tempestsarekind: (thomas kent)
How much I find Viola/Olivia really uncomfortable. Specifically, I always dislike it when productions have Olivia kiss Viola at the end of the play, and suddenly Viola is into it. (This happened in the first production of Twelfth Night I ever saw, actually.) I mean, I know it's all about gender fluidity and everything, but Viola has spent the entire play basically running from Olivia and being made miserable by her, trying to keep Olivia at arm's length, being forced to come back to Olivia's house when there's nothing she wants less, because Olivia keeps saying, "oh, but maybe next time you'll be able to convince me to love Orsino!"

Don't get me wrong; I love Olivia a lot, and I feel terrible for her as well (I also have strong feelings about the way too many productions turn her into a desperate joke, having her practically maul poor Cesario because it's "funny" and making her shriek "Most wonderful!" at the end of the play because sex jokes trump miraculous reunions, I guess). I just don't see how Viola's clear anger and frustration with Olivia are just supposed to convert magically to attraction simply because Viola's no longer in disguise. It's not at all unimaginable to me that Olivia might still have feelings for Viola at the end of the play, but all the "NOW KISS!" in the world can't reconcile me to the reverse when there's been nothing to prepare the ground for it. I suppose it's possible that someday I might see a production of this play where the actors make me believe that Viola has had feelings for Olivia all along (somehow, in spite of lines like "'tis a vulgar proof / That very oft we pity enemies"), but I have yet to see one.

This has been another episode of Unnecessary Opinions Corner.
tempestsarekind: (peddlers of bombast)
…you are excited by the fact that the opening voiceover in this trailer (which is set in 17th-century New England) forms its first question - "What came we to this wilderness to find?" - without the use of auxiliary 'do'.

The Witch Trailer and Poster: 1630s New England Was a Scary Place
http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/trailers/473837-the-witch-trailer-and-poster#/slide/1

This is because, as stated above, I am a ridiculous human. But that kind of thing is so rare in movies!

(Auxiliary 'do' involves the use of the verb "to do" as an auxiliary rather than a main verb: he did go, where go is the main verb, as opposed to he did the dishes. In Present Day English, we have to use auxiliary 'do' to form most questions and negative statements: Did he go to the store?; he did not go to the store. In Early Modern English, auxiliary 'do' is in use but not required: you could also say Went he to the fields this day? or he went not to the fields.)
tempestsarekind: (your strange behavior puzzles martha)
A PBS commercial for Nova (for next week's episode, called "The Great Math Mystery") just asked, "Is math an invention, or a discovery?" and my brain so does not understand how to wrap itself around how you would even begin to answer that question.

Of course, I am someone who took an extraordinarily long time to understand that 2+3 was the same as 3+2 as a child, and would break out in, I don't know, panic itching when my mother made me do timed math practice sheets at the kitchen table, in addition to being really spatially challenged - those puzzles where you had to figure out which set of six identical squares would fold up to make a cube? Bane of my existence - so this is not especially surprising. It sounds like an interesting episode, but I am not sure that even Nova would be able to explain this to me in a way that would let me get anything out of it. :)
tempestsarekind: (your strange behavior puzzles martha)
According to Nicholas Orme in Medieval Children, "faunt" is a medieval word for "infant." Which, it occurs to me, means that Little Lord Fauntleroy is really redundant: it basically boils down to "little lord infant king."

I don't really know what to do with this fact.

so...

Mar. 27th, 2014 08:23 pm
tempestsarekind: (henry tilney would SO write fanfic)
Remember that "Time-Travelling Celebrities" article/meme/hashtag/whatever that was going around a little while ago? I was scrolling down this page:
http://bjws.blogspot.com/2014/03/1500s-european-families.html

and got to this portrait:
Adriaen Thomasz Key, Self-Portrait With Family (1583)


and, well, is anybody else getting a JJ Feild vibe from the face in the upper left corner? Or is it just me?
tempestsarekind: (martha at the globe)
Once again, Linda Holmes writes a paragraph that might as well have been written for me:

"Right now, people seem to be into robots and vampires and time-traveling, but very often, those things cross over with staples of TV: Cops. Government agents. Doctors. Families. Dark conspiracies."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/08/02/208252340/rushing-the-revolution-television-is-disrupted-sort-of

With one caveat: I feel like, actually, families in these sorts of shows are in pretty short supply. But I have been known to rant at my friends (sorry, friends) about the "just add cops" school of speculative/SF television. I want, like, a robot/human version of The Odd Couple, or a time-travel dramedy where the teenage daughter winds up traveling into bits of her family's past when she's under emotional stress. I generally don't care at all about dark conspiracies, and I'm tired of government agents. And I wish we could get some recurring supernatural creatures that aren't vampires or werewolves or zombies...

oops.

Mar. 2nd, 2013 04:07 pm
tempestsarekind: (danielle laugh [ever after])
The summary of the book I'm thinking about requesting from the library suggests that the book is motivated by a "revenge pot."

Death by ceramics! A pot haunted by the ghost of a 17th-century nobleman! It can throw itself around, poltergeist-fashion!
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You know, it occurs to me that if I never see another movie that makes a parallel between a nature program and a character's sex life, it will in fact be too soon.

Also, I learned today that I have very little patience for statements like, 'oh, I just don't think he's at an age to read books with a girl main character,' even when I love the person making the comment. If you never even offer boys books with heroines, you are in fact teaching them by omission not to read them!


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tempestsarekind: (martha at the globe)
It's probably at least a *little* weird that I just got an eyelash in my eye, yelped "ow!" and then giggled and said, "eyes, that are the frailest and softest things, that shut their coward gates on atomies..."

