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.)

hooray!

Jun. 16th, 2013 11:56 am
tempestsarekind: (freema reading is sexy)
Code Name Verity is finally out in paperback! I've been waiting on the paperback release so that I could buy myself a copy. I may have startled the friend I was with at the bookstore, with my...intense reaction to seeing it on display (there was squealing, and hugging of the book), but this person is my friend, after all, so she knows the drill. And the guy who rang up my purchase commented that everyone was talking about how good the book was - his daughter had read it, I think, but he hadn't read it yet although it was on his list. I think he was trying to say that I wouldn't be sorry I was buying it, but then I went, "oh, it's SO good," and confused him for a second - "oh, you've read it?" "yes, I was just waiting for it to come out in paperback so I could own it." But I'm glad to add to the chorus of people telling him to read it, anyway.

Also, in the interim, I bought two copies of the book in hardcover, to give to friends, so no one ever claimed that I make any sense. I quite like the paperback cover, though. And I won't constantly leave fingerprints all over it, the way I did with the black matte hardcover dust jacket, while trying to put the books in packages for the mail.
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: (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: (elizabeth)
So, guess who went to the bookstore, discovered that Claudia L. Johnson's Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures had finally come out, grabbed it off the shelf, and actually did a little shimmy dance in the aisle?

*raises hand*

Oops. I don't think anyone saw, though. And I have been looking forward to this book since I saw the galleys at MLA, so I splurged and bought it. (Also, I had a frequent buyer discount saved up, and I discovered at reunion that one of my friends has never read I Capture the Castle *or* The Last Unicorn, so I was already buying books anyway.)

Still. I despair of ever being a mature person. Ah well.
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*

...yeah.

Mar. 8th, 2011 12:06 pm
tempestsarekind: (geoffrey (not) at work)
Not even kidding; this is so my life:

http://fyeahenglishmajorarmadillo.tumblr.com/post/3722557355

So last week, when I was watching S2 Slings & Arrows? I wasn't even really listening that hard, when Henry Breedlove starts doing his totemic recitation of Macbeth's dagger speech at rehearsal, because my instinctive reaction to Henry Breedlove is to start up a near-constant stream of caustic muttering about how much I hate him and how he's a total pompous windbag jackwagon. Ahem.

Anyway, even through my not listening--and keep in mind that I don't have the dagger speech memorized--I could hear him say "Proceeding from the heat-oppress'd brain" (instead of "heat-oppressèd," which it ought to be), and I stopped mid-rant, like "...I can't even believe he just said that. I could hear what it ought to be; why can't he?" And then... well, let's draw a veil, but it was not pretty. I debated calling someone so that I could rant over the phone, because my ire needed even more vent than just talking to my television, but I had just enough self-control left to realize that this was not a good idea.

Speaking of television, I spent the weekend watching all of the first season of Fringe, because apparently I've stopped making responsible life choices. OH WELL.

...yeah.

Mar. 8th, 2011 12:06 pm
tempestsarekind: (geoffrey (not) at work)
Not even kidding; this is so my life:

http://fyeahenglishmajorarmadillo.tumblr.com/post/3722557355

So last week, when I was watching S2 Slings & Arrows? I wasn't even really listening that hard, when Henry Breedlove starts doing his totemic recitation of Macbeth's dagger speech at rehearsal, because my instinctive reaction to Henry Breedlove is to start up a near-constant stream of caustic muttering about how much I hate him and how he's a total pompous windbag jackwagon. Ahem.

Anyway, even through my not listening--and keep in mind that I don't have the dagger speech memorized--I could hear him say "Proceeding from the heat-oppress'd brain" (instead of "heat-oppressèd," which it ought to be), and I stopped mid-rant, like "...I can't even believe he just said that. I could hear what it ought to be; why can't he?" And then... well, let's draw a veil, but it was not pretty. I debated calling someone so that I could rant over the phone, because my ire needed even more vent than just talking to my television, but I had just enough self-control left to realize that this was not a good idea.

Speaking of television, I spent the weekend watching all of the first season of Fringe, because apparently I've stopped making responsible life choices. OH WELL.

oh dear.

Feb. 25th, 2011 05:08 pm
tempestsarekind: (eleven and amy)
Oops. I just had lunch with a friend, and Doctor Who came up (I was telling him that I finally got my mom to watch Hamlet). He mentioned that he'd only seen the most recent Christmas special (that is, not the rest of season 5, but he'd seen some Tennant episodes too), but that he fell in love with it, and--oh dear. Flail city, you guys.

Actually, here's a thing that came up about "A Christmas Carol": remember when the Doctor finally saves the day, and the captain (?) asks the pilot if he can land? The pilot says, stunned, "I can even land well." And that always makes me cry, because I am weird that way. It's the sheer abundance of that line: they were stuck in a situation that looked hopeless; at best they might have hoped for a rough, desperate, hard-won landing--and instead they are given an extraordinary grace.

