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That's too easy. The Doctor. no question.

What would we do? well, I don't know, do I? I could tell him, take me to...meet King Arthur or let's go to visit a planet made of chocolate but I'm sure neither of those things would happen. so it's best to get into the TARDIS and let her choose.

But I'm sure there'd be an awful lot of running.
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That's easy. London and my sister.
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I've helped people who needed help. gave someone change to buy a drink,helped people in store confused over electronics. helped a girl I met in a chip shop with her drunk,passed out friend.put them in taxi,gave them money for the fare. give food to someone who was hungry.

I was reading the answers and most were people saying they'd done simple nice things.
One caught my attention cause she said the nicest thing she'd done is pray. and then went on a tirade how the best thing you can ever do is pray.it was tl;dr, so I didn't finish, but I skimmed and I think I got the gist.

and I must say, that is bullshit. praying is not the nicest thing you can do for someone. if you find someone on the street freezing, what will you do? pray so the weather will change? pray that someone will come along and help them?(hint: you are that person) there is a story, a parabole,I guess, that talks of this devout man whose town is flooding. he prays for help. three different people offer him help, offer to help him, but he refuses,saying God will save him. he dies, and he asks God "why didn't you save me?" and He responds "What's wrong with you? I sent you a boat,a helicopter, why didn't you save yourself?"

God isn't going to miraculously intercede in your life. a lot of people seem to think He is going to come down from the sky and make everything alright. that's not how it works.
this is your life.your planet. if you don't help make it better,no one will.

I really hate people who complain but do nothing to help. who say it's the goverment's responsability. or religious types who think God will sort it out.

the goverment can only do so much. God won't sort anything out. free will,remember?
(well, He might. remember sodoma and gomorra? remember the great flood? game over)


I don't have anything against religion or religious people per-se, but I don't like to see you cowering behind your faith.
pray all you like, pray for strength, for bravery, for justice, for faith.
but remember, they won't be handed to you in a silver platter. you don't get strength, you get opportunities to be strong. and if you are, you'll be surprised at what you can do.

this rant was brought to you by lj's question of the day.
(also, I finished good omens last night)
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MERLIN'S BACK!!!!!

Yes, that's what I choose to focus on, not sad/bad things that happened decades ago.

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YES I AM EXCITED WHY DO YOU ASK )
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oh,lj, you're starting to repeat yourself. although last time it was more "role model" rather than "favourite character"

I'm not sure who is my favourite character,to be honest. there's many I love.
I grew up watching the x-files so Mulder and Scully had a big impact on me.Mulder with his beliefs,his passion, his quest and Scully being more skeptical, not falling for anything, being a wonderful female character the likes I'd never seen before in the silly national soap operas I watched before. and yes, through the years I had a lot of x files memorabilia. posters,tshirts,comics,vhs (90's,ok?) and whatever else I could get my hands on.
then there's buffy,which I started watching when I was about 15 so just the right age. Sam Seaborn also played a important part in my teenage years, I love his passion and idealism and eloquence (in the page) and love for writing. from TWW there's also President Jed Bartlett,who I mentioned in the role model post. cause he's the kind of man you look to for advice, that you ask yourself, what would he do? he is incredibly wise, very cultured, and well, a geek. who won a nobel prize and made it to president. and on one fic, he's elizabeth weir's mentor. she is also a favourite, as well as Daniel Jackson, both of whom showed me that you don't need to be good at maths to succeed.
Rose Tyler is also a big favourite. an ordinary girl who becomes extraordinary. she was clever and kind and amazing.

I also loved Veronica Mars, who was everything I wanted to be in school.

and captain tighpants who is honorable and awesome and on whose crew I'd love to be.


