So I thought I might dig out this old account and actually use it for once.
Now, it may have been over a year since I last used my LJ but hey, I don't want to delete all that history, so I am not actually killing it off. I have imported everything over here, though, and feel free to add/follow (and identify yourself - I lose track of who is who if the usernames are different).
Not sure how much I will use this - aside from occasional comments - but at least it's here. I can be found under the same name on a few other sites, and tend to be a bit more active (or at least repost things more often). Feel free to follow!
And yeah, please ID who you are so I know who to follow back.
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.
...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.
11:32 am 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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
As was I, with an added dash of lack of sleep, since someoneyinake 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.