As has been the case with so many scientists, he [Darwin] encountered particularly fierce opposition from the Church, whose members preferred the safety of a sacred text to the uncertainties of observation and experiment.
Science, 100 Essential Scientists by Jon Balchin; page 109 The Legacy of Darwin
FanFiction.Net has managed to disable the ability to copy stories off the website.
I get why they did it, honestly. Too many people copying someone else’s stories and taking the credit for them. Heard about it around several blogs of my favourite Who fanfic writers.
It’s just a pain in the backside to those if us who don’t do stupid things like that. Particularly me, as I keep a personal archive of stories that I’ve enjoyed to read while away from my computer. It’s sort of a hobby, in a way.
Yes, in a new update to the site that will eventually come, authors will be allowed to enable the ability to allow others to copy, but I fear authors will keep the ability to not copy on, as such to keep it from being reposted as someone else’s work.
Feel free to add to what I’ve said. If you wish not to see anymore rants, ignore ‘em, whatever.
Thank you for your time.
We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.
Something I’ve just found and enjoy :)
Alright, I’m holding a unpopular opinion on my little corner of tumblr, but…..
Alright, unpopular opinion time, I s’pose. Hopefully nothing too bad will come from saying this, but, here I go.:
Hogwarts Book Sculpture.
I used 7 books (already damaged) to create the sculpture and 50 different scalpol blades. It took 3 months to create!
You did a beautiful thing here.
Send me a number and I’ll tell you my unpopular opinion.
1. A selection of television programs you do not care for.
2. A selection of musical artists you do not care for.
3. A selection of celebrities you couldn’t care less about.
4. A hobby you “don’t get”.
5. A habit you find disgusting.
6. Something in school you really liked doing that everyone else bitched over.
7. Your favorite household chore.
8. Popular video games that make you go “meh”.
9. PC or MAC?
10. A sport you don’t like, for whatever reason.
11. A sport you really like, for whatever reason.
12. Television programs you love but have gotten shit for liking.
13. Musical artists you love but have gotten shit for liking.
14. A hobby you have/find interesting that other people bother you over/make fun of.
15. A habit you have that other people bug you over.
16. Something in school you hating doing and it felt like everyone else loved.
17. The household chore that makes you want to shoot your own face off.
18. A selection of video games that you enjoy that perhaps you really shouldn’t.
19. A celebrity crush that maybe even you don’t understand.
20. Free rant on whatever grinds your gears at the moment.
I just made this in 5 minutes :D
I got the idea from thinking of words ending in “ate” that would sound funny in a Dalek’s voice. I thought of “procrastinate”, and then I thought of Tumblr :P
screams from the rooftops i dont want moffat writing rose
#I don’t want moffat writing
Didn’t he at one point call her a clingy girlfriend that the doctor had to get rid of by giving her a clone of himself? He pretty much blatantly hates Rose. I mean, he treats all of his female characters like shit, but I definitely don’t want him anywhere near Rose Tyler.
Here’s the quote you’re talking about:
“You have to hand it to the Doctor for dumping a slightly needy girlfriend by palming her off on a copy of himself,” he told fans at a sci-fi convention.
“He tried leaving her in a parallel universe and that didn’t work!” (source)
Doesn’t exactly scream character hate to me. And Rose was pretty damn awesome in the episodes he wrote that featured her as a companion (The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances in S1), so it’s not as though he has a history of writing her poorly. So, I think I’ll reserve judgement until I see the episode. Or at least until I know anything about the script.
You don’t think that quote screams character hate? Or just plain woman hate? Because it does to me. Moffat is a misogynist to his core.
What part of that quote is supposed to *not* scream character hate again?
I mean, fuck, I think half of why Moffat seems to resent Rose as a character (apart from the misogyny, obvs) is because he fucking wishes he could write that kind of heroine.
I mean, let’s examine Moffat’s heroines, shall we?
- Moffat is very fond of these sort of little epithet type things for his characters. You have The Girl Who Waited, The Girl In The Fireplace, The Doctor’s Wife, etc. and they all seem to run along a common theme of a) mostly showcasing how these women and their lives revolve around The Doctor rather than their own traits/accomplishments and b) not being particularly dynamic.
