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  1. Verity!, an all-women Doctor Who podcast (named in honor of the original producer of the show). They've decided on a theme of Firsts for this year, and thus are reviewing both first episodes, old series and new. It's great hearing the breadth of perspectives on "Rose" and what everyone thought of the idea of a revival of the series at the time. The sort-of-companion-podcast Radio Free Skaro (which is all guys) often makes for a good contrast to this one, but I haven't caught up yet to learn what the boys have planned for the season off. One of my favorite review quotes ever came from a Verity! episode, describing Clara's influence on the Doctor. Something along the lines of, "Donna showed how sometimes, the Doctor needs someone to tell him when to stop. Clara has taken the brakes off and is going WHEEEEE!!!!"
  2. A thread for sharing jokes, humorous situations or comments from real life, amything you find amusing. Please try to keep it light-hearted in general -- we want to be amused here, not depressed. ;-) Went to an event last weekend where a friend of the organizer posted on Facebook that she'd be wearing a Doctor Who T-shirt she knew she'd like. Well, there must have been a couple hundred Doctor Who T-shirts at the event! Including on me. That's what you get when you tell everyone in the Facebook group what the event organizer is into, and everyone wants in on the gag! I saw a trio of ducks outside my townhouse this afternoon, two drakes and a hen. The drakes didn't appear to be fighting or trying to edge the other out, they were just walking in a triangle, the boys leading the way almost side by side, the girl following close behind. I couldn't help but think a cheery, "You go, girl!" Which reminds me....why does a chicken coop have two doors?
  3. I think it was between classes during the day. Panel three has Elliot wearing a jacket on top of his shirt, like he'd just arrived, while panel four has him wearing just the shirt.
  4. To be fair, to be good at karaoke you have to know the piece well enough to remember all the key changes and flourishes and such. Only one or two lines are on screen at a time, so if you forget where you are in the song you could sing the wrong version of a line and then have to make an obvious switch to the right one.
  5. Need to get them all on the same phone call or email chain and get them to sort out the best timing among themselves. (And yes, I realize how difficult getting hold of even one doctor can be, let alone several at once.)
  6. Unless it was an already-existing rumor, then people who believed it would be paying attention to whether they knew where Nanase was. I'm betting Mr. Verres is smart enough to make sure the manufactured sighting occurred when Nanase was in school, too, possibly while she was giving a speech in class or something. I'm a little surprised he didn't time it for when Elliot was somewhere with more observers than just being in the hallway, too.
  7. This thread is the place to discuss spelling, grammar, and everything else about the proper use of the English language. All corrections, discussions of improper use, and jokes about errors should be done here, not in the rest of the forum. Anyone who does not wish to read "Grammar Nazis" or "spelling flames" is invited to ignore this thread. If it bothers you, don't read it! If, however, English is your second (or more) language, and you would like to improve your use of it; if you're a native speaker but find that your writing lacks the eloquence which you desire; if you need to be able to write in professional contexts or other forums where poor use of the language would be a detriment; or, if you just plain love the language and want to see it used correctly (and your tongue gets sore from biting it when you see common errors) -- this is the place for you! Remember, courtesy rules of the forums still apply here. Correcting spelling is allowed, but in a polite, respectful way. Actual flames are still not allowed. Whenever possible, don't just say that someone's grammar is incorrect, explain what the error is and what the correct options are, including shades of meaning they might convey. In other words, try to be helpful! If you see something that doesn't look right to you, but aren't sure why, post it here and ask! Examples may be quoted from real life and the printed word as well as from other threads on this forum. You can use the "quote multiple posts" function to quote something in another thread and bring it to this one. Rules of this thread will be adjusted and adapted as needed -- hopefully there won't be much need to if everyone plays nicely!
  8. The animal hospital is closed on Sundays, but a client showed up knocking on the door tonight with his dog in the car wanting me to just take a look at her. That's not what's annoying, although it would be if I weren't already too far behind on Game of Thrones to be trying to get to a viewing party. It's a good client, and his daughter works for us, so I didn't mind checking their pooch. No, what's annoying is that his cell phone went off, playing just the first eight notes of Bach's Minuet in G. Anyone who has ever taken piano lessons will know this piece. And I had it stuck in my head for at least an hour, with periodic relapses since. Aren't cell phones bad enough without people putting earworms on them???
  9. I'd say a fair number of stars are far-right, while our recently elected chief celebrity is out in the imaginary numbers axis.
  10. That's a fun question. What would you find in an ancient Greek historical museum? What would they have to say about their forebearers and other past cultures?
  11. You're making me want to give Stand Still, Stay Silent another try. I got bogged down in some of the slower world-building bits, and decided to start it over again when there was a bit more there. As I recall, it was more folklore than mythology being played with there.
  12. On the one hand, The Sims would be pointless if every action took the same amount of time as it would in real life. It's much more fun when things that should take hours, weeks, or years are completed in minutes to days instead. On the other hand, it's really annoying when an action you know would only take a few minutes, or even seconds, in real life, is scheduled such that it takes 12 or even 24 hours to complete. We don't mind when a game (or reality) is unfair as long as it's unfair in our favor!
  13. loving language

