miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Books)
You are a politician. You have been invited to be on television. You want to drop signals to your supporters about how cool and on message you are, so you hastily arrange a pile of books to be behind you on camera. Dominic Raaaaaaab picked such telling volumes as perjurer Jonathan Aitken's biography of Nixon for his 9 book display.

[personal profile] matgb and I think this would make a good meme. Pick nine books to showcase your political views to the world before you've even said a word.

Here's what I would put in my Raab Book Pile:
  • On Liberty by John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor. Obviously. I have a nice hardback edition with a foreword by Millicent Fawcett.

  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft. Got the Folio edition of this, which is very pretty in it's slipcase.

  • An Intelligent Person's Guide to Liberalism by Conrad Russell. Also obviously. I got this for a pound in a library sell off - and was astounded to find it was signed when I opened it.

  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin. Because... Look, I can't do this in one sentence. Read this.

  • Thud by Terry Pratchett. This is one of Pterry's anti-racist discworld books, but also has some of the best stuff about parenting feels I have ever read.

  • Kindred by Octavia Butler. One of those books that everybody should read. You have read it, right?

  • Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman. Just for the title, really.

  • Trans Britain: Our Journey From the Shadows by Christine Burns et al. Although I currently only have this on kindle, so might need to buy a nice papery edition.

  • Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth by Terrance Dicks. The really ancient, battered copy I bought secondhand when I was ten. Because nothing will signal my on messageness to the sort of person I want to be on message with than a clearly much adored and oft read Target novelisation.

Which nine books would you pick for your Raab Book Pile and why?
miss_s_b: DreamSheep dreams of the Angel of the North (Blogging: DreamSheep: Angel of the North)
Questions via [community profile] thefridayfive here

1. Are we losing the art of listening?

I don't know what you mean, I'm listening to music right now [/sarcastic answer]
I think this all depends in who "we" is. I certainly seem to spend a large amount of time talking over things with other people. This, I believe, is known in human terms as "friendship". I sometimes get confused as to why people feel I am the right person to come to with emotional stuff, because I tend to be quite robust in my advice... but maybe people like robust? Anyway, people do come to me to talk about things, and that's 1, flattering and 2, comforting, because it means I know that I will always have someone to turn to when I need it.

In terms of humanity in general, I think there is a general and growing unwillingness on the part of women* to do men's* emotional labour without reciprocation or complaint, but I think that's a good thing. Firstly because it means that men* are starting to develop their emotional literacy and help each other instead of all relying on a single significant other for emotional heavy lifting (where women often have a much broader emotional support network), and secondly because women* could do with a bit less work. The irony of posting this on International women's day is not lost on me.

* not all women, not all men, and even within those groups to varying degrees, but it works as a generalisation. I am very lucky that the men in my life are mostly pretty good at being reciprocal about this stuff.

2. Have you ever interacted with the police?

There's a friendly rozzer I usually wave at when I see her around town. And when we got burgled that time obvs there was a degree of interaction. Other interactions... Look, I'm queer, I've got oddly coloured hair and piercings and tattoos, and I've been on quite a lot of protests. I also attend political conferences twice a year looking like I do. What do you think? I'm not going to be any more specific than that about this stuff because frankly it's my business and not the internet-reading public's, but... I feel I am perfectly justified in my dislike of the police force in general, and their institutional illiberalism and prejudices, but I try very hard not to hold that against individual officers.

3. Do you like being alone?

For a given definition of alone. I always have my phone, which contains my friends and loved ones 24/7. But yes, sometimes I need to not be in physical proximity with other humans. This is usually how I gauge if I have fallen in love; I can be comfortable with someone I love near me when I can't bear the thought of being near humans and want to run away and hide. There's a much smaller number of people I can do that with than there are people I have had sexytiems with: the current list is four people.

Usually being alone means actual distance and barriers between me and other humans: walls/doors/etc. The one exception to that is being in a pub. I'm always comfortable in a pub. I think this is possibly because from being tiny my parents often took me to the pub with them, and then I spent so many years working in them. It's a comforting environment. So I can happily "be alone" in a very crowded pub.

