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This is That Meme

I picked it up, as I mention on the clip, from folks like [personal profile] a_phoenixdragon , eve11, and [personal profile] flowsoffire . I really enjoyed hearing them - I hope folks enjoy this. (Please forgive however the embed code on the Sound Cloud clip ends up looking; I put it under a cut to save bandwidth.)

ETA: The other thing I was supposed to do was to provide the questions as well, for anyone else interested in spreading the word (see whut I did thar?)
And here they are: 

  • What is your username, and where did you come up with it?

  • Tell us where you are from and something about it

  • When did you start watching DW? When did you get into fandom?

  • Who is your favorite Doctor? Who is your favorite companion?

  • Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Route, Caramel, Syrup, Pajamas, Potato, Gif, Tumblr, TARDIS, Brigadier, Bad Wolf, Vortex Manipulator, Morbius, Ponds, Sonic, Eye of Orion, Susan, Polly, Pertwee, Eccleston, Adric, Capaldi, Clara, Medusa Cascade, Tereleptil, Cybermat, Vashta Nerada, Sweetie, Zygon, Dalek, Raxicoricofallipatorius, your favorite bit of anatomy, and a dirty word of your choosing.

  • Share something you love about your primary DW ship. If you prefer, share something about your favorite episode.

  • Share a favorite story or piece of art/vid (with fandom/pairing/author) that you think everyone should read or view.

  • What is your favorite DW quote?

  • If you could travel to anywhere in Time and Space, from Earth history or any of the worlds on the show, where would you go?

  • Do you have a hobby outside of fandom?

  • Anything else you'd like to add?

And, as I mentioned on the clip, here are links to some of my favorite stories (and I added a couple of vids that I think are absolutely tug-at-your-heart, impress-your-head lovely.)
Fic recs here;
One fic that is very important to me for what it says to me about River Song;
My current three favorite videos: here, here and here.


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Apr. 20th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
Oh, yay! I put up a link to your post on my page. Will listen soon :)
Apr. 20th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
Hope you like it! :)
Apr. 20th, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
I enjoyed listening to your answers! Is there by any chance a written list of the questions somewhere? I am contemplating whether to do this.

Lovely choice of vids. "Suzanne" is one of my very favorite DW vids too.
Apr. 20th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
Hi - I've edited the post to include the questions (I'd forgotten that that's what one is supposed to do. And then I had the devil's own time trying to cross post the edit from Dreamwidth. I eventually gave up and just edited it in here. Now I hope to hear you very soon!
Apr. 20th, 2014 05:30 am (UTC)
Eeeeee!!! You are adorable and I love you!! I miss you so, so much honey - and listening to this awesome post made me miss you that much more!!

Apr. 20th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
Hi there, my dear - I'm glad you liked this. BB told me that I still sounded overly-precise, which doesn't surprise me in the least. I am apparently incapable of not sounding stilted when I'm being recorded.

*squishes you right back*
Apr. 20th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
Aww, bless!! I just figured you were trying to be clear, which is not a bad thing at all. Chalk it up to you being a reporter, lovie! Personally, I enjoyed it a ton!!

Apr. 21st, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
Also? Check your gmail inbox. You've got mail. Something about a chapter needing a good hard look-see ....
Apr. 21st, 2014 04:16 am (UTC)

Apr. 21st, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
You sound lovely. A bit stilted at first, but then you hit your rhythm as it goes on.

One of the weirdest parts of this meme has to be hearing everyone pronounce their usernames. For some reason I always read yours as Kaff-free... even though, looking at it, it's not spelled remotely like that.

I didn't know you were originally from Ottawa either.

"Because I didn't understand about how Six could be." Made me laugh, because oh Six.

Apr. 21st, 2014 03:36 am (UTC)
For some reason I always read yours as Kaff-free... even though, looking at it, it's not spelled remotely like that.

I understand that - there are a couple of folks online where I look at their names and realize that I've been mispronouncing their names ever since I first read them.

And I actually got a private message from someone over on Fandom Secrets, asking me how I pronounced it, noting that it looks a lot like "Kaffir" and asking, quite pointedly if I didn't know that that was a Boer South African insult for black South Africans. I'd sort of been waiting for someone to confront me with that ever since I realized it myself. I responded politely about the real source of the name, and never got a response. I did think about rebranding myself as KaffyR to make it clearly non-racist. And then I decided that folks would have to trust, in knowing me, that I wasn't the kind of person who'd take on a user name like that.

Glad I made you laugh, and thanks for listening!
Apr. 21st, 2014 07:31 am (UTC)
Thank you for doing this! Indeed, nobody's asking you to be perfect in the recording—it's great to hear you, natural and all :)

I really like the sound of your username! Yay for discovering Who with the First Doctor ♥ I haven't seen Three yet, but Nine and Eleven are soooo wonderful. All the love for Jack, Donna, River and the Ponds, and I agree about Rose's vibrant, moving humanity—she annoyed me a bit in s2, if I'm being honest, but I still love the way she is flawed and passionate and gives so much of herself, even when she is wrong. So very human. Your description of Jack/Nine/Rose is wonderful :) As for the Doctor and River… ♥♥♥ That's all I have to say.

