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Title: Trojan Lamb
Character: Rory Williams, 11th Doctor
Rating: G.
Word count: 100
Notes: For the [ profile] dw100 prompt 371: armor
Summary: The Doctor has a plan. Rory isn’t sure he likes this.

‘You don’t spit polish that,’ complained Rory as the Doctor’s hanky fluttered past his face, over the dented breastplate. ‘I’m playing along, all right? Don’t make it worse.’ The Doctor rubbed intently at an old scuff mark on the metal, then flourished the hanky and returned it meditatively to his pocket.

‘That’ll do, Rory,’ he murmured appreciatively.

‘Okay, so the bronze will deflect those beams, but I don’t understand why the cape—‘

The Doctor quirked a small, rueful smile and placed his hands on Rory’s shoulders. ‘You’re my Trojan lamb: tough, metal outside, squishy fleecy softness on the inside!’
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A new journal requires a first post, somewhere for friends to leave a note. Besides, a journal without any posts looks bare, and a little bit dodgy. I haven't really bothered with my profile or making things look pretty for now. I just want a place to feed my habit for communicating in this odd way with a few friends I hold dear.

philosophercat: (Doctor4/Romana1)

*strokes chin thoughtfully* Hmmm...



Mar. 9th, 2011 03:20 pm
philosophercat: (Docto Who: 4 powr!)


Also, the 11th Doctor is in the semifinals of the Fandom Cage Match. He beat Buffy last night. It looks like it's going to be Sherlock and 11 in the finals! Omegah!

If you're interested in voting, he's up against Veronica Mars atm:


ETA: Wow, in about a minute, Sherlock dropped about 20% behind from being in the lead in his match o_O
philosophercat: (leoniedelt- PD banana)
Philosophers answer the age old quandary: why did the chicken cross the road? Here are the first four:

Plato: For the greater good.

Karl Marx: It was a historical inevitability.

Machiavelli: So that its subjects will view it with admiration,
as a chicken which has the daring and courage to
boldly cross the road, but also with fear, for whom
among them has the strength to contend with such a
paragon of avian virtue? In such a manner is the
princely chicken's dominion maintained.

Hippocrates: Because of an excess of light pink gooey stuff in its

The rest:
philosophercat: (Romana/Doctor)
"All writing of the narrative kind, and perhaps all writing, is motivated, deep down, by a fear of and a fascination with mortality by a desire to make the risky trip to the Underworld, and to bring something or someone back from the dead."

-Margaret Atwood

One of the writers who came in to talk to us during the editing practicum shared this quote with us and it has haunted me ever since. I love it in a way that's difficult to describe. I've only been able to track it down now. It's from her book 'Negotiating with the Dead' which is about what it means to be a writer.

Do you have any favourite quotes from writers on writing?

philosophercat: (leoniedelt- PD banana)
I finally sent in my picture of senor 105 and am part of Whodom. I don't know how many tries I took at making it and I have this sneaking fear that they won't like it somehow, that the resolution isn't high enough or something. Honestly, procrastination is really hard work. It's so much easier to not be a perfectionist, and just get the work done instead of fiddling around with it for months and feeling bad about taking so long :(

Finished Sophie's World. Now understand Big Bang/Big Crunch in ways I didn't before.

I love to read Steven Moffat's twitter account: "The Weeping Angels stood ready to conquer all dominions of space and time throughout the multiverse. But a moth saw them."

Yeah, it turns out that a quantum lock whenever you're observed by a living being isn't the best defense strategy after all.:P Lastly, because after all of this creativeness I'm too tired to say anything important, here's a philosophy joke:

Rene Descartes walks into a resturant and sits down for dinner. The waiter comes over and asks if he'd like an appetizer.
"No thank you" says Descartes, "I'd just like to order dinner."
"Would you like to hear our daily specials?" asks the waiter.
"No" says Descartes, getting impatient.
"Would you like a drink before dinner?" the waiter asks.
Descartes is insulted, since he's a tee-totaler.
"I think not!" he says indignantly, and POOF! he disappeared.

philosophercat: (discodarcy)
I've finished the first draft of chapter one. Anyone want to take a look?

It's the begining of a steampunk bronze punk historical mystery. A young woman invents time travel in ancient Greece.

The first chapter's only 8 pages... Ah come on. You know you have the time... Or do you? DO YOU? >_>

If I stick to the ~plan~ it should be easily serialised or published traditionally. Right now I'm tidying it up with the rest to go into the writing portolio. But I'm also working out just how many chapters I'll need to tell this story.

There's one thing I'm not sure about. It's been called The Rhodes Code from the start but I don't want the prof to think the novel is going to be a spin off or send up or whatever of the Da Vinci Code. It has nothing at all to do with it, and I'm starting to think the title sounds a bit like it would be. So I'm thinking of plagiarising myself and calling it 'Relative Chronologies' instead, at least for the purpose of the writing portfolio.

What say you?

philosophercat: (emo!Ovid)

The temperature is off balance. I have a headache, fever and chills. I just want to crawl back into bed.

philosophercat: (Docto Who: 4 powr!)
This is probably not going to happen. Here's the imdb page for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special:

I don't want to upset gentle readers who don't want to be spoiled, on the extremely low chances that this is actually going to happen but I have to, sort of... do this.


I am crying actual tears of mirth.


ETA: I mean, it's clearly a joke and all, but still. :P
philosophercat: (leoniedelt- PD banana)
I am so very tired of surprise!pork. (As an aside, I was reading an article about Roman food last night which had the following: "Pork, which is from pigs, was popular."). I have learned to be very very careful when shopping for meat, especially anything that's not immediately identifiable (this has a wing: not pig).

I don't eat pork, btw. Just so you know.

So, mom tried to get some sausages for me that were turkey or beef only. "All Beef" means NOTHING. They LIE. More often than not, the ingredients list says beef and pork. How this is "all beef" I don't know. This is a cow. This is a pig. This cow MAY contain pig? No.

So, I read the ingredients carefully. We had sausages for lunch. My stomach immediately went BLARGLE! And made me miserable. And guess what? Those sausages were basically "bird stuffed in pig" even though the ingredients listed no where said pigs were involved.

So, not to put too fine a point on it, but my tummy dealt with it.

I hate you, surprise!pork. Also just ew! >_< *flails* It's been a bad food day for me so far. I had a too-heavy breakfast. Roman breakfast doesn't sound bad at all. I love me some cream of wheat with cinnamon and sugar, that's not terribly different from puls. I'm running low on it, though. Need more farina.

philosophercat: (11th Doctor)
I had no idea he'd actually go so far as to crack the galaxy:

Thanks a lot, Moff, you broke the Milky Way. :(

Daily Galaxy’s picture of the day reveals the huge MacGuffin in space

For those of you following this year’s season of Doctor Who, this picture of the day makes for some rather disturbing viewing. It appears that the constellation Sagittarius is featuring a huge stellar bit of graffiti.

And it looks rather like the crack in the Universe that’s been following Matt Smith and Karen Gillan around this year’s story.

So what is this crack? it’s “the core of a thick, sooty cloud large enough to swallow dozens of solar systems and may be harboring beastly stars in the process of forming.”

That’s ominous – a star devouring gap in the middle of the night sky… someone better call for The Doctor!

*hides under bed*

I laughed because other fans have found a giant eyeball statue that went up suddenly in Chicago. That including this is causing a lot of flaily good times, I can tell you.

philosophercat: (11th Doctor)
And the mystery, my friends, is solved:

Philosopherkitty: Wait... what if Rory and Amy are ducks?
Philosopherkitty: Ducks from space?!
platy121: O_O
platy121: OH MY GOD
platy121: I think you've cracked it!
platy121: "Why aren't there any ducks?" Because they were TURNED INTO PEOPLE.
Philosopherkitty: Do your ducks exhibit dificulty emoting with their eyes, Carrie?
platy121: they do. They really do.
Philosopherkitty: ... ...Oh my god.
platy121: And Rory's pronounced nose? IT SHOULD BE A BILL.
Philosopherkitty: I cannot deny that this makes perfect sense to me.
platy121: next season is going to be a doozy.
platy121: Eleven and two ducks in the TARDIS.
Philosopherkitty: \o/
platy121: it'll be like Doctor Who meets Babe.
Philosopherkitty: I approve of this
Philosopherkitty: Especially since it's the basic set up for Crackovalva, only with ducks instead of a sheep, and 11 instead of 5.
platy121: hehehehe
Philosopherkitty: I would love to see that happen, though.
platy121: meeeeeee too
Philosopherkitty: Everyone in England: ...*stare at TV in shock*
Us: YES!
Philosopherkitty: Rory: ...So... wait. I'm... a duck?
11: Yes, a duck. A duck from space.
Rory: ...O...kay.
platy121: heheheheheheee
Philosopherkitty: Amy: There is NO WAY I'm a duck, Doctor.
11: Pond?
Amy: It's a coincidence! >_<
11: Never ignore a coincidence, Amy.
platy121: 11: I've noticed how much you enjoy eating the toast crumbs off your plate at breakfast.
Philosopherkitty: LOL
Philosopherkitty: I think Rory seems to have a sort of runner duck-like posture at times
Philosopherkitty: pitched forward a little
platy121: he seriously does!
platy121: heeeeeheheheheee
platy121: I dunno if Amy's a duck, though
platy121: she may be a goose
Philosopherkitty: a goose pond?
platy121: geese can swim; why not?
Philosopherkitty: true
platy121: or maybe they're both runners
platy121: although actually, the taller one looks more like Eleven
Philosopherkitty: yes, I think it's that ageless and forever look in its eye
platy121: like fire and ice and rage
Philosopherkitty: Quite so.
platy121: they could even dress them up!
platy121: the Amyduck could wear a flattering miniskirt and a little red scarf
platy121: I think that may be Rory and Amy right there
Philosopherkitty: those ducks are in TARDIS blue!
Philosopherkitty: the perfect disguise.
Philosopherkitty: They even believe their own cover story!
platy121: And here is a goose that does an excellent impression of Amy being surprised!
platy121: it's in the eyes *sage nod*
Philosopherkitty: LOL
Philosopherkitty: it does!
platy121: it's settled
platy121: Amy is a goose.
platy121: Rory is a runner duck
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In The Beast Below, the computer checks the voter rolls and says Amy's age is 1306. Ha ha, cute time travel joke.

Except that she's in the 29th century and it ought to say she's 811 or thereabouts. It makes me think of that supposed flub where Rory's name tag from the hospital implies that he started working as a nurse in the ER when he was around one or two years old.

Odd, that. I have no idea what it means.

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This is Amy Pond's house.

This is the second floor hall of Amy Pond's house.

Why is there a third floor staircase?

I'm on to your little game, Moffat...



philosophercat: (5th Doctor)
Can this Onion Ring get more fans than Stephen Harper

I've done my part. (For non Canadians, S.Harper = our Prime Minister)

Stephen Harper: 29,822 fans.
An onion ring: 116, 295 fans.

Some of my favourite comments from my comrades:

never had an onion ring prorogue my supper

One gives me bad heartburn, the other I dip in ketchup

The Onion ring is odious: it makes your breath stink and your belly swell. Still, it does not belittle Canadian democracy; it does less harm.

They say you're judged by the company you keep, and I'd trust this Onion Ring's friends more than Stephen Harper's friends.

We laugh with the comical Onion
It’s as goofy as a Funyun
While Stephen Harper
Is an arrogant carper
And about as much fun as a bunion

Who wouldn't pick a nice crunchy onion ring over a bad imitation Ken doll?

this onion ring is the great canadian unifier

I have faith in you Canada! And the onion ring that shall lead us!

philosophercat: (discodarcy)
This from the latest (issue 12) of Big Finish's Vortex Magazine, letters page:

Are you kidding me? I just finished the Gallifrey series. Hundreds of dollars, WASTED. That’s the way you end it? Do you not plan on a one-shot special to end it? I have every Who CD that you’ve produced. I am quite disa -(fade to music). I feel like I’ve been ripped off and may even -(fade to music). Are you guys -(fade to music). Did you run out of ideas or -(fade to music).
Did you write yourself into a corner and just -(fade to music). You should send your members a warning stating, ‘Listen to this series if you want to get -(fade to music). I feel like never buying another -(fade to music).
Rawleigh Armes

Nick: Rawleigh, Rawleigh, Rawleigh… It’s okay, everything’s all right. Don’t worry. You’re safe now. There will be more Gallifrey in the not too distant future. Gary Russell is already working on more!

x-posted a bit.
philosophercat: (Docto Who: 4 powr!)
How much do I love the idea that the Romans burned the Library of Alexandria "to stop the Greeks using time travel against them again." LOL!!! ^_^

It's scary that I wouldn't be surprised if the Hellenistic Greeks had time travel technology. I mean, they would have just proved they could do it, write a poem about it, then never actually use it. ...That we know of. Or DID THEY? ...Did they? ... >_>

But, God, that one about the Mongols destroying the books in the House of Wisdom in Baghdad... The Tigris being ink-black for 6 months? O_O AAAAAAAAAAAAArgh!

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