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Cleaner day happened, ASDA delivery happened, I have been awake since 0630 (or before, that was when I hit teh clock) and am not feeling wordy or like braving the vacuum cleaner today.

I played the Flight Rising Coliseum for most of today, because it started working again and I have many many dragons. Many. I have 125 dragons and my lair is full and it's because nobody wants to buy dragons and if I can't play them I won't exalt them. If the Coliseum worked every single day then I would play a couple dragons a day and it would be a way to pass the time. Since it works when it feels like it if at all I end up sitting here until the chair is epic uncomfy just so as to exalt one more dragon.

I feel this is an example of how chaos can lead to more grim repetition than order. But, obviously, I could just not play the dragons game.

... shiny dragons...

I hope everyone has nicer more interesting days than this.

time travel

Oct. 5th, 2015 02:59 pm
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I watched the first episode of Angel today, and once again tripped over the thing where everyone's so young. I just kind of want to give them blankets and warn them all the things. ... sadly not just the characters.

I'll have actual thoughts about TV eventually, but this whole ability to rewind time is so strange, especially when I've met the actors in 3d. There's like great splooshes of history to go along with the TV stories.

Time just keeps happening.
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I have a theory about human behaviour, devised to explain the actions of Owen Harper in Torchwood. I am aware there's layers of problems there. But.

Owen Harper, when stressed, tries to piss off the boss. My theory is he feels small, so he picks a fight with the biggest monkey. Either he wins, in which case he's bigger than he thought, or big monkey wins, at which point it's all his problem and he's proven he's big enough to handle it. Except on Torchwood big monkey refused to play and fired him. So that doesn't work out so well.

Managers probably don't appreciate having small panic monkey around. If your problems from outside are big already, you do not want problems from inside the team. And it's a waste of effort doing threat displays to show you're biggest monkey. Well run teams are probably less monkey based.

But when we look for leaders some people have this sort of thing in mind. They're looking for someone bigger than them - actually depressingly literally, see correlation between height and getting elected, it's embarrassing. Someone bigger, stronger, smarter, all those useful things.

And in the genres we hang out in, we can take that further. Not hit the limits on human capacities. Go for the literally superhuman.

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So I like fantasy and science fiction when it's average people, badass normal at the outside, having to deal with these huge great problems. Because you can, if you just teamwork good enough.

But I also enjoy the power fantasy that does basically add up to 'but what if BIGGEST monkey?'
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Today there was a new person on the till at Morrisons so things went a bit interesting. They pressed the wrong buttons so I got overcharged a bit (they paid me back when we noticed) and I got poached eggs instead of fried eggs. Poached eggs do not distribute correctly so most of the meal I had only beans and hash browns with no egg left. But aside from that they were okay.

Then there were no plates to get a slice of cake with. This caused us to stall and the queue to stall behind us. So I said to go in front. When we sorted this out (used a bowl from a different section instead) there was 8 people in front of us. *sigh*

Also it weren't the proper sort of cake, but brother didn't seem to mind.

Then we did the shopping, which worked pretty good. They still don't sell pasta twists or soya cheese I can cook and eat. For that I must order in from Norwich or go on a quest.

Brother visited and I gave him the SFX AI cover magazine from when AI was new. He was :D
... he has drawn on the arm of the chair again. I'm thinking of buying new chairs and I must take into account his tendency to draw on the arm. If he draws on the arm of £1200 of chair then that... that would go poorly. Maybe I should get him to buy himself chairs.

(When I say 'draw' I mean 'forget you can put the pen away and just kind of wave it over the arm of the chair again again again'. Sadly am not going to be able to sell this as art.)

We watched Thor: The Dark World which he says he likes better than the first Thor. I like it pretty well but it felt long this time. I like the other heroes better. Jane is awesome though, and Darcy is great, and Frigga... deserves better.

Mum picked him up again and took also some of the New Scientists from 1997. Taking only a comfortable pile each week it will take a long time to send them her way. But she'll have something to read for longer.

