When you are proud of never locking your front door because there are never any intruders in your town, but still find it necessary to keep a loaded gun in your home for “protection” against all the intruders in your town.
I don’t like Moffat’s version of Doctor Who because he constantly retcons the universe, so you can’t rely on anything that happens and nothing of consequence is ever at stake.
That’s actually kind of why I didn’t like Davies’ version of Doctor Who. I never felt like anything was at stake because the Doctor was always going to save the day and even if a million people died, there weren’t really consequences (I guess the million people dying would technically be the consequences, but no one we saw was ever affected by it). He’d go back off in his blue box and gallivant around the universe and save swaths of people while sacrificing a few. And I just didn’t give a damn and wanted it to end.
There were two reasons I stuck with the show: Jack Harkness, and fear of my Whovian friends. Something about the Moffat Who just caught me and won’t let me go. It’s not Moffat, per say. But it’s a combination of quirky Eleven, amazing Amy Pond, and the different way the stories are told. Which is probably why I was so “wtf” when I found all the hate.
I also think this is fandom-shock. Because my main fandom is one where we’re all pretty nice to each other and have long debates on points of dissension. Which I keep forgetting doesn’t really happen anywhere else.
For some reason, I like the stand-alone episodes a lot more regardless of which Doctor or writer it is; I think because I get tired of the long over-arching storylines very quickly, and that’s all series 6 is. My problem with Moffat is that he likes to kill people, but then bring them back, or destroy the universe, and then bring it back, so even if you see something happen, it’s going to be undone and put back to normal anyway, so I don’t really care. Davies more or less kept people dead. Also I don’t like 11 and Amy as much as… basically any of the others.
But the thing I love about Doctor Who is that it’s actually a couple of different shows, and the 9/10 fandom is almost a completely different thing from 11, but with common threads and there’s something in there, and an incarnation of the Doctor going back through the series for everybody to connect with.
Here’s the thing: If you’re using the holiday season to go out of your way to be an asshole to someone, believer or non-believer, you’re doing it wrong, and I wish you would stop. That’s not a war, it’s a slap fight and it’s embarrassing. As a non-believer, when someone says “Merry Christmas” to me, I say “Merry Christmas” back, because generally speaking I understand that what “Merry Christmas” means in this context is “I am offering you good will in a way I know how,” and I appreciate that sentiment. Left to my own devices, I use “Happy holidays” because I know a lot of people who aren’t Christians (or at least Christmas-centered) and that seems the best way to express my own good will; the vast majority of people get what I’m doing and appreciate that sentiment too.
I think most people get the idea that regardless of religion or lack thereof, we’ve designated this time of year as the one where we make an effort to be decent to each other. Accept it. Welcome it. Live it, in the best way you know how. Be tolerant and gracious when others share this sentiment in a way different than you would. Look for what they’re saying means, not just the words they use to say it. It would be a fine way to have everyone enjoy the season.
Leaders of the elf union have become lazy and selfish, so they start framing children to get them on the naughty list, and trade the toys to Al Capone for booze. Santa is none the wiser, but Mrs. Claus’ suspicions are raised when she checks the list twice, so she calls in the Chicago Bureau of Prohibition to investigate. Ness uncovers the scam and stores of moonshine-soaked toys, saving Christmas for millions of children.
“There’s too much glorification of all of sports in our society. The fact is, guys are here to get an education. They represent institutions of higher learning. Xavier has been a great school for years. We are trying to cure cancer at Cincinnati. I go to school at a place where they discovered the vaccine for polio and created Benadryl. I think that’s more important than who wins a basketball game. And our guys need to have appreciation for the fact they are there on a full scholarship. And they’re there to represent institutions with class and integrity … I have never been this embarrassed.”—
University of Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin
You should know who your favorite country singer’s favorite country singer is. You’d think it’d be Johnny or Willie or Hank, but it’s not. Your favorite country singer’s favorite country singer is always Keith Whitley.
Unless your favorite country singer is Keith Whitley; then it’s Lorrie Morgan.
““What you wish you had learned in library school” can’t be taught, because it is totally dependent on three factors: what you learned before library school, what you learned in library school, and what job you managed to get after library school. That sounds obvious, and it is. What isn’t obvious based on the popularity of this discussion is how radically different those three factors are among librarians and library school students. If you were a business manager who went back to library school somewhere and ended up as an instruction librarian at a community college, your list would be totally different from the recent college graduate who went to library school and ended up as a reference librarian at a rural public library. Or vice versa. The background, age, and experience of the student matters at least as much as the library school instruction.”
If so much of what we need professionally depends on things we can’t learn in library school, (maybe everybody hates me for asking this) why do we even have library school? I’m afraid we keep coming up with weaker responses to this criticism from within and beyond the field. We all know for a cold fact that an MLS does not, and cannot, teach us to be librarians.
But hang on to your cardigans and let’s frame it this way: An MBA does not, and cannot, make you a business administrator. The job does that. For the same reasons. But nobody expects that comprehensiveness out of the academic portion of an MBA, nor is anyone expected to justify getting an MBA or its relevance, no matter how tenuous in reality, to the skills and qualifications needed for advancing their career. So how can we get there?
A problem I saw consistently in the LS curriculum was that we spent no time on any example that wasn’t relevant to the broadest possible spectrum of librarians in any type of role in any type of institution, and so we just kept coming back to “it depends,” and end up talking about nothing useful to anyone.
As a professional program, there also needs to be more encouragement and support of professional field experience tied into the required curriculum. An apprenticeship or residency model supplemented by coursework seems much more appropriate than the other way around.
DURHAM, NC—Though cautioning that it is still early in the season, a beaming Mike Krzyzewski told reporters Monday he has not seen a Duke team this unlikable in many years, and is optimistic about the Blue Devils’ chances to grow even more repulsive and annoying with practice. “Obviously, we set the pace early with my all-time wins record and the never-ending, fawning media hoopla over that, and I think we’ve been able to stay consistently repellent since then,” said Coach Krzyzewski, who argued that his current players’ obnoxious ability to draw charges compares with his most loathsome teams ever, giving them the potential to become more infuriating than any J.J. Redick–led squad. “We’ve got Stephen Curry’s little brother, a ball-hogging NBA coach’s son, three Plumlees, and a whole roster of overprivileged assholes, so all the pieces are in place for this to be one of the prickiest teams in Blue Devils history. We just need to get it done.” Krzyzewski said he does not want to weigh the team down with expectations, but college basketball fans should not be surprised to find themselves cursing and turning off their televisions in utter disgust come March.
For most people adding the name of where they live on Facebook is relatively straightforward. A problem, however, arises when the place where you live is branded as offensive by the social networking site. One woman from Effin in County Limerick in the Irish Republic has so far been unable to add the village name to the ‘home place’ section of her Facebook profile.
Ann Marie Kennedy, who works in the department of nursing and midwifery at the University of Limerick, has now started an online campaign to to get Effin recognised. “I was born and raised in Effin and my family come from here,” she said. “I am also directing a play, ‘Effin Cinderella’ this Christmas.
"I would like to be able to put Effin on my profile page and so would many other Effin people around the world to proudly say that they are from Effin, County Limerick, but it won’t recognise that," she added. "It just won’t let me add it. It just keeps giving suggestions such as Effingham, Illinois; Effingham, New Hampshire."
She said: "I’m a proud Effin woman and I always will be an Effin woman." The 47-year-old Effin native has now started an online campaign, although an attempt to set up a Facebook page called ‘Please get my hometown Effin recognised’ was also unsuccessful. “It came up with an error message that it was ‘offensive’,” she said.