Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Something Old
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Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver, 1986

Something New
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ESPN just laid off 100 people, including some famous sports commentators like former quarterback Trent Dilfer, who has the distinction of being the only Superbowl-winning quarterback to be let go by his team the season immediately following the Superbowl!

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Now he, and 99 others, have been let go. Why?

Cable channels have apparently lost 5-12 million subscribers over the past few years. It's the cordcutters who are to blame, according to this article:

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/04/why-did-espn-lay-off-layoffs-so-many-peo...

As a sports fan, I feel the announcers and commentators are an important part of the experience of sports. Discussing sports is almost as much fun as watching them; listening to experts discuss sports is more fun than you'd think, especially since it sparks off discussions and debates with other fans. So I'm sorry this happened.

On the other hand, I think it might be a good thing that people are cutting the cord. I guess it would depend on where they're going to.

Here's something else new. As I write this, Debbie the Sane Progressive's most recent video is 15 hours old. It won't be quite as new on Wednesday, but still pretty fresh.

Something Borrowed

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You owe it to yourself to watch this video. This is the best version...at least as far as the singer's concerned...of "The Nearness of You" I've ever heard. And I've heard the Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong version.

Look, don't get me wrong. Nothing can really beat Louis Armstrong. But Rebekah Lhey Bella's version is better than Ella Fitzgerald's. There, I said it.

Watch the video. Holy shit. Why isn't this young woman better known?

"Borrowed" isn't always gonna be about song covers, but I had a couple kickass ones saved up.

Something Blue

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My current blue thing is the TARDIS, the Doctor's ship from Dr. Who. Its name is an acronym standing for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. It is partially organic and semi-sentient and can take one anywhere in time and space (though some places and times are harder than others).

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The reason I'm thinking about the TARDIS--the consciousness of whom gets downloaded into a human being for a while in an episode called "The Doctor's Wife," written by Neil Gaiman--

Here she is, and she explains why she shouldn't be considered in the "borrowed" category.

But anyway, the reason I'm thinking about the TARDIS is that I'm on the verge of giving up on Doctor Who.

SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T WATCHED THE DOCTOR WHO EPISODES (2005-)
I very much liked the ninth Doctor, loved the tenth Doctor, was completely won over by the eleventh Doctor-but with the twelfth Doctor, the darkness of the story has essentially overtaken the fun. In fact, in a rather meta moment, the twelfth Doctor has decided that fun-as he puts it, "flirting" with his companions (and through them, the viewer)--is basically over, and was always a mistake.

It's not that I can't handle a dark story, but Dr. Who has always been about not only darkness, but also about freedom, tyranny, fighting against overwhelming odds, and fun, and knocking the fun out of that equation comes perilously close to making the story not work for me. Also, they took something that should have been spectacular--Murder on the Orient Express in space--and turned it into a story about a mummy who is actually simply a way for the writers to talk about PTSD. Obviously I think PTSD should be talked about, and I think the cost of war should be too--but Dr. Who had told me that story about thirty times over the last few Doctors; in fact, it's *his* main story at this point, so it's not like I needed a Scary Death Mummy on board a space-faring Orient Express to turn into some kind of endlessly-regenerating cyborg soldier from a battle eons ago aboard a spaceship with an evil Hal-like computer (all that Orient Express stuff was just holograms, folks).

What is the point of teasing your audience like that? More to the point, what is the point of teasing your audience and then having the big reveal be something they could get from watching any Wolverine movie? To say nothing of it also being a story the writers are telling simultaneously with much more complexity, grace, and skill, about the Doctor himself! It makes me start to get this impression of the general message of the piece:

"Ha-HA! Thought we were going to have fun, did you? You're BOTH a detective-fiction fan AND a science fiction fan, eh? And you thought you were going to have a good time? Well, let me tell you, sonny Jim, there'll be no more good times for the likes of you! This is a show about war and its hideous legacies and we're not gonna let you forget it for one bleeding second! In fact, not only is the Orient Express not the Orient Express, the mummy's not a mummy! So that's one in the eye for you horror fans as well! No backtalk from you, viewer in Poughkeepsie! You say we've been telling that story all along, and why would we bring it up yet again in a much less complex and evocative way with a character that literally crumbles to dust at the end of the episode? Because that represents YOUR hopes of having fun while watching a TV show, you little Yank bastard! No more fun! You hear me! The fun was a mistake! THERE WILL BE NO MORE FUN."

OK, so that's a bit of an extreme reaction, maybe, but I dislike having more than one of my favorite genres turned demoralizing at once. Having three genres combined and then watching two of them--detective fiction and horror--get torpedoed out of the water by the writers, while the third--science fiction--limps away on impulse power, is not my favorite thing.