I think my brother would like more of my ancient magazine collection, but I think if I give them to him they'll get drawn on then thrown away. Which would be sad after fifteen to twenty years on a shelf. But on the other hand it's a bit pointless to just keep them on a shelf. Shall have to ponder.

Pretty good Sunday achieved.
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I woke up this morning and it occurred to me that it could in fact be deliberate that DW have been killing off black male characters, specifically mostly black male soldiers, because it could be all about Danny Pink.

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The trouble with doing a racist thing repeatedly is that it looks really racist. The pre existing racism stinks up the place, even if you're trying to use that particular scent in a different way. It's like inviting in a bunch of really loud people chanting racist slurs, so even if there's a quiet geek in the corner expanding on the literary themes, they get drowned out.

Doctor Who

Oct. 3rd, 2015 09:10 pm
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I quite liked that. There was quite a lot to like in that. Diversity, several women, a deaf character communicating by sign, all good. Plus a proper spooky October story.

If they could just change one tiny thing I would be about a thousand percent happier though. If they could just make one little change I wouldn't spend the whole episode trying not to grind my teeth. So, dear Doctor Who production team: could you please, please, stop killing a black man before the opening credits.

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I just read a comment that listed off a bunch of systemic problems under capitalism and then went "I don't have an answer for you."

It had more sentences after that but I gave up
and not just because of that specific comment right there.

I just read a whole F&SF anthology that felt exactly like that, like each and every story in this 'best of' stated a bunch of problem and stopped. "I don't have an answer for you" with more gore and nasty.

What happened to hope? What happened to the idea that science and the human application thereof could actually fix things? I realise there are problems, but if all we do is go yep, that's a problem right there, then our basement is flooding and we're too depressed to do anything about it.

We need a genre that's all about seeing a way out of the maze, or we're just going to sit and stew in it. We're going to let everyone sit and stew in it. And that's rubbish.

There's always a way out. We need to get cracking on seeing it, and making it happen.
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So I wrote down on my to-do list that I should write about the Whore Goddess in a couple fantasy books I read recently.

... the W word is not polite but it's the one both books used.

I'm not sure I've got actual meta about it left but okay to do list, shall write:

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... magazines that are a now embarrassing glimpse into my 90s special interests.

Anyone want some magazines?

Radio Times 25 Feb - 3 Mar 1995 Lois & Clark cover At Home with Superman
Radio Times 11-17 January 1997 Red Dwarf cover
Radio Times 14-20 February 1998 Red Dwarf cover 10 Far Out Years
Impact & Pacific Movie News Presents "I am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action" (just a skinny section)
Sci-Fi News 14 apparently a catologue of some sort? Lots of robots and action figures and so forth

SFX #82 September 2001 Spielberg AI cover. (odds are my brother will want that, come to think)[brother took it happily]

X Files magazines:

