Pollyanna Baggins

2 Sep 2014

apicturewithasmile:

Look. I’m a pacifist. But there’s something ridiculously attractive about Daniel Jackson using weapons.

2 Sep 2014

shayvaalski said: The latest Doctor Who episode got me thinking--do Daleks have wizardry? Did something go terribly wrong with their choice?

dduane:

It’s funny, but this came up late last year. WTH, I’ll just copy & paste the response here. (Adding that they were a species created by someone, i.e. Davros — via genetic manipulation — and so the Choice dynamic is going to shift significantly. Davros certainly went wrong with them, for a start…)

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(Pausing for a moment to wonder about the wisdom of coaching people in the fine detail of crossovers. :)  …Oh well. The Doctor, or someone very much like him, has already been over on my side of the fence: why not a Dalek or so? …And if I was ficcing something like this, I’d naturally want to do it right. And if the author’s constantly just wandering absently around Tumblr, there’s no harm in asking, I guess…)

…It would certainly be the unlikeliest-seeming damn thing one could hope to run across. But the Powers that Be are inveterate gamblers, and have sometimes in the past made inroads into species that would have seemed even less promising. (You have to wonder sometimes if there are conversations in the Powers’ after-hours lounge that start out with, “I bet I could turn even one of these guys.” “Oh come on, now. Not a chance.” “Wanna bet? Watch me.”)

Nor, even as a bet, could this project be considered a waste of precious energy. After all, every wizard is considered to be the solution to a specific problem or set of problems. The Powers would very likely consider that the problem uniquely posed by the state of the Dalek species — and the mess it makes of every other species it comes in contact with — is one that could possibly best be solved (or at least, some sort of solution started) by a wizard working at it from the inside, knowing it best because they share in it. Any kind of success in dealing with the Daleks by any means besides outright destruction would be considered less entropic and therefore worth the gamble.

…The difficulty in working out the odds on the success of such a project is considerable. Daleks as a concept have gone through a truly crazy number of retools and retcons, and even in TV canon (I set aside events in the novels, etc., for the moment, as screen canon is in most universes held to trump written or recorded material a la the output from Big Finish) there’s all this ducking into the Void and emergency temporal shifting going on. It becomes difficult to tell whether they have any emotions except hate left to them. Not a lot to work with there, it would seem. Except then you run into characters like the Daleks involved in the Cult of Skaro — mutants of mutants, as it were, and all of whom seem to have more going on with them than just yelling EXTERMINATE and shooting things.

…Anyway, on the YW side of the two canons involved, the Powers have already twice pulled off a similar subversion of what seems a wholly corrupt/corrupted species (in TBONWM and then later in WAW). And the issue that it all turns on is choice: an individual being’s choice to go a different way from the way everyone else is going. Regardless of their emotional lives, Daleks have apparently retained their individuality. This could be the single element that would make successfully offering the Wizard’s Oath to a Dalek possible. But on what grounds, I have no idea whatsoeffingever.

There’s this to think about, though. The Daleks are mutants. And you could make a case, from their history — however torn up it’s been by the winds of Time — that the mutations are not completely stable. All you need is for an individual to unexpectedly appear who’s concealing one new mutation that manages to go undetected by the other Daleks around it, one that perhaps displays late enough in life not to be sussed out and snuffed out in its early stages: this being a Dalek that has some other emotions in play, that is not just a ball of hate… or can fight the hate to a draw. That would be the Powers’ opportunity. The question remains, always, what the individual will do with it, or make of it, in the event. And whether it wll survive its Ordeal. But still: a gamble at least as worth taking as the rare and dangerous late-onset Ordeal in humans.

I have other things to be doing at the moment and I don’t want to even start getting into the concept of what the Dalek recension of the Oath would look like. But it would depend, as it always does, on the mindset of the individual. As would the results. When it comes to what mortal beings will actually do, even the Powers that Be hold their breaths…

2 Sep 2014

johnspuddlejumper:

apicturewithasmile:

midknightwriter:

What I love about Daniel’s answer is how quickly he thinks of those things and the matter of fact way he lists them.

Daniel Jackson basically summerizing the first two seasons of SG1.

Yep.

(Source: bluejelloh)

2 Sep 2014

rebelwatermark said: Friendly reminder that when John went where Rodney couldn't follow, Rodney spent his entire life trying to get him back and died without knowing he'd succeeded.

buckysmagneto:

AHEM

THIS IS WHAT AUDREY DOES TO ME. 

(i miss talking to you and you breaking my heart like this!!! lol)

1 Sep 2014

(Source: brumeier)

1 Sep 2014

achelseabee:

modern!au where gwen wears bright floral dresses and morgana listens to heavy metal and longs for the fall of corrupted government okay this is just really how it has to be

31 Aug 2014

bramble-queen:

More from the Bournemouth Air Festival - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster Bomber, Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane), Sally-B Flying Fortress, Avro Vulcan.

30 Aug 2014

“If you feel your value lies in being merely decorative, I fear that someday you might find yourself believing that’s all that you really are. Time erodes all such beauty, but what it cannot diminish is the wonderful workings of your mind: Your humor, your kindness, and your moral courage.”
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (via andibgoode)

29 Aug 2014

azurelunatic:

solarbird:

suricattus:

unforth:

zerosociety:

knitmeapony:

knitmeapony:

A large part of my adult, career-related life has been lived by Susan Ivanova’s examples and wisdom.

i don’t really know who this is i think she’s from babylon 5 but AWESOME

Oh man.  MAN.  Man.  Lemme tell you about Susan Ivanova.

Susan Ivanova, second in command of Babylon 5, has been through a lot of shit.  First, off, Babylon 5 is a deliberate melting pot of a place where. after a really bad war, different species can come to seek peace.  Earthgov is skeptical about it.  The other species governments are skeptical about it.  As a result, the station often stands between the universe and very bad shit going down. 

Commander Ivanova is in charge of operations.  All the day to day stuff.  She handles it pretty well.

 

Mostly, anyway.

She is not here to put up with anyone’s shit.  Not even if you’re from Earth.

She’s second in command of a station with captains that are perpetually putting themselves and the station through a lot of political… well, ugly politics.  She’s often the one left behind, having to tell folks the Captain is not available and she’s in charge.  Honestly, for having to be the grownup among so many damned children, she’s very well liked. 

She’s not all business, though, she’s a great friend as well as commander, with a lovely, dry, gallows sense of humor.  I’m not sure there’s a person on the station who doesn’t have a private joke or at least a friendly word with her (provided they’re not fucking up her schedule).

Her family is Russian and Jewish, and it actually comes up from time to time.  She occasionally sends a shout out to god (she’s not practicing, iirc, but she still identifies as Jewish and keeps a few traditions), She commentates often on her Russian heritage.

Susan Ivanova: I know, I know. It’s a Russian thing. When we’re about to do something stupid, we like to catalog the full extent of our stupidity for future reference. 

She meets up with family and friends from her past and doesn’t shy away from them:

Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: So how are things back home? 
Rabbi Koslov: They change, they stay the same. Russia is Russia. Your father used to say: “If regret could be harvested, Russia would be the world’s fruit basket.” 

She had a rough time growing up - her mother was a telepath, and in this universe if you’re telepathic and human you have two options: join a quasi-militaristic organization called the PsiCorps that will immediately take you from your family and control your whole life (they even have a saying: the Corps is Mother.  The Corps is Father.  It’s as chilling as you think,); option two is to take some drugs that suppress your abilities.  Ivanova’s mother chose the second option, and after a long, ugly period suffering under the effects of the drug, she took her own life.

You can imagine Susan is not thrilled with anyone associated with the Psicorps. But when a Psicorps telepath named Talia Winters comes on board, some interesting things happen.

At first she avoids the hell out of her.

But then, eventually, Susan doesn’t mind her so much.

Talia reaches out, and turns up at Susan’s quarters late one night.

They actually become real friends.

And you know, they have scenes like this.

And then, when Talia is gone she confesses:

Susan also later falls in love with a man named Marcus Cole, which means for my money she’s the first bisexual lady in space that I ever saw on TV.  Possibly ever.

For all that though, for her friendships and lovely jokes and cuddly-as-a-cactus-flower appeal, they never ever forget how good she is at her job.  She is shatteringly competent.

She is a military commander, and from time to time, she shows it.

Also, she was airlocking people before it was cool.

The whole crew is in on the airlocking thing, really.  They support her airlocking habits.  It’s lovely of them to do.

In summation:

Commander Susan Ivanova, bisexual Russian Jewish space princess of my heart.  Forever.  Watch this show.

Always share St. Ivanova.

YEESSSS. Babylon 5 fandom, we yet live!!

And did we mention the part where she coopted part of the hydroponics bays so that she could grow coffee to prevent her from committing homicide?

Susan Ivanova is my queen.  Also my rebbe.

(I refuse to call her St Ivanova because what part of “Jewish” are we forgetting, thanks for the erasure).

#another on the endless list of shows I want to get around to watching

YES. Yes, you do. It has its problems, it’s the first show to do all its SFX by computer (Amigas with Video Toaster cards) and sometimes it looks it, and it starts slow but god damn once it gets going it is fucking amazing and awesome.

Also, Ivonava and Talia’s relationship is canon and confirmed and intent, and the only reason it stopped when it did is because Talia’s actress wanted to leave the show to do other things nobody cares about.

I have never stopped wanting to be her when I grow up. 

28 Aug 2014