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From [ profile] shaxophile, the "Resistance is futile" meme: You leave a comment saying, "Resistance is futile."
  • I respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
  • You update your journal with the answers to my questions.
  • You include this explanation in your post, and offer to ask other people questions.
What's your Halloween costume this year?

Well, that one's easy:

I'm the one in blue who isn't Spock.

We were so awesome, we were finalists in the costume contest! (Alas, we did not win-- a haunted tree from The Wizard of Oz did.)

Describe your ideal Doctor Who companion.

Donna Noble. Donna had it all. She was fun, funny and smart. She had the Doctor's back, and was a true friend. She was brave, and was capable of making good decisions. She didn't take the Doctor too seriously, and knew when to take him down a peg or two. She loved him, but wasn't in love with him. She showed true character growth-- she went from screechy and ignorant to curious about the world, and she became the most important woman in the universe. She overcame many of her insecurities, and became a better person. The Doctor was her catalyst for change, but the potential was always there. I like to think that even without her memories, she's living up to that potential.

Donna is a tough act to follow. Amy Pond has her work cut out for her.

What's your favourite fandom, and why?

I love Doctor Who fandom, but I was born a Trekkie, and it will always be my first love.

I got involved in fandom when I was 17 because of Star Trek, and I love how the new movie has created a whole new generation of Trekkies. I'm a member of [ profile] ontd_startrek , and I think most of the members of that comm came into the fandom because of the film. But the movie was a gateway for them-- through it, they're discovering and loving TOS, the delightful 80s-ocity of The Next Generation, Sisko's awesomeness on DS9 and even Voyager and Enterprise. They love Shatner, and think 60s Nimoy was sex on legs. I love that Star Trek is cool again. Take that, bitches from high school! You thought Trek was just for losers? The President of the United States is one of us!

Last night, when my friends and I were at the bar in our groovy 60s Trek costumes, we had people giving us the Vulcan salute all over the place. People loved our little landing party!

Desert island. One book. (And it's not The Inflatable Book of Edible Plants.)

Oh damn, because that was first on my list.

I guess it would have to be my giant copy of The Yale Shakespeare. It contains the complete works of Shakespeare, plus a bunch of essays. I'm not just saying "Shakespeare" to sound smart. The book will have practical uses. I could spend years reading it, and never finish. Plus, it's really big. I could use it as a lean-to, as a weapon to fend of ferocious animals, or even a raft to get off the desert island.

What's your favourite part of living in Quebec?

Quebec City has an undefinable quality I've never experienced in Montreal or Winnipeg or Edmonton. When we first moved here, we lived in a 350-year-old house, in the heart of the old city. Every day, I walked through an area steeped in history. You couldn't turn a corner without coming across some historical site. This city is also full of nature. I currently live off of Grande Allée, one of the main streets in my part of town. It runs from the walls of the old city along the Plains of Abraham, and it's lined with big old trees. This city is full of trees and nature, more so than any other place I've ever lived in. The pace of life is slower here-- traffic is minimal, unlike in Montreal where gridlock could last hours. Crime is low, and it's just a nice place to live.

Your turn. Post "Resistance is Futile" in the comments, and I'll ask you questions!

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Where were we? Oh, yes! Saturday!

Saturday, my eyes magically popped open at about 7:30. John and I had breakfast at the hotel, and I nearly throttled a man who cut in front of John to score some sausages. If I had had been more awake, I would have gone all Liz Lemon on his ass. (Line cutters deserve their own special place in hell, next to people who ride bikes on the sidewalk).

It was easy to tell who had gone to room parties the night before. Whilst some of us (ie [ profile] nonelvis ) looked all chipper and well-rested, others were barely holding it together. Paul Cornell, who was hosting a panel called "Looking Forward, Moving Backward" (about racism and homophobia in SF), had his head down on the table, and only one of his panel participants showed up. The morning after the first wave of room parties is never pretty.

Another way you could tell who was at the room parties:

(Voyageur, the Anticipation newsletter, issue 6: Saturday morning)

There's always a few of those at every con.