Starlog #202 May 1994 DD&GA cover 'The X Files: The Truth is Inside' looks like 4 page DD interview?
Starlog Presents The X-Files & Other Eerie TV #1 Dec 1995 (bunch of interviews)
Starburst X-Files Special #29 1996 Interviews DD, GA & CC
OK! Weekly #18 July 21 1996 GA&DD hug cover 'The X-Files: The True Stories Behind the Sexiest Pair on TV'
TV Times 7-13 September 1996 GA&DD cover 'Spooky! Mulder and Scully are back'
TV Quick 7-13 September 1996 GA&DD cover 'The X factor: Scully and Mulder are back' three page special
Dreamwatch #25 September 1996 'Duchovny plays Sex God' 'X-Files: the story so far'
Dreamwatch #26 October '96 DD/GA Poster Inside (I checked, it's still there), 'X Files at the Emmys'
Cinescape Presents T X-Files & Conspiracy Television November 26 1996 GA&DD cover lots of interviews
GQ November '96 David Duchovny cover 'Xclusive'
Satellite TV Europe TVGuide February 1997 DD&GA cover 'X Files: Will They Wont They'
Dreamwatch #31 March 1997 GA cover 'Scully Solo'
NOW 22 May 1997 'Exclusive pictures Duchovny's wedding'
Radio Times 31 May - 6 June 1997 David Duchovny cover, plus 'Join us on the INTERNET! RT goes online'
Starlog #240 July 1997 The Lost World Jurassic Park cover plus X Files inside, Howard Gordon about scripting?? Ooh, and some very cool looking Batman&Robin production design stuff like batarangs. For a bad movie it made great toys.
Cult Times #22 July 1997 'The X-Files Shock Revelations' and cover story Babylon 5 is Back
Radio Times 20-26 September 1997 David Duchovy and Gillian Anderson cover, 'X-directory: every episode of the new series reviewed and rated'
NOW 25 September 1997 'David Duchovny talks for the first time about his wedding'
TV Zone #95 October 1997 'The X-files The troubled families of Mulder and Scully' plus B5 cover
Advert for 'Redux' 19.01.98 'Is Mulder Dead? Find Out First On Video'
The X Files Titan Official monthly guide to the X Files #31 Feb 98
SFX #36 March 1998 'Open File: Cast and crew on the making of The X Files most important season so far' DD&GA cover
Sky TV guide March 1998 DD/GA cover 'Split decision Will They Won't They'
The X Files Titan Official Magazine #4 April 1998 (yes it says 31 and then 4 I checked)
Dreamwatch #46 June 1998 Countdown to the X-files movie with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, Free Color Prints [still] Inside
Radio Times 22-28 August 1998 Duchovny Xplains it all: Money, marriage and Mulder's madness

The Sunday Times Investigates The X Files: The Facts, The Fantasy, The Future

The X Files Manga, probably all of 1996 and 1997, but they start over at #1 more than once and I can't be bothered to poke them right now cause I'm developing a headache.


Everything in the kind of condition that happens when you stick things on a shelf and forget about them for nigh 20 years.

More details on any of these on request. Scans not available.

Probably there are people who would very much like one or more of these. Finding them would be the good trick.
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I watched some Sarah Jane Adventures and now I have a sad again. Only a small sad though. People dying is sad, especially when they're in the middle of something.

I have all the DVDs now though, and another season of Doctor Who DVDs, so I could delete a ton of episodes from the recorder box. It might take whole numbers of weeks of MacGyver before it starts complaining about no space again. ... shows that are on every day of the week do add up.

I ache kind of everywhere now. I need to do more walking more often. But I've had food and drink and can go sleep any time I like, so that's win.
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Went to Norwich with mum. Task list was: return library books to library, try and sell books I don't want, donate what wouldn't sell (which was all of them in this market), buy some Doctor Who DVDs that are unaccountably gaps in the collection right now. Tasks all achieved :-)

On the way in we went into Debenhams because I saw a very good coat in the window. Red coat with buttons. So we went in and went up the lift and went looking for the coat. Which I found, in both petite and ordinary varieties. 18Petite didn't quite fit, but a regular size 20 will actually button up on me. ... I'm not a size 20 all over, but only Bravissimo sizes things by Super Curvy. Bravissimo has curvy coat but only light blue, not so stylish nor as long. 20 is the biggest that Debenhams coat goes up to, I just looked on the website, where it is out of stock in that size. It was in the shop today though. But mum is not convinced the very good coat is in fact any good. Too dull red, she says. Not the right shape for me. And granted, many things are not the right shape for me, since short and round is not fashionable, but I spend much time looking for coats and not finding, and that one seemed pretty okay by my standards. Also, mum kept going round the shop some more to find the one from the window, but that was the one from the window, it had the same name and everything. So that was just helpful. Mum not agree.

I might have to go back and buy the coat. It seems like a pretty good coat to me.

Mostly we went to the Forum for the last chance to see the Dragons.

Dragons are excellent.

I bought a very small dragon, a Draco that has stars and constellations on it. At least that's what the box says, due to very efficient packing and sellotape I haven't got it out to check yet. Stars dragon is best dragon. Mum thinks skeleton dragon was best dragon, and I like that one too, but I only bought Draco. Because they're proper moneys each.