4. Who would you share your passwords with?

There are a couple of people who I share some passwords with - the whole family knows the family Netflix password, for example, and there's a few of us with the password to the LGBT+LDs twitter account. And I suspect there's a fair few people know my wi-fi password. Pretty much everything else is in a password manager because I have hundreds of online accounts, and I don't even know what most of my passwords are because they are randomly generated. The master password for the password manager is securely locked up in my head; the only ones I actually know are google account, spotify, and firefox sync.

5. What are you grateful for today?

Friends, Family (biological and found) and Lovers.
The train that is going to take me to a joyous meeting in a few hours' time. Speaking of which, I ought to finish packing...
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Lee)
I have actually completed a meme! For the last 20 days I have been posting a contextless, commentless picture from a movie once per day on twitter. The constraints were that the films had to mean something to you, and that you could only post a pic, no comment.

But you all knew I wouldn't be able to resist verbiage in the end, didn't you? So here is the list of films, the pictures I chose, and why I chose them.

1, 12 Angry Men (1957)

A still from the movie 12 angry men

This is actually a live broadcast television play-for-today type thing that was turned into a stage play, and then a film, rather than a film per se, and there's a bunch of versions of it that are worth seeing, but this is the canonical one for me. So tightly directed, so beautifully acted, especially by Jack Klugman (yes, Quincey). And because it's a teleplay adaptation you get that constraint in the number of sets and locations that just increases the claustrophobia.

I love the lighting, too. There's something about 50s black and white films, and the way they lit them... At the time colour was seen as garish and for fantastic movies; black and white was for realism and grit. So there are some beautiful noirish touches in the lighting on this which amplify the mood.

there's another 19 under here, so I'm going to cut to save your scrolling fingers, oh my f-list )

To be honest, I could have gone on for a lot longer than 20 days. Although those films all definitely mean something to me, it's not a list of my favourite films by any stretch. Only one musical? Whither Singin' In the Rain'? No Gremlins II: the New Batch? No Wrath of Khan? No Rocky Horror? No Flash Gordon? No Galaxy Quest? No Alan Rickman or Sheila Keith or Karl Urban? No Kubrick? No Rope or Rear Window or Psycho or Rebecca - no Hitchcock at all? etc. etc. But I expect you're probably glad I stopped when I did.
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Cthulhu the Six!Fan)
How old are you?
Chronologically, I'm 41. In sense of humour terms, about 12. In world-weary cynicism about 9000. In my love life right now... Somebody's making me feel about 17. Which is great.

Click for more noseying into my personal life )
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Mirror Georgiou)
They picked my questions for [community profile] thefridayfive! Sadly the post went up on Sunday (and, you know, the way I have gone with [community profile] weekly_food_challenge of late I am absolutely not having a go at anyone over this, I know that sometimes things happen) so a lot fewer people have done answers than normally would. Which makes me sad, because this is stuff that I am genuinely interested in. So...

1, What is your favourite food?

I think probably cheese. I love many many foods, but cheese is the only one I can think of that I am never going to turn down.

2, What is your favourite food preparation method?

Frying. Especially frying things in butter, in my nice heavy cast iron frying pan (skillet?)

3, What is your favourite cuisine or style of cooking?

Italian. Closely followed by Indian. I like tomato-based sauces, and I go through a fortune in oregano but also I really love spicy things.

4, Do you have any dietary restrictions and if so what are they?

I'm quite severely intolerant of caffeine and other theobromides; this means no coffee or energy drinks, but also the only chocolate I can have is white. I've ended up in hospital after a bag of maltesers before, and the chocolate that they use on those is not particularly powerful. It's frustrating in some ways, but I manage.

5, If you could introduce the whole world to one ingredient to improve their culinary experience, what would that be and why?

Paneer! It's cheese, but you can cook it and it doesn't melt! So you can do fried paneer or make pakora from it or just use it instead of meat in a curry. It's amazing stuff! (see also Halloumi).
miss_s_b: (Mood: Brain Hurts)
1. Do you suffer from Spring Fever?