But it distracted me until I could get the eyelash out, so I guess there's that.
tempestsarekind: (careful reading saves the day! [martha])
Someone on TV just asked someone else if he could get back in time. I thought, what a weird question, why would you--

Oh. Not go back in time. Never mind.
tempestsarekind: (a sort of fairytale)
Hazards of reading while being me: girl in novel with red hair dresses up in a policewoman's outfit; I start giggling and going, "Like Amy Pond!" Narrator of book (she's American, in an English boarding school) goes, "so...you're a hot police officer/stripper?" (I wonder, "why would you assume she was a stripper, as opposed to "sexy police officer"? There are lots of Halloween costumes that are just "sexy" versions of professional outfits; that's an established thing.") Redhead huffs, "I'm Amy Pond." I immediately start having warm feelings for the snotty prefect girl I'm not supposed to like, and plotting out scenarios where it turns out she's not actually that bad, just under a lot of pressure from her family to get into Cambridge. Also, I continue giggling and saying things like "Glorious Pond!" while generally being relieved that I picked up on an intended reference rather than making one up out of very thin cloth. Which I have been known to do.
tempestsarekind: (austen snark is the best snark)
I was thinking this morning about the trend in naming romantic comedies by using commonplace yet totally forgettable phrases, like It's Complicated. The problem was that I couldn't actually *think* of any such titles, because I had forgotten them all. (I just looked It's Complicated up on IMDb, because I remembered from the poster that Meryl Streep was in it.) So instead I started thinking about what kinds of romantic comedies you could make up based on random cliches. You know, like A Bird in the Hand, in which a zookeeper falls in love with a shy ornithologist; or Time Flies, which is obviously a movie in which two people have a wretched time on a week-long time-travel vacation package, but fall in love during the trip.
tempestsarekind: (austen snark is the best snark)
I was thinking this morning about the trend in naming romantic comedies by using commonplace yet totally forgettable phrases, like It's Complicated. The problem was that I couldn't actually *think* of any such titles, because I had forgotten them all. (I just looked It's Complicated up on IMDb, because I remembered from the poster that Meryl Streep was in it.) So instead I started thinking about what kinds of romantic comedies you could make up based on random cliches. You know, like A Bird in the Hand, in which a zookeeper falls in love with a shy ornithologist; or Time Flies, which is obviously a movie in which two people have a wretched time on a week-long time-travel vacation package, but fall in love during the trip.
tempestsarekind: (peddlers of bombast)
You will not, I think, be especially surprised to know that while I was walking to school this morning, wearing new shoes and fretting about whether they would give me blisters, my sub-brain piped up with some ridiculousness about plucking the rose from the forehead of an innocent love and setting a blister there.

*facepalm*
tempestsarekind: (peddlers of bombast)
You will not, I think, be especially surprised to know that while I was walking to school this morning, wearing new shoes and fretting about whether they would give me blisters, my sub-brain piped up with some ridiculousness about plucking the rose from the forehead of an innocent love and setting a blister there.

*facepalm*

hee.

Jun. 5th, 2011 07:17 pm
tempestsarekind: (martha jones is a star)
The name of this shoe makes me giggle and think about fob watches.

http://www.zappos.com/merrell-chameleon-arc-2-dark-shadow-huckleberry-leather

(I'm trying to find a decent water-resistant tennis/walking shoe for my trip. It's not going well at all, considering I've been looking since April. Stupid "breathable mesh." What is the point of you?)

hee.

Jun. 5th, 2011 07:17 pm
tempestsarekind: (martha jones is a star)
The name of this shoe makes me giggle and think about fob watches.

http://www.zappos.com/merrell-chameleon-arc-2-dark-shadow-huckleberry-leather

(I'm trying to find a decent water-resistant tennis/walking shoe for my trip. It's not going well at all, considering I've been looking since April. Stupid "breathable mesh." What is the point of you?)
tempestsarekind: (eleven and amy)
Because I am a degenerate, I had cause to watch a DVD from Netflix on Friday instead of working on my paper. (It was the first disc of S2 of Being Human, which I still haven't seen. I was only going to watch a little bit, while I ate dinner! Ha.) At the beginning of the DVD, as there are, there were previews. And this voice started saying that the universe was vast and complicated, and sometimes impossible things just happen, and we call them miracles...

I cannot even describe the ridiculous glee-noise I made. It was truly pathetic. And then at the end of the little trailer, I said (out loud, to my empty apartment), "I was not expecting this!" And giggled like an idiot through most of the next trailer.

In other mildly idiotic news, PBS was showing a special on graveyards yesterday. I'd seen it before, a couple of years ago, so I didn't think much of it at the time, because hey--special on graveyards, this is totally normal! It took me several minutes to go, "...oh right. Because tomorrow is Halloween."

Hopeless. I am hopeless.
tempestsarekind: (eleven and amy)
Because I am a degenerate, I had cause to watch a DVD from Netflix on Friday instead of working on my paper. (It was the first disc of S2 of Being Human, which I still haven't seen. I was only going to watch a little bit, while I ate dinner! Ha.) At the beginning of the DVD, as there are, there were previews. And this voice started saying that the universe was vast and complicated, and sometimes impossible things just happen, and we call them miracles...

I cannot even describe the ridiculous glee-noise I made. It was truly pathetic. And then at the end of the little trailer, I said (out loud, to my empty apartment), "I was not expecting this!" And giggled like an idiot through most of the next trailer.

In other mildly idiotic news, PBS was showing a special on graveyards yesterday. I'd seen it before, a couple of years ago, so I didn't think much of it at the time, because hey--special on graveyards, this is totally normal! It took me several minutes to go, "...oh right. Because tomorrow is Halloween."

Hopeless. I am hopeless.
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I'm sure I wouldn't care for gruel at all, were I ever to have any, but because my brain substitutes cream of wheat for gruel, reading Emma always gives me a craving for hot cereal.

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