We got a raffle ticket to maybe get a medium sized dragon. But I didn't try and bid on a full size dragon. Because I'd only have to leave it outside and no dragon good enough to bid on is bad enough to inflict that on it.

After we did my tasks list we went to Country & Eastern, which is full of all the things mum likes. I liked that it had elephants painted on many things, but the shop made me sneeze and then cough, so I ended up standing outside. Also by the time we got there I was Very Tired already in the feet especially and ended up on the stairs having a sit down while mum did her shopping. We're not very good at staying together. She walks faster than me and when we went to look at the market she vanished, though she claims she was staying the exact same place the whole time, but I was looking in the exact same place and she wasn't in it. Also she stopped to look in the place without saying she was stopping anyway, so that was vanished the first. So that didn't work best. And I know that's half me not keeping track, but I am disabled and also I was the one leading the way. Still, needs more practice.

I got tired out abruptly and we ended up coming home on the bus with all the school and sixth form students, so that was a bit crowded.

But all in all that was a pretty good day.
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Cleaning achieved, dishwasher running, washer machine running, and vacuum cleaning done.
I win at Tuesday once again.

I also rearranged some shelving in my ongoing quest to get rid of broken and useless things. Which involved knocking things down the back of the shelf. That was less win.
I realised I couldn't poke the umbrella down there because it is metal and there are wires, I couldn't use the walking stick because it goes outdoors, so, wooden sword time.
I scooped the stuff to the end of the shelf and picked up the signal booster that was hanging by its wires and felt so accomplished it almost cancelled out the feeling of having knocked it all down the back in the first place.

My mum phoned to ask if I want to go to Norwich this afternoon. She has known me my whole life which is several of decades now and still she phones with a plan to leave the house immediately and thinks there's any chance the answer is yes. The answer was no, because tomorrow is Go To Norwich Day, because there's books to take back, books to see if I can sell or donate, and Dragons to see.

Tomorrow is the very last day of dragons. The auction is on. I could bid for a dragon of my own. That would not be the best use of my money yet it would clearly be the most awesome.

You can see all the dragons here

If I got a dragon I could put it in my parking space? Or outside mum's house. ... I should probably ask mum about that plan.

... I should probably not attempt to get a dragon...
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Today the cleaner is here at the time the previous cleaner usually arrived instead of an hour later as has become normal with this cleaner. So I was in the middle of breakfast, because I wasn't done with cleaner day tasks and got in a dizzy tizzy and realised I hadn't had breakfast. So now everything is all sideways because interrupted in the middle. Even though I'm pretty sure I did the cleaner day things in like five minutes once she got here, it all feels wobbly because interrupt.

My brain.

On the plus side, cleaner day achieved, except for vacuum cleaner, and I was wearing clothes and not in the bath, so that works out.
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Have now rewatched all but one episode from last season of Doctor Who.
I still hate the one where he says to not give a little girl her meds. I know what the message was supposed to be, about listening to little kids, but what they actually did was have the Doctor tell kids not to take their meds. That's actual evil and I can't be having with it at all.
Also they reached new depths of departure from teh whole 'science' idea, and I say that having watched Classic stories.
But it had some nice lines, and that bit at the end "One person is more amazing, harder to understand, but more amazing than universes." I liked that.

So on rewatch I'm not all wound up and fed up of it, I'm just kind of nothingy. Which is, like, progress.

Also Missy is a delight as long as I can ignore the heavily gendered aspects of her. I mean, I know the Master goes all in when he goes into a persona, so Missy of course would play with the new possibilities, but that... that's just an excuse for this particular set of tropes being used by writers who think that 'suddenly feminine' necessarily means concerned with sexy and kissing.
... I cannot ignore the gendered stuff. But Missy is concurrently fun.

The race and gender stuff is still there, but knowing exactly what it does, I'm better at filtering it out.

I just would rather not have to filter so much of my favourite shows.
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History books don't often tell things very interesting. It's like, half a page of this king, half a page of next king, half a page of bishops and saints and suchlike. How people actually lived and what kind of deals they made and how their society was organised? Not in these books so far. So I'm bored. It's like a king list but with more judgey descriptions of the dudes that didn't make it into the list.