I suffer from Spring Grump, because the nice coolness is going away and the horrible stifling warm is about to happen.

2. Have you ever been twitterpated (infatuated or obsessed. In a state of nervous excitement)?

Oh lots. It happens to me regularly.

3. What does Spring taste like to you?

Salad! Nice fresh salad.

4. When was the last time you visited an ice cream truck?

Last summer at some point. There's one parks outside a local school that I have to walk past a lot, and I often fail to resist.

5. Do you know what song your ice cream truck plays?

There's one goes around here that plays The Liberty Bell March, which is quite nice :)
miss_s_b: (Mood: Bootylicious)
Did you have a cell phone prior to your thirties?
Yeah, I had one at uni in 1999.

Did they exist?
Mobile phone networks have existed since 1981. So anyone born before 1951 (and thus age 67 or younger) had mobile phones around in their 30s.

Did you have cable when you were a little kid?
No. There were a few people with Sky (satellite) but we weren't one of those families. I got cable in 1999 when we moved to Nottingham for my postgrad, but we got it for the internet, not for the telly. We'd had Kingston Communications for 3 years in Hull, and the idea of crappy internet connection on BT was horrifying... Still is TBH, having used other people's BT internet connections. SOOOOOOO SLOOOOOOOOOW.

Do you know what 8-track tapes are?
Yeah, I think my brother had some when I was little.

How about cassette tapes?
Yes, and I hated them. I used to get blank tapes and record to them from my vinyl so I could listen on my walkman, but I would never buy tapes because of their fragility and swiftness to degrade. Vinyl is much more robust (despite the propaganda of the time) which is why vinyl is making a comeback and tapes never will.

When did you get your first DVD player?
1999, again. VHS tapes having the same problem as cassette tapes, I could not WAIT to move to a different format. There were only about 50 DVDs available at that point. Like, it was possibly to own ALL the DVDs.

Did you learn to type on a typewriter?
Nope (see below)

What was the first computer you owned?
Amstrad CPC464, which is what I learned to type on. And program in basic.

What age were you when you first got e-mail?
18, when I got to uni. riggj@hull.ac.uk I think.

Was the Internet around when you were a kid?
Yup. If we date the internet from TCP/IP then it's been around since 1982 (obviously ARPANET was around a lot earlier). I got to dick about on it a little bit towards the end of my school days in the early 90s, but I properly became addicted as an undergrad in 1996.

When did you start using Facebook, Twitter, Livejournal, and Dreamwidth?
Facebook was when it launched for non-uni users. Twitter was very early too. LJ... [personal profile] missdiane would know; we all moved to it en masse from the HP boards as I recall. I'd guess 2000, maybe early 2001? DW, again, I was an early adopter. This are why I has seed account.

What was the first printer you owned like?
We had a dot matrix which attached to the Amstrad. It had the green and white continuous feed paper with the holes up the side and everything.

Collegiate papers: typewriter or computer?

How old were you when streaming came into being?
Depends what you mean by streaming, as the word has changed meaning a lot over the course of the years. I took to the www at uni in 1996 like a duck to water, and in those days we used to stream pictures. Yes, still ones.

What age were you when you got your first MP3 player?
This was one thing where I was a bit of a late adopter: I had a CD walkman and a fuckton of CDs, and so didn't get an MP3 player until you could fit a lot on it. My first was a Creative Zen Micro in purple, and I would have been about 25 I guess?

Did you own a record player, cassette player, CD player, or MP3 player as a teen?
I had a very good stack system, because I was a music geek and I begged and begged my parents till they gave in and got me one for my birthday and/or christmas. Prior to that I'd had a pretty good seperates system that had been passed on to me by the local punk rocker when she upgraded and I was 6 or 7 - it had a great turntable and a decent tape deck and radio but no CD, which is why I wanted the stack system.

At what age did you start blogging on the Internet?
When I started using LJ I guess, see above.

What age were you when the e-readers came out?
I was 30 in 2007. Took me a long time to get one, though, only within the last year. I'd mostly been using Kindle apps on my phone prior to that.

