foreign babies

Dec. 18th, 2014 08:09 am
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People have different first names in different countries, for the record. It's like this whole thing.


I have found it very interesting having a son in Germany, for many reasons. But mostly because his name's gone all weird.

In Australia, he has one of the most common names ever to exist. It's been in the top 20 Aussie baby names since before we were even a country. In Australia, everyone already knows the spelling, the pronounciation, and the nickname, without having to ask.

In Germany... it's not just an uncommon name; it's a non-existent name.

Here, I'm getting very used to having the exact same conversation over and over:
"What's his name?"
"Lachlan."
"...what?"
"Lachlan."
"...Lach-lan?" (as though I've just presented them with a random mash of syllables that must be carefully tested)
"Yes. Lachlan. It's Scottish."
"...oh."
"Yep."
"...so she's a girl, then?"

They cannot pronounce my son's name. They cannot spell my son's name. The correct spelling convinces them they were wrong about the pronounciation. And they're all sure he's a girl.

It's rather fascinating.

December Meme Day Seventeen

Dec. 17th, 2014 08:39 pm
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Musical episodes. Do they work for you?

I thought this would be easier to write, because I really do love musical episodes. Especially, if it is integrated into the story as the recent musical numbers were on Supernatural. I adore Once More with Feeling, of course. The first time I saw Xena's The Bitter Suite, it left me gaping in jaw dropped astonishment. I love that episode.

I love when a show goes AU for an episode and features musical numbers, like the brilliant Brown Betty episode of Fringe. Actually, even when the episode is written to allow an actor to show off his/her musical talent, I can usually find something to enjoy. Leverage did an episode set in the country music industry that allowed Christian Kane to sing on the show. I find the shows that pull out the "let's put on a show!" variety episodes are sometimes entertaining to watch. I'm thinking of the musical Oz episode, titled "Variety", that put Beecher and Schillinger together in a duet and allowed Rita Morena to showcase her lovely voice.

I know I'm forgetting a ton of them. Oh, Community! I know Psych did one in their final season. I meant to watch it but haven't gotten around to it yet. What else?

Tuesday, December 16

Dec. 17th, 2014 02:19 am
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Dec. 17th, 2014 03:28 am
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Dec. 17th, 2014 04:14 am
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December Meme Day Sixteen

Dec. 16th, 2014 07:47 am
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If you could be a FTL, indestructible spaceship, where would you go?

Where would I not go? First I would definitely cruise this solar system. See Saturn's rings up close, check out Pluto and then off to hunt for other civilizations in other systems in other GALAXIES. Just to see if they are there. I would be looking for other sentient spaceships. There might be a club, and I'd want to know about it!

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Dec. 16th, 2014 03:26 am
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year , AU Spike/Buffy by [profile] brutti_ma_buoni.

Chapter Thirty of Shattered Remains by [profile] xspike4evax.

Thinky thoughts on why BtVS is the best of ME's projects by [profile] shadowkat67.

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By-passing the question as I have little time and less patience to deal with looking up links. Instead you'll have to take this reaction post to The Librarians as my Day Fifteen post.


And the Horns of a Dilema )

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Dec. 15th, 2014 03:25 am
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Chapter Four of Dreams and Mirrors by [profile] kikimay.

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Dec. 14th, 2014 10:23 pm
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* So, The Newsroom did an episode on college campus rape. That went about as well as you'd expect. So in case you need a reminder of why we put up with him despite his being an enormous douchecanoe, here you go.

* It feels like we're reaching the point where everything - even, apparently, single episodes of television - now get "oral histories." Whole TV series, I can understand. A film, if it's especially interesting, sure. If you can get most of the cast and creative team back together to talk about the experience, it can be like a reunion. But here we have basically four people talking about the BtVS episode "Hush."

* Showrunner John Rogers' post-mortems are back! He used to do them after every Leverage episode, and he's doing it again for The Librarians.

* Jed and Maurissa talk about the Agents of SHIELD midseason finale. Plus, an interview with the show's latest casualty (which I was semi-expecting, but it's still annoying, since there are at least four or five other characters I'd rather they'd killed off instead). Also, Blair Underwood will be appearing as Melinda May's ex when the show returns in the spring.

* Mindy Kaling talks about the midseason finale of The Mindy Project.

* Director Rob Marshall gets defensive about changes to Into the Woods.

* Meanwhile, the folks behind The Last Five Years (seemingly a much more difficult show to adapt) talk about making it work as a film without cutting out songs or characters I'M JUST SAYING. Plus, here's the trailer full of singing.

* Mark Hamill will be guest-starring on The Flash, reprising a role he played in the 1990s series.

* Felicia Day has written a book. Or is writing. It's not quiiiiite done yet, but she's announced it anyway.

* Here's a trailer for the new season of The Americans.

Sunday 14th December

Dec. 15th, 2014 12:23 am
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XANDER: Spike, don't let me stop you from not being here.
SPIKE: I was here first, you know.
XANDER: Uh-huh. Go away.
(Xander walks off. Spike grins and follows him. )
SPIKE: Now why would I do that, when it's bugging you so much having me here?
(Xander sits at a round table and begins shelling the peanuts. Spike watches. )
SPIKE: They have chicken wings too. Also a sort of a flower-shaped thing they make from an onion. It's brilliant.
XANDER: Are you talking to me hoping that I'll get so depressed that I'll impale myself on a fork right in front of you?
SPIKE: Lovely thought. If I don't hurt you myself, the chip wouldn't zap me. I could eat you that way. Beat the onion thing all to hell.

~~Triangle~~





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Sunday 14th December

Dec. 15th, 2014 12:23 am
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XANDER: Spike, don't let me stop you from not being here.
SPIKE: I was here first, you know.
XANDER: Uh-huh. Go away.
(Xander walks off. Spike grins and follows him. )
SPIKE: Now why would I do that, when it's bugging you so much having me here?
(Xander sits at a round table and begins shelling the peanuts. Spike watches. )
SPIKE: They have chicken wings too. Also a sort of a flower-shaped thing they make from an onion. It's brilliant.
XANDER: Are you talking to me hoping that I'll get so depressed that I'll impale myself on a fork right in front of you?
SPIKE: Lovely thought. If I don't hurt you myself, the chip wouldn't zap me. I could eat you that way. Beat the onion thing all to hell.

~~Triangle~~





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Dec. 14th, 2014 03:33 pm
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Favourite science show/book?

Childhood favourite: The Undersea World Of Jacques Cousteau
Currently enjoying: How It's Made.

Sunnydale Herald December 13th

Dec. 14th, 2014 10:25 am
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Buffy : Hello, people. Hey. Mmm. (Giles hold up the scetch.) It's my late night storm trooper pal.
Giles : It's--it's just for reference, you know, But fairly accurate you'd say?
Buffy : That's your man.
Giles : Your man, actually. Uh...You are patrolling tonight?
Buffy : Nope, I am going to a party tonight. Hopefully, a "no fighting, no biting" kind of deal..

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Sunnydale Herald December 13th

Dec. 14th, 2014 10:24 am
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Buffy : Hello, people. Hey. Mmm. (Giles hold up the scetch.) It's my late night storm trooper pal.
Giles : It's--it's just for reference, you know, But fairly accurate you'd say?
Buffy : That's your man.
Giles : Your man, actually. Uh...You are patrolling tonight?
Buffy : Nope, I am going to a party tonight. Hopefully, a "no fighting, no biting" kind of deal..

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