I do not know whether I will go back to Dr. Who or not.

So, what's up with y'all?

And by the way, good morning!

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Having spent many uncomfortable nights awake, I am so happy that I have 4 Kindles, one dog-destroyed. But anyway. The Paperwhite models let me read alone in the dark. I try to not read a book a night, but that has been happening a lot. More entertaining than tossing and turning. Or worrying.

I finished a newer (= not latest) Louise Penny book about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and the small village of Three Pines, QC. I think over the run of 10 that I have read, she does decent character development and that the characters all have quirks, seem real. Many of us could retire to Three Pines, if wealthy. Start at the beginning book and read forward.

So many plants to settle, so hard to do with 1.5 functional feet. Now that I have had my third fiberglass cast cut off, ruined a set of sheets with same, my foot is supposed to be low-booted when I am not venturing from bed to bath. Non-compliant here, except the foot swelling continues and there is increasing blush from the healed incision site. And my dog ate the boot liner. I have to call for another. And it's now in the 40's and there is a chance of more snow over the weekend. To move plants outside for that, or leave them in? A more southern oak spp. I bought as a treelet, 4'tall, not planted over winter, is leaf-budding, leaning against my porch. It's overwhelming, but I did not plan on a broken foot and gall bladder disease last fall. I can heel in if necessary. The plants, not my foot.

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Hey! my dear friends or soon-to-be's, JtC could use the donations to keep this site functioning for those of us who can still see the life preserver or flotsam in the water.

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@riverlover Thank you so much for the recommendation--I need a new detective series, having exhausted several (although there are still a few Rex Stout books I haven't read yet. I'm kind of rationing them out to myself, since once I'm done there will be no more--Stout died in the 70s.)

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal
I have read the Jonathan Mabery books more than once because they are so good. They are hard to describe what they are about so look them up starting with Patient Zero.
I think there are 6 books in the series and each one is a fantastic read.

If you are looking for tv series take a look at these 3
Continuum
The Fall
The living and the dead.

And if anyone wants to know how to be able to watch any tv series or movie without having a Hulu, Netflix or cable tv ever made then message me.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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@riverlover I'd say leave them in, but I'm a Floridian; better to take advice from someone nearer your gardening zone!

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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I woke up late this morning, due to yesterday being a hell of a day; someone close to my partner, sort of a surrogate mother, got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and we drove to another city to see her. Rough day.

How are all of you?

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal My 17-year old quasi-granddaughter broke up unexpectedly with her boyfriend. Drove 300 miles to Bielefeld and back, all in one day, to help her and get her and her stuff back home.

Haven’t owned a car for over 20 years so it was good to know I can still drive the Autobahn when life necessitates.

Started the day at 4:30 am, didn’t get home till after 10 pm. So t-i-r-e-d.

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@lotlizard Wow. Sounds like you had a day like mine.
I'm sorry about the loss of your friend.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal The void left by Bob Offenberg’s death, for us who knew him, not so quickly, I think.

I need to make a trip to Philly again as soon as circumstances allow.

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I just re-binge-watched all the Whos fro Season7 forward, and although I discovered a preference for Matt Smith this time around, I have to say I havebeen very enthusiastic about the Capaldi Who , and I appreciate the greater seriousness written into his character.

I thought the Mummy was one of the lesser scripts, and I didn't 'read'it as being about PTSD or as ntaining the meta-messsage you percieved. They just can't all be winners.

But I was WOWED by Who's passage through the kalpas-long Bardo State after Clara's death.I'm amazed that such an episode could even be conceptualized.

And given several incarnations of Who's actions as the Unattainable Perfect Man who ruined several women's ability to love ordinary men, I like the poetic justice or karmic fairness of the Capaldi Who gaining the curse of Undying Love for Clara,who now chooses to put some distance between them. I am also interested that she and the deathless woman who caused Clara's death are together in Who's old Tardis.

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@CroneWit Well...tell me the episode number of the great episode and I'll give it a try.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal
instead of Ep #:

Capaldi's second season. the bardo state is the second-to- last of the season. However, for it to make sense you'll have to pick up the story-arc several shows before -- Tardis takes them to a Viking village, where alien conflict leads to the death of one young woman (who Who finds remarkable) so he resurrects by planting some kind of a chip in her forehead -- which will always repair injuries, so she becomes deathless (which is presented as pretty much a drag.) Over next several episodes, Who keeps encountering her, after long separations. Eventually, this woman causes Clara's death.Bardo state follows.

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@CroneWit The Mummy is a soldier from a past war who keeps regenerating until the other side "surrenders" at which point he turns to dust; until then, he's simply in pain stuck in a war long over and repeating the pattern.

