March 13th, 2015
|10:50 pm - RIP Sir Pterry|
What a thing to wake up to. I ended up crying over my breakfast as I read all the tributes today.
I just don't really know what to say - in spite of everything, include his medical issues, I just never really imagined a world without Terry Pratchett. I found his books as a child, really, and they've been with me since then. In my list of favourite books and authors, lots of writers have come and gone, but Pratchett was firmly lodged in place. So much of what inspires me, what I think and feel has come from what he wrote; some people look to philosophers or historical figures, but I looked to his books.
And now he is gone.
I'm just going to go be sad for a while.
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Current Mood: sad
February 20th, 2015
|11:26 pm - Caffeine truly is the lifeblood of government|
So to follow up on that last LJ post of mine, way back when, I am now:
- In Canberra
- In my own apartment
- A week into the new job
...a job which I can't really discuss in too much detail, on account of it being in the public service and thus we do actually have to sign certain things about confidentiality and legislation and what-not.
That said, I certainly had an interesting first week. (People who know me IRL and know where I am working can probably guess why, if they were paying attention to what was in the news here in Australia.)
I'm suddenly feeling an urge to read/watch more things with characters in public service. It's all suddenly become that much more pertinant to me. I suspect certain things are going to suddenly seem more hilariously (and painfully) accurate.
So yeah. Canberra. Stuff happening.
January 12th, 2015
|09:02 pm - Things happening|
Back with another post just slightly later than I had been expecting.
Mostly on account of being away for quite a bit - the three weeks in Myanmar and then Singapore like I mentioned in my last post, and then off to mothers for Christmas for a few days.
So yeah, busy.
That's not the big news though.
As people who follow me on other sites would have heard, on the last day of my holiday - when we were still in Singapore - I got a phone call offering me a job. In Canberra.
So in just over two weeks, I will be moving away from Melbourne, up to Canberra. And then starting my shiny new job (An actual non-casual job! With a salary and benefits and stuff!)
Which is the other thing currently keeping me busy.
Moving is a pain. So much organising!
So yeah. Canberra. That's happening.
Current Mood: busy
November 29th, 2014
|05:07 pm - My bad|
So I've been sort of terrible about posting to LJ this year. Whoops.
My excuse is mostly that LJ is sort of dying now, but I do still read other people's posts, I just end up commenting elsewhere mostly. (Like Tumblr.)
Anyway, I'm just posting to say I am off on another overseas trip, which you may have already heard about, to Burma/Myanmar. The best name is a better of some dispute.
Oh, and then a few days in Singapore.
If you want to hear more about the trip, when my hotel wifi is decent I'll try to show up on Facebook (under my real name) or twitter, so feel free to check those out.
Be back on the 20th of December, so until then peace out!
Or, you know, enjoy the new Star Wars trailer. (I can flail before I leave.)
April 8th, 2014
|10:24 pm - Because I am the latest ever|
Oh yeah, you might have seen it if you follow me elsewhere, but I have actually posted some of my photos from that trip to Sri Lanka (and Singapore) online.
There's a whole archive of them on Facebook if you have me there, or otherwise you can find some of them over on my Tumblr. (That's only some of them so far, I have plenty more - I am taking requests for more to post.)
Or you can just bug me with a tumblr ask or on twitter or here or whatever. Though I'll probably just post them on my Tumblr for conveniences' sake.
But that is, more or less, that. I am now down several wisdom teeth, and everything in life is back to is fairly dull normal. Sigh.
Current Mood: okay
March 13th, 2014
And in this edition of our regular irregular updates, I shall inform the world that I am to those exciting wilds that make country Victoria so that I can stay with my Mum and get my wisdom teeth removed.
Won't that be fun?
I'll be around and about on the usual sites, depending on how I feel while I recover. So keep in touch! I may want the distraction.
Current Mood: busy
February 2nd, 2014
|07:26 pm - I swear I was actually intending to post here a while ago.|
So, I see JKR has decided to throw some petrol on the ship-wank fires. (Headline editors are throwing even more on, of course, since Harry isn't even mentioned in the quotes currently going around, so making it about who he should be with is blatant trolling for attention.)
Otherwise... well, I can't say I am entirely surprised that the current wealthy, successful JKR with her stable relationship and family would tell a different story than the one that unemployed single mother on welfare JKR would tell.
Aside from that, I think I shall stay out of things until we actually get the entire interview and it's context.
Current Mood: amused
December 7th, 2013
|11:56 am - And I'm off again|
Yeah, so after all that this afternoon I shall be heading off on that trip I mentioned to Sri Lanka and Singapore, and I won't be back again until after Christmas.
Which means that my internet access will be rather imtermittant, and kind of dependant on what the local wifi is like.
Because of that I have no idea how much I'll be able to check LJ - or any other sites, for that matter - so I suppose I'll just say toodles for now and look out for people on the other side. I'm sure I'll find something to talk about then.
