Saturday, December 29, 2012


Happy Yuletide!

While I'm away being festive, please enjoy my two favorite fandoms combined:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Things what I have been reading and watching

I saw The Hobbit!  My brief summary goes something like:

Martin Freeman is Bilbo.  The "Good morning!" scene, the dwarven dinner, and then when they busted out with "That's what Bilbo Baggins hates!" a part of my childhood came to life, and it was marvelous.  Right now I'm not up for posting a proper review.  But it is coming, oh yes, it is.

I also read this awesome bit about the 11th Doctor as asexual.  I left a comment full of squee (currently in moderation, but I'm not an ass so I think it'll get approved), because YES.  Even though he does kiss, like, everyone.  A lot of people.  ALL THE PONDS.  Etc.

Here is some squeeing about Adventure Time, which I got to watch on my last trip to the West coast.  Adventure Time deserves all the squeeing.  So good.

I spent a disproportionate amount of time watching the Yogscast this weekend too, while plowing through my giant pile o' finals grading.

I have so far focused on the good stuff, in part because positive triggers help stabilize me.  If you want nothing but reminders of joy, you should stop reading here.

Because I've also done a substantial amount of reading (and a little bit of crying) regarding the recent tragedy in Sandy Hook. Most notably, a lot of very smart people have called for progress regarding gun control, the common refrain being: "If not now, when?"  Earlier this year The Onion pointed out, in a lolsobby way, that for some people the answer is "never".  But its specific response to this instance is spot-on exactly how I feel.

Also, the "Good" Men Project totally jumped the shark what with a really god-awful series of rape-culture-supporting posts.  Jill at Feministe took it down in two good posts, and Thomas over at Yes Means Yes meticulously detailed the reasoning-fails by the anti-Yes-Means-Yes-model folks.  As a palate-cleanser, you may enjoy this anti-rape-culture advice from Captain Awkward, to someone who is trying to pull the same faux-plausible-deniability BS as the "Good" Men Project folks.

Wow, I am full of hyphenation tonight!

Aaaaand I'm also up too late.  Again.  Time to do something about that.  G'night all!

Monday, December 10, 2012


I successfully defended my Master's thesis!

... with revisions, of course.

Do you remember the list I made earlier?  What with all the Things I Needed To Do With My Data?

To recap:

Figure out the stats, graph it a million ways to see which is the best at showing it, make a poster, present it at a conference, make a powerpoint, present it in our meetings, collect additional data, process it, update all results/discussionmake a final powerpoint, present that at our lab meeting, revise that powerpoint, finish the thesis writeup including formatting, present both to my committee, and present it in front of the department.  Take feedback, refine interpretation, write paper, publish paper.

I wrote that three months ago.  I got all that done!  In three months!

For the next 24 hours, I am doing absolutely zero work.  My plan involves Minecraft, Doctor Who (1st Doctor), cleaning, hanging out with my cats, and maybe some shopping.  If the weather's nice enough, I might read by the pool.  And I might schedule some blog posts, too.

Stay classy, internet.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

I was wrong: Updated S7 order predictions

So let me be the first to say... I done fucked up, y'all.

I sat down with a buddy (Hi, Buddy!) and watched S7 over again in the order I'd proposed.  And it doesn't work.

Also, here are links to my (spoilery!) reviews, if you're so inclined:  AsylumDinosaursMercyPo3Angels.

Spoilery explanations and revisions behind the cut.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Doctor Who S7 continuity

This season's perspective has been from the Ponds' timeline, more or less.  As I mentioned in previous reviews, I really don't think that the Doctor's timeline is concurrent; I think that the Doctor's timeline jumps around a bit.  I'm going to lay out my hypothesized timeline, and comprehensively explain why I think that.  This also doubles as my Season 7 review roundup, as I'll link to my review in the episode title.

(ETA:  Upon re-watching, I've made some corrections to the hypothesized timelines.  Click here for the updated predictions!)

ALL the spoilers follow, FYI.