How do you listen to music?
99% of the time using Spotify these days, on laptop or desktop or phone. If nobody else is about (or if I'm in the kitchen) I'll feed it through speakers but otherwise I have several pairs of headphones of various types for various functions (over ear for the living room, earbuds for on the train, bluetooth earbuds for the gym, etc)
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Books)
Find the nearest book to you, turn to page 45, and read the first sentence: this describes your sex life in 2018.
"Make it for the shelves, then." (from We Have Always Lived in The Castle by Shirley Jackson.)

Given the amount of book and DVD/bluray consolidation and sorting we've been doing in this household over Christmas and New Year, this seems apt.
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Cthulhu the Six!Fan)
Reply to this post with "Oh, sod it, go on then" and I will pick three of your icons for you to talk about in your own journal; please then keep the meme going by making this offer on your post.

[personal profile] wolfpurplemoon asked me about:

This one is an old LJ icon that was made after the 7/7 bombings in London, and affectionately refers to the completely ingrained British habit of responding to any and all problems with immediate offers of tea. I do this, and I can't even drink Proper Tea (referred to in this house as Theft, because we all like a terrible political pun).

This one I made not long after opening my Dreamwidth account, when there was a bit of a craze for making DreamSheep icons - see [community profile] dreamsheep for many, many more.

This is one of many, many, MANY Sixth Doctor icons I have made down the decades. I think it was for a challenge at some point or another in an old LJ doctor Who comm, because the text on it says "OT3" and obviously Doctor/TARDIS is the only pairing I would ever consider an OTP for ANY of the Doctors... I just love how happy Colin looks, cuddling a pair of daleks.
miss_s_b: (Blogging: Internet forever!!)
The titles and first line/sentence of my blog posts for each month of this year:
  • January 2nd

    Due to interesting political situation in Soviet Russia...
    ... I am finally deleting all traces of myself from LJ.

  • February 1st

    What I Did At Federal Conference Committee, by Jennie Rigg Aged 39 and a quarter
    You may or may not have already seen the factual reports on Lib Dem Voice provided by Geoff and Zoe; I wanted to write something a bit more... human?

  • March 22nd(!) (obvs there are a bunch of linkspams, but as they are mostly-automated, I don't think they really count)

    What I Did At Lib Dem Conference part one, by Jennie Rigg Aged 39 and a quarter
    The short version of What I Did At Lib Dem Conference is:
    Attended lots of FCC meetings and training; co-hosted Glee for the second time; hall-aided my first debate as a member of FCC; "organised" Not The Leader's Speech.

  • April 5th

    Hello there!
    *waves at the sudden glut of LJ deleters on DW*

  • May 1st

    Beltane Viewing: The Wicker Man (1973)
    There are many excellent, occasionally scholarly, articles and listicles on The Wicker Man (The Grauniad has so many they even have a tag for it) but as this one came across my radar today, the most Wicker Manny of days, I thought I'd flag it up to you.

  • June 4th

    *incoherent wibbling*
    I've been awful at all kinds of internetting the last couple of weeks (hello election) but I just had to post to say OMFG Ariana Grande, I have been completely unaware of your music till tonight but that was ASTOUNDING in both technical and emotional terms.

  • July 2nd

    State of the SB Update
    still not having the best of mental health.

  • August 3rd (oooo this is a friends locked one. I'm going to do it anyway. You'll just have to wonder which specific event prompted it.)

    My life at the moment:
    Other people: "this is too hard and I am too incompetent and/or lazy to organise it."
    Also other people: "it's your fault this is all going wrong! You should have seen that I was too lazy and/or incompetent to organise it and taken over! You can't blame me for being lazy and incompetent!"

  • September 4th

    I have received final assignments for what I will be doing at conference for FCC...
    So at spring conference in York I did a bit of Hall Aideing.

  • October 1st

    So you know I've been saying for about 2 years now that we ought to have Awkward Squad T-shirts?
    ... well, you might want to keep a weather eye on @Awkward__Squad on Twitter.

  • November 1st

    Oh God, it's the 6 monthly "changing the clocks" Hot Take time again.
    Look, you guys, I get it.