If you really need to contact me, Twitter or Facebook would be a better bet, though I will be checking my emails as much as I can.
November 24th, 2013
WHO ELSE LITERALLY SCREAMED DURING DOCTOR WHO?
November 17th, 2013
|04:58 pm - Technology is a wonderful thing|
Now, this has been an interesting few days for fandom.
First, Doctor Who managed to upload "The Night of the Doctor" as a web mini-episode, which caused much fannish flailing and literally caused me to shriek out loud about 25 seconds in.
Well played on keeping that under wraps, Mr. Moffat. Well played.
Oh, and then Legend of Korra went and uploaded the 2-part series finale online as well last night. (Disclaimer: Mum was in Melbourne for a visit + show yesterday, so I haven't gotten around to watching it yet. Though I know more or less what happens.)
So fandom seems to want to keep me busy.
In other news - aside from work and vaguely sort of getting ready for the overseas trip: Technology!
I has a shiny new mobile phone, and I am so very delighted with it and all the nifty things it can do. Though I am always open for recommendations of what (Android) apps are essential to get. Or amusing things I could use as ring-tones. (Family, of course, is as always The Imperial March).
Oh, and since I know a few people on my flist are somewhat informed on these matters: When it comes to eReaders, what would people recommend when it comes down to Kobo vs Kindle?
We're talking for Australia, here, which my affect the prices and availability some, but opinions would be appreciated.
Current Mood: pleased
November 5th, 2013
|10:28 pm - I Aten't Dead!|
Oh my poor dear Livejournal, how neglected you have been.
Well, as I think some people may have noticed, I do still occasionally comment on various people's LJ posts, and I definitely read things, but activity-wise nowadays I tend to be more involved on my tumblr and my twitter accounts. And occasionally even on Facebook or IRL.
Aside from that I've had a rather busy year - I was doing Honours (in Sociology) at Uni, which meant writing up a thesis + coursework to do, which kept me rather occupied for a while - people who follow me on other sites as well would know a bit about that.
But that's all over and done with for the year, meaning for the next month I'm basically just messing around plus work to get some more spending money before I head off in December for a couple of weeks in Sri Lanka, and then Christmas in Singapore. Which should be fun - I'll try and take some pictures.
Oh, and whatever my friends end up arranging for the Doctor Who 50th - I believe someone has cinema tickets booked, so that should be fun. Especially the normal glasses plus 3D glasses bit.
So yeah, that is my life right now.
I shall try to remember to update more frequently, because while I'm on Twitter and Tumblr more often (and yes, people are quite welcome to follow me on either site - though perhaps send me a PM if your username is something different so I know to follow you back)), neither of them is real great for dedicated conversation.
Current Mood: alive
November 18th, 2012
|12:02 am - In which I link lots of previews and pretend like I never left.|
It has been a while since I posted here, hasn't it. Whoops?
It my defense, I've been busy with Teh New Job and what-not. And... other forums, I suppose. (Sorry LJ, I've been cheating on you).
But there were some Doctor Who thingamies airing earlier, so I had to return and comment.
So we had the prequel to the Christmas special, which managed to be both lulzy and made me want to give the Doctor a hug. [Spoiler (click to open)]He's all a bit Scrooge right now, isn't he? Also, Vastra and Jenny and Strax need some kind of wacky Victorian crime-fighting show, because they are wonderful.
And then there was the actual Christmas special trailer, which does look rather interesting. [Spoiler (click to open)]Those snowmen with the evil grins! The evil snow! The new companion, who is incidentally looking not quite as Mary Poppins as this picture, but still... Also, Doctor in Amy's glasses.
Plus with both we got intros with Matt Smith and new girl Jenna, who is adorable.
In completely different news, Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0 came out in today, and I've had a fun few hours watching people flip out over spoilers/fake spoilers/misinterpreted spoilers/badly translated spoilers. It seems to have settled a bit more now the spoilers are coming from more reliable (and understandable) sources, not that's killed the endless character wank. Which is a bit less popcorn worthy.
'Course, it's not like I'll be able to see it for ages until a decent camrip/DVD rip is gotten and subbed. (Which will of course set people flipping all over again. Huzzah.)
But if you're curious, the first six and a half minutes are on Youtube, in HD. Subs are around if you know where to look...
Current Mood: bouncy
September 30th, 2012
|11:17 am - The last Doctor Who post for a while|
So the last episode with the Ponds happened, and fandom was very... fandom about it.
As was I, with an added dash of lack of sleep, since someone
yinake kept me awake on MSN talking about random stupid music and Game of Thrones and Code Geass and what if the Code Geass characters were part of Game of Thrones.
Yes, so, spoilers!