Then you have Rose, who is The Bad Wolf. It is 100% canon that she creates herself; that is in fact a direct quote from Rose. She tore a hole in the TARDIS console and looked into its heart, not giving a fuck what it could have done to her, because she couldn’t stand to sit at home and wait while The Doctor and Jack were fighting an unwinnable battle. Also an honourable mention for Donna “Best Temp In Chiswick” Noble whose “useless” secretarial skills provided a key insight into a situation that nobody else could make on several occasion. Also an honourable mention to Martha Jones, who didn’t really have an official epithet type thing, but if she were getting one it would probably be The Woman Who Walked The Earth, because fuck if that wasn’t the most badass thing anyone has ever done. (No, I’m serious. We were shown some tiny snippets of what The Master turned the world into and to have navigated that world for an entire year, staging a quiet rebellion and spreading hope, without getting caught or killed or giving up? Yeah. Badass.) Are you seeing a distinct difference in the patterns here? Because I am.
(Btw, I want to take a moment here to say I’m not condeming any of Moffat’s women on a textual level, because it is 100% not their fault the narrative fails them so badly. All condemnation in this particular mini-essay is on a meta-textual level.)
- Whereas Rose, Donna, and Martha were all shown to already be special, and travelling the universe with The Doctor just gave them a chance to bring it out, all of Moffat’s women’s special-ness usually comes from somewhere external. More often than not in the form of a poorly explained plot device/deus ex machina. They are often not in control of their own fates or bodies and are not possessed of any kind of autonomy half the time, really. The Doctor’s feelings about them and what happens to them are always shown as the more important thing.
Clara is devoid of computer skills (to the point that she apparently wouldn’t know what Twitter is??? I mean really?) until suddenly a machine embues her with them. She is constantly killed and regenerated by some mechanism (it’s not clear. Nothing Moffat writes is ever terribly clear), yet the narrative focuses on how this affects The Doctor a lot more than it focuses on her. She has her very soul ripped from her body by a computer and is kissed, fondled, and put to bed by a man who then looks through her private possessions and yet the show never indicates that this is a problem. She wakes up to find she has no memory and has been put to bed by the man who had previously refused to leave her alone/stop trying to gain entrance to the house she was in, yet still is cheeky and flirty with him, and doesn’t ~worry her silly little head~ about what might have happened. She is marooned on a planet and turned into a dalek and ultimately killed, despite whatever resistence she puts up. She is, I repeat for emphasis, fated to NOT BE ABLE TO STOP DYING AND SHOWING UP IN OTHER PLACES WHERE SHE MEETS THE DOCTOR. She’s only been in a few episodes and she’s already so problematic, I want to scream.
River’s special timey-wimey-ness is bestowed upon her by the time vortex and her physical/combat skills are the result of… some sort of weird cult training and brainwashing her with the express purpose of killing The Doctor? I think? It’s something to that effect anyway. (Honestly, I’m a bit fuzzy on the specifics of that one, but I’m not putting myself through a re-watch to gain any more clarity.) She is stolen from her mother at birth and forced to dedicate her life to The Doctor. She literally lives a life as a sleeper agent, just waiting for the opportunity to kill him, if I remember correctly. She is fated to live forever as a digital ghost in a virtual world, which was decided for her without her consent by The Doctor, and yet her first thoughts in her new environment take the form of a voiceover about how great The Doctor is.
The crack in Amy’s wall literally orphans her without her even getting to know about it. The Doctor decides she isn’t allowed to know about Rory when she loses her memories of him. She is unknowingly living her life as a living plastic duplicate of herself WHILE PREGNANT AND KIDNAPPED, and yet she is not allowed to know about it. She has her newborn child stolen from her, essentially twice. One of the times she literally had to watch her child melt into some sort of yoghurt in her arms, and yet her grief is barely explored or even mentioned past a few scenes of her desiring revenge. A sort-of-alternate-timeline version of her is left to die to save her because the narrative likes the earlier, less able/experienced/bitter towards The Doctor/adult version better, and neither version of her is really consulted about it.
I just… There are probably like ten thousand more examples of this one, but this is all coming off the top of my head, so. Moving on, I guess.