    LOL, I had forgotten that the common and scientific names were the same for boa constrictors!
  14. Then, of course, there are more modern translations....
  15. loving language

    The proper way to state a genus and species is to capitalize the first word, the genus, which is the broader category; use a lower case for the species, which is a narrower, more specific identifier; and to italicize both. Homo sapiens, Homo habilis, Pan paniscus, Gorilla gorilla (yes, that's really the scientific name for gorillas), Tenebrio molitor, Escheria coli.
  16. Granted. Your coins are only accessible via teleportation, and their location is the only place you can teleport, and you can only teleport back to exactly where you left. You cannot bring anything with you that isn't a living part of you, including clothes and hair, so any time you teleport you arrive naked and bald. And no, coins inside your digestive tract are still not a living part of you. (I'm feeling generous so your gut bacteria can come along with you.) I wish for the temperature in Chicago tomorrow to range between 45°F and 65°F.
  17. story

    If Elliot has a new non-girly spell, it should reflect some (other) aspect of his personality. He's definitely got a "saving people thing" going on, so that would be my first guess. Not sure what other personality aspects might work. He's competitive but he's also extremely honest, so he's not likely to want a spell that would help him win at basketball or racing or martial arts, Likewise the proverbial boy scout is unlikely to want to magically change the behavior of others through magic, even in "good ways," although he might need Ellen's more thoughtful input to figure that out consciously. Really, other than getting a male superhero form, I can't think of any really obvious spells Elliot would want and use. There are plenty of things he's like, I'm sure, just none of them stand out as most likely.
  18. Wait, wait, there's a Goonish team on this game? :-)
  19. Now I want to go find a way to search the Apocrypha too, and see how they compare.
  20. Just finished watching the series finale of Downton Abbey.
  21. Clearly, tOH, Susan and Elliot need you! Quick, jump through your computer screen and moderate their forum comments for them! Wait, no, that would mean you wouldn't be modding our comments any more! Never mind, forget I said anything....
  22. There is sort of an informal alliance between steampunk and cephalopods, so any time I see an octopus with a monocle, I would immediately think that it needs a top hat. Possibly one with gears on it, if we're going for the full cliche, but if the octopus in question is already mechanical then that's covered already.
  23. loving language

    Hmm, I always see it phrased this way, but looking at it, this doesn't seem right. It's not the birthday that's late, but the happy wishes. Seems like "A belated happy birthday!" would be more appropriate. Since I almost never see the word 'belated' in any other context, it's hard to be sure about proper usage.
  24. Happy belated birthday!
  25. I copied a bunch of music files from my dad's hard drive; I expect I'll end up with the CDs in question, but for now this was simpler, mom's got enough to think about. So now I'm listening to Artisan, Bill Staines, and Stan Rogers.