Yo, geeks, smell ya later! )
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(I've been a bit lax about posting my con report, because it's finally beautiful outside, and who wants to spend all day at the computer when there's sitting around on the patio drinking mojitos to be done? I've learned to take advantage of nice weather when I can, because tomorrow it will probably rain. A lot.)

So, WorldCon. Where to start? It was fabulous, and I am very sad it's over.

Cut for Bigness )

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I was hanging out at my friend's table in the dealer room and I heard NEIL GAIMAN was coming and I ran to my hotel and grabbed my books and ran back and I was all out of breath and fangirly and he signed The Graveyard Book and drew a tombstone with my name in it and he's totally nice and I am all hopped up on squee liek WOAH!!!1!1

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The pictures from the set of Series 5 of Doctor Who are generating all kinds of wank on certain comms (which shall remain nameless). Some people are upset about all the change that's happening, and declaring that THEY WILL NEVER WATCH AGAIN ZOMG. Because of some superficial changes.

I am seriously confused. People seem willing to make up their minds based on a few out-of-context production stills. The first show hasn't aired yet, and a certain subset of fandom is already creating comms about how they won't be watching Series 5. All this change is too much for them.

The person who started the thread says:

You can't just say "I love Doctor Who because of The Doctor".

You say "I love Doctor Who because of the Doctor, the way the Tardis looks, the sonic screwdriver, Rose, Martha, Donna, Mikey, the suit, the jacket, the converses etc."

I'm sure the new Doctor will be great, that is not my complaint/issue - it's that they are changing EVERYTHING.

You need a transitional period for such a change and we ain't getting it.

You can't just say "I love Doctor Who because of The Doctor".

You can't?
I can. And I do. I love Doctor Who because of the Doctor. I love the show because it's about a weird alien guy who travels around time and space in a blue box that's bigger on the inside. I've loved every incarnation of the Doctor, even Six.

The show is about the Doctor in the TARDIS. Everything else-- the companion, the sonic, what the TARDIS interior or exterior looks like, the Doctor's clothes-- is just window dressing. All of it.

I was hoping for a transitional period, too. I was one of the first ones to try and calm panicking fangirls when the rumours of David Tennant leaving started. I was sure that DT would stay on to help transition the fans. But when I discovered he wasn't, I didn't decide I wouldn't ever watch the show again. And when I found out Moffat is basically starting from scratch, it didn't bother me, either. I know that the basics of the show will still be there. Doctor, TARDIS, time and space.

I know it's hard to see a beloved formula changed-- I love the show the way it is, too. But so many people are saying they're never going to watch again because of all these changes happening at once, and I am frankly stumped. Why were you watching the show? Was it because of the Doctor's suit? Was it because of the sonic screwdriver? The exact shade of blue of the TARDIS?

Or was it because of that homeless traveler in his old police box, his days like crazy paving?
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Watching about eleventy billion episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, that's what. It's interesting how the episodes that were kinda shit 20 years ago are still kinda shit, but that the ones that were good are still really, really good. The Inner Light still makes me cry, dammit.

Star Trek
was my first fandom-- hell, watching Star Trek with my dad is my first memory! I was maybe two, and I can clearly remember Uhura's red uniform. Over the years, I've drifted away from Trek. I've never stopped loving it, but it's been a long time since I've really enjoyed it. I've been watching reruns of all the shows on SPACE, and it's bringing back memories of being 12 years old and waiting breathlessly for 7pm on Saturday to finally get here.

I'm thankful for the latest movie for rekindling my love of this show, and reminding me why I am a geek in the first place.

Undead Meme

Jun. 9th, 2008 10:13 am
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This meme has been floating around LJ, and I'm a bit late to the party. I took it from [profile] nostalgia_lj.

You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have: one weapon, one song blasting on the speakers, one famous person to fight alongside you. (Weapon can be real or fictional; you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional.)

Weapon: Rocket launcher
Person: Faith. It was going to be Buffy, but she'd be all emo and probably whine about her destiny and shit. Faith would do it for kicks, with more wisecracking and less crying. Also, she'd have Buffy's big axe.
Song: "What the Fuck Was That?" From Evil Dead: The Musical.

(MY husband would like me to point out that his choices would be: Lightsaber, River Tam, and Fight Fire with Fire by Metallica.


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