• occhiolism

    dictionaryofobscuresorrows:

    n. the awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at all, about the world or the past or the complexities of culture, because although your life is an epic and unrepeatable anecdote, it still only has a sample size of one, and may end up being the control for a much wilder experiment happening in the next room.

    (via sylphism)

  • Hey, Listen! - Some thoughts on “Listen”

    My relationship with Doctor Who has been taut of late, stretched out all thin and fragile, and upon viewing “Into the Dalek” a couple of weeks ago, it reached a breaking point. Shattering fantastically. I claimed the episode ‘an embarrassment to British science fiction’ and deleted the timer recording from my generic telly-recording-apparatus.

    I had been so looking forward to seeing what Peter Capaldi could do, but Doctor Who had been dwindling in my eyes for a couple of series now and this was the final straw. Series 8 of ‘new who’ was, to all intents and purposes, dead to me.

    With this said and done I failed to see Robot of Sherwood, and ‘Who’ only came back into my mind a couple of weeks on when a friend asked if I’d seen “Listen”.

    "No" I said "I’m boycotting it".

    "Oh you mustn’t" they replied.

    So, because I trust them, I watched a repeat showing of Listen.

    THIS!
    THIS IS WHY I LOVE DOCTOR WHO!

    These standalone episodes that exist to just explore concepts, not to try and draw out an overly long and convoluted canon. They live outside of that and become interesting and innovative “what if” pieces?

    These episodes which aren’t overly Doctor Who-esque but are still somehow all the more Who for being so.

    I’m thinking of episodes like “the girl who waited” and “the doctors wife”
    and of course… Blink!


    Blink is the classic example of this and Listen was a perfect counterpart. It also has to be the most chilling episode I’ve seen since The Empty Child. The central concept was wonderful, akin to Silents in under-the-skin post-viewing creepiness and the cinematography during the orphanage scene was Spielberg-level brilliance.

    So my question is, why aren’t there more episodes like this rather than averaging one every two series.

    Or maybe Doctor Who isn’t the place for this sci-fi, maybe we need a new show, a sort of Twilight Zone series of one off  stories written by the best in dark science fiction. Oh gosh can we have this please, I want this now.

  • baby-bat-museli:

    stretchedlobes:

    such beautiful people

    I really hope one day I have the money to look like this. I kinda doubt it but I can’t lose hope.

    (Source: skindeeptales, via horrorpuffs)

  • neil-gaiman:

    If you think this is not the best thing in the world, I am afraid you are wrong.

  • ninfia:

    Do you ever have that moment when a kid is looking at you and you realize that they’re looking at you as a grown up? Then its like no child im a children too, dont. Im sorry my outward appearance confuses you.

    (via fairwind)

  • DW +  The Doctor & The Master Favorite Moments

    (via the-girl-in-the-fireplace)

  • pottersir:

    “The key to Luna is that she has that unbelievably rare quality of actually not giving a damn what anyone else thinks of her.” - J.K. Rowling

    (Source: pottersir, via sjinata)

  • Hey Tumblr, how are we all this year?

    Sorry I haven’t been around much in the last few months, my life took a turn for all manner of crazy and I’m still trying to find my footing.
    Anyway, the reason I’ve dragged myself back here is because it’s come to my attention that this blog is now 4, count them, Four Years old!
    I just wanted to say a huge thanks to the tumblr community. For all the times you’re words and gifs have helped me through rough patches, for all the wonderful people I’ve spoken to and for the diverse knowledge and world views I’ve gained. Thanks to every single one of you and I hope to be able to get back on here more often in the near future.

  • sarbrez:

    f-e-f-e-t-a-c-a-k-e-s:

    the-unpopular-opinions:

    I think that the USA needs to move on from September 11th.

    Now before all you pseudo-patriots come attempting to sway my opinion with your “unwavering loyalty to the country”, let me just take a minute to explain things. I am an American. I’m a female. And I was a young girl when the events took place.

    The events are tragic. I’m not saying that they aren’t. But the US government and the media make it out to be some worldwide catastrophe that claimed the lives of millions of people around the world, when really, the event only killed about 2,600 people, which in the grand scheme of things for a large country like the United States isn’t a huge number.

    Also, we’re Americans. Not only are we extremely self-absorbed with our ignorance, fueled by the liberally biased media, we’re hardly sympathetic for our victims. We forced unspeakable violence upon the natives when we came here, we killed almost 150,000 people in dropping the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and we’ve pointlessly murdered innocent people in the Middle East.

    I understand that a lot of people died, and I should be respecting them. But while we honor the dead, we can’t have these extravagant 2-hour TV specials reading the names of all these people who died 12 years after the disaster. You don’t see Japan having these insane specials reading off the names of people who died in their terrorist attacks. Yes, that qualifies as a terrorist attack.

    I honestly don’t care anymore. Terrorist attacks happen all the time in other countries every day. Just because this one happened in America doesn’t make it any different. It was a terrible thing that happened, but it’s been 12 years. We killed Osama. Why we are still in Iraq, I will never know, but that’s a story for another time. The USA is comparable to a person who still clings to their ex-spouse or significant other years after they broke up.

    We have to move on with our lives. Not forget about it completely, but just move on and keep in it the back of our thoughts.

    Finally.

    Finally someone says it.

    Kudos.

    im Canadian and I even felt gulty saying it. but this post is true as fuck.

    (via sunsetsinfastforward)