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The time, she does fly

Okay, first I have to get rid of all these "starving" cats (like I believe that)...

Geez, I committed the unpardonable sin of doing something before feeding them the moment I got home. Woe is me.

I guess I haven't posted 'cause I haven't had too much to say lately; been just rolling right along. Had a busy weekend, much of which is chronicled in rahirah's journal; had some fun at the Chinese New Year festival, ate lots of really good Asian food (both Chinese and Vietnamese), trolled through a couple of nifty Asian markets, met framefolly, and had a good time. (Speaking of things Asian, I've been on-and-off listening to the cast recording of Avenue Q and I wondered when the term "Oriental" became offensive. I think it's a lovely word, myself, but I don't want to cause, heavens, offense, so I use "Asian" instead... Of course, one could go into my usual rant about the term "Native American," but that's another piece of offensensitivity...)

Anyway, that's the usual stuff. Otherwise, my cats seem to be filling the litterbox at an alarming rate (I swear, it's getting to where I have to clean it twice a day now), and I think that while they love the gooshy food, and Silly is less skinny now, it doesn't improve the litterbox situation.

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The Doctor Who Meme:

1. When did you start watching?

When I was in college, and all my friends were watching it. Being the easily-led person I am, I went along, although I couldn't have told one Doctor from the other, and only saw a handful of episodes at the time, mostly Baker and Baker (4 and 6, now I'm savvy).

1a. Why?

As above, "all my friends were doing it."

2. What was your first episode?

I have no clue. I remember only Colin Baker and a sunlit quarry and the TARDIS. Considering how few episodes Colin had, I can probably narrow it down, but I haven't seen it again since I got back into the show.

3. Which episodes have you seen?

I've seen all of Doctors Nine and Ten, and am working my way through the others via NetFlix; so I've been some of One, as much Two as I can find, a good part of Three (Three rocks!), a smattering of Four, a little Five, a few eps from Six and Seven, and Eight's movie.

3a. Favourite?

Tomb of the Cybermen, The Mind of Evil, Carnival of Monsters, Talons of Weng Chiang, Genesis of the Daleks, Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, Girl in the Fireplace.

4. Are your friends/family interested in the show?

A little. Barb was one of the aforementioned fans who got me interested in the first place.

5. Which Doctor is your favourite?

The Doctor I'm watching, apparently. I have a massive fondness for Two, and I love Ten (obviously - this all started because he bears a resemblance to the lead character in my book), but the Doctor currently on the screen I always like. I think I run 'em in order: Two, Ten, Six, Nine, Three, Four, One, Five, Eight, Seven. And Seven only gets ranked at the bottom because so far every episode I've seen of his has been a horribly edited mishmosh of confusion (and silly Dalek tricks), and Six ranks high because he was my First Favorite, and I remain loyal "to the first Doctor I saw."

6. Which Doctor is your least favourite?

See above.

7. Which TV companion is your favourite?

Jamie. Then Martha, Ian and Barbara, Jo, and Ace; I like several others, of course, as well, but these are my favorites. I also love Eight's companions in the books, Fitz and Trix.

8. Which TV companion is your least favourite?

Peri. But to be fair, I haven't seen any Mel episodes.

9. Do you listen to the Big Finish audios?

Haven't had a chance, but I want to.

9a. If so, which is your favourite?


9b. Also: which Big Finish companion is your favourite?


10. Have you listened to any non-Big Finish audios?


11. Have you read any of the novels or short stories?

Yes, I've read several of the Doctor Eight serials (mostly out of order, annoyingly enough, because I'm getting them as they come available), and almost all of the current Doctor Ten books; also the original novel "Human Nature" after the broadcast version.

11a. Have you written any of the novels or short stories?


11b. Which is your favourite?

The Sleep of Reason by Martin Day. Sometime Never by Justin Richards is also very good. The Doctor Eight novels are rather more grown-up than the quick-read hardcover Doctor Ten books, but they're just as fun.

12. Have you read any of the comics?


13. Do you watch any of the spinoffs (e.g. Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures)?

Just Torchwood.

13a. Which is your favourite?

I guess Torchwood, by default.

14. Is there any particular episode/book/audio/comic you desperately want to watch/listen to/read?

I want to see all the missing Doctor Two episodes!!! And more Doctor One, especially. There are a lot of the Doctor Eight novels I want to find/read, too (since, as I've read, I've found they're actually pretty well interconnected, and need to be in order for the overall arc to make sense... and a LOT of them are out of print!).


1. Do you write fanfic for Doctor Who?


1a. If so, post a snippet of a work-in-progress (or several)!

2. Do you create Doctor Who icons?

Yes, sadly, I do.

2a. Let's see a sample!