- Also there’s this really weird theme of their Ultimate Fate being sealed before the story has even begun? Not even necessarily The Doctor knowing, but the audience does at the very least. (Possibly this is an extention of the theme of female characters not being in control of their own lives/destinies)
Like, Reinette was a historical figure, obviously he knew when and how she died. The first time he met River was when she died. Amy miraculously escapes this theme. Clara’s ultimate fate seems to be to die as a dalek (I’m guessing, going by the running theme here), but it also just seems to generally be Dying A Lot.
Possibly this one isn’t a legitimate criticism, but it still bugs me so I’m including it.
- Moffat’s strategy for his women is that The Doctor “meets them when they’re kids, comes back when they’re hot and legal” (Credit for that phrasing to that post that’s been knocking around Tumblr since the Bells Of Saint John prequel was released.)
No, seriously, Moffat has had six female characters who weren’t villains (I’m reasonably sure. Like I said, I’m not putting myself through a re-watch) and had a significant enough part to play. Out of those six, two are interspecies victorian detective lesbians (WHO NEED TO BE TAKEN AWAY FROM MOFFAT AND GIVEN THEIR OWN SHOW IMMEDIATELY) and the other four follow some version of this storyline. All four have kissed (or in Clara’s case, been kissed by) The Doctor and flirted with him at pretty much every opportunity.
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with romance between The Doctor and his companions, but a) This is not so much romantic as it is fucking creepy; b) Variety is the spice of life. Even if this weren’t too creepy to be romantic, my God would it be getting too boring and predictable at this point to be compelling; c) It really reinforces The Doctor as a senior figure of male authority to these women (does Moffat have a fixation on women with daddy issues? Our survey says: Probably) which, again, CREEPY; and d) Every woman who experiences opposite sex attraction just automatically wanting up on The Doctor’s dick is kind of icky. Especially when you consider Moffat is probably using him as an author avatar to a certain extent. (Hint: If you want to write dynamic female characters, the first step is not reducing them to whether or not they might want to sleep with you.)
So, yeah. That… got kind of long, whoops.
But I suppose the main point here is that I never want Moffat to write a female character ever ever again
This is completely on point, especially Amy’s grief over the loss of her child, another writer had to insert dialogue about this because Moffat just simply couldn’t be bothered.
Moffat also wrote “Girl In The Fireplace” with another woman he met as a child then again as an adult and the only other aspects of her character besides being enigmatic and attractive the historical facts about Madame de Pompadour. The episode had the doctor about the first 15 minutes and then completely ignore his responsibilities to chase after her while leaving the companion he gave his life to keep alive stranded with no way home.
Moffat only allows the Doctor to fall in love with people who are extraordinary or better than normal people. That’s the difference between Moffat and RTD. RTD’s characters became extraordinary, and the Doctor loved them regardless.
Reblog this if you ship Ten and Rose
Just do it, trust me this’ll be good (;
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Doing ALL of them
Reblog this if you ship: Johnlock
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I’m off to LeakyCon in 3 (almost 2) days!
Is it, like, Taboo or something to enjoy Canon couples set out in any fandom now?
Because it feels like I’m one of only a few now that supports canon couples, depending on the various fandoms I enjoy.
Yes, I have a few noncanon couples, but who doesn’t? I just prefer the canon based ones,…
I’m the same way…
… You get the idea.
This is probably the best thing I’ve seen all bloody week. I’m clearly NOT alone in this plight.
Reblog if you actually like reading.
this doesnt have enough notes…..
Reading Builds Up Your Imagination :)
I literally could not scroll past this without reblogging
Are there any Thor fans in the Thor fandom?
here we go again
ITS OKAY THOR I LOVE YOU
(Source: ifhebeworthy, via catchonfirespontaneously)
Why am I managing to just question this now?
Okay, so I’m having to write a paper for my English class about cheating, and in particular, cheating in academics.
a Junior College student now. Current obsessions include Harry Potter, the MCU Avengers (newest guilty pleasure), Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Gallagher Girls, Maximum Ride (the first 3 books) and others.
This blog will mainly contain a hodgepodge of random quotes, musings, things I find exploring tags and other posts, not mention links I find enjoyable.
I ship generally main canon, although there are a few noncanon ships I follow. Feel free to ask which ones. :)
NaNoWriMo is off the calender until I finish the Portal Jumpers (or unofficially end up using Portal Jumpers for NaNo. :/)