  • December 3rd

    A quick question for Brits who had a telly in 1998
    For various reasons too convoluted and boring to go into I was talking to [personal profile] matgb about Children In Need/Comic Relief turns, and I mentioned that my favourite ever one was the Ready Steady Cook chefs doing The Full Monty* (you can see a clip here, at #6, 3 minutes 55 in), especially Ainsley Harriott's magnificent, triumphant final twerk…

And my main take-away from that is... I've actually done ok at keeping up to blogging this year. Wow.

Friday Five

Friday, December 15th, 2017 04:38 pm
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Cthulhu the Six!Fan)
(via [community profile] thefridayfive)

1. What are your feelings about snow?
I like looking at it out of the window from my nice warm house

2. What is the one thing you really dislike that is associated with snow
Trains not running, or not running to time

3 What is the one thing you really like that is associated with snow
It's pretty, and the dogs love it.

4. Do you anticipate or dread bad weather reports?
Dread, because it might bugger up my plans.

5. Are you dreaming of a White Christmas?
Yes, because I don;t need to travel anywhere, and the dogs will enjoy playing in it.
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
Your main fandom of the year?

As in the one I've spent most time in/on? Probably Dexter, given that I mainlined all 8 series, although I've never been so angry about ANYTHING as I was about the end of that show.

Your favorite film watched this year?

Wonder Woman. No, Moana. No, Wonder Woman. No, Moana. Argh.

Your favorite book read this year?

I've got a few I gave five stars to:

- The Distant Echo by Val McDermid
- Out Of Bounds by Val McDermid
- Windwitch by Susan Rennard
- several of the Doctor Who Mr Men books
- Alice by Christina Henry
- Dead Corpse by Nuzo Onoh

… out of those it's probably Alice? Alice is horrible and beautiful and amazing.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?

Here is my Spotify "most played tracks" playlist. I don't tend to listen to albums very much any more. As you can see, I went through a bit of a musicals phase after seeing Moana. Oh, and the Birdie Song is only on there because I've been trolling my daughter with it.

If I were to rec one song off there?
Thelma & Louise by The Horrorpops

Your favorite TV show of the year?

The Good Place. Or Santa Clarita Diet. One of those two.

Your favorite DW/LJ community of the year?

[community profile] weekly_food_challenge has become a pleasure not a chore. And food is a fandom, right?

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Fanny Cradock

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

Straight from Lizbee's post: I knew it was coming, and I see why it was important to the narrative, but Spoilers for Star Trek Disco )

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?

Hatcher from Alice.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?

Philippa Georgiou.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Jodie Whittaker's reveal (and Colin Baker's reaction to it ♡♡♡My Doctor♡♡♡)

The most missed of your old fandoms?

Probably HP. I made so many good friends through that fandom. But JKR being TERFy AND supportive of the casting of Johnny Depp? I just can't any more.

I might have said Top Gear here, but 1, I really liked series 2 of New Line-up TG on BBC2, and 2, the reasons it has soured for me are all on Amazon Prime now. Fucking homophobic misogynist twats Hammond and Clarkson. Trying really hard to not let May go down in my estimation with them… :/

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

I don't know, because if I want to try a thing I do it straight away.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Copying from Lizbee again, but I'm torn between the second half of Star Trek Discovery season 1 and Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. It's SO GOOD that we have amazing Trek TV again, but a lady Doctor? A lady doctor with a Yorkshire accent? Oh hell yes, with bells on. pleaseChibbersdon'tfuckitup… pleaseChibbersdon'tfuckitup…

Years meme

Friday, August 19th, 2016 05:13 pm
miss_s_b: Peter Falk as Columbo saying "just one more thing" (Fangirling: Columbo)
[personal profile] sfred has asked me to tell you what I was up to in 2001.

Age then: 23
Age now: 38

Relationship then: I was living with Ian, which didn't turn out well for the two of us, although it did produce Daughter, so I can't really complain.

Relationship now: Depending on where we start counting, I've been going out with Mat for ten years, James for five, and Alisdair for three, and I have lots of lovely friends and extended family, and doggies.