That's why I thought it was about PTSD and war.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal I just didn't connect that with PTSD.

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Not a fan, never watched it. Well, bits and pieces.
OT, yes?
I don't know if they started algorithming yet, but when I accessed the Intercept page and clicked on a story, First Look Media came up and said there was a problem loading the page, please wait. Sometimes that's a tell for we want to infect your device, or tag it for tracking.
I got out quick and did a hard reboot. Am I paranoid? Absolutely!
But with the bullshit happening over fake news censorship, I thought I would mention it.
Riverlover, go slow. Trying too much too soon will just lay you up again. Besides, you're upstate, yes? Mothers Day at the earliest, and sometimes Memorial Day for spring plantings. The weather is just too fickle. Concentrate on training that Dog! THAT would help you tremendously! ; )~

peace

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . .

If you’ve ever wondered whether you would have complied in 1930’s Germany,
Now you know. . .
Sign at protest march

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@Tall Bald and Ugly Hello, T B and U!

Perhaps my Open Thread is still insufficiently open.

I might scale it back even farther, if that would make people feel easier about talking about whatever they want to talk about.

Maybe just a list of the books and music I'm currently listening to, a cheery "Good morning!" and a hi-ho Silver. Smile

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal it's fine as ir is. Or, get more focused? I just try not to thread jack when a conversation is happening.
Btw, I enjoy these!

peace

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . .

If you’ve ever wondered whether you would have complied in 1930’s Germany,
Now you know. . .
Sign at protest march

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@Tall Bald and Ugly Oh, I already did more focused--What's the Message, Mr. Gardiner was pretty focused and At the Movies even more so. Trouble is, not many people are interested in talking about movies and books, even political ones, right now, which is understandable.

Also, I think not everybody wants to read a long essay. Who'da thunk it? Smile

So I shifted to this format. Larger loops, looser weave.

One of the problems, perhaps the biggest one, is that I started this OT when I was living in two places, with an internet connection in the house my bed WASN'T in; it made it impossible to be on in the early morning WITH the thread. I got into that habit, and it's a bad one. It's possible it would be better to just come online at 6 a.m. and ramble a bit for fifteen minutes, post the ramblings, and hang out.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal that is not primarily about why Hillary lost or the latest political insider shit. People are free on any OT to talk about what they want. I think in these times humanistic topics and the arts is important. This is one of the reasons I'm a Dr.Who fan. He's the ultimate humanist even though he's an alien. I have been scarce lately in the OT's and here as I've been really busy trying to make a buck or two. Beside which I find the endless loop of partisanship and inter blog battles boring and irrelevant at this point. I want cc99% to stay a varied interesting community and not be just another political blog that feeds the outrage as righteous as it is. At times like this I sometimes don't feel like wading in and like hanging out in the OT. An open thread that's open to all topics is a good thing and helps build community.

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@shaharazade I think in these times humanistic topics and the arts is important.

I hope so. For one thing, the real battle right now is over perception, and I'd sure prefer it if we didn't lose this battle. The humanities can help with that fight, I think. But also, it's good to remember a world where not everything is dedicated to some sort of zero-sum struggle.

This is one of the reasons I'm a Dr.Who fan. He's the ultimate humanist even though he's an alien.

He certainly is. I think, in retrospect, that Dr. Who was one way Britain kind of worked through what had happened to them during WWII. The Daleks are obviously Nazis; the Dr. is anti-authoritarian from the start and generally pops up when there's an existential threat to Britain, usually coming down upon them out of the sky.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal
interesting and entertaining. There are those like myself who often don't have a ton to say unless we literally have a ton to say. And then, there's house work, yard work, blah, blah, etc. Anyway, this is fine, it's us not you, and possible the time of the season too.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris Hey, nobody should apologize for having a life. Smile

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@enhydra lutris and thanks for the vote of confidence. Smile

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

Lookout's picture

from 1937 "Life of Emile Zola". Nice to see someone fighting against the system and winning.

Devil's Island was the setting for several films. Scroll down to the end to see them all.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayenne%27s_Prison

Last week when you started the old,new,blue theme, my 1963 Ford 4000 tractor came to mind. It's blue. I had to put a new starter in it this spring. Luckily nothing borrowed about it though.