( That time I went to New York and we saw the sights retroactively got kinda weird.Collapse )
So, that's that until Christmas, I suppose. iView so conveniently didn't include the mini-trailer for the episode, so I had to chase it down on the BBC website. It was very short, and I am mildly disappointed they didn't tell use the episode name.
But I can wait. And now the ficcers and vidders take charge of things.
Current Mood: sad
September 23rd, 2012
|11:49 pm - Flare, and Fade Away|
So, the whole returning to my LJ to once more post about Doctor Who has struck once more!
But, I'm okay with that. Also, was thoroughly pleased with this episode (I have decided to ignore a big chunk of fandom, because I am entirely enjoying this season so far.)
Anyway, on with the spoilers.
[Seared onto my hearts]To get the obvious criticism out of the way: Yes the ending was a bit of a cop-out, and could have been better. I mostly don't care, since that wasn't really what this episode was about at all (namely, Doctor-Companion relationships in general and his with the Ponds in specific), and also because I feel like the Shakri is being set up to return again - we only dealt here with a hologram on the spaceship, so I imagine at some point we'll meet him for real.
The companion stuff was what made this episode - so how fitting really, that this was the episode when we meet Kate (Lethbridge) Stewart, daughter of a past companion
shush, the Brig totes counts. I agree with the consensus that I like Kate and nice UNIT, and want them to be returning characters. The fact this was described as her "debut" episode by the BBC Twitter account bodes well, I think. (And I suppose since Oswin or Clara or whatever her name ends up being looks likely to be a non-contemporary companion, Kate could be our modern day link?)
The Ponds were utterly lovely, both in how they were torn between their two lives, and how it was a genuine conflict there because they liked their normal lives. The whole "Ordinary lives suck" thing that popped up a bit with RTDs companions rather soured me on some of them, not to mention got out some nasty parts of fandom. So seeing that averted was nice, plus it made the choice for the Ponds to travel at the end more meaningful. They chose that because it was good, not because the ordinary life was bad. As with the complete non-judgement of Brian staying at home. (Also, good on him for wanting to know what happened to past companion, and good on the Doctor for being straight with him.)
The real heart-breaker was the Doctor's speech to Amy, about how she is seared onto his heart, and how it's about not running away, but running towards things before they flare and fade away. I teared up a bit there. (I think next week will genuinely wreck me, both with the sad and with Moffat deciding to feed off my nightmares.)
One thing that got me about that speech, aside from that line being rather lovely, was how it reminded me of a lot of poetic lines about light - burning out and fading away - which struck me as a lovely metaphor. And then reminded me of the whole flickering light thing that some people have noticed this season and the discussion about if it's a plot point or a red herring (or possibly a metaphor, now). Maybe, maybe not, though it'd be a bit fitting - the Angels like to put light, don't they.
...And now I want this half-season (or maybe even the Pond and Doctor era as a whole) to be vidded to No Light, No Light by Florence + the Machine.
Also, fic that needs to be written: Sarah Jane gets Amy started into journalism; Kate meets up with other UNIT characters (including Martha); Kate and River as companions children; other alive companions dealing with the cubes.
Shout out to Chicken Dance cube, because LOL.
And that would be that.
Also, I found me some icons.
Current Mood: pleased
September 16th, 2012
|01:40 pm - Doctor Who again|
I never got around to posting anything about last weeks episode, did I? Which I thoroughly enjoyed, for the record, but I think at this point most of what I could say about it has already been said. Or is mini-arc stuff, and so will remain relevant discussion for another few weeks.
(For the record, I think a lot of people are overreaching for hints as to ~what it's all about~. The arc seems really very obvious - the Ponds gradually moving away from the Doctor now.)
So, onto this weeks episode, in the aptly named town of Mercy.
[Spoilers staying behind the line]Gosh, the writer loves him some Western archetypes, doesn't he?
Even the alien parts of the story pretty much took an old Western sort of plot - man with a dark past, who has become a respected member of society is chased down by someone he once wronged - and added a bit of Doctor Who-ish alienness.
I could have done without the a voice-over bookends, though. Didn't find them necessary.
Now, I know a big chunk of the debate on this episode is about the Doctor's seeming tilt to the dark side - and I think that may have been the point of having the Solomon stuff in the Dinosaur episode, to establish this as a character development, rather than a one-episode OOCness.
Now, putting aside the fact that people seem weirdly obsessive about the "Man Who Never Would" thing while ignoring that using a gun isn't exactly a new thing for the Doctor, or for that matter that you don't need a gun or even to kill people to be dark and brutal (The Family of Blood say hi!) - I do think there is a bit of a trend there, and that Amy was right when she said this was about the Doctor traveling on his own.
I've seen some spec that this might be because a timey-wimey Doctor who has doubled back and is from after the Ponds have left - which is possible but I feel unlikely - but I think it is mostly linear, it's just that the Doctor was basically lying last week when he said he wasn't trying to wean the Ponds off him.
Though to be more precise, I think he's trying to wean himself off the Ponds. He can see that as much as they enjoy the travel they are settling into homelife - next episode seems to be all about this sort of thing - and as such is trying to put a bit more distance there so that the last goodbye doesn't hurt so much (especially since he feels so much guilt over the other new Who companion departures, so the Ponds living happily on their own terms is very important to him).
It's just that, in distancing himself from his human friends, he's also distancing himself from humanity as a whole. And hence, the darkness.
And a slight response to a reaction I found of this episode (not anyone I know, fortunately, just found through trawling tags on Tumblr) talking about how Amy is OMG THE WORST EVER for daring to criticise the Doctor's moral choices when he travels alone and then asking to go back home rather than stay with the Doctor forever: It is not Amy's (or any companions for that matter) duty to be the Doctor's moral babysitter. And if you are giving up things you love or that are important to you in order to prevent a friend from crossing lines it is no longer a healthy relationship.
The fact that someone genuinely thought that it was okay to suggest that... bothers me.
In other news, I need decent Eleven icons. Who can recommend me some good icon makers or sets for him?
Current Mood: thoughtful
September 2nd, 2012
|07:05 am - I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING|
So, I was going to be rational, sleep like a normal person, and then watch Doctor Who on iView when I woke up, but I got caught up downloading some music and it was like 3.30, so I went "What the hell" and sat up until after 5 so I could see it before I got spoiled.
(I thought I had been spoiled, but LOL nope, that was only minor compared to what happened in the episode.)
So [Asylum of the Daleks]I legit freaked out when I realised that that brunette girl in the episode was the one playing the new companion (Though was pleased to note she was apparently from the future, smart, and quirky), and then doubly freaked out when we found out that Oswin was a Dalek. Which was done really well, even if I couldn't keep all the jokes about Dalek companions I had heard out of my head.
I am genuinely quite curious about how they are bringing her back (and yes, like half of fandom I noticed that the Doctor has no idea what her human body looks like, so he may travel with her for a bit without even realising it is her.) But I mean, identical relation? Somehow in her past that she has forgotten - she claimed she had never been to space before, but the Dalekisation does do a number on memories. Who knows?
But I'm a fan - I love Daleks, and she was fun and quirky and sort of touching, even if I did occasionally have to go back and re-listen because I missed lines in the fast talking.
I may need more icons soon.
Also, nicely played to Moffat and everyone for how well the spoilers were kept under wraps.
Current Mood: shocked
|01:26 am - What is this madness?|
No, really. What?
Current Mood: confused
August 23rd, 2012
|10:03 pm - LOL, keep forgetting to post again|
Well that's what happens when your fandoms die off for a bit, at least in the LiveJournal region. (Though I suppose things will pick right back up again once Doctor Who gets going shortly)
I've still been reading things a bit, so sorry if I have lurked unforeseen, though I've currently been a bit more active on twitter or tumblr (if reblogging stuff counts as "active"), so if you want somewhere I am a bit more... participatory, you could try those. Or Facebook, but that's mostly IRL stuff, so if you would like to Friend me try asking over LJ PM.
But yes, my life has recently been filled with my volunteering, not hearing back from job applications, the occasional social event - I was at Manifest last weekend, which was fun-ish. I had Gendo sign my Death Note - and just... stuff.
The temporary housemate is due to move out this weekend, so hopefully one of the people who are coming to look at the room on Sunday will take it, or we may be in trouble. On the other hand iiNet has decided to upgrade out internet plan
since the one we were on has now ceased to exist, so yay downloading things?
Also, both my parents are currently overseas. Naturally, when my Mum arrived in Turkey, the first question she texted was to ask if I wanted her to buy me a hat. As one does.
Oh, and I got a ridiculously overdue haircut yesterday.
So yeah, life.
July 20th, 2012
At least 10 people were shot dead at a Dark Knight Rises premiere in the US.
...What the actual fuck is wrong with people?
I was going to get around to doing a reviewy thing of the film (I really liked it, though I can see why some people wouldn't), but after hearing that...
Current Mood: horrified
June 19th, 2012
|11:46 pm - I fail at updates|
Whoops, forgot to update for a couple of weeks.
On the other hand, not much real notable has happened around here. Work, sleep, getting flaily about Korra and The Dark Knight Rises trailers (mostly over on Tumblr - hey, they have shiny arts there, and I am shallow for that stuff) - the earthquake tonight is about the most exciting thing that's happened to me for a while, excluding fandom.
So... yeah. My life, not the most exciting right now.
But Korra season finale this weekend, and I did buy me some midnight premiere tickets for The Dark Knight Rises, so there is that. (I got two, so if anyone in Melbourne wants to go with, call dibs and we can work something out.
It's a student ticket, though.)
Current Mood: tired