Apr. 24th, 2014 03:26 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it! I always worry about how I sound (perhaps I should worry more about what I say, but everything I said I meant, in this case. And I'm especially tickled that you like the way my name sounds; you're the first person to say that, and I really appreciate it.

Plus, the fact that we like so many of the same characters? Cool!
Apr. 24th, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
Oh, really? Well, it's a really pretty and original name ^_^

Indeed ^_^ Common points ftw!
Apr. 21st, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this! I liked listening to your answers.

Hmm, I'm realizing as I think through this meme that I feel like I'm sort of fandomless at the moment. That's rather sad.
Apr. 24th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
Hmm, I'm realizing as I think through this meme that I feel like I'm sort of fandomless at the moment. That's rather sad.

Think of it this way; you may not be currently interested in a specific show, or book, or movie - but being a fan doesn't depend on that. It's a state of being, really; an ability to take joy in an imaginary world that enriches your own real one. So many people don't have that ability, and you do; you'll always be a fan; you'll always be a fan. And all the shows and books you liked are still out there; so are the friends you made and continue to make through those creations. You can still talk about the things you enjoyed with them - and many of them will be your friends inside and outside of that enjoyment.

So don't be sad (besides, you're also part of the fandom of languages, which you're immersed in now, as well as being an active participant in something that's also very rich and rewarding. And I say that as someone who doesn't participate in that "fandom.")

Apr. 24th, 2014 08:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! Those are good things to remember, indeed. I do obsess, still, over S.H.I.E.L.D., I just don't do it actively online. It still brings joy, though, as you say.

And I do definitely enjoy the language fandom, though I'd never thought of it in those terms before. (The most active LJ community that I'm currently a member of is, after all, Linguaphiles.)

Edited at 2014-04-24 08:07 am (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks for sharing this with us - very nice to hear you, and to hear your answers to these questions.

I particularly love your description of why you love Three, Nine, and Eleven. They are all certainly among my favorite Doctors as well, though Nine might still be at the top for me. Still need to experience more One, Six, and Seven.

Edited at 2014-04-21 02:20 pm (UTC)
Apr. 24th, 2014 03:33 am (UTC)
I particularly love your description of why you love Three, Nine, and Eleven.

Ah, my favorite trio. Heh. I'm glad you liked it, and I certainly can't quibble with Nine being your favorite of those three. And, oh, I hope you get the chance to experience the others, especially Seven!
Apr. 26th, 2014 12:21 pm (UTC)
Very nice! I like people sounding clear (it's easier for me to understand as a foreigner) and you didn't sound "too clear" at all. Your voice pattern is quite soothing, not rushed and precise. ^^

I tend to use the same username all other internet as well, it seems more coherent. And kaffyr is a really nice name.

It was also fascinating to hear your story about Who and sci-fi conventions. I guess the 'fandom' was completely different before the internet community, but not devoid of crisis.

I don't know Three that well, but adore his swash-buckling style and voice. Nine, yes, I adore him - so raw, yet silly. Jack Harkness also is a love of mine. Donna deserves all the love -and another ending-, as well as the Ponds, his family.

Douche-canoe! Definitely keeping that one.

Your thoughts about S1 Team TARDIS are spot-on; they do have a zingy chemistry and I wish they would have had more time together. And thanks for the recs!

YES the Craig Ferguson quote; perfect choice. I keep going back to it, because it amazingly encompasses what the show should be about. The other quotes actually are favourites of mine! Myself, I went for the rawest. ;) But those are beautiful pieces of writing.

Singing! And arguing is always good.

It was very enjoyable to listen! Thank you for making this.
May. 5th, 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
I guess the 'fandom' was completely different before the internet community, but not devoid of crisis.

Heh - definitely never devoid of crisis. I think, in fact, that fandom has been in love with crisis since shortly after the first gathering of science fiction fans back in the late 1930s.

I'm so glad you enjoyed this, and I'd love to hear you as well!
May. 8th, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
I think if one can qualify every group enjoying and discussing work of fiction as fandom, the fandom has been in crisis pretty much since the early days of literature. Greek plays were performed in contest after all. The debate must have been quite heated in the crowd.

Oh, I did one a few weeks ago, here. I am not nearly as articulate as you, and very French and awkward.
May. 4th, 2014 12:11 pm (UTC)
This was wonderful :) Thanks so much for participating :)

I love that Craig Ferguson quote as well, top notch!

So were the science fiction conventions you went to mostly focused on books?
May. 5th, 2014 04:14 am (UTC)
So were the science fiction conventions you went to mostly focused on books?

Not completely; by the time I got into active fandom, in 1977, the idea of media SF had been around for about 11 years, since Star Trek. But it was very definitely considered, among the cognoscenti of fandom (*eyeroll*) a Johnny-come-lately of little intrinsic value. Because every sub-culture has to feel as if it's very, very special, and one doesn't want the hoi-polloi mixing in.

Of course the fact that the rest of the world considered us something rather less than hoi-polloi made this whole attitude rather silly. I still have acquaintances who have a hint of that attitude.

I love SF fandom, and actually consider most "fandoms" that you young folks other people think of as fandom to be sub-groupings within the greater family, whether that be individual shows, gaming fandom, movies, anime and manga, things from all over the world. We're all family. We just tend to be an argumentative and slightly-to-humongously dysfunctional family. Rollicking good fun!
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