I know the sort of thing I'm looking for exists, I just need to find the right books.
And possibly a different bit of history with more surviving evidence.

Also the books I've got at the moment persist in describing Anglo Saxon inheritance as a series of constantly broken primogeniture inheritances, instead of maybe possibly a system that didn't just go to the firstborn son in the first place so all the zig zag around the family trees is just how things worked. I mean, if it very seldom does the thing, maybe it's not trying.

And even histories about Queens are being annoying about women. Like, it's using how many children a couple had as evidence of how close they were and how much sex they had? Pretty sure there's too many variables in there to use it that way. Also the stupid book just used the fact that one queen had a baby every year to say that they were not political and totally taken up by baby making. And this is written by a woman. I'm pretty sure pregnant women still have brains and talkings and so forth! Also also it's being pretty stupid about the role of religious communities and being logically inconsistent. Like, bishops and abbesses keep on being important to the story, but every time an ex-queen goes away to be a nun and becomes an abbess the book says they're being pushed out of power. They're being pushed out of the line of inheritance, maybe, but they're in a position to wield a different sort of power.

I'm just really frustrated at how the distant past is being written about as if it's a sort of defective inconsistent version of one particularly sexist interpretation of ... one slice of the medium past. Pretty sure it didn't work that way. I mean, the fifth century isn't going to know it's being rubbish at being the fifteenth century.

Boo. Need more and better books.
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I woke up at 1150, because last night I discovered the fanfic I decided to read was part 1 of a series in the sense that the second half of the book was in part 2, so I didn't stop reading until I was done. Sharpe's Dragon, very good.

Phoned mum, did Sunday Breakfast, had a bit of a dizzy day but coped, did shopping at Morrisons and now I have soya milk of the correct sort so I'll have breakfast this week, did shopping at the Factory Shop because mum wanted one particular thing, then went home and watched a DVD with my brother. We watched Guardians of the Galaxy and it was good :-)

I like it when the routine functions correctly.

Doctor Who

Sep. 26th, 2015 08:33 pm
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I liked it.

That's actually my whole thought. I liked it.

Which shouldn't be new and unusual, but there you go. Hated the setup, liked the payoff.

And Missy is a delight. Read more... )

I can't say I loved it on the whole though. I mean Read more... )

Added together I liked this episode and am glad I watched it. So that's nice.
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I'm continuing my rewatch of last year's Doctor Who and I hit two in a row I actually liked. The one with the Orient Express and the one with the graffiti. Interesting, inventive, good characters, the Doctor and Clara acting at least neutral to each other through much of the episode, and saving the world with clever and teamwork. All the good stuff.

So then I realised that the episode after that was the one and only episode I've ever stopped watching in the middle, and now I'm pondering if I really need to ever watch it again. I mean, if I don't, I'll never be quite sure I wasn't just having an extremely annoyed day, but if I recall the plot correctly there was a lot to be annoyed about, so.

I am getting very tired of dead black men. And dead people of colour in general. Especially when the utterly obnoxious white guy survives and you just wonder what thought process goes on that leads to such a high percentage of deaths on the one side and not the other.

... I have to either watch with filters on so I don't get enraged by stuff, or not watch at all. This is not best fun.
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I do not know why past me felt it important to keep a stack of unopened Past Times catalogues, or bead catalogues from the 90s, but present me has decided I can let them go.

I sorted through a whole box and emptied and filled it and it was just as full when I finished but with different stuff. That counts as winning.

Tomorrow I have a meeting, which means letting actual stranger humans into my actual house, which was not good planning on my part. Well, the alternative was to go Outside and then have a meeting. That seemed harder in the planning phase.

I hope the meeting goes well and they see that I am still just as disabled as I was when they used to give me actual help and this sitting around in my house all the time is epic boring.

I need a new plan and help to do it.

Also it is very frustrating when the furniture I chose all stops being on sale. Apparently nobody else likes the same stuff. The plan hasn't moved on enough that I could actually buy things, so I'm stuck with a folder full of nice things I'll never have.

