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Saturday musings

First things first - it's Bring Back the Porn day at InsaneJournal, and you can find it all at [info]bbtp_challenge (master list). I even got my act together this year and wrote Our Scandalous Days Behind Us about the secret sex lives of the inhabitants of Downton Abbey. I've never written these characters before, so I'd love to hear what you think.

Second, Doctor Who's back! And I thought it was both frustrating and fabulous.

Moffat gets full marks on the creepy with this one, what with the Dalek Parliament and the dusty Dalek graveyard and the zombie Daleks (WTF really?!!) and the ballroom filled with how-Amy-saw-Daleks people. *shudder* The Doctor dealt with it in his unflappably fine form, and it was wonderful to see the connection with Amy still as she interpreted his every move. ("And now he fixes his bowtie.") Rory was there with stupid jokes and touching things he shouldn't touch and heart-tuggy voice-cracking -- usually his best feature, although this time I would have to hand that over to his hunky new haircut. MROW. And then there was Souffle Girl, who rocked my world. I loved her banter, her naming Rory "Nina," her comfortable curl into that command chair with her laptop... and sorry, but that was not a bad hair day. It was pretty obvious she wasn't who she thought she was - I actually had her down as the asylum's control centre - and yet still the image of the Dalek draped in chains flashing to Oswin inside was heartbreaking. What I am still a bit unclear on is how her human mind was able not just to dream itself as alive, which I could easily buy, but also had the power to make very real changes to the Dalek's system/hive mind telepathic network. That seems a bit of a stretch.

OK, but that's not the really frustrating part - the really frustrating part for me was that Rory and Amy had their entire dramallama because Amy couldn't get pregnant. Seriously? Like adoption doesn't exist... and neither does having a conversation about it like normal people in normal relationships do? I get that the story needed them to break up, fair enough, but that reason is so 19th century that I just want to shake my finger at Steven Moffat and say, "You can do better."

But hey. Doctor Who is back. And I have no doubt that the Daleks will remember who he is soon enough.

Third, I'm excited that I just this minute ordered Space Fluxx after playing a similar game (Martian Fluxx) at a friend's birthday last weekend. Anybody ever played it? I'm crap at card games that require you to remember numbers and stuff, but this is fun and silly and the rules change often enough to suit my limited attention span.

I thought I deserved a little gifty for myself because fourthly, I dyed my hair a colour that can only be described as "shit brown." It was supposed to be a lot lighter - I didn't want to go darker because I had such trouble getting it out the last time I dyed my hair black - but this is almost as dark as the black and not nearly as pretty. Am now contemplating pink or purple to fix this. But at least the profusion of white hairs I'd gotten in the past two weeks are gone, as is the source of the white hairs, so that counts as a win.

Fifth, there's really no fifth, other than that I'm relaxing tonight with some Upper Canada Dark Ale, cuddling a kitten on the couch beside me, and exploring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on Youtube. I don't know much about hip-hop so I can't say how unique Macklemore is, but I find his music so moving in how he's using it to say something important, whether it's speaking out for music or for hope in his community or against consumerism and disconnectivity, or here, with SAME LOVE, for gay rights and marriage equality.

And if you want one more, this vid left me in sappy tears, partly because I got the worst homesickness for Seattle but also just because of the joy and the potential he sees in the kids, and in what they can become, and his acknowledgement that it won't ever be the same and the RKcndy's not coming back, but they need to have something like that too, they need that chance.



Hope you're all enjoying the weekend!

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Those videos are so inspirational! And what a remarkable voice he has. Lovely.

Such a shame about your hair! I hate when dye doesn't turn out like it's supposed to. I've used blonding kits before to get out too-dark dye. They do bleach, so it's not super-healthy for your hair, but I've had good results with just leaving it in a shorter while than recommended, checking frequently and washing it out as soon as it lightens enough - it can take you to a nicer lighter brown or reddish depending on the shade you dyed. And they don't cost as much as a salon stripping would. But pink or purple would be awesome too! Good luck either way.

BBTP was ridic fun this year! I'm so glad you picked Downton Abbey, that fic is full of win <333

Oooooh, Dr Who. OMG how creepy were all those discarded/insane Daleks?? Yikes. I loved Oswin too - she's fun and quirky and smart, and thus far not precious or too forcedly whimsical. Can't wait to see more of her! The influencing the Daleks bit was odd, agreed, but I'm hoping we'll get more background on it and it'll make sense? Maybe I'm expecting too much, lol.

Yeah, I wasn't impressed with the reveal about Rory & Amy's issues, either. Mostly I don't terribly mind because a world in which Rory and Amy are split up is surprisingly painful and terrifying, so I can deal with it being something ridic that was resolved by the end of the ep. But the pain addict in me was kind of expecting/hoping for one of those stabby developments where people just fall out of love and all the will in the world is not enough to fix it. And it could have made sense that things were fine between them while they were going through all those epic plots and extremely dramatic scenarios while travelling with the Doctor, but that they couldn't handle an ordinary life together. That would have broken me. But not being able to have more kids? LAME.

Still, it was a great season opener and god, I cannot wait for ep2!

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SERIOUSLY - What was Moffat thinking? I had to restrain myself considerably from all the WTFing I wanted to do on Twitter when it was revealed because lamest excuse ever. I was still touched by Rory's pain and sheer confusion of not knowing what's happening and I honestly felt like he might have had a slight "Seriously" moment himself there where he wanted to ask Amy why she didn't say anything or talk to him about it because.....LAMEST EXCUSE EVER.

*Ahem* I am calm. I did wonder if, ask Amy was under the influence of the nanites and the Daleks were replicating the actions of the people if that's fully how the Daleks see themselves, if that's part of Dalek insanity and because of this underlying psychic field or whatever it was if that's how they see each other in there.

And I'm sorry about your hair sweetie *pets* I saw a girl on the bus today with dark brown (non-descript) hair and purple tips which was nice - maybe worth trying?
I really thought that Moffat could have done better. As excited as I was for DW to start up again ... I really wasn't feeling it with this episode.