DOCTOR WHO’s Peter Capaldi on the Hardest Part of Being The Doctor - BBC AMERICA Exclusive

Capaldi impresses me more and more….

As part of Throwback Thursday, I’m posting this piece I wrote April 4, 2014, for my LiveJournal blog. I am planning to slowly move over anything of substance from LiveJournal over here, with plans on turning the LiveJournal into something else.

It’s an unassuming little store in a quiet little town. The outside looks like a stereotypical hunting lodge or camp cabin, mixed with a standard suburb strip mall – the only thing that makes it truly unique being the giant red X alight in neon. But it’s the sign outside that advertises the contents of the store (supermarket, liquor & wine, deli, humidor, and 99 cent store) that gives just a hint of the absurd wonderfulness that is the Red X store in Riverside, Missouri, nestled in the suburb of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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Trope Name?

So, there’s gotta be a name for this trope: I had NO problem believing in a talking raccoon and a fully sentient tree, but the moment he pulled out that Walkman x amount of years later, with it still running (where do you get AA batteries in space?), with the tape and the foam headphone covers that fell apart if you LOOKED at them funny still pristine - THAT stretched my sense of disbelief…..

fallontonight:

To counter all the bad news being reported, The Tonight Show asked NBC news anchors across the U.S. to read stories that make us happy!

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drgrahamchapman:

sannao75:

This was really hard to read

I just can’t…

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earlgreytea68:

“You ran me over with your car,” Eames accused.

The man lifted his eyebrows as if he was surprised that Eames was upset at being hit by a car.

Damn it, now I’m gonna have to re-watch Inception again. Didn’t hate the film when I saw it, but was nowhere near impressed with it (wrote a review of it on my LiveJournal that I may or may not be moving over to my new blog), but you talking about your discovering your love of it lately has made me want to give it a second chance….

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knitmeapony:

A large part of my adult, career-related life has been lived by Susan Ivanova’s examples and wisdom.

i don’t really know who this is i think she’s from babylon 5 but AWESOME

Oh man.  MAN.  Man.  Lemme tell you about Susan Ivanova.

Susan Ivanova, second in command of Babylon 5, has been through a lot of shit.  First, off, Babylon 5 is a deliberate melting pot of a place where. after a really bad war, different species can come to seek peace.  Earthgov is skeptical about it.  The other species governments are skeptical about it.  As a result, the station often stands between the universe and very bad shit going down. 

Commander Ivanova is in charge of operations.  All the day to day stuff.  She handles it pretty well.

 

Mostly, anyway.

She is not here to put up with anyone’s shit.  Not even if you’re from Earth.

She’s second in command of a station with captains that are perpetually putting themselves and the station through a lot of political… well, ugly politics.  She’s often the one left behind, having to tell folks the Captain is not available and she’s in charge.  Honestly, for having to be the grownup among so many damned children, she’s very well liked. 

She’s not all business, though, she’s a great friend as well as commander, with a lovely, dry, gallows sense of humor.  I’m not sure there’s a person on the station who doesn’t have a private joke or at least a friendly word with her (provided they’re not fucking up her schedule).

Her family is Russian and Jewish, and it actually comes up from time to time.  She occasionally sends a shout out to god (she’s not practicing, iirc, but she still identifies as Jewish and keeps a few traditions), She commentates often on her Russian heritage.

Susan Ivanova: I know, I know. It’s a Russian thing. When we’re about to do something stupid, we like to catalog the full extent of our stupidity for future reference. 

She meets up with family and friends from her past and doesn’t shy away from them:

Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: So how are things back home? 
Rabbi Koslov: They change, they stay the same. Russia is Russia. Your father used to say: “If regret could be harvested, Russia would be the world’s fruit basket.” 

She had a rough time growing up - her mother was a telepath, and in this universe if you’re telepathic and human you have two options: join a quasi-militaristic organization called the PsiCorps that will immediately take you from your family and control your whole life (they even have a saying: the Corps is Mother.  The Corps is Father.  It’s as chilling as you think,); option two is to take some drugs that suppress your abilities.  Ivanova’s mother chose the second option, and after a long, ugly period suffering under the effects of the drug, she took her own life.

You can imagine Susan is not thrilled with anyone associated with the Psicorps. But when a Psicorps telepath named Talia Winters comes on board, some interesting things happen.

At first she avoids the hell out of her.

But then, eventually, Susan doesn’t mind her so much.

Talia reaches out, and turns up at Susan’s quarters late one night.

They actually become real friends.

And you know, they have scenes like this.