The Doctor is on the list of course. are reasons necessary?
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Plenty of my favourite books have been adapted. the results vary. my favourite adaptation is the 200 5 version of Pride and Prejudice. everything about it is a close to perfect as you can get. ELizabeth and Darcy are hot, the right age, fit the part, have loads of chemistry, all the actors fit their characters very well, the costumes are right, the photography is amazing, the music is brilliant, it stays close to the book without being a carbon copy and it has its own life, its own spirit, it stands on its own.
there are plenty of good austen adaptations. and some quite not so good. and others that are a different animal like lost in austen and p&P:a latter day comedy

I love Harry POtter but the films always disappoint me. and even though the movie is kind of a mess,really, I love Prisoner of Azkaban cause at least the characters begin to have a life of their own, they're not just a motion version of the book,like the 2 first movies feel, andthey're not even good adaptations. they have gotten increasingly better, even if the latest one disappointed by falling flat at the end, as a fan I still love them even if they're far less than perfect and most of the time I'm sure non-fans don't understand a book,but with harry potter I'm afraid I take the stance of "if you haven't read the books, then it's your own fault if you don't understand" cause there's some many things to do, than waste time explaining plot or how something works or what is a character thinking seems like a waste.

recently, percy jackson was adapted. I admit, I had not heard of the series before it was adapted. but I have been reading it aand I really,really like it. the movie is fun, even if it is completely different and often feels like an AU version of the story, despite being directed by chris columbus it is still a pretty good movie, I thought.

another adaptation I love is Nick Hornby's "About A Boy" which strikes a great balance of adaptating a book, letting it find its own feet,while mixing two stories and using voice overs. it's a film I've seen a billion times, since it's on tv all the time and I don't grow tired of it. the film cuts a few thins I would've liked to see but mantains the integrity of the story and the spirit of the characters and lets them be the same story while standing on its own.

The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy is a similar story to Percy Jackson. I honestly like the movie, it's charming and its got great casting, but it's the kind where it's not so much an adaptation as it is an AU, a retelling perhaps of the story, like the same characters but in something not-quite-unlike the original.

what I look for in a adaptation is that the film is enjoyable, that it has its own spirit, that it can stand on its own while keeping respect for the original, not to turn the characters OOC and completely change the story and the meaning or on the other hand, to change nothing and be a boring carbon copy.
carbon copy examples: watchmen, vanilla sky, they're simply put, boring. watchmen has a few redeeming moments and it is at least visually impressive. vanilla sky makes you want to go to sleep
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Well, when the earthquake struck, I left in a hurry and wasn't sure if the building would continue to stand. the first thing that came to mind was to grab Pablito, my doll. then I grabbed my copy of Pride and Prejudice.
I barely grabbed clothes and didn't think to take a toothbrush or my netbook or even my camera. I had my phone only cause I was holding it at the time and just put it on my pocket. I think it was mostly shock,I wasn't thinking straight,I was scared and wanted things that made me feel better, hence the doll I've had for ages and my favourite book.

Now, in the even of leaving with a clear(er) head, I don't think I'd take Pablito. I'd give him to someone, someone who'd appreciate him, and would keep him safe. I mean,I would take him if I'm running out but if I'm say,leaving the city for who know what or where, I don't think I'd take him.


I suppose I'd take my netbook and my ipod and my phone , I want to buy a solar charger just in case.
and a couple of books (good omens would definitely be amoung them as well as p&p and neverhwhere and salinger)and a pen and a notebook and matches and a knife and a few clothes,like tees and socks and panties and my toothbrush and my camera. I don't know if the digital or the 35mm one.
The digital can run out of battery/space quickly but the analog while the batteries last long, I'd need film and the items for developing. (a polaroid would be better.)

I suppose some food would be good,too. oh and a towel! must take a towel, you always have to know where your tower is. and a torch,too. very useful.


but in a hurried,frantic last ten minutes who knows what I'd actually pick. I might end up with nothing or with a bag of useless crap.
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I remember last summer I went to Pucon and I took my computer but the wifi wasn't working and my phone was out of money so I couldn't even tweet. It was like 4 or 5 days, when I got back I had several messages wondering where I was, what had happened.

so it didn't take very long for me to suffer withdrawal pains.
it's one thing if I choose to unplug but havin it forced is quite different.
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“It's no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn't even speak to each other if they met at a party.” Nick Hornby

The music you listen to defines you, I believe.
Someone who likes,say,reggae or reggaeton or folklore or hardoce metal or something completely,abysmally different, I can't see it.

