter Davison as the Doctor - looking that young he's just Tristan to me.

Doctor Who Remix. I have a poll up to see if anyone is interested in a round this autumn. I worked out a more prompt-based like idea to make it different from Remix and also because I am burnt out on exchange based ficathons.

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Monday 18th November 2013 9:12 pm

Yesterday I posted about how I wasn't excited about the Doctor Who 50th anniversary yet. This evening I watched the BBC Breakfast thing about Saturday's episodes and one minute in there was a scene with a rabbit in. And a lop eared one too. Now I'm excited.

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Various things
Sunday 17th November 2013 8:36 pm

I suddenly look prolific this month, but in fact I only wrote one thing and it's only 600 words. Lose a Boyfriend, Gain a Degree, which is Rachel and Allison (from Counter-Measures)'s first meeting (if you define that as having an actual conversation). I still hate the title, but it took me longer to come up with that than it took me to write the whole story.

I haven't got to the last two Poirots yet. I am planning to watch the last one followed by the penultimate, so it's not too sad. I am up-to-date on all the rest of the telly, though, which makes a change.

I can't get excited about the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. This is because there are too many things before it, namely my sister's hen night on Thursday and her wedding on Saturday(!). We have literally been waiting years for it and now I can't believe it's so close. This is assuming I get there - my sister's advice on how to find it was "you'll never find it". Mind you, she asked about not getting bored advice on long haul flights and I a) still get excited about being able to watch films on a plane and being brought food and b) take travel sickness pills that knock me out, so I struggle to stay awake for long enough to watch a whole film in the first place.

I did, however, watch The Science of Doctor Who on Friday evening and liked it. It was basically a lecture on relativity, so what's not to like? Although Brian Cox does give an entirely inaccurate idea of what a physics lecturer looks like. They are nearly all old, fat and bearded.

I have re-read all the Jedi Apprentice books. I can't tell you how much I'm not tempted by Jedi Quest. But now I must return to the pile of books I ought to have been reading.

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Monday 12th August 2013 9:45 pm

I have read a few books recently that I decided I wanted to talk about: Read more...

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Windmills and Doctor Who
Tuesday 6th August 2013 6:06 pm

As often happens when something big goes on in Doctor Who, I wasn't around for the big announcement - I spent the weekend in a windmill. Which as fun except that I was looking forward to my sister having kids because I could enjoy the good bits and not get involved in bodily fluids, screaming or sleeplessness. But then two of my friends there have two boys aged 7 & 6 and they make me think that I'd need my sister's kids to be at least 10 before I'll go near them. But she's not getting married until Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, so I have a while to wait anyway.

(Cutting this for Twelfth Doctor spoilers, in case anyone's living under a rock) Read more...

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Various things
Sunday 28th April 2013 5:54 pm

There are a few things I thought about talking about, but none of them really merit a whole post, so this is a post of little bits.

Diana Rigg is on Doctor Who next week! I am very excited. I might have to get my Avengers DVDs out and work out which episodes I haven't seen. Edit: Her daughter Rachael Stirling is also in it. Which meant nothing to me until Dad pointed out that she was the girl in Boy Meets Girl, and she was really good in that.

After thinking about giving up on Blockbuster they finally sent me The Bill series 2. Of the four episodes on it, it was the end of episode 3 that made me think I'd seen it before and halfway through episode four when I knew I'd seen it before. But I have no idea if I've seen the rest of series 2, so I'll just carry on (if they'll send it to me).

It's really annoying that it was so nice in the week and then the weather's been so crap this weekend.

I have my assignment for Not Prime Time. Not sure what I'm going to write yet, but I'm spending the week percolating it in my brain before I start. I have until Wimbledon to finish, which seems like it's a long way away, but it's really not that far.

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Saturday 20th April 2013 3:21 pm

A couple of photos of the slightly unusual Daleks I have around the house - they're even clean (Daleks are a bugger to dust). Read more...

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Why can’t all weekends be a three day weekend?
Monday 27th August 2012 7:23 pm

It's been so nice to have a three day weekend. I spent Saturday reading, Sunday cleaning and today doing computery things. And I've managed to catch up the things I taped during the Olympics. Just in time for the Paralympics and me to be behind in more things (Doctor Who and The Thick of It are the only ones I know of so far).

I also got to post my AU Big Bang fic. I finished it in June and make changes based on betaing in July, so it feels like ages ago I wrote it now. It is:

Chasing Memories: When Ian and Barbara return home in a Dalek ship they're relieved to find it's the day they left. However, they soon find that a two year absence coupled with the dangers lurking around Coal Hill School means they're not going to be able to go back to their old lives that easily.

The link takes you to a post that gives you links to the story on LJ, DW, A03. It will be on Teaspoon too and it is also on my website. And there's a link to the art that [info]spammypod did. It goes AU from the end of The Chase.

I may or may not manage to post again before the Paralympics start, but I almost certainly won't post while it's on. And might not be reading much, so as to avoid Doctor Who spoilers. Although I'm not sure how much I care - I never care much about Doctor Who when it's not on, it's only once it is that I remember how good it is. And in this instance the first episode features [redacted] which I don't like, so it's hard to get excited about that.