Where I lived then: Just around the corner from where I live now. Sunny Brighouse. Easy reach of the town centre and the park for dog walking.

Where I live now: Just around the corner from where I lived then. The house is slightly bigger (but still not really big enough) and slightly further away from the noisy dual carriageway.

Was I happy then: It had it's moments, but I wasn't in the best place.

Am I happy now: Yes. There are things I would change if I could, as there always are, but I am happier now than I have ever been.

Comment asking for a year if you'd like one.
miss_s_b: Captain Kathryn Janeway (Feminist Heroes: Janeway)
[personal profile] sfred asked me:

1. If you had to not live where you live, where would you live?
2. What would 15-year-old Jennie think of now-Jennie?
3. What fictional universe would you like to live in?
4. What's for tea?
5. What are you listening to?

answers under the cut )

If you want your own set of questions ask me in the comments.
miss_s_b: (Britishness: Rugger)
under the cut )
miss_s_b: (Politics: Post Feminism)
... thousands upon thousands of incredibly witty and original people ask "but when is International MEN'S day, eh, if we've got equality? Answer me that!" or words to that effect. Most of these people seem to think that they are being both clever and edgy when they say those things. In honour of those people, I have changed my twitter handle for the day to "It's the 19th of Nov".

I do encourage you to join in. Several people already have.
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
Find the nearest book to you, turn to page 45, and read the first sentence: this describes your sex life in 2014.

"Dead in a year," remarked the desk sergeant, a new-born with a snout-like protrusion in the centre of his face.


Well that's depressing LOL
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: AA Milne)
[personal profile] andrewducker gave me the letter T, and specified that I couldn't cheat and use "the".

Something I hate: Yeah, I'm going to go with Andrew's suggestion on this: Throwing Up. This weekend was frustrating because I didn't get a lot done (or go to several things that I should have done) due to a cycle of throw up - drink water - throw up again - fall asleep - wake up with mouth like Ghandi's flip flop - drink water - throw up which went on (literally) ad nauseam for pretty much all of Sunday, and left me weak and incapable for most of Monday. I was lucky enough to have an understanding nurse who basically left me alone unless I was making disturbing noises, and brought me water, and then later tea, and even later small amounts of food. I would fully recommend this nurse to others should they become ill. You know who you are ❤

Something I love: Twining's Buttermint Sensation Tea. This stuff is the bees knees of mint teas, and more places should stock it. Had to put up with Doublemint Sensation the other day, which is good, but just not the same. The Camomile and Maple one is great too, but I'd avoid the lime and ginger one if I were you. It's all tangeriney, and nowhere near gingery enough (which is why you're not getting a link to that one :P).
Other things I love beginning with T include (but are not limited to) Technology, Triumph motorcycles, Tattoos and Terrible puns.

Somewhere I have been: Totnes. AKA Hebden Bridge On Sea. Geographically Totnes and HB are very different, but they FEEL exactly the same. Which enables me to have a go-to place in Devon where I can quell homesickness when I'm down there.

Somewhere I would like to go: Titan, the most likely-to-be-habitable moon of my supposed ruling planet, Saturn. Or anywhere else in space, really. Preferably without the horrific health problems one gains from extended space travel, but I'd be willing to put up with those if necessary.

Someone I know: This was actually the most difficult of these to select. I know very few people whose names begin with T. A few screennames but that's a bit of a cheat in my view. So I'm going to name-drop and say Tim Farron, party president of the Liberal Democrats.

Best movie: Theatre of Blood, starring VinnyP and Cousin Di. Gory and hilarious, and features captain Mainwaring and Miss Marple as a married couple. Watch out for the poodles. And the camp hairdresser. Not to be confused with Theatre of Death, which is one of the few Sir Lee films that bore me.

