More Adventures in Learning French

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:21 pm
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I'm still working on my French, and while it's definitely improved, I still have a very long ways to go. As a lark, I thought I would try to translate one of my old drabbles into French. "How hard could it be?" I thought. But wow, it was so hard! I wore out Google Translate checking translations and back-translations, and I think the result might possibly make sense, but I'm not sure. Anyway, if any of you speak French and want to check it out, it's here:

I have also been seeking out French videos to watch / listen to, and I came across this slightly terrifying one:

I kind of wish I had a video of my face as I slowly managed the translation and figured out what it's about.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 11:12 pm
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aaalso i turned 31 today

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Jul. 21st, 2017 10:54 pm
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also man do i dislike this idea that regeneration could result in absolutely everything - if the process was essentually down to random mutations you'd expect a ton of nonviable outcomes, there must be some constraints on what's possible, and it would be very weird for those constraits to be "every single viable trait from the entire gene pool of the gallifreyan species", what would be the point of that as either an evolved trait or an engineered one...

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Jul. 21st, 2017 10:33 pm
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i don't know which random edwardian tailor decided to put a hot pink lining into a navy jacket, but i really fucking admire them.

also admire the person who made this page for providing a pattern.

Rest In Peace, Deborah Watling

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:09 pm
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Deborah Watling has passed away, at the age of 69, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. She played the role of Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor, on Doctor Who. Unfortunately, most of her episodes were destroyed.

The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World managed to survive from her tenure on the series, along with the second episode of the serial The Evil of the Daleks.

The Randomiser: The Myth Makers

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:26 pm
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I wasn't really sure what to expect from The Myth Makers going into it. I have a fairly low tolerance threshold for so-so comedy and, while it has a good reputation, it is also Doctor Who attempting comedy in the 1960s and I had not been overly impressed by The Romans.

Actually it is surprisingly good )

I would genuinely love to see what The Myth Makers actually looked like. Doctor Who so rarely whole-heartedly tries to do comedy and this has some great dialogue and comic moments. I would have liked to see the actors faces as the lines were delivered. Watching telesnap reconstructions of old Doctor Who is definitely a fans-only past time, but if you feel up to the effort then I would say that The Myth Makers is more rewarding than many.

Saying goodbye

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:56 am
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On today, 21 July,  Deborah Watling (who played Victoria on Doctor) has passed away at 69.   I admit to not having seen all of her serials (or heard all of her audios), but I love Victoria and find her an amazing companion.   Her family is in my thoughts/prayers.

Article here. (

Freely Given

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:06 pm
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Title: Freely Given
Fandom: Versailles
Rating: Explicit
Genre: PWP, missing scene
Word Count: 1017 (Oneshot)
Characters/pairing: Fabien Marchal/Sophie de Clermont.
Warnings: BDSM, spanking
Summary:I liked everything you did to me. Everything. Even when you hurt me.
AN: This fic takes place immediately after A Bewildered Heart. It is, in fact, a direct continuation of the last scene in it. At the time I wasn’t in the mood to write smut, so I decided to finish the fic, and make this into a missing scene-fic instead. It seems what I needed to prompt me to get into the smut, was to pause from writing angst…

If you haven’t read the previous fic, this works very well to read as a PWP. The first bit is lifted directly from the end of A Bewildered Heart.

Read more... )

Happy Birthday...

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:46 am
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... to [personal profile] grondfic and [personal profile] kerkevik_2014! I hope you both have an excellent day!

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Jul. 21st, 2017 07:16 am
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man, i got the german translation of the revelation of the daleks novelisation yesterday and it has seven and ace referring to each other with formal pronouns. at the same time that seven still calls her ace and ace calls him professor. who did this? it's so incredibly jarring to read! i mean, the combination of first name and formal pronoun isn't completely unheard of, but it's something you might do in a professional context, with your co-workers! or possibly between teachers and students, but in the real world most people in that situation who decide to be on a first name basis also agree to switch to informal pronouns...