Epic grumpy.

Plus the chairs I choose keep on vanishing when I go to buy them. Like repeatedly, the fabric I choose isn't there when I load up the page with credit card to hand. Mum says the universe is guiding me in another direction but at the moment that direction appears to be sitting on the floor.

Eh, house is more tidy and getting emptier. I am maximum win at sorting things out now. I can throw stuff away and everything.

... well, thus far I can throw about 3 VHS tapes a week away, before I get anxious and worry the TVs will magically not be there in other formats even though I already own the DVDs.

But considering that I used to have an empty envelope collection and a bed sized proportion of the bedroom stacked full of old catalogues and... the 90s, I think I'm doing quite well.

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I watched some more MacGyver last night. It went weird for a few episodes, all drugs and prostitution and parents hitting their kids and racism and murder and more drugs. Like the grimdark version. That was unexpectedly upsetting. And then it went back to stories with Russian spies and booby traps and a basic message of 'how about we try not having a cold war' and that's much better.

The part that niggled enough that I thought of it waking up today though was where they spelled out Mac's reason for being a nice guy. Actually, where they gave him a reason.

Mac wanders around finding people who need help and helping them. Sometimes big ways, often small ones. He can do the thing, he does the thing and shows them how, they know a thing and their day gets easier. And sometimes later they turn up and help him, and it's karma in action. It's good. He's good, cause he wanders around doing good.

... also blowing things up with improvised explosives, there's more than one thread in this story, but, focusing on that part...

This one episode pulled together a couple of previously mentioned incidents in his bio and said in explicit therapy speak that this is why he does what he does. We knew his dad died in a car crash, but this episode said he feels guilty about it and like he should have done something to fix it so he goes around fixing things whenever he can.

And it bothers me.

It bothers me because why did someone think that someone needed a reason to do good?

Do good because doing good is good to do. If nothing we do matters then the only thing that matters is what we do. People shouldn't suffer. The smallest act of kindness is the greatest thing in the world.

And I mean, who can walk past a crying child and not want to help? Well, probably some people, people are varied. But, there is unhappy, if you can fix you have a feeling of want to fix.

Compassion in action.

The thing is that with the explanation Mac's actions are framed as all about his own suffering. His guilt, his pain, his regret. He's running around doing things that rationally can't fix the thing that actually hurts him. He's hung up on a particular moment in time, like Batman in the alley, and it's all attachment and obsession.

Without that explanation then just by observing him he's a man motivated by the suffering of others. They hurt, he helps. Simple. Rational. Effective. And an example of the golden rule in action. Compassion, caritas, love.

I can see why some drama writer without the same philosophical underpinnings as me would think that the emotionally motivated story was 'better', because you get these moments of drama and feels and woe. I can even vaguely recall textbooks suggesting this kind of stuff. Give them a twisty rubber band of emotion driving them and you get a whole bunch of expressions to act. I'm sure that sounded better to someone.

But it says, basically, at its core, that someone needs particular and specific reasons to care.

It's just wrong.

Of course from another angle it's just showing that there's specific expressions of suffering in everyone's life, and that this understanding of suffering deepens their empathy and understanding, which guides and motivates them to act with compassion.

But that reading is difficult from the particular therapy speak expression in the story.

Too many stories give the hero some particular twisty bit of awful, something to give them some driving angst. But that makes everything they do about them and their feelings. Some people just look at the world, see suffering, and set out to make it better.


Sep. 22nd, 2015 07:44 pm
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Not only do the shelves fit where I wanted to put them, I have refilled them with Fortean Times, this time in chronological order all the way through to the end of my collection.
That's two full shelves, that is.
There's still a few gaps. Since I had a subscription I either accidentally threw away some FT or got cheated. For peace of mind I'll assume the missing issues are away with the fairies and move on.

There's also room on the shelves for the overflow from the Doctor Who shelves. Nice neat height fit and all.

So now there's the top half of the shelves still empty, and I have to decide if I'm reshelving New Scientist and the 90s cult TV stuff or ... not.

