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Procrastinating as usual. (I saw "Black Wolves" by Kate Elliott in the bookstore yesterday and was proud of myself for not buying it to read immediately. Low standards.) Have some belated Doctor Who thoughts.

Season 9 )

Christmas Special )


Perfect coda to that episode: Halfway Out Of The Dark by [personal profile] purplefringe is a beautiful and warm Christmas Special vid.
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Doctor Who 9.02: The Witch's Apprentice
Spoilers )


The Sons of Thestian, by M.E. Vaughan
I read this because of a Tumblr rec & good goodreads reviews. That was a mistake. 90% of the book is boring and then it has a great ending, which is wasted because the buildup didn't work. Shame. Spoilers )
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A new Doctor Who season has begun. Personally I still like Doctor Who but am not especially fannish about it anymore, but I have friends who are very enthusiastic about it so I get secondhand excitement.

Spoilers )
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AV is busy, no Bab5 until February :(

Yesterday I went debating again. For the first time in weeks, because some weeks I didn't have time or wasn't feeling well etc., so it's been a while. I judged, for the first time in even longer, and it was a lot of fun. There were some better speakers, some new ones (who were eager for feedback, which is always nice to see), and a decent debate despite the fact that we had at least four different definitions of a key term (patriotism.) I'm now among the "veterans" in the club, which is funny.
I hope I'll have more opportunities to go in the near future, I miss it sometimes. But in the meantime I'm using what I learned in discussions and when reading the news.

Today I'm going to look at an apartment! I'm excited.

I found out that shortly before the Hockey World Championship, team USA and team Canada will play preparation games in Vienna :) Hopefully with none of my favorite players because they'll still be in the playoffs, but it'll be very good hockey to watch. Not sure if I should go only with DD so we can talk about all things hockey fandom, or try and take as many people as possible to get them interested in hockey. I could do both for different games, but I tend towards the latter because I can talk hockey with DD any time. (And have I mentioned how great that is?)

Second to last question for the December meme, by [personal profile] alasse_irena: Who is your favorite Doctor, and why?"

The first answer that came to mind was "one and eight." Referring to the new seasons, I haven't even watched the old ones. So the Ninth and Twelfth Doctor. They're also the Doctors where I feel like I have a somewhat good grasp on who they are, their character, their journey etc., while the Tenth and Eleventh are more vague in that regard. Of course that's most likely also because they had more seasons.

If I had to pick one, I think I'd pick Nine. The first Doctor I watched, so there's also some nostalgia there. I really enjoyed Nine, I especially enjoyed Nine with Rose, and Nine + Rose + Jack is still my favorite group. They were so much fun together! They were very good for each other and cared a lot. And then there's a tragic ending :( Jack is left behind. But for a while the three of them travelled together, and fortunately the episodes are cut in a way that makes it possible for there to have been many adventures that we just didn't see.
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I was underwhelmed by season 7, so it kind of caught me by surprise how much I loved season 8.

Spoilers )

I'm looking forward to season 9! And I might look for fic for this season, as soon as I'm done with Yuletide. (Less than two days, but only tedious editing to do, should be fine.) Recs welcome :)
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I'm not going to a friend's birthday party today because I'm not feeling up for it (in a "I could go if I wanted to but I just sorta don't want to" kind of way) and now I'm wondering how many cookies I should get him next week to make up for it. I wanted to bake tomorrow anyway.

I finally signed up for fandom-stocking, my post is here. I was very hesitant because it's like I'm asking people to give me things, it'd be extra work for them, and it's not like I really need anything, and I'm not even sure how much time I'll have to stuff a few stockings myself. But then I told myself to shut up and do it anyway, so.

I'm still catching up on Doctor Who, one episode per day. At least that's the plan, but I might watch a second one today because I'm enjoying this season more and more.
Kill the Moon )

Mummy on the Orient Express )

I really enjoyed the last few weeks of "The Young Protectors."Read more... )

For the December meme, a question by [personal profile] weird_one: What's your comfort meal?

Difficult question, but I think I'll go with home-made burgers. I don't like burgers from fast-food restaurants: sometimes they taste good, but always weirdly empty. Burgers from proper restaurants can be very good. But my favorites are home-made burgers, with a normal Semmel, minced meat, and whatever is available from salad, tomatos, onions, gherkin... We call them "Papaburger" at home because my dad usually makes them, but LK's homemade variant is also very good.
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (DW TARDIS)
I'm currently catching up on Doctor Who season 8. I saw 8x01 "Deep Breath" a while ago, and then "Into the Dalek," but I wasn't too impressed. In hindsight I think I was still disappointed by the 50th anniversary special.

I watched up to including  )

For the December meme, a question by [personal profile] marginaliana: what one thing would you most like to do in your life that you think is impossible to achieve for whatever reason (financial, laws of physics, etc.)?

The first thing I thought about was flight. Then space travel. Then magic, and travelling to different worlds.

What I would like to be able to do is to visit anyone I want anytime I want. No worries about money, or time: a teleporter would be perfect. I could do so many things, meet so many people, see so many places...

But that's not a thing. Hm. Many things that come to mind are things I could theoretically do, it would just take more effort than I'm prepared to invest, so I'm not too broken up about it.