3. Recommend a fanfic/icon/fanvid/fancomic/fancreation!

Don't know any; don't read much fanfic, other than the sanctioned-by-the-BBC "profic," in which case I can recommend The Last Dodo by Jacqueline Raynor.

4. Have you been to any Doctor Who conventions?


5. Have you ever dressed up as a Doctor Who character?

Nope, although I jumped on the "40-foot-long-scarf" bandwagon back in college, since I had just learned to knit and all.

6. Do you own any Doctor Who merchandise?

Yes... I have the Doctor Ten 12-inch doll, and a TARDIS sits on my desk at work, along with the TARDIS mousepad... and one Ten action figure. And a TARDIS keychain (but I collect keychains!).

7. Are you a fan of Russell T Davies?

He does some nice stuff. The only other work of his I've seen is Casanova.

7a. Steven Moffat?

Yes, indeed. He's written some of my favorite recent episodes.

7b. Paul Cornell?


8. What say you to Season 6b?

I only recently learned about it, but I love the idea that Two and Jamie got back together - and Jamie REMEMBERED his adventures!!!

9. The UNIT dating controversy?

Don't know about it.

10. The Blinovitch Limitation effect?

Don't know about it. (I'm a fan, apparently knowing nothing about the fandom.)

11. Multi-Doctor episodes?

I love 'em! I even liked The Two Doctors, which is, apparently, universally despised.

12. What's your favourite Doctor Who technobabble?

Oh, I like all of it. I squealed in delight the first time I heard Three say the infamous, "I reversed the polarity of the neutron flow." I never knew where that came from before!

13. Have you watched other TV shows exclusively because of the presence of Doctor Who actors?

Just Casanova, which I enjoyed for itself, as well as Tennant. Also saw Shallow Grave, but didn't realize Eccleston was in it until he was on the screen, so I don't suppose that counts. (Ditto Tom Baker as Puddleglum - I was going to watch the Narnia stories anyway, whether he was in it or not.) (And I still think Tom Baker should have been cast as Mad-Eye Moody.)

14. Have you met any of the actors?


14a. Travelled to any filming locations?

Nope. Too expensive. Maybe someday, if we ever get to the UK.

15. What do you think of The Curse of Fatal Death?

It was hilarious. I loved Jonathan Pryce as The Master. "Dalek bumps."

16. Do you have any fannish opinions that you think are fairly unpopular?

Don't know. As I said, I liked The Two Doctors, and I like Doctor Six, so... (I even like Doctor Six's coat. But then, "look at the purty colors!")

17. What's your favourite pairing?

Eh. The Doctor is above and outside such things. He cares about his companions, but I just don't see the romantic love thing. Rose was special, I'll give that, but it's best the Doctor stays The Doctor. Even One wasn't above flirting, the sly old dog, but that's as far as I go there. (Freak people out and 'ship The Doctor and Cameca.) That's one thing I really like about the Doctor Ten books, both with Rose and Martha, they're heavy on the action/adventure/travel through Time and Space, and absolutely zip on the romance. It's nice to "see" adventures where they're somewhere besides 21st Century Cardiff. (Although, Doctor Two and Jamie...)

18. What pairing(s) won't you touch with a really long pole?

I'll leave Torchwood for the shipping. The Doctor and the TARDIS, that's the show's constant. Companions come and go.

Why has Tivo taken over my life? That's just a rhetorical question, really. I always knew if there was a better way to watch more television, I'd love it if I found it.



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Feb. 13th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
I'm not sure about offensive, but oriental is a misnomer. It was always meant for products made in the orient and not to refer to people. That was one of the first things I learned living in Los Angeles, having Asian friends. I think for over 30 years I've known that, at least? Maybe 25 years. I don't know. Hard to say.

I know when I got married to said Hong Kong man, he considered anyone using the term "oriental" to be uneducated and worse. Not offended in the least, just "where have you been?" sort of thing. I think that if you don't live in high population areas with Asian culture, I don't see why you'd necessarily know the difference. My mother doesn't know still and I've explained it like 40 million times (she doesn't care).
Feb. 13th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
That makes sense. I never knew that. Thanks! :-) I feel much smarter now.

(I wondered mostly because I find the word "Oriental" to be a lovely sounding word, and I hated to think it wouldn't be used at all - but if I can still call THINGS Oriental, then I'm all right.)
Feb. 13th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
What I find confusing, and it's probably my own fault here is that, in the SCA... you say "Orient" you really get such a LARGE section too. I don't know if it is just me, or the group of people I am around, but you get India, Iran, and all the the middle east as well. So, I think when you say Asia and Asian, if narrows it down a lot more too. Again, I could be dead wrong.

