DreamAlive

Hello there! So what's with the Arabic symbol on my blog? The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has been using this symbol, the Arabic letter Nun, to mark the homes of Nasrani ("Nazarenes"; Christians), singling out Christian households for abuse, exile, and execution. It is meant as a mark of fear and shame. But just as we transformed an instrument of torture and oppression against people into our most recognized symbol, Christian brothers and sisters around the world, as well as brave Muslim neighbors, are willingly taking it up in solidarity with Arab Christians. I will stand marked with my siblings. I am N.

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storming-fallen-angels:

ATTENTION EVERYONE IN INDIANA AND SURROUNDING STATES

An Amber Alert was just issued for the abduction of the baby above, Delano Wilson. He was abducted at noon today(8/27) and is assumed to be with a White manm 25-30 years old, 5’6”-5’9”, meduim build, short brown hair with a Hispanic female, 25-30 years old, thin build, Long brown hair. They are assumed to be in a Blue Ford Tarus, older model 2000-2003 4 door.

Please spread the word so he can come home to his family. He was abducted around an  ALLEY OF THE 1400 BLOCK OF HENRY STREET in INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

HE IS IN EXTREME DANGER

If you know any information call 1-888-58AMBER

Full information can be found here

BOOOOOST!!!!!!!!!!!

Further information from news reports: The father, who was pistol whipped  during the robbery/abduction, got the impression that the woman abductor was reluctant about the whole thing, especially taking the baby. He caught a glimpse of her holding little Delano protectively as the two abductors drove away. If you see her, be kind to her and encourage her to turn herself in. Delano’s mother especially is beside herself with worry.

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mugglebornheadcanon:

579. A muggleborn brings a sonic screwdriver to Hogwarts and gets all the purebloods hooked on Doctor Who. Eventually, one of the seventh years enchants the sonic for the muggleborn so that it actually works as a thank you present.

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goodbyenorthernlights:

So during a conversation with my brother he described TFP!Starscream as looking perpetually like he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and I was struck by the perfection of that description.

You never get to the point where you think “I am the adult”, but you do get to the point where you think “I’ve dealt with this before.” The older you get, the higher and higher the percentage is of things you’ve already been through. Have you ever changed a tire? Had a flat tire? Someday, you might, and the next time it happens, you’ll know what to do, since you’ve already done it.

My dad. I’m 24, and asked if you ever shake the feeling of not being an adult, and this was his response. Probably the most comforting thing he could have said.

Your dad is damn right.

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"If there’s going to be a story, let’s all have a drink and sit down," barked the Dogs. "We’re quite blown."
“Well of course you will be if you keep tearing about the way you have done,” said Eustace.
Eustace Clarence Scrubb, a condescending ass even in the afterlife. (The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis)

punishandenslavesuckers:

Summary: Historical archivists were a singular build unaltered since the times of the ancients.  Never built to be anything but what they are: watchers and witnesses, fit only to keep records in the basements of Iacon… and then Orion Pax happened. 

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consultinggodofbowties:

Okay, I really really really need someone to analyze Clara and Vastra’s conversation/argument. For some reason I’m having difficulty understanding exactly what Clara was saying/meant (especially with the last sentence). Idk. 

HELP MEEEEE

*raises hand* Maybe I can help!

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Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor, last of the five good uns, Stoic philosopher and the only pinup on my wall when I was fifteen. Only one I ever had. I am not sure who you think you’re talking to right now, Madam Vastra but I never had the slightest interest in pretty young men. And for the record if there was anybody who could flirt with a mountain range, she’s probably standing in front of you right now! Just because my pretty face has turned your head, don’t assume that I am so easily distracted.

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I thought there were a lot of cool things that went on in Deep Breath on a character level. ‘Course, the Doctor’s wearing a new face, so I’m not totally convinced yet (I like Eleven)…but the episode addressed that too!

Anyway, some of the things that I thought were really good character-wise:

  • Vastra’s observation that the Doctor flirts and acts young as a way to fit in, to be accepted among strangers. It’s a way to mask himself and to seek connection —various characters say it, but occasionally you really see and feel it on screen (what writing and acting!): the Doctor feels alone.
  • Clara’s rant about making assumptions. It boils down to "I am an adult and I know how to behave like one!" and she’s not just telling Vastra —she’s telling herself, too. Because, while she denies it, it’s canon in her dialogue (and the elephant in the TARDIS during Deep Breath) —she really did fancy the Doctor. But that does not mean (I’m going to quote badly here) “[her] brain is full of handsome young men”, or that that is why she still travels with the Doctor, or that she is going to abandon the man because he is not pretty anymore. (She might abandon him because she’s not sure she knows him. That is the important thing to Clara, knowing somebody well enough to trust them.) And the addendum: she is adult enough to flirt with the “mountain range” that is the Doctor successfully if she so chooses, without having to be judged for it —and she will extend the same courtesy to other adults.
  • The Doctor apologizes for his part in the weirdness of the changing relationship between himself and Clara. (“I never said that was your fault.”) That’s the other part of the elephant in the TARDIS —he fancied Clara too. He liked the flirting. A lot. He relied on it, perhaps a lot more than he should have. He maybe needed that, for the sense of connection and after losing Amy, Rory, and River. But it put a lot of pressure on Clara to be everything all at once, and she already tries to do that too much. And it isn’t fair to her to flirt and imply when he can’t (/won’t/shouldn’t) follow through.
  • Is there any of the original you left? There were a lot of pot and kettle moments in Deep Breath, and this one stuck out. Has the Doctor forgotten what it means to be the Doctor? What does that mean if there are no other Time Lords to act as his opposite?Eleven nearly did forget, and Twelve seems to be even more insecure about it. This is why Clara seeing the Doctor for who he really is is so important —she’s met all the incarnations and remembers, consciously and subconsciously. She knows him, and I predict a few episodes of Hunger Games “real or not real” moments, only it’s “Me or not me?”
  • You’re looking at me and you don’t see me. Besides being a heartbreaking scene, it’s a bit of meta —we fans can look at the “new” Doctor and not see him as the Doctor. “Our” Doctor is gone. But he’s still there, and the transitions are nerve-wracking —in-universe for the Doctor and out of universe for the show itself. It’s a meta plea for patience and faith, and that was really cool.

(on a related note, a sign that the Doctor is moving on: the previous New-Who incarnations wanted to forget the one before, ASAP. Eleven was particularly insistent, referring to the others as “him” and “them”, creating distance. Ten calls him out on it in The Day of the Doctor, and Eleven seems to have made peace with all the other incarnations at the end of The Time of the Doctor. But Twelve is insistent on the me from the get-go. The others are still a part of him.)

  • Friends. Clara bosses the Doctor into buying her coffee, like Rose used to do about chips, to make him feel better. There was a fanfic that I wish I could find again that had Jack make the observation of why that makes the Doctor feel better: you don’t boss the powerful alien into buying you food. You boss your friend into buying you food.

There were some really fantastic and subtle things tackled in “Deep Breath” about the changing relationship between the Doctor and Clara. Props to the writing and acting!