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Ugh, wow

I don't know what clever bit of sarcasm I was going to say. I've spent ~20 minutes just trying to log in here. The login popup won't stay put for long enough to use, like a fraction of a second and then it's gone. I had to try to reply to my own previous post to log in. Livejournal may be gone now, I guess. This might be my final entry. Who knows. Not me. Maybe it doesn't matter anymore, anyway.

Well, should anyone who gives a damn come by, do drop a line.


I would miss this place though. Even if I'm the only one who ever comes here, besides spambots.

Lingering thought, stuck in time . . .

I had this thought during BBCA's Doctor Who marathon, leading up to the new episode last Saturday. They were playing The Day of the Doctor, the John Hurt episode where 3 Doctors link up to solve the problem of The Last Great Time War. At the end, David Tennant said, "I don't wanna go." Now of course this echos his last episode, where he changed into Matt Smith. Not sure how the thought evolved this way, but it struck me at some point that the Doctor was going through the stages of grief, punctuated not by portions of his life but over entire lifespans, over the events of the war.

When the new series resumed in, what, 2005? It began with Chris Eccelston and that big goofy grin of his. That was a big bucket of denial (#1). Refer to the episode The Doctor Dances (1.10) lines, "Oh, come on. Give me a day like this. Give me this one. Everybody lives, Rose. Just this once, everybody lives!" It was almost certainly a veiled reference to the Time War. He saved them all, THIS time.

David Tennant began his run by losing a hand. Still brimming with regeneration energy, he simply sprouted a new one. He then declared this hand, "a FIGHTIN' hand!" #2 is anger.

Tennant's run is dotted by a few stern faced ultimatums. He could be very intimidating for a little guy with nice hair. Good lighting and camera work, I suppose. It was like being stared down by Michael J Fox. But that thing I said before, when he knew he was going to change again, and said, "I don't wanna go." That could be seen as bargaining (#3). Keep in mind, he says it again later.

Matt Smith. His acting was dripping with depression (#4) and acceptance (#5). Even when he was happy, there was a little tinge of sorrow around him. In The Time of the Doctor (special #15) trapped alone on the planet Trenzalore, he acquiesced to hundreds of years protecting this tiny town, possibly as some kind of transferred penance.

Consider the final lines from The Time of the Doctor: "We all change, when you think about it. We're all different people all through our lives. And that's okay, that's good, you've got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me."

If that's not a giant spoonful of acceptance.

And what happens when he becomes Peter Capaldi? He says himself, he took the face for a reason. "I know where I got this face, and I know what it's for. To remind me. To hold me to the mark. I'm the Doctor, and I save people!" The Girl who Died (9.5). He is now free of the 5 stages, and wanted to remind himself of his true nature, his original intentions. He is himself again. Madman with a magic box.

Which, in turn, is why I consider Capaldi the best doctor to date. He was the only one who was complete, truly the Doctor.

I looked up this concept, of the stages of grief applied to Doctor Who. Apparently 881,000 people realized this before me, ever since The Day of the Doctor. Oh well.


So instead of mentioning and commenting on all the awful stuff going on in the world, I'll post this instead.

Gamestop doesn't want us buying new video games. We've suspected this for a long time, but what the hell.

And as to all the Republicans doing as much damage as they can as quickly as possible? Well, there's not really a damn thing I can do about it and thinking about it just pisses me off. I have my games. Maybe thinking about trying like hell to get a Switch will help.

Super duper fucked.

Mom doesn't remember getting my stepfather up for breakfast or anything. She was there, 3 hours ago. At 11am she thought we hadn't started all that at 8am.

Her mother had dementia and her grandmother had it too. I'm 98% this means we're royally fucked. I don't know exactly how or when, but this is how we lose the house. I always knew it might come to this, but there's nothing I could've done about it and there's nothing I can do now except keep insisting she gets tested.

Looking up


So after training 2 new caregivers, yesterday's incident where I had to pull david off the ground and get him to the hospital (again), and now my sister will be at the DMV tomorrow, I've been on maximum duty for the past 10 straight days. Back pain going up steadily. Concerned I'll be an invalid very soon. Taking Advil by the handful.

re: Nintendo Switch

Dear Nintendo: Please make a shit-ton of Switches so we can give you our money quickly, okay?

Time to Switch!!

Ooooh, we now have release time and price now . . .