And then, when Talia is gone she confesses:

Susan also later falls in love with a man named Marcus Cole, which means for my money she’s the first bisexual lady in space that I ever saw on TV.  Possibly ever.

For all that though, for her friendships and lovely jokes and cuddly-as-a-cactus-flower appeal, they never ever forget how good she is at her job.  She is shatteringly competent.

She is a military commander, and from time to time, she shows it.

Also, she was airlocking people before it was cool.

The whole crew is in on the airlocking thing, really.  They support her airlocking habits.  It’s lovely of them to do.

In summation:

Commander Susan Ivanova, bisexual Russian Jewish space princess of my heart.  Forever.  Watch this show.

Always share St. Ivanova.

YEESSSS. Babylon 5 fandom, we yet live!!

And did we mention the part where she coopted part of the hydroponics bays so that she could grow coffee to prevent her from committing homicide?

Susan Ivanova is my queen.  Also my rebbe.

(I refuse to call her St Ivanova because what part of “Jewish” are we forgetting, thanks for the erasure).

#another on the endless list of shows I want to get around to watching

YES. Yes, you do. It has its problems, it’s the first show to do all its SFX by computer (Amigas with Video Toaster cards) and sometimes it looks it, and it starts slow but god damn once it gets going it is fucking amazing and awesome.

Also, Ivonava and Talia’s relationship is canon and confirmed and intent, and the only reason it stopped when it did is because Talia’s actress wanted to leave the show to do other things nobody cares about.

I have never watched this show but this makes me want to!

Babylon 5 was one of the best shows of its time, and actually still holds up relatively well, despite the advances in technology. Inspired by Blakes 7, was one of the first major shows to do season long story arcs (hell, SHOW-long story arcs - JMS sold the show with the idea that it would ONLY last 5 seasons, and that was it), and one of the first shows to do all of its computer effects on a Mac. The characters were awesome, especially the women, with great Shakespearean speeches that made you want to just follow. And for a show created by an atheist, it had strong themes of the importance of faith (faith manages) and made a clear difference between faith and dogma. 

I’ll just end with my favorite Ivanova speeches:

"Who am I? I am Susan Ivanova. Commander. Daughter of Andrei and Sophie Ivanov. I am the right hand of vengeance, and the boot that is going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart! I am Death Incarnate, and the last living thing that you are ever going to see. God sent me."

— Susan Ivanova (obviously), Babylon 5, “Between the Darkness and the Light”

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bikiniarmorbattledamage:

Yet another household pet that has better armor options than your average female adventurer.
But is so adorable I can’t stay mad… Ozzie can, but I can’t.
- wincenworks

bikiniarmorbattledamage:

Yet another household pet that has better armor options than your average female adventurer.

But is so adorable I can’t stay mad… Ozzie can, but I can’t.

- wincenworks

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azriona reblogged your post and added:

I think I like your SO.

Well, I love my SO. ;-) Glad to be of help.

My SO wwas instrumental in me getting the voice of Al Calavicci in my QL slash, and the voice of Frohike in my Lone Gunmen stories. They help somewhat in Sherlock, depending on the story (John when I need that military BAMF background; Sherlock when I need the arsehole ‘I hate people’ mentality, and - as you see - Moriarty) - not that I’ve written too many Sherlock stories….

rahzzah:

Beyond Belief by Rahzzah
Who cares what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
http://www.nerdist.com/podcast_channel/thrilling-adventure-hour-channel/

I lost a follower immediately after reblogging that comic. I don’t know if the two were connected, but I find it hilarious.

"What if women had minstrel cycles instead of menstrual cycles? You’d just have a guy with a lute follow you around for a week every month and play you songs constantly?"

My boyfriend (via thecarrionlibrarian)

#no but can you imagine if that was how you learned once a month you weren’t pregnant#by some dude singing songs about the victory of it#you wake up and he’s there and you are so happy#this dude becomes your favorite dude#but then you realize you haven’t seen your friend’s minstrel in a while#I mean everyone notices#like half the people are on the same cycle so for one week out of four your job is just flooded with fucking minstrels everywhere#the cacophony#but Mary over there is all alone#and she’s like my minstrel is late#but we all fucking know#her minstrel has gone off to find her a baby#a nine month journey he must make alone#and until he comes back there is no music in her life#what a glorious world this would be#I love the minstrels (@onionjuggler)

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Reblogging because how could I NOT?

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an ancient and terrible curse.

Oglaf makes my fucking life better.

No but it is so so important that you know what happens next:

this is the best

Oglaf is a blessing from the gods.

This. is. hilarious.

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Ye olde Windows screen savers.

You forgot the best one:

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