If you want a letter, say so in the comments. And that's one more thing ticked off my ToDo list ;)
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Cthulhu the Six!Fan)
[personal profile] andrewducker has tasked me with listing eight little-known facts about myself. This is proving difficult: I'm a reasonably open person, so there isn't really that much about me that isn't common knowledge. However...
  1. I get very emotionally involved with fiction. I will regularly be found in floods of tears over a book/film/TV show. The best example of how bad this gets for me: when I watched the Simpsons movie I cried like a baby over Marge taping over the wedding video. Like, I'm filling up now just thinking about it.

  2. When I was tiny my mum used to put the dog in the playpen so she could get a break from me. I have always loved dogs. The dog we had when I was small, Shadow, was a very independent-spirited creature, and didn't always appreciate my attentions. She used to go in "my" playpen and hide under a blanket to get away from me.

  3. I associate songs with people. You guys all have theme songs in my head. If you know me well enough you might be able to work out which song applies to which person, although I doubt anybody knows me THAT well. But if you DID know that, then you could watch my spotify habits to find out who I am thinking about.

  4. I had a very expensive education. Private, fee-paying school. Post graduate legal qualifications. Dinners at the Inns of Court... This is apparent to anyone who has examined my various online profiles, but I am aware that not everyone looks at those, and apparently it's a surprising fact to some people.

  5. The only political party aside from the Liberal Democrats I have ever been involved with is the Monster Raving Loonies. This was because we had a mock election at school. I didn't think it was right that there were candidates for all the other parties and not the loonies, so I wrote to Dave Sutch, and got a lovely reply, loads of election materials, and ended up with 8% of the vote, beating Labour into fourth. Obviously the tories had a landslide victory (see fact 4 above)

  6. I'm afraid of crossing bridges. I get really freaked out that they are going to collaspe with me on them. Like not just a vague worry, a real visceral intense fear. I can keep a lid on it most of the time, especially if I'm in good company or otherwise comfortable, but if I'm already having a bad brain day the thought of crossing a bridge can bring on a full-blown panic attack. Theories that this is caused by something vampiric in me not wanting to cross running water have been raised, but I would counter that I'm quite happy to swim...

  7. I nearly died of pneumonia when I was seven. Obviously I didn't because I'm still here, but it was touch and go for a while, and I spent a couple of weeks in the (sadly no longer there) Bradford Children's Hospital.

  8. Don't say the number between seven and nine or you'll be ate alive. This was my response to Andrew when he assigned me the number eight, and he replied that he'd like me to put something about my Pratchett geekery, so... I don't like Rincewind. I love some of the stories he's in, but I detest him as a character. I just want to smack him. Luckily, as someone pointed out to me the other day, in the last 15 years or so, Rincewind has only ever appeared fleetingly in the books in order to have something horrible happen to him, and then he's gone away again. I approve of this.
Now aren't you guys impressed that I managed to get through that without mentioning my sexual proclivities even ONCE? I think I should get a special prize for that ;)

According to The Rules, ask in the comments if you'd like me to assign you a number!
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Default)
Political Values

Radicalism 96.75
Socialism 81.25
Tenderness 53.125

These scores indicate that you are a progressive; this is the political profile one might associate with a university professor. It appears that you are skeptical towards religion, and have a pragmatic attitude towards humanity in general.

Your attitudes towards economics appear communist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as left-wing.

To round out the picture you appear to be, political preference aside, a centrist with several strong opinions.

This concludes our analysis; we hope you found your results accurate, useful, and interesting.
I suspect the fact that my reasonably Leftie but not particularly extreme views are described as communist says more about this survey's USian origins than its statement of objectivity would care to admit...

You can take the test yourself here
miss_s_b: (Mood: I Rule)
(a list of the questions and links to all the answers can be found on this entry)

This is a question that's open to interpretation. It could mean:
  • "When does one qualify for the epithet fan?", or
  • "what age was I when I first became a fan?"
I really don't like interpretation one. Like the ladies of the Verity Podcast, I firmly believe that the only "qualification" necessary to be called a fan is applying that label to yourself. I'm not going to gatekeep. I'm not going to say "you're not a proper fan unless you do/believe/like/know x". That's just shitty behaviour. If someone loves Doctor Who, in whole or in part, and they want to be known as a fan, that's good enough for me.