Let's go with spaceflight! Even if (when) we have space tourism in the future I probably won't be able to afford it. Being in space must be an amazing adventure.
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I'm tiiired. (Actually I'm so tired most of the time lately that I'm thinking it might be an issue with my meds. I have an appointment in January.)

I just need to finish wrapping presents today. Tomorrow is a birthday party/brunch, then Christmas dinner, then I somehow agreed to play in Mass. And mom and LB are playing on the 25th, so I'll probably be there as well. I should do some other stuff, but a) tired, b) it's frustrating when it's supposed to be teamwork and (almost) nobody else does anything. I don't know how much I'll be online in the next few days.

I started silk painting again! I made a nice present for a friend who's a Doctor fan.Picture under cut )

Happy Holidays to all of you! Merry Christmas or whatever else you're celebrating. I hope you have time to relax and a good time with family and/or friends and/or pets and/or fictional characters/creatures/world of your choice.
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (DW TARDIS)
I thought a bit more about what bothers me about "Day of the Doctor", and I think it's a bit clearer now: The movie pretends to be about choice(s), but does a bad job of it.

Choice )
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (DW TARDIS)
Yesterday was the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special! I went, and I had a great time :) I went alone because my friends bought tickets much earlier than me and went to another cinema, and I was planning to meet people there but the place was so packed we didn't find each other. There were people in costumes :D Several TARDIS, Doctors, a Rose with a giant (water) gun, a Dalek, and many people in great shirts. The atmosphere was great, during and after, even in the train on the way home I found a group discussing it *g*

Spoilers )
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It's spring! Finally! Our garden already looks very pretty, this year we have tulips in more colours than I remember ever having before and already some blossoms on the plum tree, though not as many as last year. It's almost warm enough for skirts and dresses, finally. I bought a new dress a few days ago (black, because I need one for the choir concerts) and I can't wait to wear it properly.

Today I donated blood because they had a bus near our house. For the first time in a year or so, the last two times they turned me away because of low blood pressure and not enough iron. The nurses/assistants were very funny. Apparently in the beginning my blood didn't flow quickly enough, so they told me to think of my biggest enemy and then kept cheering me on and telling me how fast my blood was flowing. Very motivational.

I finally caught up with Doctor Who: 5x06 - 5x09 )

Monday to Monday I'm in Switzerland on a concert tour with my choir! Our first concert tour, it'll be great. Four concerts, together with a Swiss youth orchestra. We're singing Mendelssohn's 42nd psalm, a beautiful piece. I have two exams the week after, so I have to find some time to study, but I probably won't have a lot of internet access, so that should help a lot. On the other hand, little internet access and it's the first week of NHL playoffs, argh!

Last few games before playoffs )

Post-donation-lethargy has mostly worn off, back to work! Or first dinner, then work. Actual work, not just "sitting in front of the computer", self. It's not what I thought about, but my biggest enemy is definitely procrastination.

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It's spring! Finally! Our garden already looks very pretty, this year we have tulips in more colours than I remember ever having before and already some blossoms on the plum tree, though not as many as last year. It's almost warm enough for skirts and dresses, finally. I bought a new dress a few days ago (black, because I need one for the choir concerts) and I can't wait to wear it properly.

Today I donated blood because they had a bus near our house. For the first time in a year or so, the last two times they turned me away because of low blood pressure and not enough iron. The nurses/assistants were very funny. Apparently in the beginning my blood didn't flow quickly enough, so they told me to think of my biggest enemy and then kept cheering me on and telling me how fast my blood was flowing. Very motivational.

I finally caught up with Doctor Who: 5x06 - 5x09 )

Monday to Monday I'm in Switzerland on a concert tour with my choir! Our first concert tour, it'll be great. Four concerts, together with a Swiss youth orchestra. We're singing Mendelssohn's 42nd psalm, a beautiful piece. I have two exams the week after, so I have to find some time to study, but I probably won't have a lot of internet access, so that should help a lot. On the other hand, little internet access and it's the first week of NHL playoffs, argh!

Last few games before playoffs )

Post-donation-lethargy has mostly worn off, back to work! Or first dinner, then work. Actual work, not just "sitting in front of the computer", self. It's not what I thought about, but my biggest enemy is definitely procrastination.
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After watching the Hobbit yesterday LB and I wondered how long the movie version of the Silmarillion would be.
Me: "How about Silmarillion: The Animated Series?"
LB: "...No. Stop that."
Me: "Can you imagine the title sequence and music?"
LB: "Bach Allemande played with a mouth organ. I hate you."
I love him too.

Leverage 5x15 The Long Goodbye Job )

Doctor Who Christmas Special The Snowmen )
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I had my first "official" driving lesson today. I'm so glad I practiced on the training area first because we started on a real street! But it went well, and the teacher said I was quite good for a beginner. I had two double units (not ideal, but scheduling was difficult) and did things like drive 80km/h, reverse parallel parking, and many left turns. So many things to do at the same time...