Someone who likes different music, but music I can understand, like say if they like U2 or the ratpack or jazz, or something I can at least tolerate, maybe.

but like Hornby, I believe your reoord collection should be able to get along. they don't have to be the same, in fact, that'd be boring, they should complement, so you can learn from one another.
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Josiah Bartlett
Elizabeth Weir
The Doctor.

you'll get reasons later.
if I remember,
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Does Doctor Who count? admittedly, it doesn't actually spends all that much time in space, more like in alien planets or Earth's future or past but it's still a scifi show, the TARDIS is a space-and-time ship.
and it is currently my favourite tv show.
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Firefly/Serenity
followed very closely by Battlestar Galactica
which is also followed by Star Trek:TOS which is almost tied with Star Wars

I also like Farscape but I've only seen the first two seasons so I can't really count it.
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Oh, that's easy.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
I love this book, it's hilarious and adorable and it has a a little something for everyone. it has romance and action and horror and the end of the world and children's adventures and all in a wonderful language that makes you laugh and cry and you never want to finish the book.
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"In the clearing beyond the castle, the twelve months sit about a fire, warming their feet, exchanging tales. They may do favours for you, if you are polite. you may pick strawberries in December's frost."

From Neil Gaiman's "Instructions" which happens to be one of my favourite poems ever.

I also thought of "I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings" from John Gillespie Magee's "High Flight"

Instructions )

High Flight )
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Probably Gallifrey.

And if I can decide to gets to live there, I'd send all geeks there and we would create a new,much more awesome civilization. and then be destroyed by cylons. perhaps it should be called Caprica instead.
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Well,I am a Harry/Hermione shipper. I also liked Ginny/Draco and Albus/Minerva.

cracked up as it is, Doctor/Master comes to mind but I'm sure RTD knew what he was doing.
I liked Mal and Zoe when I first started watching Firefly. I got over it.

John/Elizabeth from Stargate Atlantis of course.
as well as Jack/Sam from SG1. and Daniel/Janet. .

There's Shawn/Juliet from Psych but I think it'll get there eventually
as well as Barney/Robin from HIMYM. and hopefully Bones/Booth

Aziraphale and Crowley from Good Omens were brilliant.

while I like Remus/Tonks,I'm not adverse to Remus/Sirius.

Owen/Tosh from Torchwood. loved them from ep 1.
Danny/Jordan from Studio60 became canon but I loved them way before,also since ep1

Sam/Ainsley from TWW. in my canon, they got together in the Santos administration
CJ/Toby. I always wanted to see them try.

Mac/Stella from CSI NY, they're great together.

Jack/Liz from 30 rock.Tina said never but I'm not giving up.She'll come around, I hope.

Nick and Sara from the original CSI.Danny and Aiden from CSI NY.

I've also been enjoying House/Thirteen and I just can't stand House/Cuddy

I'm a big fan of Simon/Kaylee but I also always enjoyed Simon and Inara's relationship

Tom/Diana from the 4400.they remind me so much of Mulder/Scully.

Rory/Jess in Gilmore Girls were great. in my mind their story isn't over.

I wanted JJ/Reid in Criminal Minds to happen but then she met Will and he's great.

Sheldon and Penny in The Big Bang Theory

and another Penny and Billy in Dr Horrible.

Casey and Dana in Sports Night. They were so great together!

Abby/Connor in Primeval. I also liked Nick/Claudia though I did like the first version more. Ireally need to watch that show again. (after finals.which I should be studying for)

Fran and Bernard from Black Books.
Tim and Daisy from Spaced.

and a billion more,I'm sure.

damn lj for distracting me!
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Neil Gaiman is the first one that comes to mind
I've heard many of his audiobooks and I love them.

I'd also like to hear Jane Austen read. and Douglas Adams. and possibly C.S.Lewis. ooh and Agatha Christie.
and Keith Lowe as well.
and Wil Wheaton,too, the videos I've seen and audios I've heard are fantastic

do comic writers count?
cause I'd like to hear from Chris Bachalol and Brian K Vaughan and Brian Bendis and Alan Miller and Joss,too
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dark and terrible,definitely.
I recently started watching Star Trek TOS and it's really good, but more than that, if there were not ST,there wouldn't be so many other that were inspired by ST. there wouldn't be the same technology.
It wouldn't just be a loss to trekkies, the world as we know would be completely different. people,non-geeky,people don't realise the influence of science-fiction but it is a very important one.

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