The second interpretation, then.

Unfortunately, that's harder to answer. I don't actually remember a time when I didn't watch Doctor Who. But when I was, say, three did I know what being a fan meant? I don't know.
miss_s_b: Mindy St Clare from The Good Place, hiding her nakedness behind very large sunflowers and looking shocked (Feminist heroes: Liz Shaw)
I've been woeful at this while I've been ill. Sorry about that. This post will bring me up to date.

(a list of the questions and links to all the answers can be found on this entry)

Favourite Writer

Robert Holmes. Witty, political, able to work in shedloads of Hammer Horror references, and one of only two writers prior to Big Finish who was able to write Leela properly.

Favourite Couple

Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and Benton, whose love remains true and constant right from The Invasion, through Benton's transition into Doris, and happy old age. It's just a shame they had to invent that "going off to become a secondhand car salesman" line as cover for Benton's transition because of the transphobia of the military at the time.

Favourite Friendship

Androgum!Two and Shockeye. They're just so cute when they are geeking over food.

Favourite Spinoff

SJA. No questions or doubts here. A kids' scifi show in which the cast skews female, the lead character is a strong independent woman in her late fifties, and themes of love, friendship, tolerance and family are thoroughly explored? Hell yes.

Favourite Quote

"What a marvellous butler: he's so violent!" - the Fourth Doctor, City of Death

Favourite Doctor Catchphrase

The Doctor has catchphrases now. Catchprhases are cool? Apparently. I don't like them. Maybe calling the Tardis "old thing" or "old girl" is as near as I'll commit to.

Favourite Doctor Gadget

I don't tend to like the recurring gadgets like the psychic paper and the sonic screwdriver because they are used as lazy story devices by lazy writers. You can't call the Tardis a gadget; she's a LADY. Similarly Bessie. So I suppose that leave us with some of the mad things the third doctor made Heath Robinson style. I'll go with the one in The Time Monster made from a wine bottle a corkscrew various bits of cutlery and some tea leaves. Because the Doctor is a very British Gallifreyan, this gadget does not work unless it has tea leaves.

Favourite Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLcXvmOdwpE - the Mighty Trout. Gotta love him.

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Favourite Guest Star

Brian Blessed. Note: not my favourite guest character, because I'm not massively fond of Yrcanos, but my favourite guest star. Because Brian is just bloody awesome.
miss_s_b: Peter Falk as Columbo saying "just one more thing" (Fangirling: Columbo)
So a bunch of people have been doing this "describe your job using only the 1000 most common English words" thing. I've had a go. I don't think it's worked very well.

I phone people up and ask them about who they would like to run things, and if they would like anything done.

I store their answers and then someone else decides whether anything needs to be done about the answers.

Words I was not allowed to use: vote, government, council, local, representative, politician, record, responses.

I think that list of words I wasn't allowed to use is the best illustration one can have of how irrelevant politics is to most people.
miss_s_b: (Mood: :-P)
(a list of the questions and links to all the answers can be found on this entry )

I genuinely can't think of one. People slag off Beryl Reid in Earthshock, but I thought she was fabulous. There's a number of female characters I dislike, but they are almost exclusively played by genuinely lovely actresses. I suppose I shall have to say Catherine Tate, although I recognise that my dislike of her is mostly irrational and based on her comedy persona rather than her personally.

I think the reason I'm reluctant to answer this one is because this morning I dipped into Chicks Dig Timelords. Obviously me being me I read the Sixie articles first, and while Tansy Rayner Roberts's one about Trial of a Timelord was awesome, the one about season 22 (my favourite season, lets not forget) was a sour, one-sided, cherry-picking rant about how awful Peri is. And I recognised in it some of the way I can be cruel about other companions. I think, to an extent, the writer reacts to Peri the same way I react to Ace, and while I have had the opportunity to revisit and re-examine that reaction I don't think she has. And it makes me very cross that my favourite season is covered solely from the point of view of slagging off a character I like instead of the wider story points it has to offer.

So I have resolved to do less slagging off and more positive stuff.

We'll see how long that resolution lasts.

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