This term I signed up for Econometrics II (voluntarily, it's not required) and now realized that my last statistics course was over a year ago and I have to go back and relearn two semesters of statistics. Ugh. It was difficult enough the first time. Oh, and ideally until Wednesday. And then there's that Bachelor thesis I should be working on...

I watched the recent Doctor Who episodes and quite enjoyed them. The build-up is often better than the resolution, which is sometimes disappointing, but the buildup is usually ~30 minutes and the ending only ten. ;)
Wow, the fandom is huge. The list of reaction posts! I usually only read a few to check if I've missed something that others noticed (often), but other than that I'm not really interested in the fandom. It has some shiny vids, and I read a little fanfic, but for some reason I don't want more. I don't even rewatch many episodes.

SGA is different. To prepare for [livejournal.com profile] sga_santa I'm rewatching SGA episodes, without writing detailed reviews so it's more relaxing, and it's a lot of fun. I think the reason why I'm still interested in SGA is that I still have so many stories to tell. I can think of no other canon that makes me want to tell as many stories as SGA does, and it's wonderful. Just reading the sga_santa wishlists gives me so many ideas! I'm currently plotting the sequel to Court of Athos, and I think it'll be my story of how Elizabeth becomes a leader that I've looked for for a long time. (Rewatching The Rising it's obvious that Atlantis was basically doomed from the start in a universe with less narrativium.) I hope I'm good enough to write it well.

LB asked me to sign up for a course for him because he isn't home, I wasn't as careful as I could have been (20:41 instead of 20:40) and now he's on the waiting list and probably won't get a spot -.- It just means a more inconvenient schedule for him, but still, well done self. Now go do something productive, like study statistics.

ETA: An hour later: No, self, in this case OTW work doesn't count as being productive. This seemed extremely familiar: The Science of Procrastination...
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (DW TARDIS)
A whole weekend of Doctor Who! I went to L's and M's place on Saturday morning and came back on Sunday evening, and in between we watched the complete season 6, the special, and the first two season 7 episodes. We talked a lot, ate very well, and had a great time. Now I'm finally caught up!
A few episode reactions, but not much because I want to go to sleep sometime today. (Hahaha.) Spoilers for everything that aired until now except the preview for next week.

The Impossible Astronaut )

Day of the Moon )

The Curse of the Black Spot )

The Doctor's Wife )

The Rebel Flesh )

The Almost People )

A Good Man Goes to War )

Let's Kill Hitler )

Night Terrors )

The Girl Who Waited )

The God Complex )

Closing Time )

The Wedding of River Song )

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe )

Pond Life )

Asylum of the Daleks )

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship )

Huh, writing all that took longer than I thought. More thoughts on Amy and River will have to wait for some other time. Now I have to wait one week for the next episode like everyone else...
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It still feels a bit weird that at the moment I'm meeting most of my friends to watch TV together, because when I grew up I was told that watching TV is not social and I should go out and do something with my friends instead. But it's so much fun! And we only spend at most half of the time actually watching TV anyway.

Thursday, for example, I invited a bunch of people to come over and watch The Princess Bride for their first time. It was a lot of fun. I also made Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes that took over three hours (final clean-up not included.) They did taste very nice, but not as much nicer as simple chocolate in relation to how much longer it took to bake them.

And yesterday we watched more Doctor Who!

Amy's Choice )

The Hungry Earth )

Cold Blood )

Vincent and the Doctor )

The Lodger )

The Pandorica Opens )

The Big Bang )

A Christmas Carol )
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I feel tired even though I did very little the past few days. Or possibly "because of". Or possibly because the first point on my to-do list is "clean up my room and organize last semester's university stuff" and I don't want to do that...
I did watch some TV, but that doesn't really count as "getting stuff done."

DW 5x2 The Beast Below )

Victory of the Daleks )

The Time of Angels )

Flesh and Stone )

The Vampires of Venice )

Leverage 4x1 The (Very) Big Bird Job )
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Wheee, a whole night of watching and talking about Doctor Who! With lots of dessert, because M. is fantastic that way. (Vanilla/white chocolate-muffins with apricot jam, so delicious.)

The Next Doctor )

Planet of the Dead )

The Waters of Mars )

The End of Time )

The Eleventh Hour )

After that I almost immediately watched Tenth Doctor: The Musical, which is simply amazing.
Other DW vids I know are Handlebars, Marble House, and Everything's Not Lost. Now I can finally watch all vids about Ten! Do you have any favorites? Recs are very welcome :D
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (DW TARDIS)
Yesterday I thought staying up late yet again on Friday to watch the end of season 4 was worth it. After two days of constant headaches I'm starting to change my mind. Almost, because those episodes were amazing.

Turn Left )

The Stolen Earth )

Journey's End )

In conclusion, season 4 is fantastic. More please.
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (DW TARDIS)
Yesterday was Friday, which is now Doctor Who evening :) We watched the rest of season 4 because I couldn't bring myself to stop (sooo tired now.) It was worth it.

The Unicorn and the Wasp )

Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead )

Midnight )

And then the three-parter, but I'm too tired to write down my reactions now (soo many things.) Tomorrow.
Funny quote of the evening: M. said she can't understand how people can't like the Doctor; even a few of her coworkers, who are otherwise interesting people...

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