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Monday 21st November 2011 9:45 pm

I have been meaning to post all week, but I've just been so tired. Work was busy and I keep getting woken up by the heating coming on. Which is bad enough usually, but was worse on Friday when I got up extra early to collect for Children in Need at 8am. I would have caught up on my sleep this weekend, if I hadn't been waking up early for no reason.

But I do have a meme from [info]selenay936:

Comment to this post, and I will list five things I associate with you. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your blog/LJ/DW (or just add a reply back to me). Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.


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Doctor Who (spoilers for The Eleventh Hour)
Saturday 1st May 2010 8:34 pm

I got Frontier in Space from Lovefilm today after [info]dbskyler talked about the commentary I decided I wanted to see it. It comes in a set with Planet of the Daleks, which I don't like much because it has Daleks in it. Each story has two discs, but Lovefilm only lists one. I just assumed it was because they're a bit useless (given that they're a bit useless), but no, it's because they send you both and count it as one! Very handy.

I've only made it through episode 1's commentary so far, but it's quite interesting and funny.

Confidential just reminded me that I wanted to say this after the first episode at Easter, but I don't like to put spoilers in here because hiding them depends on how people are reading and whether they can hold off from clicking on them.

There are spoilers for The Eleventh Hour in here, but not for any series 5 episodes after it. Read more...

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Red Dwarf: Back to Earth and Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead
Monday 13th April 2009 2:37 pm

I enjoyed both Red Dwarf and Doctor Who this weekend. The former more, of course, since it is Red Dwarf and the first new Red Dwarf for ten years.

However, I have a big, major, non-spoilery problem with each of them. In Doctor Who's case it's the swirly vortex thingy they have in the background of the beginning and ending credits that I couldn't watch because it made me dizzy. In Red Dwarf's case it was Dave's tendency to launch straight into adverts without the usual putting up the logo to warn you. Once I thought something had gone horribly wrong with the signal and once I thought the episode had gone a bit bizarre. It's bad enough watching Red Dwarf with adverts as it is, but that was a bit much.

But, in more spoilery thoughts:

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Another five things to talk about
Sunday 15th March 2009 6:13 pm

My trouble when I'm ill is I tend not to want to talk to people, mostly because I have to be polite and I don't have the energy for that extra thinking. So it's usually better just to shut up and ignore everyone. Which has extended to me not wanting to post in here either, although I do have things I want to blog about.

I am getting better, if slowly (and don't have concussion, which is good after I hit my head on the kitchen side on Thursday night) and this has been marked as unread in my emails for a while:

Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your blog and elaborate on the subjects given.

gave me Doctor Who, Elrond, food allergies, Davis Cup, fencing: Read more...

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Friday 21st November 2008 9:57 pm

I think DWM is trying to tell me something. Before I went to Canada I decided that when my subscription ran out (in the spring) I won't renew it. Increasingly the magazine annoys me, especially with the space they take up with the comic. I've never worked out how to read comics or understood why the pictures are there, apart from being in the way. And even when I do make the effort to read them I can't remember what's happened in previous parts months before.

They also annoy me by reviewing episodes that have been on telly. The whole point of reviews is to tell you whether to bother buying them, but I've seen all the stuff on TV, so there's no point in reading their review of it. It's just more space being taken up when they could do something with it.

Also, I can get it two days earlier in the shops.

When I got back from Canada there were two packages, each with my name (differently) spelt wrong. Inside one was a The War Machines DVD and inside the other with The Ultimate Adventure on CD, each with a note to say that I won a DWM competition. Now, I enter all of them on the basis that you do win stuff occasionally.

The Ultimate Adventures I got round to listening to today while writing a very will-to-live-sucking database and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The extras with them talking about how the stage play came about and how they adapted it were very interesting. The play itself is a lot like a panto in that the actors clearly aren't taking it seriously, so you have to listen to it in that vein. Plus it has Colin Baker in it, who comes across as just such a nice man.

Then when I got home today I found a parcel propped up against my front door. My postman might wake me up at 7am with the post on Saturdays and then not make it until lunchtime any other day, but at least he has a brain. Anyway, inside was a very cold copy of The Writer's Tale! So I was quite excited about that because I'd been meaning to look at it so see if it was anything I wanted, since it has such good reviews (although it'd have to be very good at £30). But now I have it!

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A big update
Sunday 27th July 2008 5:21 pm

I haven't posted for so long I have such a big update. With headings. Read more...

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The physics of Doctor Who (SPOILERS)
Saturday 5th July 2008 10:17 pm

Except lots of Wimbledon excitement after the Mixed Doubles tomorrow. In the meantime, I don't care who wins out of Federer and Nadal as long as it's a really good, close match. All the finals so far have been good (including the girls singles finals, who would have thought I'd have been watching that!).

Whereas last week's Doctor Who couldn't live up to the Wimbledon excitement, this week's did quite well (mind you, that could have had something to do with Virginia Wade, who didn't shut up even when I shouted at the TV). But, to tonight's Doctor Who, with SPOILERS:

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Doctor Who: Scorched Earth (SPOILERS)
Saturday 28th June 2008 10:21 pm

Funniest episode ever. Except possible The Romans.

Further discussion as to why contains spoilers for tonight's episode funnily enough...

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