seriously where'd this come from? shada, city of death and the pirate planet don't have four and romana doing this. not even in situations where you might actually expect it. i mean, you could argue that four is the kind of person who would just straight out not give a fuck about that kind of distinction, but i can absolutely see early romana I stubbornly sticking to formal ones. i mean, wanting to call her romana instead of her full name was even kind of the equivalent of putting her on a first name basis, and she clearly didn't like that at first

also haha, haha there's actually people pretending that there's been references to the doctor having been female before. how desperate can you get? not like we've seen every incarnation so far on screen and they were all male and there's no room for others to have existed, amirite. he's clearly very comfortable with being male if nothing else, certainly seems like he'd just continue to stick with it if he had the choice. (though granted, regeneration's never involved much of a choice for him. maybe he just fucked up by once again refusing to go through with it. because it'd totally make for good representation to depict being female as an accident...)

The Eater of Light

Jul. 20th, 2017 09:43 pm
purplecat: Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor (Who:Twelve)
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Three formative things from my childhood/teenage years: The books of Rosemary Sutcliff, the folk-music inspired output of Clannad, holidays spent in Scotland.

To be honest, I also rate Survival pretty highly, so The Eater of Light would have had to try pretty hard for me not to love it. I'm not sure I can even remotely claim to be looking over this story with an unbiased eye. I loved it a lot. It does reassure me that The Teenager also loved it however, despite considerable sceptism about Rosemary Sutcliff (occasionally I give her the books, she tactfully ignores the gesture), and no memories of Scotland (or Survival).

She does like Clannad though, but I'd argue that the music here, while definitely folk-inspired, is not particularly Clannad-ish.

Spoilers under the Cut )

I loved this. It hit me in all my nostalgia weak points and handled this particular TARDIS team, which I already liked, perfectly enough to convert me from well-disposed to a fan. The Teenager said she thought it might be her favourite Doctor Who story. I'm not sure I'd necessarily go that far (this is no Blink!) and I'm almost frightened to see how it would stand up to a rewatch because I'm very aware that external factors were effecting my ability to think critically about this. But on a single viewing, I'd say it was my favourite Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole story.

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Jul. 20th, 2017 07:26 pm
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why is my wallet so heavy? earth gravity, that's why

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Jul. 20th, 2017 05:25 pm
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"you're not really a doctor who fan if you won't watch this"

that makes about as much sense as saying that i'm not really a star trek fan because i find deep space nine dull as dishwater. it's okay to like one part and not another of a story universe

honestly though, do you seriously not see how replacing existing, popular male characters with omen instead of creating good female characters from scratch just screams "it's impossible for a woman to be successful without piggybacking off a man", why on earth would you want that

(also, why are you so angry that there's people who dislike the decision if you're this confident that it's a positive one. much more "want to believe that it can only possibly turn out well" than "actually do believe it", huh? and very obviously a touch of not even considering that people who aren't men might dislike it. so basically, you assume that all women are the same and will approve of the same things and also that you, personally, aren't sexist...)

Rest In Peace, Trevor Baxter

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:20 am
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Trevor Baxter has passed away at the age of 84. May he rest in peace. For Doctor Who fans, he played Professor George Litefoot in the episode The Talons of Weng-Chiang. He reprised the role for Big Finish Productions, in Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murderers, and a series called Jago & Litefoot.

Having looked through his filmography, I see that he was in two episodes of Mystery And Imagination*--The Body Snatcher and Feet Foremost; I believe those are in the portion that are sadly lost. He was also in Jack The Ripper (1988) in the role of Lanyon--that one also starred Michael Caine, Lysette Anthony (Angelique from Dark Shadows 1991), and Susan George (Lucy in Dracula 1968). I have always meant to watch that one, so I’ll track it down. I think I spotted it at DailyMotion earlier, divided into parts.

*Come to think of it, that's two from Mystery And Imagination that have died in the last two months. Peter Sallis was the other one.

Crossovering Letter

Jul. 20th, 2017 09:06 am
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Placeholder. Nothing to see here

The Great Repeal Bill...

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:24 am
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 ...seems to be an attempt to weaken most of Britain's human rights protection. There's a petition against it here:

spread the word.

gacked from [personal profile] history_monk 

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Jul. 20th, 2017 03:41 am
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i too prefer organic food, i certainly can't digest inorganic compounds


Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017