Or at least for me. ::shrugg::

It's all a matter of symantecs, which I personally hate. Apples, oranges... they are all food that I perfer to eat with a lot of sugar or in season, peeled and handed to me on a silver plater by half-nekkid hawt men if possible. :)
Feb. 13th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's always been confusing for me. I spent the first six years of my life in a lily-white community and knew nothing whatsoever about race, then moved to an Indian reservation where I was in the decided minority, then back to a mostly white area where I was the target of jokesters and bullies because a) redhead and b) overweight. Seems to me no matter what you look like or where you're from, if someone's not going to like you, they'll come up with any excuse and it doesn't matter what label you slap on yourself, they're gonna dislike you. I never meant offense in saying "Oriental," because, as I said, I think it's a lovely word, full of layered meaning. But that's just me.

Bring on the hawt men.
Feb. 13th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
So "always" does not include the time since 1701?

From the Etymology Online site (http://etymonline.com):

Orient (n.) c.1300, "the East" (originally usually meaning what is now called the Mid-East), from O.Fr. orient (11c.), from L. orientem (nom. oriens) "the rising sun, the east, part of the sky where the sun rises," originally "rising" (adj.), prp. of oriri "to rise" (see orchestra). The Orient Express was a train that ran from Paris to Istanbul via Vienna 1883-1961, from the start associated with espionage and intrigue. Oriental (adj.) is attested from c.1391, from O.Fr. oriental (12c.), from L. orientalis "of the east," from orientem. Originally in ref. to the sky, geographical sense is attested from c.1477; oriental carpet first recorded 1868 (in C.L. Eastlake). The noun meaning "native or inhabitant of the east" is from 1701. Orientalism in ref. to character, style, trait, or idiom felt to be from the Orient is from 1769.

Like "'Dutch' doesn't mean 'German,'" or "'Gender' doesn't mean the same thing as 'sex,'" that rule hasn't always been around.

Feb. 13th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Obviously I am wrong with using the word "always" especially since you tracked it back. Which isn't "always" either since it only goes back that short a time period. I could try to research further, but I am lazy as it is proven by my comment.

However, I don't see the correlation between someone calling the Penn State "Dutch" when they were saying "Duetch" (spelling?) meaning German when they came over (thus the mistaken identity... which I could be AGAIN wrong)... and someone saying oriental and Asian. At least the Asian/Oriental confusion is something I have seen as long as I have been alive, especially in the midwest, and it isn't as far as I can tell, steming from someone misunderstanding someone. Does that make sense?

Edited at 2008-02-13 02:32 am (UTC)
Feb. 13th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, the Pennsylvania "Dutch" does come from a mispronunciation of Deutsch. I understood what you meant by "always"; especially since you clarified it with "25 years." Because I know when I was a kid, say the sixties and seventies, "Oriental" was bandied about without worries (even on The Monkees - "Orientals are a curious people") as a noun to describe people from the Orient.

I don't mind the changing terminology, it just bothers me with regard to giving offense since, of course, if people mean to give offense, it doesn't matter what word they use - it will be meant offensively.
Feb. 13th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
What I remember is Rugs are Oriental, people are Asian.

The best one was a woman malproping Oriental people as "Ornamentals". Now some people are just flat out Ornamental (pretty and useless) but they aren't Asian.

Fuck it, pass the egg rolls.
Feb. 13th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: Oriental/Asian
Makes sense.

Yum. Egg rolls.

Feb. 13th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
I can't weight in on the Asian issue, but all the Indians I know say Indian and think Native American is silly, and I figure who am I to argue?
Feb. 13th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
I'd heard that from a lot of older Indians; unfortunately I don't know too many these days. MY problem with the term is it implies those of us with white skin who were born here, whose parents and grandparents were born here, are not native...

Of course, any time you come up with something to replace an "offensive" term, the people who use offensive terms will just make THAT offensive, and so it continues...

Feb. 13th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
"I wondered when the term "Oriental" became offensive."

Maybe about the time "Scotch" became offensive.
Feb. 13th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Being of Celtic descent, I do know that one. Scotch is whisky, Scots are people. *g*

Feb. 13th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
It was wonderful to meet you! And now to know that you also like Avenue Q: squeeee!!

And Sesame is so demanding when she's hungry. It's almost like having a hungry baby, maybe...
Feb. 13th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
I love musicals!!! My mom and I got to see Avenue Q when it was playing up at the Wynn in Vegas - it was a delight. I HAD to have the CD!

I just fed Silhouette and he's sitting here staring at me like he hasn't eaten in months - and we have to be careful feeding him, since he's old and his digestive system can be cranky! (I wouldn't trade 'em for anything, demanding little imperialists that they are...)
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