Some of the TV stuff I'm putting where the FT used to be next to my White Dwarf collection. ... I know, there's absolutely no reason to keep them, but I've kept them this long so they're kind of a fixture now.

The only drawback to today is that now I'm dusty, itchy, sweaty, and needing a bath, and today is supposed to be about clean.

And I still haven't done the vacuum cleanering.

At this point I may have to put it off until tomorrow, I'm proper worn out.
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Cleaner Day happened correctly, except I haven't done the vacuum cleaner yet because I'm still moving dusty things around.

I went with Mum to Argos, and bought her a sander and some papers, so she can refinish her table ready to make it my table. I quite like her table and you can't beat free.

I also ordered some actual proper furniture that costs proper moneys and will probably stay in one piece for plural years. I feel like a grown up. It's only a chest of drawers, but it's the chest of drawers I've had on my To Buy list for ages, so.

Also I correctly applied a discount code by speaking to a human. That's like level up of spoken communication.

I also bought some archive boxes, so hopefully I can put things in boxes and stack the boxes up, and that will work taller than just stacking the papers or folders would.

Have to finish moving these boxes around before I have anywhere to sit except the computer. And it's nearly 5pm already. Much things, many do.
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I emptied out a set of shelves in the bedroom preparatory to moving it to the living room.

... I'm waiting on there being another human in the house before I attempt that part. Pretty sure I can lift it, not so sure I won't end up squashed like a bug when it overbalances. Second human can then phone for help.

The lower two shelves are 90s magazines.

The first decade or so of my Fortean Times collection is down there, and in embarrassingly better nick than the more recent ones I accidentally folded a bunch because the stack toppled.

There's also a whole ton of New Scientist. Is there a reason to keep 90s New Scientist? I mean, they're pretty cool, but I don't know how accurate they'll be. Plus the rule where if I've done without them for fifteen years I probably don't need to keep them. But they're in such good condition and kinda pretty. Maybe someone else would want them?

The third sort of magazine down there is 90s cult TV. Which pretty much means X Files. So much X Files. I have GQ, I have TV magazines where they're on the cover, I have... I don't even know, probably all the things, I was aiming for all the things. So now I have so very many things. And I'm sure somebody somewhere would want them, in the nice condition that happens when you shelve things neatly and leave them that way since last century, but I have no idea how to get them to someone who would want them.

... anyone who can get to Norwich and wants a whole stack of magazines?

... not very likely.

I'm all covered in 90s dust now. Read more... )

Okay, onwards to a less dusty bit of the Cleaner Day.
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I'm rewatching last season's Doctor Who still and getting increasingly angry with it
because the dilemmas it presents are not the dilemmas it tells us it presents
and the difference is a nursery school understanding of basic science.

You can't make choices when the show just laughs at physics and throws the whole of basic chemistry out the window. The choices cease to matter because they work at the speed of the plot.

And I realise this is many people's annoyance with fantasy as a genre, but good fantasy tends to put a lot of work into telling you the rules before they become relevant, even if the rules are dream logic and fairytales. Claiming to be science fiction and then throwing out the science is just shoddy workmanship.

Though I really do hope there are people still finding their favourite things in these stories.
Happy is a good.

I just... I get really worked up about this. Because I've liked Doctor Who my entire life and now for a while I can't.
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
Why I need a new TV: Current TV remembers icons and bits of the DVD menu and does weird stripes things when you watch a letterboxed movie and then something else.

New TV is for: Watch DVDs, plug in PC and play some little games, maybe a netflix thing? Maybe? I don't know, technology left me behind, I was fine buying shiny discs but now there's things not even on the discs.

Things I don't want: 3D, curved screens, TV listening to me wtf who even wants that

Apparently many computers now are smart? Possibly smarter than my PC? *pats PC*

Also the reviews say the sound is crappy, and there's all these Sound Bar things to buy to go with it, but I almost always watch with the subs on and the sound mostly off, so it seems unnecessary to invest in such a thing.

So I just need something that makes pictures and is the same size as I already have. That's 32" which is apparently Small for new TV??? Who even needs that much??



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