I should take a better picture, but this will give you an idea (mowing an overgrown field)
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Can't see much blue from this angle, but it's there. I repainted it since this shot. Used it most of yesterday. Couldn't manage this place without it.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout I see the blue! That's cool. Not to be nosy, but it looks like you're somewhere in the South. Doesn't look to different from North FL, where I live.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

Capaldi's 2nd season is Season 901 in their numbering.
Ep5 - woman becomes deathless
Ep 10 - Clara dies (part 2 of sub-story, so watch ep 10)
Ep 11 - Who's bardo state,'Heaven Sent'

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@CroneWit Thanks, CW! I'll watch 'em. Hell, I'll watch 'em and report back.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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I liked your new OT CStMS. Thanks. As a major long time Dr. Who fan I'm glad you had a spoiler alert. I like the Peter Capaldi regeneration of the Dr. We started watching Dr. Who in the early 80's, when PBS ran reruns of the show. Our first Dr. was Tom Baker. We call him the scarf Dr. I kind of lost interest after Peter Davidson's stint as the Dr. However I recently watched Sylvester McCoy's reincarnation and liked it.

When the show started in 2005 I was excited about it's return. I did not like the first new Dr. Who played by Christopher Eccleston. It was imo way too slick and manly with a lot of blowing up of stuff. I like my Dr's smart, quirky and funny. Baker, Tennant, and Smith, are my favorite Doctors. Since we have no cable/TV we order them up from the library, we are always a season behind. I'm looking forward to seeing it. It's Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffit's last season.

I have been a fan of Peter Capaldi since we watched a hilarious British political comedy series called 'The Thick of It.' I highly recommend this series although if you don't like swearing you won't like the show. It's not PC and some might find it offensive.. I actually learned a lot from this show about how Westminster and the Brit government/politics works. Not for the feint of heart. They made a movie version called 'In the Loop' which is not as scatological and a little more PC, yet still really funny.

Speaking of something borrowed and Steven Moffit I'm going to the library this afternoon to pick up two new DVD's that came in. The new 'Sherlock' season after a years? pause which is made by Mofitt of Dr. Who fame and Snowden. I put them both on hold about two months ago. It took this long as the list of people ahead of me was about 400 on both of these DVD's.

Last night we watched the 50's musical 'Singing in the Rain'. It was great, I loved it even though I don't like musicals that much. Visually it was trippy, the color was intense and so was the dancing.

Have a great day everyone. The sun came out today and it's blinding after 9 months of darkness here in Portland.

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@shaharazade I'm pretty sure what sold me on Eccleston was "The Doctor Dances" which was one of the finest serious things Steven Moffat has written.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal When he says "Oh, come on. Give me a day like this. Give me this one," and takes the gas mask off the living child's face, I tear up every time.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@shaharazade I don't actually have anything against Capaldi and will totally look into that comedy series--it's the story direction I had a problem with.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal story line gets too dark. I don't like the Unit episodes very much. I used to get freaked out at the endless dark shows set in the Victorian era. One of the creepiest Victorian Dr.Who's ever, starred Diana Rigg (my childhood heroine and the epitome of what I thought a woman should be.) I think it was a Matt Smith era show. Diana was a great villain and it had a really scary worm of some ilk. I'm not a big fan of Steam Punk Empire so a little of those types of Dr. Who's went a long way.

I'm interested in the next season after this as Chris Chibnall who did Broadchurch is taking Moffit's place. I liked Braodchurch which starred David Tennant, a lot. I wonder who the next Dr. will be. I'm kind of glad Clara is gone as she was not my favorite companion and was getting on my nerves. I think my fav companion so far was Donna. I also liked Tom Baker's companion the savage Leela. Well I better stop having fun and get to work marketing our business. Ugh! See you all later.

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@shaharazade I remember noticing that Diana Rigg was on the show! That was so cool!

I liked Broadchurch, too, so that should be interesting.

Here's my problem with Clara: she's already had her plot line, complete with a climax worthy of Spock dying at the end of Wrath of Khan. It's kind of hard to move forward with her as an ordinary companion after she's spent time being the 11th Doctor's Impossible Girl and jumped into his time-manna-whatever-the-hell-the-big-glowy-thing-that-represents-all-his-days-is. Having her hanging around having relationship issues with the 12th Dr, after that finale, doesn't work well for me.

Who do I like as companions, hmmm...actually, I really do like Donna, though I didn't think initially that I would. I was also won over by Rose, which kind of surprised me, since I have a slight bias against too much pretty--kind of a mild pushback against all the emphasis on pretty when it comes to actresses. Of course, I've always loved Sarah Jane Smith, and remember her from the old series. Bringing her back from time to time has worked out well for the new series.

And I really, really like Micky.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

wafe, they'd all still have jobs.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

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I can still remember when those who lived next to the venue could afford to watch it in person.
Now, those who live next to the venue are lucky to have it cast to local television.
They've overpriced those who supported it the most.
Nope.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

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@Pricknick We all have our drugs of choice. Football I can't handle anymore, so now watching basketball. Might add baseball at some point.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver