January 4th, 2014


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I'm up late putting together the final video clips for case studies this term, and I've decided to use the "Day of the Doctor" to set up a discussion on (who else) Rawls. Which means I'm rewatching the episode, or at least the Zygone parts of it once more.

It's awesome. And so, so random it shouldn't work at all, but it does. I mean: "It was the horse!" and then just the absolute off-the-wall awesomeness of that whole scene, leading up to the "Peace in our time" line. How did that become a triumphant line, given the historical context? How does the disabled dalek just fit so naturally into such a serious scene? How do we go from angst to just zaniness I can only describe as the Doctor's trademark? I mean, the whole jumping on the table and using the sonic screwdrivers to trigger the memory-wiping device thing and the frantic "Cancel the detonation?"

I can't giggle, this is class prep. Fun class prep, but still.

I think it's fair to say I'm a fangirl. Also that Moffat has a style, because without going into specific spoilers, I'm experiencing serious "Empty Hearse" flashbacks. Not in the scenes themselves, but in my reaction. I mean, how the heck can something so thoroughly off-the-wall and implausible be so right?

Fandom Snowflake, Day 4 + possible rebranding

Today for the Snowflake challenge we're supposed to somehow make contact with people we haven't communicated with in the past: review a story, leave a comment on a blog post, etc. I was going to ask people for suggestions to folks I should reach out to that I don't already know (and if anyone has suggestions for people in the Sherlock, Swordspoint, Doctor Who, etc. fandom or even people who are new to the Tolkienverse that I should be familiar with, I'm more than eager to meet new people), but it turned out to be a non-issue. I stumbled across a Sherlock piece on AO3 by a new author, I think a tolkien_weekly drabble by someone I haven't talked with before (at least not regularly), and a Sherlock fan stopped by my blog and left a lovely comment there as well. SO mischief managed on that count.

On another note I've been seriously thinking about a blog rebranding. Fidesquaerens was the first half of a Latin slogan from Augustine and Anselm, so it made some kind of emotional sense when I was in grad school. It's not really who I want to be any more, and I think it only ever confused people who weren't into philosophy. In my heart I'm just Marta and kind of want to be known by that name. The thing holding me back, aside from the commitment I have to online handles in fandom being steady (I think it leads to more respectful behavior all around, even if we don't use our offline names) is I've just dipped my toes into the Sherlock fandom and don't want to confuse people by throwing a new name at them. So... I don't know. I'm not crazy about the old name, particularly with how well the initials FQ describe my current thoughts toward academia when you say the letters out loud (just a little too unintentionally telling), but I'm also not sure if changing names would just throw a monkey-wrench at people.

the BBC actually put it on a shirt

This may not make much sense if you haven't seen "The Empty Hearse" yet. If you have, it's one more proof why the BBC is such a fun network to follow.

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In other news, in case you didn't notice I changed my LJ name. Part childhood nickname, part veiled Arthur Conan Doyle reference, and (I can only hope) much more spellable than the last one.

ETA: In case it wasn't clear: you shouldn't need to do anything. If you type in fidesquaerens.livejournal.com, it should redirect you to the new address. If you were a friend of the old account, you should still be a friend now. But if you notice anything not working, let me know.