Edit: Oooohhh, we're getting a Shin Megami Tensei game and a Squenix not-quite-Bravely-Default game!

(oohh, I have to finish BD2! . . . )


Another Edit: Xenoblade is coming back! I never did finish the first, but I was impressed with it!


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild had a video that looks WAY better than I thought it would. Action, emotion, gameplay, some really compelling stuff went down. I haven't played though a Zelda game in a while, but this may change all that. LAUNCH DAY.

And, though we mostly got this part from before, most important for those of us who can't reliably be in the bedroom to play, "Nintendo's preview video shows people playing games on the TV, then popping the tablet out and playing on the sofa. Games should instantly switch, and play in either mode."


Thinking-about-it level: 9.5/10

Game of the Year

Again, it was a bad year to be a celebrity:

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Nancy Reagan, Garry Shandling, Erik "It's a TRAP!" Bauersfeld, Doris Roberts, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Anton Yelchin, Barry Jenner, Fyvush Finkel, John McLaughlin, Gene Wilder, Bill Nunn, Arnold Palmer, Janet Reno, Florence Henderson, Fidel Castro, Ron Glass, John Glenn, Alan Thicke, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds.

These, of course, are only the names and faces I recognized. Naturally there were hundreds more well known folks who died this year. It just seemed to be a lot.

It wasn't all totally awful, some good things happened too this year.

New research showed that acid pollution in the atmosphere is now almost back to the level that it was before it started with industrialisation in the 1930s. Science Bulletin

The World Health Organisation released a report showing that, since the year 2000, global malaria deaths have declined by 60%. WHO

Harvard scientists created a new platform for antibiotic discovery that may help solve the crisis of antibiotic resistance. GEN

Liberia was officially cleared of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases of the deadly tropical virus left in West Africa. Vanguard

93% of kids around the world learned to read and write this year. That’s the highest proportion in human history. And the gender gap between girls and boys in school narrowed in 2016 too. Medium

In 2016, for the first time ever, the amount of money it would take to end poverty dropped below the amount of money spent on foreign aid. Vox

The United States now feeds healthy lunches to more than 30 million children, is about to ban trans fats, and has enacted one of the biggest overhauls of nutrition labels in decades. Vox

Global carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels did not grow at all in 2016. It’s the third year in a row emissions have flatlined. Scientific American

In July, the USA, Mexico and Canada committed to getting 50 per cent of their electricity from renewables by 2025. Time

In October, the International Energy Agency reported that half a million solar panels were installed each day around the world in 2015. It also drastically increased its five year growth forecast for renewables. IEA

In June, a new survey showed that the ozone hole has shrunk by more than 3.9 million square kilometres since 2006. Scientists now think it will now be fully healed by 2050. Sydney Morning Herald

Israel revealed that it now makes 55% of its freshwater. That means that one of the driest countries on earth now has more water than it needs. Ensia

Wild wolves started coming back to Europe, and for the first time since the American Revolution, wild salmon began spawning in the Connecticut River. Al Jazeera

Fifty years ago, the Columbian white-tailed deer population was 450 animals. This year, the US Fish and Wildlife Service took it off the endangered list. CS Monitor

Humpback whales were removed from the endangered species list, having fully recovered in the last 46 years. Science Mag

In September, giant pandas became the latest species to be taken off the endangered list. Guardian

And in 2016, for the first time, we heard that the number of tigers in the wild rose for the first time in 100 years. National Geographic

Warren Buffett gave $2.9 billion to charity, again. And his son, a farmer and environmentalist, quietly continued to spend his billion dollar inheritance on sustainable agriculture and hunger eradication. The Atlantic

So those are some reasons 2016 was and was not the worst year I know of. As for "the big one," I'd rather not think about it. We have 4 years for that, and it'll just piss me off before bed time.

Oh, almost forgot. As for my game of the year? For Triple-A titles, of course Fallout 4 has it all over the competition. For companies without a multi-million dollar budget, Stardew Valley wins it all, easy.

An unexpected turn of events.

Between Halloween and Thanksgiving, the chocolate holiday and the gravy holiday, I expected my blood readings to . . . be not good. I was alarmed to find they were fine. Bad cholesterol minimal, good cholesterol up. Blood pressure down. Blood sugar stable. Pushups + $25 pedal machine = surprising health results. Unfortunately, this means I might be around much longer than intended. Alas.



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