(Also, I got to have sweet potato pancakes, so that was pretty nifty.)

um.

Jan. 28th, 2011 04:36 pm
tempestsarekind: (eleven is awkward)
Someone asked me today if I liked the new Doctor, because she's seen some episodes with Ten but not with Eleven. I may have told her that he was "all sunshine and rainbows."*

Oooops.

(I followed this up by saying, "I genuinely thought that I would find it hard to get over David Tennant, and I told myself, 'That's okay, regeneration is a difficult process.' And then, ten minutes or so in, he said, 'Trust me, I'm the Doctor,' and I said [high-pitched talking-to-baby voice], 'Yes, you are!'")

This is why I should not be allowed out without a minder of some sort.



*This was not intended to be a description of his personality, but of my affection for him. I think it probably reads like the former, though.

um.

Jan. 28th, 2011 04:36 pm
tempestsarekind: (eleven is awkward)
Someone asked me today if I liked the new Doctor, because she's seen some episodes with Ten but not with Eleven. I may have told her that he was "all sunshine and rainbows."*

Oooops.

(I followed this up by saying, "I genuinely thought that I would find it hard to get over David Tennant, and I told myself, 'That's okay, regeneration is a difficult process.' And then, ten minutes or so in, he said, 'Trust me, I'm the Doctor,' and I said [high-pitched talking-to-baby voice], 'Yes, you are!'")

This is why I should not be allowed out without a minder of some sort.



*This was not intended to be a description of his personality, but of my affection for him. I think it probably reads like the former, though.
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.
tempestsarekind: (ten is a bookworm)
I forgot to mention this slightly embarrassing story. Yesterday I was poking around in the university library stacks, way down in the lowest level with the movable stacks. The lights are on motion timers, but as I was walking down the aisles, the lights wouldn't come on. This was already mildly unsettling, but then my brain started going, "Hey - who turned out the lights?" And I'll admit it: for a few seconds, I was kind of freaked out.

So there you go, Moffat. It took you a few years, but congratulations: you got me to be afraid inside a library. I HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY.

(Actually, he probably would be.)

*shakes fists*
tempestsarekind: (ten is a bookworm)
I forgot to mention this slightly embarrassing story. Yesterday I was poking around in the university library stacks, way down in the lowest level with the movable stacks. The lights are on motion timers, but as I was walking down the aisles, the lights wouldn't come on. This was already mildly unsettling, but then my brain started going, "Hey - who turned out the lights?" And I'll admit it: for a few seconds, I was kind of freaked out.

So there you go, Moffat. It took you a few years, but congratulations: you got me to be afraid inside a library. I HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY.

(Actually, he probably would be.)

*shakes fists*
tempestsarekind: (elizabeth bennet is amused)
I ran into a friend just now; we're in the same cohort, we've been in the same classes, so he knows something about my tendency to - shall we say? - cling limpet-like to certain texts. He wanted to know what my tutorial was on, since I said I was trying to finish prepping for it. I just laughed; I couldn't help it.

"Shakespeare," he guessed. "Twelfth Night. It's on Twelfth Night, isn't it."

"Actually, it's on Jane Austen and Shakespeare." (And yes, Twelfth Night is on the syllabus.)

"Wow, you've really come a long way in six years!"

"I know! Grad school was such a great investment for me!"

*

There are moods in which I would feel bad about this tendency of mine, because if I were a real, proper clever person, I would be engaged by all sorts of literature. I spent the first two years of grad school feeling like that most of the time, because while I liked many of the things I was reading (and hated some, too, let's be honest), I wasn't thrilled by any of them but my old loves. But right now I am looking at a photocopied section of Mansfield Park ("we all talk Shakespeare"), and marveling at it, so for now I can't be upset with myself for having the good sense to adore Jane Austen.
tempestsarekind: (freema squee)
http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2010/08/it-was-pretty-damn-wonderful-actually.html

Since we are all friends around here, I will share with you the idiotic thing that crossed my mind after I'd stopped flailing about this photo: "Waiting for this episode is kind of like living in a sonnet." You know, the sweet pangs, and fair cruelty, and pleasant torment, and all that.

I need a new brain. This one has been broken by the Renaissance.
tempestsarekind: (freema squee)
http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2010/08/it-was-pretty-damn-wonderful-actually.html

Since we are all friends around here, I will share with you the idiotic thing that crossed my mind after I'd stopped flailing about this photo: "Waiting for this episode is kind of like living in a sonnet." You know, the sweet pangs, and fair cruelty, and pleasant torment, and all that.

I need a new brain. This one has been broken by the Renaissance.

oops.

Aug. 14th, 2010 04:19 pm
tempestsarekind: (martha + ten + TARDIS)
Just accidentally did a pleased little flail at a man who walked by wearing a blue TARDIS t-shirt, since I never see that sort of thing around here. (Well, once I saw a guy wearing a Dalek shirt, but that was from far away.) He was quite polite about it, at least.

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